This is a compensated review by BlogHer and L'Bel. That said, I promise to give the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth when telling you about these products. (Internet, please, like I’d try and convince you to buy stuff I didn’t like myself.) So here’s my disclaimer: yes, I got sent this stuff for free and I’m getting a little bit of money to tell you what I thought about it, but I would never, ever pretend I dug it when I didn’t. Cross my heart and swear to Jordan Catalano. 

I don’t really know what this says about me, but I’m pretty much impressed by anything that’s French: a nice wheel of Brie, a quilted Chanel ballet flat, the musical stylings of Carla Bruni (oh come on, like you don’t totally listen to her on your walk to work and pretend you’re in a remake of Amelie too.) In fact, you could probably sell me the sweaty yoga pants you wore to pound out forty-five minutes on the elliptical machine this morning if only you turned them inside out to show me the MADE IN PARIS label on the inside first.  

That said, I had never heard of L’Bel Paris Cosmetics, so my reaction, when offered a few of their products to review was, at first, a fairly impartial “eh.” I’m pretty happy with the skincare routine I’ve been using for the past few years---courtesy of Mario Badescu and Neutrogena---so I wasn’t actively looking to try something new, particularly from a line I wasn’t familiar with. That said, what kind of person turns down free skincare products, you know? Did I really want to become that person?  

Perhaps it’s when our expectations are low that we’re most often pleasantly surprised, because I’ve found the L’Bel Paris line---so far---to be nothing short of wonderful. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect---and to be perfectly perfectly honest, I probably wasn’t expecting much---but I’ve been using most of the products I was sent for a good week now, and I can actually see a difference in my skin. 

You know, at this point I’m just going to give you the marketing blurb they sent me and get that out of the way. There are a lot of long French words in, so I suggest you try reading it aloud especially for Madame LeBlanc, your old high school French teacher, in case she’s been looking for a reason to roll over in her grave.    

“L’Bel Paris is a brand developed with the support of the prestigious Centre de Biodermatologie des Laboratoires Serobiologiques and Sederma Socete d’Etudes Dermatologiques. The latest scientific innovations are incorporated into each product, creating a beauty regimen for radiant skin that withstands the passage of time. Join us on Twitter for beauty tips and special offers @LBelParis.”

Okay, now that we’ve put that out there, let me tell you what I liked about this stuff. I don’t know about “the latest scientific innovations” but I do know that I’m a sucker for radiant skin and anything that promises to get me that radiant skin. I was sent seven products---five skincare items, a lipgloss, and a perfume---with a total value of around $200. Broken down, the list looked like this:

  1. Exofliating Balancing Cleanser
  2. Regression Jour: Day Moisturizer With SPF 15
  3. Regression Yeux: Eye Contour Cream Against The First Signs of Age
  4. Resurgie Nuit: Facial Restoring Treatment Cream With New Skin Effect
  5. Essential Balancing Toner
  6. Emouv perfume
  7. Delicious Sweet Framboise lip gloss

(Look, here is a group picture taken by Sean. Everyone say cheese!)

The ones I’ve got the most use out of so farare the first four: the cleanser, the day moisturizer, the eye cream, and the night cream (my favorite part is the "new skin effect.") I’m not one for toner, really, and there’s really only one perfume in the world that I like (“Lovely,” although I can’t actually bring myself to tell you who makes it, IT’S SO EMBARASSING), but I did find the L’Bel toner and perfume perfectly pleasant (and the lipgloss too, which should be commended—if one can really commend a lipgloss—for having a very subtle but delicious flavor. Personally, I like my lipgloss to have a leeeeetle more color, but probably I am just a shameless strumpet. If you like more of a natural look, this would do you just fine.)

Really, though, it’s the first four products I really want to rave about. Are you ready for some raving? Let’s rave.

First of all, this cleanser smells incredible. Yeah, I know, a nice fragrance isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for a good cleanser, but it sure doesn’t hurt to like the way your face smells when you’re washing it. And how does it smell? Well, like you’re a rich person. Honestly, I can’t put it more simply than that.

I’m a fan of the little exfoliating beads that manage to be perfectly gentle for twice-daily face-washing, and I love that you only need a tiny bit—a soupcon, if you will---to get a really good lather going. Beyond that, I like how my face feels right after I’ve washed it: totally soft and totally clean. I’m not sure how much this cleanser actually costs---uh, should probably find that out—but I can tell you with no holds barred that I’m definitely going to purchase it when my free bottle runs out. I mean, unless it’s, like, a hundred and fifty bucks or something. I need that money for ice cream. Hmm, which is maybe why I need this cleanser. Circle of life!

Anyway, In the morning, I follow up the cleanser with the Regression Jour moisturizer, which also smells good, sinks in very easily so you’re not left with a greasy face before you put your make up on, and---most importantly---has SPF 15 built in. I don’t know about you, but it always makes me feel a little smug to be wearing a moisturizer with SPF, like I should pat myself on the back for protecting my skin. Now if only they’d invent a toothpaste with dental floss built in, I’d be all set.

(This is a picture of the day cream, also taken by Sean. Can't you just SEE that lovely SPF?)

At night, I follow up the cleanser with the Resurgie Nuit night cream ("new skin effect"! I can't get enough of that phrase!), which is probably my favorite of all the L’Bel products. Why? Well, it sinks in so smoothly that you don’t need much; the size is perfect for traveling (it’s just over 1 oz, which means you can carry it onto the plane); you get into bed smelling like a rich French woman, and---look, I’m shallow, I’m sorry, I’m just going to say it---the bottle looks fancy sitting on your nightstand. In addition to all this, I’ve been waking up with really soft, smooth skin. Which, you know, I guess is the most important part. (I mean, maybe. I’d probably go for “smelling like a rich French woman” but whatever.)

(This is the night cream. It's very fancy. Sean took this picture too.)

Last of all, I dab on the eye cream, which is something I’ve only started using in the last few years but which----as my thirtieth birthday hurtles towards me with all the speed and subtlety of a freight train--- I fervently wish I’d been smart enough to get into earlier. Nineteen year olds of the world, listen up: YOU ARE NEVER TOO YOUNG FOR EYE CREAM.  And the L’Bel one is a very nice one indeed: you need just the tiniest dab, which sparks in me the hope that I won’t have to replace the tub until midway through 2014.

(Look, here is the eye cream! It wants to help you with your crows' feet! Thank you, eye cream!)

Final verdict on the L’Bel Paris products? A very pleasantly surprised two thumbs up. I’m definitely going to seek this line out in the future---apparently their U.S. base is in San Francisco, lucky me!---even if all I can afford is the cleanser and the night cream, both of which kind of blew my mind with how unexpectedly great they were.

By the way, I was supposed to tell you about a “special moment” in this review---by answering the question “at what moment in your life did you feel the most beautiful?’’—and I realize I have yet to do that yet, so here goes. The moment in my life that I felt the most beautiful was probably the moment on a sunny Saturday afternoon three months ago when I walked down the aisle towards Sean. There was something about seeing him shed a tear (or twenty) as I approached him at the altar---no darling, I will never miss an opportunity to broadcast your moment of weakness to the world---that tipped me over from “wow, a professional hair and makeup artist can do wonders for a girl” to “yes, this is exactly how I wanted to look.”

(Of course, the fact that I put together the dance playlist to ensure that I didn’t leave the dance floor all night mean that any photos taken after 10pm show the front portion of my hair looking alarmingly sweaty, but man, was it good while it lasted. And besides, who doesn’t feel beautiful dancing to Blister In The Sun with all their closest friends?)

Anyway! Now that we’re all through with special moments, it’s your turn to try the L’Bel line! Yes indeed, I have in my bag of tricks a fairly fantastic prize: $500 worth of L’Bel products custom-selected just for you. 

You’ll get a whole bunch of stuff, including day cream, night cream, eye cream, cleanser, toner, lip gloss, mascara, and a ton of other products with fancy French names that no doubt smell like a high-end department store, and I’m telling you, you should be excited. This is good stuff. And seriously, if all the stuff I got sent came to $200, imagine what you'd get for $500!

So to enter, leave me a comment below---or a link to your answer on your own blog---and tell me when you felt your most beautiful.

The contest will begin on December 9, 2009 and end on December 30, 2009. Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct so I can contact you when you win. I bet even the email I send you to tell you you're the winner will smell good.

Here are some rules:

  • No duplicate comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by linking on twitter and leaving a link in the comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
  • This giveaway is open to US Residents, aged 18 and older. (Sorry, foreign teenagers! That kind of sucks for you.)
  • Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
  • You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. That person will be like “damn, that other person was sleeping on the job.”

You can read the official rules here, if that’s your bag. And you can also give yourself EIGHT more chances to win this awesome haul at the BlogHer page right here. If the power of my descriptions has not been up to snuff for you---what, “it smells good” doesn’t tell you enough?---you can check out the official L’Bel Paris page here. Don’t worry, it’s not in French. (You are pleased. Madame LeBlanc not so much.)  

So, are we ready to win some high-end French skincare products and makeup?Let's go! Allez, allez! Tell me: When did you feel your most beautiful? And no, I'm not hitting on you, I swear. (You do look pretty hot, though.) (Yes, you.)


Dec 09, 2009

I felt most beautiful when I've been on the scale and experienced a successful weigh-in.

Dec 09, 2009

Last week - when my 5yr old son said when he has a wife he hopes she's as pretty as his mom! That melted my heart...

Dec 09, 2009

I felt most beautiful last week when my husband and I went out on a date and my 8 year old son said, "You look really good, mom!".

Dec 09, 2009

I felt most beautiful on my wedding day. The weather was gorgeous and I was so happy that it spilled out.

Dec 09, 2009

Definitely felt most beautiful when I was pregnant.

Thanks for the chance to win!

Tammy Elrod
Dec 09, 2009

Like you, at home, make up free but with well cared for skin. Although my job requires me to wear make up every day I work, I would personally prefer not, too. But a day doesn’t pass that I don’t wear skin care!

Tammy Elrod

Heather Tinsley-Fix
Dec 10, 2009

Thanks for doing this giveaway! I'm a huge Holly Burns fan. Okay, I felt the most beautiful on a day about four years ago when I stopped by the bar where my future husband was working and despite how busy he was he kind of did a double-take when he saw me and his mouth hung open slightly. It was a totally involuntary reaction, which reinforced its veracity. I mean, I thought I looked good, but his reaction (the one that means the most) confirmed it all!

Camels & Chocolate
Dec 10, 2009

I feel most beautiful when my face does not look like a teenage boy, as it does right now. Clearly I NEED these products.

Dec 10, 2009

When skiing with a bunch of my gorgeous girlfriends, a couple of whom are petite busty blondes and having the hot Italian waiter respond when asked by one of them "Who is the cutest at the table?" that I was. Given the typical Italian male aesthetic, that was quite a compliment!

Dec 10, 2009

I've felt most beautiful at varying moments over the past three years, watching my then-boyfriend's face light up unabashedly when he'd catch sight of me walking into the room. Didn't matter what I was wearing or how I was feeling--that look on his face made me feel fabulous every single time.

Jesse B.
Dec 10, 2009

I feel most beautiful after and good sweaty run, ha. Much different than when I *look* the most beautiful.

Dec 10, 2009

I feel most beautiful every morning, when I'm leaving for work and my bleary eyed boyfriend puts down his coffee and tells me how gorgeous I look. Even though he says it every day the way he says it makes me believe it!

Dec 10, 2009

When I got my braces and my poor patient boyfriend got to see my smile for the first time. Adult orthodontia is no fun but the look on his face is worth it. Also, its a testament to the boy that he fell in love with me when I had a mouth full of metal, ya know?

Heather w.
Dec 10, 2009

When I was five months pregnant, glowing and happy.

Dec 10, 2009

I feel most beautiful when I'm hanging out with friends, not worrying whether or not I look beautiful :).

Dec 10, 2009

I felt the most beautiful the day that I learned how to properly wear lingerie. rrrrawr!

Brenda Willis
Dec 10, 2009

I felt the most beautiful on my wedding day two months ago. Just me and my husband on a beach in New Zealand.

jennifer in sf
Dec 10, 2009

Er, I'm not really sure when I felt the most beautiful, but I was just looking around the L'Bel website and that eye cream apparently contains "Tree of life extract." !!!! So I'm in!

Dec 10, 2009

Sadly, I tend to feel my most beautiful on some random Wednesday when not only is there no fancy occasion, but it's entirely probable that I won't even be leaving my house. I should probably have something that will up my hotness ratio.

Dec 10, 2009

Every morning before my husband leaves for work he comes around to my side of the bed to kiss me. A good one. I certainly don't look my most beautiful, but I feel absolutely beautiful.

Dec 10, 2009

I felt my most beautiful the day I trashed my wedding dress.

Not out of anger! But for the awesome pictures our photographer was able to capture of my and my husband during the experience.

Erin @ Fierce Beagle
Dec 10, 2009

There was a day in my second trimester (almost three years ago now) that I literally did that pregnant-mommy-radiant-glow thing. I felt fantastic, my baby bump was perfect, my skin was clear and bright. I'll never forget it.

Dec 10, 2009

I feel most beautiful when I first wake up, have actually taken off my makeup the night before, my skin looks clear and not splotchy, and I just put my hair in a ponytail.

Dec 10, 2009

I would love to say that I felt my most beautiful on my wedding day... but really, I feel most beautiful when my hair is in a ponytail and I have on no makeup, and my husband tells me how gorgeous I look. That's when I feel most beautiful.

Dec 10, 2009

I feel beautiful when my skin looks amazing, which sadly, isn't often. I was really hoping to win your Clarisonic give-away for that reason, so I'm crossing my fingers for this one!!

Dec 10, 2009

I felt most beautiful when I was pregnant with our daughter. My husband was just amazed with me every day and never missed an opportunity to tell me that he thought I looked beautiful and that he was so proud of me. It was awesome (even though I was veritably the size of a walrus, my goodness).

Dec 10, 2009

when I finished my marathon!

Dec 10, 2009

I felt my most beautiful after giving birth. Seriously, there is something amazing that happens after you push a 9 pounder out of your body. You're invincible, your skin is glowing and you just lost like 10 lbs instantly. Gorgeous!

Dec 10, 2009

My boyfriend and I were long-distance for a little while, after we both graduated college and moved home to figure out what to do with our respective lives. I missed him terribly, and irresponsibly threw away a few hundred bucks to go see him for a weekend, in his home town of Albany. Now, the cheapest way to do this was Southwest, which doesn't fly out of my parents' town (Charlotte), so I had to fly out of Raleigh. I know you know SC, but in case you don't know NC, Charlotte to Raleigh's about a three hour drive. Oh, and I should mention I don't drive. Thanks, Dad!

So I tried to look extra cute, having not seen my boyfriend in a few weeks, so I got a haircut and a yellow sundress and then proceeded to wear that in the scuzziest airport of all time. Seriously, if your work sends you to Raleigh? Don't go. It's gross. It just feels gross. You know bad dollar store gross? That's this airport.

And though we were still pretty new at that time, and though it was a stupid thing to have spent money on, and though I'd spent two hours on a plane, an hour in the grossest airport of all time, and then three hours before THAT in a car with my dad? Seeing the way my boyfriend looked at me when I got off the plane in that sundress is when I felt the most beautiful.

...Until, hopefully, I win this stuff. Ha!

Dec 10, 2009

I think at my wedding. I'm pregnant now, and feel more bloated than beautiful.... :)
Great giveaway!

Dec 10, 2009

Getting off the trail from a long backpack trip, being completely grubby from not showering for days and having the knowledge that I am a strong, capable woman.

Dec 10, 2009

Same here, my wedding day, not just because of how I actually thought I looked but because of how my new husband's eyes reflected how HE thought I looked, which was very much a catch.

Dec 10, 2009

Definitely on my wedding day.

Dec 10, 2009

I'll never forget the look on my husband's face on one of our very first dates when I came out in a simple white cotton dress. :) I was just me, and he made me feel beautiful. :)

Dec 10, 2009

The day I got married. Huge amounts of happiness and huge amounts of help getting ready did wonders. I just need to convince a stylist to come live in my pantry and help me get ready every morning.

Dec 10, 2009

I'm with you Holly on the dancing with friends part. There's nothing like a night of really gettin' down with a dance floor full of people I love, grinning like a maniac, to make me feel totally and completely gorgeous.

Deb Sawyer
Dec 10, 2009

Hmmmm...I would have to say my wedding. There were SOOOO many good things about that day.

Dec 10, 2009

Oh I love Lovely too.

The day I felt most beautiful. Hmm. While I certainly hope that day is in the future, I would have to say for now, it had to have been my senior pictures. I mean even now when I see one of them, I think, wow, that hair was amazing.

But honestly I feel most beautiful after a nice long run. Endorphins are trickly little things.

Michelle Ross
Dec 10, 2009

My wedding day, even though we got married by a Justice of the Peace at the court house.

Dec 10, 2009

I feel beautiful (and healthy and strong) after a good workout!

Dec 10, 2009

Is it shallow to say when I feel the most beautiful in some ridiculous fake eyelashes? Because doe eyes NEVER goes out of style.

Dec 10, 2009

When a catch myself smiling for no reason.

Dec 10, 2009

I feel most beautiful after a long, hard run outside.

Dec 10, 2009

My boyfriend and I were at dinner one night and, apropos of nothing, he blurted out, "I like you just like this," as he swept some stray hair away from my face. Either the lighting was flattering or the gin and tonic was strong, but either way I felt beautiful, and then I married him.

Dec 10, 2009

When I was pregnant.

Dec 10, 2009

I think I just have to answer "lately." My hair has finally grown out and with regular deep conditionings it's looking pretty lovely. I got myself a clarisonic and it's doing very positive things for my skin. And I like where I am in life! I was thinking the other day that, at 24, I FINALLY feel comfortable in my own skin.

Sensibly Sassy
Dec 10, 2009

Sometimes I have a particularly good no make up day and am able to look at the cheekbones my dad gave me and the nose my mom gave me and I am thankful for it all. That is when I feel most beautiful

Dec 10, 2009

i feel most beautiful after a day of swimming and the cleanest river imaginable in my hometown...

Dec 10, 2009

Most beautiful ... hmmm, that's a good question. I mean, I guess I'd have to say my wedding. But, if I'm being honest, I feel even more beautiful when, on a random weeknight, I'm watching TV with my husband and I catch him staring at me. I might not be wearing much makeup or have on nice clothes, but he makes me feel gorgeous anyway.

Dec 10, 2009

This morning, when my husband told me that my hair looked ridiculous (well, he was right... blunt bangs look insane in the morning) and that I was still beautiful.

Rachael J.
Dec 10, 2009

I felt the most beautiful at my cousin's wedding just a few months ago.

Dec 10, 2009

I felt my most beautiful when I had just finished hiking up a mountain in South Dakota. It was a little rainy, and I was sweaty and radiant!

Dec 10, 2009

I felt beautiful on my wedding day, too!

Dec 10, 2009

I've yet to have a wedding day, and I know saying that I feel most beautiful when I'm around my friends is cheesy, so I'd have to say that I felt the most beautiful some 19 (ack!) years ago at my Bat Mitvah. I look back on the photos now and giggle at my permed self, but I felt just so pretty and a grown-up! I'll never forget that.

Dec 10, 2009

I feel the most beautiful when I see my future husbands computer and my picture is his wallpaper :)

Dec 10, 2009

I feel the most beautiful anytime my boyfriend looks at me and smiles!

Dec 10, 2009

I felt gorgeous trying on my wedding dress. It's been a long time coming and I couldn't quite believe that woman in the beautiful dress was actually me!

Dec 10, 2009

Usually when I dress up for a date with my boyfriend. Most recently was for his birthday party :)


Dec 10, 2009

I'm a bone cancer survivor who almost lost her leg to cancer, so I feel most beautiful everyday that I wake up healthy and walking around on my own two legs. :-)

Dec 10, 2009

The photos Sean took of the products are lovely. He should be a professional photographer or something. (Oh wait)

Okay, how pathetic is this? I can't remember a time I felt truly beautiful...I'd have to say the closest I come is when I see proofs of the author photos my photographer sends, which I'm guessing are probably retouched with magical retouching software. I always gaze longingly at the photos and wish I could look that good IRL...

Dec 10, 2009

I felt energized and alive and womanly and really truly beautiful when I was pregnant with my first boy.

Dec 10, 2009

I have this one picture of my family where we all look beautiful - happy with ourselves and in love with each other.

Dec 10, 2009

Without a doubt I felt most beautiful on my wedding day. Between seeing my husband's face as I walked down the aisle, to all of my friends and family looking on, I never felt so beautiful or comfortable in my own skin. It was a magical day.

Dec 10, 2009

sailing around Bali, no make up, no fancy clothes, but happy, blissful, laid back and carefree. sun kissed and escaped.

Dec 10, 2009

When I felt the most beautiful... that is SO hard. I think I feel the most beautiful everytime someone tells me they love me. That seems a little lame, but it's wonderful to be loved, and being loved makes me feel beautiful, even if my face is covered in tears or I've just walked in from the rain which ruined my curly hair... being loved is beautiful and reminds me that I'm beautiful too.

Dec 10, 2009

I feel most beautiful when my boyfriend wakes me up in the morning (I am alarm-immune) and tells me I'm beautiful - bad breath, bad hair and all. Maybe he just has bad eyes...but whatever, it works!

Dec 10, 2009

I feel most beautiful when my husband comes home from a business trip, and I meet him at the airport. As soon as he sees me, his eyes light up, and he can't wait to give me a hug. Even when I show up in my gym clothes and hair springing out from my ponytail (like I did last night), those crinkled blue eyes tell me he thinks I'm the most beautiful woman in the world.

Dec 10, 2009

i felt most beautiful after running my first marathon- actually at dinner that night after a shower- i love the pictures because i think i glowed. hopefully i'll look the same on my wedding day without the marathon ;)

Dec 10, 2009

I feel most beautiful right when I wake up in the morning (bed head and all) because it is when my skin looks the most rested, which I know seems sort of weird. Now my eyes may still look like a raccoon, but my skin, it looks like it had a good night sleep. And good skin always makes me feel pretty.

Dec 10, 2009

Like so many others have commented, I feel most beautiful when my fiance gives me a certain look. Sometimes it's when I'm dressed up, sometimes it's when we're just lounging around the house, sometimes it's even when we're in the middle of a jog. But he just looks at me and without saying a word I can tell he thinks I'm beautiful, and then I feel it, too. It's one of the reasons I'm so excited we're engaged and he's going to become my husband! I want that look forever.

Dec 10, 2009

The day my husband proposed to me -realizing that this incredible man picked me!

Dec 10, 2009

Thus far in my life the day I felt most beautiful is when my ex told me he loved me for the first time.

Dec 10, 2009

I felt most beautiful on my wedding day!

Dec 10, 2009

Hmm, I feel more beautiful when it's a huge family/friends get together and everyone is just sitting around laughing and having fun. It just makes me pause and wonder at how lucky I am to have all of them who love me for me =)

Dec 10, 2009

When I took my 6 year old nephew swimming and I felt fat and awkward in a purple bathing suit and he looked at me and told me I looked pretty.

Dec 10, 2009

Hmmmm. There's this certain strapless black dress I have, and whenever I wear it and drink just the right amount of champagne, I always feel exceptionally beautiful.

Dec 10, 2009

There's a picture of me a friend took of a hike we went on through a rocky tunnel thing when we were gallivanting around Scotland. It was the prettiest profile shot of me ever, and it reminds me of that perfect moment in my life.

Now make me pretty like a French mademoiselle!

Dec 10, 2009

When I'm with my boyfriend. Sappy. True. Love it.

michelle woo
Dec 10, 2009

I HOPE it will be at my upcoming wedding. Workin' on the pretty.

Dec 10, 2009

I felt beautiful when my husband told me I was as beautiful as when we met 30 years ago.

Dec 10, 2009

I feel most beautiful in candlelight - it's sort of like being airbrushed.

Dec 10, 2009

I feel most beautiful after cleansing my face at night... so fresh and clean... free of makeup and the elements (or so at least I think I am!) -- even if there's a few blemishes here and a scar there! LOL

lauren k.
Dec 10, 2009

After I work out and take a hot shower and moisturize- my skin is glowing and I feel so healthy!

Dec 10, 2009

The first week I met my boyfriend, even though I had ridiculous short soccer mom hair and wore a huge winter coat all the time.

Dec 10, 2009

There are a few, but the first that comes to mind (and perhaps my favorite)...July 31st, 2009. I'd had nose surgery a week before, and that day was the day my nose "cast" would come off, and I would finally breathe normally for the first time in about 15 years...and my nose would be straight & the right shape for the first time in about 15 years. I left the dr's office and took about an hour of glancing at my new face in the mirror, trying to decide how different I looked--but knowing that I FELT great. Different, yes, but totally right. Though unshowered & no makeup, I felt better about myself than I think I ever have in my life. I stopped at my favorite little boutique on my way home and got a cute dress--in BLUE! I NEVER wear such a bold color...or color at all. But Boyfriend was taking me out to celebrate that night, and I was going to look GOOD! I went home & got ready, carefully applying the makeup I hadn't touched in a week, did my best at covering up the slight bruising that hadn't fully disappeared from my cheeks...and I put on that dress and just felt incredible! Boyfriend came home and I heard him slowly climbing up the stairs...he had been pretty freaked out that I was going to look v. different & wasn't sure he would like my "new" nose, but was supportive of my surgery, nonetheless. I stepped into the closet, and when he walked in the bedroom, asked if he was ready, and stepped out. He looked at me for a minute and then simply said, "It's you! You're beautiful!" and kissed me. Gosh I just get chills telling that story...every time.

Dec 10, 2009

When I catch myself in a moment laughing and surrounded by my friends, and know that the happiness on their faces is reflected in mine.

Tami A
Dec 10, 2009

I'm feeling the most beautiful right now. My hair looks the way I want it and I stopped by the MAC counter at the mall looking for some foundation and lipstick. Ended up with a tiny make up makeover and I love it. I keep looking in the mirror and it makes me smile.

Dec 10, 2009

I hate to admit that it takes someone else to make me feel beautiful, but I will have to join the "when I can see it in my partner's face" gang. Posse? Troupe?

Dawn K.
Dec 10, 2009

I feel more beautiful now than I ever have in my life. I am more confident in myself than I ever have been, and I am married to a man who makes me feel like a million bucks. Also, I am loving my pregnancy bump right now-nothing like growing a little one inside of you to feel beautiful!

Dec 10, 2009

I felt my most beautiful when, after three straight weeks of living out of a tent, a friend complimented my hair, then told me I smelled good. (I, however, just _know_ that I was delicately scented with a mix of sweat, baby wipes, and sunscreen...with some top notes of bug spray.)