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I had more deadlines in February, and I've been very stressed about them, but I've been trying to take a breather from working occasionally. It's very easy to get swept up with uni work, but this month I've made the effort to be more sociable and I've felt better for it.


February Food Collage

Homemade vegetable lasagne; a description of myself I found on Instagram; food at YO! Sushi

What's Made Me Happy This Month? February 2015

I had more deadlines in February, and I've been very stressed about them, but I've been trying to take a breather from working occasionally. It's very easy to get swept up with uni work, but this month I've made the effort to be more sociable and I've felt better for it.


February Food Collage

Homemade vegetable lasagne; a description of myself I found on Instagram; food at YO! Sushi

When you sit in a room with a group of people who are a) very talented writers, and b) extremely creative, and you're not feeling particularly imaginative, it can be difficult. Especially if, like me, your ideas take a while to brew. Just last week we were given a choice from two opening lines (both from short stories by Angela Carter) and instructed to carry on, and I sat there for twenty minutes, staring at the page, thinking of nothing, while everyone around me sat scribbling away. And I felt lost.


Eleanor Roosevelt quote

Life After Uni + An Inferiority Complex

When you sit in a room with a group of people who are a) very talented writers, and b) extremely creative, and you're not feeling particularly imaginative, it can be difficult. Especially if, like me, your ideas take a while to brew. Just last week we were given a choice from two opening lines (both from short stories by Angela Carter) and instructed to carry on, and I sat there for twenty minutes, staring at the page, thinking of nothing, while everyone around me sat scribbling away. And I felt lost.


Eleanor Roosevelt quote

Last week I introduced an experiment: a week of wearing no make up. None. Nada. Not even a little bit of lipstick. Every day I wrote down how I felt about it, which you can read below. My feelings were mixed throughout. Despite having a smattering of spots across my forehead (gotta love stress breakouts...), it was actually the lack of eyebrows that concerned me most. This is a long post, so grab yourself a drink, settle down, and read on to discover how my feelings changed throughout the week.


Make-up-free on Day 6 (and seriously missing my eyebrow pencil!)


My Week Without Make Up: The Results

Last week I introduced an experiment: a week of wearing no make up. None. Nada. Not even a little bit of lipstick. Every day I wrote down how I felt about it, which you can read below. My feelings were mixed throughout. Despite having a smattering of spots across my forehead (gotta love stress breakouts...), it was actually the lack of eyebrows that concerned me most. This is a long post, so grab yourself a drink, settle down, and read on to discover how my feelings changed throughout the week.


Make-up-free on Day 6 (and seriously missing my eyebrow pencil!)


I've long thought that make-up looks best when it enhances your natural beauty, rather than masking it.

Recently, however, I've started to wonder whether I use it as a form of security. I don't put it on if I'm just going to be slobbing around at home, but whenever I go to university, meet my society, or go out anywhere the make-up goes on and I feel better for it.

Is this solely because I enjoy wearing it? Or this also because I don't feel complete without it?

My worth does not depend on whether or not I wear make-up; I don't want my self-confidence to either. So I've decided to stop using all my make-up for a week and document my findings here. I'll be completely bare-faced. No concealer, no mascara, nothing, just a bit of lip balm.

I like to think I'm getting more comfortable in my own skin, but I can't deny make-up gives me a boost. I can create the illusion of bright eyes, I can define my cheekbones; there's a berry lipstick in my stash that makes me feel like I know what I'm doing. Will I still feel okay when all of that has gone? I'll let you know in seven days time.

How much make-up do you wear on a daily basis? How would you feel without it? Let me know in the comments.

My Week Without Make-Up

I've long thought that make-up looks best when it enhances your natural beauty, rather than masking it.

Recently, however, I've started to wonder whether I use it as a form of security. I don't put it on if I'm just going to be slobbing around at home, but whenever I go to university, meet my society, or go out anywhere the make-up goes on and I feel better for it.

Is this solely because I enjoy wearing it? Or this also because I don't feel complete without it?

My worth does not depend on whether or not I wear make-up; I don't want my self-confidence to either. So I've decided to stop using all my make-up for a week and document my findings here. I'll be completely bare-faced. No concealer, no mascara, nothing, just a bit of lip balm.

I like to think I'm getting more comfortable in my own skin, but I can't deny make-up gives me a boost. I can create the illusion of bright eyes, I can define my cheekbones; there's a berry lipstick in my stash that makes me feel like I know what I'm doing. Will I still feel okay when all of that has gone? I'll let you know in seven days time.

How much make-up do you wear on a daily basis? How would you feel without it? Let me know in the comments.

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at beth.toasty@gmail.com

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