young girls stands behind her mom with arms wrapped around her as they both smile towards th photographer
makeup 101, Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks for Flawless Photo Shoot Makeup

It is finally SPRING!  This means that as a New Englander I am experiencing some seriously temperamental weather (1-4 inches of snow followed by a nearly 60° day anyone?).  It also means that it is the season for proms, weddings, and senior photos.  A lot of us are getting fancy and having our pic snapped by a pro. Some of you may already be aware that when you are planning to be professionally photographed you might want to plan your makeup a bit differently.  For others, this is a completely foreign concept.  Either way, I am going to try to lessen the pressure with some advice to follow for flawless photos.

Take a look at this photo.  What are your eyes drawn too? Does my face looked caked in makeup or would you consider this a “natural” look?  I am actually wearing quite a bit more makeup than usual in these photos, but it doesn’t look that way.  That is because flash photography can lighten and wash out, so you need to plan for this when selecting your colors. If you are normally not a foundation person I feel you, I really do, but today is not the day to skip it.  The natural contour of the face can also fade when photographed, so it is important to contour well and BLEND, more on this later.  Ready? Let’s go through it step by step.

Prep and Prime

I know some people feel that a primer is an unnecessary step.  We can debate about that, but when it comes to professional photography it is an absolute must.  You want to start your routine with a fresh canvas, properly moisturized and primed.  I have dry skin and am a huge fan of NYX Hydratouch but there are a variety of good options out there.  Normally I am all about sun safety and making sure you have your SPF, but on photo day, it is best to skip any SPF containing skincare, as some ingredients can react to the flash causing you to look washed out, aka ghostface.

Foundation

When choosing a foundation shade t is best to pick one that closely matches the skin along your jawline.  Depending on the client I may sometimes match to the collarbone area instead, but most often I test on the area just above the jawbone.  If you have a significantly different skin tone between your face and neck make sure you take the time to blend out your foundation.  A subtle color shift in person can be very noticeable on camera, so blend your foundation all the way down your neck, you’ll be glad you did.  If you have hired a makeup artist they will likely already have products on hand, but if you are shopping for your own, be aware that some foundations photograph better than others.  If you are at all into beauty than you’ve heard makeup artists rave about Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk and Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation.  They are both amazing products touted by professional makeup artists worldwide, but if you hardly ever wear foundation in real life, it might feel like an unnecessary expense.  No worries, I’ve got you covered with some great drugstore products that will treat you right on camera. True Match by L’oreal is mentioned over and over by professional makeup artists as a regular contender in their makeup kits.  Revlon Camera Ready and Maybelline Fit Me are also popular contenders.   Regardless of which option you choose, take the time to find the right shade for you and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you aren’t sure.  Nothing is worse than the wrong foundation color.  I promise.

Concealer

The flash from the camera can draw attention to dark circles and other imperfections.   After you have found the perfect foundation, you are going to want to go back over problem areas, typically under the eyes, around the nose, etc. with a good concealer.  Though it isn’t uncommon to select a shade up to three times lighter than your skin tone for daily makeup, that would be a mistake on photo day because it can cause the flash to wash you out.  To be safe stick with a shade one to two shades lighter than normal.

Contour and Highlight

If you follow me on youtube or have read other posts, you probably know that I think the contour trend can sometimes be taken a bit far.  It may not be necessary to layer, bake, and all that in your day to day life, but I promise you that you are going to want to do it for photo day.  The camera can wash out the face’s natural contour.  To rectify that select a matte bronzer or contour powder and blend it just under the jaw, under your cheekbone from around your ear to about the midway point of your cheek, at your temples, and along the sides of your nose.  Then blend baby blend.  Using a matte highlighter, dust the high points of the cheek, the bridge, and tip of the nose, and the bud of the lips.  I know that it is tempting to grab shimmery products.  They can be so beautiful, but when doing makeup specifically for photography is best to opt for matte highlight, contour, and blush and to blend well.  Trust me, flash reflecting of that gorgeous contour job is not going to give you the look you were going for.

Eyes

This is a subject of much debate, but typically I like to start with the eye makeup. It allows me to clean up any fallout without having to reapply face makeup.  Regardless of when you perform this step, you must prime the lid.  There are some great lid primers out there, such as Urban Decay’s, but you can also prime with concealer well-blended and set with a bit of a neutral or translucent powder.  There are some really cool eye makeup looks out there these days.  It’s not all brown and plums, there are palettes full of vibrant and gorgeous pigment out there.  While these produce some truly stunning looks, they may not be your best choice for photos.  Most photographers recommend a subtle eye look for family photos, weddings, and headshots.  Check out this article where a senior makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics explains and diagrams how best to apply eyeshadow for these events.  Then follow up with a thin line of black eyeliner close to the upper lash line

 

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Things Your Stylist Wants You To Know: Volume 1

Ladies (and gents?) but I’m thinking mostly ladies, we have all been there.  You leave the salon, looking fabulous, but it seems no matter what you do, you can never get your hair to look as nice as your stylist does. I’ve always considered myself to be pretty well equipped in this department, but after just two weeks of cosmetology school, I can tell you I’ve learned a thing or two.  I can also tell you, without a doubt, there are some things your stylist wishes you knew, but they might not know how to tell you.  This isn’t an exhaustive list (that’s why I am calling it volume one) but I can promise you that this advice will assuredly lead to more good hair days, so let’s dive in.

  1. IF you want your hair to look like it does after the salon, you need to use the products your stylist uses in the salon.  Listen I get it, the price tag on salon quality products can seem like a deal breaker.  It is tempting to try to find a similar product from your drugstore and save some money.  Here is the thing though, salon products are highly concentrated.  My $48 conditioning mask from L’Oreal Professional lasts me about 8 months.  When was the last time your conditioner lasted 8 months?  How many bottles of drugstore conditioner would you go through in that period?  Chances are the costs balance in the long run.  There are also products for every problem, and even though one might seem like a good solution for you, it all depends on hair type, texture, and processing.  Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.  If you have a good stylist, they will sell you exactly what you need for your hair to be its best and nothing more.  If you don’t have a good stylist, it might be time to move on.
  2. Buy your salon products from the salon.  I know, I know you can find the same labels cheaper on Amazon, at Marshall’s, or even in the drugstore, but there is the deal.  Places need to be licensed to carry salon products.  Distributors are contractually obligated to sell only to professional salons, so if you are seeing a salon product elsewhere, there is an issue.  At best there was diversion (aka theft or other means of routing product somewhere it was not intended), at worst the product is adulterated (someone has messed with what is in the bottle) or expired.  Plus, as we just discussed, your stylist is trained specifically to diagnose your hair’s challenges and provide you with the appropriate solutions customized FOR YOU.
  3. You’re applying your product wrong.  Ok so now you have the right products for your hair but are you using them correctly.  Remember salon products are highly concentrated.  When it comes to shampoos, conditioners, creams, serums your product amount should fall somewhere between a dime and a quarter depending on product type and the amount of hair you have.  Honestly, it is pretty rare that a stylist will tell you to use a quarter size of anything, usually, it is nickel sized at most.  When it comes to products that spray, have you ever read the bottle?  See where it says to spray from 8-10 inches away?  Most of us are woefully misrepresenting those 8 inches.  Here is a simple way to make sure you are doing it correctly.  hold up your arm so that it is making a capital L (aka upper arm sticking straight to the side, elbow at a 90-degree angle, forearm parallel to your head) have you got it?  Good, that’s where you spray from.
  4. Boxed dye is the devil’s work.  Nothing good can come of it.  Corrective color can take up to 10 hours and cost literally $1,000 or more.  Just. Don’t Do. It.
  5. You’re shampooing way too often.  I wash my hair once, maybe twice a week.  There is a day or two of dry shampoo in there if I start to get oily.  We also have well water here and despite some really fancy filtration and shower heads, there are minerals in my water.  This affects how my hair absorbs products and reacts to services.  It also affects how my color holds up.  Your scalp is producing protective oils and helping maintain a healthy pH.  When you shampoo it is stripping all of those away.  If you are currently washing every day I suggest easing into the switch, start going every other, then every third, and so on.  Your hair will thank you.  BONUS: If you have school-aged kids, lice prefer clean hair, so this new shampooing routine provides an extra level of defense against the terrible plague all elementary school moms fear.

We are really just scratching the surface here, but these are good places to start.  I promise you that if you listen to these tips your hair will thank you.  Your stylist will probably send up a prayer of thanks as well.  I assure you the one thing that stylists want for their clients is hair happiness.  Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or let them know if something isn’t working out for you.  If they aren’t receptive or helpful, it might be time to find a new stylist.  Wishing you lots of happy hair days.

 

-XOXO

Lindsey

 

on the left Wunderbrow Fiber Filler in a White Tube above Brunette Wunderbrow Gel sits on a wooden crate
makeup 101, Product Review

Core Four Wrap Up – Blush and Brows

It is time to cover the last two products in the core four makeup routine.  I’m consolidating because neither one really needs an entire post dedicated to it.  But they are both crucial to the overall look accomplished using the core four routine.  Let’s start with brows.  There are a few different formulations to consider; gels, powder, pencil, and pomade which I generally lump in with gels.  Personally, I would stay away from pencils.  I find it really difficult to get anything resembling a natural looking brow, and that is what we are really going fo with our Core Four routine is a nice, natural look.  I’m sure that there are people who can get a really nice brow with a pencil, but I’m not one of them.  Powders are good if you have pretty nice brows but have some light hairs or spaces that need filling in.  The powders cling to the hair and can make the brows look fuller.  The downside is that they can be a bit messy.  My absolute favorite product is the brow gel or pomade.  This product allows you to fill in holes, define and accentuate the brow, and keep random hairs from sticking out at an odd angle.  My personal favorite is Wonderbrow because it does not smudge or smear.  The stuff stays on until you take it off with makeup remover, so on hot days or when its wet you don’t have to wonder if your eyebrows look like they’re melting.  If you have questions on how to apply this product please check out the Core Four video over on my YouTube channel for a demo.

The last product on our list is blush!  Typically blush can be found in pressed powder, loose powder, and creme.  If you aren’t sure what color to use you can try a blush palette, or you can stick to a really neutral color.  For more pop, you can get a bright coral or red toned blush, but be careful to blend it well or you will look like you’re headed to the circus!  If you want a nude blush that looks good on nearly everyone I’ve tried it on I’m a huge fan of Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty  I’ve used a lot of Tarte products over the years.  They are great quality and last a long time.  They also have some amazing palettes if you want to try several different looks to decide what is right for you.

Now that we are done with our Core Four routine it is time to teach you all some tips and tricks in prep for the holiday season!  This is an incredibly busy time of year when stylists and makeup artists are often fully booked helping clients get ready for big events.  I’m looking forward to sharing some of my tips with all of you.  Thank you for reading the blog this far, I’m so incredibly thankful for all of the support that I have received in starting this journey.  Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

 

-XOXO

Lindsey

Limelife Perfect foundation, NYX total Control Foundation, and Youth BB Cream lay side by side on a yellow table. In the background is a brown wood carved leaf and sign that reads "hello fall"
makeup 101, Product Review

BB Cream, Tinted Moisturizer, and Foundation, Oh My!

Hey, hey ladies (and gents?)!  It has taken me a hot minute to get around to writing this post.  I may have slightly overestimated (don’t I always?) how much I can actually accomplish in a day!  Thank you for being patient with me.  While my goal is to share a bit of advice with you weekly, I suspect that this will be the first of many posts that come up a tad late.  The good news is that while I wasn’t writing, I was recording and the YouTube channel is up and running!  If you have a moment please check it out.  If you like what you see please like, comment, and subscribe to the channel as well.  Your interest truly breathes life and energy into this work and I encourage comments so that I can better serve my audience.  Following up on my promise to take you step by step through the basics of makeup application it is without further delay that we get on with the conversation on what I will call “all over” face color.

There are several different types of products that can fall into the category of all over face color.  While some of the population can do very well without any of these products, they are extremely useful for brightening and evening out one’s complexion.  For the purposes of our discussion today I want to make you aware of three main categories for face makeup:

  1. BB Cream (and CC cream): BB cream has come to us mainly through the Korean beauty movement which has become mainstream over the last several years.  It most commonly stands for beauty balm, and these creams often provide anti-aging and skin improving benefits including SPF, as well as providing color and evenness to the complexion.  CC creams are less common and I believe stand for color correcting cream.  Both provide a lighter coverage than your traditional full coverage foundation but are extremely effective at providing polished, even coverage.  They are especially popular with those of us who prefer not to wear a heavy foundation, or who struggle with applying makeup over very dry skin.  It was actually dry skin that lead to my initial discovery of these products, and they are typically my first choice of product in this category.  The one downside to this category is that many companies have a fairly narrow color spectrum for their products, though the nature of a BB cream doesn’t require as exact a match as a full coverage type foundation. A few personal favorites are Shaklee Youth Activating BB Cream which was featured in this videoDr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm and Maybelline Dream Fresh Pure BB cream.  While Maybelline is clearly the most affordable option, and I was fairly pleased with the results I try to opt for cruelty-free products whenever possible, and their line is not so I rarely use it.
  2. Tinted Moisturizer:  This category is exactly what it says.  It is a moisturizer that is tinted and often includes SPF.  Some provide very sheer coverage while others are buildable. Most recently I have had great results with the direct sale brand Senegence and their tinted moisturizer.  As an added bonus it has color correcting properties.  I have to say this is by far one of my all time favorite products.  The only downside is that you have to know a consultant to purchase it.  If you are interested in trying it and don’t know anyone, please feel free to comment and I can connect you with mine.  Other brands with quality products in this category include Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.
  3. Foundation: If really full coverage is what you are after you are probably going to want to pick a good foundation.  I personally tend to go for a more natural look in my day to day routine.  I do however always keep a couple of quality foundations on hand for special events.  Family photos, weddings, or anytime I expect to be filmed typically I bring out the foundation.  Recently I’ve made a point to test foundations as it had been years since I had worn one with any great regularity.  Though I’m sure I will find more fantastic options as I progress through cosmetology school I currently have two in the rotation.  NYX Total Control Drop Foundation is an awesome product which I reviewed in greater detail in this video. It provides buildable coverage at an affordable price, it is cruelty-free, and it is available from several stores including Ulta and CVS which makes it relatively easy to acquire.  I also have found LimeLife by Alcone Perfect Foundation to provide full, smooth coverage.  It is a little heavy for me for daily wear but it is fabulous for events and photos.

Reading this you may be wondering about pressed powder products. I do realize that there are none reviewed here.  Frankly, it is because I stopped wearing them in my late twenties.  I’m prone to dry skin, which can make the complexion look dull and old.  The day the young lady at Sephora informed me powder was making me look old was the last day I wore it.  As a result, I don’t have any I can currently suggest.  I will update these recommendations as I come across new products in my training.  Do you have a favorite I should check out?  Leave me a note in the comments below!  As always thank you for reading ☺.

-XOXO

Lindsey

 

*Photo provided by Creative Chaos Events
Concealer scribble next to concealer wand on a white backdrop
makeup 101

Makeup 101: Concealer

Hey there ladies!  I have been talking to a lot of you lately and I am increasingly glad that I decided to start out this blog with some really simple beauty basics.  It turns out that there are a lot of you out there who don’t wear any makeup, not because you don’t want to, but because you simply don’t know how!  I realize this is going to be a shock to some of you, but it turns out that most of us busy women don’t actually have time for a 45-minute makeup routine every morning.  Who knew, right? Now that we have talked about the core four products to my routine I’m going to break down each category to help you find the perfect product for you.  Please be aware that these recommendations are based on my personal experience.  Everyone’s body chemistry is different, but there is a perfect product out there waiting for you to find it!  So without further adieu here are my top 3 concealer recommendations:

  1. NYX Concealer Wand– Since I started saving money to temporarily turn us into a single income household I’ve been looking into budget-friendly beauty brands.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover that there are a lot of them out there (yay budgets)!  This concealer wand came up over and over in my research so I decided to give it a shot and I have been pleased.  This is now my go-to concealer.  I use the yellow concealer to help cancel out my under eye circles (thanks mom for that genetic gift) and another one closer to my skin tone for general coverage of blemishes or minor imperfections.  In the summer months or on lazy days it isn’t uncommon for me to use concealer to even out my skin and skip any sort of “all over” face color.  NYX has a lot of great products for an amazing price.  The one con to this wand is the applicator.  You really don’t want to touch the wand to your skin and stick it back in the bottle.  It isn’t sanitary. I suggest applying some to the back of a clean hand and using a sponge, makeup brush, or even your fingers to apply.
  2. Make Up For Ever Full Coverage Extreme Camouflage Cream– Clearly, the name is a mouthful, but it also gives an apt description of the product.  If you are looking for a one-shot wonder this is the product for you.  It is waterproof, it lasts for an extremely long time, and it can cover nearly anything.  I first heard about it from a friend who’s surgeon recommended it for some temporary scarring she had after a medical procedure.  It definitely gets the job done, and you might wonder why I ever stopped using it, which brings me to its one con, at least in my opinion.  Make Up For Ever is not a cruelty-free brand.  I won’t claim perfection but I try to opt for cruelty-free cosmetics when I can.  If that is not something that concerns you, then this is the best concealer I have ever found.
  3. Senegence Color Correcting Concealer – You won’t find this product in any store, but I will tell you that it is a really great, full coverage concealer.  It hides my discolorations and under eye circles in one product.  My one beef with this concealer is that I fell like I go through the tube super fast.  If it’s in your budget, however, it is well worth it.  Senegence is a direct sales company. I know the industry can get a bad rap, but I am something of a direct sales addict.  I often find some of the best products with these companies, and this concealer is no exception.  If you are interested in trying it and don’t know a consultant, hit me up with a comment and I will point you in the right direction!

There are so many concealers on the market, this is hardly a comprehensive list.  These three brands have been my go-to products over the last few years, so I feel comfortable recommending them.  NYX and Make Up For Ever definitely have a broader color palette in terms of shade matching.  Your local Ulta or Sephora can help you find your Make Up For Ever match.  NYX is commonly found in drugstores, so while you can’t color match on site, most of these stores have a good return policy and will let you bring back colors that don’t work for you.  Do you have a favorite concealer I haven’t mentioned?  I’d love to hear about it in the post comments.

 

– XOXO

Lindsey

 

A Makeup bag in white canvas with flawless scrawled across in gold lettering. Makeup brushes, lipgloss, and pencils spill out
makeup 101

Meet My Core Four

Edit: The tutorial video is now available here

Hey there Self Care Chic tribe!  I polled you over on the facebook page to see what kind of content you were looking for and I got a lot of answers.  They looked something like this, makeup, hair, makeup, styling my kid’s hair, managing curly hair, makeup, styling my hair, makeup, and help with adulting.  I didn’t even make that up, one of you really did tell me you needed help with adulting.  Needless to say, I have truly been hard at work on content that meets your needs, and well I’ve been working and thinking I had an “A-ha” moment.  There are LOTS of people out there telling you how to apply beautiful makeup and it is complicated as heck.  I just watched a video from one of MY personal favorite blogs about covering blemishes.  I am telling you this lady is a magician and she always looks flawless, but if I was keeping track correctly she used no less than three different concealers and at least three types of foundation.  I LOVE makeup and I was sitting here in my kitchen thinking, “that’s just not plausible for me.”  Some of you might be like me and you really LOVE getting your “face” done but I suspect a fairly large number of you are more like my mom, who has informed me that her annual pilgrimage to Sephora to buy her foundation is physically painful.  Bless her, and for the record, she did tell me to use it in my blog right after she said it.  My mom is beautiful, she always looks nice, but for years she was fine if all she had on was blush, lipstick, and earrings.  Maybe that’s you and that is FINE.  Did you hear me?  I’m going to say it again.  It is absolutely fine.  As my BFF always tells me, “you do you boo-boo.”  And with that, I’m ready to get to the point.  I’m going to start with the basics.  I’m going to show you really simple, practical makeup routines and work our way into more complex techniques, and we are going to start with my core make-up must-haves, so without further adieu:

  1. Concealer – Everyone’s concealer needs are different and your first step should be identifying yours.  For me, I struggle with dark circles, and sister, it’s genetic, no amount of expensive dark circle cream is getting rid of them so just embrace your concealer.  I also have occasional blemishes, redness, and uneven tone from past breakouts and skin issues.  There are a lot of concealers I like, and I will delve into specific product selections in future posts, for now, I will say that a yellow concealer for those under-eye circles and a good skin tone match to help cover redness, and unevenness are critical.  With the right concealer, I won’t even use foundation or any other “all over” face cover.  This is a mighty weapon so spend time finding the one that is right for you.
  2. Eyebrow “stuff” – The eyebrows serve as a frame of reference for facial symmetry.  Taking a minute to define them and tame them can really help your look come together, even if you choose not to wear any eye makeup.  It comes in gels, powders, pencils, etc. and you will need to find what suits you.  Getting a good color match to your natural brow and/or hair color is key to not looking pretty funky.  Don’t worry there will be some tutorials going up on the youtube channel to show you how to apply it, I promise.
  3. Blush – Applying a nice, natural looking blush can help to brighten your whole face.  I know that for me it definitely decreases the number of times in a day I’m told that I look tired, which every woman on the planet just LOVES to hear.  It’s basically the polite way to tell someone they look lousy, so let’s try and avoid that, shall we?  Blush should be applied to your cheekbone and the exact technique and location can vary depending on face shape.  For the complete novice, I will suggest this, smile, and blend the blush lightly across the most prominent area of your cheek.  Again, video tutorials will be happening.
  4. BB cream, tinted moisturizer, or foundation (optional) –  Most days I use a tinted moisturizer or BB cream.  If I ‘m getting photos done, I’m filming, or its a really fancy occasion I might wear foundation.  It’s just a matter of personal preference.  As I mentioned before, if you have pretty good skin and you are savvy with the concealer, you can skip this all together, and I often do.  Even if you don’t plan to use it daily it is worth taking some time to figure out what you are most comfortable in, and then find a product that works well for your skin tone so that you have it on hand for those days that you need it.

Well, that is that.  Those are my “core four” products for everyday makeup.  I can see you, sitting there, and I know you are thinking, “what about eyeshadow? mascara? bronzer? lipstick? highlighter?” and the list goes on.  I assure you, we will get there, but think of this as day one of makeup 101.  I want to teach you how to really use these foundation items well.  Grow your makeup stash slowly, find what you like, and don’t waste money buying a lot of fancy makeup you will never wear.  If as we work our way through you discover you do love makeup and you want all the bells and whistles than I say get it, girl!  But there is no rush.  For the next few weeks I will be breaking down these first four items and include product preferences as well as tutorials, so make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss a thing.  Thank you for reading!

 

XOXO

Lindsey

 

 

Brunette smiles and looks up as her hands polished in Sahara Jewel, a sparkly copper polish come to cover her face, next to that image is another of two women smiling towards the camera, arms around each other
Color Street

Dry Nail Polish Changed My Life

Nail polish changed my life. Does that sound a little too dramatic?  Are you scratching your head and thinking I’m crazy? I understand, but stick with me, because I am going somewhere good, I promise.  I love polishing my nails. I love doing them myself, at home, because if I have to go to the salon it takes up time and money I’d rather spend elsewhere.  I’m also really picky about my mani and nothing makes me crazier than paying for a mani that isn’t good quality. If I do it myself it always meets my standards.  I know, I’m a control freak, we all have our faults. I have always found doing my nails relaxing, and I love the way it makes me feel to look down at pretty polished tips and toes.  It is a way I pamper myself, and if the blog name didn’t tip you off, I’m all about fitting self care into my life. Anywho, in the summer of 2017, I was actually not following my own policy and I was super into dipped nails.  My nails looked fab but I was spending a ton of money and it was taking up what precious little free time I have. My friend Sarah was chatting me up about her friend who joined a new direct sales company. The company sold “nail polish stickers.”  I was resistant because, frankly, if there is a nail enhancement product on the market, I’ve tried it, and I wasn’t that impressed with similar products I had tried in the past. Eventually, however, I could not find the time or maintain the financial expense of going to the salon so I caved and tried them.  After my first set was applied I immediately decided to join the direct sales company in question. I knew immediately I would be buying many, many sets, and would be telling everyone I knew how fabulous they were. Why not sell them my self to support my polish habit?

 

At this point, there are a few things I should mention.  First of all, I really dislike selling things. Fundraisers are pure torture to me.  I do always love to share a good find though, and I soon found my little side hustle was taking off!  Second, it turned out that these magical little strips were not stickers. They are ACTUAL 100% nail polish that this amazing unicorn of a man named Fa Park figured out how to compress and dry on paper so you can peel them off and stick them on, its pure sorcery I swear.  Despite my resistance to selling things, it came naturally for me to talk about nail polish I love because I’d been doing it for years anyway. I really enjoyed how I was making connections with people all over the country. It was confidence boosting to find that people I’ve never met before connected to my “virtual” personality and found me enjoyable.  In many cases, we would become friends outside of the business of selling nail polish. Similarly, I met some amazing and inspiring influencers who also worked with Color Street. It didn’t hurt that I was making enough extra money to fund a seasonal campsite near our favorite vacation spot on Cape Cod. Life was good and I started feeling a long-dead ember of passion spark back to life.  

 

I wasn’t the only one who noticed the spark. I’ve always had a  passion for the beauty industry and the field of cosmetology. A friend asked me to help her with hair and make-up for a photo shoot for her company and  when I was done she said, “I think you missed your calling.” I remember thinking, I didn’t miss it! I knew at 19 I would love to work in the beauty industry, but the timing wasn’t right, I needed to finish my degree first.  A few changes in major later and I found myself working in healthcare, married, and a mom. Cosmetology school was a lark that was just not going to come to fruition for me. I continued working and, and as my BFFs husband put it “slinging nail polish” on the side.  One day, after a particularly trying few weeks at work and a LOT of Color Street parties on the calendar my husband looked at me and said something amazing, “…you have always known what you wanted. We need to figure out how to make this happen for you. Let’s sort out the finances and send you to cosmetology school.”  Have I mentioned how amazing my husband is? He is truly just the best partner I could ask for in this life and I am so blessed to have him, as well as an incredibly supportive family on both sides. So after SEVERAL months, my BFF (the same one who harassed me to try Color Street BTW) messaging me daily “how are we getting you to cosmetology school?”, meetings with our financial planner and our accountant, and a lot of quality time with our cash flow spreadsheet I am pursuing my dream.  At the start of November I will embark on the ultimate act of self care and follow my passion with the support of my incredible friends and family. I couldn’t be more grateful and excited, and I hope that you will keep checking in for tips on self care, and to follow this journey with me. See? I wasn’t kidding, dry nail polish changed my life!

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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!  My name is Lindsey and this is my first blog post here on Self Care Chic.  Starting this blog has been on my mind and in my heart for about a year now.  During that time I struggled to decide where I wanted to focus, and what my blog would look like.  There are millions of fashion and beauty blogs.  What would make mine different?  How would I stand out?  After a LOT of reflection and MANY pep talks from friends and contacts in my growing network of amazing entrepreneurs, I realized something.  I love sharing tips and techniques about makeup, fashion, hair, and nails because that is one of the ways that I invest in myself.  When I am feeling a little low or need a pick me up I might buy a new lipstick, change my hair, try a new style, or go shopping a.k.a. retail therapy.  While I can understand and respect that my version of self care doesn’t resonate with everyone, I do believe, passionately, that we need to invest in ourselves.

Our culture seems to have us always on the go.  We are constantly struggling to juggle work life with home life, our schedules, our spouse’s schedules, and our kid’s schedules.  There are chores to do, errands to run, appointments to keep, and somewhere along the way we often get lost in the shuffle.  Though I’m sure this is true of both men and women, I particularly noticed this trend among my female friends and loved ones.  I see them constantly trying to meet the needs of everyone around them, but balk at the idea of doing something “frivolous” for themselves.  My hope is that through this blog I will encourage more women to take some time for themselves.  Because for me that often means a manicure or a new lip color, there will be lots of tutorials here.  I also recognize that self care can mean a hike, a run, a great meal, a nap, meditation, yoga, and SO many other things.  As such it is my hope and intention to have guest bloggers from time to time to who will talk about what self care means to them.  I hope that you will check back and start thinking about how you can invest in, well, YOU!

 

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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