I have been promising to start blogging for quite sometime now, but having a toddler makes it quite difficult to find the time. In fact simple tasks seem to take ten times longer these days. While I'm sat here trying to create my first ever blog I have the theme tune to Peppa Pig playing out loud from my daughters tablet, yes she's a toddler armed with a tablet. Let's face it she knows the workings of my Samsung S7 better than I do and can take a selfie many of my photographer friends would be proud off.
I always thought that being a makeup artist/hairdresser was the perfect job to fit in with children, but somehow I think my partners 9 to 5 might be a tad easier to juggle with childcare, family life and my world of lip gloss, champagne & celebrations talking of which....
I recently attended a ball to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the PwC Pantomime. This has to be one of the highlights of my year so far. I spent many years behind the scenes being part of the makeup crew, since having my daughter in 2013 I seem to have taken a break from the theatrical world. As you can imagine the ball was full of 'old' & 'new' faces. Drink was flowing (maybe a little too much for me), the magic mirror was rather busy with everyone dressing up and having their pictures taken.
It was a truly memorable evening and many faces from the past made it even more special. As well as seeing the bean pole, one or two of the dames, chorus and not forgetting my favourite the dragon (or should I say Fiona whom I painted green on more than one occasion).
Another of my highlights has to be my trip to 'Santorini' one of the most beautiful islands I've ever had the pleasure to visit. I flew out to look after a beautiful bride and bridal party on their special day Sunday 29th May.
It did feel strange leaving my daughter and partner and taking my kit bag to another part of the island to prepare Louise Bradley for her wedding to James White. Everything went according to plan and whilst doing Louise's hair I said "James will just say 'wow' when he sets eyes on you". Like any fairy tale that's exactly what happened and I'm sure you'll agree she did look amazing.
To create the look I used heated rollers plenty of back combing, airbase foundation and MAC eye colours arena, jest and espresso. Blush was posy and lips were matte nouvelle vogue by MAC - which has sadly been discontinued.
The week before my Santorini trip I had the pleasure of working with Jade a bride from Kent. Jade's theme was everything vintage, her classic up do with side to side plait & flawless natural makeup complimented the overall theme. Products used were by MAC & ELF.
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In recent weeks I have worked with headshot photographer Richard Torble based in Kent, Richard has a real passion for his work and I enjoying working alongside him as hair/makeup artist & stylist on many of his shoots. We have recently worked on a number of projects from Corporate headshots to headshots for local entrepreneurs.
I never realised just how important a good headshot was and what impact it can have on a business. So if you know anyone looking to update their company website or employees photos let me know and I will pass your details to Richard.
I was over the moon to see that NYX has now arrived at Boots in Bluewater, Kent. No sooner had it arrived I visited the store and purchased some items for The Beauty Academy where I teach Professional & Media makeup. Students love NYX and it's not surprising, products are great and the price is affordable. So next time you're in Bluewater make sure you visit the NYX counter. My favourite product at the moment has to be 'glitter primer', if you want to glitter lips or eyes this is for you, it's amazing and at £8 it's a bargain. I love the lip glosses and my daughter gives her approval too.......