I Stopped Wearing Makeup For A Week And Here's What I Realized

I Stopped Wearing Makeup For A Week And Here's What I Realized

Our insecurities will make us confident.

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I've always been the girl who was super into makeup, it truly was a love of mine. However, a couple of weeks ago I realized this love was actually just an insecure crutch of mine if my face wasn't beat I wouldn't leave the house.

I would put on a full face just to drive to the gas station for a soda. I sat in front of the mirror to come to terms with why I thought I could not leave without all the product on my face and simply enough it came down to me thinking it was not acceptable.

I don't have the perfect skin, I have uneven tones, millions of freckles I had to hide, short eyelashes, and breakouts. Although during that self-examination, I decided it was about time I started practicing self-love and one major way I could work on it was by giving up makeup for a period of time.

I will admit at first giving up makeup was hard for me. At the very least I wanted to cave and use concealer and mascara, especially when I went to work. When I walked into my first shift I was given comments such as looking tired, sick, hot (temperature wise), and simply different.

Never comment on how a girl looks when she's not wearing makeup unless you're telling her she looks beautiful because 9/10 times your comment can be offensive.

Another big struggle I had was how the guy I was interested in would react. I honestly had the idea in my head that if I was not wearing makeup that for some reason he would lose interest in me, looks were everything I thought.

In reality, he didn't even really notice until my freckles popped out, all I got was compliments from it.

Within the first couple of days, after I stopped wearing makeup, I realized my face began to clear up even faster than normal and softer. I came to the realization that my uneven skin tone just makes me look like I'm wearing a little blush, just a little extra color.

Lastly, I noticed how wrong I was to hate on the freckles that I had. I may not have chosen to have them, but this week opened my eyes up to how many other people had them as well as how much I needed to embrace and love having them.

My skin may not be perfect, but I love it and ever since taking this week break I only wear makeup (minimal amounts too) when I go out to the club or special events. I love my "caked" face, but I love my natural look just as much now and the amount of self-love and confidence I gained in myself is ginormous. I wish I would have done this sooner.

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Why I Can't Support Jeffree Star

I used to idolize him, but his racism and misogyny have crossed the line.
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Like any other person obsessed with makeup, I follow many different makeup artists on YouTube and Instagram. I love watching their tutorials and reviews, all which leave me inspired to try new looks and teach me more about products that will up my makeup game. One of these beauty gurus that I used to follow is Jeffree Star, a singer/songwriter, model, and makeup artist who is probably best known for his popular makeup line, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, which features liquid lipsticks, lip scrubs, highlighters, and a new eyeshadow palette.

However, as of late, his cosmetic line isn’t the only thing making him a hot topic on social media; his extensive history of making racist comments has now become the subject of many YouTube videos by other vloggers and beauty gurus. One of the most disturbing incidents is a video he made ten years ago on MySpace. The video is supposed to be a satirical skit between him and a drag queen, who is in blackface. One of the disgusting comments made in the video is that he wants to throw battery acid on an African American woman to lighten her skin so it will match her foundation. Star also calls someone a “black b*tch” while his friend continues to pretend to be a stereotypical black woman. Even if the video was made ten years ago, he was still an adult at the time and should have known better than to make something so vile and racist. If he had been 15 years-old, that’s one thing. But he was at least 19 years-old at the time; there are no excuses.

TW: racism, racial slurs


Star has become infamous also for being a drama queen on social media, whether to be rude to fans complaining about his products or starting Twitter wars with other makeup artists. While most people know about his beef with Kylie Jenner over some defects with her liquid lipsticks, Star’s issues go far beyond just her. One feud that highlights his misogynistic and racist behavior is with MakeupShayla, another makeup artist. At an event they both attended, in his Snapchat story Star ranted that Shayla allegedly told another YouTouber that her face was disproportionate and to get lip fillers. Whether or not this was actually said in a rude manner, like he claims, is unknown. He then proceeded to rage about her being a c*nt and a h*e. Even though that comment had sent him in such a rage, Shayla said in her Snapchat story that he was all smiles when they ran into each other at the event.

On Twitter, the situation became even more intense. He called her out first for making the lip filler comment; if she had indeed said something rude like that, then confronting her about it is fine. However, he escalated things to a terrifying level. He threatened to beat her up several times, and when she criticized his fans for supporting someone who threatens violence against a woman, Star responded that she looks like man. I find it very ironic that he would claim that she was a bully, yet threaten her and hurl terrible insults at her. Shayla should not have made the rude comment about that woman needing lip fillers; however, she does not deserve to be threatened or insulted in this manner, especially since Star was too much of a coward to say anything to her face.

Moreover, despite his claims to be so against bullying, and to be such a supporter of female empowerment, he is friends with a bully. In one of his Snapchat stories, MannyMUA and the owner of Gerard Cosmetics made fun of a YouTuber who was reviewing the company’s products. In the last part of the Snapchats, the owner said that the reviewer was an ugly person. Manny later tried to apologize and say that the video cut off and that the owner was saying she had an ugly personality, but that’s not exactly better. Despite this incident, Jeffree and Manny are still the best of friends, and Manny was never beat up by Star for being rude. Moreover, it seems as though Star has a way of corrupting beauty gurus who become a part of his inner circle. When Manny was primarily friends with Patrick Starr, another makeup artist, he was kinder and he wasn’t rude. But once Star came into the picture, Manny became his carbon-copy: another gay boy acting like a stereotypical black woman and covering up his rudeness by calling it “sass” and “shade.” Plus, it is shocking to me that Manny, a person of color, would still adore Star despite his racist history. I feel guilty now for talking about him in my last piece about makeup double standards.

Stephanie Nicole, a makeup artist on YouTube, made a video reviewing a few of Star’s products. Then, once she’s finished the review, she then goes on to discuss Star’s racist and misogynistic tendencies, showing videos of his Snapchat rant against MakeupShayla, his disturbing skit, and other instances where he was rude to fans and problematic in general. She concludes that she refuses to support his company anymore. I agree with her completely. Just because he is a part of a minority group by being queer does not give him the right to be racist or misogynistic. You can watch the entire video down below:

I was extremely conflicted when I heard about all of this. In fact, I was almost heartbroken; I have admired Star for a long time because of how he breaks gender roles and goes against the gender binary. I also coveted his products, and was very ready to purchase his Skin Frost highlighters and some liquid lipsticks up until I found out that he’s a racist. I have some of his music on my iTunes because some of his tracks are fun for workouts, but now I feel guilty even though I just did not know. However, I do know that I will not be supporting Jeffree Star anymore, no matter how tempting his products are.

If you still want to buy his cosmetics, go ahead, I can’t stop you. I have no right to tell you how to spend your money. I don’t blame you; he produces some great makeup after all, even though he is a trashy person. However, if you bought his products before finding out about his problematic behavior, and now regret your purchases, I advise that next time you research a company before giving them your money. It’s difficult to enjoy a product when you know it’s produced by an unpleasant person. This experience has taught me a valuable lesson about being an informed consumer and not simply buying something because it has pretty packaging.

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10 Ways To Get Rid Of Dark Circles

Tea is key!

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Dark circles can affect a lot of us, they either make us feel insecure or we just don't like dealing with them but they can be easy to get rid off!

1. Short and easy!

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Sometimes we don't always to do the most when it comes to removing dark circles, so an easy way to get rid of these dark circles is by just using concealer. It is an easy cover up and easy to hid them with just a touch of make up.

2. Tea is key!

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Tea bags help with removing dark circles! What I like to do is steep tea bags in hot water then let them cool and place them over my eyes for about 15 mins. Green tea contains caffeine which helps when it comes to making the blood vessels around our eye shrink which then helps reduce dark circles.

3. You need some milk!

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So I have seen on tv that if you soak cotton balls or cotton pads in milk and place them over your dark circles it can help with reducing and getting rid of dark circles. Now, I don't know how true this is but I mean it wouldn't hurt to try.

4. Sweet Almond Oil!

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According to Huda Beauty's blog sweet almond oil helps with the circulation of blood for your dark circles. Huda beauty suggest to put a small dab of sweet almond oil on your dark circles every night until you notice a difference.

5. Sleep is needed!

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An easy way for your dark circles to reduce is honestly just getting enough sleep! You may be noticing your dark cirlces because you are depriving yourself from sleep.. so get some sleep!!

6. Use lemons for your circles!

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I know that lemons can help brighten skin(which should be done very carefully) but the if you really want your dark circles to leave I suggest mixing together just a little lemon juice and baking soda together.

It should have a paste consistency, let sit under your eyes for 15 then wash away. I would do this daily until I saw results, but if you notice any irritation to your skin I most defiantly would stop.

7. Rose Water loves skin!

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Rose water loves the skin and really helps with dark circles. Rose water is high in Vitamin C which is good for the skin and dark circles. Make sure you get an all natural rose water.

8. Tomatoes!

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I have read that lots of people use tomatoes to get rid of their dark circles. After researching I found that tomatoes have natural bleaching that can lighten the skin. Whenever it comes to lighting the skin for things like dark circles, I just say be very careful!

9. Cucumbers for the win!

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We all have seen people put cucumbers on their eyes. That is because cucumbers are natural antioxidants that can help remove dark circles. Pretty basic and easy!

10.  Grab some turmeric!

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Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps with dark circles, If you easily look up "Turmeric mask for dark circles" on Youtube for Pinterest you will easily find different mask that involves turmeric and help with dark circles.

There you go, dark circles are something that many struggle with but when handled the right way they can actually be very easy to get rid of.

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