May 14

Bloggers Without Makeup

Jodie Anstead (@JodieAnstead) challenged bloggers and tweeps to join her on Friday, 14th May for a Bloggers Without Makeup Day. I could summarise her post on the inspiration for this day, but I’m feeling lazy and running late with my own BWM post, so you should probably just wander over to Jodie’s Mummy Mayhem blog and check out her post on Bloggers Without Makeup yourself.

Basically, Jodie has called us all to step out from behind the veil of cosmetics and photoshopping to celebrate ourselves in our natural glory.

I’m a bit late to the party since I tend to be the person behind the camera instead of in front of it. Finding a photo of me at all is difficult and sans makeup almost impossible. So, I’ve waited until my kids arrived home from school and asked my son to take a photo of me with my beautiful daughter. Not sure how wise this was, since she looks infinitely better without make-up than I do, but I like the photo so I’m going to use it.

Brace yourselves.

Bloggers Without Makeup photo


There, that wasn’t so painful, was it?

I love that this has been such a positive, community-building event. I have many friends who just look at me in confusion when I refer to other bloggers or twitter friends. They shy away from the internet as if it’s only purpose is as a tool for those with nefarious purposes seeking to prey on the weak and naive.

I think today proves them all wrong. While there are undeniably internet abusers, there is also a great deal of encouragement, support, friendship and empowerment to be gained from being able to connect with likeminded people all over the globe. Bloggers Without Makeup has been a wonderful event – women making themselves a little bit vulnerable and receiving support, encouragement, affirmation and affection from others for their effort. What’s not to love about that?

Congratulations Jodie for setting the Bloggers Without Makeup Day in motion. You are an inspiration, as are all the bloggers and tweeps that have taken part and encouraged each other with good will and humour.

It’s not too late to join in. Post a picture of yourself without makeup on your blog and/or change your twitter avatar to a makeup free image. Please visit the blogs of the brave ladies who have taken part today and offer them some encouragement as well. Search for #BloggersWithoutMakeup on twitter for a great selection of amazing women to support. Don’t forget to add your blog link on Jodie’s Bloggers Without Makeup Day post as well.

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  1. Linda

    You look wonderful, it’s a lovely photo of both of you.
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Bloggers without Makeup =-.

    1. Susan

      Thank you. 🙂 My daughter is quite excited to be featured on my blog. Taking the photo made me realise just how infrequently I’m actually in photos with my kids, so I’m rather pleased that I have this one now.

  2. Marg

    It is a lovely photo!

    I probably shouldn’t confess that I blog without makeup pretty much every day!
    .-= Marg´s last blog ..The House on Tradd Street by Karen White =-.

    1. Susan

      I blog without makeup too, I just don’t usually provide everyone with a photo to prove it. 🙂

  3. Katrina Germein

    I agree with you about the internet community. My ‘real’ friends think it’s funny that I like Twitter but I’ve found the tweeps I hang out with to be encouraging, fun and supportive.
    Great photo. You both have the same smile.
    .-= Katrina Germein´s last blog ..More Things Not to Say to a Children’s Author =-.

    1. Susan

      I have recently stopped referring to friends I have made through Twitter & blogging as e-friends. I have met some wonderful people vit the ‘net that I enjoy chatting. People I enjoy spending time with – they’re real friends, aren’t they?

      So glad you stopped by the help me celebrate Bloggers Without Makeup Day.

  4. Megan

    What a gorgeous photo. You’re right – it’s such a wonderful community here in Blogland and I feel lucky to be part of it. Especially today. xx
    .-= Megan´s last blog ..This Is Me =-.

    1. Susan

      It has felt great to be part of something so positive and encouraging, hasn’t it?

  5. Naomi

    I agree about blogs and twitter, I was a non believer… WAS.
    Love the photos of you both.
    .-= Naomi´s last blog ..Bloggers Without Makeup. =-.

    1. Susan

      I love the way the blogging and twitter communities have embraced the BWM idea.

  6. ali

    Lovely pic x
    .-= ali´s last blog ..Bloggers Without Makeup Day =-.

    1. Susan

      Thanks. 🙂

  7. Genna

    It’s a lovely photo of you both!
    .-= Genna´s last blog ..Kitchen Cleaning Uses for Vinegar =-.

    1. Susan

      You are gorgeous. So glad you joined in with BWM too. You are an inspiration.

  8. Kelly Be A Fun Mum

    I love this!
    .-= Kelly Be A Fun Mum´s last blog ..Play Memories =-.

    1. Susan

      Thank you. 🙂

  9. Kristin

    What a lovely photo! Here’s to blogging in the buff!
    .-= Kristin´s last blog ..Raw and uncensored =-.

    1. Susan

      Thank goodness it wasn’t totally in the buff. make-up free is scary enough. 🙂

  10. Jules

    Obviously you had nothing to worry about as it’s a lovely pic of the two of you!
    .-= Jules´s last blog ..Bloggers Without Make Up =-.

    1. Susan

      Thank you! I’m so glad you’ve joined in with the BWM fun as well. 🙂

  11. Megan

    Your daughter is adorable, as are you! Consider yourself lucky, I was home alone for my photo-session of the day and had to do the self portrait deal!

    *ps* love the glasses 🙂

    1. Susan

      I tried to do a self-portrait, but they all looked weird. Decided to wait and give my son the thrill of taking the photo. He considers himself quite a photographer. 🙂

      Thanks for your kind comments. I think my daughter is adorable too.

  12. Jodie at Mummy Mayhem

    Love it Susan! Was so nice to talk to you today, and thank for writing such a lovely article.

    As I said to you on the phone, I find the blogging and Twitter community very supportive. There are many in the blogosphere etc that I consider my friends.

    Thanks for sharing. You are gorgeous!!
    .-= Jodie at Mummy Mayhem´s last blog ..Bloggers Without Makeup Day =-.

    1. Susan

      Thank you Jodie for all you’ve done to be part of that positive supportive blogging community. Bloggers Without Makeup Day has been an amazing experience.

  13. Cerry

    You both look lovely. Love the daughter’s shirt, too.
    .-= Cerry´s last blog ..Bloggers In Jammies With Unbrushed Hair and Dodgy Webcams =-.