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Hi everyone, I’m Gemma and delighted to have found you all

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Lady
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(@gemmacd70)
Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Joined: 1 month ago

So after months or actually probably years of denying to myself my exact feelings I have finally made the decision to find my true feminine side and let it out to others. Whilst this is just the first step and will for now be behind closed doors, if feels like a huge weight off my shoulders. I can’t wait to receive my new clothes and try them all on and actually start to feel like a woman. I fear makeup may be an issue and expect many disasters but hopefully in time I can master this and look on the outside how I feel inside. So for now that’s me and happy but would love to hear from others who are in this position

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(@rebeccabaxter)
Joined: 7 months ago

Noble Member     Cornwall, United Kingdom
Posts: 427

Posted by: @gemmacd70

 and look on the outside how I feel inside. 

Something I think we all strive for. Welcome to the forum.

Becca

 

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Lady
(@hottestwitch)
Joined: 2 years ago

Prominent Member     Leicester, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Posts: 573

@gemmacd70 Makeup... one of those things that you either have the knack of, or you don't (I'm definitely in the latter category!)  Just try to get some pictures taken and posted; I'm sure you'll look amazing!  Holly XXX

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Lady
(@gemmacd70)
Joined: 1 month ago

Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Posts: 15

@hottestwitch I plan to spend some time trialing makeup this weekend, hopefully the photos on Monday won’t be horrendous, but please be honest

 

Gemma xx

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Baroness
(@annaredhead)
Joined: 4 months ago

Noble Member     Cornwall, United Kingdom
Posts: 477

@gemmacd70 Welcome to CDH from another UK girl. I think you put it well, striving to look how you feel and is something we all aspire to. Regarding makeup, it's trial and error and finding someone who can give you lessons. Above all with makeup have fun and experiment

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Managing Ambassador
(@ellyd22)
Joined: 1 year ago

Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
Posts: 3402

@gemmacd70 

Hey Gemma

Welcome to CDH 🙂

When I saw your name, and noticed that you're in Essex, I wondered if you'd called yourself after Gemma Arterton. If so ... I salute you. She's someone I would dearly love to look like (she's from Gravesend, which is Kent, but it's close).

Heart

Have you seen 'Made in Dagenham'?

Anyway *Ellie gathers herself*, you've just joined a very warm and supportive community. The girls here are wonderful. Being totally honest, we're ALL still learning. And don't even get me started on makeup disasters 🙁

There's lots to explore here. Enjoy doing that, and if you need help with anything just shout.

Hugs

Ellie x

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Lady
(@gemmacd70)
Joined: 1 month ago

Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Posts: 15

@ellyd22 I wish I could be half as pretty as Gemma Arterton, I’ve always admired here, but no my name wasn’t taken from her. The actual reason is very simple in that I just love the name

 

I look forward to talking to many of the girls here and have them support me along on my journey

 

Gemma xx 

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Baroness
(@alexina)
Joined: 6 months ago

Noble Member     Fife, United Kingdom
Posts: 936

@gemmacd70 

Hi, Gemma and welcome.

We're all at different stages in our journeys and goals but we do share a love of accepting and expressing our feminine sides.

You'll discover lots of others with very similar stories to your own and I think we'd all agree that it's amazing to be able to share with each other.

I'm sure you'll love it here too!

Allie 

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Lady
(@gemmacd70)
Joined: 1 month ago

Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Posts: 15

@alexina Hi Allie, so lovely to receive you message. I’m just so excited to be finally starting on my journey and looking forward to all it has in store for me

 

This weekend will certainly be a first as I plan to trial some makeup and try on some sexy outfits, lets hope all goes according to plan

 

Gemmaxx

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(@lucyb112)
Joined: 2 years ago

Noble Member     Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 821

@gemmacd70 

Hi Gemma,

Welcome to CDH from another UK girl. You’ll find quite a few of us here now.

You’ve made a good choice in joining us.

There’s a wealth of different experiences here that you will be able to learn from.

We all started somewhere, and for many of us, joining this site has made a massive difference to us, it certainly did for me.

And as for make up, well yes, it can take a while to master. I haven’t managed it myself yet, but it’s fun to learn!

Lucy

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Lady
(@gemmacd70)
Joined: 1 month ago

Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Posts: 15

@lucyb112 Hi Lucy and thank you for the warm welcome, means so much to me. I’m so excited to actually finally be starting on my journey and all it holds for me both good and bad

 

Will spend the weekend trialing some makeup ideas, and will share pics on Monday, so please be kind lol

 

Gemma xx

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Lady
(@jillleanne)
Joined: 2 years ago

Honorable Member     Renfrew, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 493

@gemmacd70 welcome Gemma. Careful with the makeup pics. They tend to make the makeup look heavier than it really is. Start with less and go from there. Some lipsticks stain your lips so if you can’t get it off, brush your lips with toothpaste. Good luck.

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Lady
(@gemmacd70)
Joined: 1 month ago

Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Posts: 15

@jillleanne Thank you Jill for that advise, something I certainly wouldn’t have thought about

 

Gemma xx

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Duchess
(@river)
Joined: 7 months ago

Prominent Member     New Hampshire, United States of America
Posts: 367

@gemmacd70 Welcome  !! Your just starting out !!  oh so many new experiences coming your way.  Get excited your in for a ride. makeup Unimpressed  takes practice.  I use a Live Makeup App on my phone it really helped me learn.  and you tube.. dont get discouraged and have a great time. Cheers RC

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Lady
(@gemmacd70)
Joined: 1 month ago

Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Posts: 15

@river Hi River, thank you for your reply. This is all so new and I’m both nervous but oh so excited too.

Yes makeup at the moment is my main concern, so all advise is welcome. Been on so many YouTube sites which have helped a little, but will see how things go this weekend as I plan to devote the time to me and trialing things. You mention a live app, which one do you use?

I’ll post some pics on Monday, thats if all goes well, so please be kind

Gemma xxx

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Duchess
(@river)
Joined: 7 months ago

Prominent Member     New Hampshire, United States of America
Posts: 367

@gemmacd70 I use Youcam Makeup. in the app store or google play store. there is a free version that does most things.  its fun to play with anytime someone cant see your phone screen. 😉  I added a cheap selfi ring from amazon and whola you have a photo studio that can do some pretty great things.  I always Do my makeup then get the best pictures possible without the app. then use the app to help moral lol.. but nowadays Ive gotten good enough that I dont use it as much as im happier with the IRL image. but the App greatly helped me get there and was the best pick me up when I got discouraged.  Cheers RC

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Lady
(@gemmacd70)
Joined: 1 month ago

Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Posts: 15

@river thank you so much, I’ll be definitely giving that a go

 

Gemma xx

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Lady
(@allyc)
Joined: 2 months ago

Estimable Member     New York, United States of America
Posts: 72

@gemmacd70 welcome! I wish you the best of luck on your journey, girl!

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Lady
(@gemmacd70)
Joined: 1 month ago

Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Posts: 15

@allyc Thank you Ally and let’s see where this takes me

 

Gemma xxx

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Ambassador
(@jacquelinelarkspur)
Joined: 8 months ago

Famed Member     Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Posts: 1240

@gemmacd70 

Hi Gemma, welcome to CDH. 

It's lovely to greet another UK girl. I'm up in Tyne and Wear. You'll find this site to be the most amazing, friendly and safe place where you can talk about all things crossdressing, so don't be shy in asking questions anytime!

As for makeup, we'll... we all had to start somewhere. Making mistakes is part of the learning curve, but keep practicing and you'll find out what suits you. Have fun!

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Lady
(@gemmacd70)
Joined: 1 month ago

Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Posts: 15

@jacquelinelarkspur Hi Jacqueline and thank you for your lovely message. I’ve actually been blown away with the welcome I have received from all the girls on this site, makes me feel so warm and happy

oh I know makeup is going to have me screaming in frustration but hopefully in time I’ll master what works for me

Gemma xx

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Baroness Annual
(@fembecky)
Joined: 5 years ago

Prominent Member     Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Posts: 387

@gemmacd70 

Hi Gemma, welcome to CDH from the Cotswolds. I think you must be getting overwhelmed by the number of lovely ladies in the UK (and other parts of the globe!) welcoming you into this sisterhood 😀 .

I'm really happy for you that you have found this place as a mere youngster (compared to me at least) because you have so much to look forward to here. I would love to hear how you get on with make-up. It is something I have not gone very far with yet (mainly corrector, concealer and lipstick so far) but would love to go a bit further - as others have said "it is a journey". So I am looking forward to your progress with eager anticipation. And lots of clothes arriving as well - you are going to have a ball this weekend! Have fun and enjoy it.

Hugs, Rebecca xxx

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Baroness
(@chrisfp99)
Noble Member     London , Kent, United Kingdom
Joined: 1 year ago

Well Gemma, we're delighted you found us too! You can be assured that some of the girls here will be at a similar point in their journey, and if you tell us a little more about yourself and ask questions they'll be happy to provide support and welcome you into this wonderful safe community. Makeup is a journey not a destination (seems a very long one in my case 😂) so enjoy and have fun along the way girl.

Hugs, Chrissie xx. 

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Lady
(@gemmacd70)
Joined: 1 month ago

Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Posts: 15

@chrisfp99 I know makeup is going to be a real problem for me, but plan to spend a good deal of time this weekend trialing things out and seeing what works for me

 

Hopefully I’ll have some nice photos to share with you all on Monday

 

Gemma xx

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(@aliceunderwire)
Illustrious Member     Near Burlington, Vermont, United States of America
Joined: 5 years ago

Hi Gemma,

Welcome to CDH.

Alice

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(@fishingr8)
Illustrious Member     Montana, United States of America
Joined: 5 years ago

Hi Gemma nice to meet you and so happy you found and joined us girls here so look around and do some reading of the forums and posts from so many ladies here telling there stories about there journeys down the femme road they are on in life.. So girl as a new sister and family member you are welcomed with open arms into our home as well as yours now also.. So when you get comfortable with us please join in with a story or two about the life and times of Gemma as she travels down her own girly path in life.. Now as for making friends here there are so many ladies from all over the world to build long lasting friendships with and best of all we are just a simple click away from you.. So please don't hold this against me I'm not from the UK I'm from Montana USA just a few miles away  he he .. So once again girlfriend nice to meet you and hope to see you around for a chat sometime soon..

Stephanie Bass

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Lady
Topic starter
(@gemmacd70)
Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Joined: 1 month ago

Thank you Stephane for your warm welcome and I can honestly say all the girls on here have been amazing in receiving me into the fold. It’s all been a massive step for me but one I’ve needed to take for some time now, just glad I’ve started on this new journey.

As for you being in Montana, i won’t hold it against you too much 😝 , hope its lovely there though

I’m planning on a weekend of makeup and outfit exploration, so hopeful will have some pics to show on Monday -please be kind though

 

Gemma xxx

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Baroness Annual
(@finallyfiona)
Noble Member     Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Joined: 7 months ago

Gemma, sorry I'm a little late to the party but let me add my own warm welcome to you into CDH 🙂

It's always lovely to greet a new UK girl, and as you're finding out, there are more of us here than you might think.  I see you're in Essex, I spent my early childhood in Chelmsford although I've called Bucks, Herts and latterly Bedfordshire home since then, so not too far away from you.  From your profile, it seems we're also quite close in our ages and also in being rather late starters in our CD lives.

I can only repeat what the girls have posted above, that this is such a warm, supportive and friendly sisterhood, we're all here for each other.  Dive in, chat with us about anything, ask any and all questions - we all understand exactly where you're coming from and no-one will judge, not in the slightest. 🤗 

I only wish I'd thought to look for this site a couple of years ago - being a member here since the start of the year has been absolutely transformative, in every sense of the word 🙂  Life-changing might actually be closer to the mark, and in such positive ways.  I'm so happy for you that you've got all the wonderful journey of self-discovery to come, enjoy the ride! 😊 

Hugs,
Fiona xxx

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Lady
(@gemmacd70)
Joined: 1 month ago

Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Posts: 15

@finallyfiona Hi Fiona, so lovely to hear from you and I’m told being late to a party is sometimes a good thing 😜 

Yes I’m in Chelmsford, shame you’re not still here as we could have meet up for a nice coffee and chatted through everything, but never mind

Everyone has been so nice here just makes the journey that little easier for sure

I now have a fun weekend to look forward to as I plan to trial makeup, oh this could be interesting. Hope pics will come out ok though, will share on Monday 

Gemma xx

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Baroness Annual
(@finallyfiona)
Joined: 7 months ago

Noble Member     Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 894

@gemmacd70 Nothing's impossible!  I would love a good excuse to revisit my old haunts again, it's been about 18 years since I was last there.  The centre had changed beyond my recognition, but the estate in Springfield was much the same.  Do PM me if you fancy that coffee one weekend 🙂

Good luck with the make-up honey, it's still very much a work in progress for me, too.  Although I've just had my eyes opened to what's possible if I can ever skill-up enough, and I was amazed!

Hugs,
Fiona xxx

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Lady
Topic starter
(@gemmacd70)
Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Joined: 1 month ago

Meeting up would be lovely, but not sure if I’m anywhere near ready to step out as Gemma in Chelmsford yet.

Just had my first ever set of heels arrive (2“ black with little buckle strap) and I’m in love with them already. Think its going to be an amazing weekend of experimentation now for me

 

Gemma xx

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Baroness Annual
(@d44)
Noble Member     New York, United States of America
Joined: 5 years ago

Welcome to CDH Gemma! You are about to embark on a very interesting and thrilling journey. Enjoy!

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(@rozalyne)
Noble Member     Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom
Joined: 2 years ago

Hi Gemma,

Welcome to CDH it's nice to meet you,

I'm a mature crossdresser I've been dressing most of my life since i was about 8 or 9 years old when i tried my older sister's lingerie on I'm still in the closet to my family,

I'm a UK girl too I'm up in Shropshire, I'm not too good putting on my makeup either, I've just about mastered putting on my lipstick as for anything else I've not had the time, anyway if it's help and advice you need the girls will be happy to help you anyway they can X 

Hugs Rozalyn X 🤗 

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Lady
(@sandf)
Reputable Member     Centro Italia, Italia, Italy
Joined: 2 months ago

Hi Gemma, welcome sister
you have to be confident in yourself, it took me many years to reach, perhaps, a decent level in the way I do my makeup and dress ...
if you feel like a woman inside, you can be sure that sooner or later you will be able to get "Gemma" out of the closet and show yourself for who you really are to the world around you ...
Know that I am, more or less, in the same situation as you because I too am working to be able to bring out the real me
so have faith and patience sister ..I am sure you will succeed
a kiss
Blow Kiss
Sandy

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Lady
(@gemmacd70)
Joined: 1 month ago

Trusted Member     Essex, United Kingdom
Posts: 15

@sandf thank you Sandy for reaching out and offering your encouragement. I know this is going to be a period of change, hope I can get through and find the try Gemma come out on the other side 

 

Gemma xx

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Lady
(@sandf)
Joined: 2 months ago

Reputable Member     Centro Italia, Italia, Italy
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(@ajthairms)
Estimable Member     Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
Joined: 5 months ago

Hi Gemma, welcome to CDH 🙂

Alicen

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