I wasn’t planning on writing a post today. But last night, in my hot power fusion class, I had a thought. (It might have been a hallucination, since I think I lost half my body weight in sweat. . .) Everyone knows I’m a lawyer, but I haven’t mentioned my experience working in makeup for Bare Escentuals.
It all started in 2008. I had just finished law school and was waiting to find out if I had passed the California Bar Exam. I was working part time as a law clerk and decided (on a whim) to apply to work for makeup various companies. I always loved makeup, and thought it would be good to have experience of working for a cosmetics line. In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the greatest plan. If I didn’t pass the bar, I would have had to quit and go back to studying. Luckily, it all worked out. I ended up getting hired as a Beauty Ambassador (BA) in a Bare Escentuals boutique at the mall. I didn’t tell anyone at first, for fear of seeming a little bit ridiculous. “You passed the bar exam?! You’re working WHERE?” I got sworn in as an attorney and started working part time at the boutique. The rest as they say, is history. . .
I worked concurrently as an attorney and a BA for 3 years. I worked 7 days a week doing both, and I LOVED it. I would literally have a trial during the day, and then go and work at the store at night. Everyone thought I was crazy. “Aren’t you tired?” “You have to sweep the store at night? You know you’re a lawyer, right?” I didn’t care. It was my thing. I loved doing both. Not only did I get to be around makeup (exciting!) but my coworkers were fun and interesting. I got to meet all different kinds of women and help make them feel amazing. Plus, at the store, no one wanted to argue . Well, sometimes they did, but it was more fun arguing about blush than $. For me, it wasn’t work, it was an escape. Let’s be honest, it wasn’t always glamorous. I mean really, who wants to clean up spilled eyeshadow after wild 5 year old terrorized the store? That aside, I wouldn’t take it back for the world. It was an important chapter in my life.
Sadly, in 2011 I had quit my job at the boutique. Handling a full caseload in the office and working 15+ hours a week at the store, started to become too much. I was so upset when I put in my notice. I felt like I was giving up a part of myself. I could no longer could wear lime green eyeshadow and use the excuse “I’m going to work!” At the store, I felt like I could truly be myself. I mean, it’s not like I hide my personality at the office:
But, working with makeup made me happy. Part of the point of this ramble, is that while I worked there, I learned A LOT about makeup. I’m no expert, but I got the opportunity to apply makeup to women of all different ages, ethnicities and skin types. We got to go to seminars and learn about different products and ingredients. Plus, my coworkers were amazing artists and taught me a few tricks and tips along the way. I guess the point is, I’m not JUST a lawyer who loves and hoards makeup. (I really do have a problem. . .)
Part of why I loved working at the store, was helping other women. It’s amazing to open up a whole other world, and to teach someone the power of a little mascara. Most of all, it taught me to embrace myself and be who I am, no matter what. Hopefully, I can take what I learned as a BA and teach someone something new via this blog. Just don’t ask me for legal advice. . . 😉