No Shame

Gorgeous cherry trees in full blossom

September is upon us. Spring, colour, fresh air, sunshine and new beginnings.

It’s a month that brings hope to those who have struggled to survive the winter.

I used to really feel that struggle. My mental health would seriously nosedive in winter and I would be craving the warm air and sunshine on my skin to lift me up.

I know there are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of women out there in Australia that feel this too, but don’t seek help.

Whether its seasonal or lifelong, women’s mental health is something that needs to be taken very seriously.

There’s no elixir, smoothie, diet or juice cleanse that’s going to be a cure all.

It’s something that needs a team of medical professionals, a community, a tribe to support the individual.

I know this first hand.

I’m not ashamed to say I have had countless depressive breakdowns, pre and post natal, been withdrawn from life even at an early age, as young as 5. For so many years I was too anxious and ashamed to ask for help of any kind. From an early age I developed coping mechanisms, like many do, but it wasn’t enough. I was looked upon as lazy and I actually believed it. At 24 years of age, I finally went to my then doctor, he asked me some questions and concluded I had clinical depression.

So I took some anti-depressants, read many self help books, changed my perspective on life, sought help from psychologists but that still wasn’t enough to help me. Something still wasn’t right. Things started getting worse but managed to keep it together. I had to. Especially after I had my babies.

It wasn’t until 2 years ago, at 36, when I had my last major depressive episode, that I finally sought the help of a psychiatrist. I was correctly diagnosed with having bipolar 2, anxiety and ADHD.

What a trifecta! This means that, without help, I suffer from major depressive episodes and hypomania. Anxiety untreated, for example, renders me paralysed at my front door, unable to leave the house. And left feeling so overwhelmed, disorganised and defeated everyday that I couldn’t meet the goals I set myself or demands from everyday life because of ADHD.

It all clicked. It all made sense now. At last I had answers. Hallelujah!

I am on a careful cocktail of medications that work for me and I’m closely monitored by my psychiatrist and family doctor. I have my tribes of women (and a few men) I am close to and supported by. I have my business that I love and get excited for everyday as I learn and grow. I have my family that support me and I live for.

So why did I just tell you all that? Because I should be able to without shame. Without stigma.

We need to be able to talk openly about our mental health as openly as  we do about diabetes or heart disease.

Too many generations of girls and women have suffered in silence and been mistreated and this needs to end.

This September, I’m raising awareness and money for women’s mental health through Liptember. It’s a campaign to educate the community and raise funds for research and support programs towards women’s mental health.

If you wish to, you can donate here to help me reach my goal.

I will also be donating 10% of all LipSense product sales made during September. You can view the range of products here. Or you can message me directly here to order or if you have any enquiries about the products.

Please share my story with others if you think it would help them in anyway, or if anyone wants to reach out to me to talk, I’m always available for a chat.

Moisture On High

You know that feeling when you drive half an hour to a retailer, only to find out that the sale item you wanted was sold just minutes before you got there? Yeah, that. For a makeup brush cleanser I really wanted because of the sale #firstworldmakeupproblems Oh, well. I placed an order online for it and still get the discount, so all is not lost. Now, I just have to wait for it.

But I digress.

Continuing skincare appreciation month, I want to share with you all the ultimate in hydration; Climate Control. There’s a lot of science at work here and for good reason too. Suited to all skin types, especially very dry and sensitive skin, it will take you to new heights of moisture. Is that even a thing? Well, it is now!

 

watermarkCC

This anti-ageing moisturizer, not only contains the amazing SenePlex Complex, but also SelPlex. It contains the very best of ingredients to make your skin moister (what a word, moister), with a blend of herbal oils and vitamins to soothe the skin and also increase moisture. It also contains Sodium Hyaluronate to protect against moisture loss.

This makes it the perfect treatment for people experiencing a heating sensation in their skin from dryness or sensitivities such as rosacea, eczema, or dermatitis, it even alleviates sunburn symptoms.

Apply it anywhere on your face and body that needs an extra boost of moisture. As moisture spreads, so too, does the SenePlex Complex. The herbal oil extracts soothe irritations of the skin as the moisturizer relieves the dryness.

Use twice daily, followed by your DayTime moisturizer in the morning and Evening moisturizer at night in order to seal in the hydrating goodness. Simply shake vigorously to activate the ingredients (you only need to do this once), and spray into your hand a few times, then massage all over your face, eyes, and throat.

Beautiful skin is a reality, and I cannot recommend Climate Control enough to people! Add it to you daily SeneGence regimen and invest in your skin.

I don’t like to name favourites, but…

It’s been a busy weekend so far, as I attended a SeneBlends training session and did a makeover for a fellow SeneSister and she was very happy with the result! So was I! I colour matched her foundation to the right shade.

I’ve got another makeover/pamper session lined up this week for a momma who needs a break. I love can I can offer these to my friends and their friends and family and so on. It’s such great practice for me.

I’m feeling inspired to share with you one of my favourite skin care products, just don’t tell the other products; they get jealous easily.

I have talked about it before but I love love love the Facial Resurfacer.

facial resurfacer

It gives me the feeling of new skin every time I use it, as it sloughs away the dead skin sitting on my skin.

The SenePlex Complex in this product helps bring new plump skin cells to the surface 23% faster than going it alone. As you layer the SenePlex Complex, the better your skin will become; more plump, smoother and more luminous.

I use the resurfacer twice a week and no more than that as you don’t want to damage or thin out your skin.

The benefits of removing the dead skin cells, allows treatments and moisturizers penetrate your skin a lot faster and deeper, and get to work faster without all that crustiness in the way.

I highly recommend this for oily or acne prone skin (like mine), but all skin types can use this.

On a damp clean face, apply a pinky nail sized amount (smaller than a pea) to your face and in gentle, small, circular motions massage around your face, neck, and décolletage. I do this for about a minute or 2, then rinse off. Follow with your treatments and moisturizer.

This is going to give you a smooth base for your Colour Correcting Tinted Moisturizer and for your Foundation.

So go forth and get exfoliating! I’m going to clean the oven now. Oh! What a glamorous life I lead!

 

No Makeup Makeup

Huzzah! My first video uploaded to YouTube. I’m a bit excited to post this as I’ve got grand plans for more tutorial videos in the future.

Don’t you just love my background?

Happy viewing!

Full list of products used:

  • Green Colour Correcting concealer
  • Colour Correcting Tinted Moisturizer in medium mixed with Pearlizer
  • Tan MakeSense Foundation
  • Light Colour Correcting concealer
  • Coffee and Cafe Au Lait MakeSense Foundation for contour
  • Chocolate Cherry BlushSense
  • Pearlizer as highlighter
  • Garnet and Onyx ShadowSense mixed for brows
  • Candlelight ShadowSense
  • Mulberry ShadowSense
  • Pink Posey ShadowSense
  • LashSense With UnderSense
  • Nude Pink LipSense with Pink Sand Gloss