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A Thing of Beauty Is A Joy Forever

Updated on September 17, 2016

Celebrate Beauty, Celebrate Life

Everyone admires beauty in some way- we are just hard wired for it. Beauty, however, is something of an enigma and as one very well-known cliché says: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". I think that is true, but I also think there is something more to the science of what makes us think something or someone is beautiful.

My pages don't take you deeply into the metaphysical journey of what is beautiful so much as celebrate it. And it is also an interest of mine to learn the practice of cultivating the art of being as beautiful as we might want to be -which for me often takes the form of nurturing good health. Maybe appreciation of beauty and learning to accentuate our personal attractiveness go hand in hand.

Inner beauty is probably the most important and overlooked beauty tip there is. We gloss over it, taking for granted that yes, it's true but we want to get on to the "real" business of being beautiful, sexy, or glamorous...whatever it is that we personally call "beautiful".

This collection of hubs is to celebrate beauty, in all the mentioned aspects. And this one is to learn a bit more of why we find something "beautiful".

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

Lighthouse Stairs

Source

The Golden Ratio, Or Golden Mean

Proportions of Beauty

There is a mathematical formula for what appears attractive to our eyes, it is a ratio used by architects and artists.

Famous men of many disciplines have pored over this ratio:

  • Pythagoras and Euclid
  • Johannes Kepler
  • Roger Penrose
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Mondrian

Countless others, as well, but these are some of the more recognizable names.

They found in this geometric proportion, an important aspect of what we find beautiful. In nature it was found to be represented in the way branches are arranged along the stems of plants, and it is close to another well known pattern, The Fibonacci Sequence.

The Golden mean is seen as a measure in many parts of the the proportions of the Greek Parthenon, although it isn't known if it was intended.

Close your eyes and see the beauty

Beautiful Fragrance

"I can't over-emphasize how important an exquisite perfume is, to be wrapped and cradled in an enchanting scent upon your skin is a magic all on its own!" ~ C. JoyBell C.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn

My Favorite Beauty Quote

from Audrey Hepburn

For attractive lips, Speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, Seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, Share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, Let a child run his fingers through it once a day.

For poise, Walk with the knowledge that you'll never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed & redeemed. Never throw out anybody. Remember: If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

- Audrey Hepburn

BB Cream - my daughter LOVES bb cream

Smashbox SPF 35 Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum, Light, 1 Fluid Ounce
Smashbox SPF 35 Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum, Light, 1 Fluid Ounce

I've tried out the BB creams, too. I'm won over to this light, easy way to protect and improve skin.

I've tried different brands in the past couple years, but LOVE Smashbox products. If you go to Sephora you can find some of their products in trial sizes.

If you are ready for a BB cream experience, go for it, and this one is excellent.

I also have a hub review I've written for the Garnier brand. What is the difference between these two? This one has a lighter feel and is more suitable for evening wear (when you want more coverage and an elegant look).

I use the less expensive Garnier BB cream for everyday.

 

"Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks."

~Charles Dickens

What Makes A Human Face Attractive?

In a word: symmetry. The exact balance of two sides, as they correspond to each other.

The human body, including the face, has two sides. It is completely normal for those two sides to be off kilter from one another in some way, but the more they are alike... the more we feel the overall look is one of physical attractiveness.

Markers of Beauty

  • large eyes
  • full lips
  • bigger forehead
  • nice complexion

Besides this basic sense of what makes a human beautiful, there is the factor of our cultural training . Fad sand fashions show us that we can learn to perceive beauty in the way we may be taught to: through our value for specific traits.

Watts Beauty ArganGold 100% Pure Argan Oil for Hair, Nails, Face & Body - All Natural Virgin Argan Oil Direct From Morocco - 4oz
Watts Beauty ArganGold 100% Pure Argan Oil for Hair, Nails, Face & Body - All Natural Virgin Argan Oil Direct From Morocco - 4oz

It really does leave your hair silky. I have gray hair that tends to frizz and purchased some pure argan oil to try it out. I love the way it smooths my hair and gives it a shine with just the natural ingredient.

 

The Beholder

"The beauty seen is partly in him who sees it."

~Christian Nestell

Art is a Lifelong Love Affair

Life is full of all sorts of experiences...some wonderful and some terribly painful. I don't think there is any pain that art can't help soothe in some way... there is something healing in creating and viewing the beautiful things of life. Art is one extension of that Bible admonition:

whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things

What percentage of your time is spent on beauty?

How much time do you estimate is spent on personal beauty?

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