January was a blur of busyness, celebrating getting engaged, working non-stop to launch Fashion on UTV Ireland's The Pulse and basically being stressed out and manic for much of it. I am hoping February will be a calmer month where I can possibly stick to some new year's resolutions.
As first world a problem as it sounds my make up situation was a bit overwhelming. Like clothes I find things I loved once, I am now so sick of. The area/bombsite where I did my make up was a compete mess and I could never find anything, didn't know what I liked but also didn't want to get rid of anything because it was expensive at the time and I wasn't sure if I was just being dramatic!
I met Emma Farrell on a shoot recently and we chatted a bit about my situation and very kindly she offered to help and intervene. One baltic cold morning I lugged everything into her pretty studio in Ringsend. Her dog Sean greets you at the door! He's so cute.
I bought two filled to the brim bags of everything I own. I was aware that since I hadn't thrown any make up out ever - some would have to go...
When it comes to make up I'm quite natural but also I tend to buy things because someone amazing like Charlotte Tilbury, Lisa Eldridge or Tara O'Farrell suggests it but the reality is that I don't know how to use certain products correctly.
We poured everything out onto the table. I felt like I was back in school showing my work to a teacher.
Emma took out a colour chart which I had actually never bothered to look at properly I'm ashamed to admit. It's an old-school but also extremely useful and simple thing. From looking at it immediately I realised that given I have blue-green eyes I wasn't choosing the right shades for them at all. I needed more rose colours rather than cool browns which I stuck to.
I could suddenly see that a lot of the stuff I was reluctant to part with initially genuinely didn't suit my eye colouring. We moved some things to the side.
Brush wise thankfully I was pretty good. And they were also in good condition which I was pleased about.
There was also some products like this Armani cream shadow I didn't know how to use properly - hint - work quickly before it sets- and I actually loved it once it was applied correctly.
Foundation wise I got rid of two products that were really cakey on my skin.
Going through the mountain of stuff I had Emma quickly pointed out that I had no natural shadows at all, no eye primer and no light bronzer without shimmer in it. I also had really dry skin on my around my mouth which was making it drink up my foundation which she recommended a Body Shop mask for.
Emma's main tips (all of which I needed to take on board) were -
*If in doubt, throw out.
*Make sure to try on foundations in natural light - take a sample and go out into daylight before handing over the cash.
*Take the time to genuinely see what suits you regardless of trends.
*There can be such a thing as too much shimmer...
I left with one nicely edited much lighter bag and a shopping list. I would really recommend you do this with an honest friend or actual make up artist as genuinely I have been wasting money, cluttering up the place and wearing some of the wrong colours..
Once home I stacked my refined and detoxed make up bag into a new storage unit I got off Amazon. I had looked up HerClutterbox but they seemed really expensive and although this piece is an investment I am so happy with it. When I posted it on my Snapchat (HollyKateWhite) I got more screenshots than ever before!
I ordered mine on a Saturday and it arrived on the Wednesday. This is the link - Here-