The Sephora Illusion: Why External Validation Doesn't Last ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ
Stepping into Sephora for the first time was like entering a wonderland of beauty promises. My eyes sparkled with excitement, surrounded by products that seemed to hold the key to everlasting perfection. I shopped there often, qualifying for the Ruby award level twice in one year.

One visit, however, stood out. I was there for a professional makeup session before a photo shoot with a renowned photographer. Everyone raved about how gorgeous I looked; my boyfriend included. However, my inner critic found perceived flaws in every photo, so I never shared them. Looking back, I now realize that experience was just one example of a larger struggle – the relentless pursuit of outer perfection that is never truly satisfied. Maybe, you've experienced similar feelings, no matter how much you try, you just aren't "enough."

I spent years and thousands of dollars chasing the illusion of outer perfection: perfect makeup, perfect hair, the "perfect" body. But the mirror always revealed more flaws, leaving me feeling empty inside.

We often prioritize external beauty, throwing money into makeup, skincare, hair, and even plastic surgery. However, true transformation comes from within. Investing in coaching, and self-help programs, and surrounding ourselves with supportive people cultivates lasting joy and self-worth, unshakeable by momentary compliments or societal expectations.

This was a hard lesson for me to learn. In relationships, I constantly tried to mold myself into someone's ideal, going so far as to have plastic surgery to ease the insecurities I felt at my partner's constant critical remarks about my body, hoping it would finally make him happy (it didn't, the putdowns continued, and my self-esteem plummeted even further). Years later, working as an exotic dancer, I faced constant judgment, never feeling truly seen. There were plenty of compliments, but those felt hollow and undeserved; I craved genuine love for who I was but had lost myself along the chase of external love and validation.

Lost and searching for a magic solution, I devoured self-help books. They slowly nudged me towards the right path – investing in myself. I also realized that when we feel good about who we are from deep within, that inner love, acceptance, and confidence will shine through in an outer beauty that never fades. An outer beauty that shines so brightly that it outshines all the beauty enhancements available in Sephora or anywhere selling superficial beauty enhancements. Once I began investing in theright programs, coaches, and a supportive community, I built an inner strength and self-love that brings me joy, not from external validation, but from within.

This journey led me to create BLOOM: Your Self-Love Journey, a space dedicated to guiding other women on their path to self-love and self-acceptance. And it's why I am so excited to co-host an upcoming self-love immersion retreat, in Sedona.

Whether it be through one of my programs or another, I hope you'll join me on this transformative journey and discover the lasting joy of embracing your authentic self, flaws, and all.

P.S. If you're ready to ditch the never-ending cycle of chasing external validation and cultivate a deep love for your authentic self, I'd love to share more about BLOOM: Your Self-Love Journey and the upcoming retreat in Sedona. It's a space designed specifically for women like us, where we can shed the masks, embrace our authentic selves, and discover the true joy that comes from within.


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