Vanity Affair : Lookback On The Cause

“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” - Mark Victor .

While sitting on my bed I was thinking about why I started this blog & how have I progressed.

I started it originally in October of 2008 several post have been deleted that were quite private as I wanted to turn this blog into more of a progression in my passion of the art of make-up.

Going through my posts all I can say is wow. I'm not saying I'm fantastic now but just like the above quote ... 'with each step you take you will grow....more and more self confident'

& in honestly that's the stage I am at. Even when I look back at past posts I think I can do this better now but my followers old & new have never been far with their support.

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Original Post " No Longer Available" Nov '08 that was my first attempt at my all time favourite print - leopard, inspired by Beyonce's 'Kitty Kat ' music video.

Original Post "HERE" : January 2009 So my next attempt at OVER DRAMATIC leopard print mask of sort. I got a lot of compliments on this, well for a first attempt I was proud of myself only a few months into the make-up game so can't expect me to be Picasso on my face just yet.

Original Post "HERE" May 2009 This was done not long after my 21st birthday and I remember seeing the tutorial on Youtube HERE by RissRose2 .... Mmmm didn't look AS GREAT as hers maybe I need to re-visit this look but it was my first venture into using glitter.

Original Post "HERE" May 2009 I think with this one ( someone refered to my eyelashes as spider legs lol ) I was starting to try and do the whole outer v business and start to add some definition into my looks ...Light green was never a colour I had previously worn, dark green yeah ... light no . I was always drawn to more darker colours but I did try to start discovering different colours.

Original Post "Here" May 2009 Viewing this now it just looks so messy lol back then I was uber proud and loved this OTT look. I'm still loving the blues that I purchased from Stargazer. I didn't want to be a makeup snob and only be all about high end products etc. I wanted to see what affordable could get me & to be honest Stargazer loose eyeshadows still do me proud...this look umm not so much but ... got to make mistakes to learn right .

Original Post "HERE" May 2009 even now I like this nearly 2 years on. Took a different look for Kim Kardashian and made it into a learning curve for me. My biggest challenge has always been blending - either not enough or TOO much...yet I like how this came out, no complaints from me.

Original Post "HERE" May 2009 Back to natural ? Well I did start to learn that not all smokey eyes involved blacks & grey etc and you could really smoke out most colours. Some people aren't daring enough to slap on all sorts of colours so I think this one was more for the natural ladies who like to keep it safe and sexy.... umm yeah like me some days haha.

Original Post "HERE" June 2009 Another brown smoked eye. This one was a lot darker and I believe I paired it with both red & nude lips ... I don't like rules.

Original Post "HERE" August 2009 I'm not sure why the photo doesn't appear in the actual post anymore -strange. I had to get this one out of my makeup folder. Yet I just received Melon pigment by MAC and was in love with it and being that it was Summer, I decided to play. I have to say it's one of my favourite pigments.

Can we please pay attention to the eyebrows, I get a lot of compliments on them now, which is a big thank you but as you can clearly tell...they were not always complimentary

It's quite amazing once you go back and look at where you started from up until the present day.....

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Original Post "HERE" June 2010 Not an Alexandra Burke fan if truth be told but it was my nan who saw the music video for the featured look and said she'd think it would be a great look and yeah it was a fun look to recreate mixing my two favourite things black & glitter hell why not...quite proud how it turned out too.

Original Post "HERE" July 2010 Sleek Make-up's new palette 'Circus' had not long been released and I decided on a simple look but using the purples from the palette & the Graphite palette also, problems I tend to have with messing with purples...sometimes I can end up looking like I have a bruised eye eeek, not so much with this look though.

Original Post "HERE" August 2010 Summer and I was already waiting on Autumn. Not that we get that here in England, it skips and heads straight to Winter. I tend to have this bad tendency of buying and putting down and the MAC Cult Of Cherry 'Spiced Chocolate' Quad was a victim of that. I think mainly because the colours scared me at first .... but pair them together and they can work wonders.

Original Post "HERE" October 2010 I've learned that you can do wonders with a palette that cost you less than £5. Here I used my Sleek 'Safari' palette and was overjoyed at the outcome. I think it's in top 5 looks.

Original Post "HERE" October 2010 This I did in favour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Using entirely pink toned make-up another look I loved as even in the full face shots, I looked quite bronzed for wearing only pink.

Original Post "HERE"November 2010 I've finally gotten comfortable with blending - to a degree so naturally the next battle was going to be the cut crease with several techniques on how to do this I used the simple angled brush and eyeshadow technique. I've tried to replicate this look for a picture tutorial. Just hasn't worked out so great again for me BUT I will keep on trying .

Original Post "HERE"November 2010 Black and gold go together perfectly for me like a teacup and saucer. I love these shades together and I decided to do one in line of a festive theme. Wasn't anything difficult, gold on the lid and black in the crease and blended upwards.

Original Post "HERE"November 2010 Another purple look, using a couple shades this is another favourite look of mine I have done. I'm starting to get use to dark purple without looking like I've done 10 rounds with Tyson in his hey day .

Original Post "HERE"January 2011 You know I'm about to say I'm proud of this one too lol but I was and still am, electric eel and big T when I first purchased them were not the easiest colours for me, maybe due to them being so bright and out my comfort zone but the more confident I'm getting with different shades and applications...colours don't frighten me as much I guess that's why I feel in love with Electric eel.

Not content with sticking with just the eyes...the face got it too...

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Original Post "HERE"January 2009 This was my branching out, doing something different two months into blogging. I got inspired by the Pharrell & Gwen video 'Can I Have It ' where one of the girls has leopard print all over her. Wasn't going to go all the way but I decided to do my face and my neck and some of my shoulder ( start of eye is HERE !! )

Original Post "HERE"January 2010 I purchased white face paint for this and thought it would be a fun look. I give it to Geisha's it's a lot of work and mine is no where as beautifully crafted as there's but to play it sure is fun to try something new. Once again quite pleased with this outcome.

Original Post "HERE"October 2010 The look that has offended the masses. If I tell you the amount of people I've had tell me that this photo 'upsets' or 'shocks' them you'd be quite amazed and even after I've explained it's just make-up they've demanded to know what happened to me and who did this to me... Yes, I tell them I did it to myself but they - don't believe me. Go figure. Glorifying something that's straight of Saw I think not but for Halloween I think so. I got too comfortable in this look umm I'm getting comfortable in OTT make-up a bit too much as of late.

Original Post "HERE"November 2010 Off the bat, had no clue what I was doing when I sat down and pulled at my brushes and my drawers of make-up but this is what I come up with. A sort of dolly, dummy ? Deranged being I don't know but I liked it ha ! Emphasising my eyes to make them sad and droopy with the help of false eyelashes and eyeliner this was spontaneous, did it have use ? Yeah kept me amused for awhile

Original Post "HERE"January 2011 & of course the most recent. Another one I enjoyed and didn't want to part with. It feels like a mask that I can't just slip back on but it takes work and time to create something you love and will wear just as proudly as an everyday look.

If there's one thing I have learnt in the last near enough 3 years is that a love for something takes time, care and attention. Doesn't happen overnight and if it's a passion then the fire will only continue to burn brighter.....

The passion has never left me it's only got more intense.

But continuing my night it will be filled with a book & Toblerone which of course will not last even 1/4 of the book.

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