Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Why I Love Beauty



I think for a lot of women, and men as a matter of fact, beauty and the process of doing yourself up is something that is special. It reminds you of your mum or grandmother or some kind of feminine role model who has shaped your life and who you are. Beauty is sentimental and nostalgic, the smell of a perfume, my mums lipstick or even just painting my nails on a Sunday night can remind me of beautiful moments in my life.

There is so much talk of vanity and narcism with beauty products but to me it's really a form of self expression and building a sense of who you are and what you want to display to the world. I've always loved special, luxury items and would mull over my aunties fashion magazines circling all of my favourite pieces. I would douse myself heavily in my mums perfume whenever she wasn't looking and beg her to let me wear mascara to school. I would go to my aunties house and sit in her little dressing room pulling out all of her lovely products and I probably could have sat there admiring them all day. Make-up and beauty products have always been really special to me. 

I love fashion too and I can remember having one special edition of Vogue that I stole from the dentist at about 10 years old. I was completely captivated by this issue for the best part of 2002, and there wasn't even any free beauty samples left. I don't think I connected with fashion in the same way I did beauty as I grew into my teenage years which I think was for two reasons. Firstly, because I have outrageously expensive taste and I could never afford the YSL boots but I could just about stretch to the YSL lipstick. That click of the lid and the beautiful packaging for some reason just resonated with me and gave me the elation that a new dress might give another girl. Following on from that I've always been a bigger girl and although I loved the designer clothes and all the beautiful garments, realistically I knew even with all the money in the world they would never compliment my rounder, shorter figure.

Here's the thing about beauty products, no matter your size, shape, race or budget you can throw on a red lipstick, paint your nails black or cut all you hair off and still have that Hollywood transformation moment. Beauty has always welcomed me into its club with open arms, and it has never made me feel like I wasn't good enough for it. I've never felt bad browsing lipstick shades in boots but there have been some pretty dark moments of self loathing in high street changing rooms trying on jeans. I know most people can relate to that, and this isn't what this is about. It's about how beauty has given me those moments of feeling good enough and feeling pretty within myself.

I recently read the amazing Sali Hughe's Pretty Honest and she said something along the lines of you can't always make yourself feel good but you can make yourself look good. I think for the sad days, tired days or cold days this statement is one to live by. We all experience hard times or even just life changes that take a bit of adjusting to and and my amazing mum always made sure I was equipped for this in the beauty department. She just got it, she knew that if I had my moisturiser, my foundation and my hairspray even at 14 years old I could take on the world.

L x
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24 comments

  1. Such a lovely piece. It's true that you can make yourself look good and sometimes that can help perk you up. I know when I do my face, I feel so much better sometimes to face the world.

    Damn lol fashion had you stealing from the dentist, like 2pac had me stealing from church camp LMAO! #NoJudgement.

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  2. What a lovely post - I have to admit even on my bad days I try and spray some perfume as that uplifts me. x

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  3. I totally agree with this. I can be feeling crappy and then spend some time on myself and it always makes me feel better.

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  4. I love this post, I work on a fragrance counter and even if I go into work feeling rubbish, I work along the fragrances spritzing all day long

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  5. I really enjoyed this post, so true! Make up makes me feel better sometimes too xx

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  6. What a lovely post. Wearing make up makes me feel so much better and puts me in a good mood.

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  7. I absolutely LOVED your post. I share a strong love for beauty too, it just makes me smile xxx

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  8. I really loved and appreciated this post! Thank you for voicing everything I'd been feeling lately! I feel like women get such flack for indulging in what makes them happy, but how is it any different from a man with his cars? Regardless, great post!

    xx Heather
    stormywheather.com

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  9. Totally agree with this post, I think makeup for me is a way of making myself happy with the way I look and if I look fierce and well put together I feel it x

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  10. What a beautifully written piece. I have to agree, everything is right with the world when I put on a dress, my red lipstick and winged eyeliner. When I stop making an effort is when my mental health is declining. I can't live without my winged eyeliner!

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  11. I love this post! I have had a deep routed love for hair and beauty since I was a little girl, I knew that I always wanted to go into the industry. I knew that it made me happy and it could make others happy too. When I was young I was told I was smarter than all this 'faff' and that it was 'tarty' but I didn't listen because it genuinely made me happy from within. I remember the first time I did a clients hair and the beaming smile that came over her face, she was so happy... That, I will forever hold that with me forever.

    I hate that people paint this terrible picture of people that enjoy beauty, its such a form of creativity and expression. It makes us feel alive and happy, why should we deprive someone of that? Like you said browsing a lipstick never made me feel bad but trying on clothes has, make up has never had a negative effect on me (well apart from that orange foundation when I was 13, but we shall forget about that haha!). If I'm having a bad day I can do my hair, pop my face on and instantly feel better within myself... Even on some of my darkest days I can just play with my make up and it makes me happy. I suppose my beauty products are my therapy.

    Great post lovely, and sorry to spam you with the longest comment xx

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  12. A thought provoking post, this. I'm not a beauty enthusiast - I don't wear makeup, I wear the same few comfortable outfits over and over again. All this fashion and makeup stuff is for other people - it just doesn't interest me, so it's intriguing to read about someone who does enjoy this stuff, and why. I'd rather go for a brisk walk up the hill and let the wind dry my hair than spend the same amount of time with a hair drier. ;)

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  13. I agree - I can't afford Chanel, but I can sure as hell buy one of their lipsticks!

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  14. I must confess I don't leave the house without my eyeliner and lipstick! :)

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  15. Love love love this post and it is amazing what a little of makeup can do and how it can make you feel. I never leave the house without my mascara on x

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  16. I completely agree - I'm such a beauty fan and love the power makeup has to make you feel even better about yourself and your looks! x

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  17. sometimes putting my face on and playing around with makeup just lifts me out of a bad day or mood. I am a massive beauty lover too and I really think makeup and beauty can change your whole mood! xx

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  18. I totally agree with everything you've said here, and it's such a beautiful post! Beauty really does pick you up and make you feel better, whether it's a dab of concealer after a bad nights sleep or a spray of favourite perfume when feeling down.

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  19. I'm definitely one of those people that can feel crap one minute and once I've made myself up I feel like the entire day is going better! I love makeup and beauty!

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  20. i agree totally, make up and looking good totally raises my spirits, I know some people are very anti make up right now, but I'm not one of them.

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  21. Loved this post and I totally agree. Can't get enough of makeup x

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  22. Great post and interesting to see others views. I do quite like wearing make up although just a touch so no one knows I have it on ;-)

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  23. I love this post, I need to get back to my love for beauty products :)

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