Thursday, 20 March 2014

No Make-Up selfies? Are they a good thing?


I know, I look good, right? (Ignore the 30 filters on it, it totes counts)

Let's cut to the chase as 140 characters on twitter just doesn't cut it. What I want to know is how you feel about the no make-up selfies to "raise awareness" of cancer.

A lot of people have now remarked on how much money has been donated to cancer charities but is this more of a response to the latest Facebook craze than the original desired response?

This selfie craze actually began in 2013 with a campaign called #DareToBare and was created to raise funds where as the money that is now being donated almost seems like an afterthought.

Taking a selfie without make-up isn't brave. Fighting cancer is brave, supporting people with cancer is brave, taking a selfie is nothing in comparison.

But charities ARE benefitting, that cannot be denied. 

Have YOU taken a selfie for this? What made you decide to join in,and did you donate? I would love to know. 

And how do you feel about the whole selfie for cancer situation. Feel free to rant in the comments. I would love to know where you all stand on this. 


Big Fashionista 

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If you would like to donate, text beat to 70099 to donate £3 to Cancer Research. 
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  1. I've not taken a selfie - i'm far too self conscious at present for a makeup-less anything let alone for the whole world to see. I donated directly to Cancer Research and even had a breast check myself last night.

    Raising money for charity is a great bi-product, raising self-awareness is amazing but just taking a selfie so that everyone can see how 'brave' you are for not wearing makeup, is just nonsense in my book!

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    1. I was totally against it at first, I still won't do it. But I have donated, purely to offset those that haven't.

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  2. I took a selfie, I was nominated on facebook, I then nominated more people, this was yesterday morning, today I woke up and did it again, nominating 20+ people and including the number to donate. ive donated :) I think its a good thing, no posting a selfie with no makeup on isn't brave, fighting cancer is brave, my nan who is fighting cancer she cant win against is brave. but does doing this no makeup selfie 1. raise awareness of the number you should use to donate 2. make them more likel to donate. 3. its bringing people together.

    personally, I think its a good thing, no its not going to change the world, but its increasing donations, and for me its also a way too show my support.


    Catherine x

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    1. I hope people keep donating, I wish that the first person who did it would have thought about doing it as it didn't start off raising funds did it? I'm glad money is being donated now though.

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  3. When everyone first started doing it this time around...all they posted was their naked ass face, the hashtag and text along the line of "doing this for cancer". I thought.. what the hell is the point in that and had a little twitter rant. Then some smart people started to put the donation number in the description which made complete sense. The naked face was meant to symbolise feeling vulnerable. I suspect for a lot of people it has turned into a little narcissist exercise fishing for compliments. I am fascinated with what the good'ol world wide web can achieve though.

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    1. I feel exactly the same, it reminds me of the Necknominations, started off as a bad thing and then slowly the Internet made it a force for good.

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  4. I really don't see what the fuss is to be honest, even charities have dedicated marketing teams and yes clearly this is a ploy to spread the campaign but if it allows for more donations then surely that's a good thing. Also people are participating with good intentions, many of the selfies I have seen have shared a little bit about why they are doing it, often the issue is very close to peoples hearts and if anything it makes people feel like they have played their part in something as not everyone can run marathons etc. Imo it would have been better to include more awareness on how to check breasts but hopefully they will improve this for the next campaign. So yeh to round up I did it and I don't mind it haha! :) xxx

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    1. This wasn't an official marketing push. Escentual started it last year in October but it was only in October. I'm glad people are donating, I hope they keep doing so.

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  5. I was nominated a few days ago and on Tuesday, I made a £5 donation instead of doing a selfie as I hadn't wanted to put my bare face all over facebook (I'm single, I know guys stalk, makeup free shouldn't happen so early on) and this was before I saw anyone else on my news feed actually donate. It seemed to explode overnight with people texting donations and because people are talking about it, it has raised awareness and funds too. Personally, I think it's great. I had my doubts when nobody seemed to be donating but now people are parting with their cash, that can only be a good thing I think :)

    Though in comparison to having cancer, a bare-faced photo is hardly a struggle, I do believe it will have taken a lot for some people to post a photo with regard to their own self esteem and it's a united front that's helped people with that :)

    And I've now done a selfie (I got nominated a second time) so we all know why I'll be forever single!
    xxx

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    1. Firstly, you are gorgeous, never forget that.

      Secondly, I have to agree, although I haven't done a selfie and I really won't do it, I am pleased money is being raised. But the whole thing has just frustrated me. I just hope people keep donating

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  6. To be quite honest I think it's all gone way too far. A lot of people are saying that everyone's doing it for attention, for comments, for the wrong reasons. Now everyone's donating just to have the proof of that to put on facebook? It's fantastic that everyone's donating now so I can't fault it, but I just wish people would do it without the big fuss and craving attention with numerous statuses. I obviously haven't got involved despite being 'nominated'.
    www.shemightbeloved.com xx

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  7. I don't see it as just being about donating, millions of pounds are ploughed into cancer charities every single year, trends like this only serve as a temporary (but very welcomed) surge in donations. I don't see it as just serving a purpose in terms of raising money I see it as raising awareness of the other parts of cancer like how to check your boobs and stuff like that; I've seen lots of people sharing infographics about that. In addition, the Sophie's Choice petition has got over 100,000 more signatures in the space of 24 hours, i know it's probably not soley down to the no makeup selfies but I would imagine that they helped a lot! I saw lots of people (including myself) sharing a link to that petition.

    There will of course be exceptions to the rule; those that are doing it for the likes or doing it to fish for complements but I for one can rest easy knowing I did it for the right reasons and I linked to several cancer charities etc in the process. I really wish it wasn't offending people, at the end of the day it's not hurting anyone, in my eyes the only things to come out of this are positive.

    But that's just me.

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    1. I forgot to add (because I Just cannot get it into my head why people are finding this offensive) how is a no makeup selfie added to a paragraph about cancer research bad taste in any way shape or form? To me bad taste would have been the 'neck nominations' being attached to something like cancer research!

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    2. hi there Jade, it's the fact that it's seen as being such a big problem to take your makeup off (something that you do every day anyway!!) then put your face up and text to charity when you can donate without doing that!! Why not just put a page on Facebook where you see a picture of someone who's got breast cancer and to donate you "like" the page. This would've had the same impact surely OR are a lot of girls just looking for "LIKES" and nice comments about how great they look with no makeup on??

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  8. I ranted myself about this on Twitter and Facebook ysterday. For all the ladies out there that have put links to cancer charities and/or have donated money as well as post their selfies then well done you, you HAVE done your little bit to raise awareness for cancer. In my timeline yesterday however that was a relativly small number of people. Most just added the hashtag #raising awareness for breast cancer. When I questioned this yesterday on FB I started a (good natured) debate. One theme that came through ftom the pro-selfie people was that raising awareness was more about jogging peoples memories into checking themselves ir making appointments for screening than it was about raising money or awareness of cancer charities. If this was the motivation behind peoples selfies then again I cannot criticise, tho possibly they should be more specific in their accompanying messages.
    HOWEVER facebook is nothing if not predictable. As with most trends it escalates and the initial idea/meaning gets lost. Today I have seen a glut of 'OMG HOW AWEFUL DO I LOOK WITHOUT MAKEUP' type posts without a single reference to cancer charities/donating/awareness. This is what I object to, jumping in the bandwagon attention seeking behaviour.
    And in answer to my own critics, no im not scared to be sewn without makeup, I rarely wear it and yes I have donated to cancer research.

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  9. I've seen these #nomakeupselfies the past couple of days and I've seen them.on Facebook with the whole caption "donate etc here's my nomination" and then people tagged are doing it and even screen shotting the text to prove they sent.
    First off, I don't think.anybody needs to be shamed and forced to prove they donate to charity. But it's nice to see people openly share and be proud they have done their bit.
    Secondly, I am.fully supportive of people taking the "fad" and turning it into.something positive and good. Most of us know about cancer and how it's affected us in our lives,some more than others unfortunately.
    I do think the selfie aspect is key to why it works and get's people to.donate. Why? Well because simply saying text this money for cancer research doesn't work for everyone. That is not to.say people don't care about cancer it's because us as a society want to.feel like we are part of something. Why is it comic relief raises 50 million in one night and not everyday? It's because by doing a nightly telethon that's in your face you feel part of it and get involved. It's almost like a positive mob mentality!
    That's what human beings are,like. It works and I'm happy it works. I've donated and I.didn't need to.post a selfie but still donated.

    Anybody who picks negativity whole selfie donate movement from.this needs to step back and just be happy the majority are donating and helping. Let's all ignore any negative aspect to this whole fad because there is enough negative vibes associated to.cancer as it is,let's not use this as an.excuse to attack those you think are only doing it for self indulgent uses. People are self indulgent. That won't change.
    But millions raised simply because of donations from a selfie? I'm happy with that

    Thanks xx

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    1. Thanks Adam, your quite right, I should focus on the good things that are coming out of this. A few self indulgent pics hurt no one and there is no doubting a great amiint of awareness and money have been raised. Opinion changed, I'm off to donate again :-D

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  10. I thought it was pretty pointless at first, how is posting a makeup free photo of yourself helping? Then I saw the text number to donate and that made me think. I donated 3 times and I thought if it had prompted me, it might prompt others too. I did it and posted the number to text with my photo.

    I know some people are doing it for vanity reasons, "oh no, you're gorgeous anyway shizz" and have little intention to donate, but if the majority do it with good intentions, then I am good with that xx

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  11. Hey, I did post a selfie today. I thought long and hard about it. I was nominated by a friend and did a bit of research first to see what it was all about. I made a donation to Cancer research before I posted, I included a link to the e-petition for teenager Sophie Jones who tragically died from cervical cancer as she was considered 'too young' for screening. I would not have known about this had the friend who nominated me on FB not included this link and as a mother with nieces and god-daughters I was pleased to be able to support lowering the age of cervical screening. I don't see that I did anything wrong. As an aside I did not consider it 'brave' or self-indulgent to put a picture of my face on FB without make-up. I like my face with its freckles and blemishes. It has taken me a very long time to get to that point and I think there is something positive about being authentic. Yes, there will be those who take selfies for likes. Some because they lack confidence and some because they have bags of it and I'm not sure either should be ripped into but I do think everyone who posted a selfie should donate! X


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  12. This has caused a lot of contention as some people are bashing those taking photos as attention seeking and women are fighting back with the obvious point that we support "movember" and "brow arch march" so why should this be any different?

    I wholly disagree with girls taking a photo and just posting it with "here is my make up free face", bravo, good for you, but why are some girls not sharing the donation link or text to donate information? I can see why that could be considered vain, posting a selfie because everyone else is without contributing to the cause is pointless and it's wrong to think that doing that alone validates anyone's "good deed for the day". That said since the initial backlash of this, people are upping their game and posting photos featuring their proof of donation and a slap free face, big props to them!

    I was asked to take a selfie, but I didn't instead I opted for sharing the link, if someone donated or checked themselves that's a win in my books, without me having to bare my acne scars to the world.

    http://techbunny.net/

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  13. I very rarely wear make up, and when I do it's only lipstick /concealer. Not because I'm pretty, just lazy! A few people (who know I'm always "nude") have tagged me - I'm not joining in, and I feeI no regret or guilt. I've sponsored a "tweep" who's doing Run for life...she is about as active as I am (inert!), to me, that's going outside of your comfort zone, not taking a "selfie" looking natural....and beatiful. I won't be donating again.

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  14. I haven't taken one because I don't see how putting a picture of myself online without makeup helps cancer patients in any way, shape or form and I certainly don't think it's brave. In fact I think it's degrading to insinuate that we must all be presumably so horrendous au natural that it's an act of great courage and bravery to put a no-makeup picture. I support cancer charities when I see them out and about and I will be buying a Daffodil on Daffodil Day. I donated on my phone and I donated to a cousin last week who is doing a sponsored sleep out for homeless awareness. HOWEVER. The moral highground must be getting fairly fucking cramped, because I have seen so many passive agressive tweets in the past few days. It's basically "omg guys like just donate like me and you can still wear your makeup" or "not brave enough to show us what you look like sans slap, eh?" just mind your own business. If you want to donate, donate. If you don't, don't. If you want to put ten pictures of yourself in drag makeup/no makeup/orange makeup/80s makeup/your arse covered in makeup/ whatever, do it. I care not and I don't think anyone's right or wrong here but I abhor people thinking they're better than anyone else just because they've accepted some stupid challenge and in the process completely forgotten the point of the exercise. TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER CHARITIES.

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  15. I took a selfie after being tagged and donated to Cancer Research, I have since been tagged twice and will be taking another selfie and donating to 2 other charities, one being Sport Relief, just because it happens to be Sport Relief today. The other being Motor Neurones Disease Association, which is a charity I like to donate to when I can as my Grandad passed away of MND 10 years ago.

    I think it's great that it is now being used to raise money for charity, I just wish that when it started out this time raising money was actually the aim.

    X

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  16. Having watched my mother go through,fight,remission, fight and then lose the battle I wonder what she would've thought of the whole selfie thing ( or even Facebook). I, like my mother, don't wear make up and will not be posting a selfie. LIke earlier commentors I feel that if you decide to do one and donate that's up to you, but are some people just doing it to be in. I have posted a breast check to my Facebook page and may even share the pic of the brave women who posted her surgery raged body. As long as the reality behind the photos is not forgotten. BNM

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  17. I didn't quite make the connection between cancer and makeup-free selfies, however if it helps raise money for charity then I'm all got it.
    What I do find concerning though is that posting a picture of yourself without makeup is SUCH a big deal. Are women really that insecure? I find it sad that if became such a big deal and some women's attitude and drama overshadowed the very thing they were supposed to be raising awareness of.
    For me it raised more awareness over how insecure / self obsessed some women are than it he awareness it raised for cancer.

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  18. When I first saw this on Facebook I thought it was the mos ridiculous thing ever. I even had a massive rant to my mum about it! BUT when I saw that £1million had been raised in 24 hours I kinda had to take it back.
    I have been nominated many times and I each time I have made it clear I sent my little text message off but there is no way I am posting a pic of myself up. Call me vain, call me whatever but it isn't happening!

    Kim | www.kimsbeautydrawer.com

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