In Health on
June 13, 2016

Endometriosis: What you need to know!

We need to raise the awareness for Endometriosis, a disease that affects 1 out of 10 women. A lot of people are not aware of the disease because most sufferers are ashamed to share their experiences…This blog is dedicated to a brave soul and a sister called Tebogo Kekana who is raising awareness of this dreadful disease!

People ask ‘What is Endometriosis, I’ve never heard of it???’….Let us unpack it here and hope you learn.

Endometriosis is a disease that affects women of child-bearing age but it is believed it can be present in young girls too. It is estimated that 176 million women worldwide have endometriosis. The number could be more as it is believed some women are undiagnosed. Whilst it does not cause death, living with it is hell for the women who have it, as it caused excruciating pain. Some people have equated the pain to that of giving birth in women who have severe endometriosis.

It is the abnormal growth of endometrial cells (normally found in the inside lining of the womb) outside the womb. These abnormal implants can be found in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, other surfaces of the womb, intestines, peritoneal cavity, vagina, cervix, pelvic cavity, bladder, liver, rectum, lungs, and brain.

During periods, the endometrium is supposed to break and be discarded by the body through menstruation via the vagina. However, some of the pieces of the endometrium leave the womb through upper openings of the womb into the fallopian tubes, and ultimately into the peritoneal cavity. The pieces then attach themselves to the peritoneum and start growing there. This results in the endometrium growing outside the womb and causing Endometriosis.

It not clear what causes endometriosis but scientific research suggests it may be hereditary in most cases.

Endometriosis can only be diagnosed with certainty through a laparoscopy, where a thin scope with light on the end is inserted into a woman’s abdomen through a small incision next to the belly button. This allows the doctor to see inside the abdomen and check for endometrial growths. These growths can be sent to the laboratory for pathological examination.
Symptoms are:

Severe menstrual pain;
– Irregular periods
– Chronic lower back pain

– Pain during or after sex
– Intestinal pain
– Painful or bloody bowel movements
– Spotting between periods
– Infertility
– Constipation
– Diarrhoea
– Bloating
– Nausea
– Chronic fatigue
– Swelling of legs/feet

There is no cure for it. The only available treatment options are:

  1. Surgical Treatment:

Surgical therapies for the treatment of endometriosis are

– laparoscopy (less invasive procedure involving removal of endometrial implants through laser using a small camera)
– laparotomy (more invasive procedure involving opening of the abdominal wall through a large incision to remove implants), and
– hysterectomy (which I am strongly opposed to – is the removal of the womb).

  1. Medical Treatment:

– Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium are commonly prescribed to relieve pelvic pain and menstrual pains associated with endometriosis. Please note these are only for pain and will not make the implants disappear.

– Hormonal treatments like Danazol – these are aimed at reducing the amount of oestrogen that your body makes.

– Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) – makes the body to stop producing hormones that are responsible for ovulation (it is like inducing menopause)

– Progestins like Visanne – these reduce the effects of oestrogen on the endometrium, thereby reducing inflammation and related pain.

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Testimony of an Endo sufferer:

Tebogo says: “Did you know I have an average of two surgical procedures in a year to alleviate the pain Endometriosis causes me? I have been on Danazol (it’s an androgen based treatment) and I was literally turning into a ma (my voice deepened, my feet grew, I grew a moustache, etc). I have also been on the newly developed Visanne but my endometriomas doubled in size while on that treatment. The only treatment that I seem to be responding well to (if having two surgeries a year is responding well) is surgery. My stomach looks like a battlefield with all the scars. I NEED A CURE!

No matter what your gynaecologist says, DO NOT ever agree to having your womb removed if you still would like to bear children. Scientific research has shown that removal of the womb is not a guaranteed cure for endometriosis. In my case, I have recto-vaginal endometriosis. The endometriosis has spread to my rectum and a hysterectomy is not an option. I have had affected pieces of my rectum cut twice and my stance is let them rather cut a piece of my uterus until there is nothing left. Say no to your organs being removed. #‎EndometriosisAwareness

In Uncategorized on
June 10, 2016

What is ColourPop + Give-Away {Win}

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There is so much hype around ColourPop and being a beauty enthusiast I had to follow suit because #FOMO 🙂

ColourPop is relatively new with only a few years in existence; the founders are actually a brother and sister John and Laura Nelson with many years of experience in the beauty industry. They started the ColourPop brand under the umbrella of their company, Seed Beauty.

The good thing about ColourPop is that it is a product with a high –end quality and budget-friendly price tag with products starting at $5. I bought a few items just to test it out before I do a bigger haul.

Unfortunately, ColourPop does not ship to South Africa. So, you need a US forwarding address as well as a shipping company that will ship to South Africa. You can check ‘Postbox Courier’ or ‘Aramex Global’. You will also need a Paypal account because most US stores do not take South African bank cards.

I did not want to temper with the products and do any swatches because I am running a competition on the featured products, an eyeshadow and an ultra matte liquid lipstick.

 

Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

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This lippie falls under the violet shades and I love it because it suits all skin tones especially dark skins.

Application Tips: credit ColourPop website

Step 1: Make sure your lips are bare and dry! Step 2: Apply matching lip pencil for a precise and perfected application. Step 3: Apply Ultra Matte Lip with the applicator or your favorite lip brush. **For smoothest finish always exfoliate your lips first! This thin and lightweight formula glides onto the lips smoothly and leaves SUPER intense pigment-rich colour with a bold, ultra matte look. It’s very long wearing and completely kiss proof! We suggest storing these babies upright and shaking before application!

 

Super Shock Eyeshadow

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The eyeshadows are a collab with Jenn Im a vlogger with a huge following on Instagram (check her YouTube channel). I love how pigmented they are and the shades can be used as a highlighter or bronzer too.

Application Tips: credit Colourpop website

For maximum coverage: Use fingertip and tap shadow onto eye lid. A flat, fine tip synthetic brush will work fabulously as well and is actually better for a more detailed application close to the lash line. However, your fingertips make for the most intense application. To blend: Use a fluffy brush that has good movement, dip tip of the brush into the shadow and blend with a “wind shield wiper” movement throughout the crease of the eye. This will make your shadow softer and more diffused (like a total pro). When finished, close that sucker up tight! Don’t leave the jar opened for long periods of time, you may lose some of the magic that makes the Super Shock Shadow so amazzzing.

 

I will do an in-depth review on my next blog post. So here comes the fun part! I am giving-away an eyeshadow + ultra matte lippie.

ColourPop

To enter, all you have to do is follow the steps:

  1. Subscribe to my blog: http://www.ndakilifestyle.co.za/
  2. Follow the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ndakilifestyle/
  3. Leave a comment on the blog and tag two or more friends on the FB page

The competition ONLY applies to South Africans and closes on 25 June 2016.

 

In Lifestyle on
May 16, 2016

Bao Bao Wan for M.A.C {Review}

MAC collaborated with a well-known Chinese jeweler, Bao Ban Wan. Who is Bao Bao Wan?

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She is a high-society darling, artist, pop philosopher, muse and jewellery designer Bao Bao Wan is one of China’s most renowned style stars. Her debut collaboration with M•A•C is inspired by her womanly and brazen aesthetic, with metallic golds and rich jewel tones reflecting her trademark decorative designs. Eyes are gilded in bronze, skin twinkles like a diamond, lips flicker like rubies and nails outshine even the most precious gems. The collection is outfitted in velvety brown packaging featuring burnished metal, embellished with her signature. Nodding to tradition while trailblazing new trends, M∙A∙C and Bao Bao Wan invite every face to take center stage.

I got two products from the ‘Fairy god-father’ of beauty products give-away in Canada, Mr. Dave Lackie. A totally unexpected gift that was highly appreciated, it was a Bao Bao Wan nail lacquer + a M.A.C satin lipstick.

Follow him on twitter @davelackie and who knows you could be lucky to win a prize too!

Bao Bao Wan Imperial nail lacquer

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There are only three shades in the range, the blue, green and brown. I tested out the green nail lacquer from the range, it is called “Imperial Green”, I guess the inspiration came from the emerald green precious jewellery stone. This colour can suit any skin tone but it gets edgy on a darker skin. It is quick-drying and lasts longer on the nails, that is one thing I love about pricier brands…better quality!

This shade suits my skin tone so nicely and it is the right warm shade for the winter season in South Africa.