Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better

I found out about the Look Good Feel Better workshop soon after my breast cancer diagnosis and was so looking forward to going!

It is a free national community service program dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Women, men and teens participate in a practical workshop which covers skin care, make-up and head wear demonstrations.

I’m a bit of a make up fiend but since my diagnosis, and especially since losing my hair, I haven’t had the same level of enjoyment in making myself up that I did before.

On the day, I joined a group of about 12 other ladies in the waiting room. We had a drink and a chat about our mornings and were called out by name one by one to find our seat.

I was the last one called and was shown to my seat at the FRONT of the class. One of the LGFB team asked me if I didn’t mind being the guinea pig for the day – argh – of course I said yes!

On the table in front of me was an array of make up and skincare products.

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First up was a lesson in make up. We found out all about how to apply foundation, concealer and powder first to even out skin-tone, hide imperfections but still look naturally glowing. Well, as glowing as one undergoing cancer treatment can!

Next it was eyebrows. I’ve lost about 40% of mine and as I had very thick and dark eyebrows previously, I’ve really been struggling to draw them on – I’ve never had to do it in my life before! I found out a better way for me to draw mine on it to turn my eyebrow pencil to the side and shade them in, rather than to try and draw on ‘hairs’.

Then it was eyeshadow and liner.  I think I’ve lost about 60% of my eyelashes and gained some great tips on using liner to fake the look of a full row of thicker lashes. We followed that up with an application of mascara and I learned that you shouldn’t keep mascara for more than 3 months after the first application to prevent spreading bacteria – I didn’t know that! I rarely wear mascara these days because I’m trying not to irritate my eyes and also prevent any more lashes falling out but I do look so much better with it on.

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After blusher and lipstick, our look was complete! I decided to be bold and opted for red lips – it’s so rare that I’m brave enough for bold coloured lips but it was fun.

When our make up was complete, it was time to try on some wigs, hats and scarves. Lucky me, again the guinea pig for some of them! Check me out below in a fetching blonde wig and bright pink cap – it was so funny! Clearly I was joking, not being serious :)

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I did try on a bobbed dark brown wig, which I loved, and found out some really nice ways to tie a head scarf. As we’re coming into the cooler weather here in Australia, I’ll probably wear my wig and headgear more to keep warm whereas until now I either wear nothing or just pop a cap on.

You can see me in my new wig here by the way.

The workshop lasted for about 2 hours and was so much fun. It was lovely to pick up some new tips and be in the company of like-minded ladies who were going through a similar situation to me.

We also received a lovely collection of make up, tailored to our skin-tone, to take home which was a lovely bonus given that the workshop is free.

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I would highly recommend anyone undergoing cancer treatment to sign up for the Look Good Feel Better workshop – you really will get a lot out of it and at the very least, laugh a lot!

More about Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better programs are open anyone undergoing treatment for any sort of cancer. In Australia, more than 118,000 people have participated in the program, which now offers approximately 1,000 workshops nationwide in more than 180 venues.

Today, the program is managed by a small team of team of staff and the support of 1,500 trained and certified cosmetic, beauty and hairdressing professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help deliver workshops across Australia. Each workshop participant receives a complimentary Confidence Kitand instruction booklet.

With no government funding, the Cancer Patients Foundation relies heavily on the generosity of corporate and community supporters.

For more information, you can visit lgfb.org.au

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  1. 24th March 2016 / 3:18 am

    What a wonderful service they provide, I’ve heard about something similar in the UK. You look beautiful darling x

    • 24th March 2016 / 10:34 am

      Thank you so much lovely lady! And yes, they do it in the UK too, it’s fab :) x

    • 20th March 2016 / 7:57 pm

      Oh thanks lovely lady! x

  2. 19th March 2016 / 10:40 am

    It’s such a brilliant programme, Mim! I love the fact they not only taught you how to make your skin look lovely and glowy, they also gave you the products to take home. I much prefer you with no wig on, he he! xxx

  3. 19th March 2016 / 9:42 am

    How do you pull off blonde and brunette Mrs?! Not many people can do that. You look fabulous lovely lady xx

  4. 19th March 2016 / 2:39 am

    A few friends of mine have had similar days when they’re in treatment for their cancer; it’s fabulous and I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. I can’t believe the difference of how you look in the two different hair colours, it#s amazing the changes. If you’d like to link up at #TreasuredMoments you’d be very welcome

    • 20th March 2016 / 6:54 pm

      Thank you! It was such a good working and so worthwhile going :) x

  5. Sally
    17th March 2016 / 10:10 pm

    This is an excellent initiative – I wonder if we have it here in the UK? Anything we can do to make ourselves feel better is worth its weight in gold! xxx

    • 17th March 2016 / 10:12 pm

      Oh you’re so right! I believe they do have it in the UK too :) x

  6. 17th March 2016 / 4:51 pm

    What an awesome service! This could do so much to improve an individual’s self esteem. Looking good! Hope your treatment is going well. #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • 17th March 2016 / 5:38 pm

      Thank you! It really did give me a boost, and I didn’t know I needed one until I got it!

  7. Regina L. L. Wells
    17th March 2016 / 9:55 am

    This is fabulous, and thank you so much for sharing it and your journey! You look gorgeous with a brunette bob! This program is so amazing. I think that it picks up an issue that a lot of people miss when talking about the trials of cancer…appearance and the effect that it can have on one’s well being and journey in battling cancer. I hate this disease and hope that you kick it in its you know what. You look absolutely beautiful!

    • 17th March 2016 / 10:14 am

      Oh thank you! It’s SUCH a good workshop and really cheered me up :)

  8. 17th March 2016 / 6:23 am

    What a wonderful initiative. I wonder if there’s anything like that in the uk? Glad you had fun

    • 17th March 2016 / 10:15 am

      I’m pretty sure they’re global! x

      • Lyn
        17th March 2016 / 4:52 pm

        There’s something similar in the UK, I’m pretty sure, but called a different name.

        • 17th March 2016 / 5:37 pm

          I think they do the same one in the UK too I found out today! :)

  9. 17th March 2016 / 3:34 am

    This sounds like such a lovely boost – and that brown bobbed wig looks lovely! I hadn’t even thought about how make up would change during and after treatment x

    • 17th March 2016 / 10:15 am

      Oh it really was! Me too – my skin is so different, and a lot balder hee hee! x

  10. 16th March 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Wow, what a great idea this workshop is. I agree, that brown bob really suits you. It’s funny how different you look as a blonde! Sending healing thoughts to you for the remainder of your treatment.x

    • 17th March 2016 / 10:17 am

      Thank you lovely! Ha ha the blonde one wasn’t quite me! x

  11. Lyn
    16th March 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Hi Mim, you’re looking pretty good, all things considered. I did the LGFB workshop on probably my worst day after my second treatment, & was also the Guinea pig. It is such a great day, an absolute mess for anyone going through cancer treatment. All the best for the remainder of your treatment. I finished active treatment just over 7 weeks ago, yahoo. My hair is now a little less than 2cm long, after finishing chemo early October. It always did grow slowly though, ????.
    It was a little nerve racking the first day I went out without a head cover, but now used to that too.

    Take care, Lyn

    • 16th March 2016 / 6:32 pm

      Oh thank you Lyn and congrats to you for finishing treatment!! My hair grows very very slowly too x x

  12. Ilsa
    16th March 2016 / 3:00 pm

    You look wonderful Mim. I especially love the brown bob too!! Xxx

    • 16th March 2016 / 3:01 pm

      Thanks lovely lady – I can’t wait to have my own hair back in a bob ha ha :) x x

  13. Cara
    16th March 2016 / 1:33 pm

    What an absolutely fantastic idea – have forwarded on to some friends and family going through treatment. Love it. Oh and looking fabulous as always Mim xx

    • 16th March 2016 / 1:36 pm

      Thanks lovely! x x

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