Beauty, Collaberations

Why I Decided To Ditch Makeup

Hey, guys! It’s Penny from What Did She Type here, and I’ll be guest posting on B’s lovely blog, Mind. Beauty. Simplicity! I’m very excited to be here! I would like to thank B for this amazing opportunity! 

As I’m trying to live more mindfully and authentically, I’ve been making some changes in my life and my daily routine. I wanted to talk about a huge step I have taken recently, and that’s using less makeup in my everyday life.

I was heavily invested in makeup when I had acne problems back in middle school. I wanted to look amazing. I was trying to be someone that I was not.

But my skin wasn’t loving it. My face hated the heavy foundation, and it needed a break. I’m 24 now and I have just come to the realization that I will never be fully confident if I don’t change my mindset. 

I always thought that I would have a large makeup collection when I turned 16. Little did I know that, by 24, I ditched half of my makeup stuff. I threw away or gave away the ones that were in good condition to family and friends, including as birthday gifts. I keep gifted samples from certain brands, and I give those ones away to loved ones on special occasions. I have ditched foundation and even BB creams. I’m letting my skin breathe and accepting myself fully with my flaws and scars. People always told me that I had beautiful eyes and a smile, and now I realize that things didn’t require makeup. They are unique and they make me, “me.”

So, why am I ditching makeup?

The Cost

The first reason is that many good-quality products cost a lot. I’m a recent university graduate, and I’ve just started my own small business, so I’m spending money on that at the moment. You really can save a lot of money by not buying unnecessary makeup items, and you’ll be surprised.

Clogged Pores

Second, I began to notice that certain makeup products clogged my pores. I bought Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer, and later I realized that my skin started breaking out because of it! Now I just use it for my under-eye circles, only. 

Choose Eco-Friendly Instead

Thirdly, I’m now buying vegan and eco-friendly products. Believe it or not, I noticed that much of our personal waste comes from skincare and makeup products! I am far from being perfect at it, but I’m still trying my best to choose environmentally friendly ones. Unfortunately, many brands use plastic that can take hundreds of years to break down in landfills, and the toxins leach into the soil and waterways. 

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Skincare Took Priority

Fourthly, instead of investing in makeup, I started relying on skincare products. When you take care of your skin, you won’t need to spend tons on a foundation that will start looking cakey on your face after a few hours. I have been told that when you take care of your skin, especially in your early 20s, your skin will thank you in your 40s and 50s.

More Storage Space

Fifth, more space! Ever since I downsized my makeup collection, I have noticed that I have more space in my drawers. I don’t need to buy more storage and spend money on IKEA boxes any longer! 

More Time

Sixth, I now have more time on my hands. When going somewhere, I don’t spend hours trying to perfect my eyeliner or spend time trying to decide which eyeshadow or which lipstick I’ll use. And… I’m not running late any longer, lol! My friends are very happy about it! 

Free Your Skin

And lastly… I feel liberated. My skin feels free. I feel more like myself. This act was definitely amazing, as I started showing myself more compassion! I realized that I’m my own best friend and taking care of myself makes me feel joyful. 

These were all my reasons for breaking up with many makeup products!

Let me know what you think about it and are you also planning to use less when it comes to makeup?

Xx Penny / www.whatdidshetype.com 

Penny is a fresh literature graduate with a passion for content creation and writes about mindfulness, mental health, astrology, lifestyle, and well-being in her little corner of the internet. She has launched her own little shop on Etsy, where she sells mental health planners and is working on the launch of her manifestation journal at the moment.

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self care

Guest Post: 5 Self Care Habits For Living A Healthy Life Daily

Today we have a guest post from Riyah Speaks! She is a lifestyle blogger who talks about the importances of self care & our mental / physical wellbeing. I hope you enjoy reading her post & to check out her blog!

Our lives are so jam-packed with business and chaos that we tend to put ourselves on the back burner sometimes. Regardless of who you are, you should always put yourself first. As I mentioned in my post about the dimensions of self-care, not practicing self-care can lead to mental health issues, sickness, and even death. 

Self-Care isn’t a chore that must be completed at all times of the day. There are simple and quick ways that you can practice self-car without interrupting your daily routines or work schedule. Here are 05 self-care habits for living a healthy life daily. 

Daily Self-Care Habits To Use 

Practice Deep Breathing 

When you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax, and this message is sent to the body.  It also comes with major health benefits such as pain relief, improved immunity, lower blood pressure, posture correction, and increased energy.

Here are a few deep breathing exercises to try

  • Focus on positive imagery
  • Slow down your breathing 
  • Alternate breathing from nose and mouth 

Practice Gratitude

Being grateful means that you focus on the positive aspects of your life without contempt. Gratitude celebrates what you can do now, and avoids dwelling on decisions you could have made previously. The point of practicing gratitude is to get in the habit of changing your mindset, blocking negative energy, and gaining a higher sense of self-worth. There are many ways to cultivate gratitude, and my favorite way is with a gratitude journal. 

Take Breaks 

Taking breaks is important for maintaining your emotional and mental wellbeing. It allows your brain to recover from being overworked and stressed. It’s important to take breaks as necessary to avoid experiencing mood swings, lack of motivation, and extreme exhaustion. Taking breaks regularly increases productivity, boosts mood and energy, and helps to maintain your body’s performance throughout the day. Take about 10-15 minutes a day to be with yourself and to do nothing. Trust me, it’ll help you in the long run. 

Journal

For the sake of mental health, everyone should journal. Journaling helps with clearing up scrambled thoughts and ideas, boosts creativity, and comprehends your emotions. 

Take some time before and at the end of the day to reflect on your mood, mental state, and health. Think about why you’re feeling a particular way and what you can do to address those emotions. There are many different styles of journaling such as: bullet journals, art journals, diaries..etc. Find the format that works best for you and your wellbeing needs. 

Eat Healthy and Drink Water 

It’s important to eat healthy and drink water whenever you can. Healthy eating and drinking water leads to an overall healthier lifestyle and decreases your chances of developing obesity, diabetes, certain cancers, and high blood pressure later in life. Also, studies have found that making healthier drinking and eating choices boosts self-confidence, self-love, and self-worth. 

Why is Self Care Important?

Self-care is important because it helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle.  It helps you to produce feelings of happiness and transmit those feelings to the people around you. With our daily schedules becoming jam-packed with school, work, and family, it’s even more important now to make sure that you take time off to practice self-care and to be alone. 

I get it. Sometimes you just don’t want to or don’t have time. That’s why you must find small and convenient ways you can incorporate it into your daily routine. Self-care isn’t meant to be disruptive or inconvenient to your life. It’s there to relieve the pressure off your back and to make being active easier. 

AUTHOR BIO

Hi! I’m Seriah Sargenton, but my friends call me Riyah. I’m the writer behind riyahspeaks.com, a self-care and wellness blog dedicated to helping women to healthier and more fulfilling lives by practicing self-care, self-love, positivity. I have a degree in Journalism and have a strong passion for helping others. I hope you enjoy my perspective on life and find the strength to overcome life’s obstacles.