Piercings// PaintingFaces

19 Nov 2013

(Photo courtesy of Tumblr,!) 

A few tips for people thinking of getting piercings in the future! I'm no expert but I thought this may help someone out there!

1. Do your research!
Finding a decent piercing shop is one of the most important things to do when planning a piercing. You want to find somewhere clean, reliable and with a good reputation. If you can find someone to personally recommend a shop to you then even better! Usually you can tell from a shop weather or not they are at a high enough standard but if in doubt there are always Internet reviews!

2. Think of the future!
The thing I love about piercings are the fact they are an expression of your 'individuality' but aren't permanent like, say a tattoo. However, while you are able to simply remove a piercing if you don't like it be prepared that they sometimes can leave scars I for example have had my nose pierced a twice and the first time I had it done and was left with a scar its not massively noticeable but I do notice it, this is something you have to think will you be able to live with it? The same can happen with any other sort of facial piercing.

3. Jobs!
As I said before piercings are easy to get done and they are just as easy to take out, most companies these days are not as strict with body modification policies as they used to be however a hell of a lot of places do still judge people based on tattoos and piercings. If you are employed by a company its probably a good idea to research their policies on piercings, similarly when you are going for job interviews I would advise to double check with them first before getting a piercing or discussing their policies if you already have one.

4. Aftercare
Once you have your piercing its so important to look after it correctly, it is incredibly easy to get an infection especially with facial piercings. The most obvious way to protect your piercing is to clean it with a cotton bud and warm salty water or surgical spirit (although I would recommended the water as its more gentle) I did this twice a day or when necessary to remove blood etc. Another tip is to not mess with the jewelry too much, twisting and messing with it will irritate the wound especially in the early stages of the healing process not only this if you are twisting a ring in your ear, nose, lip etc you are getting bacteria into the wound making you more susceptible to an infection.

Just some side notes:- Piercings can take anywhere from 4 - 8 weeks to fully heal however this can vary on the placement, I would recommend not changing your jewelry for at least 4 weeks. You can usually tell when a piercing is healed, it will become less sore and swollen.
If you experience bleeding after you've been pierced don't worry this is completely normal, I've had a few piercings and all of them have been completely different, If you are still bleeding a week or so later then maybe consult the person who gave you the piercing for some advice.

I hope I have covered everything there, as I said I am not an expert on piercings but I am just talking from my own experience!

Current everyday make up // Autumn '13

5 Nov 2013



Rimmel wake me up foundation
Collection lasting perfection concealer
Rimmel stay matte power - 003 Peach glow
Collection intense pencil for brows - Brown
Benefit Dallas for bronzer
Rimmel blush - Santa rose 
Rimmel white eyeliner in the water line
Naked palette - Virgin, Naked & Toasted 
Benefit They're real mascara
MAC Dark side lipstick 

Just a quick look at my current go to make up, I have been loving keeping everything toned down recently my skin isn't too bad at the minute so it means i can get away putting on less make up which I love! The main feature of this look is my lipstick in Dark side. I have mentioned it a lot on this blog but it is  literally the most perfect deep burgundy, autumnal colour. I think this just livens up the look whilst still keeping it muted and perfect for everyday.
Also please ignore my strange outfit in these pictures, I am wearing a mini mouse hoodie because the heating doesn't work so if I don't wrap up I'd freeze to death!! :(

Halloween '13

1 Nov 2013

Halloween has to be one of my favourite occasions of the year, I think I just wish it was socially acceptable to dress up in costumes and crazy make up every single day... must be the *actor* in me talking.
 My costume and make up this year was a bit last minute, I was supposed to be going out but decided against it due to lack of funds and what not, however one of my friends decided to have a little get together at her house which actually turned out to be so much better! 
Costume wise I had to improvise with what I could find laying around my room, In the end I think I ended up somewhere between a witch/ vampire with out the fangs. I used the eye shadow colours Creep, Gunmetal and Virgin from the Urban Decay naked palette on my eyes and blended them in a winged effect right up above the crease and underneath the eye  and then added a shimmery red/cranberry colour from the Sleek storm palette along the edges to soften the lines and add more dimension. For my face I used my usual foundation (Rimmel wake me up) but just packed on the matte powder- white face paint would probably have created a better effect. With a matte black eye shadow I contoured my cheek bones to make them appear razor sharp and filled in my brows with the same colour I added liquid liner to my eyes and then drew a little spider on my forehead for some detail. I think a black or purple lipstick would have looked awesome with this look but the only dark colour I could find was my MAC lipstick in Dark side which didn't look to bad in the end. 

For my hair I parted it in the middle and pinned the two front bits back with bull dog clips and then back combed the rest of my hair to make it massive, I used batiste dry shampoo as a substitute for coloured hair spray to create the aged effect on the front of my hair! 
The party ended up being so much fun and probably better than a night out, we played games, Bobbed for apples and watched Hocus Pocus - Perfect Halloween in my opinion.