A Productive Day (Update)

(I had to change the initials of the specialist, he’s JT not KT.)


Sorry this is so late, I had to wait for the kids to go to bed.. and then, well I fell asleep for a bit.

I took three photos, not the best as I used my iFace camera, but it’s what I had in a pinch. I will have much better photos for Halloween!

There’s more to this story which I will share after the photos.


Kira 2


So there you have it. In the third pic I think I look a little crazy from the way I was looking into the camera!

Now for the rest of the story…

First, my day started at 5:30AM when I got up to get ready for my therapy session. There we talked about AC’s hospital stay and his treatment. We also talked about my talk with the boys and their reactions and my reaction to them. Over all, it was good and I’m glad I have someone I can talk to about these things.

Now for the second part of the day.

A decided I needed a pick-me-up, so she suggested we go to Ulta Beauty to see what they had. I really needed some new makeup, especially foundation. Something which goes better with my skin tone. It wasn’t long before we were pretty confused from all the choices and I suggested we ask for help.

First we met Sandy, a very helpful person who had some good advice on concealers. When we explained about going out on Halloween, she immediately suggested one of their specialists, JT.

W also met one of the managers, but I forget his name… Sorry! He was great to talk to as well and also recommended JT.

One thing of note here, I explained to both of them what I was looking for, and was asked if this was a one time thing or everyday and neither of them blinked an eye when I explained I’m trans. It was such a relief to be so open and honest, I still smile thinking about it.

We had to leave and come back as JT wasn’t on the clock yet so we did some quick shopping for Dinner and headed home long enough to grab a bite to eat and feed the kids, then it was back to Ulta.

JT is their brow specialist but he also consults on makeup. He is wonderful! Very personable and very professional. I explained what I wanted and he had some different suggestions for my makeup including doing a two part foundation. He even took it upon himself to do the application at no cost.The end look is what you see in the pictures.

One other thing I had done while I was there was to have my brows shaped. Did mention he is their specialist? I went with waxing as it gives the best results and it was a fairly quick process though I won’t kid you, it wasn’t pain free, but no where near as bad as I feared.

Overall it was a great experience and I’m glad A suggested it. I now have a place to go for beauty products where I won’t feel out of place.

So, to end this long story…

I made an appointment with JT to do my makeup on Halloween. A and I could do it, but this is more convenient and I think the results are going to be amazing. Oh, and best part is it’s only $30+tip. I think it’s money well spent.

29 thoughts on “A Productive Day (Update)

  1. Halloween….that is so big in the US …when I was young, I had never heard of it. But it is fun, or at least it looks like that…I do look forward to seeing your outfit! And well, the selfie thing, well, they do make the person taking the picture look kind of cross-focused – with the eyes sort of focused in at the wrong vanishing point. So the thing is, it looks at once a bit mad as you say, but also just a bit sexy as well….not sure why. Selfies are a strange genre….that was fun….sorry if I have been a bit silly here….

    1. Halloween has always been a fun tradition, the kids have a great time. Selfies are strange as you say, especially when your using the camera on your laptop. You either look at the screen so you seem distracted or the camera which makes you look like you drank too much coffee… 🙂

  2. Intense,…that is the other word…sorry, stupid me, forgot that….it is a keynote of mine and I forgot – selfies look intense.

  3. First of all, it was good to read that your son’s condition was totally treatable. : )

    It’s still very interesting to see someone else wearing foundation since I had no idea at first look that you were – no comparisons haha. It looks very natural!

    I have to agree on the intensity of your look also, but don’t forget to smile when you go out on Halloween! It does wonders, especially when nervous~

    Have to admit that I’m a bit jealous that you found a professional to do your makeup. I’ve been learning the hard way. Money well spent indeed; you’ll have a quality idea of your look before you start practicing on yourself!

    Also nice to hear that A is being very amicable about being with you through your experiences. No matter how she may feel or may be keeping to herself, it shows she really does love you.

    In case I disappear again, wishing you all the best of another successful Halloween, Kira. ; )

    1. Ren’Ai,

      I’m glad it wasn’t anything worse, a little complaining is worth having him home and safe.

      All credit has to go to JT, he took the time to find just the right combination for me, plus he told me has chose products which are camera friendly so I could get some pics posted.

      I think more of my look is due to being tired and worried I wasn’t going to be able to get a decent pic but I was able to get three I thought were ok.

      This is a store which just opened this Summer and it’s within walking distance of my house. Yesterday was the first time I had the courage to go in, mostly because A convinced me to. 🙂

      Meeting JT was pure Karma, the man is a genius with makeup, not to mention brows. He was wonderful to work with and I’m looking forward to Thursday when he doing a complete makeover for me. He even promised to explain everything he will be doing so A and I will be able to do it ourselves.

      A is truly amazing, I know it has been very difficult for her but she has stood by me through everything. I can have my moments of doubt, but really I know she loves me greatly and I feel the same for her.

      She has made a point, more than once, to do some little thing to give me a pick-me-up when I’ve been down and I really appreciate it each and every time. She’s one in a million.

      Thank you for the good wishes, you’ve brought a smile to my face.

      Take care of yourself and I’ll talk to you later. 🙂

  4. You’ve got to get the makeup right, or you look like a clown (which I’m sure you know). It’s easier now to match skin tones than it was when I was a teenager (which is pretty much the last time I really wore makeup).

    1. Oh, I remember the first time I tried on makeup… I scared the daylights out of myself! Of course I only had my mothers make u to work with and well… she wasn’t very good at it.

  5. I think it is great that you are starting to say that you are trans and to do it without shame (and outside of counseling), and to treat yourself to things that let you feel real. Brava.

    1. I wasn’t going to say anything at first, but when they asked what I was looking to d and I said I wanted a natural look and not drag queen, they figured out what was going on. A few questions made this clear and I just didn’t see a point in not being honest. Turns out Sandy, the first woman we spoke to had known a transwoman through her last job and she asked me what my name was and I told her Kira which she said was a beautiful name, she also asked my middle name, Anne, and asked how I spelled them. It was so nice, and I felt so comfortable with her, JT, and other staff members, I almost cried.

      Doing the makeover is something I have always wanted to do and now I can. It’s got me really excited and looking forward to Thursday.

      Oh, and I have been promised hints, tips, and products so I can do something subtle for every day.

      This is a step forward I never expected and I am so glad I hav been able to take it.

  6. It’s good to see you Kira, you look good!

    I once went into the MAC in my local mall for makeup. I explained only that I wanted to hide my beard shadow (this was before my laser). They didn’t ask why, but were very helpful and professional. That you took it a step farther is awesome. I didn’t have the guts back then.


    1. Thank you Connie,

      If Sandy hadn’t been as nice and helpful as she was, I might not have had the courage either. Still, I’m really glad I did.


  7. Congratulations! You have made a huge step forward, Kira, probably far more than you realize. You can bet that you are not the first trans customer that Ultra Beauty has had.and having A there with you makes it all the better.

    1. Well, this was just a quick application so I could take some photos wearing the wig. I’ll have better pictures after Thursday.

      And thank you for the compliment, I did forget to reapply my lip balm before taking the pics, so I wasn’t expecting them to look very good.

  8. Selfies are always awkward for me to take. So- you mentioning your look made me chuckle because I think of me trying to do a selfie & how many attempts I go through before thinking I look ok.
    Thanks for sharing your photos. Can’t wait to see you done did up in make-up. Cool that you found a nice place to take care of your hair & make-up & that they see you like everyone should – just another human living life 🙂

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