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My Week Without Make-Up

I've long thought that make up looks best when it enhances your natural beauty rather than masking it, but recently 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 somewhere the make up goes on, and I usually feel much better for it. Is it solely because I enjoy wearing it, or is it also because I don't feel complete without it? My worth does not depend on whether or not I wear it, and I don't want my self-confidence to either. The only way to find out if it does is to stop using it, and document how I feel here, on the blog.

So, for the next week, I will be completely without make up. No concealer, no lipstick, nothing, just a bit of lip balm. I like to think I'm fairly comfortable in my own skin, but I can't deny that make up gives me a boost. I can create the illusion of bright eyes, I can define my cheekbones; there's a berry-coloured 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

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