CVS Takes a Stand Against Airbrushing Models

“We will not digitally alter or change a person’s shape, size, proportion, skin or eye color or enhance or alter lines, wrinkles or other individual characteristics,” CVS said in a press release. The watermark with a heart will start appearing on beauty photos produced by CVS in this upcoming year, so be on the lookout.

Hmm. I have a lot of thoughts about this movement. I really love that CVS is promoting healthier body images by taking a stance against airbrushing and photoshopping models in their stores and print ads. It sends a great message to children because now the beauty standards portrayed by these ads will be attainable.

Although I love this idea, here is some food for thought. I am a pageant girl and have been in modeling for a while. I have had my photos edited to remove blemishes, smooth my skin, and adjust the lighting. I prefer these adjustments to my photos, especially because I am using them for pageant headshots that are sometimes judged. But how much editing is TOO much? How do we decide this? If you were in an advertisement for millions to see, would YOU want to be airbrushed? Or are you okay with everyone seeing your natural flaws?

It takes a brave model to proudly broadcast her full natural self to the world. I give these models and CVS credit for their courage! But what about Ulta, Sephora, and other major beauty brands? Will they follow suit, and are they embarrassed for not taking the initiative on this movement? I would be. What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Summer’s Eve Feminine Spray

If you know me, you know I love to talk about how I constantly worry about staying fresh and keeping up with feminine hygiene. It’s something that some ladies are ashamed or nervous to talk about, but it concerns EVERY WOMAN, so why not help each other out?!

Recently I made one of the best discoveries of my life…the Summer’s Eve freshening spray!!! I religiously use my feminine wash in the shower, and when I was at CVS picking up a new bottle, I came across their freshening spray in the scent “Island Fresh”. I was literally SO overly excited because I knew it would make me feel less self conscious throughout the day. It neutralizes odors, doesn’t disrupt my pH, is talc free, and absorbs moisture. You can spray it on your skin and on panties and keeps you feeling fresh all day. This SAVED ME! Learn more HERE.

Daily Dose of First Aid: A Cheaper, Easier Manicure

STOP SPENDING A FORTUNE ON ACRYLIC NAILS. It may seem very 2005, but press on nails are the way to go! I use ImPress nails for every event and even for pageants! NO glue, NO hassle, NO dry time. I rely on these nails and trust them-I rarely ever pop a nail, and if I do, it is after a few days. In my experience, they have lasted up to a week. They are available at your local drugstore, including Walgreens, CVS, etc for around $6-8. They stick-on with such ease and fit a variation of nail sizes. There are so many different colors, styles, and textures (metallic and matte) and themes with optional accent nails! From nautical themed, to a simple French tip, you won’t be disappointed with these! I ALWAYS get compliments and questions about which salon I visit…and finally I’m revealing my little secret to cheap, perfect nails 24/7! So a $40 acrylic or gel manicure vs $7 stick-ons that look even better…your choice!