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Weekend Away!

For a little weekend away, I went to Saundersfoot. I went with my Boyfriend, mother and step dad. We were quite lucky, and the weather was lovely on the Friday when we travelled down, even nicer on the Saturday but rained all day on the Sunday. That’s wales for you though, the weather isn’t the best 95% of the time.  I thought I would share some pictures of the hidden gems we found, the beautiful views and what we got up to on our weekend away.

Skrinkle Bay:

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Wisemans bridge:

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Tenby Coast & Beach:

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First Year of my Makeup Course Complete.

Safe to say it was a stressful year, but It was all worth it. Looking back at it now it feels like the time has flown by but didn’t feel like it at the actual time. I think I loved and hated the course at the same time for so many reasons.

I loved the fact the course was about makeup, I got to create so many different looks that I wouldn’t have even known how to create before hand and got a lot more insight into theatrical makeup. I didn’t like the fact I had to do maths and English along side the course and silly booklets about making a CV and things like that, they were just pointless and didn’t help me in the slightest. But I guess they may have benefited the younger people in my class.

I don’t feel like I learnt a lot of skills I thought I was going to learn. Things like how to apply mascara, how to colour match someone’s skin or how to do a cut crease. Things that I feel are important and harder skills to learn without being shown. I do feel like I learnt quite a lot from the other girls in my class more so than from the teacher with glam makeup. I’m hoping this will change in the next year with different teachers. I would like to have more confidence creating popular looks for nights out.

My favourite topic we did has to be fantasy because we could do anything we wanted. We had free rain to be as creative as we could be and create a unique look. I loved that we didn’t have to copy a specific look or copy anything, it was completely our own to run away with. I did also enjoy face and body paint, it wasn’t something I have ever done before and was quite exciting. We created two face paints, a back paint and a half body paint. I did really enjoy it.

My least favourite topic must be bridal makeup because I don’t feel like it was any different from my day makeup look. Plus, for this one we had to complete the look in 45 minutes, I just didn’t feel I could do it justice by rushing it. I got 100% for this assessment but I wasn’t happy with it and wouldn’t be happy for a client to leave with that makeup. We were told to buy individual eyelashes for this because we were going to be shown how to apply them. But we weren’t shown how to use them and didn’t get shown, seamed to be a waste of money.

I feel like to make the course better there should be workshops to show you how to do certain makeup now, so we can make money freelancing while we are doing the course because well the course isn’t cheap. Workshops showing you things like how to colour match skin properly, how to apply individual lashes/ cluster lashes, techniques for brows, how to apply mascara well, undertones of deeper/ pale skin tones and how to apply makeup or what not to apply for mature skin. I think a lot of these are important. Another very important point is there wasn’t anyone in my class with a deeper skin tone, so I wouldn’t know what best compliments the skin and how to make it look flawless, I’m so used to doing my own makeup and I’m very pale. I just think these would be helpful.

Overall, I did enjoy the course and the friends I made. It was so nice to be doing makeup everyday with other people who loved it just as much as I do. My theatrical makeup teacher was great and so organised which I like. Plus, we got to go on trips and watch demos from different makeup artist which I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do if I didn’t do the course. My overall grade was 9 Distinctions and 3 Merit. I was really pleased with this and happy my hard work has paid off.

Here’s to the next chapter of my makeup career, level 3.

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Mood boards over the last 8 months!

Now my first year of college has come to an end I wanted to share all the mood boards I have created because of the hard work and the time I took to create them. I am really proud of them. For each practical assessment we had to create a mood board to express our ideas. On each mood board I had to add a design sheet, some written information such as a step by step, practice pictures and inspiration pictures, it also had to be 3D.

The first mood board I created was Basic Stage, I made curtains so it looked like a stage and stuck an actual dolls dress onto it:

Day Makeup:

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Ageing for stage Makeup:

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Evening Makeup:

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Character Makeup:

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1970’s Era Makeup:

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Animal & Insect Face Paint:

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Under the Sea Back paint:

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Jungle Half Body Paint:

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Bridal Makeup:

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SFX:

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SFX Practice:

Fantasy Makeup:

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Wig making:

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level 2 Theatrical and Media Makeup complete, looking forward to starting level 3 in September.

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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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SFX Assesment

After the many weeks of practice as mentioned in my previous post, it was time for my special effect’s assessment. For this assessment I had to make a story line and get a costume to go with the special effect look I was trying to create. For my story I decided to do someone in prison, there was an explosion and they were thrown into barb wire. I really wanted to incorporate burns, cuts and grazes. For this assessment we had 4 hours to create the look, get our model into a costume and take photos. Then we had time to remove all the makeup and help our model clean up.

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I’m really happy with how my look turned out, the costume and overall look really matched my story line and I was really happy with it. I got 87% for this assessment. To get a higher mark I would have needed to go into the models hair more but to be honest I didn’t want to because my model had blonde hair and I didn’t know if the blood would come out of the hair. But I’m fine with that, really pleased with the overall look.

I used Wax, Artex, latex, Running blood and Congealed blood to create this look.

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Special Effects Practice!

In college for our special affects assessment we spent the few weeks leading up to it practising with different products. So, I thought I would share the type of products we used and what we used them for.

Artex: We used this to make cuts and wounds. Artex comes in two parts, part A and part B. its really important with this not to mix the product in there pots because it will make the products to hard to work with. You need to take equal parts of the products and mix on the back on your hand. You need to work with it quite fast because it does set quite quickly.

Latex: We used this to create, 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns! With Latex you need to layer it to create the different types of burns. Dry the latex between each layer and powder. Repeat a few times depending on the degree of burn you are going for.

Wax: to create cuts! Wax is really nice to work with, its kind of like play doe, you mould it into the shape you want, but with this one you cant really put it on a place that moves. For example someones neck because when they move the wax could fall off.

Gelation: We used this to create wounds. I didn’t really like using this product because its an animal based product. So I used it once to practise. It can be used for cuts and burn scars too. With this one you need to put it in a packet in boiling water to make it a liquid consistency before you can use it.

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Running blood: you can do a lot with this. Add to cuts to create more of a gory look or use it to create grazes.

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Congealed blood: We used this to add into cunts and wounds to give depth or on grazes.

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Bruises: new and old using cream makeup.

If we used all the above products in my practice lessons, we didn’t need to use them all on our assessment. We could use whatever we wanted to for the actual assessment.