Archives for August 2017

August 29, 2017

benefit sizzlin Six Review!

It’s back to school next week, and Nordstroms Half-Year Sale is behind me!  It was a great time to purchase reasonable beauty sets for a fraction of the price, to try.  The sale coincides with my major cleaning out of all cosmetics & brushes, so I have room to grow! 

I’m going back to work and arming myself with all the tools of my trade, cosmetics being way up on the list.  My makeup camouflages and allows me to feel confident and looking my best, no matter what type of day I’m having.  I constantly adjust my products by season due to climate change and facial requirements.   I know I will continue to use my Clarins Bronzing & Blush Compact and the Becca First Light Priming Filters, into the fall, yet couldn’t resist trying the benefit sizzlin Six set from Nordstroms this season.   There were six products in the set, what attracted me to the set was the inclusion of the mascara that I had previously sampled out of a Birchbox selection and loved.  To bad I didn’t take a closer look at what I was buying, the mascara was not the same but, here are my results of the sampler! 

Stay Don’t Stray is a primer that you apply on eyelids and under eyes. Primers are meant to even out discoloration on eyelids and under eye dark circles. It definitely worked, just as well as my usual product, Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Even though the two products yielded the same results, I will change brands even though the benefit product is more expensive because it contains sodium hyaluronate (hydrates) and the Vitamins C & E, which combats the signs of aging.  That’s all I needed to know to jump on board!  I’ll give it a serious whirl and let you know if there is a noticeable difference with the benefit product.                                                                               

The Hoola Matte Bronzer is benefit’s award-winning bronzing powder.  The bronzer was buildable and stayed on all day.  I found the small, non-closable compact a nuisance.  It only contained one natural color that would limit daily wearability for me!  It did not compare to my Clarins Bronzing & Blush Compact.  The flexibility of a bronzer of different shades in addition to a blush, makes Clarins Bronzing & Blush heads above the rest.

Being of a certain age, I remember the rage surrounding the benetint rose tinted lip & check stain.  I hoped on that wagon and thankfully, didn’t purchase the full size.  The results from trying both these cheek and lip stains, were the same, dismal.  I encountered the same challenges with the poisetint as I did with the benetint.  You must work fast when applying the product to your checks, or you will be left with streaks of color.  I couldn’t get used to applying this product on my cheeks and using it as a lip stain, failed, conceptually, I want to love this product, but it just doesn’t work for me.  I think it’s gimmicky!  

benefit high beam is a liquid high lighter that worked beautifully.  It is a long-lasting high lighter that I wore to brighten my complexion.   I liked it, but will continue using  Josie Maran  Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer.

“that gal” brightening face primer they’re Real! mascara were both serviceable products.  The face primer was no better or worse than many other less expensive ones.  The they’re Real! mascara is a lengthening mascara that I applied and re-applied until I looked as if I was auditioning for a position as an exotic dancer.  I do love the benefit Roller Lash Mascara that I previously sampled from the Birchbox.

For the amount of money I spent for this sampler, it was not worth it! I’m easily enticed by advertising, and sometimes it’s a hit or miss.   The only addition from this sampler will be the  Stay Don’t Stray primer, because it contains ingredients which combats the signs of aging.  Have a great week and a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 22, 2017

Labor Day Lament! 2017

On September 6, 2016 last year’s blog post focused on Labor Day being the end of summer for me, even though September 22nd was the official end date.  Labor Day being the end of summer fueled me with anticipation of all the work I/we needed to accomplish before the winter and holiday season was upon us.  This year I’ve adopted a totally different outlook regarding the end of summer. I’ve decided Labor Day will not mark my end of summer, I’ll live the endless summer for as long as possible.  I’ve made a list of things I will continue to enjoy until the actual end of summer in September and beyond, until the weather makes it impossible.   So here is to living in the present and a few of the things from the summer of 2017 that I intend to continue to enjoy…..

In the morning I’ll sit on the porch, sipping coffee with my friends!

Sitting around the bonfire on weekend evenings!

Have picnics at the beach and enjoy the view!

Enjoy all my fresh produce, yogurt, and eggs from 4 Town Farm!

Appreciate the landscape at my home that Jeff painstakingly works on!

Continue to explore local areas where we can take Sean Patrick for new and fresh walks! 

 

I’m working on relaxing and not being controlled by real or imagined time restraints. I’m taking each day appreciating all the good and positive things that are in my life.  I work on not worrying about life’s deadlines, expectations, and societal norms. Everyday I put one foot in front of the other, with or without pain, and surround myself with positive individuals that support and encourage my lifestyle.  Living with a chronic illness is a challenge, and it is the most difficult challenge imaginable.  To focus on only the challenges of the illness, will certainly rob you of the goodness that inherently surrounds you!  Have a great week and I’m leaving you with pictures of my Old Orchard Beach vacation.  

 

 

 

 

August 15, 2017

Things that work for me this summer!

It may seem odd or delusional, but I believe I’ve found the silver lining of having a chronic disease.  Since I no longer stroll department stores or malls perusing items I may or may not like, I shop with a purpose to hunt down items that accommodate my lifestyle with RA. The items run the gambit of kitchen gadgets, cosmetics, skin care, clothing, and most importantly shoes.  It’s been a blast shopping online and finding things that make my life easier.   It is a great comfort to have clothing that is not a challenge to use or wear, beauty items that don’t irritate my skin and cause problems, or kitchen tools that make life manageable on challenging days. Early this summer I purchased these items and have worn this shirt and used these cosmetics repeatedly since purchase.  The best part was realizing I can recognize by store descriptions and ingredients that I know by previous experience, will agree with me! In no particular order here are my Summer of 2017 favorites! 

  This Rag & Bone 100% cotton, long sleeve, round neck, relaxed fit, and asymmetrical front and sleeve slit t-shirt is first-rate.  It is loose-fitting but not untidy and it soft and a joy to wear. I wear it at every opportunity possible!  

Each morning after I moisturize my face I mix the Becca First Light Priming Filter Instant Complexion Refresh  with my sunscreen and apply.  I use this primer product to even out my skin tone, leaving my skin with a dewy finish.  As a primer, I appreciate how quickly it is absorbed and does not leave my skin greasy.  

 

 

Clarins Limited Edition is a trio of bronze tones that renders a natural and healthy glow, not a fake look!  It does not cause any adverse reactions to my sensitive skin and is appropriate for all skin types and skin tones.  I’ll continue to use this product daily into the winter months, without worry of an artificial look.  The compact is sleek and best of all easy to open!

 

 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Mini is the final product in my summer faves!  I heard so much about this product and only when I was able to find the mini size did I purchase it.  All I use this product for is to brush a bit on my check bones to add a dressier appearance if I’m going anywhere that requires it.  So, it is just a sweep of the brush on my cheekbones, in addition to the previous two items.  How easy is that? 

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I whole heartedly believe I’m now working on a level in most areas of my life, where I’ve assembled, a medical team, household items, clothing, cosmetics, and even friends who make my life not only livable but enjoyable, in spite of Rheumatoid Arthritis!

Have a great week!  

The kids in the neighborhood are getting big!

August 8, 2017

The iluminage Experience!

When life gave me lemons, I went shopping!  I’m on a steadfast path to making my life phenomenal as I confront RA.  Medications, diet, and exercise play vital roles in battling RA, yet the physical side effects of the disease need to be addressed.  I work on finding and trying items that not only make me feel better, they must provide some noticeable improvement as well!  So, with great enthusiasm I purchased three iluminage products that I expected to improve and correct some of my physical concerns.  I chose these three products because I became familiar with the medicinal uses of copper decades ago when my mother fought chronic and terminal illnesses.  I often wondered if copper technology really worked or was my mother being gracious when telling her well-meaning friends that the copper bracelet made a difference. So here are my findings and without any regrets or disappointment, I’m pleased that I tried these products.

  The iluminage Rejuvenating Sleep Masks purpose is to minimize the appearance of wrinkles with the embedded mineral copper that possesses skin-enhancing properties.  The copper is responsible for the skin’s renewal process.  After five weeks of dedicated wearing of this sleep mask, I did not notice any significant difference in the appearance of wrinkles. What I did love about this mask was that it did not sit on my eyes, it contoured to my eyes and blocked light completely.  It also has small and narrow pockets on the interior where I added a drop of lavender oil that I enjoyed.  Unlike the less costly face masks with “wake me up for champagne” or “zzzzzzz’s” printed on the mask,  I would not be embarrassed  to wear this soft and silky mask on any plane or anywhere for that matter.  This mask is one size fits all, adjustable, and washable.  It is made of 100% Cupron® cooper oxide polyester.  No, it did not succeed in minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, but it was a welcome discovery of a comfortable and light blocking mask. 

  The iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Socks are a big hit with me!  My dry and scaly feet responded in a positive way, but I applied a thick cream, before putting on these socks. The socks are woven with high-tech copper infused thread, so it should repair and replenish, moisture on dry feet.  These are cushioned socks are extremely comfortable with shoes and wearing them at night.  My feet still look like crap, I didn’t notice any of the “skin’s renewal process” by wearing these socks, but I did notice a softer sole and loved the comfort level of these socks.  The socks are made of 89%Cupron® copper-infused polyester, 9%nylon, and 2% spandex.  The socks are non-irritating and washable by hand.  If I had the money, I’d probably buy a half dozen of them and wear them all the time. 

  I didn’t “turn back the hands” of time but I absolutely loved iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Gloves.  Once again, they are embedded with patented copper technology and are supposed to change the appearance of your hands in four weeks by promoting the growth of proteins in the skin.  I just put them on each night over my La Mer hand treatment and enjoyed how my hands felt each morning.  The slight compression of these gloves felt wonderful!  The compression gloves that I fight to keep on longer than five minutes were of no use, at least these gloves were extremely comfortable.  Hand washable, made of 88% Cupron® copper infused nylon and 12% spandex.  I really like these gloves and think they are worth the price!

There is nothing in my power I won’t do or try to make my life more comfortable with RA. There are hits and there are misses, and not all things I do affects the RA, they just make me more comfortable.  So, when there are nights I don’t sleep, it doesn’t matter that I have dark circles under my eyes, it matters that when I was having a rough night, a comfortable mask made it bearable.  I’m not just throwing darts at a random list, I’m just flushing out anything and everything that will allow me to live life with style and flare!  Have a great week!

 

 

 

 

August 1, 2017

IS IT HOPE ON THE HORIZON?

Each and everyday I awake with an expectation that the day will be pain-free, or at least I’ll have manageable pain.  Rheumatoid Arthritis is my reality that I must face each morning, and it continues to be the greatest challenge of my life and the most tedious job!  To manage,  I’ve made  commitments to:

♦exercise regularly;

♦eat healthy and lose weight;

♦structure my life to accommodate RA & its side effects;

adhere to adjustments made on my treatment plan; and 

never give up

Some of the above I’ve realized successes with, while others are a work in progress.  But, my big news is that I’ve been given an appointment at the Benson-Henry Institute For Mind Body Medicine.  At my September appointment I will start my journey in a Stress Management & Resiliency Program structured for helping individuals that have been diagnosed with a medical condition, a chronic condition, or would like to reduce stress.  My excitement in this program does not stem from all the failures that I have experienced in trying to live life at its best, but the concept of being guided by professionals in a joint effort for me to improve my quality of life and hopefully reduce medical symptoms associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  

Sometimes, defeats in life lead us to our successes.  I am hopeful that my acceptance to this program will lead me to acceptance of my condition.

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