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Stand By Me ~ The Importance of a Support System with Chronic Illness

It’s here, y’all! Friday … in all her beautiful glory! My days all run together anymore, but I do get excited for everyone else who gets to have a break from work for a little while. Time to spend doing nothing, or catching up on everything they don’t have time to do during the week. My last out of the house job I had was as a teacher, about eight years ago. It’s recent enough that I still remember, vividly, in fact, the mad dash to get housework and laundry done, plus errands … in a day and a half. I say a day and a half, because there’s really only a half day available on Sunday if you think about it. After the chaos of trying to accomplish everything before heading back in on Monday, ya gotta decompress!

I was lucky enough during that time to be healthy. That was a few years before I got my RA diagnosis. To read the backstory on that, click here. I was also lucky enough to have a spouse and a kid who pitched in when I got overwhelmed. As a housewife/SAHM for most of my marriage, housework was not my strong suit. I still stink at it haha I just think there are far better ways to spend my precious time, but that’s another post for another time. I’m not saying there wasn’t a lot of grumbling going on from both of them because there definitely was. But, my husband at least, recognized my weaknesses and did what he could.

That ability came in handy shortly before my diagnoses. My strength and stamina were quickly going downhill and my pain was increasing daily. For a while, my hubby just thought I was being lazy, and of course, there were plenty of arguments to be had over that. After the diagnoses came, there was a lot of guilt on my husband’s part, and I hate that for him. Unfortunately,  “being lazy” is something a lot of women with chronic illnesses hear. It was also a mindset that he quickly adjusted. While I felt a bit victorious in having a bonafide reason for my then-current inability to perform my stay-at-home duties, seeing how crushed my hubby was devastating. He was crushed for having thought about me in such an ugly way. He was crushed because I was in true pain and he wasn’t necessarily my knight in shining armor when I needed him to be. He was crushed because he knew what I was in for. My mom had RA, so he was fully aware of the road ahead.

If you don’t have a partner who understands your dis-ability (hyphenated purposely), I strongly suggest taking them to every doctor’s appointment possible. It is vital that they understand, as much as they can, exactly what you are going through, and will be going through. It’s one thing for you to tell your partner, but it’s a whole different ball of wax, sometimes, if it comes from a doctor, especially if you find yourself with a less than supportive partner. This isn’t just for partners. This applies to anyone important in your life, be it parents, siblings, or friends.

There will be times in your journey when even the simplest of tasks is impossible. I underwent some brain testing a few years ago. There was a possibility of a seizure disorder, on top of everything else, (thank goodness it wasn’t seizures). I underwent EEG testing, which required my brain to be mapped out on my scalp. The technician used a type of soft grease pencil. She had to press a bit hard and, of course, it triggered a fibromyalgia flare-up. By the time I got home, I was in a full-blown flare, crying near hysterically from the pain. I barely got myself out of the car and into the house. When I am in such a state, the only thing I want is a hot bath. I couldn’t even undress, or lower myself into the tub. My hubby had to undress me, help me into the tub, help me out, dry me off and re-dress me, then put me to bed. I was basically a 200-pound infant.

The physical toll is bad enough, but the emotional toll can be much, much worse. I remember the day I started methotrexate, my hubby happened to have the day off. He took me to breakfast. I was supposed to take my medicine with food, so I pulled out my little baggie of five deceptively tiny pills. I sat there at our table, staring down at this baggie of life-changing medication and I started to cry. I was terrified of these tiny, tiny pills. Would my hair fall out? Would they make me ill? What other damage might these cause? Why did I have to get RA? What had I done to deserve such a horrid fate? What had I done to deserve such a punishment? How could such tiny pills have such a HUGE impact?? My hubby reached across the table and just held my hand. There were tears in his eyes too, as he told me everything was going to be okay. He held me and told me everything would be okay, as I stood in the bathroom, holding handfuls of hair that had just fallen out from another mediation. He held me and told me everything would be alright as we faced a possible liver cancer diagnosis, even though I could see the absolute terror in his eyes. I cannot even imagine having to go through any of this alone.

There are plenty of days that find me unable to do much more than move from the couch to the bathroom and back. That means no laundry, no cooking, no nothing. My family understands and we have those “fend for yourself” nights. Or, if my hubby is feeling particularly brave, he will attempt to cook dinner. He’s gotten pretty good at laundry, and cleaning too!

Since mid-January, I’ve broken a rib randomly, had a colonoscopy and endoscopy, several X-rays, an MRI, and a CT scan. This is my life. Recently, I had to have new images of my liver taken. I’m being sent to a medical university because all of my doctors are baffled by whatever it is my liver is doing. My family doc, rheumatologist, gastroenterologist, and oncologist have NO idea what is going on. I can’t tell you how scary it is for FOUR doctors to be stumped about what your body is doing. My RA treatment has been on hold for TWO years because of this. My hubby will be going with me on Monday to get the results, and I cannot tell you how much I need his strength on those visits.

I don’t know what condition I would be in emotionally if I had to go through this alone, or if I had a family that dismissed my health complications. I cannot tell you how many women DO NOT have a supportive family. I have read hundreds, if not thousands, of their stories in RA support groups. Their stories are so heartbreaking that I actually felt guilty because my family has been so amazing.

If you suffer from any chronic disease/disability and your family doesn’t support you, my heart goes out to you. Keep trying to find ways to get them to understand. Take them to appointments, email them links to articles, print out studies for them to read, find a local support group and go together. Support from family and friends is critical, not only to our physical health but our mental health, as well. If you need support, I am here for you, to the best of my ability. You can contact me here and I will contact you back. These diseases are too hard to go through alone ♥

Carrie♥

@ 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

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Quick life update

Happy Labor Day, y’all! I know I have been away from the blog for quite some time, and I apologize for that. I thought I would share a bit about why, and what’s been going on with me!

As you may remember from previous posts, my hubby came home from Texas to help get our daughter moved back to school. He came home just before Harvey hit, and he’s been stuck home ever since. I say stuck like it’s a bad thing lol it’s not. He was working and living about 15 minutes from the coast, about 45 minutes south of Houston. Everyone working on the project was evacuated back to their hometowns.

We also found out that he might potentially be in TX until February. That means that he has had to be working here at home, nearly nonstop, to “winterize” our homestead before he heads back out. There are a lot of things I either don’t know how to do, or simply cannot do because I don’t have the strength. Not to mention, the potential of Hurricane Irma hitting our state is quite high. He’s basically having to do a season’s worth of house and yard work in a week.

Of course, I am doing what I can to help him. It isn’t easy, because I tire easily, and I just cannot move at the same speed that he can. I’m trying, though. I can’t sit back and watch him work himself into a frenzy, while I sit and watch. That also means, I have triggered some nasty flares. There have been several nights that have seen me asleep on the couch by 6:30. Asleep for the night. Unfortunately, my pain meds are ineffective during flares, which has made life pretty darn miserable. I’ve had to keep pushing through, though, because I just don’t have a choice. I do what I can, which upsets my precious hubs. Like any decent spouse, he can’t stand to see me in pain, or struggling, so he makes me rest. I’ve read some absolute horror stories of women with autoimmune diseases and/or chronic illnesses with regard to their families. Many women who battle these diseases do not have supportive families, and even have loved ones accuse them of being drug addicts and faking it for attention. These women are expected to continue on with their household responsibilities, as if they were totally healthy and physically capable. Time and again, I have read their stories, with tears in my eyes, thanking my lucky stars for my husband and daughter. My hubby refuses to allow me to run myself down (or even get close), and most times I don’t argue. This time, however, I didn’t give him the choice. There is just too much work to be done, and he’s only one person.

I don’t want y’all to think I’ve forgotten about you, or that I have let the blog slip away. Oh no! Unfortunately, though, getting things done around here must be the number one priority. I know y’all understand that. I have gotten a ton of cool new products in the mail, I’m working with some really awesome companies that I will be talking about and I have a lot of cool stuff planned for the days and weeks ahead. It’s just that my personal life has to come first right now. I have to help my husband get our house and land prepped for winter, mild though they might be. We have to make hurricane preparations now, because he likely won’t be here if and when Irma decides to hit. We’re clearing out the crap and clutter while I have a partner. I work so much better with a partner haha and he knows that, thankfully. We’re making repairs and improvements to the house, while he’s here, because who knows when he’ll be home again. These things will make my life easier while I’m here alone for the next several months.

Thank you all for understanding my crazy life right now. Things will settle down pretty soon, and I’ll be back to telling y’all all about the coolest in skin care and beauty. I have been posting randomly on Instagram and Twitter while hubby has been home. That only takes five seconds, versus the few hours of prep and writing the blog takes. My Insta username is carriegulledge and my Twitter is @LkGoodFeelGood. Check me out over there because there are random, super quick posts on those platforms. I’ll be back soon, y’all!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Mid week relief

I dunno about where y’all live, but in central SC it is H-O-T!!! I don’t mean slightly warmer than usual. I mean fry an egg on the ground, my a/c can’t keep up, don’t run the dryer during the day kind of hot. Our heat indices are routinely above 100° F, which means our humidity levels are ridiculous. I need a mask tonight that is going to calm and cool my poor face skin haha

Luckily, I had a order from Walmart come in today. I think I got four or five different types of masks. Walmart has a great selection of any type of face mask you could need or want. They are great quality and easy on the wallet, too! Tonight’s choice is 7th Heaven Creamy Coconut, from Montagne Jeunesse, for dry and tired skin. Haha that’s me! A mask, just for me! They know my life haha

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This mask claims to create a hydrating vitality boost. It was very creamy and smelled GREAT! What I wasn’t expecting was for this to burn like heck fire on my upper lip! Holy frijoles … it burned!! I scanned the ingredients to see if there was something crazy that might be causing it. There wasn’t. I decided to stick it out, and the burn faded after a minute or two. This mask is cruelty free. I talked to my hubby on the phone while it dried, then went to the bathroom to rinse and survey the damage to my poor upper lip.

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That’s me being annoyed that it’s burning, by the way. I was very surprised to see zero redness where I felt burning. None. Zero Zip. I was a little shocked, considering what I felt. But hey, I’m not gonna argue with the facts. My face feels soooooo gooooood y’all! Days like today can really aggravate my fibro, so anywhere I can find some comfort I am going for that. We’re just starting with days like this, so I need to load up my trick bag!! Funny enough, hot weather aggravates my fibro, cold weather aggravates my RA. Can’t win for losing hahaha

Despite feeling like my upper lip was literally on fire for a minute, I really liked this mask. Confusing, I know. Welcome to my life! I love how my skin feels and the burn only lasted a minute, truly. The outcome was worth the bit of initial discomfort. And for $1.14 … come on. This feels better than more expensive masks I’ve used, that’s for sure.

What do you do to comfort your skin on insanely hot days? How do you stay cool? What do you do when you can feel your body starting to fight itself? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

Super Saturday

Yesterday was such a fun, busy day. I don’t know if I have told you all that I am a hermit. Self-imposed and much loved, but a hermit, nonetheless. I do not like leaving my farm. I actually get agitated when I have to be in town sometimes haha Yesterday, though, was a day I was glad to be in town.

My first stop was our local artisan/farmer’s market. I connected with a bath product company on Facebook and they were going to be at the market yesterday. I HAD to get my hands on their bath bombs. You guys know how I am about my bath products hahaha The Ever After Boutique makes handcrafted bath and home products, such as candles and wax melts. I bought several bath bombs, some sugar scrub cubes, wax melts and a foot scrub. I tried one of their cotton candy bath bombs last night and, let me tell you, their products rival Lush. I was highly impressed! As soon as I dropped the bomb in the tub, the colors swirled and mixed to make the water purple and the fizz with this bomb was incredible! The scent wasn’t as potent as I was hoping for, but it was there. Check them out on Facebook and see what they have to offer. The price is great and they have some really cool products!

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After the market, I headed over to our local civic center for a comicon. Yep, I’m one of those people haha I love just about anything in the sci-fi or fantasy genre. My dogs are names for Lord of the Rings characters haha Our town has tried these cons a few times and this one was quite a success! Lots of people, lots of cool vendors. The best part was hanging out with a friend and some of his cool kids. The little ginger has stolen my heart in a crazy way. We clicked instantly the first time we met and we just have a kind of crazy connection. I can’t explain it, really. Anyway, we had a BLAST walking around the con … buying cool stuff and eating treats.

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Of course, I wore the wrong shoes. Of course, my knees, ankles and feet were stagging a revolt. Of course, I grabbed the WRONG pain medicine as I was running (late) out the door. By the time I got home, my pain levels were bordering on insane. I took a dose and a half of the right meds and did nothing until they kicked in. I ended up taking the other half a pill not long after, because they just weren’t doing enough. I hate when stuff like that is totally my fault and could have been avoided. Sigh … one of these days I’ll learn. It was a good opportunity to try the bath bombs I bought earlier in the day, though.

My poor face really showed the effects of the day. I had dark circles under my eyes and my entire face just looked worn out. I dug into my bag of tricks and pulled out several products. I was gonna have to approach this with guns a’blazin’! My first attack was a sheet mask from Soo Ae Beauty. I went with a vitamin mask, because I was feeling defeated AND depleted! After the 20 minute mark, my skin felt great! I felt refreshed and the remaining serum wasn’t sticky or weird, like it can be with some masks. It has a light lemony floral scent, which helped to perk me up a bit, I think.

My eyes, though. My eyes still looked like they had seen way too much. They felt puffy and there were some very dark circles. I remembered I had some eye patches from Tarte Cosmetics. Save your hard earned money, y’all. The description for these Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches claims to fight the look of puffiness, dark circles and crow’s feet. Uhhhhh … no. My dark circles were still there (and are still there this afternoon). You get four sets for $22. While not wildly expensive, it’s too much money for a product that doesn’t really work. At least, they didn’t work for me.

My last plan of attack was a sleeping mask I just got in the mail from Sephora. Ahhhh … now this is some good stuff. First, there is enough in the package for at least three or four applications, as the directions say to use a thin layer. I pressed the foil back down, and put it in a plastic baggie to keep it from drying out. Score! Second. my poor little face immediately brightened and the rosacea redness disappeared. Completely. It’s back today, but for a few minutes, it was totally gone! Also, it didn’t leave my face sticky or slimy, as some of these masks can. Maybe my skin was that desperate for some nutrition and sucked it all in haha Either way, my skin LOVED this stuff!!! Well worth the $4. Holy cow, sooooo worth it.

So how was your weekend? How did you help your skin recover from it? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

Family fun 

I have a five year old niece, and she totally has me wrapped. Maybe more than my own daughter haha We love to have slumber parties. Tonight is her second night with me this week, and she is sweeter than pie.

You all know I’ve been flaring for about two weeks now. That doesn’t stop us from partying, though. It definitely slows it down, but the party doesn’t stop. Five year olds are not known for their patience, but she tries. Her mommy, (my baby sister), has systemic lupus, so Keyra understands bad days, as much as a five year old is capable of, anyway. 

Hot baths are my go-to when I feel like this, and they happen to be one of her favorite things to do! She LOVES dropping the bath bombs in and watching them fizz. I ordered some random bombs from Amazon a few months ago, and tonight we picked cherry. Phew … talk about highly scented!!! 

After bath time fun, we were in the den, and she had a bowl of cereal. She stopped eating, looked at me and said “Kewy (she says Carrie so funny), what else sweet can I do for you? I could massage your feet?” My heart immediately melted. This precious little angel …


She does give a good foot massage, but what we did instead was a mini facial. I have a Peter Thomas Roth cucumber toner spray and she loves when I spray her face. Not too much though, that stuff sprays like a fire hose hahaha Then I give her two little squirts of ELF hydrating serum and she rubs it all over her face. We finished up with our “scent of the day”, which was a few squirts of Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple.

I hate that this disease has caused a five year old to be so concerned about making me feel good. At the same time, it has allowed her sweet soul to shine. And does it shine!! Don’t misunderstand me, she can be hell on wheels sometimes. Most times haha, but in my worst moments, her best moments shine bigger and brighter than anything I’ve ever seen. 

Do you have a special little in your life? When do they shine their brightest? What are the little things they do to show that sweet side?

Be on the look out tomorrow for a Dior mask review. I am super stoked to share it with y’all! Have a great day today! 

Carrie❤️

How to make money without leaving your house

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When you have a chronic condition, leaving your house to shop can be a daunting task. It takes a lot of time to get ready to leave the house, and the trip itself can be an arduous task. I don’t know about you, but I tend to walk quite slow because I hurt. What may be a thirty minute jaunt for healthy people could be a two hour nightmare for us. I mean nightmare literally.

Often, there aren’t enough handicapped parking spaces, if you’re lucky enough to have a handicapped placard for your vehicle. That means we’ll end up walking farther than we really should. Then come the stares when you get out of your vehicle. Because we look healthy, people assume we are. When we exit the vehicle without a wheelchair or some type of aid, we get all sorts of nasty looks from people in the parking lot. Once we get through that, we have to navigate gargantuan stores. Why do they have to be sooooo large?? I am not ready to drive around in the little electric carts. Not yet. It’s a mental thing for me. So, I brave the mega-stores on foot, knowing how badly I will pay for it. I usually take a pain med before I go in, hoping to ward off the worst of it.

Most shopping can be done online, these days. THANK YOU, INTERWEBS!! Online grocery shopping isn’t a thing here, yet. Dry goods can always be ordered, of course, but not actual groceries. Everything else, though, can be delivered to my door with a few keystrokes. Did you know there are ways to actually make money on those purchases? Wanna know the secret? You have to promise to keep it just between us, okay?

Ebates! Ebates is the answer! Nearly any online store you can imagine is affiliated with them and offer varying percentages of cash back on purchases. Until July 1, Walmart is offering 10% cash back. 10%!!! That can be quite significant if you are ordering your household supplies for the month. Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, Bloomingdales all have cash back offers. I started my account May 5, and I have over $37 in cash back already. Not bad when you consider most offers are around 3%. That 3% adds up!! Also, I may have a slight shopping problem hehe There are times when these companies double their cash back offers, too. 

Check them out here. (<<affiliate link) If you do as much as I do to avoid going out, and possibly create a worse health situation, I highly recommend checking Ebates out. I mean, if you’re going to shop online anyway, you may as well get some cash back from it! Lemme know what you think … do you use a rebate service already? If not, why not?

Carrie♥

Yucky Weekend

I hate flares. I really do. Not only is my pain much greater, but they really mess up my plans. I started flaring late Thursday, with some increased pain. Friday afternoon, the pain in my hips was so intense that I was near tears. My pain meds weren’t helping. I even tried a prescription muscle relaxer, thinking that maybe the way I was sitting caused the problem. Those didn’t help, either. On top of that, I started running a fever Friday, which is what clued me in that it was a flare. It only lasted a few hours, but returned Saturday evening. Because I was in such a state, Skin Care Saturday didn’t happen. I was also going to do an unboxing of the Wal-Mart Beauty boxes that came in Saturday’s mail, as well as my prize for winning an Instagram contest with SOO AE Beauty.

Honestly, I didn’t even feel like blogging this little bit today, but I decided that I should let you all know what happened. My blog plan for the next few weeks is shifting back a few days. Something to look forward to (at some point) is an interview with a local spa owner, massage therapist and aesthetician. We will talk about the benefits of massage therapy for chronic illness sufferers, as well as the effects chronic conditions can have on the skin. The goal was to already have the interview done and posted. At this point, I cannot say when the interview will happen, just that it IS happening.

This is our reality. These are but a few of the non-physical and non-emotional ways that chronic conditions affect our lives. I’ve learned to roll with the punches, so to speak. Unfortunately, a lot of “healthy” people don’t understand. They look at me and see a healthy 40-something woman. When I have to cancel plans or adjust my schedule (more than once) they think I’m lazy and not doing what I can do. I WISH I was just lounging on my couch, being lazy, instead of fighting back tears with every movement. It’s all good, though. Really. These days are few and far between, for now, and I am incredibly grateful for that. I do what I can, when I can, and I don’t sweat the rest. Hope everyone had a restful and peaceful weekend. Let’s show life who’s the boss this week!

Carrie ♥

Working for the weekend

Whoohooo … the weekend is here! I don’t work outside of my home, so the “weekend” is a bit irrelevant to me. Every day is a “work” day on a homestead. For many of my fellow chronic illness warriors, however, working outside of the home is a necessity. Relaxation for my pals out there is a MUST, and the weekend is the most obvious time to do that. When I am feeling stressed out, run down, exhausted (take your pick), I have several methods I use to recharge my batteries.

The first thing is to demand (yes, I said demand haha) some “you” time from your family. Alone time can be incredibly rejuvenating, even if it’s 30 minutes in your room, with the door closed. Read a book, watch a show, take a quick nap, or just sit quietly and reflect on the week. Another method I use to relax is a hot, hot bath. I am the queen of bath products haha! I have bubble baths, bath salts, bath bombs, bath fizzies, bath oils … you name it and I probably have it. I incorporate baths into my “me” time. I get the water as hot as I can stand it and soak for 20 minutes or so. It can be even more relaxing by using candlelight, rather than harsh bathroom lighting. I use scents that are known to be relaxing (see yesterday’s blog post about aromatherapy). For me, that’s lavender, rose, gardenia and just anything from Bath and Body Works. They have a specific aromatherapy line that is really nice.

Something else I really enjoy using to relax is hot tea, or tea to my European friends. I really like hot tea, no matter the season. A few of my favorites are Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, peppermint, chamomile and a chamomile, lavender blend. There is nothing better to me, after a rough day, than getting out of a hot bath, lounging on my bed with a good book and a cup of hot tea. It is manna for the soul, I swear.

Some of us with more extroverted personalities find they recharge by being around people, which is totally fine! I don’t get it haha, but if that’s you, plan an evening out with some friends, catch a movie or have dinner and drinks, if your meds allow for alcohol consumption. However you are able to best recharge yourself, do that.

Studies show that most of us afflicted with chronic diseases are women, and despite our illnesses or conditions, we are still the backbone of our families. Our lives (and the lives of those around us) can be impacted in a negative way if we aren’t operating at our peak, whatever that might be. Those of us with chronic diseases/illnesses/conditions tend to operate with a disadvantage as it is, so anything we can do to keep our emotional system running smoothly will help every other aspect of our lives.

Your peace of mind is so important on this journey. It can be almost impossible to not fall into a depression when we are faced with our unique challenges. Keeping our heads above water has to be a priority, and finding time to really relax can help. I hope you can find some quiet time (or fun time, for you extroverts) and recharge this weekend.

Carrie ♥

 

Our first mid-week mask together

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Happy Wednesday, readers! This is the first in a series I call mid-week mask. Basically, on Wednesdays I choose some type of facial mask and review it. First, though, I thought I would talk a little bit about my skin issues.

Now, the chronic illness gods thought it would be funny to, not only throw RA and fibromyalgia my way, but rosacea, as well. I’ve actually dealt with this one the longest. It showed up shortly after my daughter was born, nineteen years ago. I thought it was just a hormonal shift. Nope. I went to my family physician and he prescribed a gel of some sort. I honestly don’t remember the name because it was so long ago. What I DO remember was the sting and burn. Needless to say, I didn’t continue to use it, and I tried to ignore the redness.

Years pass and I get more self-conscious about my face. Every time I go out, people remark on my “sunburn” and I have to explain my situation. Repeatedly. I sought out color correctors. If you aren’t aware, green is opposite of red on the color wheel, so they cancel each other out. My first experience was with a green-tinted moisturizer. I hated it! It was greasy and weird. Not only did it remove the redness, but it took every last bit of color out of my face! All of it!! Ghosts would have been jealous by how pale I was. I used it, but only on certain occasions, and I wasn’t happy about it.

I finally got fed up and was talking to my aunt about my face. She mentioned a product she had seen infomercials about. I pulled up the Ulta website and low and behold … there it was. IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Redness. To call this a miracle product is an understatement. It’s a beige-tinted cream (it is supposed to accommodate a wide range of skin tones), and I don’t know how it works, but WOW! A little goes a long way, and I buff it in with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I find I don’t really need foundation when I use it, which is really nice in the summer, especially in the South.

I also decided it was high time to see a dermatologist, which was yesterday. He was really impressed with my skin care routine, except for the lack of sunscreen (I know, I know). He wrote me a prescription for Metrogel and we talked about adding retinols, since I am at that age, and the rosacea has created some unwanted texture to my cheekbone area (plus, I do have some fine lines, around my eye and mouth areas). I applied the Metrogel this morning and was pleasantly surprised … no burning and no stinging! YAY!!

Now, on to the mask! Tonight I chose Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Revealing Peel-off Mask, Pomegranate, 6 Ounce. I don’t know about y’all, but there is something so darned satisfying about peeling a mask off. And if it comes off in one piece, my day has been made hahaha

Don’t you just love how your skin looks with a peel-off mask  on there? Sooo shiny and yes, mine came off in one piece hahaha! I don’t know that my skin looked any more revitalized or clarified after using, but my face does feel nice. After removing, follow up with your normal skin care routine. I will talk about my entire skin care routine in upcoming posts. I hope everyone has a wonderful evening. I’ll be back tomorrow!

~Carrie♥

Hair, there, everywhere

My parents blessed me with wild hair. It was difficult to tame as a kid, thick and curly, and my mom always gave me the dumbest haircuts. I think a lot of us can relate to that last one, amiright? It was the seventies … it’s just the way things were. As I got older, in my tween/teen years, my hair developed a natural frizz. Thanks a lot, genetics. I spent the majority of my teens with very, very crunchy hair because of the gallons of gel I dumped on it.

Fast forward a few … ahem … years and finding a product that actually works to eliminate frizz is a challenge. Add to that a product to define my curls and it can be downright laughable/tear-inducing. That’s not to say it’s been an impossible feat. Just challenging and expensive.

There are a few products that I don’t think I could live without. The first is Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curling Shampoo-13 oz. I am IN LOVE with this shampoo!! The texture is a little different from what I am used to. It’s a little thin, so that does take some getting used to. I combine that with L’Oreal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Oil Curls Re-Nourish Mask, 8.5 fl. oz. (Packaging May Vary). I try not to use the mask every day because 1 – it might be overkill lol and 2 – that would get expensive. On days I don’t use the L’Oreal mask, I use Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Strong Treatment 8 Ounce (236ml). I have been dealing with hair loss from various medications and crazy high inflammation levels, so anything I can do to strengthen my luscious locks I try to do.

Post shower is pretty normal, I think. Except, I don’t use a terry cloth towel on my head. I use a Turbie Twist Microfiber Super Absorbent Hair Towel (2 Pack) Aqua-White. Another curly goddess told me there was some data that showed using a terry cloth towel actually pulled out the natural oils while your hair is wrapped up, which helps create frizz. I may have immediately hung up on her to get my hands on some Turbie Twists. No … seriously. Of course, I only use a wide toothed comb to get my tangles out and I NEVER brush my hair dry. Never. Ever. I also don’t own a blow dryer. I’ve never been very good at figuring out how to work a diffuser and using a dryer without one is a really bad idea. I wish you could hear me giggling at the very thought of that train wreck. While damp, I spritz with some John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-in Conditioner, 8 Ounce (Pack of 2). What happens next depends entirely on whether I am leaving my house. If I’m not leaving, my hair routine is complete. If I am leaving though (which is as little as humanly possible) I will run a dollop of Marc Anthony True Professional Strictly Curls Curl Defining Lotion 8.3 fl oz (245 ml) though while scrunching everything up.

This sounds like a lot. I am not high maintenance. I swear. Can y’all hear me shushing my husband? No? Okay, good … on to my sheets! Well, pillowcases, to be specific. For tangle-free, frizz-free, still-curly curls, you’ve got to try satin pillowcases. Were these a gift from the heavens as a consolation prize for the frizz? Very likely, and I’ll take it! Tangles don’t stand a chance because hair just slides all over the place hahaha The down side is the pillows kinda slide all over the place, too. I put a blanket under mine to create a little bit of friction … problem solved!

So, that’s my hair routine, in a large nutshell. Any ones else out there facing the same hair woes? What is your routine for taming your mane?