Back to College Week 2 – All about skin care and preperation

Hey there GIrls,

So this week was about skin, skincare and skin prep.  The most important part of Makeup application is preparing the skin, if the skin is not prepared properly you may just forget about putting makeup on or at least forget about it looking perfect and flawless which is why we all use makeup!!   We had a mixture of theory and practical which was great, I think you learn more when you put it all together otherwise you just forget all the important information.  There’s a lot of information!  I hope my nappy destroyed brain can keep it all in but I’m pretty hopeful because I love it and we all know if your doing something you love and have a real interest in, it doesn’t feel like learning it just feels exciting.

bc9d6c5969ed6902996c0924b395111dHealthy looking skin V’s Dull tired dehydrated skin (photo by Carol_Anne – Getty Images)

So yesterday we concentrated hugely on Hygiene, so so important as a makeup artist to keep hygiene and cleanliness at the top of your list at all times!!!  From how you present yourself (who wants someone with dirty hands and patchy makeup touching their face!) to how you clean and sterilise your tools all as important as each other.  From there we moved on to Contraindications ie reasons why you would avoid or be cautious to proceed with a makeup application, then we discussed skin types, skin conditions and factors that can alter the condition of the skin.  Skin tones where very interesting and the characteristics that help you determine a persons skin tone, we moved onto a little product knowledge talking about colour correcting and primers and there benefits.  In between this we practised prepping the skin, cleansing, toning and moisturising.  It felt quite strange at first to touch somebody else’s face,  but our tutor was great for helping us determine the skin type once this was all done and by the end I was touching my team mates face with no thought at all!!!

It was a great day, learnt so much and every week I’m getting more and more excited for the following week!  We have a lot of homework this week a mixture of research and small presentations but for the first time in my life I actually cant wait to do my homework (never thought I’d hear myself say that).  Next week will be more product knowledge and all our brushes from cleaning to which brush to use and when.  Looking forward to it girls and I hope your enjoying my weekly updates on what we get up to, as always any questions just ask.

Till next time,

Sarah xxx



Creating that inspiring work space at home

Hey there Girls,

Lately with all the changes going on I’ve been thinking and longing for a space in the house that can be used for getting creative or just plain old trying to sort out life in general.  Somewhere girly (himself will adjust!) and inviting, obviously it doesn’t have to be a big space just to fit a desk and chair and some decorative features (these are so important to make an area look and feel inviting).  Trying to do up a blog post with my laptop on my knee is getting a bit old now and with my course going to get intense to say the least,  it would be great to have a corner of the house to go and concentrate, I’m not asking for a room just a corner not much to ask for (as I giggle to myself in a house of 6!).   I set about googling sites for furniture etc and of course IKEA came up trumps with everything  from the desk to the décor for the area I have to work with.  It has both functionality and affordability no other reason (it might look like an IKEA ad I can assure you it’s not!).  Here’s what I chose and hopefully it wont take too long to get that space that we all will use and benefit from in our house xxx Continue reading

Back to College – Week 1

Hey there Girls,

So this was my 1st week as a student again!!!! The nerves where unreal all the way up to Dublin yesterday.  This week was all about induction, we where greeted by the VanityX team Olivia our Tutor, Christine the Academy Manager and Emma a Trainee Tutor who where very welcoming and informative.  After filling out forms we began the introductions and this was great getting to meet the other students in the class.  It’s a great mixture of girls aging from 16 – 46, different backgrounds and everyone has a different reason for choosing the course and the outcomes that they want from it but what we all have in common is our desire to become confident Makeup artists, for whatever reason. Continue reading

Stepping out of my comfort zone

Hey there Girls,

Audrey Hepburn

After taking time out to spend with my babies (dipping in and out of work) and some stressful periods (as everyone has) I have finally decided to take the bull by the horns and do something for myself.  It can be very hard to find breathing space in a house with 4 wee ones amazing and all as they are and meaning the world to me, after 10 years I think you come to realise that you do need to do something for yourself and not feel the guilt us mothers always feel. 
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Outfit Inspiration – Marks & Spencers

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I really like Marks & Spencers for their quality and choice. From food to clothes to underwear and the children’s clothes are amazing!! I still have babygros (not that I still use them) from when my oldest was a baby 10 years ago and the other 3 have all worn them and they still have no balling apart from a stain here or there, they are as good as new!  Continue reading

Neutrogena Visibly Clear – My Absolute Skin Saviour!

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Since the summer I had been suffering with very bad breakouts, not even spots but boils they where so sore and would take forever to clear and when one went down another was already erupting!  It was really getting to me I couldn’t even cover them with concealer they where so bad.  So I booked an appointment at a Skin clinic, they went through everything and prescribed me a list the length of my left leg  of very expensive products I NEEDED to use to get my skin in tip-top condition and also a course of 6 microdermabrasion facials.  Continue reading

Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures


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So I have highlights (shock!) and everyone knows that this dries the hair to within an inch of its life, I am very fond of the Professional range of Shampoos and Conditioners that you can buy in salon supplies but as you can imagine they are pretty pricey.  Me being me wanted to find a more affordable alternative in the supermarket, I did not hold out too much hope most supermarket ones are runny, greasy or totally strip your hair and your hair never really feels properly clean. Continue reading