Leaving the house with out your FACE on

United States
April 6, 2007 1:43pm CST
A few years ago, I would not even go to Wal-mart unless my face and make up were perfect and I had on presentable clothes. My husband hated it. He would have to tell me at least 45 minutes before he actually wanted to walk out the door to go anywhere. Now that I am at home with my grand children I am a little more laid back. I will if its a short run to town leave my sweats on, and I do not do my face completely but I still have to put on a little bit of mascara and lipstick. I was wondering how many of you Ladies and girls have a complete routine even if its just to go grocery shopping, Or are you one of the Free Birds that can run out with out a glance in the mirror?
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
6 Apr 07
I might brush my hair. And if I have stains on my clothing or something I'll change it, but I've even been known to go places in pajamas when I was feeling lazy. I guess I just don't care much about things like that. My grandmother used to do full makeup to work in the yard. It was horrible, because then she would sweat and it would just run everywhere... and yet I couldn't convince her not to do it. I've just never understood that. I think makeup is fun sometimes if I'm trying to evoke a particular mood, but I would definitely never wear it every day.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
6 Apr 07
Wow, that must have been quite a sight! Mowing the lawn in a business suit! And wouldn't that be awfully bad for the suit? As for your question, sadly, I do not own a pair of fuzzy slippers. I tend to run around the house barefoot, so if I go out in my Betty Boop pajamas, I would doubtless put on sneakers with them.
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• United States
7 Apr 07
Lecanis I think like I told Jersey, I believe that it was the mentality of older women, especially those that were young wifes and mothers in the 50's. Look at all of those old shows Leave it to beaver, Ossie and Harriate. The mothers all looked so grand in full dress and aprons, pulling pot roasts out of ovens all the while smiling and you know they had to smell better than did the roasts. Speaking of moods thats another point as to why I think I felt I could not even go to the dollar store, if I felt like I looked as good as I could it just made me feel better.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7 Apr 07
You know, that's a very good point. It does tend to be people of a certain generation that feel this way. I suppose I'm just too young to understand then! =p Actually, though, the more "popular" people of my generation also tend to wear a lot of makeup. I think it has something to do with standards of beauty for them. I know at least one person around my age who has said she's afraid to let anyone see her without her make up because "they might find out I'm not pretty after all." *shudders* I just can't understand it. That being said, I suppose I do worry about what I look like a little. My struggle with acne has left me feeling pretty bad about myself before. So I'm not totally immune.
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• United States
6 Apr 07
Hi,Angel! I am definatley a freebird. My philosophy is ,if a man doesn't like the way i look without makeup ,he doesn't have to looklol. I very rarely use makeup ,usually for special occasions and then nothing real heavy.
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• United States
7 Apr 07
See, for me its never been a question of doing it for (men) well maybe when I was young. In my grandmothers and mothers day their philosophy was a woman had to be good in the kitchen rattling those pots and pans and had better be dang good looking at the same time. I think a lot of that wore off on me.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
thank God that I never had to go through that .is n't amazing how much women put up with . I would like to see those men getting all hot and sweaty in the kitchen and see if they still look their best lol!
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• United States
7 Apr 07
I wish I could say that I was a "free bird" but I would be lying!LOL! I have to have my hair washed and put on a bit of concealer and blush at the least...oh, and also curl my eyelash's, I simply will not go out of the house without curling my lashes...but I wish I could:)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Ahh a woman after my own heart. I have gotten so much better, but like you it is still inconceivable to leave the house with out at least a little mascara and lipstick. For my husband that means if he says lets go now it only takes me about 15 minutes and that is agreeable to him. He is like Trans, he can jump in the car without so much as a look in the mirror.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I do not wear makeup and so it is nothing to be anywhere as I am. I do brush my hair and put on suitable clothing and voila. A trip to the store, to work or just flea marketing etc. I guess that makes me a free bird. Will be neat to see what others have to say.
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@hopeful28 (1439)
• Singapore
8 Apr 07
Hi Angel, I am one of those who rarely put on makeup unless it is for a special occassion like a wedding or some ceremony. I used to put on makeup when I was working in the office but now as a freelance piano teacher I hardly put on any because most of the time I am travelling around from one place to another and as I have oily skin I would feel very uncomfortable with makeup on. Also, my skin will become more susceptible to breakouts. So, I will just put all the skincare products which are necessary to close pores, hydrate the skin and put on sunblock but no makeup at all. I believe as long as we feel good about ourselves and are presentable, makeup is not really necessary except for those special occassions.
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
8 Apr 07
See this is the type of the woman I would like to marry. She is secure in her looks and musical. That to me is like perfection. Since you're a piano teacher I bet you would get a good laugh at me playing piano. As a guitarist by nature, I was forced in college to play piano and the professors would laugh to no end when I would "shake my fingers" on the keys tring to generate vibrato and sustain. :) Which goes back to an earlier post where the subject of "habit" was brought up regarding why women use makeup daily...
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• United States
8 Apr 07
Hopeful, You are so very right :))
• United States
8 Apr 07
Filmbuff...HEEL...DOWN BOY :)) calm yourself there ya little horndog:)))
@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
9 Apr 07
I'm a lot closer to the 'free bird' type. I have dark circles so I will put on under eye cncealer and a dash of powder but unless I was doing something that needed a serious spruce up that would be my regular regimen. I remember a boyfriend when I was in my 20's telling a friend on the phone, "As soon as she has a shower and gets ready we'll be leaving, in a about 10 minutes". The friend he was talking to must have groaned and made some sort of comment because he stressed the issue, saying, "No, dude, we'll be out the door in ten minutes. She's cool like that." Nothing has changed. I had guests here and even the 11 year old girl takes longer to get ready than me! It's not that I'm totally rumpled and scrappy looking, I prefer to think of myself as a minimalist with good genes!
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• United States
9 Apr 07
Ahhh I already had you pegged for a beautiful Freebird.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
8 Apr 07
I used to be like that. If I went out of the house at all I wore make-up. Then I got a job doing housekeeping and the make up would be gone within an hour of working. I stopped bothering and now I only wear it on special occassions. I just don't think it needs to be done on a daily basis. Not like I need to impress anyone or anything like that.
• United States
9 Apr 07
Yes I understand, that if your job is a physically hard one why it might be better to forgo a makeup routine Emerald. I bet you are just beautiful with out it anyway.
@lauzpauz (115)
7 Apr 07
I am now a free bird I think.... I mean.. it depends on what I am feeling like that day...sometimes a little make up doesnt harm anybody :) but normally I just brush my hair, have a wash, clean my teeth and then go out...I used to spend hours putting my make up on, when I was younger, but now at the grand old age of 20 I prefer to give my skin a breather
• United States
8 Apr 07
Trust me your skin will thank you for it when you are 40.
@greengal (4286)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Haha, I'm like that even now...won't leave the house without being dressed properly and a clean face. For short trips I don't care for make-up but when we go out then I definitely dress up. I don't use much make-up...moisturizer, powder and lip balm..and for parties its the full thing:) My hubby does get annoyed when I dress up to go to Kroger or Walmart..lol Kroger is a 10 min drive from our place and we finish groceries within an hour or so. I stay at home all the time so any chance to go out makes me dress up, I take time to choose what to wear even if its to the grocers..lol
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• United States
8 Apr 07
Too funny :))) Yep I have had weeks like that since being at home with my grand babies, that going to wal-mart is our excitement for the week so we best look good doing it!
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Since I have a morning 'routine' of straightening the house, making the bed (after my husband has left for work) I then get dressed and do hair (even if it's just in a ponytail) and put on a bit of makeup. So if I have to run any errands I don't have to 'get ready' I can just go. But this partially comes from getting up at 5:30 every morning for the past yr and a half to get ready for work. I am now working part-time in the evenings, and try to get my own business off the ground.
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• United States
8 Apr 07
And See you just brought up another good point. It becomes so much a part of your routine that it is habit and second nature.
• Philippines
7 Apr 07
How i wish i could be like before when i had no care whether my eyebrows were made or whether my cheeks had color on it. I am not sure if it's because im getting older, that i no longer look as 'presentable' as i used to be or if i simply became too vain and conscious. sure, i can go out front without even combing my hair but more than 50 feet from our doorstep and i would have to check if my brows are ok, my lips and cheeks have color and if my face does not look greasy.
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• United States
8 Apr 07
I used to have eyebrows like Brook Shields, full and thick, but again when I was growing up they had to be thin , shaped well. I have plucked for so many years that a few years ago when full eyebrows were all the rage I tried to let mine grow out, they just looked thin and scraggly... LMAO
• Australia
7 Apr 07
I like to at least put on some mascara and lipstick. I am more fussy about my hair though. I like to always be clean and if I'm having a bad hair day I put it back with a hair band, it makes all the difference if your hair has some order.
• United States
8 Apr 07
Its amazing what a couple of nice scrunchies will do for our wardrobes huh?
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
7 Apr 07
I like my makeup and hair color and all the moisturiseres.I like to fix up because it makes me feel good. It makes me happy to look my best.I never go anywhere without it and even if i am sick, I will still take time to wear it.I dont believe in overdoing it but I have taken good care of my skin and I like a little color.I think its important to do whats most comfortable for you but for me as an older woman, I need lady clarol and max factor....lol
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• United States
7 Apr 07
Hey that Lady Clarol is a life saver huh Eaforeman. I think we are all vain on certain levels but we have to feel we look good or it truly rubs off into other parts of our lives. I am not saying that not using makeup or haircolor is wrong either. If you do not use it because you know you look fantastic with out it I am apt to be a little envious of your freedom :))
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@catbvq (364)
• Philippines
7 Apr 07
I will definitely never go out without taking a bath and putting on make-up first. It's a woman's prerogative to feel beautiful and whether they like it or not, men should learn to appreciate this. We are not only doing this to so that we may appear presentable to people but also to feel good about ourselves.
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• United States
7 Apr 07
Very well said Cat, thank you
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@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
30 Apr 07
I learned a long time ago to like me just the way I am. I have not worn makeup in years. I will wear a little light powder for very special occasions. If it is a really big deal, I will wear mascara. But the day to day living, I wear no makeup. I don't get all dressed up to go to the store either. I am not trying to find a new boyfriend or attract any attention so why should I dress to kill.
@rusty2rusty (6766)
• Defiance, Ohio
20 Apr 07
I never wear mae up. So I am one of those free birds you are talking about. I do make sure my hair looks okay. But it doesn't take long at all. A little spray on gel to control the frizz and fly aways and I am good to go.
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@Damacoy (65)
• Philippines
14 Apr 07
If we're just going to buy groceries or just going to some errands i just put some baby powder and brush my hair. But if we are going to the mall, and to work... i put my make up on.
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@weemam (13377)
11 Apr 07
I always wear a little moisturiser and a little lipstick , but I won't go out anywhere unless I have changed into clean slacks and top , My granddaughters get really annoyed with me " nanny you look fine as you are" they shout at me but I just couldn't go out with the things I wear about the house . My Mum was and still is Ike this so I must take it from her , I think I am too old to change my ways now xx
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
9 Apr 07
My mom and grandma also used to use make up just to go out of the door and see if it was sunny outside :) Maybe because of that I rebelled against from the beginning. I prefer a clean face most of the time. There are times where I wear make up of course- i prefer it minimal, the most natural look possible - usually if I"m in the mood or I'm going somewhere nice or something like that, but usually I use nothing or just a bit of lipstick and very subtle eyeliner. I do make sure that my hair is fine - because it's quite curly, fine is usually a kind of an organized curly mess :) - and that my clothes are clean and neat. I do not wear perfume usually - many of them are quite strong for my taste - but I do use a nice scented body lotion after I shower. Free bird... yeah,I"m there :)
@DeaXyza (577)
• United States
9 Apr 07
I do not wear any makeup at all except lipstick, gloss and Kohl in my eyes but if I am in a rush then I just dab a dash of chapstick and out I go! I always have time to pull up my jeans and t-shirt takes less than 2 mins for me. But if I were to go out with my hubby for a dinner or to a friend's place then I would add some lipstick and some kohl liner to my eyes.and I never leave without drenching myself in a nice smelling perfume.
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