My love affair with makeup and beauty products began as a mere child.
I can remember the blue Cover Girl eyeshadow that my mom let me wear to my ballet recital at 5 years old. I remember the brown eyeliner pencil that I stole out of my grandmother’s vanity in the 5th grade (it was probably left over from her 1960’s makeup collection, by the way). I would sharpen it with my school pencil sharpener and sneak it on when I left the house because I wasn’t “allowed” to wear makeup – it was obviously a great look for me.
In my middle school years, I started babysitting so that I could ride my bike down to Save More Drugs and stock up on as many $0.99 Wet and Wild lipsticks and nail polishes as possible. Then there were the glitter years. Glitter eyeshadow; glitter lip gloss; body glitter – obviously super classy.
I started to figure it out in my later high school and college years. There was a brief over-plucking the eyebrows phase, but it was the early 2000’s – I didn’t know any better. Gwen Stefani got through it and so did I.
Sometime in college I discovered that there was more to makeup than the drugstore. I walked into a little place called Ulta Beauty and it changed my life. Makeup, skin care, free samples… I had died and gone to beauty heaven. It didn’t take long before I found myself in Sephora… Oh, Sephora how I love you… let me count the ways. Actually, I am going to get into why I love Sephora at another time – It’s more of a romance novel than a blog post.
Makeup has always been an art, accessory and armor for me. I love to play with different looks and colors, but the fact is, I started wearing makeup for more than just fun. In 7th grade I figured out how to wear foundation. I was shy and became embarrassed easily – something that my fair, Irish skin did not hide well. Foundation covered up my red cheeks and made me feel like I could take on the world… or at least high school, anyway. I have learned to face the world without makeup as I have gotten older (ironically as I need it more). I think that it is important to be comfortable in your own skin, but there is just something about getting glammed up that makes me feel… like me.
As I navigated my 20’s, entered my 30’s (early 30’s, thank you), I have had two beautiful babies and things have changed. I have always taken good care of my skin and it has been relatively normal for most of my life. After my second baby I started having issues with dryness and sensitivity due to hormones – and don’t even get me started on the bags and fine lines around my eyes from lack of sleep and other parenting stressors (eh hem, four-year old temper tantrums don’t help). I have had to change up my entire skin care and makeup routine in the last year. As expensive and frustrating as it was at times, it has also been really fun at times and really enlightening. I have tried A LOT of products and I can’t wait to tell you about them all.
Beauty truly is my passion and I am so excited to share my experience and opinions with you. Hopefully it helps you make some good decisions when considering new products and maybe even saves you some money!
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little.