26 Things I Learned In 26 Years

Hello Readers,

This one comes to you not from a place of ‘do what I do’ or ‘my way is the right way’ but, simply these are a collection of points that I have learned over my 26 years – fast approaching 27 – on the planet and how I have survived this long.  If any them happen to make you feel a little better, more centered and generally happier then brilliant, if not well I am sure the read will pass the time.

  1. Cherish your friends and family.  I cannot stress this enough because to mad lib Kelly Rowland, when life takes over it’s easy to get swept up in day to day life.  Don’t forget about the ones who loved you  before your current distractions ie. Binge watching Stranger Things instead of eating family dinner.  Don’t roll your eyes at your mother when she tells you to phone your Grandparents because one day, not everyone will be around that dinner table or at the other end of a phone call and you will regret the time not spent together.
  2. Don’t give in to peer pressure.  Obviously, you say?  Think back… how many times have you done something just because someone else did it?  From small things to the biggest of things, never let anyone influence you heavily enough to sway your opinion from what you want and don’t want to do.  Your friends are going to Uni?  Great, you don’t have to right now.  All the troops are going out on the sesh?  So what?  Make every decision because you want to, don’t be a follower.
  3. Nobody is perfect.  No body is perfect.  For the longest time I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin.  It took a lot to get over judging myself based on appearances and how I looked in clothes, what way I had my hair, etc.  Now?  How you see me is how I am.  I worked hard to become confident no matter what size I am, what my skin is doing and how those jeans look on me.  Years ago, I would use bags to cover my stomach and drown myself in clothing that was unflattering to try and hide what I thought were ugly parts of my body.  Ironically, the size I was then is now my goal weight and even though I know changes can be made for a healthier lifestyle – I remain confident in myself as I am.
  4. It’s OK to make mistakes.  As Bob Ross once said, “we don’t make mistakes, we have happy accidents.”  It’s down to those happy accidents in the last 26 years that I have the personality that I have, the views that I have and I honestly don’t regret a single thing.  Even the really bad mistakes.  As any right minded adult would have told you when you were younger ‘mistakes are there to be made’ and it’s from those mistakes that we learn and grow.  Basically, regret nothing.
  5. Never apologise for being yourself.  This is something I realised that I can do recently.  To me, I am unapologetically me – I shouldn’t have to explain myself to anyone, or have to apologise for the actions that I do.  Unless the actions you do are horrific, but on the whole I will not apologise for who I am.  If you don’t like it, then it won’t affect me if I don’t see or hear from you again.  Life is short, I will not waste it apologising.
  6. ‘It’s not like it is in the movies.’  Sometimes it is.  Some will tell you not to get hung up on looking for that fairy tale movie kind of life.  I’m telling you, never give up.  Who says your life can’t be like a movie?  Make your own God damn movie.  Our lives are exactly like the movies, it’s just that a movie is 90 minutes or so long compared to a life of 90 years or so (hopefully).  Don’t rush, your movie scene is coming and when it does and you find what you have been looking for all that heartache and uncertainty will all have been for something.  It led you to this point.  Granted, Ryan Gosling or whoever your on screen crush is (John Cusack) will probably not pop up but something or someone even better will.
  7. Be. Happy.  Find what makes you truly euphoric and surround yourself in it.  This is why my house is filled with fairy lights – Joel drew the short straw when we moved in as I pay for the TV each month but he pays for the electric… sorry.  Whether you take 10 minutes out of your day to do a crossword puzzle or you go for a walk to clear your head or you just simply watch your favourite TV show to be happy – I recommend you do it.  It’s the only way we will actually get through our day.
  8. Dance.  Not only is it seriously fun but research shows that dancing can actually improve your mental health.  I’m not saying you need to go out and take ballet lessons but dancing is freeing, and so fun.  I dance while making dinner, standing in work, doing my makeup and even when I am not listening to music I break out into spontaneous dance.  I went out last night sober as a judge just so I could dance.  That’s dedication.
  9. You don’t have to be married young like your Facebook friends.  A new day, a new engagement or pregnancy blasted all over social media from people 23 and under.  While this is perfectly normal and acceptable, it doesn’t mean everyone has to be at it.
  10. You don’t have to pick one thing to be good at.  When I was in school I thought I was going to have to label myself as one thing career wise.  Like, people are good at cooking and are a Chef, people are good with math so they are an Accountant. Why do we have to pick one thing to be good at?  I am a Make Up Artist, that’s not all I am.  I learned that I am good at loads of things and don’t want to label myself as just one.
  11. It’s OK to not make picture worthy dinners.   Leading on from the last post, this is something I am not good at.  Don’t get me wrong, I can feed myself (a lil too much) and make tasty dinners but they look so unappetising whereas every plate of food on Instagram and Pinterest looks like it walked straight off an à la carte menu – and that’s ok!  I’m just surprised I haven’t burned the house down.
  12. Surround yourself with people that will support your interests.  One of my earliest memories is using my grandparents wooden staircase as a table, my legs fit through and I would sit there for hours upon hours drawing.  Drawing anything.  I was a very creative child and didn’t come from an overly creative family.  SURE, they liked my drawings and told me I was good but when I got to secondary school and I was doing Art at GCSE and A Level for example, I became more of a hindrance.  My art got in the way, it covered the dining table and was a mess, basically.  I wasn’t encouraged to do anything with my love for art and it was treated as a hobby.  7 years later, I can’t help but wonder where it could have taken me career wise had I stuck with it or been encouraged.  My point is, whatever your passion is and whatever makes you happy (see #7 again) surround yourself where possible with people who encourage and nurture.
  13. Pancakes & Pizza.  Are my happy foods.
  14. Social Media is bullshit.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing and the impact it has had on our lives is detrimental to our relationships and businesses but all in all, a lot of it is bullshit.  More specifically, the lifestyle gurus and the people you follow on instagram because they talk about how amazing their life is and how they got their shit together, they are here to motivate you and help you get your life on track too.  Bullshit.  They are normal people, with normal lives with Final Cut Pro and Photoshop.  Do not compare yourselves to strangers on the internet.  Get off the app and go live your life.  I post make up on my Instagram – I do not have a made up face all the time.  I am sitting in sweats and a tshirt that should have been in yesterday’s wash and I have yet to remove last night’s crumbly mascara from my under eye.  It’s 12.34pm.  IDGAF.
  15. Don’t resent your job.  We all have our bad days, do not get me wrong but just remember this, if you are unhappy in it – get a new job.  Your job pays for your rent, car, clothes, heating, food and drink.  Think of those less fortunate unable to get a job, are homeless and starving (I know, I know… dramatic) the next time you moan about getting paid to be somewhere.  Also, remember you are more than likely replaceable so be careful who you moan to.
  16. Listen to music you like.  My Dad introduced me to some of the greatest music I have ever heard and I will be eternally grateful to him for that.  In school, I was made fun of for liking artists like Stevie Wonder, Paul Weller and Elvis Presley while everyone else was in love with some boy from 5ive.  Because I was made fun of I tried to pretend that I didn’t like the music I liked.  Oh God, I have to stop this is making me sound like a sad child.  The point is, don’t listen to music or watch movies just because the are the norm.  Listen and watch because you want to.
  17. Teenagers are so annoying.  On the bus, on the street and probably in their own houses they are so annoying.  I like to think that when I was that age I wasn’t as annoying as they are but the reality is that if anything, I was probably more of a pain in the arse than all of them put together.  I think I am jealous… youth! Yoooouth!
  18. The ups and downs of getting ID’d.  When I was Under 18 it caused me to sweat profusely when I was ID’d because I would hate getting denied.  There is very little more humiliating than having to put back the alcohol that you were denied.  18 years old hits and sees a smug Amy walking into Winemark and skulking out with a a large bottle of WKD and West Coast Cooler because honestly, that’s all it took.  Skip forward to now, and I can’t even get ID’d getting into a damn nightclub.  I told the security guard last night that I didn’t have ID, sorry and he simply shot me down with ‘and? on you go’.  I’m done.
  19. It’s OK to not be OK.  Yes, although you should always strive to be happy, live your best life, bla bla bla…  It is still OK to not be OK.  It’s OK to want to have a duvet day.  It’s OK to do nothing on your day off because you’re too tired.  It’s OK to struggle, to reach out and talk to someone.  Without this blog post taking a turn, just promise yourself that if you are having a bad day you will talk to someone and not let it eat you up inside.
  20. Primark leggings are not your friend.  I learned the hard way that they are see through and I need to stop buying them.
  21. Failing is normal.    When I flopped out of Uni, I thought this was the worst thing but as my mum told  me everything happens for a reason.  J K Rowling (hero) in her twenties was broke, suicidal and felt like she was failing.  As of last year she is worth £650 million.  Steve Jobs was fired.  Everyone fails at something, it’s having the courage and the strength to pick yourself back up and try again is something that I learned how to do in my twenties.
  22. Take care of yourself. Take that vitamin, eat that veg, walk that ass, buy the better skincare and take better care of yourself. The inevitable is happening, you are getting older. That McDonald’s you ate when you were 16 evaporated off your hips, and now it clings to them like white on rice. In order to have a happy, long life you may need to make some changes!
  23. Opinions are opinions. Believe what you want to believe and respect that others will not have the same opinion. From what kind of apple is best to politics, listen to others opinions.
  24. Save. Save what you can, when you can. My advice? To set up a direct debit to a savings account for yourself no matter the amount. It all adds up and when the time comes that you’ll need a few extra coins it’ll be there waiting for you.
  25. Sleep. It was uncool to have a bedtime when you were younger. Now it’s the part I most look forward to. Not only does it feel great climbing into bed, especially with new PJs and fresh sheets but a good night’s sleep really does contribute to our overall health. So away and have a nap!
  26. Love yourself. Similar to a few points already but I just really mean it. Love yourself for everything that you are and everything that you do. Once you accomplish that my friends, you can accomplish anything.

Happy living,

Amy xo

My Thoughts On Instagram Trends

I. Love. Instagram.

I love that I have a medium to use to promote my makeups, etc and only people that are interested will actually look at, maaaybe even click that little heart button to show me some love.  Unlike Facebook for example where normally no one gives a shit.

HOWEVER, every so often some horrific trend comes out of Instagram which is absolutely ridiculous.  Here’s a short list of the absolute worst in no particular order.

  1. Squiggle Eyebrows squiggle-eyebrows

What. The. Fuck?

Yes, yes, it’s very creative and not bad to look at but I just know where this is going to go… it’s transcend if it hasn’t already from Instagram to YouTube and I swear to GOD if someone comes to me for a  makeup appointment and asks for this I will actually quit, there and then.  This isn’t even the worst photo I could find, I could just about bear to have this on my post.  It’s been traced back as far as blogger Promise Tamang and I really need to have a word with her to see if she’s aware of what she has started.  I go onto Instagram for inspiration and to share my work with others – this I will not be sharing.

2. Squiggle fucking Lips

screen-shot-2017-09-02-at-12.25.32The eyebrow trend has really only taken off within the last few weeks and already we have moved onto Squiggle Lips.  Can we just get a grip here?  I refuse to speak too much about this because this is most ridicularse thing I have ever seen come from a trend.  Squiggle lips? Are you kidding me?  I have only just got to grips with taking the time to use concealer to perfect my overdrawn pout.  I can understand the appeal of doing something funky with the ends of brows but not this. NOT THIS PEOPLE.  Also, I have just realised she has squiggle eyeliner too.  Give. Me. Strength.

3.  Leech Facials

NOPE.  Can’t even bring myself to attach a photo to this point but Miranda Kerr, I am looking at you for this one.  Unless them damn leeches can reverse time or turn me into a unicorn I ain’t putting any of them near my face!

4.  New Post

Not exactly a beauty trend, but still something that pisses me off.

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Attention Instagrammers! Can you please stop taking screenshots of your own account and scribbling out the picture you  uploaded while writing over the scribble NEW POST.  I don’t understand this?  If people are following you and you have just posted, unless they have blocked your sorry ass aren’t they going to see it pop up on their page anyway? Pointless.

I am unsure why this grinds my gears so much – I just don’t get it.  Is it effective? Should I be doing this..?

 

 

 

5. Contouring with Ridiculous Objects

I mean, as a Make Up Artist I get especially peeved when customers open their eyes and give you the stare while asking ‘Can you contour me? I want to look like Kim Kardashian.’  Contouring has become something widely known now and regular people ie. not MUAS are able to use it at home albeit some still find it a challenge to complete.  With that in  mind why are there now people using spoons, credit cards, fucking fidget spinners and all sorts to draw on their faces with for contouring?  ENOUGH. Brushes are there for a reason.  Using a seriously straight edge like credit card will only make you look like a bad Madame Tussauds piece of work.

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6. 100 layers

I am pretty certain this has died?  I wasn’t overly annoyed by it until Jenna Marbles took it to the extreme and spent like 9 hours painting on 100 layers of nail polish, 100 layers of lip gloss, 100 sprays of fake tan (SRS) and put on 100 eyelashes and all the other wacky shit she did. jenna-marbles-100-coats-video Even so, we have got to be done with this.

 

 

 

 

7.  Household items as beauty blenders – marshmallows, etc – NO.

8. Using your iPhone back as a palette – SERIOUSLY YOUNG PEOPLE?  You may as well just stick the middle finger up at those less fortunate who don’t have the things you have. Are you really that flimsy with your belongings?

9.  So like, is everyone a Unicorn now?  We get it.  They are unique.  You are NOT.

I love how all these people always post ‘No negativity please’ like they already know it’s dumb.

Gone are the days of cute makeups, glam makeups and subtle makeups – now the trends got me like Gordon.

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Lipstick Lover

Namaste people,

As any of my whole 12 or so followers might know I am partially (completely) addicted to lipstick.  Yes, makeup is my profession and I am around it constantly however, I am genuinely weirdly in love with lipsticks.  It doesn’t matter what type of lippy – matte, satin, cream, matte liquid, frosted, lip stain, gloss – ANYTHING.  Even a damn balm – LOVE.

Sometimes I will legit zone out of conversations thinking about things like ‘oh God, her lipstick is nice… should I ask her what it is? I can’t be rude and not listen to her.  Oh wait, I’m not listening to her.’

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My friends great me with ‘Hey, how are you? My lipstick, before you ask is Mac Creme d’Nude.’  I actually once sat on Face Time to my friend Jenna and made her count my lipsticks with me… I think she liked me a little less after that conversation.  My collection has grown considerably since that video call as it would take hours to go through them all now.  I blame my clients (jk. i love you and you feed my makeup habit.) everytime I book someone in for a Bridal trial I think I suggest a new lipstick that I don’t have yet just so I can go and buy it.  I know, I have a problem.

I stand in work for example and I mean, I work there are so am fairly familiar with every lipstick on my counter.  I still end up swatching the same 20 lipsticks halfway up my arm that I swatched a few days earlier.  I stand and look at them, shake my hand under a light to see how they glisten.  My hand is always so dirty looking – I can’t help it.  At least it’s dirty with pretty colours.

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I don’t know why I love it so much I mean there’s so many articles of makeup that I absolutely love but lipstick always takes the cake.  Lipstick completes every look!  When I’m doing makeups I know it looks good but there’s always something missing and it’s until the lipsticks goes on that it really looks good.  If you scroll through my camera roll on my phone, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are around 500 screenshots of lipsticks that I have seen on Instagram, Pinterest, etc and am waiting to buy.  My lipstick shopping list is more in depth than my actual grocery shopping list.

I’m now away to sit in my little beauty room and rearrange them all into my new beautiful acrylic containers.

I know right, typical female who loves makeup… it’s groundbreaking.  I’m expecting a call any day now about my book release from a publisher.

I once queued outside Debenhams (before I worked there) for a Limited Edition MAC Lipstick…

I Require A Dress

Hi readers,
So for me, one of the best parts of my week is waiting for the order to arrive that I ‘accidentally’ placed at some point during the week.  I have a little bit of an obsession with shopping if you see some of my other posts or know me personally.
‘Oh, Joel I didn’t mean to add my entire wish list to my basket. Oh well… may as well wait until it arrives.’
There is something borderline orgasmic about opening a package from somewhere like Missguided or ASOS and bursting through that cellophane to feel the fabric lying within. Feeling it to see if it’s how I imagined it would be when I fell in love with it through my phone screen.

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The sad part is that more often that not – the items are disgusting. Like actually U.G.L.Y.  It’s a different kind of stress when you don’t need the clothing or are just buying things willy nilly but, I have a rugby dinner ball to go to this Saturday and I have actually nothing to wear.  I know in my last post I talked about going shopping in charity shops and not wasting money on things I don’t need but – EXCUSE ME I NEED A DRESS.  I ordered what looked like a beautiful mint green dress from ASOS and I was so confident about it.  When it arrived and I ripped apart that cellophane, my soul fell through the floor.  Never in my 26 years of life have I never had a more horrendous item of clothing come across my door.  Even those God awful satin pink trousers my mother used to force me to wear were better.  Ugh.  I wonder if I could fit into them…

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So I’m in dire straights,  I have no idea what I am looking for and at this point I will wear ANYTHING.  I have no time off before the ball so I am relying on shopping online.  I am currently browsing websites looking for something fabulous to pop out – like, what is it that’s so hard about online shopping when you need something and so easy when you don’t?

It’s not like I am refusing to wear dresses that I already have it’s just that I have found that I really like eating, anyone else this way?  I can’t fit into the dresses I have as I’m a little rounder than I was when I got the others.  I broke my ankle a year ago and i’ve gotten so lazy from that having to sit down all the time.

I know, I know… First world problems.  Anyway, if any of you see a dress send me it ok thanks.

Au Revoir,

Amy xo

@cosmeticsjunkiee

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lips Review

Buonjiorno Bellas!

I was recently very lucky to be sent out a lovely package by Rimmel London as shown on my Instagram @cosmeticsjunkiee and wanted to share with you lovely people what was inside it.

As previously stated, I am a Make Up Artist and with that role comes an awful lot of makeup and knowing what products are good and what quite simply, suck.  The benefits are I am used to all kinds of skin types and skin colouring and so will be able to recommend things for everyone!  Which might be nice for a change because as much as I love Nikki Tutorials in all her glory, not everyone wants that blinding ass highlight on skin the colour of snow.  Don’t get me wrong, I love her but c’mon – where are the products for normal people?!

Anyway, moving swiftly onwards.  In my pretty, little black Rimmel box parceled up with black tissue lay 5 glorious Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks from their new line.  I immediately got very excited because visions of Kate Moss came flashing by and I adopted an English accent while saying ‘Get the London look.’

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Upon first swatch, I can see that the pigment is intense along with a really soft applicator.  I let them sit on my arm for a few minutes to see how dry they went and/or if the cracked and after an hour they hadn’t smudged or moved in the slightest – no cracks!  I was so excited to actually get them on my lips.  Naturally, I floated towards the nude as I have a love hate relationship with pinks – I just can’t pull pinks off 😐

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So, first up we have the shade ‘Mocha 720’ which for me, it is the most perfect shade of nude to suit my skin tone.  I do like a slightly darker shade of nude so that’s why I liked this one so much however, they have another shade called ‘Latte To Go 710’ which is just a fraction lighter for those who are paler or prefer lighter lipsticks.  I didn’t feel the need to use a lip liner with the liquid lip as it didn’t bleed or move much at all.  I wore this the first time applying it at around 7am and I didn’t take it off until around 10pm – I not ONCE reapplied.  I don’t have bionic lips, people this is just a damn good nude.  Don’t get me wrong, they were feeling dry around the time of 7pm but that’s a whole 12 hours after I applied it and I had been out for lunch, out for dinner and scoffed my way through a box of popcorn and slugged down several cocktails (That’s not all I do – it was my birthday!) I am in love with this nude, all I can say is Rimmel you have outdone yourself and I haven’t even moved onto the other 4 shades!

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Don’t worry I am not going to drone on about how great each and every lip shade is as every point I have on each colour is much the same as Mocha 720.  This shade is ‘Pink Blink 200’ and is so so pretty.  It is slightly deeper than the average pink lippy which is why I can get on board with it.  Surprisingly pigmented for being a pink!

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‘Mightnight 800.’  Need I say more?  To those familiar with a dark toned liquid lip like this, I know how hard it can be to find a dark shade that doesn’t break up on your lips into little bits.  I’m no scientist but I guess it’s down to the formulas for darker tones.  Anyway, this is beaut and I love it.

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This is ‘Blush 110’ and probably my least favourite from the 5 shades sent out but again, probably only because I am not a pink lover.  The colour pay off was a little harder to get with this shade and I would definitely recommend a lip liner for this one unlike any of the others just to add a little more definition.  If you want to stay within the Rimmel family then the East End Snob is a perfect match.

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Last but not least, this is ‘Fire Starter 500.’  I love a good strong red as much as the next person but I never would have thought to go for a liquid lipstick let alone trust a drug store brand for my go to.  I have been proved a little wrong here… Rimmel you take the cake above my others including Mac Ruby Woo and So Chaud.  There is however, only one red within the range and some may prefer a more orange tone red but this is still a beauty and make my teeth look really white!

On Rimmel’s website, they claim that the lipsticks give a  bold matte colour in one stroke, kiss proof, touch proof and waterproof!  I can agree with all of these points and I am so thankful to have been sent these lipsticks as if I was in Boots, Superdrug, etc I would have completely walked past them!

10/10 would recommend – as drug store liquid lipsticks go these are the best (even better than some premium brands!)

 

As always, thanks for reading 🙂

@cosmetics.junkiee

Ciao xo

PS. I was curious, and showered with Fire Starter on – My mind is blown it didn’t move AT ALL.

PPS.  This is not a paid post, Rimmel kindly sent me products for free allowing me to try out their lipsticks however, all opinions are my own.

Mooah

Greetings,

First of all, thanks for reading or at least skimming this as I believe there are hundreds of thousands, millions even of blogs on wordpress.com and lucky you – you’re here!

Who knows where this blog will lead, or if it will lead anywhere.  I did try to start a blog once after having watched Bridget Jones’ Diary and got myself all worked up with a journalistic approach.  I had 3 posts.  That was around 2 years ago and no body would have wanted to read about what I was doing then, it wasn’t overly interesting.  It still isn’t, don’t get any ideas but I like to think that someone will read this and go ‘ooOOoo’.

I’ll introduce myself – I am Amy, a self taught make up artist specialising in nothing.  You want your make up done? I’m your gal!  I have been working for make up companies in department stores since 2012 and been working freelance about the same length of time.  I have never been happier in my work than what I am now.  As my domain name suggests, I am a self confessed makeup and cosmetics junkie (I had to add an extra e when I started my Instagram which I actually like now, it made me realise I am not the only cosmetics junkie out there so i’ll have to offer something different than the average beauty guru).

In my spare time I tend to lock myself away in my beauty room and play with makeup and try to push myself out of my nudes loving comfort zone.  It’s starting to work!  I think i’ll aim this blog at women/men who are looking for the newest beauty trends because let’s be real, there aren’t enough trend blogs out there 😐

I will however, try not to become a typical make up artist who drones on about the same make up looks and same God damn Kardashian make up style.  As much as I can’t stand when someone asks to have their make up done like one of the K Clan, I can’t help but think ‘Dammit, this does look good.’

Anyway, here’s a picture of me – a MUA (pronounced. mooah), which also stands for Made Up Acronym.

 

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Til next time,

@cosmeticsjunkiee x