Monthly Archives: January 2012

Anything, Anytime, Anywhere Fashion

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Let me paint you a picture. Your sitting in a lecture hall with over 100 people you don’t know. The girl in front of you has dreadlocks in her hair and a suede jacket. The girl behind you has torn jeans and a lip ring. The guy to your left has doc martins on with a knitted cardigan. Maybe you, in whatever different outfit you’re wearing to these people, can’t figure out why they dress that way. But say you find their style intriguing, you like it or you just ‘get it’. Then I’m sure you can log onto their blog and appreciate what they wear with their millions of other fans. And that’s the beauty of it.

The fashion world has gone viral, and it’s in the hands of your fellow students. Your fashion fixes no longer lie on the runways of high fashion designers, in the pages between Vogue or at the awards ceremony for celebrities. No matter the look, the person or the price, scroll through Lookbook or explore WordPress and you’ll find someone who caters to your fancy.  For all you know, a 15-year-old girl in Amsterdam, who regularly posts her outfits on Lookbook, has rocked your wardrobe to the core.

Lookbook, for those of you still depraved because you haven’t discovered this gem yet, is “fashion inspiration from real people around the world”. For me, it’s what-should-I-wear-tomorrow heaven. People from anywhere in anything can post a picture of themselves in any style you could possibly imagine. Without this site and all the outfit ideas that go running through my head in one scroll, I’d probably be turning up in a potato sack to college.

We now have countless ways to not only explore fashion blogs and outfits, but make our own. People have gone from zero to hero with one click of a button because fashionistas loved their outlook. Who’s to say you can’t be the next one? And so what if you think your style isn’t mainstream, if your eyeliner is too thick, your shoes too gothic or you jumpers too quirky. Post it, write about it, and you’ll find people who will adore you for it. Where there’s a fashion will, there is most certainly a way.

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Cancer won’t beat me

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Sitting in front of me is a woman with a thin layer of grey hair on her head, a lit cigarette in her steady hands and experience in her faded blue eyes. This grey hair and this experience haven’t come with old age, because this woman is young. It came from her suffering battle with cancer, a battle which she is about to win.

Caroline Curran is a woman orientated around her family, her husband of 19 years Anthony and her only daughter Roisin. The day the news came that Caroline had breast cancer was the day this family became closer than ever. To them, she is the strongest woman in the world.

The diagnosis was made after she had discovered a lump on her breast, and was prompted to get it checked after a whole month of procrastination in fear. “I didn’t think there was anything wrong with my body at the time – although I knew the lump didn’t belong to my body, the thought that it could be cancerous was furthest from my mind.”

Imagine what it must feel like to get such devastating, life changing news. Imagine the mind frame one must slip into after discovering they had one of the most threatening, incurable cases in the medical world. And imagine the strength it takes to take on all of this and keep on going. The changes that happened in Caroline’s life thereafter were diverse and on a range from extreme to insignificant.

“The great thing was I got an excuse to leave a job I had never liked”, she laughs. “My body wasn’t able for the workload anymore once I began my [chemo] treatment.” However, one very demanding and agonizing change was the removal of Caroline’s right breast in late September. This operation consisted of 3 hours under the knife and a painful 5 day hospitalisation afterward. “So painful in fact, I had to be given morphine every few minutes for the first two days”, she remembers.

Caroline is now in the last stage of her treatment, which is radiation therapy, and she is pleasingly more than halfway through it. The finish line is just around the corner for her and breast cancer. “The strength just comes from within to face this and fight it, every woman has it”, she says with triumph. “I could never have gotten through this without the constant network of support from my family and friends. I owe them everything, and cancer nothing.”

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The Man Behind the Window

Val Holmes, the man behind the window. That window being Brown Thomas’s ever changing front display windows. And that man being the display manager spanning over 3 decades. He has been the one to entertain Limerick city with scenes of the world, St Patrick’s Day pride, glamorous catwalks and of course, Christmas spirit.

For over 37 years now Val has been with brown Thomas and been working on their windows. A job that suits his talents so perfectly, it’s hard to imagine it’s a job which he got by chance. Thinking back to the start of his career, he remembers simply walking in to Brown Thomas looking for a job and getting landed on the windows. Even without a fancy degree, he made manager in under four years in 1978 – and has loved every day since.

33 years later and Limerick has seen one of the best Christmas display windows in a long time. Working in his team with two others, Anne and Marie who he speaks of fondly, he explains how every month their given a theme from the head Brown Thomas store in Dublin. This year the Christmas theme is “Windows from around the world” and the Limerick store has run with it. Walk down the street and you’ll see Russians hunting in their furs, the French eating expensive cakes, and the Chinese with their porcelain faces and china sets.

You’ll also see the usual arrangement of snow covered reindeer and wrapped up children. They put so much thought into the display that he modelled the French window on Marie Antoinette’s famous proclamation: “let them eat cake!” Hence the frosted pink cakes of grandeur in the window.

All Brown Thomas stores across Ireland synchronise their windows, and change them on a monthly basis. But being a Limerick man himself, Val sees no harm in making us stand out a little more and going that extra mile with the windows. It takes them 2 to 3 weeks to do the Christmas display alone. And not only do the windows entertain the city, they give back to the community too. Limerick’s Live 95 D.J lived in the window for 95 hours for charity in September of this year. In that amount of time, they raised €50,000 for charity, and it was their way in helping to give back to the city.

Val has spotted trends come in and out in his windows display, picking and choosing the Brown Thomas labels and merchandise to include. He was the man that brought the beloved animated Santa to Limerick back in the 80’s. However, having developed an eye for trends, he admitted it had run its term and the millennium meant new things for Limericks windows. Val has brought us a little bit of other worldly culture this Christmas. So far the response from the city has been great, with customers in the store frequently offering compliments on the display. So if you’re in the store this Christmas, don’t forget to thank Val and his team for the years they’ve spent making our city look beautiful.

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2012 Makeup trends

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I bet by now most of you have already forgotten the new you that lasted two weeks on her  healthy diet, gym commitment and new style. I know I have. But in the beauty world, 2012 is bolder and better – with a few makeup trends that are a lot easier to keep than a diet.

Anyone catch the new reality favourite, Desperate Scousewives? These girls running around Liverpool, glitter clad with their rollers still in, are responsible for the newest and funniest trend yet. The scouse brow. Thick and square and dark no matter what the hair colour, these girls are adding powerful frames to their faces. I’m not saying that we should all tattoo caterpillars onto our forehead because they do, but thicker and darker brows are bang on trend this season.

If you’re too afraid to go bold with your eyebrows, then do it with your eyes. We’ve moved on from colour blocking to colour popping. Line your eyes with contrasting colours to stand out from the crowd. If you have blue eyes, go for orange eyeliner. For brown, try blue. For green, inject a bit of fiery red.  I know that black is the makeup safe house, but for once step out of your comfort zone and see how many eyes are winking back at yours.

But the boldest of them all this year is here to stay for life. Yes, tattoos. Tattoos are no longer just for muscly men who love their mother; they have become decorative, expressive and meaningful for women. Even Topshop has gotten its own tattoo parlour for its fashion forward customers. And for those who fear needles and commitment – and dare I say it, eventual sagging – there are transferable tattoos available that are just as fabulous. So go on, this year be bold, be brave, and flash your tat.

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Local Rat Disturbance

A rat disturbance in St Marys Park is causing some of its residents to move out of their homes and file complaints.  The infestation of rodents is mostly in the back gardens of these residents, due to the demolition of houses by the Limerick North Side Regeneration. The complaints are being handled by Limerick City Council.

Jessica McNamara (31), of 3 St Munchins Street Court, had to move out of her home two months ago for three weeks. The then pregnant mother of six had her back garden infested with rodents, but after finding a rat in her house she felt she had to move out. “I spent three weeks in my mother’s house, with me and my six kids sleeping in a single room.”

For the three weeks Limerick Corporation sent out pest control to put down rat poison in her garden. Once she moved back in, she threw out all her infants’ possessions. She explained: “I had to throw out all her stuff; I was worried it wasn’t safe.”

The infestation of rats in people’s back yards is due to the ground disturbance and the demolition of boarded up, derelict houses. These derelict houses are known to be home to rats for over 60 years. In Ms McNamara’s case, there had been derelict houses in her area recently knocked on both sides.

Thomas Kelly is the Senior Executive Engineer, in housing demolitions, for the Regeneration project team in Limerick City Council. He said that they foresaw this problem before beginning the demolition of houses and that they recognise the presence of rats.  “That is why we bait the property before demolition.”

He also added that the level of complaints they are receiving is normal, especially for this time of year. When they receive a complaint from an occupied house, the housing maintenance will investigate and carry out the necessary baiting procedure.

But in certain cases this isn’t working, with some residents having to ask for their yards to be exterminated a second time. One such woman is Mary McGrath (47), of 93 St Munchins Street. There had been derelict houses knocked across the road and directly behind her house. The family dog they kept in the back garden was killing up to 14 rats a week. She added that: “Six months ago a rat got into my roof. I could hear it in the ceiling from my kitchen”

Two months ago she had complained about her rat problem and had her back garden exterminated. Rat poison was placed along her walls, on the roof and in the boarded up house next door. However, last week she had to ask a second time, saying: “The rats had only stopped coming for a day or two. I’ve even started to buy rat poison myself”

Mr Kelly added: “part of the process is removing environments rats may inhabit, such as boarded properties, domestic waste and hedging. We are creating an environment that doesn’t attract rats and we’re cleaning up the area as we go.”

Local councillor for the area, John Gilligan, said that he was “absolutely horrified at the way things have been going.” He added that it is part and parcel of the regenerations job to control the rodents, and to have this problem under control is “way above what’s acceptable.”

Mr Gilligan explained there is a health and safety issue involved for the residents. “The rat’s urine can result in disease; they’re a major health hazard so there is something we have to do.”

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Herbal remedies to get you through Christmas

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We all know Christmas is a time for giving. But this Christmas, take the time to give a little something back to your body also. Over the past year you’ve probably exposed it to a stream of medication, antibiotics, fast food, stress and anxiety.  We all know what a typical Christmas has in store for our bodies – more exposure to harsh chemicals (that fourth glass of wine), inhaling mountains of your mum’s food and listening to your relatives moan (migraine much?). So this year, bring things back to basics and give your body a break.

Eats of Eden on Thomas Street is a great place to start. If you find in the past years you’ve had to loosen your belt after Christmas dinner then come prepared this year. Dorothy Anslow, the shops advisor, has helpful hints on how to avoid that bloated belly feeling post dinner. Drink plenty of water, “and even though we love our coffee, its best to avoid caffeine if you don’t want to feel bloated.” So that’s breakfast sans coffee and dinner with water. Check. If you find that isn’t helping and you want to resort to something stronger, then she suggests trying ‘Optibac Probiotics’. These are natural supplements for those who suffer from poor digestion and want to enjoy their meal.

If you find that your skin suffers at Christmas time when it’s exposed to the Irish weather at its harshest, then turn toward Holland and Barrett. They stock natural Aloe Vera gel, so instead of using soaps and shower gels with the extracts of aloe Vera, go straight to the source. Rub this gel onto your hands, lips and face to keep them soft and supple throughout the holidays, even if you’ve to deal with dirty dish water whilst washing up. If you suffer from more than just dry skin, like eczema or psoriasis, then Dr China packs some great remedies. All are natural and you can consult with the staff to find which one suits your skin type best.

If you find it hard to sleep the nearer it gets to holidays, be that the stress of buying presents, the late night family gatherings or your dads bad karaoke – Lavender Oil may be your answer. Dorothy, from Eats of Eden, has a few tips on sleeping easier through using the oil. “You can burn it, sprinkle it on your pillow or place a few drops in your bath.”

The oil also has uses for tension headaches. You can massage the oil directly into your skin, around the forehead and temples, for quick relief. Another natural remedy for migraines is peppermint tea. You can buy these tea bags in a local supermarket, or from health shops like Holland and Barrett. Just brew some tea bags or fresh leaves if you really want to feel in tune with nature, and relax. Let you and your body enjoy this Christmas.

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Beware the Baby Oil

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Body oil should come with a warning on the packaging, or at least a set of instructions.  It’s not me being daft here, its basic common sense. Body oil can go terribly wrong, or terrifically good. Before I start off, however, I want to make the assumption that both I and the readers are fully aware of what body oil can do behind closed doors –  so there will be no stating of the awkwardness here thank you very much.

Use it in a couple’s bath to soften both of your skin, but be careful of letting your man know. Baby oil in his bath might be the tip of an iceberg of bubbles, scented candles and Adele on the iPod. You want to keep a slight bit of his masculinity intact, so what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him – just soften his skin.

It can be a great way to suggest romantic cuddling or it can be an awful mood killer. Every lady wants her man to hold up a bottle, dim the lights, spark the candles and offer a sensual massage. No one wants the “What’s the story with me, you and a bottle of baby oil?” text. Another thing the lady wants is smooth strokes with the right amount. She doesn’t want to feel like a slip and slide for your hands. Baby oil is messy, so use it sparingly with small amounts in the palm of your hand to avoid staining the sheets.

But don’t go too far on the massage. It’s better to safe and dry than sorry and slippery. Oil breaks latex, so if you are having sex, and safely, do not involve the poor bottle of baby oil. It will render the condom useless and become a real mood killer nine months down the line.

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Organic vs. Chemical

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When we think of chemicals, what comes to mind is the bleach under the sink and the oil rigs out in the North Sea– but most people forget about the chemicals going on their face.

Some chemical exposure is inevitable for our bodies, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a chain smoker or not. But the biggest chemical parasite lurking in our bodies and on our faces is makeup. For all you know, that expensive new foundation of yours is slapping a big biohazard sign on your forehead, instead of the great coverage that the nice sales lady promised you.

It’s hard for a girl to find out what the big industry is putting in her products, since even the ingredients are a game of cloak and dagger. Women typically use over more than 250 chemicals on their face daily, from crushed beetles to animal fat.

The cochineal beetles in South America are full of cactus juice, so when crushed they add the red tint that you put on your lips and cheeks. But the scariest part is that cosmetic companies don’t have to disclose any bug ingredients. It seems were going to be playing bug roulette with our lipsticks for a little while longer.

Animal fat is the stuff that makes your foundation spread and your lips glossy. The animal in question can range from road kill to strays to expired meat. For the sake of womankind’s compassion, I won’t disclose the journey from stray doggy to sparkly lip-gloss.

But don’t worry; a simple switch to organic products can quickly remove the ick factor. Zuii organic range is good for skin, with 95 % pure ingredients and against animal cruelty. Make the switch to this or any brand like it, and sleep with a little less toxins and a lot less horror at night.

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Blinding Boy Bits

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Male grooming. We were delighted when they started shaving their chest and tweezing their unibrows. We begrudgingly allowed them to do the odd sunbed and steal some of our fake tan when needed. We even braved the man eyeliner for god sake. But I can honestly admit that I am truly terrified of the next step I hope only a minority of men will take. It’s a big bejewelled glittering penis and it’s coming our way. Introducing the male version of a vajazzle: the pejazzle.

For those of you manly men that are reading this and shaking to the core but can’t look away, I will explain the nitty gritty details as painlessly as I can. A pejazzle followed from the female vajazzle, which is basically a decoration of a woman’s nether regions with nice pretty crystals. The trend became massive after it was seen on TOWIE, and no, I’m not obsessed with the show. Most commonly used are the Swarovski crystals, which Essex lad Mark Wright is supporting and launching his male version of designs.

If any man is outrageous enough to go ahead and attempt this, you my good man are a brave one. Make sure to prep the area first, as in shave it and then clean it with the provided alcohol wipe. We don’t want any sticky bits getting caught in any hairy bits now do we?  Then simply peel off the design (a pair of lips or a cross – whichever makes you feel well hard man) and stick. Congratulations, you now have your very own disco ball for night time when the lights go out.

Granted there are no harmful side effects from this beauty treatment, and it can be done either professionally or at home. So technically there is nothing stopping men from flooding salons nationwide to bling their bits.  As the spokesperson for this development, and self-confessed pejazzeler, Mark Wright said “each to their own”. He’s absolutely right, if any man gets a pejazzle he will most definitely be on his own. Or at least until the diamanté’s fall off.

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Something Smells a Bit Fishy

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I’m sure by now most of you have heard of the fish spa. If you have, or if you’re reading about it here intrigued and want to partake, then let me warn you.  You could easily be contracting a disease the minute you put your feet into the tank.

This craze has swept from across the world – it came from Turkey, stopped briefly on an episode of Ugly Betty and hit the high street (including our own Limerick City) with a plunge.  These little fish, called Gurra Rufa, eat the dead or infected skin of a person’s foot.  It is sometimes popular among people who have eczema or psoriasis – not that it’s a recommended medical treatment.

It seemed amazing that putting your feet into a tank of water filled with tiny, little, flesh-eating fish left your feet supple. And personally, I cheered for joy when I saw such a salon come to Limerick. But then I asked myself, and now I am asking you, would you use a treatment that has been banned in 14 states in the U.S?

Standard regulation in all salons is that they must sanitise or throw out tools after being used on a patient. But in this case you can’t exactly sanitise the fish, and their too expensive to throw away. For all you know, you could be letting fish chomp away at your skin when they’ve just been chomping on an infected foot. Most fish spa’s will check and inspect the feet of patients, but who’s to say they’re 100% legit? What disease one man had on his foot you could be getting on yours.

Currently the Health Protection Agency is investigating the treatment and sanity risks. But until the filed report is released, I’m not risking my own feet to find out.

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Are you going to the Botox party?

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Hi come in, the party just started. Have a drink while you wait, the professional is preparing upstairs. Once you relax it’ll be over soon, it’s a simple injection of paralysing toxins into your forehead. It might pinch a bit. Yes you read correctly, and don’t be shocked just yet. For all you know your closet friend could greet you with the same insane reasoning in a matter of weeks.

Welcome to the Botox party ladies, the newest and in my opinion most bizarre fad that’s swept the world of beauty as of yet. More and more frequently women all over the country have been hosting these parties, a mixture of cute fruity drinks and toxic injections. Once considered a pastime of the rich and beautiful, no one but the celebrities dared to be so self-indulgent.  But of course once we saw an actual party on the reality TV show of guilty pleasures, TOWIE, then everyone had to have one.

However Botox certainly isn’t something to be played around with, and here comes the science bit to explain why. Botox is in essence a paralysis that originates from a germ called Clostridium Botulinum. This germ was found in badly prepared food, but now at the price of €400 and above, it can be found in your forehead too. If this drug is not refrigerated at the proper temperature, if mixed with alcohol, or if your head is not in an appropriate headrest – you’re in the hazard zone. All of the above cases will lead to bruising on your face, drooping eyelids, headaches and the drug not taking effect at all.

Fully licensed practitioners will not give the injection to anyone drinking alcohol or without signing a release form – if you can persuade them otherwise then they probably have a lot more uniforms than the doctor’s one. So take a friendly suggestion from me if you ever get such an invite, or find yourself in a situation as horrendous as this. Take one good hard look at the needles lying on the frilly pillow, chug that drink and run straight for the door.

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Its Barbie b***h

Oh those fair golden tresses, onto which sunshine melts and morning rises, shall I begin to describe the ways I love that rockin’ head of hair? Well you can start with taking a chill pill for one, Shakespeare. Blonde hair has been the go to colour for celebrities, the butt of all hair colour jokes, the picture of beauty and has morphed itself into a powerful social enigma. It is a force to be reckoned with. This hair colour has long dominated the beauty world not only for its alluring shade, but also for its mysterious treatment. Why? What is it about blondes that capture so much attention, be it good, bad or downright ridiculous (i.e. Shakespeare’s faked sonnet above).

Ever since childhood everyone seemed to just accept the fact that blonde was better. Blonde wasn’t just a colour, it was a lifestyle choice. It can be seen as an agent for beauty, dumbness or even fakery. Although, technically the word fake is correct, because here comes a little fact you can quote me on. No blonde hair colour is natural, since every woman’s hair darkens with age. Which means that any blonde hair you see is bought in a bottle –shocker, I know. One girl I know has the fakest of fake peroxide locks and she’s the mascot for blondes worldwide.  It’s our dear little friend Barbie.

Fair enough Barbie was a revolutionised play time doll. She inspired girls to become whatever they wanted with her variety of colourful costumes. This girl was a doctor, a race car driver, heck the girl couldn’t hold down a steady job. Barbie was running all over the world being a high time career woman, dragging ken and her bottle of peroxide along with her. She had it all, including blonde hair. Although I didn’t see her brunette friend doing all these exciting things, or even coming out of her box to play. And herein lays the problem. Little children saw the blonde girl conquering the world and having all the fun, not the brunette.

For over 52 years now spanning Barbie’s existence this has been the case. Even grown adults openly love and idolise this blonde doll, such as Nicki Minaj and her numerous fake bleached wigs (and album title which I so cleverly marketed.) I’m not condemning blonde hair, just questioning its reputation and the stigma that comes with it. After all what’s the big deal? Its only a few strands of hair, it doesn’t define the person. Just because someone is blonde doesn’t mean their dumb, just because someone has brown hair doesn’t mean there smart and just because someone has red hair doesn’t mean their hot blooded (although if you have multi-coloured hair then no offense but your probably crazy).

It would be nice, sometime in the future, when woman kind collectively drops the bottle of hair dye and whips off their ponytails. It would be nice to see a day where blondes, brunettes and redheads are not criticised purely based on their hair colour, but for the person they are underneath. I have a dream.

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Make Up – Just an Illusion of Beauty?

The moral rights and wrongs concerning makeup is a topic that can be debated for hours on end. However, every question asked finds its way home to the same answer – looking beautiful. Makeup gives women the freedom to look whatever way they want, to pile on confidence as they pile on foundation and to create shapes and shades that were never there before. Have modern times lead women to believe they can buy beauty in a bottle? Where do these deep rooted urges to transform their faces come from, and how far will some women go?

 

In modern times, the motto for makeup has gone from minimalist to extremist. Instead of less is more it’s now more, more, and more. Gluing on false eyelashes made from synthetic fibres to flies legs, drawing on thick black eyebrows and beauty marks, applying diamonds and glitter to wherever there’s space and wearing eyeliner so thick – above and below their eyes – you can’t see the colour of their pupils. The reason for wearing makeup has been lost in all this craziness, and it’s not just about looking pretty anymore. Women now want to make a statement, draw attention and be praised and followed for their boldness. Clarissa Johnson (20), a part time glamour model living in London, who does shoots both in Ireland and England, had this to say on the topic: “Yes sometimes I think it [makeup] is too much, such as the extremely long eyelash extensions and tattooed eyebrows, or permanent make up as it’s called.”

People may wonder what has happened in the beauty industry to make women reach these heights. It’s not the beauty industry that’s to blame, they make and sell these products but they don’t create the trends. It’s the celebrities. Stars from Audrey Hepburn to Ke$ha are the ones that influence the public and create these styles that change through time. These people are the beauty role models for women everywhere, the only worry being which are good and which are bad. Personally, I miss the days of Marilyn Monroe’s touch of foundation, bare look. The glamorous 50’s in Hollywood spawned idols like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, who embraced the dewy natural glow with just a hint of makeup. Thanks to these megastars, women learnt to embrace the glow off their skin, the arch in their eyebrows, the tint on their cheeks and the plump in their lips. Compared to the face paint of our time, the 50’s embraced the woman behind the makeup. Nobody had to be perfect not even the celebrities, according to Marilyn Monroe herself: “Imperfection is beauty.”

Nowadays it’s a completely different story, since were influenced by so many extreme radical celebrities. Women now crave for the next trend; they follow these crazes religiously so as to look bold and daring to the world. Anything they see on TV, in the movies or on magazines to go with what’s current. Lady Gaga herself is known for pushing the envelope with her makeup. However, when it comes to being a role model she must be questioned, since she is never without makeup and I stress the never. People magazine asked her how often she went to bed with her makeup on and she replied: “Seven. That is not good for your skin, but I’m blessed with good genes.” There’s a very clear answer for which era had the better role models.
The makeup industry itself can also be to blame for women’s perceptions of themselves. They claim that they sell beauty; they give women confidence and freedom with their cosmetics. However, they only want to enhance their face and not their personality. The founder of the cosmetic giant and famous brand Yves Saint Laurent gave his take on makeup for women: “The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” Implying makeup can be a quick fix for beauty, that if you’re not born with it then you can buy it. When asked on the topic, part time glamour model Clarissa argued, “The media portrays make up as the ultimate beauty factor.” Most call the creation of makeup a combination of art and science, but to me you can’t beat Mother Nature.
Do girls really need to wear so much fake cosmetics on their face to look and feel pretty? All a woman needs is her personality to show her beauty, and no illusions. From the words of Audrey Hepburn, “For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.”

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