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If there’s one thing that can make you feel 50 times better pre/mid/post breakup, its making sure your face looks absolutely banging..slaying..fleeking..whatever the kids are saying these days. And drinking gin. Obvs. You can refresh your look, refresh your mind, refresh your mood with a few changes to the old makeup bag. Sceptical? It’s true! In my opinion, if you look nice, you feel good. You feel good, you are more positive about life in general. Similar to when the sun shines.

Maybe this is a controversial topic to write about, but hey. Here goes. Life post-breakup becomes an emotional minefield. Certain places, certain smells, certain songs. One wrong move and you’re a dead man. If makeup can take minds off breakups, one should wear makeup. FACT. I try to keep my blog posts relative to what’s going on in my makeup filled world. But in this case, my personal happenings really intertwine with my makeup life. You may have guessed, I’m recently single – but don’t panic. I’m not going to bore you to tears with details of the sordid affair, and yes, I am ok!

The aim of this blog is to share some tips. Whether you’re going through a breakup, stressed out, feeling under the weather, or just having a rough time: emotional stress will take its toll. And we don’t always realise the effect our emotional state has on our physical wellbeing. In my case, during said breakup, I got excema on my arms, face and neck, I had completely cracked lips, puffy eyes for obvious reasons and awful mouth ulcers. Also, and this was the worst for me, I literally could not think of a makeup look to do on myself. My creativity disappeared for a few days and it was HORREND. Never again.

So. Rule number one: we must take care of ourselves. Physically take care of yourself and your emotional state improves no-end. Once I sorted my mouth ulcers, got rid of cry-headache and moisturised the life out of myself, I started to feel more human. And the creativity came back. Hallelujah. So guys, if you’re ever feeling a bit glum, here are my most fabulous must-look-after-oneself tips;

  1. Cracked lips. Mix sugar & lemon juice. Put on toothbrush & exfoliate lips. Then apply Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (the best stuff ever.)
  2. Puffy eyes. After you’ve been crying in to the Ben & Jerrys, put something cold on the eyes. Flannel, cucumber, ice. For the love of God, do not go to bed without doing so. You’ll cry more, have no sleep, and wake up like swollen Sandra.
  3. Concealer. Never underestimate the power of a good under-eye concealer. It can hide a multitude of sins. Try; NARS Creamy ConcealerCollection 2000 – Lasting Perfection ConcealerYSL Touche Eclat. Brighten those eyes right up. No one will know you were up cucumber-ing your eyeballs ’til 4am.
  4. Excema/Dry Skin. Get a good night time face moisturiser, and a good body moisturiser. I really like all the Clarins skincare. The Vaseline body moisturisers also work well with excema.
  5. Feeling down. Distract oneself. I’ve found, my most reliable distraction is anything to do with applying, buying, thinking, watching makeup. I know it’s my job, and I’m so so lucky I love it. But it is also my hobby, and I share this hobby with thousands of women! You don’t have to be amazing at it to love it. The more you practise, the better you get. So play! Play, buy and experiment. Try something new and completely different to what you usually wear; a new lipstick, get sample of a new foundation, whack a pair of eyelashes on. Find what you love and get some happy emotions back in that mind. Makeup gives us endorphins! Ok I might have made that up.

Whatever stresses may be stressing you, will only be stressy for a certain about of time. These things have an expiration date, and to be quite honest, life is way too short to be sad. Change your mindset. Negative to positive, mopey to active, lads to lippys. Had to throw that cheesy one in.

And ladies. If all else fails…

‘PUT ON SOME LIPSTICK AND PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER’. Elizabeth Taylor. 

Please leave comment on my FB post if you know of any other magical tips! Share the love girls.

LOVE XXX