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What does your body armour look like?

I think we all have outfits that make us feel AWESOME. But let’s take it up to the next level, shall we? When getting dressed there are elements that make us feel protected, safe, and warm. There is the kind of outfit you wear to work on a tough day, or out with friends when you’re feeling shy about meeting new people. This is your body armour. And while it might not look like the same thing a knight would wear, it’ll make you feel just as protected.

My “armour” is soft with an edge. I wrap myself in soft layers so that it practically feels like I’m wearing a blanket. And then I accessorise with spikes and leather. It gives me an edge and makes me feel bad-ass.

What do you wear when you need that little extra OOMPH added to your day?

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Minimalist Make-up

My last job was in a downtown shopping mall. The lunch hour would bring in parades of gorgeous people who had escaped their high-powered jobs for a few minutes of blissful shopping. They looked great, and very done. Hair done, nails done, make-up done. Even the men looked perfectly coiffed.

Now, I work at a non-profit in a small town. The attitude towards dress and style could not be any more different. People are dressed for comfort, designer labels are simply not seen, and everyone has a more natural look about them. Less make-up, less hair dye, and less keeping-up-with-the-Joneses. It’s a very refreshing change.

When I worked at the mall, I’d delight in wearing statement necklaces and bold lipstick. It was fun! And I do still enjoy dressing up. But my style is adapting to my new environment, and I’m finding that I’m wearing MUCH less make-up.

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What I used to wear:

  • Under-eye concealer
  • Cover-up with SPF
  • Pencil eyeliner (bottom lash line)
  • Liquid eyeliner (upper lash line)
  • Mascara
  • Blush
  • Eyeshadow
  • Lipstick

What I wear now:

  • Mascara
  • Blush
  • Tinted lip balm or very neutral lipstick
  • [Upper lash line eyeliner if I’m feeling fancy]
  • [Neutral eyeshadow if I’m feeling REALLY fancy]

I am saving time each morning, and developing more confidence in how I look without make-up. TRUST ME, if people are used to seeing you in “full make-up” all the time, the one day you go clean-faced you may be asked if you’re feeling ok. It’s a sad truth, but who can blame people?

I’ll admit – I used to agree with the infamous quote: “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” (Helena Rubinstein) But I now see less make-up as a sign of confidence and self-acceptance. I’m really enjoying this make-under. It’s definitely a good way to love your natural self, spend less money on make-up, and have more room in your make-up bag.

What about you? Do you wear a lot of make-up, or a little? None? Comment below!