This week on Talk Beauty, we highlight local SLC life coach extraordinaire and founder of The Lies I Tell Myself Project, Victoria Wynn, to find out how she discovered her most honest and real version of beauty - and how it turned her world upside down in the best way possible.
What led you to become a life coach?
I had a moment of confusion about 5 years ago. My life was in disarray, and my finances, love life, confidence and body image were all suffering. In total humility and exasperation, I looked up to the sky and asked, “Why is this happening to me? I’m a smart, honest, cute, service-oriented girl, yet nothing is working.” The answer I got was as clear as day: “It’s the lies you tell yourself, Victoria.” From that moment on, I haven’t stopped investigating the lies I tell myself that hold me back from my dreams. I now share the tools and processes I used to get my own life in order to help change other’s lives. I love to see the look of excitement when my clients let go of a lie that’s been holding them back for years!
What do you consider to be your beauty essentials?
Certainly Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream, and Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant in the shower (it’s crushed rice that’s moistened with water). Freaking fantastic invention! I drive a convertible and feel like I end up with so much gook on my face. This product takes it all off. PS…it’s a money saver. You use so little to get the job done!
Your skin is absolutely flawless. Describe your daily skincare routine.
Being a California girl and then coming to a dry state like Utah has wreaked havoc on my skin, so, again, I use Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream every morning. My twin 15 year olds also love this product (Michelle from Got Beauty also reminded me about the importance of drinking a ton of water for happy skin).
Wait...you have HOW many kids?!
Hah! I have 5. From 15-year-old twin girls (as sassy as their mom) up to a 23 year old son who just got married! We have a bond that exceeds anything I ever thought possible. Everyday my twins and I have “boy talk” after school and they shockingly don’t ever argue with me. Some parents get more stress walking in the door, mine are relieved when I walk in the door. It helps that they both sing beautifully so I have constant live music in my home.
What is your favorite free time guilty pleasure?
Convertible drives through the canyons of Utah or the beaches of California. I will take off in the middle of the week for a few hours with music blasting and come back after I feel empowered again. There’s something about the wind, open sky above me and the beat of music that brings me back to remembering who I am and how capable I am of achieving my goals, not to mention the reminder of all that I already have.
Give us your best "get ready in 5 minutes" beauty tricks.
As a mom and businesswoman, I often only have 5 minutes to get out the door, so this one’s easy! The truth is I just I focus on 4 things:
• For my hair, I spritz in the Batiste Dry Shampoo or Bumble & bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish for insta-lift.
• For my eyes, I use the POPS Tugless Eyeliner in black so I look awake.
• Lips, I throw on the Jane Iredale Lip Crayon in “Luscious”, or something bright red and sassy.
• Finally, I add a touch of bronzer so I can quickly contour my cheeks and get a glow. The lie I used to tell myself is I can’t get out of the house that fast…ha!
What is your favorite 'feel fancy' go to?
I was recently introduced to the Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream. Raquel at Got Beauty tried it on me and I’m now in love with it! I’m learning that I deserve to use some high end products on myself. I went years without it, and that time has gone! It’s all about self love now. A second favorite would be a really good pair of stilettos…(insert devious look).
What helps you relax during the stressful times?
As busy as it can get, I take the time to get my nails done. Sometimes it’s Wonder Woman red, and other times, a more classy, subdued champagne color. There really is something about saying “I’m worth it!” and getting pampered. I also highly recommend exercising. Make the time! During this busy and somewhat stressful season, you need those endorphins!
What is the biggest life lesson you've had to learn?
How to set boundaries and hold firm to them. That was one of the lies I personally shed, that I’m not important enough to put my foot down on certain things. It’s so important to know one’s value.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My favorites are Martin Luther King Jr. for the manner in which he led in power but also led in love and always with a message of unity. I feel the same for Mother Teresa. I’m hoping to go to India and do service in Calcutta at her “Missionaries of Charity” home next year.
Do you have any secret beauty tips you'd like to share?
To remember that beauty comes from within. It’s the way in which she wears the make up. Let go of the lie that beauty looks like A, B or C (skinny, perfect make up, and so on). My male clients constantly tell me that the biggest beauty tip and attraction they have to a woman is her confidence. And yes they’ve said it beats the size of her behind, what she weighs or how perfect her facial features. A large part of my work is teaching confidence. It’s a life changer!
What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?
My dad (my hero) said that relationships are always more important than money. Money comes and goes, but we should nourish relationships so they stay.
*Stay tuned to Talk Beauty for more from local Wonder Woman Victoria Wynn.
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SLC-based writer Sadie Upwall is the Director of Social Media, Head Blogger of Talk Beauty, and Event Coordinator of Got Beauty Go Go.