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Help! I’ve run out of… (part 2)!

This was the second post I blogged last year when this was all new to me. I had so much fun writing it, I thought I would bring out some more of the secrets from my beauty (kitchen) cupboards. So get ready to raid the pantry, you’ve got some goodies ready and waiting to become your new guilty pleasures!

Here are 5 more quick alternatives for when your beauty stock has run out.

  1. Cucumber Cooling Face Pads! Who knew cucumbers were great for cleansing and cooling? I did! No one likes puffy eyes in the morning or in the night for that matter. Blend/ juice a couple of cucumbers with water. Get some clean beauty pads  soak them in the juice. Put them in a clean plastic bag in the freezer to cool. In the morning take a couple out for your eyes. Take the chill off first by moving them about a little (with clean hands) and then place them on each eye for approx. 5 mins. Your eyes should be refreshed and awake in no time. You can also keep any left over mixture in the freezer.
  2. Tea bag lady! Not a fan of cucumber then what about those left over herbal mint tea bags such as camomile or peppermint? Follow the process above from the freezer part and let those bags get cool overnight. Use them in the morning instead of the cucumber.
  3. Lemon Scrub a dub! I am surprised at how many people do not know about this little gem. Lemon is a great natural brightening agent and works well to even out the skin from scarring from acne, if done on a regular basis. Put a little lemon juice (or slice a lemon) with some olive oil and sugar on a cotton pad (or on the lemon slice) and gently exfoliate your face- don’t forget the neck. Leave on for a couple of minutes and then wash off with warm water. You skin will feel super soft and look radiant. Try not to get course sugar as you still want to be gentle. Also watch the eyes. Lemon juice in the eyes, stings- fact! Start by doing this a couple days a week. The olive oil should leave your skin supple.
  4. Coriander! Coriander! Blackheads getting on your last nerve or nose? A little turmeric, coriander leaves and water will soon help. Mix together to create a paste. Put it on the affected area and then wash off.
  5. Feet So Soft!  Supporting our bodies as well as sandals, heels, sneakers, shoes etc take their toll on our feet. A great way to keep them soft and supple is to once a week lather them in olive oil and put your socks on for at least 30 mins to an hour. If you can sleep in them do! Your feet will be softer than before and it will also help to break down some of the hard skin on the heel. Lotions can dry out your skin because of all the additives and preservatives.

Let me know what some of your natural beauty secrets are!

Besos!

TBH! xoxo


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So you wanna become a Make-up Artist?

This is a special reader request for my beautiful friend Etta who sent this along with a couple of other requests. Etta is not alone in this quest as it is something that I get asked all the time. I still consider myself pretty new in the game having only really embarked on this just over a year ago. Truth be told I am probably an OG as so many people are becoming make-up artists every day.

I will be honest. This field is full to the bronzing powdered brim and overflowing. The industry is saturated and shows no signs of slowing down. My story is different to others and I will give you the short version. For the full, no holds barred version, click here. I used make-up as a mask and it helped me find confidence. I wanted to help others find confidence through inner beauty first and so got into beauty and make-up.

It does not come naturally to me. I am not artistic- I draw the line at stick men- see what I did there! I did not wear make-up before a year and a half ago and still don’t on a daily basis. My passion for this has come later on in life and continues to grow each day with the people I meet and helping them see their beauty truly is internal.

So you wanna become a Make-up Artist? Here are my tips and some general advice. This is from my own experience and has not been influenced by anyone or anything. As always they are my own thoughts and feelings.

  1. You do not have to go to Make-up School. There is no law here in the UK or overseas (that I am aware of ) that says you do. Some of the most talented MUAs are self-taught. What a school will help with is specific skills and possibly confidence from a certificate. It is a personal decision as they are not cheap and there are alot of additional extra’s that come with it. Some supply basic kits and other’s don’t. If you think it is for you then…
  2. Do your research. Find out what the school offers. What your fee includes? Do you have to buy products as the course goes on or will they provide them? In the UK, PAM London and Illamasqua have great free courses/ workshops/ drop in sessions available. Click on their names for links to their sites. You can also do a longer college course and combine make-up and beauty. For young people in the UK there are a lot of free ways into this arena.
  3. Insurance. If you are looking at this as a professional career then you should have insurance to cover you when making up other people. You don’t realise how important this is until you need it- which I pray never happens. The same way you insure your phone, contents etc, you should get insurance. You should still consider it even if not doing this professionally as regardless of family or friend, it is important to be covered.
  4. Assistant required! Starting out as an assistant to a MUA is a great way to test the field and see if this is really for you. I started out assisting a friend and it was an eye opener. She allowed me to set up, prep skin and eventually do make-up under her watchful eye. I will do another post on how to be the best assistant you can be. Thank you Mary-Jane.
  5. Practice! Practice! Practice! I will save the practise and perfect adage only because I do not believe in perfection as it gives you nothing more to strive for. Struggle with winged liner, then practice. A smokey eye going up in flames? Practice. Not sure how to do make-up for dark skin? Hooded eyes? Practice. You will get better with time and you will see your progress the more you do it. I seriously get so nervous when I do my friends. Strange but true.
  6. You Tube! This place taught me much. There are so many talented ‘beauty gurus’ as they are called providing step by step looks. Everything from daytime simple to hollywood glamour looks. This generation is serious about their craft and you can watch on your phone or in the comfort of your own home. Stop, start, forward and rewind at your own pace.
  7. Don’t let talent overshadow personality. It doesn’t go without saying and needs to be said. Be a kind person. Be polite, professional, courteous and punctual. I am so humbled by the referrals and booking I get from others and majority of that is by being good natured. I am not the best MUA there is but I am me and I give every client my all regardless of whether they are paying £50 or £500.
  8. Be presentable. I have opted for the casual approach when working on regular clients but I am always clean and presentable. I don’t also wear black all the time. I can only be me, so do I wear a full face of make-up? No. It has to be you and what you are comfortable with. You can wear heels but remember you may be on your feet for long hours.
  9. Believe in yourself. Saying I am not the best MUA is not negative but honest. I am striving every day to get better. I do believe in my ability and what I can do. I let that confidence speak through me when I am on a job and make sure every client has the best experience they can.
  10. Do you do hair? Clients will want to keep costs down where they can. If you can do hair, let them know. If you can’t then consider a basic course. If it is still not for you, then be honest and tell the client when they book you.
  11. Develop a thick(er) skin. This industry is not easy. You will question your ability when you are not booked for a job or when a client changes or adds ‘subtle changes’ to your look right in front of you. Some clients may not even call back after booking you or say they like your work but then behind your back say something different to the photographer. Try not to take it personally. Everyone has reasons for what they do. You are responsible for your actions and yours alone. You may feel a little setback but as Jay-Z would say… dust your shoulders off. As long as you gave it your all and had a good heart that was enough.
  12. Keep learning. Update your skills. Do follow- up courses if you can. I ask for feedback from my clients so I know what I need to improve upon and what worked well. That may be the old Customer Service Manager in me but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I adore working with people and I want to make sure they get the most paramount service I can offer.
  13. Team work. Photographers, Hairstylists, Models, Stylists and everyone else involved. Know what they do and be supportive. Someone once told me that MUAs are considered the bottom of the pecking order on shoots. None of the shoots I have worked on. I challenge that theory and then some. If I have to hold a reflector or help a model into their shoes I do it like there is nothing to it. I do not, however, accept rudeness. We all have bad days but you can turn that around if we smile and try.
  14. Be prepared. Know in as far in advance as possible about the shoot. Ask for a mood board (a series of looks detailing what the shoot is going for) themes, what the model is wearing, what light the photographer is shooting with. if in doubt, ask. Don’t be embarrassed to ask. Being prepared will show you mean business!
  15. Promote yourself. Be your own PR agency. No-one will blow that trumpet like you can. Keep your CV and portfolio up to date. You do not have to be the big tweeter or face booker but get yourself out there. Local paper, flyers, business cards. The level will depend on you.
  16. Overnight Millionaire. Even if you’re doing Rhianna’s make-up you are not gonna be a millionaire overnight. You more than likely gonna have flights around the world and get closer to Trey Songz than I would (vex face). The money depends on so many factors such as what part of make-up or beauty you get into. Bridal can be big business as can glamour. You may have to do a lot of jobs for free to build your portfolio but have a limit or cut off. Know your work and as we said in point 8- believe in yourself and your talent. You may not be financially rich but emotionally you will if this is your passion.
  17. Money out vs. Money in. Your kit can get expensive. Very expensive. You think you need everything when you start out. You so do not! Think about each purchase carefully. Don’t go buy fake blood or SFX stuff if you only want to do bridal. You do not need a specialist make-up case if you have a perfectly good suitcase and clear bags for your products. Weigh up the cost properly. You do not have to outdo anyone. If you have seen my other posts then you will know you do not have to always go for the most expensive products. As you build up a clientele and have more money coming in then you can be a little less tight on the purse but not too much!
  18. Have a career plan or goal. Do you want your own make-up line or want to be a celebrity make-up artist? Just wanna do make-up for friends and family. No matter what the goal is, let it be your dream and your vision. Not someone else’s vision for you. Big or small it is your dream, right?
  19. There are specialist agencies out there (yep! like Modelling agencies) that represent Make-up Artists and other creatives. There is a process to go through and they represent a lot of the elite. Another strand to consider should you want to get into this field. You can also go the counter route. Working for Lancome, Clarins or Mac. They generally require sales experience and examples of your work. It is easier through recruitment agencies as opposed to directly with the brand but there will be a recruitment process or you may be lucky enough to know someone on the inside.
  20. Look after you. This job can take a toll on your back, feet, body and skin.There will be long hours and not so glamorous locations. You may have to work in cramped spaces or in the rain. All for the love of it.

I haven’t asked whether you want to do it as a hobby or career and that really is your own question to ask. This really covers Make-up Artistry. Beauty therapy and skin care does require education and qualification. It is like anything, hard work and you get out what you put in. Make-up on your friends is different from Film, Television and Music. There will be terminology thrown around such as dewey or flat, sepia to cut crease and you will need to decipher the code or ask questions. I am behind you all the way.

Good Luck! I hope this helps in some way. If you have any questions or any further advice to offer please comment and let me know. If you find these blogs useful then why not subscribe? If you are on WordPress all you have to do is hit the follow button. Everyone else, just put your email in the box on the right and receive email notifications every time I blog!

Here are a couple behind the scenes pics of me when I first started out…

Working with Ny on film Krish and Lee With Allegra Hart on Breathe Music Video

Besos!

TBH! xoxo


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My 100th Blog Post…

Celebrate good times, C’mon! 

I better stop there or I may get up and start dancing and that is taking the blog to a whole other level. This is truly a milestone for me. When I started this blog, I had no idea what I was doing. I knew I wanted to talk about beauty and confidence, make-up and skin care and all such things.

Who would read my blog? Would people like it? I am no expert so maybe people wouldn’t respond to what I was saying or even be interested. Here we are 100 posts later and I am still as excited writing this as I was on my first one in March 2012.

As you can probably guess this blog is to send you a huge, gigantic, enormous THANK YOU! The kind of THANK YOU that cannot be measured in words or pictures. But the kind that if you close your eyes long enough, even if for a few seconds, you can imagine me there giving you a big NEW YORK filled hug and kiss to thank you.

I am so very grateful to all of you who have subscribed, read, commented, laughed, chuckled and all those good emotions. If you have cried (tears of joy) or just found any kind of pleasure in this blog- THANK YOU. You are amazing and I will continue for you.

Beautiful Kaye was my first WordPress subscriber and fellow blogger who inspires me so much. Gorgeous Niicolea is held in the same regard as her blog is wonderful. My wonderful friend, Etta of Etta’s Threads shares so much through her blog and our conversations that when I wanted to give up blogging because I didn’t think I was good enough, she made me see sense. All the bloggers I haven’t mentioned, you constantly make me realise why I love this little blogosphere we blog in! Thank you all.

My darling Sister Carlene, Glemma, Bilkis, Claire, Donna O, Pria there is not a blog post you don’t like or comment or share. From day one you have been my biggest supporters and it means so much to me. Again, just because I haven’t said your name, do not take it personally, there  are so many of you to thank and I am ever grateful for the love and support you give me and my not so funny jokes.

So here is to more posts and shameless selfies of me pouting and posing as I try and entertain you. Here is one more for the collection!!

Thank you kisses!

Thank you…

Besos! xoxo


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Origins Clear Improvement: Active Charcoal Mask: Review in progress!

Hey Everyone,

I have been trying to better my make-up skills, hence all the looks you have seen me post in recent weeks. My skin is not used to it and so I wanted to do a little more to my normal skin care regime.

Origins are known for their natural organic skin care. Free of dyes, petroleum, parabins and animal ingredients. They also do not test products or ingredients on animals – which is an instant plus in my book. I have been a proud Vegetarian since January 2013 and have been looking at the products that do not test on animals or use their ingredients. I am not fully there yet but am learning and researching more everyday.

I purchased the mask last week on the recommendations of some friends and have tried it once. I using it once a week and will be giving it 6 weeks for my ‘Straight, no chaser review’. It is said to ‘draw out dirt’ from the pores and to clear minor blemishes.

Here is a quick pic of me trying the mask:

Applying the maskGrey face

Once the mask had dried!

dried

Check out my Facebook page for a  little video… (covers eyes)!

First impressions?

  • Feels good on my skin
  • Did not seem to dry out my skin- although the mask dries tight and quick!

Typical, I forgot to take an after shot when I washed the mask off but will remember for week 2.

Don’t forget to check back in a couple weeks for a full review.

For more on Origins products, click here.

Hope you enjoyed this 99th post! So what will number 100 be? I cannot even believe I am up to post 100 already! Feeling quite emotional. It would not be the blog it is without your support. Thank you 100 gazillion times and so much more. Stay tuned!

Besos!

TBH! xoxo


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Get up and Go, Beautiful!

Like most people, time is always of the essence. Last year, I did a quick series called 5 Minute Beauty! My aim was to show that you did not need to spend loads of time to apply make-up in the morning to look beautiful and fresh faced. I broke it down into simple steps for the eyes, cheeks and lips. Today I am going to combine them for a simple look to get you out the door in a flash.

Whether you’re a busy Mom on the go, juggling more than one role or working round the clock, you can still look effortlessly beautiful in the morning in less time than it takes to boil an egg! What’s even better about this is this look can last all day.

I will give you a head start. You will need the following items:

  • brow product of choice
  • concealer
  • face powder (optional)
  • lash curler (optional)
  • mascara
  • blush or bronzer (blush brush is optional)
  • lip product of choice

 

Here is a quick pictorial of my process:

1. Start with a cleansed and moisturised face!

Washed and readyEven managed a smile

2. Brow love!

I do not leave home without giving my brows some definition. I use a pencil or powder- whichever is to hand. For a more detailed look on how I do my brows, check out my brow post. They frame the face and so this is important. If you have seen my more dramatic looks, you know I favour the clean brow look but this works well for everyday.

Brow Love

3. Cover up! (Optional)

Concealer has many uses. I use it to tidy under my brows for a sharp and clean look, cover my dark circles and more. I pigmented lids so use concealer on top of my lids and also under my eyes. This makes my eyes look more awake and fresh. You can use your favourite foundation for this step. It really depends on you. I do not conceal under my eyes all the time. In fact, you are more than likely to see me out and about with just brows and lips. When I am extremely tired looking, I conceal. Use your face powder to set, if you need to. You can also use it as a quick colour on the eyelid.

Concealing my lidConcealing under my eyes...Concealer under both eyes...

4. Eye opener!

Curling your lashes really does work to lift lashes up and give you a more wide eyed look. Regardless of the length of your lashes. This is still optional, however. Add mascara of your choice.

Curl and lift

5. Put some colour on those cheeks and lips!

The concealer has gone some way to even out my tone and in order to not leave me looking too washed out, I need some contrast. Adding blush or bronzer and lipstick (gloss, stain) will do that in no time at all.

Blush it upBesos!

Let your hair down or pin it up and…

Get up and Go, Beautiful!

Besos x2Glasses at the ready

So! Are you up for the challenge? It may seem like a lot of steps (kidding- there are 5 and 2 of them are optional) but that is me explaining it through pictures. The step that took the longest for me was mascara and that is because I put about 2 coats on so you could see my non-existent lashes, lol!

The only time I used a brush was for the blush but that is it. Use your fingers, especially for the concealer, it warms the products before it touches your skin and makes it easier to blend.

As I said earlier, I tend to skip step 3, unless I really need it. Got full brows, then you can skip step 1. That is what makes this adaptable and easy. You don’t have to spend hours creating a look that you can do in no time at all. Best of all, you get to see you. The same beautiful you with a frame facing brow and pink lip!

Hope you enjoyed this post. If you try it let me know how you get on!

Besos!

TBH! xoxo


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Bajan Beauty with an Indian Twist!

If you know me personally you will know I am a Daddy’s girl. My Daddy is the most amazing man in the world to me! I could so go on and on and on. He was born and raised in Barbados and whilst today most people know it for Rihanna, there is so much more to this Caribbean Gem!

Click here to find out more about beautiful Barbados!

Carnival time is days away here in the UK and I chose to do a look with the colours of the Bajan flag. Well, almost. The yellow was not as pigmented as I would have liked so I chose a gold colour. My gorgeous Tika is a nod to the Indian roots on my Mother’s side. Special thank you to my friend Pria for the loan.

Blue, gold and Black...

For a lot of my readers who are new to make-up, this look was created with 4 colours (there can be load more). Blue, Black, gold and Cream.  If you want to try it out, here is how I did it.

  1. Fill in eyebrows with powder or pencil.
  2. Conceal under brows and down blend down to lid (over the whole eye)
  3. Use matt cream colour under the brow bone and blend down.
  4. Pack blue eyeshadow on lid. Leave the inner corner free for the gold shadow.
  5. Add gold shadow in corner and fade into the blue.
  6. Blend out the edges with a fluffy brush.
  7. Run black shadow along lash line.
  8. Add mascara and false lashes (optional).
  9. Complete the rest of your make-up. Add foundation, concealer,  blush…

As I have said before. I have hooded lashes and so I have a very small lid space to work with. Work with your eye shape to create a similar look that looks amazing. I have received so many requests to video these looks and others as it can get a little lost in written translation. I am super shy but I have some willing models who have agreed to help out so stay tuned for them coming soon!

The brand of products I used do not really matter. You do not have to use the exact same ones I did. For reference though, the shadows were MAC and WetnWild. Liner is Jordana Fabuliner. Lips are courtesy of WetnWild and Inglot.

Bajan Flag inspired...

I wanted to do the lip with a dark shade as most of my friends tell me they cannot find a dark shade for women of colour. There are so many shades I cannot even begin to tell you. Purples, Reds, Plums and the like are so flattering and are just asking to be tried.

For all my bold, bright and fabulous ladies who like it hot, here is the same look with an orange lip!

Orange lip

Which is your favourite?

Hope you enjoyed and I hope you try out some colour in your next look. Send me pics if you do.

Shout out to all the Carnival massive.

Besos!

TBH! xoxo


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You Are So Beautiful! Naomi and Sabrina (Reader Request)!

Hey everyone! Hope you have had an enjoyable weekend!

So let me tell you I am so nervous when I do make-up for my friends. Doing my own make-up is one thing and even doing it for strangers does not seem to phase me. People who know me that is another story. Especially those who know me well. I don’t know if it because I am so new to this and they know 24 months ago I was not that make-up girl.

I am learning to channel the nervousness into positive energy. Besides my friends love me, right? 🙂

Ok, so one of my oldest friends, Naomi requested a simple but stunning look for wedding she was attending this week. I mentioned Ni in a previous blog. This was the friend who after I lost my hair due to bad judgement and chemicals, cut off all her hair the very next day. She runs her own successful Natural Skin and Hair Care business, Naoshea’s and is a fabulous mobile Loctician. A link to her site is above with more information.

Naomi’s skin is flawless. She uses Shea Butter on her face and that is it. Her makeover request was to play up her eyes and make her look beautiful. Seems easy? How do you make the already beautiful, beautiful?

Here is her before look…

1.  Ni before 2. After- Gold smokey eye with green eyeliner definition... 3. Beautiful Smile... Beautiful Queen

1. Naomi before/ 2. Ni with a gold eye look with dramatic winged liner/ 3. Coral lip with green bottom liner definition. 

Naomi’s super cute cousin, Sabrina also allowed me to do her make-up look.

4. Sabrina before 5. Sabrina after with a bronze look and pink lip 6. Naomi and Sabrina

4. Sabrina before/ 5. Sabrina with an easy brown look and pink lip/ 6. Naomi and Sabrina

Ni and SabrinaNi and Sab

Make-overs do not have to completely change the way someone looks. They can be subtle changes that enhance what is already there. The natural inside beauty is what makes them both gorgeous!

Special thanks to Ni and Sabrina for allowing me to do what I do! I had a ball! Don’t forget to check out Naoshea’s for all your natural hair and skin care!

Besos!

TBH! xoxo