One of my very favorite things to do is go to the spa. I have told Brad that he can get me spa gift certificates for every birthday and I would be totally content! Since being on chemo, I can't get my nails done due to the risk of infection. I can't get facials because of my skin being sensitive to the chemicals. I can't get my hair done because...well, I don't have any hair.
During the most recent session with my cancer psychologist, he mentioned a non-profit called Suite HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients Esthetically) founded by Makeup Artist Jeanna Doyle. Suite HOPE’s mission is to provide women with the education and support they need to address the changes in their appearance that occur during cancer treatment. Jeanna volunteers her time to help teach cancer patients techniques that can help them feel their best.
I wrote to Jeanna and she offered to come out to my house and do a free makeup session with me. She had just gotten back from NYC where she was flown in on her client’s private jet to do someone’s makeup that would be on the front row for Fashion Week. She also did President Bush and the First Lady’s makeup for the opening of the Presidential Library. What a cool job she has! She does the Suite HOPE non-profit as a way to help cancer patients with the skills that she has been given. How awesome is this lady?
|Getting my foundation airbrushed on|
|Check out that brush collection!!|
The main two things she taught me were how to create the illusion of eyebrows and eyelashes since mine are very thin right now.
Needless to say, it was ridiculously fun getting pampered and having my makeup done. I now apply the techniques she taught me and feel better about losing my eyebrows and eyelashes. The morning of makeup fun helped scratch that spa itch!