News / USA

Military Wives Get Free Makeovers for Valentines Day

Military Wives Get Free Makeovers for Valentine's Dayi
X
February 13, 2013 12:43 PM
Many women look forward to Valentine's Day as a time to share a romantic evening with their loved one. But for wives with husbands in the military, Valentine's Day may be difficult, especially if their husbands are deployed overseas. One beauty school is trying to brighten things for military wives with a full day of pampering. Elizabeth Lee has this report from San Diego.

Military Wives Get Free Makeovers for Valentine's Day

Elizabeth Lee
— Many women look forward to Valentine's Day as a time when they can share a romantic day with their loved one. But for wives with husbands in the military, Valentine's Day may be difficult, especially if their husbands are deployed overseas. One beauty school is trying to brighten the day for military wives with a day of pampering.

Monique Collier chats and smiles as she artistically puts makeup on one woman with a face sprinkled with freckles.

"I've always had a passion for fashion, hair, makeup, helping people just feel good about themselves," she said.

That's why Collier signed up for beauty school after retiring from the Navy - with eight months in Afghanistan under her belt.  She'll be graduating from Bellus Academy in San Diego in two months.  On the week of Valentine's Day she's connecting with her clients at a much deeper level.  Bellus Academy is offering free Valentine's Day makeovers for wives with husbands in the military.

"It makes the wives feel good about themselves. It makes it so that way when their husbands can't really be there, they can feel confident about themselves," said Collier.

Lily Madrigal, whose husband is a Marine deployed to Afghanistan, says, "He's been gone for a month and 10 days. We have three little ones, so they are always constantly asking where is Daddy? We miss him."

Madrigal says her husband may not be home to see her makeover in person, but her children will sure appreciate it.

"They realize when you do your hair and makeup... 'Oh, Mommy, you look beautiful today.' They like it too," she said.

Military wives whose husbands are home also get free makeovers. Melissa Langdale says some quiet time away from her active 5-year-old son is much appreciated.

"You do lose time for yourself because you put the kids and the husband first a lot," she said.

The complimentary Valentine's Day makeovers started three years ago by Bellus Academy owner Lynelle Lynch.  Since then, she has extended the free service for the Veteran's Day and Memorial Day holidays.

"We realized there were so many husbands who were deployed overseas from San Diego," said Lynch.

Lily Madrigal says life without her husband right now is tough.

"Definitely tough.  My little kids, I have them and they have me. I'll take them out and have a good time. It's fine," she said.

Madrigal says she'll send her husband a photo of her makeover with a picture of their children and a card for this Valentine's Day.

You May Like

EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites'

Ruling is first time a court has acknowledged suspects were held and tortured at the sites, under US program launched following the 9/11 terrorist attacks More

Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action

Groups placing water, food in the desert, or aiding detainees after release, have one common goal: no more deaths of migrants crossing illegally into the US More

Video At AIDS Conference, Prevention Pill Stirs Excitement

Truveda shows promise, spurring debate over access and other approaches More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnelsi
X
July 24, 2014 4:42 AM
The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnels

The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video MH17's 'Black Boxes' Could Reveal Crash Details

The government of Malaysia now has custody of the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was hit by a missile over Ukraine before crashing last week. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports, the so-called black boxes may hold information about the final minutes of the flight.
Video

Video Living in the Shadows Panel Discussion

Following a screening of the new VOA documentary, "AIDS - Living in the Shadows," at the World AIDS conference in Melbourne, a panel discussed the film and how to combat the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.

AppleAndroid