Eye Laser Surgery – My Experience.

Hi Sweethearts,

Today is a personal post.
I am going to share with you my experience with eye laser surgery.

Unfortunately I don’t have any pics of me throughout the process so I have used a few images from google.

This is my story…

Before I wore glasses, my parents didn’t realise how bad my eyes were as I was still very young. I would sit SO close to the TV, my dad would tell me to sit back or I would get square eyes, not realising it was because I couldn’t see. My surgeon showed my mum and dad after surgery what I used to see and gave them sample lenses of my old prescription to look through. My dad felt so bad for all the times he shouted at me to get back from the tv. Bless him.

I remember the first day I had to wear my glasses to school back in year 1 screaming and shouting outside the classroom door begging my teacher not to make me go inside because I was embarrassed.
My glasses were white with bright purple dots which were titled pink panther in the opticians.

From the age of 5 to 9 I went through numerous pairs of glasses usually because I would sit on them or break them somehow accidentally but also because my eyes continued to develop (badly) so my prescription kept changing.

At the age of 9 I started wearing contact lenses – by this time my prescription was -6.5 so I was pretty much blind and could not see a thing without my glasses.
You won’t see many 9 year olds wearing contacts nowadays but my optician thought I was extremely mature for my age so agreed to let me have them.

I remember going back and forth to the opticians to practice putting them in. It took me four days to finally grasp it and take them home. I remember getting myself in to such a state as I got frustrated that I couldn’t put them in but once I finally got the hang of it it became 2nd nature.

As the years went on I began to get fed up of wearing glasses and contacts; I would cry because I just wanted to be ‘normal’
My eyes were so shortsighted I couldn’t see facial features or words unless I was up really close. Even with swimming, never knew what it was like to see underwater and what I was ‘supposed’ to see as everything was just blurry and distorted.

My mum and dad had always said that when I turned 21 (your eyes stop growing at about 20 years old) I could have my eyes lasered. It was a promise I held on to for years and I couldn’t wait to have it done.

My 21st birthday came and we immediately booked a consultation. I was soooo excited – I finally had my chance to be able to see ‘normally’.

UNDERGOING SURGERY
I had my eyes lasered in Moorfields eye hospital by Mr David Gartry. He was so friendly and from the minute walking in to my consultation to the very end of the surgery itself I knew I was in safe hands and trusted him completely.

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I remember walking in to the main reception area and it was so quiet.

We were greeted by the receptionist and told to wait in the seating area. I think my mum and dad were more nervous than I was as although the procedure isn’t life threatening, it is life changing.
I think they were worried that I would go blind if anything went wrong, seeing as I only get one pair of eyes. It’s weird because this is probably the biggest thing I have ever done and I am the biggest wuss you will ever meet, but this didn’t phase me at all.
I think what kept me going and excited was that I was being given the chance to see without glasses; without contacts. To me it was like I was going to be born again.

The nurse called my name and I went in to the room with her. she gave me a complete eye examination and full details on the procedure and aftercare and I had to fill in a form to give my consent to surgery. Mr Gartry explained that because my eyesight was so bad there may be a chance my prescription wouldn’t meet 20/20 vision but that he could get it to -1 or -2 which would mean I would only need glasses for driving or reading. I was fine with that but hoped and prayed for 20/20!

There are two main types of laser eye surgery – LASIK and LASEK. The procedure I had done was LASIK.

With this procedure a flap is created which means a thin layer of the cornea is cut and lifted to one side.
The surgeon then applies the laser which eliminates your prescription and the flap is replaced in the same place it was before and left to heal.

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On surgery day, my parents and I sat patiently in the waiting area ready to be called. There were 2 other people waiting to have it done too, both much older than me.

A gentleman went in first and I was eager to see how he was when he came out.
The procedure was so quick. Overall it took about 25 minutes. The gentleman came out and he could see. It made me so happy to know that I was next and that I would be able to see properly by the end of the day.

FINALLY it was my turn. The nurse called me in to the next room to put on a gown over my clothes and we all had to put plastic bags on our feet.

I was so overwhelmed I cried before I went in to surgery. I was scared as I knew there was no going back now but the nurse told me I would be fine and we headed in to the room. My mum and dad sat outside theatre anxiously waiting for me to come out. My mum was crying as I went in as she was overwhelmed with emotion and they both knew how badly I wanted this and how much it meant to me after all the years of wearing glasses and contacts.

I laid on the operating table and Mr Gartry told me to look at him as he clamped my eye lids open. He put a few drops of anaesthetic in and my eyes became numb straight away. I couldn’t feel a thing. He told me to keep very still and look straight up at the light above my head in which there were two little green and red lasers moving around. He told me to focus on the red one. I literally kept so still for 25 minutes. I didn’t want to move and ruin my chances at having perfect sight.

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I could see him scratching away at my eyes and all I could smell was burning. It smelt like burnt rubber. I remember seeing the flap of the cornea being lifted up. Before I knew it the procedure was done. Those 25 minutes had flown by. Mr Gartry told me to sit and look at the clock. I COULD SEE INSTANTLY. I felt like a new woman. I cried instantly and jumped on Mr Gartry and hugged him and said thank you! I was so happy.

The journey home was outstanding. I could read everything. Signposts, billboards, Shop signs the lot.
I was overjoyed. At this point I didn’t know what my new prescription was but i didn’t care because I could see. I had to wear my sunglasses home though to avoid infection.

AFTERCARE
When we got home my eyes became a bit sore and by the evening I couldn’t open them at all. They were stinging so much, they were so painful and bloodshot and I thought I was going blind. I was so scared. I had been given 12 drops which I had to alternate every week over the course of 4-6 weeks. After a week off work my eyes felt fine but I continued with the course of antibiotics as the nurses advised me that if I didn’t keep up with the drops it could lead to all sorts of complications such as dry eyes and continuous itchyness etc. The stinging and redness had gone and the only thing that was left was that my eyes were a bit itchy but by the end of the course of antibiotics my eyes were as good as new.

At bedtime I had to wear goggles that had foam around the edges to stop me from rubbing my eyes or putting my hands near my eyes when sleeping. My fiancé didn’t get much sleep for the first week as he was afraid I would put my hands by my face so he kept checking up on me and moving them away from my face.

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I had to book an appointment two weeks after for a check up so that Mr Gartry could see what prescription my eyes were now.

The two weeks went by and we were soon back in the consultation room. Mr Gartry advised me previously that because my eyes were so bad that it’s possible my prescription would only be -1 or -2 but to everyones surprise my vision was beyond 20/20. He told me my new eyesight was beyond perfect and that I was a brilliant patient and one of the best patients he has had. I was so delighted.

This was seriously the BEST thing I have ever done in my life and would recommend it to anyone!

The cost of surgery was £4500 plus £150 for the consultation and was definitely money well spent.
I get at least 20 odd years of perfect vision. I couldn’t be happier and I will be forever grateful to my mum and dad for giving me something so valuable and precious.

To anyone considering laser eye surgery – DO IT!
My surgeon, Mr Gartry was AMAZING and I would recommend him to anyone and everyone! He has done over 14,000 operations so I knew I was in safe hands when he performed surgery on me.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment box and ill reply 🙂

Ciao chickas,

Kelly x 💋 x

Sweet Sunday MakeUp Look 💋

Hi Sweethearts,

I am the ULTIMATE Slacker!
I have been going through some shizzle recently so I haven’t been in the mood to write any blog posts, but I’M BACK and I’M READY!

I want to start this post to wish you guys a ‘happy Easter’ seeing as today is the day we get to munch on chocolate and have a bloody good excuse to do so!
I hope you all have had a fab day and are ready to enjoy the extra day off work tomorrow! Yay!

But anyway, seeing as it’s Easter I thought i’d make a little bit of an effort.
I dont wear make up that often as I’m always in a rush to get to work in the mornings and can never be bothered to get up that extra bit earlier to put a full face on but when I do I admit I take A LOT of selfies! My friends call me the selfie queen there’s that many!

And so, here was my makeup today and what I call my ‘Sweet Sunday’ look.

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Products used:
LIPS – ELF matte lip colour In ‘TEA ROSE’ £3.95
MAC lipstick in ‘FROST’ £15.00

I used Tea Rose on the outer edges of my lips like you would a lip liner and then in the centre I used ‘Frost’ to create a soft ombré look.

EYES – The Vintage Co eyelashes in Betty – these lashes are the best ones I have ever had I am in LOVE with them.

LOREAL exaggerate waterproof eye definer in ‘NOIR’ and smudge for softness £3.99

BROWS
INGLOT 14m eyebrow brush £10.00
ELF wet gloss lash and brow formula £1.95
ELF professional eyeliner brush £1.95
Natural Collection eyeshadow in ‘ASTEROID’ £1.99 (might be discontinued)

BASE
Maxfactor Miracle Touch liquid illusion foundation in ‘WALM ALMOND’ £7.99
Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply.

ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder in ‘HONEY’ £1.95
Real Techniques Contour brush to apply.

CHEEKS
ELF Baked Blush in ‘PINKTASTIC’ £3.95

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You will see I’ve used a few elf products for this look. I placed my first ELF order last month and I have a Haul post in draft which I really need to finish but I will post it shortly I promise 🙂

Let me know if any of you have tried ELF products and what you think of the brand, any recommendations etc.

Ciao chickas,

Kelly x ❤ x

WHAT A GIRL WANTS…

Hi Sweethearts, 

Sorry I haven’t blogged in over a week! I am Slackin’… Tutty-Tut-Tut!

Tonight I have been busy checking out the products I am going to purchase on payday!

So without further ado, here is my March Wishlist of the Beauty products I NEED in my life… ❤

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I would love some recommendations of products to purchase from ELF Makeup so if you have any, please leave me a comment and I will check them out 🙂 Thanks Guys! 

Ciao,

Kelly xXx

THE 🏆 LIEBSTER 🏆 AWARD

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This morning I woke up to a lovely little surprise from Claire of bellasignorablog .
She nominated me for the liebster blog award!

Being a new blogger I was unsure what this was so I turned to my best friend for advice – google!

I found that it is similar to that of a chain letter but a great opportunity to meet other bloggers. The idea is to nominate 11 new bloggers who have under 200 followers. The nominee then answers eleven questions set by the person who nominated them and also invites them to give 11 random facts about themselves.

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Talking of new bloggers, Whilst we are on the subject, I would just like to say I am so grateful to every single one of my followers and also to whoever is reading this for following me or looking at my blog and helping me to grow.

So here they are, the answers to my questions set by Claire…

1) Why did you start blogging?
The main reason I started ‘my ownkindofbeautifulx’ was to give me something to do in my spare time, and also to make some new friends.

2) What sets your blog apart from the rest?
Now, I know it’s just another blog about fashion and beauty, however it’s different from the rest because it’s MINE!! there is only one me in this crazy world and my personality will shine through on my blog.

3) Which are your favourite blogs?
I’ve been on YouTube for years and I have followed so many Youtubers/bloggers. The very first ones I followed were Beautycrush (Sammi) Uglyfaceofbeauty (GracieFrancesca) and Mykindofbeauty (Karrisx) and to this day they’re all still the first ones I watch when I go on to YouTube so definitely got to be my faves!

4) Aside from blogging, what are your main interests?
My passion is singing.
I sing in the shower, I sing In the car, I sing at my desk, I sing my sentences when I talk, I just LOVE it!
You can check me out on YouTube, I will leave the link below:
http://www.youtube.com/user/mizzjohnstone11

Hollyoaks is my absolute favourite soap! I’m obsessed! I would LOVE to go on the tour of the set and meet the cast (especially dodger and Freddie!) #hotties

I play computer games and have got the old school consoles playstation 1 & sega megadrive – forget the new ones it’s all about the old!!

5) If you could invite any three people to a dinner party, who would they be and why?
1) Beyoncé – because she’s AMAZING!
2) Khloe Kardashian – because she’s bloody hilarious
3) Pharrell – just so I could stare at him all night 😍

6) Where would you most like to visit that you haven’t been to yet? Vegas!!! – it’s on my to do list!!

7) Who is your style icon? Kim K because she is curvy like me with big hips and she inspires me to love my curves.

8)If you were given £100 to spend on one thing, what would it be and why? It would go in my savings towards my wedding 👰

9) What was your favourite childhood program? gosh this is hard I have LOADS!! But my fave is probably the queens nose or the demon headmaster (he scared the crap outta me)

10) Have you ever collected anything in the past, and if so, what? stamps, stickers and beanie babies!!!

11) If you could be anyone else for a day, who would you be and why?
A police officer so I can perform an arrest! #dreamjob

11 RaNdOM fAcTs AbOuT mE!!

1) I love anything to do with crime, murder and investigation! I really WISH I had joined the police. I find it so interesting. Crimewatch is my favourite programme.

2) My dad calls me ‘tinks’ – I have no idea why!

3) I’m engaged to my gorgeous hubby-to-be Kane

4) I twitch majorly in my sleep

5) I have social anxiety

6) White tigers are my favourite animals. I would love one as a pet.

7) I used to be a tomboy with a skateboard and rollerblades

8) My first pet was a fish called fish

9) I have 3 keloid scars on my chest

10) I had eye laser surgery 5 years ago

11) I’m tongue tied

MY ELEVEN NOMINEES

❤ EllsLouise www.ellslouise.blogspot.com
❤ hollies pampurlounge www.holliespampurlounge.com
❤ Is It Just Meme www.isitjustmeme.blogspot.com
❤ JadeBradyMakeup www.jadebradymakeup.blogspot.com
❤ Lorilee's London www.lorileeslondon.blogspot.co.uk
❤ Lucy Jane www.lucyjanewebb.blogspot.co.uk
❤ Maggie S Makeup www.maggies-makeup.com
❤ Miller and Max www.millerandmax.com
❤ Natasha's Wonderland www.natashaswonderland.blogspot.ie
❤ Saffron Tinted Glasses www.saffrontintedglasses.blogspot.se
❤ JRDNSMITH www.jrdnsmth.blogspot.com

11 questions for my nominees :
1) how would you describe your personal style?
2) do you have a nickname?
3) what’s your favourite ice cream flavour?
4) what was your favourite programme when you were a child?
5) If your life was a movie, what would the title be?
6) what made you start your blog?
7) what music do you like?
8) what are your main interests?
9) if your life was a movie, what actor would you get to play you and why?
10) What’s your favourite food?
11) what is your favourite quote?

Hope you enjoyed reading this post and don’t forget to check out all the lovely blogs above!

Ciao

Kel x

My Favourite Quotes

Everytime I feel something I google how I’m feeling and look at quotes for inspiration

Here’s a few that have helped me along my path of life’s journey…

F.R.I.E.N.D.S.H.I.P
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L.O.V.E

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S.P.E.C.I.A.L

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This one actually puts a lump in my throat. I lost both my grandparents about 10 years ago and there's not a day that goes by when I don't think about them. Even the thought of them brings a tear to my eye and I can never really talk about them without crying. I really miss them and I saw this quote yesterday which got me choked up a bit but still I love it.

L.I.F.E.S. L.E.S.S.O.N.S

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Kel x

HAULalujah

Hi Sweethearts,

Sorry haven’t blogged for a whole week! I’ve been so so busy slogging my guts out at work, however I did manage to get down to Westfield to pick up a few bits and pieces for my first haul post!

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I went in to INGLOT for the first time as I have heard really good things about the brand. For a while I’ve been after a decent eyebrow pencil/kit to help me shape my brows as I have recently started getting them threaded.

The sales assistant suggested I go for the INGLOT full metal brow pencil. I must say it gives a very natural look because of the wax texture.

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It’s so cute!
It also comes with a brow brush attached to the other end, which I only discovered AFTER I had bought a brow brush seperately… *huff*

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INGLOT full metal brow pencil – approx £10.00
INGLOT brow brush – approx £5.00

Anyway, I then went in to Superdrug and bought this gorgeous shimmer block in ‘Just Peachy’.
Perfect as a blusher, highlight, or as individual eyeshadows.

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£8.19

I also needed a new foundation so I went to boots and wondered around until I found myself looking at the maxfactor stand.
The girl came over and asked if I needed help, which I did, as I needed to get matched with the right colour for my skin, however her own makeup was a bit of a state so I was hesitant to even let her help me! But I got talking to her and she actually matched me perfectly so wasn’t too bad.

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‘MaxFactor Miracle Touch’
£12.99

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Ive only been using it a couple of days but I absolutely love this product and have definitely felt the benefits:
full coverage
skin can breathe
light feel
However, it does has a dewy texture so might not be good for oily skin types.
It also comes with a sponge to apply it with.

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I also bought 2 other MaxFactor products..
‘Mastertouch’ under-eye concealer in Fair £7.99

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And a new lippy in the colour ‘Raisin’ £7.99
It’s so lush!

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When I purchased all three products the girl gave me a free gift which contained the False Lash Effect mascara, some Pantene sachets (which I have now used) and a nail varnish (which I gave to Kane’s mum as the colour didn’t suit me)

I was happy about the mascara as I needed a new one but when I got home and took it out the gift bag it was in black brown, so I need to buy a black one when I’m out next.

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I must say I tried this on my lashes and I find it’s very watery and not my type of mascara to be honest. The brush isn’t great either as it doesn’t really lift them, but hey it was free so…

hope you like this post, picture overload!

catch up with you all soon

Kel x

‘OwnKindOfBeautifulx’ YouTube Channel…

Hi Guys,

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Just wanted to share with you all my YouTube channel ‘ownkindofbeautifulx’ which at the moment contains only my singing videos, however I will also be uploading Beauty Reviews, Lookbooks, Tags and Hauls too.

I’ve put the link to my YouTube below if you want to check it out?!

http://www.youtube.com/user/mizzjohnstone11

Let me know what you think?!

Kisses, Kelly xx