A Beautiful Journey

by Sonja on October 30, 2008

We’re excited to introduce, Sonja as the new contributor here at The Coveted… here’s her first post, she’ll be writing about beauty…

I will always remember the day that my mom took me to the Estee Lauder counter and bought me that eye shadow – my first “fancy” makeup… Even though you could barely see it, I felt so sophisticated putting it on and wearing it.

Think back. Do you remember your first lipstick? blush? eye shadow? Is there a beauty product that set the wheels in motion as you developed your style of beauty? Do you remember how it made you feel? At the age of thirteen, I felt so transformed and so beautiful when I gently applied the faintest lilac eye shadow. I will always remember the day that my mom took me to the Estee Lauder counter and bought me that eye shadow – my first “fancy” makeup. I adored its silky texture and the chic compact. Even though you could barely see it, I felt so sophisticated putting it on and wearing it. That little eye shadow got me hooked. I began amassing more eye shadows – just about every color known to woman.

Each year I counted down the days until Christmas, because I knew I would get the giant Estee Lauder holiday collection with colors galore. I couldn’t wait to try every single color. Makeup became an extension of my creativity. One of my hobbies was painting. Putting on makeup was a way for me to “paint” everyday and express my personal style. I spent an hour every morning performing my beauty ritual before school to get my hair and makeup just right. Throughout the day, I showed how glamorous I was when I pulled out a beautiful compact and powdered my nose.

I gleefully accompanied my mom on trips to cosmetics counters. They were like candy stores to us. We poured over the latest colors and potions that promised to make us gorgeous and give us glowing, ageless skin. We began regularly attending Shiseido “beauty events.” We got mini-facials and learned about what was new – there was always something new to try. I still have a special place in my heart for Shiseido’s Pureness line. As a teen, I had my fair share of pimples and oily skin. The Pureness line helped keep things manageable and made those challenging teen years a bit easier.

In high school and college, I did a bit of modeling. I carefully watched and marveled as the makeup artists worked, as they made my skin as smooth as porcelain and glammed up my eyes with layer after layer of mascara. I took mental notes and hung on their every word as they shared their tips and tricks.

Over the years, I’ve experimented with many different lines – everything from Trish McEvoy to Chanel to Nars. I just love to try new things. I can’t walk through a beauty department without dabbing and sniffing my way from counter to counter. A couple times a year, Saks and Neimans have a Beauty Week. Those are like national holidays to me.

Lately, I’ve been frequenting health food stores and trying the natural lines. I like Jane Iredale and Dr. Hauschka the best, because they work well and have the elegant packaging I’ve grown to love.

Regardless of which lines I use, I always keep at least one Shiseido product on hand. The scent of Shiseido conjures up happy memories of beautiful times with my mother and the beginning of my love affair with beauty products. Think back. How did it all start for you?

Think back. How did it all start for you?

Sonja’s picture by Thom Smugala, Brushes image by annia316
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Mademoiselle Robot October 30, 2008 at 6:35 am

I am totally swooning over all the new layout tricks.
I am in the middle of getting something done for my blog, and i am very very impressed by your makeover.


sera October 30, 2008 at 6:49 am

when i was around 14 i would sneak into my mams bag + quickly put some of her make up on … badly . needless to say she noticed. so she bought me some one xmas, from body shop. it was a light blue eye shadow, a tea tree concealer , and some clear gloss . i loved it . i wore it all the time. i love how swirling my brush in the eye shadow made me feel. so refined and grown up x

Jessica October 30, 2008 at 7:26 am

wet n wild eyeliner… my mom freaked out :)

marlene October 30, 2008 at 7:39 am

i like the way this text is written.

Sigrún October 30, 2008 at 8:07 am

Oh haha… I remember so well “my first time” I was only 11 years old and I and my best friends went together to the mall and bought our first eye-shadows, all in horrible pastel tones. We made a deal to wear it to school next day and in the morning none of us had dared to put more than just an invisible brush stroke. United we grew more confident and went to the bathroom… we ended up like 5 little clowns, I suspect the teachers to have been a bit amused!

Guenevera October 30, 2008 at 9:48 am

I don’t remember specifically the first eye shadow, but odds are good it was one of those Maybelline colors in the little pink boxes. I loved looking at those at the drugstore!

My fondest early memories were looking at my grandmother’s makeup and perfume. I remember poring through her incredibly well-organized cosmetics drawer, marveling at the elegant Estée Lauder lipstick tubes and Clinique powders. And the perfume! Jessica McClintock, L’air du Temps…it was the epitome of sophistication.

jennine October 30, 2008 at 10:21 am

@serra… hehe, i used to do that too, only i would get in trouble.

my mom didn’t let me wear makeup until i was 15 (i’m the oldest…) and on my 15th birthday, i purchased elizabeth arden’s red door… the brightest red you can possibly get… and i haven’t looked back since!

Patti Lee October 30, 2008 at 10:46 am

I absolutely love this layout and article. This brings out a new side of you I didnn’t know. Wow! Cool! Congratulations on your assignment! Is it a weekly article?

Kezia October 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Sonja! yay! Great post. I totally remember my first eye shadow. It was a Maybelline Quad- violet/lavendar/pink, etc. I was 14. I was heavy handed. I applied it in the bathroom at school — my mom forbade the makeup. I’m sure I looked like a demented Lolita.

jennine October 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm

hahahah i think you should bring back that quad!

Sonja October 30, 2008 at 5:52 pm

How fabulous to read all your wonderful stories! Wouldn’t it be great to have a collage of all of us in our first makeup looks? Wouldn’t that be a sight?!

I would love to see Kezia as “demented Lolita” and Jennine donning her first ruby red pout.

Sera, “grown up” is a perfect way to describe how makeup could make a girl feel. That’s so cool that your mom took you to The Body Shop for your first goodies.

Sigrún, that’s such a great visual of all of you decked out at school.
That reminds me of something funny that I’d forgotten about. When I was in high school, I wasn’t punished like most kids. I wasn’t grounded or sent to my room. Instead, my dad took away my “makeup privileges!” I was horrified. I would hide makeup in my bag and put it on at school. Riding on the bus to school sans makeup felt like torture. Smart guy. He found the perfect way to punish me.

Guenevera, perfume is another wonderful walk down memory lane. I still love the sight and smells of my mom’s perfume collection.

Thank you all for the kind words about the article! I will be posting at least once a week with an article for sure every Thursday.

Thanks for the kudos on the layout, Mademoiselle Robot. But that’s all Jennine’s doing. I love it, too!

Betsy October 31, 2008 at 10:44 am

My dad bought me one of those tiny Dior Make-up sets on the airplane when I was 15. I was over the moon with it! It made me feel so refined. Great post!

Love, Betsy.

Heather October 31, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Ah! My love affair began at the Estee Lauder counter too! And like you I’m now searching out the best natural lines with the best packaging. It has to have nice packaging. I’ll have to check the jane line you mentioned. Are you going to be doing any reviews of natural/holistic lines?

Sonja October 31, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Thanks, Betsy! How fabulous that your dad got you a Dior set. They have such wonderful colors and scrumptious packaging!

Sonja October 31, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Heather, definitely try Jane Iredale! Her line is a wonderful natural alternative to mainstream beauty lines. I will definitely be reviewing natural/holistic products and have a review of Jane’s “dry sunscreen” posted next Monday. Be sure to check back then.

Sonja October 31, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Jessica, I’d almost forgotten about Wet ‘n Wild. I definitely tried a few of their things. Had to love those wild colors. But yes, Mom not too into it. hee hee

Victoire October 31, 2008 at 6:47 pm

When I first tried lipstick, I did not like it at all: it was all greasy and oily. I was hoping that it would ‘dry up’ a bit and that I would not be able to feel it anymore.

But when I began modeling a bit on the side, to pay for my studies, I too understood the magic of make-up!

megan November 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm

i used to sneak my moms makeup in the bathroom when i was 11 or and would practice and experiment. i was in heaven and have been addicted to makeup ever since

Maria November 4, 2008 at 6:57 am

When i first started going out, Rimmel lipstick in “Coffee Shimmer” was my lipstick.. for years! and The Body Shop flavoured lip balms since i was around 12..

Sonja November 4, 2008 at 11:59 pm

❤ Victoire, how interesting about your first thoughts about lipstick! That would’ve never occurred to me.

❤ Megan, I can’t recall if I ever snuck into my mom’s supply. Perhaps she got me my own supply to avoid just that. haha!

❤ Maria, Rimmel has some awesome colors. I love how affordable they are. I don’t think I’ve ever used Body Shop’s lip balms. Will have to give them a try! :)

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