Welcome to my blog, beauties!

Well as the title says, New Year, New Blog. 2017 has been the year of fresh starts for me- a move to Toronto, a new job (which, as I write this is non existent), new house, and this new wonderful blog that I never thought I would ever actually start. But before I get into that, let me start by letting you get to know me a little bit better.

For as long as I can remember I've always loved makeup. Our house was only girls, so the bathroom was always full of cosmetics and hair stuff. I grew up watching my mom apply her CoverGirl rosy pink blush every morning and my sister create crazy eye looks with her neon eyeshadow palettes in her teenage years. I remember being a kid and being fascinated by the concept of makeup and always wishing I could be able to wear it. When I turned 13 the only thing I wanted more than to marry Nick Jonas, was to own my very own sparkly eyeliner that ALL the girls in middle school were allowed to wear. I wanted to wear makeup to fit in, but I started experimenting with makeup was because of my own insecurities. At the time, I had freckles that I absolutely hated and teenage acne. I remember putting on foundation for the first time (and as I'm sure you can imagine, it did not look good), but I remember how it made me feel. It was so cool that all of a sudden these things I didn't like about myself were covered. I could look however I wanted when I used makeup and it gave me the confidence that I lacked. The more I started using and applying makeup the more I loved it, and as my insecurities vanished, makeup became a creative outlet for me and I decided one day I wanted it to be my career.

I got my first makeup job at 15 working at a hair salon in my hometown of Thunder Bay, ON. I started out watching their head makeup artist every Saturday morning do her bridal clients and wedding parties. I would clean their brushes for them and organize the makeup. After a couple months of that, I was booked my first client in a wedding party. I was so nervous. What did I know about makeup? What if my client hates it? The day came and when I had finished her appointment, I wearily handed her the mirror and asked "so do you like it?" She looked at herself for a minute and said "I love it! I've never looked this good!" I watched her face light up and I was so happy knowing I made her smile and made her feel confident and beautiful- in that moment I realized that's what the absolute best part of makeup artistry is.

After almost 2 years of working at the salon, I decided to go into freelance work. That was the best decision I had ever made, I was booked solid for almost 2 years. Working with photographers, on commercial sets, booking bridal parties almost every weekend. I got to work with the most amazing people and had the most amazing clients. After doing that for almost 3 years, suddenly I had realized all my friends were going off to college or starting second year. I had started to feel like I was missing out on something. Like I needed a change and I needed school to get better at what I did. That fall, I packed up all my stuff and moved to Ottawa to take esthetics at Algonquin College. I would love to say that I enjoyed the program and that it made me a better artist, but I would be lying. Distracted by a new boyfriend, partying and just pure laziness, I lost my connection with the art. For months I didn't even bother trying to book clients or do anyones makeup. I hated it, I hated that my teachers told me that my way of making art was wrong because it was not by the book. There should be no rules to makeup, makeup is different for everybody. Certain techniques don't work for certain artists, and to me it sucked that I suddenly wasn't "right" or "the best" at it. Feeling lost and unsure of my future, I decided to take a step back. I returned back to where it all started. That same salon in Thunder Bay.

Being back in my hometown, back in my element, it put me in the right mindset. I suddenly realized what I had wanted in the first place. I wanted to be a makeup artist. A few months was all it took for me to really know what I needed to do to make things happen. So for the third time in a year and a half, I packed up my things and moved to the city to pursue this as my career once more. I had always thought about starting a blog but I honestly never thought I would get the courage to do it. Last night I sat down feeling exceptionally inspired and suddenly, I had the perfect blog name paired with all these ideas about what I would want to post. I've never been one for writing, but as I sit in this Starbucks down the street from my house, I look at my clock and notice that these words all just came to me in less than two hours.

So now that you know the beginning of my journey, I would love for you to follow me as I learn and create. I hope that you come back again to read about my life, beauty products, YouTube beauty gurus, books, and things I love- or don't love. And if you don't decide to come back, thank you for taking the time to read my first post. Cheers to 2017!



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