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

here we go again. 
this week i'm all, "okay this is cute but can i please have my mascara back!?"
honestly. 

these women are doing real, regular life.
but this time.. without make up. 
for 40 days. 
and some days it's just hard. 
here's our hearts this week : 

  molly :  This week, I chose not to do a picture simply because I have this ugly breakout/sore stress reaction I get on my face when I have high anxiety.i can't have that documented! Haha instead I chose to share a picture that makes me feel pretty (yes there are other things besides makeup that can do that). My picture is one of my favorites from my missions trip in Kenya last year. Just a good reminder that there are bigger issues other than if you have makeup on :) With that being said, one product I really missed this week was bronzer because I feel like Casper! But hey, Jesus is really changing my heart and I am realizing more and more that it's all about how you treat people and how you make them feel. Are you kind, caring, and understanding? In the end, that's what matters!  

 
molly : 

This week, I chose not to do a picture simply because I have this ugly breakout/sore stress reaction I get on my face when I have high anxiety.i can't have that documented! Haha instead I chose to share a picture that makes me feel pretty (yes there are other things besides makeup that can do that). My picture is one of my favorites from my missions trip in Kenya last year. Just a good reminder that there are bigger issues other than if you have makeup on :) With that being said, one product I really missed this week was bronzer because I feel like Casper! But hey, Jesus is really changing my heart and I am realizing more and more that it's all about how you treat people and how you make them feel. Are you kind, caring, and understanding? In the end, that's what matters!

 

alicia :  this week seemed to fly by and not having to deal with makeup made it easier. Exempt for those times I would catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and see the dark under my eyes. It also made it easy that I haven't left the house since Friday at 9am to take the babies to the dr. I think the ladies at reception must have noticed the dark under my eyes (which is enhanced with little sleep) because they offered to help me carry the twins back to the car after the appt was over. today. Today it hit me. My babies don't care if I have illuminator or mascara on...they just want me. Oddly...this no make up thing makes me want to cut my hair, but I know as soon as I do, I'll want it to grow out again. And the new baby hairs (from the massive hair loss I went through after pregnancy) are almost to the point of being manageable. I gotta let them catch up....nothing crazy until they are completely manageable. I miss my mascara. Until the last couple of years I didn't even wear mascara or use an eyelash curler and I miss them the most!  


alicia : 


this week seemed to fly by and not having to deal with makeup made it easier. Exempt for those times I would catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and see the dark under my eyes. It also made it easy that I haven't left the house since Friday at 9am to take the babies to the dr. I think the ladies at reception must have noticed the dark under my eyes (which is enhanced with little sleep) because they offered to help me carry the twins back to the car after the appt was over.


today. Today it hit me. My babies don't care if I have illuminator or mascara on...they just want me.

Oddly...this no make up thing makes me want to cut my hair, but I know as soon as I do, I'll want it to grow out again. And the new baby hairs (from the massive hair loss I went through after pregnancy) are almost to the point of being manageable. I gotta let them catch up....nothing crazy until they are completely manageable.

I miss my mascara. Until the last couple of years I didn't even wear mascara or use an eyelash curler and I miss them the most!

 

cheyanne : 
 

Week three. They say third time is charm. 

How am I feeling this week? 

I'm actually good. 

Like really good. 

 

It just seems like weeks fly by. 

I don't even notice not having make up on. 

I really like not wearing make up. 

I don't feel like a supermodel, but I like not wearing make up. 

Isn't that weird? 

I have more time to sleep.

When I rub my eyes when I'm tired, nothing smears! 

When I paint and get make up on my face, I can just wipe it off without feeling like I'm multi-colored. 

 

But I miss my mascara. And my concealer. 

Sigh. Concealer. To cover up my stress acne. 

That would be so so wonderful. 
 

Just a highlight from my week: I got to watch my puppy play in the snow yesterday. 

Like let her just romp around and dig in the snow. It was so sweet. 

So innocent. 

I loved it. She was so happy. 

From something so simple.

I loved that simplicity. 
 

So I'm doing good. 

Next week should be interesting.

 I have a really important event I want to look nice at. 

It's going to be really hard being around my sorority sisters 

and my husband's brothers without make up on. 

I always feel so judged. 

From my weight. From what I do. 

And when I see them next, no make up. 

And I really am struggling with my eating disorder lately, 

So any good thoughts my way would be so so appreciated. 

Until next week, bloggers. 

 

colie :  This is all I have felt this week. I'm sorry it's so short, but it is literally the only thing that felt right to say.  I miss my make-up. I don't NEED it, but I miss it.  


colie : 

This is all I have felt this week. I'm sorry it's so short, but it is literally the only thing that felt right to say. 

I miss my make-up.
I don't NEED it, but I miss it.

 

bethany :  this week has been a roller coaster.  i was sick. and now i got my poor, adorable husband sick. he has it worse than i did. my oils and juices helped me. but this one is gripping to him a little tighter and i just feel so bad for him.  i've stayed in the house most the time and have only been around friends or people who've already seen my face without make up so no one has asked if i'm tired. so that was a plus!  this week i feel happy about the way i look. my face has been more full of pimples and i don't like that. but really, i'm okay with me. and that is freeing and beautiful.  it's nice when you finally realize it's ok to be okay with yourself. and people don't have to find you pretty. you can be pretty. and that doesn't take away from someone else being pretty. and it doesn't make you full of yourself. and everyone will always have a different opinion of what is pretty. so find the definition of beautiful that you want to be, and be that. and be confident. and no one can take that away from you unless you let them. and amen.  my "beautiful" is with the heart.  i've had a nasty soul for a while about a lot of things and listening to a friend preach really worked in a great way for me.  it helps me get over myself.  I miss the mascara. but there are bigger problems in the world.   


bethany : 

this week has been a roller coaster. 

i was sick. and now i got my poor, adorable husband sick. he has it worse than i did. my oils and juices helped me. but this one is gripping to him a little tighter and i just feel so bad for him. 

i've stayed in the house most the time and have only been around friends or people who've already seen my face without make up so no one has asked if i'm tired. so that was a plus! 

this week i feel happy about the way i look. my face has been more full of pimples and i don't like that. but really, i'm okay with me. and that is freeing and beautiful. 

it's nice when you finally realize it's ok to be okay with yourself. and people don't have to find you pretty. you can be pretty. and that doesn't take away from someone else being pretty. and it doesn't make you full of yourself. and everyone will always have a different opinion of what is pretty. so find the definition of beautiful that you want to be, and be that. and be confident. and no one can take that away from you unless you let them.
and amen. 

my "beautiful" is with the heart. 
i've had a nasty soul for a while about a lot of things and listening to a friend preach really worked in a great way for me. 

it helps me get over myself. 

I miss the mascara. but there are bigger problems in the world. 
 

kate:  Have you ever really looked at your skin? Like a stare at each pore kind of examine? It's a interesting experience.  I got all up close and personal with my skin at the beginning of this week.  I stood by the mirror and I studied each pore, freckle, laugh line, and pimple (yes, those pesky things are STILL hanging around).  As I was doing this microscopic study of my skin, I thought, I can do BETTER for my skin.  I fall victim to flashy creams that promise to zap years off my face.  I get lazy and dont wash my face at night.  I hope that creams and lotions and serums can minimize my pores, even my skin tone, and get rid of those lines that mark years passing. I decided at that moment to do an overhaul of my beauty regimen. I gathered each and every tube, bottle, jar, and tub that i own and I really looked at what was in them. Not at what it was telling me it could do for my skin, but rather what was IN IT. And Yikes, just yikes.  All that money to get "natural" when it was anything but natural.  So, I tossed it ALL. Got rid of everything and decided my skin deserves better.  It really does deserve less chemicals and more naturals. So, I spent this week researching and learning about the natural products that can be good for my skin.  I continued to hydrate and nourish my skin from the inside out, I found out months and months ago how important my diet and choice of h2o as my beverage of choice is to my overall skin health.  Drinking water and being hydrated made a HUGE difference in my skins appearance.  I also recently found this tube of greatness, it was one of the few products to survive the overhaul. You will see my love for this little stick of wonder in this weeks picture- My "The Healer Stick" is made with Shea Butter and Orange, Grapefruit, and Vanilla oils. This has been a little miracle. I use it on my dry winter lips, my tired under eye circles, my pimples, under my chapped nose, and any other spots and marks. It is just AWESOME! SO, its a keeper! Now, that I'm back to Sunday again, I decided to do another microscopic study of the skin.  Yep, the skin is still there in all its wintery glory. BUT this week I feel better about what I am seeing, I took better care of my skin this week. I took better care to love it in its natural state.  I love my freckles for they show my Irish heritage, I love my laugh lines for they mean I am laughing enough to put them there, I love my pimples for they are a result of me working up a sweat while pounding out miles on the treadmill or pavement, I love all of those marks, uneven colors, and lines.  Because all of that put together tells the story of me and how I have lived for 33 years. My face tells my story and its beautiful.  


kate: 


Have you ever really looked at your skin? Like a stare at each pore kind of examine? It's a interesting experience.  I got all up close and personal with my skin at the beginning of this week.  I stood by the mirror and I studied each pore, freckle, laugh line, and pimple (yes, those pesky things are STILL hanging around).  As I was doing this microscopic study of my skin, I thought, I can do BETTER for my skin.  I fall victim to flashy creams that promise to zap years off my face.  I get lazy and dont wash my face at night.  I hope that creams and lotions and serums can minimize my pores, even my skin tone, and get rid of those lines that mark years passing.

I decided at that moment to do an overhaul of my beauty regimen. I gathered each and every tube, bottle, jar, and tub that i own and I really looked at what was in them. Not at what it was telling me it could do for my skin, but rather what was IN IT. And Yikes, just yikes.  All that money to get "natural" when it was anything but natural.  So, I tossed it ALL. Got rid of everything and decided my skin deserves better.  It really does deserve less chemicals and more naturals.

So, I spent this week researching and learning about the natural products that can be good for my skin.  I continued to hydrate and nourish my skin from the inside out, I found out months and months ago how important my diet and choice of h2o as my beverage of choice is to my overall skin health.  Drinking water and being hydrated made a HUGE difference in my skins appearance.  I also recently found this tube of greatness, it was one of the few products to survive the overhaul. You will see my love for this little stick of wonder in this weeks picture- My "The Healer Stick" is made with Shea Butter and Orange, Grapefruit, and Vanilla oils. This has been a little miracle. I use it on my dry winter lips, my tired under eye circles, my pimples, under my chapped nose, and any other spots and marks. It is just AWESOME! SO, its a keeper!

Now, that I'm back to Sunday again, I decided to do another microscopic study of the skin.  Yep, the skin is still there in all its wintery glory. BUT this week I feel better about what I am seeing, I took better care of my skin this week. I took better care to love it in its natural state.  I love my freckles for they show my Irish heritage, I love my laugh lines for they mean I am laughing enough to put them there, I love my pimples for they are a result of me working up a sweat while pounding out miles on the treadmill or pavement, I love all of those marks, uneven colors, and lines.  Because all of that put together tells the story of me and how I have lived for 33 years. My face tells my story and its beautiful.