Thursday, 28 May 2015

London: The London School of Makeup

The whole purpose of my two week trip to London was to attend the London School of Makeup. Going to makeup school has been something I've wanted to do since I was 16, but with the courses being pretty pricey I've never been in the position to until now I'm in full time employment. 

I knew I wanted to attend a makeup school in London so after weeks of researching all the different schools I finally decided on the London School of Makeup. The main reason I chose this school was due to the fact that you complete the International Makeup Artist (IMA) certificate, the IMA are an awarding body independent from the school. "This internationally recognised qualification is not an in house schools attendance certificate instead it is a completely independent from the school and is offered in many schools throughout the world from Spain to Dubai and the UK to Moscow". 

The majority of the other schools I looked at offered the complete course in one go which would mean staying in London and attending school for anything between 8 and 12 weeks. However the at the LSM they either offer the course straight up for 8 weeks or allow you to complete two weeks at a time. This suited me perfectly as in the long run I couldn't quit my job to take this course so instead I can complete it bit by bit within two years. 

So this time I completed the first of the 2 week course's which was the foundation IMA certificate. This covered all the basics including skin types, colour correcting, foundation matching, bronzing, blush, shading, highlighting, eyes and lips.  We also created day, evening, vintage and bridal looks within the two weeks. 

Each day at the school was different but followed the basic principle of a lesson/theory in the AM from the teaching Makeup artist and then the afternoon was where we paired up and got to try out the techniques learnt in the morning. 

During my two weeks at the LSM my group had two different teachers - Amanda for the first four days then Ava for the remaining time. Each were so lovely and willing to answer any questions, I found their methods of teaching easy to understand and they made you feel so at ease throughout the course. 

I learned some valuable tips and tricks whilst at the school and was able to play around and experiment with products I usually wouldn't have thought to try, there were various different brands to use including MAC, Bobbi Brown, Nars, Illamasqua, Ben Nye, Makeup forever, Sleek and MUA to name a few. 

The exams were held over the last two days of the course. This was made up of a written multiple choice exam and then a practical exam where you had to create a day and evening look. I was thrilled that I passed both parts of the exams and even managed to score 100% in the written test!

Below are just a couple of pictures of the different looks created.

Bridal makeup:

Vintage makeup:

On the whole my experience at the school was amazing, I enjoyed all aspects of the course - I just wish I could have stayed for longer! 
I made the most wonderful friend through the course who I know will be friends for life. We spent the whole two weeks trying all the different restaurants on the street for lunch and then spent most evenings enjoying a few cocktails or glasses of wine. We all wished we could have stayed forever! 

Rocking our vintage looks: 

The aftermath of a day at makeup school:

If you have any further questions about the course I'd love to answer them!  I can't wait until I get the chance to go back and complete the next two weeks of the qualification which is the Creative course. 

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XOXO Sophie 

Monday, 25 May 2015

What's On My Face: Bronze Eye and Coral Lip

Hello Loves! 

Just a quick post from me tonight, I wanted to get up the makeup look I wore over the Bank Holiday weekend.  I spent the majority of the weekend shopping and getting organised for my upcoming holiday! 

Sunday night I was going out to a few bars then into town with some friends. The weather was super sunny so I wanted my makeup to reflect the summery weather. While I was away in London my Jaclyn Hill favourites palette arrived and I hadn't yet had chance to try it so this was the perfect opportunity. 

Benefit Porefessional Primer 
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation (7) mixed with Gerard Cosmetics Illuminating BB Cream
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20
Illamasqua Translucent Powder 
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit 
Nars Orgasm Blush 
Sharon Osborne for Mac Mineralise Skinfinish duo 

Urban Decay Original Primer Potion
Jaclyn Hill Favourites Palette
Clinique brush on gel liner in black
NYC Liquid Liner in Black to darken
Max Factor False Lashe Effect Mascara - waterproof black
Primark 'Sultry' Lashes 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown 

ModelCo nude liner
Topshop Lipstick in Macaroon
Mac Morange Lipstick 

XOXO Sophie 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

London: My First Weekend

As you probably know on the 25th April I went to London for two weeks to attend the London School of Makeup. I was very lucky that my cousins have a flat in Kings Cross, which they weren't using for the two weeks so I was able to stay there.  My parents drove me up on the Saturday and stayed a night to get me all settled in. 

This was what I wore to travel up to London, I wanted to be casual and comfy but still stylish.  I wore my ASOS Ridley skinny jeans which are the most flattering and comfy jeans I've ever owned, This ASOS black vest top, an oversized cardigan and fedora from Primark, my Nike Air Max Thea's and Michael Kors  handbag. 

We arrived in London at around 2.30pm dumped all my stuff at the flat and headed straight out for a drink. A few people had recommended going down to Canary Warf for the bars and atmosphere so that's where we went.
I had never been before and was slightly disappointed with the area, I was left feeling a bit like 'is this it?'. I'm not sure if we maybe didn't explore enough - the weather turned grey and cold just as we arrived - or if this just isn't the area for bars with lots of atmosphere. 

Canary Warf with Mum. 

After Canary Warf we headed to Covent Garden, which is a safe bet for bars and restaurants. At first I wanted to eat at the Big Easy but with it being a Saturday night and we hadn't booked so there wasn't a table until 10.45pm (sob!), so the Big Easy is still on my 'places to eat in London' list.  

Once in Covent Garden we headed to Tutton's, which is on Russell Street, and is a gorgeous bar and restaurant I discovered when I was last in London which was last July.  The bar is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine or two, I've never eaten in the restaurant but I've heard pretty good things about it. 

We then headed to Leicester Square for another glass of wine and eventually ended up in another favourite spot for dinner. L'ulivo is a traditional family run Italian on Villiers Street, this is about the third time I've been here in the past few years and I always have a gorgeous meal. You can tell everything is made from scratch and is authentic Italian food. 

We shared a few starters including calamari and cheesy mushrooms, then it was Pizza's for my parents and spinach and ricotta cannelloni for me with a side of fries to share - it was delicious. 

To well and truly finish off the night we ended up in Häagen-Dazs. I had a scoop of baileys and a scoop of chocolate praline with the crunchy nuts on top....heaven!! However not so heavenly for the waistline. 

My half eaten, quick snap while heading for the tube! 

The following day we ventured out to find the school so I would know exactly where I was going on the Monday morning - I am not the best with directions -  and it took us all of 2 minutes to find. The school is on Johns Prince's street which is literally just off Oxford Street and is in the most central perfect location - opposite BHS for anyone familiar with the area.

Over the next week or so I will be writing a bit of a London 'series' rather than cramming it all into one giant, hard to read post. Hope you've enjoyed more of a lifestyle post from me today, they are something I want to continue to blog in the future. 

Where are your favourite places to eat in London? Share your favourites with me on Instagram and Twitter, I'd love to hear from you!

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XOXO Sophie 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

My MAC Lipsticks.

I can't believe it's been two whole weeks since I last posted! My two weeks in London were just crazy busy and finding the time to blog was almost impossible. I managed to take a few snaps throughout my trip which I will be putting into a post soon though. 

Today I wanted to share with you my MAC lipstick collection.  I remember saving up and buying my first MAC lipstick when I was 17, it was the first Viva Glam Lady Gaga, which I still have and love too this day. 

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with MAC lipsticks. I love their colour range and the pigment is amazing but hate the fact that they seem to be very drying on my lips - even the more creamy formulas. However, I still continue to lust after them and pick up a new shade every so often. 

Morange - amplified 
Chatter Box - amplified 
Saint Germain - amplified 
Creme d'Nude - cremesheen 
Velvet Teddy - matte
Russian Red - matte 
Heroine - matte 
All Fired Up - matte 
Viva Glam Lady Gaga #1 - lustre 

**Please don't judge Creme d'Nude, I left him in my bag on top of a radiator without realising it was on! 

As you can see I have a very varied selection of the shades and finishes Mac have to offer. With the summer coming I'm looking forward to bringing out Morange, Heroine and Saint Germain again, these work so well with a suntan. 

No flash 


My favourite has to be Velvet Teddy which I pair with Whirl lip liner ( a la Kylie Jenner obvs) I find it a really easy combination to wear which goes with pretty much all makeup looks. 

What are your favourite Mac lipsticks? 

XOXO Sophie