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Candy Queen: Fantasy Assessment!

For my final college assessment, I had to create a fantasy look. It could be anything I wanted for the assessment. Some people in my class did mermaids, unicorns and fairy’s but I wanted to do something a little different. Something I haven’t seen anyone do before. So I decided to do something to do with candy. I took inspiration from lots of different magazine shoots and pictures on google.

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I bought a green and white fancy dress outfit online, bought purple tights and lots of sweets. I stuck over 80 packets of sweets to the dress and it took me hours to make it into a candy queen dress. I was so pleased with how it turned out. All the hard work and it looked brilliant. I also got decorative spiderwebs from Halloween and sprayed them pink to put in the hair to make it look like cotton candy.

We had as long as we wanted for the assessment, there wasn’t a time limit. It took me 3 hours to complete the full look, including hair, makeup, nails and outfit. I am so pleased with the overall look I created. My teacher said if she could give me more the 100% she would because she was so overwhelmed with how well I did. Obviously, I was over the moon with the comment. Couldn’t have been a better outcome for my last assessment for my level 2 course.

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Dermaplaning & My Thoughts!

I have been contemplating dermaplaning for a few months now, weighing up the pros and cons. I like the idea of getting rid of all the peach fuzz on my face because basically I have a lot of it. But I did have concerns it was going to grow back, and I would end up with a beard, that being the worst-case scenario. That was my biggest worry, my peach fuzz would come back darker, knowing my luck.

I contacted a few places to get some prices and did a little research to see the side effects, even the rare ones. The only real side effects I came across were slight redness after or a few spots a day or two after. Everyone I spoke to and research I did made it clear that the type of hair on the face doesn’t come back darker, it would literally grow back the same. The prices I was getting were from £20-£65 for it done once.

I did find someone in Swansea I wanted to go to have it done because I saw online they do it really often and the results were really good. I contacted the person via their professional Instagram and was advised to contact her private one, which I did. They replied and advised they didn’t have any availability for a month, so I asked when the next available date was. I didn’t get a reply for 2 weeks, so I messaged again and still took another 3 weeks to get a reply. That’s so frustrating considering your trying to support a smaller business. So, I messaged again saying don’t bother. I wasn’t nasty about it, but it did put me off having it done.

After around a month I decided to call around a few places and called a place local to me. They had a cancelation that day and it was half price from £60 to £30. I couldn’t really pass it up. So, I went for it.

The process didn’t hurt at all, my face went a little red during and after but that’s just my skin. It only took 15/20 minutes. The amount of hair that came off my face is crazy and so satisfying but I don’t think I would pay £60 for something that took 20 mins. I didn’t get a facial or anything after just some moisturiser. I don’t think ill be doing it again anytime soon, not really worth it. Its been 5 weeks since, I wanted to see how my facial hair grew back before I posted about it.

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My facial hair is exactly the same, no darker, maybe a little bit less hairy if I remember correctly. When they were doing the dermaplaning, they didn’t do my top lip because apparently the hair is different and grows back worse so I’m glad of that. I guess it is if you were willing to spend between £30-60 odd every other month. But for me wasn’t worth it.

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Hair Assessments throughout college!

I really wasn’t looking forward to this aspect of my course. I’ve never wanted to be a hair dresser, hair has never been my strong suit. To my surprise it was one of my favourite aspects of the course. Throughout the year we had to complete so many different assessments, from Shampooing and conditioning, client consultation, the art of dressing hair, Plating and twisting, up dos and theory alongside our practical lessons. I am pretty proud of how far I have come, before this course I was hopeless with hair. Now I can actually French plait, it’s not amazing but I can actually do it.

I thought I would share all my hair assessments I have done this year because well Im pretty dam proud of them.

Conditioning Treatment, Blow-dry and Straighten:

Dutch plait:

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Fishtail plait:

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French Plait:

Hair up with a rope plait:

Rope Plait into a Bow:

Wash, Blow-dry and Setting Rollers:

Wash and blow-dry using a diffuser:

Wash, blow-dry and heated rollers:

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Bridal Makeup Assessment!

As part of my college course I had to create a classic bridal look. I found this to be one of the hardest assessments because things had to be perfect and we didn’t have a lot of time to practice it. For the assessment I only had 45 minutes to complete the full makeup look with lashes. After we finished the assessment we could spend as much time as we needed doing our models hair and finish off the full look with a wedding dress to complete the look. I was really happy with my outcome. I got 95% which was a distinction.

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Half Body Paint!

As part of my college course I had to get a model and complete a half body paint. As a class we all put a theme in a hat and one was picked out, we ended up with Jungle. I really wanted under the sea because I love water and the sea basically, so I did that for my back piece instead. I knew I wanted to incorporate water in some way. We didn’t have an opportunity to practice doing this on an actual body, the only practice I had was on a face, back and on my own arm and leg at home. We had 4 hours to complete this assessment and I thought that would drag but I actually could have done with some more time to perfect it.

Along with the assessment I had to create a moodboard to portray the look we were creating, actual pictures of jungles, wildlife, waterfalls and whatever else I wanted to incorporate into my half body piece. I had to do a design sheet for the front, back, face and hands, to show what I’m going to create really. I also had to add embellishments to my look as part of the criteria. I didn’t know until now that nail art is part of my course, that is not a skill I possess. So, I had to either paint nails with actual paint or nail varnish. I managed to do it, but it was difficult.

When the assessment started we had to use fullers earth to cover the entire hair, 100% of it had to be covered to get a good grade. It looks like wet clay and is the consistency of toothpaste. Once its in the hair it dries and sets so it allows you to paint over it. Mine didn’t exactly dry and the parts that did just cracked as my model moved normally. First time I’ve ever used it and it was difficult. For next time ill know I need to put the hair in a tight single bun and less it definitely more with this product, the more you go over it you end up taking off more of the products than putting in onto the hair. But it was ok for a first attempt.

So after that I left it to dry and started doing the background colours, blue green and my sunset on the back, that’s where I needed to show off my blending skills because that was my downfall in my other paint assessments. I wanted to get the backgrounds done so it can dry to add detail, time was just going so fast as well. I could have easily done with another few hours. It didn’t quite go to plan, my colours weren’t going over other colours very well, but I improvised and I’m pretty happy with the outcome for my first attempt.

For my embellishments I added glitter to flowers all over the body and the waterfall. I also added feathers to the toucan I drew on the back, as well as gems all over the body to add a little something extra. My nails ended up going well with the outfit. To break it down, I got 90% for the body paint, 85% for the hair and 87.5% for the nails. Overall my I got 87.5% which is a Merit, would have needed to be 90% to be a distinction which is a little frustrating, but I can’t complain for a first attempt.

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Under The Sea, Back Paint Assessment!

Following on from my face paint assessment, the week after I had to do my back-paint assessment. For this I could choose anything I wanted, the only criteria were that there needed to be a blend of two colours, embellishments and the edges had to be straight and clean.

I really enjoyed this assessment because I had free creative rain to do whatever I wanted. I decided to do an under the sea theme because I love the ocean and all the different creatures that live there. Its just so beautiful. And I decided to make an octopus the main creature of the back piece.

I blended two different blues together which was really hard to make it work, so my feedback for this assessment was to improve my blend, my fine lines were a lot better on this assessment, so I am really happy with how It came out. For my embellishments I used actual shells and glitter.

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1970’s Makeup!

Over the last few months in college we have been covering different eras. We have covered the 18th century, 1920’s, 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s and 1970’s Punk. We got to practice all these different eras and then we could choose which one we wanted to do for our assessment.

Along side this we were doing era projects, for this project I did 1920’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. Therefore, I couldn’t do any of these for my assessment, which was a little bit annoying because I really enjoyed doing all of these eras. So, this left me with a choice of 18th century, 1970’s or 1970’s punk.

For our assessment we had 45 minutes to complete the look, and then do the hair to match the era and provide an outfit to give an overall look.

I didn’t enjoy doing the 18th Century makeup look, and I knew doing the hair would be really difficult for the assessment. 1970’s punk was a really difficult look to create and didn’t suit the model I had at all, so I ended up choosing the 1970’s general look.

The look for the 1970’s was based on Farrah Fawcett. This was a natural makeup look, glowing skin, more glamorous eyes but wearing sportswear. I did enjoy this assessment and I was really pleased with how my overall look turned out. I got 100% which is a distinction.

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