Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy

When Kate and Jackie announced their Don't try so hard link up last week, I couldn't wait for it: all of blog land (or some of it anyway) coming together, bare faced, to celebrate our natural beauty. 

Getting ready for work this morning: shower hair + a little exhausted from a great swim session
I have a hard time deciding what I think about wearing makeup. On one hand you have the women who are totally against it, who view it as a mask and a way to hide our natural looks. They believe it goes against womanhood and feminism to put even an ounce of mascara on our faces, because that means we are trying to cover up who we really are.

Then there are the women who look at make up as essential. They would never leave the house without it. Not necessarily because they are insecure, or they think they are "ugly" without it, but just because that's the way it is. 

I'm somewhere in the middle. I rarely wore makeup throughout high school. In fact, I think I only wore it twice during my senior year: for pictures, and for prom. During college, I had to teach myself how to wear makeup (and I'm still kind of working on it). Do I wear makup to work on a daily basis? Yes. Do I feel like I need it? NO. I am 100% comfortable waking up and going to work without a lick of makeup on my face. However. Makeup does make me feel prettier. More feminine. A little softer around the edges.

As I said earlier, I was super excited about this link up last week, but then the weekend happened. I was planning on taking a few shots with my "fancy camera" but I was too busy.


You can't read my hat, but it says "Life is Good" and oh, how I agree.
I snapped this at the boat ramp after a few hours of riding around the lake, looking at houses (most of which we could never afford) and wondering/pretending how awesome it would be to live in some of the mansions. We may have even done a little trespassing and sneaking around properties, looking in windows and sitting on porches. It was one of the best days I've had in a while and I think this picture perfectly captures me "not trying so hard" at all.

When I look at the two pictures above, this is what I see: I see a girl who has grass-green eyes and sort of thin eyebrows (but that's okay because she just learned how to fill them in). I see a girl with naturally straight teeth (thank the lort for not having to wear braces) and a sort of flat stomach that she works her ass off for. I see a girl with "beauty marks" a plenty, and with crows lines around her eyes, because she smiles so much. I see a girl who is happy.

32 comments:

Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog said...

I am in love with your eyes! They are beautiful! I'm with you on being in the middle with the whole makeup thing. I am totally OK going without it, but sometimes I like to dress up. Most of the time I only use mascara.

Kenji is Here said...

Your eyes are gorgeous!! You look so happy and that is totally the point. I wish I had known about this link up because it's something we all should part take in. I wish we all could love ourselves just the way we are.

Ashten @ alwaysashten said...

Your hair looks AMAZING curled like that. Just sayin.

Julie said...

Crazy beautiful!! You have an amazing glow to your skin and your smile is beautiful! Love this post!

the Florkens said...

So I think that you have the right idea about makeup -- well, at least I hope so because it is pretty much I idea too! HA! I think that most women struggle with negative self-talk and sometimes putting on makeup is just a bandaid that makes us feel better for a short time. I love that you rarely wore it in high school -- a time when most young ladies have horrible self-esteem! I think that says a lot about you!

By the way, you are beautiful! You have amazing skin, such happy, happy eyes and a smile to die for!


Thank you SO much for linking up with us!

-Kate
www.theflorkens.com

brooke lyn said...

with pretty eyes and a smile like yours, you don't need a lick of makeup! but like you said sometimes it just makes you feel pretty and that is aokay!

kdhopwood said...

Sweetie, if I looked like you, I don't think that I would ever wear make-up or use hair products again! You're so pretty and great!

Ashley Lee said...

Great post. A happy girl is a beautiful girl! Your naturally gorgeous anyway! :)

Monica @ The Empty Teacups said...

You're eyes are the most amazing color! And your smile is perfect! You look fantastic without makeup :)

Caitlin G said...

Completely agree about the whole wearing makeup thing. I am 100% comfortable without it, but I mostly wear it to look older and more professional in my job role.

Caitlin G said...

Completely agree about the whole wearing makeup thing. I am 100% comfortable without it, but I mostly wear it to look older and more professional in my job role.

Notes from a Newlywed said...

Totally in love with your eyes and your hair. Rock it, girl!

Kayla MKOY said...

Absolutely LOVE this!!!!! You are seriously gorgeous and don't even need makeup ;) I'm "somewhere in between", too! I don't cake it on, but certainly don't always wear none!

Girl Brooks said...

I absolutely love your smile. Especially because it shows how incredibly happy you are! I'm with you on the make up thing. I only use it because I love the confidence it gives me when I enhance my natural features. That's why majority of the time I just fill in my brows and swipe on mascara.

Cece said...

You have a great smile and you look good without make up! I've only worn make up one time this month!!! The frequency for wearing it keeps getting lower and lower and honestly, I love not caring one way or the other.

Fairy Princess Jord said...

I have the same perspective on makeup as you! I love it, it's fun and girly but I simply don't have the skills or time to wear a lot or to wear it every moment of my life. You are naturally gorgeous fyi!

Pink Pamalamma said...

You have natural beauty and you look so happy, indeed! :)

Kels @ BlonderSide said...

What a great idea for a linkup! Def follows the message you've been puttin out for a while now as well. You're beautiful girl!

ohshellsbells said...

i love this linkup topic. i am the same way as you about makeup: rarely wore it during school and really dont wear much of it now when i do. its too much of a hassle and we all look fine without it anyway, although it is fun to occassionally go all out.

Bri said...

Your hair is gorgeous. I love the natural waves. And love your smile! So genuine and happy.

Him & Me (But Mostly Me) said...

I have to tell you that you are beautiful. I love the no make-up look!!! And I'm totally jealous of your hair!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

You legit have the most beautiful smile ever girl! :D

Jenn @ hellorigby! said...

you are gorgeous! love your smile, your teeth are seriously perfect. I wish my straight teeth had stayed straight, haha!

Treasure Tromp said...

there is so much beauty in these photos! I love that you feel comfortable going out without any makeup - THAT is the perfect attitude to have!

Thank you for linking up with Jackie, Kate, and me!

ps, I think your eyebrows look great!

leelee said...

Those curls are great. On the water selfies are the best kind of summer fun.

jackie jade said...

i see a happy girl too and that is of course the most important thing. but also a fantastic smile too! (and jealous of the no braces, grrr haha.)

Lisa @ Two Martinis said...

I'm quite a bit behind on my blog reading/commenting, but how did I not realize your eyes are so green?! GORGEOUS. You're so pretty, inside and out!

Shybiker said...

Makeup is an interesting subject and hearing perspectives like yours fascinates me. Women view it in different ways and that's good. We have the right and opportunity to make our own individual choices.

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