Saturday, 6 September 2014

Make Up in Society (Guest Post & Giveaway!)

Good morning! Today we have a guest post from the fabulous Gaby! Without further ado, here is her post!
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As a beauty blogger, you might well understand why for me, mascara is like underwear, I don't leave home without it. In fact, I can't remember the last time I stepped out in public without applying some sort of makeup product, and I would say that I have reasonably high self-confidence. Yet, why is it that in the society we live in, wearing makeup is viewed as a way of coping with and concealing your low self esteem. How is taking pride in your appearance "hurting" your confidence? How is putting on lip gloss another way of saying that you’re not satisfied with what you were born with.

Yes we all have insecurities, there's no doubting that, and although I understand why people may see makeup as a way of covering up low self esteem, as it allows us to cover up those insecurities, isn't covering up your blemishes to help you look your best the same as wearing a flattering dress on a night out? No one would point fingers as a girl in a pretty dress and claim that she is simply "hiding her low self-esteem behind the dress", rather, they would compliment her on how fantastic she looks,  so why is wearing makeup a different story?
 
The issue arises when women feel that they must wear makeup, once the element of choice is removed, then the problems arise. Our society is skewed as it is when it comes to the way women should look and act, so when people say that women can only look beautiful with a face full of makeup and in their best clothes, wearing makeup and wearing your best clothes suddenly lose their appeal.
 
Confidence levels drop when wearing makeup becomes a chore rather than a choice, when women are told by society that without it they are less than beautiful. It is society's expectation of women to wear makeup that makes it a bad, self-esteem lowering thing, rather than the act of wearing makeup itself.

In my opinion however, when freely chosen, makeup empowers a woman to present herself in exactly the way she chooses. It empowers a woman to say  “Here I am. I took three minutes today for myself because, you know what, I deserve it.” If that’s not demonstrating self-esteem, I don’t know what is.
 
I hope you enjoyed reading this guest post, you can find me over at anothergirlyblg.blogspot.co.uk where I post hauls, product reviews, 
and more unique content daily Monday-Friday at 5pm.

Have a beautiful day!
 
Giveaway: -Open internationally
 
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Giveaway 2: -Open internationally
 
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Gaby's Question: What are your thoughts, lets have a discussion in the comment section below, do you think makeup makes or breaks confidence?
 
Gaby xx
Disclaimer: All images are not mine and are found on Pinterest

38 comments:

  1. Hi Olivia - It's good the giveaways are open internationally; seems most of them are limited. Thanks for the post! :)

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    1. Yeah, they are. And being an international resident myself I always try to make my giveaways international!

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  2. This is so interesting and I totally agree with what she said. It's really how this society works. But yeah I'm not really big on makeup :) Great giveaways and thank you for sharing, Olivia :)

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    1. I thought Gaby did a brilliant job explaining everything! I don't wear much make up either, but I do find the controversy surrounding it interesting.

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  3. Ooh, very interesting! I don't wear 'makeup,' but I do wear primer/concealer and foundation- my skin is very blotchy without it.
    Thanks for the giveaways!

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  4. Thanks Olivia-Savannah for the international give away and thanks Gaby I like your woman empowerment like book and yes fcuk society's idea of beauty.

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    1. No problem! I think her post is wonderful as well, everyone should be able to feel comfortable doing their own thing.

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  5. I personally don't like to wear makeup because it feels uncomfortable, but I agree that makeup has the ability to empower women who want to wear it!

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    1. I don't either, but I will agree with you as well!

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  6. Wearing make up for me is not to cover up my flaws though I have a lot, but me telling the world that I love myself and I want to do things that are fun without having to explain to anybody anything. It's me wanting to be beautiful for no one else but myself. "Girls just wanna have fun!"

    Thanks for this lovely lovely post!

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    1. I think that's exactly the correct reasoning for wearing make up. And this lovely post is all down to Gaby!

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  7. Good point about makeup that it can be a chore but can also empower

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    1. It can be both, but there is a big difference between the two :)

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  8. I have wanted this dvd for so longggg! Good luck to me! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. I hope you are in for a chance! I know how it feels when you haven't wanted something for a long time ;)

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  9. I think this would be awesome to win

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  10. Thank you for swinging by my blog for my giveaway ofTrue Calling by Siobhan Davis I entered yours!:)

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    1. It was my pleasure! Your blog is great ;)

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  11. Olivia is so easy to fall in love with. She is such a great character.

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    1. Shall We Dance was a fun thing to watch.

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  13. Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

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  14. Nice blog and thanks for the giveaway

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  15. This post was so true and an amazing read. This made me change my perspective on something daily which is a HUGE accomplishment.

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    1. It's always good to know the blog is reaching people, and this is all thanks to Gaby!

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  16. I really liked this post, it popped up on your popular posts. I totally get the point of referencing makeup to a flattering dress - NAILED it :D Great post <3

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. Yes, I loved having Gaby as a guest blogger. And it seems like she understood the concept amazingly well :3

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