Tattooed ladies: Victorian society’s quiet love affair with body art.

Tattoo culture is so mainstream now, that it’s a bit of a task to find someone who doesn’t have one – men or women. Once seen as something predominantly masculine, today we regularly see women (myself included) with ink – but this isn’t something exclusively 90’s-2000’s. In fact, tattoos were relatively popular in the upper echelons of Victorian Society’s ladies, who used body art to become “more fascinating”.

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“Hello Clarice…” – A Brief History of Face Masks

Face masks are an obsession for me… When I’m shopping at the super market or passing the cosmetics shop on my way to work, I just have to buy a few more to add to the ever-growing collection in my fridge. With Vietnamese air pollution and my skin showing how tired I am from kindergartners climbing me like a tree on the regular, these babies are my go-to when I need a boost! But where did these things start out?

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Keeping Up with The Kingdoms: Makeup and Cosmetics in the Middle Ages

Things that run through my mind at 3am: Why did I do that embarrassing thing 19 years ago? Is that a pile of clothes on the chair or a demon? How did women in the Middle Ages wear makeup?

Makeup in 2019 is inescapable. Every few scrolls of my Facebook feed bring up yet another tutorial on how to perfectly contour my face or create a sexy smoky eye. Beauty Influencers are like some kind of sparkly, gorgeous hydra and they’re everywhere, so I often wonder if makeup was as accessible and easy to apply as it is now – how did medieval women achieve their look?

In the Middle Ages, the church viewed makeup as immoral and sinful, stating that it was vanity to paint one’s face. If a woman was disfigured from an illness, like pox, then she was permitted to use makeup – so she didn’t repulse her husband – but otherwise you were a stone cold sinner.

Despite the church and their bare-face policies, women still wore makeup, sometimes going to surprising lengths to achieve the desired look of the day. Delve into some fascinating facts about Medieval beauty below!

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