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A FOTD & NOTD for Breast Cancer Awareness

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You may have seen some other of my lovely blogger friends’ FOTDs for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’ve all joined forces to raise awareness for the importance of self-exams by doing pink makeup looks. Keep an eye out for more posts like this from some other gorgeous ladies, and a wrap-up post at the end of the month so you can make sure you see everyone’s looks!

Breast cancer is something I’ve been acquainted with. My aunt lost a very long battle with it over 10 years ago. I have difficulty recalling a time when my aunt wasn’t sick. She was a fighter, and lived her short life to the fullest, but I know how hard it was for her to fight through to be a good mom to my cousins. She also managed to be a wonderful aunt, sister, and daughter to the rest of us, and I will never forget her smile, her laugh, and her endless capacity to love and care for us.

One of my most vivid memories of her occurred one holiday at my grandparents’ house. My aunt and cousins were living there at the time and my aunt was too weak to leave her bed to join the festivities. I was in ballet at the time and had been trying my best to perfect my fouette turns. I was practicing alone while my family celebrated whatever holiday we had gathered for and became frustrated that I couldn’t get the turns down. I began to cry, and was amazed to see my aunt come to comfort me. She could hardly get out of bed, yet there she was asking me what was wrong and reassuring me that my hard work would pay off. Knowing that she believed in me made all the difference, and I eventually did perfect my fouettes.

Losing her was one of the most difficult things I’ve experienced in my life. Not only did I have to be without my beloved aunt, I also had to watch my father lose his best friend, my cousins lose their mom, and my grandparents lose their daughter. It was far too soon for any of us to be without her.

This is why it is so important for all of us to be vigilant with our monthly self-exams. We mean so much to so many people, and we owe it to those we love to take care of ourselves for them. There are a lot of diseases that cannot be treated, and those that can’t be easily detected, so why wouldn’t you at least do your very best to try to catch the treatable and detectable ones as soon as possible? Ten minutes a month isn’t such a big commitment to make when you consider all of the healthy years you could spend with your loved ones.

And now without further ado, here is my look. I wanted it to be bright and happy, and I think my aunt would have loved the whimsy of it. It’s a little more over the top than I usually go with all the pink, but I was going for bright pops of color and bits of shimmer. For my nails I wanted to do something unexpected instead of just all pink. So I only put pink on my ring fingers and then added Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven to all of my nails for a touch of pink in the glitter. =)

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Face:
  • Garnier Anti-Dark Circle and Anti-Puff eye rollers
  • Origins VitaZing moisturizer
  • Revlon ColorStay concealer in Light
  • Covergirl NatureLuxe Liquid Silk foundation in 310 Flax
  • Maybelline Dream Matte powder in Sand
Cheeks:
  • Sleek Face Contour Kit in 884 Light – bronzer side to contour
  • MAC MSF in Lightscapade – highlighter
  • Sleek blush in 889 Santorini – on apples of the cheeks
Eyes:
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Trio in Walking on Eggshells – eyelid shade on lid, browbone shade to highlight the inner corner, brow bone, and under the outer third of the bottom lash line
  • Urban Decay Rollergirl palette – Woodstock in crease, on outer third of the lid, and used wet to line the upper and lower lash line.
  • MAC Espresso eyeshadow – to fill in brows
  • L’Oreal Telescopic mascara in Carbon
  • Fresh Firebird and Supernova mascaras
Lips:
  • NARS lipgloss in Angelika
Cheek view so you can check out Santorini blush in action. It's applied VERY lightly. This blush is intense!
Cheek view so you can check out Santorini blush in action. It’s applied VERY lightly. This blush is intense!

 

Wearing GOBS of mascara because I was too lazy to bother with falsies.  This is 4 coats of mascara! 2 coats of L'Oreal Telescopic and a coat each of Fresh Firebird and Supernova.
Wearing GOBS of mascara because I was too lazy to bother with falsies.
This is 4 coats of mascara! 2 coats of L’Oreal Telescopic and a coat each of Fresh Firebird and Supernova.

 

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Nails:

  • Essie Marshmallow – on all but my ring fingers
  • Julep Reese – on ring fingers
  • Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven

About Kayla

A small-town girl with an itty bitty wild side. I love makeup, fashion, travel, movies, hiking, coffee, and my Kindle.

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