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#MicroblogMondays 21 – Sans maquillage

Today I accomplished something that the guys back in my school days used to laughingly dare the girls to do (though I don’t believe that they had many – or ANY! – takers): I left the house sans maquillage – that is, without makeup.

Amazing, right?!

Actually, taking that dare these days isn’t a huge deal to me – I’ve done it on occasion for various reasons, most notably in recent days due to that stupid beeswax allergy that decided to make its presence known. But today’s adventure was a little different, because it was the first time in AGES that I’ve gone out without makeup AND wearing contact lenses (instead of conveniently hiding my poor bare eyes behind my glasses).

Quelle horreur!

I don’t really wear a whole lot of makeup normally (at least I don’t think I do!), but there is a noticeable difference when I skip it altogether – I look pale, exhausted, and (worst of all) depressed. Anytime I’ve gone without mascara and eyeliner I inevitably get asked, in tones of deep concern, “Are you ok?” or, “Are you tired?” And I don’t actually LIKE the way I look when I leave the house sans maquillage – I feel naked, unfinished, and conspicuous, as if I’ve forgotten some essential piece of clothing or worn mismatched shoes.

And today’s adventure was particularly interesting, because not only did I have a hair appointment in the morning (i.e., and hour and a half of sitting in front of A Very Big Mirror), but also I had planned to make a trek to the mall to see what I could find in the way of beeswax-free makeup. Seriously, do you know what it feels like to walk into Sephora without makeup?! Talk about a recipe for insecurity!

Thankfully – or rather hopefully – I won’t have to do it again, as between Sephora and LUSH I was able to find both mascara and eyeliner in beeswax/propolis-free varieties (I say hopefully because I haven’t actually tried them yet). Here they are, along with a pretty scarf I picked up along the way (because hey, pretty scarf!).



So there you go. I survived a day out in public without makeup. It CAN be done!

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Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Alana
    January 19, 2015

    Yes, I’ve done it. And I don’t dye my gray hair anymore, either (although I reserve the right to start dyeing again.) Even in my almost-senior age, I am still, at times, a rebel.
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  • Life Breath Present January 19, 2015

    That is a very pretty scarf! As for the makeup, I can’t relate much as I’ve gone most of my life without daily makeup. It’s preferable for me, though on the rare occasion I do put on makeup, it’s always a little fun! 🙂
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  • Jacqueline Bach January 19, 2015

    I LOVE Lush!! They have this really great ocean salt face wash that’s amazing. No Make-Up is liberating. I am a natural girl, and I almost never wear make-up, so going into Sephora bare-faced is totally normal for me 🙂 But congrats on going out with no make-up, and I wish you the best of luck with your allergies. Happy Monday!
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  • Carol Cassara
    January 19, 2015

    I went to the movies today without any at all!
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  • Dee January 19, 2015

    Many years ago I had to go without makeup due to eye irritation (although I did wear lipstick… apparently lipstick doesn’t count as makeup to me), and I remember all of the comments… “You look so tired”… the delicately asked “Is everything okay?”… and my personal favorite “You don’t look good.” Rest assured that if you have to go without for a while, the questions do stop. Fingers crossed that the new stuff works… Makeup is fun! And remember, with those gorgeous eyes, lovely complexion, and all the other wonderful things that make you fabulous, you always look great!

  • Ina January 19, 2015

    I’ve had my days too. In fact most of the days. Forget makeup… though nowadays I am making an effort to wear something which does not look like gym clothes. But there are days.. I love to spend a few hours– cross that — minutes in front of the mirror 😛

  • Debbie D.
    January 20, 2015

    You are brave, going into a makeup store without any on! 🙂
    Good for you – so empowering, yes? I often skip the eye makeup. because of allergies and dry eye syndrome, but then if I go out, the dark glasses come on, whether the sun is shining or not.
    I hope the new mascara works for you, Laurel.
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  • Dara barrett January 20, 2015

    yes, I do not wear make up either! But mascara is a must to saver from the comments! I started dyeing my eyelashes because I could not stand the mascara smudges. It is a very inexpensive fix at a trusted facility and lasts for a few months.
    I am glad you found some products to try! Keep us posted!

    • Laurel Regan
      January 20, 2015

      My lashes are fairly dark to begin with, but my eyes really seem to need liner to define them. I think I’d like to try getting an eyeliner tattoo – I’ve heard that’s really effective. Probably awfully expensive, though!
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  • Corinne Rodrigues
    January 20, 2015

    I kept getting questions about my health too when I used mascara regularly. Now I’ve gotten so used to not using makeup that when I do, Jose asks why I’m ‘dressing up’! 😉
    I’m glad you’ve found the source of the allergy too and hope the new products treat you well!

  • Corina January 20, 2015

    I haven’t worn makeup in ages, well except for my son’s wedding in August of 2013. None since. Before that I hadn’t worn any in maybe eight or more years. It just isn’t important to me. Hair…yeah…that I still do. My hair is really, really gray. When I don’t dye it, I look about 65. When I dye it I look maybe 55. I’m 59 so it’s a no brainer for me.

  • Deaf Mamma January 20, 2015

    Sitting in front of a big mirror in public without makeup. I have done that while my dark circles keep an eye on how my blow dry is going on ! It’s tough, though i get out without make up not even a Kohl, people keep asking are you not sleeping enough or dieting or what not. BTW I am also a big fan of LUSH products, soaps.

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  • Swathi Shenoy January 20, 2015

    Err!! Will you think I am weird if I tell you I never wear make up? Like none at all!! Not even powder or eyeliner! I would have gladly taken that dare which your college mates used to present 😉

  • Suzy
    January 20, 2015

    Yes it can. I do it all the time. I love my make up free days!
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  • nabanita
    January 20, 2015

    I only used lip gloss and khol pencil , not much of a make-up person but I don’t like leaving my home without either… I just look sick when my eyes are not lined with khol or kajal!
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  • Cathy Graham
    January 20, 2015

    Glad you found some makeup without beeswax. Hope it works better for you. I would find it easy to take the no makeup challenge since I tend to go without these days. In earlier days when I worked full time, it was a different story and I would always put on mascara, foundation and blush. Now I save the makeup for when I’m performing in concerts. I have started covering the grey in my hair though as it was making me feel very old. I notice lately that my eyebrows are becoming bristly and my eyelashes more sparse making it harder to apply mascara. Aging and menopause. Sigh. Gotta love it. Double sigh. There are always those eyelash extensions if I want to look like a character in a Disney cartoon. Think I’ll pass!
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  • Linda Roy (elleroy was here)
    January 20, 2015

    I’ve done it too. Actually, one day last week, I planned on staying home, but my son got home from school asking to go for a haircut. I went out in sweats, a baseball cap and no makeup. When I looked in the mirror I realized I had dry red splotches on my face. (Winter’s taking it’s toll) Fortunately, I didn’t scare anybody!
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  • Mel January 20, 2015

    I’m the exact opposite — I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve had makeup on my face. I don’t think I even own anything right now. I would love to know how to apply makeup, but I don’t have the patience to learn. Is it awful that I didn’t even realize that they still made makeup with beeswax?

    • Laurel Regan
      January 21, 2015

      Well, if you don’t need or want to wear it, it’s certainly a money-saver! From my research it seems like almost all mascaras contain beeswax, which is a real pain if you’re a mascara-wearer. You’re lucky if you don’t have to worry about it!
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  • elly stornebrink
    January 21, 2015

    I have gone without makeup for ages! However, I would say about the past year or two, give or take (as not sure when I started), I finally started working makeup on a regular basis, at least to work. Otherwise, like you, I too look pale with deep dark circles under the eyes. I found a nice mineral mascara that actually lengthens my lashes – I swear the first that I have encountered that does that! – and it’s 100% all natural ingredients. (By the way, a product can be marked ‘natural’ if only 10% is.) 😉 <3
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