Let’s Get Cheeky, Shall We?

It’s freezing outside. The snow ain’t goin’ anywhere. And I’m thinking of the warm weather.

Spring is in 5 more days. Five. More. Days. And this is what I’m dealing with!

Some people get prepared for the warm weather by going to the gym and working out.

I prepare for the warm weather by going to the doctor. To have my skin checked.  Today was a bit different.

I’ll be covered up like this at the beach to protect my skin.   No I won’t. I’ll use sunscreen and sit under an umbrella!

I had a thing on my leg. It started as a little scaly patch. Very small.  And last week I was in Target looking at stuff I couldn’t buy because Bonaparte took my credit cards away from me.  That didn’t stop me from looking at home goods or underwear.or stuff I wasn’t even interested in purchasing.  So anyway, I noticed a display of earrings on sale.  My clumsiness got the better of me.  I literally bumped into the display. I had my keys in my hand. Just my luck one of the keys dug into the little scaly patch.

Are you following?

The next thing I know, my little scaly patch grew within seconds to a deep red circle and in the middle of the circle there appeared what looked like the largest, pus-filled giant pimple you had ever seen. Only it wasn’t a pimple.


I know. It’s gross, but this is a photograph of what my “thing” resembled. Only mine was worse. A lot worse. It was so big, I could have skied down it!

It was now a “thing”. And what really scared me was that this “thing” resembled the squamous cell skin cancer that I had on my forehead seven years ago.  I just about shit a brick!

I couldn’t stop inspecting this “thing”.  Bonaparte was becoming annoyed with me because I kept shoving my thigh into his face—and it was not in a sexy or romantic way either.

This is me. Only I had a huge magnifying glass to inspect my “thing” every hour to see if it hadn’t gotten bigger!

What else could I do but make an appointment with the doctor.  My first appointment was set for this past Tuesday—but the big snow ruined that for me.  The appointment was scheduled for today.

I made sure that I wore clothing that was easily removable. After all, I was wearing fake hair and I’ll be damned if I would wear something I had to pull over my head. I spent fifteen minutes making sure that messy bun of mine was strategically messy.  On the coldest day of the year, I went bare legged! Going to the doctor’s office bare-legged in sub-zero weather always ensures a return trip will be on the horizon due to pneumonia one would catch by wearing as little as possible! I’m sure the doctor will be thrilled to see me return!

Ensemble for a visit to the doctor. Boots that come off easily.  A button-down shirt and cardigan sweater and a short skirt! Very appropriate for 12 degree weather!

And here’s how the visit went.

Tiffany, the P.A. came in to inspect my “thing” and I think I saw her suppress a laugh as I explained how this “thing” grew to enormous proportions within seconds.  I then explained to her that even though this thing could very well be the squamous cell, it was healing. It wasn’t as big as it was last week. And I had a feeling it was Actinic/Acetic Keratosis–or “AK”. (At this point Tiffany looked scared because she realized I was one of those patients–a self-diagnosing hypochondriac. No thanks to WebMD!

I keep a copy of this in my wallet. You never know when someone may need to know these symptoms!

Ultimately, the diagnosis was one that made me happy.  It was Acetic Keratosis.  I’m very familiar with this because I’ve had many of them burned off my body.  Instead of spending money to get rid of wrinkles, I get to spend money ridding my body of sun damage!

The funny thing was that Tiffany was a bit apprehensive about burning this thing off of me. She wanted one of the doctors to do it.  I told her I didn’t care if she had to run into the little kitchen in the office, get a knife and a spoon and cut and spoon the “thing” off my leg!

She wasn’t used to being with cheeky patients like me.  But in the end. She did a fantastic job of burning that Acetic Keratosis from my leg. She mentioned that I might have to come back for a second go-round and I was fine with it.  I think she is now home kneeling at her bed praying that I don’t have to go back.

Funny how the band-aid is almost darker than my pasty, fish-belly, bluish, freckled Irish-American skin.  Now you know why fake tan is so important to me!

And speaking of cheeky, I’m mulling over the idea of getting a new blush.  Actually, I’m mulling over asking Bonaparte to give me cash to buy a new blush.

But do I really need one?

To tell you the truth, I don’t have many blush or cheek colors in my artillery at the moment.  I have a couple of powder blushes that only come out in the extreme heat—like when my skin is glistening from sweat and we are about to go to dinner and I want a little somethin’ somethin’ on my cheeks.

I like a natural flush of color on my cheeks, but this isn’t the way I attain it!

During the rest of the year, I love me a cream blush. And I’ll tell you, it isn’t easy to find one that works on my pale, pasty white freckled skin that is now getting age spots!

But, I’m gonna tell you about four  cheek colors that I love and have been continuing to use on a rotating base. They are my go-to’s.  And I may need to replenish soon.

Let’s have a look. Shall we?

From left to right. e.l.f. Color Stick in “Pink Lemonade” , Stila Converable color in “Sweet Pea” and NYColor Lovatics Cheek and Lip Tint in “Cheeky Pink”.  

At one buck, the e.l.f. color stick is the buy of the century. It’s heavily pigmented and a little goes a long, long way!  The Stila was the priciest at $25.00. But I’ve had this for two years. It’s bright and again, a little goes a long way. The NYColor Cheek and Lip Tint is incredibly pigmented and the liquid dries very fast so you have to work quickly.  This was less than four dollars.  Proof that you do not have to spend a fortune to get a great product!

Left to right. Wearing the e.l.f. color stick. It’s more of a pinkish-coral on my skin.  Middle pic is the Stila Sweet Pea, more subtle. Right pic, the NYColor Cheek Tint. It’s very bright. I purposely went darker so you could see the pigmentation.

I just found out the the e.l.f. color stick has been DISCONTINUED!  If you see it anywhere, buy it. I’m serious. It’ll be the best buck you ever spent! I cannot believe it’s discontinued. Thank God  I bought a backup. Now I’m going to have to go on the hunt for leftovers! Why does this happen to me?

Last of all, the NARS Multiple stick in “Riviera”. I’m a huge fan of this because it can be used as a lippie. And during the summer with a fake tan, it looks nice on the mouth!  This is another pinky-coral color. Goes on more subtle.  At $39.00 it’s a bit pricey but I’ve had this for about two years. It’s worth the money!

Here’s another look at the swatches. Top pic from left to right. Elf, Stila, NYColor.  Bottom pic same order but to the far right is the NARS Riviera–it looks more peachy but it could be the awful lighting!

Rosy cheeks. They’re so healthy looking! What’s your choice in blush???

Because of the snow, I didn’t go to the Weight Watchers meeting tonight. The roads are still pretty bad and in the dark, I would have driven into a snow bank or slid on ice.  Anyway, I did weigh myself when I got home from work and am down another half-pound. I’m thrilled with the loss because I ate like pig this past weekend. And on the snow day—I found comfort in stuffing my face.  It happens. It’s ok.

Down a half pound. I’m thrilled with this!! But I do look forward to the meeting next week!

Because tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, I am fondly remembering all the dance-outs I drove Oona and her dance friends to during this time of year. My favorite dances are the hornpipes. They are so lively and rhythmic and I was listening to this CD today by one of the feis musicians, Billy Furlong.  Hornpipes from his CD “Strings for the Sets”. Yes. I still listen to this!


About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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16 Responses to Let’s Get Cheeky, Shall We?

  1. My father, at 82, found a reddish blueish spot on the back of his leg and panicked, begging the dermatologist to see him immediately. He was quite insulted when the doctor said “O! That’s just an OLD AGE thing. We can burn that off.” I believe he would have been happier if it had been skin cancer…a much better story. But the indignity of something being solely from “old age”. Well. The nerve. (He just passed in December at 93….)

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Nelson. That Sucks–that a doctor would refer to a spot on the skin as old age. In my opinion it is an ignorant remark and a lousy example of bedside manner–not to mention ageist to boot. I would have slapped that doctor upside the head!!! Glad your dad was fine though!!! 93–it is a nice age to be bidding farewell but we are never ready for that!! My love and sympathies to you! XOXOXOXO!!!

  2. mareymercy says:

    Wow – glad your ‘thing’ turned out not to be a ‘thing’!

  3. Rhonda says:

    OMG!!!!! Cathe!!! That E.L.F. Pink Lemonade stick is my absolute FAVORITE! I can’t believe they’ve discontinued it! No wonder I haven’t been able to find it! Good thing I have one back up left, but now I’m going to have to conserve!!! Where else will I find the perfect cream blush for just pennies??? BTW-so glad your skin thing is taken care of!! Also, I’ve wanted to ask you if you’ve ever tried taking collagen tablets (type I, II, AND III) for your hair loss? I’ve taken it for the last 3years and have been AMAZED at the slow, yet noticeable regrowth in my hairline….bonus, also has given my aging face a firmer, not so papery appearance…I’m a firm believer! 😍😘

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Rhonda. Can you believe it???? An inexpensive cheek color that works!! And is discontinued. I can bet e.l.f. will slowly escalate their price point and bring Pink Lemonade back at a $6.00 price–which is still decent! I haven’t taken collagen tablets, but…Skin Actives has a collagen serum that I swear by. I love it! I’ll have to check those pills out! XOXOXOXO!!!

  4. Anne Nickol says:

    Catherine, thanks so much for this post!! I have been searching for a cream blush at Walmart to no avail. I did finally purchase a nice powder one made by L’Oreal that I do like. However, I prefer using a cream blush since my face is so dry. I am upset that the Elf product is no longer available, as it was my favorite. I really like most Elf products. And the price is unbeatable. Since I already have pale to pink skin, a pale pink to peachy tone blush works best for me. I plan to purchase one of the blushes you talked about tomorrow.

    Have you written anything recently on what products you use for dry skin? Can’t remember. My t-zone oily. face has become a dry, flaky desert!

    age 69

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Anne. I’m glad that you are a kindred spirit with the cream blushes. I can’t do powder. I’m too dry-skinned. But–I am listening to your suggestion about products for dry skin. I have to be honest. This winter has been murder on my skin. I don’t know what happened but my skin took a turn for the worst this year. Age? Weather? I have to figure it out. I’m definitely planning on a post so stay tuned!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  5. Oh yes, the skin thing. I’m covered in those brown old lady things, but I also have a thing on my shin which I think is a Bowens, which IS a little cancer – eek! My appointment is next week and I expect it will be either burnt off or scraped off – and I absolutely understand – I obsess about these things!
    And wow, the snow! It’s almost Spring-like here in the south of England. Hope it melts soon. xxxx

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Penny! Ugh. The Bowens is the same as squamous. It’s such a weird thing. I’ll tell you, now that I’m “ok”, I am looking forward to being out in the sun–but being protected as well. I’m so jealous that you are enjoying almost Spring-like conditions. The snow here isn’t going anywhere and I’m just flummoxed as to how Spring is next week!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  6. Sharon Daly says:

    My Irish skin likes Boomstick color. Looks completely natural on my face and lips. Pricey, but portable. No brush required.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Sharon. That’s the Cindy Joseph color. I’ve been so intrigued by her cosmetics but haven’t run across anyone who uses her cosmetics. Until now. I’m so glad that you are praising. This is the push I needed to go through with the order! THANK YOU!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  7. Margaret says:

    Thanks for reminding us of the importance of getting our skin checked. I’m overdue for a visit to the dermatologist, it’s on my to-do list now. Good to hear you have nothing to worry about. Oh how I love Irish step dancing and the beautiful handmade costumes I used to see at the dance school where my daughter took some different dance classes. The handwork on those dresses were truly a sight to behold. Happy St. Patty’s Day to you and everyone here!

    • Catherine says:

      Thank you Margaret! Happy St. Paddy’s to you too, Oh, Those dance dresses cost a small fortune–close to $3,000 per. But at least I knew where my daughter was on the weekends!!!! Get that skin checked!!! You’ll rest assured!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  8. witchy727 says:

    I’m still in the tundra weather, and spring is only two days away ~ what’s up with that?? All I use isBoomstick color and glimmer, with a touch of mascara. Makes my life easy! The color is a nice lipstick and so easy to apply.
    Glad your visit to the doctor went well, that is scary stuff!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Witchy! Wow. This is the second comment on this post recommending Boomstick. I really need to check this out! I’ve been a bit hesitant because I’ve seen the site and thought it pricey. But now I’m having second thoughts. Thank you for a second opinion on this!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

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