Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

I meant to do this look yesterday, but I got a bunch of bad news, so I just knew the makeup thing was sooo not happening. It has to do with Mellan, and if you’re interested, you’ll find the story after the look :)

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: True Chartreuse pigment (chartreuse base), Sharp eyeshadow (chartreuse), Tempting eyeshadow (bronzy brown), Dark Edge eyeshadow (matte dark brown), Next To Nothing eyeshadow (neutral highlighter), Rich Gruond fluidline (brown) Graphblack technakohl (black), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Other Worldly blush (bronze)
  • Lips: Creme Cerise lipstick (dirty peach-nude), Jampacked lipglass (dark vampy berry)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Sharp = Sour Lemon; Dark Edge = Brun; Next To Nothing = Shroom; Other Worldly = Raizin; Creme Cerise = Peachstock; Jampacked = Desire

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply True Chartreuse pigment all over the lid as the base with the 249. All over the lid, apply Sharp eyeshadow using the 239. Apply Tempting eyeshadow on the outer lid and lower outer crease. Darken the outer crease using Dark Edge eyeshadow and drag into crease using the 239. Sweep Next to Nothing underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line, Rich Ground fluidline on upper lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Other Worldly using the 129. Apply Creme Cerise lipstick to lips, and then top with Jampacked lipglass for color and shine.


Mellan being clingy this morning while I did my makeup!

So, Magellan has had a heart murmur since we’ve gotten him, and it didn’t go away. Though we had an x-ray of his chest done a month or so ago, and the heart looked normal… turns out it isn’t. We talked with an orthopedic surgeon about doing hip surgery (since he has severe hip dysplasia), and before we could think about surgery, we needed to find out what exactly was wrong with his heart. A cardiologist did an echocardiogram (EKG) yesterday afternoon, and Magellan has moderaet pumonic stenosis, which basically means the blood flow on the right part of his heart is restricted.

Between the hips ($8K) and the heart ($5K), we just can’t afford to do surgery, and it seems silly to do one and not the other. He will probably have major hip problems (aka pain) by 3-4 years old, and by 4-5 years old, he has a 40% chance of his heart failing. We have decided to put him on some supplements to help his hips, but we will forego surgery at this point. Of course, we will enjoy every moment we have with him. On a positive side, there are a few exceptional dogs who live out their lives despite hip dysplasia and heart problems – just don’t know how many have done it with both.

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153 thoughts on “Looks – Cult of Cherry Chartreuse and Brown

  1. Cynthia

    So sorry about your dog. Hope he gets better soon.

  2. Hey Christine. I’m so sorry about Magellan. I know there’s nothing anyone could really say, other than I’m here for you if you want to talk. Hopefully with medicine they will be able to keep his pain at a minimum. I’ll be thinking about him and you and your boyfriend. Please keep us posted.

    And.. gorgeous job on the look.:)

  3. I think lots of love will help Magellan more than anything! Which it sounds like he is getting a alot of that anyways. Hang in there!

  4. Trace

    Christine, I am so sorry about Magellan. :( I hope he can be one of the exceptional dogs that live a lot longer than expected with the problems he has.

    Can I ask where you got him from? Was it a pet store, breeder, humane society? Because a responsible breeder checks the bloodline for any genetic heart problems and any other problems that can be detected. Of course if he was an adoption from a shelter they would have no way of knowing, but if you paid a breeder for him, I would most certainly contact them and ask these things.

    I truly wish you all the best, it’s so hard to cope when our pets are not well, I know this first hand. Sending positive thoughts yours & Mellan’s way. :)

    Also, love this look.. the lip combo is awesome.

  5. awwwwwww giiiiiiiiiiirlllllllllllll………..I want to cry!! I’m so sorry about Mellan :( did you get him the glycoflex? If you did, i hope it helps :)

    oh, and loving the lip look! I’m def going to pick up jampacked now!!

    • Hey Courtney! I picked up Glyco-Flex II and 3V Caps for him; both are what the ortho suggested as supplements, for now. They said there are plenty of other things we can move up to/increase/decrease if and when it is necessary. It will be interesting if we see improvement (because he seems fine, but you can hear his hips click/pop) after a few weeks.

      Thanks! Jampacked gave it a surprising color!

  6. Anna

    Christine,

    I kind of know how you feel. My dog has been ill for a while and now, even though he recovered, it seems like he needs some help again – which is hard, because he’s way older than Magellan.

    Anyway – healthy, balanced food can actually reduce risk of pain caused by dysplasia. Consult your vet. Cooking meals for your dog is more healthy than feeding him even the best ready-made dog food. Still, it’s tiresome.

    I hope everything turns out good.

    • Hey Anna!

      I am happy to hear that your dog has recovered from his illness, but you say he might need some help again? I hope he feels better soon!

      Right now, we feed him Innova Large Breed Puppy [Dry] food, which is supposed to be a good commercial dog food compared to the stuff you’d find at Petsmart.

  7. HeavenLeiBlu

    Sending good wishes toy you and Magellan!

  8. Ashley

    Sorry to hear about Magellan Christine! Spoil him rotten in all the good ways. It might be interesting to look into some holistic vets for him. The vet I work for has had great success with treating animals with homeopathic remedies and it is becoming more an more popular. Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help.

    • Hi Ashley!

      What are some holistic treatments for hip dysplasia and/or heart problems? I’d definitely be interested in learning more :)

      Thanks!

  9. Amanda

    I’m so sorry to hear about Magellan. Dogs really become part of the family so I imagine know this is really hard for you two. I had to put my puppy down at 3 years old due to injury and it’s still heartbreaking. I hope that he manages to overcome his problems and live a fulfilling doggy life!

    • They really do, Amanda! It’s insane how fast I’ve fallen head over heels in love with the guy. I think around day three was when the I-love-you-and-never-let-you-go feeling was cemented. I’m so sorry to hear you had to put your baby down so early. Even though there is a chance Mellan could live a great, long life, we have to be realistic, if only to prepare ourselves for having to make the same tough decision you had to. Thank you for sharing :)

  10. I am so sorry! I’ve been through it myself.

  11. Erin/slipnslide

    I’m so sorry about Magellan! How sad. I can totally relate.
    My dog had a serious torn ACL on his hind leg (old and probably hopped off the couch wrong), and was contantly limping and in pain. He was too old to really be a candidate for surgery (without lots of expensive tests to make sure he’d even make it through a surgery), although he’s still so lively it’s hard to believe he’s 15 human years old. He limped a while and we just had to give him doggy tylenol and try to find ways for him to get exercise without putting too much pressure on the remaining three legs. He uses all four feet fine now, seems to have made as full a recovery as we ever could have imagined. We thought about putting him down, but he still seemed so happy despite the pain we never did. Now I’m so glad we waited. It’s been 3 years.

    • Hey Erin!

      Oh, I feel you on the $$ tests!! To do the EKG was $400 (to do the workup for the hip surgery was $800, so I figured do the cheaper one first since it could negate the hip surgery anyway). But it’s so uplifting to hear stories of miracle dogs! I’m glad he’s such a happy dog now :)

  12. I am very sorry to hear about Magellan. I have been showing pics of my new puppy Foster (hes on your Paws blog), but he came only after loosing my beloved Syd to a very quick and unexpected tumor in his belly. The pain of loosing a dog, who is a FAMILY member that never complains or expects much from you is so hard to go through. Enjoy the time you have with him and never take him for granted. Thats what I regret the most after loosing Syd. I felt like I never did enough with him I assumed there was still time or another day. I hope you find him some relief and that he lives a long and full life.

    • Hey Kristie! Foster is gorgeous :) Such a cutie!

      I’m so sorry to hear about Syd’s tumor. How very terrible for him :( That is exactly how I feel… he is truly part of my family, and he gives you a kind of love that is different from human love. It feels like the closest thing you could ever come to unconditional love.

      I am sure you did plenty with Syd, and he enjoyed the time he had with you :)

  13. Hi Christine,
    I wanted to reach out to you and tell you to please not give up on Mellan. When I adopted Foxy (my shiba-inu princess) at 6 months old back in 2006, just minutes before being put to sleep at the pound, she came home with what we figured was kennel cough. The kennel cough turned into pneumonia and then the pneumonia turned sever and nothing seemed to cure it. 3 weeks into having her I was already $5k deep in vet bills with no answers and had already visited several vets who all seemed clueless. somehow i had no clue why i was spending all this money because she was my first pet ever and already at that rate i could have had several shibas…but something told me she was different. she began to show symptoms that were uncalled for and became severely ill. I traced down the vet that saw her upon her rescue and it turned out to be that it wasn’t kennel cough or pneumonia after all…it was indeed distemper which was escalating its degree in phases. Of course at 6 months a pup has no chances of survival and everything that you read about distemper is fatal and bad. but her vet was very optimistic and despite that fact that i ran into four veterinarians that suggested i euthanize her because there was simply “no hope”, he decided to treat her. Foxy spent the first two months from when i adopted her hospitalized. she had seizures, lost her balance and ability to walk and no one thought she would make it. I brought her home had to teach her how to walk again and continue treatment at home. eventually i felt she would do well without her seizure meds and eventually she started becoming herself again. today foxy is my joy, and absolutely a miracle which everyone doubted. she cant stop running around and plays endlessly. she even loves my makeup and sniffs through my train cases every chance she gets.

    but what im trying to say is that in Foxy’s case prayers and thoughts were a big factor in her survival. so please stick by Mellan’s side every chance you get and just keep him in high hopes and good spirits. i’ll make sure prayers for you guys and his recovery.

    • Hi Roselyn,

      We are definitely not giving up on him! We are just going to have to pursue more conservative treatment (aka medication/supplements) rather than something more aggressive (and probably more effective, but much more costly). But we definitely hope he will live a great, long life :)

      I’m so glad that Foxy’s story has such a happy ending! It is fantastic and so nice to hear from everybody’s miracle dogs. Mellan will be getting plenty of love and hugs and kisses, not to worry on that account ;)

  14. Sara

    So sorry to hear about your lovely Magellan… :( Take each day as it comes – but who knows, you may have years together!

    Love the green look!

  15. Fay

    Hi Christine! Stay positive about Magellan and don’t ever give up. Where can I get the PRO products if there’s no location in my city? The nearest location is 3 hours away and I don’t think products can be bought online. What are my options to buy those products?

    • We definitely won’t give up :)

      Call your nearest location! I rarely go to the PRO store, but I phone in orders periodically. They ship for about $7 – and if yours is only 3 hours away, you’ll get it within 2-3 days, I imagine. So you can call up the PRO store, and tell the artist you’d like to place a phone order and tell them what you want. You can browse http://www.macpro.com for product selection (though they don’t have prices up).

  16. Tatti

    Gorgeous combination of colors!

    Give Magellan a big puppy-hug for me =)
    You’ll see everything will turn out OK…

  17. Susanne

    Gorgeous look! Can’t wait to get Tempting Quad. I just got Chartreuse from the pro store ;)

  18. Tina

    Oh my gosh Christine I am so sorry. Truly, I am. I had an english mastiff Coco and I went through the same exact thing (minus the heart complications). He was a big breed and his hip displaysia and knee joints were so bad that he couldn’t stand and walk anymore. Basically he was paralyzed and he couldn’t go to the bathroom and eating was difficult. I had to hand feed him and he wouldn’t eat. The surgery to replace his hips was 8k for each hip and 4k for each knee. We couldn’t afford to do it and he was on supplements before, and the vet just suggested we put him down (which we did…). He was only 4 years old :/

    But my prayers are with you and Mellan. I really hope he recovers. It’s horrible losing your pet.

    • Tina

      Oops I forgot to mention that when we put him down that was the 2nd time we took him to a vet for it. The first time we took him to an animal emergency room and he had Xrays taken and everything. That vet suggested we put him down (he was only 2 years at the time) but I refused. I just let him take medicine and before we knew it he was his self again, running around and being a playful little (but big) boy. But when his hip displaysia kicked in again his joints just got worse because he grew some more and the second vet made no guarantees that if we DID pay for the surgery that it would turn out to be a success. So thats why we decided to euthanize him (that and we didnt have the money for it).

      • It’s amazing how fast the joints can degernate :( Mastiffs are so susceptible to it, because they are so large. Magellan is pretty much full grown, though we expect he’ll fill out a bit here and there until he’s 2. Surgery is definitely risky, and when you have so much to pay for, only to find out that there’s too much of a chance it won’t work… it’s tough.

        When you took him to the vet at 2, what symptoms did Coco show?

        • Tina

          Honestly I can’t remember any symptoms. It’s been about 4 years since he was 2 years old. I just remember seeing him in the same spot for the longest time, never realizing what was wrong until I would call for him and he woud try to get up but it looked like he was glued to the ground and he would whine.

    • Thank you for sharing your story about Coco with me, Tina! It is tough to find personal experiences on the internet about HD for some reason. Poor boy, not being able to stand or walk. You did the right thing – he was obviously in pain and life was hard for him. The decision you had to make is the reason we want to be positive, but still be aware of what’s likely, just because it is just so hard to say goodbye.

  19. Tina

    Ahh sorry for commenting AGAIN but I just want to say that there is hope. I didn’t listen to the first vet and I continued to have hope. In the end, I was allowed 2 more years with my beautiful boy until we had to let him go.

  20. gio

    Christine, I’m so sorry to hear about Magellan. Just stay positive and don’t give up. Hopfully he’ll be one of those dogs that live a lot longer than expected.

    Love the look, it’s beautiful.

  21. Sarah

    I’m so sorry to hear about Mellan.. I’m working on getting myself ready for when my golden retriever passes (which is going to be soon :(). Anyway.. I know everyone is giving you their condolences, which I am as well, but you have to remember that there is always hope and that there are always miracles. Coming from someone who has had multiple pets that have been condemned to a miserable life/early death, all you can do is what makes sense. Take care of Mellan, keep him on some sort of joint lubrication medication (I use Hylamotion gel from the vet) to help with the hip dysplasia and just make sure that he’s getting around well. You’re the person that sees your dog 24 hours a day (or close); the vet only sees him for maybe a half hour.. If he’s getting around well and his heart problems aren’t bothering him, then don’t worry about “What happens when he gets older? When?”.. Just worry about the present.

    • Hi Sarah,

      Losing a pet is so hard. My family and I have been preparing ourselves for the oldest family pet (who is approaching 17 years old this September). Thanks for the tip about the Hylamotion gel, I will have to ask about that. We’re definitely going to do our best to think about him in the present!

      Thank you for your good thoughts and help!

      • Sarah

        Hylamotion gel worked wonders for my 15 year old golden retriever. You just add 2mL of the gel to their food twice a day. It’s tasteless and scentless, so Mellan won’t get repelled from his food. It’s actually sold for horses, but you can generally buy it at the vet. It’s seriously a miracle gel for doggie arthritis/hip dysplasia. My golden (Lincoln) was jumping around like a puppy a week after being on the gel.

  22. Chrissy

    Oh, Christine. My heart goes out to you and Mellan. But, there is always hope and he’s obviously with the right mom who will give him nothing but love and keep doing what is best for him.

    I’m thinking about you.

    And, gorgeous look, as always. :)

  23. Avatar of Ayat ayat

    Oh Christine I am so sorry about Magellan, he is such a cutie and I hope he gets better!!
    I loved your look it is absolutely stunning and the blush just gives u a gorgeous glow!!

  24. janessa

    hey just wondering what you used for eyeliner? on your top eyelid?! thanks!

  25. Kat

    Christine,

    I am very sorry to hear about Mellan’s problems. I don’t know much about either condition, but do your research, look at any suppliments, exercises, eating plans, holistic who knows what and I’m sure you will find something to help him avoid as much pain as possible in later years.

    And remember dogs are incredibly positive little animals, so as long as his tail is wagging, you keep smiling too. Don’t fret until you need to.

    take care,
    Kat x

    • We’re definitely going to do our best to figure out what’s a good conservative plan. So far we started on the supplements, and we feel good about what he’s eating. He loves to swim, and it’s one of the best exercises (low impact) for him, so he’ll be so happy that he gets to have regular “therapy” sessions at my parents’ house ;)

      Thank you!!

  26. Amanda23

    I’m so sorry about your doggy! My parents dog had a heart murmur for the longest time, and she ended up going into congestive heart failure (which was super sad). But none the less she live to be 13yrs old, so you never know. ;o)

    On the positive note, your makeup looks great! I’m really loving sharp! I’m into chartreuse and greens!

    • Wow, 13! When did the congestive heart failure occur? Our ortho made it sound like once it happened… there was nothing to do, but from reading on the internet, it sounds like there is still some time after for many dogs.

      Thank you! I love chartreuse, too :)

  27. My heart goes out to you re: Mellan. I hope that he lives a long life. Never underestimate the healing power of love and being good dog owners! Make sure to feed him a premium dog food to help reduce inflammation.

    Again, best of luck!!

  28. I am so sorry to hear about Magellan, he is so young and it really doesn’t seem fair at all. One of my dogs was really sick in July and it was horrible … I am really dreading the day that they are no longer with us. But we never know when that day will be for us, or for them, so as long as you can keep him pain free, really enjoy your time with him and treasure it. Again, so sorry to hear the news.

    Critty

    • Thanks for the condolences, Critty! I feel so sad for him, because he’s young. But I guess it is better to know now than to have him taken suddenly.

  29. Kate

    Magellan looks like a real sweetie. So sorry to hear about his condition. Here’s hoping that with all the love and attention you give him he will live a long and happy life.

    The look is beautiful, by the way. I especially like the bronze-shade fluidliner.

  30. Jen

    sorry to hear about Mellan. he’s lucky to have a mommy like you. i dont know if my dog has the same thing with his hips, but he’s had hip problems for a long time and hes going on 10 years old or so and hes the same goofy goober that he was when my cousin first brought him home. i’m sure he’ll live a nice happy life with you and be all clingy to your feet for all your makeup sessions for a long time.
    <3

    • Hey Jen!

      Hip dysplasia is basically when the ball and socket of the hip doesn’t fit correctly, it often pops out or slips in and out of the joint. From what I know, it ultimately results in arthritis. A lot of dog owners never notice symptoms until dogs are much older, even though the problem develops during puppyhood. It’s great to hear that he’s having such a great life despite his hip problems!

      Thanks for sharing :)

  31. lala

    this is sooo pretty!! <3333

  32. Bea

    I’m SO sorry about Magellan :( I will pray he gets better soon. Supplements really will help as will vegetables and fruits instead of dog food!

    Your look is SO gorgeous!! I love the lips and the cheeks. I don’t remember that cheek color is it an old one? I might have to look into this quad…YET AGAIN! Thanks!

    • Hi Bea,

      What kind of vegetables? We will have to talk to the ortho/our vet more about what we should be doing.

      Thank you so much! It’s an older one, it came out with Moonbathe. The only thing I don’t like about the blush is that it photographs terribly. Looks great – subtle, light bronzy kind of color – in person, but in photos, flash REALLY intensifies it, LOL.

  33. Stephanie

    Awww i hope he gets better!!

  34. Marley

    Don’t give up honey- I had a kitten diagnosed with a major heart valve issue and heart murmur at six weeks old. The vet told me she would probably die within a month, but it wouldn’t be painful- that I could either euthanize her now or wait it out. I chose to wait- and told the vet I’d give that kitten the best month any kitty had ever had. She died peacefully in her sleep 12 years later. So the vet isn’t always right, there are always miracles, and love is a healer :)

    • Hi Marley,

      Thank you! It is great to hear these stories about everyone’s miracle pets who beat the odds :) So glad she lived a nice, long life!

  35. Cee

    Hey Christine,

    I’m so sorry, hearing bad news about your pets health always kills. I know from experience with a dog and two cats. But here is the good news, as long as you stay positive and fight, they fight. I have had a dog live with diabetes for over a year when he was not given a month to live, a cat with diabetes for over 2 years when he too wasn’t supposed to live happy and play for that long (we had to put him down when he wasn’t happy anymore) and I saved my sister’s cat 2 months ago from a liver disease that was supposed to kill him in 3 days (the vet said no chance of him living, but if you insist I’ll give him medication and you can take him home and take care of him if you want). The cat is still living and is now of medication and very happy and playfull (even though he will always remain a very thin cat).
    You still have time and you have a website with lots of viewers, maybe there is a way to have people sponser Mellan or maybe someone knows a vet who can give you the surgery for product costs only.
    Try to enjoy him, and make him a happy puppy.
    A great big hug for all of you!

    • Hi Cee,

      Somehow, it really does. It’s amazing how much we come to love our pets! You must have such a big heart to keep positive and stay strong for your babies. :)

      Thank you so much for sharing, Cee :)

  36. Dannette

    I don’t comment here very much, but I lurk alot and am always excited to hear about puppy posts, being an animal lover myself. I’m so sorry to hear about the problems that your dog has now. I feel your pain here – not entirely, but I just lost my puppy of six months to a cerebral hemmorage — and I hope and pray your dog lives his life to the fullest (because he looks so healthy and is certainly nowhere near his time) and that those problems he’s got won’t stop him from being the loving, caring animal he is.

    He seems like such a happy puppy and I hope you all give each other plenty of love — and that it won’t change. :)

    • Nice to meet another animal lover, Dannette :)

      I’m so sorry to hear about your puppy!! How terrible. I always feel so sad for the young ones, because it seems like they had so much life ahead of them.

  37. Poor angel, so much to endure. I just hope he can still be playing around without any pain in the years to come, you’ll see, he will be strong. And as always, I guess he will continue to spread all his love and being all mischievous and happy. I wish you guys many happy years together.

  38. lovekills

    Aww, I’m so sorry about Megalian, I will say a prayer.

  39. lovekills

    And this is one of the best looks you have done IMO, You look radiant!

  40. Cristine

    My Golden pup had a small heart murmur as well and he lived to be 6 years old without sergery. Yuo have to make the most of it and enjoy every single moment of thiere life.

  41. Pretty look! I really love the way the other colors in the quad (besides the hyped up Sharp) look together! Leave it to you to create a look that makes me want to buy more makeup!! LOL.

    And awwwww! Puppy!! He’s so cute. I’d say, if you could, go for the heart surgery. My dog had hip dysplasia too, and she lived 16 years without too much trouble. (supplements make a huge difference!) Maybe you could afford to deal with that later, but the heart now?

    And I totally agree with what someone else said, you should have a Mellan Surgery Fundraiser! Open a Paypal acct, and let people make donations!

    • whitnee

      i think this is actually not a bad idea. I’m sure a lot of people would be willing to give a few dollars towards the surgeries and it would really add up. some people i know donated some money towards majik’s surgeries, and even some strangers when they found out why we were having a yard sale…i felt bad because i know i’m more blessed than a lot of people, but it wasn’t for me, it was for my puppy who totally deserved it, just like mellan

    • Thanks! I figured this would be the first look one would think to do (if using ALL of the colors) – plus, it’s kind of like the promo look, I think.

      When was she diagnosed with HD? What supplements did you find worked well?
      :)

  42. DevilishDoll

    Aww…your poor puppy! *hugs for Magellan* I love the green color…but I don’t really like it with the browns (then again, I rarely wear brown eyeshadow). I think it would look better with like a darker green or maybe some blues. Love the lips, trying to talk myself out of getting Jampacked. I think I went over my makeup limit for a while. Although I’m definitely getting the Manish Arora eyeshadow palette (can’t pass up Going Bananas) and Cult of Cherry lipgloss (I have no reds) when they come out.

    • This is definitely not a look I’d have thought of on my own! I always try to do a look using all of the quad’s colors first. Normally, I’d use it with other greens though!

      • DevilishDoll

        Ah. You know, the funny thing is though, I’ve looked through most, if not all of the looks you have done on your site…and I’ve never seen a single one that looked bad on you. I swear, you can wear anything and still look gorgeous. I’m jealous. After looking at the far away pics of this one, I do like it a bit. I rarely buy quads though.

  43. Jennifer

    I’m so sorry to hear about Mellan :-( I haven’t had dogs, but three years ago, our Siamese cat was diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer. We decided not to put her through chemo, because of the cost and the fact that we couldn’t justify essentially torturing her for months. But we did get longer than we expected, just coddling her, treating her with extra care, and giving her all our love. I hope it doesn’t come to that anytime soon for you, but I think you have it right about just enjoying your time with Mellan.

    On a happier note, I LOVE your lips in this look. Cream Cerise is fantastic, and I may have to take another look at Jampacked!

    • I’m glad you were able to get some extra time with your cat, despite her diagnosis.

      Thanks so much! :) Jampacked was a great way to add some more color to Cream Cerise.

  44. whitnee

    I’m so sorry about Mellan. Just try to remember quality over quantity. Even if he does not live very long you can make his life very meaningful and happy. Just keep him happy. Does your pet insurance not cover these surgeries? or not enough for them? i thought i remember you mentioning you have it. I would be interested to know because i’ve always kicked myself for not having it with majik and now since she had cancer none will take her, except for the plan that covers like car accidents. but if it does not cover these types of surgeries than maybe it’s not that good. i feel so badly for you. i can’t even imagine what you must be going through. i will pray for a miracle for Mellan.

    • Yes, that’s what we’re aiming for now :)

      I have pet insurance, and it will cover up to $3,000 for the hip surgery. Unfortunately I got the insurance after the murmur was found initially, so it is a pre-existing condition and therefore not covered.

      Thank you!

  45. Haydee

    Omg I will pray for him. I am sending him love right now through the pc. Why does everything have to do with money in this world. Your sure you cant seek another opinion.

    • Thank you, Haydee! It sucks that a lot of it has to do with money, but some of it has to do with how much can we put him through, and what might happen later? (like more problems)

      Unfortunately, the hip dysplasia is severe, and both our vet and ortho easily spotted the trouble. You can also hear and feel his hips pop in and out of the socket. It’s one of those things where he’s not borderline, so it is pretty clear what’s wrong, sadly :(

      • Haydee

        I know this may sound a lil crazy but you think for the time being you could place him on a wagon just so he isn’t in any pain. I mean I would do it. Make it comfy for him ;) Also why dont you raise the money. I would gladly send you 10.00 to 15.00 dollars. I would! Can you contact Dog Society or some type of dog support group maybe they can help with the cost. I know I sound silly but I was just thinking………….

  46. Jenna

    I really want the pain that Magellan is feeling to go away, then he’d be able to be active and jumpy like other pets. I guess that’s just one of the things you’d have to go through when your most loyal friend is in pain – heartbreak. I hope he gets better, and I wish you all the best.

  47. Jenna

    I know this probably won’t help Magellan that much but I hope it cheers you up :D Your look is gorgeous and really “runway”!

  48. *hugs for your pup*
    My mother’s dog has bad hip/ joint problems, and she has to give him painkillers and takes him for injections every couple weeks. They’ve helped quite a bit, but we’ve discussed the option of getting him a “dog wheelchair” (they sell them for dogs who have any sort of problem with their back legs)- one of the ladies at the vet we go to has a little dog who uses one and he can zip around pretty fast with it. :)
    So, if your Magellan has worse issues with his hips years from now you may want to look into that. Even if you can afford every surgery your vet recommends, it can be a pretty distressing and risky thing for an animal- it is sometimes better to go with alternative forms of treatment.

    • He loves hugs :)

      My mom has a friend who has a doggy wheelchair, LOL! I haven’t seen one in person yet. I imagine it would make me giggle a bit, though it’s great that there are so many things that can be done for pets these days.

  49. Nell

    Oh Christine, I´m so very sorry to hear about Mellan. I can imagine how hard it must be for all three of you now, but you never know how things turn out. Hopefully Mellan has a great life for as long as possible. My heart goes out to you…

    Perfect lip combo!

  50. Brenda

    Christine, I’m so sorry about Mellan. It is terrible having to watch a beloved pet in pain. I sincerely hope that Mellan will be one of lifes little miracles and overcome the odds. He is lucky to have such a loving mommy like yourself. I agree with some of the other girls perhaps we could hold a little fundraiser for Mellan, I’m sure many of your readers (Including myself) would be more then happy to make a contribution.

  51. Jan

    I’m so sorry to hear about Magellan :(((
    Think positive Christine, love him, spoil him and pray, for miracles do happen. If things do not work out, at least he’s got a wonderful mom and dad there for him.
    To a lot more days of makeup sniffing around Magellan! We all love you and hope you get well soon!

    ps funky color combination, love the lips as well.

  52. Love the look! Chartreuse green is such an unexpectedly gorgeous bold color. I just think that the blush might be a bit much?

    So sorry to hear about Magellan. I’ms ure that he’s a resilient dog who’ll take whatever life throws at him. He’s a tough cookie. And you’re right—this way, you’ll appreciate even more every moment that you have with him. *pets the cutie*

  53. Awww. so sorry to hear about your doggie – he’ll be in my prayers.

  54. Tanya from Oz

    Poor Mellan! It must be heartbreaking for you…but do not give up hope yet, he may have many more years to come! Remember to take a lot of pictures and cherish every moment you have with him. My best wishes to you both during this hard time. xoxox

    ps. lovely look! it’s amazing you can still create flawless looks at such a stressful time!

  55. reesa

    Oh, Christine. I’m so sorry to hear about the medical issues with Mellan. My thoughts are with you. And I hope that the future brings increased options for you (and Mellan). Enjoy your little guy! :)

    p.s. I love the lip look. Very pretty.

  56. Elle

    Awwww…good luck on everything with Magellan, Christine. My dog Pumpkin just had a terrible past few months and now has Cushing’s disease, and we thought for a while we would have to put her down (she’s older, too–11) when things got *really* bad, but she’s doing better, and we’ve started making her food too, which seems to have worked as well in making her more energetic. The Innova food is great, too–definitely one of the better brands you can get that isn’t all filler. All that aside, though, I hope he feels better, and he knows that you love him and are doing everything you can.

    Gorgeous look, too–all of the Cult of Cherry products are calling my name. ;)

    • How terrible for Pumpkin! :( It sounds like she’s getting back to her old self, though, so I hope she keeps going on that path!

      We can barely manage to cook for ourselves, and I get nervous about him missing or being deficient in certain nutrients and the like on a cooked diet. When I was researching, Innova seemed like a good way to give him better food, but still make it easier. But maybe we will give the cooked diet some more thought :) What do you cook her, generally?

      Thank you, Elle!

      • Elle

        We actually took a few cues from the canned human-grade food she was eating, which is made by Merrick. They make all of these dishes with human-grade food, and a lot of it is kind of stew-like–there is one called Cowboy Cookout that is made with chunks of beef, carrots, peas, and apples. So, generally, we go off of those, but we don’t add as much fat to it (trim the fat off the meat, don’t add a lot of gravy, etc.), and so far it seems to be working. She liked the food before but for some reason started to get turned off by it and was losing weight. I know what you mean about barely being able to cook for yourself, though!! It’s the same way around here! Innova is terrific though, if Magellan is responding well to it then definitely keep him on it!

  57. Zsofi

    Hi Christine!!!!
    oh,poor Puppy,Mellan!!!!
    i got tears in my eyes while i was reading this.
    if only i could help….
    You are very strong though,dont give up!!!!!

    i was in hospital,i have a stone in my kidney,it hurts awfully,thatswhy i havent written for a while….

    so i can feel Your pain Mellan :-(

    wish You all the best of luck Christine!!!!!

    • Oh, Zsofi! I am story to hear about your kidney stone – is it better now? I hope so. My dad’s had several of those, they are so painful :(

      Thank you! I wish you the best of luck, too!

      • Zsofi

        a bit better :-)the worst thing now is,that i am afraid it hasnt moved a bit,although the doc said it will come out of me after 1 month….this was 2 weeks ago…

        but happy news is,that now i dont have to take all those madicines (there were around 8),now i only get one :-)

        gorgeous look!!!!!! so nice hue of green :-)

        get better Mellan!!!! fingers crossed.

        • I’m glad to hear things seem to be improving! I hope it passes through soon. And it is good thatyou are down to just one medicine :)

          Thank you!

  58. Tekoa

    *is troubled by Mellen’s health* If I had 13K I’d totally donate it for his surgery. He looks like a tough puppy though. I predict he will suffer no ill effects.

  59. Avatar of savanahbrie brie

    im so sorry to hear about your dog. I lost my dog when he was just 10 months old last october. We spent of 14k hoping to save his life. May i ask where you got your dog? just curious as he is pure breed

  60. Oh I feel for you Christine! If you’d like, could you please give Magellan an extra hug from me tonight? Am so sorry to hear all his, but also happy to hear that you’re having such a great time together!

  61. Minty746

    Hi Christine! I’m so sorry about Mellan, but he’s definitely a lucky pup to be with you guys! I’m sure everything will work out for him. Best wishes for Mellan and his family! Anyway, I think this is a great look. I can see that you’re into Rich Ground lately! It looks really nice on you. Plus, Other Worldly is so nice and bronze-y. Gorge!

  62. I love the looks but more importantly I am sorry to hear about your dog. It breaks my heart so I can only imagine how you feel. I hope he breaks the statistics and has a long happy life with you!

  63. Tiffany

    OMG I am so sorry about Magellan! That just breaks my heart. A coworker has a dog with severe hip problems as well. She keeps him very lean to ease stress on his joints and uses the glucosamine supplements. His hips actually started to look better and rebuild! At one point, she considered having him put down because he was in so much pain, but that was a year ago, and he is doing so much better. He still has his rotten days but they are few and far between. I can ask her to give you more info if you are interested :) Again, I am so so sorry.

    • Hey Tiffany! If she could give me more info, that would be awesome :) Thank you!!

      Magellan is pretty lean – he’s definitely not overweight. He is a bit small for his breed, actually. I’m glad to hear he is doing so much better!

  64. Tiffany

    I forgot to add that when my first dog was diagnosed with a nasty, aggressive cancer 2 yrs ago, I applied for CareCredit to pay for his surgery since they have interest-free promotions. I was able to buy him some time, but sadly, he died last May after a 4 month fight. 3k later, I have no regrets at all. Best of luck to you and Mellan, I truly hope his story has a happy ending many years from now!

  65. Tiffany

    Hi there, Wasn’t sure if my email went thru, so I’ll post here :) I talked to my coworker who has the dog with severe hip displasia. He also has a heart murmur. She told me that she uses Glycoflex III for his hips, fish oil, and CoQ10 for his heart. Her vet told her the Glycoflex III and fish oil really seem to be helping, but she hasn’t noticed any improvement in the heart murmur with the CoQ10, but she hasn’t really done any follow-up work regarding it. Basically, it’s not hurting him, so she gives it to him with his food. She gives him Rimadyl, a powerful doggie painkiller sparingly only when he needs it because it can be hard on their liver. She feeds him a variety of different dog foods (her other dog just had torn ACL surgery and is a very picky eater) and he eats the Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul food and Merrick currently.

    I hope that helps! Her dog is doing better, and I have seen the before and after x-rays…her routine seems to be working :)

    Take care, and hugs for Mellan!

    • Thanks, Tiffany! This is REALLY helpful :) I appreciate you asking her for the specifics! We have him on Glycoflex II and the 3V caps (similar to fish oil, I believe). Will have to look into CoQ10!

  66. Kristine

    Love it!!

    I especially love the blush that you used

  67. Avatar of Joyce JillyB

    I’m so sorry for your bad news about Magellan. I hope that he outlives all expectations and can remain pain-free as long as possible.

  68. Sash

    HOLY MOSES!
    My GOD, this is very hot!

  69. Rachel

    Fab and coordinates quite well with your shirt!

  70. Jesi

    Aw I didn’t know your dog had health problems… He looks healthy in all his current photos and I never went this far back through your posts before. I am glad to see he’s a trooper! Me and my boyfriend want a dog so bad although we clash on what kind but we don’t have the finances right now anyway. It just wouldn’t be fair to the puppy we got if we couldn’t afford vet visits and such. But one day we will be happy dog owners!