Lifestyle | 30 Days Without Make Up

Lifestyle | 30 Days Without Make Up




When wearing your contacts lenses leads to a blister forming behind you eye, which then results in you having to wear your glasses for an entire month. Can it get any worse? Of course it can!

Not only was I confined to my specs for a complete month, because I’m long sighted (I can see far away, but struggle to see up-close) it really hurts my eyes to look at my face so close-up in a mirror without glasses, so I couldn’t wear make up for the month either. No contacts and no make up makes for a very unconfident and ugly looking Sarah Jayne.

Let’s rewind. I’ve wore glasses since I was three-years-old (I’m 23 now). Now, this has nothing to do with other people wearing glasses, this is just my own personal views on my own glasses, which I’ve always hated. For 15 years I hid behind my glasses and then HALLELUJAH contacts came into my life. Plus, my braces came off around about the same time too. Yes, I had glasses, braces, fizzy ginger hair and I was overweight – I looked like a ginger Ugly Betty. If only they had Invisalign back then, I may have had a slightly less embarrassing childhood. With that being said, I wouldn’t change this for anything. The amount of amazing looking smiles you see when you speak to people who have undergone Invisalign treatment or have had braces is great! Initially, you ask yourself why you’ve put yourself through this, but then you realize the end result will be worth it. Any ways, I’ve never looked back until the morning I found out I had a bloody awful blister behind my eye.

I woke up with an agonising pain in the back of my eye, it wouldn’t stop watering and I could hardly open it, so I raced to Sunderland’s Eye Infirmary A&E unit. They were absolutely amazing, after 15 minutes I was on my way to work with three sets of drops and an eye cream.

Apparently, because I constantly overuse my lenses I dried out my eyes and somehow managed to cut my eye with my contact when taking them out. And since I continued to use my lenses the cut struggled to heal causing a blister to form. I know it was all my fault, but nevertheless it was horrible to hear I couldn’t touch my lenses for a whole 30 days.

I know some of you will be sitting there thinking, “it’s only a pair of glasses and some make up?” But everyone has something that makes them feel confident, whether it’s bronzer, mascara, or even some false tan, for me it’s my contacts and make up.

At first I was totally stripped of my confidence, I felt hideous and could hardly look anyone in the eye, but for the sake of my sight, I plodded on. Fast forward to now and all is back to normal, in fact having no make up on for a month had a few perks – my skin looks the best it ever has and getting an extra 20 minutes of sleep everyday, because I didn’t need to do my make up, has done me the world of good.

I guess this has taught me to look after my eyes a great deal more and as much as I love my contacts I need to give my eyes a break every once in a while. And that confidence thing I mentioned before? Well I still feel that way about my glasses, but if I need to quickly nip to the shops I don’t see the need to cover my face in make up to do it, so I guess some good came from this experience.

Has anyone else suffered with something similar? What gives you confidence?

Sarah Jayne x



  1. August 12, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    I’ve been wearing glasses for 14 years now (I’m 18) and without them I can’t see anything close up, nor far away but I’m okay with this. I was kind of like you, I used to hate wearing them but I think over time I’m used to them now, they’re me. When I’m doing my makeup, I’m used to get all up close and personal with my mirror lol, it helps me with my makeup so I don’t mind. I’ve been really meaning to try out contact lenses but I know someone who’s eyes got ‘scratched’ by them and now her eyes are a lot worse so I’m out off them. Hopefully I will be getting laser eye surgery in the near future. I think the only thing I despise about glasses is that they steam up when I go from a cold environment to hot, and that you have to take them off for rollercoasters as that just makes rollercoasters even worse for me.

    • August 12, 2015 / 6:28 pm

      Ouch, I guess I’ve been lucky because I’m eyesight has stayed the same, well I haven’t noticed a difference. I’ve never really thought about eye surgery, because I’ve heard it’s painful and it doesn’t last. I guess my glasses are just me, but I feel 100 per cent better with my contacts in. I guess everyone is different. I’m impressive you can do your makeup though, well done you! Mine looks an utter mess when I attempt to do it! xxx

  2. Amy
    August 17, 2015 / 2:42 pm

    Couldnt live without my hair or eye lash extensions! x

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