I don’t normally post videos on my blog, but I thought I needed to show some love to fellow Irish girl Melanie Murphy.
I’ve been watching Melanie on YouTube since November of last year when she had way less subscribers and views that she has now (7 MILLION VIEWS as of yesterday!) It is so refreshing to see an Irish girl doing what she loves, and becoming successful because her positivity and passion shines through her.
Melanie and her Youtube channel embodies everything that I stand for and all that my blog is evolving into; Being your own person. Realising the importance of happiness. Healthy living. Healthy eating. Indulging once in a while (ok maybe a little more than once in a while – please revert to point about the importance about happiness!!) Enhancing your own beauty. Self-Confidence. Saying no to negativity and embracing positivity. Learning to love yourself ❤
It’s no wonder I adore watching this girl talk to a camera. I feel like she is the brunette version of me!
Melanie has used YouTube as a platform for self-empowering people, especially (but not exclusively) girls and women! She is a normal girl who has dealt with acne-prone skin and body image issues for the majority of her life. She has tried everything to ‘improve’ her body and make it more socially acceptable, and has spoken openly about overcoming an eating disorder. But over the years, she has come to realise that imperfection is her perfection. Everyone is unique. There is no such thing as a flaw. Society dictates what we think, but it’s time that we start owning our perfect imperfections. They make us who we are. We should love ourselves, not try and change who were are just to please people who don’t have any say in our lives. At the end of the day, you get one body, one life, and who wants to live each day not liking what you see in the mirror, and more importantly, not feeling happy?
So, Melanie has just set up the hashtag #RealSkinRevolution to encourage people to love themselves and screw social norms. Make-up & beauty products often have negative connotations, as Melanie outlines in her video. Some people view it as women lying to them about their appearance. Men automatically assume that women wear make-up to make themselves more attractive to the opposite sex. To be honest, this really irks me as the fact of the matter is most women I know don’t wear make-up for men. We wear make-up to enhance the features we already love. We wear it because it makes us feel good – and if anything makes you feel good, then I say go for it with no inhibitions!
To me #RealSkinRevolution is not only about your physical skin and appearance, but being happy in yourself. Be happy as you are. Being real means doing what is real to you. If you like to do something and it makes you happy, you shouldn’t have to worry about people judging you. FLAUNT your originality. It is a positive movement promoting positivity and happiness from the inside out, and I could not be happier to support it.
So people, check out Melanie’s video below and show her some love on twitter. If you haven’t come across her before, you are going to love her!
‘Real skin with make-up on top, is still real skin… it just has make-up on top!’