Sunday, 27 February 2011

Week 3: Corrective Makeup

Title of post pretty much sums what we did. It has been quite a thorough week, learning basic theory and putting it into practice so, unfortunately, I don't have a lot to say or show. I do, however, have a picture of myself after my partner did corrective makeup on me. Here it is:

Yeah, I know. Not that exciting but that's the point.

Now it's the weekend again and (funnily enough) it's pretty much the same as last week. Saturday: went to town, got groceries and did laundry. Sunday: I am once again listening to the jazz music in the park. The only down side is that the wind is sort of cold, nothing like Wanganui though.

So yeah. That's it really.

Sunday, 20 February 2011


I figured out how to post pictures now! Woohoo! So here they are.

The area in Parnell I'm living in.

My new "home".

Here is some of the work we've been doing.

This is the 3rd degree burn my partner did on my arm.

The fresh scar I did on my partners hand.

My eye makeup after senior student did makeover.

Next are some photos from the Chinese Lantern Festival.

This little panda reminds me of Savannah.

Anyway, that's all now. I hope that this all uploads. Fingers crossed.

Week 2: C, T, M & Chinese Lanterns

It's Sunday again. Is it possible to say that time seems to be going fast and slow at the same time? I've been here only two weeks but it feels like forever, yet classes are flying past at the speed of light.

This week we finished scars, it was quite a pain because I failed the first assessment and had to re-sit after class. Annoying but I'm glad I failed because it shows they have a set standard that they aren't willing to compromise.

So, now that special effects are done we have started with actual makeup, learning the basics like skin types, face charts and CTM which stands for cleanse, tone and moisturise. We need to know the basics of beauty therapy so we can advise clients on how to look after their skin and what products to buy. We then did the process on our daily partners, first gently - and thoroughly - removing all make up on their eyes and faces. Did you know that when they autopsy women they find makeup in their organs because they don't properly remove it? Sure there is some absorption during the day, but most occur at night. Therefore everyone should invest in a good cleanser opposed to relying on the shower to remove the makeup.

Once the makeup was removed, our tutor went around with a cotton bud and swiped areas to look for residue. Once we were given the all clear (if not, cleanse had to be repeated) we were to massage moisturiser into the skin. The whole process was a weird experience because it isn't anything like touching your own skin.

Yeah, so that's what we did. In this coming week we will be focusing on corrective techniques etc.

On Friday I hooked up with Samantha and Nicole. It was so nice to see some familiar faces! We went to the Chinese Lantern Festival. It was brilliant! There were many beautiful displays, food and entertainment. I bought this adorable pink bunny hat. If I could get blogger+ to cooperate I'd post a picture but alas, for the life of me I cannot figure it out.

The next day we all went to look at the Farmers Markets which I found to be a bit anti-climatic compared to the Wanganui market. Nonetheless I enjoyed the time I spent with them. The rest of the day was dull; did grocery shopping and laundry.

It is Sunday now and at the moment I am at the rotunda, sprawled under a beautiful tree listening to the Sunday Jazz concert that the council has arranged for the next few weeks. Todays jazz has a Latin theme, (at the moment I am listening to a Latin "Sway") which makes it very interesting.

I miss home, not because I am home sick but because I miss the company. I also miss Twinkles.

Book I'm reading at the moment: How to create the perfect brows by Victoria Bush.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Week 1: Boils, zits, burns & makeovers

I had this whole blog post written when something happened and the blogger+ app lost it. So frustrating! I also can't get this app to post pictures.

But onto more interesting things...

I'm doing my laundry now. I'm not sure how to dry them because I don't want to wear my clothes out by putting them in the dryer. I'll have to figure something out. No clothes line, so I might just have to hang everything around the place.

So onto something else...this time more interesting. I passed the burns test. We had to do 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns. I found this most challenging (so far) in the "climatics" special effects module. It was really hard for me to get the "gel skin" to work. Also, on Friday we started hygiene and got a demo on brush cleaning. In the afternoon we got makeovers by the more senior students. I chose bright green eyeshadow with a dramatic flick. The end result was quite nice. Got a locker at the academy to keep all my things, they're quite big and really convenient, especially when we get our kits. My locker is 188 and I've already lost the key so many times that I've bought a long chain to wear it around my neck.

What else?

Next week we are doing scars and basic makeup theory. So that should be exciting and less messy (well, thats the hope anyway). My classmates are nice, albeit I have little in common with any of them. Hopefully as time progresses the relationship between everyone will become smoother.

Food wise, still a bit lost on what to feed myself. Went to the grocery shop yesterday. I think I got enough to keep me healthy for the week. For vegetables, I bought a bag of coleslaw as well as the frozen veggies in the microwave steam bag. I also got oranges and apples. For meat I bought three little cans of tuna because they were on special. My luxury item was a small bag of Karajoz coffee because I'm a coffee snob and it reminds me of home.

So yeah, that's all for now. I might go and investigate the library. It's somewhere around here...

By the way, I have decided to hang my laundry round my room. Gosh. What an exciting blog post!

Monday, 7 February 2011

First Day

Well everything went really great! I took the bus and arrived at 8:30. My new class mates seem like a reasonable lot. A few are 17, but most are in their early twenties. The oldest person is 32, so it is mostly a youthful bunch and all are female---no surprise there.

Our tutor is called Sox, isn't that acute nickname? And she is so cute herself. Firstly we did introductions and then a little "speed dating" so we could familiarise with everyone. Then we got the "class rules" and our timetable for Week One.

After that we toured the campus. It is quite small, however it is minimalist and clean. It also feels quite homely. I felt totally comfortable there. Tomorrow I will get a locker so I can keep my handbag and equipment safe and I won't need to constantly haul it home by bus.

Yay! I've sort of got a routine!

Then we had a lunch break and I had my self packed food. See, I can feed myself! When we returned we got our contracts and were informed that we will start doing makeup tomorrow. I think she said we are going to "age" ourselves! Also, in the afternoon the senior students are going to give us makeovers. I don't know how I feel about that...I think it's exciting but at the same time, it's quite daunting. I've never had anyone do my makeup. We were also informed to not wear makeup on Friday. At this a look of displeasure passed over a few peoples faces. Mine included. Our teacher reassured us that the only people who would see us without the war paint would be the bus drivers and the stinky guy who seems to be an obligatory figure on all bus routes.

So yeah, that's all for now.

By the way...I'm watching The Great Johnston Brothers (I think that's what it's called). Oh. My. Gosh. This is lame. Norse Gods in Auckland??? So far fetched. My suspension of disbelief is stretched real thin.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

In Auckland!

I can just tell by typing on this iTouch blogging is gonna be a pain in the butt cuz the letters are so small on the keyboard.

But no one wants to hear that, so let's get on with the story.

I am so tired! I have so many blisters on my feet it's not funny. They look like Frankenstein-feet. Why are they in such a deplorable state? Because I spent about two hours looking for the institute. While I commend them on their nice understated signage, it made them virtually impossible to find. I must have tramped past them half a dozen times! Grrrrrr!

And now! I'm back from the supermarket and Oh. My. Gosh. What a mission! I have a new appreciation for bygone house wife doing her shopping. Firstly I had to catch the bus, so I had to wait twenty minutes for the "Link" bus. Then me, with only a vague direction of where the shop was, misses it the first time and spent an additional 45-60 minutes going round Auckland (on the bright side, I have a good idea of how far the academy is on foot and bus).

Then at the supermarket I was exhausted and had no clue what to buy, so I just got basic food and supplies ( ie. Fruit, milk, washing powder etc.). It all came up to $60 or so. Then hauling it home reached new levels of agony. I'd managed to keep my shopping within three bags but they eventually got heavier and heavier.

Housewives used to not only do the shopping, but they had to drag their spawn with them. What a nightmare! Especially on those days with everything being bigger, heavier and difficulter. I just don't know how they did it.

Gosh. Isn't that sad. My first day on Auckland and all I can do is complain. But can you blame me?

Maybe I shall talk about some of the good things. My lodging is nice albeit small, but it is good for me and I don't have communal bathroom/toilets. The whole Parnell area is so adorable and is café central! Most of the shops here are high-end boutiques with the loveliest things to buy. I also noticed on my meandering walk that quite a few cafés are looking for staff. I'll keep that in mind for if I decide I need more money or can't stand being all alone in my room.