One of the best parts of my job is collaborating with amazing artists. This week, I will focus on Seattle based make up artist, Jenita Hill, or as I know her from instagram as Jaysweets .
I was introduced to Jenita through our power friend, gal pal, Chelsey Richardson, spoken word artist and activist. Do yourself a favor, and go check out Chelsey.
I have been so thankful to the make up artists who have highlighted me, and I love showcasing kind, driven and professional talent. Jenita is the real deal. She is humble, caring, and gives 200% effort in everything she does.
We sat down for a an amazing afternoon full of conversations, beauty obsessions and current affairs. What was supposed to be a few hours meeting turned effortlessly into an afternoon of kindred spirit connection. I want to share with you a little more about Jenita.
E: What does passion mean to you?
J: Passion means to me, to have an excitement for something. An excitement that fuels an internal flame. A flame that can never go out because your passion for what you love is forever burning.
E: Give back or get? Or are they one in the same?
J: I think these two go hand in hand. Giving has a boomerang effect. When you’re selfless in your acts of giving, you…seem to get back what you’ve given. (I told you, she’s amazing).
E: Favorite beauty products?
J: I have to say as of right now, it would be my rose water facial spray. The anti-inflammatory goodies it contains are great for my skin, (and) helps maintain my skin’s pH. Plus it smells good. I like to pair it with my rose hip seed oil, which I love because it’s light and moisturizes my skin just the way I like it without feeling oily. I could go on and on but I’ll end it with my favorite eyeliner by NXY. Their liquid matte eyeliner is the best $7.99 I’ve ever spent. It dries to the perfect matte finish and lasts all day.
E: What’s a goofy memory that keeps you laughing?
J: A couple of months ago, a group of my girlfriends and I were strolling through Nordstrom looking for dresses for a friend’s upcoming wedding. Well, at some point, “Remember The Time,” *by Michael Jackson* came on over the speakers. My girlfriends and I clearly were thinking the same thing, because in unison, we started singing along… coupled with doing what we knew of the routine from the video. It makes me laugh playing this memory in my head because not only did we all laugh hysterically, I’m sure the employees and other customers thought we were crazy and I can only imagine how we looked on the security cameras. Good time!
E: Message you would tell an 8 year old version of yourself?
J: “You’re beautifully and wonderfully made. An imperfect human being who’ll be dealt some good and bad cards on your life journey but don’t allow those bad hands (to) define you. You’re capable of accomplishing anything you set your mind to because despite challenges; life is truly what you make of it, so why not make it a great life for you and those you’ll encounter.”
I’m legit crying right now…Together we lift one another up and celebrate those joyous connections that motivate us to keep going, and enjoy life! Thank you, Jenita, for a much needed, and fabulous afternoon together. Here’s to many more!