week two || the no make-up series || bold. brave. naked faces.

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40 days. 
no make up. 
scared, brave women. 

  colie :    Hello there. We are done with week two, folks. This week was so busy that the days just kind of blurred by for me. For the most part, I didn't think too much about my make-up.  When it really hits me is when I have somewhere to go that I have to get dressed up. Just like on the way to church, I felt out of sorts with my bare face. I have had a lot of women tell me that they think I look great without it, but with my pale (sickly) looking skin plus the dark circles makes it is hard to see what others see. I really don't mind not wearing make-up on the weekends or if I have a day off and I am out and about running errands. But I am honestly struggling with not having any on, ever.  I think the only funny instance I can recall was Sunday evening. That morning, for church, my eyes just looked heavy and dark. I kept telling my husband about it. When we finally got home that afternoon, we took our 'Sunday afternoon nap' (can I get an AMEN?). When I woke up, I felt a lot better and refreshed. We were getting ready to head to our missional community (which is similar to a small group) when my husband looked at me and said, "Did you just put make-up on?". I told him I had not, but he said it looked like I may have dabbed some concealer on and he was going to tell everyone I was cheating. But no, I actually just got a little bit of much needed rest. My eyes were only appreciative.   

 

colie : 

 

Hello there. We are done with week two, folks. This week was so busy that the days just kind of blurred by for me. For the most part, I didn't think too much about my make-up. 

When it really hits me is when I have somewhere to go that I have to get dressed up. Just like on the way to church, I felt out of sorts with my bare face. I have had a lot of women tell me that they think I look great without it, but with my pale (sickly) looking skin plus the dark circles makes it is hard to see what others see.

I really don't mind not wearing make-up on the weekends or if I have a day off and I am out and about running errands. But I am honestly struggling with not having any on, ever. 

I think the only funny instance I can recall was Sunday evening. That morning, for church, my eyes just looked heavy and dark. I kept telling my husband about it. When we finally got home that afternoon, we took our 'Sunday afternoon nap' (can I get an AMEN?). When I woke up, I felt a lot better and refreshed. We were getting ready to head to our missional community (which is similar to a small group) when my husband looked at me and said, "Did you just put make-up on?". I told him I had not, but he said it looked like I may have dabbed some concealer on and he was going to tell everyone I was cheating. But no, I actually just got a little bit of much needed rest. My eyes were only appreciative. 
 

  cheyanne :    Hey. Week two. So this week has FLOWN by. All of a sudden I was reading last week's posts, and then, WHAMO. It's Sunday.  It's been a super busy week. I haven't really had a lot of down time to think about not wearing make up. I'm feeling ok, I guess. Just, bleh. Not bad. Just bleh.  My husband and I had our anniversary yesterday. So that was cool. I love him a lot. Today we celebrated cause he and I worked all day yesterday, me during the day and him at night. I wanted to dress up nice for him, but when I don't have make up on, I just feel... unfinished.  He took me to Panera. I know it's not necessary for me to wear make up with him, but I just want to put my face in a bag when I don't have make up on and I'm out in public with him. He's such a hottie. And I feel like people judge us. But it was a good lunch. He is a good husband.  My heart seems to feel great when it's just my husband and I. Or I am at work. Or whatever. My kids don't judge me at work so why should I care? My heart hurts and wants to hide when I go out in a place where I don't know people. I get so scared. But feeling comfortable in my own skin is something I'm working on. It won't happen in a day, in week, and for me, not for a few months or maybe even years. But that's ok, because the point is, I'm trying.  So my funny experience for the week.. I honestly can't think of anything super funny this week, except for my dog. She's always a wreck. :) there's a video of her talking to my husband and I about wanting to go outside when we were both warm in bed and not wanting to get up on my Facebook. She's so vocal. And bossy. Lil brat. :P   I wanted to pick up make up on Thursday. I was wearing a pretty outfit and wanted to feel "finished," but I didn't.  I really miss my concealer!! I look in the mirror and I mistake myself for a pepperoni pizza sometimes! Curse stress pimples. And chocolate pimples. And Mother Nature pimples.  But it's a new day. My skin is starting to clear up. Surprisingly, I didn't want to put a bag over my head when I got up this morning.  Well, until next week! 

 

cheyanne : 
 

Hey. Week two. So this week has FLOWN by. All of a sudden I was reading last week's posts, and then, WHAMO. It's Sunday. 

It's been a super busy week. I haven't really had a lot of down time to think about not wearing make up. I'm feeling ok, I guess. Just, bleh. Not bad. Just bleh. 

My husband and I had our anniversary yesterday. So that was cool. I love him a lot. Today we celebrated cause he and I worked all day yesterday, me during the day and him at night. I wanted to dress up nice for him, but when I don't have make up on, I just feel... unfinished. 

He took me to Panera. I know it's not necessary for me to wear make up with him, but I just want to put my face in a bag when I don't have make up on and I'm out in public with him. He's such a hottie. And I feel like people judge us. But it was a good lunch. He is a good husband. 

My heart seems to feel great when it's just my husband and I. Or I am at work. Or whatever. My kids don't judge me at work so why should I care? My heart hurts and wants to hide when I go out in a place where I don't know people. I get so scared. But feeling comfortable in my own skin is something I'm working on. It won't happen in a day, in week, and for me, not for a few months or maybe even years. But that's ok, because the point is, I'm trying. 

So my funny experience for the week.. I honestly can't think of anything super funny this week, except for my dog. She's always a wreck. :) there's a video of her talking to my husband and I about wanting to go outside when we were both warm in bed and not wanting to get up on my Facebook. She's so vocal. And bossy. Lil brat. :P 

 I wanted to pick up make up on Thursday. I was wearing a pretty outfit and wanted to feel "finished," but I didn't. 
I really miss my concealer!! I look in the mirror and I mistake myself for a pepperoni pizza sometimes! Curse stress pimples. And chocolate pimples. And Mother Nature pimples. 

But it's a new day. My skin is starting to clear up. Surprisingly, I didn't want to put a bag over my head when I got up this morning. 

Well, until next week! 

molly :  How I am feeling this week- Honestly such a tough week! I feel ugly because I'm pale and broken out, not to mention being single on Valentine's Day. How my heart is changing- I have been trying to focus on how God sees me and the condition of my heart. Am I being kind, compassionate, and putting others before myself, etc. Funny Experience- One of my kindergarten students told me I looked different and that I needed more sleep. It's true, kids at this age are honest and speak their mind! How many times I accidentally put makeup on- I grabbed for it a lot! The only time I accidentally put it on was right before the Jana Kramer concert. I did my entire face only to remember and then was so thankful for one of my roommates reminding me. What I miss the most- Being tan and mascara!! Through this whole process, I gave up tanning to be more natural and healthier. That has honestly been the hardest thing for me. I also miss my mascara because it's my favorite and I love long lashes!  


molly : 

How I am feeling this week- Honestly such a tough week! I feel ugly because I'm pale and broken out, not to mention being single on Valentine's Day.
How my heart is changing- I have been trying to focus on how God sees me and the condition of my heart. Am I being kind, compassionate, and putting others before myself, etc.
Funny Experience- One of my kindergarten students told me I looked different and that I needed more sleep. It's true, kids at this age are honest and speak their mind!
How many times I accidentally put makeup on- I grabbed for it a lot! The only time I accidentally put it on was right before the Jana Kramer concert. I did my entire face only to remember and then was so thankful for one of my roommates reminding me.
What I miss the most- Being tan and mascara!! Through this whole process, I gave up tanning to be more natural and healthier. That has honestly been the hardest thing for me. I also miss my mascara because it's my favorite and I love long lashes!

 

princess kate :    Week  2 : Trials and Triumphs Lets get really real here for a second, what in the world is up with acne ?!?!? I am a 33 year old woman with breakouts. There, I admitted it. I have monthly bouts of acne.  Hormones, grrrr. While necessary, I wish the hormones came in with a little less visibility right smack dab on my face.  So, this week my pimples brought me moments of trial, lots and lots and lots of trial.  It was hard ( SOOOOO hard) to not be able to grab the concealer and cover up of these pesky little guys.  But I did not! I prevailed, I triumphed and went out into the world hormonal pimples and all.  And made it through each and every day triumphantly! The hormones, these little stinkers, lead me straight to the health and beauty aisle deeply checking out the self tanners.  I am serious. Self. Tanners.  It was at this point in the CVS aisle that I thought "Geez Cox, you NEED an intervention!" I needed someone to come and yell " PUT DOWN THE SELF TANNER, PUT IT DOWN! BACK SLOWLY AWAY FROM THE BOTTLE!!! SLOWLY, YES THAT'S IT. NOW, KEEP WALKING AWAY. SLOWLY"  - These thoughts in my head had me chuckling and realizing I really dont need that stuff. So I walked away, slowly.  BAM! Another Trial and Triumph! My last trial was a failure and triumph all in one. I was out of town for a conference this week and away from the family. This is always a blessing and a hardship.  It was wonderful to have a few days away in Chicago totally being a kid free and makeup free grownup. The no makeup situation was not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be- Triumph!   I got home on Valentines Day to very excited kiddos, the littlest had decided for Valentines Day she would give me a makeover.  So, well, I failed this no makeup challenge spectacularly for 45 minutes. I got DONE UP 4 year old style.  Let me tell you she held nothing back! She was so very proud of her present and work that it made this failure a TOTAL TRIUMPH! As I reflected and prayed on my trials from this week, I was blessed with some clarity- I don't need the artificial glow, I need to uncover my own glow. I kept that on repeat and now have a goal in mind for week 3, really truly focus on what I am doing for my skin, how am I treating it? It's the only skin I'm going to get. I should be the upmost kind and loving to it!  And I am going to be. I am going to choose foods that nourish my skin, i will choose products that are kind and good for my skin.  I WILL find my own (middle of winter) glow. I will be proud of each mark and laugh line and freckle. I will find a way to love each part of this face god has given me and I will treat it well.  


princess kate : 
 

Week  2 : Trials and Triumphs

Lets get really real here for a second, what in the world is up with acne ?!?!? I am a 33 year old woman with breakouts. There, I admitted it. I have monthly bouts of acne.  Hormones, grrrr. While necessary, I wish the hormones came in with a little less visibility right smack dab on my face.  So, this week my pimples brought me moments of trial, lots and lots and lots of trial.  It was hard ( SOOOOO hard) to not be able to grab the concealer and cover up of these pesky little guys.  But I did not! I prevailed, I triumphed and went out into the world hormonal pimples and all.  And made it through each and every day triumphantly!

The hormones, these little stinkers, lead me straight to the health and beauty aisle deeply checking out the self tanners.  I am serious. Self. Tanners.  It was at this point in the CVS aisle that I thought "Geez Cox, you NEED an intervention!" I needed someone to come and yell " PUT DOWN THE SELF TANNER, PUT IT DOWN! BACK SLOWLY AWAY FROM THE BOTTLE!!! SLOWLY, YES THAT'S IT. NOW, KEEP WALKING AWAY. SLOWLY"  - These thoughts in my head had me chuckling and realizing I really dont need that stuff. So I walked away, slowly.  BAM! Another Trial and Triumph!

My last trial was a failure and triumph all in one. I was out of town for a conference this week and away from the family. This is always a blessing and a hardship.  It was wonderful to have a few days away in Chicago totally being a kid free and makeup free grownup. The no makeup situation was not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be- Triumph!   I got home on Valentines Day to very excited kiddos, the littlest had decided for Valentines Day she would give me a makeover.  So, well, I failed this no makeup challenge spectacularly for 45 minutes. I got DONE UP 4 year old style.  Let me tell you she held nothing back! She was so very proud of her present and work that it made this failure a TOTAL TRIUMPH!

As I reflected and prayed on my trials from this week, I was blessed with some clarity- I don't need the artificial glow, I need to uncover my own glow. I kept that on repeat and now have a goal in mind for week 3, really truly focus on what I am doing for my skin, how am I treating it? It's the only skin I'm going to get. I should be the upmost kind and loving to it!  And I am going to be. I am going to choose foods that nourish my skin, i will choose products that are kind and good for my skin.  I WILL find my own (middle of winter) glow. I will be proud of each mark and laugh line and freckle. I will find a way to love each part of this face god has given me and I will treat it well.

 

  bethany w :    Like I already told you ladies, this week was a struggle. I got my hair done (which turned out amazing! Thanks to Trista Price <--Um, go get your hairs did by her. Now.) but the whole time I was sitting there looking in the mirror, all I could think was "I NEED makeup." Need. When I started this thing, I never thought it would be this hard. On random days and sometimes weeks when I choose not to wear any, I don't think much of it. But this is different. Much more difficult. I'm breaking out like CRAZY. I don't ever wear concealer or foundation but I figure if I wear eye makeup, it will draw attention away from the blemishes. I have no distraction now. Nothing. And it's seriously eating at me. I feel SO vulnerable.  Also, my birthday is this week. I don't look forward to my birthday. Actually, I completely dread my birthday. Everything always goes horribly wrong and I just wish I could skip it. Last year was the very worst and I desperately hope this year doesn't top it...although, I'm not sure how it could. However, the weekend after is usually when I go out with friends. What girl doesn't want to get all dolled up and look amazing on a night out, especially when that night is supposed to be for her? I sooo want to wear makeup and get my hair done and find the perfect outfit. But I know I can't. My heart isn't in the right place and that makes this so much more difficult. Pray for me. For everything I've told you so far and for the weeks to come. Please? I'm trying. I don't want this to be about ME. I want it to be about HIM.  

 

bethany w : 
 

Like I already told you ladies, this week was a struggle. I got my hair done (which turned out amazing! Thanks to Trista Price <--Um, go get your hairs did by her. Now.) but the whole time I was sitting there looking in the mirror, all I could think was "I NEED makeup." Need.

When I started this thing, I never thought it would be this hard. On random days and sometimes weeks when I choose not to wear any, I don't think much of it. But this is different. Much more difficult. I'm breaking out like CRAZY. I don't ever wear concealer or foundation but I figure if I wear eye makeup, it will draw attention away from the blemishes. I have no distraction now. Nothing. And it's seriously eating at me. I feel SO vulnerable. 

Also, my birthday is this week. I don't look forward to my birthday. Actually, I completely dread my birthday. Everything always goes horribly wrong and I just wish I could skip it. Last year was the very worst and I desperately hope this year doesn't top it...although, I'm not sure how it could. However, the weekend after is usually when I go out with friends. What girl doesn't want to get all dolled up and look amazing on a night out, especially when that night is supposed to be for her? I sooo want to wear makeup and get my hair done and find the perfect outfit. But I know I can't. My heart isn't in the right place and that makes this so much more difficult. Pray for me. For everything I've told you so far and for the weeks to come. Please? I'm trying. I don't want this to be about ME. I want it to be about HIM.

 

  bethany b :  this week has been harder for me. due to pimples. like giant chin pimples.  my husband trimmed his beard and so when he kisses my face hard like he does, it rubs on my face and then i get pimples. so i love him. but enough with the pimples already.  i actually enjoy not wearing make up now more than i like wearing make up. which is fun. we're going away for a work thing of ethan's this weekend and i got a new $7 dress that is floral and fantastic. i really would like to wear a sleek pony tail and a lot of mascara. because mascara.  i want to wear layers and layers and curl them up pretty and wow my husband with the eyes.  i miss my eyelash curler. and obviously you know about the mascara.  my husband thanked me for not wearing make up last night while we were supposed to be sleeping but we were just looking at each other instead. seriously, married life sometimes is so fun because it's just a sleepover every night with your very best friend and you also get to kiss.  anyways, it melts my heart to know he loves my natural face most. even tho i look better in mascara ;)   

 

bethany b : 

this week has been harder for me. due to pimples. like giant chin pimples. 
my husband trimmed his beard and so when he kisses my face hard like he does, it rubs on my face and then i get pimples. so i love him. but enough with the pimples already. 

i actually enjoy not wearing make up now more than i like wearing make up. which is fun.

we're going away for a work thing of ethan's this weekend and i got a new $7 dress that is floral and fantastic. i really would like to wear a sleek pony tail and a lot of mascara. because mascara. 
i want to wear layers and layers and curl them up pretty and wow my husband with the eyes. 

i miss my eyelash curler. and obviously you know about the mascara. 

my husband thanked me for not wearing make up last night while we were supposed to be sleeping but we were just looking at each other instead. seriously, married life sometimes is so fun because it's just a sleepover every night with your very best friend and you also get to kiss. 
anyways, it melts my heart to know he loves my natural face most. even tho i look better in mascara ;) 


 

  alicia :  ....this week got a little harder because of a couple breakouts, but I wasn't even tempted to pack my make up bag when packing for a weekend at my parents. ....I don't even miss putting make up on. I really thought I would and that it would be more tempting. There are times I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror and see all the imperfections. And other times, I start to see the beautiful in the natural. ....0. But when the breakout started I started to panic about how I was going to cover it up. ....still miss my eyelash curler. I realize it's not an actual make up product, but it is a tool that alters the natural so I've tried to ban it for these 40 days as well. I feel like my small and lighter colored eyelashes only enhance the tired that covers my face.  

 

alicia : 

....this week got a little harder because of a couple breakouts, but I wasn't even tempted to pack my make up bag when packing for a weekend at my parents.

....I don't even miss putting make up on. I really thought I would and that it would be more tempting. There are times I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror and see all the imperfections. And other times, I start to see the beautiful in the natural.

....0. But when the breakout started I started to panic about how I was going to cover it up.

....still miss my eyelash curler. I realize it's not an actual make up product, but it is a tool that alters the natural so I've tried to ban it for these 40 days as well. I feel like my small and lighter colored eyelashes only enhance the tired that covers my face.