Getting an unexpected diagnosis: the one about colourblindness

There I was. Shocked. Feeling a bit robbed. Questioning myself. How could I not know? The mind plays tricks on us.

I thought I was red/ green colourblind. Turns out I don’t see any colours.

I have achromatopsia (or some sort of incomplete achromatopsia).

I am what is known as colourblind. Literally. So, I don’t just mix up my colours. I actually don’t even see them! Or do I?

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Colour is perception. Light, rays, rods and cones all join in to send a message to the brain. The brain then ‘sees’ the light/ colour. That is my simplistic explanation. A bunch of people see the same colour and give it a name…..

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But now I know that what I thought was colour, was probably a tone or a texture, an illumination. My images are shades of grey, white, and black with an occasional dash of pink (or something….or nothing….).

How could I not know? What games was my mind playing on me?

I have all the symptoms of an achromat

Nystagmus (wobbly iris)

Myopia

Photophobic/ photosensitive (I squint a lot and wear my sunnies all day long, even when there are clouds)

How I found out

I was so excited on Saturday. I was going to try these glasses that claimed to restore colour vision. You would put on the glasses and see colours. Of course, these glasses do not work on everyone (I was warned). I wanted to try them. But first, they needed to determine what type of coulourblindness I had. I did the tests and got the diagnosis.

Achromatopsia

Very rare (2000 people in the UK).

So, what do I do with this information?

I am still the same person.

That is what everyone is telling me.

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You see colours your way.

That is what people tell me.

You still see the way you saw.

That is what everyone is telling me.

But I don’t. I don’t know what I see. I want to know what I can see. Still coming to terms with this. I have to adjust to a new normal. Was what I thought was pink or purple actually grey? Is everything grey? I am confused. Still confused.

Two days later.

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Face Oils: my new love

Hi lovelies,

We all like our skin to be nice and soft, don’t we? The older you get though, the harder it is. The T word starts to be part of your vocabulary when you go to Boots (T word aka Texture). Today I will focus on a skincare product I started using and fell in looooooooove with.
Facial Oils

During Christmas I bought the M&S advent calendar. In it there was a small facial oil. It is called.

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil, 30ml

I chucked it in my skincare stash and just forgot all about it. A couple of weeks ago I had a look at that stash and saw the facial oil again.

I first asked myself,
Do I need a face oil?
The answer is,
Yes!

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Why?

  • Face oils are very beneficial for you skin.
  • They hydrate and nourish your skin, even if you have oily skin. They actually boost your moisturiser.
  • Oils help you have a healthy glow
  • They help make the application of your foundation smoother. If you have dry patches, your foundation may stick to them. When you apply an oil, those dry patches become softer, making your skin softer and smoother.
  • Oils also act as a barrier against harmful pollutants. An oil is one more layer of protection!

Application

Put it between your palms, warm it up, and then apply all over your face. It is better to use it under your other products. It should be your first layer. You should do this morning and night.

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How does it feel?

It does not feel greasy. It leaves your skin nice and soft. It does not sting. It makes dry patches vanish and it smells nice (light rose scent which is not really noticeable).
I have the mini and I will definitely buy the full size.
If you are interested in other minies that I ended up getting in full size, please read this post. Do you have any facial oil recommendations? If yes, what are they? Please let me know in the comments below.

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Joanna

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil, 30ml

Double cleansing: my fave cleansers

I am 42 years old and I may not be very persistent on my skincare routine, I mean I do wear creams and stuff, but I do forget, but I never , eva sleep with my makeup on!

I am 42 years old and have never slept with makeup on!! Neva, eva! I may forget to moisturise, but never to cleanse.

Today, I am going to talk about double cleansing and some of the products I love to use. Double cleansing is part of the Asian beauty regimen.

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What is Double Cleansing ?

Using two products to clean your face, to take your makeup off. Usually the first product is oil based, so the makeup melts, and the second product will have water in it, it will be milder.

My favourite cleansers

I love using my L’real extraordinary oil to break down the makeup and then I go in with my simple foaming cleanser or some facial wipes. I know, I know, the beauty gurus are probably rolling  their eyes.

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I then go in with my Garnier Micellar Gel to take the residue of the oil off my skin. I prefer the Micellar gel to the water because, first, I do not waste any product and second, it feels like I am actually cleaning/ washing my face.It does not sting or hurt. It does not leave my skin dry (although I do need to boost it a bit afterwards, so I do lather up with oils or creams).

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I also use facial wipes when I am in a hurry and then use the Micellar gel. In fact, the micellar gel is the product I use the most.

I made a video a while back where I talked in depth about double cleansing and went through loads of products. If you are intersted, do check out my YouTube video.

What cleansers do you use? Are you a fan of double cleansing? Let me know in the comments below.

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Joanna

One beauty product forever & my favourites

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What would be the one beauty product you could not live without? I mean category. If you had to save one thing, what would it be? What do you neva, eva leave the house without? Is it mascara? Eyeliner? Foundation? Blush? What is it?
Mine is lipstick. I love lipstick, I always wear it and often reapply it throughout the day.

I ❤ lipstick

My favourite lippes of all times

I have two faves. One is a beautiful pink and it is more for autumn  (plum pop) and the coral for the summer (poppy pop). The Pop line feels very nourishing and although it is not marketed as long lasting it is quite long lasting. It comes with a primer (in it).
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This is a liquid lippie that I love and have repurchased once already. It is summer coral. Very comfortable on the lips and very long lasting. It does not go cakey on ya. I ❤ it.
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Kat Von Di Lolita
Yes, worth the hype. Another liquid lippie which is a nude hot pink. It feels comfy on the lips and very long lasting. I do want to get the lip liner though and make it even more long lasting.
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Lip oil
Have you tried any lip oils? If you haven’t and you want to make your lips look juicy, this is what you need in your life. I have the YSL lip oil in…… It is very hydrating. It does look like a lip gloss. Does not last long but does feel nice on the lips and makes your lips…. kissable.
Mac Retro liquid Lippie Back in vogue
This is a long lasting liquid lippie in a nude pink. I love it!
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This is my fave drugstore lippie. Again, hydrating, quite long lasting and a nude pink. Your lips but better as they say. I have repurchased this one as well.
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This is my YouTube video with swatches and a bit more info. I’d ❤ it if you checked it out (and subscribed maybe)

So, lovelies, any lippies you think I should check out? Do you have any favourite formulas? if yes, which ones? I’d love to know in the comments below.

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Joanna

 

April Favourites: Beauty and Random

Hi everyone! Time for April favourites!! I missed a month cause well, February is so short and my faves didn’t really change. I do have a few new faves I wanted to share hence the post and video.

Beauty

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Chubby Stick in Fudge
I have talked about chubby sticks before. They are one of my favourite Clinique products. If your vision is not amazing, like mine, these sticks are amazing for applying one shadow on your eyelid. Some people use more than one ( I do as well), but mostly I use one chubby stick and am ready to go. This is a very rich brown with a bit of shimmer in it. It does not crease. It is creamy and easy to apply. You can see my swatch here and check it out on my video. You can get your here.
Mascara
I tried a new (new for me, I mean) mascara from L’oreal. It is the Telescope mascara. If you like your eyelashes to look kinda long and separated, you should try this!! It makes your eyelashes look really nice and black. It does not shed. You can get it here.
Makeup mist
I got the Urban Decay all nighter and never used it. I heard tati talk about it and found it and started using it again. I love it. let me be clear though. This mist does not make all my makeup stay on all day, it does make most of it stay though. My blusher and highlighter in fact, do not budge. I usually have difficulty making my makeup last, that is why I am really excited about this product. The mist is not very water-y. I would not say it is fine either. You do not look like you have been in the shower though after you spray this on. It dries down quite quickly. You can get yours here.
Primer
I love my M&S Hydrating Confidence Booster primer. It hydrates. It feels like water. Not sticky and it also plumps up your face :). You can get it here.
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Overnight mask
I bought this product because there was a 2 for 3 offer on at Superdrug. What am I talking about? The Olay overnight hydrating mask. I am in my forties and have dry/ sensitive skin. This mask (which I apply at night when my skin needs pampering) is very hydrating. It gets absorbed quite easily, making your skin feel nice and soft in the morning. There is no scent and it does not feel greasy. A little…blob goes a long way :). You can get your here.

Random

TV show
The Crown. I love it. I started watching it with my bf and we are really into it. I have also learnt quite a lot about British royal family, cause we always end up googling what was shown on the episode!!
Music
I have been listening over and over to the Weekend’s “Call out my name”. I do not like the video clip (I don’t get it). I do love the song though!!!
Backpacks
I got a backpack from TKMaxx because my shoulder was hurting me. I love it. There are lots of pockets, the padding is soft (so it does not hurt, it is much easier to carry around as the wight of whatever you are carrying is balanced. I am actually thinking of getting a summer-y one. Here are my top picks.
Clip detail backpack
It has stormwear technology and is very on trend.  It has magnet fastening and inside zipper pockets. You can check it out here.
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Somerset
I went on Easter holiday to Somerset and loved it. I posted a vlog which you can checkout here. It was really nice. I went to Longleat Safari park, Salisbury (and saw the Magna Carta) and Stonehenge. You can watch my Youtube video for more….
What are your favourites this month? have you tried any of these products?
Talk soon…..
xx
Jo

Minies that made me buy Full Size products

Hi everyone!!

Today I am going to talk to you about products that made me buy… products. Minies made me do it!!

I mean, I bought the mini size of something OR was given a sample of something and ended up purchasing it. It gets better though….. Biggies (full size products) that made me buy the minies. Yup. That’s today’s post and I’d love to hear your minies/biggies purchases.

Autograph Hydrating Confidence Boost Primer (30 ml)

I got this primer because I tried the mini and loved it. It is hydrating and feels like water on the skin. If you are looking for something moisturising and hate sticky primers, you should check this out. I cannot really attest to its longevity because I am not that super duper at makeup applying, but it does feel very comfy on the skin.

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It has cucumber and aloe extracts and it does make the foundation apply smoothly. The finish it gives is more matte than dewy.  Also, it is cruelty free. Then again, I always buy matte foundations. You can check this product out here.

Clinique Aromatics White

I tried this when I was in a store. I loved it and asked for a sample. After I got the sample I bought a bottle and then a second bottle. This is a sexy, sophisticated scent. As I have said previously, if Chanel No5 and Talcum baby powder had a baby, it would smell like this. Notes: pepper, violet, grey amber, roses, patchouli. Y

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Clinique Moisture Surge & Take the Day Off

No, this is not a Clinique sponsored post, but Clinique does give a lot of samples which is one of the reasons I love it. I got Moisture Surge and Take the Day Off balm as samples. I loved both of them and bought full sizes (and then repurchased). If your skin is dehydrated and needs a moisture boost, you need moisture surge in your life. It is amazing. It is cooling and feels like jelly. It gets absorbed fairly quickly and leaves your skin feeling as soft as a baby’s bottom. You can check it out here. If you are really into double, triple or multi cleansing like me, take the day off is something you should try. It is a balm that helps break down your makeup. When you wash it off, your skin feels nice and soft and not at all itchy or stripped.

 

 

Dove bath wash

I have tried lots of Dove minies and that is why I buy them now. They are very creamy and hydrating. They are affordable and leave a nice scent to the skin. Not extremely long lasting but nice enough to make you keep repurchasing (like me!!).

Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising

I suffer from dry and red hands. I have eczema and I am always using hand creams. This is one of the best creams I used as a sample and then bought a full size. It feels very cooling and lightweight. The scent is fresh and clean. It does not sting. You can use it all over your body, but I use it mostly on my hands and it does help me a lot.

N7 Airbrush Primer

I bought this primer after having tried it. You see, N& also gives lots of samples when you purchase products. It feels a bit silicon-y but not too much. It holds your makeup a fair bit but i would not say it is the best primer i have ever bought. To be pretty honest, I am not quite sure primers work for me anyhow.

 

Have you tried any of these products? What minies made you buy the full size version?

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Till next time……

My highlighters & blushes collection

Hi everyone!!

I uploaded a video about my highlighters and blushes (review and suggestions). Would love it if you checked it out :). My collection consists of Mac, TooFaced, Estee Lauder, Becca, L’oreal and loads more.

This is my video. Hope you watch it and let me know what your fave highlighters and blushes are.

 

I hope you like this post. If you enjoyed what you read, do subscribe to my blog. We can also connect on social media. Click on the ones you use and connect with me 🙂  Pinterest / TwitterInstagram/Google+. /YouTube  Maybe give my Facebook page a ‘like’ and you will neva, eva miss out on my super posts.

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Joanna