the dare


Well, here's a post that's been a long time coming. Pepper can vouch for Saucy - the idea of posting pictures of herself sans makeup has been a lingering thought on Saucy's mind for a year or two now.

It just so happens that yesterday her pal Mrs. G over at Derfwad Manor set about a little challenge... like a truth or dare scenario. And when faced with such a decision, Saucy will almost always go dare. Why? Because she really tries to speak the truth all the time, no matter how ugly it is. So picking truth isn't really that much of a challenge for her. Let's go with dare, shall we?

Mrs. G dared her readers to send along or post pictures of themselves without their makeup on. Without their ammunition, as Saucy often calls it.


Since she's telling the truth, Saucy needs to say she'd rather die than be seen out and about without her makeup. This stems from a traumatic experience that dates back to her eleventh year, long before The Fan gave permission to wear Bonne Bell lipgloss to school on a regular basis.

The family was at Woolworth's - for what reason Saucy cannot say because truthfully, she cannot name another time she found herself in Woolworth's with her family - but, there she was. She asked permission to leave the small appliance department that her parents were engrossed in and went to the lunch counter on her own.

When she sat up to the counter to order a Coke, the lunch lady approached and asked,

"What'll it be, son?"

And there it was. The moment that Saucy's developing self-esteem was shaken to the core. The moment she faced her inner demons and realized, without makeup on, I must look like a boy.


Ever since that fateful day, Saucy has dutifully applied the cosmetics ascribed by Elle, Vogue and Glamour. The de-puffing cream. The undereye concealer. The skin lightening gels and the brow wax.

Yes, the brow wax. Without it, Saucy lacks the desired forty-five degree angle achieved when her makeup brush is held aloft her nose and alongside her inner eye.

And it's a shame.


Saucy supposes that it's a shame she's spent hours of her life obsessing over these minute details... but there it is. She can't get it back. She can't get back the value of a small hybrid automobile spent on said waxes, gels and creams, either.


But she can say, here I am. Like it or leave it. And she should. If nothing else, for Loopy and the rest of the Cheerios. Because no amount of product can make you feel good about yourself... you've got to do that part on your own.

For the record, Saucy feels pretty darn good about herself. But she's still going to try to get an appointment to have her roots done this weekend. Old habits die hard.


Yes, it could be worse. It could be a popular blog.

44 comments:

Eugenia said...

Go girl. You are beautiful and you DO NOT look like a boy.

Angela said...

OMG! First of all, let me say that you are one of the most beautiful people that I have never met! And although it is entirely cliche, I realize, you are so incredibly beautiful on the inside that the makeup, and all other aesthetic touches only accentuate that beauty on the outside... you ask Veto, he will agree with me, wholeheartedly (especially since he is your "bowl").

I am proud of you for doing this. It takes a lot of courage, to show that your beauty is more than skin deep!

Love you-
Angela

dragonflydreamer said...

You are beautiful inside and out and I admire you more every day. I haven't quite worked up my nerve to take the dare, but I'm wanting to face my fear. My grandma would tell me teasingly that I was pretty darn ugly and pretty darn apt to stay that way. It's not funny at eleven, twelve, thirteen...

Miz Carla said...

You are lovely Miz Saucy--no need to worry about being caught without your face. Your complexion is beautiful, you radiate health and you don't have a beard :D There is absolutely nothing boyish about you at all.

xoxs

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Saucy...You are amazing! You tackled something that I don't think I could do...and you know what? You are a beautiful lady...makeup or no makeup! And great skin too!!! Good for you for showing the world that makeup is not who we women are!

Jill said...

Okay, you do NOT look like a boy. You look like a beautiful teenage girl. Damn it. You ARE perfect. I knew it. I just knew it. Oh well, I still adore you!

Hugs,
Jill

Anonymous said...

Oh Saucy! The same thing happened to me when I was 15 (!!!) while running an errand for my dad at the local hardware store. To make matters worse, a couple of boys from school worked there, so the news got around. I was shattered to say the very least. Funny... I had never worn make up but after that incident Bonne Bell lip gloss came in handy!

You are truly the most beautiful person both inside and out and though you don't know it, I look forward to seeing you every day on your blog. As a fellow Canadian now living overseas, you are a wonderful touchpoint from home for me and I laugh about the commonalities in our Canadian girlhood! Had we been living in the same town, I feel sure we would have been good friends! Lots of love to you coming from Scotland! xx

The Stiletto Mom said...

At the tender age of 9 while sitting outside a knitting shop waiting for my mother, an old man walked by and mentioned to his wife that "when he was a young boy like that one over there..." and pointed at me. Oh the horror.

You are beautiful with or without makeup. Bravo you for doing this!!

J.G. said...

You got it! Love it. Own it. Wear it with pride (product or no). Way to go!

April said...

stunning. I am serious. totally healthy skin that glows. Honest. Beautiful. Your girls are lucky to have you as a role model. Thank you.

Cassandra said...

Well, I really couldn't say it any better/different than Angela did..."the most beautiful woman I've never met". Your humanity and grace shines as brightly through those un-shadowed eyes!

Anonymous said...

You look great. I'm trying to scrub off yesterday's mascara so I can send one in too. Scary.
Jen

Sharon said...

You are indeed a very beautiful woman :-)

When I was a toddler, I had really short hair and when we visited my Grandma, she would wheel me into the village where the locals would peer into my pram and proudly declare "well, we know who's little boy this is!" *sigh*

Kim said...

You rock. I'm so glad that Loopy & those Cheerios have you as a role model.

And, you do have glowing skin, as another commmenter pointed out.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I totally get the insecurities--you write about it exactly like I think! But you are gorgeous--positively beautiful--even your roots.

KL Crab said...

well done Saucy, well done.

Grace said...

Beautiful!! xoxo

Heather O'Leary said...

Saucy, you are beautiful!

Not just on the outside. You do such kind things for people - I really admire you for that. These pictures show what a good person you are, by inspiring girls and women everywhere to look inside themselves for their confidence.

Way to go!

TYRaines said...

Now that is true beauty! You have nothing to fear dear. I think I was mistaken for a boy once, but I was (and remain) sassy. I think the perp was more embarrassed than I! LOL

Tamara Jansen said...

You look FABULOUS! Au naturelle is my regular look. No time to put on make up in the morning. Only use it on special occassions or when doing big presentations. We just did a photo shoot for the cover of our newest CD (the kids) and all of a sudden I realized that NONE of the girls were wearing make up. They look gorgeous anyway!

They are in our local rag this week, sans make up. Check out the link...

http://www.bclocalnews.com/surrey_area/langleytimes/entertainment/108509724.html

Tamara Jansen said...

Shoot. That link didn't work. Oh well, take my word for it. They look gorgeous :)

SOINSPIRED said...

You are gorgeous. I do wish you lived near me for countless selfish reasons. Now I wish you could teach me your makeup tricks.

Pepper said...

That wasn't so bad was it? I have always thought you looked great with no make up!!

Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

Damn Saucy. YOU ARE HOT!!

Colleen G said...

Firstly, I appreciate your courage and the trepidation. Now revealed, your beauty shines. And what's with "this could be a popular blog"? I look forward to reading your blog every day.

Anonymous said...

Saucy, you are very beautiful.

Angela

Sandra D said...

Bravo for facing your fears without make-up. I especially admire that you did it to be a great role model to the young women in your life. You are beautiful & have absolutely nothing to hide!

faye said...

BRAVO!

karen said...

popular - LOL- very cute pics

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

Awesome! Good for you! I will never take that dare... the world just isn't prepared for that level of horror.

You look great, which goes to show you're a beautiful person, inside and out. We knew that without the pictures though.

Doreen said...

You are gorgeous!!!

Mrs. G. said...

Woman, you are beyond lovely. You shine.

Susan said...

No far using a special camera lens that makes you glow and look so lovely! (Where do I get one? Actually, I would need that and a time machine.) You are stunning!

BTW - I read you frequently, I am not sure I have ever commented before...

Anonymous said...

Beauty on the inside and blah blah blah you do NOT look like a boy as a matter of fact i think you are VERY pretty without make-up. i wish I looked as good without my ammo! Congrats on your bravery!
Cheers~
Q!

ChaChaneen said...

I lurve this and you... sans brow wax and all. *By the way, I am a HUGE fan of it too. ha ha

Blessings,
Janeen

J9 said...

What a shame that you wasted so much much time worrying what you look like without makeup...and what a shame that you wasted so much money on that makeup...you look fabulous without it!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

You are gorgeous!!

chapfan said...

Unfortunately, I made myself look like a boy! Chopped my hair off hoping it would look like Halle Berry's, but no luck.

I just wanted you to know, whenever I need inspiration, you are the first place I look! Today I'm getting geared up for Christmas decorating and making a cake, so I came to you for the most delicious frosting and a peek back at years past December posts. Thanks very much!! I love it all!!

Nathalie from FL said...

As someone who doesn't wear make-up, I never understood the need for women to hide themselves behind cosmetics. You look great without make-up and the heck with what everyone else thinks!

DIANE said...

You're beautiful either way! I just had to comment...I was in 7th grade with a very boy-ish pixie haircut that my mom just adored. I walked into the school office and as I waited to be seen at the counter, one of the office ladies said to the other, "Mary, can you help that little boy over there?!" Me? I vowed right then and there I'd never have short hair again...and I went home and begged my mom to buy some Avon teenage makeup for me! Sigh...the trauma we go through as teens! =)

Wendy said...

You are adorable!

Maija said...

You are so beautiful!!

Sadie and Silas said...
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Sadie and Silas said...

You are beautiful!
I used to have a red burst capillary on the side of my nose. I thought everyone could see it. I never left the house without at least concealer on it.
Everyone told me it wasn't that noticeable and I was self-conscious. So one day when I was 16 I purposely left off the concealer and went to a flea market. One of the old lady vendors looks at me and says, "What happened to you? You get hit on the side of the nose or something?"

Yep. Mortified. You can imagine the next time I left without concealer- 10 years later, maybe.
I did eventually get it lasered off as it was growing in size but I have come to terms with all the other little marks on my face.

It's hard to be imperfect when we're told that we must be perfect or we are ugly. It's not true.
Remember that!