Do you ever go bare? With bare skin I mean.

If you asked this question to me a year ago, I would hesitate in my answer. As many women, I have my share of skin concerns that resulted from my pregnancies, summers under the sun, and of course countless nights of lack of sleep from taking care of my kids when they were babies. I have to admit though, in the past years I have also not been very consistent with my skin care routine. I think this alone was a huge part of the problem.

About six months ago, with all kids past the toddler stages, I finally gave myself permission to focus on my own health, well being, and hobbies. It isn’t easy sometimes switching from the role of a nurturer to actually nurturing yourself. (us moms do that a lot right?) It is absolutely necessary I learned though. A happier mom means happier kids. Around this time is also when I started to be more consistent with a day, and night routine for my skin.

I was beyond excited when I learned I could be a part of Mirvaso’s “Break Up with Your Makeup” campaign. Now I can answer my own question with no hesitation whatsoever. Yes I do go bare, not everyday, but I can do it now. Here it is!

Break Up With Your Make Up and Emmy Sweepstakes
Break Up With Your Make Up and Emmy Sweepstakes

In this picture I absolutely have no make-up on my skin. There is only chapstick on my lips, and that’s it. No concealer, no eye-make up, no blush to flush my cheeks, not even a bit of mascara. I feel naked, and I have to say a bit vulnerable. ( but I am among friends right? I feel good sharing a more raw side of me with you dear ladies) I also have to say I feel, FREE.

It is very liberating taking care of yourself, getting your skin healthier, and saying here I am; it may not be flawless or perfect but it is me, and I don’t have to conceal it. My skin routine, more sleep, and more care under the sun has helped me get the courage to go bare.

Do you have skin concerns that you work on? Do you go without makeup?

What is Mirvaso you may be wondering?

Mirvaso is used for the treatment of persistent facial erythema of rosacea, or the treatment of persistent facial redness of rosacea. I learned reading the research that,

  • Rosacea affects 16 million Americans; more of them women.
  • Dilated facial blood vessels increase blood flow to the skin and cause the face to look red.
  • 77% of women with rosacea use heavy make-up to cover the redness
  • 51% of them skip the dermatologist worried about the cost of treatment but end up spending more on non-prescription products to self treat.

Mirvaso made by Galderma Laboratories, is an easy-to-use daily gel, results can be seen quickly, and it lasts up to 12 hours. Mirvaso is the first and only FDA-approved medication developed, and indicated to treat persistent facial redness of rosacea. Mirvaso doesn’t cover up the red; it treats it.

Although I may not have first hand experience with rosacea; one of my very good friends from my college years did. She always had a heavy foundation on hand for her skin, and was stressed a lot over the redness. Unfortunately the makeup just masked the situation instead of stopping it before redness happens. I wish she had this option then.

Here are some rosacea skincare tips from a dermatologist.

Break Up With Your Make Up and Emmy Sweepstakes
Break Up With Your Make Up and Emmy Sweepstakes

Do you have rosacea? Have you tried Mirvaso?

Below you’ll find information on the Break Up With Your Makeup Sweepstakes. You can also enter for a chance to win a trip to the Emmy awards show (directly here), and walk on the red carpet among the stars. How cool is that!

I encourage you to take care of your skin, yourself and to break up with your makeup! I would love to hear your experiences. You can find me at theboxqueen social media on the top of the page where you could also sign up to theboxqueen to receive all news& updates.

Have a wonderful, happy Wednesday ladies, XOXO,

Important Safety Information Indication: Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older. Adverse Events: In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis. Warnings/Precautions: Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud’s phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported. Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  • Nuray Baysak

    It is not easy to go without makeup and share wıth people online. This alone inspired me to take better care of my skin and hide it less. Love this!

    • I am so happy to hear that and am delighted it was inspirational for you! Thx for the support, XOXO, Elif <3

  • Sophia

    very inspiring Elif! thanks for sharing.

    • You are very welcome Sophia 🙂 made my day <3, XOXO, Elif

  • Jackie

    I totally understand the vulnerable feeling, but you should not be hesitant to go “bare”…you look Gorgeous sans makeup!!

    • Thx so much for the encouragement Jackie 🙂 Feels great! I am usually not too heavy on the makeup but still was an interesting feeling not having anything on lol. Have the best Friday!! XOXO, Elif

  • Elif, you are just gorgous as you are! Please believe me, it’s not the makeup that makes you a beautiful person. <3 <3 <3

    • Karen you are the best! Thx for the support lady, really appreciate it. I totally believe keeping our inside kind and happy is what’ll make the outside shine. <3<3<3 right back at you. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend, XOXO, Elif

  • I wish I could! But lack of sleep, diet, and hormones has made that very hard for now. Will work on all of the above, very inspiring.
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

    • I have been through a very similar time when I wouldn’t even imagine it; especially during pregnancies and when my babies were little. Skincare and good health habits help a lot and I am so delighted to know you found it inspiring. <3 Have a great Friday, XOXO, Elif

  • Great post! You look lovely, Elif!! It’s so good to dare be real 🙂
    I put makeup only once or twice a week, and only if I care to do it. I know my fave doesn’t look perfect; my skin might have spots; my eyes are tired from the computer and my nose is big. But I don’t care – that’s me!
    I tried to enter my details, but it didn’t allow as I’m not based in the USA. Next time..


    • Yes Lu agree 100%. It feels great to be real. Absolutely love how you approach it <3 Thx for the encouragement my dear. I wish you could have entered for the Emmy tickets but you are right, there is always next time. 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • Hi my sweet Elif,
    I understand you and thank you so much, because you’ve inspired me
    Kisses and a big hug
    Maggie D

    The Indian Savage diary

    • Thx Maggie, makes me so happy to know! XOXO, Elif

  • Cheryl

    What an inspiring post! You are a true beauty inside and out. Even though I take good care of my skin I rarely go without makeup- but now you are motivating me to break up with my makeup more often!

    • Cheryl how very sweet of you to say, and it makes me grin from ear to ear. So serious!!! Thx so much for making my day and being such a sunshine here at theboxqueen. Btw would LOVE to see you go bare, I have my make-up routine too but once in a while it feels so freeing :)) Send me a pic if you ever do! Have the best Friday! XOXO, Elif

  • I totally get the vulnerability of going “bare”, but honestly your skin looks great! You don’t have to be 100% perfect to look good. 🙂

    • Thanks Rebecca, totally agree that we don’t have to look 100% perfect to feel and look good. 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • Dear girl you are so inspiring!!

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  • Sibel

    Hi sweetie I really like your post. It is really informative, educational and encouraging and yes I go without makeup.

    • Sibel wonderful to know you found the post both informative and encouraging. Best thing to hear!!! <3 Thx for the support! XOXO, Elif

  • Such an inspiring post! You look amazing! I go without makeup a few times a week with the exception of mascara (my eyelashes are so light).

    • Totally get the mascara part. Even with darker eyelashes, it by itself totally makes me feel instantly put together. It was super freeing to go even without that and happy to hear you sometimes do the same. Have a fan new week lovely lady, XOXO, Elif

  • Tban

    Awesome post Elif! You are beautiful with or without makeup. Applauding you for the courage to put yourself out there bare! And that in itself tells me how self confident and true to yourself you are. Love<3

    • Thanks so much for the wonderful words that gave me a huge smile right now! It’s really great to get real and on top of that receive such warm reactions. I appreciate all the support. Have the best week my lovely!! XOXO, Elif

  • alisonlumbatis

    Your skin looks amazing Elif! Thanks so much for introducing us to this line. It sounds wonderful!

    • I am working on it Alison 🙂 Trying to take better care of it. Thx 🙂 XOXO, Elif