Barbie Heads and Hair Monsoons

Published November 15, 2016 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey. Hope the day finds you with plenty of spoons.

So remember when I said I made a lot of changes? Some were health related and some where hair related, gulp …. OK so here’s what I did to my head….

In February  I decided I was a red head

I really enjoyed this color but …

Anyone who lives in Florida can tell ya that the water here is hell on hair color … and it doesn’t help that I hit the pool pretty hard this year. But I also liked the color that my hair lightened to

So much so that i didn’t color my hair again for a long while (from February until October… that’s  a record for me) which gave my hair this amazing chunky  ombre effect …

Didn’t mind it so much, but I had to push it…

So October comes in and I went dark…

This was meant to be a dark denim blue but it looked black unless under direct light

So I decided to color correct and … gulp …. attempt to bleach my own head ….

Color corrected, though could go lighter … enter the weeks of hell …

It was still too brassy so I tempted fate and bleached it again the next day … 😣

Since I was doing a dark denim ombre I was good with this…. or so I thought…

I hadn’t noticed until my hair dried that I was bald in some areas… and the hair rained down like it was monsoon season … on one particularly bad hair breaking day I brushed my hair only to find a barbie head stuck in my brush …. enter the shock you are about to  have . … are you ready to see my new look? … gulp … here we go…

Ohhhh ya baby, yes I did … I buzzed it all off.

I gotta say it’s kind of freeing … saves me time on getting ready, showering, and I don’t have to worry about bad hair days for a while…. or accidentally overdosing on dry shampoo between blow outs.

also am loving the fact that I can make anything I wear and any makeup look appear a little more edgy

And wearing hats in Florida doesn’t mean frizzy hair later 🤗

Hope you enjoyed me poking fun at my hair mistake …. Thanks for taking time to peek in on this spoonies makeup bag, remember save a spoon for a bit of lip gloss 💋💜💋

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Who the Hell Woke Up One Morning and Said , hmmm

Published November 15, 2016 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey dolls, how ya been? I’m coming at’cha with a beauty related post …. can you believe it? I know finally the makeup bag gets used!!

So I’m starting by saying I have made A LOT of changes …. guuurrrllll I mean A LOT!

First change, my makeup sanctuary has received a much needed, and much appreciated (thanks babe for the early Christmas present) upgrade.

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This is how I was set up before I received my early gift from my husband

I loved the way I was set up; however I didn’t have enough comfort  whist I crayolaed my face and I banged the hell out of my knees on a daily. With my station setup this way I also I had to constantly get out of my broke down computer chair to get something from one of the ends of the dresser. This dresser was also so old that the drawers would unremittingly fall on my toes anytime I tried to retrieve something out of them.

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So hubby took pity on my poor abused toes and knees and bought me an Alex desk from Ikea. 

We originally wanted the Alex desk that has the drawers attached, however I

didn’t know that it was officially called LINNMON/Alex Table so when we looked it up to get the location we couldn’t find it …. and so this pretty little desk was the one we purchased. I’m so in love with this damn desk you have NOOOOOOO idea!!!

I didn’t have as much space to work with so I used this really cute lazy susan that I picked up for $3.00 at a yard sale over the weekend and I put all my lippies , foundations, setting sprays, primers, and setting powders on it and that freed up so much space now.

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I just love this marble lazy susan … I can;t believe they only wanted $3.00 for it!!!

there are some pros and cons to this desk…. this will not be me bitching or whining about my  desk …. I still very much love my desk, I just want to give you an honest review of this desk just in case you are looking to pick one up.

Wait, what are you eye balling? … why yes, yes those are milk crates, I call it my nail station …. awww come on …. that was funny waaaiiittt …. where you going, ok , ok come back here …. I wont make any more bad jokes I promise, well … I hope I promise.

So back to our convo …

Let’s start with cons…… There is less internal storage than that of  the desk with the Alex 5 drawer attached since there is only 2 drawers, which brings me to con #2 ….

the drawers are wide however they aren’t deep enough to store my palettes upright. The only ones that are sized right to store upright are the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. The rest of the palettes that I own I have to lay flat, which takes up a ton of prime real estate.

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Still building my collection after my declutter at the start of the summer

 

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how I have to store my palettes  ( am thinking of getting one of those   ByAlegory Eyeshadow Palette Organizer  things off Amazon )

My last con …. The drawer stoppers … UGH, ok so I do have to bitch about this con.

Who the hell woke up one morning and said , hmmm , lets create an amazing desk and and than make it impossible to open the drawers in said desk…. oh and just for shits and giggles , lets also make it impossible to close again , without smashing one’s fingers in the damn thing.  Again I say …. UGH!!!!

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this is as far as the damn thing opens and as far as it closes …. so my thumb gets smashed sometimes (waaaaaaa!!!)

Now for the pros….

There is plenty of surface space to have some acrylic makeup storage on the desk and still have room for your  laptop .

Pro #2 : since there aren’t any additional storage units under the desk there is so much space for your legs, or to share the desk with someone else wanting to get all dolled up , or to maybe even teach someone else how to do their makeup (always a fun experience for me) .

Pro#3: there is a hidden channel towards the back end of the desk that always you to store your wires so that you can have your laptop, cell phone, flat iron, or whatever you wish plugged in and not have a heap of messy wires everywhere.

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The price tag is a bit more spendy but it’s a good quality desk that not only is sturdy but so pretty to look at.

Well. Thank’s again for peeking in on this spoonie’s makeup bag ( yes I know this wasn’t a full “makeup” related blog post, but it gets better … just you wait and see) and until next time save a spoon for a bit of lip gloss .

 

 

I’ve Had Up’s and Down’s ; But …

Published November 14, 2016 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Why hello there doll!!! Sorry I’ve been away so long. It’s been one hell after another since we last talked.

I’ve been to see my rheumaatologist who took me off my muscle relaxers because he says he feels as though they are pointless as they do not help with fibromyalgia.

I spent almost 3 weeks in such pain it literally took my breath from me at times. I couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, and most importantly I was unable to even interact with my family. I spent most of my time crying, lying on the floor, or chain smoking because of the pain.

Around about the last part of the 2nd week I had enough of doing it the doctors way and , after talking with my husband about it, decided to start taking my muscle relaxers again.

Needless to say, I am feeling so much better now. ( about 2 days after starting my muscle relaxers again.)

The thing I have learned through this walk as a spoonie is this … doctor’s do not always know what is the best thing for you. Not every fibro patient will respond to the same course of treatment and when something is working for you it’s important to stand your ground and say I’m sticking with it.

I so wish I would have stood my ground this past month.

I have been taken off my anxiety meds and that has kept me house bound more than I would like and once again I have put myself back on my anxiety meds and will have a long talk with my shrink about this.

I’ve had ups and downs with my pain levels , energy, and mental health ; but I am still here … I am still fighting … and I am still hoping to be a beacon for other spoonies out there and of course a place for understand for those not in the spoonie circle.

I know it’s hard to understand what we go through, and I hope to continue giving you insight to those of us with autoimmune illnesses.

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll be bringing you those  long promised makeup posts soon, and some makeup reviews.

Thank you for taking the time to take a peek into this spoonie’s makeup bag and as always – remember spoonie darlings , save a spoon for a bit of lipgloss.  xox

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.

Wait, Did Sephora Just Steal My Heart?

Published September 3, 2016 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hello darlings and dears. Hope all is well for you today. It’s storming here so you know that means I’m hurting BIG TIME.

As a spoonie I try to find ways to make life easier for me. Naturally I have to prioritize what types of things I want to add to my beauty regimen, which normally means I almost never have my nails done, my toes I just about always have done but this is because I only paint them once a month  (thank you Wet n Wild for producing such an amazing product what always helps me to accomplish this).

Well … I received a message that I would be included in the #SystemAddict VoxBox for this month.  For those of you not familiar with Vox Box…. It is a sample box that Influenster sends out to you based on a simple survey to determine which box for the month you qualify for. This box is called a VOX BOX. The best things about the vox box are that the products are full-sized and that the products are free, the only thing you need do is use your social media to review the products… that’s it, nothing more… how many times are you on your social media and you don’t know really what you want to say or do… well vox box helps with that.

This month I qualified for a makeup related box called Formula X #SystemAddict box.

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FINALLY a vox box right up my alley!!!!

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The box comes with 5 full-sized items: 1. Nail bed dehydrater called: Cleanse 2. Base coat called: Prime 3. Polish called: Formula X 4. Top coat called: Shine 5. Polish remover jar called: Delete All

I have never been one that would spend more than $4 on a nail polish, I mean come on it lasts maybe (if I’m lucky) 3 days on my nails so why would I spend more than that? I have tried many polishes and the only one I seem to gravitate toward is Wet n Wild’s Mega Last polish line (that sucker lasts forever and comes in so many colors and it’s only $1.99 !!) That is until I tried these new babies.

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From left to right we have Cleanse, Prime, Formula X (in the color TGIF), and Shine

Wait, wait , wait … hold it a second … Did Sephora just steal my heart away from Wet n Wild? WET n WILD??? My die-hard, have been using since junior high school brand? Well darlings and dears … it would seem so.

Let’s break this down for you.

I am a spoonie, this means I have to pick and choose what I do with my time wisely. This often means when it comes to my beauty regimen I have to decide if I should spend the extra time and energy on plucking my brows or changing my polish, making sure said brows are even whist I do my makeup or waiting for my polish to dry, or the ever popular shaving my legs or painting my toes. The reason I USE TO be obsessed with the MegaLast line was that I would only have to spend the extra spoon on painting my toes once a month because this puppy would stay on forever if you needed it to, however with the Formula X polish line I am not sure if this is also true, I think it could be and am in the process of testing that theory out.  Seriously though, with as many colors as Sephora carries for this line there is NO WAY I am going to have enough restraint to keep myself from painting my piggies only once a month.

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Blank canvas ready and excited for this color!!

I tested the Delete All on the polish that was on my hands the day I received my package in the mail. I have used other jar polish removers in the past and hated them without prejudice due to their smells, the awkward shapes, or simply that after 2 or 3 uses the sponges were just no good anymore. With Delete All I didn’t have any of those issues. Upon opening the jar I did not notice a scent ( GOOD ON YOU Formula X for the way you seal your jars!! There is no way this jar is leaking in transit) in fact I had to stick a cotton bud into the jar to be able to test the scent. Not too smelly, I mean with any remover you are going to have a smell, but this one want’s too bad and it removed all my polish at one time! It has a hole in the sponge for 5 fingers and did in fact take off all my Wet n Wild polish. There wasn’t too much residue on my nails after and no sticky feeling to my hands like I get when I used other jar removers.

Next I tested out the Cleanse (step 1) and compared it to when I use alcohol to dehydrate my nail bed before I put polish on and honestly I didn’t see that much of a difference. Both methods remove oils and unwanted barriers between the nail and polish, however Cleanse does not have a harsh scent.

Step 2 was to prime (base coat) my nails and here is where the scent got a bit stronger. I could not believe how fast this base coat dried! I was in the middle of doing wash when I was testing these products. While doing the base coat the dryer beeped and I had just painted my middle finger but when I tested the 3 fingers I did get to paint they were already dry! I wasn’t sitting in a room with a fan on either. ( hmmm pretty cool)

When I got to step 3 I though oh no, see I knew this wasn’t going to go well for me. I wasn’t sure I liked the color, I hated how strong the scent was, I just knew that with as thick as the polish was there was no way this was going to dry by the time I was ready for bed, and the first coat was so streaky that I didn’t see how a second coat would be able to improve the mess that was my nails at that moment. My first hand was dry even before my second hand was finished and the second coat of ( goodness why so thick) polish did in fact improve the look of the polished digits and the color was pretty ( ok Formula X I see you)

On the 4th and final step of this mani I was impressed ( ok …. ok stop looking at me like that, I was more than impressed I was Gobsmacked , head over heels in love, and already writing a shopping list for the colors I was going to pick up in this line).

I figured the top coat (Shine) would probably take forever to dry and I would be exhausted and not be able to shower, but by the time I painted my pinky on my right hand all of my fingers were cleared for take off.

From start to finish the whole system took maybe 10 minutes total and was simple to apply  with the brushes being designed to fit the nail bed perfectly!  That’s a blessing to this spoonie since my normal ( I mean old) routine takes a minimum of 25 minutes,  45 if I want to be sure I wont have bed sheet marks the next day.

My final thoughts on these products are that I am seriously impressed and am now more obsessed with Formula X and the EXCEL system than I ever was with what’s its name (yes, we are braking up, my heart now belongs to another).  I also really like the manicured look it leaves me with.

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Well spoonie darlings and dish dears, I hope that the day finds you in good spirits, with plenty of spoons for the darlings and patience for the dears. Thank you ever so much for making it to the end of this blog post (yes it’s a big one but that is proof that I truly love this product!!). Until next time, thanks for peaking in on this spoonie’s makeup bag and remember to save a spoon for a little lip gloss ( errrr Nail Polish)

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*I have received these products complimentary to test and review. *** HOWEVER, the opinions I have stated are completely my own and are non biased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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