Going through cancer treatment is probably one of the most challenging experiences. Besides the fight for your life there are also the little things that become so apparent especially once you’re coming to the end of the treatment. I definitely understand that journey and one of the so called little things that sorta plagued me was losing my hair and being swollen from taking steroids along with my other medicines.
Directly after treatment I would look in the mirror and, honestly, feel a little disgusted. I did not look like myself. When I first started this whole process in December 2013 I learned about a program for female cancer patients called Look Good, Feel Better. Once my treatment ended*, so to speak, I signed up for the two-hour complimentary class that’s available nationwide
During the class, led by Jane (a volunteer beauty professional), we – myself and two other women – learned how to cope with appearance changes as a result of our treatments. We learned tips for skin care, makeup application, wig styling and a trick with a cotton t-shirt to fashion a turban.
We each walked away with a Look Good Feel Better beauty bag filled with donated products from Workshop Category Champion companies as well as companies who donated individual products. A few of the companies are Coty, OPI, Sally Beauty, Estee Lauder, Amway, Lancôme, L’Oreal Inc., Elizabeth Arden, Avon Products and quite a few others. We also received a nice booklet with step-by-step instructions to help us – women with cancer – to look good and feel better.
Now I know you’re anxious to see the end results of my makeover. I must say I’m very pleased with how everything turned out and continue to use most of the tips and techniques that Jane taught us.
I like how I look without makeup. My skin is fairly good and I’m relatively wrinkle free so without makeup I’m pretty satisfied. With makeup I’m a rock star! I like how Jane made the wig look a little more natural and I love the lip color; it’s Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Sangria. It really works. When I first tried lip stain and sealant years ago my lips would feel tight and dry even with the balm on. With the Smashbox stain and balm my lips feel great. The balm is tinted so if you just want to wear that without the stain then you’ll be good to go.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to attend this class. It has given me more confidence and some beauty tips that I’m grateful for. Now I’m off, lip stain and balm in place, to show off the new me. I’m definitely looking good and feeling better. I’ll come back soon and show you how to make the cute turban out of a cotton t-shirt.
Have you taken any classes, workshops or demonstrations lately? Share in the comments.