Makeup Tips for People with Allergies #ALLERGYFACE®

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZYRTEC®.  All allergies and the resulting ALLERGY FACE® that goes along with it are all mine. Tracking Pixel

Allergy sufferers often end up with ALLERGY FACE®.  I totally have it.  #sponsored #Zyrtec // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comDangit that is a big picture of my face.  I’m not going to lie, I originally retouched this photo so much that it didn’t even look like me anymore.  But then I thought screw it.  We all have wrinkles and such.  I’m just going to keep it real.  While I would love to have smoother skin, it’s probably not something I’ll ever have (maybe with major lasers – not to be confused with the Diplo project – or other resurfacing methods which cost more than my car).  I’m not one of those gals that hates getting older.  I’m ok with wrinkles.  But I’ve been an allergy sufferer all my life and I could do without ALLERGY FACE®.  If you don’t have allergies, you have no idea what I’m talking about – and I hate your guts because allergies suck.  Allergies, in some way, have hindered things in my life that you wouldn’t think they should hinder. Like getting massages.  WTF?!  I can’t lay face down in the donut, without getting super stuffed up and miserable.  Sure the rubbing around on my back and shoulders feels great but then I end up with a sinus headache because of it.  Oh and the wine!  I can’t drink wine (I mean I shouldn’t drink wine but I do because it is so good) because of the effing sulfites or sulfates or some other dumb property that makes my nose completely inflamed so that I can’t breathe through it any more.  I’ve even figured out how to save any crying I need to do until an optimal time for my allergies.  Yeah, I feel AWFUL after a good cry – happy or sad – so I plan it out based on my allergy side effects to the crying.

If you DO have allergies then you know what ALLERGY FACE® is.  It is where your eyes feel like they are halfway closed, even though you aren’t tired, from all the inflammation in your face.  It’s when your nose is all red because although your nose is super stuffy, it is still runny somehow and you can’t go more than a few minutes without blowing it.  And the watery eyes which causes your mascara to run down your face which makes people think you have been crying.  Which you have NOT (not until next Tuesday, see above).

DIY salt rinse for allergy sufferers.  #sponsored #ZYRTEC® #ALLERGYFACE®  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHaving ALLERGY FACE® has led me to try many things.  Dark under eye circles are prevalent in people who have allergies.  So by that reasoning, I must have all the allergies, ever.  My dark circles are so…er, dark.  I read somewhere that using the Neti Pot might make them less severe but I just couldn’t bring myself to use that funny looking thing.  Then my allergist suggested that I do a nasal rinse with a syringe and salt water to flush out the nasal cavity.  You guys!  This has been life changing!  I feel so much more clear with way less pressure (and helps me to fall asleep because I can get air back in through my nose after drinking the offensive wine).  BUT, my dark circles are still there. Remind me to tell you sometime about how when I first tried the salt rinse I used a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon of salt…

Makeup tips for combatting #ALLERGYFACE® #sponsored #ZYRTEC®Which means it is all up to makeup to make me look presentable.  And while I’ve taken several makeup classes and am scheduled to take another really soon, it just doesn’t come naturally to me and I don’t know any tricks to mask the ALLERGY FACE® side effects.  Thankfully the kind people of ZYRTEC®, who keep me and my family functioning amid allergies to dust, mold, dogs, grass, trees, laundry and cleaning floors (ok the last two are made up…), realize that even though their medicine can help with the symptoms of allergies, us gals still need a little help in the face department.   They enlisted the help of celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg (who suffers from allergies so she knows) to share makeup tips for people with allergies and ALLERGY FACE®.

Makeup tips to help allergy sufferers detract from #ALLERGYFACE®.  #sponsored #ZYRTEC® // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHead to the ZYRETEC® Facebook page to see all the looks designed to detract from your ALLERGY FACE®.  I tend to go for the “barest beauty” look on most days.  The highlighting and contouring really helps my face to not look so puffy.  And waterproof mascara is where it’s at.  It stays put even when my tears do not.  If you are like I was and ha no idea what contouring is, just watch this great video with Jamie Greenberg.  She shares her tips on looking your best with allergies. 
I’m grateful for these tips and to ZYRTEC® for being part of my journey with allergies. Are you an allergy sufferer? Do you have ALLERGY FACE®?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZYRTEC®.  All allergies and the resulting ALLERGY FACE® that goes along with it is all mine.


A Family Full of Allergies

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #KleenexAllergy #pmedia
allergy-mug-shotsMy family knows a thing or two about allergies.  And we owe our unchapped noses to Kleenex facial tissues.  For as long as I can remember I have had environmental allergies.  I’ve tried traditional medicines and homeopathic remedies.  While at times I have felt relief, it is pretty much always short-lived.  I have a constant runny nose.  Unfortunately because I have allergies, that means my kids were likely to get them too.  My  oldest was diagnosed with food allergies around his first birthday.  We have those under control but I think he is starting to grow in to some environmental allergies.  Why do I think that?  The constant sniffles.  And my youngest for sure has allergies.  He began coughing in the middle of the night last year every night with no other symptoms and I couldn’t do anything to stop it.  After seeing a doctor he suggested we try kid’s Zyrtec.  It stopped the coughs but guess what?  He has a runny nose too.  I stopped short of doing skin testing with him because I don’t know if you have ever had to do it but it totally sucks.

sharon-allergy-testHere is my last allergy test.  It hurt.  Real bad.  And it itched even worse.  The nurse actually gave me a Benadryl soon after the test started because of how quickly and how much I reacted to some of the things.  The two biggest welts are to grass and dust.  I’m basically allergic to indoors and out.  I asked the doctor to take a picture so I could text my husband that the they were writing me a prescription for a maid. :) It didn’t end up with a maid but I think it was the visual he needed to understand just how bad allergies make me feel sometimes.  My husband has never been diagnosed with allergies by a doctor.  But somebody without allergies would not make the snorty noises that he does.  Or sniff all the time.  Have I mentioned his 9 o’clock sneeze attacks?  Needless to say I think he contributed to the inevitable allergies for our children.

Kleenex-pocket-tissue-packsBecause all of us have runny noses, I do not leave the house without tissues.  You will always find a Kleenex Pocket Pack or Wallet Pack in my purse.  To me there is nothing more awful than being stuck somewhere when you need a tissue and you can’t find one.  I’m not even sure if my son knows this but I have a Kleenex Pocket Pack in his backpack in case I need to blow my nose on our walk to or from school.  What can I say, I plan ahead.  A sale on Kleenex Brand Facial Tissue is a happy day for me.  So the minute I found out about this coupon at Target I headed there.  The offer?  Buy 1 Kleenex 4 pack, get 1 free Wallet Pack (2-pk) or 1 Pocket Pack (3-pk) WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!  Some for the house, some for my purse.  Done.

on-my-nightstandTissues are pretty much part of our home decor.  Thankfully Kleenex boxes are well designed.  I keep a box right next to my bed so I always know where to find a tissue.  And when I gently suggest a tissue to my husband I can get one to him in a split second should he actually accept.  In his head he is allergy free…

Kleenex for AllergiesWe keep a box of Kleenex in the kitchen ’cause ain’t nothing grosser than a runny nose over a pot of food.  This is centrally located to the dining and living rooms as well.  And it is where I grab a handful of tissues to take with me in the morning when I sit down at the kitchen table with my cup of coffee and my laptop.

tissue-in-M's-roomMy youngest had started hollering for a tissue after we put him to bed so I decided he was old enough to keep his own box in his bedroom.  The only trouble is that I find used tissues all over his bedroom floor the next morning.  I’m pretty sure he does a quick dab at his nose and considers it done and moves on to a new one.  My mom came across a pin on Pinterest where you use tape and stick a full Kleenex box to an empty one so that you have your tissues and a trash can in one place!  Genius!  I will be making that this week.

in-o's-bedAnd although the tissue box doesn’t start out in my oldest son’s bed, it ends up there several nights a week.

o-blowing-his-noseI had never really thought about the softness or quality of Kleenex tissue before.  It is just what we use.  But last week we ran out of toilet paper and I bought a brand I don’t usually buy.  I sometimes use toilet paper to blow my nose.  I was taken aback by how terrible it felt.  And it dawned on me, Kleenex tissues are perfect.  The only time my nose gets raw from blowing is when I have a cold.  So in that instance I move on to Kleenex Lotion Tissues.  But I didn’t ever need to think about the softness before because I never thought they weren’t soft.  But it made me realize that sometimes brand names are totally worth it.  I will only buy Kleenex Brand Facial Tissues for my family’s noses.  It is the only way to ensure comfortable noses all around.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #KleenexAllergy #pmedia

I Made My Son A Picky Eater

This post is sponsored by Tyson Chicken Nuggets but it is the true story of how I made my son a picky eater.  Ok, not entirely but some days it certainly feels that way.  Tyson Chicken  – A great start to a healthy plate.

eating vegetablesMy oldest son is a very picky eater.  But he wasn’t always.  We found out about his multiple food allergies when he was just one year old.  I immediately became very aware of what was going in to his body.  And because dealing with all of these allergies was all new to me, I kept his diet very simple so that I didn’t  give him something that would hurt him.  His diet was pretty much vegan, but with lean meats.  He ate tons of fruits and veggies.  He liked beets and had lentils several times a week.  I packed all his meals, even when we ate out in restaurants, and he always had all the food groups represented, well at least the ones his little body could tolerate.

thumbs down vegetablesBut then something changed.  I got tired.  And maybe a little lazy.  And I certainly felt like he wasn’t getting to eat like a normal kid.  I remained committed to his whole food diet for as long as I could.  He didn’t have his first Oreo cookie until he was 4.  But that may have been the start of my downward nutrition spiral.  I saw how happy he was with that chemical filled cookie.  It is amazing what he can eat, without consuming dairy, that seems like it should have dairy in it.  That “buttery” taste, does not in fact, come from butter.     But as I felt more comfortable with him eating these convenient, joy-inducing foods, he began to shun the whole foods he had always done so well with.

picky eater postThis is what an ideal meal would look like for him.  I am happy to say that this is NOT what he eats at a meal, but snack time certainly contains a sugary carb.  Yes, I could put my foot down and only give him those whole foods we started out with.  I am the parent, I get that.  But when I see other kids getting to eat donuts on Sunday morning, or an ice cream cone on a Saturday afternoon, my heart hurts for him that he doesn’t get that opportunity.  So I overcompensate.  My main focus now is getting him to eat a decent amount of protein.  He doesn’t enjoy chicken (except nugget form – but even then he is very choosey about which nugget he will eat) but is limited in the dipper department.  While I make sure to make the few meals that he does actually enjoy each week, I always try new recipes in hopes of finding another meal he might like.  I cook about 5-6 nights a week.  There are certainly times when I need something convenient to feed him but want to make sure is healthy.  Tyson Chicken Nuggets are perfect for that.  I can throw them in the oven with brocoli and french fries and put a decent meal on the table in about half an hour.  I might need to get him this fun plate.  I mean, what kid doesn’t like to play with their food?  Not all nuggets are the same though.  I like Tyson because they are made with no fillers (huge!) and 100% all natural ingredients.  Texture is a huge deal for my son and these work for him.  They are crunchy on the outset but juicy in the middle and with zero trans fat so I’m ok with him eating these once a week…says the mom who lets her son have Pop Tarts for breakfast just about every morning (I get that my rationalizing is flawed).  Tyson has tons of varieties of nuggets but our family has one particular kind that is our favorite.  I buy them from Costco and they are breaded in Panko breadcrumbs.  Hands down the best nugget ever made.  They are more like a tender in their size and shape but they are ridiculously versatile.  In fact we had them last night with some spagetti and sauce for a quick version of chicken parmesan.  My mom turned me on to them and I make sure they are in my freezer at all times.

rice milkWe are working to find a happy balance in our nutrition.  This is about as much “milk” as I can get him to drink a day (it is rice milk – have you ever tried it?  He used to drink this with no issues either, but as he’s grown, his tastes have changed).

squeeze yogurtI am hopeful though.  With age comes what seems to be an outgrowing of some of the allergies.  Here he is eating cow’s milk yogurt (FROM A TUBE PEOPLE!  I almost cried when we realized he didn’t get a reaction from these.  For years he has seen the commercials on Disney Channel for Crush Cups and Gogurts but has never been able to try them.  They don’t make soy yogurt in fun containers.)  The fact that he can tolerate this opens up a new world.  This Friday I will be making him a ranch dip (using the non-flavored version of this Greek yogurt above) for his Tyson Nuggets.  Who knows.  The ranch might even help him to enjoy his vegetables again too.

*In an effort to not get to wordy in this post I may have exaggerated how bad his diet is.  While he does he a lot of junk food, his lunches and dinners almost always contain small amounts of fruit and veggies.  He’s not malnourished in any way.  But he does prefer his snacks over protein and healthy items.

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