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Topic: Cosmetic things that worked for me - sharing girly stuff

Forum: Moving Beyond Cancer —

Managing life after a breast cancer diagnosis, including rediscovering intimacy, coping with fear of recurrence, reconnecting relationships, sharing hobbies and interests, and finding inspiration in daily life.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 05:09PM - edited Mar 17, 2013 11:41AM by Shrek4

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Dec 19, 2011 11:53PM 208sandy wrote:

Think you're on to something with this thread - I don't have any great suggestions except to say drink tons of water and go walking every single day because it'll take time to get your body back in shape but it's worth it - also be sure to get enough protein.

I'm looking for tips now on a nice moisturizing mask that can be made at home - love the tips you gave for dark circles under eyes and brightening up skin.

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Dec 20, 2011 12:28AM GramE wrote:

I like the dark eye circles tip.   Nothing much to add at this time, but I will keep checking in off and on.  I like Vitamin E oil for scars - it can stain clothes, so use at bed time only.   

What I need is an anti frizz hair gel or mousse.   Among those tried and rejected:   herbal Essence, Redken, Tressemme.    I hate to use hair spray after blow drying.     

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Dec 20, 2011 12:33AM LtotheK wrote:

Clarisonic--I've always had dry skin, so can't blame that on Tamoxifen or chemo.  But the Clarisonic makes it better than it was before.

Drawing in my eyebrows--I really must do this every day.  I had gorgeous, shapely brows--you don't know what ya got 'til it's gone--and now they are trashed, very, very thin.  If I don't draw my brows in correctly, I look tired and haggard.

Still haven't come up with what to do about the trashed eyelashes.  They are stubby and stupid looking.  Not willing yet to go the Latisse route.

I take fish oil, D, magnesium, calcium, and use hemp protein supplements.  I think they have made a difference in my sleep, which makes me look better.

I use a caffeine-based undereye cream.  To be honest, if I had the money, this is where I'd get some plastic surgery.  Nothing works but a professional lift.

I don't smoke anymore at all.  I used to be a party smoker sometimes.  

I drink more water, even though I hate it, every slurping girly plastic bottle minute of it.

I would like to get my teeth whitened, but would like to avoid chemicals.  I'm thinking of the new glo laser-based treatment you can buy at Sephora.

I'm more careful about what I wear.  I try not to go out looking too slobby--I could get away with that at 25.  Didn't take cancer for my number to be up in that regard ; )

My best "improvement":  working out at the gym.  My body is more toned than it's been in 15 years.

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Dec 20, 2011 09:40AM - edited Mar 17, 2013 11:42AM by Shrek4

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Dec 20, 2011 09:44AM 208sandy wrote:

It's taken me almost three years to get my eyelashes back so have been using eyeliner and I had some experience with it before but I needed to really work at it to get it to do its job this time around - eyebrows I use a powdered eyeshadow and an angle brush - a Bobbie Brown lady told me to do this many years ago and it works - I won't go the Latisse route because it can change the colour of your eyes (from blue to brown) and also it only works if you use it constantly - the jury's still out on that one (for me at least).

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Dec 20, 2011 09:47AM 208sandy wrote:

Day - we were cross-posting - thanks for the mask info (I have dry OLD skin and allergies) the banana looks like a great idea and so does the clay mask from Sally's - thanks.

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Dec 20, 2011 09:49AM Enjoyful wrote:

After I lost all of the lashes on my left eye (JUST the left eye!) a few months ago I decided to go the Latisse route.  I've been using it for two months and my eyelashes are finally starting to grow in.  They're stubby and bristly right now, but I can see that they're thicker than they were before.

I have blue eyes and haven't noticed any color change.  I think if you keep the stuff just on your skin and not in your eyes, you'll be okay.

Until my eyelashes return, I've been doing eyeliner like Sandy.  For brows, I used Rogaine on them for a while (I know you're not supposed to) and it worked, but then I chickened out and stopped using it.  Now I'm back to brow powder or pencil.

Cancer SUCKS. 

BENGHAZI! Dx 9/2004, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/28/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Dec 20, 2011 09:55AM - edited Dec 20, 2011 09:56AM by WinnieThePooh

Great thread! 

I added a nontoxic natural self tanner to my regime that gives me a healthy glow.  I ordered it online after checking it out on skindeep.com.  It's called Caribbean Solutions Beach Colours Natural Self Tanner  I also changed to an Organic face cream called Terressentials Flower Therapy Replenishing Facial Cream (also cleared by skindeep)

Lori

Dx 11/2010, ILC, Stage IIIA, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 20, 2011 10:28AM - edited Mar 17, 2013 11:42AM by Shrek4

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Dec 20, 2011 10:48AM barbe1958 wrote:

I am blessed with great skin on my face! Horrid stretch marks on my belly, so I got only half the package. Better to have the great skin that shows......

When I do use makeup I'll use powder through the day. But, when I really want to look great, I use any make-up that says "light reflective" or "photo ready". Those liquid bases have a fabulous finish!! I mean really, really good. I have strangers come up and tell me what gorgeous skin I have!!!

I used to use a concealer under my eyes to cover dark circles, but now I just use powder or if I am going out special, I'll use the liquid base under my eyes. So there is no contrast really. It blends in the dark circles a LOT better than 40 years of using concealer!! I learned that one off "What Not To Wear"!!!!

I don't use lipsticks anymore. Just gloss. I find it so much more natural and some of the gloss can be tinted so I get a fresh look.

Can anyone recommend a GREAT mascara???????

Dx 12/10/2008, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/16/2008 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 2/4/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 2/17/2016 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Dec 20, 2011 11:01AM Kate33 wrote:

Dr. Oz just had the "Top Anti-Aging Breakthroughs of 2011" on his show.  He had a top chemist who said the best hair conditioner is something called "Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment".  I looked it up and it's kind of expensive but you only use it twice a week.  You can buy it online at livingproof.com- 8 oz. for $42 (free shipping) or at Sephora.  It comes with a money back guarantee so I might splurge and try it.  Dr. Oz's video had other recommendations, too.  Here's a link if anyone wants to check it out-

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/anti-aging-breakthroughs-pt-1 

Kate33 "Yes, they're fake (@)(@) the real ones tried to kill me." Dx 12/27/2009, DCIS, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes
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Dec 20, 2011 11:20AM - edited Mar 17, 2013 11:42AM by Shrek4

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Dec 20, 2011 12:21PM LtotheK wrote:

Barbe, your skin is so amazing I can tell from your thumbnail...it didn't go unnoticed!  I must say, Day is a mighty good looking lady, and so advice from you, Day, is well taken!  Great tips.  Didn't know about castor oil, I'm going to check it out.

I really like the sheer foundation by Korres.  I have been trying to cut parabens out of my "diet".  I live in a dirty city downtown, and I feel like whatever I can do to make choices to lower my risk is good.

I use Jojoba or Coconut oil as moisturizer.  Nothing, and I mean nothing has improved my skin like the coconut oil on my body.  I have better skin than I did before BC!  I used to get very dry, bumpy, etc.  Cleared almost all of it up.

Post chemo I have a hard time with ingrown hairs in shaving areas.  I read in a magazine that shaving with oil instead of foam or soap helps--it seems to have in my case.

As for the mascara, I really like Smashbox's line.  Sadly, post chemo I don't have enough in that department to warrant mascara (tried it once, I looked horrible).

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Dec 20, 2011 06:39PM - edited Mar 17, 2013 11:42AM by Shrek4

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Dec 21, 2011 09:22AM crystalphm wrote:

I so much appreciate all of the advice! I don't have anything to add, but I just wanted to say I am reading and rereading all of what you have said.

Thank you so much for taking the time to post and explain details!

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Dec 21, 2011 10:00AM DiDel wrote:

Day what a great post!!

My most helpful tip is Anastasi Eyebrow Kit. Its a powder kit with stencils (and instructional dvd) that is great. Even on the hottest sweatiest days ....my brows stayed put! It was great when I had no brows and I still use it to fill in. I too havent done Lattisse but may soon give in..my lashes are not what they used to be. I use Lancome Definicils mascara but when You are missing chunks of lashes no amount of mascara will help.

HEY ENJOYOUS!!! We need a date! LOL

Diane

Dx 11/12/2009, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/23/2009 Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 3/17/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 8/15/2010 Dx 10/28/2015, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/9/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 2/1/2016 3DCRT: Chest wall
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Dec 21, 2011 08:49PM bhd1 wrote:

i had my eyebrows tatooed.

barb Dx 9/22/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Dec 21, 2011 08:56PM lrr4993 wrote:

This is a great idea.  I am excited to hear the home laser hair removal worked.  I am going to try it.  I have wondered about it for a while but was afraid it would be a waste of money.  I did the salon hair removal on my legs, underarms and bikini several years ago and it worked great.  Hurt like hell, but totally worth it.

I like bare minerals makeup and their "clear radiance" product is great for a glowing look on your face.

Hair product - the absolute best in my opinion is Fekkai Glossing Cream.  I have always had naturally curly hair and have tried just about everything and this one beats it all.  Also Fekkai makes an overnight leave in treatment that makes frizzy hair so soft.  It is not cheap, but it works.  And a Chi hair dryer for blow outs.  Again, not cheap but it is all the difference in straightening curly hair. . . a life long battle for me.

  

Lisa Dx 8/6/2010, IDC, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 3, 2012 05:18AM Leah_S wrote:

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Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 3, 2012 06:06AM Momine wrote:

I bought some jojoba oil for my scars, but it felt so good that I started using it on my hands and face as well. It really seems to help restore the skin and take the edge of that dried up prune thing I had going on. I also keep a tub of nivea cold creme around for my feet and legs.

As someone else mentioned, I have made more of an effort to dress well since my DX. It makes me feel better and less "sick" somehow. Although I was never much of a shopper, I find it to be quite relaxing and distracting on days when I am bored but not up to much. It also gives my doctors a kick when I show up for chemo in a diva hat and hot boots, so why not? 

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 13, 2012 01:07AM MandaLynn wrote:

Anyone have suggestions for dry eyes? I'm going to be good about my fish oil capsules (heard that helps). But, the lubricating tears aren't helping much.

also, I have dark circles under my eyes. Day, how exactly do you do the potato mash again?

Amanda Dx 10/20/2008, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 13, 2012 09:54AM Sherryc wrote:

MandaLynn for my dry eyes I use the liquigel  it seems to work better than the regular lubricating tears. Also during rads last year I was dry and dehydrated all over.  I used the nighttime lubricant.  It really worked but do it right before going to bed because your vision will be blurry. But I have to say my eyes felt so much better when I would wake up.

Sherry--lump left breast 9/30/10. No chemo, Zometa-6tx over 3 years.Oncotype score 23 with 14% recurrence rate. 34 rads. No family history, BRCA neg. 48 years old @ diagn. BMX/TE 3/26/2012, Exchange surgery 8/21/12, Revision surgery 11/27/12 Surgery 5/12/1997 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/30/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 12/3/2010 Hormonal Therapy 2/7/2011 Surgery 11/3/2011 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/26/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 11/27/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jan 16, 2012 05:09PM MandaLynn wrote:

Hi Roseann,
Thinking about reconstruction has gotten tedious, so I moved on to the more "doable" maintenance issues! :) Even looking at fat injections to cover under eye bags!
Amanda

Amanda Dx 10/20/2008, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 16, 2012 05:25PM Fearless_One wrote:

Any recs for haircolor?   Natural Instincts is nice on me, but only lasts 4-5 shampoos on me. 

Anyways, I make a homemade facial scrub of 1/2 honey and 1/2 brown sugar.   Use only once a week, it is a fairly strong exfoliant.   Avoid this if you have uber-sensitive skin.

I like Pure Fiji body scrubs, they have coconut oil.  Careful, as they can make shower slippery.

I have been mixing a little luminizer in with my foundation to make my own tinted moisturizer - less aging than foundation.

Try Liquid Goddess or PassionLube for "all natural" moisture "down there" (is in a coconut oil base).

I like Evan Healy eye cream - SO gentle - but $$$ (around 30 bucks).

lump/chemo/rads/hyster-ooph/mastectomy/implants
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Mar 3, 2012 08:20PM olgah34 wrote:

Hello, ladies. I have been working in cosmetic business for 10 years and always loved skin care and make up. However, I discovered ,in many articles, that PARABENS ( metyl paraben, etyl paraben, etc) mimic estrogen in our body, and estrogen feeds cancer cells ( my cancer receptors are estrogen sensituive). I use everything now strictly organic and check every lable. They even are in hair products. Sorry, I cannot put in the forum any w-sites, it does not let me do it. I t even is in Wikipedia. I am very careful now.

Dx 7/12/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+, HER2+ Surgery 7/26/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Surgery 8/11/2011 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 9/1/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 9/19/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 9/19/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/9/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/16/2012 Surgery 3/21/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/22/2013 Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap Surgery 4/18/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Mar 3, 2012 08:21PM - edited Mar 3, 2012 08:21PM by olgah34

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Dx 7/12/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+, HER2+ Surgery 7/26/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Surgery 8/11/2011 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 9/1/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 9/19/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 9/19/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/9/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/16/2012 Surgery 3/21/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/22/2013 Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap Surgery 4/18/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Mar 8, 2012 10:00AM - edited Mar 8, 2012 10:01AM by apple

great and timely thread.. lost the hair again so I am back into the regimen, makeup thing which includes liquid eyeliner (yuk, but it works).

how to you do it..?  foundation, powder or creme first.?  techniques? 

 It makes such a difference.. that and the eyebrows which I've gotten really good at.

btw.. pure coconut oil is my moisterizer of choice.. it works so much better than anything in TINY amount.

peace and love, apple - ..... Mary Magdalen Dx 4/10/2008, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 4/9 nodes, mets, ER+, HER2+
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Mar 9, 2012 06:26PM apple wrote:

oh and i found the best Wet and Wild (i think)lip lacquer.. it glides on perfectly and precisely.. a gorgeous color.. who'd a thunk 2.99 could buy so much. It's called Wild Shine

I am so impressed.. it probably causes cancer tho.

peace and love, apple - ..... Mary Magdalen Dx 4/10/2008, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 4/9 nodes, mets, ER+, HER2+
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Mar 9, 2012 08:14PM Claire_in_Seattle wrote:

Hi Apple,

I go for fashionista stuff re: cosmetics.  I did learn the hard way not to exfoliate while on chemo.  I removed a good sized patch of skin behind one ear!  It grew back.

Routine is: moisturize, then foundation.  I also have eyecream that I use.  Do eyes after foundation, with liner, shadow, and brow pencil.  I used softer ones for more coverage while on chemo, but same basic routine.  I got some super-flattering shadow.

Finally, some blush and lipcolor.  I use gloss over lipstick for extra moisture and shine.

I got really expert at eye makeup during chemo. - Claire

Completed all treatment (AC +T, lumpectomy, radiation and 5 years of AIs - anastrazole). Now celebrating every single day for the wonderful life I have been granted. Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)

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