Cancer Cutie: Super Hero Jayden

PS I Adore you was sweet enough to share Jayden’s story with me and I wanted to share it with you all as well.
Told by his mother, Roberta.


Jay is the youngest of 4 kids.
He has a brother who is 12, a sister who is 16, and a sister who is 18.
Jay’s dad and I have been married for 19 years.
We were high school sweethearts.
My mom,  Jay’s grandma has multiple sclerosis and lives with us as well.
Jay and his sister’s perform in a small circus.  He does acrobatic tricks with them and his sister’s also do Ariel acrobatics.
Our family is really close,  and enjoy playing games and going on hikes together.  


Jayden was a happy and healthy 10 year old boy, or so we thought.  Unknown to us his body was being taken over by cancer of the blood, otherwise known as leukemia. In August Jay began having headaches almost daily.  We thought it was his eyes causing it, so we took him to get glasses.  When that didn’t help, we told him to drink more water.  Then February 2014 came and he started having symptoms of a sinus infection.  We took him to the doc and got him antibiotics.  While on the antibiotics, his fever began to go away and he started to feel better; however as soon as the antibiotics were finished the fever and pain returned.  Jay was prescribed a second round of antibiotics and the same thing happened again.   For the next 2 week he ran a fever daily from 100-101.  He wasn’t acting sick, so Brett & Roberta (Jay’s parents) thought maybe he had  been exposed to mold or something.  Wednesday, March 5, 2014 (Jay’s brother, Joey’s birthday) Roberta took Jay back to the doctor, where things began to get worse. At this appointment the doctor heard a very pr]]prominent heart murmur and noticed that Jay’s liver was enlarged.  She ordered blood work and found that Jay’s hemoglobin was at 4 (normal is 12).  This was critically low, if Jay was an adult he wouldn’t have been able to even move off of the floor.  She told Roberta to take Jay straight to the emergency room.   During the same test, Jay’s platelet count was normal (about 8000).  By the time they retested his blood at the hospital, 3 hours later, it had dropped in half to 4000.  At the hospital,  Jay was immediately admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit because of how dangerously low his hemoglobin was.  Once admitted to the icu, the doctor requested to speak to both Brett and Roberta together where she explained that she believed Jayden was sick with leukemia.   The next day her suspensions were confirmed.


This is the latest update from his battle with cancer. Written on August 8th (about a week ago) on his birthday:

Jay was admitted to the hospital in Denver today for the, hopefully, last time.  We are praying that his time goes as well as the last round.  Today is Jay’s 11th birthday.  The nurses decorated his room, sang Happy Birthday to him, gave him some board games as a present, and even made him a cake!  It really meant so much that they have made such a big deal out of his special day!  Last time I updated you, I mentioned our family vacation with Shining stars.  We went on that and had a wonderful time!  Jay was exhausted by the end of each days activities, but it was nice to be “normal” and not have to run to doctors appointments and hospitals.  We met several families who have children in remission or finished with treatment.  It was great to talk with them and see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I have told many of you, that if we can just get through this phase it should get better from here…unfortunately, I was wrong.  We still have another phase, which is supposed to be one of the hardest.  Towards the end of August, Jay will start the next phase; which will last another 2 months.  He will be able to do all of his treatments in the Springs, but they will be pretty intense.  His hair will fall back out, he might need a blood transfusion during it, he will probably have mouth sores, and he will probably run lots of fevers.  One of the chemo’s can cause problems with his heart, so they will do lots of echo’s and watch it closely.  Another chemo can cause problems with his liver, so they will watch that very closely as well.  To be honest, I went home and cried yesterday, after talking to the doctor about what t expect next.  I want to badly for this to be behind us.

I can’t imagine the pain that Jayden is going through right now, nor can I imagine how difficult it must be for his parents to see him like that. My heart breaks for the whole family. One thing I keep thinking is that to be going through all of this is enough, too much. They shouldn’t have to be stressing about the money it takes to pay for all of the medical bills that are adding up as well. It’s just too much for one sweet family to have to bear.
I know not everyone is in a position to give monetarily right not but if you are, I know it would be such a huge blessing for this family. And for Jayden.
100% of the proceeds will go to Jayden’s family.


Tip Tuesday: One Quick Zap

Probably a year ago I noticed something that looked like a little zit hovering over my top lip.
It was all red and never came to a head and I just figured it wold heal eventually…but after about a year it was still there.
Because it wasn’t too big I was mostly able to ignore it but the fact that it was so close to my lip and so red always made it look like my lipstick was applied badly (which isn’t great for a so called makeup artist!)
It started to really bother me and it didn’t seem that any amount of concealer would cover it for long.
I had a friend tell me I should go see a dermatologist and get it taken care of…which I put off doing for months!
Finally a few weeks ago I had a few comments referring to my lipstick being sloppy and decided I’d procrastinated long enough!
I called and made and appointment and a few days later walked into his office.
He took one quick look at my lip and said I had a Cherry Angioma and he could zap it for me in a hot minute.
He said it might leave a little white mark but it would probably be much less noticeable than the red one.
It’s only been two weeks but there is a teensy mark where he zapped it.
Exhibit A:
After spending about a year being subtly bugged by it and then having it taken care of in less than 10 minutes (plus it was covered by insurance) I really felt the need to share incase anyone else had something similar!

Plus it’s always a good idea to get these things checked incase it’s something more serious.

Happy Tuesday!!!


Monday Makeover – Danielle

I feel like I say this on the cusp of every single season but right now I truly believe that fall is my VERY favorite.
Maybe it’s because I can’t wait to meet this little bundle or that it’s averaging 100 degrees a day or that makeup is just so much more fun in the fall. All I’m saying is that I’m ready.
Which is why I was itching to give Danielle a really dramatic fall style makeover.

She is incredibly beautiful naturally and is used to rocking a really light “beach babe” look which is perfection on her.
We wanted to have a little fun though, and do something she’d never seen in the mirror before…


Gorgeous Fall Makeup


After we took the photos I could tell the dark lip and dark eye was a little overwhelming to a beauty that’s used to going pretty much bare faced so I thought it would be fun to wipe that off and show her the look with something a little softer on the lips and a little more color in the cheeks. I LOVE the more wearable version of this as well:


What I used:

Argan Milk (For some moisture to start)
Hourglass Viel Mineral Primer
Maskcara IID Foundation (2nd generation)
Maskcara Blush in Jem
I’m REALLY loving these Gel shadows lately, I’ve been using them on everyone. They have incredible pigment and are so user friendly when blending!
Milani Gel shadow in Bella Espresso on her crease and under her eye and Bella Caffe in the center of her lid.
I also used a strip of lashes on her bottoms (her top lashes were already huge!) MAC 32 Lash
YSL Mascara in Shocking (trying every mascara known to man!)
In her tearline all the way around I used IT Cosmetics Black Gel Liner

For the top lip I used Nars Lip Color in Train Bleu (and dabbed a bit of the Bella Caffe Gel shadow in the center of her lip)
For the bottom I used my usual Lip Liner ( NYX Taupe) and YSL #1 Nude Beige  and bronzed her up a bit with Too Faced Milk Chocolate 


Back to School

I remember clearly my first day of 6th grade because my mom said I could wear some mascara and lip gloss to school if I wanted it to accompany my striped Hang Ten top and henna necklace. It was a glorious milestone.
I still don’t think school requires much more than that (even if you’re in college – or if you’re just taking your kids to school!) so here is an idea that’s as easy as pie and only takes 4 products but still makes a wow impression.

(I started with IID foundation in Dark, you can start with that, tinted moisturizer, or just go bare skinned!)

Love this! Super simple makeup that will take minutes and look good all day!
1. Too Faced BTS Mascara
2. MAC Brun Eyeshadow
3. Eyeko Brow Gel
4. Jolie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek in Always Cherry I am IN LOVE with this stuff! Perfect for a punch of color that still looks natural somehow!?

1. Apply a nice coat of mascara to top and bottom lashes
2. Fill those brows!
3. Lightly brush your brow hair up with some brow gel, this will define them and keep them in place!
4. Dab some blush into the apples of your cheeks and tap in a circle until its fully blended
5. Dab the same blush into your lips and pat!

SUPER simple but such a great way to play up your beautiful features without much time or heavy looking makeup:)

My friend/fashion blogger Latisha is rounding up some of her favorite back to school shopping basics, I can always use help in that department because when I shop I tend to get a bunch of things that I can’t mix and match very well which just means less bang for my buck.  Click HERE to check out all the details! Back to school Basics!