Monday, May 14, 2012
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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Last week was full of exciting additions to my makeup business! My current business partner Janine Boyd added a new partner to our Motives Bombshell team, Brittany Herbert. The two of them live in Maryland and are taking over the state with their Motives Makeup Mixers. If you'd like to attend or host a Motives Cosmetics event in the Maryland area contact Janine Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Brittany Herbert, Motives Cosmetics Independent Distributor|
Also my apprentice, Jennifer White became an Independent Distributor for Motives, so she is now my newest business partner in the Chicago area. If you are interested in hosting or attending any Motives Cosmetics events in the Chicago area, contact us at Motives4lala@BlushingAmbers.com
|Jennifer White, Motives Cosmetics Independent Distributor|
We are always looking for beauty enthusiasts and beauty makers to join the Motives Bombshell Team. If you are interested contact us at Motives4lala@BlushingAmbers.com. Be sure to "like" the Motives for La La Facebook page and check out our high-end cosmetics at Shop.BlushingAmbers.com
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Just checking in and letting all my supportive readers and fellow bloggers know how my Motives Cosmetics business is going. As many people know, my start of 2012 was full of unfortunate events... BUT from all of the "drama" I can tell you that I've grown. That is exactly what challenges do for you. I was forced to step up and take action, alter my game plan and in some cases push through the pain... I was/am blessed to have such a great support system. I hope that I am serving others in the same way that they have served me. Our team is growing and here are a list of the new members who have recently been added to The Motives Bombshell Team:
Janine Boyd, Boston/ATL (Independent Distributor)
Jennifer White, Chicago (Apprentice)
La Juana Hardin, Chicago (Apprentice)
Camilla Morrell, Greensboro (Apprentice)
Milian Bonillo, Chicago (Pro Artist)
Zhane Hedgemen, 16 years-old/Chicago (Motives and Me Teen Program)
If you are interested in hearing how you can join our growing fabulous Motives Cosmetic team contact me at Motives4LaLa@BlushingAmbers.com or schedule an appointment to speak with me on the phone here: . We are a national business and we are looking to expand all over the United States.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
|Sitting with Eve Pearl, 5-time Emmy Award Winning Celebrity Makeup Artist at IMATS|
Does Makeup Help Me Cope with Depression or Do I Have BDD?
In college I suffered greatly from depression and I believe a form of Body Dysmorphic Disorder also known as BDD. I would wake up for class and spend three hours doing my makeup and looking in the mirror. I wasn’t trying to hide flaws, but I was trying to paint away the depression and negative thoughts. Sometimes I would be so focused on doing my makeup that I’d paint my face right through my class. I would look at the clock and realize that it was 30 min into the class time. I had lost all concept of time. When I finished doing my makeup, I’d be disappointed in myself for being late for class and the depression would set in all over again. Sometimes I would just go back to bed. Fortunately this did not affect my achievement in college. I graduated with honors and later went on to receive my M. Ed., still exhibiting the same behavior (late to class because of doing my makeup).
Today, I’m stuck in a higher education job that I find completely boring all for the purpose of paying my bills and outrageous student loans. I am still living this life of depression. I have tried traditional counseling and vitamins to cope with the depression, but I’ve found that doing makeup gives me the greatest joy. It is theraputic, I suppose in the same way a basketball enthusiast takes to the court after a stressful day. This is why I am so passionate about working full time as a print and live performance makeup artist. I can live a HEALTHY life doing what I love. For me makeup isn't a hobby and it's so much more than just makeup...
While in New York for the International Makeup-Artist Trade Show (IMATS) 2012, I was lucky enough to share my story with 5-time Emmy winner, Eve Pearl. If you don't know her story, it's really touching. She became a makeup artist by chance and did not back down from the opportunity because she wasn't "ready". She took risks... Her advice to rising makeup artists, "Never wait to be ready for anything!" Far too often people operate out of fear and Eve Pearl's "Makeup Artist to Makeup Mogul" story is one of triumph over fear. I could relate to her story because she, like myself and many others, was not confident about her skin and worried about what people would think about her as a makeup artist when her skin wasn't perfect. The difference about her is that she faced her fears head on. In fact she took action by created her own cosmetic company which consequently allowed her to solve problems she personally faced with her skin, Just so happened, many of her products became popular because they were universal solutions for the everyday woman.
If it wasn't for my desire to address my mental health issues with what some call an obsession and I call "makeup therapy", I may not have been in the right place at the right time to hear this authentic message. Eve Pearl helped me realize that makeup doesn't just conceal flaws or enhance beauty, but it cultivates confidence.
Don't just make up your face, make over your mind!
If you are interested in the topic of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, the article "Too Ugly For Love" may interest you.
Monday, April 16, 2012
I ran across a BDD self test published on the pamguide.com.au website that has 8 questions. The test allows individuals to self assess their actions and thoughts about their perceived flaws. The test is targeted for those who want to understand if their thoughts and actions are indicators of a more serious condition beyond poor self esteem, BDD. Those who suffer from BDD alter their lifestyle to avoid others seeing their perceived physical imperfections. One question states, "Do you use makeup to minimise [sic] displaying to others the part of your body that you feel is unattractive?" I am not surprised that this question comes up on a test like this because so many people who are affected by BDD tend to list skin as their number one imperfection and they often use makeup to cover up blemishes and acne.
See the entire list of questions here: http://www.pamguide.com.au/anxiety/bdd_test.php
Note that the clinical and counseling psychologists have made this disclaimer on the site, "The information and self - tests provided are for guidance and self - education. They are not a substitute for the diagnosis by a health care provider."
For more info on Body Dysmorphic Disorder, click on the BDD page tab under the blog header.