Is Makeup Vain?

Considering that I blog most of the time about ‘beauty’ (of the face/skin/makeup kind) I thought I’d share my thoughts on something that has been crossing my mind recently…

Is makeup, the thing I blog about, vain?

If you look up the single word ‘vain’ up on Google, then you’ll get this:

having or showing an excessively high opinion of one’s appearance, abilities, or worth.’

Well, to get this straight, I don’t think that about myself. Still, makeup is in effect a thing that only changes what people see on the outside. Isn’t that a bit stupid? And old fashioned?

Basically, yes.

Then why do I blog about it?

Although there is a part of makeup that is like art and you can express your emotions, I don’t have the experience or money to do that kind if stuff. All in all, I share tips for cheap and easy makeup.

I don’t really feel like I should  have good reasons. We’re not supposed to judge books by their covers and take appearances to seriously etc. etc, which I definitely agree with, but somehow, against everything, I enjoy writing about beauty.

That is my reason for blogging about beauty: I love it. What about you? What do you think? Is that reason enough?

If you have any opinions about this topic then I’d love it if you commented below (I’m sometimes too scared so don’t be) or emailed me at j.applesmail@gmail.com

I’ll be seeing you all again soon,

Apple xx

Easiest Ever Contour

There are a lot of guides out there about contouring. Some are helpful, some less so. This one, like pretty much all my guides, aims to describe contouring in the easiest and simplest way. This time, with drawings, yay!

Contour = putting light and dark in various places to draw attention to parts of your face/eye/whatever. The light is usually a higher and the dark a bronzer. Sometimes the darker one will be called a ‘contour’ and the lighter a ‘highlight’, but I just use the word contour for both.

Approximately the cheekbone area
Approximately the cheekbone area

When you contour your face, the usual thing you want to focus on is cheekbones: apply highlight just on or above your cheekbones, and ideally the bronzer just below. You can find where to apply bronzer by sucking in your cheeks to make a fish face! Finding your cheekbones is a bit harder, because you actually have to feel for them. They’re usually in a diagonal-ish line going out from the bottom of your nose (they stick out a bit so you may want to use your fingers to find them, like I said earlier). You can also bronze around the sides of your forehead and nose as illustrated in the picture. (I’ve always wanted to say that).

And highlighting? After you highlight your cheekbones, highlight on your ‘expression lines’ so: around your mouth and nose. Then, highlight under and over your eyebrows to make them stand out a bit more (if you want)  and in the corners of your eyes, which will make you look more ‘awake’. This can be a good light alternative to under eye concealer, especially if you’re just us using a light concealer as your highlighter.

My not very good drawing skills present a contour diagram
My not very good drawing skills present a scary contour diagram

This isn’t really eye contouring, but a nice neutral eyeshadow is to do a wash of a shade similar or slightly lighter than your skin tone, then put a lighter one in the inner corner and a darker one on the outer edge.

Do you need to do it all? It’s up to you. Personally, I don’t do the whole lot every time because it’s a bit of a drag, but I…how do I put this? I’m not morning girl. I like to sleep. Thus, I end up with not much time. The same may not be true for you!

Valentine’s day is coming up, so although I won’t be participating in the whole give-a-card-then-let-someone-accidentally-find-out-and-tell-the-recipient tradition that is currently in operation at our school (or will I?) I am feeling the vibes. Happiness! Cute things! Hearts! Chocolate! What about you guys? What are your experiences and plans for this year’s Valentine’s?

On a side note, I don’t think I’ve ever explained my use of the term ‘guys’. I usually use it to mean the people around me, not just boys. In this case, that’s you, the readers.

I’ll be seeing you around soon,

Apple xx

Rules Are Made to be Broken (sometimes)

Rules are made to be broken. Obviously, there are some times when rules are not in fact made to be broken and you should stick to them as much as you can. In other situations, however, it’s okay, even good to bend what you know a little.

One of these situations is, for example: lengthy skincare routines!
Now, I won’t pretend that I’m any kind of skin care expert, but I know that you absolutely do not need a lengthy skin care routine. In fact, it can clog your pores and all that stuff you are putting on your face will build up and not actually do anything.

For people who haven’t heard of the four ‘basic’ steps that are widely used in skin care routines (I have to confess this is a fairly new discovery four me), the steps are cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturising. Out of these, toning is unnecessary. It does what the cleanser should do, and I don’t believe that it helps. Of course, if you think your toner works then keep using it, because if it makes you feel good then it’s obviously a good thing, but what I’m saying is that you don’t need to go out and buy a toner. Forget it.

Skin care products!
Skin care products!

Cleansing stays, even if it’s just rinsing your face with water. Wipes also work. And exfoliating? Well, exfoliating is the weird one. Some people swear by it, but I personally think that exfoliating daily irritates my spotty skin. As a compromise, I use a scrub once or twice a week and then use Clearasil Exfoliating pad-wipe-things, which cleanse and gently exfoliate in one. My advice is to not start of too harsh.

Moisturising can also be built in with suncream, primer, concealer and a whole lot else. It might seem gross, but mixing a moisturiser with a primer in the morning will stop your skin from drying whilst also priming it. Concealer and other similar products can give light coverage. You know what suncream does. This is great for people in a morning rush.

So, if you’re daunted by the things that some people say on skin care routines, be reassured that you don’t have to go out and get all that stuff! You can breathe a sigh of relief.

See you all soon,

Apple xx

What I’ve Learnt Since October

I have learnt many things since October, a lot of which are, frankly, useless. No, I’m more specifically going to talk about what I have learnt since I started my blog!

  • I have discovered that I have a wierd way of writing which is half-formal and half-chatty. Unfortunately, I don’t actually mean a happy medium – I mean literally half-like-I’m-writing-and-essay and half-like-I’m-talking-to-my-friend-over-the-phone. I’m pretty sure it’s not just me being paranoid.
  • I have learnt that planning your next blog post during maths and/or the train ride is a good way to pass the time. Please don’t take this as an incentive to daydream during maths, because I’m not  very good role model in that respect.
  • This is similiar to my last thing-I’ve-learnt. I have learnt that blogging can give you an amazing, warm feeling, expecially when people read or communicate with you. It’s awesomely awesome. Even if this blog is not exactly buzzing with page-views, it still feels totally and all-the-way awesome.

Blog screenshot

  • I’m a drugstore makeup gal. I think I always knew it but never realised it.
  • I am now more knowledgable about the strange place you call the US than ever. I finally muddled my way through the grade system and I know vaguely what the dollar is worth. Ish.
  • I am more restricted than a lot of people in my spending. I know this sounds odd, but I think I should actually spend more.
  • I can spend hours on hours reading beauty blogs that have no particular relation to what makeup I’m buying or what makeup I have.
  • I have to scour the internet for opinions before buying anything.
  • Trying in vain to not sound like I’m selling myself and my blog to you, I love blogging. A lot. And, on that note, I think I’ll finish. Happy New Year, everyone!

Apple xx