Today we’d like to introduce you to Cici Andersen.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Cici. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
In 2003 I was struggling to keep my job at the army-navy surplus store where I worked and needed to find more cash to pay my way through community college. I was standing in line at a Quiznos and mentioned to my friend that I might want to try my hand at hairdressing. The guy in front of us just happened to work at a hair salon. He told me they were hiring, and I should come in and fill out an application.
I did, and I didn’t hear from them for weeks. I had literally moved on from the idea to the point that I had left the country! Plus, college just wasn’t working out for me. I remember calling my mother from a payphone (we still used those then) to let her know my “big plan” to serve coffee and work under the table in France until I figured my life out. She told me someone from a hair salon had called to offered me a job. I knew in my gut I had to go home and take the gig. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and couldn’t sleep that night from excitement. I came back to the States, and suddenly, I was working part-time as an apprentice while finishing what would be my last semester at college. I quit and started at a proper hair school (Graham Webb Academy of Hair in Virginia) full time and took an opportunity as an apprentice at a high-end salon in DC. Six years later, I found myself working on a creative team and becoming an educator for a chain salon in Baltimore, MD.
The first time I saw my work on a billboard was magical. It was assurance I was on the right path.
I moved to LA a year after that. Since then, I’ve gotten to work on television shows, webseries, advertisements, and been published in several magazines. It’s a dream come true.
Tatcha hosted an amazing event last night in honor of the launch of the Dewy Skin Creme, their newest addition to their treasure trove of skin care.
The creme does not disappoint. It’s leaves a dewy finish to the skin, it’s rich and luxurious, with a very clean and light signature fragrance that makes you feel like you’ve walked through a wildflower laden field on a gorgeous spring day. (Seriously, it smells magical.) Not only. the effects can be felt all day. As I type, my “first go”, sans any makeup or additional products, I’ve been wearing the creme for over 12 hours….and my skin still feels as moisturized as the moment I put it on.
Reusable makeup remover cloth that lasts! I was sent some Mitty's to try out and so far they're a godsend! This is NOT an ad. Just really excited about it. Almost completely removes the need for cotton rounds and makeup wipes from my personal makeup routine. You can also use them to apply toners, serums…any liquid product really. Easy to clean. I just use my face soap or regular soap.
Sharing some of my favorite kit items: Makeup, Skincare and Cases for the Artist on the go!
In this industry there are so many paths you can take: Working at a brick and mortar store or salon, working for a manufacturer or cosmetics line, an FX makeup lab, beauty blogging, editorial styling, or styling hair and faces for film. How do you pick? And once you've picked how do you start? What should you charge? Then what?! Here I impart my story, and some things I have learned so far...
We have lots to thank the Sumerian civilization for--the invention of the wheel, sail boats, amazing irrigation systems, the concept of the city* and lastly, lipstick. From 2500 to 1000 BC. the ancient Mesopotami (modern-day Iraq and Kuwait), used pulverized semiprecious stones and jewels to make pastes for beautifying the lips and skin. Dried insects such as the cochineal (used to make carmine), berries, and clay were also used to create pigments and were quite readily available to all as they did not require money nor chemicals to produce. It is said the Sumerian Queen Shub-ad preferred a mixture of crushed red rock and white lead.
Travel size minis are always useful. Keep'em in your gym bag, the overnight "boyfriend" bag, your purse or even... y'know... travel bag! If you're a pro artist, mini size versions are perfect for set bags or creating neat and organized "actor bags".
Note: I do not get paid to post or promote ANY products whatsoever. These are simply my personal favorite items that I wouldn't leave without!
Since going cruelty free, I've turned over my personal makeup bag. Here are some go-to's and must have's for your every day makeup look.