Happiness Post – 10 Reasons Why You Should Wear As Much (or as little) Make Up As You Like

Hello again bargain hunters! My time is finally freeing up a bit so hopefully several posts a week will become a regular thing from me again, yay!

Now this post is a bit of a different one… As you can probably tell from my other posts I spend a lot of my free time reading articles and blogs about fashion and make up (as well as lots of other stuff). Recently I read an article on Elite Daily (a pretty good website for light-hearted articles) however one particular post that I read really stuck with me. It’s a well written article by a female author basically encouraging you to wear less make up and whilst that might not sound like something to get emotional about, some of her reasons for not wearing make up offended me a little bit. So naturally, I decided to do a blog post in reply to this article about why you should do what makes you happy, even if that is wearing lots of make up!

For many years like lots of other girls I know, I’ve struggled with insecurities about my appearance often wondering if my skin was too spotty or whether my hair was right, whether I looked too short or too fat for my outfit and yet recently what I am coming to learn is that it simply doesn’t matter! I can get in my own head about how I look, but ultimately someone, somewhere will think you look nice and as long as you can be yourself and let your personality shine, that’s all that matters as image isn’t everything. It’s wrong for us as women to put each other down because another girl doesn’t have the right outfit or hairstyle, as everyone is different and ultimately, that’s what makes us all beautiful and interesting! So let’s not dictate to others what they should or shouldn’t look like and instead all do whatever makes us happy and here are my reasons why…

(I would suggest reading the article first so this comparison makes sense – you can read it here!)

Why do I wear makeup?

I wear makeup because I like it! I like the way I look with makeup, I like experimenting with different looks and colours and because I’m rubbish at most arty and crafty things and yet make up and hair is something I’m good at. It helps me express who I am and what mood I am in and a positive side effect of make up is that it makes me look better than I do barefaced 🙂

I wear quite a lot of make up most days, but it helps me feel put together, confident and ready for the day ahead and despite the fact I wear make up it’s not my defining or most memorable feature. I’ve never known anyone refer to me as “the girl that wears lots of make up” so whilst people may or may not appreciate the effort I go to on a daily basis, I know that people are still looking at me as a whole person instead on focussing on what I have on my face.

  1. If we are trying to combat the body ideal, we should also try to combat the makeup ideal.

What is the make up ideal? I can understand the body ideal trying to combat the photo shopped images that we see everywhere, but what is the make up ideal, do we even have one?

One look on social media or through magazines and you see a whole variety of different looks and styles of make up and some images where no make up has been used at all so what does that say to you? To me it says wear whatever you want!

  1. You’ll spend less money.

I kind of agree with this. Wearing make up is an expense, not just a financial one but also one of time. However, who says the amount you have to spend is exorbitant? One look on a blog like mine will show you how to do your face for £5 or get a whole outfit for less than £30! Also, the time and money that I spend on make up to me has more pro’s than con’s. Looking put together put’s me in a good mental space and prepares me for the day. If I went to work without make up on I’d be worried people would be judging me and be far less productive which would probably cost me steps in my career which ultimately affects my ability to earn a good wage. If you want to wear make up think of it as an investment and an enhancement, not the be all and end all!

  1. Applying makeup takes up way too much time in the morning.

No, just no! It doesn’t have to. It takes me about 30 minutes to get ready for work. I shower or bath the night before, leave my hair to dry naturally and then spend my mornings prepping my face and picking an outfit. It helps me wake up, allows me to spend a bit more time with my boyfriend and puts me in good stead for the rest of the day. I have the news on in the background whilst I’m getting ready so I can catch up on current affairs, have chats with Andy about the day which if I wasn’t getting ready I’d spend in bed and this makes me happy and ready for the day ahead. I feel connected to the world, connected to the one I love and ready to hit the ground running. I still have a healthy breakfast, I still have the time to do some exercise and come to think of it if I didn’t wear make up I’d probably be in a much worse place than I am now. That’s not to say you have to wear make up, but don’t make it a time drain, multi-task and do something useful as well like catching up on podcasts or news or having a chat whilst you’re getting ready and if you choose not to to wear make up, then enjoy the extra sleep and make the most of your “free” time 🙂

  1. You’ll feel lighter.

Wearing make up on a hot day isn’t the most fun and this is where choice comes in! If you want to wear make up on a hot day, go ahead, just prep your face properly with a good primer and fixing spray and it will stay in place just fine. If you don’t want to wear make up go ahead, but you’ll still need to wear a good SPF which can often leave you feeling the same way as foundation.

All I have to say is that if you feel heavy with make up on you are probably wearing too much, so think about changing your setting powder to something lighter like L’oreal Magique or opting for a BB cream instead of a foundation!

  1. The guy you like/are hooking up with will see your natural face sooner than you think.

Who cares! I don’t wear make up or nice clothes for men, I do it for myself. If my boyfriend likes how I look then that’s a bonus, but as long as I feel happy then that’s all that matters.

  1. Honestly, the guy you like/are hooking up probably doesn’t know the difference anyway.

Not true! My guy friends and boyfriend can definitely tell when I have less/no make up on! They ask if I’m feeling alright or if I overslept.

I’m sure they would rather I wear make up than feel uncomfortable when I am with them because I don’t have any make up on and vice versa if make up isn’t really your thing. Just feel happy and comfortable and then they won’t notice a difference at all 🙂

  1. It’s better for your skin.

You should definitely check out what’s in the products you’re using! I try not to use anything with too many chemicals and where possible I purchase products which are moisturising and gentle instead of harsh and stripping. Despite all of this and whether you wear make up or not a good night time routine is essential! Shops like Lush now stock completely natural make up if this is more your thing or there are loads of great tutorials on Youtube on how to make you own completely natural beauty products, so if that’s your concern give it a go. But just remember to cleanse and moisturise your face every day and night to help replenish the natural goodness which can go missing during the day whether you’ve dolled yourself up or gone au natural! I like to use Simple’s Cleanser and Toner before applying Olay Regenerist around my eyes, Olay Moisturiser on my face and then applying Sudocrem to any blemishes or pimples (sounds odd but it really works for me)

  1. Taking your makeup off is the biggest b*tch.

I’ll admit that removing your make up can be a chore when you’ve had a bit too much to drink. On the whole though I enjoy taking my make up off and getting into my onesie! It makes it feel like it’s time to relax and draws the day to an end. For me it signifies relaxation and the start of downtime. Like I said, I would recommend having a good evening facial routine anyway, so what is one more step in that process if you want to wear make up?

  1. It’s so easy to do.

This is true and the points the writer makes about gradually reducing the amount of make up you wear are useful, so if you do feel like you wear too much make up or would just like to wear less follow this advice 🙂

  1. Nobody looks at you as much as you look at yourself.

This is true too. We are our own worst critics and see things that others don’t, we can all be self-deprecating and compare ourselves to others, I think it’s part of human nature! But if it makes you feel good to wear make up then do it! If it makes you feel free not to wear make up then do that too.

My whole annoyance about this article was it’s contradiction of itself. The author starts by saying she loves wearing make up, goes on to say by not wearing make up people see the real you and then finishes by saying that other people don’t see you regardless of what you do, which counteracts her earlier points, however the real crux of my frustration is more about who cares! Do whatever makes you happy! Spend less time being anxious or self conscious and enjoy all the good, happy times that come along as much as you can because life is precious and short – and if that means going out dolled up like Barbie everyday, DO IT!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post (this was my all time favourite to write) and if you did please show your appreciation by sharing, liking and subscribing! I’d also love to hear your comments on this post and see how you feel and what your preference is and also to hear what your morning and evening make up and skin care routines are 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Buzzfeed Dupes Article

I’ve been terrible at posting lately, sorry everyone! It’s been crazy the past few weeks with my birthday and being super busy at work, but I am trying to find the time anywhere that I can to post and hope to have a birthday haul post and some tutorials with you soon!

For now though, I didn’t want to leave you with nothing, so I decided to share with you an article which I read the other day on Buzzfeed about great product dupes which come without the hefty price tags of some of the well know faves (you can read it here) When I read this article it was right up my street and I knew I definitely needed to share this with all of you 🙂 I’ve used some of the dupes mentioned and will be trying to do a review of all of the affordable products in the article shortly, but that will be some time in the making!

Anyway, please check out this article and let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these products already and how you found them. Sorry again for the lame nature of this post, but hopefully you enjoy it nonetheless 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

The coat edit –

Hey everyone,

This week the weather has driven me to this post. Here in the UK it has been cold and wet and has definitely let everyone know that summer is well and truly over, despite our very best efforts to ignore it! For those of you that don’t already know, over the past week the temperature has dropped significantly and the floodgates have opened which has left most of us reaching for our onesies and unpacking our winter wardrobes ready for the season of boots and baggy jumpers.

I’m pretty fortunate as in just a few short weeks it’s my birthday, which is absolutely perfect for me. I never really know what I want when people ask me, so my go to is always to request vouchers for my favourite stores or to request a staple item to get me through the colder seasons. Sometimes I ask for boots, other times hats and scarves, but this year I have asked for a coat. Now I’m writing this down, this actually sounds really spoilt, but I’m definitely a perfectionist and I think that often leaves the people closest to me wondering what to get. I think I’m pretty self-sufficient (although my parents would probably tell you otherwise!) so quite often if I want something I just go and get it instead of waiting around for birthdays and Christmases, which I think makes pressie buying a bit challenging, hence the reason for a list or suggestions! I’d love to know if any of you guys write lists of what you’d like or offer suggestions for gifts?

Anyway, back to this post which is all about coats! I’ve decided that for the first time I want a properly grown up coat in a traditional flattering style which will hopefully wear for many years to come, whereas in the past I’ve usually gone for a pretty non-descript coat in hues of brown or grey which are often pretty replaceable meaning they only last about one year. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this, I really wanted to go for something a bit more stand out this time around. Luckily for me, there are so many different options on the market at the moment that it should be easy to find something I like and the only hard part will be deciding which one is the best!

I thought I would do a little list of the pro’s and con’s of each from a coat hunt I went on recently and also do a link list of all my faves that I’ve found. Obviously this is completely subjective for me and what suits me is not going to suit everyone, but hopefully you find this somewhat useful, as I would have loved to have read a post like this before having my heart-broken (read on to find out why!)

Duster coat a.k.a the heartbreaker – I have seen these EVERYWHERE recently! In all of my favourite magazines, on Instragram, on my fave bloggers and in all the shops. They come in the most amazing range of colours, looks super professional and high fashion as well as long-lasting and hard-wearing and yet I can’t get one L I’m only 5ft1 (and even that is being pretty generous) and these coats absolutely swamp me. They are all too long and far too big in the body and arms and in some of the pastel colour varieties look like dressing gowns/robes on me. I really wanted one of these coats and truly had my heart set on one to wear with a wide-brimmed hat and Chelsea boots, but I’ve had to give up on this dream as I think I would just look ridiculous! I have found so many amazing variations of this style though so here are some of my top picks:

Pros

  • Flattering on a bigger frame
  • Big enough to wear plenty of layers underneath
  • Thick material is perfect for the coldest seasons
  • Hard wearing
  • Easy to wear
  • Darker shades (greys, blues) will always be fashionable
  • Looks both professional and high fashion
  • Come in a range of colours and prices

Cons

  • Completely swamps shorter frames
  • Could also swamp thin frames
  • Some patterns/colours can make it look more like a dressing gown/robe
  • Really only good for the coldest seasons as would be too warm for Spring
  • Really big and heavy

Top picks:

H&M duster coat

Boohoo belted duster coat

New Look mint unlined duster coat

Missguided camel duster coat

Boucle style coats – My second favourite style. They are so glamorous and look amazing! They come in a variety of different lengths (perfect for shorties like me!) and can come in both traditional styles and also colourful prints and again will always be beautiful. They look perfect open and worn over the shoulders, but also look amazing done up to keep out the cold on those truly bitter winter days. Luckily for me they also look good with a wide-brimmed hat and Chelsea boots to really complete an outfit and aren’t as thick and heavy as Duster coats meaning they can be worn all Autumn/Winter and even in to the Spring.

Pros

  • Come in a wide range of colours
  • Lightweight but still good against the cold
  • Flattering for most body types
  • Looks good open or closed
  • Smart yet not too dressy
  • Hard wearing
  • Comes in a range of prices
  • Always fashionable

Cons

  • Shorter style of coat
  • Some people consider boucle to be dated

New Look pink boucle coat

Boohoo boucle coat 

Macs/trench coat – Oh the classic Mac. What else is there to say?

Boohoo belted mac

Topshop mac

New Look quilted trench coat

Asos duster style trench coat 

Pros

  • Highlights smaller waists
  • Always fashionable
  • Thinner material makes ideal for warmer months
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Good macs that don’t look cheap are expensive
  • Come in neutral colours
  • Sometimes you can look like a stripper in them! (Never wear with a dress)
  • Not particularly warm

Puffer coats/jackets – Not my favourite style of outerwear, however the range of prints and the option of adding a belt is starting to change my mind on these. A very warm, often short jacket perfect for the coldest months, could be a good option if you are looking for a coat which is a bit more casual and fun!

Pros

  • Very warm!
  • Pretty fashion neutral
  • Perfect for skiing holidays!
  • Pretty cheap to pick up
  • Casual style

Cons

  • Bulky – can make wearers looks bigger than they are
  • Can look cheap
  • Come in and out of fashion pretty regularly

H&M ski jacket

Goldigga bubble coat

Fur coats/jackets – The always glamorous fur coat (faux fur of course) is, I think, an essential in any woman’s wardrobe! Whether it’s a full on fur coat or just a hint of fur on a collar or as a gilet can really transform an outfit from casual to daytime chic in a matter of seconds!

Pro

  • Faux fur coats are easy to find
  • Come into style most winters
  • Can look very glamorous
  • Perfect to add drama to an outfit

Cons

  • If they get wet the fur can get matted
  • Very warm
  • Can look tacky dependent on print
  • Real fur coats are both expensive and cruel

Primark have some really good fur coats (but I can’t get you any links so go to a store near you!)

Missguided fur gilet 

New Look fur collar coat 

Missguided fur biker coat 

Topshop fur coat 

Capes – This is definitely a style I am loving! It’s easy to pair capes with some of the other styles of coat as well and get a two-for-one, however be careful when choosing a cape as although they look good they often aren’t very warm. They always make an outfit look more dressy and sophisticated, so if that’s your style then definitely give these a go.

Pros

  • Come in a range of lengths
  • Easy to get hold of in different materials
  • Look very sophisticated

Cons

  • Often not very warm
  • Can look tacky when mixed with too much fur or pattern
  • Not easy to wear in the day time

Asos cape

H&M wool cape 

Boohoo fur cape 

Phew, so that’s my coat edit done! I’ll do a follow-up post soon on my favourite Autumn Accessories, so hopefully by then you’ll have grabbed the coat you’ll be wearing for the winter and can team it with a gorgeous outfit to really turn heads and keep you toasty! Let me know if the comments below if you have a favourite style for this season, or if you’ve already got your coat sorted for A/W 2014 send me a picture as I’d love to see 🙂 As always, if you enjoyed this please like, comment, share or follow and don’t forget to keep updated on what’s going on in Lifestyle for Less land on Twitter and Instagram!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Product Review: Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Eye

Hey everyone!

I’m well aware that I am pushing it with my blog entry this week, leaving it right until the last minute to post, however, it’s here now just like I promised – one a week for the next month or so until my time has freed up a bit and I can once again throw myself whole heartedly in to making this blog a success! Now I know that sounds bad (like my attention currently isn’t on wanting this to be successful which isn’t true at all) but unfortunately these are the busiest few months of the year for me with birthdays, family engagements and the biggest time drain of all, coaching gymnastics! Aside from the obvious things (and of course fashion and beauty) gymnastics and dance are two of the biggest passions in my life and this just happens to be the start of our competition season. I won’t bore you with all the details, but this time of year is super stressful, but totally worth it when we finally get to see our kids compete, and hopefully win 🙂

Anyway, I am back to basics with this entry and have decided to do a review of Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Eye. It’s a cover and concealer for the under eye area which contains Goji Berry (which is a pretty big ingredient in lots of products at the moment) and comes in a variety of shades which should suit most skin types. Don’t be shocked if you find that the colours are a bit odd though if you go to purchase this product, especially if you have darker skin – tones like Neutraliser or Brightener would work fine for you as the colours seem to contain a good base and have a hint of green in them, to erase dark circles and brighten the under eye helping to create the illusion of bright, awake eyes whilst also working as a fantastic base colour for contouring! Now this next statement might sound a bit odd to you all as I am only 22, however, I’m really self-conscious about fine lines around the eyes (I’ve had them since I was about 16 – I think because I laugh and smile too much!) and this product really helps to make me feel more confident as it completely gets rid of them. I think that the light weight nature of the product and the luminescent finish of the concealer means that it doesn’t clog up any fine lines or wrinkles that you might have, so if you’ve never tried an under eye concealer before because you’re worried that it could actually make your trouble area worse, then please don’t hesitate and get out and give this a go!

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Not only this, but it’s so easy to apply that anyone could do it, even if you are not a regular make up user. The easy to use twist top and soft applicator sponge attached to the concealer, means it’s impossible to apply too much or damage the skin around the eye and also mean that application takes seconds, without any of the time consuming blending and applying which comes with some concealers.

I won’t lie to you, when I picked this product up it was another complete impulse buy (another 3 for 2 offer in Boots!) as I had actually been contemplating purchasing the Seventeen under eye concealer (that is more like a clay based product though and looks realllllllly heavy) so I’m so glad I went with this instead.

This is the kind of product that I wear most days so an affordable price is essential as it would become a fairly frequent repurchase and for 7ml it costs about £7.99. Now whilst I think that for the quantity this is a lot, actually I am pretty happy paying this much for such a small product. Although it’s one of the smallest products in my make-up kit, I feel it’s one that has some of the biggest impact as it really helps to make my face look brighter and more awake, even after a night with little sleep and a long stressful day! As well, you need so little at each application that one tube will probably last me about 4-6 months of every day use so for the price that is not bad at all. Something I guess I probably should mention is that I also don’t just use this under my eyes, I’ve taken to using this all over my face to cover up any skin tone issues or blemishes as it’s so light and works really well with my current everyday make-up combination of Maybelline Baby Skin Primer as a base followed by Garnier BB Cream and Maybelline Fit Me Foundation (which I haven’t posted about yet but I will do soon! I’ve actually got quite a few foundations that I’ve been wanting to review so I might just do a massive foundation comparison post instead)

Now if you don’t have the time or patience to read through all my jibber jabber then why not check out this handy recap:

  • Good price considering the frequency that this product will need to be repurchased
  • Great range of colours to suit any skin tone (Brightener/Neutraliser are perfect for dark skin tones)
  • Easy to apply
  • Mess and fuss free
  • Comes with an easy to clean, easy to use twist applicator
  • Small and easy to carry around
  • Lightweight and doesn’t sit in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smells great (thank you Goji Berries!)
  • Brightens dark under eye circles and reduces puffiness from tired eyes
  • Perfect to use on blemishes (only for some shades of the product)

All in all, I will definitely be buying this again and honestly I have no idea how I hadn’t heard about this product before! I’d never seen an advert for it in any magazines or on the TV, have never read any blogs about it, or even heard anyone recommend it in conversation which is a massive shame! I don’t know what I did before without this product. If you’ve been considering an under-eye concealer or suffer from dark circles or puffiness, get out and give this a go. It’s firmly on my radar to repurchase and I’ll definitely be using this on other people when I do their make-up. This scores a perfect 5/5 from me as I really cannot think what would make this product better for me (aside from maybe a broader range of colours to suit more skin tones and that is a tiny niggle!) What this really highlights to me though, is that actually it’s not really so much what you can see on the outside which is the most important part of getting ready. Actually the prep and care of whatever it is you are working on, be it body or face that is actually the most important. The more impactful products that complete how I look on a daily basis are my bases, concealers, highlighters and BB creams which all sit unseen beneath foundations, powders and fixers to help present the finished look, so please don’t forget that! Also, if you don’t use that many Maybelline products, give them a go! I’m in love with so much of their stuff at the moment as their product range and affordability have really revamped and pumped up my daily make up routine 🙂

'Scuse the stupid face, I was just so darn excited by this product!

‘Scuse the stupid face, I was just so darn excited by this product!

I hope you enjoyed this post (I really enjoyed writing this as I loved this product big time!) and would love to hear whether you have any favourite make up brands, or whether you use under eye concealers! Please share with me below, any comments or questions that you have and please don’t forget that if you enjoyed this, it’s great to see how much you loved it by liking, sharing or subscribing.

Lots of love, Leanne xx