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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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Update: Getting out into the Real World

A little update here… I graduated from my esthetics program and got a job offer last week! The job offer is in a salon/spa near me that I think would be a really good fit, although getting comfortable with a totally new skincare line will be interesting. After working with Bioelements in school and getting certified in PCA Skin, and seeing their effectiveness, I’m definitely biased against other lines. The owner raved about the line they use though, and I’m hoping I can learn everything about it and enjoy using it as well.

I’m also hoping to keep doing makeup on a more regular basis, and actually applied for another position doing bridal makeup. I feel like bridal/special occasion makeup and that clientele is the type that’s most appealing to me, and I would love to do more work in that area.

Overall I’m just happy to finally be done with school and able to start my career, even while I’m “license pending” until January. I can’t wait to see where everything goes!

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Graduation is Approaching!

Guys… I’m graduating from my esthetics program in a week. I passed my final hands-on and written exams with A’s and all I have to do is finish out my hours and hand in a giant binder of assignments (which I’m currently procrastinating on but mostly done with). I can’t wait to put this education to use and get back to making money! I have a few different options I’m looking into for jobs, and also want to do more makeup on a freelance basis, but I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ll have something soon. Now that my testing is done, I just want to get my binder assignments squared away and am excited to not be working for free anymore (once I’m not at school…my motivation to take clients here has dropped since I finished my sign-offs two weeks ago!). Obviously practice is always a good thing, but you know… I’m ready to move on.

Clearly I haven’t been sticking to my claims of posting more consistently, because I keep thinking things are about to slow down and then they don’t. But I’ll get there… hopefully.

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It All Starts with the Brushes

I’m so busy, as we all are, but I’m trying to add another thing to the mix of school and work. I feel like I need to be doing something else that will help my career before I finish my esthetics program because 1. it’s a good idea, and 2. it will make me feel like I’m moving even faster towards my goals. I’m starting to build my makeup kit guys! Obviously, I started with brushes. I had done some research and originally thought, oh I need some really nice, expensive brushes that will be a huge investment, and then I realized, no, there are high quality brushes that don’t cost a whole paycheck. So I ordered from Crown Brush, an awesome company that makes some great brushes and delivered mine two days after I ordered them.

Here are my first picks (because I know I’ll eventually order more and may even want duplicates of some):

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As you can see, some of them have numbers on them, some don’t, but they are all within the Infinity and Syntho series, plus the brow brush on the left which is in the Italian Badger series. I literally searched through every series and set that they make (via this landing page), and ended up picking them one by one rather then ordering a set because I know I have exactly what I need (starting out at least!). They are SUPER soft and luxurious feeling, and I can’t wait to work with them more.

I’m also taking my phase one practical in a week, which means a hands-on test (where I perform an eyebrow wax, basic facial, and makeup application in front of my instructor) and a written test the following day. I’m definitely bringing my brush set to use on my model for the makeup application, so I want to play with them before the big day. Wish me luck!

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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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