The Naked Face Project: Could you go without makeup for two months? What does makeup teach our girls?

Could you go two months without makeup, shaving or deodorant? Could you go one day? Why do women wear makeup? What is it teaching our young girls about loving themselves as they are?

These are all questions two women from North Carolina set out to answer with an experiment: The Naked Face Project.

Both women, Molly Barker, 51, and Caitlin Boyle, 27, are affiliated with Girls on the Run, a running and self-esteem program for girls. They wanted to figure out why they wear makeup when they are telling their girls to love who they are.

From USA Today:

“It’s a question they say comes from young girls in Girls on The Run, a running and self-esteem program Barker founded in 1996 that now has chapters in more than 190 cities. Barker, a triathlete, social worker and mother of two, says, “So many times, a little girl will say ‘If you tell me I’m beautiful just the way I am, why do you color your hair or wear makeup?’ “…

“The problem, they agreed, was they didn’t really know the answer.”

So they decided to go two months without wearing any makeup, nail polish, deodorant or shaving their bodies.

Sunday, April1, is the last day of their project and they are asking women around the country to go without make up for one day and see how they feel.

Some of the things they have liked about not wearing make up:

They have saved time and money. One women thinks she’s saved up to $150 a month.

One of the women said her skin has never looked better and doesn’t need the blush.

They both agreed they missed shaving their underarms and the deodorant seemed more like hygiene than beauty product.

I personally don’t wear make up every day. It’s just generally for special occasions or professional ones. (When I do wear make up people always comment how nice I look, which makes me think they think I look like crap most days.) I don’t like the way it feels on my skin and I’m not willing to get up earlier to drive the kids to school with makeup on.

I do however use copious amounts of face cream and lotion that I do not think I could give up at all. (I have such dry skin and it’s far worse out here in Arizona – sooo dry here.) I also don’t think I could stop shaving under my arms. That would really bother me.

At this point I am coloring my hair every two months and I just think it makes me feel better. The gray is all up front, and it’s just sort of depressing. Now my mom colored her hair for 30 years and finally let it go to it’s natural silver all over and it is so beautiful. She looks so much better in her natural color.

So what do you think? Do you normally wear make up every day? Why do you wear it?

Could you go without make up for a day? What about two months? What about face cream or shaving? What about deodorant? (That’s hygiene, not beauty!)

107 comments Add your comment

motherjanegoose

March 29th, 2012
6:07 am

I wear light make up when I am out and about. When I am working from home I do not wear it. I would never go with out deodorant or shaving. I shower and wash my hair every day ( even whe home) . Also brush my teeth and use mouthwash! I have my eyebrows waxed. I always wear lotion….both face and body and perfume too. I have polished my nails since I was in HS and have a manicure and pedicure now. Since I stand in front of children and adults each day, I try to look and smell nice. I do not wear a lot of makeup and there are days when I am home and wear none at all. Years ago and before we moved here, I used to walk at night with a neighbor who was very sweet. She always had to put on lipstick before we went for a walk. That was funny to me. I walk my dog all the time without lipstick and often makeup too! I wear makeup out for the same reason I would not wear ratty jeans and t shirt to the grocery…I feel better when I look better. It amazes me what some people wear when they are out and about but that is there choice and not mine. I do not even wear jeans/shorts on the airplane, as I try to look professional. This applies even when we are going on vacation. Just a habit for me. My daughter has never worn a lot of makeup and typically just when she is dressing up. She looks nice with it or without. She does know how to dress for the occasion and both of mine know I do not tolerate sloppy apparel when we go out as a family or for church. There is a time for sloppy apparel and they know when it is. They can be sloppy when they are on there own but they respect what is expected here and also have had no trouble wearing what is appropriate for the places of employment. Working with people who are clean and try to look/smell nice, is pleasant…to me.

motherjanegoose

March 29th, 2012
6:27 am

Re: what people wear when they are out and about…I am talking about those who wear pajama pants and slippers to the bank…yes I have seen it here in Atlanta. I have often walked out to get my newspaper in my pajamas and robe but never worn it to a place of business. That’s just me.

shaggy

March 29th, 2012
6:44 am

My honey wears very little make up, if any at all. She doesn’t need it. Beautiful complexion, long hair, lovely smile, and bright, super-intelligent eyes gets it done.

Hmmmmmmmm I am thinking……………….
“HONEY! I’m coming back to bed and I want to play….GrrrrRRRRrrrrrrrrwooooF!!!”

Augusta

March 29th, 2012
8:15 am

I haven’t worn make up in years, other than mascara and lipstick. I don’t need lipstick to walk the dog LOL. I don’t like spending money on makeup, it is so expensive. I do splurge on facial cream by Lancombe……I pay $85 for a jar of cream. But it’s wonderful, my skin looks great, and I certainly do not look my age…..I’ve used it for years.

I have gone to Publix in my slippers, but they look like shoes, and you can’t tell……

RJ

March 29th, 2012
8:23 am

First, I have no interest in going without deodorant. Wearing it tells my daughter that I care about personal hygiene. As for make up, I wear it on occassion. My teenager doesn’t like make up. She always says she’s pretty without it:)! I made her buy some last summer for when she performs. She performs a lot and make up is necessary on stage. When I was in high school I wouldn’t be seen without my eyeliner. Today, I might put on some lip gloss. It really just depends on my mood.

I can go without shaving, as long as it’s in the winder months. I can’t imagine putting deodorant on hairy under arms.

Augusta

March 29th, 2012
8:27 am

I couldn’t give up shaving. I do not like the feel of long flowing hair on my legs….Neither does my husband…LOL

DB

March 29th, 2012
8:42 am

I can’t remember the last time I wore make-up — maybe when I went out to dinner with my husband and a client about two months ago? I’ll buy mascara, and it will dry up before I have used it more than a couple of times! My husband hates lipstick, and since it’s a choice of being kissed frequently and spontaneously, or wearing lipstick, guess what I choose? :-) It’s not that I disapprove of makeup — in fact, I think well-applied makeup is beautiful — I just don’t have to patience for it. Plus, I’ve got rather dry skin, and at my age, I’m a little self-conscious that the makeup looks cake-y and simply accentuates the very things I’m trying to hide!

The shaving and deodorant are non-negotiable. That’s like saying you’re going to go without brushing your teeth or washing your hair for two months!

motherjanegoose

March 29th, 2012
8:44 am

@Augusta…I am speaking of bunny fur type slippers. Some slippers do look like shoes. At least once a week, someone tells me that I do NOT look 52. I have used moisturizer for years and maybe it has helped! Maybe they re just trying to be nice.

My son stopped by yesterday and I laughed at him because, as usual, he was wearing his flip flops. They are FALLING apart. He purchased them 7 years ago and paid over $50 for them and I thought it was nuts! He has gotten a lot of mileage out of them. ( I was wrong) He DOES know how to dress up and has to dress in a shirt and tie for work. There are lots of young adults who have no idea what to wear to a job interview. I read about this all the time in newspapers and hear it from employers. Thus, I think it is a parent’s job to guide their children on what is and is not appropriate, as far as grooming and dress. TO ME bunny slippers and pajama pants at the bank falls into the NOT appropriate. I will run into a convenience store, at the beach, in a swimsuit/coverup and hat/sunglasses. I am not a vain person but try to look nice.

I shave my legs and underarms every season…I cannot stand long hair on my legs and in my armpits. That is just me!

mystery poster

March 29th, 2012
8:47 am

I went without shaving for a time in the 80s (when it was counter-culture cool). I’m not really that hairy, though, so it was barely noticeable. I don’t shave my legs much in the winter, but if it comes to shaving legs or wearing panty hose, I’m definitely going for the shaving!

On a side note, my mom said that now that she’s older, there is no more hair on her legs but it’s migrating to her chin. Ewww…. She said all of a sudden she’ll notice a real long one sticking out and will have to pluck it out, but no more at all on her legs (she’s 68).

Voice of Reason

March 29th, 2012
8:51 am

There is a fine line between wearing makeup to look a certain way and practicing good personal hygiene.

  

March 29th, 2012
8:55 am

They wanted to figure out why they wear makeup when they are telling their girls to love who they are.

It’s fine to have a real foundation for one’s self-esteem, however let’s not pretend that human nature does not require we look our best. We’re not talking about going to extremes here, anyhow.

This seems as if may approach the over-dramatic “you HAVE to accept me for who I am, not matter how obese or unkempt I am” attitude I see more and more from obese women, etc.

I hardly think it’s a tragedy to take care of one’s self and have a nice, groomed, attractive appearance, including the reasonable use of makeup or keeping body hair under control.

If you want a good man, looking like a slob and a hippy is not the answer. Smart guys are attracted to women who take care of themselves.

Sincerely,
A Guy In A Relationship With A Woman Who Looks Good and Takes Care of Herself :)

Voice of Reason

March 29th, 2012
8:55 am

Hit submit too early….

I meant to add that not shaving is one thing, but not wearing deodorant is something entirely different.

Not shaving only really effects you as a person, not wearing deodorant effects anybody that stands down wind of you.

homeschooler

March 29th, 2012
9:03 am

Yeah, shaving and deodorant are a completely different argument than not wearing make-up. What does that have to do with being a woman anyway? Would any of us women want our husbands to go without shaving or deodorant?
I don’t go anywhere without base, mascara and powder. When I go out for the evening etc.. I’ll add eyeliner, eye shadow and blush (all very lightly). I am envious of women who look good without base and powder. I just like for my skin to look very smooth and even. Mine doesn’t without these things. Plus I think I look about 20 years older without it.
I’m also envious of women who don’t have to fix their hair. Long or short my hair takes a minimum of 20 minutes to fix. Fine and naturally wavy/frizzy.
I just happen to be one of those women for who make-up makes a HUGE difference. At fourty years old I would rate myself as a “2″ without make-up but a “7″ with it. Yes, I’ll take some time to put it on. It beats scaring people.
Whenever I go without makeup I get the same reaction. “you look tired, what’s wrong”.
I don’t think wearing make-up says anything to our daughters unless a big deal is made out of it.
Which brings up a realted topic. At what age do you allow your daughter to experiment with or wear make-up? Mine’s only 8 so, not gotten there yet. Just wondered what others think. I will strongly encourage my daughter to not wear base or foundation. I wonder if my early and regular use of it had anything to do with my need to wear it now. I’ve know women who say they have never worn it and have very smooth, even skin. They swear they have good skin because of not wearing it but I wonder if they just never felt the need to use it because they were just blessed with good skin in the first place.

El Sombrero

March 29th, 2012
9:10 am

“So they decided to go two months without wearing any makeup, nail polish, deodorant or shaving their bodies.”

Worry not Honey, the divorce papers should be arriving any day now.

A

March 29th, 2012
9:15 am

Agree with others that going without shaving/deo for a woman is not the same as going makeup free. I put on mineral makeup everyday, which is very light, natural and takes all of a minute to do. Rarely mess with eyeshadow/liner and never mascara. I will do lip gloss and balm. I work at home, so that’s plenty for me. If I go on a business trip, I might up the makeup a notch, but even then I think you see me and not the makeup like with some women whose lips you can see for miles!

Me

March 29th, 2012
9:16 am

@shaggy — my better half wears very little, if any, makeup as well. Once in a while she will use mascara but that’s it.
Now, as far as not using deodorant and not shaving, this is something she will never not do. She knows I don’t like “stubble” so there is never any.

Figment

March 29th, 2012
9:27 am

I don’t wear makeup, it makes my skin itchy and I don’t like how it feels on my face. On a rare occasion I will wear light makeup (for a formal occasion) but that’s maybe once a year. I’m not skipping on shaving or deodorant though, that’s a hygiene issue and IMO not the same thing as makeup.

missnadine

March 29th, 2012
9:28 am

@mjg – agree with you totally on the sloppy dress issue. Is it SO hard to put on jeans of khakis and a nice knit shirt or decent T when out? I live in a real suburban area, lots of younger families, and I swear the women in my neighborhood (most don’t work) are always in the uniform: track pants, husband’s college T (I say husbands as it is oversized), flip flops or slip-on shoes. And they were them all day – from the time they stand at the bus stop in the morning to the time they wait at the bus stop in the afternoon.

It drives me nuts!! Also agree with the comment on the plane. I used to work in tech sales and travelled all over the world, over 20 countries. Was lucky enough to get biz class, and most of the American travelers looked like total slobs, often in sweatsuits. No one in the world would dress like that on a plane! Act like you belong. This is my least favorite season as now the SAHMs will exchange their track pants for ill-fitting track CAPRIS LOL.

On the makeup issue, I work from home and usually will not wear any. When I leave the house for an errand, I usually just wear powder and mascara. I do love my face creams, and believe, like most posters, that a lot of the products cited in this article are hygienic, not just vanity. I do think women often wear just too much makeup.

JOD

March 29th, 2012
10:00 am

Um, no. I have a touch of rosacea (rosy cheeks, thank goodness not worse), so I wear foundation every day. Every day. Hubs says I look fine without it, but he knows I am self-conscious. Usually I wear eyeliner, mascara, and gloss, but sometimes just mascara. If you are blond and don’t, it can look like you don’t have any eyelashes at all! I work from home, so it isn’t for other people per se – I like to look my best.

Deodorant and shaving – not negotiable. Is showering daily vain, too?

@MJG – Amen! I usually see at least one female at Publix wearing pajama pants and fuzzy slippers. Some women at DD’s school drop off in pajamas, slippers, and CURLERS! :o)

Augusta

March 29th, 2012
10:08 am

I like to get coffee on the weekends and I’ll go to the McDonalds drive through in my pajama bottoms and slippers. In winter, I just throw a sweatshirt over my pj’s and off I go……

Denise

March 29th, 2012
10:10 am

No deodorant…ewww…especially in GA in the heat. NOT good and not on the same level as makeup. Not shaving your underarms is a personal hygiene thing, IMO, too, and personal hygiene is important.

I have acne (it’s clearing up…yay!) and dark spots from where the acne was and I’m sometimes insecure about looking like a leopard. LOL (I’m working on those too.) I go without makeup 99.5% of the time though because I don’t have the time and most times I just don’t give a flip. Plus, if it’s summer, it’s too dang hot and my skin needs to breathe! If I’m going somewhere where I want to look good, I will put on some foundation to cover the acne and the spots. I know how to do makeup to make it look natural but “polished”. I figure if I’m dressed nice ALL of me needs to look nice…hair, face, nails (well, nails are sometimes not so nice because I bite them), toes (never wear open toes or sandals without a pedicure). I don’t see it as a “I don’t love myself” since I hardly wear it; I just see it as “why not put your best foot forward”. Having one thing look really “off” ruins the presentation, to me.

K's Mom

March 29th, 2012
10:12 am

I have loved playing with make up since I spent Sunday afternoons with my grandparents and my grandmother would let me play with her rouge and lipstick (I still have her lipstick holder on my vanity), she would also let me play with her clip on “ear bobs”. I wear little makeup day to day, usually a little blush mascara and lip gloss. I do wear full make up when meeting clients, for social outings and church. It just makes me feel better and I like to look my best. I could go without make up, but I just do not want to.

I agree about being sloppy in public. I hate it. PJ pants should be for home use only. I do wear yoga pants often to the park, but with a fitted tshirt (that matches) and matching running shoes. Mainly because if they get dirty, it is easy to clean. I fully agree that to fly, folks should dress nicely. First of all if you are dressed nicely and you get bumped or miss a connection, an airline will consider putting you in first/business class if there is room on the next flight. I have had it happen 3 or 4 times when I was in college meeting my parents places. Also, just show a little class when you travel.

Finally, I agree with everyone else, going without deodorant is like not brushing your teeth.

MomsRule

March 29th, 2012
10:23 am

@homeschooler…a few years back I heard someone say you should “take what you spend on make up trying to cover your flaws and instead spend it on a dermatologist and excellent skin care to correct your skin.”

I gave that quite a bit of thought and went to a dermatologist a few times. I didn’t have much luck with the dermatologist but I did find an amazing esthetician who has worked wonders on my face. My complexion is now very smooth and even and does not require make up.

I do wear mineral foundation, very lightly, on most days but it really isn’t necessary.

My “make up” has been replaced with serums, face creams, good cleansers, etc — these items I use in excess :)

RJ

March 29th, 2012
10:38 am

I should add that I bought concealer for the first time in my life last weekend. Getting up throughout the night and getting too little sleep, has caused me to have dark circles! I bought a cucumber and plan on using it next week since I’ll be off. Hopefully I can get rid of these things. They certainly do make me look as tired as I feel. Better yet, hopefully my DD will start sleeping through the night soon!

missnadine

March 29th, 2012
10:39 am

The skin issues can be very hard. I was one of those people who had blemish-free skin throughout my teens, then got adult acne in my late 20s. It was really bad. I used accutane which helped, but the side effects were pretty intense. Plus my skin is oily.

Now, in my late 40s, I have some pocking on my face. I actually did get a cosmetic procedure done – CO2 resurfacing, back in the days when it took 10 days to heal and was about 5K. It looks a lot better, but I am still self conscious about it. I feel that if you have a body part that you don’t like, there are ways to cover up through fashion, but with the face, it is that much harder. I have had my makeup done where all of this was covered, but honestly, I felt as if I was wearing theatrical makeup :(

Techmom

March 29th, 2012
10:40 am

I’ve never been a fan of liquid foundations as they usually make my skin breakout. I usually wear a light powder foundation, eyeliner and mascara when I go to the office or church. I just think I look half asleep without it. Since I work from home though I don’t wear anything most days. I think some makeup is fine for girls once they’re teenagers but they should be taught how to properly apply it and use it in moderation. One girl at my son’s school wears so much that all the boys call her “makeup girl”. Kind of funny since I’m sure she’s trying to impress the boys and they all think it’s overkill.

I shave my underarms daily and my legs usually twice a week as needed. I’m not super hairy thank goodness! Deodorant is a must- not a “fashion” choice!

K's Mom

March 29th, 2012
11:11 am

@Techmom, I agree about teaching girls to properly apply makeup with out looking like a hooker. I also think that is when proper skin care needs to be taught if has not already been discussed with a girl. My mom helped me with skincare from a really early age and because of that and genetics, I have good skin. It really is a blessing to not have to wear foundation.

homeschooler

March 29th, 2012
11:14 am

@ MJG. Just saw a girl at Don Pablos in pajama bottoms and bedroom slippers Saturday night. Her “date” didn’t look much better.

They both agreed they missed shaving their underarms and the deodorant seemed more like hygiene than beauty product.

March 29th, 2012
11:41 am

…so why did they bunch the two in the “beauty” category? Only the female mind knows…

motherjanegoose

March 29th, 2012
11:54 am

@Augusta…you could not drag me to McDonald’s for their coffee….YUCK. I am a picky pants about coffee. I like it strong, fresh and black…maybe a little sweetener. I have never tasted coffee in a drive through that is good to me. The best hotel coffee, to me, is the Marriott. We have a Keurig here and it runs about 40 cents a cup with pods from Costco. Something we do splurge on but cheaper than Starbucks. My crew loves Starbucks but I just like PLAIN coffee that is good. I like fresh coffee and keep it on the strong brew selection.

On topic…I just left a preschool that hosts a Spring Prom for the four and five year olds and their family. I thought it was a wonderful idea. Everyone has to dress up ( if they come) and they serve a sit down dinner, have dancing, entertainment and a bubble machine too…LOL. What a nice way to show children how to behave in upscale venues. You go with your family…not a date but everyone is there together. I think our society is way too relaxed. I am just about to shed my work clothes and put on shorts but I am home for the day. Casual clothes are fine but some folks have NO idea how to dress up or businesslike. It makes me CRAZY when I get to the airport and see folks who look like they rolled out of bed, hauling their pillow on the plane. YES, the gate agent does treat you nicer if you look respectable and I have been moved to 1st class.

@homeschooler…my husband went to Qwik Trip ( sp?) months ago and told me he was heading out the door when a girl ( who was our daughter’s age) walked by with her hands full. He stepped aside and opened the door for her. The boyfriend butt right in front of her and walked through the door. My husband looked at him and said, ” Um…I was holding the door open for her!” The guy walked to the car and got in on the passenger side, while the girl fumbled with her keys and took the driver’s seat. My husband relayed the story to me with a LOSER and said he hopes that does not happen to our daughter.

Another thing that bugs us is men who wear ball caps inside. Guess we are hopelessly old fashioned.

How about the blog author

March 29th, 2012
11:58 am

Cover her face with a sack or something…….Damn mongo looking freak.

Tyrone 10 inch

March 29th, 2012
12:01 pm

YUCK. I am a picky pants about coffee. I like it strong, fresh and black…

Just like your men?

Techmom

March 29th, 2012
12:17 pm

@MJG, have you had McDonald’s coffee since they upgraded to “McCafe”? I am a coffee snob (and I’m actually not a big fan of Starbucks) and I think McDonald’s coffee is pretty good. But we have a grind and brew at home and I would much rather have a cup from home than anywhere else!

Placenta and avocado wrap

March 29th, 2012
12:25 pm

Don’t encourage MJG……She’ll write a 25,000 word response.

motherjanegoose

March 29th, 2012
12:28 pm

@Techmom…no actually I try to avoid McDonald’s like the plague, since it was all I could afford for so many years in college. The only thing I can tolerate there is breakfast but it has been quite a while for me, as I typically get breakfast for free at hotels since I travel so much. Guess I stand corrected. It would not be the first time…haha! We also have a grind and brew but the Keurig is SO much easier and takes less than a minute for a fresh cup!

Denise

March 29th, 2012
12:30 pm

@MomsRule – I’m not having the best luck with my dermatologist either and the esthetian (sp?) at the office didn’t work magic on me (after ~$700 on chemical peels) either. I just found a new esthetian who is focused on home skin care and nutrition. I won’t tell her about the pizza I’m eating right now. She has called me on my lack of water so I’m drinking the right amount of water again (weight divided by 2 in oz). I’m tinkling all day long but my skin feels good. The products she sold me are nice too. There are other products in the line that will help with the lightening but I wanted to make sure I was going to actually use the products I bought before adding more steps to the regimen. If I’m running too late to swipe some foundation on I definitely don’t have time to cleanse with another soap and then apply two additional lightening products. I definitely don’t want to lighten my whole face, though. I wish I was darker…a pretty chocolate…but my Mama’s light skin genes diluted my Daddy’s dark skin genes. No chocolate children for her! LOLLL

All this makeup talk makes me want to put on a full face of makeup and go somewhere in a sexy dress and shoes. I haven’t been in “dress to impress” mode in a while. LOL

motherjanegoose

March 29th, 2012
12:33 pm

@ Placenta…some folks here like to chat with me and some folks don’t…it is all good as there are some folks on here who are not interesting to me either. As a teacher, I really hate to repeat myself for those who are slow to catch on but I will…I have talked and written for a living…almost 30 years. Imagine it! YES verbose is certainly a word you could use to describe me. Those who know me personally will agree: I LOVE TO TALK and find most chit chat can be interesting in some fashion!

Enemas for Easter

March 29th, 2012
12:33 pm

redhousecat

March 29th, 2012
12:39 pm

you know, chlorophyll is a natural deodorizer for the body. Unfortunately, it is people’s diet that causes them to stink, thus relying on deodorant to cover the stench. Sweat doesn’t smell.

I typically do not wear makeup. I’m 40 and never really been one to cake the stuff on. I look about 10 years younger. I do use shampoo and I do get my hair colored with highlights. I don’t venture in public much, but I do make sure I am clean and smell clean when I do.

I shave under my arms and other places, but rarely shave my legs unless I do happen to go out in shorts. The hair on my legs is very fine so it is not noticeable.

back to my original sentence, a healthy diet will make a world of difference on how you look AND smell.

Augusta

March 29th, 2012
12:45 pm

To answer the question posed – “What does makeup teach our girls?”. It teaches them that they have to be fake to be seen in public. Up next, fake nails and then fake boobs. It teaches our daughters/nieces/sisters to believe that they are not pretty naturally. That they need make up in order to make themselves look and feel better.

Why don’t we teach out daughters/nieces/sisters to accept themselves the way they are? Why much we cave to society?

Denise

March 29th, 2012
12:51 pm

@Augusta – you don’t consider mascara and lipstick makeup?

shaggy

March 29th, 2012
12:52 pm

AhhhhhhhhhhhhYawwwwwwwn! Just got out of bed…feeling really relaxed and hungry.

Thanks for the “inspiration”
signed: Ms.shaggy

Newt

March 29th, 2012
1:03 pm

Unless you ladies ever want sex again, you better put some make up on.

Augusta

March 29th, 2012
1:12 pm

@Denise – No I do not. To me, make-up is foundation, blush, powder, eye shadow, etc.

Mega Millions winner

March 29th, 2012
1:13 pm

If I win the Mega Millions, the first thing I do is pay AJC to stop Theresa from ever blogging here again.

ABC

March 29th, 2012
1:19 pm

I used one of the many Groupon type deals for laser hair removal on my underarms. One of the best beauty decisions ever. I’ve always hated shaving my underarms, and with dark hair I had to do it daily. Not anymore!!

E Harmony keeps matching me with fat chicks

March 29th, 2012
1:19 pm

@ Miss Priss

You need a third lover?

Kar

March 29th, 2012
1:19 pm

Make-up I get but if you need deodorant, please use it. For the sake of the people around you.

Also, assumed this was Lent-related (”all is vanity”) but doesn’t look like it.

DB

March 29th, 2012
1:20 pm

When my Girl Scouts were in middle school, we did a unit on personal care. For one meeting, I had a bunch of pretty pink roses, and I provided markers, glitter, etc. and told them they each had a chance to “improve” the rose and make it “beautiful”. They happily set to drawing on the petals, adding glitter glue, etc., coming up with all sorts of color combinations. At the end, they put them all in a vase. Then I pulled out another vase of “plain” roses, and asked them, “So, which one looks better?” They all agreed the that au natural roses “looked better”. So then we talked about makeup, and how too much makes you look like the made-up roses — most young girls are NOT improved by makeup! These were girls who had started to experiment with makeup, and were erring on the side of “just a bit too much” mascara, eye liner, etc. I think the point was made — over the next few weeks, I saw the makeup use dwindle quite a bit. You’ll never take lip gloss away from a 14 year old :-), but at least we got rid of the panda eyes!

Miss Priss!

March 29th, 2012
1:21 pm

E Harmony … sweetie … not at one time, though!