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Disappearances and Licensing

Yes, I’m still alive. Just randomly disappearing as usual. It’s hard to keep up guys; I just finished my third day at my new job in a salon/spa as an esthetician, and am waiting to hear back after an interview for a makeup artist position on a bridal team. (Exciting!) I’m ALSO preparing to take my esthetics licensing test SIGNIFICANTLY earlier than expected. I’ve been over here leisurely living life and trying to learn the new product line at work when I was told, “haha jk your test is next week!” I’m sure that’s what the website would have said if it could talk, but yeah, I picked the location closest to me and saw the dates available and the latest was December 19th. The 18th just happens to work out better for me because I don’t have work the day before, so I can take it after a day off rather than after having closed at work the night before.

10 days people, 10 days. To be honest I’d rather get it over with and be focused on studying for that time rather than have it be a month away; more room for procrastination and less motivation to stay focused. Plus, it’s closer to the time I was actually in school and the information is still fresh in my mind. But seriously, I need to go get my study materials out. Sorry for the continued negligence, but as any deadbeat parent will tell you, I’ll definitely be back for Christmas. Promise.

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Getting to the Makeup

I’m halfway through week four of my Esthetician program, and we’ve gotten through most of the areas of the program (because the first part of the program is more about learning and practicing everything and then later it’s more about just practicing and taking clients). Yesterday we finally started makeup, and as I may or may not have emphasized earlier, makeup was a huge point of interest for me in the program and is a main area I’m pursuing career-wise.

Long story short, after these two days I feel like I already knew almost all of what we went over…from YouTube. Some people might react to that like, what are you talking about, and other people who watch makeup artists on YouTube will understand. Yes there are plenty of random people with no credentials who make YouTube videos about makeup, but there are also a lot of trained or self-taught, professional and experienced makeup artists making videos. So not only did I feel like okay, teach me something new, but I also hhhhhated the way people were doing makeup. The past two days of practicing, I’ve seen more clown makeup than I care to talk about. It’s so hard not to be like “Are you fricken kidding me? You just slapped that eyeshadow on with no regard to her eye shape and now she has a black eye.”

Someone did my makeup today and I’m not saying she was bad at makeup, because her makeup looks great, but when I looked at myself in the mirror I was like no. I immediately took it off because I felt so uncomfortable. The instructor and her instructor-in-training told me I’m just not used to the look she gave me, and that’s not true. She used mostly plums on me since I’m an “autumn,” and I’ve used plum colors since I started using makeup in high school. It wasn’t about the colors, it was about the technique (except for plum lips…that was about the color). Anyway, no need to go on and on about how much I hated it, but I’ll end it by saying I looked like a 12 year old who does her makeup for the first time, slash a weird doll, slash a street walker.

A week from today I start training for Aveda makeup. I’ll be able to take makeup appointments at work in addition to my position in guest services, so I’m hoping that’s a much better experience. I’ve heard a couple people say they don’t like Aveda makeup, so we’ll see how much I liked the products, but it will still be good experience regardless. Any makeup artists who also went through an esthetics program want to give me some reassurance? Because I don’t feel like I’m going to enjoy makeup quite as much in the program when I don’t agree with the instructor’s makeup guidelines…that is, if I have to follow it. For example I don’t like that their philosophy for turning a day look into a night look is just make the eye and lip darker. Yeah just throw a bold eye and a bold lip together and you got it. UGH.

I think the two important things I will get from school are more knowledge about picking the right colors for people with different skin, eye, and hair colors, and the practice of applying makeup on other people (as opposed to just myself). It doesn’t seem like their will be any emphasis on contouring besides adding a strip of dark powder under the cheek bone (really?) and especially not contouring for different face shapes and features. And apparently no one pays attention to brows (hello, that’s one of the most important parts to define!) /end rant

I think I just needed to get all of that out, because besides that, I’ve loved learning everything and my instructor is extremely knowledgable about skincare. I love giving facials and back treatments, and I get a lot of positive feedback on my technique. I’m not crazy about waxing at all, but that’s okay. I have high hopes for the remaining topics, which include body wraps, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion.

It’s a crazy busy time with school and work, and having one or both seven days a week, but it’s only temporary. And as always, any personal experience or information from those who have been there is appreciated!

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Esthetician in Training

Oh man…it’s the start of the second week in my esthetician program, guys. I need to get more of a routine down so I can get some homework time in and also get to bed at a decent time, in addition to all the other stuff I need to do, but that’s about to get even more challenging…because I’m starting a new job in two days!

Late last week I accepted a position at a really nice salon/spa near me, where I’ll primarily be working in guest services. In addition to the relief of knowing I’ll have some money coming in, I’m also super excited because they know I’m in an esthetician program with an interest in makeup, so they’ll be holding makeup classes for me to be able to do makeup applications as well. That should start in another week or two, so I’ll be getting some solid experience with makeup way earlier than expected! They also seem supportive of the possibility of me transitioning to an esthetician position once I’m licensed, and that’s a huge bonus as well. Kinda feels like everything’s falling into place…

In terms of the program, I feel like I learned so much in my first five days, and this week has already started off the same. It’s crazy to feel so excited in the morning about what I’m going to learn that day and what we’re going to do. I gave a hand and foot treatment on the first day, and I’ve already given three or four facials. It’s also extremely awesome that we get to experience all these things for ourselves too…and I’ll be getting my second facial tomorrow. Better skin, here I come (eventually).

The skin analysis we performed on everyone today, jeez was that a lot to take in. As we learned, everyone has their skin conditions and it’s rare to see someone come in with “normal” type skin that has no issues, but it was still a little rough hearing about the stuff I already knew PLUS what they can see with the Wood’s lamp (it looks like a blacklight and shows everything that’s going on with your skin, including things that are under the surface just waiting to show themselves). For the love of God, people, take care of your skin and always wear sunblock!

Anyway, it is way past grandma’s bedtime, so I’ll leave you with a picture of some amazing sangria I made over Memorial Day weekend (and maybe a post to follow with how I made it):IMG_4308

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Esthetician on the Way

Now that it’s only about a week away, I wanted to share some news that I’m suuuuuuuper excited about! This past Friday was my last day at the corporate job which sucked all happiness and satisfaction out of my life, so that’s step one of this new, thrilling chapter of my life. Step two was just inserted today, because I just got another job interview for tomorrow morning (yay!). But step three (drumroll please) is that next Monday is my first day in a full-time esthetician program!

I CANNOT wait. This has been about three-four months of having this idea, researching, planning, and also suffering through this job that I hated in order to save up as much money as I could. And now it’s finally here!! I’m looking forward to learning as much about skincare and makeup as possible, and to building a career that is what I want it to be, not what others want or what some people think it “should” be. It feels like I’m finally doing what I want to do for myself, for authentic reasons, and because I also know what I don’t want.

If I had planned this better I might have shared a few of the awesome blogs I started reading from people who already have the experience of going through an esthetician program, of being an esthetician and/or makeup artist, and of what you can do as a licensed esthetician or professional makeup artist for those who don’t fully know. But I’ll just say that reading about other people’s experiences and hearing encouragement from people in that arena (through the interwebs and in real life) has really fueled my inspiration and reassured me when I’ve encountered doubt (or general non-enthusiasm) from others.

A tiny bit of background. I have a BA in psychology and an MA in clinical counseling, that I worked for with the intention of getting my clinical license and eventually having my own private practice. I went a little Water for Elephants on everyone when I sat for the licensing exam (passed), and graduated and then ran away to join the circus (get a desk job). The difference is that I didn’t run away to a crazy circus job where I was able to transfer my veterinary skills, I ran away to a crazy circus job (actually two) where I was hating everything and not doing anything I wanted to. Anyway, I don’t want to focus on the negative side of things in this post; maybe at some point I’ll feel like explaining how I realized it wasn’t my dream to have a private practice, or talking about the various forms of criticism I’ve received and sexism I’ve encountered, etc., but let’s keep our eyes forward, shall we?

I cannot wait to connect with more people who are on their way to a career in this field or have a career in this field. I don’t know many people in real life who are pursuing the same thing, although it’s kind of funny that I often hear “oh my sister/friend/great-cousin-in-law does that!” when I tell people what I’m going to be doing. And I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to be doing yet, either.

Right now, based on my interests and zero professional experience, I’m about a 50/50 split between skincare and makeup. I see myself starting out in a salon or spa and also building a freelance makeup business on the side. I love the creativity involved in makeup artistry and I spend a lot of time watching some of the awesome makeup gurus on YouTube, but I also love focusing on the skin and how to keep it healthy. Plus I’ll be able to put my degrees to use in a way that is fulfilling to me. It’s win-win!

I’m just really pumped to put a lot of work into something that I’m passionate about. It seriously feels like a new chapter in my life of living more authentically and having a career that reflects who I am. That feels HUGE to me. I’ll definitely be sharing here, and maybe people will be interested the way I was when I was researching esthetics, or maybe I’ll just be creating a record for myself to read in the future. Either way is fine.

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