For my second post in the Dial “Get Noticed” Campaign, I had to ask my friends and my significant other about what they first noticed about me as a person. Now this was kind of difficult for me, because while I consider myself a confident woman, I also feel sheepish sometimes when I receive a compliment. Part of being a confident woman is remaining humble, in my opinion, so receiving these incredibly kind words made me feel a little twitchy! I do think it is important to celebrate yourself, though, as a human being, and cherish the things people love you for. In total, I got several friends and my husband to dish on what they first noticed about me as a person, both physically and personality wise, and this is what they came up with…
- HAIR: My friend Michelle said she first noticed my hair and that it is “so cool.” I think she is referring to the ombre in my hair because whenever I see her she inquires about it! My other friend, Jessica, whom is a hairstylist and was my long-time hairdresser said she also noticed my hair first, because it was “super, super long when I first met you.”
My hair was most definitely long when I first met her! Really, my hair has its own life story at this point. It’s been long, short, and everything in between. It’s been platinum blonde, red, black, purple, pink, and teal. Currently, my hair is just about as long as my hair was in the photograph above, and I have a blonde ombre that I did myself:
- EYES: I actually get this compliment very often, and I can proudly say that it is a genetic trait that runs in my family. My dad has piercing blue eyes, and my sister has gorgeous almond-shaped green eyes, and they run rampantly in my family. Since my mom has brown eyes, I came out with some sort of blue-green, aqua mix with a ring of gold. My friend Lisa said, “Your eyes are the most amazing I’ve ever seen.” My friend Kristin said, “I first noticed your beautiful eyes, mainly because I saw your profile pic! They were the eyes of someone I wanted to be friends with!” My good friend Sandy said, “Your eyes, they tell all. Windows to the soul.” My older sister Angie said, “I might be your sister, but hopefully I still count as your friend. I definitely say your eyes. Yours speak so much about you, and the beauty of you both on the outside and inside. You have an instant glow that just radiates from them and your face.” And then, there is my husband Kevin, who said “Your eyes, which are truly the most unique and gorgeous set on the planet.” It was quite incredible how many people had really in depth, warm things to say about my eyes. Believe it or not, when I was younger and felt very much like an ugly duckling in my teenage years, my eyes were really the only feature I liked about myself. I enjoyed playing them up with makeup, which is one of the reasons I became so passionate about makeup to begin with.
- STRONG, ASSERTIVE, HONEST PERSONALITY: My mother always likes to tell me that I am one of the most forthcoming people she has ever met. My good friend Erin said, “We talked via e-mail before actually meeting, as I’m sure you remember. I was struck by your honesty and with how forthcoming you were. I immediately felt a great deal of love and respect for you after reading that initial email!” My husband Kevin, paid the ultimate compliment and said, “I noticed your strong, assertive personality when I was 16. You always came off as sure of yourself and confident. Now that I am older, I recognize that attribute as leadership and the courage to be independent and self-motivated.” This is probably the ultimate compliment because it’s a character trait that I hold dear to myself, and work hard at keeping. Not to get all Dr.Phil on you here, but it really takes years of learning to love and accept yourself for who you are, while also constantly evolving and working to better yourself.
- LIPS: My friend Ali said, “Your lips! People PAY for those!” Oh, how I love thee Ali! I actually always wish I was born naturally with incredibly big and pouty lips. It’s hard for me to consider that I actually might have decently plump lips that I was born with. Of course, a few makeup tricks along the way never hurt in aiding the illusion of big lips either!
- FACE STRUCTURE: My dear friend Kimmie said, “Your beautiful facial structure. It’s just so perfect.” To be honest with you, this was one of the things I was most insecure about growing up. From the time I was a child, I’ve always had a round face shape, a la Miranda Kerr. It doesn’t matter how skinny I am, my face will always have a round shape, and I’ll always have that “baby face” to my cheeks. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to embrace it, because if Miranda Kerr can be a world famous supermodel with a round face and dimples, I can appreciate my face structure too!
- SPORTS LOVING GAL: My husband said, “Plus, the fact that you were a big sports fan was a huge plus.” Now you’re probably thinking, “But you run a beauty website and you love makeup, Rebecca.” Well, yes, I like all things girly and feminine, but I actually grew up as quite the tomboy. I skipped the big 8th grade dance to go to a Subway Series Yankees game in the Bronx. I grew up watching baseball, going to Yankee stadium constantly, and going toe-to-toe with other guys about sports statistics. I’m not the woman who complains about her man watching sports, I’m the one screaming from the couch in my gear! I’ve always been a huge sports fan, and always will be one. My favorite teams are the New York Yankees, New York Jets, Brooklyn Nets, and New Jersey Devils (I was born and raised in NJ). It’s always a surprising tidbit for people (especially men) to learn about me, since I don’t think I look like your typical sports fanatic.
Since I got amazing responses from my family, friends and husband about what they first noticed about me, I urge you to do the same in your life. Don’t think of it as being vain or narcissistic, think of it as an exercise in getting to know yourself, your traits, and what others love about you. Those who are close to you will be more than happy to spill what they love about you! Through this, you can learn to nurture your strengths, both physical and character wise. It also never hurts to know how people perceive you and what they notice first about you. This can help in many situations such as a job interview or a competition!
CHALLENGE: What did your friends, family, or significant other say they first noticed about YOU? Leave a comment below and tell me!
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