Monthly Archives: September 2014

September Birch Box Review – My first one!

As some of you may know I’ve been getting GlossyBoxes for a couple of years now and loved the little monthly treat, some of the items have become makeup bag essentials and have been used extensively in my first few weeks of college.

But last month I thought I should probably cancel what with college coming up and money being tighter but changed my mind at the last minute last week I decided to turn…not quite 360 degrees, maybe 200? And went ahead and signed up for Birch Box instead. So here it is! First impression….waaaaay smaller. But I always used to get irritated at how much space was wasted in the GlossyBox boxes, just full of stuffing.




A very cute little canvas bag instead of reams of shredded paper. I would much rather packaging I can use again rather than something that just goes straight into the recycling.


Agave Hair Oil: I can’t imagine this will do anything that any other hair oil will do but it’s always nice to have more as I have been considering switching over to using hair oil and not conditioner like my girl Tuesday Laveau. Also, my husbear uses oil in his beard now and then and steals mine all the time. This smells nice and fresh and really reminds me of some sort of shower gel or something from my childhood!


Model Co. Lip Laquer in Morocco. Apologies for the crappy picture, the lighting in my living room is rubbish today and everything is a bit dim. This is a very nice colour, a deep neutral beige, and smells lovely and fruity. I can imagine this being a nice new addition to my drag bag.


The Beauty Blender. Now this is exciting. I’ve seen these all over the interwebs as the latest big trend and I’m very excited to use it. It’s a very dense sponge egg used for blending foundations. I’ve not usually been one for using sponges for foundation as they tend to just suck all the product up but I’m willing to give this a go! It also comes with it’s own wee soap bar for cleaning it after use.


Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream. I’m not really a fan of Benefit. It generally seems rather style over substance. And I’ve never been one for eye creams either…and just how good can they be over any other. I dunno. I’ll try it but I’m not holding out hope for this.


Plush Therapy Mild Dermabrasion Face and Body Scrub. Apologies again for the awful picture, this did not want to be photographed at all. I love scrubs and the grittier the better, I’m a total masochist when it comes to body scrubs. There’s not much to be said about this in this instance, it’s a rather vaguely scented scrub.


Photo clip. Trash. Total rubbish. I’m not a teenage girl. Do. Not. Want.


And finally a nice yummy snack. Super tasty as most dried pineapple is.

So, all in all I’m pretty pleased. No worse than GlossyBox so I’ll be carrying on, funds permitting!

Be sure to check back later this week for more of my kit swatches including Ben Nye, Mehron and Kryolan.


College kit swatches!

My college kit FINALLY arrived and after 10 minutes wandering around an industrial estate trying to find the obscure courier it was in my mitts. So just for you fine people I’m going to swatch everything I can over the coming days.

Today it’s the powders!

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So here we have from bottom right clockwise: Ben Nye lip pencil in Scarlet, Laval kohl eye pencil in black, and Professional Makeup white kohl liner, from the Mehron cheek pallet 202-pal Tropicoral, Rosewood, Mocha, Contour, Mojave, Wineberry, Just Peachy, Bold Red.

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Bottom left clockwise: Mehron E.Y.E Powder Palette, White, Nat Wheat, Cocoa, Toffee, Fawn, Cinnamon, Espresso, Black.

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Bottom left Clockwise: Mehron INTense pressed powder Fire palette, Ignite, Purple Heat, Fire Island, Electric Green, Yellow Spark, Inferno, Hot Pink, Pure Lightening.

College, days 3, 4, 5 and 6

Due to moving house I’ve been without internet since Friday. FRIDAY. 5 DAYS. I damn near died.

But we are now in the new house, hooked up and ready to party.

So Day 3 was our first half day, well…2 hours. Which is a bit of a dick to drag yourself in for but the short time does give a bit of practice for working with short time constraints, we have to set up, do our face and be cleaned down between 9.30 and 11.30 sharp. Day 3 was a face painting group challenge in which we had to simply use the hour and a half left to create super hero or super villain facepaints. We kinda just went with the flow, looked at some magazines for inspiration and got to it which I think was our downfall as all the other groups had themes and characters, we were a bit of a rag-tag group. But it was SO nice to use the Mehron paints for the first time, the black Paradise AQ went on like a dream and the gold metallic powder was just so lush, I neeeeeed it.


I went for a sort of Pierot look, as you can see the black has amazing coverage, this was just one layer. It’s a little patchy around the cheeks as I’d not yet learned to start from the cheeks and work out as the cheeks will absorb a lot more product. The Gold is llovely too, though very wobbly around the eyes. I’m still quite proud though, as I ended up with only about 20 mins to do my face. I also got to use my strong point…sticking stuff to faces. It’s my favourite thing. So, end of week one verdict? Love it. Even being the oldest in the group hasn’t hampered anything as I’m getting on with everyone so far.

Day 4! After a long and tough weekend of packing, and moving day 4 came around and gave us a long old day. First session was contouring. Learning the difference between a powder contour and full foundation contour.


Powder contour, needs a little buffing out but I liked this one.


Foundation contour, again needs buffing out but the foundations we had to use are SO thick and hard to work with I think I did ok with the circumstances.

In the afternoon we had our first planning session for the end of year show. We have decided on the theme of Freak Show as it gives us a very wide range to work with and still be comfortably within the theme.

Then we had skulls! We did a bit of study of the facial bones and were then set to a little task to naming the bones and writing them directly on the face.


Then we had to poke and prod and draw in the recesses in the face and create skull face using the actual bones of the model. This was really really hard. Especially with long nails…I’ve since had 2 breaks so they’re all trimmed right down now which does make things a lot easier but Whaaaaaaa, short nails!


I did no justice to Florian’s amazing bone structure.

Day 5! Airbrushing. At the start of the day we got to have our first go at the airbrush. Lots of fun but a little daunting as the kit is very expensive. We got in to groups to put on a face using full base, contour, sencils and whatnot. We made Penny into Lumpy Space Princess, I did the nose.


In the afternoon we had brows and winged liner. VERY HARD. This was so tricky, I’ve got it down on my own face but on others is going to take a lot of practice.


The brows were ok, though personally I would prefer thicker. The liner on the left is totally ugh, but better on the right.

Day 6. Another half day. We were set homework to research eyeshadow shapes and come up with a masquerade themed eye look.


I used NOLA Mardi Gras colours. Unfortunately my phone camera did not capture the colours well at all, I love the soft contour and blush and highlight on the lip. My liner is a little wobbly, and my rhinestone application a little uneven here and there but ultimately I’m proud!

Back to the day job with a bump but it’s made a whole lot better knowing it’s only 3 shifts a week and I get to spend the rest of my time doing makeup. I’m hoping to be put forward for day shifts at work too, so I can get a proper life back too!

So all in all a good fortnight. Next week is sugar skulls! Fun!



College! Days one and two!

So, I started college on Monday! As expected day one was paperwork and inductions.

Today we finally got to put some makeup on. We were given the task over the summer to write a short essay about cultural influences on makeup and make a face chart to go with it. I went with 18th Century European, focusing on the products and influence on 1980s fashions. 



It’s something i’m comfortable with as it’s a face I do on myself for the Aristokatte routine. I got good feedback, one person suggesting a more blended contour and a suggestion from my tutor to paint with the model facing the mirror as you get a better idea of how it will look on camera that way. 

So, nothing too interesting to report so far but I’ll be attempting to keep a record of my classes on here for my own benefit if nobody else’s. 

Half day tomorrow! Bed time!