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Living with chronic illness can be mentally draining and often takes a toll on my confidence. Something that makes me feel better is trying out new beauty products. On the weekends I like to be social and go out with friends or my boyfriend, so I love having go-to makeup, perfume, and hair products.
It is important for me to strive to feel like my best self, even when my disease is trying to take me down. Sometimes it is necessary to treat myself to something nice. I deserve it! And you do too.
Here are a few things I have tried hat are among my favorites.
I bought this liquid highlighter a few years ago and I instantly fell in love. I have used both liquid and powder, but something about the liquid is so pretty. This color has a nice shimmer to it. I try not to use too much at once – just a dot on the cheek bones and the tip of my nose. This product lasts a long time!
I want to try out more makeup from Rare Beauty, which is Selena Gomez’s company.
I have always been a huge fan of perfume. I love anything that smells good – lotion, candles, perfume, body wash, etc. My mom and I were out one night and we asked someone what perfume they were wearing. She told us Juliette Has A Gun. For Christmas, my mom bought me a collection of several different scents. One of my favorite is “Vanilla Vibes.” I dab a few drops on my wrists before I go out for the day and it stays on so well! It smells absolutely amazing.
I have always struggled to figure out which shampoo I want to use because my hair can get very frizzy and crazy after washing it. I have gone through a lot of texture changes from having very thick hair to thin hair to now medium-thick hair.
Overall, I love Davines. This shampoo smells amazing, it reminds me of being at the salon. My hair texture feels really good after.
Being sick can steal our joy and change our view of ourselves
Dealing with constant illness can cause a ripple affect in our lives. It’s truly an emotional roller coaster and it’s hard to feel so different than everyone else. When I am facing intense bouts of illness, I just want to wrap myself up in a blanket and hide from the world. But when it’s over, it feels so good to treat myself and go experience things again.
You deserve to feel beautiful
If chronic illness and/or mental health struggles have made you feel defeated recently, remember how strong you are. You deserve to have a fulfilling life and feel confident about yourself and who you are.
Chronic illness has changed my life, but it hasn’t ended my life. I have discovered so many amazing qualities that I possess, and I am proud of myself for everything I have accomplished.
Even with the struggles of chronic conditions, you can strive to feel like your best self. And you deserve to feel beautiful. Give yourself grace!