The Upside to Social media

Is it just me, or is every connotation you see these days regarding social media, a negative one? It seems every Tom, Dick and Harry is creating a film on social media GONE WRONG. We’re taught to be scared of putting ourselves out there on the internet. We’re told it’s weird that we want others to know what we’re doing and who we’re with.

I’m personally sick of the negatives. It’s understandable that when using social media platforms such as twitter and Instagram, we have to be sensible but come on. It doesn’t take a genius not to write your full address including post code and phone number on your twitter account.

In terms of what I’m about to talk about, I’m not referring to children using social media. There are obvious rules and restrictions that should be regarded when kids are using the internet for safety reasons, of course. But I’m a 21 years old and I’m sick of seeing social media positioned in a bad light.

What many people fail to realise is that social media is the now and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. You either get to grips with it or you fall out of touch. It’s the era we live in and we should embrace it and use it for good!

There are so many positives to social media platforms. Seeing my friends using twitter, Instagram, snapchat and more to promote doing the things they love legitimately fills me with pride! These are the people using their initiative. They’re climbing their way to the top without having to grab onto anyone else to help them along their journey. They’re grasping what they have around them and using it to their advantage and it works.

It shouldn’t be news to anyone that knows me that I am a huge fan of social media, owning a twitter, Instagram, wordpress(lol) and YouTube account (but to name a few). I love using these channels to further my interest in my hobbies. It’s a way of networking with other people who love the same things I love, what could possibly be bad about that?

Not only this, but blogging is the new trend and a great way of getting people to talk about contentious issues. As the world around us (hopefully) begins to liberalise, we’re aiding the discussions that need to happen in order to promote this liberalisation. The more I see posts about things that before the realm of social media, people would feel awkward talking about, the more I want to research and blog about them myself. Using  myself as an example, death is an issue many people avoid talking about openly. I used my platform to try and make this something that can be spoken about more openly. There’s something comforting in being able to read a strangers words and know that they want to help you in issues you want to discuss but feel awkward raising and blogging helps dramatically in this field.

People use social media to promote exciting experiences, talents and events. They use it to help others, to provide opinions and healthy debate. They use it to connect with others and forward their careers. These are all positives that social media platforms help with.

There will always be negatives when things like twitter is used in the wrong ways, but that is down to the irresponsible people using it in those ways. We need to be aware that social media used badly can have a negative impact, but don’t degrade it because of these few issues when there are so many ways social media can be used for good.

I hope more people start blogging, vlogging and promoting themselves. Social media is something great andd we’re lucky we have such an inexhaustible tool literally and the tip of our fingers.

Acknowledgements of a couple friends smashing the social media world: shout out to Liv Woodhead helping the rest of us gym lovers with her fitness Instagram account @livjade_fit and a group of very talented boys, Rak-Su who have jut released their Dive Ep, which you can find on Spotify and iTunes. You guys inspired this blog, keep doing you x

Starting a make-up YouTube channel and more.

If you know me, you know I’m a very confident, outspoken, loud and ambitious person.

If you know the real me, you know I have insecurities like anyone else. I’m slightly introverted and enjoy just staying in bed all weekend with tons of fast food and only myself for company.

But what most people know about me is how much I love doing my make-up.

So how does someone like me combine all of those things? Obviously, I created a make-up YouTube channel.

I spend a lot of my time doing my make up and thinking of new looks I can create with the make-up I already own. My friends enjoy me painting their faces and trying different looks on them too (which, might I add, is extremely difficult when you’re not professionally trained – everyone has a different face shape, different coloured undertones, different eye shapes etc).

I enjoy make-up and I wanted to share with everyone just how much. I don’t expect to become a huge YouTube star, and I don’t care massively how many views I get. I just wanted to share my passion with other people that enjoy make up as much as I do, to inspire others and inspire myself.

But one thing has always held me back from creating a YouTube channel – my skin. Since I was a teenager, I’ve suffered from bad skin. When I was growing up, I had bad skin, and as an unknowing, naive, young girl I made it worse by not cleaning it every night and picking at it. Instead of cleaning it, I covered it in make-up. Not even good make up; awful make up that definitely was not good for my pores. Not only that, but I stupidly got a fringe cut in the hope that it would hide some of the unsightly skin I was so desperate to not have.

As I’ve grown up, I’ve learned to take care of my skin. I wash it morning and evening, I know my skin type and buy products that work for me, I tried every medical option and I let it breath when I can. But the damage was done and I’m left with scars on my face from my teenage days.

Not only this, but sadly I suffer from a condition which I don’t think is talked about enough. I suffer from something called rosacea; it’s basically a medical term for a really red face (lol). It sounds stupid but it’s something I’ve ALWAYS been insecure about and it’s stopped me doing many things – swimming, sleepovers, anything that meant I had to go bare faced.

Recently however, I’ve been on antibiotics to try and clear the rosacea, or at least to try and calm it down. It still flares up and I’m still aware of the pink undertones in my face, but on the whole, lets just say it’s much better than it used to be.

Now though, I don’t think it matters massively how good/bad my skin is doing – i’ll always be able to notice my flaws more than others. But we all do.

I made the decision to bite the bullet and start a make-up YouTube channel despite this. I put my bare face out there on the internet when I can’t even leave the house to go to the shops without make up on. This has been a huge step for me and my confidence and I’m slowly learning, that those that care about me don’t care if I have a pink face or a spot in the middle of my cheek. They like me because I am that confident, outspoken, loud and ambitious person.

I’m going to continue making make-up tutorials. I’m going to continue putting my bare face on camera and I’m going to continue learning that I am more than my skin.

I still wake up and look in the mirror before I do anything else, in the hope that today is a calm skin day. But I wake up now, see a flare up, and laugh at myself for caring so much.

The point of todays blog it to recognise that we all have insecurities that we are embarrassed about, but we don’t need them to control our lives. We should continue to live the way we choose to, and not let our flaws or imperfections stop us from doing so.

Oh and by the way, if you wanna take a look at the two videos I’ve created, follow this link 😉