Katie Couric Show: No Make-Up!



So get this! Tomorrow, I’m taking a group of 8 ladies/readers (including me) to the Katie Couric Show!!  You see, last fall, I applied to go to the show as part of a group with Jenell of Kinky Curly Coily Me. I didn’t get selected :(. No worries though! Because a couple of months later, the audience coordinator contacted ME to see if I wanted to bring my own group! Woot Woot! Well, this was the first time that all the stars were aligning and I’m finally taking my group to the show tomorrow.

Until last Friday, I had no idea about what the subject of the show would be. Then I got an e-mail with this special request:

The show you are confirmed for is going to be about beauty & more! Katie is doing the full show without makeup, and she would like a little encouragement and support….this is where you come in…our producers are asking that all audience members show up with NO makeup on. The show guests will also be playing a role with this “natural look.”

OMGosh!!! NO MAKEUP?!?!?! WHAT THE WHAT?!?! Ummmm  … yeah. Not really problem for me since I don’t wear it too often anyway!! LOL!! Buuuuuuut, that being said, you know I had to do a little skin pampering!!

So, on Sunday, I decided to do a little raw honey and brown sugar facial treatment that I’ve found works well for me and that I picked up from MopTop Maven a couple of years ago (starts at 2:41).

via MopTopMaven

First, I needed to wash my face though. Fortunately my skin has been decent lately, but I had been starting to experience some break-outs since my prescription facial cleanser was discontinued. I’d been using Clenia for at least 7-8 years with awesome results. Like, seriously, washing my face with it one time a day, I never got visible pimples or broke out. But, at the end of the summer, they stopped making Clenia (I’m still not sure why). So, I tried a couple of things that worked okay, but I was starting to get pimples here and there. Finally, after a suggestion on IG in the fall, I settled on Shea Moisture African Black Soap after a suggestion on IG.


YES GURL! That’s a body soap!! Seriously, this soap has some type of exfoliating beads and has been working great. The bonus? This is a body wash, so the bottle is huge, but I only use a small amount daily to wash my face. This thing is going to last FOREVER! Well, not quite, but at least a year!!

So, first I washed my face with the Shea Moisture Black soap. Then, I made the raw honey and brown sugar scrub with a teaspoon of each. I gently applied and massaged the scrub on my face and then used a warm wet cloth to, again, gently wipe it away. Next, I added a little green tea essential oil to my regular witch hazel and Emergen-C toner concoction and used a cotton pad to apply it.

Finally, I applied my prescription spot treatment (generic version of Duac) on my oily T-zone and moisturized with my coconut oil body whip.

IMG_7661Not bad for an almost 41 year old, right?

Yup. Look about the same. LOL! Anywho, I think I’m going to do a bentonite clay mask with plain greek yogurt (don’t have any sour cream) tonight a la MopTopMaven. Then, I think my skin will be in as good of a condition as it can be with “home spa treatments” for the NO makeup show tomorrow ;)!! Hmmm … I wonder, do you think I can get away with lightly pencilling in that vanishing right eyebrow tail?!?

Okay, before I go … I can’t decide how I want to wear my hair!! You know it has to be especially FAB if we can’t wear any makeup!! I’m torn between doing a braid-out or the curly ‘fro that I did last week!!


So, it’s poll time!! What do you guys think?! Should I go with the Curly ‘Fro or the braid-out?!?!


On another note, are you a make-up aficionado or do you prefer to go the au natural route?


21 responses »

  1. Your skin looks great. I wish I didn’t have to worry about breakouts. I am 33 years old and still get them (Thanks mom) Have fun. I just started watching Katie last week when her show that was filmed in here house was on. I like her. She is refreshing. I love your blog so much that it is in my reader. When I sign into blogger to update my blog I spend soo much time reading your posts. Keep up the good work. God bless.


    • Crystal, I went through the same thing in my early thirties. I had great skin through my teens and twenties and started breaking out horribly in my thirties. It was partially hormonal I think (fibroids and heavy, frequent periods) and stress (work-related). I would get at least one of those sebaceous pimples every time I was PMSing, they would take forever to clear up (weeks) and always left a scar, regardless of whether I touched them or not. So, I eventually went to a dermatologist who prescribed me with Clenia face wash and Duac spot treatment. I also had a myomectomy for the fibroids and started using the Nuva Ring to control my cycle. With those things, my skin improved immediately and I have had pretty clear skin ever since, except for a 6 month period where I started breaking out after experimenting for a month with OCM (oil cleansing method). That was a NIGHTMARE for my skin. Took forever to restore it to normal, even with my Rx skin care!! I was starting to get minor breakout after they discontinued my Clenia, but the SM African Black soap is doing a pretty good job. I did get a sebaceous pimple though … But it was on my jaw line, so isn’t highly visible. It left a scar though, so I’m treating that with a mix of raw honey and lemon juice. That really helped fade the scars from my OCM disaster!!


  2. I would have to pencil in my eyebrows and wear some lipgloss before leaving the house, much less being on television. Oh and I would have to wear my hair in a twist/braid out for the biggest volume. I’m actually torn between the two styles in the poll. I absolutely love the curly fro, yet it does not show off the bigness of your mane. I say the bigger the better. Your skin is amazing.


  3. Congrats on going to the Today show, Shelli! For the past 4-5 years (when I lived in Minnesota), I only wore minimal makeup, but as of late last year, I’ve had a renewed interest in it and have been making more of an effort. I haven’t gone back to foundation, but I am using makeup. So I guess I’m somewhere in between an aficionado and the au naturel. Lately, I’ve been having trouble with flaky skin, so I’m going to try the scrub you mentioned above.


  4. I agree with Marsha. Both are cute, but the braid-out really shows your length and the volume of your hair. Good luck on the show tomorrow! Let us know when it will air. 🙂


    • Thanks Ashley!!! I went with the braid out as you may have already seen? If not, the post is up and the show airs tomorrow (Fri. 1/11) on ABC at 3 pm EST in NY/NJ. If you live elsewhere, check out KatieCouric.com for air station and time!


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  6. You’re lucky–you don’t even need makeup. I think you should wear your hair in a pony or pulled loosely back. Why cover up perfect cheekbones with hair? Have fun.


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