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to feel dismay on discovering make-up in a party bag for five-year-olds?

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parakeet Mon 22-Aug-11 18:41:54

The items were a nail polish and a pot of coloured lip gloss.

Am I really that out of touch?

Catsu Mon 22-Aug-11 18:43:19

Bet your dd loved it though and it's her party bag!

Bestb411pm Mon 22-Aug-11 18:43:41

A little bit unreasonable perhaps?

I would have loved that at 5, wouldn't have been allowed the nail polish mind.

summertimeblews Mon 22-Aug-11 18:43:54

why? little girls love to dress up

mustdash Mon 22-Aug-11 18:44:04


but - DD3 had lots of it (and perfume) given to her as gifts at her 6th birthday party shock - I think it is not that unusual in some areas.

5inthebed Mon 22-Aug-11 18:44:17

If it was a childs make, then YABU, did you never like to dress up as a little girl?

Kayano Mon 22-Aug-11 18:44:47

Kids can like playing dress up you know. They also sell plastic high heeled princess shoes for 3 year olds?

Doesn't mean they feel the need to wear high heels all the time.

Probably biased because I frickin love Make Up lol

pozzled Mon 22-Aug-11 18:45:23

YANBU. I hate make up for young girls.

festi Mon 22-Aug-11 18:46:24

I was woken up this morning by DD 5, with orange eye shadow across her nose purple lipstick as rough on her cheecks chin and forehaed and silvery lipstick across her mouth...she looked hilarious.

Bloodymary Mon 22-Aug-11 18:46:35

My little 5 year old would love it as well.
I am afraid I would not get too worked up over it.

festi Mon 22-Aug-11 18:47:47


Lilyloo Mon 22-Aug-11 18:47:59

Dismayed ?
My dd's regularly play with lip gloss and nail varnish , why would you be unhappy with this ?
Although the nail varnish on the carpet does cause me to be upset , thankfully the kids stuff seems to be iridescent and glittery so not too bad i guess

justcallmemummypig Mon 22-Aug-11 18:48:00

my dd (6) would have been delighted, she loves lip gloss and nail varnish! Can't see the problem as long as it's occasional

parakeet Mon 22-Aug-11 18:56:09

Thank you for the replies. I take the point that it's a form of dressing up, and of course I do let her dress up, including wearing those high-heeled shoes.

But for me, make-up is A Step Too Far. Should I also let her dress up in those kiddy bra type things you can get from certain trashy stores?

I cringe at the thought of seeing her five-year-old face with slap on it. Go on, flame me for it! I am waiting for someone to convince me I'm in the wrong here.

LunarRose Mon 22-Aug-11 18:57:01

Yes absolutely horrible!!! I don' like it on kids either

hiccymapops Mon 22-Aug-11 18:59:56

I might be unreasonable, but I wouldn't be happy either.

ragged Mon 22-Aug-11 19:00:48

Putting a bra on a 5yo implies they should pretend to have boobs (which are indeed a sign of adultness, sexuality & fertility).
But they don't have to pretend about faces & fingernails, they already do have fingernails & faces, sometimes with blemishes.
So... I think the bra comparison is all wrong.
Do you feel the same if she puts on a pair of your smart strappy sandals?

cerealqueen Mon 22-Aug-11 19:01:59

YANBU, I hate to see make-up on kids, you only have to look at Jordan's daughter.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Mon 22-Aug-11 19:06:15

It's not about 'right' and 'wrong' though, is it? You believe it's horrible, that's your prerogative, others feel differently. I think little girls like to dress up - little boys too - smearing make-up, clown-like, all over their faces doesn't mean that they're being made to dress as tramps.

I wouldn't let my daughter wear heels, not the princess ones either, because her feet are delicate so it's from a health point of view. I'm not keen on the 'trashy tops' as you call them, I'd like her to stay a little girl whilst she is one.

But as long as my daughter isn't plundering my expensive makeup for her face, arms and bedroom wall, I don't have a problem with it.

Dialsmavis Mon 22-Aug-11 19:14:12

I don't see how it is different to messing around with face paints and dressing up clothes at home. I would be perfectly happy to let my DC play with it at home but would wash it off if we were going out <shrugs>

Kayano Mon 22-Aug-11 19:14:55

But there is a difference between a little bit of fruity lip gloss as jordans daughter? I mean she had on false eyelashes Fgs!

It's not exactly comparable

Dialsmavis Mon 22-Aug-11 19:15:57

YY Lying I wouldn't allow the high heels as they are bad for feet and dangerous.

madmomma Mon 22-Aug-11 19:22:07

My take is that make up play is fine in the house for a child of any age, but then they wash it off beore they leave the house.

Ilythia Mon 22-Aug-11 19:24:57

YANBU, DD's got disney princess eyeshadow from a friends 5th party. Only...DD2 is 3. And they left it in. So my 3yo was covered in eyeshadow when we got home.

I am a bit of a hypocrite as they are dying to have makeup, so they have flavoured lipbalm as lipstick and use my benefit face powder sometimes but beyond that it's an absolute nono

donteatyourteawithnoknickerson Mon 22-Aug-11 19:26:19

madmomma I totally agree. OP, YANBU but I think makeup at that age (and up to about 10) is only for wearing when dressing up, not outside the house.

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