(Why) I Wear Chanel Make-Up.

As you can read in this post where I write about what I think of Fashion&Beauty, I have incorporated some genuine daily effort in the Clothes&Make-Up Department. I wear clothes and colors that suit me, I spend a little time in front of the mirror every morning to do my hair and make-up.

I still have no problem with my very own Leggings, Big Sweater, No Make-Up and Legit Bed Hair Look (it’s a look I’ve perfected over the years), but I love taking the effort to make myself look nice most days. Why? It feels like I’m treating myself. It’s a strong signal of self-love to me: I care enough to take time and make the effort to make myself look extra pretty. To take time out of your day to make yourself look pretty, not because you’re not pretty without make-up and a dress, but because you feel happier and more confident during the day knowing you look your best; that’s a fucking nice thing of you to do for yourself, right?

Yesterday, I decided to be even nicer to myself from now on. See, a while back, I treated myself to a gorgeous Chanel foundation and red lipstick. I’m a sucker for Chanel. Always have been, since I was a little girl. I love their sleek black packages and the logo. And to me, everything about Chanel breathes luxury and beauty.

So after I bought these two items, putting on make-up became about that feeling: one of beauty, luxury and lots of self-love. I started wearing the Chanel foundation and it made me feel all glowy to have something so pretty and high quality to treat myself to almost every day. Putting on my Chanel lipstick made me feel all spoiled and pampered.

While most of my teenage years and well into my twenties, I just used to wear whatever, man. Whatever was in front of me. I didn’t really care. I had a lot of stuff, but I didn’t really care about any of it, you know what I mean? It was just stuff, it didn’t make me feel anything.

But wearing Chanel make-up, I find I do care about it. I feel very positive and pleasant with it on. Because it makes me feel good and spoiled in a happy, grateful kind of way. Not like those bitches in My Supersweet Sixteen, but a lot more Gratitude&Appreciation to the max. A lot of things in life are about how they make you feel: I think I have tuned into a good feeling here.

So instead of buying lots of cheap other products here and there, about one or two months later I bought a Smokey Eye Set, again by Chanel. Putting on make-up became even more fun; even though smokey eyes is tricky (with my enormous eyes it’s like you have two black holes in the middle of your face if you do it wrong), I started to get the hang of it. I love the little ritual as well as the look.

And yesterday, after having writing for almost four hours without any interruptions beside bathroom-and-tea-break, I walked into my favorite beauty department store with the words: “Hi, I’d like a good eyeliner and primer and just a head’s up: I love Chanel.” That was something the lady could work with, because I walked out of the store with a gorgeous primer, eyeliner, and two Chanel perfume samples and a Chanel mini mascara.

And as I walked out, I decided to cut the shit short: I’m not buying any more make-up that doesn’t make me feel all happy, spoiled and indulgent and I’m only using the make-up that makes me feel like I’m treating myself. Bam.

Beauty should be about self-care and self-love, so that’s what it’s going to be. Rather than than have a big box full of meaningless stuff, I prefer having only a few luxurious items and loving the absolute fuck out of having and using them. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to put on some red lipstick and have a great day. Hope you do too!

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  1. Oh please let me know what you think about the primer? I’ve been eyeing it forever.

    And I absolutely agree. I’ve stopped buying cheap make-up because A: sorry, but quality does come with a price and it’s not €0,99 and B: if I wear make-up, I wanna do it right.

    I don’t wear it every day (although a bit more lately), so when I do, I want it to look good. I want it to feel good. It’s a treat. And yes, it’s more expensive, but it really is worth it, because for one: it actually makes me prettier instead of looking like a bad-skinned drag queen and I find myself using far less of it. Just a drop of Chanel foundation and I’m good to go.

    1. I have the same primer and I love it too. I’m a 20 yr old student and I do exactly what you just wrote about – I save my money and buy something nice once in a while that makes me feel beautiful and happy when I wear it.
      The primer was the second thing I bought from chanel, and I love it because not only does it make my makeup last longer and makes my skin feel smooth, but it when you mix it with foundation, rather than wear it underneath it, you can use it to lighten the color of your foundation. After all, its a pure white liquid. For me, its ideal for the mid winter months when most foundations are to dark.

      So bottom line of this all; if you’ve been eyeing it for a while, ask for a sample because you’ll probably love it. 🙂

  2. Good on ya, hon!

    I love make-up, especially the more luxury brands. It’s nice to actually take some time in the morning to pamper yourself. Plus; buying make-up is awesome. There’s always bound to be something that tickles your fancy (in my case: basically anything that glitters).

    And actually, this blogpost made me feel inspired! Grabbed my lovely bright ass lipstick out of my bag and decided to go for colour today. I should do that more often 🙂

  3. This is something that I’ve unconsciously been applying to some areas of my life. I started, after years of not been a perfume wearer, to wanting to start wearing it. It helps enormously that my landlady (aka best friend’s mom) has a beauty shop going on Ebay. But I started looking around and having a good old sniff of testers and realised that I liked Coco Chanel and Chanel Mademoiselle. Chanel No. 5 smells like something has died on me, it’s weird. So I bought them off her, arguably cheaper, (they are the genuine stuff she does her homework) but I’d rather someone I know and like benefit financially than a shop. It’s just nice to give myself a quick skirt and know that I smell good, even if I just have a pair of shorts and a t-shirt on. I mean I work from home, so it’s a nice little lift.

    I don’t use Chanel makeup, but I make sure that I’ve got a good foundation and mascara. I’ve been trying to find a good red lipstick since forever, so would be interested in hearing more their red lipsticks.

    Similarly, I realised that I need a new laptop. It will increase my productivity no end. I’m dividing my time between two netbooks at the moment, which is okay, I need more space and they get tired quickly. So I ordered a basic laptop from the catalogue – nothing fancy, but it feels good to know it’s coming. If a purchase feels right, then this one does. Just as I’ve upgraded my Spotify. When you make your living using a compute, sometimes you need some music. It’s my way of taking myself seriously, but again it feels like a good move. I blame the course material, lol.

  4. I used to love Chanel, but it’s ingredients don’t fit with my regular flights. But I still love their nailpolishes and eye pencils (the nude one, go get it if it’s still out there, it makes your eyes look fresh and big!)

  5. Totally agree with you on this! I bought a €80 (huge deal for my teen girl’s budget) eau de parfum bottle in autumn and every morning when I use it I instantly feel more beautiful and happy <3

  6. Oohh heerlijk! Je moedigt me aan om mijn make-upspullen eens uit te zoeken en alles wat ik toch niet gebruik en/of brol is weg te gooien! En dan eens aan te vullen met mooie, goede nieuwe spullen. Hah, ik heb nog nooit foundation en primer (wtf is dat zelfs?) gehad..! Ik heb wel twee mooie
    lippenstiften (cadeautjes) van Chanel, maar volgens mij niet de juiste kleuren, ik heb altijd het idee dat ik er big-ass Afrikaanse lippen van krijg (en vind dat mijn mond al groot genoeg is!). Hmmm, toch maar eens in verdiepen, want je mooi maken en voelen, doet deugd!

    Ik heb trouwens net ‘soldekes’ gescoord, yesyes, nu hoef ik mijn vriend z’n tshirts niet meer te stelen. Het motiveert me om me elke dag deftig aan te kleden (en productief te zijn!).. Een Summer School doel 🙂

    1. Primer zorgt dat je make-up goed blijft zitten! volgens mij staat je lippenstift je wel mooi hoor, gewoon eens proberen. Fijn dat je goed voor je uiterlijk zorgt ook! =) X

  7. Oh ben het zo met je eens! Ik heb dan wel geen Chanel, maar al mijn make-up zijn ook grotere uitgaven geweest. Kwaliteit kost nu eenmaal wat geld. En het is zo fijn om aandacht aan je uiterlijk te besteden, ik voel me dan meteen veel mooier en vrolijker.

  8. Wat een goede blog! Ik verdien helaas nog niet genoeg om zoveel aan make up uit te geven, maar zodra ik dat wel doe gaat alles naar Clinique en Chanel, want de producten die ik daar van heb (sommige gekregen) vind ik heel erg fijn en ben ik extra zuinig op.

  9. Leuk artikel, maar ik ben het niet eens met alle blije comments over dat dure make-up beter is. Heb mezelf eens getrakteerd op een prijzige Dior foundation: slecht spul! Mascara’s van Chanel en Clinique zijn me ook al behoorlijk tegen gevallen. Heb nu een concealer van de DM drogist: 2 euro. Eyeliner van Catrice, 3 euro. Hele fijne spulletjes. Het enige merk waar ik nu wat meer aan uitgeef is MAC, voor foundation (en daar heb ik ook al eens een miskoop gedaan).

  10. I just showed up to this blog, half awake, after Googling “is Chanel make-up good?”. I am in my mid 30’s and I’m just now recognizing the worth in quality products. I’ve used expensive eye creams but that’s about it. I commend you for treating yourself and knowing the value of that in your 20’s. I loved reading how it made you feel. That’s how all women should feel…special and pampered.