Wednesday, 28 June 2017

5 Things: What Makeup Has Taught Me

"It always seems impossible until it's done" - Nelson Mandela

This quote has been the one on my mind for a long time now and I thought it would be perfect to include it in a post about all the things that beauty and makeup have taught me. 

Someone once told me when they saw the photo of me on my old ID card: "Nobody would come across the thought of you having a beauty blog by looking at that old photo!" - I still don't call myself beautiful but I've made myself look a lot more presentable than when I had that photo taken years ago!

Coming up with this blog had also been the time I first started using makeup properly. Before that, I would watch tutorials and beauty videos but never try any of that myself. At some point, though, I just went for it - just like I did with my blog. And so the journey of blogging, beauty and makeup started...

It's quality, not quantity. I always wanted to have as many things of one category as possible because I thought it would be best that way. Now I know that the quality of a product is much more important than the quantity. It really is worth to spend the extra €10 on a mascara or concealer sometimes because the quality is a lot better in most cases. 

The Naked Truth. I'm aware of the face that stares back at me when I look in the mirror and most of the time I don't like it. Sometimes I'm happy with how my face looks without any makeup on and sometimes I just want to start crying because of all those spots and the redness on my nose. I have big ears and my eyebrows don't look the way I want them to. My upper lip is too thin for my liking and my face is too round.
There are lots of things that I don't like about myself but using makeup and talking about all these products has made me realise that it's just the way I look and I should be okay with that. Everyone looks different but beautiful in their own individual way and we've got to appreciate that.

What looks good, what doesn't. Sometimes I want to go for a bold red lip and a smokey eye but I know that I just can't pull that off. It doesn't suit my personal style or my personality in any way so I make sure to go for lighter and more natural makeup looks - and I don't mind that. These kinds of looks have become my favourite and I must admit that I feel really pretty sometimes, knowing that I have something on my face that actually looks good.

It's okay to say no. There are days where I just don't know why I started a makeup and beauty blog in the first place. I'm not even good at applying makeup so why should I tell other people about it? I feel quite unmotivated on those days and it makes me sad to know that I have such thoughts running through my mind. But then again I force my mind to remember that it was the best decision I've made so far - to start a blog and start doing my makeup - and that it's completely normal to feel down, uninspired and unmotivated sometimes. So I tell myself "No not today, just let me be and I will get back to it another day." and everything will turn out fine.

Organisation is key. Blogging and doing my makeup both have taught me to be a lot more organised in life and with everything else that I do. Especially when it comes to my makeup collection, I like to have everything organised and clean because makeup does have an expiry date and nobody likes to use makeup that's already dried up and disgusting! I have a good look through my collection every other month to sort out the things that I don't like or don't use and give them to my family and friends, hoping that they will use the products more than I did.

Makeup has taught me a lot of things as you can tell and I'm sure I will learn much more throughout my next few years of blogging and doing my makeup.

Tell me a bit about the things makeup has taught you! x


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