Friday, June 8, 2018

Forward Fridays - Singrid M. Thompson

This Friday segment is dedicated to everyday people doing everyday things in our community. By recognizing these extraordinary people, we are looking to highlight their gifts, talents, contributions, and services available as well as encourage you to support, uplift and patronize them when you can. And maybe, it will inspire some, light a fire in others, to begin, step up and/or continue your own journeys to serve your community. 

Reach One. Teach One. Each One.

Singrid M. Thompson

I took a different approach to revamp my contribution to Forward Fridays. I love this lady. Our Parents were good friends but our Mothers were the BEST of friends. We realized as adults that they had the epitome of friendships and they showed us how to have longlasting friendships by example. We have kept in touch over the years. Even though Ms. Freddie passed away years ago, my Mother still keeps her close to heart and speaks of her with such fondness and love. But there are times that she speaks of her softly and with sadness. Her death left a hole in our hearts and a void in our lives but her love, life lessons and her way with words have remained and kept us all thus far.

Singrid and I spent a lot of time with each other as children and what's crazy to me is, I grew up and graduated with Singrid's sister Kena, because we are the same age and in my later years, "grew up" with Singrid since Kena had abandoned us by moving a few States away (j/k Kena - love you) lol. And what's crazier is, the kind of people that these two are (I didn't forget you Brother Dee - Heeeyyy), I've adopted their friends and associates and vice versa. I don't feel right calling them my friends. They are most definitely my family. And I don't play about 'em.

Before I get to the meat of this piece, I just want to give you a little more about what this young lady is to me. She prays with me and for me, she helps to correct my thinking (positive over negative), she takes my calls and texts all day and night lol. She allows me to dive in her inbox with foolishness. She often threatens to take my phone and send me to bed. But because she loves me. She puts up with my long-windedness :) She celebrates me. We share the same sense of humor as well. But mostly, she has helped me to grow as a person. But my view? My view of her & her growth, both personal and professional, has been nothing short of amazing. And I will continue to watch her, cheer her on, support her, love on her, celebrate her, pray for her and...dive in that inbox :) 

And her husband?

I've adopted him too lol but what I love most about him is how he supports my friend, how he loves my friend, how he still dates my friend, celebrates my friend and rolls up his sleeves to get in the trenches with my friend. He is THAT guy and I love him more for how he unconditionally loves my friend. You're the Co-MVP, Tavarus <3

Why we're here...

I reached out to Singrid for an interview about her business for Forward Fridays. I sent her the questions and she sent me the responses and it went a little something like this:

Good Morning, how are you? Let's dive right in, shall we? :)

Tell everyone your name, the name of your business and what it is that you do.

Singrid M Thompson, Licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist, owner of iMakeUpMe Beauty & Skincare Spa located in the historic downtown Tuscaloosa Riverfront district 

1. What made you want to get into skin care?

I started as a makeup artist.  After doing so many different types of faces, I saw there was a major need to help educate women on how to take care of their skin and not just cover it up. I witnessed many women become so consumed with the temporary satisfaction of having flawless skin. I didn't want my clients to feel as if they could only be or feel beautiful when they wear makeup. 

2. Tell us a little bit about how you got started...

My career in the beauty industry started with a simple prayer, "God what is my purpose"? At the time, I had been working at my job for about 9 years. I felt like I was at a dead end. I wanted more out of life, so I prayed and asked God what would my next move be?  After receiving my answer (makeup artist), I then prayed for my name (iMakeUpMe). I have always liked makeup,  just never thought it would lead to my purpose. 

3. What services do you provide?

The services I provide include; customized facials with specialized services (microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning,  high frequency, LED light therapy), wax services for men and full body wax services for women, sugaring hair removal services,  and makeup application. We are the only spa in Tuscaloosa that offers the Yoni Steam or V Steam services administered by trained professionals. 

4. Can you tell us what areas that you are looking to branch out into?

I would love to branch into the medical side of esthetics.

5. Are your products all natural or mostly natural? 

My handmade products are all made with all natural ingredients with the exception of our body mist. It is mostly natural and our K & K Kollection body butter. It is made with cosmetic grade glitter. 

5 1/2. What ingredients, if any, should we look for/look out for when dealing with anything that we put on our skin? 

Look for... 
Products that are made with water as its main (1st ingredients). If alcohol is the 1st ingredient, more than likely it's going to be too drying or harsh for your skin and for everyday use. 

Good alcohols such as acetyl, stearyl and cetearyl alcohols are fatty alcohols and can be beneficial for skin. 

Stay away from...
Parabens and sulfates.
When reading a label..any ingredient that is ending in  -paraben (Ethylparaben, Butylparaben etc..)
These products have been linked to causing cancer and other health complications 

5 3/4. What should we absolutely stay away from?

Parabens and sulfates 

6. What advice would you give those that are looking to start their own business and/or their own skincare line?

I would encourage others who are looking to start their own business to do the following:

I, as a believer in God, would advise those who believe in God to seek Him first. 
Trust the entire process. 
Trust yourself. 
Just start somewhere. 
Don't let anyone without a vision kill your dream of becoming who you're destined to be. 
Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people. 
Don't be afraid to separate from those who you are comfortable with. 
There is more than one plan. Continue to go through the alphabet, even if you have to double up on the letters. 

As far as products go... 
Create a product that you would use even if no one bought it. 
Consistency is key. 
Don't compromise your product value just because others don't believe in it. 
And last but not least: Remember, Formula 409 was the one that made it. 

7. What's been the hardest part of being an entrepreneur?

The hardest part for me I would say would be............ That one time (at band camp lol ) when I temporarily took my eyes off of my own vision and compared it to what others were doing. This caused me to question my purpose. 

8. What are the pros of being an entrepreneur?

Doing what I love to do and seeing how I am making a difference in other people lives. I love educating and helping others who are interested in skin care. 

9. How important is it to you to keep up with latest trend and demand in this fickle world?

I am always aware of what the latest trends are.  I've never been a trend follower. I've always been one to think outside of all of the shapes. Taking risks and trying my own new things are all things I don't mind doing. When a trend comes or pops up, most of the time, I've tried it or have been exposed to it before it takes off. I'm just not one to ride the waves like that. Trends are too temporary for me.

10. Do you provide samples?

Yes for skincare and body butter (while supplies last)

11. What are the pros/cons of a small business vs a chain retailer?

Small business... I can control the flow of my spa. I can customize my protocols and how I run my business. I have full creative control. It belongs to me. What I've worked for, is now working for me. 

Chain retailers- Everything is the same across the board. Your position is held over your head. 

12. What challenges do you face when being compared to national chains?

Unlike a national chain, I am the face of the company, the financial investor, the employee, the employer and consumer. 

Customers are more likely to support a national chain versus a smaller, independent chain because of their name. Consumers tend to question my services or service price faster than they will some of the more popular spas. 

As the first minority-owned spa in Tuscaloosa,  I know I've created a business that has exclusive services and products. Compared to the older spas in Tuscaloosa,  I may not have some of the exact expensive equipment that they have. However, the equipment and service products used in the spa are professional grade and State Board approved. 
Some people may overlook my spa because of this. 

I have found that I have to work 3 times as hard to convince people who are hesitant or easily influenced by popularity to support me. 

Lucky #13. - Lastly, tell us where to find you, your hours, phone number and your social media pages and/or website so that all your new fans and clients can find you?

iMakeUpMe Beauty & Skincare 

PHONE: 205-222-9585



All @Imakeupme

She's not only my friend but I am also a client. Chances are, if you're close enough to me, you will smell heavenly scented products of iMakeUpMe. I am also a willing test dummy. I know she won't do anything to hurt me but what I find unmatched is the care that she has for her clients. She takes her time, she explains everything and she's about her business. And it's not just her, I must give a shout out to her amazing team as well. In her absence, they've treated me like family. And that's why I'll return again and again. 

I can't repay her for what she has poured into me but I can show her by continuing my patronage and something that doesn't cost me a dime: sharing her statuses, her work, her specials and her services. Believe me, I would love to keep her to myself so that she's not out of whatever I'm looking for or she's not already booked. But that would be selfish of me and a grave disservice to her to not share her. We are quick to call out businesses for their bad customer service, products, etc and we are quiet as a church mouse when things go well. Refer a friend today. I highly recommend mine.

Thank you for your time Singrid. And yes, I stalked your social media for these pix LOL!! Keep going, keep growing, allow God to continue to enlarge your vision. Stay focused and stay the course. He'll never steer you wrong. I know you will continue to be successful and I look to forward to cheering you on as you continue to grow. The community needs you & we here at Organized Foolishness salute you!

If you are at the New Orleans Natural Hair Expo, stop by to see the iMakeUpMe team. And yes, she does shipping!!

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This sale ends June 16th.


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Today is February 14th and its my mf'ing birthday!!! I officially will be 41 at 3:51 pm. I started celebrating February 1st and will continue to celebrate until I feel like its time to stop. 

I love birthdays! Not just my own but birthdays period. I have bullied my loved ones into celebrating their birthdays. Why wouldn't you celebrate your day? That date and time was chosen for you to have needs to be celebrated. You made it another year!!! Yaaaaaay! 

I celebrate for me and those that can not celebrate anymore. I celebrate for my mama, my grandmothers, grandfathers and my friends that I have lost over the years. Life is precious, fragile, and ever changing so I will make the best of every year I am allowed to be here. 

This year I had a theme but that was not my plan. The theme found me lol. I hate shopping. I like browsing Dirt Cheap and the Thrift Store for a good find but I hate the mall and department stores. I wondered around for about an hour looking for a shirt. I had a look in mind but could not find THE shirt. I ended in Midtown in Az Well and this was my last resort. I had no luck and was walking out of the store when a red shirt caught my eye. The shirt was in between some shorts that looked like panties and it was the only one. The shirt was just there and read GOOD VIBES and it was my size....ayyyyyyye! Sooo that's my new life theme...GOOD VIBES ONLY and I am going to ride on out with that in my 41st year of life. If you mean me no good...gwone on. Ion need an explanation just gwone on. If you are not trying to bring good energy my way...gwone on. 

I am going into this new year of life shining with enthusiasm and great ideas. I will no longer allow anyone to dim my light with their opinions or negative energy...GOOD VIBES ONLY. That phrase is invisibly emblazoned on my forehead from here on out and I need everyone that comes my way to pretend that they see it...

I shall continue my celebration and I thank everyone that helped this birthday be lit AF. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018


I am hoping that putting this into words alieves some of the pain in my heart. There will be things in here that I have not said aloud to anyone so I apoligize in advance to those that love me but I really did not want to talk about it but I will type about it.

February is the best shittiest month for me. February is the month my mom, daughter, and I were born. If my grandson comes on time then we can add him to the list. 

February is also the month that my mom died.

2016's February made me want to throw the whole month away. February betrayed me and  took her away from me. Losing my mother has changed me in ways that I probably will never be able to describe. I am her only child and the majority of the the time it was just me and her. My mama was there. My mama showed up for me. My mama provided for me and I did not go without anything. She made sure I had what I needed and the majority of what I wanted. She never did get me those Hitek boots though...

Point is my mama was there. My dad was playing peek a boo in my life but mama was consistent. As I grew older we had our mother daughter issues but I would run when she called. I would fuss and yet still take her what she wanted. We butted heads because she ALWAYS knew better than me and I ALWAYS knew better for me. I am hardheaded but I got it from her. No one told my mama what to do. NO ONE! Well outside of my grandmother.

February 2nd, 2016 I took my mama to lunch for her 61st birthday. I noticed she was not looking well and eating slow. I asked her several times was she ok and she responded every time, "I'm alright baby girl." Well the last time I asked, she told me, "Dont ask me that no damn mo." Scuse me then Sharon.

February 5th, I got a phone call that night from my Aunt Jean telling me that my cousin Marcus was concerned about my Mama. She called Marcus to bring her soup because she wasn't feeling well and she threatened his life and told him he bet not call me. So his scary ass called his Mama for her to tell me that my Mama was sick. He was not trying to get shanked... I called her and she went off and assured me that she only had a stomach virus.

February 6th I picked up my Aunt Trudy and we went to my mama's as a force to be reckoned with to get her to go to the hospital. Well our super powers failed. We sat there for 2 hours and pretty much got cussed out for even suggesting she go to the hospital. I was told if I called the ambulance it would be a waste of time because she would refuse to go..*sigh* I left there frustrated, scared, and wanting to fight her. I called her that evening and she promised me that if she didn't feel better the next day that she would go.

February 7th, I called her first thing that morning and she said she was ok. I told her that I had a few things to take care of and I would head that way and if she still did not look right that we were going to DCH. Surprisingly she agreed and I hung up. 2 minutes later I received a phone call from Trudy saying my mama called Jean crying saying she was ready to go to the hospital. 
The doctor saw her and immediately told us that she was going to be admitted before test were ran. We had to wait in that room over 5 hours waiting on a diagnosis. During the meantime, my friend Wanda was out there because her son had an accident and he was a couple rooms over from mama and I thank God she was out there. As my friend Shon says, I am a raw egg...hard on the outside and soft on the inside. I internalize my pain and push people away when I am going through something. I learned from the best. When the diagnosis was revealed I wasn't in the room because I had stepped out for a break and Trudy came out to give me the news and took me outside. When I was told, I felt like someone had taken the air out of my body. Wanda and Trudy were there to keep me off of the ground. After I calm down, I go back to see her and the first thing she says is, " Don't come in  here with all that crying." And guess what? I went in there with all that crying. 

February 8th through the 25th consisted of my mama being taken to UAB, surgery being performed, ICU, and talks of chemo and rehab. I have never been so scared ever in life. Her ICU stay was supposed to be 3 days but she ended up there for 2 weeks because her recovery was not going as planned. I started making accommodations with a Rehab center in Tuscaloosa to help her get back on her feet so she could be closer to me. I also had been in contact with her surgeon about her follow up chemo because my mama was going to make it. That thought process was the only way I could breathe, work, and take care of everything. I spent as much time as I could at UAB with her. Most of the time she was trying to send me back home to see about the kids. The whole time her biggest concern was me. Was I eating enough. don't be on that road too late, don't lose your job, you better see about Carl...I honestly did not care about any of that during that time. In my mind I was thinking, fuck them kids, job and man. My mama was sick. My mama had never spent any time in a hospital my whole life and I was scared.

February 26th, I was at work when I received a phone call telling me my mama was going to hospice. I hung up. The nurse called me back to make sure I understood what that meant. Bitch I know exactly what that means but you must have the wrong number. My mama is getting mama is going to beat mama will be back at work in a year. I had to sit on the floor in order for it to sink in, my mama was dying. The next few hours I was on auto pilot. I had to inform my manager of what was going on, pick up Trudy, and head to Birmingham. When I got there I had to figure out how to get her to her home and set up hospice care. Mama also threw in a few tasks for me to call people about her floors being done, how her car insurance had lapsed, and to give the bed in her spare bedroom to my cousin Ashley for her daughter. I think she did that kind of stuff to normalize what was going on. Once I got her home, I sat in her living room and bawled for hours. I was losing my mother and it would be only be a matter of days. This was the hardest day of them all. 

February 27th through 29th was filled with nothing but love. The weather was beautiful for February. I had the doors opened and allowed visitors. I gave her whatever she asked for even though she wasn't eating much but if she asked for it, she got it. She was shown so much love and that helped me more than I can describe. She was able to say goodbye to those that loved her most. She passed on the 29th. It was a Monday and I had some things to take care of for her so I didn't get to her until after 11. I walked in, washed my hands and got her a fresh wash cloth to keep her cool. I went in and talked to her. I asked her how was she and she replied, "I'm alright baby girl." I told her why I was just getting to her and told her I was going to eat and then come right back to her. I walked out of the room and a minute later my aunt screamed my mama was gone. My mama waited on me...

Sharon Carey passed on February 29, 2016 during a leap year. I am so grateful that she was chosen to be my mother. She played no games with me but I truly appreciate her toughness because if not for that, I would not be me. Her toughness helps me navigate through life better and has taught me how to survive. I will forever miss her and there is not a day that passes that I do not think of my mama. So much of who I am is because of're welcome.