Interview Day!

So today was my interview for Beauty Care at college!

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I did a little research on what kind of make-up might be best received – subtle but skilful, or all-out showing off? – and the general consensus seemed to be the former, so that’s what I aimed for.

I primed my lids with my MUA eye primer (jury’s still out on this one; I’ll cover it in a later post once I’ve used it a few more times), and set down a base of White Chocolate (from Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar – what else?). I wanted to keep things matte and muted, so I used Salted Caramel as my transition shade, went over my crease with Semi Sweet and finished off with just a touch of Triple Fudge to darken things up. I spent a bit of extra time on the blending, as I wanted everything to be very soft and blended out.

Belatedly, after choosing and applying my soft brown shades, I remembered how well olive shades complement my eye colour, so I added a little Bless Her Heart over the White Chocolate on my lid. In retrospect, I think the look would have worked better without this, but it wasn’t a massive error.

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The lady doing my interview even said she loved my make-up!

I used some white liner on my lower waterline to enlarge my eyes, went over my top lashes with my NYX Two Timer liner (both ends; kohl first), and then finished with a couple of coats of my Ted Baker mascara. I got this mascara in a make-up set I received as a Christmas present and which I plan to write a post on very soon, because it contained some incredible make-up and could even potentially be credited for the kick-off of my newfound make-up love!

I kept the rest of my make-up light and careful – although I did have a go at some contouring! For this I used a matte bareMinerals bronzer and bareMinerals angled face brush, but I don’t blame you if you can’t really see it in the photos – I’m so new at it that I can’t help but be cautious.

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I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out.

As for the interview itself, I’m not so sure! My interviewer did indeed comment on the quality of my make-up, but make-up is only one element of the course, and she seemed discouraged by my lack of experience with the others – massage and manicures and the like. We’ll see. I got positive vibes from her regarding me as a person, but I felt like something was off. I should find out soon either way!

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A Little Bit of Gold

I spent quite a long time looking for the perfect gold eyeshadow, and I found it in my trusty Chocolate Bar.

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I’m really a fan of the kind of halo eyeshadow look, because I love bold, bright and sparkly shadows and I feel that this is the perfect way to showcase them without worrying about looking like a seven-year-old who’s raided their mum’s make-up bag.

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Sorry for the over-stylised picture, I just think this palette is so beautiful!

I think that were I to do this look over, I would apply the shadows a touch more heavily, but I’ve always had an issue with being a little too careful so this is something I have to work on anyway, and in any case, I had several reasons to keep it light. I used Crème Brulee, Triple Fudge and just a hint of Salted Caramel, which (as always seems to be the case with me) I had to apply quite hastily as I was in a hurry. I kept the rest of my make-up simple and light, as I was aiming for a look that wouldn’t be out of place in the daytime, but which wouldn’t be too simple to carry me into the night time, since I was unsure of our exact plans but knew that they would continue all evening and that I wouldn’t have time to re-apply.

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Forehead doodles on point…

It’s not always an easy balance to achieve, but I think I managed okay.

Also – sorry for my absence over the last few days – I had an impromptu trip to visit a friend in Dundee, and a party to organise, so I’ve been very busy!

I’d usually leave it there, but I have a couple of other things I want to chat about today. Firstly: my local Boots has recently opened a NYX counter, which is fantastic and is always the first one I gravitate to when I’m there, but I had my eye on a particular lipstick (NYX Round Lipstick in Lala) and after searching instore on several occasions and finding it sold out every time, I gave up and ordered it online instead. I’m quite excited about it for a couple of reasons, so I’ll be featuring it in a post soon!

And secondly: I’ve been invited for an interview at a college in my city to study Beauty Care!! The course is currently full but it’s very common for quite a few people to drop out before the course starts – if for example they find something else or don’t achieve the required grades – so I’m feeling very hopeful about that. The interview is on Wednesday, so please wish me luck!

Sparkling Bellini

I know that two posts in one day may be considered excessive by some… but I just have so many looks I want to try out! This one’s been brewing in my head since I got my lovely Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, along with the title Sparkling Bellini.

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For my eye make-up, I mostly used Sweet Peach and Topshop’s Chameleon Glow (more than I’d ordinarily pay for a single shadow at £9, but so pretty and incredibly versatile) in Wax ‘n’ Wane, but when I concocted this look in my head, I also thought that Champagne Truffle, of the Chocolate Bar palette, would be a good base for it. Were I to do it over I would skip this step and instead use Bellini itself for this (or perhaps Nectar, to create a brighter finish?), as I feel that they just mixed and dulled the iridescent fabulousness of the title shade.

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A reference, since I’m naming so many shades. Also another excuse to photograph this palette because look at it.

I chose to use Caramelized blended upwards from my crease, and it was a little darker than I’d anticipated – in my head this look was more subtle, not much more than a hint of pink sparkle around the eyes – but it ended up working well, and I even blended in a touch of Peach Pit to darken it slightly more. Then, I layered Bellini over the Champagne Truffle on my lid, before finishing off by dusting Wax ‘n’ Wane lightly over everything. Voilà – Sparkling Bellini!

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Once I’d finished my eyes – a swipe of NYX felt tip liner and a coat of Revlon’s excellent new mascara later – the search for a neutral lip look that would let my eyes be the focus quickly turned into an attempt at something I’d seen before, but never tried: darker colour at the centre of the lips that fades out and almost obscures the lip line. I’m still getting the hang of lipliner, so this is a favourable alternative – who needs outlined lips anyway? It took a few goes, but I hit on the idea of using my foundation as a blurring tool and that worked wonderfully.

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Lastly, as I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been seeking out some better-quality brushes, and I’ve been recommended Real Techniques. If anyone has any experience of these brushes they’d like to share, that would be great!