Here’s the story of a gal named Sheila…

20 08 2009

One of my earliest memories is sitting on my mom’s lap in a hotel room in New York City and watching her paint a cherry red nail polish on her nails. My family was in town for a conference, and Mom must have seen someone wearing that shade. She headed over to a drug store, brought the bottle back to the hotel room in a brown paper bag, placed her hands over the empty bag, and proceeded to paint away. It’s hard to explain what that particular moment did to me, but I’ve been hooked on all things beauty-related ever since.

Through years of trial and error and getting deeply involved with the beauty industry, I’ve arrived at this point in my life … thinking about how quickly everything has come together and how instinctual it’s all been, I can very much say that everything that I’ve experienced in my life and my work – the good and the bad – made Painted Ladies possible.  

Two weeks ago, while chatting with Taryn and some online beauty-loving friends that I’ve known for the better part of a decade, I had an idea. What if, I thought, we put together a website where we blog about our experiences, our favorite products, our trials and tribulations? There really isn’t anything like that out there in cyberspace, and it would be so great to be able to connect with people over lipstick and liquid eyeliner. Now that it’s here, we’re so excited about what this blog can offer to us and to so many others. We’re here to share, to learn, and to grow from each other. 

Some more details about me: I’m 30 years old, of Middle Eastern ancestry, and have dark, naturally curly hair and olive skin that tends toward the oily side. My beauty goals are to keep on top of this aging thing (where’d those sunspots come from?), and my general well-being. I hope to finally lose those lingering pregnancy pounds that have stayed after a difficult divorce and the stress of being a single mom who works full-time.

In my spare time, I chase after my extremely adorable two-year old son, run a single mom blog, practice photography, try out new recipes, and work on crafting projects.

 stiltweetRecently, I entered a makeover contest by Stila Cosmetics and was chosen as one of their winners. The video clip from the event is on the way, but I’ll post my recount of the night before then. It was a wonderful night with some really special people, and it’s something I’m looking forward to sharing with you!

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43 responses

21 08 2009
Shaheen

Love your Blog , good luck to U and the Painted Ladies web page, I am sure it will be helpful to me and other ladies too.

24 08 2009
Special Events: How Do You Prep? «

[…] Special Events: How Do You Prep? 24 08 2009 By Sheila […]

25 08 2009
Single Mom Beauty Survival Tools, Part One «

[…] Single Mom Beauty Survival Tools, Part One 25 08 2009 By Sheila […]

25 08 2009
Contest! Win Here! «

[…] Contest! Win Here! 25 08 2009 By Sheila […]

26 08 2009
Peek Into My Purse «

[…] Peek Into My Purse 26 08 2009 By Sheila […]

28 08 2009
Magazine Mentions: Allure «

[…] Magazine Mentions: Allure 28 08 2009 By Sheila […]

29 08 2009
It Starts Young «

[…] It Starts Young 29 08 2009 By Sheila […]

30 08 2009
Problem Spots «

[…] Problem Spots 30 08 2009 By Sheila […]

31 08 2009
Beauty: Fail «

[…] Beauty: Fail 31 08 2009 By Sheila […]

2 09 2009
Risa: This Week’s YouTube “It” Pick «

[…] Risa: This Week’s YouTube “It” Pick 2 09 2009 By Sheila […]

2 09 2009
3 09 2009
Lashing Out « Painted Ladies

[…] By Sheila […]

4 09 2009
Battle of the Bulge, Part 1 «

[…] Battle of the Bulge, Part 1 4 09 2009 By Sheila […]

5 09 2009
Just like Elizabeth Taylor «

[…] Just like Elizabeth Taylor 5 09 2009 By Sheila […]

5 09 2009
Who Knew? Lipstick Edition «

[…] Who Knew? Lipstick Edition 5 09 2009 By Sheila […]

6 09 2009
Ask an Artist: Iron Brush Edition «

[…] an Artist: Iron Brush Edition 6 09 2009 From Sheila: One of our readers sent in a question that got me thinking … why don’t we pose this question […]

7 09 2009
To Prime or Not to Prime «

[…] To Prime or Not to Prime 7 09 2009 By Sheila […]

8 09 2009
To Prime or Not to Prime, Continued …. «

[…] To Prime or Not to Prime, Continued …. 8 09 2009 By Sheila […]

9 09 2009
Pain for Beauty «

[…] Pain for Beauty 9 09 2009 By Sheila […]

10 09 2009
Pixiwoo: YouTube “It” Pick «

[…] Pixiwoo: YouTube “It” Pick 10 09 2009 By Sheila […]

11 09 2009
Inner Beauty: Nie Nie «

[…] Inner Beauty: Nie Nie 11 09 2009 By Sheila […]

13 09 2009
Weekly Recap: September 13, 2009 «

[…] Weekly Recap: September 13, 2009 13 09 2009 By Sheila […]

14 09 2009
A Beautiful Man – A Book Review «

[…] A Beautiful Man – A Book Review 14 09 2009 By Sheila […]

15 09 2009
Deals and Steals «

[…] Deals and Steals 9 09 2009 By Sheila […]

15 09 2009
Deals and Steals «

[…] Deals and Steals 15 09 2009 By Sheila […]

16 09 2009
You Tube “It” Pick «

[…] You Tube “It” Pick 16 09 2009 By Sheila […]

18 09 2009
Battle of the Bulge, Part 3 «

[…] Battle of the Bulge, Part 3 18 09 2009 By Sheila […]

19 09 2009
Review: Orglamix Eye Shadows «

[…] Review: Orglamix Eye Shadows 19 09 2009 By Sheila […]

21 09 2009
Book Review: Styling Your Face «

[…] Book Review: Styling Your Face 21 09 2009 By Sheila […]

22 09 2009
Deals and Steals «

[…] Deals and Steals 22 09 2009 By Sheila […]

23 09 2009
You Tube “It Pick” 9 -25-09 «

[…] You Tube “It Pick” 9 -25-09 23 09 2009 By Sheila […]

24 09 2009
Confession Time: My Favorite Mascara «

[…] Confession Time: My Favorite Mascara 24 09 2009 By Sheila […]

26 09 2009
Contest Time! Orglamix Shadows «

[…] Time! Orglamix Shadows 26 09 2009 By Sheila Courtesy of […]

27 09 2009
Our Big Announcement! «

[…] Our Big Announcement! 27 09 2009 By Sheila […]

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