Hi everyone! My name is Nathalie (you can call me Nat for short) and I’m excited to share my life with y’all! I’m a Georgia native, born and raised, with French citizenship on my dad’s side. I have one son, a husband, and a wonderful dog named Roscoe. My husband and I have known each other since the 6th grade and started dating when we were 19. After toxic breakups for both of us, we decided the kid we grew up with wasn’t so bad after all and decided to spend the rest of our lives together.
Our fur boy Roscoe is the goodest boy and loves to bury himself under the bed or behind a chair. He never barks and protects our son with the fiercest love I’ve ever seen. Our son is a rambunctious toddler I like to lovingly call “Gremlin” because he turns into a Gremlin after midnight if he gets too hungry or tired. He is the light of my life and I couldn’t imagine what my life would be today without him. Well, I can, but I’d really rather not.
I remember the first time I really fell in love with beauty. I was about 8 years old and had just gotten one of those kinda cheap makeup boxes you get from Walmart or the Dollar store. I was the happiest kid in the world and just wanted to smear lipstick all over my lips and go to the grocery store. My parents banned the makeup from leaving the house and didn’t allow me to wear it until I was 12, but from that moment on, my love for it grew. I was sneaking my mom’s baby pink Almay eyeshadow on the bus every morning and taking it off before I got home. She did buy me clear mascara from ELF that I still use to this day, although it’s only used as a brow gel nowadays. I always wanted to do everyone else’s makeup, especially once I got into high school and started attending school dances. My first real foray into makeup artistry (although I didn’t know it at the time) was doing my sister’s makeup for her senior prom (which she won!). I just loved doing it and seemed to have an eye for it. It wasn’t until years later that I thought about taking makeup as a career seriously.
Now I’m in school for Esthetics here in Atlanta. I absolutely love it and it really, truly fulfills me. I’ve always struggled with my skin so I have had a very close relationship with it, for better or worse. Skincare was an obsession during my teenage years when acne and inflamed skin was rampant. As an adult I’m still battling some acne, oily skin, and hyperpigmentation, but school has tremendously helped me learn how best to treat my skin. When I first got into school, medical esthetics with all the machines and technical work was the goal. As I saw the reality of it, I realised that facials and everything surrounding them just aren’t for me. I might be a terrible esthetician for saying this, but facials and machines bore me and make me sleepy. Tuning into the relaxing energy has nearly put me to sleep during a service more times than I care to admit.
What I found to be my passions are waxing and makeup. Waxing is somewhat relaxing but also lots of fun to rip hairs out quickly and make someone’s entire body smooth. Makeup of course has always been fun, but it wasn’t until I realized that esthetics isn’t just facials and makeup artistry is a career that I began to take it seriously. Now I’ve worked on many photoshoots, movie sets, been published, gotten certified, and much more. I have goals now; goals that I never thought possible to even dream of completing. Now they feel realistic and not impossible.
Embracing the beauty world is the best thing that ever happened to me. Now I hope to share my knowledge and love for the industry with everyone! Tune in every Friday for a new blog post and a little slice of Nat.