Stress, anxiety, work, mundane routines, the usual stuff- it's all hits midday as I look in the mirror and see that my perfectly applied mascara- from only a couple of hours ago- has made it's way to under my eyes.
Those dark circles hold so much weight & are the result of sweat, tears, and a whole lot of "oy vey's".
I used to criticize myself for not always having "my face on". I used to hold back my confidence unless I felt like I had it all together on my face. After a while, I realized that I wasn't accomplishing as much as I could be, because I wasn't taking advantage of all of my abilities- because my confidence was down!
I knew I had to change something, ASAP. So I established two rules for myself.
1. I would go one month without makeup to hit "reset" and regain confidence in who I naturally was.
2. Once that month was over, when I put on makeup in the morning, I wouldn't go and fix it later.
I realized that I had become so obsessed with how looked, if everything was perfect or not, and whether or not I looked like I had it all together, that I had to do something. If taking away my makeup for a month and changing my routines was going to make me accomplish more, I was all in.
Ya'll. Let. Me. Tell. You.
That month of no makeup was SO FREEING. For the first time in my life, I didn't feel like everything had to be perfect all of the time! I learned that people WERE NOT judging me on the days I didn't wear it. I learned to treat it as a FUN accessory that I could add when I felt like it. Not only was I able to sleep more ?, & my face cleared up ? , but I finally took that burden off of my shoulders & I OWNED MY FACE.
Woman (& Men). You are a FREAKING. PIECE. OF. ART. You were molded and created and you are literally flawless, without makeup. But I get it! Makeup is fun, for some of us, makeup is part of who we are! Our faces are a blank canvas, ready to be painted and shaped into a different piece of art. I 100% totally appreciate that mindset, because that's where I'm at now! I am at a point in my life where makeup isn't a requirement, it's fun & it's an art project!
So what's the point of me saying all of this?
I wanted to remind you that you are incredible. You are beautiful. You are stunning. You are enough. You can just be. Whether that means that you want to be without adding a stitch of makeup, or whether that means you want to be, with your makeup bag in tow. You are so valuable, regardless, don't ever let anybody convince you of any less.
I am so excited to be continuing this part of "Simply, Be.". I am not always going to have the up & coming info, or the advice you've never heard before, in fact, I can bet your bottom dollar that I won't. But, what I will have, is a place where you can come for advice, fun tips, & hilarious fails, from someone who's been there.
Smudged mascara is welcome.
Are you interested in taking my month long challenge?
I want to hear about it & let you in on a couple of my tips & tricks!
Comment below or tag me in a post using #nomakeupmonth
Don't think you can do it alone?
Get a group of your friends together & go for it together.
Keep yourself accountable!
Don't have anyone? Girl, I gotchu.
DM me or email me- I have. your. back.!
I PROMISE it will change your life & how you view yourself!
- red lip xo's - ri