What not wearing makeup for a month has taught me

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I love makeup. I started wearing eyeliner at 14, and upgraded to eyeliner, foundation and mascara by 19. I then went full blown-full coverage by 21, so my skin hasn’t had a proper break in YEARS. No exaggerations here; makeup was worn to school, work, social outings. etc. I was never seen without it, and eventually it became kind of a shield. This isn’t a sappy post about feeling ugly without it, but I felt like I was living a double life, it became sort of a mask; at times I felt broken and severely depressed and insecure on the inside, but looked “fleeky” and put together on the outside. Don’t get me wrong, I also love how good I became at applying it. I love expressing myself and experimenting with new things, so makeup serves as an outlet in that regard as well. The anxious perfectionist in me however, believed that looks mattered in every situation. It also believed that my dark circles, pimples, blackheads, and hyper-pigmentation were best left for my humble abode.

GIRL. that is no way to live. I wanted to feel unapologetically comfortable with myself, and that started with my weight loss journey and taking fitness a little more seriously.

NOTE: being comfortable with yourself to me means taking good care of yourself physically and mentally, it doesn’t equate to letting yourself go.

Weight loss gave me a boost in confidence, and a few more stretch-marks! dang it. Hey, it just goes to show that stretch marks are not exclusive to weight gain, so I started to appreciate them more. I also started to love my natural hair a little more ( I have been relaxer free for a year now!), and now it is onto my skincare. I stopped wearing makeup to school completely but I will wear it on the weekend when going out or working.

This is what going makeup free has taught me:

  1.  that my pores are thanking me
  2.  I have more time in the morning to prepare for the day
  3. I feel cleaner and more refreshed without it
  4. My skin doesn’t break out as often
  5. Friends and Family thought I looked very tired initially, but then got used to it and eventually praised me for my skin’s overall improvement in appearance
  6. saved some $$$ by not going through my foundation in 3 weeks
  7. water is truly God’s gift to skin
  8. huge confidence booster: stopped feeling anxious about my appearance and what people think.
  9. still got hit on makeup free (not very important but yeah, men are men.)
  10. I don’t look THAT much different without it ( I never wear eyeshadow so my eyelids are usually empty).

In the end, I totally recommend it! Try it out for week. If you feel weird about going completely makeup free, try leaving out the foundation, and just use concealer and some mascara as a starter. I’m no skincare expert, but I’m excited to learn about what works for my skin.

any product recommendations? I’m a combination of oily and dry. My goal is to fade or eliminate my dark spots and acne scars.

 

 

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  1. June 23, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    I love this! I need to give this a try soon. xoxo

  2. June 24, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    That is amazing!!! I’m glad this post was a good influence 😉 much love xxx

  3. June 24, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    Its so interesting that you posted this, as I’m one month into doing the complete opposite of you lol. I have been primarily makeup free my entire life. I’ve bought things int he past to play with but never knew how to apply it and eventually left it sitting in my back drawer for years. I didn’t even know makeup expired until last week (that’s how uneducated I am on the topic lol). I’m so used to seeing my natural face, that I embrace it just fine. But I got curious last month and decided to watch a few YouTube makeup guru’s. A few turned to hundreds. And you know what happens after that. Anyway, I’ve been spending a lot of money experimenting this past month and this post made me feel like I can slow down and chill. Because I’m sure my outcome will eventually be the same as yours – to just go back to my natural face. I still want to use light coverage foundation and concealer for evening my skin tone and hiding bags but maybe I don’t need the rest. Thank you <3

    • July 3, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      Hello beautiful!! I’m so glad my post made you think that it was ok to slow your roll! Yes I think finding that good balance is the key. I just love the look of healthy, well-looked after, glowing skin. I want full coverage makeup to become more of an occasional thing, while keeping mascara (or lash extensions), concealer/very light foundation, and a light lip as my everyday go to. I love that you have become curious though!! I feel you on the Youtube front. I would (and still do) spend hours on Youtube looking and admiring new makeup trends. It is such an art! much love xx

  4. jasmynsansoy
    July 2, 2017 / 2:15 am

    This is great! I watched a documentary recently which stated that many of the chemicals we use on our faces every day aren’t legalized or tested but still make it to the store shelves. They have fallen through the cracks because the government assumed that since they’ve been used for so long, they must be fine. Many of them (if not all) lead to deadly disease and illness. Many can even harm the unborn fetus. I suggest defiantly looking more into this if you are curious as to why your body and skin are thanking you! This was a wonderful post, I appreciate it greatly.

    • July 3, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      My baby girl!! thank you for reading and commenting on this post. What is the name of the documentary? I must check it out. Yeah my skin has been clearing up much quicker than I had anticipated and makeup was a HUGE factor. I knew that dairy was too so that helped as well. I love you and appreciate you everyday! Thank you Jasmyn <3

  5. July 13, 2017 / 12:56 am

    “NOTE: being comfortable with yourself to me means taking good care of yourself physically and mentally, it doesn’t equate to letting yourself go.”

    Agreed!

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