Make-Up Pro Saves Me from Racoon Eyes

Last year I set a goal to refine my make-up application skills mainly because I didn’t know how to apply eye make-up. My lids almost always went bare and sometimes it made me feel like my look was incomplete. And when I did attempt eye make up, I either looked like an 8th grader who got into her mother’s cosmetics or a racoon.

When I first attempted to refine my skills, I took to YouTube – taking in tutorial after tutorial, with each beauty vlogger swearing by a different product. I would set my laptop in the bathroom and try to emulate what I saw and … it wasn’t pretty! Racoon eyes! Ashy face! HAHA. I needed help! A make-up tutor!

I called my friend and make-up expert Danielle Henry and asked her if she would help me. She agreed and we set a date. Fast forward a few weeks and I was on Dani’s doorstep lugging two huge tote bags filled with all the make-up, brushes and contraptions I owned and had accumulated.

The I had to main goal of the session – 1) make sure I was using the right products and tools and edit out what I didn’t need (Marie Kondo that bag) and 2) to improve my application skills like, learn to properly conceal my undereye area, apply eye make-up, do a cat eye etc.

The first thing we did was look at everything I had (several sets of brushes, 4 different foundations, countless highlighters… it was a mess) and Danielle helped me build a basic kit – what I needed for my day-to-day cosmetics bag. This was less about letting go of items that didn’t spark joy and more about getting rid of products that simply didn’t work for me (and wow I must have had over $600 worth of product in the edit pile at the end). Then, she watched me apply make-up how I normally do and she made suggestions in my technique (let’s be honest, my lack of technique) and small refinements that have made a big difference for me.

Here are the most important take-aways from my session with Danielle:

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The Secret Weapon That Cut My Cleaning Time In Half

You guys know I love a good life hack. I call them my secret weapons. I recently discovered one for cleaning and I’m so excited to share!

A clean house makes me so happy but time is limited (and I’m not quiiiiite wealthy enough to hire a fulltime cleaning staff LOL). And who wants to spend their weekends cleaning? Not me! Don’t get me wrong. I clean really well – shout out to chores growing up, and to being a low key germaphobe. I don’t love doing it but I can throw on a great playlist and go in or better yet FaceTime a friend to keep me company while I get busy with the cleaning products. At the end of the day, there is something super satisfying about the gleaming result that I love.

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Ready, Set, Spa

I didn’t plan to make this a blog post but I had such a great experience I figure it would be selfish of me not to share.

If you are even a little ambitious, you are likely pretty busy. The tools that are meant to make our lives more efficient also manage to turn us into multitasking machines. When I list out all the things on my general to do list – I wonder myself how it “all” gets done.

  • Be a good mom to a 7 month old and a 13 year old
  • Be a present and loving wife
  • Excel at work
  • Lesson plans for my FIT class
  • Give my coaching clients stellar guidance and career developing advice
  • Design T-shirts and maintain
  • Keep this mane from looking like a disaster
  • Go to the gym (yeah.. about that)
  • Stay in touch with friends
  • Post witty things on social media
  • Remain in the loop and informed on current news
  • Invest for retirement
  • Network
  • Recycle
  • Sleep enough???
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