Where does makeup fit into body confidence and feminism?

These days, social media is awash with posts about body confidence. Feeling comfortable in your own skin, rejecting the need to be ‘beach body ready’. Because let’s face it, we’re all beach body ready. There’s a beach, I have a body. I’m ready. Another movement I’m loving is feminism. Women refusing to conform to the societal norms that make life more difficult for us. Hair removal is a great example and it’s wonderful to see women choosing whether to remove bodily hair, rather than feeling that they have to. However there’s one thing that doesn’t sit comfortably with me in…

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Beauty and the beet

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the fact that I want to create my own makeup from natural ingredients. As with everything, time is my biggest enemy. But today, I managed to find the time to make some pretty amazing things. But the story about what I made doesn’t start here. In fact, it starts some years ago. In 2008, my (now) husband and I headed off to travel around New Zealand. During our trip, we went to visit my cousin who lives over there. We had a brilliant night in the pub with my cousin and her friends, during which…

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Beauty without compromise

A little while ago, I wrote about the fact that my little girl had uttered the words “I’m not a pretty girl.” This really concerned me because I’m terrible at taking pride in my own appearance and I worry that she’s picked up on that. Only this week, we had a photo shoot with a professional photographer and I’d assumed that the camera wouldn’t go anywhere near me. So I ended up having a photo taken with no makeup on. And whilst it’s a great keepsake, I looked fairly dreadful. The problem is, commercial makeup doesn’t sit comfortably with me from an…

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