I had a couple of “good” days last week so I took the opportunity to escape the confines of my bedroom and head to the shops with my little sisters, mother-in-law, and Paul (who hates shopping). It felt great to get out, especially as I managed to bag myself some beauty bargains. I have been wanting to do more beauty posts and videos both on here and over at my You Tube channel.
Beauty is more than skin deep
Since I’ve been really unwell, beauty for me has become something that has not only made me feel more beaut-iful (check the pun), but also allowed me to have a better relationship with my body. I know that sounds a little bit like the painkillers have really started to turn my brain to mush but allow me to explain. When you’re in a lot of pain and you constantly feel exhausted you begin to see your body as a prison, I know I’m not the only sick person who feels this way, but I’ve found that when I started experimenting with make up, bath bombs, lotions, etc, I began to feel happier in my skin again. The feminist side of me screams, ‘but isn’t that just the media telling you need to look a certain way?’ No, it’s different, a subtle difference I’ll admit, but there is a difference. Beauty products and routines allow me to feel human by making the most of my body. I know that it’s not make up or body butter that makes me beautiful, but my skin does feel smooth and soft after my skin care routine. Very often, I’m in too much pain and too exhausted to do any kind of beauty routine and I’d choose being able to leave the house or spend time with people over doing my make up any day of the week, but when I can, I’ve come to love spending time looking after my body. Not to mention the fact that my body needs a lot more care than the average twenty-something year old because of my illness.
A new creation is born
These are thoughts that have been whirling around in my brain for sometime now but it’s only in the last couple of weeks that they’ve developed into something more. While I’ve been stuck in bed I’ve been watching a lot of make up tutorials, and beauty product reviews/hauls on You Tube, and finding new beauty blogs to read. It wasn’t long before it became glaringly obvious to me that there was a big gap amongst the huge wealth of material out there. I couldn’t find anything devoted to making sick people feel beautiful, and more importantly, I couldn’t find anything for someone with limited energy and high pain levels. With this revelation was birthed a new feature – Chronically Beautiful. I’m going to fill the gap so that anyone in a similar situation to me can have access to tutorials and reviews to fit their needs. I have loads of ideas but to give you a sneak peek, you can expect to see a big MUA make up review video soon, and posts like 5 minute make up routine, and daily skin care routine coming soon.
For now, I leave you with my first ever haul video:
As I’m new to this stuff, I really value feedback, so please leave any thoughts you have in the comments box below or on my You Tube channel.
Love Katie x
P.s. If you are or know of any beauty companies who would be interested in sponsoring this new venture then please contact me at the usual email address (email@example.com).
FASHION is a whole other ball game, but one that I intend to play so check back here soon. Don’t miss any updates by subscribing by e-mail in the box to the right of this post and to my You Tube channel.