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

90’s Girl|OOTD

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Top – H&M (similar)|Jeans – New Look|Shoes – Kurt Geiger.

The 90’s called they want there outfit back.

I had a staff party a few days ago and I clearly decided to take a trip back in time to my childhood and the 90’s with my outfit. I love pairing these boyfriend jeans with the barely there style shoe for instant chic also these beauties from Kurt Geiger are so super comfy. I recently picked up this crop top from H&M,the shape is a little different to what I normal wear but it clings in all the right places and cuts off perfectly at the waist.

It’s a super simple outfit but still makes somewhat of a statement.

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Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Recent Additions|Superdrug Goodies

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Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Make-Up Remover|Rimmel Radiance BB Cream|VO5 Give Me Texture Sea Salt Spray|Olay Refreshing Toner.

I fell into Superdrug the other day and came out with a few new purchases and a few old favourites.

I love both the Olay Refreshing Toner and Garnier Express 2in1 Eye Make-Up Remover and use them both morning and night. Inexpensive but super effective.

I picked up the Rimmel Radiance BB Cream because I wanted a lightweight base for early mornings which won’t make my face feel clogged. I love the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation so thought I would give this a try. I’ve only used it once so far and I have mixed feelings, but i’ll let you know how I feel about it soon.

I also bought the VO5 Give Me Texture Sea Salt Spray, I love sea salt sprays in the summer when I tend to just let me hair do it’s own thing without any heat tools helping. It smells great like all VO5 products and it doesn’t make your hair sticky but again i’ll do a full review soon.

Have you bought anything recently?

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.

90’s Nude Love

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Clinique Whole Lotta Honey|Soap&Glory Naked Beige|MAC Modesty|Clinique Blushing Nude|MAC Whirl.

Okay I admit it I am obsessed with the 90’s nude lip trend. The browny nudes are so flattering and easy to wear, perfect for lazy days and nights out.

Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey£17.00

This is great for people who want to achieve that Kylie Jenner lip colour but keep it low maintenance. The Clinique Chubby Sticks are super moisturising with a sheer lip colour, they instantly take care of dry lips. The perfect lip balm for day to day use.

Soap&Glory Super-Colour FabuLIPstick in Naked Beige£9.00

A great high street alternative to the 90’s nude look, definitely more of a brown toned nude this looks beautiful on all skin tones and just like the Chubby Stick it’s packed full of moisture. Super pigmented and full of lip plumping properties this can really give you the Jenner pout.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Modesty£15.50

Modesty is a more pink toned nude but still quite dark and is perfect for both day and night. As its part of the Cremesheen family it is super moisturising – you noticing a trend? but is also packed full of pigmentation.

Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Blushing Nude£17.50

The most expensive of my favourite nudes but it’s so worth the money, like the MAC Modesty it’s more of a pink toned nude. Not as moisturising as the others it has an amazing long wearing formula packed full of pigment and a gorgeous shiny finish.

MAC Lip Liner in Whirl£12.50

Rumoured to be one the many lip colours that Ms Jenner actually wears I love using this liner with all of the above lipsticks but also as an all over lip colour. It’s a matte, liner with a mixture of both brown and pink. It defines and stops the lipsticks from feathering and has an amazing lasting power.

Other honourable mentions include Maybelline Colour Drama in Nude Perfection, Rimmel Moisture Renew in Nottinghill Nude and Rimmel Lasting Finish Liner in Spice

Are you a 90’s Nude fan?

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

London Calling|OOTD

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 Coat – H&M (similar)|Blouse – Boutique (similar)|Jeans – ASOS|Shoes – H&M|Bag – DKNY.

London Southbank is one of my all time favourite places to go and recently I went there with some of the family for a day out at the Aquarium. Its still not entirely spring in the UK yet so I wanted to layer up so wrapped up with a pussy-bow blouse, a jerkin that you can’t see and then my favourite military style coat from H&M. This look is slightly more sophisticated than what I normally go for but I really love it. I went for trusty favourites on the bottom half with my ASOS Ridley Jeans and H&M Chelsea Boots.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Models Own Brush Kit|Review

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Models Own Travel Brush Kit£10.00

I am a sucker for a brush set and these hot pink Models Own ones really caught my eye. There are five brushes in the kit – I have lost one on a set somewhere. A powder brush, shading brush, lip brush, blending brush and angled brush. My favourites are the powder and blending brush.

Super soft and none of them shed these are great for either someone just starting out or a professional. These I think are only available at Boots in the UK but you might be able to find them online.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

M.A.C Vex|Review

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 M.A.C Shadow in Vex£13.00

As you may know I am not the biggest fan of M.A.C eye shadows I don’t like the price tag and there are so many dupes out there some which are better! However one shadow that I absolutely love mainly due to its beautiful duo chrome is Vex. It doesn’t photograph well but its a gorgeous grey based shadow with silver, green and pink running through it.

Not so stunning on its own but over a matte base shadow it creates instant glamour. I love pairing this with Maybelline Permanent Taupe. If you are a slightly ‘lazy’ make-up applier – read as you have better things to do with your time. Then this is a great swipe and go shadow.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO