By Diana Zarowin

Fans of The Bachelor, this one’s for you…

With the newest season of the Bachelor premiering Monday January 7th, we sat down with Real Beauty Rachel Truehart (fan-favorite on Bachelor Season 16 and runner-up in this past summer’s Bachelor Pad 3) to talk beauty, food and what she learned being onThe Bachelor.

How do you define beauty? It’s endless, really. I don’t think any two people define beauty the same way, which is amazing and I think that’s a good thing. Beauty is kind of indefinable in that way.

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger? I still am young! Haha! I think I’m just learning now [that] I need to take better care of my skin and am starting to use better skin creams to try and combat wrinkles while I’m still young.

What are your must-have beauty products? Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo (the powder, not the spray!), AG Toning Silver shampoo, TIGI BedHead Shine spray (I love my hair products!) Laura Gellar Bronzer and MAC bronzer are two of my faves. To be honest, when it comes to my makeup, I will buy any drugstore brand having a good sale – such as mascara, eyeliners and eye shadows.  I’m always switching it up.

Beauty is as much about what you feed your skin as it is about your beauty products, so what do you eat for beauty? I try to keep a pretty healthy diet and live by the 80/20 rule: 80% of the time I eat healthy then 20% of the time I let myself splurge…although that hasn’t been true during these Holidays! I do have a big sweet tooth though so that can be tough to ignore!

So, we have to ask, why did you choose to go on the show?  The timing of it was great for where I was in my life. I was single, looking to leave my job and feeling like I was in a bit of a ‘rut.’ My life just needed a big change.  So, when the opportunity came up, it just felt right.  I didn’t go on [to the show] saying ‘I am definitely going to fall in love and get married to the Bachelor’ but I did go on thinking ‘I hope this is an amazing experience and if I do fall in love along the way, great!’

What did you learn from it all?  Luckily I have learned to thicken my skin [from the process] and know that [people say] things without knowing the real me and only judging without having the ‘full story’. It takes a lot to put yourself out there for the world to judge, so I learned to give myself some credit for being able to put myself out there.

Do you think the show changed you at all?  I think anything you do in life changes you a little, that’s what life is about, growing and maturing from your life experiences. I think I have a [more] confidence in myself and feel  [stronger] now too.

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