[ BB Cream, Take 1! – March 15th, 2014 ]

March 15, 2014 Comments Off on [ BB Cream, Take 1! – March 15th, 2014 ]

ImageThere’s been so much going on lately! I’ve got a lot of head way (about 50 articles to annotate for my thesis) with school that I need to make and some big things are happening for my other project! Through Daily Lives is ‘officially launching’ soon – meaning we’re writing up some introductory posts, some ‘meet the writers’ things, and some real content! I couldn’t be more excited about it. I’m not sure if any other Spoonies or Chronic Illness sufferers follow this blog of mine – but I really hope you’ll check out my project and help me and some other great people by checking it out! ‘Real’ posts start this Monday! Thankfully its Spring Break so I actually might have a little time to pull everything I need to off, which is only minutely (read this in full on sarcasm) amazing.

I’ve felt pretty awful lately, for a lot of reasons – but for the first time since I got diagnosed, hell for the first real time since my symptoms started – I’ve actually felt like I looked sick. I’ve looked tired. I’ve looked pale. I think I may have even developed some minor psoriasis that’s gone misdiagnosed as cradle cap for years (not fun have bright red patches on one’s face and chest), so I’m trying to up my game and integrate easier make-up routines into my day to day to keep me feeling like I haven’t lost my ~healthy look~.

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I used to use CoverGirl almost exclusively in high school for all of my foundations (powdered and liquid) so I thought CoverGirl would be a great first try. First try of what you may ask yet assume at the same time? BB Cream! I’ve heard some great things, its quick and easy to apply, plus the dual moisturizing and covering step is pretty great. For a gal on the run who does way too much, is way too tired, and doesn’t leave herself enough time for anything – less steps? Always better.

As I was saying, I’ve always been a pretty big fan of CoverGirl, even though I migrated away from them to mineral powders and dream liquid, it was never because I lost faith in the brand – they just didn’t have the products I was looking for any more (outside of mascara which I migrate back to every now and then). Well I was looking around at the different BB Creams and they seemed a great place to start! CoverGirl has always been pretty great with moderate styles of coverage, which is what I was looking for, and does have some great moisturizer on the market. So here we are! Take 1 of my ‘finding a BB Cream I like’ trials. Lets get to the results!

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Here is my glorious face without an ounce of make-up on – not even any day old mascara left over! I’m legitimately fresh faced here people so take advantage of this rare opportunity. At least I don’t have any of my red patches right now, they’ve been behaving for the last month or so (which hasn’t made trying to get in to a dermatologist any easier, since I’d obviously prefer to go when I’m having a flare so it can get diagnosed in an optimal way – rather than me just trying to describe it). I have a fair bit of redness in my face even without any patches, but other wise my skin is looking fairly good right no. No major blemish breakouts, no redness breakouts, just my normal red toned skin rather than any wonky patches.

ImageOur first picture here that you see if my face half covered in the product. The right side of the photo (so the left side of my face) has the BB Cream on it. You can definitely see a different in the level of shine that is being emitted – even though right now I’m not big on the almost waxy feeling of my face, maybe that will disappear after its had a little time to settle in, because if not that would be a huge deterring factor in me continuing use of the product – let alone recommending it to anyone. It does seem to give at least a little coverage, but since my nose is the most discolored area of my skin right now – I’ll get a better idea of that once I’m all the way under. For now, I do at least appreciate that my face seems to shine less, which is always a bonus – no one wants to look greasy (even if I feel it right now, which is still a major turn off).

ImageThe redness isn’t gone, but its definitely been downplayed! You can see a lot of the benefits I mentioned in the ‘in-between’ shot a lot better here, where my face is entirely covered in the BB Cream. That redness ion my nose hasn’t completely disappeared but it would be easy to miss now if you weren’t already aware and looking for it. Some of the waxy feeling on my left side has dissipated now, by the time I’ve covered my right side and am writing this but there is still a bit of a… I dunno, its just an odd feeling, to my skin. I’m not a big fan of this feeling but I’m sure it could be easily counteracted with some mineral powder to just finish things up.

So all in all how do I feel? Well I certainly feel like it was a good idea for me to start testing out some BB Creams! I will probably use this CoverGirl one up – I’m happy enough with it to keep using it until I’m out, but I’m not completely sold on whether or not it will become a new product in my arsenal. I’m really thrown off by the way it feels on my skin – waxy, and I can tell its there which are two things that I find to be a big no, no. It has decent coverage – nothing amazing but the point here is for a one step, easy fix that I can use on my lazy or episode-filled days and I do think it at least brings that much to the table. I think I’d have to try 1 or 2 other BB Creams to decide whether or not I use CoverGirl as my regular one. Either way I will definitely be adding some sort of BB Cream to my make-up bag.

[ Back to Normal – June 19th, 2012 ]

June 19, 2012 Comments Off on [ Back to Normal – June 19th, 2012 ]

Hello lovelies! I know I promise I wouldn’t be gone from my usual postings this long, but life happens! Between getting down to my Mom’s in Florida and having over a weeks worth of stuff to do since we’re both out of school, Father’s Day, graduations, and my ridiculous bout with final papers I just needed a break from just about everything that required more effort then just sitting up.

Florida’s been pretty great so far. Its always nice, as a college student, ya know to eat for free for a month! I’m doing my fair share of stressing out though, since I take the GRE on the 3rd over in Orlando (thankfully it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg to move my test down here) so the next two weeks of my life will be spent crying over math I haven’t done in 4-7 years.

This summer will be pretty busy school wise too! In an effort to just graduate on time I decided taking four classes over the summer was worth it, plus this way I can keep busy instead of just being bored! I’ll actually only have one class left for my minor after this, which I’m taking in fall and I’ll be pretty much (beside sophomore seminar UGH) done with my core classes as well! It feels so weird to be this close to graduating, especially knowing I’m not just going to be done and moving on to adult life and jobs. I’ve got a good few more years of school infront of me and then probably a life time of teaching gigs at various universities if things go my way; so I guess I’m never really escaping it!

As much as I like living in Chicago, and dread even the thought of permanently living in Florida again, its nice to be back home with my parents for a few weeks – getting to see and talk to both of them without playing phone tag. Plus, the weather has been gorgeous this year! Its only been ridiculously hot one or two days, instead of just being… ya know 110 after humidity the whole time I’m here. Its a nice change up from the last few times I was here when it was just too hot to even sit outside for a bit. I’ve actually been trying to get into the habit of exercising while I’m here – me and my Mom have been going for a walk every morning and next week I’m going to start running in the AM so I can get my body back into a little bit of shape, plus its also important for my FibroMyalgia (per recommendation of all of my doctors) so I’m trying to make that bit of a lifestyle change again.

Right now I’m actually also considering cutting pork and beef back out of my life because I definitely weighed less before I brought pork back since now its got me in the habit of eating big breakfasts again; something that seems to just stick to my body with no remorse.

Back to the important stuff before I disappear off to go get my car fixed and have lunch with my Dad on the river (stoked! love eating on the river here). Fashion Friday posts will return as well so be looking out!

[ Ut Oh – May 22nd, 2012 ]

May 22, 2012 Comments Off on [ Ut Oh – May 22nd, 2012 ]

Hey there guys, I know this is going to be short but I really wanted to at least update you guys on why I haven’t been updating!

Well for starters I promise updates will return to normal either this Friday or next Tuesday!

Now that that’s out of the way, I’ve been having some health issues on top of the fact that I’ve got a wicked 8-9 hour Friday field lab that involves digging… for a very long period of that time or sifting (sifting is a lot more taxing then one would imagine!) oh did I mention the 10 page paper of Pathology and its uses in identification of victims of war or genocide? Oh and that 10 page paper on my ethnography topic? Oh and the 3 page sculpture paper? Oh and my final sculpture for the quarter? OH AND THE FACT THAT I AM AWFUL AND FRENCH AND DOING AWFUL AND AM GOING TO HAVE A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN OVER IT. Seriously, I am utterly hopeless with other languages – I’m quite sure I have some sort of mental block on them.

Either way, I’ve got just a ridiculous amount of stuff on my plate right now and its just made it far too hard to be responsible and keep up with updating. But after this weekend I’ll be in the clear besied my French mid-term and then its time for summer! So things will return back to normal and you’ll get to be elated that I’ve started my Tuesday personal updates and Fashion Fridays back up once more!

[ To Dig, or Not to Dig – April 24th, 2012 ]

April 24, 2012 Comments Off on [ To Dig, or Not to Dig – April 24th, 2012 ]

I’m super excited this week – despite an awful cold I’ve had since Friday plus side effects for a new medicine to treat my Fibro Myalgia, plus Pickles (poor thing) is also sick, its not winter what’s going on! – well okay anyway! We start doing field world in the Archaeology Field School this week at DePaul!

Off to Dig

Its 5 weeks of digging on possibly historical properties out in Maywood, Illinois trying to help the city really find its history – its supposed to be a long running thing in the department if Dr. Gregory has his way. This is the second semester DePaul has been out in Maywood. I’m just excited because, well, I was that little girl who read Egyptology books and loved studying about old stuff and Mythos even as a kid, I mean I was never set up to be who I was trying to be at the beginning of my collegiate career – and my parents certainly weren’t shocked I made a complete 180 back to my childhood obsessions. Digging up sites and trying to figure out where old houses may have been, where someone dumped their trash, what type of nails and what not they used in their buildings (great for dating things!), who lived there… these are all interesting to me, even if they might be boring to someone else.

Yes this is one big ramble, for that I apologize, its the migraine and sniffling puppers.

Its not the most exciting project, but I’m excited regardless, having field school experience will be great for grad school applications as well as trying to find internships.

I’m afraid this’ll be another boring personal update. I’ve spent all weekend just trying to relax and… in the process watching all four seasons of Parks and Recreations, I’m sincerely glad I finally gave in and just watched the show because even though, yeah, the first season was kinda blah and sucked – sticking it out was totally worth it the third and fourth seasons are pretty universally hilarious.

Now starts the ridiculous time of the year. Catching up a chapter in French, doing my field study for Ethnography, starting field work in Archaeology, my 10 page paper for Forensics (which I still need a topic to research or book to review – eek!), and starting a realism project I’m really stoked for in Sculpture. Its certainly going to keep me busy for the rest of the quarter, thankfully!

[ this is a post – March 20th, 2012 ]

March 20, 2012 § 1 Comment

To tell you I will be posting tomorrow not today because taking my Mom to Chemo and stocking her up no goodies and necessities and seeing my best friend is far more important (and relaxing!) then a blog post about how much professors have no compassion, suck in general and how higher education really needs to get a grip on how crippling it can be to have an ‘unseen illness’. Plus if I wait a day… you get a better less bitter post!

In other news, I kinda miss the red ombre and please please please leave comments about what you think of the new layout! Its really important to be to figure out if its going to work for my next big step!

[ as per the usual – March 7th, 2012 ]

March 7, 2012 Comments Off on [ as per the usual – March 7th, 2012 ]

Its the end of the quarter so of course my life has become even more ridiculous then normal. Thankfully this is another quarter of mostly final papers, not final tests. I have one test next week but I have a slew of written stuff I need to churn out this weekend. A 3-5 page paper, a colour analysis with corresponding 3 page paper, tweaks on my portfolio for Professional Practices, then of course my final exam for Intro to Biological Anthropology. Thankfully I already took my oral exam and handed in my final paper for my Christian Ethics course, so 1/5 down! This of course means I may look cute in the clothes department but my skin is all sorts of broken out and I’m in a continuous state of looking absolutely exhausted. I can’t stress enough how glad I am to see this quarter coming to an end and the next beginning, its like starting new for me really. I feel good again, I’m still tired a lot but that I can manage (even if it means severe caffeine intake). Not being in pain any more except for spotty moments of it, being able to walk up stairs properly, my legs not aching to the gentlest brush, its kinda beyond amazing and I can’t say it enough – it makes me glow with happiness. Next quarter will be a new start, the weather will be warmer – I can get back to walking and taking public transit to class. I won’t have to worry about being so sluggish and taking 2 hours to really be ready to go in the morning any more. I can just focus on school instead of the extenuating circumstances in my life.

It will sincerely be a relief.

I did get my results for the DNA tests back and I’ll be pre-writing next weeks post sometime this weekend after my inaugural style post, assuming I can kick this mini cold and don’t look so much like death from finals! That way starting next week I can truly get back on schedule! If I’m not quite up to posting an outfit post yet on Friday you can look forward to another JewelMint post because I splurged (when I most certainly shouldn’t have but whatever, can’t change my silly decision now!) and the results were fantastic! I definitely adore their little Oscar grab bag and I certainly made out pretty well! I ‘d actually been eyeing two of the pieces I got, and the third – while not my type typically – is still wearable for special occasions or the odd night out!

Actually, its quite likely that’s the post you will be getting – but I ought to stop spoiling the fun of what my next two posts will be!

I apologize that this is another short, uneventful post but after finals I’ll be ready and roaring to go again!

[ round 9 – February 17th, 2012 ]

February 17, 2012 Comments Off on [ round 9 – February 17th, 2012 ]


My schedule for next quarter is going to be moderately ridiculous. I’m taking three Anthropology courses: Ethnographic Research Methods, Archaeology Research Methods, and Forensic Anthropology (!!!!!!!!), one studio art course: Beginning Sculpture, and I’m retaking French 103 as a refresher course for having to take 104-106 last year and knowing quite well that it’ll be a bad idea to go back into a French class when I haven’t been in one (by that time) for a year and a half. Plus that was the quarter I started having my pain issues and, well, lets just say my grade suffered. I’m quite excited regardless, well except for this whole Friday class thing but its an Archaeology lab so at least it’ll hopefully be fun!

I’m mostly excited about Forensic Anthropology. And by excited I mean beside myself – I squealed when I got my e-mail from the department chair approving me for it. I think my favourite part is the professor, M. Aiello who I’m taking this quarter for Intro to Bio-Anthro told me that I should prepare for the course with a -colouring book-. Yup, he at that moment became my favourite professor in existance. I really hope he lets me TA Intro to Bio-Anthro Spring or Fall quarter, I think I’d die of happiness. I made sure Spring quarter I’d be able to TA time wise but I dunno if he’ll let me cause he knows I have a sort of ridiculous schedule and thinks I should drop one of my classes so I doubt he’ll be up for putting even more pressure on me.

I really am truly excited for this quarter though, beside French which is an unfortunate necessity I’m stoked on all the classes I’m taking. All of them are of interest to me or something I find myself at least curious to learn about.

I know I’m putting too much pressure on myself, but I really want to graduate on time and to do so I’ve gotta commit to 5 classes a quarter. It won’t be as bad afetr this quarter – I’ll be done with my major lab courses and done with my studio art classes so that’s a big relief as far as difficulty and time consuming as far as my courses go.

I’m just going to power through it. I could moan and cry and let it defeat me and just throw my hands up and add on an extra year of school but I won’t. I will beat it, I will get out of here, I will get myself on the path to where I want to be and I will be happy – because I’m getting there, I am. I’m getting back to really being happy and that, in itself, makes me happy.

I really slacked on a post this week and I’m sorry but it’ll get better next week with the new posting schedule! I know I don’t have a huge following or anything, but writing is cathardic to me and I like doing it even to keep my friends and family up with whats going on in my life.

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