Make Up: Can't Live With It, Can't Live Without It | Beauty

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
You usually hear this phrase batted around by your male friends when they're bantering about their missus, as they do! But women don't tend to refer to men in that way, as I think we all know we'd do fine without the male species #GirlPower. 

No, the love/hate relationship women have is with Make Up. 

I love make up with every fibre of my being. It gives me a confidence boost that I could never get from anything or anyone else and it gives me the capability to improve every aspect of my face; I can have a flawless complexion, chiseled cheeks, bigger brows and longer lashes all with the sweep of a brush.

Spending time on my makeup is something I do daily, and have done for many years now. But I have come to a bit of a crosswords as I am beginning to resent when I miss out on that extra 30 minutes in bed and my skin has started to look really shitty. Only now, after I have invested time and money into my skincare routine, do I actually feel confident to leave the house barefaced. But even that is an absolute rarity.  

Not only does it do wonders for my self esteem, but it's actually really fun. My ABH Modern Renaissance palette is my favourite for creating a variety of looks. If I'm feeling daring, I can go for a bold cut crease, or if I'm after a more subtle look, simple neutral tones are the perfect compliment. The possibilities are truly endless and I'm sure we have all seen over Instagram what spectacles can be created with makeup. We're all modern day Monet's, if you ask me. 

Even though I love experimenting with dramatic looks, there is a time and a place. I don't always want to look completely done up, and more than anything, I wish I had the confidence to go without. I can try to do a 'no make up, make up look' and  always find myself thinking "Oh, I look a bit washed out. Let me add some more blush." Or "My bags are overshadowing my eyes, a little liner will help." And before you know it, my cheeks are contoured and my eyes resemble Amy Whinehouse's. 

With its ever growing popularity, the industry has been completely revolutionised. We now have an influx of Vegan and Cruelty Free products, which I'm sure was completely unheard of 5-10 years ago and influencers such as Huda Beauty are being given opportunities to work on their own cosmetic lines which have been a huge success, all from starting out over on YouTube. I find that so empowering and motivating to see, that regular women just like you and me are able to grow in something they are super passionate about. I love that. 

However, with an increase in popularity, means an increase in new products being released daily from our favourite brands. I have a real love/hate relationship with this. Don't get me wrong, there is no better feeling than when your Beauty Bay parcel arrives, and you open your brand new Instagram worthy palette. But if I was to buy every new palette I fell in love with, I'm fairly certain I'd be declaring bankruptcy by the end of the week. It's impossible to keep up!

Given everything to consider, I still love make up, and I think I always will. It makes me feel like the best version of myself, and that is a feeling I can't compete with. But I think I will try to be more conscious with how much makeup I wear on a daily basis, and maybe try to go without on weekends, unless for an occasion.

What are your thoughts on make up.. Can you live without it?

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