At this point in my journey, I feel like I’ve positioned myself between a rock and a hard place. I’m 20 days in and once I hit day 30, I’m not sure where I’m going to go from here. This whole entire experience has not been at all been what I expected and here’s why…
Number One. My skin looks and feels incredible…for the most part. I’m at the point where I’ve become accustom to my daily and nightly skin care routines (mentioned in my day 10 post). Both of which are a little more intensive than when I was wearing makeup to cover my skin. As I said before, nothing encourages you to take care of your skin like not being able to cover it up.
So, here I am. On one hand, I have broken out a little bit during the last ten days. With some general life stress, I have been getting some blemishes around my mouth and it definitely made me self-conscious. On those days, I was yearning so badly to put on at least a bit of tinted moisturizer to try to blend them in better. But, on the other hand, those days I was so committed to trying to heal those babies back up into smooth and healthy skin that they went away so much faster than if I had the ability to cover them up. These days have made me so much more conscious of whether or not I am caring for my skin.
Number Two. TIME. SAVER. Seriously, I am one of those that kind of lollygags and takes my time in the morning. I wake up at 5 o’clock to go to the gym, but once I’m back from picking up and setting down heavy things, I like to enjoy my mornings. I make sure my outfit is on point, do whatever I need to do to my hair to make it publicly acceptable, and all the other things that I try to cram into my morning to ensure I’m taking care of me before I start taking care of others. (Learn more about my routines in my other post. 🙂)
Nowadays, I get to the part where I’m supposed to do my makeup and I am so relieved that all I do is comb out my eyebrows and put on mascara! Depending on how much time I want to invest in my lashes (usually a few minutes because I want them as big and long as a palm tree branch), I can brush a few coats on and I’m on to the next thing. This is all without having to dedicate a fourth of the time that I am using to get ready to caking on a bunch of makeup that I spent too much money on. This brings me to my next point.
Number Three. Cost effective! Here is a list of all of the products that I was using on a daily basis pre-challenge and how much I own of each: tinted moisturizer (two shades), highlighter (two shades), two sets of makeup brushes, powered foundation (three shades), blush (two shades), bronzer, brow filler, brow gel, eye shadow (three pallets), eyeliner (six kinds), mascara (two kinds), and lip gloss/lipstick/lip stain (13 different ones in my makeup organizer and this is not including what I keep in my purse or on my desk at work).
As I finish that list, I am appalled at the amount of money that I spent on all that product. I know for a fact that four of the lip junks cost me at least $8 a piece amounting to $24 just for that. The mascara that I have reluctantly run out of put me at almost $30… that’s literally over $50 just for five out of the gobs of things that I just listed. I’m probably looking at a makeup caddy that ran me at least $150. Just thinking about what I can do with $150 as Christmas looms in makes me sick. Totally not worth it.
So, here I am. As someone who loves makeup, it’s really hard for me to go through the cost-benefit analysis and I am continuing to find myself day dreaming about what I will do to minimize my makeup use while still having fun with it. At this point, I’m thinking that I’ll probably just go with some brow filler, liquid eyeliner, mascara, and lip junk and see how that goes. I want to make sure I don’t start spiraling down the rabbit hole again, as I am loving how my skin looks and feels.
Overall, I’m confused as if I actually want the challenge to end. It’s a great excuse to be lazy in the morning and I’m saving money. So, we’ll see. For now, I’m still grateful that I have successfully executed this challenge thus far without any slip ups and I’m looking forward to attempting more 30 day challenges in the future!
Have you done a 30 day challenge? Leave me a comment and tell me about it! I’ll see if I can give it a try. 🙂
Here’s to getting out of our comfort zones and learning things about ourselves that we didn’t even know were there!