Sunday, 16 November 2014

Work Wardrobe: A/W'14

So as most of you may or may not know, I have a new job! Part of the job involved getting a whole new wardrobe and it was quite the challenge, as one of the rules is all black and my current wardrobe consists mostly of pastel, floral and polka dots! But I didn't mind too much - after all its an excuse to go shopping!

I thought this would help any budding make up artists out there - or any counter staff who are stuck for style inspiration having to wear all black. Or generally anyone who needs to wear office style! So here you go: my work wardrobe! :)

The absolute gem of this haul has to be the Topshop Cara Delevigne suit. I was required to buy a suit for a brief stint I did in Harvey Nichols and this one was an absolute gem. I love the masculine edge to it which can be prettied up with a cute blouse underneath. Its just so chic and I definitely feel like a million dollars wearing it. 

Cara Suit - DP Heels

 Blouse - Trousers

 Skirt - Shorts - Shoes


I've tried to link everything I could find but much, like the Primark stuff is exclusive to stores. I highly highly recommend the H&M trousers, by far the comfiest trousers I have ever worn as are the Tesco jogger style trousers. Feels like you are wearing PJ's!

As you can see Tesco was a recurring theme with this post. They do such amazing work stuff for a reasonable price and its pretty good quality wise. Very impressed and I already have a growing wishlist of stuff for when payday rolls around!

So there you have it, let me know if you'd like to see more fashion-y posts. I don't do them very often but I guess thats because I've always been stuck in uniform!
Happy Sunday!

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Building my Kit: The Bag (Make Up Forever Pro Trolley)

Hello everyone and welcome back to normal posts! My life has been a bit of a whirlwind these past few weeks so I thought I would fill you in briefly!

I got a new job!! *all the excited celebratory emojis*

As you might remember from my new years resolution post, I declared 2014 the year I start make up artistry properly and find a job doing something I love. Well after many rejections, auditions and interviews, I finally landed my dream job as a Giorgio Armani make up artist (or face designers as they call them!) Big woop!
Its also been the year I go freelance, with last year so many amazing opportunities afforded to me such as working with Cosmo and Company, I decided I wanted to do this properly and as such, started getting together a make up kit for my freelance work. 

With this sort of thing, you have to spend money to make money, so I spent a good portion of one months wages on this and Instagrammed away to my hearts content, with many questions coming in about why I picked particular products and emails about how I figured out how to put my kit together. So I thought I would turn it into a little series, showing you my first steps into making my kit, what I picked, why I picked them and just take you along on this journey with me!

So I thought I'd start with my first step, picking out a kit bag and all the little baggies that go inside.
I searched high and low and did a lot of research into what I wanted to be transporting my kit around in and finally decided on the Make Up Forever Pro Trolley from Guru Make Up Emporium. It was £122 which I didn't think was bad compared to its Zuca counterparts that you can buy. I read a lot of places say the appearance of your bag can lead your client to make a first impression. You could be the best make up artist ever, but have a scruffy kit bag and you might not get booked again, so I didn't mind spending the money and having Make Up Forever scrawled across it couldn't be a bad thing I thought?!

Having used it a couple of times, I have found some faults, but generally it serves purpose. It can be a little bit of a nightmare to wheel around as alignment doesn't seem to be very good but once you get the hand of it, its not so bad. Space wise its good and fits everything I need and possibly more, with lots of handy pockets and zippers inside. It does the job and looks good whilst doing it!

For everything inside, I bought a selection of clear cases from Marks and Spencers. This was literally the only place I could find affordable clear make up bags, how crazy! Overall I spent £21 on the lot, which I didn't think was too bad for 9 bags. I think I'll probably need more, but to start me off I think this will do :)

So thats the bags sorted! I hope you've enjoyed. If you are a fellow make up artist and have any tips or recommendations for me I would absolutely love to hear it. And if not, I do hope this helps any future make up artists or nosy people who want a goosy gander around a make up artists kit.

Stay tuned for the next installment which looks at my brush belt and set :)

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