Beauty, Lifestyle

Glossy Box Review!

I decided to give glossy box a go for a few months. I wanted to see if it was worth the hype and worth the money. I was going to give it a go for about 6 months, but I decided to cancel my subscription today, just after 3 months.

The February box was a valentine’s kind of addition and I was a bit underwhelmed really. It had two samples of Alien perfume, one for woman and one for men; a highlighter brush; toothpaste; nail varnish, face mask and a Huda Beauty lip liner.

I saw this box as a bit pointless for myself. I don’t wear nail varnish, I go and get my nails done in a shop; I have a lot of highlighter brushes and haven’t used it yet and the sample perfume went in a flash. On a more positive side the face mask was lovely, as well as the toothpaste but my favourite things from this box is the Huda Beauty Lip liner, just a shame that it didn’t come with a matching lipstick really.  Considering I paid £9.95, I had a discount on my first one, and the Huda Lip Liner on its own is £16.00, I guess it was worth it to a certain extent. Out of all the different brands from the products in this box, I have only heard off the perfume brand and Huda beauty. I haven’t heard of any of the other brands that were used.

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The March Box was the empowerment edition and again I expected more from it. Maybe my expectations were too high for a box with surprise goodies in each month, but I did think there would be more makeup that I would actually use. This box included a gym proof setting spray; the body shop body butter; a cream highlighter; lip balm and a lip crème. The only brand in the March box I know is the body shop. I haven’t heard of Laritzy Cosmetics, Bellapierre Cosmetics, Bybi and Essence setting spray. Don’t get me wrong I could put a few of these bits into my makeup kit but Its been another month and I’ve only used the body butter. I think I paid around £13.00 for this one as well as post and packaging.

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The April box looked so pretty, the box was covered in flowers, the theme of this box was fruity or floral, I got the floral one. Out of all 3 boxes I’ve had I was the most disappointed in this one. I received a body spray, makeup remover, a sleep mask, shower gel, lip balm and hand sanitiser. I actually knew three out of the five brands and extra treat in this box. But personally, for me it wasn’t worth it, I can’t use the body wash because I have sensitive skin. The rest ill use but it doesn’t excite me. I wish there was just one thing in this box that I was crazy excited about, but it just didn’t do it for me. I paid around £13.00 again for this box of stuff I’ll probably end up giving to my Mum or Nan. I honestly feel like I enjoyed the packaging of this product more than what was inside the box.

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Don’t get me wrong there was products that I liked, and I will use it all eventually or give some away to family. I think I had quite high expectations for products I was going to love but there hasn’t been anything that I had to try or had to use straight away. That’s why I stopped the subscription. I feel like I’ve wasted just over £30. The packaging is lovely, really well done. Especially the different themes, I’ve kept all the boxes for storage.

I wish there was more brands I knew in the boxes, but I guess on a positive note ill get to try different things from different brands. Overall, I wish there was more makeup products because that’s what I like but just seams a bit random really, a mix of everything. So in my opinion I wouldn’t bother getting a subscription unless you like all the products I’ve mentioned above. Plus, next time I sign up to a subscription ill look at all the previous boxes to ensure it is what I want, to avoid disappointment later. Hope this helps anyone looking into this or anyone who is on the same page as me.

Beauty, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

1950’s Project and Makeup.

I finally handed in the second part of my era project, all about the 1950’s. The same as my 1920’s project it had to be 4 A3 pages with lots of different information. All about information from the era; music, a politician, makeup influences, artist, fashion and hair. The project had to have a fully covered background, as well as glitter, gems and had to have textures/ fabrics.

As well as the project I had to complete a makeup look from the 1950’s, I based this on Marilyn Monroe because she was so iconic.

This is my 1950’s project and I got 100% which is a distinction Grade, I’m really pleased with this. Especially because of the time and effort put into this project.

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I only have one more era project to do now which is the 1960’s and due in a few weeks.

Beauty, Lifestyle

Face Paint Assessment!

As part of my college course we had to do an assessment for face, back and body paint. The way our assessment fell we only ended up having two practices before our assessments which ended up being one after the other. It was a bit daunting considering myself and majority of my class had never done it before.

For my face paint assessment, I had to choose an insect and an animal, so there was two assessments. I had 2 hours to complete both looks.

I had a merit for both my insect and animal face paint, my feedback was that I needed more of a blend of colours but that was for the criteria of our assessment and my fine lines need to be finer. I’m happy with how both turned out, I feel that with slightly more time I could have made it a lot neater. Practice makes perfect.

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Beauty, Lifestyle, Travel

New York Goodies!

I don’t think it’s possible to go to New York and not go shopping, it’s defiantly a must. Its safe to say I spoilt myself. I wanted to share some of the goodies I got on my travels, so enjoy.

MILK MAKEUP: Kush Mascara

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IT COSMETICS: CC+ foundation (Fair)

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MAYBELLINE: Fit Me loose powder (Fair)

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FENTY BEAUTY: Pro Filter Concealer (Shade 170)

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FENTY BEAUTY: Pro Filter Foundation (Shade 150)

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TATCHA: The Silk Canvas

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IT COSMETICS: Bye Bye Undereye Cream

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FRESH: Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

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URBAN OUTFITTER: Fila Hoodie

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URBAN OUTFITTER: Blondie T-shirt

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SEPHORA: Chap Sticks

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VICTORIA SECRET: 3 X Bras and 5 x Undies

NIKE: Black T-shirt

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SEPHORA: Face, Eye and Lip Masks

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Beauty, Lifestyle

Hair Assessment’s!

As part of my theatrical and media makeup course I have been doing hair as well. I don’t have to cut or colour hair, not training to be a hairdresser at all. I have been doing temporary colour, different styles and up dos, client consultations and washing hair. I have been really enjoying it and have learnt a lot. We do theory as well as practical, so we learn all about hair and what to do to keep your hair healthy. I’ve learnt the proper technique for washing and styling hair and what I’m most proud of is I learnt to French plait. These are some of the assessments I’ve completed so far.

Conditioning Treatment, Blow-dry and Straighten:

Setting Rollers:

Wash and Diffuse:

Heated Rollers:

French Plaits:

Beauty, Lifestyle

Character Makeup Assessment

For my character makeup assessments in college I had to create a character, had to be a man because we had to apply fake beard, nose and eyebrows. We had a demonstration of what we needed to do, and it defiantly looked easier than it was to do.

I wasn’t sure what kind of look I wanted to go for. You had to do a full beard at some point to show you could do it, I didn’t want to have to do a full beard for my assessment, so I did one for a practice.

We had to prepare the hair ourselves, it came plaited. We had to wet it and blow-dry it to take it out of that shape it was given to us in. Then we had to pull it apart ready to apply. This was a long process and took me about 45 minutes to do at home. We had to mix two colours together. I chose brown, grey and a little bit of black to make it realistic because my model had dark hair so it worked well.

For my assessment I decided to do a builder. We had an hour and a half to complete the full look and take pictures. We also had to do a mood board for the assessment.

The assessment went better than I thought it would, every time I have practised I’ve taken ages to do it, but I went quite fast on the actual assessment. You apply pros aide (face glue) to the area you want and dry it with the hairdryer. The pros aide needs to be dry to become sticky.

I started with the eyebrows because that was the part I was dreading the most. Its hard to cover someones eyebrows with hair and make it neat so I thought I would get this out the way first. Then I went onto the beard, it makes it easier if you cut a bit of hair, so the edge is straight and kind of poke it into the skin, so it looks like its actual hair. And keep repeating this to the shape you want. Then I cut the eyebrows and beard hair to the shade I wanted.

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Once I was happy with the beard and eyebrows I applied the fake nose. Once again, I added pros aide to the area I needed and let it dry. Once applied I used makeup to try and disguise the line of the fake nose and blend into the skin tone. This didn’t take long, I still have 15 minutes left of my assessment time, so I just perfected the entire look and got my model into his costume. I think it made it a little easier for me working on a male because they have facial hair. I got 95% in my assessment which is a distinction, really pleased with this.

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Beauty, Lifestyle

YouTube Accounts I’m Loving!

Stephanie Toms

I came across Steph’s channel towards the end of last year and I just fell in love with her personality. She is so funny and uploads ‘all the dam time’. I really do enjoy her videos. Her videos mainly consist of makeup reviews, clothing hauls and recently she has started doing vlogs, if any of this interests you I would defiantly check her out.

https://www.youtube.com/user/cocochictv

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Doctor Mike

I really enjoy Doctors Mikes channel, I always feel like I learn something from his videos. He is an actual real life doctor so is full of knowledge. His videos are really varied, some are informative, his reaction to different medical dramas and responding to the comments. He really mixes it up when it comes to his content.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0QHWhjbe5fGJEPz3sVb6nw

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Joel & Lia

I don’t actually know how I came across there channel but I am really glad I did. There channel is mainly about being British and the differences between Britain and other cities. It’s a very chatty channel which I like and I find their content really interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/user/joelandlia

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Samantha Ravndahl

The first video of Samantha I watched was ‘The problem with the beauty community’ and I got hooked. I just love her personality and just how honest she comes across. Her channel is based around makeup because she is a makeup artist. I feel like I learn so much from her content, about different ways to do looks and how to do makeup on different faces. Recently she uploaded a video about what makeup she feels is a must for your kit as a working makeup artist and I love it, I found it so interesting and gave me an idea of what I will need once I’m qualified. I would really give her channel a watch if you get a chance.

https://www.youtube.com/user/BatALashBeauty

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Glam & Gore

I’ve been watching this channel for such a long time and I love the content Mykie puts out. She combines glamour makeup and SFX makeup together basically in lots of different ways. She does a lot of interestingly odd videos too, such as tinder picks my makeup, haunted Halloween series and I turned into ….. You really never know what you’re going to get and I really enjoy it.

https://www.youtube.com/user/GlamAndGoreMakeup

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