Interview Day!

So today was my interview for Beauty Care at college!


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.

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.


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!


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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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!


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.


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!