Tag Archives: health

Thursday Thoughts ~ Life with an Autoimmune Disease: Getting Sick

**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. These are my experiences and this should not replace any advice you have received from your own doctor. You doctor is the expert, not me.

Good day, friends! The weekend is almost here!! I am excited, only because I have prizes coming in the mail. A big order from Sephora and a pretty large Lancôme order from Macy’s. I have gone and gotten myself completely hooked on Lancôme skin care products. My face is happy. My wallet … not so much haha There are also plenty of goodies for me to talk about in the blog, which I am excited about!

Today’s post is not makeup related. That may immediately cause some of you to not read, and that’s okay. The focus of the blog is looking good while living with a chronic condition, and I haven’t talked much about the chronic condition part. Alright then … let’s just jump on in!

Having an autoimmune disease means your immune system goes haywire and begins attacking your body. It sees various parts of your body as a foreign invader, so it does what it’s programmed to do. That often means that the white cell count is pretty high. Normal WBC is anywhere from 4,500-11,000. Mine is consistently around 16,000 and has been as high as 27,000. That one got me a trip to an oncologist to be tested for leukemia, which can be a nasty side effect of these diseases. Now, you’d think that having such a high white count would make you almost immune to getting sick. You body is literally flooded with germ killing machines, at all times. They are on a mission and have called in reinforcements.

Unfortunately, that’s just not the case. In fact, my family doctor told me it’s actually the opposite. It makes you very prone to getting sick. Yes, the body is flooded with germ killers, but they are laser focused on attacking you, not the cold virus you caught at the grocery store a few days ago. Because the immune system is so focused, it leaves you open and vulnerable for whatever is out there.

A year and a half ago, in the span of four months I caught the flu, had roseola, developed a staph infection on my skin and then pneumonia. I haven’t really been sick since then, until this week. As I mentioned in the previous post, I went to my family doctor yesterday and I have an ear/throat infection and thrush. Haha when I get sick, man do I get sick!

When you start to feel sick, it’s important to get to your doctor as soon as you can. Something as simple as a cold can escalate quickly, especially if you are on immune suppressing drugs. Lucky for me, my doctor had an opening for the next morning. He put me on antibiotics and anti-fungals immediately, to stop anything from getting out of hand.

Because the immune system kind of ignores bacteria and viruses when you have an AI disease, it’s very important to get yearly vaccinations against the flu. The flu is a particularly scary infection when you have an AI disease. You may or may not know, but the flu kills about 36,000 people every year in the US. Worldwide, it is fatal for between 250,000-500,00 people. When you immune system is compromised, complications can arise incredibly quickly … in a matter of hours, oftentimes. The flu is a virus, so there really aren’t many options for treatment, once you get it. There are a few retroviral medications, but they have to be taken within a small window of time. If you can’t get to your doctor in time, you may miss the window. If that happens, don’t hesitate to go to an urgent care facility.

The biggest flu complication is pneumonia. If you’ve never had it, thank your lucky stars. I had a mild case, what would be considered “walking pneumonia”. I have never felt worse in my entire 42 years on this planet! Every breath burned and it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. Definitely not something I want to go through, ever again.

One thing that can help is taking care of yourself. It’s hard for your body to work properly when you’re healthy if you don’t take proper care. Imagine how difficult it is when you aren’t healthy! First and foremost, eat right! You have to provide your body with the right fuel if you want it to work at the highest level it is capable of.

Second, get proper sleep. This is a difficult one. AI sufferers often deal with extreme fatigue, even getting the recommended eight hours every night. The amount of sleep you need might be vastly different than what sleep experts recommend. For me, most nights, I sleep seven to eight hours at night, but after being up for about 45 minutes in the morning, I need a nap. My morning nap is anywhere from one to two hours … seriously. A lot of days, I need an afternoon nap, too. Fatigue is a huge problem. Healthy people tend to get sick when they get run down, and it’s no different for people with AI diseases. We just need much more sleep than the average person.

Third, take supplements. There isn’t a consensus in the medical community as to whether supplements work, or are even worth it. My experience is that they are. Not to mention that people with autoimmune diseases tend to have vitamin deficiencies. My levels of D, iron and B12 are low. My B12 is still considered normal, but on the low end. We also tend to be anemic. It has to do with having chronically high inflammation levels. Being anemic can increase fatigue and generally feeling blah. Having routine bloodwork to assess your levels and your specific needs is something I recommend.

Finally, be a bit of a germophobe. Keep hand sanitizer with you at all times and USE it. Wash your hands as often as is practical. If you can help it, avoid sick people. I know that’s much easier said than done, especially if you have kids or work outside of the home. If you find yourself stuck in a doctor’s waiting room at the height of flu season, wear a mask! I’m not kidding. A few funny looks are better than finding yourself in the hospital.

None of these tips are foolproof. You will find yourself sick at some point. Don’t panic, but get seen by a medical professional as soon as you can. The sooner you an be treated, the less of a chance you’ll be dealing with complications. Phew … this was a long one, but I hope there was information in this post you found useful.

Do you have a chronic condition? Do you find that you get sick easier and more often than most? What have your experiences been? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Advertisements

Blog update

Good afternoon, friends! I hope you all have had a restful weekend! I got myself a bit off track, not posting for those few days. I need to get myself back on track, and I wanted to let you all know what I am working on in the days and weeks ahead.

Look for reviews on products from Tarte, BH, Lorac, Pür, IT, as well as a few surprises. I will continue with Mid~week Mask and Skincare Saturday, as well as fun product reviews from companies like Boscia. Of course, Bougie on a Budget will continue, with some really cool products lines up for that, as well. There will be makeup haul and subscription box unboxings, and maybe some clothing hauls, too.

I am considering adding a weekly post about health/wellness/chronic conditions, and how they affect those who deal with them, maybe discuss issues surrounding autoimmune diseases. What do you think about that? Would you be interested in posts of that nature? Here’s the schedule I am considering, below. It’s basically the same, with a few additions.

Makeup Mondays ~ discussing new-to-me makeup/first impressions

Try-It Tuesday ~ beauty gadgets and “gimmicky” or really cheap beauty/makeup products

Wednesday ~ Mid Week Mask ~ weekly mask reviews

Thursday ~ health topics, as they relate to chronic conditions

Friday ~ Bougie on a Budget ~ ways to get high end, luxury products for less

Saturday ~ Skin Care Saturday ~ all things skin care

Sunday ~ weekly news in makeup ~ upcoming launches

What do you all think? Is there something you would like to see me do with the blog? Any products you’d like tested and reviewed? Any health topics you would like me to cover? My views and likes have gone waayyyy down since I was out of town, and I am not sure why, so I am coming to you, reader friends! Any feedback you can offer would be greatly appreciated! Let me know what you are thinking!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Midweek Mask ~ Recovering

**This post contains affiliate links. Read more about that here**

Good Wednesday, friends! I hope everyone is having a great week, so far. Mine has been … meh lol As I mentioned in a few previous posts, I did some traveling last week. Having a few chronic diseases, anything outside of my normal routine is very hard on my body. My fatigue is more pronounced, my joints hurt more, my rosacea flares, my face swells … you get the idea. Unfortunately, there isn’t much I can do to get my body back to its “normal”. As I get back into my normal routine, my body will slowly follow suit. I do have a few tricks up my sleeve, though. One is copious amounts of hot baths. The second is intensive skin care.

What that means for me is I do parts of my normal morning skin routine a few times throughout the day. Briefly, my current morning routine consists of washing with Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, 16 Ounces, applying my current rosacea medicine, misting my face with Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, 8 oz., slathering on generous amounts of Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb the Anti-Oxidant Super Moisturizer, 1.7 Ounce, moisturizing my eye area with Clinique All About Eyes Duo Pack ( Travel Size ) - 2x7ml/0.21oz, with a few drops of squalane oil on my dryer areas. (<< affiliate links)

What I’ve been doing since I got home is the above routine in the morning, like normal. Then, I repeat this process again, sometime around midday, with lots of spritzing my face with either the Mario Badescu mist or my PETER THOMAS ROTH - Cucumber De-Tox Balancing Essence Water Mist by Peter Thomas Roth(<< affiliate link) for an additional bump in hydration. I understand that some of these products are a bit on the spendy side, but when it comes to my skin, I have found that you definitely get what you pay for. When you have problem skin, you just cannot get by with less expensive products sometimes. I tried for years, just buying drugstore products. Some are okay, but some just make the situation much worse.

Considering the condition of my poor face skin over the last few days, I felt I really needed to break out the big guns for tonight’s mask, or should I say, masks haha

20614290_10155621332594357_632865638_n

(Sorry this is so large! When I tried to size it down, it got very blurry)

First up was the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask 5.0 ounce (<<affiliate link) I didn’t take a goofy pic with that one because you simply cannot see it. Immediately, I noticed that it was very cooling. Even several minutes into the 10-minute time, if the breeze from the ceiling fan hit my face, it was instantly cooler. I would imagine this could be stored in the fridge for an even more cooling effect, during these final days of summer. Also, the squeeze bottle I have is a deluxe sample size of 1 oz. Like the Sephora sleeping masks, there are easily three to four uses in the bottle, which is awesome. I’m not sure if you are aware of how expensive Peter Thomas Roth skincare tends to be, but it’s up there. (This particular mask is one of the least expensive I have seen from the brand.)Being able to get several uses out of this sample will really give you an idea of how well the mask works for your skin and whether it’s a worthwhile investment for you.

I wish I would have taken a pic of my face with the mask on, so you could see just how much redness it took out. That could be from rinsing with cold water, but that usually doesn’t have much effect on my rosacea. I really think it was the mask. Also, I really dislike rinsing with cold water hahaha My face has NEVER felt softer. I am sitting here, literally rubbing my face and am stunned at how nice it feels. Home run, PTR!!

On to the eye pads !

20614515_10155622557784357_1700738557_n

These things are THICK. There was so much serum in the package that it started pouring out as soon as I opened it! That was certainly a first for me. After a few minutes, the tops of my cheeks started burning, and not just a little. I remarked to a friend that I wasn’t sure I would make it the whole 20 minutes with these on. It did fade a few minutes later, thankfully. Once I removed the pads, there was no serum to pat in. My eye area sucked up every bit of serum there was hahaha Yay for an easily absorbed serum … boo for having such dry under eyes.

This is a situation that requires before and after shots.

Ummm … y’all … there is a definite difference in my eye puffiness. My left eye is significantly less puffy than it was. There seem to be less puffiness under my right eye, as well. Do you know how many eye pads I have used and how many have been total fails? Every single one. Until this one. I just knew this one would fail, too. I am tickled pink to be wrong about this one.  Just imagine, if my eyes look this much better after ONE treatment, how good they (and potentially your under eye) would look with regular use?? I am shook … as the kids in the beauty community say hahahaha You can find them from Birchbox (linked above) for $18 for five sets. If you used them once a week, that’s not too bad.

I am in love, y’all. Complete and total love, with both products. Still … forty minutes later, my face is smoother and softer than I have felt in a long, long time. While my under eye area doesn’t look perfect, it sure looks better than it did before the pads. Both of these products have earned a permanent place in my skin care routine, without a doubt.

Have you used either of these products before? What about eye pads … are there some you have used that gave you real results? Lemme know what they are!!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Please read!! I was just plagiarized

This isn’t clickbait, this happened last night with my Tony Moly post. A website straight up stole my post, gave themselves credit, and translated my post into French. Thank goodness I can read French. I happened to be notified because there was a link to a previous blog embedded. Had that link not been there, I would have had no idea that I had just been stolen from. They didn’t even bother to remove it!

Stolen blog post original French

Their website <

They even used the picture of ME!! To say I am furious is an understatement, and rest assured, it will be handled. The reason for this post is mainly for the other bloggers out here. I would strongly suggest you check this website for your work. If you use Google Chrome, it will translate the page for you, so you can know for certain if they have your work. The translations are awful, (maybe laughable under other circumstances) but the intent is crystal clear.

As a beginner in the blogging world, this is so upsetting, disappointing, infuriating … I don’t even know what else. Has this happened to any of y’all, that you’re aware of? How did you handle it? They have a FB page, and I am restraining myself from going over there and blasting them publicly. Never mind … they have two followers over there, but I will leave a terrible review. I am currently contacting their web host and reporting them for abuse. Is there any other recourse? How dare they take my work, potentially make money from it when I’m not even making any money???

Sigh … I’m so disheartened. I will try to get the Ipsy and Birchbox post up this evening. If not then, it’ll be up early, early, early tomorrow morning. Y’all … I just don’t even have any more words right now

Carrie♥

 

 

©  2017 Look Good, Feel Good

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!

19727116_10155512673774357_863145992_o

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.

19749612_10155512675329357_163961935_o

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

**This post contains affiliate links**

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♥

Nifty nail polish

There are a few YouTube beauty gurus that I watch all the time. One is Kathleen Lights. She’s so precious and she stays away from the beauty community drama. That drama is NEXT LEVEL, y’all!! Anyway, Kathleen started a nail polish company a while back and her new summer collection just hit the web. If you sign up for emails on her website, they’ll send a 10% off code for your first purchase. Pretty cool deal! You can find her collection here.

She has some pretty cool shades in her summer collection, so I thought I would give one a try. I’m pretty boring when it comes to polish shades haha I’m a darker pink, deep berry kinda girl. I chose Mia, which is an iridescent pink. The shipping was pretty quick. I think I received my package 3-4 days after I placed my order. If you are having a polish emergency, that’s not too bad, really.

19496350_10155485207419357_850373188_o

 

One thing I noticed right away is this color is on the sheer side. It will become more opaque as you add layers, though. This first picture is one coat. I don’t know how well you can see the sheerness, but it’s there. The second picture is with two coats. There doesn’t seem to be much difference in the photos, but there’s a big difference in real life. I would suggest at least three coats. With two, you can still see the white tips of my nails underneath the polish.

Kindly disregard my red sausage fingers … still flaring. Although, they are always red and a bit swollen. I think keeping my nails polished may actually distract from my fingers. They certainly look prettier with polish hahaha Anything I can do to camouflage what the RA is doing to my hands (and body, for that matter), I am down for.

This polish dries down to a matte or semi-matte finish. That struck me as a little odd. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just different from what I’m used to in a polish. If you need a shiny finish, a good topcoat will give you that look. I think I like the way this looks, just as it is, personally. These polishes are $8.50. With my 10% discount, then shipping, I paid $12.60, which I think is a fair price. Any time I don’t have to leave my house for something I consider it a win. $5 shipping is a bit steep for one polish, but if I had ordered more, it would have been very worth it. Overall, I think this is a great polish. Go to the website and check out Kathleen’s collection. What is your favorite nail color? Do you have a go-to brand? How do you disguise a flare, or do you even try? Lemme know your thoughts!

Carrie♥

Flare I go again … 

Or, should I say still. I’m ready for whatever is going on with my body to be over with. My hands and fingers have been ridiculously swollen over the last few days, and I have had absolutely no energy to do anything. My fingers legit look like sausages. That makes typing challenging.

Of course, flares happen at the most inconvenient of times. My hubby is leaving tomorrow to go to Texas for several weeks. That means we had to make a trip to Walmart. On a Saturday afternoon. I think that must be a “thing” to do on Saturdays in my town. I swear, everyone was in that store. Surely several fire codes were violated with the number of people there.

For those who don’t have chronic illnesses, it’s hard to imagine why that might be difficult. Well, aside from the fact that it was two hours in Walmart. That, in and of itself is tough haha The best way I can describe it is to imagine your legs are filled with wet concrete. They get heavier and heavier with each step you take. Then, imagine someone set sandbags on your shoulders. And they add sandbags every few minutes until you are totally hunched over from the weight. Now, imagine someone has put your ankles in a vice. With every step, the vise gets tighter and tighter until you are sure the next step will shatter your ankles beyond repair. I honestly don’t know what I would do without shopping carts. They are my lifeline in those situations, truly.

I am so thankful for a caring and understanding spouse. So many of us who deal with chronic health issues do not have caring and supportive partners. I can’t even tell you the sadness I have experienced, reading the stories from women whose families actually think they are faking it. Who would choose to fake something like this?? Who would want a life like this? No one needs attention that badly.

My husband has been beyond incredible. He knows when I’m having a hard day, just by looking at me. I try my best to hide it, but he sees through me. He has been to countless doctor’s appointments, cooked, cleaned, dealt with the laundry, made our daughter’s breakfasts and packed her lunches (when she was still in school). He’s not the most patient of men haha, and he was raised in a family where all of the above was “women’s work”.  When it comes to me, though, he is the kindest, most patient, most helpful and considerate man in the universe. He is truly my rock. He has the biggest shoulders, I swear. They carry so much weight. I don’t know how he does it.

I hope I don’t sound whiney. That’s not my intention, because I am not a whiney person. I don’t dwell on the negatives of this disease. There’s no point. It won’t go away and it would be a never ending downward spiral. I just wanted to offer a glimpse into what many chronic illness sufferers go through with a simple Saturday afternoon trip to the store.

Okay, now that all that is out of the way, I have some really cool items up for review over the coming weeks. Here’s a sneak peak of just a few things:

With my entire family gone for a least the next week, I should have plenty of time to pamper myself and work through this nasty flare. What are some things you do to help yourself feel better? Any tips and tricks you’d like to share?

 

Carrie♥

Skin Care Saturday

**This post contains affiliate links**

Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying a peaceful, easy weekend. Since this is my first Skin Care Saturday post, I thought I would talk about my nighttime skin care routine, in addition to talking about tonight’s mask. When I saw my dermatologist the other week, we talked a lot about how I care for my skin. He said I was being aggressive, but in a good way. At my age, aggressive is a must hahahaha

I kick off my routine by washing my face. I don’t recall how I discovered this cleanser, but it has been nearly miraculous for me. The first time I used it, it took out most of my rosacea redness immediately. I stood in the bathroom, staring into the mirror, stunned at how good my skin looked. It is a staple now. My holy grail cleanser is Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, 16 Ounces. I am aware that this is a pretty spendy cleanser, but I have searched high and low for something that works and makes my skin look awesome, in general, and this is it. I am learning that sometimes, you do indeed get what you pay for. I also use this exact Konjac Sponge Set: Organic Skincare Facial for Natural Exfoliating and Deep Pore Cleansing 5 Piece Sampler Pack Infused with Charcoal, Red Clay, Tumeric, Green Tea and I love them! They are super soft and do a much better job than fingers alone. My skin is too sensitive to use a washcloth, so this is a great compromise. Each sponge lasts a month or two and I just can’t say enough about them. Then comes the mask!! Tonight, I used TonyMoly’s I’m Real Avocado Sheet Mask, for nutrition. This is a 20-30 minute commitment so get a glass of wine, close your bedroom door, and just relax.

After removing the mask and patting all of the serum in, I spritz my face with Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Balancing Essence Water Mist. This stuff is AWESOME, but a lot comes out when you spray, so be prepared haha I wasn’t. I’ll let you picture the hilarity of that for yourselves hehe After that dries, I use a little bit of e.l.f. Hydrating Water Essence on a cotton pad and wipe my face. I let that dry, and then I go in with L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Anti Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream. This can even safely go on the eyelids! Finally, I finish up with Garneir SkinActive Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream, 1.7 0z. (The product name is spelled incorrectly in this link. Sorry Garnier!) It looks like the packaging has changed since I bought mine, but this stuff is delightful! It kinda smells like vanilla cupcakes to me. I might be crazy haha, but I think it smells wonderful. I put this all over my face, and down my neck.

So that’s it! Written out, it sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t. Without the mask, it might take five minutes to do my nighttime routine. What’s your nighttime routine? What skin care products can you not live without?

Carrie♥