Why I chose Make Up Artistry

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. 
I spent the night looking at different courses in Ireland and decided to settle for either Galway or Dublin. I also decided to finish my Psychology course, I wanted to have a back up plan, but then I guess that's what my parents wanted for me all along.

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.

Much love,

What's in my Freelance Makeup Kit Pt. 1

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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. 

Much love, 

Primers, what even?

Monday, October 10, 2016

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’.
Sounds good, until you look at the price tag. A $42.00 price for as little as 30 ml of the product. The description of it doesn’t sound any different to the ones we see about the cheaper ones, it goes like ‘This primer instantly corrects imperfections by filling, refining, and mattifying skin for a high-definition flawless complexion. The weightless, ultrafine texture visibly reduces pores, smooths skin, refines skin’s texture, and optimizes foundation hold.’ I am guessing that the ultrafine texture is what we really pay for, and probably the super sleek packaging, the silver cap and the pretty sparkly writing, because honestly I do not think that Dior could have magically came up with an amazing formula that is better than anyone else’s. But who am I to bash it? I probably will not be able to afford this unicorn of primers, but hopefully when you buy this you pay for more than just the name and the packaging!

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. 

I'm back, 
Much Love,