* This is an extra exciting post, because recently I was asked to team up with COVERGIRL
to talk about the importance of women turning a "Can't" into a "Can". As women and as girls we are told consciously and subconsciously that we are not to do specific things or that we simply can't. COVERGIRL's #GirlsCan campaign is all about taking down these walls and culture standards and setting new ones while empowering girls of all ages to know that they can! COVERGIRL asked me to share a time when, as a girl, I turned a can't into a can.
When I was about 11, I had been playing tennis for three years and we had recently
moved out of state, so my mom enrolled me in tennis lessons 3 times a week. I have always been naturally athletic and super competitive, so soon enough I was at the top of my class. One day my coach pulled my mom aside to tell her that the other girls didn't want to play with me, and that because I was doing so well they felt like they had no chance of winning and that he thought I shouldn't play with them either. Of course my mom was about to go full on grizzly on him when he suggested I be moved to the boys team where I could have more of a challenge. I was excited for the challenge but was not welcomed with open arms. "A girl...on the boy's team?" was the general reaction. I was teased and told that I shouldn't be there. None of the boys (ages 12-14) wanted to play with me or against me. In their minds if they beat me, I was just a girl and if I won, they would have been shamefully beaten by a girl. Luckily I had a coach and parents who stood by this choice to move me. One day we were supposed to play doubles (a two player team vs a two player team) and non of the boys would play on my team. The coach was about to assign one of them, forcing him to play on my side when I made a shocking request. I asked to play 2 against 1. Me against them. If no one wanted to be on my team I would beat them alone. All of them mocked me, wished me sarcastic "good luck" and whistled at me in my tennis skirt as the coach attempted to settle them down. I served first and the game began. I played my heart out, and a beat them, not by a little, but by a landslide. I won Game - Love (4-0) and not only shocked them all, but showed them to never count me out again. After turning their Can't into a Can, I had them begging to be on my team and shaking when they had to play against me.
COVERGIRL has two #GirlsCan mascaras that are part of this movement both available
at Walmart. COVERGIRL Max Volume Flamed Out Mascara and COVERGIRL Professional All-in-One Mascara.
COVERGIRL also asked me to create a look with their Max Volume Flamed Out Mascara
that represents empowerment! I believe that makeup is a powerful tool and can boost confidence and empower the women who wearing it, so I created a modern twist on a classic look that I think encompasses the power of women...The Pin-Up Girl. This look shows off all the tools women have within them and showcases that through a feminine and strong look.
Clean Foundation for Normal Skin in 110 Classic Ivory
COVERGIRL & Olay De-Puffer Eye Concealer in 310 Fair
Eye Shadow Quad in 220 Urban Basics
Line Exact in 620 Black/Brown
Classic Color Blush in Iced Plum
Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in 230 Berry Twist
Max Volume Flamed Out Mascara #GirlsCan
COVERGIRL is also helping to empower women by donating $50,000 to Dress For Success. How beautiful is that? To learn even more about it click here! And not only did they give me a Walmart gift card to create this COVERGIRL #GirlsCan look they also want me to empower one of you with a $25. gift card to Walmart to create your own look to feel like any Can't can be turned into a Can.
To enter you must live in the U.S., be following my blog, like my Facebook page and leave a comment on this post telling me what makeup item or look makes you feel empowered. You must be 18 or have a parent's/guardian's permission to enter. A winner will be randomly picked and I will private message the winner.
Contest is now closed and the winner has been contacted.
Thanks to all who entered and keep an eye out for more giveaways to come.
I hope that this post has empowered you and that you know you too can do anything.
It doesn't matter who tells you no, push through and tell them yes! Because you can, because #GirlsCan!