Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Thoughts: Beauty posts should build confidence.

  I've been doing a lot of beauty/fashion posts lately, and there was something I thought I better clear up.  When I talk about makeup, hairstyles, accessories, shoes, or the latest "in" top, I want you guys to realize I'm not saying buying this is "necessary" or will make you pretty. I don't ever want to make anybody on my blog feel bad - I want to help build confidence. 
  If I've gotten an expensive bag or ring for my birthday, it's not a way of bragging and saying "Look what I have that you'll never have".  You don't have to wear "exactly" what I wear. You don't even have to really like fashion!  You might just like the photos I post.  Whatever you like, the posts I make about what I wear or what I've bought are supposed to give you ideas - whether you can buy a thousand of the items I have, or never will be able to afford that exact piece.  It's supposed to inspire you in your own style and in the places you shop.  

  I'm also thinking about doing makeup posts later on.  However, please don't feel like you're less than if you don't like to wear makeup.  Makeup is supposed to accentuate what you have.  It's not supposed to create a "Lydia-like" mask.  I like wearing makeup because it makes me feel more girly and put together.  But  that's not to say that I'm suggesting you will only look pretty if you wear it or you will only attract boys if you wear a specific lipstick.  I'm not suggesting you "sexualize" yourself so others will like you.  You're beautiful with and without makeup.  If you like yourself better without it, please by all means never wear it! 

   Makeup and fashion, for me, is fun.  It's a creative outlet.  It's a way of piecing different items together to create a pretty outfit, or using different eye shadows in pretty colors because it's fun.  I know I have readers from all over the world with all sorts of socio-economic backgrounds and esteem issues.  Please realize my beauty posts are for fun, and something you should use to make yourself feel confident - not to make you feel bad about yourself.  Please remember that life on this earth is not all about material things or about being the hottest person around.  You're a wonderful, perfect human being no matter what you are wearing or what your face looks like.

Why do you like/post about makeup and fashion?


Inês Margarida Martins said...

I like your words. Personaly I love make up, but not on myself. I feel the same with or without it, and honestly I don't have the patiente to make it a routine. =) Still, I think it's a great way to make people feel more confident for a while. =) Kisses

Sarah said...

I can't wait to read some of your fashion posts!! :)

Nicoleta_B said...

thx so much. Gladly follow you back :)


intermsof said...

I totally understand what you're saying, I feel the same way about fashion!! Love your blog & followed on twitter! (:


Jenny said...

beautiful :D!

X Jenny

Lauren said...

This is such a great post, and one you never really hear on fashion blogs. That's an amazing attitude to take. Way to go, Lydia!

I'm not really that into makeup - I'll wear foundation, and a little blush (I'm kind of pale) and a little mascara, but I like to keep it looking natural, since I do have naturally dark eyelids and long eyelashes. But I do think makeup can be fun. :)

Ancia said...

Great post. I admit, that fashion i important to me. I am happy if I have an occasion to dress nicely. It is fun and brightens my mood. I run my blog so i can share my passion and creativity.
My friends are not at all like me. Most of them doesn't give a damn about fashion and that is so ok with me. I love them for who they are- not what they wear. That fashion-thing is just was i love doing.

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We love it.

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london's beauty said...

I love fashion and make-up. No idea why. :3

Allison said...

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Chai Chen said...

Agreed! You don't really need to buy those stuff to be beautiful. :) Confidence is key!

I like makeup and fashion just as enhancers. :)


GagCloud said...

Lovely ^^

Meredith Sledge said...

I like fashion because it makes me feel good. Putting together an outfit for me is probably a little like finishing a painting for others. I don't always wear nice outfit but I love to put them together, especially when I'm wearing a pair of boots! :)

Lydia said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone! I appreciate your thoughts on this subject. :)

Poppy Lee Jones said...

i totally agree with what you wrote! and the photo is beautiful too! xx

Kelly Ann said...

Oh my goodness, I love this! Your blog is amazing and I am now following!


Oanh Le said...

Great post Lydia! :) Can't wait to read more from you!


Jo Abiog said...

i love this post!! i believe in all that you said here :) i think everyone should truly show their authentic beauty as everyone is beautiful in their own way :)

♥, Jo
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