My listed interests include things like writing, reading, bush walks, social issues, history… and one thing that makes me feel silly, but really does interest me: make-up.
I love it. I like to put it on, experiment with colours and patterns, try new stuff, and to watch make-up tutorials on youtube. I don’t leave the house without my make-up having been done, because to do so would be (for me) to suggest that I have been too lazy to care about my appearance that day,and when you no longer care about yourself, why should others? I just sounded like a Miss United States contestant, but here’s the reason I can say that: because I don’t mind at all when other girls don’t wear make-up, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest, and I generally don’t even notice. Other girls always look great to me. It’s simply something I feel for myself personally.
I don’t dress up to attract male attention. I realised I care a whole level of zilch about how boys I don’t even know perceive me or my attractiveness. There’s only one guy I want to dress up for and that’s my partner – funny how grossly cliched and lovey-dovey I found myself to really be after all this time refusing to believe I could be a warm person. I do however like to look nice for other women, because they’re often such big critics of other girl’s looks. It makes them feel better. I know that there are girls I know personally who have mocked my appearance, bitched about it or called me ugly simply because they don’t want me to feel okay about myself. Girls have such venom on other girls appearances. I began stopping myself from thinking anything negative about another girl’s appearances when I’m out. So long as you don’t stink, you’re fine by me.
Oh, but… there was this one time last winter when my hairdresser was rinsing the dye from my hair and we both happened to look at the window at the same time. There was a woman out there, aged perhaps in her 60′s, wearing nothing but a jumper and calf-length boots. No pants. No pants! In the middle of winter! What can I say, nobody is judgemental-free.
I was asked to clean all my spare make-up from the top of the chest of drawers that weren’t mine, thank you, and found that I had more stuff than I had room for, but didn’t want to throw away… Because make-up is shiny and colourful and holds the promise of making me feel better about myself. (for the record, I don’t wear zany colours in my day-to-day life. I’ve learned self-control)
This was the hoard:
Photos done, here’s my list of beauty products I love, heck I should be paid for this:
1. Aveeno Moisturizer
This stuff actually changed how my skin looks. It evens out skin tone and smoothness, lessens the appearance of clogged pores and has sunscreen in-built, SPF 15.
2. Organic Care range
Straight from the Coles supermarkets Australia for a low price come this range of shampoos, conditioners and body scrubs that are vegan friendly, smell awesome and leave you hair clean longer than regular shampoos.
3. Revlon Lip Butters
I know that a lot of people weren’t happy with this product because they don’t go on like lipstick, but for me they are perfect. After I lost the pigmentation in the center of lower lip I wanted something that would cover it but not make me look like I’m constantly wearing lip stick. They’re light and slightly glossy.
4. Revlon Brush kit
I was originally going to buy another cheap set of make-up brushes, but someone gave me this for Christmas and I’m glad I didn’t go for the cheapie option again. Sometimes paying more is better. The foundation brush applies foundation evenly and never too thick, while the eye brushes allow for great precision and blending.
5. Revlon ‘Photo Ready Perfecting Primer’ Primer
Again, I know a lot of make-up users don’t use primer because they think it’s pointless. This one is good. It covers your pores and evens your skin tone and doesn’t mess up with the application of foundation. A friend watched me apply it and actually said ‘wow!’ when she saw the difference, because my life is apparently an infomercial.
6. Dior Perfume: J’adore
If you want a classy perfume that actually smells like a perfume and not teenage girl body spray, Dior is the maker for it. Never overpowering, and doesn’t aggravate my sensitivity to smell.
7. Max Factor Second Skin Foundation
I had no idea this stuff would look so lovely, but it surprised me.
I mostly buy drug store products, but should probably branch out into some bigger brands. Perhaps when I live a more interesting life and actually have places to go and people to see.. You know. My favourite tips are: use brown eye-shadow to make blue eyes ‘pop’, look bluer and warmer. Add white eye liner to your water line to open your eyes up. Use highlighting techniques to make your cheekbones more prominent. And so on.
Hope you weren’t too bored sitting through a post on the vain subject of make-up, but I did enjoy writing it! Any comments on the beauty industry – feel free to leave them, I have opinions on it just like every one else despite my enjoyment of their shiny goods. Though let’s keep it friendly.