NAS: Make-up {and a giveaway!}

Oh, hello there! I am sorry I have been so quiet lately... I just have had a busy week and, ya know... the blog tends to get the backseat. Sorry, dear blog. And, dear readers... if you even noticed! ;) 

Today, let's talk make-up. How girly can we get, huh?! Hey, we are ladies and most of us wear makeup, so we are allowed! :) But! Bek brought up a great side of makeup... not what we wear, but why we wear it. Have you ever thought about it before? I think it's great to step back sometimes and reflect on those things we do habitually.

What are your thoughts on wearing make-up? Do you see a tension between a pressure from society and a God-given desire to be and make life beautiful? Is your use of makeup compatible with the idea that God sees you as naturally beautiful?

Ooook! So, I mean... if you have read this blog, you know that I have some confidence issues due to my acne. It's just one of those crosses that I have been given to bear. It's not always fun, but it is what it is.

Because I struggle with this area of my life, I don't always see myself as beautiful. I am sure if we looked deeper at the issue, it could be from societal pressures of what is beautiful and all that. I mean, besides our mothers... where do we get our ideas of beauty? Magazines, movies, TV, other blogs, even.  It's a fact that we all have something that doesn't live up to what society says is beautiful. Ha, crazy! It's like we are human or something. Not photoshopped. Not skinny minny. Not perfect.

Imagine that.

But, we as Christians have a little insight that not everyone does. We know (which is different from accepting and believing) that we (every.single.person.) are innately beautiful. Why? Because God created us. When he created the world, the creatures, the people, he created them to be good. Very good. (Genesis 1: 1-28) We are created in the image and likeness of God, who is perfect and beautiful. So, if He is perfect and beautiful, then we must be, too. Well, the perfect thing kind of went down the the tubes there after the Fall, and as our world loses sight of what God's will is, and really take our gift of Free Will to do whatever we want. The good thing is, we all still have the potential to be perfect. We all have the potential to get into Heaven and be a saint.  And that is an amazing thing.

I digress.

What has never changed, though... no matter what we do or don't do, the fact is: we are still beautiful. Even though we don't look like those girls in the magazines or your favorite blogger or your best friend, it's ok. We are all uniquely beautiful. As we have previously discussed, beauty is being exactly as God has created you to be: curves, pimples, flat hair, horrible singing voice, birth marks, weird dance moves, quirks and all.

Does makeup take away from that? No, I don't think it does. Are you wearing it to accentuate who you already are? To give you the boost of confidence that you need to face the day? I don't wear a ton of makeup, just a enough to cover my blemishes, so it's not so noticeable. When I am going out or getting dressed up, I will wear a bit more, because it adds to the fun of being dressed up!

I think problems in wearing makeup can arise if you are wearing it to seek attention. Do you put loads of blue eye shadow on or globs of mascara to garner a reaction from others? If so, then maybe you should reevaluate the purpose of your makeup. If you are only wearing the makeup for others, then you are missing the point of accentuating your God-given beauty. I think that's what makeup should do anyway. Help us show the world that we feel beautiful and are ready to conquer anything!

So, you want to wear your mascara and new shade of red lipstick? Do it! But, do it for you, not for other people!

What do you think?  Linkup at Morgan's today! AND, it's GIVEAWAY TIME!!! I am sorry for the confusion on when the giveaway was supposed to be! :(  So, head over to Morgan's visit to win some CatholicTV swag! :) And next week, I'll be giving away some more! :) :) And, thanks to Bonnie at CatholicTV for the fun swag!

Also, if you can, please consider donating to CatholicTV. They just had a telethon to raise more money to continue their amazing ministry!! They have so many great things going on, so if you can swing it, please consider helping out. Of course, prayers are always, always appreciated. :)
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Next Week!
Rosary + Single Life
October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, so we wanted to honor Mary and reflect on her help during this time of singleness. How have you called on her intercession before? What is your relationship with our Blessed Mother like? If you don't know much about Mary or the Rosary, is there something keeping you from getting to know her?

October 14
Continuing our reflections about our make-up routines, let's chat about modesty! What does modesty mean to you? Does it just involve the clothes you wear and how you wear them? What about the things you say or do? In what ways can we improve our overall modesty?

October 21
Our culture is obsessed with sex. With anyone! At anytime! If you want to, just do it! But, the Church teaches that sex was created for the context of marriage. Why do you choose to abstain? Why aren't you going around having sex with just anyone? How would you encourage others to do the same? How do you remain strong when everything in our culture is encouraging you to abandon your convictions?

October 28
Discernment Challenges
We all agree that discernment is challenging. Figuring out what the Lord is calling you to do with your life can be frustrating and exhausting. But, then add on lack of family support, cultural pressures, and your personal expectations... ugh. And, this isn't just in relation to vocational discernment, but general life discernment, too! How do you keep going? What helps you to push through? How can we encourage one another? What indicators have you experienced that lets you know you're going down the right path?

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