Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My RA Makeup Bag – Or How I Try And Look Good Even When I Don’t Feel Good

Every now and then I like to do somewhat of a more light-hearted or frivolous post that is still related to living with chronic illness.  Therefore, I have decided to share with you my makeup bag, and some RA-friendly products that I use.  

I have recently discovered that no matter how bad I feel, if I can do something to pep up my face a little bit, I end up feeling better.  Whether this actually works or is a placebo effect really does not matter.  But taking a small amount of time, literally two minutes, can make a huge difference.    

This is MAC's Miley Cyrus Viva Glam lipstick and lip gloss duo.

When this came out, I went online and ordered it without ever trying it on.  While it is bright, it seems to me to be almost universally flattering.  All you have to do is apply and go.  And because this is a little out there, you don't really need to do anything else to your face.  It is also pretty long-wearing, which is also a plus.

On days when I do not feel in channeling Miley, at the very least, I like to throw on some mascara that adds volume and length, and opens up the eyes.,

This is BareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation in fairly light.

In terms of foundation, for fancy occasions I use a liquid foundation that provides more coverage.  But on a daily basis, if I want to look a bit more put together, I use BareMinerals. 

BareMinerals is known for its loose powder foundation.  The powder stuff gets all over everything and drives me crazy, so I opt for the pressed powder kind which is much cleaner to use.

Remember, SPF is super important!  And I pretty much hate sunscreen, so I love products that have the SPF built right in.  One less step and one less mess.  

Dry shampoo is a great way to freshen up your hair without having to wash it.  I end up using it more often than I care to admit, but for those days when it is difficult to lift your arms above your head to wash your hair, this is a must!  

Oddly, I feel like I finally have more self-confidence and higher self-esteem than I did when I was not sick.  It is all about owning it and working with what you have.

Sorry guys that this post has turned super girly, but it is what it is. 


  1. Grrrly is good, L! Thanks for sharing your makeup and hair product ideas. I only use makeup for special occasions myself, and these days, I can't wear mascara at all. Seems like all the brands irritate my eyes and leave me with two red holes surrounded by dark spikes--not a good look. I'm going to check into the dry shampoo you're using, though. Haven't used it since I was a teenager (no, I'm not telling how long ago that was!), and I'm sure it's much improved since then.

    Hang in there, friend. Looking good often DOES equal feeling good. :o)

    1. Wren, I have the same problem with eyeliner as you have with mascara. The last time I used it, my eyelids swelled up. Talk about a bad look! I feel like dry shampoo is really back in lately, so why not?

  2. Hey Leslie,
    I love dry shampoo too! It totally helps bridge the gap when you're too tired for hair washing. I use some form LUSH that I love.

    1. I know people love LUSH products. I will have to check it out!