Hi blog family, I have to tell you about this beauty treatment I tried and loved! I did the vampire facial. For you that don’t know the facial includes taking your blood, getting your plasma, and injecting it into scared areas, fine lines, or wrinkles. I have scarring that I have always been super self-conscious about, so that is what I used it for. This facial was great for my scarring, but also great because after my VNS I can’t do any of the new skin treatments with lasers.
I first developed acne in my teens as a side effect from medication. I felt terrible, because my seizures were bad, and I was embarrassed of my skin. I never would be outside without makeup and I constantly wondered what people were thinking. I always wore my hair down to cover the sides of my face, because the acne and scarring was the worse on the sides of my face. I did a CO2 treatment about six years ago. CO2 is pretty much burning off a layer of your face. It was totally extreme, but totally worth it. I felt like it made a fifty-percent difference, and I could have enough confidence to put my hair up.
Now I am just trying to maintain healthy skin, and get rid of some of those deeper scars. I called around and found the amazing esthetician Jessica Marr. We did a few microneedling treatments then the vampire facial. I would totally do it again, and recommend it to anyone that has scarring like I did.
Beauty sponges saved my pore, pore skin! One of the things that I am the most self-conscience about is my skin. I feel as though I have huge pores and many scars from past acne, and as a result, I used to always wear a lot of concealer and liquid foundation. I would check it throughout the day to make sure it was always packed on and that no blemishes were visible. Recently, I was having my makeup done by a friend, and she told me about how beauty sponges can help the pores soak up the liquid foundation. I tried it and it really did change my life! My skin really did look flawless all day, for the first time ever. It was amazing! You can buy blending sponges anywhere, even Walmart for around $1.50. That is the price of Starburst, and I would say it’s much more worth it than buying candy, because it can help make you look beautiful. I hope you get one and enjoy the results!
Does your face look tired? Rundown? Listless? Well, my face was looking like that this week. Today, I will share with you a trick I learned a little while ago. Take an egg and strain the yoke out. Then, with a sponge, paper towel or even just your finger, put the egg whites on your face like a mask. It might feel a little funny, and at first putting it on my face grossed me out, but it does work. Once it completely dries and you feel your face tightening you can wash it off. The enzymes in the egg are suppose to tighten and add moisture to your skin. I know it helps me after a bad seizure or a headache. I get really swollen in my face, so just tightening up my face with some egg is a big help! Tune in next week when I tell you where I put bacon!
When I was thirteen, an older lady told me, “You look like that person in that movie Titanic.” I was so flattered and I said, “Kate Winslet?” She said, “ Oh no that little fella” (DiCaprio). From that moment on I knew makeup was going to be my friend. I have used makeup to give me features I don’t have, and take away things I don’t want. When I don’t feel well for some reason I swell up like a balloon. I walk into the bathroom and abracadabra I have eyebrows, cheekbones, and eyelids. I knew were down there somewhere. I did my friends makeup one time, and she told me I made her look like a drag queen. I don’t believe it was a compliment, but I took it as one. She went from a plain Jane to someone who could get on stage and sing Cabaret and kill it. Have you seen drag queens? They’re beautiful!
We have so many teaching tools nowadays. I love to go on YouTube and Pinterest to find new ways to do my makeup. When you are like me, and you look like a junior high boy naturally, you have to learn how to build your face. I have a round face that can swell because of headaches and seizures, so I had to learn how to thin it out and make my eyes look bigger. I needed to learn a lot about contouring my cheekbones and building my eyes up. I really like PixieWoo and Michelle Phan on YouTube. They teach you how to do all different kinds of looks. You think , “oh my eyes look small and squinty.” Well, put white eyeliner on the bottom lash line and black eye shadow underneath the lashes. Your eyes will look bigger and you will have a better day. When you feel bad, you don’t want to look the way you feel. When you don’t feel confident about everything that is going on in your life, you should at least feel confident about the way you look! You can think, “Yes I am having a seizure, but this red lipstick looks fabulous!”
You need to practice, practice, practice with your makeup. “Do I need expensive makeup?” No! I love the store Diaso, because you can buy really great fake eyelashes, eyeliner, eyeshadow and contouring shadows for cheap. The brands NYC and Target’s ELF are much cheaper than MAC, Estee Lauder and other department store brands, but Diaso offers very similar colors and they are great if you’re on a budget. Sometimes you will try some things that won’t work. I had to realize I would never look like Cher, it was a sad day. I kept trying though, and I found some other looks that worked with my features. I would (and still do) find out what face shape I have or what actor I most resemble and then start testing out some looks. It’s a good idea to get a day and night look that you can master, and to get a look you can do quickly.
One main tip I think you should keep in mind is, “have fun with it.” I used to think that fake eyelashes were too vain, but then I used them and they changed my life. All kinds of different styles are in now, so just try it and see if you like it. You may love something you thought you would hate. I hope you have fun trying different looks, and experimenting with your makeup!