Wednesday, 10 December 2014

My MUA Training | Louise Constad

Happy December everyone! I can't believe how fast this year has come round and just how much it has changed for me. I am now a qualified Makeup Artist and although this is only the beginning, I'm so pleased I took a risk for a completely new venture and it's paying off.

I'm sure I will miss things off so may add to this post as and when I remember different points.

Day 1 - Base

So day 1 was completely about the base, foundation. We learnt how to colour match our clients and the correct way of applying foundation. I was most worried about colour matching but using our kit foundation which was Mac Face and Body, it was very easy. We were also told the importance of keeping up with fashion and makeup trends, I then subscribed to a yearly Vogue subscription!

Day 2 - Eyes

The entire day was based around eyes, with a few chats in between about the importance of marketing, building your clients along with your website and business cards. I found this very useful and absorbed everything she said instantly. We then got round to practising eyes, this part I found the most stressful. Louise makes it look so easy to do any winged eyeliner and a smokey eye look. I found it very useful and spent that evening practising for the following few days ahead. The poor models had their eyes wiped and re-applied, thank goodness for makeup remover.

Day 3 - Lips & Contouring

I thought this was going to be the easiest day, boy was I wrong! Having done both on myself daily, it's so much difficult to apply this on other people and learn where the best place to apply bronzer is on the client. Lipstick is by far my favourite makeup so I loved putting this into practice with the perfect red lips. We learnt more about our CV and invoicing as well as where to get our latest fashion news.

Makeup by Paula

Day 4 - Nails

On day 4 we put everything that we'd learnt the previous days into practice and had to do it all under 30 minutes which was difficult! We were then introduced to Louise's agent, Mandy Coakley Represents, who told us about what they do and how they help MUA's with their career as well as hair stylists, stylists etc. In the afternoon we then had some words of wisdom from Lauren from http://www.thebeautyhabit.co.uk/, who was lovely to catch up with again, and she told us a lot of good tips to get us started.

Day 5 - Photoshoot Day

This was the scariest day. The night before I spent getting prepped and organising my kit so that I could be productive the next day. The models were from M&P who were all stunning and so professional, which made our job a lot easier! Hair was done by the fabulous Lisa Laudat and fellow student Kieron Lavine. Photographer was Vincenzo Aiello.
The day flew so fast and I found that I wasn't as nervous on the day as I thought! The entire course was an amazing experience and one I won't forget in a hurry! It was a very intense week but I loved it.


I 100% recommend Louise's course and if you are also thinking about doing one, her website link is here. The week long course currently costs £1250 and well worth it. This includes the kit that you need to start your first job, plus all the years knowledge and experience that Louise can give you.

If you have any questions about the course then please feel free to send me a message and I'll be happy to answer them. For more pictures please see Louise's blog too here.

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Top 5 Favourites

Hurrah, my website is now launched for my freelance Makeup Artist work, which was done by my boyfriend over at http://www.oliver-ashley.co.uk. I am 100% happy with it and will be adding to it as and when I get more images. If you or anybody you know requires a Makeup Artist, then please feel free to contact me http://www.makeup-by-paula.co.uk.


Lately I've been obsessed with brows a little bit, I'm on the hunt for the perfect brow product but recently I found some pretty good ones!

The Brow Drama by Maybelline is a dupe for the Benefit Gimme Brow (but not as good may I add), you simply swipe the small, rounded brush and comb it through. Although the colour is a pretty good match for me, Medium Brown, the consistency means it doesn't quite stay all day like the Benefit Gimme Brow does. It's a good dupe for a fraction of the price and I much prefer the brush of the Maybelline Brow Drama. For a mere £4.99, I'll happily re-purchase.

Another winner from Maybelline is the Master Shape Brow Pencil. Not just a regular brow pencil, again it's matched to my colour in Soft Brown. The spooley on the end is really good too and it's a great size, I've used so much in a couple of weeks so I could see this being a regular monthly occurrence! This is £2.99 (currently £2) and available on Asos so it's too easy to buy!

Next up is a recently mentioned favourite, Nars Laguna Bronzer. One I put off buying for so long, until my birthday came and of course decided to treat myself. A gorgeous colour to make me look more alive and sun kissed, it's going to be one I use for a long time!

I used Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation and Concealer for so long but since I'm so fickle, I moved on to something else for no reason other than to test out new foundations. I completely forgot about it until recently when I rediscovered my love for it. Here is my old blog post featuring it from 2012. Both products are amazing and I still wish the concealer was able to be purchased separately. It makes me look so healthy and flawless, I love it.

Last but not least is the Body Shop Vanilla Brulee Eau de Toilette. If you're a long time reader then you will already know my huge love for The Body Shop. I have bought pretty much all of their range and continue to find new things that I like. When my friend Sara told me about their new Christmas range when it launched in Denmark, I knew I'd love it instantly. After a quick sniff in one of their stores I bought it to add to my ever growing collection..The below picture evidently shows my love. If you want to purchase it before Christmas is over, you can do here.


Let me know what you think about my picks, what are your current favourite beauty products?

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Vanilla Ice Cream Fragrance

Vanilla Ice Cream* - The Library of Fragrance - £15 Boots or 2 for £25 here.
Hey everyone, long time no post! If you follow me on Twitter/Instagram then you may already know that I have been in London for the past week or so doing a makeup course to become a makeup artist, I have now completed this and am officially a freelance makeup artist, yippee!

I trained at Louise Constad's Beauty Queens Workshops for an intensive 5 day course, since I don't live too close to London I very kindly stayed with a relative. I will do a whole post about it soon as it was the most amazing experience, and one I will never regret doing!

Today I wanted to share with you about my favourite new fragrance brand. I love fragrance and anybody that knows me well knows that I am a bit of a hoarder of perfume. I was recently sent the Vanilla Ice Cream perfume from The Library of Fragrance and I had already had a sniff in Boots so knew how amazing it was, but boy does it smell gorgeous. There are currently 28 scents available in Boots and they are on offer for 2 for £25, so they'd be a great Christmas present idea!

If you like caramel, cocoa and vanilla sort of scents, this one is for you. The idea of The Library of Fragrance is that all of the scents are single notes, ideal to combine scents to create your own personal fragrance. There is a huge variety of fragrance and I urge you all to check out their website here as there is truly one for everyone. From grass to snow, they're such unique scents that I've not seen done before.

I believe that Demeter Fragrance is sold around Europe so check them out and let me know which unusual scent is your favourite?

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Friday, 31 October 2014

Kittens!



 


If you don't follow me on Twitter/Instagram then you may not know my recent exciting news. We got kittens! They are the cutest little things and they've took up so much of our time training and making sure that they're happy. We are totally in love and we've both wanted kittens forever but unfortunately my Dad was allergic and my parents definitely wouldn't have said yes anyway!

Now that we have our own space, we decided to get 2 as they are indoor cats and didn't want them to be bored or feel lonely. They are very playful and already have changed so much over the past week since we got them.

Their names are Thor (the smooth one) and Leo (the fluffy one). Although we had a slight shock when we took them to the vets to be checked over and found out that instead of being 2 little boys, Thor is actually a girl..The name kind of just stuck but sometimes we call her Thora. It's so difficult to change their names once we'd already got used to it!

Our routine has been completely thrown off and every spare second has been devoted to them, but don't worry I will be back soon with more updates.

It's only 2 weeks away until my Louise Constad Make Up Artist course and I'm so excited, but nervous to be away from home in an area I don't know!

I hope you're all well and enjoying Halloween. I can't believe it's November tomorrow! Christmas will soon be here...

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Current Beauty Favourites

I can't believe we're officially in Autumn. Summer is more than over and we can now start looking forward to boots, cold clothing and weather. Not to mention Christmas! I've been loving changing up my usual beauty products for Autumn/Winter shades and scents and these are my current favourites.

Daisy Dream was a recent addition to my perfume collection that I got for my birthday and I love it! It's such a fresh, fruity and sweet smell, which isn't particularly Wintery but I love it all the same. It doesn't last very long on me which is disappointing as Marc Jacobs Daisy lasted a good 8-10 hours on me.

Nuxe Reve de Miel doesn't need much introduction as I declared my love for the lip balm in my previous post but it doesn't get enough love as it should!


Maybelline Color Elixir is yet another new addition that I've been loving over the last few weeks. Long term readers will know I don't like lip glosses, especially thin consistency and tacky ones but this is just right. The shade I have is 110 Hibiscus Haven. It's a very pretty blue based pink which lasts around 3-4 hours and leaves a hint of a stain behind. The formula is way better than I expected and it was on 2 for £10 at Boots!



Last but not least is the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain. I really wanted to try this for a while but is another product that I dismissed due to the hype. I'd never really thought of trying it until girls at work urged me to, and it doesn't take much for me to succumb..

The shade featured is Barcelona Nights but I also have Rio Rush. Both colours are very pretty with Barcelona Nights being very Autumnal due to the dark shade, on fairer skin tones such as mine, it looks even darker. I also want to try India Intrigue which is very similar to Barcelona Nights but darker and more of a berry shade.

In terms of wear time it lasts around 3-4 hours, depending on how much I eat or drink in this time, but it isn't long lasting on me. There isn't much of a shade left behind with the 2 shades I own but I can imagine there is with the darker shades. Overall I find the formula quite moisturising and more of a lip gloss texture with a lipstick and lip gloss hybrid finish. I probably wouldn't re-purchase as there's better products out there but great shades overall.

What are your current favourites? What do you think I should try next?

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Nuxe Reve de Miel 20th Anniversary

Nuxe Reve de Miel
Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm - 20th Anniversary Edition - Currently £6.33 @ Lookfantastic Red / Yellow
It isn't often that I re-purchase products over and over again but this product is one of them. As I suffer from dry, chapped lips year round, it's important to me to keep them moisturised at all times.

Nuxe Reve de Miel was a product I first tried over 2 years ago now and it was love at first try. Since then it's lasted me all that time - of daily use too! When I recently looked to finally re-purchase, I noticed that it's actually their 20th Anniversary and to celebrate they have a few special coloured lids and packaging. Of course, I went for the red option (closest to my favourite colour pink) but there is also yellow and green available.

If you haven't tried Reve de Miel before, the lip balm is a very thick consistency, which I usually wear overnight as it's a bit too thick for daytime use underneath lip products. I'm not a huge fan of the honey and lemon scent but it soon fades when applied. I will be sure to continue to re-purchase this, along with Burts Bees Beeswax lip balm, this is my Holy Grail lip balm.

They are all selling out real fast at their current promotional price of £6.33 with free worldwide delivery from Lookfantastic. It'd be silly to miss out so I suggest you all buy one now while they're still in stock!

What's your favourite lip balm? Do you have any tips for dry, chapped lips?

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