Totally exhausted

For some reason as soon as I made it home today. I relaxed a bit with a book and I started falling asleep. I woke up, took my meds and have been watching a You Tube video or two and then was going to do makeup and do my hauls, but I can’t seem to keep my eyes open tonight. I don’t know what is going on. So I will be off schedule this week with what I had planned to do. I might get my stuff together and write these out and start my schedule as of next week. Seeing as I am already behind this week.

So sorry to my followers as this is not what I intended this week. I hope that I am not coming down with something. Ugh. Thank you and will be writing these out and releasing them on the correct days starting next week.


Late Hauls and Buys post

I received five packages on Tuesday and then was wiped out and had to nap. Ran to grab son from work, he worked late and then was grocery shopping for a bit. Home late and tired.

I need to download the pictures of the stuff that arrived. It was two Influenster Voxboxes and one Crowdtap package. The other two were bought: my refills on something and a value buy fro Ipsy.

So I am either redownloading the WordPress app to phone so I can write and download the pics to my blog or downloading them to my laptop. So posting tomorrow right after work.

I will also post my Wednesday post, but later in the evening for that one.

Satisfaction of Clean Brushes

I bought one of those electrical wands with bowl that you stick the brush into the holder, then dip the brush in and out of water, then let it spin for 10 second above water. Let me tell you it does a pretty fab job at cleaning them and it takes less time to wash them and loads of less time to dry them.

Now I still have to clean my beauty blenders and my two sided brushes by hand and that is fine. I am just happy to not take forever to clean my brushes anymore. My oldest grandson Adrain was helping me tonight, he thinks it is fun to clean the brushes and this new machine made it even more fun.

I was hesitant about using this and think that is why I hadn’t used it even though I bought it over a month ago. I was thinking what if it doesn’t clean them, what if the rubber holders don’t fit my brushes correctly and whatnot. I was overthinking it, and I should have tried it earlier to make sure that it worked too. I did remember to put batteries in it when I first got it and knew that the wand at least spun around.

I am so happy and thankful for whoever invented this first one and that they make them from several manufactures and brands. This is a life saver to every MUA out there and to all makeup enthusiast, and every brush hoarder as well.

Declutter Coming Soon

I am doing a major declutter for this upcoming Fall. I am decluttering my craft space, my basement that has random stuff and my excess clothes as well. I am also going to be going through my makeup and decluttering some too. Now I will be possibly giving some to a few friends of mine that appreciate makeup. I know that I have too much and need to give some away, throw a few things away and some unused sell or do a giveaway on my IG, as I have over 2000 followers and am doing the Giveaway to try and get myself up to 2500 or 3000 followers. I have some goodies saved for the giveaway already.

I will take some pictures of each category of my makeup and show you folks what I am getting rid of. I will also take some pics of craft space and what I am donating to Children’s Hospital and what I am selling. I have some paper pack collections that are no longer available and can get some money from them. Plus selling one of my electronic cutting machines and the cartridges.

I plan to donate my extra clothing to a woman’s shelter and family shelter. My grand daughter has some clothes we are going to try and sell to a co-signment shop but what they don’t take will be added to my pile for the shelter. I will probably also add some makeup and beauty products to this as well for the shelter.

I know my hubby and son will be happy as can be if I make room in the basement and our bedroom so we have more floor space and shelve space. Hubby is just mad that there is no room to add more POP collectibles in the room. He is a total geek and loves his Marvel and DC stuff. Ugh, what can I do. He puts up with my collections and I put up with his.

This is just a few pictures of either my collection when I first started, but eat bottom row and the second from the bottom on the right are some shopping hauls. I so need to do this declutter. This pains me with the makeup the most. I love my precious babies. hehe. I am being a smart ass, but it will pain me. I love makeup and shopping.


Luck changes as fast as a Rainbow disappears…

WP_20141003_002Not often that I catch a rainbow with my camera, this one I almost didn’t catch a few years back. I pulled off the road and took a picture before it disappeared. Before I caught this, it was a double rainbow but the other had faded away before I caught it.

Reason why I decided to post this picture was to remember to take the time to enjoy the basic things in life. Not to look for happiness with the latest and newest items. Be happy with what you have and that you have enough. Remember there are those that have much less than we have.

I am getting ready to do a declutter of stuff, some will go to the thrift stores. But I plan to find a few shelters that I can donate items to as I want to help those that really need these items. Having a nice outfit to wear to an interview can make a drastic change in ones life.

I can remember when I had most of my belongings in a storage unit and was stuffing with friends or family until I was able to find a place years ago. All because I let my apartment go and moved into a house with a best friend and her new hubby only to be kicked out when he decided he wanted to move his friends in and kick me and my family out. Hard lesson learned.

Anyways, I remember being pregnant, jobless and down. I brushed my butt off and went job hunting and didn’t take all the No’s as I would never find a job while pregnant as people to didn’t want to hire someone that would be taking a 6 week break sometime down the road. Someone finally took a chance on me and that made a drastic difference.

I knew even though I was pregnant and looking for a job that I needed to dress business casual while job hunting. I was lucky to have some roomier pieces that helped me with this. I also recalled that others had things worse than me and that when I got on my feet and down the road I would give back to others.

I have tried to do that at least once a ¬†year with decluttering, but other times I do it more than once. I am a softie and I do once a month usually give money to someone I see that is down and out, because you never know when that could be you. I may have never been truly without a roof over my head, but briefly living in a place with no electricity or heat wasn’t much fun in the fall. Plus it was barely a roof over the head, thankfully other family members took us in and we were blessed in that aspect. I know one bad decision can screw up your life and it takes a minute to get back on track.

So remember to slow down, take time for yourself before making major decisions. Weigh the pros and cons. Never make rash decisions when mad. Make a list if needed to help with decision making. Don’t feel guilty to pamper yourself every once in a while. Give yourself a gift for a job well accomplished. Give someone a compliment each day, you will be amazed how good it makes you feel. If you are able, do something small for someone you care about just because or do something big. Its all on you. Enjoy nature and reconnect with the Earth, it is a living and cherish it.

Okay, now off to make a list of what I need to go through to start my decluttering. Books, clothes, makeup, shoes, crafting items. A few bigger items I will put up for sell on FB groups and put that money up into savings. Every little bit helps, hope to take a weekend trip with hubby down the road, a little mini honeymoon even if belated.

Coming Soon…

Updated pictures of my professional kit and my personal makeup. Now some of my eyeshadows are professional only and some personal only. But some are both, as I disinfect my palettes before the shoots and after I get home as well.

I know that now my bed couldn’t hold all my makeup that is in my personal or professional kits. I have put myself on a no buy of lipsticks, glosses, highlighter palettes, eyeliners and limited on buying shadows.

I will take pics this week and download them to this laptop and post them here. I will post the before pic of when I had smaller collection and now. I have a buying issue, this I know.

Colorful pictures to come soon.

Oh my goddess what a weekend

I finally got a taste of what it is like to hurry but try and do the makeup real good for a photo shoot. We were shooting a Calendar this past Saturday and we were suppose to get access to the two hotel suites a few hours early. Instead we got access to one of them two hours late. Then about 30 minutes later we get a call telling us they had another suite ready. I went down with the coordinator to be the “bitch,” and get us a discount for the time wasted.

They tried to give us a suite across the parking lot and we were in the back of the courtyard in our first suite. We were like we can’t have models dressed in scantly outfits and in this blistering heat walking over a block away to the other suite. Their faces would melt and we would get called on for indecent exposure. The lady tried to argue with us, we were like give us a smaller room, not a suite and in the same courtyard as the one we are in. She finally got us in a room below us and I was able to get set up.

Then the pressure was on, because we were two hours behind and we had some people that had to leave within the hour. So I set my makeup up and started on the models. And as I am half way through with first model I have one of the guys asking constantly if the model is ready yet. I was like I just got her a bit ago because she was getting hair done. I almost threatened to stick one of my makeup brushes somewhere that the sun doesn’t shine. Thankfully we are all also friends and he would have laughed it off.

I did three full faces and one redo creation of eye look for same model for a different look. Helped with lashes on our main head lady and of course had to get makeup on myself and into my RenFest Style outfit of short skirt, camisole style cream shirt and my brown and black corset. Find someone that is able to tighten a corset well and boy is it hard to move in it when it is done right. But you look damn good in it and my chest wasn’t looking like it was lost in the corset.

Everyone was happy at the end of the shoot and all went well. Except that me and my hubby have to redo our pics as some came out too blurry and they need redone. So this weekend we get to get all dressed up and do this again.

I was flustered and felt like I was three steps behind every time I had a model in the chair. Two ladies I forgot to take a before photo of, then two I forgot to have sign photo releases so I can use them in my portfolio. I was able to get their signature but one I got her to send me a before picture with no makeup. I need to contact another model and see if she can do the same things. I was so flustered and the schedule we had set up for photos was shot to heck and I was trying to figure out who I do first and after each one so I was getting them done in the order they needed.

So checked in around 5p.m. and didn’t leave until little after 1 a.m. Got home and had to unload the backseat with my makeup in it, as it was still humid as heck and wasn’t allowing my makeup to melt. We also had to keep the car running from 3-5 p.m. as part of my makeup would have been a melted mess. I need to invest in some small cooler packs and use those for my cream products in the summer or I might loss inventory.

This was an unpaid gig, but I got photos for three models and myself from earlier in the day. I will be posting them on my social media soon. I know I can do better and it was because I was rushed that I can see where I messed up at. I will do better next time.

On a good note, I now have a makeup chair with a cushion. But it only holds like 300 lbs but it will hold more than that. I do have plans to buy another one that has a higher weight limit as I have several friends that exceed my chair limit. I also have a new 4 foot table for my makeup and yet it seems too small. But I will learn to narrow the essentials down but I did for this one and still had to much. I also didn’t know what all looks I was going to be doing on each one.

I also bought two makeup carry cases, one arrived in time for the shoot and the other is arriving this week. I also got my makeup brush waist belt, didn’t use it this weekend but plan to with some more practice models. One one case that came, was a nice large hot pink slotted case with three layers. Nice long arm strap as well. The other one is black and has a top compartment and trays on the lower area. These will be great for when I have one or two customers that day and can pack light.

Okay so I got more practice in on my looks and know what I need to do to help and improve them. Going to be working on my Unit B, so I can turn it in and get my “A” and move on to Unit C. I want to get this one done and start on another course that I am signed up for. Off to bed, makeup look in the morning and then work. Ugh, I feel like a taxi driver sometimes. It’s all good.

(sorry for the rambling and jumping around topic. I will get better with this)

Makeup by TJ Snyder

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