Hello, Stranger.

Right then, let’s get back into it. I’ve been gone for too long and you all have probably forgotten about me but hello there to anyone reading. Life has a habit of getting in the way of hobbies you enjoy and making other things become a priority. Things have settled down a little for me at the moment so I’m back with a probably boring life update.

Makeup Course

It has gone by so quick but I am pretty much all finished with my course now. I have one more thing to finish typing up and then that’s it until the international exams next month. Two more days of classes next week and then it’s all over. It seriously has been a great experience and while I’m excited that it’s finished a part of me is a bit sad. It seemed to go really quick and soon it will be all over. I have also been able to do work experience on some pretty cool things like doing makeup for a short film and doing The Joker and Mad Hatter’s makeup for the local Christmas parade to name a few.

Friends

I have made some new friends over the course of the year who are great. For a while it was hard adjusting to leaving friends behind when I moved but you do make new friends and while it takes me a while to warm up to people it does happen eventually. I’m so thankful for those who are in my life right now.

Love Life

Hah, what love life. No probably a bit dramatic but not much. I have had a few guys in my life over the year who I have been interested in but nothing happens and they end up with someone else. One I kinda regret but I don’t think I would change. It wasn’t a healthy relationship if you could call it that but I like to think I learnt from it. While it did cause me a lot of anxiety and heartbreak, if you will, it was a learning experience. If people are telling you they love you one minute but their actions are telling you otherwise then you really need to stop and think.  Another I hoped would be something more but we are mates and I’m still very thankful to have him in my life in whatever way it is. I think one of my problems is I am still very shy and quiet around people. Mixed signals are also confusing things. I am learning though to not worry about it all too much. I would let things get to me and get me down but I know that isn’t the best thing for me so I am working on getting over those feelings. I keep thinking that those who are truely interested will make an effort and hopefully make it clear. Plus I’ve been single for years so whats another year right?

Chronic Fatigue

This year has probably been the best year I have had since being sick. My fatigue and pain is a lot better now and I am able to do way more. There is still the odd time I can feel it raising its head but it will never come to much. I am hoping it stays away and I am able to live my life more.

Future Plans

Well I am not sure what is in store for me next. Apart from my final exams in January the only other things I have going on is looking for a job. I am not sure where I will be living as part of me wants to stay where I’m living now and or the surrounding cities as I know more people here. The other part wonders about moving back home to be closer to family. The main thing will be where I get a job as that is a pretty important part. I am planning on going home for a week or so which will be good and hopefully help me decide what to do. It is still pretty frightening not knowing what to do or how I am going to support myself. Things will work out though and I’ll always have a place to go if needed. I also want to try blogging more regularly but no promises. Do let me know what you would like to read more about though. I am pretty much happy to write about anything and your ideas are always welcome.

Love, Me

MUA School

As some of you may or may not know I am in school at the moment training to become a qualified makeup artist. I have been doing my course for 3 months now and am learning so much. When I first started I didn’t quite know what to expect so I thought I would write a bit about what we are learning and what my course goes through. Hopefully it gives people some ideas about what else is out there and may help them in deciding what to do or how to go about things.

The course I am doing is ITEC registered. ITEC stands for International Therapy Examination Council. So it is an international qualification that covers a range of beauty and therapy courses. This means that after I’m all finished and passed my exams I will be an internationally qualified makeup artist which would be handy to have if I ever decide to travel overseas and work.

The course covers Retail, Cosmetology and Theatre, Fashion and Media makeup. It is very intense and we are learning lots of new things every week. On Tuesdays we will usually do retail which will soon be Cosmetology then for the rest of the week we will be doing either makeup, special effects or working on our case studies. We are always doing something new each week and cover quite a range of looks.

For special effects so far we have covered things like wounds, scars, bruises, acne, scratches, grazes and will soon be doing burns. In makeup we have done things like day look, bridal and evening looks. Learning about face shapes, colour matching and different techniques. We are now moving onto the more creative and history side doing 1920’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, Fairy, 18th Century, WWII going onto mime and Renaissance next week. Thats just to name a few and we can cover up to two a week. One day we will go over the history of either the era or the makeup and what the makeup was like. Then we will usually have a demo showing us what the makeup looked like so then we can go practice the look. Then on the next day we have makeup lesson we will sit the practical assessment where we do the look properly and style and photograph it. Our marks are based on not only the makeup and techniques but also our appearance and client (which are our class mates) care. Once we have done the practical side of each look we have to do the case study part which includes a lot of typing and often done at home. We usually have to write about the history of either the look or era, write step by step instructions on how to achieve it and often other things that change between each look. We then have to include sketches and drawings which for say the 1970’s would be men and womens clothing, hair and accessories. There is a lot to keep up with but it is good information to have and learn.

I am really enjoying it and there is so much to learn. We will work in pairs for each look and then swap around with others in the class so we can get experience working on different people and skin types which is good. There is a lot of putting on and taking off makeup and you soon get used to going up town on breaks with some different makeup looks.

If you were looking into doing something I would recommend doing a course that was ITEC registered if possible. Not only is is widely recognised but there is also lots of good hygiene rules that you get into a routine of following. Which a lot I’ll be honest I never thought about prior to starting this course.

If you want to follow my week by week journey I’ll be trying to post more photos to my Instagram account of the final looks. So you are more than welcome to come say hi and ask any questions there. (Click here to find my Instagram)

I hope this was of some help or just an interesting read about what I’ve been up to lately. I’m also very much open to any tips or advice you all may have as its good to learn off each other. I am still very new to this and there is always new things to learn.

Love, Me

 

New City New Beginnings

I don’t know how long it has been since I last wrote a blog post but so much has happened in my life lately and I thought it was time I sat down and updated you all on what’s been happening.

The main thing is that I have moved to a different city. After living in the same town for pretty much my whole life I have up and moved about 5 hours away. I am now living in a much larger city than I am used to but I am living out of town in the country which is really nice and peaceful. I do have friends and family here and my brother lives about 10 minutes away from where I am which is really nice. So while that was one of the reasons I moved here the other big part is that I am starting school in a few days to train to become a makeup artist. I think I may have mentioned it before here but it’s actually happening now. I am excited to start my course and get into a routine of things. At the moment I am just getting settled in and working out the bus and how long it will take me to get to class. I managed to miss the bus twice this morning but I did finally end up getting into town and finding the best bus stop to come home from. I will try again tomorrow morning and try catch the right bus. I want to figure it all out before I actually start course. That way I know what I’m doing and where I have to be waiting.

It is all very exciting but I have still been missing home and the friends and family I have moved away from. I became very close to a couple of people and being so far away from them now is hard. I do know that my best friend will come visit me though and I’m sure I’ll be back to visit as well.

My M.E has been a bit better the last couple of months which has been good and I hope it continues to either improve or stay like this while I am doing my course and living up here. It feels like I am at a stage in my life where I am giving things another go. After being sick for a while it’s like I am starting a new chapter in my life and moving forward. The move has been good for me so far even though I miss some people.

I will try and write a weekly update of how things are going with my course and how I am finding things living in a new city.

I hope you all are well.

Love, Me

Life Updates

It has been a while since I last wrote a blog post and a lot has been happening in that time. There are some exciting things happening in my life at the moment and in the near future. Today I thought I would just write a little update post to catch you all up on what is happening and let you know what will be happening here in the future.

I can’t remember if I have mentioned it here before but for a while now I have been looking into different courses to do. At the end of last year I was looking at different colleges and the courses they had on offer as I wanted to do some sort of study this year to get some qualifications. I felt like I wanted to move forward and do something as I am managing my illness a bit better now. There wasn’t any courses that stood out to me though and I would always have doubts about starting one. For a while I stopped looking and just carried on with life.

A month or so ago for some reason I decided to start looking again. My brother had got a job and moved to a different city and I still had the desire to do a course and study more. There was a lawyer assistant course that I thought looked pretty good but I still had doubts. I couldn’t actually see myself doing that kind of work later on and there wasn’t a spark of excitement. The only good thing I thought about it was that the college was in the same city as my brother.

While I was looking into that course more I decided that I would search makeup courses. Just to see what there was. Makeup has always been something I have had an interest in and I was curious to see what was on offer. A few different courses came up in different cities and I felt myself getting excited about it. The more I looked into it the more I wanted to do something like that. There was one course that stood out. A bit part was because it was where my brother lived and I was also interested in how it looked and the kind of qualifications I could get from it. It was something I could see myself doing and enjoying.

As I was looking into it more online I noticed that it said the applications closed in February. It was already February when I was looking and I thought I was too late. I decided to ring up anyway to enquire even if it was for next year. It just so happened that for the course I wanted to do they were starting in May and that they still had spaces open in the course. The lady asked if I wanted to come in for an interview the following week. Now usually that would have been a problem as I live about 6 hours away from the campus but I had already had a trip planned for that week to visit my brother so it worked out perfect.

I went to have a look at the campus and have the interview type things and I got in! There is only about 12 students this year I think and the course goes for 8 months. At the end of it I will be a fully trained makeup artist with internationally recognized qualifications. We will be learning all things makeup from special effects to the makeup right through the different eras. There will be some retail papers as well which will be good to have. I honestly am so excited about it and can’t wait to start. They were understanding about my illness and said to not worry about that side of things and just be excited about the stuff we will be learning. So hearing them say that helped put my mind at ease about that part of things.

Everything else has been falling into place too. I have a place to stay with my friends while I am up there and there is a bus that takes me into town pretty close to the campus. There was a moment where I was so nervous about it all and was stressing out that I wouldn’t be able to do it but that soon passed and now I can’t wait. My bestfriend can see that it is a course that is perfect for me and everyone has been pretty supportive about it.

So my blog. The course is pretty intensive but I still want to keep up with my blog as much as I can. I know I will be pretty exhausted and I still don’t quite know what my fatigue and pain will be like. So I’m thinking of aiming my blog more around makeup and how I’m doing with the course. That way I can just include pictures or some of my work if I need to. I will also write about how I’m feeling and the experience. It is going to be a huge change for me moving out of home for the first time and even though I’ll be busy I think it will still be great to document it. Change is good and I know I need to keep moving.

Love, Me

Pinterest Love

Recently I have been looking on Pinterest for makeup inspiration. It is a great place to find lots of photos and makeup is one of my favourite things to look at.




I have been loving the dark eye makeup looks lately and I am keen to give some a go. I would have to say that the last one is my favourite. I like how in a way it is simple but still dramatic at the same time. Wearing false eyelashes isn’t something I have tried much but I really think that it adds something extra to the last look.

That is what I have been loving recently. Have there been any makeup looks you have really been loving?

Love, Me