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 chinovicosmetics@gmail.com.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Someday when I have money lol, I'm definitely planning on buying materials to mix my own pigments. It seems like so much fun! :D

  2. It really is fun! You can make any color you want, when you want it!! I also find it to be therapeutic as well!