I’ve been thinking, I’ve been thinking….. the last few days have been one of major reflection, numerous plans of reinvention and serious brainstorming on ways to write more meaningful and quality content for both my personal blog and for In-spire LS.
I have also took time to reflect on the different looks I have experimented with over the past few months. I’ve had braids, I’ve worn a bob, I have worn silver hair and red and now I’m simply addicted to changing up my look. I have also spent a lot of time watching YouTuber’s and trying to establish new ways to do my make up.
However, I have to be honest and say that I’ve began to grow seriously sick and tired of the way make up has changed and everything is about contouring and highlighting and ‘slaying’ and being on fleek. I’m seeing endless videos on Instagram of women being completely transformed by make up where they no longer look like themselves and as much as there is a skill to this, what happened to the days when some lipstick, foundation, a little eye shadow and eye liner were all you needed to stand out and enhance your personal beauty.
I’ve been out on the high street and are seeing young women with a ‘full face’ on. Including lashes and they’re only working in a retail store. I’m not saying this is a problem, but what happened to the good ole days when there was a distinctive difference between your ‘day look’ and your ‘night look’. Now the lines have well and truly blurred and everyone looks like everyone else.
The thing is, it’s these women who will get the most notice from advertisers and will have thousands of women wanting to look like them. This is where the struggle comes. How can I look like me without the need to conform or bend out of shape to reach the masses?
I love how I look and I love the simply way I apply my make up, although I know I’m more than capable of watching a few tutorials and learning to be like everyone else. I have to be true to myself, I just don’t care for it. I want simplicity to be the next big thing. For the Kardashian’s and their ‘overdone’ ways of applying make-up to just disappear so the make-up looks of artists like Bobby Brown can come back to the main stage.
I may not know how to contour or to line my lips with perfect precision, or to highlight till I’m a glowing!!!! and I know that this way of doing things may not be what’s IN now. However, I need to be true to myself and if it takes longer to get noticed and respected than so be it.
My name is Sasha Shantel, I love fashion, writing and food. I can’t contour, couldn’t care less and I’m finally accepting of that fact!