A Beautiful Journey

We’re excited to introduce, Sonja as the new contributor here at The Coveted… here’s her first post, she’ll be writing about beauty…

I will always remember the day that my mom took me to the Estee Lauder counter and bought me that eye shadow – my first “fancy” makeup… Even though you could barely see it, I felt so sophisticated putting it on and wearing it.

Think back. Do you remember your first lipstick? blush? eye shadow? Is there a beauty product that set the wheels in motion as you developed your style of beauty? Do you remember how it made you feel? At the age of thirteen, I felt so transformed and so beautiful when I gently applied the faintest lilac eye shadow. I will always remember the day that my mom took me to the Estee Lauder counter and bought me that eye shadow – my first “fancy” makeup. I adored its silky texture and the chic compact. Even though you could barely see it, I felt so sophisticated putting it on and wearing it. That little eye shadow got me hooked. I began amassing more eye shadows – just about every color known to woman.

Each year I counted down the days until Christmas, because I knew I would get the giant Estee Lauder holiday collection with colors galore. I couldn’t wait to try every single color. Makeup became an extension of my creativity. One of my hobbies was painting. Putting on makeup was a way for me to “paint” everyday and express my personal style. I spent an hour every morning performing my beauty ritual before school to get my hair and makeup just right. Throughout the day, I showed how glamorous I was when I pulled out a beautiful compact and powdered my nose.

I gleefully accompanied my mom on trips to cosmetics counters. They were like candy stores to us. We poured over the latest colors and potions that promised to make us gorgeous and give us glowing, ageless skin. We began regularly attending Shiseidobeauty events.” We got mini-facials and learned about what was new – there was always something new to try. I still have a special place in my heart for Shiseido’s Pureness line. As a teen, I had my fair share of pimples and oily skin. The Pureness line helped keep things manageable and made those challenging teen years a bit easier.

In high school and college, I did a bit of modeling. I carefully watched and marveled as the makeup artists worked, as they made my skin as smooth as porcelain and glammed up my eyes with layer after layer of mascara. I took mental notes and hung on their every word as they shared their tips and tricks.

Over the years, I’ve experimented with many different lines – everything from Trish McEvoy to Chanel to Nars. I just love to try new things. I can’t walk through a beauty department without dabbing and sniffing my way from counter to counter. A couple times a year, Saks and Neimans have a Beauty Week. Those are like national holidays to me.

Lately, I’ve been frequenting health food stores and trying the natural lines. I like Jane Iredale and Dr. Hauschka the best, because they work well and have the elegant packaging I’ve grown to love.

Regardless of which lines I use, I always keep at least one Shiseido product on hand. The scent of Shiseido conjures up happy memories of beautiful times with my mother and the beginning of my love affair with beauty products. Think back. How did it all start for you?

Think back. How did it all start for you?

Sonja’s picture by Thom Smugala, Brushes image by annia316
SonjaA Beautiful Journey