Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bare Face Campaign

Hello lovelies!


Today, I am getting extremely personal with you all. It took me a very long time to get to the place where I could talk openly about my skin issues and I am being very candid. Ever since I can remember, I have struggled, in every sense of the word, with my acne. I was plagued by my skin that continued to betray me. Sure, I was a pretty girl, but my marks made me think otherwise and often got me teased. I was very ashamed of my face and tried everything in the book in an attempt make my skin better.


Even though my face was in bad shape, I didn't wear makeup. My mother didn't wear it and so I think because of that I wasn't very inclined to start painting my face. Because I wore a bare face, I was often subjected to unsolicited advice from strangers regarding what to do about my acne. That drove me up a damn wall and forced me to be even more insecure. Can you imagine people coming up to you and telling you "Oh, honey, drink more water." or "Try Proactive!" It made me feel so ashamed and even more so, very frustrated because little did they know, I had tried all of those things and more; to no avail.

It wasn't until I began working in an elementary school (in 2012) that I thought about wearing makeup on a consistent basis. Sure, I wore makeup on "special occasions" but never on an every day basis. But, the thought of going into a classroom with a bare face scared the living shit out of me. It took me right back to my elementary days where I was called "pizza face" and other names. I did not want that to happen again. So, I began covering up my blemishes daily. God forbid there wasn't enough time for me to apply my makeup, I would be late before I went in with no makeup. I found myself wearing a fully made up face every day of the week; although, I felt "pretty" and the kids called me Barbie (that may have been a slight) I felt like a slave to my face. I had now become the person I was so afraid of. That person who couldn't see themselves leaving the house without their eye liner, mascara, blush, etc. I found myself even wearing makeup to step out of the house for twenty minutes or even to sit in a classroom where most looked like they barely brushed their hair.

I was simply caring too damn much and I hated it. While, I looked nice with the makeup, my skin was waging a war underneath. I had no idea how to take care of it. It seemed the more I did, the more it "acted out". At the time where my face was the worst, I was the healthiest. I was working out and eating better, drinking nothing but water, yet my face was contradicting my hard work. I was losing weight and looking great, but my face was simply unbearable. Truth be told, I still cry whenever I look at these old photos (heck, I cried while uploading them into this post). It terrifies me to even think about my skin returning to that purgatory.

NO MAKEUP
Circa November 2012; I was trying out these vitamins I received as a gift. Obviously, they didn't work.




WITH MAKEUP (Wearing Revlon Colorstay Foundation)
In the classroom

The day I visited a good friend, Brandy of Gold'n Glitters , for a facial and I almost cried out of fear of showing my face.


New Year's Eve 2012




A few days ago, I posted a picture on my Instagram of me with absolutely no makeup on my face. Although, I was a bit afraid of putting myself out there, I was proud of myself for taking a bold step. The response I received was overwhelming, to say the least. I got so much encouragement and love. I told my boyfriend and he challenged me to go without makeup for 30 days; I accepted. I have to note that boyfriend has always hated the fact that I wore makeup and he always said he rather me just be bare faced and natural. I would always brush him off and finish applying my foundation. But, for some reason, I listened this time.
Day 1; Don't I look happy? lol

Day 2; I'm starting to enjoy this

Day 3; headed out with friends and feeling confident. I had become attached to my hat, though.

Day 4; I have a "friend" above my lip, but I'm still pushing on :)



I must state that my face has significantly improved in the last two years. Instead of using tons of products, I simply drink nothing but water, wash my face with Aveeno Clear Complexion ($6.99, the cream not the foam), and apply Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer ($16, but lasts a long time). NOTHING ELSE. For me, less is more. About a year ago, it started to slowly clear up and even though I am left with acne scars, it is bounds better than it was two years ago.

I decided to make this into a campaign and name it Bare Face Campaign. I am only on Day 5 so far, but I am going strong. I've even had a nasty pimple since then (of course, right), but I refuse to cover it up. I've had several friends join me along the way and it has truly warmed my heart. People have shared their stories about their skin issues and expressed that they're happy that this is being talked about because of our skewed perception of what beauty is.

I have found myself looking at a woman and thinking to myself She needs to fill her eyebrows in or Has she ever heard of mascara?? It is really sad that I have turned into a makeup snob and that I frown(ed) upon "natural" beauty. But, I am working on changing that. I don't ever want a person to think that they need to wear makeup to be accepted and be called beautiful. And, we can easily scoff at heavily made up women and think But I only wear mascara and lipgloss. But the truth is, if you cringe at thought of leaving out of the house without these "essential" basics, then maybe you should go without for a while to break yourself of that attachment.

You might think I'm crazy, but being addicted to makeup is a real thing. It may not harm you physically, but it can do damage on your definition of beauty. We shouldn't think that we look terrible without mascara or without under eye concealer. Through participating in this campaign I want women to feel like they are beautiful without a stitch of makeup. Now, all of this is not to say that you can never wear makeup, we just shouldn't be dependent on it. 

Now, I can not lie. This has been a bit of a struggle; many times I have thought to myself can I just wear a little mascara? What if I add a little gloss? But, I have a bit of a competitive spirit, and for me persevering is more important to me.


Now that I have bared my soul to you all, I would like to invite you all to participate in my Bare Face Campaign. I, myself, am choosing not to wear an ounce of makeup, that means no lipgloss, either (eek). Of course, you can do what you feel comfortable with. If you all want to join, just make sure when you post your photos of your beautiful faces on your social networks, use the hashtag #barefacecampaign so that I can see you all!! Also, if you have a story you want to share or you want to tell me what products you feel you can't go without, feel free to leave me comments (or an email if that makes you feel more comfortable). Just know, that you are not alone in this. I am here for you if no one else; I love to listen :)

Love you guys so much and thank you for taking the time to read my story. I only hope to inspire others to embrace their natural beauty! XOXOXO

Toodles!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to track my progress and so I can track yours as well ;)

Email: richkiddiaries@gmail.com

Lauren K

16 comments:

  1. WOW! As a person who has had the same battles (from my teens until adulthood) I understand you completely. To a certain extent it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks of you, its what you think of yourself that matters most. It's scary pulling back that mask and I applaud your bravery. You look beautiful. Shoot even when my skin is "acting right" I'm STILL not ready for a bare face. This gives me hope that one day I will be. (#rp from fb)

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    1. Thank you so much, Arsha. This was definitely a tough one for me, but it's so rewarding hearing that others are inspired.

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  2. You are so brave mama! You are gorgeous!

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  3. Hi Lauren, I am so proud of you!!! I too wouldn't think about leaving the house without my face made up..even if I was just going to 711. I just started going bare face on and off couple of months ago. But it took time for me to finally except my face. I always thought I look crazy and undesirable. My husband always said I looked great without makeup but like you I didn't believe him. My left eye droop and I just wasn't comfortable with that. Eye liner makes it look fuller. I was looking in the mirror one day and told myself that this is the day you will not wear any makeup..I need to stay loving myself. So when you said you were starting this campaign I knew it was a sign. I never posted my picture online without makeup so that was HUGE for me. Thank you so much Lauren for stepping up to the plate and leading this campaign. I am all the way in!! Love you, Auntie Joyce

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    1. I'm so proud of you, auntie! You're amazing! You've gone on this journey with me and you have gained such confidence! Love you so much and I'm glad you know you're beautiful with or without makeup!

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  4. I'm so proud of u Lo! U are naturally beautiful flaws and all! I have had my issues with acne but not when I was younger it started a few years ago and I used to get so frustrated with it and using all these different products until I.realized that less was better also and my face started clearing up too I will admit I used glycolic peels to get rid of most of my marks from the acne it did work but most ppl told me I.should have used lemon and fade cream to get rid of them

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    1. Thank you! And yes, less is definitely better, at least for me. Thank you for the kind words and for reading my story!

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  5. This is such a great post Lauren!! I am supporting you 100% which is why I joined you. Sometimes you can gain a little extra courage when you know others have your back. :-)

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    1. You've been amazing during this campaign! There were times when I wanted to give up and I thought of you, and put the mascara down haha. Love you for supporting me! You're gorgeous without makeup!

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  6. You are gorgeous!!! I love how even in just 4 days you're already looking more confident. Thank you for opening up to us.

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    1. Thank you! I'm so thankful that you took the time out to read my story. I truly have become more confident during this challenge :)

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  7. lauren, this is amazing. you are so inspiring.

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    1. Thank you! That means a lot to me :)

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  8. SUCH an inspiration!! Love you Lauren!!!
    xo

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Love you too!! Xoxo

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