Sorry you haven't heard from us much lately...I've been on vacation at the beach, and KameraWhore has been working furiously, formulating some new things and researching a future facet of the closet narcissist. (With all those f's, that was a bit like a tongue-twister!)
Being at the beach made me think about a couple of things. I tried to spend my vacation not thinking about much of ANYthing! But a TCN-related thought can't help but pop in every now and again. :)
As much of a makeup addict as I am, I just can't bring myself to wear it at the beach! I enjoyed 8 makeup-free days and thought nothing of it. After a while, I kinda miss it, though! Just because it's fun. But while I'm there, it's the last thing on my mind.
I remember the first time I went on vacation with my fiance and his (now our) family years ago. At the time, I was not comfortable with not wearing makeup except at home, really. I didn't know what I'd do! I also wasn't very comfortable in my body back then either, and I was thinking, "I have to appear in public in a swimsuit AND sans makeup?!" I didn't know what a good thing that would turn out to be! I think I wore makeup the first day and then gave it up because it suddenly seemed so ridiculous to wear it at the beach. By the end of the week, I was used to presenting myself without makeup. I was used to how my face looked without it, and it didn't look so strange and foreign anymore. I really do think it's all a matter of what you're used to. Since then, the only makeup I've worn at the beach was a bit of mascara if we had a big get-together dinner where we all put forth a little more effort than normal (though nothing formal). Sometimes not even then. If we ever went out to a nice dinner on vacation, I might put on some makeup and just go lighter than normal. But that first vacation broke me of the habit and enabled me to - gasp! - be seen in public without makeup anytime I wanted, not just on vacation. This trip, the most I did was quickly comb my brows, 'cuz they're pretty unruly on their own. We rarely leave the house and surrounding beach, so we spend most of the day outside with sunblock, sand, water, sweat, and wind, and makeup is pretty pointless.
Which brings me to another thing I was thinking about...sunblock. It kind of amazes me that anyone sets out to tan on purpose regularly anymore. In my eyes, going to a tanning bed or laying out and browning yourself frequently is kind of akin to smoking these days. It's not only passe, but it's unhealthy. I'm really not interested in inviting skin cancer or premature aging. I was pretty religious about sunblock this trip and have been since a couple years ago when I accidentally burned myself to a crisp...my whole self was lobster red, and it hurt to sleep because I couldn't even stand to touch the sheets. I still got a little bit of sun this trip...even sitting under umbrellas and reapplying your sunblock periodically still isn't going to safeguard you from all exposure...and if I'm being perfectly honest, I think I look less tired with a little extra color. But what I got was pretty minimal, and I'm fine with it. I don't take sun protection to a fanatical level day-to-day, though I do make sure to at least have some on my face. But you won't see me out on the beach without sunblock anymore. I used to worry over being too pale; it seemed like tanning was the thing to do, and people would criticize you if you didn't have enough color. Now I just don't really care. I saw a picture of some guy from "Jersey Shore" (which I have never watched, but I know enough about it to know they obsessively tan) leaning back and holding one of those shiny, folded reflector things to increase his tan. I wrinkled up my nose and wondered what he'll look like when he's 40. I used to go to a tanning bed for special occasions, I used to think I needed to burn before I tanned, and I even thought I needed a "base tan" from a tanning bed before going to the beach...good grief. I'm not saying you will never, ever see me laying out by a pool...but it probably won't be for long.
I'm happy to say that when I go on vacation now, I truly relax and have fun...I no longer obsess over how my body looks in a suit, I don't spend all my time tanning, and I don't worry over how I look without makeup. It makes for a much more relaxing time!! And that's what vacation is supposed to be about. I want to have a good time on the beach and not worry about trivial stuff. If I start to worry about my appearance, I tell myself I'm sure I look better than I think I do and distract myself with something fun. It's just not that important!!
So, beauties...what are your thoughts on makeup at the beach/tanning/body image in a swimsuit? Do you let it get to you, or can you let it go and just have fun?