Wednesday, 6 July 2016

52 Weeks of Disney: Week 20 - The Aristocats

At first, I didn't really know what the hell to do for this look. I mean the Aristocats is one of my absolute favourite disney films AND one of the first I owned on VHS. But its relatively uncolourful (apart from the Everybody Wants To Be A Cat scene!) and then it hit me. 
Marie has one of the most recognisable colour schemes in Disney and how darn cute is pink and white. So I did it, it happened and I'm not even sorry for how damn cute this look is! And I'm so happy I did. Not only did I bust out a cut crease for the first time in YEARS, but I actually had a really lovely time creating this look. 

Sadly I didn't get many pictures of this look, mainly because it was done at 6am before work ha! But I really like the way it came out and I got lots of compliments (and stares on the tube) this particular day! The entire thing was done with the Sugarpill SweetHeart palette, using Tako and Dollipop. Such easy and beautiful shades to use that blend like an absolute dream. To get the cut crease effect I just cleaned up with my trust white Rimmel pencil and used backtrack for a super girly wing. I kinda love it. Sorry not sorry.

Kayleigh x

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Monday, 4 July 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Review & Swatches

Hello! Its been a while since I did a review and swatch sort of thing, so I thought today I would review one of my newest palettes - The much coveted Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette.

I'm gonna admit, I haven't ever tried Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows before. I know, what!! So this was my first experience of them, only ever having tried their brow and contour products before in my kit. So this was a new experience for me and I was pretty excited, having only heard amazing things about their eyeshadows.

As always I'll start with the packaging. First up, I was pretty surprised at how small the actual palette is. I somehow was expecting an Urban Decay style palette, but the ABH ones is shorter and more compact. Not a bad thing at all, just an observation. It is quilted in a gorgeously pastel nude pink design, with a similar touch to the Urban Decay first Naked palette, which I loved. The eyeshadows are housed in two rows. Its compact and practical and I can't find any faults with the design at all. It comes with a double ended brush, which I was actually very very impressed with. 

OK onto the actual eyeshadows. The theme of the palette is very warm, red and pink tones. Very romantic like the name of the palette would suggest and in my opinion, something that I've not really seen before, which is why I was so drawn to it initially. Its a nice mix of shimmer and matte, evenly distributed among the palette. 

I'm going to be completely honest here. All of these eyeshadows were one swipe. One single swipe. I've done a lot of eyeshadow review posts and often, I'll have to do multiple swipes for the swatch to show up on camera. These bad boys are PIGMENTED. I mean, one swipe people. I'm still in shock. I did not have to work at all, they did it all for me. So intensely soft, so intensely pigmented and beautiful to work with. 
The first row includes some of the more neutral shades, for highlighting and putting all over the lid, wheres the bottom row includes the warm toned reds and burgundy tones that I've been waiting for. They are all so intense, there is not a single dud in the palette. 

I've created a couple of looks and used this palette for about 2 weeks now and can say not only do they swatch beautifully but they are a dream to work with. A serious dream. They blend wonderfully, they apply without any need to go back over them to intensify the colour. If I had to pick one fault, if I was being super fussy, I would say they are a little bit on the crumbly and fall out-y side of things but generally I always do my eyes first anyway so for me personally, thats not a big deal. I'm kicking myself for not trying ABH sooner, but trust me now that I have, the obsession is strong! Its truly love! My favourites in the palette are venetian red, realgar and red ochre!

And if you wasn't already aware, I am giving this beautiful palette away on Facebook! (Well not this exact one because I have used it, but a new one!) Just head over to my Facebook page here and give it a like and you can be in with a chance of winning it. Its open worldwide and ends on the 14th July so you have plenty of time of enter. Trust me, this is a palette I would wanna win, its so darn good! Comment below if you have liked my Facebook page! Thats all ya gotta do!

Kayleigh x

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Friday, 1 July 2016

How To: Start your career as an MUA

Being a relatively new MUA in the game, I umm'ed and ahh'ed over whether to post this blog post. Its a question I get asked daily. Be it over Twitter, over email or in person when I'm working, it seems becoming an MUA now is a very popular career choice to make. So I thought I would make this post, even if it helps just one person want to start their journey and guide them on where to begin! When I first started researching, I found it incredibly hard to find resources online of where to begin, so here is what I did, where I began in my make up artist career. 

You may remember my tips and tricks post on how to nab yourself a make up counter job. If you haven't, go give that a little read.  Working on a make up counter is one the easiest ways to grow as an artist and teaches you invaluable skills that you will need. Not only are you surrounded by make up AND people everyday, but you are being paid to learn, to paint faces, to learn colour theory and often, you get a lovely little discount to help fund that kit. Sadly I know how hard it is to land yourself a counter job. It took me years. Coming from a small town, where counter jobs were sparse, I had to travel about 3 hours door to door, for my first ever counter job at Armani. It was a great foot in the door, and I learnt tonnes. Plus for me, it further cemented the idea I wanted to be a "proper" make up artist. 

So maybe you are working on a counter currently and wondering what your next steps are? Maybe you are just curious. Or maybe you are struggling to get a counter job or just simply  want to work for yourself or in tv or film instead of in retail. These are the next steps I took/am taking to further my career as an MUA. 

Start Testing

If unsure what testing is, it is when photographers, stylists, models and MUA's all come together creatively to produce something amazing for their portfolios, for free! Yep it is free work. Generally, without a portfolio of your work, it can be very very hard to gain other work. Sure, you can gain the odd night out make up, bridal ect... but if you want to get into more editorial or film/TV, a portfolio is so necessary. I use The Freelancer Club and Star Now to get testing opportunities, but often you can type testing into Twitter and your local area and a few will pop up without having the pay the subscription fee's!

Get some business cards

You won't believe how long I put this off. But business cards are so so much more important. The first wedding I did, the photographer asked for my card and I didn't have one so I scribbled my name down on a piece of paper I found in my bag. When it came to contacting them for some images for my portfolio, they never got back to me. Probably because I seemed so unprofessional scrambling around trying to find something to write my name down on. Or they probably lost it and had no idea who I was. Get some business cards. And get them looking great. Nobody is going to remember one with just your name written on it. Think about your branding and what you want your business card to say about your small business. I got my business cards from Vista Print, which has quite bad rep, but I paid for better quality paper and I am honestly over the moon with them and going back for more. You get what you pay for. 


For me, this has always been one of the harder elements of trying to start my career. Working full time in a small town, where make up wasn't really a "thing", I came to London, but I have no idea where to begin. The importance of networking though is invaluable, and I am trying to make more of an effort. In pretty much any industry, its a very much who you know thing, rather than what you know and the same goes for make up. Try to get to industry events, masterclasses, test as much as possible. Get to know fellow creatives, photographers, hair stylists, everyone. Be the person they recommend when someone needs a make up artist. Immerse yourself in the creative field and surround yourself with like-minded individuals and the work will come naturally. 

Social Media 

Social media is an invaluable tool. You can get out there to a huge audience. Lucky for me, my blogging had bought in a relatively OK amount of followers and some sort of audience, but if you are starting from scratch, get involved in the community. Set up a blog, get involved with Twitter chats (#bbloggers and #creativehour are great for MUA's and #The GirlGang is an amazing girly chat for making online friends!) join Facebook groups and get chatting. My advice for social media is don't spam, nobody likes a spammer, so just be yourself, be natural and inject your personality into your profiles. Talk about relevant things and don't be afraid to actually talk to people and get involved. Activity will then come to you. And try not to focus on EVERY social media channel, you will get burnt out. I tried doing them all, but working full time AND blogging AND trying to set up my career as a freelancer, it just can't work. I don't have enough hours in the day. So my three are Facebook, twitter and instagram. I do use Pinterest, but I don't tend to use it as a tool for bringing in clients. 

Get a website 

Something I am super slow in the making of a website. I have technophobia I swear, so for me, making a website was a scary decision. Luckily I have a boyfriend who is very good at technology and helped me. I would find a professional if you are like me. Write everything down on a piece of paper, all your ideas and what you want your website to look like, what you want it to include, your target audience, everything. So your website designer (or yourselves) have something to go on. Trust me, having a website where you can link people to if they ask to see work, is so much easier than being like "well actually I'm in the process of making one but here is my Facebook and I can email you more images if you like". Remember clients probably have 3/4 other artists who have got back to them about a job. If you are making the process even longer, they are going to go with the person who has a website up and running and can easily direct them to their work. Try and make every aspect of your small business as streamlined as possible. Try and think about if YOU were hiring a make up artist. What would YOU want? What would put YOU off?

So those are my little tips for getting started. Mainly get a portfolio, get some free work under your belt, then build up everything else. It'll get there. Mine slowly has. 
I think I'll continue this series with tips on how to get started on turning your freelance into a business, if that's something people would be interested in! Let me know in the comments below!

Kayleigh x

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