May 22, 2015

Beauty ~ Revisiting all the Tom Ford Beauty Items in my Stash

According to my standards, I don't have a large stash of Tom Ford beauty items.  I love the packaging but it's not enough to make me spend money on items that I don't need. I have cut back tremendously on my makeup spending.  I'm limiting myself to purchasing only those items that I need which compliment my skin tone.  Since there's so many new releases with products that aren't #woc friendly, this has allowed me to start using up a lot of products from my stash.  Below are highlights of these items along with links to my written reviews where you can find lots of photos of each.

May 21, 2015

Swatches ~ Dior "The Tie-Dye Summer Collection" Blush in Coral Sunset

 Dior "The Tie-Dye Summer Collection" Blush in Coral Sunset is a beautiful kaleidoscope of colors ranging from corals to oranges with a bright streak of white to give it a little flair. I missed out on the beautiful Dior My Lady blush from the spring collection, as soon as it was released, it sold out pretty fast, so I decided to order this one from Macy's as soon as I saw it online.

May 20, 2015

Nails ~ ASP Gel Polish in Tease Me Turquoise w/ Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe Glitter Polish

ASP Gel Polish in Tease Me Turquoise  Deborah LippmannAcross The Universe
 ASP is a soak off gel polish that's quite watery.  It took three coats before I was happy with the color.  After applying the third coat, I applied the Deborah Lippmann glitter polish then cured it under the light.  You can always use any kind of regular nail polish over the gel before curing it.  Usually many people wipe the sticky coating off the gel before applying any kind of regular polish but it's really not necessary.

May 19, 2015

Lifestyle ~ Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyeid Surgery) Final Update + Video Series

Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyeid Surgery)
Day 22 ~ I'm three weeks out, still not wearing makeup directly on my eyelids because they're still tender but i'm wearing makeup everywhere else.  I'm also able to keep my contacts in all day long without my eyes becoming dry and irritated.  I still have bruising underneath the eyes and this is a sign that i'm not totally healed. The eyelids are still a little sensitive so i'm keeping makeup off of them for awhile.

May 17, 2015

Lifestyle ~ African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Day 17 - Day 20

African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Day 17 - Day 20
 Almost healed.....
I'm pretty much feeling about 80% healed.  I have a few issues that I'm hoping will resolve with time. My total healing time will probably be somewhere in the nature of 6 weeks.  I feel that by that time I'll be able to wear my contacts with ease, look up with ease, look down with ease and raise my eyebrows without feeling the sensation of skin pulling above my eyes... I'll be 100% healed hopefully.

May 16, 2015

Swatches ~ Mac Conceal & Correct Duo in Burnt Coral

Mac Conceal & Correct Duo in Burnt Orange

I realized that I needed a little extra help while i'm waiting for the bruises to totally heal beneath my eyes due to my recent eyelid surgery. While researching the different color correctors online, I came across a really nice review written by another #woc beauty blogger who I absolutely admire.  After reading her review and seeing swatches of this corrector, I decided this color was close to what I needed, so I headed over to my local Macy's to purchase it.

May 14, 2015

Lifestyle ~ Home Remedies for Healing Blephroplasty (Tri-Luma, Silagen Gel, Scarfade, Dermatix Ultra, Mepitac, 3M Steri-Strips, Arnica Gel and Aloe Vera)

Healing Blephroplasty Eyelid Surgery Home Remedies
I am about 75% healed and everyday I see a slight improvement in my progression. My upper eyelids are still tender and the scar has already thickened over my right eye... one of my greatest fears with this surgery.  I know that the tissue underneath is too thin to product a huge scar so it will probably remain this size.  I placed larger photos at the bottom so you see it up close.  It is preventing my eyelid from closing all the way which means that I have to cover this eye at night with a bandage to keep it from becoming dry. I'm sure once it has flattened out I will be able to close it all the way again.  I've already had one steroid injection directly into the scar on day 12 to help flatten it.  I will definitely need another injection at some point if it doesn't flatten out.  The injections can only be administered monthly so i'm using the Silagen gel along with the 3M Steri-Strips at night to keep pressure on it. Below are a few other things that i'm using, some I've already tried or will be trying at some point in my healing process.

May 12, 2015

Lifestyle ~ African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Day 13 - Day 16

African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Day 13 - Day 15 I am still in full healing mode and my spirits remain high.  I'm pretty active going to the gym and doing yoga, cycling and power walking occasionally.

Day 16 was my Doctor's appt. I was given the okay to wear my contacts and makeup if I wanted to. I told him my concerns and her agreed with me on all points.  My first concern was of course the bruising that still appeared, well he told me to give it 4 to 6 weeks and it will totally be gone... so I will wait.  I'm not sore but it just doesn't seem to want to go away!