7 Days of Makeup

I could probably count on one hand the number of times I've worn a full face of makeup since the start of 2017. I feel liberated that I can leave the house when ever I want with a bare face, and I feel totally comfortable doing so. My skin has certainly benefited, It's clearer and I get compliments all the time about how glowy and healthy my complexion is. I've given my skin a good 6 month break from constant makeup wearing over the past 10 years, and I can see a noticeable difference in both the appearance of my skin and my self confidence. 

However, I have missed playing with makeup. And would it kill me to put in a bit of effort into my appearance every once in a while? Sometimes I worry that my partner, Matt, thinks I've let myself go.... but he assures me he prefers me without makeup. Or maybe he prefers that I don't waste half an hour of my morning in front of the mirror anymore! 

So I've set myself a small challenge this week, 7 Days of Makeup. Sunday to Saturday, makeup every day. It can be natural, full glam, glowy or vampy, whatever I feel like, whatever I'm inspired by. I want to fall in love with doing my own makeup again!

So I'm on day 3, and I'm loving it so far! But I have noticed how much time it takes up... by the time I get up, have breakfast, go for my walk, shower and do my makeup its midday! I've wasted half my day! I have noticed how different my time management is since I've stopped working in retail.. There is no rush for me to be showered, made up and out the door by 8am. I think that's why I like not wearing makeup, because it doesn't suit my routine anymore, and of course I don't actually have to be face to face with clients every day of the week. 

I'll check back in at the end of my 'Makeup Week' and let you all know how I felt about the challenge at the end of it. If you want to check out the makeup looks I've been doing you can see them on my instagram page - www.instagram.com/taylorbeckmua

Wedding Expos!

So excited to attend the Central Coast Wedding Expo this Sunday, 19th March! 

It's a local expo, taking place at the Ettalong Diggers. MEANING... I get to network with hundreds of beautiful, local brides-to-be! I've said it before, and I'll say it again... I love making brides feel beautiful on their special day, it's literally the best part of my job! So I can't wait to meet more potential clients for 2017/18!

To celebrate my love for Brides and everything 'Bridal' I have created a Bridal Hamper, full of everything you could possibly need for your wedding day! The basket includes things like; A floral satin robe, Bride-to-be sash, Champagne, Makeup, Brushes, a touch up kit, and SO MUCH MORE! I went bananas making this thing!

On the flip side, getting ready for a wedding expo is next-level stressful! I made a conscious effort to be super prepared for this expo (being my second) I think I know what to expect...I hope! I went all out and bought new table cloths, a backing curtain, banner, decorations & my bridal hamper! I'm feeling so on top of it and I'm so excited! But so nervous at the same time!

So feel free to come and visit me at the Central Coast Wedding Expo this Sunday 19th of March at Ettlong Diggers.. Who knows, you might even be the winner of my wonderful bridal basket :)

What's in my Makeup Kit?

I get asked my potential clients all the time - "What Makeup do you use?"

I know people are curious, especially since going cruelty-free, what makeup I actually do have in my Makeup Kit. Contrary to popular belief you actually can look flawless and stunning on your wedding day without touching a single MAC product! I actually use plenty of very well known, high end makeup brands who produce quality products but don't feel the need to rub them all over a bunny and wait for an allergic reaction. Two Faced, NARS, Hour Glass, Urban Decay and Morphe are all quality makeup brands that appear in kit, just to name a few. 

Most of my products are by luxury brands, yes... but not so exclusive that you can't go out and purchase them if you loved how it looked on your skin. You adored that glowy foundation and blinding highlighter? Great! You can easily grab them for your own personal collection next time you're at Sephora. I will happily give you the product name and the colour I used on you. 

So these are my current favs for each category of Makeup.. If you book with me this is most likely what will end up on your pretty face:

Primer - Two Faced hang over primer (hydrating, smoothing and smells AMAZING)

Foundation - NARS sheer glow (makes your skin look naturally flawless) or Two Faced born this way (med-full coverage, matte, flawless finish)

Concealer - ELF maximum coverage concealer (the highest of coverage, my secret weapon) or LA Girl pro conceal (Every MUA has used this as some point, an oldie but a goodie)

Setting Powder - Ben Nye translucent powder (sets your face makeup in place like magic)

Bronzer - Two Faced chocolate solet (suits every skin tone, and dead set smells like choc)

Contour - NYX contour palette (there is literally a colour for everyone, amazing product)

Blush - Ben Nye (almost always a pink and peach combo, works a treat for a natural glow)

Highlighter - Usually a combo of The Balm mary loumanizer and Hour Glass ambient light (a match made in heaven for a glowing bride)

Eye shadows - Morphe (so many pigmented colours, I don't know if I will ever get over them)

Eyeliner - Tarte tartist liner (jet back and life proof)

Mascara - NYX waterproof black (can't go wrong with waterproof black)

Lashes - Model Rock Lashes or Red Cherry Lashes (best and most natural, also you can reuse them after!)

Setting Spray - Urban Decay (the only setting spray, like hairspray for your face)


So these are my makeup kit basics, obviously every makeup is different and I gravitate between different products. Iv'e tried and tested all of these products and I know that they will last ALL DAY & NIGHT! Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek into my kit :)