I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.
Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag – #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!
Here are my thoughts on this whole “Brave and Beautiful” post all of us are doing…
Yes, I believe that we need to be comfortable with ourselves. Yes, I believe that means that you need to be comfortable with yourself without makeup. But, that doesn’t mean that wearing makeup makes you a bad person. It doesn’t make you conceited or vain necessarily. HELLO! I wrote a freaking book about makeup! Of course I love makeup! I believe there is a lot of good that comes from makeup.
If you are a longtime reader of mine, this isn’t the first picture you have seen of me without my makeup. I am comfortable with what I look like without makeup (even if I look like I am about 15 years old) and I have shared a few posts about the importance of letting your face take a makeup free break once and a while to let your skin clear up. I think those days are also good because it helps you focus on finding your self confidence in other places, besides in the makeup that you wear.
With that said, (hold on, let me get up on my soapbox here…) I think it is important to treat our bodies with kindness. For me, that is putting on makeup. I feel like by treating myself to getting my hair done, putting on makeup, or painting my nails, I can feel like a hot momma! Who doesn’t want to feel that way after dealing with two year old potty training poopy accidents all day?! I put on makeup for myself. I do my hair for myself. It is the “me time” I give myself each day and I feel so much better after I have done it. Do I love doing my makeup everyday? Heck no! I am no different than anyone else. Sometimes I would much rather forget all about it… Sometimes I do! I go about once a week without any makeup on. I believe that we are worth spending some time on ourselves.
I spoke at a conference called Pinner’s Conference last year. My class was all about easy makeup looks that busy women could use. While the entire focus of the class was on makeup, I wanted to remind everyone who came to the class that they were taking the time to do their makeup because they really were beautiful. They really were worth their own time. They really were special. I can’t even tell you how many women came up to me after the class thanking me for saying that. Many of them had mentioned how they had stopped wearing makeup because it felt silly to take time to do it when they had so many other things to be doing. I promise you, all of those other things will still be waiting when you are done. The 10 minutes you take to put on your makeup isn’t going to break your entire life. It might just make it.
Now I will get off of my soapbox… I am grateful to be a part of this fun experiment with all of these other amazing bloggers. I think it is really special when any number of women come together for one cause. This is especially the case when it comes to coming together to celebrate beauty and self confidence. Everyone is beautiful. We are all so different, how couldn’t we be?
Don’t stop here. Get clicking around – its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.
>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<
1. BrassyApple 2. Peace from 6 Pieces 3. Is this Really My Life 4. Among the Young 5. Love Me Dani Marie 6. Sweet Charli 7. Kim Orlandini 8. XO, Ashton Tilton 9. She Calls Me Mama Leisha 10. Raising Memories – Canada 11. A Little Tipsy 12. Amy Cornwell 13. A girl and a glue gun 14. My Craftily Ever After 15. Maybe I Will 16. WhipperBerry 17. Paging SuperMom 18. All Things Thrifty 19. Ashlee Marie 20. The Project Girl
21. One Little Momma 22. Entirely Eventful Day 23. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl 24. Tips from a Typical Mom 25. Utah Sweet Savings 26. Flats to Flip Flops 27. One Krieger Chick 28. What Meegan Makes 29. Simply Kierste 30. Live to be Inspired 31. HoneyBear Lane 32. Pretty Providence 33. Ma Nouvelle Mode – in FRANCE 34. MomEntity 35. Serger Pepper – in ITALY 36. Kiki and Company 37. Girl Loves Glam 38. Thrive
39. The Potters Place 40. Crafting in the Rain 41. Cooking With Ruthie 42. Delineate Your Dwelling 43. The Pennington Point 44. Bakerette 45. The Happy Scraps 46. Shannon Baird Photography 47. Tried and Tasty 48. Lionesses at the Gate 49. Fry Sauce and Grits 50. Lolly Jane 51. That’s What Che Said 52. Sugar Bee Crafts 53. Your HomeBased Mom 54. Happiness is Homemade 55. The Crafted Sparrow 56. R&R Workshop 57. I Should Be Mopping the Floor 58. Sassy Steals
59. Let’s Eat Grandpa 60. Being Spiffy 61. Sumo’s Sweet Stuff 62. Ginger Snap Crafts 63. Bless This Mess 64. Apronista 65. Dreaming About Someday 66. Frenchie 67. Tastefully Frugal 68. Four Marrs and One Venus 69. Your Sister Circle 70. Over the Big Moon 71. See Vanessa Craft 72. Infarrantly Creative 73. Family StoryTelling
74. Albion Gould 75. Life as Mrs. Larson 76. Tried and True 77. Play.Party.Pin. 78. Bite of Delight 79. Ink Happi 80. ObSEUSSed 81. U Create 82. My Mommy Style 83. Find it Make it Love it 84. The Contractor Chronicles 85. Novae Clothing 86. Mommy Makes Things 87. At Home with Sweet T 88. We Like to Learn As We Go 89. House for Five 90. Organize and Decorate Everything 91. Sassy Southern Gurl 92. The Creative Mom 93. Keep Moving Forward with Me
94. The Benson Street 95. Mom 4 Real 96. Sowdering About 97. illistyle 98. The Crafty Blog Stalker 99. A Fiery Red Life 100. Cupcakes & Crowbars 101. One Sweet Appetite 102. My DayLights 103. Restless Risa
104. Sypsie Designs 105. Vintage Mother 106. Like Mother Like Daughter 107. 30 Handmade Days 108. Queen B and Me 109. Apples by Ashley 110. Boutique Cafe – in CANADA 111. Just My Little Mess 112. Bombshell Bling 113. Sarah Tyau 114. Taradara Make it 115. Capturing Joy 116. Ivory Lime Photography 117. Jenkins Kids Farm 118. Free Time Frolics 119. Bella Storia 120. Dana Ohlsen Photography
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