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Self Love

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Sometimes we are so busy in our lives that we forget things. We forget to run an errand, forget to pick up the clothes at the dry cleaners, forget what we were just thinking about, forget to eat.... sometimes we are SO busy we even forget to take care of ourselves. 

I really noticed that I was forgetting to do a lot of things after I had my second baby. I was so concentrated on making sure everyone else was OK I forgot about me. I was tired. I was taking care of two kids and a husband. I was drained. I was physically, mentally, and emotionally drained. I wanted to do everything. Even after recovering from a c-section and dealing with a very colicky baby.... I wanted to do it all. I can't begin to tell you how many tears I shed during the first few months after baby number 2.

This is something not a lot of moms talk about, and they should. Do you know why? Because it's OK. It's OK to feel sad. It's OK to feel frustrated at yourself and the kids. It's OK to feel burnt out. It's OK to not do it all. It's OK to not be perfect. 

I was constantly telling myself how useless I was and that I could just never get it right or that I would never catch up to life again. I was being so hard on myself. I caused myself so much unnecessary pain.

I had to pull myself together for the sake of my kids. My two year old started to see how emotional I was getting. I had to start inflecting self love.  It was time I started taking care of myself so that I could take care of my family. If I didn't feel good and if I didn't love myself, how could I expect anyone else to?

This is when I realized I had to start letting things go. I had to start asking for help. I had to tell myself, "you can't do it all. It's OK to ask for help." I started asking my mom and mother in law to watch the kids on the weekends so I could get some rest. I started doing my nails, doing my hair and putting on some makeup again. I even recently discovered PaintNite (which is so much fun!). I just needed a day every so often to feel good about myself again. 

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It took some time, but almost 8 months later, I am almost at peace with myself. I still want to do it all... be a great mom, a great wife, a great business owner... but now I notice when I need to slow down. My mind is saying about 1000 things a minute and a part of me says, "you know what... let's go for a walk with the kids and get some fresh air." 

My best advice is listen to what you're saying to yourself. Because what you say to yourself affects what the universe brings back to you. Be sure to be kind to yourself because you are amazing and you're doing the best you can do. Take care of yourself first and everything else will come into place. You don't have to be a mom to implement self care and self love into your life. This is for everyone. Listening to positive affirmations on YouTube and reading inspirational quotes on Pinterest really helps to boost me up when I'm feeling down. 

Remember, you are not alone in how you feel. Remember to take time out just for you. 

Until next time my Beauties.

XoXo

 

Sanitation 101

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard horror stories about artists using unsanitary practices. I have personally seen other artists double dipping mascara... lipsticks... cream eyeliner (just to name a few) on multiple clients. The problem is, most clients either don’t know what proper sanitation techniques a Professional Makeup Artist should be using or they are too scared to say anything. Unless your artist is going to give you that mascara tube, they should not be using that mascara on you unless it is used with a disposable mascara wand.

Any cream products including foundations and lipsticks should be properly scooped out with a spatula. There are many Instagram and YouTube "artists" who use the same Tarte Shape Tape and LA Girl Pro Concealer applicators on the same clients over and over again. This is a big NO NO. Do you really want the same product applied on you as it was on at least 15 other people? Once these products have been double dipped they are no longer good to use on a client. I always carry a spatula and a palette in my kit which is cleaned off between clients.

Clean and ready to go!

Clean and ready to go!

As a Professional Makeup Artist, it is our responsibility to keep our kits clean. We are in contact with so many clients on a regular basis, if we do not properly clean our makeup and tools, clients are subject to things like acne, pink eye, the common cold, flu, cold sores, and so on.

A lot of artists spot clean between clients – which is completely fine! One thing you need to make sure is that the brush bristles must be properly saturated with the brush cleaner before actually cleaning the brush. A fine mist of brush spray just doesn’t cut it for cleaning your brushes. For me personally, I have a ton of makeup brushes so that I am not cleaning in between clients. I simply don’t have the patience to clean my brushes between each client. I wash all of my brushes after each booking with soap and water and spray with 70% alcohol once it’s dried.

When working on clients, I NEVER mix my dirty and clean brushes. I always separate my brushes this way I am also never using the same brush on different clients.

Make sure your artist has disposables such as lip and mascara wands. Also things like q-tips and extra makeup sponges are essentials in a Professional Makeup Artist’s kit. If your “artist” does not have these items or does not practice any of these sanitization practices, these are HUGE red flags.

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One other sanitation issue I see a lot of artists doing is blowing on false lashes to have them dry faster before applying it to the client’s eyes. This is so disgusting I cannot even tell you. I would not even blow on my own lashes before applying them myself. The bacteria and germs from your mouth should say enough… If your artist does this please them know this is inappropriate and unacceptable.

I can only hope this blog has created awareness for you and you now have a better idea on what to look out for when working with a Professional Makeup Artist.

Until next time my Beauties!

Xoxo

Beauty by Sacha