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Everyone Needs a Make-Over... Once In A While...

Sometimes we girls just cannot resist getting a make-over... especially perhaps us "older" girls.  That would be me, most definitely.

Well... here's the story.  About eleven years ago I was wandering aimlessly through the Cosmetics Department in Dillards in the Parks Mall in Arlington, Texas.  Feeling kinda glum, I guess.  Looking for a pick-me-up.

That's were I met Jennifer.  There she was.  Very, very smiley-faced... all eager as can be... and right smack-dab... as they say... in the middle of the Clinique Department.

There was just something about her.  She seemed so "approachable."

Sometimes the girls in some of the cosmetics departments look so "plastically" gorgeous... so "picture perfect"... that ya don't even want to ask them a question.  I guess maybe "china dolls" might be a good word.

Jennifer was just what you would call... "pretty."  Very pretty.  But a "nice" pretty.  A "pretty" you might brag about if she was your sister.

Her makeup was very nicely done, but it was a "look" that I could actually imagine myself wearing.  So I stopped and talked with her.  I was "hooked."  And Jennifer has been my Clinique "go to" girl ever since.  She knows her stuff, and gives exceptional service, as well.

                           

So, okay... it's been a rough week.  I've moved from my old apartment to a new one.  The movers did their thing yesterday, and I was unpacking boxes until very, very late.

Today... I needed a treat, so after my ECO... (Emergency Comb Out) at Shelton's Salon and Spa... I dropped in to see Miss Jennifer.  And... it turns out... next week will be the start of what I call "Treat Week."  Actually, it is three weeks long, and it is Clinique's Bonus time.

From Monday September 6 through Saturday September 25... Jennifer, and one of her top make-up artists, Christi, will be among my favorite Clinique Consultants performing their magic at the Hulen Mall Dillards store.  It's Clinique Bonus Time.  If you make a purchase of $21.50 or more, the Clinique Gift pictured above (worth over $60.00) will be yours, free.

For those of you familiar with south west Fort Worth, Hulen Mall is just south of I-20... on the west side of Hulen Street.

Starting Monday September 6... if you would like a real treat... stop by Dillards Hulen Mall and visit with Jennifer and Christi.  They are both excellent at what they do, and will make you feel very, very special.  If you'd like to stop by, that would probably be best, but if you would rather make an appointment... just give Dillards a call at (817) 294-1449. 

Ask for the Clinique Counter, and then ask for either Jennifer or Christi.  And... if you mention that Karen Anne sent you... they might even put an extra Clinique sample or two in your bag before you leave.  It's Bonus Time at the Clinique counter at Dillards Hulen Mall in Fort Worth, Texas.  Enjoy !

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Comment balloon 28 commentsKaren Anne Stone • September 03 2010 08:15PM

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I'll think I'll pass on this, but thanks.

Posted by Bob Marsh, Broker,480-529-2936, Warm Weather Real Estate (Warm Weather Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Sounds like fun!  I'm glad you found yourself a pick-me-up Karen Anne.  Jennifer and Chrisi sound wonderful.   I do love Clinique, but I have to admit I'm out of practice when it comes to make up.

Oh come on Bob!  It could be fun :)

Posted by Kristen Wheatley, Supporting Success - Best Job in the World! (Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne:  You just delivered the finest testimonial for service I've ever read here on AR.  Exactly as a testimonial of service should be written.  Jennifer and Christi are lucky to have you as a friend .. and a customer.

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 7 years ago

Bob:  Not to be a spoil sport, but it appears you could use a bit of eye liner, and perhaps some face power.  Those shiny faces could always use some help.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Kristen:  It will be fun.  Come on down.  It's just gonna be raining up there anyway... with all that wind and stuff from the hurricane.  You've got lots of time to get here... the event goes on for three weeks.

Out of practice ?  Well... I'll show ya how... although, in my humble opinion, your own personal beauty shows through just fine... just the way you are.  But Jennifer is a great teacher, as is Christi... so with just a tad of practice, all of that natural beauty of yours will be even more radiant.

And that Bob... what a spoil-sport.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Gene:  I bet they both are going to be embarrassed as all get out when they see this.  It's fun to tease them.  And yes... service testimonials are great.  Given to those who absolutely deserve it.  Must every one is so free to complain, but the are of praising and saying nice things at times seems to be somewhat of a lost art.

Both of these young women are just a pleasure to be around.  And somehow, even when they are very busy, they have a talent to still make their customers feel special.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

I agree with Gene, very well written testimonial for a professional make up artist! Enjoy the weekend.

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) over 7 years ago

Ritu:  Yes, I think Gene hit the old nail right on the head.  It can be so difficult at times for some people to bring themselves to say nice things and give compliments.  Gene... does that very well. 

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Hi Karen Anne,  It's always GREAT to pamper ourselves...  I plan to get many massages & facials when I go to China.  The end result, is we look & feel better, therefore; we perform better in our jobs...  ;>))

Posted by Ann-Marie Clements, M.S. Ed., Innovative Proactive Principal (Dubai International School, UAE) over 7 years ago

Ann-Marie:  In Real Estate, as in just about everything else, attitude is everything.  And yes... if we feel better about ourselves, and feel we are at our best... everybody wins.  Especially us... LOL.  I bet those facials and massages you'll get in China may just make you not want to come back to New Brunswick.  Sounds like a great trip.  Enjoy !

PS... notice in the Clinique flyer the spelling of the word "colour?"  Cool, huh ?  It's almost like I asked them to do it that way... just for my Canadian friends.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne, how nice of you to recognize Jennifer and Christi.  I hope they're both swamped with deep-pocketed, no credit limit customers.

Posted by Christine Hart Howlett, Keller Williams Greater Cleveland NE (Painesville and Eastern Lake County) over 7 years ago

Too funny.  I guess in a global sense, it is really just a hop, skip, and a jump away.  OK, maybe a few hops, a lot of skips, and one giant jump.  It would be fun!

And thank you, but I my lack of make up probably has more to do with my not liking to bother with it all.  Every once and a while I get into the habit, but then it fades.  It would be worth it though, to meet people who sound so inviting, and most importantly to see you in person!

Posted by Kristen Wheatley, Supporting Success - Best Job in the World! (Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group) over 7 years ago

Christine, that might be more at the Chanel counter... with those "money is no object" folks.  And, if you're interested, perhaps Dillards at Great Lakes Mall might be having a similar event at the Clinique Counter.

I will say this, though, about BOTH Jennifer and Christi.  In all the eleven years I have been going to Jennifer, and recently with Christi a few times, (Christi is amazing with eye make-up... so I asked her to give me a few one-on-one lessons, which she was glad to do...) I have NEVER gotten the feeling from her that she was trying to get me to purchase anything that I either didn't need, or that did not "go" with what we were trying to do.

I know they are there to "sell stuff"... but I have never felt any of that.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Kristen, what I like about Jennifer, is that she is simply "good people."  And yes, I know what you mean about it being a bother, and a lot of what we women do can depend on what is "typical" in the areas we live in.  I would guess that Mid-Maine might be more of a come-as-you-are area, whereas Dallas is all about how you look.  Fort Worth, on the other hand, has an attitude more like laid-back... rather than like Dallas... so the "looks" are more relaxed and "real."

So, ya wanna see me in person, huh ?  Well... lemme tell ya hon, seeing me without my make-up can be a pretty scary thing... <silly smile>

And... I don't want to "sell" Jennifer as being one of the "cosmetic girl" types, if that makes sense.  She is great with her Clinique product, but basically, she is just, as I said... "good people."  And pretty, too.  <smile x 2>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne, I almost choked when I read the ECO thing, LOL. This is a wonderful testimonial, as the others have said. I know exactly what you mean, it is a fun thing to do. I just had my first pedicure recently, OMG, I was in HEAVEN, I swear I was. :D

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Every once in a while we all need a makeover.  I recently did some remedial work and started streaking my hair.  The streaks came in as coppery blonde which works given that until I was in my late 30s was a very light brown to dirty blonde. As I hit forty - it turned a dark chestnut which didn't work for me.  Just because it isn't gray - doesn't mean you don't color.  I also stepped it up with makeup and the like.  I got lucky with my skin - not much in the wrinkle division.  But you still need to step it up sometimes and change things up.  GREAT discussion - lots of fun and good for you for giving Jennifer some well -deserved business.

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) over 7 years ago

Hi Karen Anne... nobody deserves a bit of "me" time and personal luxury than you do!  Especially after your busy week!  Do we get to see an "after" pic?

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 7 years ago

Andrea:  I would love to have been watching when you "encountered" my ECO comment.  I think I will write a post about my ECO adventures.  The entire salon is now aware of the term I use, and we have fun with it.  I guess you could now say I am ECO-friendly.  <smile>

And wow... yes, pedicures are heavenly.  I had my first one perhaps three years ago, and they are just sooo relaxing.  In addition, they really help my calves, ankles and feet.  Very invigorating... gets the blood flowing, and all that stuff.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Ruthmarie:  I love your use of the term "remedial work."  Gosh-a-rootie (sorry for the harsh language) can it make a nice, sometimes subtle, sometimes not-so-subtle change.

My Dad's hair was totally grey when he was seventeen, and if I did not color my hair now, it would be totally grey.  There are some women who look great in total grey, some who could use the help.  It depends.

And then there is our skin.  I have heard it said that as women grow older, their skin becomes more "dry."  Thus the problems many women have with "dry skin."

ME... my skin is oily, so I do not have wrinkled.  But, my skin is so very oily, that I think, as it "dries out"... it will get to where it is "normal" skin when I am about 235 years old, and end up being "dry" skin when I hit about 420 or so.

Jennifer is very good at what she does, and her "business" numbers show it.  What shows it even more, are the number of referral customers she continues to get, and the loyalty that her customers have to her.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Steve:  There really IS no actual "after" look.  It is just the normal "tweaking" process.  Just a little nudge on using lip-liner.  Just a small difference on how and where to use eye-liner.  Nothing major... just "girl thing" stuff.  And... the pampering, and the chatting with someone you can really talk to about your foibles... appearance-wise, and other-stuff wise.  Just another form of therapy.

Goddess knows, I need it.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Good morning Karen Anne,

I hope you emailed Jenifer and Christi to let them see your blog! Great testimonial..I'm sure Jennifer will appreciate the new business you are sending her way! You are right we can all enjoy a make over once in awhile!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) over 7 years ago

Dorie:  I called both Jennifer and Christi at the store and told them.  What a surprise !  Of course they were thrilled.  It is so fun making people happy.  Kinda like what Kristine Kringle must feel like.  You know, some folks call her Mother Christmas... <smile>

It's that "Go Giver" attitude that some recent books rave about.  Heck, that idea isn't new to me... I've been living it for years.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne, living here in Paradise, North Carolina (otherwise known as the Crystal Coast), I really feel quilty complaining about anything.  I really shouldn't but gosh darn, there's not a mall in sight.  No Dillards.  No Jennifer.  Sigh.  So you tell Jennifer if she ever takes a trip to the Crystal Coast to look me up.  I could surely use her magic.

Posted by Marian Goetzinger, Crystal Coast Real Estate NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000) over 7 years ago

Well done!  She is lucky to have you for a client...so appreciative and loyal.  By the way, my dad was totally grey in his teens too.  I'm in the same boat as you, have been coloring for years.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 7 years ago

Hi Karen Anne

Honestly, I felt a tad guilty indulging in coloring my hair, but my skin tone is quite light while my eyes nearly black.  The contrast with the complexion, eye color and now darkened hair didn't work at all. So a friend of mine said - "just because it isn't gray doesn't mean it doesn't need some help. It's quite simply too dark for you and is AGING YOU."  Since I recently hit the higher end of the forties - so I'm now closer to 50 than 40  - those last two words got me moving to the salon in a hurry.

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) over 7 years ago

I am jealous that you someone you trust and enjoy a relationship with at the mall. The last time I ventured in to get a make-over was when I was on the way to have passport photos done. I now have 7 more years left of looking at my passport with a picture of a clown on it!!!!

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 7 years ago

It is Sunday, September 19th.  I just wrote a post about Lady Gaga... and her video supporting the repeal of DADT.  Of course, now that she is one of my NEW heroines... I find myself needing to take some make-up lessons so I can duplicate the Lady Gaga "look"... for the next time I go shopping at Kroger.

Since going to Kroger is one of the typical social high-spots of my week... a girl wants to look her best.  Anyhoo... there are also some great tutorial videos online that teach "that look."  I watched on last night... which again... shows what a wild and crazy life I lead.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Christine:  If and when I am able to get back to visit Mentor soon... perhaps the two of us can venture over to Great lakes Mall... although we might be much better going up to Beachwood Place... if it is still thee.  Question One... is Beachwood Place still thee ?  And Two, if so... is there still a Nordstrom there ?

I bet Nordies will have some make-up artists who can do a Lady Gaga on BOTH of us.  Then, we can go drop in on Carolyn, and then maybe stop at HH and see if my old friend Debbie Connor remembers me.  Not sure if she will like the new look.  Also... whaddya think about this ?  Judy C in a Lady Gaga look ?  Will it fly ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

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