Here’s the thing: I love makeup. Like most women I know, I’m always on the lookout for new products and I’m easily seduced by new makeup products. As I get a bit older (just turned 43 – how did that happen?!) and wiser, I have come to realize that makeup is fun, addictive, artistic even – but it’s not true beauty.
I cannot tell you how many times my husband has told me that I don’t need any makeup and I’m beautiful the way I am. BUT, it’s only been recently that I’ve come to realize that my face IS beautiful. The lines I see now, they show how much I’ve laughed in this life. Sometimes when I look in the mirror, I can see my mother in my reflection (a woman who was always beautiful with barely a trace of makeup on) and I want to freeze frame that moment when I see her staring back at me. The lines and wrinkles that I have now? They’re well-earned, and they are beautiful.
Sure, I love makeup but I love my face – plain and simple too. And out of nowhere, I thought it would be great to have a hashtag that celebrated our natural beauty. So I’ve decided to create #wipeitoffwednesday. And of course, I’m going to offer a prize for those of you who want to celebrate with me! I’ll start by posting my photo:
Do I have dark circles under my eyes? Sure, yep. Do my eyebrows need some help? You bet they do. But do I look at this picture and see a 43 year old woman? Actually, no. I see a smile with nice straight teeth that never needed braces. I see my funky left half-brown / half-hazel eye. And most importantly, I see my mom. I see her in my face without all the makeup I usually wear, and she’s beautiful and I love her. So my bare, naked face – wiped off of my usual makeup routine, it’s pretty good for a middle-aged gal. So, how about yours?
To kick this off, I’m going to offer a couple of prizes of guess what? MAKEUP. Yep, I know. lol But you know what? I’m not saying never wear makeup – never! I love it! I’m just saying love the gorgeous canvas you get to work with. :)
So here’s what you can win:
This prize comes with the following BRAND NEW awesomeness:
❥ Gorgeous Clinique Floral Makeup Bag
❥ Clinique Chubby Lip Stick in 07 Super Strawberry
❥ Clinique High Impact Mascara Mini
❥ Ulta Complete Eye 4 Eyeshadows 1 Powder Line Compact in “Classical” (Browns/Neutrals)
❥ Ulta Splendor Bronzer & Blush Compact
❥ Ulta Dual Ended Eyeliner
❥ Ulta Fabulous Face Concealer in Fair to Light
❥ Ulta Nail Polish Mini in Peach Parfait
❥ Ulta Eyeshadow Quad in Sunrise / Sage/ Khaki / Copper Bronze
❥ Ulta Mini Brush Set
❥ Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer Sample
❥ Deva Curl One Condition Sampler Pack
AND PRIZE #2:
Anti-Aging Lip Tint Duo Gift Set Includes:
0.5 oz. Clinical Corrector Anti-Aging Lip Tint SPF 20 (pink)
0.5 oz. Clinical Corrector Anti-Aging Lip Tint SPF 20 (plum)
NOTE: I can only ship to the US. However, if you are outside the US and would like to enter and want to pay the extended shipping costs for international shipping, you are more than welcome to enter. In any case, I encourage everyone to post their gorgeous pictures, whether entering for a prize or not! :)
HOW TO ENTER:
Simply post a photo of your fresh-faced gorgeousness anywhere on social media and hashtag it with #wipeitoffwednesday and also be sure to tag me @divataunia.
If you don’t want to enter for a prize, but want to encourage other women to celebrate their inner beauty, simply post something and use the hashtag #wipeitoffwednesday.
I’d love to get this hashtag going and then offer more sponsored prizes in the future!
I’ll be drawing and announcing the winner on Thursday night (possibly Friday morning). Everyone who enters will be entered in a raffle and I’ll draw the winner at random.
I can’t wait to see your gorgeous faces!
NOTE: I will select a winner next Thursday, 3/19. If you already entered this week, you’ll get 2X the entries AND you can enter again for next week. Giving the tag another week to catch on and get more gorgeous faces!