Insta Update|Life on Set

You may have noticed that I haven’t been around too much on the Blog and YouTube but if you follow me on Instagram you may know why.

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From Sunday to Wednesday I was working on amazing short film shot in Muswell Hill at the beautiful Vintage Store Cha Cha Cha. It’s a short horror comedy featuring an amazing cast including the wonderful Sophie Thompson, Indira Varma and even children’s writer Michael Rosen and directed by the very talented Abigail Blackmore.

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I had the privilege of being the make-up designer and to work with such an awesome cast and crew.

For more information on the film which will be screening in August you can check out their Facebook, Twitter.

For more information on me as a make-up artist visit my website or my Instagram.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Easter Sunday Funday

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Easter Sunday was a slightly quieter affair than normal, we are having building works going on so the usual huge family lunch was limited to just a close few.

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I love bunnies and couldn’t resist these rather kitsch bunny cups from Tesco.

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I was left in charge of my new favourite domain the kitchen and with a little help from my mum managed to cook up a little feast.

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Roast chicken with all the trimmings followed by mascarpone and passionfruit clouds.

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Feeling a little bit over indulged we finished off the day with a walk, before tucking into our easter eggs.

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Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Becoming Freelance

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At the beginning of January I quit my full time job of working in a bar and became a freelance make-up artist. I wish I could tell you all how exciting and busy I am but right now I writing this with the third season of Once Upon A time on and my e-mails refreshing every ten minutes. It’s not as glamorous as I thought it would be.

On the flip side every job I do is amazing and I am making a few contacts for further work and I have learnt a lot about being freelance so I thought I would share with you my top 5 tips of what I have learnt so far!

*You will spend most of your time in your office looking at a computer screen than doing the actual job.

*You will sleep with your phone like a teddy bear in case a last minute job comes up.

*Business cards are super important – I got mine done by Moo Cards

*Experience is important, do every job that comes your way even if it’s unpaid

*Be nice to everyone you never know where that person will be in the five years.

So what have I been up to in my first three months, well I have done just about everything a little bit of fashion, some theatre and a few short films. I also have started doing weddings which is one of my favourite things to do, helping someone get ready for their big day is such a massive honour.

 If you fancy keeping up to date with my MUA activities then follow my Instagram which you can find here. Or you can check out my wedding website here.

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‘Someone for Everyone’ Short Film|Style and Talent Photoshoot|UWL Photoshoot|Sweet Charity at Dorking Halls.

Anyone else working freelance and got any tips?

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Pale Girl Problems

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As much as I love my pale my skin, my Irish heritage does cause some beauty problems!

1. Finding an affordable foundation that doesn’t turn me orange.

High end brands can be just as bad but most have slightly better shade range however finding a high street foundation my shade has been almost impossible if you are having the same issue here are some high end and high street suggestions L’Oreal True Match in Rose Ivory, Rimmel Wake Me Up in Porcelain, Illamasqua Skin Base, NARS Sheer Glow.

2. Being able to contour without looking like you applied mud to your face.

As with foundation contouring can be difficult for us pale girls with a lot of popular products – Benefit Hoola i’m looking at you – giving us muddy results however I have found a few products which are fantastic  which you can read here.

3.Burning even in the English sun.

As soon as the sun starts peeking round the clouds on goes the factor 5o otherwise I will be lobster red by the end of the day.

4. People not believing you’ve been on holiday because you just don’t tan.

I honestly don’t tan even if I do burn I just go straight back to white, so to stop with the annoying questioning about my inability to tan I often opt for a bit of the fake bake. My favourite brand to use is Cocoa Brown. You can create a realistic tan and it doesn’t turn you Oomph Loompa orange.

5. People asking if you are feeling alright when you’re not wearing make-up.

‘You look awfully pale are you alright’ ‘Yep that’s just my face without all the contouring and blush’

Have you encountered any of these #palegirlproblems

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Ping Pong|Review

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*apologies for lack of photos I hadn’t planned on blogging but couldn’t resist snapping a few*

I’ve been wanting to go to Ping Pong since, well what seems like forever, finally after some nagging and organising I managed to get the girls together for dinner.

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First thing is Ping Pong is super popular we went into the Embankment branch at around 6:30 and it was buzzing. We managed to squeeze onto a sharing table and order some drinks before tackling the menu – the ordering system is a little odd, you tick the items you want before handing the list to a staff member, basically doing their job for them.

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Having not been there before and having heard great things about the pork buns I ordered them along with an array of other goodies.

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The food is amazing, full of flavour, warm fluffy dough filled with succulent pork, another food description sentence. However I wouldn’t suggest Ping Ping for a catch up dinner. I could hardly hear myself speak amongst the chatter of other tables and clinking at the bar.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

For menus and info click here.

Savage Beauty|McQueen Exhibition

My mum is a member of the V&A which meant that we got to go and see the beautiful McQueen Savage Beauty a day before it is opened to the public.

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We started the day off with a bit of tea and cake in the members lounge which is situated at the very top of the building hidden away behind a two way mirror.

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The actual exhibition is a no photography zone and I am sort of glad it is as I think its something that you should go and experience for yourself rather than viewing it from a computer screen.

It’s very hard to put into words how amazing the collection is, the whole exhibition is very McQueen with each room taking on a different theme – one minute you are in the catacombs of Paris and the next you are in a royal throne room. The selection of clothes on display is phenomenal and being able to see the clothes close up is such a privilege. Like I said its hard to describe you can only really understand if you see it yourself.

My mum attempted to put it into words and came out with this:

Exceptional – stunningly beautiful, theatrical, disturbing. And – in a darkened room, dancing to the music from Schindler’s List, Kate Moss in a pepper’s ghost effect dancing/floating in a McQueen dress of clouds of white tulle. Eerie . . .

Which I think sums up a small part of it!

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Hat – Topshop|Dress – H&M|Cardigan – Vintage|Pumps – H&M.

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We lunched at Le Pain Quoitdien my all time favourite Belgium cafe.

If you can get tickets for the Savage Beauty exhibition go because its just amazing! It opens today and runs until August.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

For more information click here.

Happy World Book Day

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Happy World Book Day

When I was younger I used to love dressing up as my favourite book characters for school – most popular in my time was Dorothy from Wizard of Oz or Madeline from Madeline. However sadly there isn’t dress up at work so I thought I would share with you my three favourite classic books.

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

I studied this during my English Literature ALevel and fell in love with the roaring 20’s. An old school romance novel full of treachery, seduction and a good dose of champagne, The Great Gatsby tells the story of Nick Carraway and his friendship with the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, who is in love with Nicks cousin Daisy. What I love most about this book is the way the characters are written; you never fully love or despise any of them. Each character has both their good points as well as their character flaws just like real people it adds a whole new dimension to the story.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

I have always been a fan of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and the Hound of the Baskervilles has to have been one of the first ones I ever read. They are good old fashioned mysterious written with wit and eloquence. The relationship between Sherlock and Watson is hilarious but also heart warming. These stories are timeless and if you have never ventured into the world of 221B then The Hound of the Baskervilles is a great one to start with.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I wrote my final English Lit essay on Alice in Wonderland and although it is not the most adult book out there it still remains a favourite. I have read this story over hundred times and love collecting vintage additions. This story is really about escapism, nature vs nurture and identity along with other things all wrapped up into a quaint children’s book. I love this story because its perfect for boy adults and children, a throughly good read for children but full of hidden themes for adults.

What are your favourite classics?

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO