I think I qualify

I thought it might be helpful for you to understand why I’ve decided to start this blog, as well as why I may know a little bit about what I’m writing on! Check out a detailed version of my “experience.”

What makes you a good authority on beauty?

I grew up in a hair salon. My mom is a cosmetologist and the salon she worked in hired me at 15 to be the assistant to the seven stylists that worked there. We jokingly referred to me as the “backbone of the salon.” After a year of college I decided I wanted to go to cosmetology school, so I did. I also ended up working with Clinique for four years, and was a freelance makeup artist for weddings. I still do some makeup jobs from time to time.

What makes you think you can also have a writing career?

Once I got my cosmetology license and worked in a few salons, I decided hair wasn’t my strongest forte. So I decided to go back to college and earn my degree. I had always wanted to be a writer, having been on the newspaper staff for my high school. So I went back to school and busted my ass.

What have you done professionally since all of your education?

I’ve worked as a freelancer in both areas – beauty styling and journalism – the majority of my time. I’ve been published in several print magazines as well as online mags, and have done some web content writing. I’ve covered all sorts of topics – furniture, home decor, landscaping, dentistry, health insurance and doctors, health and wellness, and pregnancy. 

You can check out some of my published work here.

Why are you interested in writing about beauty?

I had horrible acne as a kid and still fight with it today. So I completely understand the struggle of finding a good skincare routine, and in the meantime finding makeup products to disguise the evil mountains that have taken over your face. As a consultant for Clinique, I was able to work with a lot of young girls who were fighting the same battles. I’ll never forget one teenager and her mother. They were trying to find a makeup routine that wouldn’t be over the top and look somewhat natural, but would cover up all the acne this girl was mortified by. I got her all set and her face just lit up when I held the mirror up to her. After they purchased their products and I went on my retail way, the mom came back to the counter about an hour later. She gave me a hug and wanted to thank me because she hadn’t seen her daughter smile that much and have that amount of confidence in a long time. THAT was awesome and what made me realize that beauty products aren’t all superficial, their purpose is so much greater and so was mine.

And what about parenting?

I’m a first-time mom to boy/girl twins. And before that I gained a stepson when he was at the age of 2. So even though I was able to skip out on diapers and potty training with him, I’m getting double duty with the twins. Motherhood has been a roller coaster of a journey, and just like the rest of my life, it’s been one trip-and-fall-on-your-face experience after the other. But you have to get back up and just laugh it off! And boy do we have some things to laugh about. Come back often and you’ll see what I mean!

What’s your goal with this blog?

To be fabulous 🙂

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