Monday, June 22, 2015

I’m Returning To My First Love!

For months and even for years now I have been working on various projects and gaining experience launching my own business (Sweet Trinity Aromatherapy), in MLM sales (Stella & Dot), and starting a few blogs. My passion is to see women feel good about themselves, both inside and out, and that has always been the common theme with everything I have done outside of working 9-5 in Insurance. How I got into Insurance is another long story for another day! I’ve always had a passion for working with women and I’ve always had a love affair with makeup!

So about a month ago, a prior client contacted me to do her makeup for her birthday. Oh did I mention that I was a freelance makeup artist for well over 15 years before I put my brushes down and started working on various projects. So I tell my client, “Sorry I can’t do it but I can direct you to someplace or someone else.” She replies, “Wow…you are so good at it.” I then walk away questioning why I stopped doing makeup in the first place which brings me to the revelation I had yesterday.

Yesterday was Father’s Day and my family traditionally goes out to a very fancy and special brunch at the Jefferson Hotel. If you are ever in Richmond, VA, you should visit. If not for the brunch or a tea party, visit to see the architecture – it’s amazing. So I am preparing for the brunch and because I had extra time before I was to leave, I decided to do my face a little fancier than usual. Mind you, I do my face every single morning. It’s my ritual. It’s my treat to myself. I sit at my vanity and I take my time because I love it! So on the way to the brunch, I decided to take a few selfies in the car, per the usual! J I post the picture on IG and I just sit there and look at it. Not looking at it in a way that I am admiring myself, but looking at it in a way acknowledging the joy and love I have of makeup – I truly love the art!

I started doing makeup back in high school. Once I got a certain age, my mom let me do whatever I wanted with my hair, with makeup, with my clothes – I was an experimenter. I also got a retail job in high school which further fueled my fashionista passion! I played around in makeup on my own until I got my first Cosmetics Department position at Neiman Marcus at the Bobbi Brown counter. I started as a holiday temp and was kept on full-time. I enjoyed it so much – working with clients, doing faces, going to makeup/fragrance courses – everything about being in the “glamour” industry. I worked there for a while until I got pregnant with my daughter. Once I had her, I convinced myself that I needed a “regular f/t job” with consistent hours and benefits and thus the reason I went into Insurance. There is a little more to the “Insurance” choice that we can talk about at a later time but the point is I left my passion f/t. My saving grace was that I was still able to work freelance here and there.

I had a kit and worked on weddings, photo shoots, and personal clients. Every chance I had to work with clients doing their makeup, I felt alive and full of energy. Just writing this blog now is getting me excited! So I worked freelance for several years and as each year went by, I did less and less and devoted my spare time to raising my daughter. Working f/t in Insurance and attending my daughter’s activities and meetings in the evening became my norm. As she got older, however, I was able to do a little more of my creative work.

In 2005, I became ill and had to have several surgeries on and around my thyroid. Sweet Trinity Aromatherapy was born because I was looking for ways to heal myself naturally in addition to the medicine I was taking. I started making skincare products and then I labeled them and started selling them. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and creating business ideas and getting things out to market comes naturally to me. I spent a lot of time and energy on Sweet Trinity Aromatherapy from 2007 to today’s date. I never made a huge profit but I never was able to let it go because it meant so much to me personally. I also created a product named after my grandmother so I could not even think about abandoning “her” product. I forsake Business 101, and I have a MBA, and that is to move on to the next idea or change the business model if the idea is not profitable. Sometimes your emotions can keep you in business deals that you know you need to let go of. If I am speaking to you – Let Go! J

So recently, in 2014, I decided to become a Stella & Dot Stylist. Of course selling jewelry was perfect for me because I love jewelry right! I actually really like the company setup, the commission base, and the women I have met in this business. One of the things I love the most is the idea of a Trunk Show because I like getting women together and helping them feel good about themselves. I would be at Trunk Shows and look at someone and think of how their brows could be groomed better or how their lip liner was applied and always have makeup on my mind. I even tried to incorporate the two by offering makeup consultations with the jewelry Trunk Shows. My mind is always on someone’s face!

About my revelation yesterday – so I am looking at my picture I took – remember the selfie I told you about, and I said to myself, “I am a Makeup Artist!” That’s what I am! I love it, I constantly think about it, and continuously study it, and makeup makes my blood pump. I always thought I could do several things at one time not realizing that by working f/t, I always try to do so much p/t and I can’t give everything my full attention.
So, as of today, June 22, 2015, I decided to let go all of my p/t “businesses” (i.e., Stella & Dot, Sweet Trinity Aromatherapy, and “professional” blogging) and focus on being a Makeup Artist! I am a Makeup Artist and once I retire from my f/t Insurance career, I can take on additional activities. I would love to write an Aromatherapy book and share my recipes, create a makeup line including brush cleaners, and also create other beauty products. That will come but I need to work on my foundation again and that is makeup artistry. I need to be laser focused to become a highly requested artist working on weddings and photo shoots again. I am returning to my first love!

The Sweet Trinity Aromatherapy blog will remain up for now but no new posts will be created. I am closing the Sweet Trinity Etsy store and closing the Stella & Dot business. Styled by Christa IG, FB, Blog, Twitter, and YouTube will continue with a strong emphasis on makeup only. I want to share makeup tips and give you opportunities to connect with me and book me but I am not blogging to be a “professional blogger” at this time – my focus is on clients, makeup shows, networking in the beauty industry, and all activities that surround makeup artistry only.

I am so excited about this new focus in my life at this time. Who knew that a selfie would make me look at myself with new lenses and help me return to my passion! I was just saying to someone that it is never too late to go for whatever you want in life and life is too short not to pursue your dreams and now it is time for me to be fearless and take my own advice.

I appreciate every person reading this and hope this motivates you as well. I am off, with brushes in hand, to do what I was born to do – paint faces! By the way, I already have a lash client this Thursday! J

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Warm Weather Inventory

Good afternoon!

Hope you all are doing well and enjoying the warmer weather! I am so happy the weather has warmed up and flowers are blooming - the sun and warmth always make me happy!

With the change of weather also comes a change in our inventory. During the warmer months, we are not able to ship the Whipped Coconut Oil and our butters because they melt and the texture changes. As a result, the butters are not available to ship from mid-May to mid-September. In the meantime, please enjoy our Aloe Vera Body Oils (that will be restocked in June) in place of the butters. The Aloe Vera Body Oils are perfect for your skin during the summer as they nourish as well as heal sunburn skin. The oils are also light so they soak in your skin quickly and will not stain your beautiful whites during the summer! I always use butters during the colder Fall/Winter months and switch to the oils during Spring/Summer. You will get the same nourishing benefits but in a lighter formulation.

Thank you for shopping with us for your skincare needs and as always, until next time... Be Sweet! xoxo

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DIY Lip Scrub

Hi all! ;)

If you all are like me, you like to prep your lips for your favorite lipsticks by using lip balms, creams, and also lip scrubs. I exfoliate my skin every week and I like to exfoliate my lips also but I don’t like to use the same mixture on my lips as I do on my skin because of the flavor or scent left behind! I make my own lip scrubs and you can too – it is very easy.

I put approx. 2 tablespoons of sugar in a teacup and mix a little honey and coconut oil. I like coconut oil better than olive oil or sunflower oil on my lips because there is no bad taste left on my lips! I also love sugar on my face and lips moreover than salt because it is very gentle.

I also like to mix a little flavor oil – not to be confused with fragrance oil. Flavor oil is used in lip balms and is safe to use on your lips. Fragrance oils are not safe to use on your lips so if you don’t have flavor oil, you can easily skip this step.

I mix all the ingredients together and gently, in circular motions, exfoliate my lips and surrounding lip area. My lips feel super smooth afterwards and prepares them for long lasting beautiful lip color!

By making your own skin treatments, you avoid the chemicals that are often found in over the counter products. It is also simple to make and most of us have the ingredients we need in our kitchen cabinets. Try for yourself and let me know how this method works for you.

Until next time…Be Sweet! xoxo

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Face of Cancer

Good afternoon beauties!

I'd like to ask you all a question: Do you know someone with cancer or has gone through cancer? More likely than not, you have. Cancer doesn't discriminate and when I think of "the face of cancer" or what someone with cancer looks like, I think of all ethnic backgrounds, gender, ages, etc. Cancer is so widespread and affects so many of us, whether we are going through it, caring for someone, or praying for someone's healing.

Today, I am thinking of everyone I know who is now going through or has gone through and sending special prayers to them! It is difficult going to appointments, taking tests, being stuck by needles, etc. - I know, I have been there. So to those who have experienced or are now experiencing what I described, I pray you will have comfort today. I pray you will stay encouraged and stay positive in the midst of it all. I pray you will lean on a source much bigger than us all and know that same source has a plan for us.

Until next time beauties... Be Strong... and Be Sweet! xoxo

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Out on the Town - Ladies Night Out

Long time no "see" friends! 

I don't know about about you but this weather has had me in hibernation mode. You would think that when hibernating, I would write and post more but just the opposite seemed to have happened! ;( The cold weather of February that carried over to this first week of March made me want to curl up on the coach with my blankets and sit still! I didn't want to sit at my desk to type and even the thought of typing on my laptop was too much!

Thankfully, however, warmer weather is on the horizon and we are "springing forward" this weekend. The temps are going up and just thinking about it is making my mood better and I am excited to get back in the groove. 

Warmer weather also means that I will be able to get out to events and summer festivals will be on the calendar as well. Speaking of which, I will be a vendor at the Ladies Night Out event at the Cute Boutique in Richmond, VA on March 14th. Please visit my FB page for the details (
I look forward to seeing those of you who can make it and I'll be posting future events here as well. Also, I'll post pics of the event on my IG so be sure to follow me there as well (

Until next time...Be Sweet! xoxo

Monday, January 26, 2015

Information About Sweet Trinity Aromatherapy Bath Salts

Information about Sweet Trinity Aromatherapy Bath Salts
The first product I ever created was the Dead Sea Salt Bath Salts. I created the salt soak at a time when I was in a period of healing my body from the inside out. I researched the benefits of Dead Sea Salts and started soaking many times a week.

There are many benefits to soaking in Dead Sea Salts and I am always happy to hear the reports of how Sweet Trinity Aromatherapy Salts have helped people.
For soaking: I recommend bathing three times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes.

As a Foot bath: I recommend adding a cup of Salt to a tub of warm water as a balm for aching feet.
The main ingredients of Sweet Trinity Aromatherapy Dead Sea Salt Soaks include Dead Sea Salt and Epsom Salt. The benefits of each are described below.
Dead Sea Salt: Salts mined from the Dead Sea in the Middle East, are rich in minerals and help draw impurities out of the skinThe Dead Sea is a popular center for wellness and health today, due to the fact that Dead Sea salts have been reported to have the following benefits:
Rheumatologic Conditions – Dead Sea salts can be effective in therapy of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Osteoarthritis. The minerals are absorbed while soaking, stimulating blood circulation.

Common Skin Ailments – Research has demonstrated that skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis are relieved by regular soaking in water with added Dead Sea salt. The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends Dead Sea and Dead Sea salts as effective treatments for psoriasis. One study concluded that the high concentration of magnesium in Dead Sea salt was instrumental in improving skin hydration and reducing inflammation.

Allergies - The high concentration of bromide and magnesium in the Dead Sea salt can relieve allergic reactions by cleansing and detoxifying.

Epsom Salt: Researchers and physicians report that raising your magnesium levels may improve heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.

Epsom Salts flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Epsom Salts also improve nerve function by regulating electrolytes. In addition, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.

Epsom Salts relieve stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
While increasing your magnesium levels, our Soaks also deliver sulfates, which are extremely difficult to get through food but which readily absorb through the skin. Medical research indicates sulfates are needed for the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the mucin proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Sulfates also stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and help to detoxify the body's residue of medicines and environmental contaminants.
I encourage you soak your body and/or your feet on a regular basis to experience wonderful benefits inside and out. For a full description of Sweet Trinity Aromatherapy Dead Sea Salts, please visit:
Until next time…be sweet! ;)


Our products are made to be mild, but we do not claim any medicinal benefits. Information on our website should not be construed as medical advice. If you have a serious medical condition, please consult with your physician before using any of our products. All of our products should be used with the same caution as any other body product that you use. There is always a possibility that you might have an allergic reaction to an ingredient used in our products. If you experience any discomfort or undue irritation when using any of our products, discontinue use and consult your physician.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Our Etsy Store Is Open - We Are In The Artisan Cafe

Good morning beauties!!

It's the day after Thanksgiving and after much prepping and planning and mixing and labeling, we are happy to announce that our Etsy store has reopened and we are also featured in The Artisan Cafe in Richmond, VA! 

If you are in the Richmond area, stop by Stoney Point and visit the store. If not, you can shop from the comfort of your home by visiting: 

Happy shopping and as always...Be Sweet! xoxo

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