Monday, October 31, 2016
So what made me turn my back on my beloved psychology, and made me turn to makeup artistry?
I bet you my art teacher saw this coming.
I was always the artsy kid at my school. People would always see me sketching whether it was during break or even in my Irish classes. They would usually come over and look at what I've created and were always so impressed with my work. And so was my art teacher.
I was the teachers pet, and always the one you'd see running around the art class creating chaos.
I always planned to go to the Limerick College of Arts, Crafts and Design. I was even at the open day to see what the place is like and what it offers.
I will always remember the day of my visit there. It was a place where I felt like it was made for me, and the people there already felt like great friends even though I haven't even said a single word to them.
I was fascinated by the big machinery and all the paints and materials. I was already planning my future as I was walking past the artistically messy rooms.
When September came about I was in Galway. More specifically at the National University of Ireland Galway studying Psychology and Philosophy.
Why? Because I was afraid that I wouldn't get far with being an artist and that my future with it was uncertain. So I went with psychology, I thought that I liked talking to people, I like helping them, so psychology must be something I wanted to do. Plus the demand for psychologists has risen due to the exposure to more and more psychological illnesses.
I'm not going to lie, I kinda liked it. I'm not sure if I was in love with my course, or maybe I was in love with the feeling of being an adult. Living away from home, being in a big university.
Fast forward to 2016 and I'm now here with a degree in Applied Social Studies and Psychology.
Even in college, I was sketching, drawing etc. I always played around with makeup and was infatuated with it. I found happiness in doing my makeup. I woke up early just so I can do that AND I made it in time for my early lectures.
I did my friends makeup, and my families. I spent most of my money on makeup. If my friends couldn't find me, they knew I would be in either Boots, Brown Thomas or the local mall looking at makeup.
I never gave up art as I seen it as a way of expressing myself.
I will never forget the call where my mom told me that I should do a makeup course. I was having an extremely hard time with college and my parents knew. They always thought that art wont get me anywhere, it had no future. Yet now, they understood my passion and just wanted me to do what I was happy with.
College didn't seem so stressful as it did at the start. My anxiety has lessened and I was finally enjoying things. I was not stressing over study because to be honest, I didn't care about the course anymore. I didn't study as much as I used to, and I didn't pay as much attention in class. I hated going college but I did it for a piece of paper at the end of the year as well as the people in my class with which I grew extremely close with. I counted the days until I could finally live my life the way I always wanted. But I also didn't want it to end because I was happy living in my own apartment and I didn't want to leave my friends behind, my boyfriend also. Long distance friendships and relationships are incredibly hard. Not being able to see your boyfriend for two months when you practically lived with him just a few months ago is hard, I actually hate it. But in order for me to chase my dreams and do what I love, it's just the way things have to be right now, and I'm glad James is fine with it. At least I hope he is. But he wants the best for me and isn't distance the best way to see if a relationship is going to work out in the long run? But I wont be talking about my relationship on here, at least not for a while longer.
Fast forward again to October 2016, and I have my graduation ceremony in 23 days and I am finally doing something I absolutely love and something that I know I am good at. I no lie feel tears in my eyes writing this because I'm so happy haha, also I have a killer cold and I tend to cry a bit when I'm ill, please tell me I'm not the only one haha, even my boyfriend gave out to me for it the other day, like stop, I'm sick, it always happens.
VanityX is now my place and it doesn't even feel like going to college now. It feels like I'm going to a meeting where I do what I love with my friends. I get tutors telling me something I have done is amazing and well done rather than hearing my essays weren't long enough or weren't done correctly. I am having so much fun in class that I don't even see the hours going by or the weeks flying by. Time is going by so quickly when you're happy. Before I know it I will be attending my graduation ceremony getting a diploma so I can continue to do what I love.
I love how I can make anyone feel great with just a bit of makeup or skin cleansing. I find it a bit of a therapy to be honest, I guess you don't need a psychology degree to make someone feel better.
Although I do think I will go back to college to do psychology at some stage in my life.
I honestly don't even think homework is homework. I remember when I walked into my classroom on the first day and seen the whiteboard and on it said 'read chapter on eyelashes'. I was like well if that's the type of homework I'm going to get....
The one thing I don't like about makeup artistry is that people assume that you are stupid.
I remember once I was on the train back home a man looked at my uniform and asked what I was studying. When I answered saying that I study makeup artistry he half laughed and said 'so you just put on some lipstick then' And I was absolutely GOBSMACKED.
I actually have a diploma in Psychology and I do think of myself as a smart person. But I would love if people knew that makeup artistry is more than just lipstick and eye shadow.
It is cosmetic science, it is learning about chemicals and the muscle structures. It is knowing illnesses and diseases of the skin. It's like being a doctor in a way I guess. We need to know what is best for our clients in terms of chemicals and how to analyse skin, how to advise someone correctly on what products would suit or help them.
I wish people thought of us more than vein girls with huge brows that are paid to put on some lipstick. But I guess that's just a stereotype that is always stuck to occupations, and I'll have to live my life proving I'm actually pretty fucking smart. But at the end of the day who cares if I get paid to put on some eye shadow if it's what I love doing. Some old man at the train I guess, but screw him.
I wish I could stick a gif in there of a fairy sprinkling some glitter and saying do what you want to do and don't care about what others say. I will once someone makes one. I suck at that stuff, and photoshop is like black magic to me.
Anyway, that's it for now. Happy Halloween guys! Stay safe but also full of sweets.
Hello my double glazed donut unicorns!
I will show you what I have in my freelance makeup kit over a few blog posts. I will also do a video about it at some stage. But for those who prefer to read, you can get all the detailed info in this post. This kit keeps growing and from the time I have taken these photos I have gotten more items to fill my case. These hella professional photos were taken by my amazing boyfriend, you can check out his stuff and follow him here ;
Anyway, let's get into it!
I will start with foundations, concealers and powders. I should have probably done primers etc first.. Oh well..
I will not go into the skincare bit of my kit for now, as I am still trying to figure out what's working for me and what isn't.
I mainly use this foundation on girls that wear fake tan since it's more on the orange/bronze side of shades. It does have a great deal of coverage and it does look pretty on the skin. It matches fake tan shades so well. I would not use this on dry skinned girls as it does tend to attach to dry flakey patches and that's how we get those annoying patches of foundation, usually on our cheeks or forehead.
Now, I used these when I first started out and I kind of thought that they were the shit. But then I got my RCMA palette.. I mean they are great affordable foundations. I liked them because a small amount went a long way. It does stay on the skin for a long time but I wouldn't necessarily say 14 hours. Needless to say this foundation is no longer in my kit.
If you read my blog for a while now, you know how obsessed I am with Bourjois foundations. I love these on dry skin as it gives it a nice healthy glow and hydrates the skin. It does stay on the skin for a long time and it does look flawless. The only downside to this foundation is that the colour range isn't very diverse. There are only three or four shades of this foundation I believe? It's quite disappointing because this foundation is so great and so affordable. I would even use it on mature skin.
I only started to master the art of colour correction in college. I knew about it, I knew which shade counteracts what, but I just didn't get into the habit of making my job easier by applying a few colours onto the skin to neutralize redness or dark circles instead of having to layer on foundation to get the desired coverage and even skin tone. I like this W7 corrector because it does a great job, it doesn't clog the pores and is super affordable. Plus, it gives you clues at the edges to tell you which shade is for what. The only side that is untouched in this is the highlighter shade as it is very very thick and takes off the foundation and concealer as you apply it.
Oh Catrice. I love love lovee these. They are so high coverage, so creamy and look amazing on the skin. And they are also waterproof. I would honestly compare this concealer to the MAC Select Cover concealer, except this one is less watery. It's also only 3.95 I think. It is under 4 euro anyway! I use this on pretty much all of my clients. Either this one, the MAC SC concealer or the next one I'm about to show you. These three are my all time favourites and I don't think I will like any other concealer like I love these ones.
These I like to use on blemishes as they are very pigmented and can cover up to pretty much anything. I sometimes use them on the eyelid too as an eye shadow base, but only if the lid has rarely any creases in it because it does tend to set in fine lines or creases. Needless to say, I don't ever use this under eyes, you actually aren't supposed to put cream concealer under your eyes because of how sensitive the under eye area is and how hard it usually is to blend it. But! If that's what works for you and if you prefer to use cream instead of liquid under your eyes I'm not going to tell you what to do boo.
Dupe for the MAC Pro Longwear concealer!
I adore this concealer! It has moisturising properties and looks flawless under the eye. It has quite strong yellow tones to it and comes in only two shades, which is super disappointing. I will just sit here and wait til Bourjois comes out with a huge palette of different shades.
I had a love hate relationship with this baby. I love it because it makes my skin look absolutely flawless, no dilated pores, no fine lines creating, no creasing. But then it sometimes makes me look so orange. I wish that L'Oreal came out with lighter but also darker shades of this powder foundation because I would use it all the time on my clients.
Bourjois again, surprise surprise. I bought this for myself actually because you know.. I'm obsessed with their things and I haven't tried this thing out before. Aaand I grabbed the wrong shade. So my clients get to have this beautifully smelling perfection and not me. #unfair
I bet everyone remembers this powder as their first makeup item ever. AmaRi ladies? Well it was for me but I honestly love this powder so much I still use it on myself or my clients to this day. I would only use this on the jawline area as I use my Gosh Translucent powder for baking and setting the forehead area.
That is it for now, these are all my 'base' products that I have in my kit. I will post more over the next few days.
Primers have many uses, but the one that seems the most important to us is the longevity it gives the makeup if present.
It may work like a moisturizer, or it may absorb oil with salicylic acid or aid in creating a less oily, more matte appearance. It aids in applying the foundation more evenly and smoothly, and increases the longevity of the foundation.
There are many primers out there. There are the really expensive ones from brands like Dior, the less expensive ones and the ones that cost just about as much as a fast food meal. But are they really worth their price, after all three are doing the exact same job. Or are they?
Pore minimiser primers, glow enhancing primers, mattifying primers, let’s focus on one kind, the pore minimising primers as those seem to be very popular lately and more brands are coming out with their own, improved versions of it.
Starting with a very high end primer, The Dior ‘Pore Minimizer Light Boosting Primer’.
A cheaper alternative of the Dior primer, would be the L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Smoothing Resurfacing Primer. And luckily I was able to test this baby out, and I absolutely loved it! It felt like silk when applied and it evened out every bump and covered every little pore on my client’s skin. It is in a cream form, rather than the usual liquid. I didn’t mind that though as I could scrape out a bit with my spatula and I was ready to go. The makers of this miracle in a jar are saying this about it “Get the perfect skin texture, instantly and all day. The silky, lightweight formula glides onto skin and minimizes the look of pores and fine lines. Skin looks and feels smoothed and resurfaced. The result is a unified matte finish that's flawless. Suitable for all skin types. Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic.” I can confirm it does everything this says. I would definitely recommend this one. Price? $12.00.
And now the primer that is cheaper than a pair or Primark’s heels. Maybelline New York Baby Skin Pore Minimizing Primer. Now, I see this one everywhere but I didn’t give it a try simply because I didn’t find that the Baby Lips did anything for my lips rather than dry them out. “Instant Pore Eraser® leaves skin with a smooth matte finish and moisturizes all day.” Reading a few reviews, I have found out that it doesn’t last long, and that it is drying. But for the price tag which is as little as $6.99, you can’t complain.
2. I have a degree in Social Studies and Psychology.
Yes. Call me dr Weronika Remijasz.
Jokes, jokes.. Maybe when I'm 30+.
3. I went to University 6 months after my 17th birthday.
Very scary experience. I'm not even sure if it was fully legal for me to move out to a completely different part of the country at age 17. Me in big Galway, aged 17 trying to find my way around NUIG. It was a great experience anyway. Kinda sucked I couldn't go out for what seemed like the longest time ever.
No, none of my friends looked like me. I couldn't use their ID's lol.
|Please excuse the horrid duck faces. I don't even know what happened..|
4. I have an extremely emotional reactions to sloths.
I do cry when I see photos of sloths. My boyfriend found it amusing until I got him addicted to sloths myself. I mean aren't they just adorable?!
And no, I am not saying this because apparently it's cool to say you love sloths nowadays. I was crazy about those things ages ago.
I was like the sloth hipster.
5. I designed a school crest of my primary school while I was attending it.
Yep, and I got a huge box of crayons as a prize for it. And the kids still have that crest on their school uniforms. I find it great. Super proud.
6. I come from a family of cooks, yet I'm a horrible cook.
7. My 10 favourite songs of all time are
Enjoy the Silence, Depeche Mode/ Anberlin
Until we bleed, Lykke Li
You, Keaton Henson
Conrad, Ben Howard
Salvation, Gabrielle Aplin
Look after you, The Fray
Explosions, Ellie Goulding
Walking Blind, Aidan Hawken
8. When I was little I used to have the same nightmare over and over again for a few years.
It was of me as a baby in my cot. And this tall woman, with a black bob, nasty dark eyes and a smirk on her face, was leaning over me staring at me. it was truly scary.
9. I already know what I'll look like on my wedding day.
Before you call me crazy, and my boyfriend gives out to me for hinting at him, doesn't every girl have this stuff planned?
I have three dresses I can pick from, but I'm in love with all three. We will see some day I guess!
This exact dress but in white. Would be so stunning!
This exact dress but in white. Would be so stunning!
10. I have never dyed my hair.
I wanted to dye it white for the summer and go to every color of the rainbow for the summer then go back to brown. I still am trying to convince myself to do it!
So what are the 10 facts about you?
beauty post ideas Saturday, July 02, 2016
Because who doesn't suffer from a little writers block from time to time.
In today's post I will give you a few posts that you can write when writers block has gotten into you. I know I get those usually when I come back after a while of not posting. I will give you three categories about which you can write about, depending on your blogs theme.
1. Everyone likes a good review. I know that my blog has the most views on review posts. Review the latest makeup product you've gotten, whether it's a positive review, or a negative. Everyone loves honesty.
2. Do a haul post. I personally love to look at haul posts. I love to see what people got and stuff like that. Haul posts are very popular!
3. Do a my Top 10 products post. Whether it's your Top 10 Foundations, Skincare products or Nail polishes. It doesn't matter. Write about them, giving a review, and a few more words about them.
4. Face of the Day posts. You can photograph your makeup of the day and post it. Mention the products used and if you're feeling extra inspired, perhaps write how you achieved that look, step by step.
5. Write about products you regret buying. Write why you didn't like them and what you didn't like about that particular product or products. Don't be afraid to give your own opinion!
6. Do a Subscription box post, like Glossybox or Birchbox. I used to do these when I was subscribed to Glossybox, but then I became a broke student and had to unsubscribe. If you think about it, you get three things out of this. You get the excitement of opening a mystery box, you get to write a post on the box and what you got in it, and you can do a review on each product in time. This gives you 7 posts! And expands your makeup collection!
7. Write about your skincare routine. Everyone out there wants and dreams of clear skin. If you're blessed, or on the way to being blessed with the perfect skin, write about how you got there! What products you used or your tips and tricks.
8. Do a makeup wishlist. Are there any products you'd love to have in your collection? Write about it. Perhaps if you're unsure about something. a comment may pop up saying a bit about that item.
9. Have many makeup products from the same brand? Do a brand focus. For example I have many things from Bourjois, I can do a post about the brand Bourjois. Tell your readers if you like it? What the product and packaging quality is like. There are many things you can write about a brand. Perhaps you find a discount code for them to share with your readers? They'll love you, because who doesn't love people that help us save money?!
10. Write about your daily makeup routine. Is there anything you do the same every time you do it? Maybe it's your eyebrow or foundation routine? Write about it, stating the products you use and how you use them.
1. Collection of your outfits during the week. Do a long post sharing photo's of the outfits you wore during the week. Stating where your clothes are from, and sharing cool photographs, cause who doesn't like nice photos on a blog.
2. Write about fashion for different age groups. I remember my moms friend asked me once what clothes I'd recommend for a woman over 30. I thought it would be a nice post to write. I never did it but I think I will soon, if I haven't already (pre-written post). I think a lot of more mature women would want to see posts like this. Fashion has no age limit.
3. Pick one item and style it with different outfits. For example 'How to style a bowler hat'.
4. Write about your fashion inspirations. If it's a celebrity, or the work of a fashion designer. Let your readers know. I always love to see where a person got their style inspiration from!
5. Write a review for the latest fashion show. I like looking at Vogue and looking through the newest fashion shows and then reviewing it on here. I have a good few posts like that on RonnieDiaries. This post is perfect for all you fashionistas!
6. Play the prediction game. Looking at people on the street or at the runway looks, try to predict what the next trends will be. Ask your readers what their predictions are. This is a great topic to talk about with your readers.
7. Write about your favourite Fashion bloggers. It helps them grow as well as you. It's a great way of getting exposure for bloggers.
8. Write about fashion no-no's. What are the things you just cant bear to see in fashion? Just be careful not to be too judgemental, people are free to wear and like whatever they want!
9. Yay or Nay of the latest celebrity event. Let's be honest, isn't it cool to be your own fashion police for a bit? Plus, posts about celebrities are always searched for.
10. Create your fashion wishlist. Either it's a Burberry Trench Coat (it is for me), or a lovely Zac Posen gown (also me), tell your readers what you'd love to find in your wardrobe. Perhaps they will comment links of similar items that you can buy cheaper, online!
1. Your favourite healthy snacks. Everyone is on the search for healthy snackes, whether they are apples with peanut butter or oatmeal cupcakes, share it! Share a step by step guide on how to make them and what ingredients to use.
2. Your morning and night routine. What do you do first thing in the morning and the last thing in the evening? Answering emails? Brushing your teeth or making a nice breakfast? Write about it! I personally love seeing posts like this.
3. Do a room tour. If you're comfortable with it, share the look and decor of your little personal space. Show what's where and what is used for what. I love looking for inspiration in posts like that.
4. Share a recipe. Is there anything that you make that your friends and family absolutely love and compliment every time you cook or bake? Tell us about it! Name the ingredients and the instructions on how to make it!
5. If you work out, show your exercises and gym gear! Millions of people diet every year. And most look for inspiration online. If your method works for you, then share it! Perhaps it would work for others too!
6. Write a letter to your future self, or a letter to your teenage self. I love reading those. I'm actually in the process of writing one myself!
7. If you're following a diet, show what you ate during the week. Again the whole diet thing. Share your foods. Many people think that food is bland and boring when on a diet. Show them it's not always the case!
8. Write about something that's personal, if you're okay with sharing it. If you want to join the group of people which want to help others by sharing their personal experiences with for example self harm, low self esteem, or eating disorders then talk about it. Posts like these help many people, we mightn't even know it, but your post could potentially help change someone's life for better!
9. Rant about something you seen online and it annoyed you. I ranted about Guru gossip or the Eating disorder promotion by Urban Outfitters ( I believe that was the brand). If you feel strongly about something, share your opinion on the issue! Don't be afraid to speak up.
10. Do a Q&A post. Ask your followers to ask you questions, or if you get asked a paticular question all the time answer it! It's just as fun answering questions as it is reading the replies!
Hope your writers block goes asap!
Comment links if you followed any of these ideas! I'd love to read them!
Hope your writers block goes asap!
Comment links if you followed any of these ideas! I'd love to read them!