The Beauty Industry is my business; Makeup, skincare, the latest, greatest and most effective eye creams, face creams, serums… These are my bread and butter. We must know all the trends, what works and what doesn’t and sell these to women searching for the perfect balm for their skincare and makeup concerns. Some call us shallow. Some think we are stupid, and some (who work in the store) think that all we do is play with makeup all day!! Oh how fun!!! And it IS fun… But it’s a business. Some of the best and most successful women I know are beauty advisors.
We all know the “latest” trends include Botox and juviderm (DWG.. HUGE fan) and I KNEW it was going to be an interesting week when one of my BEST beauty advisors, Jason, came to me and said he was going to do an outsourcing event with a Doctor, at a hotel, with a group of women who were all promised free Botox and JUVIDERM injections!!! (I know, I know, it sounds like the plot of a bad porn movie) but I researched the event and let him go. Off he went, carrying his makeup train case, to step in and demo makeup looks to the “after” patients. The last thing he said to me is “maybe I’ll get a free injection or two!!” And I thought “dear sweet baby Jesus!! Please!! Don’t let him come back dead from a botched injection.” A mere 4 hours later I get a picture text from Jason (thank God He didn’t die) and he was so proud of his “new lips”. I have had experience with DWG’s injection days and I know that it takes 24 hours for the Botox to “settle” and that there is a certain amount of swelling to be expected. But, this. Well.
FF to the next day. I get to work and see Jason and from 50 paces I could tell that he was not only swollen, but that he could be very allergic due to the misshapen and crooked new shape of his lips! Is this a trend? Is it supposed to look like that??? What?? Uggg I hate it!! THEN!! THEN!!! I said “hello! How are you and how did it go?!” And as he opens his mouth to tell me.. He can’t talk. His lips are in the way. Not only does it look like the blimp landed on his lips.. It looks like he can’t communicate anything because he can’t get his lips to cooperate with his mouth. I can’t help it!! I start to lose control and laugh and laugh and laugh!! And he stomps his foot, put his hand on his hip and said.. “STOP IT!! I can’t LAUGH OR SMILE FOR 48 hours!! ENOUGH!!! Don’t make me laugh PENELOPE!!” (At least I THINK that’s what he said.. It was hard to hear through his lips).
And at that moment I remembered seeing the story in social media of the woman who didn’t smile or laugh for 40 years to avoid getting wrinkles and laugh lines. I read the article. I was HORRIFIED!!! I COULD NOT live like that!! How can you not laugh?? How can you not smile??! For 48 hours or 40 years… impossible!! The purpose of life is joy!!! I can’t imagine a day without laughter, a day without a smile…
It was at that moment, in my 38th year, that I decided to love my laugh lines, love my little crinkly wrinkles around my eyes and to see them as tiny reminders of every laugh, every memorable moment in my life. Fun times with my girlfriends, laughs shared with friends and family. Morning conversation coffee laughter… All of that. I now look at my face in a new light.. It’s a tiny road map of my journey in this life. I will celebrate those memories… And I will continue to laugh, to joke and to enjoy. With or without Botox.
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
e e cummings