If you’ve been following my blog over the last few months you may know that I’ve been doing a 3 month make up free challenge. It started at the beginning of February and ends this weekend. I don’t want to repeat myself all over again and you can read about why I started it here. I was supposed to keep more regular entries about this experiment to record my progress, but there wasn’t much to say since progress was slow and gradual and they would have been quite boring to read.
Well I can happily say that I completed the challenge and it was refreshing. I’m finally confident and comfortable enough to go out in public or to an event without wearing make up. And I can still feel good about myself. I’m not saying I’m never wearing make up again, but I do plan on cutting back on how often I wear it. I’ve learnt to accept my flaws and be comfortable in my own skin. I have cheated a little though.In this post I mentioned that I was going to get my brows tidied and get eyelash extensions and I’ve continued to keep that up.
There were a couple of times when I wanted to wear make up – when I had to speak at church or when I had maternity photos done. But my husband reminded me why I was doing this and I am so grateful! That helped me to see the good in myself and to see myself the way others see me.
Yesterday was the first day I could wear make up again and I CHOSE not to. I’m so happy with the result of my little experiment. This is the result I was hoping for and I’m really pleased. I’ve also found that since I’ve had a baby I have less time to get ready – usually because I value sleep a lot more these days.
Overall, I’m so happy that I decided to do this experiment. I feel so good about myself and I’m glad I am in this frame of mind and I can teach my daughter to love who she is and to be confident in her own skin. I love make up and I look forward to wearing it again, but I’m happy to go without it. For me it is no longer a tool to make me feel better about myself, it is an added extra for when I feel like looking a little bit nicer. My self-worth isn’t measured by the make up I wear or how I look on the outside, it’s measured by thinking and doing good things, serving others, and thinking positively about myself. It is about getting my priorities straight and always being grateful for my blessings.
My beliefs, my family, and my friends make me happy and make me feel good. All that goodness makes me feel beautiful.