My Journey

Hello, my name is Olya Findley. I am 23 years old, i live in Charlottesville, Virginia and go to school at Radford University and i am junior. I am majoring in fashion merchandising. I am originally from Ukraine, i lived there for fifteen years. When i was fifteen years old i was adopted. When i was six years old, i was taken away from my parents and i was placed in the orphanage in Severodonetsk. I lived in an orphanage for nine years, and my last year at the orphanage a family found me and adopted me. While growing up at the orphanage, i didn’t have many opportunities career wise, so at early age i decided to become a cook. I didn’t love cooking, but it was just something i could do. It’s a horrible feeling to have when you don’t have options. However, i was always been creative, i always had passion for art and design. While i was at the orphanage i had many wonderful experiences, that’s where i made life long friends, they became my family. When i was 14 years old, that was the first time i ever played with makeup. That was the moment when i fell in love with the art of makeup. That moment i decided i will make my passions into my career, i have always dreamed about being able to choose what i wanted to do and what i wanted be, life in America gave me that choice. I was blessed. I have always enjoyed painting on a canvases, but with makeup i was able to create images on my face. I was never the most beautiful girl in the room, makeup allowed me to feel confident, beautiful and creative. “Any woman can look her best if she feels good in her skin. It’s not a question of clothes or makeup. It’s how she sparkles.”

― Sophia Loren. As i grew older, i became more comfortable and confident in myself, however, makeup is still my passion. “The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”
― Yves Saint Laurent. When i do makeup i feel relaxed, it’s a whole process that requires a step by step process. When i think about it, i have one specific routine i do when i do my makeup which i will show later in my blog. I am also passionate about fashion. To me, fashion is self expression just like makeup. Fashion can make you feel confident and you can be whoever you want to be and make you feel like a different person. “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it” by Edith Head. I love this quote because it’s true, if you want to be successful you have to dress for success.

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