Media Pressure

I am not going to lie, I am a newbie to make-up. I never started to wear make up until I was nineteen. Yep, I was late to that party. I had worn it on the occasion of going out clubbing, but even then I was just finding my girlie inner self. I have always been a tomboy, through and through. There’s elements to me now that I’d still say makes a tomboy but I guess I’ve matured into looking after my skin, wearing make up to make myself feel pretty and to actual consider what I wear. And yet recently I’ve seen so much bashing about girls that wear make-up.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is such a thing as wearing too much but that’s part of the learning process as a girl. I’m sure in a couple of years time I’ll look back and think what on Earth made me wear that or style my eyeliner like that? But for guys (and girls) to say online that girls don’t show their “true self” because they wear make-up is ridiculous. I can assure you about 90% girls wear make-up for themselves, for their confidence and to make themselves feel better. Make-up is fun, it’s creative, it’s no different to anyone styling and dying their hair or wearing the latest style of clothes. So why is there so much negativity and pressure around girls and make-up?

I’ve seen it on Facebook, I’ve seen it in articles like this and this. It’s media manipulating and pressuring girls to second guess themselves. I’ve done a bit of research myself and it always seems to narrow down to “men should like you anyway”. Guess what?! They do! I always believe appearance will always be involved in attraction, it’s the same when you look at a guy and he has nice shoes. It’s all part of a first impression and a way of figuring out each other. But a true attraction and a true relationship is much deeper than that. For a relationship to work you have to be completely comfortable with each other, it’s personalities that it boils down to at the end of the day. So girls, stop listening to what everybody else says. If you like to wear make-up, then wear your make-up!

It saddens me how negative and angry the internet can be, yet you see so much joy from it as well. I’ve met some people I still speak with on the internet but I’ve also been witness to a lot of hate. It bothers me that people can’t just accept someone’s opinion or just accept the way someone is. We all judge but it doesn’t necessarily mean you can exploit the freedom of speech. It’s ignorant to believe that the hate will go away because it’s a part of a society that we have all created and that makes me sad. My only advice is to – as hard as it is – just live your life as you please. Wear make-up. Don’t wear make-up. It’s honestly your choice!

I hate to do such a serious blog post but it’s something that bothers me a lot. I feel like the world focuses on a lot of negatives, particularly in the press and then we forget to appreciate all the little parts of our lives.

I figured to end this blog, I will show my transformation from tomboy girl into a slighter more girlie self. The reason I wear make-up? I suffer from terrible dark circles and I’m conscious about them so a bit of masking makes me feel all that better. (:

To Vlog or Not to Vlog

I suppose I have been curious about vlogging for a long time, I like the idea and it has been a constantly growing thing with the popularity of Youtube. I remember a very long time ago, when I use to run my graphics website (yes, I was a dork, but hey I met some seriously awesome people through that), that I vlogged once. I was no newbie to the blogging scene, in fact I’ve had countless LiveJournal’s and Tumblrs as well as my own site. But all I remember from that vlogging experience was that I left it online for a month and decided it was way too embarrassing.

And yet I’m still captivated by youtube videos and the idea of sharing your life through creativity. I suppose having a degree in film and constantly being involved in it has something to do with that. I though, I am very much a rambler, my English teacher at school said I waffle too much in my essays, I tend to waffle on Twitter and in my blog which is funny cause the contrast in life I wouldn’t say I’m at chatterbox at all – perhaps another quality necessary to be a youtube star. Hmm, I suppose it’ll be one of those things I think looks cool but probably isn’t for me.
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