My Beauty Story

Now here’s something you might not know about me; I wasn’t always into beauty. I didn’t grow up putting on my mum’s lipsticks (in fact I’m not even sure if she owned any lipsticks) and I certainly never imagined I’d be a beauty blogger someday. In fact, I used to be one of those bookish girls who felt like girls who cared about makeup were.. just a bit shallow and stupid to be honest. Oh, the irony. So today I thought I’d share my beauty story from a makeup hating bookworm to a beauty blogger (who’s still a bookworm).


The Teenage Years

I first started wearing makeup when I was about 14 years old, after much convincing from my little sister. Minus the fact that I refused to allow her to pluck my eyebrows (I was really scared that it would hurt, and it’s still one of my least favourite beauty bits to do), my first forays into beauty actually weren’t that bad. I wore a light base, some light pink blush & gloss, and attempted to sort out my eyebrows with a pencil. (Also, a lot of this might be based on the fact that my mum was buying all my makeup).

Then again, this was also the time of what my sister calls “The Reverse Panda”. Not having learned about the existence of concealer yet, I felt like the best way to brighten up my dark circles was by wearing a pearly white eyeshadow all over the lid, AND under the eye. Hence the name; reverse panda.

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High School

In high school a lot of my style was based on whatever guy I happened to fancy at the time. So during my first year I went through a gothy phase where I died my naturally blonde hair dark (a decision that took years to fix), wore black nail polish and tons of black eyeliner. That was followed by a hippie phase where I tried to die my hair back to blonde (resulting in an interesting colour), and besides mascara, wore hardly any makeup.

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Uni is where I truly started experimenting with makeup. First I wore way too much of it; a thick matte foundation that made my skin break out (Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, anyone?), combined with loads of mascara and a bright coral lip. Things toned down a bit eventually. But I was still completely clueless when it comes to skincare. And my skincare routine mostly consisted of water and an oily eye makeup remover.

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Right Now

Over the past year or so I’ve really started to find my feet in beauty. I finally understood that skincare is even more important than makeup, and started investing in it. In the last few months I’ve also started looking into changing my skincare to more natural and organic brands, with less harsh ingredients for my skin. With makeup I go with a less is more principle most of the time, wearing a light base, neutral shadows and a pinky nude lip. That said, I do still love piling on my mascara and highlighter (gotta love that glow!).

What’s your beauty story like? Were you a makeup maven from the start or a late bloomer like me?


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    1. Jenni 30 May, 2016 at 17:32

      Thanks so much lovely! xx

  1. Pinja 30 May, 2016 at 09:20

    Vitsi miten kiva postaus, tätä oli tosi hauska lukea! Tuntuu, että kaikilla on vähän sama juttu meikkien ja kauneudenhoidon suhteen: vaikeuksien kautta voittoon haha 😀

    1. Jenni 30 May, 2016 at 17:35

      Kiitos Pinja, tosi kiva kuulla! Ja juu, niin se taitaa useimmilla mennä ettei kukaan ole seppä syntyessään, näissä kauneusjutuissakaan 😀

  2. Paula 30 May, 2016 at 19:23

    Oh my, I remember those days when I wore too much of matte, thick foundation all the time haha 🙂 I definitely pay a lot more attention to my skincare these days and prefer natural makeup, but do like going for more intense looks once in a while 😉 Loved reading this post!

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    1. Jenni 31 May, 2016 at 10:02

      Don’t we all, haha 😀 I wear natural makeup on most days, but you’re right that it’s sure nice to switch it up now and then and go for a smokey eye or statement lip! Thanks for commenting Paula! xx

  3. Kelsey 31 May, 2016 at 20:01

    Omygoodness I read this sweet little post over the weekend and I just had to tell you how much I loved it! And how I totally related to it. I wasn’t always into makeup, but I’ve slowly begun to realize the importance of skincare, as no makeup can fix skin issues. Such gorgeous photos too sweet girl! xo

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    1. Jenni 01 June, 2016 at 10:51

      Aw, thanks so much Kelsey, you’re always such a sweetie! And that’s so true, no matter how much makeup you put on it’ll never fix bad skin (but if you have really good skin, you can go with very little makeup 😉 ). xx


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