My Fashion and Makeup Journey

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Fashion Mishaps, Makeup disasters and hair troubles. We’ve all been there, me more than most which is why I thought I would share with you when I started fashion, makeup etc and why.

I was a late fashion and makeup bloomer, only really getting into both of these things this year at the grand old age of 19. Yes, I had experimented with makeup in the past but it was all very basic and not at all inspiring. As I was growing up my mum placed a strong emphasis on not wearing makeup until I needed to . At the time I was whingeing and whining about wanting to wear makeup and not really caring about how I dressed much to my mothers despair .


I was never a popular kid throughout Secondary School, far from it and that was totally okay with me. I was the kid who turned up on time, did her homework and just generally got on with things. Yes, people thought I was weird but I didn’t particularly care. Trousers, jeans and hoodies where what I felt most comfortable in. I rarely wore dresses. I think the first dress I wore was to prom. I just didn’t feel comfortable in anything that showed off my figure or drew attention to myself. In my social anxiety riddled brain I connected Makeup and fashion to being noticed and looked at and I wanted neither of those things. I had low confidence and low self-esteem and this showed in my outfit choices. Daggy old clothes that should have been in the rag basket frequented my daily outfit choices.  I wasn’t interested in spending my money on clothes and I didn’t tend to go out that much anyway.

Slowly, towards years 10 and 11 I started to grow out of my fashion rut. I was going out more and needed more outfits. However, at college I don’t think a day went by where I didn’t wear jeans and a t-shirt which probably didn’t fit right accompanied with a super old fleece or a  hoody which swamped me.


Makeup wasn’t readily available around the house, my mum is a lipstick and perfume kind of girl and always has been. During my teenage years I rarely wore any makeup unless I went out to a party. Nude lipsticks and subtle mascara where my go to. I started venturing out into the world of eye-shadows. Big Mistake. Bright Pink and blue sparkly eye shadow for some reason was the direction I decided to branch out into, goodness knows why. I cringe every time I look at old photo’s.

I first started to add makeup into my daily routine at the beginning of my work career. I would always apply mascara and nude eye-shadows before I left the house, I also tried out powder foundations for while but  the powder did little or nothing to my face.


2013 was the year I properly discover youtube, discovered blogging and discovered myself. It all changed in February 2013.

Years of not being allowed makeup (which I am grateful for now) and being told by some friends (obviously not all)  that this or that didn’t look right made me determined to change. My friends from work where the first people in a long time who didn’t comment on the way I looked, didn’t care about that and have told me that I looked good with or without my makeup. This made it feel like the right time to make the change as it was purely for me.

For a Christmas present I had been booked a makeup lesson at a high-end makeup brand spa. I was a bit dubious at first as to what to expect when I looked in the mirror because I had never worn any makeup which covered my whole face. Lets just say my face had never not looked pale but I was presently surprised that what the lady had done looked natural. So that day I bought most of the products that she used on me and then gradually started implementing them into my day until I was using them all. People started commenting on how I looked “good different” and that was when I started to really get into makeup. Watching Beauty Guru’s on youtube has inspired me to try new products and just be more confident in my life.

Fashion came a long shortly after that. I was constantly watching youtube fashion hauls and decided to go on a few shopping sprees, my new face needed some new clothes to go with it. At first I ventured into skirts, then dresses. My wardrobe is now full of all sorts of dresses both short and long and I wear them everyday to work. I recently bought a crop top in orange of all colours something that would never have been feasible possible for me some 5 years ago. I actually have the confidence to wear clothes like that now.

I even managed to get over my fear and get my ears pierced with the help and encouragement of some dear friends.  I love wearing earrings now and feel they really complement any look. I look forward to getting more piercings in the near future too.

I owe a lot to makeup and fashion after all these years. They have given me the confidence to be the person and the friend that I have always wanted to be.

Until Next Time,

Love, Laugh and Shop

Charlotte x


    • September 23, 2013 / 7:13 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 I haven’t turned back either. one of the best decisions I have made!

    • September 23, 2013 / 7:14 pm

      This is the sweetest thing. Thank you. I shall get to writing it right now 🙂 Your blog is awesome btw!

  1. September 23, 2013 / 8:02 am

    So recognizable, except I’m not fully there on the fashion front yet. If given the choice I still go for the jeans and a hoodie.

    • September 23, 2013 / 7:14 pm

      Glad to hear that it is easy to relate to. Jeans and Hoodies are just too comfortable to give up 🙂

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