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Hello beauties!

I know I have been awol recently, please excuse me… Basically I’ve been lost in a sea of home-affairs and work. I felt like I was at a cross roads for the longest time. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do. Part of me wanted to re-brand and start a new blog which is more lifestyle based (I am not giving up on beauty after all its my life), yet when I think about the almost 3 years (in Nov.) I’ve been blogging and the journey I have made with this site I feel so proud, it would be to sad to leave behind think.love.makeup.

My lifestyle has certainly changed a lot since I started this blog, and the encouragement from all my readers and from the friends I have made whilst writing is certainly over whelming. You have supported me and been patient whilst I’ve been on hiatus. I am so lucky to have the support of so many wonderful people. Thank you to those who pm me 🙂 You know who you are and I love you!

My blog is part of me and needs to grow with me, so instead of re-branding I do think I need to make some big changes and give this site a new lease of life.. after all it needs to reflect me now, and not the girl I was 3 years ago. There will be many more features coming, I have quite a few ideas on how to move forward. I decided that it should be more “Watch this space” than goodbye.

 The house is certainly progressing, albeit running late… The floor tiles are currently being laid (yay less piles of dirt and dust), the plumbing is being done in the bathrooms, the bathrooms have been delivered and are waiting to be installed as soon as the plumbing is done, one of the walls is waiting to be knocked down to transform a window into a door, my doors are ordered and as soon as the tiles are set they will take the final measurements. My kitchen appliances have now been delivered to the carpenter so he will start hand crafting my kitchen… My water and electric meters are installed… There has been a lot going on!

Many of you already know that summer is also my busiest season work wise! Which means I basically dash around like a headless chicken from May to September. I wouldn’t have it any other way! but I have neglected you. I haven’t sat down and updated you in forever, I’m sorry.

I am finally starting to see a light, I’m getting there, I am grateful to the people who continue to encourage me to get back on the horse and start writing again!
Love always!
Steph x

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If Barbie was an actual woman.

I read this article on another blog and felt it had a powerful message that needed to be shared…. and shared again just to remind all you amazing ladies exactly how beautiful you are, regardless of the industries expectations.

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If Barbie was an actual woman:

She would be 5’9” tall, have a 39” bust, an 18” waist, 33” hips and a size 3 shoe. Barbie calls this a “full figure” and likes her weight at 110 lbs. At 5’9” tall and weighing 110 lbs, Barbie would have a BMI of 16.24 and fit the weight criteria for anorexia. She likely would not menstruate. If Barbie was a real woman, she’d have to walk on all fours due to her proportions. Slumber Party Barbie was introduced in 1965 and came with a bathroom scale permanently set at 110 lbs with a book entitled “How to Lose Weight” with directions inside stating simply “Don’t eat.”

Source: Back on Pointe.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself – Harvey Fierstein

Working in the beauty industry I see first hand every day the insecurities of not just women but men as well. I myself am a very insecure woman. Bullied while younger has left scares & doubt and I tend to comfort eat for security (I am not alone) I see some of the most beautiful women feeling less than they should because this industry puts pressure to be a certain standard.

As I grow older I try hard to accept what god has given me. I try to help my clients to feel beautiful because I know that beauty is very much from the inside. 

I want you to be able to look in the mirror and feel comfortable in your own skin. I am not perfect but I am beautiful in my own way. I want my readers to feel this as well.

Every day we see images which are made to make us want the unattainable…

I want to make people aware of  the work that goes behind the pictures you see in magazines. These are not real women, they are images which have been made to sell the idea of beauty. They have a team of stylists, hairdressers, make up artists, then you have the editing.

A few weeks ago I watched this video… And its something that I think a lot of people should watch.

I hope that this post will affect you positively and that when you next have a day when you look in the mirror and feel ugly that you remember this post. 

Love Steph x

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New Year Blog Resolutions.

Hey beauties!

Wow wasn’t 2013 quite a year!
I started blogging in Nov 2012 so looking back on this year was mind-blowing.

I have made some really amazing friends and I am reading some awesome blog’s (you can see my fave’s listed here). The support from you all has been phenomenal. I’ve wanted to blog for years I didn’t because I am extremely camera shy. My way of dealing with this was to be the one taking the photos… like that no one could take of me.

I think like most I let personal issues stupidly cloud my mind. I didn’t think I looked good enough for people to be interested in how my make up looked or if my writing was good enough to share with the world. I guess I didn’t feel like I had any right to blog. Id read these amazing entries from stylish women and felt I couldn’t compete… Now I just feel blessed to know so many inspirational people.

One of my friends encouraged me to start! After all starting something is the hardest part and I am so glad she did.

With some support I started taking photo’s of myself… Getting the courage by posting different make up’s lead me to feel brave enough to post my bare face! This is a huge deal for me! But I can say since I started to blog my self-confidence is higher than ever.  This week I actually got the courage to do an outfit post!

I feel silly for doubting myself so much that I let it stop me from doing something that I love. I feel like this little blog is part of me and I am so proud of all its accomplishments. I might not be the highest viewed of blogs but every single view like and comment mean so much.

So I want to say a huge THANK YOU to you all…

What I want for 2014:

I want to try to post more regularly.
I want to build a stronger bond with my favourite pages and my readers.
I want to try to post more photos of myself not being shy to show the real me.
I want to be able to  look back at the end of 2014 and feel as proud as I do now for all that this little blog has accomplished.

I wish for you all a very happy 2014! Lot’s of love, laughter and memories.
May the coming year be the maker of dreams.
Love Steph x

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The wake up call

I woke up to find a message sent at nearly 5am from a close friend…

Baby
I Almost died tonight
my car is gone

Her car had swerved and hit a wall with the impact it flew and rolled over a few times. She found herself trapped upside down. The smell of petrol in the air and feeling the car hotter. Instinct must have kicked in and some how she managed to get out of the car before it all went up in flames.

Photo credit: http://www.inewsmalta.com

It’s a miracle she managed to get out of the car…

It took a while to contact her and I asked if she wanted me to come near her. I didn’t want to leave her alone, especially as it was her birthday. The shock of it all came in waves. Being on the outside its very difficult to help, I didn’t know how to say the right things or what to say most of the time. I let her talk when she wanted to talk, and held her when she needed to be held. I did the small tasks she couldn’t cope with.

In the afternoon I went home I packed up my spare phone and charger, a foundation I thought was her colour and some samples in a bag, she had lost a lot of personal belongings in the car. I stopped by the pharmacy to buy her some creams to help with the bruising and scratches.

When we returned she told me how the only thing that survived was a corner of her wallet which contained a photo of her late father.
His picture was untouched by the flames. 

 Life often gives us wake up calls and shows us exactly how fragile we are. I don’t want to waste the limited and uncertain time I have. So my lesson from this is Never take moments or people for granted, tell people you love them, enjoy every second, and never put put off plans because “timing isn’t right” as who knows how much time we have!

Love Steph x

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Summer time madness…

Dear Readers…

I am sorry that I haven’t been posting recently… Some times the “offline world” gets too much.

As some of you may know I am a self-employed beauty therapist. Since the end of May there has been some shuffling going on and my work has been extremely stressful / demanding.

I am glad to say that through the stress there is a huge silver lining. It made me realise that I work with amazing people who I not only respect but truly value. They have shown me so much support and I am proud to say that we are a team. I feel really blessed and grateful that I can say with honesty that I love what I do.

I have also been in the process of re vamping all aspects of working life…
With a brand new website www.stephlauri.eu let me know what you think! 

I am also proud to say I have been working hard to bring more to the salon.  I have been studying again and look forward to bringing in new treatments. We use Dermalogica products and they have just changed their curriculum so I have been re training the classes I’ve done and I am now working towards Expert level…  That’s a total of 16 classes! In addition to the two extra classes you can do once at Expert level! And not including the body treatments which are… yes you’ve guessed it… more classes…

If you think that’s all… Ha! I will soon be training with Sue Caruana on LCN‘s nail care system which will teach me how to perform an anti fungal pedi and toe nail reconstruction… So the next few months will be educational to say the least but I cant wait! The people who know me will tell you how much I love to study, so I am grabbing every opportunity!

There is a stigma associated to beauty therapists that we are “drop-outs” from other subjects, it’s often seen as a last chance for work. Unless you are in the industry its hard to share how much goes into getting certified. A good therapist works hard on being the best therapist she can be, I know we don’t have the credit’s like a doctor but we spend years of our life dedicated to the health of your skin. Course after course to understand better products and new technology in a 90 billion dollar industry.

All this plus working 😉  Some times their just aint enough hours in the day…

I haven’t forgotten about my blog, and I do feel guilty that I haven’t been able to keep up as much as I wanted to… I would much rather take my time and give you the post’s you deserve to read, than dash through and give you something just to fill up the space with.  I hope that you understand and accept my apology…

I have some interesting things to share with you over the coming day’s including the Blogger’s party at NYX COSMETICS. It was a really wonderful event the products and the shop are gorgeous and the staff are so friendly. Even before the event I bought two new palettes to add to my collection. Which I hope to review very soon for you…

Here’s a little peek…

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I have been in the process of changing my skincare home routine, so I will be sharing with you my current favourite items!

I bought 7 new Gelish colours and I am meeting with the agent tomorrow so I may buy 6 more from the beautiful new winter collection called “Under her spell” The 6 special edition, custom blended colours were all named to evoke the idea of femininity, and include:

I’m No Stranger to Love: Rich Navy-Teal
A Touch of Sass: Jeweled Black Cherry
Love Me Like a Vamp: Jeweled Black Violet
Want to Cuddle?: Creamy Greyish Mauve
Lust at First Sight: Smoky Dark Taupe
My Nightly Craving: Creamy Greyish Pink-Lavender

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So there is definitely loads of posts coming soon!!

Take care and Love…

Steph 

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