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

here are are. at week four. 
currently experiences week five. 

how do we look!? 

have you been following our fast? 
tell us what you think in the comment section below!

i (bethany) was stopped by several people this last week about what we're doing.
and how it's changing them. 

how neat is that!?

they said that they have decided to also do the fast themselves. and i was just amazed.
this is good stuff.

i love women. and i love women empowering other women.
fist bump!

when we drop the comparisons we realize that we can actually stand beside each other, cheer each other on.

and just be a bunch of badasses together.

we all have ugly days. bad hair days. 
she has curly hair. 
i want straight hair.
she has perfect skin and i hate her. 
blah blah blah. 

let's just work with what we've been given shall we!? 
search the depths of our own souls. 
be kind and caring women. 
and face the world without make up for a huge slap in the face, fun 40 days. wink! 

i adore all these women sharing on this blog. 
it takes guts to share each week. 
and show a photo of yourself without makeup. it's really tough some weeks. 
as you've read/seen. 

would you ever do a fast like this? 
would you let me share it on my blog? 
i'm thinking this will be a thing that i try to do each, i don't know, year or so! and, i don't have to do it each time! ha! so i could just facilitate your fasts on my blog. if you're interested, email me at bfburt@gmail.com. 
 

enjoy reading week four!
and thank you for reading! 

the no make up thing is only really hard for me when i have a lot of pimples. really.  I don't care how stupid that is. but having a "beauty mark" spot on my face that is not a natural beauty mark but a pimple. yeah, gross. so i feel ugly when i'm broken out. but then i get over myself and remember just how much my husband loves my natural face. and how i do really like being able to rub my eyes like a tired child mid-day without smudging make up. and i really like the idea of empowering other women when i'm out and about and we talk about my naked face. it's really incredible because women notice. because women know we obviously must be wearing make up to feel and look and present our best selves. so when i don't and i still show off the confidence, i notice that they really appreciate that. it's like yeah, power sister! and then they are interested in hearing more about why i choose to not wear make up. or why i force myself to do 40 day fasts. this week has been really empowering. really cool. really awesome. i'm looking forward to the fun of make up again on the days when i'm "free from the fast" but i'm so excited to have the core of my life be make up free. and love my face and skin the way god made me.  also i could probably improve the diet and have less pimples. so there's that.  i have two photos this week. the top one i only edited out my pimples. because, please.  we took our "winter 2015 photos" on march first because we got yummy yummy amounts of snow. and then the bottom image will show my "real" face. with the beauty mark pimple. also, i know they stay longer because i pick at them. it's really bad. whatever. i still do it.  bethany

the no make up thing is only really hard for me when i have a lot of pimples. really. 
I don't care how stupid that is. but having a "beauty mark" spot on my face that is not a natural beauty mark but a pimple. yeah, gross. so i feel ugly when i'm broken out. but then i get over myself and remember just how much my husband loves my natural face. and how i do really like being able to rub my eyes like a tired child mid-day without smudging make up. and i really like the idea of empowering other women when i'm out and about and we talk about my naked face. it's really incredible because women notice. because women know we obviously must be wearing make up to feel and look and present our best selves. so when i don't and i still show off the confidence, i notice that they really appreciate that. it's like yeah, power sister! and then they are interested in hearing more about why i choose to not wear make up. or why i force myself to do 40 day fasts. this week has been really empowering. really cool. really awesome. i'm looking forward to the fun of make up again on the days when i'm "free from the fast" but i'm so excited to have the core of my life be make up free. and love my face and skin the way god made me. 

also i could probably improve the diet and have less pimples. so there's that. 

i have two photos this week. the top one i only edited out my pimples. because, please. 
we took our "winter 2015 photos" on march first because we got yummy yummy amounts of snow. and then the bottom image will show my "real" face. with the beauty mark pimple. also, i know they stay longer because i pick at them. it's really bad. whatever. i still do it. 

bethany

  Things I love today: my mustard yellow scarf, a snow day spent with my family, a pancake breakfast made by my dad, and reading the book soul detox.(Also, Bethany was right, coconut oil does amazing things for your hair and skin!) So far, the book has opened my eyes to the fact that I speak really negative things about some situations. This is not ok! The Bible says their is the power of life or death into the tongue. This means you can speak life into your life and other situations! I am going to start to really watch what I say and to make sure it is positive. Join me on this quest and watch your life change!!  molly.   

 

Things I love today: my mustard yellow scarf, a snow day spent with my family, a pancake breakfast made by my dad, and reading the book soul detox.(Also, Bethany was right, coconut oil does amazing things for your hair and skin!) So far, the book has opened my eyes to the fact that I speak really negative things about some situations. This is not ok! The Bible says their is the power of life or death into the tongue. This means you can speak life into your life and other situations! I am going to start to really watch what I say and to make sure it is positive. Join me on this quest and watch your life change!! 

molly. 
 

Week 4: no makeup? No biggie. Last weeks revelations and true acceptance, brought freedom this week. A freedom that I feel I will carry with me forever more. In the total acceptance of my naked face, I feel the most comfortable in my own skin than I ever have before. It just took 33 years you all ;-) this acceptance came at such s wonderful time as I got a cold at the beginning of this week- my face was puffy and sad and I got two cold sores- but I just rolled with it all. Focused on getting better and not worrying so much on how I was looking but how I was feeling. I feel like that is a huge shift for me and one that speaks volumes about my personal growth during this challenge. Focusing not on how I'm looking but rather how I'm feeling. I feel that I need to let all that I'm feeling good about inside, shine on out into the world through my outsides. I am so thankful to have had this time to change and grow and learn and love all that is me. For this I will be forever grateful. kate. 

Week 4: no makeup? No biggie.

Last weeks revelations and true acceptance, brought freedom this week. A freedom that I feel I will carry with me forever more.

In the total acceptance of my naked face, I feel the most comfortable in my own skin than I ever have before. It just took 33 years you all ;-) this acceptance came at such s wonderful time as I got a cold at the beginning of this week- my face was puffy and sad and I got two cold sores- but I just rolled with it all. Focused on getting better and not worrying so much on how I was looking but how I was feeling.

I feel like that is a huge shift for me and one that speaks volumes about my personal growth during this challenge. Focusing not on how I'm looking but rather how I'm feeling.

I feel that I need to let all that I'm feeling good about inside, shine on out into the world through my outsides.

I am so thankful to have had this time to change and grow and learn and love all that is me. For this I will be forever grateful.


kate. 

This week has been a crazy one. Both babies sick, really sick. Thankfully my parents were able to take him off of work to come and watch them for the week since the babies couldn't go to daycare. No sleep and no make up meant I was feeling more exposed than I had the previous weeks.

I had someone ask me why I was even doing a makeup fast when I didn't wear that much anyway. It made me mad. It's not about the amount applied, but the amount of acceptance I need of myself. Even with a breakout again this week, I wore the blemish with pride! I'm accepting me for more of the natural me and loving it.

I still miss mascara...like crazy missing!

alicia. 

Well, I didn't make it the full 40 days. The fact that I made it 26 still amazes me, though. I also got my hair all snipped off. Take a look:

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Then, I felt bad because I REALLY intended to keep my word and fast for 40 days. So the next day it was back to no make-up:

I honestly feel like certain lighting or angles make my face look better than others without my make-up. That could also just be me, though. I will say that I had SO much fun putting on make-up, like I was kind of bouncing around the house and acting like a 16 year old girl. Is that weird? I don't know, or care, because I throughly enjoyed it!! We shall see how I do this week. We only have two more weeks to go! -Colie


I honestly feel like certain lighting or angles make my face look better than others without my make-up. That could also just be me, though. I will say that I had SO much fun putting on make-up, like I was kind of bouncing around the house and acting like a 16 year old girl. Is that weird? I don't know, or care, because I throughly enjoyed it!!

We shall see how I do this week. We only have two more weeks to go!

-Colie

  Week 4.  Again, it feels like every week goes by so fast, and then, BAM!  It's Sunday again.  This week has been a roller coaster.  I just want my make up back.  I miss my mascara and concealer.  This fast has definitely shown me that less is more, but I just want mascara.  and concealer. I look so tired all the time.  I mean, I am tired all the time.  But, at least with my make up I could hide that I feel like a zombie.  it's not hard when I am around people I don't have to impress.  My husband doesn't care.  My coworkers don't care.  My classmates don't care. But then came Saturday. Saturday was Riley's Dance Marathon at Indiana State University (That's where I go to school).  I'm on the committee in charge of the event.  I tried so hard to look nice and look presentable.  I even left my hair down. - And I hate my hair down. A lot of the other committee members had curled their hair and put  lot of time into their appearance with pretty make up and stuff. I felt like an outsider.  Not only was I having a horrible hair day, I felt like a fat whale in everything I put on, and I had to run around with the Riley kids with no make up on. So I was feeling pretty low when the event started.  Everyone looked so beautiful, and I just felt like one of the ugly step-sisters standing next to 14 Cinderellas.  Talk about intimidating. As the event went on, I listened to the Riley's kids share their stories. And I realized, being fat, and having a bad day, and not wearing make up was  minuscule compared to what these amazing kids went through  and still go through to this day.  A little girl named Mara really spoke to me that night.  She didn't even say much to me.  She and her little sister had come up to me while my sorority sister was braiding my hair. They both handed me their bead necklace to put on. And Mara told me to look at my hair after my sister was done. Jokingly, I said "Does it look bad? Did she mes up my hair?" and Mara said, "No, you're really pretty."  And I just looked at her. Like in shock looked at her. How could this little 6-year-old girl have spoken to my soul after only just meeting her?  With no make up on, being sweaty after running around all night, my hair being a mess, me feeling fat as a whale, and being exhausted, this little girl had said to me what God has been trying to say to me for awhile.  Finally, I gave her back her beads, thanking her, and she smiled and walked away.  What a beautiful girl.  Then her little 2-year-old handed her beads to my husbandCurry.  Talk about making your heart melt.  She was flirting with my husband.  I told her, "Hey! I saw him first," and she smiled and giggled at me.  SO. CUTE. All in all, I guess what I'm saying is that I'm still working on this.  Confidence is just something I lack.  But yesterday was a stepping stone.  I'm getting there. Really, I am.  I'm still feeling really low about my appearance in general, but it's still a work in progress.  I'm still treading the water, trying to stay afloat.  I refuse to let this drown me   cheyanne. 

 

Week 4. 
Again, it feels like every week goes by so fast, and then, BAM! 

It's Sunday again. 
This week has been a roller coaster. 

I just want my make up back. 
I miss my mascara and concealer. 
This fast has definitely shown me that less is more, but I just want mascara. 
and concealer.
I look so tired all the time. 
I mean, I am tired all the time

But, at least with my make up I could hide that I feel like a zombie. 

it's not hard when I am around people I don't have to impress. 
My husband doesn't care. 
My coworkers don't care. 
My classmates don't care.

But then came Saturday.

Saturday was Riley's Dance Marathon at Indiana State University (That's where I go to school). 
I'm on the committee in charge of the event. 

I tried so hard to look nice and look presentable. 

I even left my hair down. - And I hate my hair down.

A lot of the other committee members had curled their hair and put  lot of time into their appearance with pretty make up and stuff.

I felt like an outsider. 

Not only was I having a horrible hair day, I felt like a fat whale in everything I put on, and I had to run around with the Riley kids with no make up on.

So I was feeling pretty low when the event started. 

Everyone looked so beautiful, and I just felt like one of the ugly step-sisters standing next to 14 Cinderellas. 

Talk about intimidating.

As the event went on, I listened to the Riley's kids share their stories.

And I realized, being fat, and having a bad day, and not wearing make up was 

minuscule compared to what these amazing kids went through 

and still go through to this day. 

A little girl named Mara really spoke to me that night. 

She didn't even say much to me. 
She and her little sister had come up to me while my sorority sister was braiding my hair. They both handed me their bead necklace to put on. And Mara told me to look at my hair after my sister was done. Jokingly, I said "Does it look bad? Did she mes up my hair?" and Mara said, "No, you're really pretty." 

And I just looked at her.
Like in shock looked at her.

How could this little 6-year-old girl have spoken to my soul after only just meeting her? 

With no make up on, being sweaty after running around all night, my hair being a mess, me feeling fat as a whale, and being exhausted, this little girl had said to me what God has been trying to say to me for awhile. 

Finally, I gave her back her beads, thanking her, and she smiled and walked away. 

What a beautiful girl. 

Then her little 2-year-old handed her beads to my husbandCurry. 

Talk about making your heart melt. 
She was flirting with my husband. 
I told her, "Hey! I saw him first," and she smiled and giggled at me. 

SO. CUTE.
All in all, I guess what I'm saying is that I'm still working on this. 

Confidence is just something I lack. 
But yesterday was a stepping stone. 

I'm getting there.

Really, I am. 


I'm still feeling really low about my appearance in general, but it's still a work in progress. 

I'm still treading the water, trying to stay afloat. 

I refuse to let this drown me
 

cheyanne.