Come on in and get to know me a little bit! I am an open book, no-frills-but-way-glam, straight-forward kinda girl! I try not to beat around the bush too much (it just confuses me!) So, I am glad you stopped by! Hopefully you will stay awhile, read some things, gain some insight, and leave some feedback.
Now a little about me. I’m a wife and mother of three children. I have had a life-long passion for hair and makeup and the creativity that comes with it. Yes, I was the girl in high school who dumped all her personal makeup out and used it on EVERYONE! If you were darker than me, no problem! A little shadow will change that pigment right up! This God-given passion fueled me to open my own studio, Your Makeup Expert, in 2005. However, before my career as a professional makeup artist I was a stay at home mother of three and helped my parents run a preschool.
I made the choice early on (18, to be precise) that I was going to be a mom and wife first. Once I chose to be a mom I felt the conviction to give my children as much of me as I could in their early years. Actually, I use to jokingly say that I wanted to be the one that warped them so I could tell the psychologist exactly how I messed up and they would then have an accurate account on how to fix them! Lol.
But they have all turned out pretty well, so far! I am now in the process of rearing the most amazing adolescent adults. In other words, they are technically adults but still have a lot of growing up to do!
I have been married to the same awesome man for almost 25 years! WOHOOO! I wish I could say it was always a fairytale but there were days it was a nightmare and other days a fantasy. We have grown together, endured together, and fought for the wonderful relationship we now have. Marriage isn’t easy. It takes work, compromise and change from both parties but it is definately worth it! When all of my children started school, I began my career. I fully believe that by choosing my position as a mom first and waiting to start my career until my children were older, my career was honored and blessed by God.
In a little over a year from entering “the industry” I started my own studio. YourMakeupExpert is now a go-to for celebrities as well as elite brides in Houston, TX. I have had the privilege to work with national celebrities such as Dr. Oz, Conan O’Brien, Clay Walker and countless others. I have also worked with socialite brides such as Dominique Sachse. (By the way, yes, she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, if you’re wondering.)
I truly believe that beauty starts on the inside and is merely enhanced on the out. When my clients tell me they want to look perfect on their wedding day I tell them, “Perfection is an illusion….but I’m a pretty darn good illusionist!” 🙂
I made a weird, yet divinely appointed, television debut on the Food Network Channel’s hit show, Worst Cooks in America (season 3). Mind you, I didn’t even know the Food Network existed, so you can imagine my surprise when it was a national show and not some 3rd grade cable show that only aired at 4 a.m.! I told God I would go, if He left the door open… and boy did He! Not only did He open it but He held it wide open even when I was being a little bit of a Diva.
(I know that’s hard to imagine!)
So I went..I learned a LOT…about cooking…and life! Now I share both with anyone interested in Vanilla Fried Chicken!
As I enter the next stage of my life journey I am fully committed to following Gods lead, wherever it may take me. God gave me my dreams (my family and dream job) and now it’s time for me to give to Him His dreams for me. Writing, speaking, ministering and helping to empower women back to a place of health and balance. Emotional, physical, mental and spiritual balance is the key to a life that is happy, full and healthy. My belief is that if one life is changed by my testimony by using my hurts, wounds, experiences, failures, and joys — then it is worth it. I am not here for me, but for Him. Jesus is the reason I do all that I do, for His glory and His alone (even if it includes national humiliation on tv! lol).
When I came back from New York I was hit with the reality of a very dark subject, Human Trafficking. God instilled in me at that time a drive and passion for this that helped fuel the start of BeautyWillRise, a non-profit organization fighting against human trafficking in Houston. As founder and president I am committed to doing all I can, and to following however the Lord leads me to shine a light on this epidemic, and help restore what was lost.