Julia Roberts & Me

Did you see the news story about ads for L’Oreal’s make-up being banned in Great Britain because of complaints that the photos were “overly airbrushed”? Seems like it ought to beg the question of what’s “acceptable airbrushing”?

The whole point being that the product advertised does not actually give anyone — not even the airbrushed models — the flawless skin that is portrayed by the photos.

Well, here are my thoughts about Lancôme Teint Miracle foundation, the same L’Oreal product that Julia Roberts was hawking.

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And I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. Psalms 139:14

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Practice random acts of beauty & senseless acts of love.

Feel free to send me your own vblog about your own experience with beauty — how you see it & I’ll post ‘em here. C’mon. You can do it.


About Karen Spears Zacharias

Author. Speaker. Journalism Instructor. Four kids. Three dogs. One grandson.

  • Debbie

    Karen you are a brave woman! I totally understand what you are saying, and I myself, wish I still had my, fill in the blank. Today is my 40th wedding anniversary and as I look back at our wedding pictures I wonder who was that young girl and boy. He was 20 and I 19. I will also be 60 in January. I just keep trucking along and enjoying the many blessings of my life. Thanks for sharing your beautiful face with me this morning, always nice to see you…

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Because it was the 1980s, when I look back on our early photos together, I feel so much better — at least about the clothes choice, and the hairdos. Tim looked like Cheech from Cheech & Chong.

  • http://middletree.blogspot.com James Williams

    Thankfully, my inner beauty surpasses my outer beauty, so I don’t feel the need to wear makeup. ;)

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      How fortunate! Mr. Personality! :)

  • http://j.johnson89@insightbb.com Holly

    You know what is interesting? Julia Roberts has really come out against plastic surgery. She says that when she smiles at her children, she wants her face to be able to move. :) She says she wants to be real.

    I’m 42, and I want to be real too….I’d love to look good while doing so, of course. :) I miss the skin of my youth, minus zits. :) I wouldn’t change growing older because of what I now know….but I’d still love to have the flexibility and lack of concern that came with a more youthful frame.

    God bless you, Karen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cassiehumble Cassie

      Good stuff Karen! I am happier and healthier at 40 than I was at 20 and I think I look better too. I definitely have more confidence! Getting older isn’t so bad. Holly, I still get zits. LOL

      • http://j.johnson89@insightbb.com Holly

        Me too, Cassie – both on the healthier thing and on the zit thing. :)

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      One more interesting fact about Ms. Roberts, however, is that her contract stipulates that her photos have to be airbrushed, according to reports I heard this week.

      Ironic, isn’t it? You don’t want to do the fake stuff so you insist that they airbrush your photos, if indeed, that’s true.

  • http://j.johnson89@insightbb.com Holly

    And your words are so good, and true. :)

    I miss shorts too….I know what you mean!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      I think men don’t worry about this stuff so much but then I think they really go through the wringer — or at least some do — when they start balding. Men? What say you?

  • http://wayiseeit-eleanor.blogspot.com/ Eleanor

    I love this, Karen! I like to think that make-up doesn’t make a difference, but it really does sometimes and for exactly the reason you implied: what makes us feel better about ourselves that isn’t harmful to us or other — heck, all for it!

    I also need to try this make-up. I think it’s a nice face-perk-up!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      My daughter Ashley has been using the same product and not because she’s old but because it really is a good foundation.

  • http://www.timthurmansblog.blogspot.com Tim Thurman

    That is a beautiful post, Karen (pun intended). “A gray head (or wrinkled skin) is a crown of glory; it is found in the way of righteousness.” Proverbs 16:31. Thanks for sharing your beautiful face and your beautiful spirit.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Ah… Tim… you are so sweet. I ought to blame the video on two glasses of wine but the truth is the only thing I was drinking was water. (see previous kidney stone post)

  • Peg Willis

    I love my gray hairs and refuse to color them. God gave me my hair – what could be better than that? My 4-year-old grandson asked me a couple of days ago if I was turning into a raisin. I told him, “Yup! And raisins are way better than grapes!” Also, I figure I’ve saved approximately sixty gazillion dollars over the (many) years by not buying makeup. Now I’m extremely wealthy. (Well …)

  • Natalie Rauch

    Karen, this is outstanding! Thank you for sharing. You and I are just about the same age. I can identify with everything you’ve said. I’m home with a broken leg and learning alot about appreciating our lives as they are!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Natalie: How did you break your leg????

  • http://BeautyofGardening.com Joetta

    I’ll never forget the sinking feeling I got when I read that Americans spend more money on makeup than we give to feed starving children. And I know reading that statement will tick a lot of people off, because ‘looking our best’ is just that important in our society.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Joetta: I had not heard this before. Thank you for sharing it with us. I share that sinking feeling with you.

  • Cathy

    I had to give up most makeup due to health problems & time issues. Do I want to spend time on makeup or on my life. I sometimes wear a little….I hate to admit, that I do like being told I look like my mothers mother; Grandma Mildred & look like my twin sister ( who has passed away). So, I don’t need to be air brushed, just happy that I remind people of loved one’s who were beautiful inside & out!!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Cathy: This is one of the most beautiful responses I’ve rec’d. I know when people tell me I have my father’s eyes, (color) how it pleases me. So I totally relate to what you are saying about reflecting the beauty of those you love. Precious, indeed.

  • http://facebook Joy

    I wear foundation to protect my skin, not to cover flaws.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      I do both.

  • http://simplydarlene.wordpress.com Simply Darlene

    Did I miss a revolution of sorts? err, shorts? Why no shorts?

    Miss Karen, shortly after I started drinking green smoothies people actually stopped me in the parking lot to tell me how lovely they thought my skin looked. Come on over to the green side… come on.

    Okay, something else. The other day in the city pool with my 7-year old son, some punk called me an “old lady” as he rudely splashed by. His buddy said, “Dude, that wasn’t nice. She is not an old lady. Definitely not.” Good thing the buddy tried to cover for swim-boy cause I didn’t really want to do a take-down maneuver on that little fart. I could have taken him. Really. (Sorry, for all the jabbering… my brain is tired and you are the outlet.) ;-)

    Blessings.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Yeah, I don’t think I can tolerate those green smoothies. I think I’d just end up with green-tinged old skin. :)
      Those teens are just lucky you were in good spirits that day.