Lent Is Soon Upon Us…And I’m Still Trying to Get Over Last Year

Today while I was walking to work, I saw a sign at a church advertising a free pancake breakfast next week.  In an instant, I remembered – it’s that time of year again!  When regular people choose to give up, say, chocolate or pop for 6 weeks.  If you’re religious, or even if, like myself, you’re not, Lent is a time when you can challenge yourself to give up (or take up – people often forget that part) something that initiates a change in behavior, typically towards a better, healthier approach.

Sure, my own trials are based upon that idea, but I always seem to take it one step further (remember last year? I gave up buying cosmetics and reading blogs ~shudder~  NEVER.AGAIN).  You may have noticed, I like to impose difficult tasks upon myself at regular intervals; low/no-buys, rules for purchasing, massive resolution lists.  This is partially due to my innate desire for change, and my adoration of list-making (which, incidentally, I gave up for Lent two years ago lol).  The other side of the coin is: I just thrive on challenge!  Although…I have to note that for someone who supposedly dislikes restrictions, I sure do put a lot on myself, huh?  LOL!  Oh, dual-natured Gemini’s :P

I’ve been giving it some thought today, and have come up with a beauty-related endeavor that will certainly put me to the test over the next month and a half.  It’s not entirely formed yet; if you have suggestions, please, do tell – I welcome them as I want to make this good!  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Starting Wednesday, February 22nd, and ending Thursday, April 5th, I am only going to wear select makeup items that I have pre-chosen – giving up the rest of the products in my stash for the time being.  Noted below, I will have only the following at my disposal:

1) Five eyeshadow – MAC Shimmermoss, NARS Grand Palais (duo), Hourglass Exhibition (duo)
2) Three eyeliner – Urban Decay Perversion (liquid), Urban Decay Bourbon, Lise Watier Gold Eye Shine
3) Three blush – Milani Sunset Beach, Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel, theBalm Hot Mama
4) Three lippies – Revlon Berry Haute lipstick, MAC Evolution Revolution gloss, Chanel Empire RAL
*I am excluding essentials such as foundation, concealer, etc. from the restriction.I debated on whether or not to count the shadow duos as one or two, but in an effort to be fair, decided to count each shade as one.  I chose some shades of makeup that I don’t normally wear (Shimmermoss, Berry Haute, eg.), mixed with ones that I do, so I can get a chance to break out of the box and have a better idea of what to keep and what to get rid of.  I also wanted to choose Spring-like shades since this will run through the duration of March. If a product happens to run out (unlikely, but just covering the bases), then I am allowed to appoint a replacement product (please oh please oh please).  I have to work out if I’m going to not count Sundays (as is the religious tradition); my thinking is to just go full on (yikes!).

Let me say now that I know already I’m going to find this uber-difficult.  First of all, I’m going to keep my makeup caddy hidden under the sink and keep the items in question separate, so I don’t have to torture myself with all the shades I’m not allowed to wear.  Also, if I end up purchasing anything new, I won’t be allowed to wear it ’till Easter – the heartbreak!  The biggest challenge will be to keep things interesting, as we know how easily I get bored.  It’ll be a great test to get me to be creative, which has gone by the wayside in my older years.

I’ll likely be adding to / tweaking the above over the next few days before D-Day begins.  I’m still not entirely convinced it’s crazy enough LOL.  Like I said, if you have suggestions – have at ‘er!  I’m all ears :)  I’ll post the offical rules on the first day (Wednesday).

Do you participate in Lent?  What kind of things do you take up / give up?

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  1. #1 by Loodie on February 16, 2012 - 11:16 pm

    Oh man I remember that! Whatever you decide to do, best of luck. :)

    • #2 by Latoya on February 21, 2012 - 7:55 pm

      Hehe thanks Anna! ~gulp!~

  2. #3 by Eugenia on February 17, 2012 - 4:32 pm

    I seem to recall that I first came across your blog during the end of your lent restrictions of last year, and I remember being amazed that you held strong to your convictions like that. I come from a religious family myself (with several priests and even a couple of bishops in my lineage), as well as having been my church’s choir organist for close to 14 years, so I’m quite familiar with all the rituals surrounding our religion, but the way we usually observe this, is by literally fasting the week leading up to Easter ie: no dairy, no eggs, no meat and for some obscure reason, no olive oil (don’t ask me why). I have been able to do everything but the no dairy part; I can’t have my coffee without cream, and if I don’t have coffee I become an ogre, so I just try and do my best. I want to know if you (and anyone else who observes religious rites) should be making yourself do something out of the norm for a specified period of the year, all in the name of religion? I mean, after all, shouldn’t it be more about the way you comport yourself all year round, the person you strive to be, and the personal relationship you have with God on the inside? If you feel comfortable with setting these restrictions upon yourself, then that’s fine; if you’re only doing it because you’re supposed to do something, then you’re not being true to yourself….and that’s not so fine. Then again, maybe I’m saying this as a way of justifying my own weaknesses? Lol! Either way, I do understand where you’re coming from and if it’s your intention to follow through with this plan, then I totally support you!

    • #4 by Latoya on February 21, 2012 - 8:02 pm

      Thanks Eugenia! Your support, regardless of my twisted reasons, is truly appreciated!! I know how ridiculous I can appear at times, and I don’t expect anyone to really ‘get’ it, because sometimes even I don’t. But I assure you that its all harmless at the end of the day – there is just something I really enjoy in a challenge, and it’s not just something I do certain times of the year; as you can see, it’s an ongoing process that I seem to *torture* myself with constantly haha. Just a little quirk of mine I guess :P

  3. #5 by Liz on February 17, 2012 - 10:52 pm

    Jesus, Mary and Joseph — NO! You are NOT doing this again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO!

    Seriously, I think you have masochistic tendencies. This sounds so painful on top of the current ban — though I can see your logic in that during a ban IS the perfect time to be conducting such experiments.

    Ever since I left church, I can’t stand the thought of Lent or Easter personally, but I admire others who stand by their conviction. DO AS YOU WILL, LATOYA, AND MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU. (Ai ai ai ai AI!)

    • #6 by Latoya on February 20, 2012 - 11:15 pm

      LOL. I won’t say much here, because the official decision will be revealed tomorrow hehehe. But, I will concede that I may be a touch masochistic lol!!

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