Tuesday, July 1, 2014



I’ve loved makeup my whole life, and have applied it with abandon, probably too much, but I have toned it down in my older years.  That’s not the problem these days, the problem is just getting the correct products on my face.

So yesterday, I’m sitting at my dressing table, I’ve got on my foundation, I’ve got on my eye shadow, getting ready to put my Anastasia Brow Whiz on my fast fading eyebrows, I grab it, start making the short strokes so it doesn’t look like I’ve drawn it on, and holy crap, I grabbed my tight line eye pencil instead and it’s kohl!  So now I have one really black greasy looking eyebrow.

No biggie, I just used my trusty Cetaphil and wiped it off, proceed to fill in my thinning brows with my Anastasia, which is awesome, by the way ($20 at Sephora).  Then I grab my Anastasia Brow Gel to set it in place.  I glide it over my eyebrow, the very same eyebrow that I previously put the black eyeliner on, and holy sh*t, I grabbed the mascara instead of the gel, and have now smeared that all over my eyebrow.  It was actually comical, but that waterproof mascara didn’t come off so easily, and by the time I got it off, my brow was really red.

I just can’t win, maybe it’s time to give it up.  Nah, that would be even worse, Jan + no makeup = scary looking old(er) woman.

Oh, and one other thing.  For the past couple of months one side of my face has been red and splotchy with occasional eruptions.  Don’t you love that word, eruptions, sounds so much better than zits at sixty-four.  But anyway, it waxed and waned, it would start to get better, then come back with a vengeance.  It was so bad that I asked my doctor for an antibiotic script, thinking maybe I had some kind of weird in one spot bacterial infection going on.  Well, that antibiotic didn’t help a bit, I was at wits end, getting ready to call the dermatologist and brace myself for a very spendy visit when I started Googling.

I read that dairy and yogurt causes some people to breakout, too many hormones.  I’ve been in a greek yogurt making frenzy, lately, even though I’m using milk that is “supposedly” hormone free, and I’ve also been eating a lot of cheese, and have for the past year ever since I started my low carb lifestyle.  My friend, Ang, kept telling me that I was eating too much dairy, but did I listen, oh noooooo, I just kept on sucking it down.   So a week ago it all came to a standstill, I quit cold turkey, no dairy at all in any form except for a splash of half and half in my morning coffee.

And???  My face is totally clearing up, and I feel better, lots better physically.  I had been lethargic, napping, not feeling well, but the past week none of that, I just feel better, period.  So I’m thinking that maybe Ang was right and it was the dairy, maybe the allergic reaction wasn’t just on my face but inside my body as well. Ya think?  

So life is pretty good today, now let’s just hope one of my eyebrows doesn’t fall out from all the different products I put on it and scrubbed off.  Geezy Pete, how stooopid!!!!!!


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