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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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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.

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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.