Category Archives: Beauty

Real Talk about Hair Loss

Hello friends!

I thought today would be somewhat different. I want to share my experience with hair loss.

In 2012 I was diagnosed with Hashimotos disease and my thyroid surgically removed. Back in 2004 I was diagnosed with hypothyroid and I think things went downhill (health wise) after that, although the last couple of years have not been bad. I’ve struggled with low energy, low motivation, anxiety, depression, muscle aches, weight gain, digestion problems, menstrual problems, mood swings, hair loss, hair thinning, skin problems, insomnia, irritability….yada yada…seems like the list goes on and on…(oh and forgetfulness or brain fog).

In 2016 I started seeing a naturepath and eating gluten free. I also discovered being soy free has benefits; along with taking natural supplements and hormones. Early 2018 my hair started falling out and I reduced my thyroid medication a tad along with adding Zinc and Iron to my supplemental regime (along with special shampoo, which BTW DOES NOT WORK). For a few months my hair stopped falling out and I felt encouraged.

A few weeks ago, my hair began falling out again and who knows what the problem is this time. I don’t think I can go lower on my thyroid medication and it might be something nutritional IDK! Anyway I sort of felt like shaving my head, really it would be less stressful to worry about my hair falling out. I think it would be easier to wear a wig and just whip that thing on every morning. It sure would take the complication out of getting ready every day….:)

I told one of my cute IG friends about my ideas and she just happens to sell Halo Couture. It’s an easy apply hair extensions products. Human hair is woven into a type of hat thing that lays right above your neck with a invisible wire going over the top of your head. It really is amazing.

She just happened to have some at her house so I popped over and tried on two items: an 18″ Halo and a topper (fits on top of my head to create the look of fullness), both in dark brown. I was feeling a need to change, had been contemplating shaving my head and getting a wig but buying these two options would allow me to continue keeping my hair whatever happens and the two pieces together make my hair look very full! After I tried them on, I was hooked and my worry assuaged. (I was also super sick of curling my hair every day, cause my own hair is very fine and thin; doesn’t keep a curl and would not match my previous Halo if I didn’t curl it). These two new Halo’s are straight. Win for me, win for my hair! For right now I’m not shaving my head, I just got hair four inches longer than before!

So if anyone out there is struggling with thinning hair or hair loss due to aging or disease or hormones, please don’t be discouraged. There is a lot you can do these days to address or hide hair loss and it doesn’t have to devastate your life. I know the last few weeks I’ve been kind of freaking out cause I thought my hair loss was changing for the better. Realizing it’s not and that my disease will go back and forth between healing and attack (autoimmune disease) can be discouraging and feel hopeless.

Please if you have any questions for me, let me know. Don’t be overwhelmed by it all.

Fashion Addicted Self Care

Hey friends!

How was your Monday? Glad it’s over??? Me too LOL

Last week I took a values assessment (work related) and I discovered in four values areas: work, relationships, leisure, and personal growth-health that I am lacking in the leisure area. Who knew??

I graded myself two dots away from “bullseye” in work and relationships but then realized I work pretty hard and am dedicated- along with being connected in the vital relationships in my life- so I thought that might be a judgement of myself.

I graded two dots away from bullseye in personal growth/health because of my nasty fall on my bicycle that still gives me a little grief (my knees at times), but I realized I was quite farther off the leisure bullseye so I committed to do several things this week: read for personal enjoyment, scrapbook a couple of pages, load some pictures and articles on my family history site and in those ways find more creativity and relaxation than I have lately.

Guess what books I got….

friends I’m so excited! Devil Wore Prada is one of my favorite movies so I got almost halfway done with the book today! It’s such fun! I loved the comedy, the actors, the lines, and ooh baby- the clothes. I snagged Chasing Harry Winston just because it’s by the same author, I’ll let you know what I think!

I saw Oceans 8 the day it came out and my favorite thing was the clothes. I notice clothes a lot in movies. I’m just a fashion addict doing some self care that doesn’t have anything to do with fashion………LOL

Thanks for reading friends ❀️

Urban Decay Beached How-to

Hello friends!

On this lazy Sunday I thought I would share my morning of experimenting with makeup!

A month or so ago, I got a new palette from Ulta-Urban Decay- Beached compact. It’s some really bright sandy, coral, and turquoise shades. It’s super pretty.

Then about a week ago, I saw an ad on IG for makeup but the colors were similar to my new compact so I thought I would experiment and see what happened.

Here are several videos of the look. Hope you like!

Hair today…?

Hello friends and happy weekend! I hope you’re enjoying wherever you are! Isn’t summer weather wonderful?? (Personally I’m very fond of weekends AND summer)

I had a scary experience on Thursday! I got my hair trimmed 😳! Years ago when I had short hair, I got it trimmed about every 4 weeks. Since I’ve been growing my hair long- I’m kind of afraid 😱 of getting it trimmed!

Now I know what other long haired women go through! It’s such an odd experience!

I haven’t got a trim since January and really want my hair to be healthy and bouncy (as much as possible- I lost a great deal of hair last year when my thyroid medication was off) so my ends are terribly thin but the middle and top are filling out- I wear a Halo Couture to fill in for the hair I’ve lost (at least that’s what my hairdresser says and she’s not typically a liar πŸ˜‚) so I knew it was time for a trim.

After my hairdresser dyed my roots and stuck me to BURN πŸ˜‚ under the dryer, she washed/conditioned/combed my hair getting it ready for trim. I had to look down or to the side for a few minutes as she trimmed (I’ve never had this long of hair since I started seeing her- it feels weird sometimes) but as she finished I realized I had been holding my breath! Worried she would cut off too much! I laughed at myself realizing all of a sudden I was part of the long hair club!

I’ve always heard my friends talk about this phenomenon but never personally experienced it as my hair was always short!

It’s a new day! Milestones and adventures abound I’m telling you! (Pics below of the great color job my stylist did! Love her!)

Lash On

Hello friends!

A couple months ago I accidentally bought (at Ulta) the longest lashes I have ever seen. I thought there was no way I would ever wear them. (There was a special going on- buy one get one 50% off so I thought I got two of the same size as one was behind the other on the hook).

Today after spending hours-seriously hours doing my second unpaid job as a landscaper (really it’s my own yard LOL) I realized I needed to feel elegant after digging in the dirt all day.

So I wore the LONG lashes. Yes I felt elegant. And it’s only a Saturday that I’m spending my time now getting groceries. But what does it matter? I have long lashes and red lipstick- I can do what I want LOL! Happy Saturday friends!

Eyebrow Emergency

Hello Friends!

Happy Friday! Isn’t Friday the most wonderful day?? It’s sort of like Christmas Eve, the day before the best day of the week leading to my favorite days of the week. Friday is usually always a good day πŸ™‚

I had an eyebrow emergency yesterday. I grabbed my eyebrow pencil, Anastasia Brow Whiz and tried to roll up the pencil, but nothing happened and I realized it was empty! NOOOOOOOO…..hence my emergency. There was a little nub that I managed to outline my brows but it was not the same LOL

So after work yesterday I quickly walked to Ulta (from parking lot/car) and found my favorite eye brow pencil.

I’ve learned that my eyebrows are not exactly alike and that’s ok. Someone once told me, “eyebrows are sisters, not twins” and I love remembering that. I’m adding pictures today of before I do my eyebrows, after I do my eyebrows, and then with my hair and lips done. I’ve noticed my right eyebrow has more of an arch and my left eyebrow is more straight, no matter what I do to try and make them the same, they want to do their own thing.Β  I’m exercising acceptance with my eyebrows LOL!

When younger, my eyebrows were thicker and I also did not have rosacea so I didn’t wear heavy foundation (most times I did not wear foundation at all). Now my eyebrows are a little thinner due to age or thyroid disease, I am not sure; so I pencil more in and it seems to also match my dyed hair. I dye my hair (I have a lot of gray) and right now I like my hair this color; I also like the red streaks, it’s fun. Maybe when I’m older, I will let it go gray, I’m not sure yet. I’ve also tried lighter foundations because my skin tone is originally fair, but rosacea has made my face and neck so red that the lighter tones on my face look odd against my dark (red) neck. So I wear a darker foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear) and pencil in my brows so everything kind of matches.

I hope this helps anyone else who suffers from rosacea or age related eye brow thinning.

Thanks for reading Friends and Happy Friday!

Haute for Pink (but does IT REALLY MATTER)

Hello friends!

Some times I have random thoughts such as “do I wear too much pink”? Normally I’m the last one to leave the house in the mornings and it’s even not a question I can ask my husband because he has no opinion on what color I wear LOL

But I have to remember….it is vital to remember IT DOES NOT MATTER! LOL I could wear pink or green or a dress or a skirt and IT DOES NOT MATTER!

I think I could probably wear pink pants, pink shirt, pink jacket, pink shoes with pink bag and earrings and IT STILL WOULD NOT MATTER!

These are my thoughts for the day, when you have those judgmental things pop up in your mind (such as: am I too fat, can someone see this zit, does my hair look funny, am I wearing too much pink, can someone see my wrinkles?)….say to yourself IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT I THINK and then wear what you want, ignore that zit, ignore what the media says you should weigh or ignore judgments about your hair or age or makeup or skin or feet. This will help, I promise.

Just to show it does not matter, I’m attaching photos of the day I thought I wore too much pink…I don’t think my thoughts about that mattered.

National Park Heaven

Hello friends!

On the last day of my special four day weekend hubs and I traveled home through another of Utah’s National Parks- Bryce Canyon National Park. We get to spend time driving home and love to take scenic routes. (Does Utah have more National Parks than any other state??) Utah has Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands (Canyonlands is the only Utah National Park I haven’t visited- I have a special love for my home state National Park-Yellowstone ⭐️)

It’s a casual, comfy, car day and I wore a cute spring outfit (while looking for a hat {never need an excuse to shop} to wear in the sun-from Dressbarn-the blouse has pretty spring colors that I love and the pants are linen which are nice in the hot weather.

I looked up the answer for which state has the most National Parks:

California has the most (nine), followed by Alaska (eight), Utah (five), and Colorado (four). The largest national park is Wrangell–St. Elias in Alaska: at over 8 million acres (32,375 km2), it is larger than each of the nine smallest states. The next three largest parks are also in Alaska.

Summertime

Hello friends!!

How is everyone this fine Saturday?? I’m having a lovely four day weekend with my hubby! We drove to St George Utah for our anniversary and are just hanging out, visiting Zion National Park, went to a concert at Tuacahn (David Archuleta!) and are having a good time 😍

Yesterday before the concert we drove to Zion National Park and hiked a couple trails- (at one point we passed a couple girls taking selfies and one said to the other- “that shows your chubby arms”?? as I walked by them I told her”you do not have chubby arms”!-be positive about your body friends!) seriously people I’m in heaven -it was gorgeous! I’ll add some pictures!

Anyway we got to the concert; before it started we discussed what to do the next day and I want to do more hiking- hubs does not and I ask him “do u want to live”?? At our age (hubs is older than me) we need to keep active so I figure I’m extending and improving his quality of life by making him hike when he would rather sit! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ oh my goodness!

So at Tuacahn we saw David Archuleta and I had so much fun! He really has a beautiful voice; he did some of his new album “Postcards in the Sky” some of his older songs, a medley of “Greatest Show”, a song from Lion King II, “If I Could Only Imagine”-originally by Mercy Me and it was a wonderful concert (thanks to my son Connor for tickets!)

Today we are headed back to Zion, do some more hiking, get some grub, stop and visit family, and then maybe hang out at the pool.

It’s a beautiful morning friends! Have a great weekend!

New Lippie/Reviewing Flower (Brand)

Happy Friday friends!

Wow I know it’s Friday and all but seriously, it’s snowed here in Utah county….and the wind is blowing, it feels arctic! We got about three inches of snow last night and no way it feels like April 13! What happened??

This week I went to Walmart with my good friend Anne because she introduced me to the Flower Brand (Drew Barrymore) and it’s carried at Walmart and Ulta. I decided to go to Walmart cause I just can’t afford an Ulta trip right now (know what I mean??)! LOL

I picked up two different Matte lip glosses and liners and will share pictures of how it looks! I purchased two Miracle Matte Lipcolor and two Petal Pout lipliners and am having so much fun using them. I purchased Merlot Kiss Miracle Matte Lipcolor, which is a deep berry color and Petal Pout lip liner in Violet and that’s what I’m rockin’ today. I’m wearing my burgundy pixie pants from OldNavy, pink striped shirt with ruffled cuffs from Target, WhoWhatWear and tweed jacket also Target, WWW (I figure the striped pink shirt is sort of spring even if it’s snowing and 30degrees outside)

Yesterday I wore a bold print skirt with lace underlay that I love from Target, WhoWhatWear, along with a coral tank (Nordstrom Rack)and tan cardigan (OldNavy) with open toe booties (also Nordstrom Rack-although it was blizzarding yesterday and I wondered if I was crazy wearing a skirt!) I added Miracle Matte Lip in Melon Pop lined with Petal Pout in Fuschia. It’s a bold color but wow I love it!

Try this new brand out and see what you think, I’m having fun already (and it’s not quite the weekend)!