Growing up isn't all bad.

This is going to sound crazy but only in the last year have I discovered blowdrying my hair and using makeup. In high school, and even a couple years after, I would blow-dry my hair the bare minimum, throw it into a rats nest on top of my head and call it a day/night. Hair is grossly snarly? Hey! Just looks naturally curly, right? wrong. I cringe looking back. Sometimes on a super special occasion I would take out my flat iron and fry the ever loving daylights out of my locks. It's unreal and scary how clueless I was.
I see high school girls now picking out clothes that compliment their skin tone, using full coverage foundation and filling in their brown before school everyday and I just don't understand where I went wrong. I'm talking roll out of bed throw on some eye-liner maybe mascara and call it a day. Oh and for clothes? Oversized mens sweatpants and a t-shirt. See picture below. My hair was coming out of the rats nest it was the previous night and that's just how it was. I also didn't lose my baby fat until I was 18. No exaggeration. 
What the HELL was I thinking. 
We definitely aged well. 

Fast forward a few years and here I am. More often than not I wear makeup and do my hair. You really never know when that perfect, sweet, yacht-owning guy is going to come along. Girls have to be prepared for everything and anything. 

For the most part I use a light to medium coverage foundation daily. I like to even out my skin without covering it. If I'm headed out I lightly contour my face with some bronzer and blush, add a little shadow, some liner and mascara. Oh! And I always fill in my brows. Eyebrows are the difference between Miss America and high school Shannon. I like to think of myself as Miss America these days. 

Now that summer is upon us I tried to let my hair air dry the other day and it was a massive fail. It looked as though I hadn't brushed my hair in months. Oh PS- I never used to brush my hair.  How did I ever get away with that? More importantly how the hell did I ever land any male attention? Maybe I should clarify that my hair usually falls pretty straight and was never a massive knot like you're thinking. I just should have brushed my hair because, hello, hygiene.  My round brush and hair dryer were laughing at me when I showered for the second time in one day to fix the mess. 

I'm hoping within a few weeks I will be tan enough that I won't need anything other than moisturizer, mascara and a curling wand. How do you get ready during the summer months?


  1. this post is PERFECT. i can totally relate to that. I do to have curly hair, and i discover a straightener when i was 15 years old. I met heaven. I start using mascara and makeup senior year actually, because i felt left out because everyone was using makeup. Now i use bb cream to even the color but not to cover my face, and also some bronzer. I see pictures from when i was pubertal, and omg i have to say i have aged pretty well after that.

    1. So glad to hear I'm not alone. Seeing girls in high school now just boggles my mind. Can't they have an awkward stage or was that just me? Thank you for reading!

  2. I adore this post! I started experimenting with makeup and such even before high school. I'm glad I did, because now I like to think I'm pretty good with it. But I'm also super lazy, and tend to go bare-faced and in sweats when I run errands / head to class. Oops!

    ♥Emma, of It's Emma Elise


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