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This post is being written over the course of whatever moments of time I can actually stand the screen to type so if this skips parts please accept my apologies, I tried to prevent that if possible.

Not too long ago I posted about the original makeup kit Kevin got me the day after Christmas two years ago and I have probably mentioned my love/frustration relationship with it. The overriding emotion is one of I love it, because it is makeup and I think it cost $5 on clearance at Wal-Mart so I felt okay with using it, much more so than the very limited amount of makeup that I unearthed from my original collection of things I had before meeting Kevin. You see, for me the more expensive something is the less likely I am to use it because I know it is not likely to be replaced, at least not easily; Kevin has since given me a makeup allowance so I will be able to plan out what new things I would like and will also allow me to set some aside for replacing what I have used up that I feel is worth replacing (most likely it will all be new stuff because most of the stuff comes from the Dollar store and probably will never be found again).

Click to read more and see my new daily makeup eyeshadows and lip glosses... )
gettinghealthy: (beach)
So if you read my October 20th post you know that I was having some difficulties with applying my eye makeup as in, if I used a darker color it just got every where.  Well, I had decided that maybe the reason I was getting worse was because I have been using this kit for around two years now and the container is busted and doesn't seal properly and maybe it is time to retire this one, even thought the lip glosses/sticks and blush still work fine.  Then I was all, I'm just going to use it multiple times a day until it is used up because I can't throw away unfinished makeup and the blush and lip stuff is still totally fine.  So I pulled my everyday makeup box into the living room (I should probably move it into something that isn't a shoe box, like an actual makeup bag, I do have one) and under less than ideal lighting, started with the eye makeup because that is the only way to guarantee no eye shadow fallout for me, if I do the face part first, eye shadow all over the cheeks, so I now do the eye makeup first minus the mascara and low and beyond, it came out perfect and was the same three color look I was going for yesterday.  Now I am trying to decide if I should continue with my, I will use this up before 2013 goal or if I should just return to normal use.  I really want to get a z palette so I can take the pans out and put them in something that will actually close and let me get rid of this less than ideal container; although by the time I can get one I may be finished with this.

One thing that didn't work, or not the way I am used to it working, I started my new mascara today, this one from e.l.f. which is a brand I normally have good luck with, but I am not sure any mascara actually got on my lashes.  It is the Lengthening & Defining mascara and I have heard complaints about their products, it seems their stuff is really hit or miss, but it came in a kit that the other stuff from worked out really well for me when I tried it so I figured I would use this mascara next.  First off, when I pulled the brush out the thing that wipes off the excess mascara came out as well above the brush so none of the excess was wiped off so I had to put the brush back in and hold it on the container with my finger nails while pulling the brush back out.  I am guessing this tube is already dried out because once I started trying to apply it, my lashes did not appear to get any darker.  Now when I did look at my lashes were one eye had been done with the other without there was a hint of maybe the one I had applied to was darker than the one I hadn't but I am not really sure.  I am going to wait until a day when Kevin is home to try it again and see if he can tell a difference because I don't need my lashes to be super black, just a little darker than they already are so they are more obvious because they are already fairly long and have good volume.

As to the beauty post that will most likely be in two parts, because the third part would take a couple of years before I could actually do it provided my hair doesn't start making my scalp hurt again (yeah NIOXIN) and that just seems like a stupid long period of time to wait for the third part so it is basically going to be two parts with the second part coming in the beginning of December, maybe sooner, depending on how quickly I can do what I need to do to do everything properly.  Anyway, the part one pictures have been taken, but there is a lot of text to type and I am not the fastest typer anymore and I need to make sure I get everything right so I don't expect it to be up that quickly, but I am hoping before Halloween because I am excited about this and I really want to get started.
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This post is going to be a two nail polish looks in one post again because I forgot to post the first one when it happened. What is also interesting is both of these looks are basically the same type of nail polish look even though they only share one polish in common.

Click for eight pictures and lots of text... )
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Is it possible to actually get worse at something the longer you practice? I know in general the more you practice something the better you get at it, but that does not seem to generally hold true with me and today was a very good example of that.

So as you may remember I use makeup as therapy to help my mood and give me something to do because there are a lot of hours in the day when I am home and Kevin is at work and even if I can't fill all of those hours with applying makeup, I do also like looking at makeup, especially eyeshadow and nail polish, which is probably why that is the bulk of what I have.

So today I decided to attempt an eye look with four different shades. This may seem like a lot to some people who read this and to others it may seem average; I have seen eye looks that took eight or more shades on YouTube, but after a while I do question how much you can really tell the different colors are there and would you really want to. Anyway, it was a purple look because I am wearing purple and purple is Kevin's favorite color and I thought if I could come up with something he would really like I might try that the next time we go out to eat for something special. It was actually a pretty basic look, mid purple on the lid, dark purple in the crease, light purple on the brow bone, and then it all went wrong when I was adding just a touch of black to the very end of the crease to "deepen it up" as most of the beauty people on YouTube seem to like to do. The right eye did okay, I could leave the house with it and not feel like people were laughing at me, but when I went for the left eye, thinking I actually had gotten less on the brush than the right eye because I had wanted less, I ended up with this large black smear that went right the way across my eye, over to my temple, and down some. I guess my coordination was trying to tell me I had already done too much.

So I washed it off and decided to go with a three color look that I have sort of made work in the past but three color looks typically don't work for me because I can never get the crease color to look right. And again, when I got to the crease it was like I completely covered my whole eye area with black (I was doing a classic smokey eye which is sliver, black, and a white or very light sliver).

So I washed that off and went with a two color look. These I sometimes do okay with; I tend to alternate between trying a dark color on the lid and the mid color in the crease and above or I will do the mid color on the lid and try and get a dark color in the crease, but with a very light application of it so you can hardly tell it is there. That is what I am currently wearing and in a brown duo, but lets just say if Kevin wants to leave the house this evening I am probably going to wash my face before we go.

Most of the time I just do one color looks and I have even been known to mess those up very badly. I don't even want to say how many tutorials I have watched on how to apply eyeshadow, some while putting the eyeshadow on to make sure I did it right and it almost never seems to come out. The one time it did, I emailed Kevin about it because I was so happy.

So now for the making it better part...

Click for kitties... )
gettinghealthy: (beach)
I had planned to post this yesterday but was having one of my all day migraines yesterday and spent most of the day just trying to get over that. When the migraine did finally get low enough for me to be able to do much of anything, I wasn't thinking about posting a journal entry. So on with what was supposed to be yesterday's post, if my tenses get messed up, just know that the oops happened on Sunday with the plan to post it on Monday.

So on Saturday I painted my nails the beautiful red color I posted about on Sunday and as per my usual routine because even if the nails feel dry, sometimes the nails can still get messed up on things like bed sheets. On Sunday, after posting about the nail color I realized I still needed to apply the top coat, something I try to wait 24 hours to do, because when I apply top coat on the same day as applying the color I have had a problem with the color transferring on to the brush for the clear coat, but if I wait 24 hours I don't have that problem. Well...

Two pictures and more text under the cut... )
gettinghealthy: (beach)
So this week, actually, this Thursday, will be Kevin and mine's 4th wedding anniversary! We have been together as a couple for over 8 years now and are quickly approaching that point where we will have been married longer than we knew each other before getting married.

So for our anniversary I decided I wanted to dress up and do super nice makeup/nails even if all we do is sit on the floor of the living room and have dinner/watch a movie, because I want to look nice for Kevin on our anniversary. Because of a lucky twist of fate I had been able to get a nice (and very cheap) fancy dress for our anniversary so it was just figuring out what makeup to wear and what nail polish to go with it. I knew what I wanted to do, it is a very classic look and one in my Kevyn Aucoin book Making Faces and it is probably the simplest look in the book, but I also find it to be one of the hardest to do because it involves a red lip and red is one of those colors that can be difficult to find exactly the right one for your skin tone because not all reds look good on all people.

Click to read more and see one picture... )
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So I am going to start with a health update because there is actually something new to say and for a change it is good.

So, I don't know if anyone remembers, but I have been having to shave my head every month for the last two years due to scalp pain that got to the point of making me vomit if my hair was left for more than 30 days. A couple of months ago I was watching a video on YouTube by AllThatGlitters21 because I like her videos and I am trying to win a purse I know I have no chance of actually winning, but it is about the possibility more than actually winning for me. So the video was on her Everyday Hair Products and normally I don't watch hair videos because I don't have any hair to do anything with, but I want to try and win a purse so I watched it and she talked about a new conditioner she has been using called NIOXON (specific version of it) and the way she described it, I thought to myself, maybe this could help me. I showed the video to Kevin and he had the same thought and started searching for it. By the time we had a bottle my head had been freshly shaved again so we started with a fresh scalp. I told Kevin that if I didn't have to shave my head for two months I would write her a thank you letter.

Read more... )
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This may not be the most well typed post, but I really felt like sharing it now instead of later because I tend to forget (I had to copy the date to spell the month becase I could not red the letters). Yeah for posts with lots of read lines. Limited text because I can barely read what I am typing.

some pictures and hopefully not too badly typed... i need a nap... )
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This will probably be a low text post because I have having problems with typing (you don't even want to know how many words I miss-spelled in the first pass).

three pictures under cut... )
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Starting with the tee-shirt:



We saw this shirt in a Daiso Japan store two or three weeks ago, really can't remember, but they didn't have it in the right size. When we went to the one that had the "lame" eyeshadow, they had it in the right size so Kevin got it for me. I unfortunately forgot to post it or didn't think it was appropriate with a post laughing at the text of an unfortunately named eyeshadow trio. Anyway, in case the text is too small, the shirt reads: at the top "life is full of up and down" and then at the bottom it says, "never give up" with the slightly angry looking Daruma Doll in the middle. The Daruma Doll is supposed to be a good luck charm and if you read the wiki page portion about the shape it is very symbolic about over coming adversity/misfortune so we are hoping it will help with my health issues (we have several of the actual dolls in the house now as well).

And now for the Nail Polish:... )
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So I will say now that posting two days in a row was not something I was expecting to do and posting what I am posting is out of the sheer joy and excitement I got from how events unfolded near the end of the day for me.

Click to read about me getting what was probably over excited, but I don't care, I'm still super excited about it... )
gettinghealthy: (beach)
This this week, actually yesterday, saw my first empty makeup wise. Apparently this is a big thing on YouTube and you can watch video after video of people throwing empty bottles, tubes, and pans away while they congratulate themselves for actually finishing something. Yes, I find it kind of silly people showing their trash on YouTube, but since I have had this lipgloss for two or three months and just barely finished it and I used it at least twice a day three or four times a week and when I had seen it online (we bought it in a store) people had complained about the size because they only got one day out of it so I am guessing I just didn't try to apply the whole tube at once attempting to get the color to actually look like the color in the tube because with lip glosses I am not looking for that, lip sticks yes, lip glosses no, I just want them to make my lips shinny, which this did very well.

See the pictures, read more too... )
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So I made a mistake with my polish from last week and starting picking at what was actually a very tiny chip (the stars started falling off on Wednesday, but the pink held up well) and it ended up coming off that nail in a single sheet, which of course made me decide to just pull all of the polish off.

The new polish that is being used is from Revlon and is a limited edition polish from their Moon Candy series and is called Galactic. It is probably the most expensive polish I have, not totally sure, but when I saw a picture of it before it was released in a review (guessing Revlon had sent the polish to the reviewer) I immediately emailed Kevin and said I wanted it, which I don't normally do, I normally wait until he gets home, but I got super excited about this one because it just looks so amazing.



Photo credits go to Kevin. I did the polish today and since Kevin was home I asked him to go ahead and take a picture even though I hadn't cleaned it up yet so now you know what it looks like right after I finish (this is remarkably clean for my attempts at polishing my nails).  This is the first attempt as well, although what you can't see is that there are some smudges between the two hands, but they are going to stay there because I am not going to waste this polish trying to redo it to make it look better.

Because it is expensive and limited edition and I am not very good at putting the polish on, it will probably not be used again until I get better at it.
gettinghealthy: (beach)
Last week's polish lasted through my birthday and then when I woke up on Friday several of the nails were chipped which was strange because all I had done was sleep. But that is okay, Saturday is redo nails day for me and this was a combination I had planned to do last week, but then smudged before I decided to do the gold with gold glitter.

When I do my nails I usually end up doing the same combination two or three times before I manage to get them to dry without smudging and this one only took two attempts so I was happy with that because it does make for running low on polish occur more quickly.



The pink is actually from a kit that wasn't primarily nail stuff and I had already tossed a red from the same kit because it clumped and was streaky and hard to apply. But the pink is holding up pretty well and the other two colors when I tested them seem to hold up well and considering it wasn't a nail kit was pretty good.  I don't have another pink like it so I do hope to find another one eventually, it is very pearly and the two I have besides this is a dusty pink and a hot pink.

On my toes I have a silver polish with the same glitter and star glitter polish, but I am even worse with my toes so I am not taking pictures of those.

Well, I have stabby head pain right now so I will close this out, hope you enjoyed.
gettinghealthy: (beach)
So as makeup seems to be a big part of my ability to remember to eat breakfast and brush my teeth twice a day and this is posted in my getting healthy journal (if you are reading it on livejournal that is the cross posted entry) it seems to be relevant to the journey of trying to get healthy.

Some of you may remember that one of the side-effects of the pain that I have been experiencing is memory loss, but I don't just forget things I have done, I also forget things I need to do, like eat, and then brush my teeth. So to help with that I have set a rule that I can't apply makeup to my face or nails until after I have at least had breakfast and brushed my teeth and if I can't remember if I did both of those, I will do them again. I also keep the tooth brush and tooth paste with the evening facial cleansers so that helps me to brush my teeth at night, doesn't work as well as the morning reminder, but better than not remembering at all.

Pictures and lots of text... )
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I've been feeling the need to post something for a few days but I never knew what to write about so I didn't.  Unfortunately I still don't know what to write about so if this makes no sense, I apologize but sometimes my want side of my brain over rides my logic side of my brain.

So I let the SimCity game for DullsVille run on its own up until 1987 or something around there to see what would happen, like if it would tell me that I won, and it didn't.  Then I realized that I had let it run without turning off disasters and part of the city was trying to flood itself, but it didn't tell me I had lost, which it had done in a prior to this series of posts attempts at playing one of the challenges so I am guessing I was still doing well enough to win.  My plan is it let it run one more time, remembering to turn off disasters (I exited without saving), and give it until 2000 and see what happens.  Once I have done that I will move on to the next challenge and we'll see what that one is all about.

The makeup love is still going strong.  When I talked to my mom about it she said that for a while, after college I had gotten really into makeup wearing it everyday, and she never really understood why it stopped.  I actually didn't remember this, I remembered buying some makeup because I like pretty colors, but I didn't remember really wearing it all that much, but maybe in a weird way the reason why this is helping me with my mood is because it is something I was missing.  The other day Kevin took me to a Daiso store because they sell cheap, from Japan and we are kind of obsessed with Japan, products and this one actually had makeup at it, I don't remember the other two that we have gone to having makeup so this made me really happy because everything was $1.50 per package so I got some eye shadow and some lipgloss.  I haven't tried any of the new stuff yet, but I spend a lot of time sitting and staring at the colors and sometimes turn it over and read the badly translated English and laugh because there is only actually one sentence in English on the back of the package and I think it sounds funny.  Sentence on the package: "Attention of the use: If something happen the trouble on your skin using them, please stop using them."  I don't know why but that makes me smile every time I see it and it only cost $1.50.  They had some really nice shades of eye shadow, very wearable, and while I have been favoring more of the crazier colors lately because I am trying to expand on what I feel comfortable with, it is always nice to have some basic colors as well, like light tans and light pinks.

The paper cranes are still going, I don't have a new picture yet, because the next 24 haven't been strung up yet, but I have made another set of 24 and I am now working on a smaller batch of 14 from some special paper that Kevin got me that says it has Kimono patterns on it so I have really been enjoying those.  Still have four more sheets to finish that set and then hopefully I can get both sets strung up and take some pictures to share.

Starting to get dizzy and the screen is swaying back and forth, but at least I got something posted.
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Let me start off by saying that I do not expect special treatment because of being in a wheelchair or because of having to wear sunglasses indoors  due to being super light sensitive; I do expect people to treat me as they would treat someone who can walk more than two feet on their own and doesn't get light triggered migraines from normal indoor lighting.  

Now on with the story...

Yesterday Kevin took me to the mall, something we don't do often because it is loud and it is bright and between the two I don't usually do so well pain wise shortly after getting in there.  The plan was to go to one store specifically for an eye cream and an eye makeup remover that I had found on the store's website because I prefer shopping in person; I also wanted to "sample" the smells of some of their scented products because I have been hoping to find a sent that helps wake me up because I don't seem to be able to stay fully awake for more than a couple of hours at a stretch.  

As we were heading to the store I noticed another store across from it with an OPI display and asked if we could go in just to look since they are considered some very good nail polishes and I only have one very dark red from them.  They were busy and there were only two employees there at the time but they both made sure to say hi to us while they were helping other customers.  We were looking at the nail polish which was well above my head and difficult to see.  Once the employees had finished with the customers they had been working with they both came over to us separately to help and one of them even noted that I was wearing pink nail polish already and suggested some other colors I might like that were bright and/or pink and they both pointed out all of the limited edition sets since they are limited edition.  We weren't planning on buying any of the nail polish but then one of then started pulling down the nail swatches they had of the stuff that was too high for me to see and going over all of them with me, and I do mean all of them, and Kevin ended up buying three different polishes for me based on my reactions to what she was showing me which was probably the best way to go because I just cannot make decisions.

After we went to the store we had planned on going to and it was completely devoid of customers and also had two employees standing around in it, one in the middle of the store, the other behind the counter.  We headed toward the one in the middle of the store and she looked directly at us and then immediately turned away and didn't do anything, just tried really hard to not make eye contact.  So we went down one side of the store and to the counter and the girl who was there looked directly at me and then practically ran into the back room.  By this time another customer who could walk came in and the girl in the middle of the store jumped over to her and started helping her.  So we kept looking around the store and really did need help because I couldn't find what I was looking for, we went up and down the store at least twice very slowly looking at everything on all of the shelves and did managed to find one of the things I wanted from there, but I told Kevin not to buy it because they obviously didn't want to help me.  He thought maybe they were afraid to help me because the wheelchair and the sunglasses.  I told him that since this store's main products were all scent based it shouldn't matter if they thought I was blind because you pick soaps and fragrances based on smell because they all do the same thing.

Today we went to Target, a box store that the most I expect from their employees is to tell us what the total is when they ring us up.  It just so happened that where the eye creams and eye makeup remover there was an employee who had been helping some other customers and when she saw us she said hi.  Then when she finished with the people she had been helping she came back over to us and helped me find a hypoallergenic eye cream and eye makeup remover and said that if I didn't like it to keep the receipt because we could return it.  We made our purchase and after we left I told Kevin it was sad that a store I wasn't expecting any employee help from gave better customer service than a store I have always loved and always had great service from until yesterday.  

The other store I have gone to in various locations for well over a decade and yesterday was the first time I had left one of their stores without buying at least one thing.  I am sure this is just a fluke and that their employees are not normally like this which is why I am not mentioning the name of the store here.  I don't know if any of my friends who will read this are in a customer facing job, but really, if you see someone in a wheelchair or wearing sunglasses indoors, using basic common courtesy that you would use for someone not in a wheelchair or sunglasses indoors will go a long with that person.  Seriously, if someone in the one store had said hi to me we probably would have stayed until one of them decided to help us and purchased five different things because I had actually planned what to buy based off what was on their site, I just had to decide on which of three scents I wanted to get that wasn't the eye cream and eye makeup remover.  Either way, I am over it, but just in case this made someone think about how they treat someone who is disabled then I will consider this a worthwhile post.
gettinghealthy: (beach)
My hands hurt so if this post reads kind of odd it is because I wrote it over several days because I can't type for that long before the pain gets too high. This is kind of meant as a follow-up to my Sometimes I Wear Makeup post that I wrote over a year ago about how I use makeup to help make myself feel better.

This is kind of long so I put it under a cut, but please read... )
gettinghealthy: (beach)
A few days ago I got to go to the beach, Kevin wasn't sure it was going to happen so he hadn't told me about the possibility, but some how I managed to wake up on the day doing well enough he decided to risk it. So with sunglasses, lots of sunscreen, and a large hat in hand, we went with his parents to the beach.

The first thing Kevin did when he got there was make a heart in the sand, then I put in our initials.




Kevin then went to look for sand dollars while his parents went on a walk and I stayed put sitting in a chair watching the waves. After a while his parents came back as did Kevin and we all sat for a while. Then Kevin decided to walk in a different direction for the sand dollars and I am not sure where his father disappeared to, but his mother and I continued to sit and watch the waves.

After a short while a father and daughter (young, maybe 5 to 6) came by, he was trying to fish in the ocean, she was just running around collecting things off the beach and shoving them into his pockets. After a while she sat somewhat near us and started talking; it was windy enough we couldn't hear what she was saying, but that didn't stop her from having a rather long running conversation. And then after she finished her story she walked a little ways a way and then started rolling in the sand and for some reason I can't explain, I all the sudden realized what I should be doing. My vision of this little girl changed and it was like she was an angle telling me what to do, reminding me of who I really am.

Once Kevin got back I asked him if it was okay to lay in the sand directly since I knew the shirt I was wearing was new, but I wasn't there when he bought it so I didn't know if it was something he would get terribly upset over if I messed it up laying on the beach. He said he was fine with me laying on the beach, he didn't think it would be a problem. So, much to the amusement of everyone I am sure, I laid down on the sand a few feet from everyone else and focused on the sound of the waves. I must of entered a meditative state because when the waves eventually got close enough to touch my feet it didn't feel cold and when Kevin had first gotten me onto the beach he had held me up so I could put my feet in the water and it had been freezing.

Afterwards I sat up on the beach, but still on the sand and just continued to watch the waves.




(The most of me you will likely ever see on this journal.)




(I just liked this picture.)

After a while longer we realized that I had been out in the sun for well over an hour and even with sunscreen I was risking sunburn because I burn easily (I had a really mild one a bit of both arms, but it wasn't too bad) so we went back inside and I changed to long pants and a sweater.  But I told Kevin, that for the first time, since the migraines started, so over three years now, I felt like myself, for about 30 minutes, while laying and sitting on the beach directly on the sand.  Unfortunately once we left the beach the feeling went away, but 30 minutes after 3 years was quite amazing so I will be happy that I even got that much time. 

It wasn't much longer after this that I ended up feeling nausea again and a migraine came on and I was basically non-functional for the rest of the day although they did wheel me around in the chair for a while outside on a "walk" but by then I was so light sensitive again I could only look where the sun wasn't and had to shut my eyes a lot.  But I enjoyed the day and hope that we can go again so I can get a few more minutes of feeling normal for a little while.  Now Kevin is trying to figure out how we can afford to move to a beach town so that he can get me on the beach every week since he knows I haven't felt like myself for a very long time.
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"What do you want to do?" my husband asked me while we were in the car.  I didn't even have to think about it, I told him, I wanted to dance.  I want to dance on a sandy beach, in a formal red dress, with my hair cascading down my back, make-up just so, barefoot, to the sound of the ocean.

Some day he said, and then we will donate the dress to the Traveling Red Dress project started by The Bloggess, after a cleaning because I am sure sandy beaches require cleaning on floor length red dresses.

So I ask all of you reading this, what do you want to do?

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