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