Iman Cosmetics is on the move, launching a brand new liquid foundation. In celebration of the new liquid makeup, Iman has asked bloggers about their support FOUNDATION. What inspires me to keep blogging? This is going to be a bit lengthy, but it’s from the heart, and very long overdue.
Being a dreamer is my foundation. I have a dire need to turn dreams into a reality. Once my heart is set, my brain follows along and my body moves forward with the process! When I decided that becoming a beauty editor was what I was meant to do, I did what I could think of to get there. One of those ideas was to start a blog. It was still a fairly new concept five years ago. I wasn’t a journalist, had no inside connections, but I was a makeup reporter in my own right (errr…my own head). I wanted to learn everything about the industry, how brands started, where they started, background stories on ad campaigns. You name it, I was going to figure it out. It forced me to move to NYC for a summer cosmetics internship (with the CEW), hoping to get me noticed as a brown girl who wanted to change the way we see beauty. With women out there like Mikki Taylor, Baze Mpinja and Tia Williams to “guide” me, I knew I had to make it.
I didn’t. All that I did wasn’t good enough to land me that dream job. I wasn’t doing well in school, didn’t have any more loan money to go back and get more NYC internships, and still had no connections in the world of beauty journalism. I gave up. And low and behold, I created my dream job without even realizing it. Scandalous Beauty was born to fulfill my life. I dreamed and prayed and dreamed and prayed some more. As I look back at it, SB is the only thing that I’ve been consistent at. It’s really the only thing that I’m good at. It makes me so happy. My love for what I do has caused me to take a leap on faith and cut back hours at work-from 35+ to around 16. I want to make my hobby my career, and that’s what I’m doing.
I love to debunk the beauty myths that can be daunting to us as Brown women. Why is it that we think we can’t (or don’t need to wear) blush? Who says that a bold lip won’t be amazing? How are we supposed to make foundation look flawless and not ashy? These simple thoughts going through the brains of women all over the world inspire every day. I don’t want to be a makeup artist. I don’t feel the need to create a makeup tutorial every other day on Youtube. I want to explain 10 ways to use one brush. I want to show just how innovative you can get with multi-purpose beauty products. I want people to understand that there are truly no rules in beauty. I want to share what makes me happy!
I might play like a broken record, but it’s true. Speak things into existence. Live as if you’re in your dream. Just a few days ago, I received another dose of confirmation. The networking event that Warren and I hosted was amazing. I got to meet many Scandalous Beauty readers, which is always so fulfillingl! What was most amazing, was that Sam Fine floated in on a runway of diamond dust (well, that’s how it looked in my mind) into our party (in the most plush leather jacket I’ve ever felt). He had a couple of cocktails, and talked to us as if he were an up and coming makeup artist just like everyone else. I can’t explain how it happened. I don’t know how to even explain what was going through my head at the time. But he was there, and my night was complete.
I leave you with this video that I created at the end of 2009. It was meant to push us all, and to remember that 2010 was created for us to do the most fascinating things. From the bottom of my heart, with the most genuine intent,thank you all for challenging me, believing in me, and pushing me to keep Scandalous Beauty going. Without your support, commitment and time, I’d be just another dreamer.