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I’m not ashamed to say I have had countless depressive breakdowns, pre and post natal, been withdrawn from life even at an early age, as young as 5.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.

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

Oh, So Glamorous!

This weekend, I held a Glamour Clinic for my customers/potential customers in my home.

It’s a great reason for me to tidy up my house! haha!

I had my whole (growing) kit laid out for them to check out and see what was new since my last clinic.

I colour-matched foundation, tinted moisturizers, recommended LipSense colours and did some make overs.

 

 

Basically, we sat around playing make up, ate cheese and drank prosecco.

Fun was had by all. I still need to practice applying eyeliner on others. I apparently really suck at it. Who knew it would be so hard?!

I’m in the beginning stages of starting my certification to become a makeup artist through SeneGence.

It’s scary and exciting all at once!

Preparation, procrastination, and more research. I am a master procrastinator. A procraftinator, if you will. I knit or watch make up tutorials (or sports) when I should be tidying/cleaning/washing/unf*^%$ing the house. But I digress.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I have anxiety and ADHD and it can sometimes makes things very overwhelming, hence my need to research and watch and learn all the things so I’m ready to go.

I’ve been researching, as I do, to upgrade my makeup brushes (very soon), which I’m sure I’ll review for y’all, to improve my skills in blending, blending and blending. Did I mention blending?

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Circling back to the Glamour Clinic, I’ll continue to run them, to learn as I go, to teach my customers/models about the products I’m using on them and the techniques I’m using so that they can go home and do it themselves.

Over the next 12 months I need to have completed 58 different techniques on 58 different faces! So, I’ll be calling on you local folk for your help!

Becoming a make up artist is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but lay dormant in my subconscious for a couple of decades. Good lord, that makes me feel old, especially with my birthday this week! But I digress.

Finding your fire again is invigorating; I’m not just a stay at home mum. As my daughters like to call me, I’m ‘the makeup lady’. And I’m very happy with that.

Mermaid Lips

Say hello to my little friend

Cracked, chapped and weather worn lips are the look for this winter.

Wait…that’s not right.

My kids are complaining of dry lips all the time, especially right now as my eldest has the flu, despite being well hydrated. Other reasons you might have dry lips could be due to wax based products drying out your lips.

Or you could be a lip licker…

Wave your dry lips goodbye and helloooo to long lasting nourishment and protection!

This little tube is filled with awesomeness in the form of:

SenePlex Complex, Coconut oil, Cocoa butter, Shea butter, vitamins A and E and more.

lip balm

Your lips will be softened and conditioned and protected from the sun with our natural ingredients like seaweed extract and orchid flower extract.

Apply to clean, dry lips as often as needed, especially at bedtime or before going out into the cold. Also use after polishing your lips with LipSmooth. Leaves you with a matte finish.

You need one in your bag, back pack, bed side and bathroom. Get yours today.

So Much Pink!

I’m in love. Don’t tell my husband!

These colours are LIFE! I went live on my Facebook group page to get ready with a little assistance from my 4 year old haha #mumlife

I just can’t describe how pretty these colours are!!

I can see why Nude Pink LipSense sold out! it’s the perfect nude colour. Topped with Pink Sand Gloss it’s the perfect pair.

And on my eyes I used Candlelight, Pink Posey and topped it off with Shell Glitter to highlight. I have to order more She’ll Glitter since it’s limited edition! It is LIFE!!

If you’ve been hesitant to try ShadowSense, I implore you to try it! Easy to use, easy to blend, buildable colour, water resistant and does not budge once it’s set. And oh so versatile. I’ve lined my eyes with Onyx ShadowSense and used Garnet and Onyx mixed for my brows.

Today I also used the Colour Correcting Tinted Moisturizer over the Brightening Multi-Vitamin Treatment.

For my cheeks I used Chocolate Cherry BlushSense. For my lashes I used UnderSense with LashSense in black.

I’m so happy with how my skin is looking lately! It’s luminous!

You know what you have to do to get great skin 😉