Thursday, February 9, 2012

Day II Done and The Naked Face Project

We completed week one, day two of Couch to 5K last night.

That combined with serious lunges in yoga yesterday, my legs are definitely sore today.  I will be sticking to a slow walk today to get some movement, but I am calling this a rest day.


As I mentioned in yesterday's post I have been following Caitlin Boyle's blog, Healthy Tipping Point and she and another woman are going sans makeup for 60 days.

Molly on the left and Caitlin on the right (source)
They are calling their journey The Naked Face Project.  I really appreciate their reasoning, they both work with Girls on the Run (Molly is its founder) and Caitlin is the founder of Operation Beautiful so they both have opportunity to not only impact young girls and women's lives, but to be fabulous role models for them.  Their point with this project is that you can be beautiful without primping and no primping is required.

Here is what they are giving up for 60 days:

"For sixty days, we will give up wearing any makeup, removing any body hair, altering our hair from its natural state (dying, curling, straightening), wearing uncomfortable feminine clothing (high heels, tight skirts), wearing jewelry (with the exception of wedding bands), painting our nails, using anti-wrinkle or anti-acne lotions, wearing deodorant, or styling our hair for reasons other than function." (source)

I really starting thinking about their project Tuesday evening.  I was fresh out of the shower, had just shaved, exfoliated, put on my eye cream and my night cream.  I climbed in bed to read my magazine and this ad made me think of their project.

The tag in the ad, "Go out without my Covergirl on - are you crazy?" really struck me.  Don't get me wrong, I like my makeup, but I will go out without it...and I will be confident doing it.  I do not feel weird or self conscious talking to people in a store or the gym without any makeup on...and I would hope no other woman does either.

I admire what Caitlin and Molly are doing, they are brave women...they are giving up a lot more than makeup.  I could get on board with giving up heels and tight skirts for 60 days...heck I give those things up most days.  I could even go without nail polish for that long, but I don't think I would be able to go without lotion, deodorant, or hair removal...not for that long.

My take on the makeup piece is pretty simple...I like putting on makeup.  I find it fun.  I love to try new colors and to play with makeup.  It is part of my relaxing morning before work.  Coffee, my pup and my makeup bin...I could give it up for 60 days and sleep in, but I wouldn't want to.  I have too much fun with it.  Are there days that I put on very little?  Absolutely!  My typical weekend face consists of tinted moisturizer with SPF, a little powder, and some mascara...some days for work are like that too.  I know plenty of women in my personal and professional life who wear very little makeup or none at all.  I see no problem with it.

I think the Naked Face Project is a pretty cool example for girls of all ages and I am glad there are some who are brave enough to do it.  They blog about it each week as well, so you should check out their thoughts.  I will continue to read about their journey and admire their bravery with my freshly shaved legs.  :)

Ema's naked face
So tell me, would you be able to go without your "beauty" routine for 60 days?  What do you think of the naked face project?


  1. I wear little makeup but couldnt do it, i like feeling put together and was surprised to see deoderent on the list, yikes i think everyone around me is glad i wear that!

  2. Me too Carol! I couldn't go without deodorant either!

  3. Makeup is one thing, hair removal another! It gets uncomfortable and makes me feel unclean. But the make-up thing! I think all woman should have to first start dating guys w/o make-up (so later on in the relationship, they won't feel obligated to always wear it). Way to go!

    1. Yolanda, that's a great idea!! I love it when I have no makeup on and my husband still tells me I am beautiful.


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