3 Lessons in Beauty from My Mom

With Mother’s Day only a little more than a week away, it’s easy to say that I have my mom on the brain. I mean, I can’t really get away from her since we talk daily (just kidding, mom! 😉 ). But, I always get nostalgic around this time for the days when I lived at home or she was close by so I could get her in-person help and advice on anything and everything. What my mom may not realize is that throughout those years, she instilled in me a few important tips on beauty that I try to practice every day. And, that’s what I’m sharing today – 3 lessons in beauty from my mom.

3 Lessons in Beauty From My Mom

Less is always more.

I’m not really sure where my love of makeup came from because my mom is admittedly not much into it. She always let me wear makeup from a young age, however, since I battled acne. Her only rule was that less is always more. No heavy foundation or Instagram-style (before Instagram even existed!) smokey eyes for school. I even followed this rule when it came time to do my makeup for school dances or special occasions, and it’s so nice to look back at those pictures now and see a youthful version of me instead of a girl trying too hard to look older. And, with my recent break from makeup I’m finding that the less is more theory is better for my skin, too. I never thought I’d still be practicing a Mom-approved concept all these years later!

There’s no such thing as too much perfume …

… And, if anybody tries to tell you differently, tell them my mom said they’re wrong! My mom always has had quite the perfume collection – a scent for nearly any occasion and every season. She has her favorites, but she has no issue testing and adding new scents to her collection. From as young as I can remember, I’d always sneak into her bedroom and steal a spray or two from her newest bottle. Heck, I still do when I visit! I’m slowly following in her footsteps when it comes to my own collection (Ryan would agree! 😉 )

Remember when I professed my love for the Etsy shop Bloom and Fleur a few months back? (See why perfume is my favorite gift in this post). With Mother’s Day in a couple weeks, I knew that I wanted to gift my mom one of Vanessa’s perfumes. I decided on No. 412, a blend of honeysuckle and gardenia, which is the perfect scent for this time of year. Seriously, it’s flowery goodness. And, how cute is the yellow packaging and ribbon detail for spring? I almost hate to wrap it since it speaks for itself! If you also are in the market for a Mother’s Day gift, Vanessa was kind enough to collaborate with me again to offer free shipping through the entire month of May! Just use code MOM17 at checkout.

Bloom and Fleur on Etsy No. 412 blend

True beauty lies on the inside.

I’m sure all moms/parents teach this to some extent, and my mom is no different. Especially now as I battle body image issues, I try to remind myself that my mom first and foremost raised me to be beautiful on the inside. Without a good heart, strong will and sense of compassion toward others, outward appearances are pointless. Beauty and looks can (and probably will) fade, but personality and inner qualities last a lifetime. My mom is the whole package, and I strive to be more like her every single day.

These 3 lessons in beauty from my mom are not groundbreaking by any means, but it’s those simple words of wisdom that seem to be the most effective. I’ve carried these lessons with me throughout all my teenage and early adult years, and I only hope that one day I can pass them on to my own children!

What are the best beauty lessons that you’ve learned from your mom and/or women in your life?

Thanks to Vanessa of Bloom and Fleur for collaborating with me on this post! I did receive a bottle of perfume in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are honest and 100% my own. Don’t forget to take advantage of free shipping all May with code MOM17 at checkout.

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  1. 5.10.17

    these are all amazing and true lessons 🙂 less is more is definitely one my mum tried to impart on me and i didn’t listen during my teenage years (blue eyeshadow, oy) but i do now!

    • 5.10.17

      Haha, I’m pretty sure we’ve all had an experience (or two) with blue eye shadow. No shame, that’s how we learn. 🙂

  2. 5.4.17

    My mom always says “Explosion in the perfume factory” when I put on perfume {she’s a real gem, that one!} I happen to love your mom’s beauty advice 😉 xx

  3. 5.4.17

    I love this, lady! Your mom sounds amazing- and perfume makes such a great gift!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  4. 5.3.17
    Christina Sotherden said:

    Such a sweet post and great times! I always love the less is more rule!

  5. 5.3.17

    Your mom and I have a love for perfume in common! I swear I have way too many bottles, but I can’t help it and love getting to wear a different scent every single day. I also totally agree with her about less is more when it comes to makeup. There’s no reason for young girls or anybody for that matter to have makeup that is literally caked on!

    • 5.4.17

      I’m so with you about the makeup! Some girls just look ridiculous the way that they pile so much product on their face. And, yes to all the perfume!

  6. 5.3.17
    The Adored Life said:

    Your mom is smarrtttttttttttt! Also she is smart because she raised you to be such a gem!

  7. 5.3.17

    Yes to all of this, your mom has infinite wisdom indeed <3

    Green Fashionista

  8. 5.3.17

    Your mom sounds like a wise woman! I love all of these lessons.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  9. 5.3.17

    Such a cute post and just in time for Mother’s Day. Love it!

  10. 5.3.17

    This is so sweet! My mom used to wear this perfume from Barney’s that they don’t make anymore. It smelled so good. 🙂 My mom also has incredible skin and has always just told us to take care of it. Oh and to always wear lipstick. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  11. 5.3.17
    Debra Stachelski said:

    This was very sweet to read! I certainly don’t consider myself to be a beauty expert, but I do believe in everything you said here. The best thing about being a mom right now is learning from you as well!

    • 5.4.17

      It’s fun to teach you new things, too now that I’m older. Thanks for showing and teaching me such important things!

  12. 5.3.17
    Pamela said:

    Aw I love this! My mom always tried to teach me that less is more but it took me getting older to really understand and appreciate it. And that perfume packaging is so cute! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • 5.4.17

      I agree! I’m definitely now just appreciating everything my mom tried to teach me growing up. Must be part of the whole adulting process!

  13. 5.3.17
    Ashley said:

    Such a cute post! I never thought to check Etsy for perfume. So smart!!

  14. 5.3.17

    My mother is my best friend, therapist, and basically everything I can throw at her. She definitely raised me to be fiercely independent and successful. This is such a beautiful post and I definitely need to check out that scent. My mother and I wear the same perfume 😉

    • 5.4.17

      Well, your mom did a stellar job of all that! I’m sure she’s so proud of you every single day. 🙂 I seriously love that perfume and Vanessa’s blend no. 209 – they are 2 of my favorites!

  15. 5.3.17
    Biana Perez said:

    The last little tidbit of wise advice from your mom is so true!! I think the biggest thing that my mom taught me is to love myself and accept my physical flaws – easier said that done for sure, but she was my biggest cheerleader growing up and always made me feel beautiful and loved! Your mom sounds like a smart and loving woman – which is like duh since that’s you in a nutshell! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • 5.4.17

      Oh gosh, you’re too sweet! Everyone always jokes about not wanting to become their mom when they’re older, and I’m over here like no way! I want to be just like mine! 🙂 I know how close you are to your mom, so I love that she supports you and always makes you feel beautiful for the person that you are!