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I Am 30.
I Am Age - Be the first to comment! - March 23rd, 2012

This is my friend Luna. She is 30 years old. Luna is a daughter, wife, and mother. She has 3 cats, one is sweet, one is the anti-christ and one is kind of in between (Luna’s words). I’ve met the sweet one and the evil one, and let me tell you how true those descriptions are! The evil one attacks my shoes. It’s terrifying.

Luna blogs at http://toxid-lotus.net. She mostly blogs about indie makeup, but sometimes she blogs about her life outside of the realm of beauty. She’s had lyme disease for 22 years and it’s a huge part of her life.

I’ve been really lucky to meet Luna in person and we’ve become really good friends!

For more information on the I Am (Age) project, read my post about it here. Anyone who is interested in participating, please do! I would like this to be an on-going blog feature.

Thank you for sending your picture and sharing your story, Luna!!!

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I Am 37.
I Am Age - Comments (2) - March 21st, 2012

This is Lizzy. Lizzy is 37 years old. Lizzy lives in Northern California, and she was born on her grandfather’s 65th birthday – which is very cool! Lizzy enjoys reading, making tea from the goodies she grows in her garden, and snuggling with her two boxers and husband.

Lizzy does hula, which is a part of her heritage that she takes very seriously and loves very much. She has been dancing a total of 9 years now (6 with her current halau, or traditional hula school). It was Lizzy’s hula performances that got her into makeup in the first place, which led her to start her blog, The Nature of Beauty. You should definitely go check out her blog, it’s great!

For more information on the I Am (Age) project, read my post about it here. Thank you for sending your pictures and sharing your story, Lizzy!!!

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I Am 21.
I Am Age - Be the first to comment! - March 19th, 2012

This is Ashlan! Ashlan is currently 22, but she is 21 in these pictures. Ashlan is from British Columbia, Canada.

Ashlan writes, “I love long walks and bike rides with my mister and my jack russell, Tess.”

She’s taking a double major in literature and history at University. She loves to read, write, and she ADORES everything about makeup.

She also loves to go snowboarding and sailing.

For more information on the I Am (Age) project, read my post about it here. Thank you for sending your pictures, Ashlan!!

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I Am 24.
I Am Age - Comments (1) - March 18th, 2012

This is my friend Luna. She’s 24.

Isn’t this picture great? I feel like she’s peeking in at us to say hi.

Luna blogs at Metamorphosis. I love her blog! She writes about style, and makeup, and nails, and is just generally one of the coolest people I know.

For more information on the I Am (Age) project, read my post about it here. Thank you for sending your pictures, Luna!!

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I Am 29.
I Am Age - Comments (1) - March 17th, 2012

This is Erin. Erin is 29! She’s the mother of 2 boys, ages 3 years old and 9 months old.

Erin plays roller derby for the kick ass Denali Destroyer Dolls! I think we can all agree that she’s pretty kick ass awesome herself!

For more information on the I Am (Age) project, read my post about it here. Thanks for sending your pictures, Erin!!

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I Am 33.
I Am Age - Be the first to comment! - March 15th, 2012

For the first post of my I Am (Age) project, it’s ME! I turned 33 on March 8th.

Besides keeping a beauty blog, I also like to read manga and watch animes, cook, play with yarn, and make earrings. I live in Portland, Oregon, with my husband. My sister also lives with us while she goes to college.

Thank you for reading my blog!

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This Is What AWESOME Looks Like
I Am Age, Site News - Comments (5) - March 15th, 2012

So I was laying awake last night thinking about the media and society and notions of beauty and this article I read about how scientists have developed software that can detect digital photo retouching. We see pictures of people on websites and in magazines, but are they actually real? Or are they simply a creation of a digital retoucher aka “photoshopper”? What do REAL people actually look like? How can we challenge these notions of false and unattainable beauty?

I came up with an idea I’d like to share with you, and hope that you’ll be interested enough to participate too. I’d like to start a project on my blog and call it “I Am (Age)” where Age represents the actual age of the participant. I’d like to display un-retouched pictures of women and men, to show the world (the Internet world anyway) what REAL people look like. We’re all unique and beautiful in our own way. I’d like to share that. In order to do this, I need pictures of people of all different ages. I decided I’d ask you, my readers and friends, to join me on this project and send me your pictures.

I envision this as an on-going project, where I feature one or two people with each blog post. For example, I’m 33. So my first blog post will be “I Am 33″ and I’ll use my picture.

Read on if you’d like to participate! (more…)

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