BBM Beauty Quiz + @KendraCirca74

May 31st, is the end of the month of Mother’s. BBM gives mothers a whole month to celebrate and show love to the mother’s that are #motherhoodincolor. This BBM Beauty Quiz participant is Ms Kendra Allanson. Enjoy and show Kendra some love in the comments. 

BBM: Do you wear makeup? If so, what products is a part of your routine?

KA: I do wear makeup, but only about once every other week or so, unless I’m going to an event or on a date.  I try a lot of products, thanks to an ipsy subscription, but when it comes to purchasing full-sized version of products, you’ll usually find me browsing in the makeup section at a local drugstore or Walmart for things like mascara, eye shadow, and blush.  The one beauty item I consistently struggle to find is foundation.  My skin is relatively blemish-free, but my skin tone is uneven and prone to dryness.  I was in heaven, years ago, when I found my foundation match through Prescriptives. I applied it and it was so light and airy on my face, yet provided enough coverage to even me out.  Imagine my dismay when the company decided to alter my foundation and I’ve no longer been able to get that perfect match without blending one or more. I spent some time with a consultant at Ulta trying to find a match, a year ago and, unbeknownst to me, left looking like a circus clown.  I got home and looked at myself in my well-lit bathroom mirror and gasped in horror.  So, I’ve definitely learned that apply making in the correct lighting is paramount!

BBM: Do you have a special skincare routine or one at all?

KA: I know I should have a consistent one, but I don’t.  When I do get in the mood, I use BeautiControl products or Mary Kay because I know people who sell it so I was more willing to try it because it was readily available.  On a daily basis, I wash my face with Dove Soap and apply Nivea all over, or a very, very thin layer of Vaseline on my face.  I once had a neighbor in her 80’s with gorgeous, creamy, dark skin.  She told me that a little bit of Vaseline is what kept her face looking as healthy as it did over the years.  I took note. As I age, I’ve seen a difference in my skin and have been told that skincare needs to be part of my daily routine and should have started years ago.  Being a black woman, I’m fortunate to have skin that “ages well”, but I can do better to preserve it.

BBM: What was your first beauty purchase?

KA: I was SO late getting into the beauty game that I didn’t buy my first “real” beauty product until I was in my 20’s.  I just didn’t care enough about it to want to apply anything more than $2 tinted lip balm.  In my late 20’s, there was a makeup company that allowed you to “create your own” products that you could then have shipped to you with your own labels, product names, etc…  For the life of me I can’t remember the name of the company (they went out of business), but I remember creating my own moisturizers, lipstick, blush, etc… simply by clicking through selections on their website.  I was so bummed when they stopped production because I loved looking at my shelves neatly lined up with custom products!  I’m more of a sucker for great marketing than I am of actual products.

BBM: How do you maintain self-care while having young children?

KA: For me personally, it’s not difficult because I don’t have extensive routines that I subscribe to.  My daughter is nine so even if I did, having an older child makes it easier to find time to myself.

BBM: Any motherhood advice for our readers?

KA: In general, I believe in letting kids be themselves. Introduce them to the world, but let them discover their own identities as long as they’re not doing anything illegal or morally reprehensible.  If your kid  wants to wear polka dot pants with a rainbow top and striped vest for their school photo, let them.  I cringe when I see parents stressing over their child having a hair out of place or fretting over matching their name brand dress to their name brand shoes.   In the grand scheme of life, it’s just not that important.  I’m also more cognizant of the photos and stories I share about my daughter.  I found that she was getting upset when I shared a lot of photos and funny stories about her online.  She found it embarrassing so I now ask her if it’s OK to share anything that directly relates to her.  Children need to know that respect is a two-way street and that her opinion matters.


Kendra is a 40-something chef and business owner living in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, a little over an hour away from Washington, D.C. On a daily basis she can be found discussing the taste and beauty of food, food photography and all things related to Ohio State football and Duke basketball.

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