Let’s Get Social

Author: kcfx

Summer is coming!

Summer is coming!

Summer nights are looming! This is a great time to grab everything you need for weekends away, festivals, weddings and holidays away! Lash masks are perfect for those cat naps on flights and won’t interfere with your lashes or make up due to their concave […]

New Products Coming soon!!

New Products Coming soon!!

Newlookfx is launching new products very soon, Branded lashes are coming your way! To help me understand my clienteles wants and needs please let me know what is YOUR favourite lash style? Natural Full on volume Colourful Glittery Corner cat eye flick Not only will […]

Cost effective Beauty Must Haves

Cost effective Beauty Must Haves

There are so many different beauty treatments available these days to mask imperfections and change the way we look. I personally prefer to highlight my clients’ natural beauty rather than cover it up! There are a few make up items I never leave home without!

My ‘’just in case kit’’ includes:

Catrice concealer and correction kit
Sleek creamy blush set
Black kohl pencil liner
Elizabeth Arden 8-hour lip balm
L’Oréal telescopic mascara

The concealer palette contains five different color squares, three skin tone colors in different shades, one pink, and one green. These even out small skin irregularities and conceal blemishes. The pink disguises dark under eye circles and warms up the skin while green is perfect for eliminating red blemished or patchy skin tones. These can be used before or after foundation to create a seamless look.

Sleek creamy blush is great on mature or dry skin, if you are prone to and oily skin type its beat to go for their powder range but the creamy set does contain three shades of blush, one of which can double as a highlighter. It can also be used as a lip color for a natural, subtle look.

Black soft kohl eyeliner pencil is really great for use on the top and bottom waterline and for getting right in at the root of the lash line to create density! I also use this at Halloween to draw on a few spiders etc. and use as a lip liner that time of year

Elizabeth Arden 8-hour lip balm is amazing!!! I use it every day to moisturize my lips, brush through my brows to keep them in place and even to hold glitter eyeshadow on sometimes! I could not go anywhere without my lip balm! It only takes a tiny smudge of it to keep lips soft and supple.

Finally the crème de la crème of mascaras ….. L’Oréal telescopic (not the waterproof one) I wear this everyday as it lasts and lasts and gives my lashes the fullness and real jet back look I want from a mascara, the silicone mascara wand also grabs every single eyelash! It is pricey but if you save it as your ‘’going out mascara’’ you won’t regret it!

Hot Weather – Dry Skin!

Hot Weather – Dry Skin!

Has the heatwave got your skin parched?! Mine too! so a friend recommended I try out some VERY affordable body moisturiser known as ”Aveeno!” Obviously to keep skin hydrated it is important to drinks lots and lots of water and of course diet comes into […]

Magnetic Lashes

Magnetic Lashes

Are you searching for time saving solutions for looking fab on a night out! Eyelash extensions are wonderful but if you’re caught between refills why not try out magnetic lashes?? They are the way to go! Reusable, NO messy Glue, NO residue left behind! Just […]

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

As some of you may or may not know I myself was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis 2 years ago, It occurred around my 31st birthday, ( Happy freakin birthday!) Since then I have still been coming to terms with it. Trying to ‘’Live with Arthritis’’ as there is no known cure.
You may think that Arthritis is just for ‘’older people’’ but children as young as 2 yrs of age can actually get it.

In this blog I just want to let you in on my story in case you have similar symptoms and maybe need to get checked.

It started one morning as I got out of bed my feet were in excruciating pain and I simply collapsed back into bed. I had just taken on the salon business so I was under a lot of pressure and didn’t need something like this inhibiting my day to day life!

When I went to the doctor he told me to get physio done so told me to go see a podiatrist which I did at huge personal expense for 6 weeks. The pain was there but easing off and appeared to be migrating to my wrists and hand????!!! Symptoms I noticed were a dull ache – kind of like that pain when you fall directly on your knee as a kid and its so painful the first few seconds! and you cry and cry! Except that first few seconds never stops……..It was in my wrists, fatigue (nothing to be sneezed at) irritability, extreme pain all over, mood swings, constant feeling of weakness, strength depletion.

She was on the ball and after a few questions regarding my sleep pattern, tiredness levels, pain level and general mood she had an idea that there was an underlying problem.

The podiatrist recommended I get my bloods checked for ‘’my CRP levels and Rheumatoid factor’’ I’m like ‘’what the F#*k is that!? But ehhh ok sure ill go get bloods done.
The pain was getting worse each day with my body weakening and not being able to do simply tasks such as light housework and chopping of veg, lifting the coal bucket, opening a bottle of water. This really freaked me out! I had a business to run , a brand new one at that!

Within 2 days of the GP taking my bloods my pain became unbearable, I couldn’t wash or dry my hair or tie my hair with a bobbin, it hurt my fingers and wrists too much. I couldn’t get dressed without screeching in agony and therefore had to choose easier items of clothing , no jeans no more! I had to get to the Doc to obtain pain relief so he gave me steroids to cope until we received my bloodwork.

I dunno if you’ve ever been prescribed steroids? But oh my GOD they’re amazing! They reduce inflammation, give you extra energy and basically make you feel like superwoman! BUT they are also highly addictive so long stints on them is not recommended so I knew I wouldn’t have these badboys for long!

Within 2 weeks I was seen at the hospital by referral from my Doc after getting my bloods back which showed extremely high inflammatory levels – crp (9 C reactive Protein) who stated that I was an ‘’Emergency case’’
My Anti CCP levels ( as I loosely understand it) should be below 20 and mine were at 95 so this was serious!!!!

‘’Another test which is ordered when rheumatoid arthritis is suspected is the anticyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP). The normal level of anti-CCP is less than 20 u/ml. A level above 20 suggests the possibility of RA’’

I went to see the ‘’bone and joint unit’’ for my appointment at St. Vincent’s hospital Dublin. This is where I was basically handed my diagnosis and put on my first meds. The Doctor was pretty black and white and just wanted to give me my prescription. I just sat there in shock ……
A rheumatoid nurse then came in to do all the explaining for me and help me get an understanding of what just happened! It went a bit like this –

Nurse: ‘’ ok so you have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s a life long illness, its not curable but it can be manageable on the right meds. This means your Immune system is attacking your healthy cells thinking that they are an invasion and the swelling and pain is because of this’’

Me: ‘’My immune system sounds like an as$&Ole ! Why though? Why is this happening?’’

Nurse: ‘’We don’t know we are still working on this, there is lots of research around the cases of Arthritis and there are many different types and strains’’

Me: Right … (tears)… will I be able to work? And do all the things I normally do?’’

Nurse: ‘’You may have to change a lot of things in your life, you should really reduce your work hours, is there anyone who could take over for you? You need to rest. I know this is a lot to take in’’

Me: ‘’Im self employed its my biz, I cant afford to hire anyone right now or take time off! I need to work! What the hell am I gonna do!? I have bills to pay’’

Nurse: ‘’You can take the steroids prescribed until the medicine kicks in and starts to work but be aware the medicine is an ‘’immune suppresent’’ so you will need ot be careful around sick people and public places as you will be prone to catching things very easily as you won’t have an immune system support.’’

Me: ‘’ How long will I need to take medicine?’’

Nurse: ‘’ For the rest of your life’’

Me: ’’So I’m f$cked then!?….’’

I left the appointment feeling like my life was over, like … (It was very upsetting and hard to get my head around ) I’m sick now im just skidding to an early grave, what can I contribute to society now?! I’ll never be a ‘’normal 31 yr old’’ The reality was and still is that :
I can’t do yoga cos it hurts to hold myself up, I can’t go abseiling cos I can’t hold my own weight, I can’t go back to horse riding or play the guitar because it puts too much strain on my joints particularly fingers, I can’t hold open a heavy door for someone out of politeness, or lift a heavy suitcase or box, I can’t do copius amounts of housework or make all the dinners I used to that involve heavy lifting of full pots of boiling liquid or involve lots of whisking’’
I now take 10 tablets called methatrexate once per week and a large 125mg injection which makes me feel physically ill like throwing up everytime i take it. The pills I take are also used to fight cancer it is said and they can really mess up your liver. It is advised to wash your hands after taking them and do not allow childen or pets to come into contact with them as ”THEY ARE POISONOUS” hmmm… right so why a i putting them in my mouth again? lol

I don’t want to stop working, im not gonna!!! Ill manage, ill push through it, cant let this crap beat me! Maybe there are ways around these things or different things I can try.I look grand no one will believe me. This illness has made me feel useless and weak…. And I don’t like that! So I will NOT be accepting that!

So the moral of the story is not all illnesses are visible , please don’t make snap judgements on anyone who parks in the disabled space , they may have the right but look physically able bodied. They may be ‘’having a good day on their meds’’ Don’t think that ‘’ Arthritis’’ is just achy bones, everyone gets it anything like that. It is debilitating illness and can make you feel very down and lead to depression also. I know there are many life long illnesses out there and I thank my lucky stars that there is any manageability in this one but early diagnosis is so incredibly important so you better CHECK YOSELF!

One thing though – even though this IS a life long illness, it is NOT on the life long illness list? How can this be???? Hmmm???
There is very little awareness about Arthritis and that’s what I plan to raise going forward. If you have concerns go get checked and don’t just fob it off as ‘’ ah its just a little ache ill be grand’’

A great support and resource is the Arthritis Ireland website and their facebook page for people diagnosed, check it out :

Arthritis Ireland Facebook page

Festival time

Festival time

Festival goers! The latest trends in make up are so much fun! Everyone should be messing around with crazy make up and Glitter galore! One way to spice up your festival look is to use ‘’Glitter lips!’’ they can be purchased right here on my […]

Summertime is here!! Thinking of Going to work abroad?!

Summertime is here!! Thinking of Going to work abroad?!

Summertime is here! Thinking of working abroad?!! A few yrs back ( 10 to be exact) I Left Ireland because I was bored… bored of the rain and the same old routine. I decided to take a job I found on: www.justlanded.com FYI a great […]

Special Mother’s day offer!!!!!

Special Mother’s day offer!!!!!

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and we have an offer for you!
There will be 20% off all full sets of lashes from March 5th until March 16th!

Grab this special lash offer while you can! You can also opt for a gift voucher for your number one lady to show your love and gratitude with a pick me up treat for her.

Book your appointment on 0876700872, contact us on facebook or purchase a gift voucher online at www.newlookfx.com

What’s your style?

What’s your style?

New to eyelash extensions? Nervous about getting them done? Have a lot of questions? We all have different tastes/ personality types and styles! You choose clothes to suit you as an individual so why should eyelash extensions be any different?! At Newlookfx we style your […]