Getting a Face Tattoo

Lol, kind of. I’ll get to that in a minute.

One of the things I’m always trying to do is simplify my life. When it comes to beauty, as much as I love it, I need it to be as simple and fast as possible, otherwise I can’t justify it, and then I look like crabs, and I feel even worse. It’s a rotten cycle. When you have a chronic illness, you really have to prioritise things, eg: should I do my makeup, or have a shower? Can’t do both. Should I cook dinner, or do my assignment? Choose one.

So it follows that getting my sparse eyebrows, traumatised after years of over-waxing and experimentation, as well as hormonal insanity, tattooed, would go a long way towards helping me put that energy towards more important things.

Enter cosmeticfx – this is not a sponsored post, by the way.

I heard about them through Insta, and one of my friends had gotten her brows done by them and couldn’t recommend them enough! From the time I first started checking them out, it seems they’ve been really successful, as I had to make an appointment a few months in advance (which is also good, because it gave me time to save up, too!).

The actual process itself didn’t take too long, but overall it was about 2 hours – most of that time taken up with photos and measuring out the exact specifications for my new brows, which I really appreciate. It would be awful if someone just went ahead without looking at every angle, and being a perfectionist, I would have started to pick out flaws after a while. Narelle, my technician, is a fellow perfectionist, however, and I’m super happy!

Painwise, I could feel a couple scratches on one part at first, but soon I felt nothing. The only thing was the noise – it was literally like someone scratching in gravel! Such a strange feeling, but fine, really. I actually almost fell asleep.

The process is that you go get it done, they take some before and after photos and apply numbing cream, then you have to swipe over it with a wet cotton bud and some Bepanthen 3 times a day until it heals. After 6 weeks, there’s a follow up where they go over any bits that haven’t taken or have faded, for free! Mine healed within a week, and the super dark stage only lasted one day. So good!

I didn’t even realise they’d put these up on the @cosmeticfx insta until my friend messaged me all excited that I’d done it.

My eyes are super sensitive to light and any dust or touching, so you can see they’re a little red, but meh.  What the heck though, how insane are the brows! The difference…oh my gosh. Look at those fuzzy twirlers beforehand – they weren’t even real eyebrows! Just wispy feathers. Now I can actually go out without having done anything except BB cream if I want to. I swear, if I didn’t have to wear makeup, I….well, I probably still would, because it’s fun. But I’d bare my face in public a lot more, that’s for sure.

After having my touch-up done, I can honestly say it was one of the best investments I’ve made. If you’re able to and actually like the outcome, I would highly recommend it to my fellow sick girls or guys, because it saves so much time and effort, especially when you’re having a bad day. I can literally wake up and feel at least semi-decent when I’m having a flare, rather than feeling even more overwhelmed like how I was, feeling like not only do I at least have to put on BB cream, but I need to draw my eyebrows on perfectly and symmetrically. To a normal person, that sounds pretty pathetic, I know! But some days you have to get up and go out when even your prescription medication doesn’t even make a dent in your pain levels, so every little last bit to think of needs to be metered out.  It was a drain that is now unnecessary, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

This is how it all looks now, after the touch-up, with and without makeup (during a flare that reflected in my skin)

If you’re interested in getting your brows done, CosmetixFx is at 190 Varsity Parade in Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast, and their brows are $699 including the touch-up, which you can pay by Zippay or payment plan, too! Super convenient. Thank you Narelle!!

xo Lo

Shingles, Puppies & More

Hello everyone. I started writing this post last week, but to say things got in the way would be an understatement. My fiancé is dealing with the remnants of shingles, which has meant the loss of his arm, as it’s too painful to use it (where the outbreak mainly occurred). So, I’ve been picking up the slack, in as much as possible. In fact, the small amount I have been able to do; cook, wash dishes and laundry, drive, has been too much, apparently, and my body is crashing. Hard.

I went to my wonder physio and she confirmed that the crunch that had started under my knee was tendinopathy from all the physical stress of moving to an apartment up four flights of stairs without any movers. She asked how my back was, seeming to expect my reply telling her that it was cramping up all the time like crazy, and to make matters short, it’s due to my hips, which I can testify feel like they’re sliding all over the place when I attempt to walk down stairs (because walk wouldn’t really be the word…more like wobble from side to side and skip-drop down each step while holding onto the wall for dear life). Anyway, as always, it’s a domino effect and my hands and wrists are pinging like crazy, from the seizing up in my shoulders I suppose, and lack of muscle strength all over.

In the case of EDS, hypermobile at least, it turns out that muscles atrophy much faster than the normal person. For example, if I don’t do my exercises every single day, and at the very least, every other day, it’s almost as if my muscles melt, whereas it would usually take several weeks for other people. This is particularly true for me in my inner quads. They’re weak to begin with, as the outer quads ‘take over’ and pull my kneecaps to the side of their too-shallow sockets, hence all my knee problems and dislocations.

So, all of this has led to a pretty crummy outlook for me, at the moment. I know I’ll be back up and annoying Boh soon, but when I’m so exhausted and in pain that I can barely get a word out, it feels like the future doesn’t look so bright. I’ve had to say goodbye to my hour-long (low intensity) stationary bike rides, which I quite enjoy, and goodbye to any physio, apart from 5 mini squats, twice a day, which is endlessly frustrating, because I felt that things were finally starting to seem doable. That I was without so much pain, according to the physio though, was dangerous, as what I would consider discomfort is considerable pain for most people, but since I’ve had such a long and difficult recovery from surgery, I’ve gotten used to daily pain. Now that it’s lessening, it’s easy to overdo it with exercise or physical activity in general like walking or cleaning, because I’ve basically forgotten what it’s like not to feel pain for every movement. Hence the tendinopathy.

Anyway, I thought I should update and get it all out here. I haven’t been sleeping very well and have started having my long vivid dreams again, where I’m conscious and don’t feel fully asleep the whole night, so I’m very tired and honestly, probably a bit snappy at the moment. I also have to sort out food, since it’s still touch and go on what affects me and how, especially now I can’t exercise. So there’s a lot to think about constantly, and manage. But! Have computer, will write, albeit through a fog of fatigue and crabbiness.

If you’re still reading through my update of complaints, I appreciate it. Really, thank you, dear reader. I will try to finish some other posts that are actually of substance as soon as I can.

Reward(?) for reading my crabcakes. My pup turned 2 the other day! Here he is looking like that awkward seal meme in his $2 birthday top hat, only posing because I was holding puppy icecream

As ever,

Love Lo xo