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No Makeup Update

It’s been more than 20 days since I last wore makeup, and let me tell you.. it’s been empowering.

I gave up makeup for Lent this year. I decided to give it up because I wanted to challenge myself and I find it incredibly sad how some women feel like they can’t go outside without makeup on.

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I want to clear something up first because I continue on this blog. I love makeup. I love wearing makeup and going through the process of putting it on. I have nothing against females who wear makeup every day and I  have nothing against women who don’t wear any. I only have love for all women.

This giving up makeup is solely for myself to see how I could handle it.

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The first couple of days were hard not wearing makeup. I woke up and while I was getting ready for work I would reach for my makeup and then I’d remember I’m not wearing any for more than a month. It was like a mindless routine where I would cake makeup on my face before I left the house.

I’m a journalist, which means I see a lot of faces on a daily and weekly basis. I tend to go to quite a lot of press events and I cover city council every Monday. This means that I meet a lot of people and shake a lot of hands. I used to never be comfortable going to a press event without makeup on, but I’ve had to learn to accept myself raw.

I’m not fully there when it comes to acceptance but I’m starting to get more comfortable. When I went to my first event without makeup on I nearly had a panic attack. It seems so foolish that I could have anxiety because I’m anxious for someone seeing my real freckled face.

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Once I got into the event I completely forgot that I had a bare face.

On top of not worrying it was nice to go home after a night of dancing to a fresh face, and not having makeup running down my face, or sweating off.

These past 20 days have been empowering and my skin has thanked me. My spots have cleared up in record time, because they’re not caked full of foundation. They’re actually able to breathe and heal.

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Not one person has mentioned to me that I haven’t been wearing makeup.

I think that’s the most important A-HA moment that has happened to me since I gave up makeup. NO ONE HAS NOTICED!

People don’t really care about the way you look, or how much your eyes pop, they care about what type of a person you are, and how you present and love yourself.

I have around two more weeks of not wearing makeup, until I have completed the task I set out for myself.

This little check-in update is just a reminder to all those women who are self conscious to remember that you’re way harder on yourself than others are on you.

Try even going one day with a raw face and see if you notice a difference in how people see or treat you… I bet you won’t even notice a change.

She threw away all of her masks, and put on her soul.

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22 Comments

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    Shannon
    March 13, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Love it! You look great with or without, I applaud you for realizing that! I have been wearing less makeup too, however mine is more for the reason of normally waking up too late and compromising on if I want to wear eye makeup OR foundation because I usually don’t have time to do both- but even that I would have never done a few years ago, It’s crazy.

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    Kelly
    March 13, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I stopped wearing makeup when I got pregnant and would break out from any makeup brand. I have rarely worn makeup in the last 8 years. To be honest; most women look way BETTER without it!!

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    Katy
    March 13, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    You are so beautiful! As a beauty blogger, I love makeup, but do go without wearing it alot. I don’t work outside the home anymore, so most days I just don’t bother. Today is the first day I wore a full face of makeup in over a week! My skin always thanks me when I don’t wear it every single day

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    Scott Penton
    March 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Beautiful.

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    March 13, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    First off I want to say superb blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if
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      thebookofmolly
      March 14, 2016 at 12:22 am

      That’s a really good question and I’m not sure I can give you a great answer! I can’t write until I’m in the mood. I’ve been like you before where I have a hard time clearing my mind, and just can’t write. During those times I don’t even try to because I know it won’t be my best work.

      When a good thought pops in your mind and you feel like writing, write! I write a lot of notes in my phone and my notebook so I have some points to go back to when I can actually sit down and write the full post.

      I also write news articles for a living, so I guess with time I’ve just learnt what to write and how to block other things out of my mind.

      I hope this helps a little bit! One more point… be in a comfortable place when your write, I have to listen to soft music to write, and wear comfy clothes, and drink something warm.

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    Janil
    March 14, 2016 at 12:52 am

    YAY FOR YOU!! You are a beautiful woman, and, in my opinion, you should never wear make up!

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    Cassie // The Brunette With a Blog
    March 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Kudos to you! Not wearing makeup is something I wish I could do, but really don’t have the guts to pull it off. I think it’s great that you’re doing it for Lent; I might try to do it for a smaller length of time and see how that goes. You’re so brave!

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    Star Traci
    March 14, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    You are very brave and I applaud you. I have started wearing less makeup but I’m not ready to give it up completely. I gave up sodas for Lent and I,too, have been surprised how quickly it became a part of my life rather than a constant struggle.
    You are lovely with or without makeup.
    🙂
    Traci

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    MakeUp Fun
    March 14, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    You have a nice skin! Looking beautiful, no need for make up! Unfortunately I have very dark circles so I feel like I need at least concealer…

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    Karin Rambo
    March 14, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    I did this a couple of years ago as well and it really was empowering! It also gave me SO much more time in the morning!

    Karin | truncationblog.com

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    Laura Kathleen
    March 15, 2016 at 12:55 am

    You look so great and it is a really empowering thing to become completely comfortable in your own skin. I know I hate going out without makeup, but I do it in order to go to the gym and then run errands afterwards. Maybe I will have to start going make-up free more often!

    Laura | Laura Aime Vous

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    Tara
    March 15, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Great post! I haven’t worn makeup in years and years, but I remember that anxiety! When I first stopped putting it on, it was empowering that nobody noticed. I think you’re lovely with or without, and I think it’s cool that you’ve stepped out of your comfort zone for Lent. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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    Crystal // Dreams, etc.
    March 15, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Thanks for sharing an update! It’s so great that you’ve found going without makeup for this time to be so empowering. 🙂

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    Amanda
    March 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Wow! So inspiring. I love my makeup but I do go without it too. I don’t always have to leave the house in makeup but I do feel self conscious without it. Somedays I just don’t have time but if I notice my face having a harder time, I will let it have a break. I figure that is only fair.

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