SweetLife: Who Am I? #Nomakeupseries


(Disclaimer: This post is not to knock anyone who wears makeup everyday. As long as you’re happy with yourself with or without it, then do you boo!)

When I stumbled across the amazing Steve Osemwenkhae’s no makeup series movement via instagram I immediately reached out to him to see how I could become a part of the message he was trying to spread.

For those who know me personally, or have been following my blog for a while, know that I started my blog as an outlet after suffering for years with a serious eating disorder. The message I wanted my blog to send out to women (especially women of color) is that you are perfect just the way you are, and if you feel otherwise, you are not alone.

Each woman is different and not every woman feels as though they are not good enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, dainty enough, sexy enough etc, but there are ones that do feel those things day in and day out, and succumb to the pressures to fit. They start crazy dieting, and acting in ways that make them part of the “standard”, rather than being who they are.

Too many times (and I’m guilty of these things) I hear a woman say to another woman: “You lost weight!” and the first thing the other woman says is: “thank you!”, as if to say losing weight is a great and desirable feat and if you are doing it, then you are one step closer to the “standard”.

Too many times I’ve over-heard women say they need to just drop 10-15 more pounds, or get back down to a size 2 and they’ll be happy. Will they really?

When I catch myself saying those things, I have to remind myself that a number on a scale or on a tag of my dress means nothing. There are different body types, shapes and sizes and being 120 for one person may look completely different on another person.

I have to remind myself it is all about how you feel, and ensuring you are living the best and happiest lifestyle you can. No amount of concealer, anti-aging serum, or contour will make you wake up one day and be a Kardashian, have millions of dollars, or go back in time 15 years to look younger. It won’t make you HAPPY, because happiness comes from within and beams outwardly. It comes from accepting and loving yourself whole-heartedly first and foremost.

Steve’s message of “Celebrating Natural Beauty” meshed perfectly with my blog’s theme. It was a no brainer that we needed to collaborate.

I’m already a person who does not wear make up everyday. I barely wear it if I go out with friends, but I do find makeup to be fascinating as an art form. It can definitely transform your face in many different ways. (a good eyebrow pencil does wonders, ladies!)

Steve and I walked around Cleveland circle, and as he made me feel super comfortable, as if I knew him for years, he snapped these amazing black and white photos.

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Remember: we have all felt down about ourselves at points in our lives, but the key is to be you and be the best version of yourself you can be each and everyday!

For more of the No Makeup Series, head over to www.nomakeupseries.com and check out more of Steve’s amazing photography and the stories of other women who participated.


Question of the Day: What makes you feel most naturally beautiful?

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  1. Love it! You make s great point that we consider losing weight to be a closer to the standard beauty mark. My fave photo is the one of you jumping. 🙂

    1. Thank you! It’s true, being healthy is great and if you need to lose a few pounds to be healthy, then that is great, but when dropping pounds becomes a thing that is a compliment, it’s weird to me. (if that makes sense haha)

  2. Thank you so much fo sharing this. Steve is an amazingly talented photographer and while I was way to shy to get in front of the camera, I was also so inspired by the project when I first saw it a while back that I reached out to thank him. Its wonderful to see more women participating, and you look beautiful in the shots. You are inspiration and hopefully this post and Steve’s series will help women reach true self-acceptance.

    1. awww thank you! It was really fun, and although it was something natural for me as I don’t wear makeup often, it was inspiring knowing that this will help some women to feel comfortable in their own skin with or without makeup

  3. It wasn’t until I was older, probably in my 40s, that I realized how incredibly beautiful younger women’s skin is. And that they generally where the most amount of makeup. Good for you coming to this realization on your own. You are a beauty!

    1. Thank you!
      I hope more young girls can realize early on how beautiful they are in their natural state.
      If they want to wear makeup for fun purposes or to enhance something, sure…but it definitely isn’t a source to ensure happiness with ones looks.

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