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Makeup Fast: Days 8-10 of 40 (I Have Yogurt on My Face)

Day 10 of 40. Naked face + Naked Baby!

You know what stinks? Going to a party while you’re fasting from makeup. That’s what we did on the 4th of July, which was day 8 of the fast. It’s just that people tend to try and look nice at parties, and there I was, looking as if I had just woken up (it’s the blonde eyelashes). At least no one wanted to commemorate the holiday with a picture. Dodged a bullet on that one.

Nothing worth noting with regards to the fast occurred on day 9, so we’ll just skip it. Today was day 10, however, and I had a realization: just because I’m fasting from makeup doesn’t mean that I can’t indulge in a little at-home facial-action. So I hopped onto Crunchy Betty (AMAZING website full of DIY beauty treatments using stuff you probably have at home, in your fridge), and refreshed my memory on how to mix-up a yogurt mask. (Turns out it’s just yogurt.) So I slathered some greek yogurt all over my face (read about the benefits of greek yogurt on your face here), made a cup of tea, and plunked myself down in bed to moderate comments and answer emails.

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To be honest, all of this sudden interest in my blog is cool and all, but, well…I’m not writing as much as I was before that one post blew up. And that’s the whole point, right? Writing? I haven’t done any research for my book (which I’m hesitant to even call a book, because I don’t even have an agent yet) at all in the past four days, and I don’t like how administrative tasks are eating up all of my actual writing time. So while I’m enjoying engaging with so many people ( well over 1,000 comments in that thread so far), I do look forward to getting back to my regular schedule. There’s no book if I don’t write it.

Oh also, we’re moving. In three weeks. And Ellie’s birthday? Also three weeks away.

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And the only way any of that is related to the makeup fast is that all of the stress (good stress and bad stress) is seriously effecting my skin. Hence the yogurt mask. If you’ve never been to Crunchy Betty, and you’re into DIY beauty recipes, then head over. You’ll love her, I promise.

Spiritually, I haven’t felt much movement on the “loving what God gave me” front, but boy have I been strong in the Spirit. I have a feeling the “loving what God gave me” will come slowly and naturally, and that the margin created by the fast is what made my big-time post possible. Regardless, I’m grateful to be used for a purpose, and to see so many people talking about God as a result of that post. It’s incredible.

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You won’t hear from me about the makeup fast again until Monday, so until then, have an excellent weekend!

Melissa

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For details on the “Fresh-Faced for 40 Days” makeup fast, check out this post.

Please join me! You can participate as passively as cheering me along (I will need lots of encouragement), or as actively as joining me in fasting from makeup for the full 40 days. I would love to have some ladies on this journey with me! If you’re interested in joining me, I’ve made a Facebook group where we can keep each other updated on our progress, post links to our blog posts, and generally hold each other accountable. Obviously, we’ll all be starting on different days, so it’ll be fun to cheer each other on through the different stages.

Also, feel free to use the button I’ve made (in the left sidebar, on the top) to link-back to the original post, so you don’t have to do all of the ‘splaining to your friends if you don’t want to.

Or, you can just subscribe to my blog over there in the sidebar, or follow me on twitter @melissajenna.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to share them. I always love hearing what you guys have to say.

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6 Comments

  1. Sandy

     /  July 7, 2012

    LOVE getting your posts. I’m a new follower (found you from your “big post”) – thought it was great btw… and can absolutely identify w/ the no makeup deal. I feel like I’m always having to cover up SOMETHING so can’t imagine going w/out! So amazing what you’re doing. You look great w/out it and Ellie is beautiful! Looking forward to reading more of your stuff. Blogging intimidates me (nor do I have time) so I’ll just continue reading others 🙂

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  2. JulieForster

     /  July 7, 2012

    Awesomeness right here! I fast from makeup during the summer when I am not in front of 7th and 8th graders!

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  3. I love this idea and it speaks to what I feel like God has asked me to stand for. Declaring and end to self-hatred and learning to love the masterpiece of God’s creation that we all are!

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  4. Brandon Barkley

     /  July 8, 2012

    1,000 comments? I am not sure I have ever had 1,000 comments on every blog post I’ve made in my life. Honestly, 100 would be stretching it probably in that arena. 🙂

    Anyway, good luck on planning Ellie’s party. My son just turned 2 and had a wonderful birthday at the house + neighborhood pool. Keep it as simple as possible and don’t stress!

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  5. Beautiful! You don’t need makeup!

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  6. April

     /  July 8, 2012

    Hi Melissa! I think what you are doing is great! I will be praying for you to grow more comfortable in the skin God gave you. You are a beautiful young lady(and I am not just saying that either) just look at your daughter she is just as beautiful as you. 🙂 I look forward to seeing what the Lord does in your life with this journey! Here is some verses that I hope give you much encouragement as you go through it…. Ps. 139:13-16.

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