My Simplicity: (Mostly) Bare Face

Honey Bee Natural MakeupDisclaimer: No where in this post do I imply that makeup is bad, that women who wear it are dumb, that I’m somehow superior because I’ve downsized, or anything else that might be perceived by me saying I got rid of all of my makeup.

Makeup is so much fun. I started wearing it when I was in 6th grade, when my parents stopped at a Bath and Body Works on our way to visit family and bought me the essentials. Remember when B&B Works used to carry makeup?!

In high school I wore it because I was terribly insecure. In college I wore it because I wanted to, and because it was fun to experiment/get all hott looking to go out dancing with ma ladies. In my twenties, I’ve worn it because I’d been wearing it for so long that there was no reason to stop. But the for last year and a half or so, I’ve found myself wearing it less and less. I think it’s been a combination of being a mom to a very energetic boy + starting to appreciate what my skin looks like bare that has contributed to my decline in makeup-wearing. I think the only thing that kept me hanging on was my hereditary raccoon eyes. Even as I’ve grown more satisfied with how I look, that’s the one thing that was still hard to accept as an imperfection, so I’d put makeup around my eyes to lighten them up. Well when you do that, you might as well put makeup on your whole face.

About two months ago, I woke up and looked at myself in the mirror. I have no idea how or why this happened, but I was just completely and 100% happy with what I saw looking back at me, raccoon eyes and all. The one small freckle I have on my nose, the kind-of-flushed cheeks and my blonde eyebrows make up the canvas of my face, and they are just fine. It became clear to me that morning that the countertop organizer and vintage traveling case full of makeup… it was time to go. At that point, I rarely put the stuff on anyway, and when I did, I used maybe a fifth of my massive collection. I had started to notice that the few times I would put makeup on, my skin would break out. It wasn’t used to wearing anymore, and I guess couldn’t breathe.

I chucked most of the stuff, and pulled out the newer palettes/expensive products to give to my friends who love makeup. I had one brief momentary panic attack as I placed all of it in a bag to give away; “what happens if I change my mind?” I asked myself. I walked back into the bathroom and looked in the mirror again and reminded myself that I was happy with what I was seeing. It was going to be ok!

I decided not to be a complete granola bar, and looked up some natural alternatives. I wanted to be able to use a little for certain occasions, like dates with Daniel or church on Sunday. Just enough to give me a smooth, natural look without making me break out. I found some great DIY recipes for making my own, but felt too lazy to figure that crap out, so I just drove up to my local health food store to see what options they had available. They carry this line called Honey Bee Gardens, an organic/natural alternative to regular cosmetics. I left with a pressed powder foundation, a black mascara and a bronze eye shadow as seen above.

So far, I’m really into my choices! I use the foundation and mascara if I’d like to look a little more refined, and I break out the bronze eye shadow for REAL SPECIAL occasions, like date nights. I think I might eventually pick up a few more eye shadows, but for now I love having two options: no makeup, or a very minimal amount of makeup. I genuinely HATE getting up really early to get ready, so this new almost-free makeup life works for me.

Granola jokes aside, I think that it’s important to be okay with what you look like, whether you wear lots of makeup, a little bit or none at all. You were created by a Creator who treasures you and thinks you’re beautiful. Can you doll that face up? You sure can. I follow some makeup artists on Instagram who do incredible work with makeup, and I love it! But do you have to wear makeup to be the best version of you? Nah.

Ladies, you’re lovely. Freckles, blemishes, uneven skin, raccoon eyes and all… you’re all lovely!


My Everyday Face

Vintage Makeup Case // JATWSo, I have a decent amount of makeup. Now by “a decent amount”, I just mean that I have more than I typically use on any given day. I know there are plenty of ladies out there that have drawers full, and that’s cool too. I’m also pretty messy about my makeup. I asked for a vintage makeup case this past Christmas, thinking it would help me contain and organize it a little bit. It kinda of has… but I’ll always be cluttery. It’s in ma bones.

Messy Makeup // JATWThis wasn’t staged,  I promise. And yes, I set makeup in the sink because we never use the sink in our master bath anyway.

But anyways, I thought it would be fun to showcase my daily picks when it comes to makeup. Since a good portion of my week ends up being an adventure that I didn’t plan, I don’t put a ton of makeup on. I hate waking up any earlier than I have to, so I don’t have much time. But here’s what you’ll normally see on my face:

Magic Nude Liquid Powder from Loreal  // JATWLoreal’s Magic Nude Liquid Powder may be the best thing I’ve ever discovered. You don’t have to use a sponge or brush to put it on, it has sunblock in it but doesn’t smell like it, it blends in with my skin flawlessly, and somehow makes my face look like I don’t have foundation on, but I do at the same time. AAANNNDD… it’s $10.

F21 Bronzer // JATWThis Forever 21 Bronzer is my most recent daily addition, and I’m really diggin’ it. I use the top and bottom left to highlight my face, and the top and bottom right for shadowing and blush. I haven’t used a bronzer in years, because I’m just the pastiest compared to my past sun-kissed skin tone. But this one manages to blend in well and not make me look like a beach face with a winter body (if that makes any sense).

Eyes // JATWHard Candy is great. So far everything I’ve bought from them goes on like something I bought at Sephora, but only costs me a fraction of the price. Their Lite Bright Concealer is great under the eyes, and it seems to last forever. I’ve discovered that this Maybeline mini palette goes really well with my skin tone. I’m usually one to gravitate towards blues and greens, because they are my favorite colors, but I’ve started to branch out. The Flamed Out Mascara from Covergirl is whatever… nothing special. Honestly, every mascara I’ve ever bought has been pretty much the same ol’ thing.

Naked 2 Palette // JATWWho doesn’t love the Naked 2 palette, am I right? Every now and then, I’ll get around to using all of them, but I apply Foxy every day.

NYX HD Studio Powder // JATWThis NYX finishing powder, as far as I’ve heard and have now experienced on my own, is exactly the same thing as the Makeup Forever HD finishing powder, but you get a lot more for a lot less. And it does exactly what it implies: It finishes my daily makeup routine.

So what do you use on a regular basis? Anything unique about your daily makeup routine?








Look Out For This One

I’m really excited about this post because I get to talk about a family member! I really should do that more often.

Anyways, my cousin Hanah is an incredible person, a breath-taking beauty and a stunning actress. Last year she graduated from New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and right now is studying at the Chicago college of Performing Arts and majoring in Musical Theatre. If I can make it through this little blurb about her without crying, it will be a miracle because I’m just so darn proud of her! She’s been in countless plays and shows since she was I believe in elementary school (or maybe middle, I can’t remember) and I think people quickly started to see the talent that was boiling inside. The first time I had that feeling that I would be seeing her on Broadway someday was when she played a major role in Seussical the Musical. I was looking forward to this play because I knew she had a singing part, and I had never heard her sing before. Well… I was floored.

I’ve enjoyed watching her first year of college go by via Facebook and Instagram, and one of her classes is especially fun. She gets to put makeup on for a class! So jealous. Some of her creations are stunning, and I wanted to share them with you. Check it out!