10 Things I Would Tell My Teenage Self: Beauty and Fashion

1. It’s okay to wear makeup

For the most part of my teenage years, I haven’t really worn makeup, not even powder! I guess looks doesn’t really bother me before. I mean, most of my classmates doesn’t wear any, so why should I? I sometimes wish I did though. I regret looking oily and pale at my old photos.

2. Accept what you have

Growing up, I’m always conscious about my chest. Some teenagers would kill to have bigger boobs but I always try to hide it with loose t-shirts. It all started in grade school wear my classmates would tease me for developing too early. I realized that those teasing were just a sign of jealousy. Little by little, I threw all those t-shirts away since I’ve accepted that this is what I have and this is an asset that I shouldn’t be embarrassed about. Look who’s laughing now.

 3. Short hair or a bob is not for you

I used to have really straight hair when I was a kid but it became wavy and poofy when I reached grade school and teenage years. One day I played with scissors and gave myself a DIY haircut. Of course I fucked up so I had to go to the hairdresser and she has to cut it really short. I ended up having a mom haircut. It was the worst hairstyle of my life.

4. Take care of your skin more

I was diagnosed with eczema ever since I was a baby. It got worse in my teenage years. I had to put 4 kinds of cream everyday but sometimes I was too busy or should I say lazy to do it everyday. I wish I have taken care of it more. I’m glad the symptoms lessen now though.

5. Jeans are not uniforms

I used to wear jeans like, all the time. I’m still guilty of this but I wish I wore skirts, dresses and shorts when I was a teenager.

6. Stop ruining your hair with chemicals

I’ve done a lot of things to my hair just to make it straighter. I had my hair relaxed when I was 13 and I remembered the chemical was burning my scalp. I ended up having a natural looking straight hair though but of course it wasn’t temporary so I got my hair rebonded twice again. The chemicals ruined my hair. Now I have stopped and I have been loving my wavy locks and I’m lucky my hair got healthy again.

7. Don’t wear too much lip gloss

Lip gloss is what I love collecting growing up. I remembered I would put some on my lips like for every few minutes to make it really shiny when the truth is, it looks like I just ate a lot of oily lechon. haha. But then again, it was an in thing those days.

8. Stop wearing clothes that are only pink

Most of my clothes back then were pink in color. It’s not that I want to stop telling my younger self to stop wearing pink but just tell her to wear other colors too. Like, you know, black and white which is what I wear now most of the time? haha.

9. Refrain from curling your eyelashes every minute

I used to be so OC about my eyelashes. I always wanted it to be long and curly so I would usually use a clear mascara. I don’t know why I settled for a clear one when it’s obvious a black one would make it look dramatic. I guess I just want to have a naturally looking curly eyelashes? I used to curly it very often though and it was not a very good idea.

10. Be comfortable in your own skin

I wasn’t the most confident teenager, I don’t even think I have that much confidence. Insecurities get in the way and people’s views about me bothered me. So I should say this to my younger me: Be confident. Stop worrying what other people think of you and do whatever you want to do just as long as it makes you happy.




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    June 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I would totally say the same thing. Except numbers 7 &8. Number 10 is very important and I should keep number 4 on my mind. Thanks for sharing! What a good post 🙂

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      June 17, 2015 at 8:55 am

      You’re welcome. Teenage years for me was awkward lol

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    Hazel Asoy
    June 15, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Well written Alissa! I can totally relate with 1, 4, 5 and 6. I used to wear jeans when I was in high school because I’m too shy to show my legs and knees, blame the scars and all the uneven tone. Haha. But, as I grow older I accepted the fact that I can’t be perfect and I don’t need to hide.

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      June 17, 2015 at 8:57 am

      You’re right. I still wear a lot of jeans today but I wear dresses too not unlike before when I was a teen.

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    June 15, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I still “hate” it that I have big boobies bcos I’m too embarrassed to flaunt them so I can’t wear bikinis and blouses with plunging necklines ugh
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      June 17, 2015 at 8:04 am

      If you have it, flaunt it. It doesn’t mean that you have to show it off but if you want to, that’s okay too. Stop worrying about what other people thinks. They’ll probably look at you and say, “damn I wish I have that”

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    June 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I agree with “Be comfortable in your own skin” because I have skin problems too! Sometimes I lost my confidence when everybody is looking at it. But I feel now that I already overcome it.
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      June 17, 2015 at 8:03 am

      What do you have? It really is hard. I guess we just have to accept and never forget to take care of your skin. Nothing’s gonna happen if you don’t take care of it, it might et worse

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    Helga Weber
    June 15, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I had a pink phase, too, hahahahaha. And I also had my hair relaxed. NEVER AGAIN.
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      June 17, 2015 at 9:01 am

      The result for me was amazing but ugh my hair smelled like chemicals and it really ruined my hair after awhile.

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    June 15, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    I totally agree with #10. I hope everyone could realize that. 🙂

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    Lou Castaneda
    June 15, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    This one is a good read, Al. #2 and I am this jealous one, really. And the rest- as I am reaching the verge of my teenage life I’ve learned to accept every pieces of me and just try to be confident about how I look. Yes, I am still this conscious girl (it’s normal) but sometimes, dealing with insecurities can be so hard that I would always try to look like “her”. Guess I can be the prettiest in my own little way. Great post! 🙂
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      June 17, 2015 at 8:02 am

      You are pretty Lou! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Maybe you have something that they don’t have too. It’s all about perspective

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    June 15, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    If there’s one thing I would tell my teenage self, it would be enjoy life outside the university. I was a home-school-home kind of girl back then and I really didn’t have the chance to try going out. When people ask me about things, I just tell them I don’t know because I haven’t experienced it yet and they were honestly surprised. They thought I was the type of girl who loves going out and honestly, I sometimes take it as an insult and it hurts me. Haha!
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      June 17, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Haha. I feel that too but they already know that I don’t go out much. Still though, I get insulted even though they’re right lol

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    June 16, 2015 at 2:15 am

    I think I need to do a post similar to this, but the things I’d tell myself are so much worse (IMO). Hahaha!
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      June 17, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Haha! I wanna know

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    Noor Unnahar
    June 16, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Being a teen, I am right with you on most of these points. I didn’t use to wear make up because my age-fellows didn’t. But it makes a difference to wear a bit of make up. It just gives you a boost and it DOESN’T matter if someone does/doesn’t wear it. Your face , your choice.

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      June 17, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Exactly! I wish I knew how to put on winged eyeliner when I was a teen. I was so plain looking but then again, I want to be invisible at that age. Oh well

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    June 16, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I’d tell my teenage self to stop listening to what my parents said and take more risks with my appearance. Not that they’d allow it, I guess but still haha. I wanted to try out so many things that I wasn’t allowed to. I’m just now making up for it all!
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      June 17, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Now’s the right time. 🙂 I’m trying to make it all up too. I want to have a hair makeover

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    Mikyu Maglasang
    June 16, 2015 at 11:03 am

    These are good realizations. As for me, I don’t know if I have something fashion-related to tell my teenage self. Well, maybe just to stop wearing baggy jeans. Hahaha.
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      June 17, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Haha. Skinny jeans isn’t in that time and baggy jeans was the in thing. I had that phase too and it wasn’t flattering

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    June 17, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Me naman my super duper favorite color is pink but the only pink stuff I wear are my pantulog. HAHA. I can’t make myself wear a pink anything when I go out. As for wearing lipgloss, I’VE NEVER LIKED IT! Lipsticks are still stressing me out sometimes. HAHA. I blame my teeth and my mouth’s insecurity! HAHA.
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      June 19, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Back then I view lipstick as for older ones and lip gloss are for pre-teens and teens haha. I remember they were so sticky but I still wear them.

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    Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
    June 17, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    I love #7! I piled on the lip gloss when I was a teen, too, but that look was totally in. I remember trying to emulate people on my favorite soap (Passions!) and other TV shows, whose lips practically looked like a mirror with how shiny they were. 🙂
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      June 19, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Haha I have different kinds of lip gloss from the ones with glitters to clear to colored ones to ones with flavor. Lol. Ah I’m getting nostalgic

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    June 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I wish I wore skirts and dresses more, too. Especially because I don’t wear them now because I feel self conscious. I mean, I should’ve worn them when I was younger and slimmer! LOL
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      June 19, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Me too! haha I was slimmer back then and I wish I could just go back and wear dresses everyday

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    June 23, 2015 at 1:06 am

    I seriously think girls who have naturaly wavy/curly hair are prettier than those who have theirs treated. If only I have wavy hair! Mine’s more like dead. LOL. It’s wavy but very magulo. LOL
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      June 23, 2015 at 9:22 am

      The key is to not brush your hair when it’s wavy or curly or else it’s gonna poof like a poodle’s hair. haha. Well I brush my hair but it looks better in the morning where I just brush it with my fingers

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