I've always had a weird complex about my looks. I began suffering from acne when I was 8 years old which made me very self concious. I've literally spent my life in the chairs of various dermatologists and estheticians - they'd pick at my face, squeeze it, clean it and after the swelling went down and the tears were gone I'd almost feel pretty... but after a couple days I'd go back to normal. My cabinets were filled with face washes and astringents that would work for a couple days and then my skin would get use to it. Frustration. Frustration. Frustration. As a child I can remember being called ugly... by other children as well as adults.
After years of experimenting I finally got my acne under control which improved my self esteem...but I still wouldn't consider myself BEAUTIFUL. In my mind, that word was reserved for the likes of beauty queens - not the girl who would look like pizza face if she missed one day of her face cleaning rituals...not the girl who people called ugly.
Now in my 20's I am comfortable with the way I look. In Oct 2007 I went home to Jamaica and while I was there made a quick stop at the estheticians spa that I had pretty much grown up in. I felt so alive and refreshed after leaving there - it inspired me to get more in depth in skincare. By that December I enrolled myself in a skincare specialty course and later graduated as Florida State Liscened Esthetician.
A few months after graduation I was helping a customer at work when she told me "You have such beautiful skin!"... I was the only other person in the room with her - I was speechless. I will never forget that. If only that woman knew what those few kind words really meant to me.
I got into skin care and makeup not only to learn how to take care and beautify my skin but to also help others one day - especially children and teenagers.