I once had a thing for blue eyeshadow. And by thing, I mean I’d wear blue shadow slathered with glitter and outlined with blue eyeliner. I wasn’t into the au naturel look. Like most things in my life, it was go big or go home. Although I loved the in -your-face eye paint, a few of my friends’ parents didn’t feel the same. Where I thought I was showing off my individuality, they thought I was a “bad influence” because makeup was “evil.”
And that is reason #207,010 I’ve always felt like I don’t fit in.
As I aged and became more self-aware (read: self-conscious), I tuned down my makeup choices, opting for shades like “golden glow” and “blushing beauty.” And where I once used makeup to express my style, I used it to cover up my flaws instead.
This weekend Soon-to-Be-J.D. is away at some big adult lawyer thing, and I’m home with Louis Pug, avoiding massive amounts of work. House Hunters is on in the background, and in an effort to avoid the things I really don’t want to do, I tried to come up with “me time” things. After all, isn’t that what girls do when they’re alone? Paint their toenails and catch up DVRed episodes of Gossip Girl (actually, I need to do all of those things, but for the purposes of this story, let’s forget that little detail)?
Some people would say that pampering is the ultimate luxury and a gift we all deserve. I’m sure it probably is, but I’m also sure that “me time” should also be something that happens everyday. Nowadays I rarely wear makeup, partially because I work form home and don’t feel the need to cover my flaws for fear of judgement from coworkers and partially because I just don’t care.
An entire chest of makeup has been collecting dust in the bathroom for almost a year, and it’s only fitting that the week I finally decide to throw the old makeup away I receive a package from the lovely Stephanie. Stephanie knows a thing about loving life, and she was beyond sweet to throw in a few “me time” extras: chocolate, eye mask, tea!
There’s nothing wrong with makeup or “me time” or too many bars of chocolate. If it makes you feel good, do it. You aren’t evil or a bad influence. You’re just beautiful you. And if beautiful you wants to drink a smoothie inspired by a classic candy, go for it. If you want to have it for lunch during a conference call, do it.
Now about those toenails…
No Makeup Smoothie (aka the Almond Butter Cup)
- 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used a combo of cashew and hemp because that’s what I had; anything would be good)
- 1-2 frozen bananas
- 6-8 ice cubes
- 1 packet Vega Whole Food Optimizer in Chocolate or any chocolate protein powder (or sub cocoa powder, maybe 3 T?)
- 1/4 t cinnamon
- 1 T almond butter
- 1/2 T nutritional yeast (trust this!)
- Sprinkle of cacao nibs
1. Combine everything in a high speed blender and blend away.