Saturday, March 31, 2012

Life Update

Some of you may be reading this because you were directed here after I posted my YouTube video. Some of you will be like, "I have no idea why you're updating me, I barely know you." Let's start from the beginning shall we?

Before there was Amy's Beauty Basics, there was amylynnxo on YouTube. I was a regular and avid poster and follower of all things beauty on YouTube. I posted tutorials of looks I used to wear on the regular. Then something changed. I began having some issues with my vision, I just couldn`t quite place what was wrong. I went to 3 different specialist before I was informed I had "presumed ocular histoplasmosis" and it was unclear if I would ever see out of my left eye again. That news sent my world crashing down; I was 21 at the time and your telling me I'm legally blind in one eye. After I stopped letting myself get depressed and feel sorry for myself, I decided I would see what we could do to potentially fix it.

The next few months I underwent a series of intra-ocular injections of Avastin, a medicine generally used in Cancer patients to shrink the size of their tumours. I had a mass of blood vessels in the middle of my retina, the doctor thought this might be the cause of the blindness. A couple hundred dollars, half a dozen injections and a whole lot of discomfort later, the mass had shrunk a bit but my vision had yet to improve. The doctor presented me with the next step in treatment, eye surgery. May I just inform you now that when you under go eye surgery, you're wide awake? I'm sure most of you feel just as awesome as I did about that.

I had the surgery in August of 2011. The doctor informed me that there was a 3 month recovery time during which we would like see no improvement to my vision. Three months came and passed with no good news. We made another appointment for another three months later in hopes that something would happen.

Well, as you may have guessed I just had my 6 month post-op appointment. The news wasn't anything I hadn't realized already. My vision hadn't improved, but hadn't gotten worse. We've done all we can do. It seems pretty blunt and hopeless, but I do hope that one day in the future medical advances will allow me to see with my left eye again. Until then, I will live as I have been these past few months.

It is getting better. Living with my vision impairment, that is. When I was fist diagnosed I used it as an excuse to stop doing things I loved to do, to stop living. Which is why I stoped making YouTube videos. I am getting better at functioning, so hopefully one day soon I'll be able to produce a brand new make up tutorial!? This seems like a very attainable goal. I can't do things as "perfectly" as I used to, or would like to, but I think I'm doing damn good for what I have.

So there's my little explaination and update. :) Hope everyone else is well, and thanks for taking the time to read this!

Love you!
xx, Ames

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Eyes: March 2012

After watching a few videos on youtube mention tangerine/orange as being an in colour this spring, I decided I wanted to use it in my eye make-up today. Here was the outcome of my play session. I'm so picky, and it still wasn't how I wanted it, but I ran out of time this morning. Please also ignore my terrible eyebrows. Tomorrow is my day off, & that will be the first place I go (the salon) new eyebrows here I come. :)

How do you feel about orange? Will you be sporting it on your eyes/face? Or more in your accessories/clothing? Perhaps not at all?

xo, Ames

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 2012 GLYMM Box ♥

So earlier this week I FINALLY recieved my March Glymm box. It seems as though all of the monthly sample subscription services are delayed this month. Let's see if it's been worth the wait!

Looks like it's jam packed this month! First thing I pulled out were the feather extensions. I was super excited about them. I've had feather extensions before, so I knew exactly what to expect! They're really simple in put in too! They come with little silicone beads, you work it into a small section of your hair, put the feather in the bead and clamp it closed with a pair of pliers. EASY! I can't wait to put them in!

Next I found a new nail polish! I got ridiculously excited about it, since I seem to have a slight obsession. It was Ocean nail polish in the colour Russian Red. I've never even heard of this brand of polish, but I'm interested in seeing how it wears!

Then I noticed the two little Burt's Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion samples. I've used these before, and they are quite moisturizing. I love the smell and they'll be great to take with me if I'm travelling!

Then I picked up the Anastasia Hydrafull Lip Gloss. It came in a pretty massive box considering how petite the sample was, but its super cute. I recieved it in the colour "Sorbet" a very bright coral-pink colour. It is quite a small sample, but included in the box is a coupon code for a free full sized gloss & free shipping with the purchase of 2 other Anastasia products, so maybe I'll make use of that if I like the lip gloss.

The final product I found was the M.ASAM Magic Fini cream. It's supposed to mattify, conceal uneven skin tone, and shrink large pores, all while giving a sun kissed glow. Basically, it sounds like a magical perfecting cream. I'm excited to try this one out, my face has been freaking out lately and perhaps this will have some sort of transformation!

So that was my GLYMM Box this month. I definitely loved all of the products again this month. All of the products are ones I would definitely use & perhaps I'll be doing some re-purchasing on some of them! After searching some other youtube videos, I noticed some of the other girls recieved pink feather extensions. I think I would have loved those ones more than the black & white ones I recieved, but I'll still wear them no matter the colour. Nail polish is ALWAYS a sell for me. I have a serious obsession and can never have enough nail polish. The lip gloss is also something I'm looking forward to trying, its a perfect little size to throw in my make up bag in my purse! Overall, another great month for GLYMM. Can't wait for next month!

xo, Ames

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

FOTD: Beautiful Blues ♥

Hola Chickas!

So, I'm cheating a little on this one, I wore this look a few days ago, but forgot to post it up. I was feeling like I needed something bold & bright to spice up my face. So this is what I came up with. My camera doesn't seem to want to pick up the colours like they appeared but it's close I suppose.

I felt really pretty & really like how the look turned out. It's definitely a little different than what I'd wear on a daily basis, but sometimes I just get ambitious and adventurous with my make up.

What's something you don't do with your make up on a regular basis, but once in a while like to mix it up in your routine?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

NOTD - Coral & Black ♥

For this Nail of the Day I used Jesse's Girl Cosmetics in "JULIEG" & a black with a rainbow glitter from Icing. Then used my Migi Nail Art white pen to draw the line & little heart in the corner. :)

xo, Ames

St Paddy`s Day 2012 FOTD ♥

Hey loves!

Just thought I`d make a quick post on my St. Paddy`s Day make up! I used a variety of greens & glitter to achieve my eye make up! What do you think? Maybe I'll post a step by step on this look.

How was your St. Patrick's Day? Did you wear any fun looks? Let me know! Hope y'all had fun & stayed safe!

xo, Ames