Since I was a little girl, I have loved everything about fashion and beauty. For example: I loved it so much that when I was in preschool I made my own skincare and makeup from Mother Nature. Unfortunately, that didn’t pan out well when I made the decision to skip the trusty gutter water mud mask and instead I used the “milk” from a fancy flower I found in my mom’s garden (Skin care can never start too young). A memorable and itchy learning lesson for sure. Fortunately, it didn’t stop my quest for “beauty”. My first makeup kit was from Jcpenny’s children’s department. Shiny heart shaped plastic palette that was hot pink filled with bright eyeshadows and glittery lippies. Very similar to the ones they still make today, but probably without the lead from China. I only enjoyed it for a few minutes because truth be told I stole it. Yes. I admit it! I think I was 6 or 7 but I still remember locking the bathroom door (which was a huge no-no in my house of 8 siblings). My mom caught me redhanded after I tried to hide the evidence under the bathroom sink. Could it have been the blue eyeshadow that gave it away? Humiliatingly, my mother made me return it and made me tell them I was a thief. A tiny kindergarten felon. Lesson learned. Again.
From then on I stuck to “borrowing” my nana, mom, and older sister’s makeup. The drive to be a Makeup artist ran through my veins like a drug. I continued engrossing myself in everything beauty. Back then we didn’t have the internet (I may have just aged myself) and this meant that majority of my research was from magazines and television. I read my grandmother’s Redbook and Woman’s Day hanging on every word… “Wash your face..” “Drink water…..” “Wear hats and sunscreen…”. You can only imagine how stoked I was when I discovered Teen and Seventeen magazine!
When middle school hit I discovered my love for everything dark and evil. Deliciously evil (10 points to anyone who can name that quote!). Punk rock was my new obsession. It modified and transformed into multiple evil genres including but not limited to goth, metal, psychobilly, etc etc etc. Any vampire, punk rock, or skater movie became my fashion muse. Black eyeliner is my oldest and dearest friend. Never leave home without it.
After decades of dabbling in beauty, I decided to pursue my dreams. As a young adult I accumulated several degrees/certifications primarily focused in skin. *Truth be told I am obsessed with all things skin. The art of makeup starts with the canvas aka your skin.
So let’s break down the basic education/training I have splurged I mean invested in: Master Skin Esthetician and Instructor license, Lymphatic drainage massage, Master Makeup Artist, Cosmetology, and Salon Manager. Not to mention all the brand training I have done as well. Plus, I have a Bachelor’s in Economics and Business Communications. I like math. I like education. I believe you should never stop learning. (My husband says I am an accumulator of educational debt!) Overall I’ve been in this industry professionally for almost 20 years. Yup. Definitely aged myself there. Truth be told, I never really found my place until recently. Instagram, maturity and an amazing support system has helped me accomplish much more than I had anticipated for this year.
I feel this is a great place to stop and I want to tell you all how excited I am and honored that we have your support on this journey! Stevie and I can’t wait to share our knowledge but also learn from you all as well! Buckle up cause this is going to be one sweet fluffin ride……..
-Laura aka Lola Nan