Bella’s First Blog

By Bella

Instagram: @bellassima_essex

undefinedHello to all stopping by. As you can see, I’m only beginning here.  I’m Bella, if you haven’t guessed and I’m a 64-year-old woman with a renewed passion for beauty and feeling special.  When I was young, I was already into lighted make-up mirrors, finishing sprays, fake lashes, the works! And that was when I was only thirteen! For the following 45 years I would not go out the door without a full face. We used to call it “putting on our slap” in the day…if you ever hear me use that, now you will know.  But then, I slowly began to leave off taking so much care of myself.  But why?

I look back and it was around the time I was coming out of a very bad relationship. I was verbally and physically abused for about 5 years until thankfully it ended with him being locked up and me getting a divorce.  All that pity party aside, I still made the effort most days until I was made redundant on my job another 4 years later.  So, by the time I turned 58, I seemed to give up…and I had finished menopause about 4 years earlier so I think my hormones must have taken a walk, ha ha….

Anyway, for about the last 5 years I have not made much of an effort.   But I got noticing that there were a load of gorgeous older women on telly and out and about.  And I began seeing videos on YouTube where women who really looked as bad as I thought of myself looking were getting makeup done that made them really gorgeous!  It was the same woman, but makeup, deftly and strategically done, made them look so stunning it would bring tears to my eyes.  I wanted to learn to do the same for myself.

Well, here I am now.  I still don’t have that “I’m gorgeous” mentality but that doesn’t mean I can’t try, does it? What I want to try to do in my blog and on my IG account is show “women of a certain age” that we can be beautiful – oh let’s go out on that limb – we ARE beautiful, makeup or not. 

But it’s not always about the wrinkles, or the rough, dry skin, or blotches, or droopy jowls.  Some women lose much of their hair by their 60’s to 80’s.  Some women have lost their teeth, or at least some of them.  Some women, bless them, have lost even more important things.  But read this if you read nothing else… it doesn’t matter.  You are beautiful, and so am I. Come celebrate your beauty with me!

And, we won’t leave the younger ones behind here, either!

Thank you for reading,

Love, Bella x