10 things I would tell my teenage self – beauty and make up.

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1. Blending is important 
Ahh, yes Maybelline dream matte mousse, about 3 shades darker than my actual skin tone, forgetting to blend it in, so I’d have a lovely very obvious line where my dark orange face met my bright white neck, lovely…
2. Fake tan faux pas.
Not moisturising or exfoliating before applying a load of fake tan is never a good idea, often resulting in patchy brown hands and palms. Shout out to my mum for not letting me leave the house after I applied ‘body bronzing shimmer gel’ to my entire face. 
3. You are not a panda…panda pixel photo:  panda.gif
Didn’t everyone kind of go through that liquid eyeliner stage, where you’d outline your entire eyeball in a layer of thick black eyeliner? You know whilst listening to Bring me the horizon and Blink 182 and the likes of…
4. Never, ever, ever shave your legs dry.
I remember one of the first times I’d shaved my legs, I stupidly didn’t use shaving foam, or water and ended up cutting my legs to shreds, ouch. I thought I was going to bleed to death in my bathroom ha ha okay maybe a little dramatic! My mum was so angry.

5. Your natural hair colour is best.
I still remember my dads face when I came downstairs after dying my naturally white blonde hair, jet black. (Sorry dad, sorry hair!) Through my teenage years I also dyed my hair lilac, blue, pink, red! After many trips to the hairdressers to get my hair back to blonde, I learnt my lesson for sure!

6. Your acne won’t last forever (I promise!)
It’s something I don’t mention these days, as I don’t like to remind myself of how horrific my skin used to be from age 13. My whole face was literally covered in large painful sore like spots! My doctor was useless and said ‘its something you’re just going to have to live with’ – wrong. I’ve thought about doing a whole blog post on all the things myself (and my parents) tried and how I eventually became acne free, I’m just not sure if I’m brave enough to post the photos of how bad my acne was, you’d never tell these days, I barely get a single spot!

7. Just because you don’t like your skin, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look after it.
Due to feeling so horrific about my skin, I was so scared of using ‘normal’ products like cleansers and moisturisers on it that might make my acne even worse, my skin was red raw and very painful. Covering my face in layers and layers of thick foundation didn’t help at all.

8. Sunbeds are NEVER okay.
Choose fake tan, every single time. Even though I’d only used sun beds a few times, I still regret it so much. I was told by friends it would dry my oily skin out and help clear my acne as well as giving me a tan, which seemed appealing during my teenage years. Never go on them, it’s always better to fake it.

9. Say No, to the bob. 
For the last time, you do not want a ‘bob’ it will only end in tears like the last two times  Do not trust the hairdresser, they are not only cutting the teeny, tiny ends off, they will take a good chunk off the length every time. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

10. Be confident!  
See past your imperfections, learn to notice them a little less and love them a little more, besides you pay much more attention to them than anyone else does anyways. You’ll learn this in the long run.

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  1. May 17, 2015 / 12:42 am

    Loved this post! I can really relate to number 1 especially. Also, the acne- ahhhh. I never ever thought it would go away even though it wasn't really bad but when I'd get a zit, I'd get a ZIT- it was horrible. I'm so glad I know better now about most beauty/skin things though I wonder if in 15 years time I'll feel the same. πŸ™‚

  2. May 17, 2015 / 12:55 am

    Love this post =]

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  3. May 17, 2015 / 1:06 am

    Such a wonderful post… Really given me some tips… Thanks x

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  4. May 17, 2015 / 1:09 am

    Such a wonderful post… Really given me some tips… Thanks x

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  5. May 17, 2015 / 2:46 am

    I grew up on an island where it was summer all year long. I never tanned, I always wore sunscreen and didn't care if my skin looked bronze. It wasn't until I moved that I realized how beautiful my skin looked. Now I'm all about fake tans, just trying to get that beautiful sun-kissed glow back.

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  6. May 17, 2015 / 7:32 am

    This entry made me smile a lot because eventhough I'm not using any make up since a few years, I did use it when I was a teenager and can therefore totally relate to almost all of these. Especially the panda-eye, look. Then again, it was a fun time to experiment. Thanks for sharing this fun entry β™₯
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  7. May 17, 2015 / 7:46 am

    Oh my gosh, I did all of these things haha! I think every teenager in the UK used Dream Matte Mousse – their sales must have been through the roof. I also dyed my naturally dark hair white blonde and resembled a walking light bulb. Then I had to cut all of my hair off because it was so damaged – bad times! Love this post : ) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  8. May 17, 2015 / 9:11 am

    Such a good post.I completely agree with number 5, I had long brown hair which was in such good condition up until I was about 17. I decided to bleach the sh*t out of it and cut it off, and to this day it hasn't grown as lengthy and luscious as it once was! Major regrets!

    I won't ever go on sunbeds either. Every summer I'm so tempted as I'm super pale and love looking brown, but I always manage to talk myself out of it. The risks are just far too scary! x

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  9. May 17, 2015 / 10:17 am

    I agree with all your points and some I need to remind myself. This is such a lovely post, but I have to say I am obsessed with the Ted Baker make up bag, I need to find it.

    Beth x
    http://www.hellobeth.co.uk

  10. May 17, 2015 / 11:47 am

    Such a great post, Becky. Lighthearted but with some touching messages too. As for shaving my legs with cream and water…I learnt that the hard way too. Cuts and plasters for days! Luckily my skin wasn't all too bad to begin with but I remember obsessing whenever I developed a few spots or had a random dry patch on my face.

    As a teen you forget that everything is only temporary…it might feel like that pimple just won't disappear but then you'll realise how it pales into insignificance when you look at life's big picture. You've blossomed into a wonderfully well-rounded young woman and I'm sure your parents couldn't be prouder (especially your dad now that your hair is back to its original colour haha!).

    With love β™₯︎ Β» Paris by Friday

  11. May 17, 2015 / 11:58 am

    lovely post! and p l e a s e be that brave and do a post on your acne and what helped you to get rid of it, it would be very helpful to those of us who are still battling with it. also, hard to believe that you skin was so bad in the past as it looks so good now!
    xx
    Anna

  12. May 17, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    What a great post. I've had my beauty misshaps too when I was growing up.

  13. May 17, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Great blog post! These points are definitely important for a lot of teenagers now as well. Although we don't have the panda eyeliner anymore πŸ˜›

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  14. May 17, 2015 / 12:56 pm

    I have to agree with you with all these things. They're so true.

    Golden chapter β™‘

  15. May 17, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    I remember the days of Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, that stuff was never a good idea and yes, the girls used to get the darkest shade and slather it on. I also had my hair cut into a bob and cried when I left the hairdressers, oh memories!

    Love Beth @ BethBlogsBeauty
    xx

  16. May 17, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    I can definitely say I was guilty of a few of these when I was a teenager. Did everyone really have the Dream Matte Mousse foundation? haha πŸ™‚

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs β™₯

  17. May 17, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    I've only just left that eyeliner stage where I looked like an extra in a My Chemical Romance music video, I really didn't suit it! I've never actually dyed my hair but have wanted too a few times, but I'm always too scared to do it!

    Carolyn x
    Carolyn’s Simple Life

  18. May 17, 2015 / 6:56 pm

    I'm barely out of my teenage years and I remember doing all of these, oh those horrible, scarily recent memories! I wish i had someone to tell me all this but then i probably still would've done it anyway, ah teenage years.

    Dana | Fashion Dew

  19. May 18, 2015 / 12:17 am

    These points are so relatable. I remember when I was just starting to learn how to do my makeup, I looked like a panda, definitely a no-no.

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  20. May 18, 2015 / 11:55 am

    I was totally that girl who would use the Dream Matte Mousse in a shade that was much too dark and then have awful make up lines as well!
    I wish I could go back and shake myself up that this certainly was NOT a good look πŸ˜€

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  21. May 18, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    I too shared in the extreme hair dying, dream matte mousse and the eyeliner phase. Don't you just wish you could go back and do being a teenager right! Then again, if we didn't make these mistakes we wouldn't learn!

    Lauren xx
    http://clavcakes.blogspot.co.uk/

  22. May 19, 2015 / 12:35 am

    Haha this is all SO true! I remember I would cover my eyelids in this horrific metallic blue eyeliner – I thought I was just TOO cool. I wish SOMEONE would have told me otherwise. This was about ten years ago now and I still cringe when I think back to those days.

    emily | honey + flour

  23. May 19, 2015 / 10:57 am

    oh my god the maybelline dream matte mousse!!!!! I remember using it all the time! even now I'm a teeny bit tempted to buy one, when I'm walking past the shelf at the drug store, just to feel its texture on my finger again. It really was like a dream.. but thank god I don't have any photos from that era. πŸ˜€ or from my panda days, although my myspace profile was packed with them. oh well..

    I think you should write about your battle with acne, I'm sure it would be useful to a lot of people! I understand your hesitation about posting pictures, but I don't think you should be worried about it, those days are gone and it might be helpful to others. πŸ™‚

    Btw, your blog looks so lovely! I just found it on bloglovin, and I followed you. I can't wait to read your previous posts as well!!

    http://mermaids-and-unicorns.blogspot.com/

  24. May 19, 2015 / 11:05 am

    oh my god the maybelline dream matte mousse!!!!! I remember using it all the time! even now I'm a teeny bit tempted to buy one, when I'm walking past the shelf at the drug store, just to feel its texture on my finger again. It really was like a dream.. but thank god I don't have any photos from that era. πŸ˜€ or from my panda days, although my myspace profile was packed with them. oh well..

    I think you should write about your battle with acne, I'm sure it would be useful to a lot of people! I understand your hesitation about posting pictures, but I don't think you should be worried about it, those days are gone and it might be helpful to others. πŸ™‚

    Btw, your blog looks so lovely! I just found it on bloglovin, and I followed you. I can't wait to read your previous posts as well!!

    http://mermaids-and-unicorns.blogspot.com/

  25. May 20, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    Hello becky,
    Just wondering what font you use for your post titles, thanks love you xoxo

  26. May 23, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    I love this post! Such a good idea and also inspirational in a way πŸ™‚
    Agree with you about acne part, it is going to fade. I remember being so conscious about it, now what I think about it, it sounds so silly!

    -L | The Nerdy Me

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