A little over a year ago, I got a phone call that shook my little world; I was convinced I had encountered a major roadblock in my career.  The not-so-quick-fix was to haul my cookies back to school and become certified in the practice of Esthetics.  My participation in this program meant big changes for my family and business; mainly, time away from both.  But I did it and persevered, and yesterday I completed the second of two South Carolina state board exams.  Today I’m done.  And yet, I’m so not.

What I thought was a traumatic situation turned into one of the most enriching, educational experiences of my life.  That “roadblock” turned out to be a roundabout: a means to overcome an obstacle. . . a way to get around it.  It has been a year of proving to myself that I can do pretty much whatever I set my mind to.  I can be an A-student at any age; I can learn new skills; I can juggle a lot of stuff and still be a good mom and wife.  But I couldn’t have done it without the support and love of my family.

And my Friends.  The ones who were in the trenches right alongside me.  The ones who, for their own reasons, decided to enhance their livelihoods, too.  And none of us could have done it without the brilliant mind and loving support of our instructor and mentor, ‘J-Norm.’  This experience set lifelong relationships in place.

So, I say to my children:  Jordan & Culley & Livi, if you think Life ever hands you an insurmountable situation, go ahead and freak out for a minute (it’s a good motivator;).  Then get on with the business of attacking said situation.  And know you have a team: Dad + Me, and all the people who respect and cherish you.  Trust yourselves to assemble a network of support.  You, my children, can do even more than I can.  And that’s a whole lot.






The lyrics from a late-80s Hall & Oates’ song keep resonating with me because the past seven weeks have kept me pretty much Out of Touch (and Out of Time).

I am still hunkered down from my first semester of esthetics training at Trident Technical College, with one more final exam ahead of me.  Who would have known this would be one of the most intense undertakings of my career?  I certainly did not, but I’m on this path now, and I’m loving every minute of it.

Esthetics or Aesthetics (as my Latin-loving son prefers) is the study of making things beautiful.  In particular, and for my purposes, it’s the study of beautifying and making skin healthy.  It’s Dermatology: skin anatomy and science, which inherently includes malfunction and diseases of the skin; Infection Control (microbes and viruses are nasty little creatures; we want to keep the bad ones out); Fundamentals of Massage (all those lovely strokes that help stimulate blood flow and keep lymph moving); and Electrical Current (skin technology:  the safest, newest most advanced treatments for skin).

So, this is where I’ve been:  Studying and learning.  Back in student-mode.  Where this will lead me, I’m not sure yet.  But I know I’ll be a better beauty editor and makeup artist for it.  I’m feeling that already.


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Winterizing Your Face and Skin: The Environmental Factors

November 18, 2013

Are you ready for our upcoming winter?  According to the Farmers’ Almanac, Winter 2013- 2014, the “Days of Shivery” are back and we are forecast with lower than average temps.  Sounds pretty cold to me, and that means a little prep now can help “save face” for our upcoming winter. The first things we can […]

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The Evolution of My Makeup Kit

September 24, 2013

A makeup artist’s kit is their home away from home. . . the thing that houses the stuff that makes brides & models feel happy & beautiful, TV personalities feel mattified & confident, and helps bring life to photo shoots.  It’s no wonder that we take a lot of pride in its form and functionality. […]

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Greene Street Beauty / MyFaceCharts App

September 9, 2013

When I find something that works for me professionally, I’m the kind of gal who likes to shout it from the rooftop.  Yes, I post lots of things about products, people, and techniques, but this is a tool that helps keep me organized and on-task as a professional makeup artist.  Kim Greene and Melissa Street, […]

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How I Apply False Eyelashes ;)

April 7, 2013

One aspect of makeup that I enjoy most is the addition of false lashes to top off a polished look. Every bride represented on my website gallery is wearing some sort of false lash.  They don’t have to be “club” lashes to give your eyes the pop you desire in portraiture.  This is the one […]

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Looking Forward to this Great New Opportunity: Beauty Editor for Smitten Magazine!!!

April 2, 2013

  NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release   Media Contact: Annabel Jones A Jones Communications 904-514-2319   New Editor, New Look for Smitten Magazine National wedding magazine relaunches with new creative vision   CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 2, 2013) — National digital wedding publication Smitten Magazine will relaunch next week showcasing a cover-to-cover editorial redesign with […]

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My Branding Story

February 26, 2013

  Here, at the beginning and on a very personal level, I would like to dedicate this new website and blog to two ladies who have been of monumental inspiration to me.  The first, a former co-teacher at Moultrie Middle School, Cecelia Hall Dunleavy, who passed away last October after a long and courageous battle […]

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The Gift of Bobbi Brown

December 10, 2012

I’ve spent some time over the past two days at two different Bobbi Brown counters. This is a line that is ubiquitous, yet one that I have not delved into a whole lot. I think I hear Bobbi calling my name. I love what she stands for, which in my opinion is enhancing and optimizing […]

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Passing Along Some Great Info: "10 Secrets I Learned at Makeup Artist School"

September 4, 2012

This article is from a website called Total  The author, Sharon Yi, was sent to makeup school for this assignment.  She has gleaned 10 important tips from her experience at three L.A.-area makeup schools.  This is so worth passing along. . .  Happy reading!

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