8 Things That Happen When You Stop Wearing Makeup

It’s 7:30a.m. Monday morning. You have an economics class at 8am and you’re running late.Seeing that it is only economics at 8am on a Monday morning, you throw your hair up into a bun, throw on yesterday’s lazy Sunday sweats, and barely brush some translucent powder on your face just to take away the shine before it’s too late to make your class.

Once you arrive on campus, you see a group of “put together” classmates smoking their cigarettes and E-cigs at the designated smoking area. You can feel their eyes practically burning holes through your bare face as you walk briskly past the smoker’s shack. You can see them whisper amongst each other and overhear one of the girls saying to the others, “She could use some mascara.”

Well, at least I don’t look as bad as all of you with a butt in my hand, you think to yourself as you open the doors to what will start the longest hour of you life. If only you remembered  your makeup bag so you could put your face on during that boring lecture on supply and demand.

Has this ever been you? Back in March, I posted a piece that ran in my school’s student newspaper that I wrote about how people treated me when I wore makeup vs. when I didn’t. You can read that article here.

Basically, what I found was that people were nicer to me when I wore makeup and that was just upsetting. As a woman living in the 21st century, I’d like to think that “looking your best” doesn’t have to mean a full face of make up. What I decided to do was go #AllNatural for most of my days. What you are about to read is what I have learned after about six months of barely ever wearing makeup.

  1. People Will Ask You If You’re Feeling Okay Or If You’re Sick. Get used to it for the first few weeks. People won’t understand that they are actually being very rude by saying that, but just remember, you are beautiful in your own skin – they just haven’t had a chance to see it yet.
  2. When You Do Wear Minimal Makeup For A Particular Event People Will Say You Look So DifferentAt first, I thought this was people’s way of telling me that I need to wear makeup more often. Truth is, who cares what they think!? If you are going to put makeup on for a nice dinner or a night out, it should be for you and not for others.
  3. You Start To Get Used To All The Extra Time You Have In The Mornings To Eat Breakfast. Since I’ve stopped wearing makeup for the most part, I really enjoy all of the extra time I have in my morning to eat breakfast, unload the dishwasher, and even fold the laundry. When I’m feeling really wild, I wait to pack my lunch in the morning too.
  4. You Start To Realize How Beautiful You Are WITHOUT Makeup. There are days when I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror just doing my thing and I stop to think, Damn, I look good today! Do you want to know something? There’s no shame in that! It actually makes you feel great and boosts your confidence!
  5. You Start To Suck At Putting On Eyeliner. At this point, you might start contemplating wearing the occasional eyeliner and mascara combo just so you don’t loose your application skills. Let’s be real, a cat eye takes practically all of your high school career to master (if not longer), and you know what they say; if you don’t use it, you loose it. 
  6. Mascara And A Nude Lip Becomes Your Makeup Of Choice For Any Special Event. By now you feel most comfortable looking very natural and you really simply want to accentuate your eyes and lips – not wear a whole new face.
  7. When You Do Wear A Full Face Of Makeup You Don’t Recognize Yourself. Basically, you think you look like a mutant because you are so used to seeing yourself all natural.
  8. You Realize That True Beauty Can’t Be Washed Off At The End Of The Day. While you may still find it fun to play around with different makeup looks and styles, you know that deep down, makeup doesn’t make you beautiful. That’s why you are okay with wearing it sometimes or not wearing it at all.

Bottom line is, you should never let anyone make you feel like you are not beautiful without makeup. Those girls in the butt hut can kiss yours because you know a little insider tip – underneath it all lies a beauty in everyone that can’t be washed off!

And there you have it, folks! Eight things that happen when you stop wearing makeup. I challenge you all to be your beautiful self whether that means wearing makeup or not.

Stay Beautiful,


Servin’ It Up Sundays on TheGirlDish: March Favorites

Hello lovlies! I’m back and out of that funk I found myself in all last week – THANK GOD! I missed my regular Sunday posting again >.< so I will be delivering to you something I’ve been dying to do for a few months but haven’t because I wasn’t sure how it would go over. Now that I really just don’t care about what everyone thinks, I’m going for it.

I know it’s already the middle of April, but I really wanted to do my March product favorites and figured better late than never. These products I’m going to be talking about are products that I’ve used all throughout the month of March and LOVED! If you use any of these or try any of them let me know what you think in the comments below!!!

 1. CoverGirl’s Ready, Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Oil Free Foundation


I love this product! I was introduced to it by Stephanie and Tracy from their YouTube channel, eleventhgorgeous. They were raving about this foundation in a video and they convinced me to go buy it. Now, let me start by saying I am not a foundation girl. Normally, I use Bare Minerals because my skin is very sensitive. I was skeptical because I thought this foundation would give my skin break outs and irritate it. I’m pleased to say this foundation didn’t do any of that and was absolutly beautiful on my skin. The only thing I didn’t like was that I couldn’t test the shade selections in the drugstore, however, I picked shade 110 and it was a perfect match for me. My favorite thing about this foundation is the coverage it gives because it’s not cake-like but it covers very well and also adds a beautiful glow to my face. This product gets five stars from me!

 2. NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder 


 Up until this year, I never did my eyebrows with makeup. I would keep them tweezed but that was it. Again, after watching some YouTube videos, I noticed how many of the gals would fill their eyebrows in. After looking all over the place for a drugstore product that would work with my eyebrows. I stumbled upon the NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in the shade ECP06 Blonde. It comes with a lighter powder and a darker powder, along with some brow gel, a spoolie brush and a small applicator brush. I use the lighter of the two shades and it really blends well with my root hair color. I never knew the importance of how your eyebrows can pull your entire face together. 

 3. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer 


 So this is a bit embarrassing, but hey, we’re all friends here. I have a few small patches of very tiny spider veins on my thighs and calves and I was on the hunt to try anything to get rid of them. I even called a few places about getting injections. However, after a few rude people on the phone, I decided they weren’t bad enough to go that route. I wound up picking this product up totally by accident because I couldn’t find what I was looking for. After using it just one day, I noticed I wasn’t so pale and it made me ready for the sunshine. If you know me, then you’ll know I am not about the fake tan from tanning booths and would rather get some sun the good-ol’ fashioned way by being outside. I look at this product as preparation for shorts and skirt weather because honestly, my paleness was always something people would make fun of me for. This year, all they will be commenting on is my healthy glow.

 4. Vita-K Professional for Spider Veins 


If you read the above paragraph, you’ll know why this is here. I bought this to minimize the appearance of my spider veins and I am so impressed with the results so far. After I use this product more, I plan to do a full review on just this product. The product’s directions says to apply it twice daily to the areas where the spider veins are prominent. I haven’t been following these instructions and have been using it once every-other-day so I don’t experience any irritation since I do have sensitive skin. The best thing about that, is that I’m still seeing results. I will recommend this to anyone looking to minimize the appearance of their spider veins. 

 5. Vaseline Lip Therapy in Creme Brulee 


 This is a product that I have been using for a long time. During the winter, this SAVED my lips. I put it on every night before bed and I wake up with the softest, most luxurious feeling lips. It also looks nice under lipsticks. Some chapsticks make matte lipsticks look glossy, but I haven’t found that with this product. 

 6. Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet 


 I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS PERFUME!!!!!!!!!! This is the perfect perfume for spring or really any time. It’s so luxurious and fabulous – I can’t even describe how it smells with anything other than elegant. The box describes it as this: “A Peony enveloped in velvety notes of White Musks. The caress of a sparkling floral.” It’s just absolutely beautiful. And the bottle is adorable also. So happy I splurged on this item because it was quite expensive at $75 for 50ml, but worth every penny to me. 

 7. DoTerra Deep Blue Rub 


 This product was a gift from my mom along with a doTerra oil set. I have been using oils for a long time, especially peppermint for my headaches, and fell in love with this product. It’s a muscle rub infused with the doTerra Deep Blue essential oil. Any time I have any kind of pain or tension I rub this on and let the magic of the oils do their thing. I’ve used so many other muscle rubs over the years, but this one is by far my favorite. I especially love when I put it on a few hours before yoga class because after it wares off and I go to hot yoga, the heat re-activates the rub and it feels great! If you suffer from pain and have tried a bunch of muscle rubs and aren’t happy with them, I recommend you try this product.

The Power of Makeup

“You look like s***!” my boss said.

On this particular day I wasn’t wearing any makeup, my hair was pulled up in a bun, and I wasn’t wearing a fashionable outfit. Normally, I always tried to look presentable for work, but this day I was running very late and frankly just didn’t care how I looked.

When my boss said that, it really hurt my feelings and I felt it was extremely disrespectful. As I really began to think about it, I felt that it was very wrong to disrespect me like that because of how I looked. After all, I do have feelings.

After this, what I decided to do was not wear makeup, do my hair, or wear a fashionable outfit for a week. In that week I documented comments people made to me about my appearance and how they treated me overall. The next week, I wore minimal makeup, but did my hair and wore a nice outfit. I did the same thing, documenting the comments made on my appearance and overall how I was treated.

The results I came up with are astounding. I never realized how I look can affect the way people treat me as a person. Not only that, I noticed a change in myself both weeks. To make this a bit of an easier read, we will call the week I did not wear makeup, do my hair, or wear a trendy outfit week one. The week I did wear makeup, did my hair, and wore a trendy outfit we will call week two.

At the start of week one, people asked me many questions.

“Are you okay?”

“Are you feeling alright?”

“Are you tired?”

I also noticed one particular truck driver (I’m a warehouse clerk) who came in was very rude to me and very impatient while waiting for his truck to be unloaded.

“What’s taking so long?” he said in an agitated voice. It was as if he thought I had control over how fast his truck was unloaded (which I didn’t).

During week two, the things people said to me were in a very different nature than week one. I would say I received more compliments on my appearance in week two.

“You look nice today.”

“I really like the flower in your hair.”

“You look very pretty.”

“You’re all dressed up!”

What struck a chord with me is when the same driver from week one came in during week two. His attitude and demeanor with me was 100% different. As he was waiting for his truck to be unloaded this time he said in a very bashful manner, “Oh I can wait here all day with you.”

The disturbing thing about this situation is that the driver was disrespectful in a callous way the first time around. In the second encounter he was disrespectful in a flirtatious way. I felt that if I wasn’t dressed up with makeup he would have still treated me like before. It was only because I looked appealing to his eye that he made the comment he did, which in my opinion, was still a tasteless comment.

During week one I didn’t feel any different than I did any other time. I also felt like I treated people the same during week one as I did in week two. During week two however, I noticed a change in my attitude. I had more confidence and I smiled more throughout the day. However, when I noticed the difference in how people treated me, it was a bit disheartening.

In one aspect, I could agree that when you feel and treat people better, they too will treat you better. On the contrary, when I still treated people with respect without makeup and the whole nine, people did seem a bit more ridged with their approach to me. I’m not sure what this says about people. Does this make us look shallow?

Nevertheless, I don’t believe that anyone should be made to feel inferior based off of how much or how little makeup they wear. Also, I don’t think the amount of respect a person shows us should be based off of how we look.


The Journey WIthin

Last night I was typing up what I thought to be a really great post for all of you. Unfortunately, I pressed the shift key to capitalize my next sentence and the entire post deleted right before my eyes. I was devastated to say the least. After proofing this one, I’m confident that I have delivered to all of you something even better than that last post and I’m so happy to share this with you all.

So without further a due, here it is: The Journey Within.

I wanted to take this time to share a few things with all of you. Yesterday at work I had one hell of a day. I could feel myself in my desk chair ready to snap like a rubber band that has been stretched passed its capacity. To keep it simple, my job has really been taking a toll on me.

During my lunch yesterday I decided to read some of my 40 Days to Personal Revolution book to clam my mind. What I found was not only profound, but completely astounding to me. The “ah-ha” moment happened for sure.

I’d like to share with you now two of the passages that really hit me where I needed to feel it.

“It is simply the willingness to see in full truthfulness what we need to face within ourselves and our lives so that we may get into right alignment.” – Baron Baptiste, 40 Days to Personal Revolution

This hit me harder than when Triple H hit Shawn Michaels in the back with a sledgehammer at the 2002 Summer Slam street-fight match.

Years prior to today, I would try to mask the truth from myself. I couldn’t make a decision about my life to save it. Was the relationship I was in at the time toxic? (Yes!) Was it good for me? (Hell no!) Should I pursue my BA Degree in Journalism? (Yes). Should I go to nursing school even though I hated my career as a Certified Nurses Aid? (Why would you if you already know you don’t like it?) Should I just stay out of school all together? (That’s what your relationship at the time drilled into your head.)

All of these things and much more would fill my brain as I’d lay awake at night restless and miserable. What I am seeing now is that my head was so clouded with so many things that I couldn’t see my path. I wasn’t ready to accept the truth and see situations for what they were. That was partly because of having so many things jumbled in my brain, but also because I felt the need to make everyone else happy. That was not leading me down a clear path.

The path I was on was covered in shrubs, dead trees, and darkness. I felt I had no light to lead me, nor any clarity on any one thing. It took a long series of events for me to see I was doing it all wrong and now I’m proud to say I am out of that toxic relationship and in a new awesome relationship where my opinions are valued and I am loved. I am pursing my BA Degree in Journalism at a State University and have left the nursing profession all together.

In the last year my life has taken a turn for the better and I couldn’t be more grateful. Now I feel I am on a clear path. The best part of this is, the path is clear only to what is in front of my at the moment. The rest of the path is unknown and I’m more than okay with that. I’m not saying it will always be this way, but for this moment, I’m so happy to have this realization and it brings me even more joy to share it with all of you. I love you all for your endless support and encouragement.

The second and final thing I wanted to share with you is this other quote from Baron’s book, 40 Days to Personal Revolution. It reads: “control freaks are usually insomniacs – they can’t let go.”

Coming from one fellow control freak, that statement is right on the money. My need to constantly try to figure out the next steps and keep everything “the way it should be” was making me lose touch with the present moment. I was forgetting how to be happy with what was. I was losing myself. I feel I’ve come a long way from a year ago, but these are things I still struggle with.

Like I said before, I’m happy on my path right now only seeing what’s in front of me. However, sometimes I do get curious and try to see what’s over the hill and far, far away. Nonetheless, thank the powers that be for this amazing transformation thus far.

What I’m working on now within myself is really learning to let go. I don’t want to be burdened by the past, nor hindered by the future or what I try to predict the future to be. The bottom line is right now is all that matters. It’s all we have. The present moment is the only thing that is true even though it is fleeting.

Like Mike Ness from Social Distortion sings in Reach for the Sky:

“So if you please take this moment,Try if you can make it last
Don’t think about no future and just forget about the past..”

I hope this was as exciting for you all to read as it was for me to write (even the second time around). May the world bring you joy and everything that is good.



Beauty Horror Stories: Artificial Nails Gone Wrong

We all have them. That’s right, we all have a few beauty horror stories. Here is one of mine I’m currently experiencing and would like to share with all of you.

It’s very common today to see women with artificial finger nails. I too was once one of those women,

Up until recently, I had my nails done about two times, maybe three. This year however, I got them done a lot. It all started back in July when my man and I went to New Jersey for vacation.

“What a perfect time to get my nails done,” I thought. And it was. They were cute and simple pink and white tips. Just enough elegance for a nice time away.

After that I didn’t get my nails done for a few months. Then, in September of this year, I made it a regular event. I decided I was going to treat myself to getting my nails done as a reward for quitting smoking. Everything was great. My nails looked super cute, I was happy with them, they made me feel girly, and most of all, I LOVED the way they clicked off the keyboard while typing.

One of the lady’s I work with noticed I had been getting my nails done. She asked if I wanted to go with her to get our nails done together. Once she told me the price I was sold. It was half of what my nail salon charges. Now, just so you know, this lady who would be doing our nails is the wife of one of our other co-workers and she does them from her house. I have nothing against that and applaud people who can have a lucrative side income because I wish to one day be able to do that with my homemade candles, but really, I should have been a little more cautious.

I still had on artificial nails from the last time I had them done. They were about 3 weeks old when we went to get them done and just about ready to fall off. For those of you who get nails know how uncomfortable it is to be missing only a nail or two you know why I decided to try to keep the old nails on until our appointment. Anyway, in my opinion, she should have removed them and put new tips on but she didn’t (I’m also a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Pennsylvania so I say yes, they should have been removed NO QUESTION…but anyway…). She filed down the leftover acrylic with the electric nail file and on my pinky nail of my right hand filed down to my natural nail bed. BELIEVE ME I FELT IT!!! It hurt SO bad and even drew blood.

Realizing that she had drawn blood, she quickly put her index finger over where the blood was coming from and applied pressure. Now I know what you’re probably thinking, why didn’t I say something? Well, she is Spanish and has very limited English and even though I’m learning Spanish, my communication is still very limited. So with that said, I just hoped for the best and tried to prepare for what I knew was to come.

When she applied the acrylic on my nails, I could feel the open wound on my poor little pinky. It burned until it dried (which wasn’t long) and then it felt fine. I remember looking at the finished product being so pleased with the exotic nail art she did and they fun style of the  nails. I did notice that my right pinky nail looked a little more red than the other nails. I figured ti was from the little “nick” during the electric filing and thought nothing of it, that is, until my nails started popping off.

The lady I work with made an appointment for us and I had to cancel because I literally was (and still am) missing half of my real nail with half of my nail bed exposed.

Here are some photos (FYI, yes, I’m aware my pinky is bent. Both of them are like that. I was born that way.)

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You can see the redness of the pinky finger compared to the other nails. This was the day I had them done.
This is after my artificial nails fell off. I didn't want to take this one off because I could feel and see that part of the nail bed was exposed.
This is after my artificial nails fell off. I didn’t want to take this one off because I could feel and see that part of the nail bed was exposed, although, it’s hard to see that in the picture.
Here is the day the nail fell off on its own (well, mostly).
Here is the day the nail fell off on its own (well, mostly). I did have to assist the process because it was dangling off my finger.
And another shot
And another shot
And another...
And another…
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This is my finger today. It didn’t capture as well as I wanted that only half of my nail is there.

So long story short, I won’t be getting my nails done for a long time. I’m more than content with my short fingernails and painting them myself after all of this. I know they say beauty is pain, but I think this was a little unnecessary pain.

I really hope none of you ever experience something like this, but if you have comment down below what you did and how you handled it. Also, if you have any other beauty horror stories you’d like to share, comment down below. I’d love to hear them!