September 18, 2013

green beauties bare all

sonja - founder of life in blush

green beauties sans makeup – what a fun and (gulp) scary idea for a post! Sarita of Peace on the Skin & Peace Within tagged me to join in on what started as an idea amongst her and a few other beauty bloggers to take pictures of themselves without makeup – and no filters either.

I was initially hesitant as only my boyfriend and family ever see me completely bare faced….and even then my sister questions it – ‘do you have eyeliner on? I swear I see eyeliner!’ – but then I asked myself why is it that women are so afraid to be seen without makeup? Makeup spans 6,000 years of human history, and almost every society on earth, and is a way for us to appear desirable, BUT if I’ve learned anything from my summer trip, and the little-to-no makeup I wore the entire time I learned this:

  1. small children will not recoil in horror if they see me without concealer and mascara
  2. when your skin is well hydrated, your body rested, and your mind completely free of stress, there’s nothing more beautiful than a bare face – the women of Spain are a testament!
  3. wearing hardly any makeup is so freeing! I choose when I want to wear it and no longer feel a compulsion to wear it simply because of the fear I won’t look presentable otherwise
  4. people will still be able to tell I have eyes even without mascara on (can you tell yet that I have a severe attachment to mascara?)

Thanks again for tagging me Sarita – I now tag all the other beauties out there who want to come {naked} face forward and join in on the fun!


  • Britanie

    You’re absolutely beautiful and radiant. You should never be afraid to not wear makeup!!

  • Ivona

    Stunning! I love this post – and you wrote what every girl thinks about! It’s funny how guys are attracted to minimal makeup yet we strive to wear makeup at all possible times.

    • agreed! marcelo says when he first met me I wore all this makeup and now that I wear hardly any he loves it so much more 🙂

  • Michele

    Funny, I was just thinking about this today. Something like “was I wearing makeup in that photo?”. And I thought, of course – I usually don’t go out in public without it. Boy would that be liberating not to “need” to wear it. Just can’t get past some basic things: mascara, foundation, blush, lipstick and eyebrow pencil. Hint – enjoy your eyebrows now, ladies. 😉

    • Hi Michele!
      I love your story – it felt like you were in my brain, haha. My basics when I want to touch-up my face a bit is mascara, concealer, blush and lipstick – love how easy that is!
      Thanks so much for saying hello!

  • Alicia

    STUNNING !!!! Beautiful inside and out. Ps – I miss Dubrovnik.

  • Garcy

    You look absolutely beautiful fresh faced! And I totally agree but it is also so fun to make different looks with makeup. Going barefaced is just as freeing as suntanning in the nude!

    • oh my that would be freeing! I’m not there yet though, haha. On a side note, and speaking about how much fun it is to play with makeup, I’m so happy to have found your site – a place to source organic, safe and beautiful makeup takes so much of the guesswork out of what to buy…so thank you! xo

  • Margie

    Makeup, no doubt, gives us confidence, but going totally without is freeing in so many ways.
    You did it, Sonja, you are indeed beautiful and “glowing”!

    • thank you thank you thank you! 🙂 xo

  • Vivi

    I agree! Your skin looks fresh and dewy!

    I can never look this “alive” without makeup. My eyebrows also become non-existent. Thanks to my bangs (had it recently), I’ve something to cover up my lazy eyebrows.

    • You can! I used to think that as well, but literally the secret is to be rested, to get rid of stress, to have a healthy diet and use clean, nourishing products like facial oils 🙂 Thanks so much for saying hello! xo

  • Kat

    Love bravery and honesty 🙂 Good for you, what a great idea! You look absolutely beautiful.

    • thanks Kat! I have to admit I nervously pressed “publish” this morning, but am I ever glad I did – it’s such an awesome feeling not be afraid to show my face sans makeup anymore 🙂 Thanks for saying hello! xo

  • Sarita Rosenhaus Coren

    Sonja, you look so beautiful that I’m not sure why you would ever wear makeup again. (OK, cuz it’s fun, green makeup rocks, and you look stunning in it, but still…) I love how you made this your own. I think baring our faces is revealing in so many ways. It peels off layers of the messages we tell ourselves without even realizing it. It allows us to see our radiant beauty without anything covering it. And I must say, you ARE absolutely glowing! Thanks for being brave to bare your face and allow us all to see that beauty can exist without the mask. In fact it thrives! xoxo

    • Sarita, you are absolutely right – I’ve treated makeup as a mask much of my life due to insecurities and societal pressures to look a certain way. The older, healthier and wiser I get I’ve realized how beautiful someone can be without any of that on. Green makeup is definitely fun to play around with, but shouldn’t be the only tool that makes you feel good about yourself. The confidence you get from baring your face, and not caring what anyone thinks, is completely freeing. Your philosophy and approach to life inspires me so thank you for that, and thanks again for tagging me! xo