I don’t know how many of you have been here since I started blogging back in 2009. It was directionless for most part. I posted practically anything under the sun — where I ate, what I watched, places we visited, promos I joined… I just wanted to post away. Looking back, I’m still amazed how I got readers in the first place. I didn’t even care about how I looked for the first couple of years I was blogging.
I’ve always loved all things beauty but I sucked at it. It’s a miracle brands like L’oreal and Maybelline invited me to their events back then. I had zero makeup skills (as you can see in my 2011 photo… there are worse pics floating around in my blog). I was super fat too. My face was puffy whatever angle I shot. The pictures were shitty. I looked shitty. I cringe when I browse through my old blog entries. So I got a nice camera and basic photography lessons. Bingo, photo problem solved.
I used to be so obsessed with getting a makeover. It was my dream to be picked out by say a magazine or TV show for a total head-to-toe transformation. I knew I was far from being the best version of myself. I needed help. Help didn’t come in the form I fantasized about. I got it in bits and pieces until 6 years later, I can finally say I know exactly how I want to be.
A makeover isn’t a one time remedy that fixes whatever you think is wrong with you. They will fix your hair, makeup, clothes, etc. BUT if you still don’t know what you want afterwards, you’ll just go back to the old pre-makeover you.
So where do you begin? First you have to assess the situation. What’s wrong? In my case it was my hair, my weight, my makeup, and my clothes. In short, my entire appearance was ALL WRONG. How did I address my concerns? How did I give myself a makeover?
- HAIR – Find a salon and stylist who can actually work with your hair. My hair has always been hard to manage. In 2009, I discovered Shuji Kida Hair Salon. They introduced me to Japanese Magnetic Hair Straightening and then eventually Hair Alteration Treatment. They were all life-changing for me. I met Shigeki, my forever stylist, at Shuji Kida Hair Salon. I do not exaggerate when I say I trust only Shigeki to handle my hair. He is always honest with me when I say I want this style he’ll tell me straight out your hair type cannot achieve it. He’s responsible for my current do and everything prior for quite a few years now. Whenever he asks what style / color / treatment I want I always say whatever you think is best. These days he doesn’t really ask me anymore wahahahaa!
- SKINCARE – Find the right products for your skincare concerns. I’ve never really had bad skin. I’ve always been up-to-date when it comes to skincare. I started with Origins (western brand), moved to Shu Uemura (Japanese brand), and then eventually Laneige (Korean brand). If you think I don’t look 40+ it’s because skincare is a religion to me. I cleanse, tone, moisturize, use eye cream, apply serum, and use masks. I’m also super picky with stuff I put on my face so I don’t have reviews for certain brands.
- MAKEUP – When I started blogging I had zero makeup skills. I paid for a personal makeup workshop at Maquillage Professionel. Eventually I enrolled at HD Makeup Studio Academy. Because beauty is one of my blog’s foremost topics, I get invited to a lot of workshops and demos. I would always learn something new from each one. Putting everything I had learned together through the years and getting the right products enabled me to come up with a personal makeup look I was happy with. It didn’t happen overnight. I also had Browhaus shape my eyebrows so it would be easier for me to get them on fleek.
- WEIGHT – Back in 2011 I weighed more than when I was 9 months pregnant with my firstborn. I was that FAT. So yeah, it didn’t matter what angle I shot my selfies. All my FOTD photos looked puffy. You can check the story of how I lost 25 lbs HERE. I’m still not as slim or fit as I want to be but I’m just glad I can wear normal clothes now.
- CLOTHES – I had zero fashion sense when I started blogging. If I am a lot better dressed these days it’s largely due to my fashion guru Marj. She showed me I could wear styles and brands I never would’ve normally considered. My clothes are still a work in progress lol. These days they have stylists for hire who can help you out if you don’t know where to start.
I guess what I’m saying is it’s up to you to achieve the best version of yourself. You know what you want best. It won’t happen overnight. Finding solutions to what you think are your problems involves a great degree of trial and error. You just have to be willing to try and willing to work for it.
And that’s how I got over my makeover obsession. I took things into my own hands. I realized that the only person who could help me become the best version of myself was me.
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