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Face of the Day

Published November 15, 2016 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll. Hope your day was smooth, pain free (errr… as close to pain free as any spoonie can have) and that you had plenty of spoons to make it through the day.

I have been taking a new dose of my depression medication and it seems to be working for me .  I  have had the energy ( both physically and mentally) to wear a full beat face 4 out of 7 days the past few weeks. (excluding the days at the first of the month when I was still off m muscle relaxers)

So I thought it was damn time that I share a face of the day with you. Remember even when you are having a bad spoonie day, just the littlest of things like a bit of blush, a smear of lip gloss  and mascara could help keep you feeling less depressed , feeling human on the days were , as a spoonie we feel left out or just unaccomplished.

Remember it’s the small things that can make a big difference in how we feel on low days. Even just a spritz of our favorite scent can help.

No flash in Natural Light.

Why yes… that is a face demon… thanks for pointing that out. (😣) ….Wink wink nudge nudge…..
On the eyes:

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics  ($54)

To set my primer ( I just use whatever concealer I am am using that day) I used PREGAME.

On my transition I chose NUDE  and also on the high plain of the transition area I chose a mix of NUDE & COMMANDO.

High crease I used INSTINCT Low crease I used TEMPTED.

Outer V area I used LETHAL ( I also used in on my lower lash line ).

Urban Decay Naked Smoky  ($54)

2/3 of my lid I used DIRTY SWEET (also used it on the lower middle and lower waterline) .

Inner Corner Highlight I used HIGH .

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid ($28) in Peach .

NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer  ($5.99) in Medium Olive .

Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum ($8.60)  in ULTRA BLACK.

It Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara ($24) in the color blackest black for lower lashes and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23) in Carbon Black  for upper lashes .

On the Brows :

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo ($23) in Dark Brown and NYX Micro Brow Pencil ( $9.99) in Espresso .

On the Face:

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation ($39) in Nude and also Natural Beige .

Milani The Multitasker Face Powder ($6.99) in #05 TAN .

Contour I used The Balm Cosmetics Bahama Mama ($20) .

I used IT Cosmetics Vitality Face Disk  (now called Your Most Beautiful You Anti Aging Face Palette  ($38) For my Highlight (Live) Blush (Love) and Bronzer (Laugh) .

On The Lips: 

NYX Suede Matte Lip Pencil ($4.00) in the color ALABAMA to contour and line my lips and Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in the color MASOCHIST ($18) .

 

WOW! When I put all this on I didn’t realize just how much stuff I had on my face (wink wink).

 

Well … Thanks for taking the time to peek in on this spoonie’s makeup

bag … Until next time I hope the daylight receives you with less pain than the night before, more spoons than ever , and remember to save a spoon for a bit of lip gloss 💋💜💋

 

 

 

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One Bite At A Time

Published September 5, 2016 by aspooniesmakeupbag

So ya I went Vegan! (sort of… I’ll explain later)

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Picture taken a few weeks into my vegan journey … loving my new Lippie from Jeffree Star Cosmetics. Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts

Yes it’s true I gave up Bacon…. And grilled cheese.
I was having digestive problems and read an article about how meat takes long to digest and that our digestive track is wrong for being a carnivore, that if we were meant to eat meat we would have a digestive track similar to a tiger or lion.

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I also did a ton of research before taking the plunge. I read this amazing book by Russell Simons called “The Happy Vegan” and this changed my life. Completely. I started to crave more knowledge of how my daily choices impacted the world around me. How my eating habits affected my illness, how it effected the carbon foot print I left on this planet, how …;. Blah ,blah, blah ( the things I wanted to know about just went on and on for miles).

In my teens there was a time right after graduation that I adopted a vegetarian lifestyle and I was happy, but one can only eat so many salads before they reach for the first carbon life form they can get their hands on. ( knowledge is power in that if I had the knowledge of how to be a better veggie head I wouldn’t have gotten so board only year in )

Fast forward to the present and I was starting to feel so sick and tired of having IBS-D and not having any relief in sight.
I hated the pain I was in , I hate that my energy never seemed to last, I hated the weight I had gained over the course of 9 years of suffering at the hands of an illness that was relentless, but most of all I hated that what I chose as food came at the expense of another sentient life form.
I started to watch documentaries on the meat industry and the fur industry and how much suffering these defenseless animals would go through and I just couldn’t take another bite of anything that ever had a face.

I also started to understand just how much suffering Dairy Cows went through to product those grilled cheese sandwiches I loved so much and so I re read A Happy Vegan and a journey was born.

I started out making excuses…. money is too tight, I’ll be the only one not eating meat, but the holidays will suck, meal time is gonna be so boring, food is going to be so bland, what if this what if that, but, but, but ….. Than I re-watched the documentary “The Cove” and even though I do not eat, nor have I even had the desire to try, dolphin meat, I just knew that this would be the last day I ate the way I had been, that I would need to adjust my way of life if I was to ever be able to look at myself with pride again…. This is not to say that if you choose a life style where meat is in your diet that you should not hold your head up high, I could never be that judgmental of another living being…. It is just that for me personally I couldn’t find it in myself to be responsible for another being’s death. Did you know that as a vegan I save 200 animal’s lives a year just by not consuming animal products at meal times (just a drop in the bucket of mother earth, true … but it’s my impact, and I am so proud to be able to say that)?

So I set out to prove all of my apprehensions wrong.
I started with the cost of being a vegan , and blew that out of the water when I managed to eat a HEALTHY amount of food each meal on essentially $2.00 per meal.
I proved to myself that eating this way wouldn’t be boring by choosing fruits and veggies I hadn’t tried before and by seeking out plant-based proteins that would challenge my culinary skills. What I found was that I was excited to get into the kitchen and put together a meal … it was thrilling to take that first bite and know I MADE THAT and it was TASTY!!

Now back to the “Sort of “ issue. When you adopt a new way of living sometimes you have speed bumps that cause you to skid and crash and well … you get the drift. I had a really bad Fibro flair and wanted comfort foods …. Sad to say that yes, I did in fact break and have non vegan foods.

I look at the way someone looks at addictions (food can be an addiction too , for me it’s Italian hoagies , grilled cheese, bacon, and milk shakes) Everyday you have to get up and choose your path. It will get easier , but that doesn’t mean, unless born into the vegan movement, that one will ever really not miss a favorite comfort food, that is until you learn how to make said food meatless.

I went completely cold turkey ( no pun intended ) and that has never worked for me in the past. Anytime I have completely restricted myself I have always, ALWAYS , gone off the wagon.

So as I travel the path that leads me back to a movement that for me is everything in the world to me. I have started with things I put on my body. I weeded through my makeup ( which damn near killed me ) to remove any and all products that were not cruelty free.

Next I turned to my wardrobe. I removed all leather and animal skin clothing and shoes ( not that big of a deal to me … most of my budget goes to the makeup gods) and chose to also rid myself of animal by products such as silk from my clothing.
I gave up skin care products that were not cruelty free and also what I wash my clothing in as well.

This for me was and still remains the most costly part of my journey and even though I know I am not 100% Vegan just yet, I am getting there…. ( well I cant run around the world naked I’d scare small children …. Wink wink)

I have now trained my sights on what I consume. It’s harder to do this living in a home with 4 other carnivores… in the sense that the freezer is always well stocked so there is no room for my foods and just like with any other addiction ( please don’t go getting mad at me for calling it that, to me it is an addiction, meats have always been a huge part of my diet and I am re training myself to be meat free… it’s hard for me and so I find it to be an addiction.) when the thing you crave is within reaching distance it’s hard to not want it. Thank goodness for such an amazing husband and an amazing best friend. They both support me and try to keep my eyes on the prize. My bestie even made sure there were vegan friendly options for me in the pantry …. And so as I take another step down the road that leads me to my better self, I had started to weed more and more out. I start 1 bite at a time. Choose a fruit instead of Doritos (although I have grown to really love the Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos even more than I ever loved cool ranch) I choose a nice salad over a sandwich… 1 meal at a time. Until I am able to look at my life and realize wow…. I’ve made my destination… and it’s filled with fury creatures I have saved.

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of course my journey is always surrounded by water in one aspect or another.

Well thanks for stopping by. As always thanks for taking a peak into this spoonie’s makeup bag and until next time spoonie darlings, remember save a spoon for a little lip gloss.

The Bright Side of the Rainbow

Published October 15, 2015 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Sorry to have been away so long. I was dealing with a huge bout of anxiety and depression. I am not 100% yet, but I’m trying.

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Today I fully expetcted to wake up feeling heaps of pain and fatigue since I accomplished so much yesterday.

Yesterday I was able to to get out of bed, clean the bathroom, and my  bedroom, do the wash, make dinner ( steak and oven fries) and still have enough energy to dig out my makeup and get my face Crayola fabulous.

            PRODUCTS USED :

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Eyes:
Nyx Cosmetics MicroBrow in brunette with Anastasia Beverlyhills Dipbrow in Dark Brown Lorac Cosmetics Pro2 in the colors … Buff, Nectar, Lt Brown, Cool Gray, Black, Plum, Cocoa, Jade, Snow, and Rose
Nyx Cosmetics Love in Rio Moonlit Skinny Dip… I used the darkest brown color Wet n Wild Beauty  Mega Plump Mascara
The lashes I used are a no name brand I purchased from Wish
Face:
Hard Candy Glam oflauge invisible camouflage foundation in fair
Maybelline FitMe concealers in #15 fair, #20 sand, and #25 medium Loreal ParisTrue Match Super Blendable powder in N5 true beige Too Faced Cosmetics Chocolate Solelie Bronzer in medium deep Milani Cosmetics Baked Powder Blush in #05 Luminoso, Revlon Photo Ready SkinLights Face Illuminator in #100 Bare Light Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop
Lips:
Milani Cosmetics Color Statement lipstick in #43 Pretty Natural paired with Rimmle London’s Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in #063 East End Snob

I was exhausted after and spent most of the rest of the night in bed watching Flash, catching up on Fear the Walking Dead and binge watching Heroes,  but it was so worth it. I had an incredible sense of accomplishment.

Yesterday was the first day in well over 8 months (of the past 2 years of my fibro flare) that I was able to do more than just shower and paint my face.

It’s the first time in 8 months that I was able to make a meal for my husband. So if I was  completely annihilated after the full day that I had, it was so worth it.

Surprisingly, Today I dont feel as bad as I thought I would.

Yes I have pain, but it’s a level 7. This means I was at least able to sit up and enjoy some tv time with my hubby and play with my God baby today. I did feel wiped out but not half as bad as I thought I would be.

I could have felt sorry for myself because I couldn’t go swimming like I had planned to do today or even go to the park with my God baby, but the truth is with this walk with Fibromyalgia tomorrow is never promised, hell an hour from now is never promised, so celebrate those little moments… it’s the little accomplishments that we should thrive on and not drown ourselves with the things we weren’t able to get to.

I couldn’t do very much today but I was able to get a full beat face going today, I was able to catch up on shows hubby and I like to watch together, and I was able to spend some much needed time with the God baby. So today was pretty damn amazing.

       PRODUCTS USED:

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Face:
Urban Decay Cosmetics  Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion, Maybelline FitMe Dewy+Smooth Foundation in #130 Buff Beige and FitMe Concealers in #15 Fair, #20 Sand, #25 Medium Loreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Power in n5 true beige Too Faced Cosmetics Chocolate Soleil Medium Dark Bronzer
Cheeks:
Tarte Cosmetics  24 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Fearless,
Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in #100 Bare Light, Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop
Eyes:
Lorac Cosmetics Pro 2 in the colors … Buff, Lt Brown, Nectar, Plum, and Rose and I used White from Pro1 I also used the Revlon Photoready Skinlights on the mobile lid under Rose. KATVOND BEAUTY Tattoo Liner in Tooper, Urban Decayc Cosmetics 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Vice, and Rimmel London Exaggerate Water Proof Eye Definer in #261 Noir Anastasia Beverlyhills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown and Nyxc Cosmetics  MicroBrow in Brunette
Lips:
Jordana Cosmetics Easyliner for Lips in the color Cabernet
Milanic Cosmetics  Color Statement Lipstick in #71 Matte Flirty
Lashes:  Cuci Yours #628 ( I purchased through an app called Wish)

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I hope everyone has had an amazing day.

Remember life can be hard when we walk the road of invisible illnesses, just dont forget to take a breather , look around you, and enjoy the world around you.  On bad days take a moment to just let the sun kiss your face, read a book, or even pop in your ear buds and listen to something soothing – perhaps a little soundscape ocean music. This battle is tough, but you are tougher … more than you ever could know. Focus on the bright side of the rainbow, not the rain … I promise it wont be forever, there are good days a head.

The goal is to just enjoy and focus on the beauty around us.

My wish is that the day greets you with love & kindness &  that, for all my spoonie darlings out there, your energy level is comfortable and your pain levels are low.

Thanks for peeking in on this spoonie’s makeupbag and remember always reserve a spoon for a bit of lipgloss

Like An Ant Up Mount Everest

Published July 17, 2015 by aspooniesmakeupbag

2015-07-17-19-47-55_decoToday was a normal pain level type of day and for a spoonie suffering through fibromyalgia that’s like a healthy person saying I’m in pain because a hammer fell on my foot.

The pain level scale is doubled when you have an illness such as fibromyalgia. It is often normal for a spoonie to feel ok and their pain level to be at a number 6.

I was able to actually get out of bed, take a shower, do my hair, and dig out my makeup and get my Crayola on. However with that being said, I still had moments in the day where my energy level seem to all but disappear.

You see when you have one of these invisible illnesses your energy level isn’t like that of a healthy human being. Something as simple as taking a shower for someone with an invisible illness can destroy your energy level for the entire day.

As a spoonie, you tend to not take things for granted. That’s not to say that a healthy person takes things for granted but when you live on the edge of your bed day in and day out for the rest of your life you tend to see life in a whole different light.

We have to plan everything we do down to the very last second of the day to make sure we don’t over do ourselves. So when I tell you that getting out of bed, taking a shower (complete with washing ,deep conditioning and regular conditioning my hair, brushing my teeth and washing my face) , brushing my hair, styling my hair, and actually applying a full face of makeup is a major accomplishment for the day I hope that you can understand that what I mean isn’t that I’m lazy, pampered, or oblivious; but that all those components that a healthy person would otherwise overlook, to someone who is sick this is the equivalent of an ant pushing a walnut up Mount Everest.

Spoonies tend to celebrate the little things that we are able to accomplish because we never know when the day will come that we will suffer another relapse and be completely bedridden with no way of knowing when that relapse will end.

So today as I sit here writing this, fighting back tears, I feel proud of myself because I was able to get up and accomplished what the rest of the world would perceive as mundane tasks.

I may not have run a marathon or even one lap around a standard high school track, but damn it I got out of bed ( tears now streaming down my face), and I got my fleek on. For me, winning the lottery a million times over would never feel as good as something that simple makes me feel.

Thank you for peeking in on this spoonie’s makeup bag. I send you love, acceptance, and strength as you walk this journey, and to all my spoonie darlings out there hang in there babies ,it DOES get better. May today have greeted you with less pain, more happy dances and a never ending supply of spoons. Until next time remember darlings, always reserve a spoon for a little lip gloss. Read the rest of this entry →

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