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PAM!

I was lucky enough to go to PAM: Precious About Makeup on a college trip. They are based in London. It is a Pro Makeup Store and they also teach and do demos. They were all about never stop learning and growing.

When we arrived, we went to Ealing Studios where PAM had rented a room for our demos throughout the day. They asked for volunteers for our First demo and no one else seemed to want to so I jumped at the opportunity. Kate Benton did this demo and was showing us how to create bruises for film and how to create the different kinds of bruises. I really enjoyed having this done on me and learn how I can create this. There were lots of tips and tricks throughout this demo and insight into the makeup industry.

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Our second demo was done by Shauna Harrison and she brought her son in to do the demo on. She turned him into a Viking. She shows us how to basically make someone look dirty without making it look fake, using different products and layering it. She also showed us how to lay on facial hair which looks very difficult. The look came together with litter accessories and a hair piece. It was really interesting, and I enjoyed watching the process of Shauna turn her son into a Viking.

The next demo was all about face and body paint by the amazingly talented Mona Turnbull. She created a skull and showed us different ways to create body paint. She made it look so easy creating this incredible look, it was so impressive. She did half the face by hand and the other using an Airbrush. It was really interesting seeing the difference, I hadn’t seen one used before. She was funny and engaging throughout the demo.

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Our final demo was by Victoria Lee, all about covering tattoos. She talked all about her past and the volunteering she has done throughout her career. She volunteered in a hospital to help people with physical body issues that she could help them learn to cover, such as birth marks on the face or scars, to make them feel more comfortable in their own skin. For the demo she showed us how to cover a tattoo and told some stories about her careers. One of which was she had to cover a full arm and leg tattoos for an underwater photo shoot and the challenges that she overcome.

From these demos I feel like there is so much that we still need to learn before we step into the makeup industry. They asked if we had any questions but there was so much information given to us throughout the day, we didn’t even know what to ask. So many different products that we need for our kits eventually.

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Just before we went home we went to the PAM store, so we could have a look around and purchase anything we wanted. They had some really amazing stuff but it was so expensive for the pro palette, which obviously I would love to have, maybe next time.

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Halloween Makeup!

This must be my favourite time of year, Halloween! You can have so much fun and create so many different looks and characters. So, I thought I would share 5 looks I’ve created throughout October and who gave me the inspiration.

  1. I saw this look all over Instagram last and this year and thought I would give it a go. Hi Pumpkin, inspired by @sophiehannah.

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  1. I captioned this the dripping rainbow. I got the inspiration for this look from @jodiehulme.

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  1. I created this look on a friend in college. This was my first attempt at a clown look, there is defiantly room for improvement, but I am happy with it.

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  1. In one of my classes we had to create a character, so I decided to put a Halloween spin on it and create the Elphaba the witch from Wicked.
  1. I created the ‘evil Artist’ on my friend and got the inspiration for this from @makeupbyphilippag.
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Hair Cut!

It’s been about 2 years since I had a haircut, I was attempting to grow it and didn’t get around to it having it trimmed. Once I started college I could have my hair cut for free because of the course I was doing, so I thought why not. I booked in for a cut and blow-dry.

I was a little nervous because it was booked in with level 2 hairdressing students and it being September they hadn’t had that long to practice. But they have a tutor watching them so what’s the worst that could happen.

The girl who cut my hair was lovely, really happy and chatty throughout. She hadn’t cut layers into someone’s hair before, so she was shown by the tutor how to and then she finished it off. After cutting each section the tutor would come over and check everything was fine with the cut, which it always was.

Once my hair was all done, there was two slightly longer bits of hair, but a quick snip and they sorted it out before I left. I was there for 3 hours but that’s ok because everyone takes a little longer when they are learning. Plus, I would rather it all done correctly. I will defiantly be having my hair cut at college again and by the same person, she was fab.

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Student Life!

At the age of 24 I decided to go back to college. I guess it took me a little longer to find my passion. I went to college when I was 16 to do health and social care which suited the job I had in care, but it wasn’t something I really enjoyed. So, I worked full time in a few different jobs before I decided to go back to college.

I’m studying theatrical and media makeup level 2 which also includes hair too. So far so good, I am really enjoying it. Some classes more than others but that’s with anything. There is a lot of different non-makeup related units to my course but that’s with any course, you have to do other bits are bobs to get the qualification.

I have one day that is basically a hair day, we have a practical lesson and a theory lesson. So far, we have learnt the correct way to shampoo and condition someone’s hair and now to do a deep conditioning treatment, we take turns each week in class to do each others hair. I’m enjoying this a lot more than I thought.

I have a tutorial lesson and a 4-hour long makeup lesson on the one day. What we do in this lesson depends on the topic we are doing. So far, we have done stage makeup for male and female and character makeup. It’s not the nicest of makeup looks but it’s good to know about it and how it should be done. Character makeup is a lot of fun and can create basically anything you want. I created the witch from Wicked.

On my last college day of the week I have a weaving lesson in the morning, were making a hair piece. This is a lot harder and more time consuming than I thought it was going to be. We have another 4-hour makeup lesson with a different teacher. So far, we have covered day makeup, Halloween makeup and evening makeup. I have really enjoyed doing different Halloween looks and we will be doing more throughout this month. I love being left to be creative and choose the look that I want to create, it’s so much fun.

It has been difficult going from full time work to being full time student again but I’m doing alright so far. I am enjoying the different trips we have been on and are planning to go on. I am the oldest person in my class which is strange because I don’t feel old at all. So far it’s all going well, fingers crossed the rest of the year goes as smoothly.

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M.A.C

Last week I went to M.A.C for a makeup demo with college. Plus, we got 35% off for that day and applied for a student card to get discount going forward. I wasn’t planning to buy anything but that didn’t last long.

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The makeup demo was really good. She asked us before we started if there was a look we wanted her to create or any areas that we want her to focus on, so we could gain as much knowledge from the demo as we could. The general look was high fashion and we got to pick different parts of the look and colours we wanted.

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The makeup artist doing the demo was so nice and we all learnt some really good tips for applying makeup to other people. We could ask all the questions we wanted to and what are the most versatile thing to have in our makeup kits. She did the one eye of the look and myself and two other people got to finish the other eye.

I wasn’t planning to buy anything, I was going to be good, but I couldn’t help myself. I bought two Kajal Crayons in white and black, they can be used for eyeshadow or liner, it is a fast-drying product so needs to be used carefully but they are so pigmented I couldn’t resist.

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They were nice enough to give us samples of lots of different things to try, a foundation, primers and glitters. It was a really fun day out and I really feel like I’ve learnt some great tips to use going forward.

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Working In A Call Centre.

Every job I have ever had has been customer service in some way, whether its face to face or over the phone. By far working in a call centre for me was the worst, so I thought I would share 5 of the worst things about working in a call centre.  Followed by 5 things I enjoyed about the job.

  1. Every minute counts

From the moment you start your shift you are logged into a computer, everything you do throughout the day is logged, from going to the bathroom and lunch. If you come back from lunch a minute late, you’ll know about it. If you have too much break time throughout the day it can then affect your targets.

  1. Targets

You have targets that you have to meet, and if you don’t meet them you have one to ones to find out how you can improve. Such targets as to the amount of time you are in available waiting for a call or the amount of plans you set up throughout the day and many more. Also, not meeting your targets can also lead to you not passing probation, I managed to pass mine.

  1. Customer’s

Don’t get me wrong it’s not everyone but some customers are so rude. I don’t think they understand there is another human being on the other end of the phone and they seem to think you work for them when in fact you are there to help. One rule was that you were never allowed to hang up on a customer no matter what, even if they were calling you everything under the sun you would have to try to resolve the issue or escalate the call to a manager.

Having to say sorry to customers who are ridiculous rude, even though you’re not sorry not even a little bit, you have to apologise for any inconvenience and basically suck it up. But I would always have a day where it was bad call after bad call and it puts you in a bad mood for the rest of the day. Some customers would be so petty that they wouldn’t want to speak to certain people if they had a certain accent which is ridiculous, but you would just have to transfer them to someone else.

  1. Talking

My job was to talk to people all day long, to the point that I would get sick of my own voice by the end of the day. I would say the same thing over and over again throughout the day that I couldn’t remember if it was the customer on the phone or the previous customer I have asked questions too. The worst was when you get a cold and lose your voice, because you can’t physically do you job if you can’t talk to people, so you either have to suck it up or go home sick.

  1. Other department

Customers think you can do everything, even if you’re not trained or have access, they are never happy about being transferred and sometimes other departments just don’t want to take the call. Even if you physically can’t do what the customer wants because that department is trained to do it, they try and fob you off because they don’t want to help you. It’s so frustrating and you would either have to hang up and call the department again or ask for a manager.

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Onto more of a positive note, its wasn’t all bad. So, I thought I would follow this with 5 things I loved about working in a call centre.

  1. Socialising

Within the department of about 80 people, everyone worked in teams of around 10 people. These are the people who started when you did, went through training together and worked the same shifts. The people I worked with were brilliant, there was so much banter and had a lot of fun. Everyone is doing the same job, annoyed about the same things and trying to meet the same targets. So, they understand how stressful things can be, no one understands how difficult a job is like the people you work with. Plus, I got to meet so many people from different places I wouldn’t have met before.

  1. Customers

There was a lot of nasty customers but there was also a lot of nice ones. It was really rewarding to help someone when they are so grateful for everything you are doing and all the support you can offer them. You would get that od customer who asks for a manager to sing your praises and that’s so nice because it does go a long way for you.

  1. My Manager

I think I was quite lucky, my manager was brilliant. You know they always had your back with anything and you could trust them. I always had a funny relationship with my manager and we would just take the mick out of each other all day. Whereas you would see how unsupportive and strict other managers were. I had the same manager for almost the entire time I worked there and I’m glad. My team was the highest preforming in my department and I think my manager was a big part of it. He made as much of the job fun as he could, as well as pushing us to do the job to the best of our abilities.

  1. The Department

On my department there was so much going on all the time, there would be activities for people who have hit or exceeded their targets. Different games, darts, card games or hang man. There would be different days to dress up and buffets for different occasions. There was always food, someone’s birthday or an occasion of some kind, Cakes, Chocolate and Crisps. Despite being there for work, they did try and make it as fun and positive as they could.

  1. Money & Progress

The job was well paid which makes you want to stay there more, it’s the best paid job I’ve had in customer service. This was one of the good points of the job but sometimes money isn’t everything and I would rather have a lower paid job and be less stressed. There was a lot of opportunity to progress within the company and apply to different departments to increase your skills.

That was the 5 worst and best aspects of working in a call centre in my opinion.

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Netflix: Series I’ve watched and my thoughts!

  1. Riverdale

Riverdale is a teen drama based on characters from Archie Comics. I found this show really gripping from the pilot and I love the story lines. The characters have so many layers to them and are really likeable. Riverdale is on series 2 and series 3 is coming out at the end of the year. I found this show addictive and binge watched the first season, it’s so good. In my opinion this show is 10/10.

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  1. 13 reasons why

13 reasons why is based on teenagers in America and all the hard times a lot of people go through. It starts with a young girl called Hannah Baker who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 tapes of why she felt suicide was her only option. This is the only show that I’ve seen that doesn’t brush over topics, such as suicide and rape. It is raw, and you can feel the emotion that each of the characters go through. It is such an interesting show and in my opinion this show is a 10/10.

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  1. Queen of the South

Queen of the South is all about drug lords, money changing and murder in Mexico and Dallas. There are subtitles at some points through the show but that didn’t bother me. The story line is so interesting and full of drama. I wouldn’t say this was an amazing show, but It was ok. In my opinion the show is a 7/10.

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  1. Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black is based in a woman’s correction facility. The main character is piper who was caught for a crime she committed and then adjusts to life behind bars. There is so much drama and a crazy story line, I really enjoyed this show. They are now on 6 seasons and still going strong. In my opinion the show is a 9/10.

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  1. Disenchantment

Disenchantment is about a princess, who liked to drink a lot, and lives in castle in a kingdom called Dreamland. She has two sidekicks, one is an elf and the other a little demon that looks like a cat. I would compare this show to Futurama, it’s not your typical fairy tale. The humour is more subtle than other shows like Futurama and the Simpsons, but I did find it funny at parts. In my opinion the show is an 8/10.

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  1. Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet is about a woman who turns into a zombie on the inside, as the show progresses you find out how it happened. She continues to try and live her life with her family as normal, well as normal as she can. I found this show really funny and really gripping. I binge watched this one. There are 2 seasons and the 3rd coming out next year. In my opinion the show is a 10/10.

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  1. Girl Boss

Girl Boss is about a young girl who is struggling to support herself and starts selling things online. Slowly she starts to make a business for herself. What I love about this show is the main character is so relatable, she didn’t know what she was doing in life and was just getting by and finds something she is good and passionate about, and well it works for her. In my opinion the show is a 10/10, I hope they bring out another season.

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  1. Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin in all about a young Latina woman who is a virgin and get artificially inseminated by accident. There is so much cheesy drama and I love it. There is just something about this show that is so gripping. There are 4 seasons at the moment and I hope they bring out more. In my opinion this show is a 9/10.

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9. The Staircase

The Staircase is about the suspicious death of a woman, her husband is the main suspect. It’s like a documentary where he speaks about his version of events while lawyers and expert’s witnesses prepare for the trail. I found this series so frustrating, I don’t feel like there was a conclusion to the series. I wanted to know what actually happened, was it an accident or murder, I still don’t know!! I enjoyed the documentary and all the evidence brought to life. In my opinion this show is a 5/10.

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