My name is Lisa, and I “birthed” my beauty blog, Fleurs-de-Lisa, on August 12, 2011, after several already-published beauty bloggers
were kind enough to allow me to write a “practice” guest review on their blog. I also
previously reviewed cosmetic products on Makeup Alley for about 5 years and really
enjoyed it, so publishing a beauty blog seemed like a natural extension of these two
experiences.

Although I work as an editor for medical and environmental journals, my passion is
makeup. I mainly review eyeshadows, since that is my favorite product, and sometimes
lip as well as SLS-fee bath products. My work schedule does not allow me to post
reviews often, especially since I also have another blog Lurching Toward Wholeness . . . Without White Sugar and Flour, but my
reviews are very detailed. I currently aim to publish once a week for both blogs, and
I’m currently having a large giveaway on my beauty blog. There’s still a short time
to enter, so come on over!

I am (gasp) 51 years old, but living in the world of makeup keeps me young. I don’t
believe in makeup “rules” as long as what I’m wearing flatters me. I love to buy, try, and
review makeup, so I can often be seen wearing two colors of eyeshadow, one on each
lid. Being a Cyclops would be wonderful because then I would have a third eye to play
with! I obtain a dorkish amount of pleasure from cataloguing and “caressing” my pots of
eyeshadow, LOL.

I’ve journaled almost every day since I was 16 years old, and have kept all of my
journals since then. Journaling is a great way to get in touch with (or get away from) my
thoughts and feelings. I’ve never gone back and read what I wrote, but I do occasionally
leaf through and sort them: Once I came across a one-page inventory of my cosmetic
collection that must have been written when I was about 14 years old! My favorite
authors are Wally Lamb and Stephanie Kallos. Her first book, Broken for You, is a
masterpiece. I prefer to read works written in the first person, just as I prefer listening to
singer/songwriters. These choices show my natural introversion a la Meyers-Briggs: I’m
an INFJ.

Speaking of which, I have always been attracted to personality typing and schemes. I
used to cast horoscope charts when I was in my teens, got into numerology when I was
in my 20s, and then finally landed in the world of karmic astrology in my 30s (yes, I’m
a Christian who think that karma is a possibility). I’ve done handwriting analysis, and
I know my Enneagram number: It’s “5,” which is represented by the fox hiding in the
foxhole, watching with great precision everything that happens around her, which is
totally me. I’ve also tried my hand at jewelry metal-smithing, have made several pieces
of stained-glass, and have custom-crocheted winter hats. The next thing I want to try is
beading. I love color in any form! I would love to have one of those huge paint-swatch
books that house painters carry around. The strips can be fanned out, and I could stare at
them for hours, LOL. I consider makeup “freaks” to actually be artists who use their body
as a canvass.

I cut my teeth on MAC, but once I discovered indie, I never went back. I am an
avowed Aromaleigh groupie (350 colors and counting), but when they closed, my go-
to companies for complex colors became The Chequered Lily and Persephone Minerals,
although there are other companies I like, too, such as Silk Naturals, Darling Girl, and
Shiro, to name a few. One company I have never tried, but would like to, is Geek Chic.
And now that Aromaleigh has opened back up, I’m going to be in serious trouble!

This year I am grateful that my challenging health life is stable; that my birth, friend, and
church families are nearby; and that the Holy Spirit appears to enjoy dwelling within me,
which always leads to interesting adventures I never would have dreamed of on my own!

Thank you, Phyrra and fans, for letting me share a little bit about myself, and I hope to
see you over at my blog, too J