In this first post, I want to share with you my story, why I love what I do and why I’m launching this blog/website…
Ever since I can remember, I have loved to play with makeup, hair and clothes. I remember sitting on the couch at my mum and dad’s with a doll of mine, who had long blonde hair and just trying and trying to teach myself how to braid. All I had to learn from was a picture in a Woman’s Day…mum came and gave me tips every now and again, but for the most part, I was determined to do it myself. I loved to play with my girlfriend’s hair and we’d plait it, braid it, twist it, pin it, even colour it in with textas at one point! You name it, we tried it.
Then along came the makeup…I was always mesmerised watching mum apply her makeup, I still love to watch other people apply it. I sometimes waste ages just watching Youtube videos of Drag Queens doing their makeup and completely transforming their face just with product and contouring. If you haven’t, check some of them out, they are truly amazing!
My very first job was in a clothing store owned by some family friends. It stocked surfwear and Men’s suits (random combination, I know, but it worked). I learned a lot from Mrs G, from how to correctly measure men’s trousers and suit sleeves for alterations, to dressing a window for a sale. I helped them out on a Saturday morning and more often than not, my whole pay would get spent on clothing that hadn’t even arrived in store yet… So my love of clothing and fashion was ignited.
I had a few jobs here and there over the years, but I always envied Hairdressers…the fact they could play with hair all day and more often than not, would also get to play with makeup…it just seemed like my dream job! Then I worked out that they worked long hours and their arms would get sore…they end up with RSI and arthritis in their hands…the list goes on. So I decided I’d take a job in a Chemist. I still worked long hours, but I got to spend my money on makeup and clothing still and all the while working with some amazing people.
I finished school and studied a Diploma of Remedial Massage. I was always interested in the anatomy and how it all worked and I kind of just fell into it, because I have strong hands and apparently I was/am good at giving massages. During my studies, I had a major car accident and broke 3 vertebrae in my spine. I was determined to finish my Diploma and continued to work as a Remedial Massage Therapist until it got too much for me and I decided to stop practicing.
I always knew I wanted to do something creative, so while I was working in Pharmacy, for a while I was the Makeup Consultant at one of my workplaces. During this time, I was lucky enough to be educated in Elizabeth Arden, Innoxa and Max Factor, just to name a few. I was bullied at one of my workplaces and was diagnosed with depression, so as much as I loved working with makeup and the oldies I would catch up with at work, I decided I would have a break from working and get my head right…
That following year, my husband and I built our house, got married and bought a business…talk about busy! Due to these changes, I decided it was time for me to go back to full-time work. So I started at a local bank, where I spent four and a half years. During that time, I built some really strong friendships and I certainly miss seeing all of my ‘regulars’ who would come in every day. While I was at the bank, I would play around with the idea of holding makeup classes and teach women techniques for applying their makeup in a more efficient way. This was coupled with my love for creating racing fashion headpieces, which I followed through with by creating some beautiful pieces, some of which would even make their way to Melbourne, for The Cup!
I then fell pregnant and had my little girl Amity. If you haven’t seen it yet, head on over and check out the blog I have for her! I fully intended to have 12 months off work and go back to the bank, however when Amity was 9 weeks old, I went to help an acquaintance at the local Bridal Expo, just to help man her stall and take any enquiries from Brides etc. It was that afternoon, as we finished unloading all of the bits and pieces out of her car and into the studio, it was so hot we decided to have a wine and sit in the aircon to cool down…we got chatting and by the time I went home, I had offered to come and help her out a day and a half a week just for an extra set of hands over Christmas…that was 18 months ago. I’m very lucky to have met some really beautiful people in my time with Bambi, she just seems to attract wonderful people. Shes given me the platform to refine and improve my makeup techniques and take on any feedback she gives me, as it works well for both of us.
I’ve finally got the details of my Makeup Workshops sorted and will launch them in the very near future. So keep your eyes peeled for a launch event!
I like to think that if you look good, you feel good. I always put an effort into how I look, because I like to feel confident with how I look, it makes me feel great. When other people ask me for advice on how to make themselves feel more confident with either how they apply their makeup, or how they put an outfit together, I’m more than happy to give them some tips.
Now to what’s been happening lately…
I work with a very talented Photographer (Bambi Wixon of Photography by Bambi), who was recently married and she has impeccable taste and just loves anything vintage and shabby chic…so the day, as you can imagine was DIVINE!! I was lucky enough to play a part in her big day. Two days before the wedding, she said to me ‘I think I want a birdcage veil’…that afternoon, she called around and we played with the veiling until she fell in love with the shape and I finished it off. The lead up to the wedding was so exciting, the buzz in the studio was electric as we wrapped up client’s orders for collection so she could have the week off, people were coming in and just the sheer anticipation of what she was going to pull off was so amazing. I was her chosen makeup artist for the day, which was lovely, as she’s had so much to do with wedding suppliers that she could’ve had anyone…but she chose me! If you’re not a liker on her Facebook page, you may not have seen her blog, she’s done a blog just on all the loveliness of her wedding…check it out here.
Here are a few images that were captured by Bambi’s friend and her chosen photographer Orin Lucke from Blink Photography, of the big day. And me…just doing my thing!