One Month Update – No Make Up Journey.

Hello everyone. Welcome back to my blog. I hope you all have had a wonderful week.

This is a very busy week for me as I am working on some exciting things for the future. I promise I will tell you all soon. It is not time to share the news and to be honest, I don’t think I’m ready to share it yet, but I will be, very soon. I can’t even begin to comprehend how much work I must do at the moment, but I love it. I love being busy and working towards things that will benefit my growth and my future.

Speaking of, I have gone one month without wearing any makeup at all! I can’t remember the last time I did that. Maybe at age 12? Makeup use is so ingrained in today’s society for women, and I really wanted to challenge this standard and see what it did for me. So, let me share with you what I found by not wearing any makeup at all for one month.

1. I felt cleaner.

This may sound weird, but you know when you’ve been wearing makeup all day and your face feels… dirty? Yeah, well I haven’t felt that in a while and I must admit, my skin is thanking me for it. Plus, you can be less rigid with your skincare routine.

2. My skin looked brighter.

I felt like my face looked brighter and less dull. I am not sure if the right word is glowing?

3. I got less spots and when I did, I didn’t pop them.

If you know me well, you’ll know I love popping spots, mainly on Jacob or Jonathan. I just can’t resist popping them! It is so bad for my skin, but I can’t help it! I know most people reading this will understand this. I didn’t pop the blackheads on my skin because I know it would go red and that I wouldn’t be able to cover it with makeup. It is quite effective and stopping you from popping spots. I also found that I got less spots, especially at the beginning when I first stopped wearing it.

4. I felt more confident, but I also didn’t.

It came in waves. Sometimes I felt very confident and then in situations where I usually wore makeup, or situations where women typically wear makeup, I felt much less confident than usual. Which was a shame, but I suppose I was going to feel that way. I think it is something I would need to battle with and get used to.

5. I discovered that I identify who I am with how I look.

I think every woman has a sense of this. I feel as though I wrap my self worth into whetherI look ‘beautiful’ or appealing to men. I hate that I feel this way, but I want to share it with you all. I think I have always felt an expectation to look ‘beautiful’ and stopping wearing makeup made me feel this even greater. I know it is self-inflicted but I couldn’t stop feeling it.

6. I had more time.

I have never been someone who wears a lot of makeup, but this experiment did make me realise how much time I actually spent putting on makeup. It does add up.

7. I felt as though my hair or outfit needed to look nicer to substitute for the lack of makeup.

How crazy is this? It makes no sense at all, but I bet a lot of you reading this can understand this illogical concept. This is another practical explanation of how ingrained society is in our very subconscious. How do we realistically break free from this type of thinking?

8. I realised I don’t have to wear makeup if I didn’t want to.

I realised that no matter the situation, I didn’t have to wear makeup but could if I wanted to and that is empowering!

Overall, I enjoyed this experiment, but I must admit, I missed wearing makeup and feeling like I looked extra good when I put it on. I have made the decision to wear makeup again, only If I feel like it and not to appease men. I also made the decision to stop wearing normal makeup and shift towards natural makeup brands.

I ordered a 100% natural mascara, made from fruit and tea and other natural ingredients. You will be surprised to know that this mascara is AMAZING and better than any other conventional mascara that I have tried before. I couldn’t believe how good It was and how amazing it looked and stayed on. I will link the mascara below for you all to have a look at. We must protect our eyes and skin, while feeling confident. It is also pretty affordable.

It came in the most amazing, non-toxic packaging.

I hope you all enjoyed this blog post.

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Love,

Mairi

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