I was reading over the lyrics of Ike & Tina Turner’s song “Wish” and I must say some of the lyrics are quite touching. I’ve heard and sang the song oh so many times but never thought about what she’s was really saying. I guess because the movie had me so busy watching her transform into “Tina,” that understanding the lyrics got lost for me.

Hey Lord
Make me over, I wanna be made over

Make me smart, make me king
Give a lot, give me steam
I want eternal beauty, spiritual things
‘Cause when I’m done, yes I wanna be a good thing

Hey Lord
Make me over, I wanna be made over
Hey Lord
Make me over, I wanna be made over

I wanna go places, I wanna do some things
I wanna be a star, I wanna have a big name
But in my heart, let beauty reign
And when I’m done, I wanna have fame

Any-who let’s talk about my life and makeup! I didn’t start wearing it until college. And by wearing it, I mean actually applying it myself (with the help of my roomie :D) for those special events and such that we would attend. After college, just one random Saturday morning I woke up and decided I wanted to get made over at the MAC cosmetic counter. This particular day opened my eyes to a whole new outlook on makeup. I knew what I didn’t want to look like but I had no clue as to how makeup could really transform my look. Now I know this might sound abit stereotypical, but with my previous comment in mind, this is how I selected my makeup artist: #1 I looked for a woman with a similar skin tone as mine, #2 I looked for a woman with the right look (not too overly made up), and #3 I looked for a woman with a great personality, not the snobby-you should already know how to do this by now attitude. So needless to say, today was indeed “my day” because there was this woman who favored me and she immediately approached me to see what my needs were. I told her I don’t wear makeup except for some special occasions, but would really like to learn an everyday look for beginners. She was sooooo sweet and soooo helpful, so $100+ later- I was looking and feeling like a million bucks! I told myself after purchasing the foundation, eyeliner, lip liner, eyeshadow, and must have lip gloss that I may not be able to afford this look everyday maybe just every other day lol. So that began my makeup wearing days. Now fast-forward about 2 years later and I was back to square one with makeup. Only wearing it when I wanted to feel extra-pretty or needed a pick-me-up. Now-a-days, I’ve been dabbling abit more with it because I mean, well hey, I still have those pick-me-up days and date nights with the hubs to dress up for! YouTube has certainly given me the dream of becoming a MUA (only for the moments of viewing the videos though, and then reality snatches me back lol). There are some amazing women and men who can really transform a person through the art of makeup! Much props to them 😀

For my daily skincare, I squeeze a pea-size ball of First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser onto my Ulta Cleansing Massager and give my face a good 2-3 minute massage. I rinse with warm water and then apply a single pump of my moisturizer First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream. At night, if I wore makeup, I first remove it using baby wipes. I’m seriously addicted to baby wipes, you’ll find them in almost every room of our house, the cars, and on occasions my purse! Next, I cleanse-again using the FAB Face Cleanser and Ulta Cleansing Massager but for my nightly moisturizer I go for abit more moisture than during the day. I’ll either apply Nivea Moisturizing Crème or coconut oil and off to bed I go.

My makeup routine or the lack there of consists of a few different products dependent upon the weather and my skin. If my skin is showing signs of dryness, I opt for a cream base foundation or BB Cream and no powder. If my skin is normal and the weather is reasonable (high within the mid-80s) I opt for MAC Studio Fix foundation in NC45. If it’s HOTT outside and I still want an even skin tone, then I opt for NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in CUBA. For my hooded eyes, I keep them pretty neutral with golds & browns (still learning how to work with them). I only apply eyeliner to the bottom of my eyes, if any at all, because my experience has been that it makes my eyes appear even squintier when applied to top and bottom. I apply a few strokes of Covergirl lashblast volume mascara again to the top lashes only. For my brows I fill them in using a stencil and dark brown eyeshadow. And for my lips, I keep them pretty neutral in the nudes and pinks – my go to lip gloss is MAC Ready or Not and I’ve also taken a strong liking to L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in flirt.

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And there you have it, I hope to be made over really soon and learn how to master, what is it called? A BEAT face! Do some flawless contouring and blend that eyeshadow to the max. I mean a girl can dream right?!?! LOL But in all seriousness, my goal is strive to put my best face forward!

Have a wonderful Friday babydolls!

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