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Giving Up Makeup

Let me start with saying being a girl can be hard sometimes.

Society primarily judges us on our looks and secondly on our intelligence. We are taught we have to shave parts of our body because its the feminine thing to do. We are taught that skinny is beautiful and if you’re bigger you need to be skinny.

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Every month we have a period, but society teaches us that it’s not okay to talk about having a period. When I was in junior high and high school you never said you were on your period. You said it was your time of the month, or you were on your rag. Tampons and pads are taxed in some areas of the world, like it’s a luxury item for women. Yet we have no choice in the matter.

Society has taught us we need to look pretty to get anywhere in life and that women need to wear makeup when going out in public. It’s been drilled in the minds of females that some women can’t even leave the house with a bare face.

How fucked up is that? Some women are not comfortable enough in their own skin, because their spots, pimples, red blotches, or freckles are showing.

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This leads me to why I am writing this blog post.

I follow a writer by the name of Audrey Roloff. Her mind has always inspired me and I love following her blog posts. In her latest article she wrote about Lent.

Lent is a period of fasting, moderation, or self-denial traditionally observed by Catholics and some Protestant denominations.

During the 46 days of lent people eat sparingly or give up a particular food or habit.

I have never been a religious person, but I’ve always been curious about lent. Giving up something for 46 days seems scary, but also really empowering.

I’m a little late on Lent this year but it ends on March 24th, so my plan is to start giving something up TODAY and go until the end of Lent.

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Like Audrey, I am going to give up makeup.

I’ve talked about doing this before for a month and now it just seemed like the perfect time. It was like a sign that I should take part when I read her post about giving up makeup.

Makeup is a beautiful thing that I love myself, but I’m excited to see how my life will be for the next give or take 30 days without any on my face. My skin will probably love me at the end of this too!

I hope during this time with my bare face I learn to accept myself for my flaws and love them. I hope people don’t see me differently and I hope the month is an empowering experience for me. On top of giving up something, I want to add something to my life. I plan on writing every day in my miracle journal. Every single day I will write three miracles that happened to me that day.

It doesn’t have to be much, but something that made my day better.

Let the makeup free Molly begin!

Lent comes to reawaken us.

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15 Comments

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    Darci
    February 21, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    I LOVE this! But I don’t have the guts to do it myself. Wish I did. I loath wearing makeup, yet I wear it everyday, even when not leaving the house. It’s sad, I know. I admire you for this endeavor and will follow your progress. πŸ™‚

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    Katie
    February 22, 2016 at 12:20 am

    You certainly don’t need makeup to look gorgeous!!

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    Miranda
    February 22, 2016 at 2:33 am

    You are beautiful without it!

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    Kristin Cook
    February 22, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    It really is hard to feel comfortable in our own skin. I always feel “uglier” when I don’t wear makeup, even though I know that me without makeup is how God created me- and He says I am beautiful. So why do we subject ourselves to the standards of random people who say we “need” makeup? I love makeup, but I don’t want to feel like I am ugly without it.

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    Jaimie
    February 22, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    You look great! I love seeing posts like this πŸ™‚

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    shamira West
    February 22, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I love this post!! I do agree that women and young girls have so much pressure to look perfect. It’s so sad. You don’t need make up at all your photos are beautiful.

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    Dannie
    February 22, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    I honestly love this! I unintentionally gave up makeup for a while simply because I didn’t have the money to buy it and was dealing with some personal health issues that made applying it in the morning extremely difficult. While I definitely have a boost in confidence now when I wear makeup (my morning mantra is that mascara makes me feel human) I know that I can survive without it, that it doesn’t take away any confidence, and that I am still as uniquely me without it. I love that you’re taking this journey and that you’re doing it for Lent. Totally an awesome way to go about this period of time.

    xoxo,
    Dannie
    http://www.stilefotocibo.com

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    Crystal // Dreams, etc.
    February 22, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I hope you do a follow up post on this when you’re done! I’ve cut down on how much makeup I wear on a daily basis, but I do enjoy the process of putting it on the morning. I put on an audiobook or podcast and take ten minutes to put a little on, and it’s a routine that’s really calming but still helps me wake up to start my day. I’m not sure I want to give that up. πŸ™‚ I’d love to hear more about your experience giving it up, though.

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    Alissia Haggard
    February 22, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    There is so much pressure to conform to a norm with wearing makeup etc. Great idea and I will love to read your follow up!

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    kp
    February 22, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    You look beautiful!
    I curse myself everyday for starting to wear makeup when I was younger. It takes so much time and money!!! GRRR!
    I personally think women that wear less makeup are more attractive, or at least have a more natural look about them.

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    NYG@NaughtyYogaGirl.com
    February 23, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Ohhh my gosh – you are such a cuuuutie! πŸ™‚ I love your post! I’m not a big makeup-user anyway, and post 99.9% of my pictures on Instagram for the world to see with no makeup. It’s the real me. Good luck!

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    Niamh
    February 23, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Great idea, Molly – looking forward to seeing how you go with this! Anything that questions the pressure on women to be ‘perfect’ gets my support πŸ™‚

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    Donnell Oldaker
    March 14, 2016 at 1:27 am

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