Thursday, 14 November 2013

Beauty Day At The Cassie Lomas Makeup Academy


I have dreamt of doing a makeup course for ages and it still is something I so desperately want to do but to get in with an accredited school the fees are just somewhat out of my reach. Some start from around £2000 and can range up to an incredible £8000. There is just no way that at this moment in time (and probably at any at other moment in time) I’ll be able to afford what they’re asking, it’s disheartening but I guess it’s just the way it is. Not to mention the fact that the majority of schools are based in London and getting there/staying there while I do a course isn’t really a viable option. Aaaanyway enough sulking….to console myself a little at the irritating reality, I found the Cassie Lomas Makeup Academy in Manchester on the web and after schmoozing through their multiple courses I found the one day beauty basics course. I was literally over the moon that I’d found something that was both affordable and where I knew I was going to get advice and tips from an expert. I also couldn't believe it was in Manchester! London usually gets all the good stuff so having this up here in the North is actually refreshing! So with this in mind I booked on for the 26h of September at a price of £75.
So more about CLMA, it is owned and run by the very talented MUA Cassie Lomas. She’s worked with many a celebrity and has recently featured on the ITV daytime show “Star Treatment” which ran in August. She opened up her own academy in her home town of Manchester back in 2011 and it has flourished ever since! It is located in the very quirky Northern Quarter and the studio itself is beautiful. It has a very underground basement feel to it but Cassie has dressed it in a way that allows for space and light to flow with big lights and white walls. The minimalism of the studio is accessorised with copy after copy of Vogue and Elle sat along a naked brick wall, there for when the budding makeup artist needs a fresh bout of creativity. The MUA stations are also very well thought out, there are around twelve stations with dressing room type mirrors sat on large wooden dressers with heavy black chairs, it really is where you would want to be when learning the tricks of the trade.
When I spent the day there I was greeted by Helen, who I later learnt was actually Cassie’s mum. She works behind the scenes, making sure the cogs keep turning and has such a big and lovely personality that she is definitely hard to forget! She immediately made me and the other girls feel at ease by offering us tea and scones which I was more than happy to indulge in! We then met Sophie and Collette, Collette was going to be our tutor for the day and she was so lovely. She was incredibly easy to talk to and made us laugh as she went through demonstrations of matching the correct foundations to skin tones and telling us basic steps of skin care. I’m aware of many of the basic areas Collette talked about (as I do spend half my life on youtube and on beauty blogs!) but I learnt something knew in the area of concealing. She showed us how to use different coloured concealers from greens to reds and explained what they were for and how they colour corrected. I had never properly looked into how colours worked on the skin and it is definitely crucial in understanding the art of makeup so having Collette tell us this was really interesting. Alongside this we looked at contouring, highlighting, bronzing and blush. Contouring and highlighting is something I'm always trying to perfect so having someone there to demonstrate the proper technique was something I was thankful for!
The CLMA also has a whole range of different products to choose from and play with so I was able to mess about with brands I hadn’t used or come across before. I used MAC Face & Body for the first time, after wanting to try it for so long! Another product I used was the Daniel Sandler Watercolour blushes, I haven’t ever tried anything from the Daniel Sandler range and these watercolours were incredible, keep meaning to order myself some! Aside from being able to use the academy makeup we also took in our own makeup bags and brushes so that we could get advice on the best way to use our own products. It was great to see what products the other girls used too, I love hearing what people like and dislike and what they would recommend so I really enjoyed this aspect of meeting everyone. It was a really laid back and fun day and nothing was too serious, we all had a laugh, especially with one girl who had a whole bag of MAC products and brushes that she’d never even touched!

I would really recommend this course if you are completely new to makeup or don’t have much confidence in its application. It is a basic beauty day and it concentrates on the personal application of makeup and how to apply basic products. I am knowledgeable about much of what Collette talked about simply because I am makeup obsessed and spend hours reading reviews, blogs and watching tutorials therefore I think I would benefit from something more advanced. However it is perfect if you have never properly indulged in makeup before and it can also make for a great present for a fellow female who may love a day of learning the basics.
I’m really glad I got to go and experience the CLMA even if it was just for one day, maybe at some point I’ll be able to call myself a proper CLMA student but for now a girl can only dream!
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* Above image taken from the CLMA website, not my own image. Happy to take it down if requested.
Han X

Monday, 4 November 2013

The Autumn Tag!

I was tagged to do this autumn post by Rosie @ sleeplesswithsienna, I haven’t done one of these before but there’s nothing I like more than a change in season! We had a brilliant summer and autumn has really started to kick in now, I even had to whip out my Ugg’s the other day! The above picture is Poppy, she's my boyfriend's mum's dog who comes to stay when they go on holiday! She looks very cosy and cute so I thought this pic was appropriate!

For autumn, what is your...

1.  Favourite thing about it?  I do feel like Autumn is a bit of a limbo season, it’s too cold for summer yet not cold enough for winter, so the best thing about it for me is the whole build up to Christmas. Plus my mum always changes the colour scheme of accessories in the living room (taking away the blues and greens of the summer and changing them for cranberry and burgundy shades) it always feels super cosy in our house throughout this time of year and I love it. Plus Halloween and Bonfire night are always good!

2.  Favourite drink?  Hot vimto obviously, such a good drink for cold days and evenings! Had my first one of the season the other day! I am partial to a hot chocolate with cream on top too.

3.  Favourite scent/candle? Cinnamon scented candles. My absolute favourite for this time of year! We have them on sale at work at the moment so I get to smell them all day long!

4.  Best lipstick?  I haven’t got too many Autumnal appropriate lipsticks but I aim to get my hands on MAC’s rebel soon which is a very deep plum shade.

5.  Go to moisturiser? I have a few, Nip and Fab’s dry leg fix, for the pins, Body Shop’s body butter in Strawberry for all over and I’m not big on moisturising my face as they tend to break me out and just make everything a whole lot worse. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect contender!

6.  Go to colours for the eyes?  Definitely browns and bronze tones, plus a bit of gold shimmer as we near December, nothing like a gold infused smokey eye! I’ve also had my eye on plum and cranberry shades as I already LOVE my Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate but Benefit also do Bad Gal Lash in shade called Plum which I’m totally intrigued by. Not sure quite how I’d work it but it’d be interesting!

7.  Favourite music or band/singer to listen to?  I’m totally all over London Grammar at the minute, so so good.

8.  Favourite outfit to wear (i.e. boots & a scarf combo)? Black skinnies are my favourite at the minute, definitely need more of those! I love my grey boyfriend coat too, I’m actually surprised at how warm it keeps me!

9.  Autumn treat?  (i.e. a new scarf or bag you have your eye on) Lily Pebbles recently posted about an absolutely gorgeous tartan scarf from Zara, so THAT is what my eye is on!

10.  Favourite place to be?  Piggin’ out at my boyfriends! I do really enjoy going for pub lunches in cute country pubs too! There is one up int ‘ills near to wear my boyfriend lives and they have an open fire and have the family dog roaming around, it’s so cute!
If you're reading this I tag you to do this post! Certainly gets you in the mood for your dressing gown and a hot chocolate!
Han X

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Topshop Highlighter Review

So everyone’s been ranting and raving over the Topshop makeup collection ever since its release, which was something like two/three years ago now. I haven’t delved into it too much, but they have managed to make my face all aglow with their selection of highlighters. The first one I laid my mitts on was the Sunbeam highlighter, a versatile product that can be used on both the face and body. What I will say about this product is that a little does go a long way, you get 6.5g for your money and it comes in a practical flip top compact. I do love highlighter but I certainly don’t wear it every day, and even for those that do it will take a helluva long time to touch pan on this £10 number. Now down to the actual product, the shade holds a yellowy golden hue, that sounds pretty awful but it’s not, I’d even liken it to a burnt yellow, however it’s dressed up, this shade is pretty. Albeit this shade is probs more summer appropriate but hey, that never stopped anyone. If you’re lucky enough to still be donning a sunkissed glow then this will only accentuate that tan, if not however, I think bronzer in all the right places will do the trick.

Following in its footsteps, comes the Glow highlighter in Polished. I love that Topshop have offered two completely different highlighting products, I don’t feel like they are too similar to warrant having them both anyway! Glow comes in a cute screw lid frosted pot, with the all too familiar Topshop detailing on the lid, the product however is what it’s really about. It has a super creamy, mousse type consistency which is really light to apply and is also really light to wear. It’s got that barely there feel to it as well as being high on the pigmentation front. As for the shade, it is what I can only describe as pearlescent off white with champagne tones, it’s shimmery and lovely and although I was dubious about this looking too “frosted” on the skin it does create the perfect “glow”.

Glow - Topshop @ £9

Sunbeam - Topshop @ £10

What do you think of these? Have you tried them?
Han X