Yes! to Tarte’s Eyeshadow and Primer

Just a brief recap: Last Friday night’s New Kids on the Block concert was awesome and totally worth the three days I have spent in bed trying to recover from my autoimmune fatigue.  There are two things I learned that night: 1) NKOTB concerts are even more fun when you haven’t just had surgery three hours prior--not that I regret the previous concerts, but being able to stand up (almost) straight made this one more enjoyable.        2) At sweaty, long events you need makeup that will last–that will go the distance.  Enter Tarte.  The generator broke so the 20,000 fans were hot and sweaty and yet I still managed to look fresh at the end of the four hours!

What a Difference a Primer Makes

IMG_1811In this pic collage, you can see my face immediately after my shower and my face after applying Tarte’s Clean Slate Flawless 12-Hr Brightening Primer ($30.00; find it here at Tarte’s website) under my foundation.  Do you ever notice your foundation or eyeshadow fading at the end of the day?  It’s because you need primer.  The longer I’ve been on Prednisone (five years now) and the older I get, the more I need primer.  Foundation and eyeshadow don’t last as long as they did before Prednisone–in my pre-Myasthenia Gravis days.


Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow


At the concert, I also wore Tarte Cosmetic’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow.  Like all products in Tarte’s Amazonian Clay line, this eyeshadow ($19.00) lasts 12 hours and was perfect for the New Kids concert.  I use a an eyeshadow brush to apply it like this $4.99 brush from Sonia Kashuk (an affordable line at Target).  I highly recommend both the primer and eyeshadow (pictures above and below show shade, Seashell Pink).

at New Kids on the Block concert
at New Kids on the Block concert




In these concert pictures (top one) taken in the dark, the shadow still has a soft shimmer to it.  I highly recommend both products.

–Your Stylist,

Jessica Gimeno



Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), endometriosis, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

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