Welcome to my beauty blog, everyone! I am so excited to begin this new venture and be able to share my beauty tips and product reviews with you all. My passion has always been beauty and fashion but unfortunately, I was not able to pursue it until my late twenties. That was well after I graduated from college, landed a promotion at my job, married the love of my life and welcomed the two most precious little boys into this world! My parents always stressed the importance of education ever since I could remember. Beauty school was prohibited, totally out of the question even when they learned that my high school offered a free program (with transportation) during junior/senior year. I distinctively remember crying at dinner and pleading with my father to allow me to enroll in the beauty program, he said no without any hesitation. My parents viewed beauty to be a huge distraction from college, they were probably right. It was not until a couple years ago that I decided to pursue this overdue dream of mine. This time, both of my parents were supportive as was my husband. I feel very blessed for the opportunities that have come my way since I made this decision. Before you jump to any conclusions and assume "oh this is just another beauty blog," I want to clarify to you all that this is not your average blog but so much more. This blog is going to be written by a middle class, hard-working, 30 year-old mother from Michigan who actually enjoys beauty, lives for convenience (moms know how hard it can be to balance all of these things), gladly shares "beauty secrets" (I am the girl who will tell you where I got my dress from-I will even order it for you haha), and most importantly one of my finest qualities, being brutally honest (even when I shouldn't be- insert shocked expression emoji here).
To me, motherhood is not a part time job, never was and never will be. Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I am probably one of the most involved, controlling, beyond-obsessed mothers. With that being said, sometimes I know I have to take a few steps back. A huge part of being a good mother is learning how to balance. This is something I struggled with because I felt so much guilt for taking care of me but that was wrong. How can you take care of little people without taking care of yourself? You can't! You must take care of you! This is one of my biggest battles that I have overcome. Being a mother and being able to balance it has changed my life. I would love nothing more than to help you all by sharing what I have learned and how to balance it. Allow me to introduce ways that I have learned to make your life simpler and convenient in this busy, crazy world.
Social media has changed the way we think, act and overall, the way that we live our lives. Think about it, most of us will not buy a product without reading reviews. This is not necessarily a bad thing but it is if we solely base our purchases on what others think or say, particularly celebrities and those with higher social statuses, i.e. those with the most followers. I am hoping you're not all naive to believe that these individuals are not paid to push certain products. I own a lash company and since, I have learned so much more with regard to this business. I've reached out to several individuals with large followings to see if I could share some of my products with them in exchange for a post. I received one makeup guru's rates for posting products. I was shocked to learn that she charges $3,000 for one exclusive Instagram post and $10,000 for a Youtube video! That was over a year ago and since then, I am certain her rates have increased. My point is that most of the makeup gurus and celebrities who share their "favorites" are paid to share them with us. Unlike these individuals, I will not be receiving compensation for standing by products or services. My goal is to review and share with you all my HONEST feelings about everything I review. I am giving you all my word that I will only share what I feel is best and try to be as helpful as possible.
I cannot promise that that everything I say will be completely fitting to each and every one of you but I can assure you that I will be honest and do my best to provide you with the most detailed reviews on everything that I try. You have my loyalty. I was never the type that thought twice about helping people, especially mothers because I know how hard it can be especially in this day in age where so much is expected of us. I promise you all that you're not alone! It never occurred to me that I would thoroughly enjoy being so open with people until I started receiving comments and private messages from people on social media, some saying that I was an inspiration to them. Others showing gratitude for sharing certain products with them. Receiving these types of messages brought me so much joy! Thank you for showing me your appreciation, I look forward to so many more successful, informative posts.