Thursday, 19 July 2012

MAC Heavenly Creatures

I absolutely love this new collection from MAC! Obviously I might be a little biased as an employee but I genuinely enjoy using all of the products in this collection and am really impressed with the look and feel of them. On my training update I got given some goodies to try at home and wear on counter and I adore them! I received a mineralize skinfinish in Center of the Universe, a coral, gold powder which is perfect for highlighting cheekbones or adding a pop of shimmer colour to the cheeks and high points of the face, a mineralise eyeshadow in Earthly, a silver grey tone shadow which provides a soft sweep of cool grey onto the lid and can be combined with lots of other colours and Cut a Caper lipstick which I have been lusting after since its original release in the Tartan Tale collection years ago. A soft coral tone, this is the perfect colour for someone who wants to try brights this Summer but wants a subtle lustre finish rather than a pigmented neon look. 

I will definitely be getting more of the collection, I've particularly got my eye on the creme sheen lip glosses and the mineralize skin finish in light year. The products look beautiful so make perfect gifts and the colours are pigmented but soft so anyone who wants to try something different would love the subtlety of the shades. 

Have you tried any of this collection and what do you think of it?


Wednesday, 4 July 2012

London Muse - Bridal make up & hair and Hairstyling course

I have been absent from blogging for a while due to a combination of work and training and various other personal issues. Aside from the fact that I am now single (scary times) I have also been learning lots of new skills which is very exciting for my career :)

I began my make up journey at London Muse make up school where I completed an intensive make up course. I have since worked as a freelance make up artist and most recently as a retail artist at MAC part time which I am loving every minute of! I decided to go back to Muse to build on my make up skills and in particular look at the bridal world of make up and hairstyling so that I can offer both hair and make up as my services. I have always been extremely interested in hairstyling and this course looks at the basics from blow drying and using GHD's to up styles and vintage hair. The bridal course consisted of 4 days of make up and 2 of hair, then the second week was purely hairstyling. I loved every minute of this 2 week course and as always felt great being part of the Muse family. This is truly a make up school that cares about each and every one of its students and the aftercare is second to none.

Here are some photos from my 2 weeks there!

My updo using wraps and braids

I created a coral bridal look on Kate

I used a conical wand to give Gina curls!

My fringe braid festival style

Tutor Yannick created a beautiful bridal look on Josie

My bridal look on Bernadetta

Tutor and founder of Muse Nicci Jackson using Airbase airbrush system on Gina with flawless results!

I created GHD curls and a simple romantic up style 

We used Paul Mitchell products and got some freebies to start our hair kits!

I used lilac's for a fashion led bridal look on Gina

Deconstructed updo

My first cornrows!  

Deconstructed beehive for fashion

 Wrapping hair to create a sleek updo

I created a quiff retro up style

My romantic vintage style with criss cross design 

My favourite style of the week! French braid with fishtail plait 

My first simple updo using a bun ring

Nicci's fashion mohawk with colour!

I had an incredible two weeks at the school and learnt so many new skills and have learned to be as creative with hair as I am with make up and am looking forward to combining the two skills and using them on future work I do. I have had a lot of questions about this course so here is the school website where you can find information on all future courses :)