March 15, 2011

Camouflage Make-up & Lupus Scars

*this post is part of my earlier blog post titled "Despite our scars we are beautiful". Which includes natural health option to caring for your skin. This portion is specifically for those who inquired about make-up to help camoflauge scars caused by lupus.

Early last year I attended a Camouflage Make-up class at the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation. I learned about two different products that are amazing in covering Lupus scars! We even had a live session where several volunteers had their make-up done & I must say I was impressed with the coverage. The make-up artist name is Sheila J Makeup, she happens to also be a full-time nurse who is obsessed with make-up and took the time to come over and show us Lupus patients the right products and how to use them! She was such a sweetheart :)

Sheila brought up the importance of using hypo-allergenic products to prevent allergic reactions, this is extremely important as many of us have such sensitive skin. Be VERY careful when choosing products that it will not cause further skin irritation. Check and be sure what you are using is hypo-allergenic!

To begin she used a product called Dermacolor which is a camouflage make-up system. You can pick your choice of palettes that fit close to your skin, and then mix them bit by bit with a make-up brush and apply only to your problem areas. The key is to blend, and keep blending until you reach your skin-tone. She showed us how to do this in class and each person took only about 15 minutes or less!

First, apply a sunscreen underneath make-up. Unless you are using make-up that already comes high with SPF protection. After applying foundation and blending, Sheila then advised to apply a setting powder, let it sit for 15 seconds and brush it off. This helps to "set" the make-up.

Sheila also recommended several other products such as Dermablend and Nicole Paxson Cosmetics. You can stay updated by following her 'Aesthetic Camouflage' Makeup Blog for helpful tips & feel free to ask her questions, she's extremely nice and definitely gave everyone at my local Lupus support group the feeling of bringing our beauty from our insides out!

So be brave lovies and let your beauty SHINE, Never let anyone make you feel embarrassed. Lupus is nothing to be ashamed of, we cannot prevent how it affects our bodies but we can change how we live with it. Zero tolerance for those who refuse to understand our pain, I do and we do and that is all that matters. You're never alone and together we're gonna show the world just how BEAUTIFUL we truly are starting from the INSIDE OUT!

                                                                             Muahz! Love, Tiffany

March 1, 2011

Lupus Advocacy Day 2011 (Someone You Know Has Lupus!)

Today, March 1st marks The Lupus Foundation of America's 13th annual Lupus Advocacy Day and I choose to share my story about how lupus has affected my life in effort to make my voice heard. I might not be able to rally with fellow patients and supporters in Washington, DC but I can still support the cause from a distance.

This is what "Lupus" looks like
The day I learned about lupus; I was sitting in the doctors office stiff as a rod, swollen like a chipmunk, and in excruciating pain with every move. The day I learned about lupus; I was diagnosed with it. Given a print out describing the disease and its symptoms. After being medicated with prednisone, I re-learned how to walk after a month of being bedridden. It wasn't easy but I was determined.

Once I regained the strength to walk again I vowed to make every step count for myself and every single person living with lupus. For every patient who doesn't have health care, for every patient confined to bed or a wheelchair; restricted by a cane; denied health insurance and disability. I would walk each year for lupus for those who couldn't walk. I would fight to live for myself and for others. I vowed to make every day count, to tell anyone who would listen about lupus.

It's time to make our voices HEARD. If Egypt can do it, then so can we! How can we expect help or a cure if we are not willing to do what we can to make sure this happens?! Help only comes to those who help themselves.

How can you help support Lupus Advocacy? I'll tell you!

  • Send an email, call, or write your Congressman or Senator. Share your personal story of how lupus has affected you, and ask them to support increased federal funding for lupus research and education programs. Find your Senators and Representatives here, along with help for writing your letter or email.
  • Spread the word and show your support on Facebook by donating your status using the sample statuses below.

    Today is Lupus Foundation of America's 2011 Advocacy Day. Join me to urge Members of Congress to support increased funding for lupus research and education programs. Visit to make your voice heard.

    Join me and urge Congress to support increased funding for lupus research and education programs by becoming an e-Advocate for the Lupus Foundation of America. Visit to get started.
  • Send a message on Twitter encouraging your friends and family to support LFA's Advocacy Day. Below are some suggested "tweets." Also, make sure you mention @LupusOrg in your tweets and use #lupusadvocacy as a hashtag.

    Sample Tweets:

    I am making my voice heard for @lupusorg's #Lupusadvocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Find out how you can help

    Today is @lupusorg's #lupusadvocacy day. Urge Congress to support #lupus research & education programs
  • Use your blog to tell your lupus story, and promote the importance of LFA's Advocacy Day. Please remember to include the link -- -- in your blog entry so that others reading your blog can also contact their Senators and Representatives. 

Now that you know how to help, get active and make your voice HEARD!