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Living Abundantly | Abby’s Reflections 32

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Living Abundantly | Abby’s Reflections 32 

“Living abundantly is not only possible for blind persons, I feel it is almost a better way to live. I feel we perceive the world in a deeper, richer, and more profound and meaningful way as sightless persons.”

My life is full of daily adventures and discoveries of the world in a whole new and different way:

  • Using the blend of the rich fabric of sound,
  • The touch and feel of a human hand or hug,
  • Aromas of a café,
  • And the enjoyment of a wonderfully tasty meal.

It is an opportunity to show the world we are a beacon of hope as we communicate with everyone around us. We are a diverse bunch of “whole people” who do most everything our sighted friends can, and often more. We’re people who’ve gained new skills in using our other senses to experience the wonderful world we live in.

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Celebrating Springtime Glamour

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Celebrating Springtime Glamour

Abby is on the job sitting cross legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar) with a teal Abby logo laptop on her lap. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.Finally, the trees have bloomed, the weather stabilized and I think we can safely say it’s spring!! What I love most about spring is the opportunity to refresh my environment including myself.

There’s no better time to beef up one’s makeup arsenal than springtime. Well, that’s not exactly true but for purposes of this article let’s just roll with it. Okay, here we go:

I’ve always had a weakness for dual purpose products especially when we’re talking makeup. So when I found this e.l.f. sweat resistant lip and cheek palette I thought eh, why not? When I can find one product that serves more than one purpose, is portable, and easy to use I’m all in.

While I can’t see myself wearing this when I workout, I will test it just out of sheer curiosity. I’m a heavy sweater. Well, not a sweater as in garment but I sweat heavily so we’ll have to see.

Obviously, since this was an online shopping experience I couldn’t stop at just one product, right? Heck no! I mean I needed mascara, brow pencil, more lip color and a couple of extras. At the bottom of this article, I’ll list each product including the link to e.l.f. and a description. As I try the newer products I’ll give a review at a later time.

What I like about e.l.f. products are affordability, they’re hypoallergenic, non-comodogenic, and cruelty-free.

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  • Workout Ready Lip & Cheek Palette – White compact with three lip colors and one highlighter. When opened there is a small mirror in the lid and a brush is also included. The highlighter is cream-colored, and the 3 shades range from a medium coral to a reddish/brown.
  • Instant Lift Brow Pencil – The first time I tried a spoolie brow brush was last year and I think they’re great. So on one end of the pencil is the spoolie which resembles a mascara wand. The other end is the pencil.
  • 3-in-1 Mascara – The brush on this mascara wand is a little funky and supposedly lengthens, defines and volumizes lashes. What makes this brush unique is the little bristle-covered ball on the tip. These bristles are a smidge longer than the other bristles leading up to its tip.
  • Day to Night Lipstick Duo – This lipstick duo as the name implies has lipstick on each end. My color choice was Need It Nudes (one is a dark caramel and the other is light tan).
  • Mineral Infused Face Primer- Small – The primer comes in a 0.47-ounce pump which looks pretty snazzy with the silver neck and the bottle portion looks like frosted glass.
  • Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths – These 8″ x 7″ pre-moistened cloths come in a small black package similar to many baby wipes with a lid on the top.
  • Lip Lacquer – A tube of clear gloss to be worn alone or over lip color. This was one of the freebies included with my order.

Have a great weekend!! ~Abby

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Magnetic Eyelashes Q&A With J. Renée

Abby is on the job sitting cross legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar) with a teal Abby logo laptop on her lap. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.

Magnetic Eyelashes Q&A With J. Renée

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As a blind woman who loves to wear makeup, there are few things more challenging than applying false eyelashes. When I heard about magnetic eyelashes I wondered how they compared with other types of false lashes. Recently I caught up with J. Renée, 1st #AlbinoBeauty Influencer, to ask her a few burning questions on magnetic eyelashes.

Abby: In comparison with the glue-on lashes are the magnetic ones easier to handle?

J. Renée: Yes, initially I thought so. There are some pros and cons.

Abby: What are a few difficulties you had in trying them for the first time?

J. Renée: Well, I’ve never really attempted to apply any lashes on myself before so it was all new to me. I have applied them on models which I think isn’t as difficult. The magnets were difficult to align on my own eyes at first.

Abby: About how long did it take you to become comfortable applying the magnetic lashes?

J. Renée: I tried them once and took about 20 minutes. I think with practice, I could get them on easily.

Abby: Can you feel them once they are in place? Are they weighty?

J. Renée: I could not feel them. They feel pretty lightweight.

Abby: What is the cost comparison?

J. Renée: These cost about twice as much as a regular pair of glue lashes.

Abby: You mentioned press-on lashes will be coming out soon? Do you know when or where they will be available?

J. Renée: I heard that they were new but when I looked into it more, they’ve been available for a few years. I had never tried them before so I’m going to find them to try.

Abby: J. Renée thank for sharing your thoughts with us on magnetic eyelashes. You’ll have to follow-up with us on the press-on ones.

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Projection & The ‘Other’ Side | Abby’s Reflections 21

Projection & The ‘Other’ Side | Abby’s Reflections 21

“It’s always easier to assess a person’s situation when you are on the outside looking in. Imagining ourselves in another’s position in some cases can not only be impractical but also harmful.”

Perceptions And Reality Can Be Two Different Things

Many people feel sorry for blind people because they envision that we live dull, colorless lives. We hear things like “it would be so scary,” “I couldn’t go on if I lost my sight,” or “life would be so hard.” The reality is life can be challenging for everyone with and without sight.

I understand how easy it is to use projection as a method of trying to understand a particular aspect of disability, we all do it. However, unless we are willing to listen, learn, and believe people with disabilities (PWDs) this method yields negative results. To play the comparison game by assuming our lives are better than another’s simply because they have a disability is abhorrent. We have to change the thinking that disability means ‘broken’ when all it really means is ‘different.’

Let’s continue to strive for inclusivity in all areas of life. Hopefully, there will come a time when we fully embrace our differences without condescension. Until then, resist the urge to assume that disability automatically means a deficit.

As for living with blindness, it’s not what one might expect. There are so many ways to experience a beautiful and fulfilling life, having eyesight is only one.

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