Wednesday, 27 April 2016

How to: Get a job on a make up counter

I thought this would be a good post to write, as it is one of my most asked questions either on Twitter, via email or in real life. So I thought I would write a post with just some tips and hints on how you could nab yourself a job on a make up counter.

You might be thinking why? Why would someone even want a job on a make up counter? Working on a counter is the best and easiest way to build yourself up as an make up artist. You gain undeniable experience on a counter, with SO many faces to practise on, so many products at your disposal. You get FREE practise everyday and you get paid for it. Not only that, but pretty much every counter offers their employees discount, so its an amazing way to build up your kit! So how do you get one?

First things first: some counters are easier to get a job on than others. Don't expect to get straight to MAC without prior counter experience or at least some sort of training. Start small and build yourself up. 

I started on Armani, which was a great artistry focused brand with some amazing products. They didn't require any other counter experience, only make up experience which at the time I had built up with freelance. Other brands that I know don't require make up artistry experience? Benefit, Smashbox and Bare Minerals are great brands to start with. Have a look and research the brands to find one that is a good fit for you! Then write and tailor CVs and cover letters to those brands! 

Secondly, apply apply apply. Believe me, I was at Tesco on nights for YEARS. In the day I would freelance and apply for as many make up counters as I possibly could. I was so down on my luck and didn't think I would honestly ever get given an opportunity. Its hard but keep going! You can and will get there. Just keep applying, keep your CV up to date and tailor every cover letter to the job you are applying for. I actually got my break via Linked In for Armani! 

Take as many photos of your work that you can! When it comes to being interviewed, you WILL need to show your work. I didn't have a professional portfolio, but I did have photos on my phone which I showed them. I showed interviewers pictures of not only my make up, so they could get an idea of my style, but also and more importantly work on other people. Truly, you can be the best person in the world at applying make up on yourself, but if you can't show you can apply it on other people and interact with customers, then you'll need to work on it. Even Benefit, who's process is more of an audition, require you to apply make up on others. Not to see if you can, but to see how you are with customers and more importantly, if you can sell.  If you can just show you have tried and done something to improve yourself as an artist, they will see that. Have a professional portfolio? Even better!

This is one of my very first looks on the blog *cringe* VS one of my newer looks. Don't be afraid to show your artistry and show how much you have improved and learnt over the past few years! It shows you are committed and have a passion for the industry. 

Show your passion. I do firmly believe the reason I got my break at Armani was because my interviewer could SEE my passion. She took a chance on me and I'm SO glad she did. In my interviews, I was always relentlessly passionate. You have between 10minutes to an hour to show them who you are, so don't hold back! I told her exactly how much I wanted it, what I had been doing, about my blog, about whatever I had done to improve myself. I do believe that if you want it, you will get it! 

Don't give up! You will get rejected, trust me. I got rejected probably hundreds of times and it is soul destroying. Just keep going, keep improving yourself, keep freelancing and getting your hands on as many faces as possible! You can do it!

Kayleigh x

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Friday, 22 April 2016

Top 10 Things to do at Hollywood Studios

So I thought, seeing as my disney posts have been going down quite nicely I thought it would be fun to share my top 10 favourite things about Disney World! My list may be a bit different to most people's (or exactly the same!) but these are one of my favourite things to read as I love seeing what tops people's must do's or what doesn't make the list! It always gives me a new perspective on things, so here is my top 10 favourite things to do at Hollywood Studios.

10) Meet Fantasmic Mickey

Kicking us off, one of my ultimate must do's particularly if you like characters is meeting sorcerer mickey! I myself have a bit of a thing for meeting Mickey all dressed up in all his sassy glory. Sorceror Mickey has moved from his normal place and now chills near Star Tours and the backlot express quick service. He's one of my favourites to meet and its always extra special as he is the big mouse! 

9) Walt Disney One Mans Dream

This is one of my favourite places and things to do at Hollywood Studios. I always take a minute to appreciate Walt and his creations, no matter how many times I watch I still find a lump in my throat when they quote "it was all started by a mouse, but really it was started by a man". I love reading about Walt and find him fascinating. Say what you like about him, he changed the world for millions of people. 

7) Pizza Planet

Need I say more, my favourite pizza place at Disney World and one of my favourite themed restaurants. I do think its in need of a bit of a revamp (they could do SO much more with it) I still love it for what it is and will visit it year after year! I love the souvenir cups you can buy and taking a snoop around the arcade. Its such a fun place to dine and super affordable too! Toy Story fans will love!

6) Sci Fi Drive in Diner

I like to include a table service on these lists, so if you're looking for somewhere cool and quirky to eat, Sci Fi will be up your alley. The entire concept is so cool to me, and while I have never really enjoyed my meal here (don't ask... blue cheese mistaken instead of mash) I have always enjoyed the ambience, the creativity, the feeling that you are outside in the 1950's watching a black and white film. A must visit particularly if you like quirky dining!

5) Photo op's

 For me, I love nothing more than kicking back and relaxing and taking in the atmosphere of WDW. Hollywood Studios is great for that. Grab your camera and a Mickey pretzel and wander around, taking in the unique sights that Hollywood Studios has to offer. My personal favourite photo ops are the amazing characters that wander around, not only our favourites we all know and love, but some unknown ones that do a bit of on the spot improv to entertain guests. I also love Hollywood Studios at night, you can get the best photographs of the Streets of America and the Tower of Terror in particular. I find when taking photographs, its best to try and put on "new eyes" so to speak. Look at things differently and you'll be amazed at what you see! 

4) Food

Its not really a disney post without me mentioning more food is it! I love the food offerings at every park, including Hollywood Studios. Not only do we have Pizza Planet, you can also get quick service steak from ABC Commissary (although not recommended) Turkey Legs, alcoholic beverages and lots more! My favs are the cheesy mickey pretzels (with plastic cheese because what is life without plastic cheese), the Mickey cake pops from Villains In Vogue and those huge sandwiches that basically have an entire packet of ham in them. 

3) Star Tours 

Star Tours and the gift shop takes number 3 spot. I am a huge Star Wars fan and absolutely love the revamp (which by the way, I can't wait for Disneyland Paris to get). I enjoy everything from the queue, finding the hidden mickeys (look out for the little robot scanning luggage and keep an eye on what he scans, its always amusing!). The ride boasts 54 different adventures so you'll be sure to get a different experience every time you ride. And the gift shop at the end is one of my favourites, hosting lots of different bits and bobs you can't get anywhere else on Disney. Sadly out of my 5 trips to WDW I failed to take photos of the Star Wars area! 

2) Rockin' Rollercoaster

My number one favourite ride at WDW, has gotta be rockin' rollercoaster. I can't express how many times I will go on this in a trip and how every single time I will scream when it goes "3,2,1" (you know what part I'm talking about!) Not for the faint of heart, but if you're a big kid looking for a grown up ride to go on, you'll love this. Plus the queue is pretty awesome too. 

1) Fantasmic

Of course this would top this list, if you are going to Hollywood Studios, you MUST make sure you watch Fantasmic. Its Hollywood Studios' nighttime show, usually shown once or sometimes twice a night. It does get super busy so make sure you show up early or book a fastpass for it, you won't regret it! I took my boyfriend to see it rather unwillingly, and it ended up being one of his favourite nighttime shows at WDW. Give it a go, its got something for everyone to enjoy from Fireworks, storytelling to magical water and projection displays.

You may notice I am missing two very crucial rides, Toy Story Mania and of course Tower of Terror. While I love Toy Story Mania, its just not my favourite, simple as (same cannot be said of Tower of Terror which I still don't go on!) For me, I'm much more of a foodie and entertainment type person, which is why these lists are so fascinating! So I'm intrigued, what tops your Hollywood Studios list?!

Friday, 15 April 2016

My Disney World Outfits

Every year that I go to Disney World, for me planning the holiday is as exciting as going on the holiday itself! Especially when it comes to outfit planning, one of my favourite parts! Even though I'm not going this year, I thought it would be fun for me to share some of things I wore to Disney World the past couple of years (it hasn't changed much!). 

I normally source outfits from the same few outlets - Forever 21, Primark and Asos. These are my holy grail and I do hope when I go back next year they will have continued on with their Disney trend! I also try to recycle the same few things so that I don't have to pack much - for example shoes or shorts! I love those bargain Mickey Mouse plimsoles I managed to bag from Forever 21 - such a good park shoe!
I'll also have a few "non disney" outfits for good measure. The second one with the snoopy top was my Miami outfit, I wanted it to be bright and colourful! My last outfit there is my pool outfit and normally I'll have a disney styled bikini thrown on underneath too! 

For good measure I thought I would throw in some very bad selfies of a few of the outfits in action! 


I so wish I was outfit planning this year, but there's always next year! I hope this post has given you some inspo for what to wear if you're heading off to see the big mouse soon! I'm super jealous, let me plan outfits with you?! 

Kayleigh x

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Sunday, 10 April 2016

52 Weeks of Disney: Week 14 - Peter Pan

So this week, I was super excited for Peter Pan, so much so that I went and bought new make up goodies for the occasion. I had a vision in my head, so I went to MAC Pro in Carnaby Street and bought some new things, always exciting!! 

I actually really liked the way the look came out. It was different to my other Peter Pan looks which you can find here and here. *cringe* 
Instead of basing this one on Peter himself, I was inspired by a certain little fairy, so incorporated elements of them both and this is what I came up with up! 

As I said previously, I bought a couple of new things from MAC to play around with. I had this idea in my head which I really wanted to get on paper, and MAC had the perfect glitter to go with it. I also used a cheeky toyshop gold glitter in the inner corners for a bit of Tinkerbell inspiration. The glitters from MAC truly are lovely, the selection is huge and one day I hope to do a post showcasing all of them on a MAC Monday! I used 34 lashes to compliment the look and my trusty old black track too. 

So thats my Peter Pan look, which I actually am super happy with. It was nice to do something that I feel has really grown from my previous looks and show myself that I have really improved. See you next week :)

Kayleigh x

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

52 Weeks of Disney: Week 13 - Alice in Wonderland

As you can imagine, I was quite excited to get my teeth into Alice in Wonderland! The possibilities are endless, with so much colour, so many crazy characters, shapes and textures. I had however done an Alice inspired look before, so I did want to keep it quite different and still relevant with the colour scheme. 
I went with a traditional blue for all over the lid, using none other than Alice from the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland palette. I thought I couldn't use anything else, this palette was made for this look! I then added a purple liner to contrast with the blue, representative of both the cheshire cat and the mad hatter. In the end I think the look resembled more of Sulley from Monsters Inc, but thats fine! Still Disney!

As photographed, I used Alice and Underland from the Alice in Wonderland palette. This palette is an absolute saint, and I feel so incredibly lucky to have had to chance to get it!

However it was lacking in transitional colours so I just threw Anaheim in the crease from the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette. Lord knows I can't live without a transition colour!

So I hope you like my Alice turned into Sulley look ha! It was a lot of fun to create actually, and turned a boring Sunday into something quite crazy and fun! Next week is Peter Pan, which I am thrilled about! I feel like the series has reached a point of really good characters and I'm really getting my teeth into them!

Until next time!

Kayleigh x

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Monday, 4 April 2016

MAC Monday: Primers

So I did my first poll on Twitter and asked what you guys would like to see for my next MAC Monday post. It appeared that primer was pretty popular! MAC do four primers for the skin, but they have an entire "prep and prime" range which includes in my opinion, some of MAC's best products that they do. I thought I would break this down into sections, with this post being about MAC's face primers in the Prep and Prime range and then another post breaking down the rest of the range! I hope thats OK! 

First up we have Skin Base Visage - MAC's most popular primer for the face. I use this mainly on my clients as its a great all rounder, with tiny pearl particles that illuminate the skin  from within when foundation is applied on top. This primer is formulated for all skin types, making it really easy to have in my kit and make up sits on top really nicely, I notice a huge difference when I use on clients, make up just glides on perfectly. On myself (I have very very dry skin and texture issues) I use another primer, but this is worth a try if you are looking for something to keep make up on all day.

MAC Natural Radiance is Skin Base Visage's more expensive older sister! The same concept applies, but this has both a yellow and a pink version for darker and lighter skin types. I actually prefer this one if clients wear very little foundation, because the particles in it are less glittery. I also find it less oily that Skin Base Visage, keeping my skin more matte throughout the day. Its a really nice primer, but I don't know if I would like to spend £29.50 on it! 

Skin Smoother is my baby, I couldn't live without it and its the one that deserves more praise. It comes in a balm type compact, and its more velvety to the touch (think along the lines of Smashbox and Porefessional). It acts as a filler inner, filling in fine lines and pores more than its other counterparts. For me, with quite bad pore issues, I need this! I do find the effects short lived, so better suited for shorter days this one or on clients and on sets. Definitely worth investing in if you're dry skinned like me, looking for a primer that won't break or dry your skin out, but want to look flawlessly air brushed :) 

So this week's MAC Monday is a bit of a short one, but it won the poll so I hope it gave you all the information you needed! MAC are good for primers, they make great kit fillers if you're an MUA. I do think the rest of the prep and prime range is where its at though, so keep an eye out for that post, its gonna be a big one!

Kayleigh x

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