• Kenz

Where I came from...

My first blog post, WOW! I have always wanted to start a blog but was still hesitant. I want to start 2020 off with something fresh! I will be writing about makeup, travel, and about myself. Today, I am going to give you where I came from and how I got here!

I first experimented with makeup in the 5th grade. My first product was a tube of mascara from Claire's! My mom was always supportive. I started wearing more makeup in middle school. My signature look shifted from just mascara... to silver eyeliner, mascara, baby pink lipstick, and bronzer. Gotta love the 2000s!

As I got into high school, I started experimenting more and more. A good friend of mine introduced me to the MAC counter in Macy's, and I was instantly hooked! I would save all my babysitting money to buy one lipstick at a time. Eventually, I had a full face of MAC. My signature look was a frosty white shadow with dark brown smoked in my crease, black eyeliner, foundation, brow pencil, pink blush, and nude lipstick. I rocked that look for about two years! In my later high school years, I discovered Sephora, and OMG was it eye-opening. I could not believe how many brands were there. There was so much more than just MAC cosmetics. I started experiencing other brands and other products, and before I knew it, I was the highest tier in rewards!

Friends began asking me to do their makeup. WHY ME?! What was so special about me? In my senior year, I did some friends' makeup for the junior prom. I did not charge; I didn't think I was talented enough to charge. To my surprise, I was paid anyways! I was given cash, gift cards, and even makeup! This was super eye-opening to me that people were willing to pay me to do their makeup. So, I decided to brand myself and make some money.

Fall of 2018, I decided to do something more. I applied at Sephora, the store that started my makeup obsession. Luckily for me, there are two Sephoras near my apartment (at the time). My chances of getting a job at one were pretty good. Both stores offered me the job, but I chose Sephora inside JCPenny. It was the best decision I have ever made. Working there has been my dream come true. I was receiving education on all kinds of products. I was learning application techniques I would never think of. Most importantly, I learned all about makeup sanitation.

Now, I am a junior at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. I have been at Sephora for about a year and a half. My freelance makeup business is booming. And I am so happy with where I am in life, and I can't wait to keep growing!

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