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Motives In The Nude


When you’re new to Motives, purchasing a palette is a smart way to go.  You’re able to try several products at an awesome value.  Already a Motives fan?  Consider treating yourself to a palette.  They’re great for travel or as a gift for a friend.

In The Nude Palette works for all complexions and has a lot to offer.  Six eye shadows, a full size Miami Glow Bronzer and Lip Shine will give you both day and evening looks.


Motives In The Nude Palette

Check out my latest video, where I feature looks from the In The Nude Palette

Take a look at all of my Motives palettes.  I have something special for women of all ages and complexions.

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Want a virtual makeup class?  Purchase $50 or more in Motives products and we’ll schedule a one-on-one class or group event.  I’m also available for local events or private sessions in Southern Maryland.  Fill in the form if you’re interested in having a makeup class.

Motives Must-Haves

These are two of my favorite palettes by Motives Cosmetics and are a must-have in your makeup arsenal. Rich, bold colors that last all day, Mavens Element Palette and Dynasty Palette work well for day or night. Check out my swatch videos so you can see for yourself just how beautiful they are.

Mavens Element Palette

Dynasty Palette


To see all of the palettes Motives has to offer, click this link and explore all the possibilities.  They make great gifts, even if it’s for yourself!

If you’d like a one-on-one consultation or a group event, please send an email to and put “I love Motives” in the subject line.

To Eat or Not To Eat

I have a question to all you women out there. Which would make you the most happy, to eat all the delicious food you want, be chubby and layer your clothing to hide those bulging areas on your body (thank God for LLR) or maintain a strict diet while salivating over your coworkers food, exercise…A LOT, BUT be able to buy trendy clothes and look hot in them? For me, it’s a difficult question to answer. I’ve been fat, thin, fat, thin, fat, thin all my life. When I’m thin, I absolutely love buying clothes and not  worrying about wearing something baggy enough to conceal my love handles and saddlebags. BUT I’m not happy when my stomach is always growling, eating tiny, unreasonable portions and missing out on chocolate cake and donuts. BUT I am happy to throw on an outfit and have it fit perfectly in all the right places. There’s a lot of BUT(T)s going on here, both in my head and the rather large one just below my back.

When I’m more on (I’ll be kind to myself and say) the voluptuous side, I pull out the shapewear, control top pantyhose, tunics (to cover my bootie) and wide belts. This somehow makes me feel more secure even though I’m hotter than hell wearing all this shit. When I’m thin, all I need underneath my dress is a pair of thong undies (too much info?) and I’m good to go. BUT again, I can’t eat too much (or at all) otherwise that form-fitting dress, with buttons down to my waist will start popping open.

Our priorities definitely change as we age, which then leads me to say that I don’t care what people think and I’ll just be fat and eat whatever. BUT that still doesn’t make me feel better. Then I think, ok I’ll get my BUTT in gear and start working out and eating less. Then here comes the crazy obsession again, where I weigh myself constantly, workout any chance I get, eat like a bird BUT look in that mirror and think, DAMN, GIRL!

Ok, so I really haven’t answered my own question. BUT, there’s always makeup and hair. Whether I’m Miss Piggy or Jessica Rabbit (minus the boobs) my beauty routine always works.

Oh one more thing, I know there will be people who say eating right and exercising is better for your overall health. Yeah, yeah, blah, blah, I know but that still doesn’t make it any easier.  Maybe I need to get to a point in my life where the person I see in my mirror right this moment (I’m laughing as I type this) is good enough. I’m so not there yet.

Please share your thoughts!  Which would you rather?

Makeup Tutorials with Motives Cosmetics

These are my latest tutorials using all Motives Cosmetics.  From basic makeup application to costume makeup, the possibilities are endless with Motives.  Sure there may be makeup looks and techniques that aren’t quite your style, but it’s all discovered through experimentation.  Motives has everything you need to break the rules, be creative and have fun.

Please visit and subscribe to my YouTube Channel to view the videos.


Motives Cosmetics Tutorial



Playing It Mermaid Style





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Putting Myself Out There

For the last couple years, I’ve been trying to “Brand” myself in the beauty industry.  You’ve seen my ads with Motives Cosmetics, hair and most recently, my YouTube videos. I used to hide behind other artist’s pictures and videos because I didn’t want to set myself up for ridicule (“Keyboard Gangsters”can be so cruel).   I’d see so many pictures and tutorials by young, beautiful women.  I could never compete with that, so I continued to hide myself behind their work and hoped to God that someone would take notice  of my business, my “Brand”, but how could they?  It wasn’t me.  But what did I have to offer anyone?


Motives Beauty Advisor-Kathleen M.A. Powell

Well, I thought that it’d be totally ridiculous for me to put a makeup tutorial out there, at the age of 45, and make the pouty faces, blow kisses at the camera and blink my insanely long faux lashes.  Not gonna happen.  I figured I shouldn’t take myself too seriously and decided to throw a little humor into the mix.  Yes it’s bizarre at times, but aren’t we all?

The idea, as far as makeup goes, is to show women my age and older that with a little education, you too can wear everything Motives Cosmetics has to offer.  It doesn’t end with the 20-somethings.  My Motives photo ads may look a bit serious, but I’m trying to demonstrate the makeup.  My odd facial expressions would only take away from the products I’m trying to promote.

The videos I make do include tutorials on hair and makeup, but there’s usually a goofy grin or two in most of them. My main focus has now turned to creating videos (still centered in the beauty industry) that show an obviously exaggerated view of salon-life.  After 26 years in the industry, I think I’m allowed to go overboard.

Although my head tells me I will most likely experience mean comments and criticism, my heart tells me to keep going.  Keep being me, keep believing in my partnership  with Motives, keep spewing out my inner comedian and keep offering my clients and followers my beauty knowledge.  So I guess everyone will just have to get used to seeing my mug, everyday, several times a day.

OR “unfollow” if you feel the need.


YouTube Channel Better With Age-with Kathleen

Thank you to my loyal clients, everyone who has “followed” my social media pages and to those who have offered positive feedback.