Aloha everyone! Does anyone remember when that was how I used to greet all my videos when I first started YouTube? For those that may not know or remember, but in 2009 I started my beauty channel while living in Hawaii. To be quite honest, a lot of the times I spent alone and away from my family is what helped fuel me starting a YouTube channel (that and my best friend kept telling me to do it). So I finally did.
I do not have a lot of positive memories of Hawaii. I was married while living here but I may as well have been single. It was really the time where I began to entertain and explore the idea of pursuing my passion professionally, but at the time it was not at all well received from the people that meant the most to me.
It was hard sometimes turning on my camera and smiling when I sometimes did not want to. But I did it anyway. Because a part of me REALLY looked forward to logging in and connecting with you guys. And overall just sharing and learning new things. It was where I really began to bring out a side of me that was kind of hidden or just a hobby for so long.
So here I am, back where this all started really. It was actually a little emotional the thought of coming back here since the last time I was here was in 2010. I had a different life, I had a different last name. I was almost a different person. But now that I am here, 4 years later…I no longer think of pain when I think of Hawaii. I think of the person I became, I think of the few amazing bonds I did make while living here, and I think of beauty that rose from it all.
So here’s to making new and better memories here on the beautiful island of Oahu. I hope you all enjoy this “get ready with me” style makeup tutorial!
Here’s what we used for the look: