I’m a beauty blogger. Can I give myself that label, so to speak? Or am I just wishing I was, because I don’t have perfect skin: I have pores, large ones I might add. I have acne, eczema, oily skin, scars, blemishes, redness and chapped lips… anything else I can add to my long list of imperfections? Yes, my hair is dry, frizzy and too tough to handle. This may come across as a list of complaints about all the little flaws I have, but it isn’t. I accept my imperfections and I try to improve my skin through healthy lifestyle changes and minimal usage of skincare and cosmetic products.
My point is I see a re-occurring pattern in the online community when it comes to various niches. The majority of high-profile beauty blogs/articles are written by girls with flawless-looking skin, silky smooth hair and an endless supply of high-end cosmetics. The other categories I won’t bother addressing, as I gather you now know what I mean. When I first began my blog I wondered what others would make of me. If I posted a selfie or a makeup tutorial and others noticed my spots, dry patches as well as oily t-zone, would I instantly be denied access to the beauty world? I’ve never had the greatest skin. Since the moment puberty hit, my skin has spiralled out of control. I know that’s the main cause of skin issues for most people, men and women, but mine has never found a stopping point.
The first time my mum introduced me to make-up I was over the moon. I remember sitting in my bedroom at the age of 13 getting ready to go to the cinema (me and my friends aimed to sneak into a 15 – we succeeded, but who didn’t at that age?), and my mum lent me a black kohl eyeliner. Looking back, it’s not a great product on its own. I didn’t wear any mascara, simply lined my water-line and off we went. The moment I was handed those all-important tickets at the cinema, I instantly thought it was down to the make-up. I felt a sense of maturity from wearing a little bit of formula on my face. I’d see my mum do it every morning and obviously she was the one woman I looked up to. This is clearly a cliché thought that all girls may come across, but it’s true.
Make-up became a great barrier for hiding my insecurities as a teenager. The moment I discovered foundation, I was amazed. The build-up of make-up day after day and most times only using a face wipe to remove it has left my skin looking, well, a little worse for wear. I’m not someone who uses tons of skincare products and those I do use will tend to be organic, or at least have minimal ingredients. Right now my skincare routine consists of a bar of soap, warm water, a flannel and Coconut Oil. That’s it. My skin has never been better. Sure there are still a few spots, especially at that certain time of the month. My pores are still large, but the eczema is at ease and I can happily walk out of the flat with no make-up on and not feel on edge. Again, can I claim myself to be a beauty blogger even though I don’t cleanse, exfoliate, tone, moisturise, do skin peels, facial massages and repeat?
Let me know your thoughts.