Why I Went A Month Without Makeup

by - May 04, 2018

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! I think I’m gonna make homemade carne aside tacos (authentic because I’m Mexican and that’s the ONLY way to do it) and horchata and just kick back on relax. I don’t feel like fighting the crowd, ya feel? 

While I’m on the topic of Mexican food, does anyone in the fam know how to make molè? I love that stuff and I know it has a ton of ingredients, but I don’t know how to make it. If you know how to make it, hit me up! I will be forever indebted to you.

Now on to what this post is really about. LOL Oh, can you tell it’s Friday? My brain is everywhere.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably picked up that I went makeup free for the month of April. Guess what? I’m not even wearing makeup today, so the month of April has turned into pretty much every day I’m not attending a big event or something.

There are a couple of reasons that I decided to not wear any makeup during the month of April. This is why I went makeup-free. 

The first reason was to give my skin a break. I have been wearing makeup pretty much every day for at least a year. Yeah, a year. I don’t do anything heavy, but at the very least, I always had concealer, foundation, and mascara on. My skin has been breaking out and I have chronic under-eye darkness, so I used makeup to try and cover all that up. I realized that maybe what my skin needed was a break from all the products I was putting on it. Maybe it just needed to breathe. My skin has really cleared up over the past few weeks and I don’t think that is a coincidence.

Another reason I wanted to stop wearing makeup every day was because I’m trying to really get healthy and I’m taking that beyond working out and eating clean. I am trying to minimize the amount of toxins I put into my body. While I try my best to make sure the products I’m using aren’t filled with chemicals, I’m not perfect and well, this isn’t easy. I’m trying to clean up my life and I decided that hey, I don’t need to make makeup a daily part of my life. It isn’t that important to me. 

Also, sleep. It takes me about 10 minutes to put makeup on each day. That is 10 extra minutes that I’ve allowed my body to get some extra rest. I’m one of those people that need like 9 hours of sleep every day and that extra 10 minutes make a big difference.

Now, this is probably the biggest reason I decided to ditch the daily makeup. My own self-esteem. I have been so self-conscious lately. I haven’t really been happy with my physical appearance and I was using makeup to hide. Does that make sense? I needed to learn to love myself without the makeup. I’m still learning to do that. Loving myself and feeling worthy is a daily battle for me.

Related: Take Care of Yourself: 6 Self-Care Tips 

Even though April is over, I’m still not making makeup a daily thing. I’m not ditching it forever. I enjoy putting on my makeup, but no longer will I feel like I need to wear makeup. That was the important lesson I learned. I don’t need to wear makeup. 

What is some of your favorite natural and cruelty-free makeup and beauty brands? 

xo,
Amanda




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