Thursday, August 25, 2011

Stay at Home Girlfriend

Okay, I've been on "vacation" for 4 days now... and I am bored! I guess if I had kids like a stay at home mom, that would be different... but the dogs don't ask much of me and I don't have to drive them around anywhere. I've watched TV more than I'd have liked to... same goes for snacking. It has to stop! Next week will have more structure... hopefully.

I have done a lot of stuff with Chinovi Cosmetics. I've got things organized and I've got some papers about getting an LLC to go through... maybe that's how I'll spend my Friday.

While watching all the unnecessary television, I've been focusing on people's makeup. I was watching Country Strong (I <3 Leighton Meester)and I just loved Leighton's eye makeup throughout the whole movie. It was very neutral/smokey/metallic... if that makes ANY sense. So, since I have all kinds of ingredients laying around... I made colors that I was inspired by. One of the colors I was loving was a metallic sand/bronze/silver color. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be to create. But I was successful! Later, I was cleaning out some jars of MMU I purchased a couple years ago and a blob of a few colors caught my eye... I immediately smeared it all over the back of my hand and got to work recreating it. Today I decided to get all pretty for Ling. He came home yesterday and I still looked like I had just gotten out of bed. I was dying to wear the new colors... so guess what?... I'm wearing them! Here they are!

I'm not a fan of this photo... but I think its funny. I never ever notice that my mouth us totally uneven... or my nose either for that matter. It wasn't until I started taking photos of my FOTD that I noticed it. haha!

I LOVE the combination of these colors! What do you think? Is there anything you'd like to see?... color combos, looks, etc?

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Getting Started

Now that I am no longer working full time, I have no excuse not to blog and work on getting Chinovi Cosmetics off the ground.

You may have noticed a couple changes in my layout. I follow a fabulous makeup guru Kandee Johnson, who asked if anyone wanted to learn how to make a blog header. Of course I wanted to learn. I don't know if she ever did a blog about it, but one of the comments someone had left stated that you could just google it if you were curious. I was curious. I finally got my butt around to making one this morning before going to the eye doctors. What do you think?

Now, on to my most favorite thing. My cosmetic "company." I have named it Chinovi Cosmetics. Some of you are probably saying, "What?" Well I have lots of nieces. Two of the younger ones now live closer to me and they are little princesses. They are always wearing dressups when I come over (unless they are in the pool) and they always have their hair all done up. Their names are Chilali and Honovi. Again, you are probably saying, "What?" Chilali (shh-lay-lee) and Honovi (huh-no-vee) are my oldest sister kids. My oldest sister is part Cherokee Indian, so her children have native American names. Obviously, I combined their names and Waalaa (is that how you spell it? haha)!

Okay, now... some people have asked how I got started. Well... I've always had a love of makeup. I thought I wanted to become a makeup artist, but I'm not so much about doing peoples makeup. I love doing my own, but I don't feel like I have the skills to make people look flawless. I can't even do that for myself! So a few years ago, I stumbled across About Face Cosmetics. It has since closed up shop. But before she closed... I ordered a TON of eye shadows. I'm talking a couple hundred. I was pretty bummed that they closed up shop and even though I had a couple hundred eyeshadows at my disposal... I wasn't satisfied. I like always having new colors to play with. I was spending a lot of money at Ulta, Sephora, WalMart, Target and the local drugstores. It was ridiculous really. One day I was browsing around TKB Trading's website when this special little kit caught my eye. I talked with Ling to make sure it wasn't just some stupid purchase I was going to make. I'm really great at that, btw. I thought about it for a week and I was so unsure that Ling even offered to get it for me (probably just to shut me up). Finally I gave in. I was seriously waiting by the front door waiting for the FedEx guy to deliver it. I was more excited than I was on Christmas morning. Here is what was inside the box:

Ling took a picture of me making my first product ever!... "Gidget Blush"

All my life, I've felt creative... I just didn't know how to express it since I couldn't paint, draw, write, etc. I FINALLY get to express my creative side. Yay! I also find it to be very therapeutic at times. I've been formulating since March, and I finally feel confident in my products. My next step is to get my LLC, and then set up a site so I can sell online. I cannot WAIT!

If you are curious to see what I've made so far... please see previous posts. If you would like to be notified when I am giving out samples or when my site goes live, please email me at

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