There Is No Stopping Me

Guys-
Last week — September 14th to be exact — was my mom’s 75th birthday. I have not been shy here on the blog in letting you know that she is fighting stage 4 cancer and just recently completed a chemo regimen. I’ve also mentioned that I have in the last year embraced poetry as a creative outlet.

Well, today I am sharing a poem I wrote to honor my wonderful mom on her day last week. Her strength, resilience and fight truly inspire me. She is the reason I do what I do and this poem is my tribute to her on this landmark birthday. I love you, Mom!

XOXO, Elaine

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Playful Creations

Gigi got a chance to learn from a pro on a recent trip to NYC.

Hi My Friends!

We are closing out the month with a fun story I wanted to share. I had dinner the other night with my dear friend, Alyce (also my blog manager) and her 11 year old daughter, Gigi. Alyce and I were catching up, talking shop, etc. when I noticed Gigi sitting in the corner of the room quietly minding her own business but listening nonetheless.

I began to strike up a conversation with her. I asked, “What do you think about the blog your mom and I are working on?” “It’s cool, I guess,” she replied.”  Then I mentioned, “Well, we are talking about creativity this month and your mom has told me how much you love makeup.”

Well, folks, that little sentence opened the door for her to express her unbridled enthusiasm for makeup! The floodgates had opened. We went on and spent the next two hours sharing tips, watching you tube videos of her favorite makeup artists, and looking at her makeup collection.

Simply put, being with her and experiencing her childlike joy was a beautiful reminder for me of how important it is to let go of all the fear, boundaries and hesitations we have as adults and begin to see it all again through a child’s eyes. As Picasso so poignantly said, “Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Read about creativity from a kid’s point of view in my Q & A with Gigi, and get some makeup tips in the process. (I did — I purchased an Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder on Gigi’s recommendation. Really.)

Have a wonderful 4th of July! And don’t forget to channel your inner child while celebrating!
Elaine


ET: Tell me about your creative outlets.

GG: My grandmother was an artist and I think I got my interest in art from her. I see makeup as art, I mean there are similarities like both use color and tools like brushes.

ET: How did you come to be enchanted by makeup?

GG: My friend Sarah introduced me to makeup. Also, at the time I was doing competitive dance and really enjoyed the application of stage makeup. I follow several You Tubers like Kathleen LightsRCL Beauty 101, and Patrick Starrr — and am inspired by their makeup tutorials. Other influences include photos and art.

ET: How do you come up with application ideas? How are you inclined to be creative with makeup?

GG: I look at the person, their personality, their features, what they like, and finally where they are going and come up with ideas. Colors and looks inspire me. I like to take a look and change it up a bit.

ET: Any further tips on creativity or makeup?

GG: Try something new! If you have good skin, bring out eyes and lips. If it is not the best, work on coverage, then bring out eyes. As for products my current favorite is Benefit Erase Paste because it provides great coverage and Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Petal Pink. I love my Urban Decay Naked eye shadow palettes but I really think Laura Mercier’s pigments are superior to most brands. More tips can be found here.


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