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Am I missing the girl gene?

Am I missing the girl gene?

Missing the girl gene.

That’s about as good as it gets make up wise! 😀

I mean, not literally, I am definitely female, (two babies cooked and delivered prove that one!), but over the years I’ve realised that I’m not particularly good at being a girl. Or I suppose a woman now. Eek!

I think our recent visit to London has highlighted it for me and brought it into my mind even more sharply. There are so many women there that are really polished, and feminine. And I am…..not!

It’s not for the want of trying though, from a young age I devoured magazines, poured over pictures of clothes and make up tutorials, desperate to be able to manage to put together a look or achieve flawless make up. Even as a young teen I felt I was missing the girl gene, some polished perfection gene that made others pick out beautifully matching outfits…and wear them stylishly too!

I have bought so much make up over the years, but I just never got around to using it. Same as the lotions and potions I’ve bought, face washes, moisturisers, miracle foundations, cleansers, toners all abandoned after a few days.

I want to be the type of girl who has a ‘skincare regime’ and actually sticks to it, but it hasn’t happened yet. I’m not sure why! And now that my wrinkles are starting to show, I’m really wishing I had started one in my teens and stuck to it! Although I don’t think my skin is very girlie either. Most cleansers and face washes bring me out in a rash, and whenever I use lipstick I tend to get a fetching angry red line around the outside of my lips. Which lasts a long time after the actual lipstick has departed onto my glass or mug!

And don’t get me started on lipgloss! From the days of getting them free on the cover of Sugar and Mizz until I copped on and stopped bothering, my hair spent countless hours glued to my face and leaving sticking pink smears across my cheeks. Classy!

Missing the girl gene.

Maximum effort here. I tried extra hard with my make up but realised after that my top had holes in. Keeping it classy Mama! I despair of myself I really do!!

I have a few make up techniques and I tend to stick to them religiously. Eyeshadow applied with a finger, (I did buy brushes at one point, I couldn’t tell you where they are now though!), winged eyeliner, (if I can get the wings straight and even which is rare!), and mascara. Always mascara! Oh and if it’s a special occasion, glitter!!!! Which ends up all over my face obviously!

Then hair. Aside from dying it, which I’m pretty good at now, I’m never quite sure what to do with it. I watch loads of Youtube tutorials, attempt the ‘easy up do’, get shoulder cramp, bits fall out, I swear and then give up and put it in a ponytail. On the side if I’m feeling fancy! 😀

Clothing must be ok then, you can’t be bad at it all right? Well, apparently you can! Recently I’ve got more adventurous with clothing but in the terms of a dress covered in unicorns, the problem is what comes after! I saw all these women in perfectly put together outfits and typically, I had a few of the same issues I always have. Improper planning! I’ll have a gorgeous outfit, but the wrong colour bra, or no strapless bra. Or I’ve forgotten a cardigan that will go. Or a handbag that matches. Who wants to go on a nice evening out with a rucksack on?! 😀 Plus I’ve always been slightly the wrong shape for most shops and so clothes that look amazing on the mannequin or model with look ridiculous on me, or will feel as if they are trying to cut me in half…or both! Sometimes it’s as small as not having tights that match, or appropriate footwear.

Which leads me neatly on to shoes. I love high heels. Adore them, covet them, drool over them, stroke them in shops. I even buy them, like the divine ones below. Never been able to walk in them though. I look like an ungainly, drunk giraffe. A giraffe in considerable pain. I’ve got size 8 feet and so flats can look ridiculous, circus clown ridiculous. So boots and trainers it is then. Hardly very glamorous.

I think I must have missed something somewhere along the way. When ‘putting together an outfit’ and ‘walking in heels’ manuals were being installed, I think mine glitched! And I’d like to say it’s because I’m a busy Mum but in reality, I’ve never been very good at it! Am I missing the girl gene?

I know that looks aren’t important blah blah, but just sometimes I would like to look as if I didn’t just fall out of bed and roll around on the floordrobe until suitably covered. (Which is what happens sometimes though!)

Any top tips for styling? Or are you in the comfortable and that’s the end of it camp? As I sometimes try and be happy being in!

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  1. February 16, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    I have an 11 year old girl and I STILL cannot french braid hair. Hers or mine.

    I too am a size 8 feet but with a big fat bunion so heels are impossible. I can’t do make up without it looking like it has been applied with a trowel and as for contouring.. what?!!?

    I am this year however going to try.

    • February 16, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Now braids on my daughter I can do. Sort of. If you don’t look too closely!!! Maybe we should just embrace our non girly, fresh faced, big footed looks! (Or get some lessons!!! )

  2. February 16, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    I could have easily written the same post. I am definitely not a girly girl. Don’t get me wrong I love make up, it’s so pretty but I end up looking like pat butcher whenever I attempt to put it on. I recently went into a MAC store because I was feeling brave, I promptly walked back out when I realised I have no idea what to do with half of it. I’ll stick to dyeing my hair and wearing unicorn dresses.

    • February 16, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Yay!!! Maybe we were separated at birth!!! I had my make up done at a beauty counter once. I was terrified by the results!!!!! The Pat Butcher line made me laugh!!

  3. February 16, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Haha maybe this is why we get along so well! I’m just the same but I’m past caring. I do try occasionally but I inevitably fail so I usually just go without makeup and wear my usual jeans and a grotty jumper. Living the dream eh??

    • February 17, 2017 / 6:38 am

      We’re kindred spirits!! I am alright unless I have something that requires dressing up for. Like the theatre tonight. Panic stations!! I’m largely past caring too……most of the time!!!

  4. February 17, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Don’t worry about any of that stuff. You are great just as you are!

    • February 18, 2017 / 4:27 pm

      Oh thank you! It generally doesn’t worry me. Just on the odd occasion!

  5. February 19, 2017 / 12:17 am

    I must also be missing the girl gene, I cannot do style even when I try!

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