When I picked up Maheen Burgos from the airport, I can recall looking at her sweet and kind face smiling from ear to ear. She was even gracious enough to be my voiceover GPS while I drove. I learned all about her past career as a teacher, her love for adventure, and her passion for serving. Maheen is selfless and with zero time for self-care, she was seeking help for change. After reading Maheen’s story, the Influencer Panel knew she needed the Dream Team to save the day! Check out Maheen’s interview and her amazing before/after transformation below and watch our series premiere of Total Mom Makeover!
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Daisy: Do you have any children? If yes, how many children do you have and what are their ages?
Maheen: Two children ages 5 and 23 months.
Daisy: What are your favorite hobbies and/or types of community service you serve in?
Maheen: I love “experiences.” Anything adventurous with my family that can be attached to a memory is what I love. I wish I had more time to do it. From segway tours, going to the zoo/park, painting with a twist, horseback riding, four wheeling, playing in the rain, jet skiing, etc. I regularly serve as a volunteer with the North Texas Food Bank and Children’s Hospital. I also partake in annual diabetes awareness walks with my company. I work in wound care, which is a daily service to humanity, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Daisy: Walk us through what your mornings look like getting everyone ready for the day:
Maheen: I wake up at 4:30 a.m. M-F. This is the only “me time” I really get. I go to Camp Gladiator Boot Camp outdoors and do burpees, bear crawls, and what have you to try and maintain this sexy flabby mom figure. I’m crazy. I know. I get done and come home and shower/get ready while everyone is still asleep. I pack my 5 year old and husbands’ (aka my 3rd child’s) lunch. I make breakfast and THEN I wake up the kids. I brush their teeth, get them dressed and fed. Hubby or I take the 5 year old to school, depending on who has a lighter workload. The little one stays home with the nanny and I’m off for a full-day of work 8-5. I’m exhausted typing this LOL.
Daisy: How do you typically style your hair on a normal day?
Maheen: Unfortunately after delivering my second child, I lost all of my hair due to an auto-immune disease. Eyelashes and brows included. So I have to wear a wig daily. This consists of washing it and air-drying it the night before. I wear it down or in a low pony-tail to try and not look so obvious. I am not talented enough to “style” it and give it a different look.
Daisy: When was the last time you received a haircut from a salon professional?
Maheen: Over 2+ years ago
Daisy: How do you typically apply makeup on a normal day?
Maheen: I apply foundation (some brand that the lady at Sephora swore by). I put it on a brush labeled “foundation brush” and paint my face. I make a fish face and swab some blush on. I pretend I know what I am doing and use brown eye shadow to draw on my brows. I put some Burts Bee’s Tinted chap stick on and that is a wrap.
Daisy: How much time do you think you need each morning to get yourself ready?
Maheen: 30 minutes
Daisy: When was the last time you made time for yourself?
Maheen: If I remembered, I would be lying. Outside of working out at 5am, I can’t remember when I had a day to myself. Or even an afternoon….
Daisy: What do you feel needs improvement with your current style and look?
Maheen: That’s the problem. I don’t have a style or look. I wish I did. I just don’t know what’s trendy and how to pull looks together, or even what looks good for my figure (or lack thereof). I wear scrubs to work, which are very “giving.” Weekends are usually spent wearing work out clothes. Every now and then I get crazy and will put on some jeans and a button down flannel and flip flops to go out. Sad. Just sad LOL. I’m the typical “mom” look on weekends. No makeup. Bags under eyes. Wig off. Beanie on. BOOM.
Daisy: What’s your unique story that you would like to share with the world?
Maheen: After delivering my second child, I developed concerning symptoms. I was sleep-deprived and would wake up feeling like I got hit by a bus with debilitating pain all over my body. There were days I’d come home and hardly be able to move so I’d have to turn my household and mommy duties over to my husband. For being the girl who never asked for help…I felt helpless. Unexplainable bruises would appear and my hands would tremble. I underwent multiple tests and was finally diagnosed with an “idiopathic autoimmune disease”. I started losing my hair in clumps until it was all gone. Eyelashes. Eyebrows. Gone. My identity as a female vanished, and I lost all my self-confidence. As a mother. As a wife. As a female. It’s been a struggle. I just want to feel like the old “me” again for myself and for my family.
Daisy: What positive changes have you felt or experienced when you’ve fixed yourself up?
Maheen: The look in my husband’s eye or children’s eyes of love and admiration when I spend some time to get “fixed up” (which is RARE) is priceless. It makes me feel “pretty”…for once, because I struggle deeply with self-confidence issues after my diagnosis. I feel like I am “pretty” for that moment, and in that moment, I live. I would love that feeling over and over, but it’s still a struggle to look in the mirror and feel as if there’s no sense of female identity. Just a Ms. Potato Head.
About Total Mom Makeover:
This reality webshow airs it’s season premiere on April 6th, 2017 and every Thursday at 8/7pm Central beginning April 6, 2017. Each episode will feature one mom’s unique story and their vow to stand out from the crowd with the opportunity to travel to a new location for an all expense paid weekend getaway and head-to-toe makeover transformation by the The It Mom’s “Dream Team” – some of the most elite fashion, beauty and style experts from around the county.
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Imagine receiving a life-transforming opportunity as a mom for an all expense paid head-to-toe makeover that included the following:
- A new head-to-toe makeover complete with hair, makeup, outfits, and accessories that you get to take home and keep!
- Hair, beauty, and fashion experts physically teaching you how to do this yourself at home, along with a strategy to help you get ready every morning in minutes!
- Professional photo shoot of your “After” transformation!
- Video interview sharing your personal, unique story along with documenting your experience shared with the world on social media!
And I am so absolutely grateful to our partners and sponsors who have provided their goods and services to these moms! We are proud to be partnering with Salon Gregories, It Cosmetics, Make-up Pro New York, Yummie by Heather Thompson, Alex and Ani Fashion Show Las Vegas, Pistol & Stamen, Adrianna Papell on this show!
Each weekly episode (beginning April 6 every Thursday, 8/7 p.m. central) will feature one mom’s unique and inspiring story and her vow to find a way to feel more like herself, stand out from the crowd and regain her confidence. The makeover focuses on realistic solutions that can be incorporated into a mom’s busy life but that can make a big impact on her daily beauty and fashion choices. Each episode will follow the mom through her total makeover transformation, offering tips and inspiration for the audience.
“It’s easy to find ourselves putting everyone else’s needs above our own,” explains Daisy. “Moms do this all the time, at their own expense. They find themselves rushing to get ready in the morning, not giving themselves the time and attention they deserve. I felt like I had to do something about this.”
No one knows better than Daisy Teh on how challenging it can be to balance the demands of motherhood while staying true to yourself. A teen mom at just 17, Teh got her cosmetology license and worked her way through college for makeup brands like Lancome and Borghese, where she fell in love with beauty and style. Despite her passion, Daisy Teh still struggled to raise two children, attend school, work and find time to look and feel her best. Once she landed a full time corporate job, she now has four children and a large family to care for. Despite living her “dream life”, Daisy Teh found herself tired, haggard and uninspired by makeup or clothing. “I felt like I’d lost myself,” Daisy recalls.
The It Mom Dream Team includes a slew of fashion, beauty, style, and media experts from across the country as well as four other online influencers who serve as the Dream Team Influencer Panel of judges and believe as she does, that the series will be life changing for the participating women and a true inspiration for viewers. “It’s important to lift one another up and support each other,” Daisy says. “This team believes in that vision.”
The It Mom Dream Team includes:
Dusty Simington, Celebrity Hairstylist & Salon Gregories, www.salongregories.com
Sean Tu, www.wgcnyc.com/
George Teh, www.specturemedia.com
Oak Fotography, www.OakFotography.com
Gabriel Klein–the K in OAK: He found his passion for photography when his dad handed him a 1970s Cannon AE-1. Inspired by Ansel Adams, he began shooting landscapes on his backpacking adventures through the Sierra Mountains. Soon after, Gabriel enrolled in Cal State Long Beach where he began exploring mediums such as photography, ceramics, drawing, painting, metalsmithing, printmaking, and whatever else he could get his hands on. Wanting to give back to a field that gave him so much, Gabriel graduated with a Bachelor in Art Education. He met his darling love, Aileen, during his teaching credential study. Now looking to get back to the passion that started it all, Gabriel decided to pursue his dream, Oak Fotography.
Aileen Orticio–the O in OAK: Her passion for photography started when her aunt gifted her a digital point and shoot camera. Soon after, she decided to major in Photography and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Cal State University Fullerton. During her time in Cal State, Aileen honed her craft by studying and experimenting with various other artistic mediums in conjunction with her heart’s passion, photography.It was at this very creative time in her life that she met Gabriel. Aileen interned with a successful photographer for a short time and then worked as a free-lance photographer before embarking on her newest and most exciting adventure with Gabriel— Oak Fotography.
Cherrie Luzon, Fashion Stylist
Cherrie Luzon is a Fashion Designer and has been in the apparel industry since 2006. From Dallas, TX she moved to Los Angeles, California to study Fashion Design at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). After graduating she has worked at some of the top retailer as a Sweater Designer and now a designer/Design Manager for a Cheer Company at Rebel Athletic. Cheer Moms, Cheer Coach for All Star and School check out: www.RebelAthletic.com
Ashley Trevino, Fashion Stylist
“Discover Your Confidence With Style” | Ashley Trevino is a fashion stylist, bridal specialist and Motivational Speaker located in Quartz Hill,CA. She was born and raised in San Diego, California where her passion for fashion was discovered at a young age. Her involvement with dance, creative arts and pageant shows has helped develop her natural gift to bring out the best in others . She is a firm believer in building ones self esteem and self image at the same time. Ashley has a very powerful and inspiring non profit organization called Limitless. Limitless is dedicated to helping encourage, inspire and motivate people to get on track. She has thrown numerous events including Fashion shows for great causes such as bringing awareness to Human Trafficking and building confidence and self worth in many individuals. She has worked with America’s Next Top Model and Las Vegas Fashion Week. Ashley works with numerous women to help them discover their confidence through style and mental encouragement. Ashley believes confidence begins in the mind first and that style is a by-product. She has many speaking engagements around the United States, helping encourage many to discover confidence from with-in. Ashley owns a boutique bridal store called Bella Bridal Gowns: http://www.bellabridalgowns.com/
Karen Flor, Accessories Stylist
“Looking put together is more than being able to coordinate your outfit. Smile and walk with confidence- that’s the perfect accessory!” ~K
Karen’s love for fashion and accessories started at a very young age. As a little girl, one of her favorite things to do was playing dress up in her mom’s closet and finding special pieces. Karen started her journey in the fashion and retail industry, when she decided to work as a seasonal help for a department store. Since then, she has worked her way up through the retail ranks from sales associate to store manager. She is very passionate about people and she has formed many great friendships along the way. Her daily retail fix include surprising her clients and friends with outfits or accessories that are totally out of their comfort zone, and they end up loving it! Those are the moments she lives for- the transformation and client satisfaction! Besides her retail career, Karen, her husband and three boys devote their time at their local church serving in the music ministry. Karen is forever grateful to her husband who mentored and taught her how to play the keyboard and bass guitar. In her spare time, Karen enjoys reading with her kids, writing and playing musical instruments with her husband and shopping for the latest trends in fashion. Karen is fortunate to be able to travel for work and her most memorable destination so far was France. She hopes to be back again. Not only to indulge in France’s fine cuisine, but to also explore the fashion luxuries it has to offer.
Sophadavy Hun, Makeup Artist
Sophadavy Hun is a freelance makeup artist based in Orange County. She has been in the industry for 18 years and received her artistry training from working for some of the top renowned artistry brands such as Stila and MAC. As a freelance makeup artist, she developed her professional skills in bridal, print, in studio, fashion, and airbrush makeup. She has a keen eye for color correction and make up techniques that complement various ethnicities. Click on the link below to preview some of her work from her gallery.
The twelve selected moms will be featured in each episode and were treated to an all-expense paid weekend trip to Newport Beach, CA. where the It Mom’s Dream Team awaits them. Daisy Teh considers this project one of the most important of her career. “To help someone regain their sense of self is truly incredible. I’m humbled to be able to provide the opportunity to do this for these women.”
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