Put Your War Paint On

Hello, you!


Forgive me for any errors in this post, I’m writing it dosed up on codeine and morphine. I’ve been back in hospital this week and I’m now under the care of a consultant for further investigation – it’s all fun and games. Since I got home, I’ve been lolloping around in a painkiller haze, rocking my unicorn jimjams (don’t know whether to be proud or horrified that I own these age 20) and desperately trying to find a new series to get into.

Something that has been SO important to me when I’ve been ill (be that mentally or physically) is PUTTING MY WAR PAINT ON. Just to clarify… by this I do not mean army stripes and tribal markings. I mean glorious MAKE UP. If you’re a regular make up wearer, like myself, putting your make up on, even when you’re feeling so shitty it’s almost beyond belief, can really help you to feel more like yourself again. People have sometimes said to me ‘are you seriously putting make up on just to sit in the house????’ but it makes me feel more like it’s a normal day. I’m not saying it’s going to cure you – can you imagine if you went to your doctor and he suggested a cheeky bit of Bobbi Brown?! – but it may help.

My family swear by this and both my mum and my nana inspire me by putting their war paint on and facing the day regardless of how rubbish they’re feeling – I’ve inherited this tip from them. Even when my grandad died, Nana Kath (as she’s known to my friends) got up every day and put her face on – next level respect for that iron lady. My make up obsessed best friend, Alice, regularly does this too and she also swears by it – I often get texts from her saying things like ‘feeling beyond shit today, so I’m going to glam myself up’ – these messages tend to be followed by selfies captioned ‘look how hot I am’ – she’s a modest one;)


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I think it’s important to be realistic though – stick to something easy unless you WANT to do otherwise. For instance, I wouldn’t go for a red lipstick when I’m planning on sitting around in the house cause they can be a HELLA LOT of maintenance, but if that’s what floats your boat then go for it! That being said, if you’re gonna be sitting around at home it could be a perfect time to try out a new look. My friend, Hannah, worships the Urban Decay ‘Full Spectrum’ eye-shadow palette and will just play around with the bright colours if she’s having a day in. Do whatever is going to make YOU feel good. Put a spritz of ya nice perfume on and make yourself feel more like the spice that you are. Today, for the first time in a week, I’ve doused myself in Paul Smith for Women, put my foundation on and went for a ‘chill’ lip as Alice and I call them (that is, nothing too bold) and I feel better for it. I’m still in a loaaaad of pain but I feel more like my usual self.

Putting my war paint on has helped me in SO many different situations – when I’ve been depressed, when I’ve been in pain, when I’ve been ill and stuck in the house or when I’ve got a shitty day ahead (I tend to go for a red lip in that case, you can read about this here). It makes me feel more like I’m ready to BATTLE. I feel like winged eye liner is a perfect type of war paint – if you nail it you surely must feel like the God of all women – personally, I never have succeeded in this and it doesn’t even suit my eye shape – you win some, you lose some, ay?



Above are two photos of me with my war paint on – the one on the right is a photo of me today. Clearly, in neither photos, am I looking my finest – you can see that my eyes are a bit squiffy because of the painkillers and I look a bit… vacant;) but at least I don’t look like a walking corpse, as much as I may feel like one.

Make sure you enter my giveaway on either twitter or instagram  (you can enter on both for two entries) where you could win £30 worth of Urban Decay war paint – you choose which products!

Do you have a certain make up look that you wear to help you get through the day? Is there a certain product that you ALWAYS use as part of your war paint? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

Stacks of love,




  1. September 17, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Lovely post and I totally agree! When you’re not feeling your greatest, a little bit of makeup can help you feel better about yourself, even if it’s just in the moment! I also love days at home where I can play around with new products and looks!

  2. September 17, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    Love love love the idea of this post!!! I love experimenting with different lip colours as it makes me feel cooler than I am haha x

  3. September 17, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Ahh yess, getting our war paint on – love it. I’ve only started wearing winged liner regularly pretty recently, and I’m loving it. i just feel so badass.

  4. TheCrimsonCardigan
    September 17, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    I love this, and you, Soph! I’m all about dressing up whenever for whatever reason, even if it’s just to lounge around. You have the sweetest smile, and it’s almost easy to forget that you’ve been struggling so much this year. Please know that you’re always in my thoughts, and I do hope you feel loads better soon. <3

    Ashlynn | http://thecrimsoncardigan.com

  5. September 18, 2017 / 12:34 am

    As a Native American the title of your post caught my eye and I came here cautiously. However, I thourougly enjoyed your post. After I had my son, I went through a rough time and makeup became my self care. It was something I could do for me. It made me happier and more ready for the day. It brought me out of my saddness and helped me get back in control. I completely agree with the message of your post. Makeup is more then just makeup. http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

    • lifeoflittlethings
      September 23, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      I’m really glad you enjoyed my post and I’m glad you had something that made you happier when you were going through a rough time! I was so conscious of not offending anyone by using the term war paint, your comment has really reassured me – thank you xxxx

    • lifeoflittlethings
      September 23, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      Thank you – that makes me really happy!xxxx

  6. September 19, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    It’s really good that you have something you can go to for a ‘pick me up’ Who cares if you’re not going anywhere ! If it makes you feel that bit brighter, then go for it ? xxxx

    • lifeoflittlethings
      September 23, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      I’m glad you agree! People should do whatever makes them feel good, as long as it’s not hurting anyone!xxx

  7. November 15, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    Love this, definitely inspiring me to slap on some makeup to make myself feel better! I think I am definitely going to start using days at home to experiment with some more brave and bold looks too ! xx

    • lifeoflittlethings
      November 22, 2017 / 11:14 pm

      I’m so glad this could help to inspire you – get bold ya sassy thing!xx

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