Me and Mastered

So last year I was lucky enough to enjoy the Val Garland Make up course on line via @Mastered.

I was a course that stretched and made me question the path I was on, so when the opportunity to apply to be an Ambassador for them I more than jumped at the chance I positively pounced !

I waited and was contacted to say I had be accepted to be part of this group. Approximately 40 ambassadors globally at this point all looking on how to develop collaboration within their local area, bringing creatives together to inspire, develop and grow the community of artistry.

So here I stand with the first and second events already in place and developing.

The first a foamy workshop with a gentleman named John Davis based in Wales he uses foam to create and support a variety of fashion to  theatrical pieces. 13895290_10154058819034580_3386649589226847534_n

The second is a showcase in the Manchester’s mighty Village. Based at Via on Canal Street My and the amazing Big Dee aka Jack Sartorius will be creating a fashion showcase on Halloween to give a platform for Drag artists, models , MUA’s, hairstylists, fashion designers etc on the 31st itself.  correct flyer

Am I nervous oh yes!

Am I excited OH YEAH!

Do I believe in both these ventures ? With the talent there is out there without a doubt !!

To those doubt themselves, take time to look around at the talent that exists be part of it, get to know and give it your support for it will support you . X


Exhibitions and my hot feet.

There are bright lights, rows of endless products. Swatch heaven to be had but behind the counter there is weeks of planning organising and simply hard hard graft.

I have had the pleasure to be part of the Pierre Rene team for Scottish Beauty and also this year won tickets via PAM supplies for the UMAe . From both sides of the counter these events are made up of long days, smiling faces, product awareness and opportunities to try new makeup, gadgets or be inspired by the seminars around you.

Poster for UMAe 2016

Poster for UMAe 2016

For make up artist new and old it gives the community freedom to interact with others within differing areas of the Make up industry in a safe environment.

There are make up idols and icons that demonstrate a variety of techniques and creativity.

So for those unsure of exhibitions and events I advise you to take a look. Be active be proactive in your interactions and transactions. Try the new. And experience the displays of what is happening in the industry NOW!

And finally remember to wear comfy shoes as you too will experience after days of walking, shopping and talking ”


UMAe more than just a weekend away…….

This month saw the UMAe a make up trade show set down in London. I weighed up the pros and cons. Pros being where there are make up products I am happy, I would be travelling with the marvellous Melanie Doyle of MelVic Academy. I would get to catch up and talk about one of my favourite things, ” MAKE-UP.” And cons well the spending of too much money 🙂

I have been to IMATS year in year out and I do adore it but what I found at the UMAe was a cosy aspect that I hadn’t found before at another trade show. It was personal and easy to chat to other artists. It was not threatening nor was it intimidating. It had a sense of community that I always respond to.

For two days I got to chat, play, network, shop, chat, watch amazing artists, play with new brands, chat and then chat some more.

I felt comfortable and inspired which is no mean feat. So next year I will be booking my tickets, continuing to share about this event and be ever hopeful that even though I wish it to grow and develop I also hope that it doesn’t lose it sense of community and accessibility.

Onwards and awaiting the 2017 SHOW…………………..

Making the most of your day !

Jebson Photo-45 No matter who you choose, no matter what look represents you the most important thing to remember about choosing an artist, is how they make you feel.    I advise all brides to have a trail as this is the time to build a relationship of trust and                    understanding as this is one of the most memorial days of your life. You will exchange ideas, work together to achieve a look that’s right for you whether it be a retro look with a crisp red lip or a natural look with a smoky eye twist this is the time to play and develop those ideas together.

At Black and Blue it is all about you, ensuring the look and package is agreed upon beforehand and that most of all you are happy and at ease with the look you have chosen.

It’s about making you happy, relaxed, enjoying the moments, making the most of your day !

Photography with thanks from James Jebson

The Colour is Green

Green LIP When you look at a new lip colour or get hold of a new product it is easy to want to use it every where (and I often do!).

Sometimes its just good to strip it back and focus on one thing, one area, one feature and from there it breathes life into the skin, face and model.

This little beauty of a product is the Star (Jeffree Star’s) of the pic. “Dirty Money,” has a look of a well spent note that has been around the block a few times. It is matt, flawless and dynamic.

Enjoying the androgynous tone it created with skin by MAC’s face and body and just a waft of sexy mother blusher from Soap and Glory.

Here’s hoping you enjoy this pic. Have a grand weekend and be bold, be brave and be you 🙂


Make and hair by ME

Photography by Studio G

Model Natale Rea




Where to now?

Val Garland

From the time I started the Val Garland course I felt stretched, challenged, supported and undecided what path to take. I was already teaching but being from a MAC counter I felt I missed “getting my hands dirty” but this course gave me the opportunity to do so again.

Fueling my creativity and setting briefs @Mastered enabled me to choose the path that is right for me.


I set off into the unknown…… leaving a stable career path of teaching into my own business.

The countdown has begun so with juggling and planning let’s see where this path leads us. I look forward to seeing you all on the road ahead.