My name is Olivia B and I’m from the beautiful, sunny Caribbean island of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. I am a mid thirty-something-year-old Finance Manager and a Certified Makeup Artist and a lover of all things fashion & style, beauty, food and travel.
How do you defy society’s typical beauty standards?
I was never one to follow anything. I just do my thing. While I appreciate fads, trends, and style I would not consider myself a conformist because one size does not fit all. Everyone is a unique individual, gifted with perfections and imperfections which should be embraced alike, therefore I stay true to me. If I feel like wearing black lipstick on a bright sunny day, that is exactly what I will do. Just because it’s Spring or Summer doesn’t mean I need to wear pinks, corals, or oranges. I truly believe that we would all be better individuals if we appreciated and accepted our individuality more instead of trying emulate other individuals, unless it’s Jesus Christ.
Literally everything. There is art and beauty in everything around us.
For my body, I swear by anything with cocoa butter and shea butter in it. I try to stay away from heavily perfumed items because they aggravate my eczema. For my locs, I do not necessarily have a regimen. I wash when needed, grease my scalp (not moisturize, but grease) and generously spread Argan Oil all over the locs. Because my skin in hyper-sensitive, I use Pear Soap. It is gentle enough for babies and definitely works for my face. In terms of makeup which I rarely wear, I use NARS Sheer Matte foundation in Macao lightly dusted with Ben Nye all over. Because I have a thing for eyebrows, mine must be done daily. I will go completely bare faced but my brows must me done. For me, less is more.
Would you say you’re 100% comfortable in your own skin at this point in your life? How so or why not?
As much as I speak about appreciating and accepting one’s self, I still believe that even the strongest, most comfortable woman has a complex about something and I am one of those women. I have always been a very petite person. I’ve been teased, looked at strangely and even questioned about my health. I am healthy, but a genetically tiny healthy. I have up days and down days where I look in the mirror and either smile or smirk, but at the end of the day, I am me and I love me. For the things and parts that I am less comfortable with, I work on them if I can and leave the rest to God. Absolutely no one is flawless and perfect but it’s about truly accepting those imperfections, individuality and unique attributes that makes all the difference.