To cover up or not to cover up, that is the question…

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Hello again my eczema warriors. I say ‘warriors’ because I really do believe it take a true warrior to battle eczema, or any other skin condition for that matter that’s physically on show. It’s hard enough for someone with beautiful skin to accept their appearance so it’s 10 times worse for us scabby, weepy, bloody, patchy, itchy lot to be happy with the way that we look. Everyone has their own insecurities and eczema has always been one of mine ever since I started high school in the year 2000 but recently it’s become less of an insecurity and more so part of my lifestyle.

I’ve recently had some feedback on my blog from an honest but unhappy lady suggesting that by me posting about ways I cover up my eczema, I’m actually sending out a negative message to all eczema sufferers  that you should cover up your eczema because it’s something you shouldn’t have on show in public.  This is something I never even considered to be an issue. My blog isn’t about that at all, it’s about being proud of who you are regardless which is why I felt I needed to write this post. She said people shouldn’t cover up their eczema because they have nothing to hide which got me thinking. Is covering up your eczema with make-up such a big of a deal? If someone woke up with a big angry red pimple on their face one morning and reached for that handy concealer to cover it up would they get the same reaction? Would they be told they shouldn’t wear concealer because they have nothing to hide or would it just be brushed under that make-up carpet and just accepted as an every day occurrence in most people’s lives? There are many beauty bloggers out there who youtube tutorials on how to cover up acne and their comments are all positive so what makes that any different to covering up eczema? 

I wear make-up for the same reason every other make-up wearer does, because I like to. I like putting on my mask, it makes me feel good. I like trying out new make-up products and I like getting excited over new releases. I like getting dressed up for a night out and slapping on that red lippy. I like changing my make-up style according to my outfit. It mixes things up a bit and I’ve always been someone who gets bored quite easily. I don’t specifically wear make-up to solely cover up my eczema, eczema just happens to be there and so it makes wearing make-up harder to do. If I had perfect skin, I would still wear make-up. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wear it all the time because it would irritate my skin too much to wear it every day so going out of the house with patchy dry skin is also a frequent occurrence in my life.

So why all of a sudden should one feel as though they have to go out with no make-up on and have their eczema on show in order to prove they are not ashamed of it? Why should you have to prove to people that you embrace having eczema? Surely by you not caring what people think is proof of you being proud of your skin, which also means not feeling the need to prove to strangers that you don’t care.

If you’re not usually a make-up wearer or never have been then I think that’s great, everyone is different and that’s the beauty of individuality. If we were all the same the world would be a very boring place and there would certainly be less choice for a singleton. If you didn’t like the look of someone, you would be screwed because we would all look the same and therefore you’d be alone forever. Oh…

I am proud of my eczema. I am proud of every red patch, every open wound, every swollen body part, every scab, every bit of dry skin, every scar, every pain, every itch, and every clump of hair that falls out when I wash it because being able to see all of that reminds me of how strong I am as a person and how I’m successfully getting through the most difficult time of my life. My eczema has shaped me as a person, and regardless of how it may look, I’ve come out on top.

Whether you’re young, or old, or man, or woman, whether you’re part of an LGBT community or suffer from any form of physical or mental disability or illness, whether you’re black or white, or rich or poor we all have one thing in common… Individuality.

There is a quote I live my life by and it’s a quote very dear to my heart…

“Be who you are, and say what you feel because those that mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind”

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Be you, love you, and live your life for you.

A message I felt needed to be said. 🙂

Peace out you beautiful individuals! Stay strong and stay positive.

Loves.xxx

Amy-Lou ❤

Beautiful hair to help your flare… <3

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Ever been in a flare and desperately needed to get the hair off your face!? Or ever needed to go out on a bad skin day but feel like you’re a 90’s/00’s throw back by having to sport the scraped back ‘Melanie C’ ponytail? Well, worry not my eczema dears, I have the perfect solution!

My incredible friend Megs from Wonderful_you http://www.wonderful–you.com/ posted a hair tutorial on her youtube channel of a ‘Quick & Easy Messy Up Do’ the other day which was simply love at first site!

We all know those moments far too well whereby you just HAVE to get every bit of hair off your face as quickly as possible because your face is as itchy as a cat with fleas and every strand of hair that falls on your face burns because your face literally feels like it is on fire! Have I used the word face one too many times? Oh… I apologise.
That mad rush to find bobbles and bobby pins is a frequent and tedious routine in my life. Which may I just add, is never as simple as it sounds because the bobbles are never in the places you think they are and you can buy a pack of 200 bobby pins with a 100% guarantee off losing them all.

This hair style is my ultimate favourite at the moment.

It’s great for those days where you need to just put it up and leave the house but still want to look like you’ve made an effort. I don’t know about you but with my skin being as it is at the moment, I sometimes look as though I’ve let myself go and having to just put my hair into a ponytail because I can’t wear it down makes me feel a little grubby. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against the good ole’ponytail. Some people can rock the hell out of that tail of a pony and make it look awesome but I unfortunately make it look like an thin, frayed, neglected tail of a rundown old Donkey. This hairstyle however, is beautiful, long lasting and, providing you’ve secured it properly, it will stay in place when you itch your scalp without you having to irritate your scalp further by using hairspray.

This hairstyle is really on trend at the moment and looks amazing on those with thick hair like Meg’s but also looks just as good on us lot of TSW hair thinning beauties. That frequent hair loss we’re having to experience isn’t going to get us down that’s for sure! We can do it to!

It is really quick to do and so simple. Click on the link below to watch Meg’s easy tutorial and have a go! 
I guarantee you’ll love it as much as I do!
Loves.xx
Amy-Lou ❤

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Head over to the Wonderful You YouTube channel for fashion, beauty and all things wonderful. 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/user/wonderfuly0u

MY ECZEMA FRIENDLY OUTFIT OF THE DAY. <3 FEB 2015.

Well hello again,
I do hope all is well with you and your skin isn’t giving you too much aggravation.
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Today I thought I’d share with you my favourite garment at the moment. A lot of bloggers do ‘Outfit of the day’ so I thought I’d hop on that #OOTD wagon but for very different reasons.
I think it’s clear I’m not a ‘fashion blogger’, I’m not exactly ‘on trend’. It’s difficult to stay on track with current trends when you have a skin condition, I’m sure you can all relate to that issue. With most materials being too itchy to wear our fashion choices are very limited. We’re kind of like vegetarian’s in a restaurant when it comes to picking clothes. Being a veggie myself, I know all too well that feeling of going into a restaurant and seeing all the different yummy choices but being fobbed off with a frozen bean burger whilst watching everyone else tuck into their amazing food! I like to think of a fashion store just like that, with ‘100% cotton’ being that standard frozen bean burger we have to put up with and all the other beautiful clothes being those amazing dinners those lucky ones get to indulge in. Although I don’t particularly like referring to those who don’t suffer with skin conditions as lucky, you never quite know what people are going through and there’s always someone who wishes they have what you have. I think it’s always important to remember that.
So, back on topic, my outfit. My pictures certainly aren’t to promote the said clothing, they are simply to show you guys what I where and how I cover up the full extent of my eczema as itch free as possible.
I simply went out to the park with my best friend the dog and a camera. 

I am certainly no model and I’d just like to point out that posing for pictures is actually EXTREMELY DIFFICULT! To all of those bloggers who model clothing, I take my top hat off to you! A hat made of 100% cotton to be specific. 😉 So after epically failing at trying to look remotely professional we just kind of ended up messing around. I am not a model, never have been, never will be. I’m known for being anything other than photogenic (family trait) so these unfiltered pictures is just simply me being ‘me’. They aren’t perfect but neither am I. 

SOOOOO…..
Back to the matter at hand, I just had to blog about this dress. Why you may ask…
1. The long sleeves and high neck subtly covers up most of your eczema so there’s less chance of your skin being irritated. It also disguises it for those moments where you don’t want to have to explain to everyone why your eczema is so bad.

2. It’s versatile. You can just stick a coat and scarf on making it casual with flat shoes, perfect for walking the dog in the park or you can put a nice chunky statement necklace on with some heals and bobs your Uncle, you’ve got a casual dress up outfit.

3. The material is really soft and because it isn’t tightly fitted, it allows your skin to breath more easily, causing less heated flare ups. With the colour also being a dark red, it doesn’t show up and spots of blood from open wounds.

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DRESS: NEWLOOK.
NECKLACE: NEWLOOK
COAT: PRIMARK

TIGHTS: PRIMARK 100% cotton
BOOTS: JASPER CONRAN DEBENHAMS
SCARF: EBAY

I hope this is of any help to all of you suffering from the same fashion problems as me!
Remember, it’s not what you wear, it’s how you work it! 🙂
Loves.xx
Amy-Lou ❤