My Vanity Femme Seminar experience

Hey my loves, I finally get to talk about my makeup seminar experience with the popular beauty blogger on Instagram, Vanity Femme. In no way is this a hate post or a post about me complaining, its rather an expression and a story of how disappointed and let down I felt and how I still feel for putting my trust and admiration into someone online

Why I went to the seminar

To give you guys an idea of why I reacted so deeply about this situation im going to be talking about why I went. The tickets went live on her instagram page late summer last year and it was around this time where I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in beauty. I knew I had the passion, the willingness to learn but I just didn’t how to get started. I was thinking of setting up a beauty page with reviews as I thought a blog would be complicated (lol @ at how naïve I was) but I was still skeptical and scared of taking the plunge. I didn’t really have much contact with influencer’s/makeup artists/ or bloggers who could give me tips in starting out so Mariyah (Vanity Femme) offering an intimate class giving her advice on how she got started was just perfect for me. I also had the intention of observing and networking with the other students, finding out how they started, the challenges they faced and where they want to be at in the future. So the intention wasn’t to learn about makeup, it was to network, meet new people talk about their experiences in a massive industry that I was so scared to step into, and of course meet Mariyah herself. An influencer I admired so much. I didn’t care much about the “controversies” and stories she was involved in, i just looked up to her as a woman, an influencer and a business woman and i think she’s absolutely stunning

The event itself

Looking back i would give the event a 6/10. The content and technique’s she taught was information i knew already but it was a great experience seeing makeup applied in front of you and seeing the transformation without the lighting or super speed that im so used to seeing on online. I immediately warmed up to her I thought she was lovely and answered every weird question i had because i wanted to absorb as much information as i could.

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So you’re probably wondering what’s the problem. The goody bag was the problem. All students were promised her collection of glow dusts and her eyelashes. On the day of the event we took home the glow dusts because the eyelashes were low in stock, so she said we’ll be getting the lashes in a week’s time.

2 weeks later. No lashes. 2 months later. No lashes. Last December after waiting endlessly for her to reply to my emails, i commented, “if anyone attended the Birmingham seminar please DM me” under her picture on Instagram, as i thought maybe it’s just me she has trouble sending the products out to. I then got blocked. As someone who has never got blocked by someone my naïve little mind thought she deleted her page. But it quickly came apparent that she saw my comment and blocked me. I cant express how let down and hurt i felt by someone i admired and even loved so much that she cut me off so abruptly without thinking how i would feel. And that’s where major influencer’s get it wrong. Maybe they don’t realise that their vast number of followers on their page are actually people with feelings and maybe they have a bigger impact on people than they realise.

I gave up after that. I was still really hurt, not over the lashes but over how the first beauty influencer i met, the first makeup artist i met, the first look i had into this industry resulted in such a hurtful negative experience. I deleted my instagram soon after because it made me feel so low and i thought what’s the point of coming into this industry if i get treated like this? Also her customer service team is appalling, i don’t understand how you could ignore so many emails when that is your only job to do. It baffles me.

Fast forward to summer this year, Mariyah herself sent an email out to her students…

 

 

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To be honest, i was quite glad that she was resolving the issue by logging into her email 7 months later and reading all of our emails, some of which called her a scammer. It was good that she acknowledged that her customer service team is actually awful by not communicating with the brand owner and sending out pretty basic certificates using the Word page design template we all used in primary school. However, reading that i became a little hopeful again.

Its December, and the lashes are nowhere to be seen and probably wont be. Some of her attendees from her other seminar’s  that took place earlier than the one in Birmingham have the same problem with the same product’s, and we’ve all pretty much given up at this point. I called her a shitty businesswoman in one of my emails and i stand by that 100%

If i was in her place, a brand owner and influencer. Firstly i would have an awareness or a sort of appreciation of who follows me and understand my impact upon my audience. Then i would fire the customer service team and handle all that myself and make sure everyone’s satisfied. I also wouldn’t have lied and led my students on month after month and just be honest and say. “im sorry but its not possible for me to give you the lashes, but here’s how im going to make up for it for making you wait all this time”. I would’ve created some sort of buy one lash get the other half price or for free, or a discount code just for the student’s who attended. Lying and deceiving your students, some of which may be loyal supporters is not the way to do business and i hope she learns that from this experience.

If you guys are wanting to attend a makeup seminar, i wouldn’t recommend going to a Vanity Femme one if she decides to hold any in the future, simply because its unreliable and straight up unprofessional.  I would recommend attending a seminar from someone the likes of @makeupbymario who is having his Masterclass in London next April. @soniaxfyza held an small seminar in November and so many celebrity makeup artists hold seminar’s across the UK so i would definitely keep an eye out and attend!

To wrap up this post, I don’t hate Mariyah, i just don’t agree with how she runs her business and i think she could have made this into a more positive experience if she just put some effort in. Although she has blocked me, i still view her profile from my sister’s phone, watch her YouTube tutorials and even have screenshots of her makeup because i still admire her skill and style. Overall, it was a lesson to perhaps not to put my trust into people so quickly, and that not every influencer treats their followers the same, as through this blogging journey I’ve met the most beautiful, good hearted sincere souls!

Hope you enjoyed reading this experience, see you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

 

 

 

Fall Queen makeup look 

Serving you some dark sultry neon vibes with this fun photo shoot I arranged with my friends to get myself experimenting with different colours and create a simple striking look!

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I absolutely loved how this look came together, it turned out better than I imagined and I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive model and the photographer Sophie, who is a talented content creater for business marketing and media, including photography, videography and blogging. If you are looking to enhance your social media or website with new engaging content get in touch with her because she was a real pleasure to work with🙌 I’ll link her website here if you want to get in touch! 

Product Details

FACE

Urban decay All Nighter Foundation in the shade 4.0

Maybelline age rewind concealer in medium

Urban Decay Naked skin concealer in light

La Girl pro concealer in Fawn to contour

Kat Von D shade and light contour palette to set the cream highlight and contour

Mac strobe cream

Mac cosmetics highlighter in Whisper of Gilt

Vanity Femme Glow Dust in Crushed Pearls

Mac Melba Blush

EYES

Benefit Ka – Brow in the shade 2

Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism eyeshadow palette using the shades Lure and Parallel for the cut crease and Sphere for the vibrant neon yellow pop of colour that complimented the model’s deep blue eyes!.

Eyelure 141 lashes

LIPS

Ofra liquid lipstick in Hypno for the sultry vampy lip

I wanted to keep the eyelook very simple, keeping Sphere as the emphasis to tie in and compliment a dark lip creating some real creative fall vibes and I hope you guys enjoyed the look. I’ll be creating some fun festive looks in collaboration with Sophie soon so stay tuned!

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

 

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Laura Mercier Flawless fusion foundation review

Hey my loves! Its been a while since i’ve done a product review and i thought what better product could there be than the new Laura Mercier flawless fusion foundation that ive had my eyes on for quite some time. Ive seen many influencers put the “15 hour wear claim” to test and it looks very promising.

If you guys didnt know already, over the summer i put a stop to foundation. Mostly because due to breakouts and the feeling of foundation on a hot summer’s day was enough to embrace my bare face. I’ve really been loving the skipping out foundation routine, so the foundation has to be pretty phenomenal to persuade me to start wearing it again!

This foundation claims to provide ” all the wear, all the coverage, without the weight”. It’s high performance wear thats ” sweat, humidity, water and transfer resistant” with a weightless texture that feels like “second skin”. When i came across this i felt like it fit the description of what i need. A second skin feeling so i wouldnt feel weird wearing foundation again but giving me enough full coverage.

My shade

I brought home two testers, one was in the shade Buff and the other Macadamia. After trying buff (the darker shade), it matched perfectly with my forehead but in different lighting it was too dark for the rest of my face. Macademia looked too light when swatched on to the skin however when blended in and after highlighting and contouring it balanced in nicely. So I went ahead and bought Macademia to test how I feel about it, whether it does really feel like second skin and if it lives up to the long lasting claim!

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• At 7am i applied the foundation using my all time favourite Morphe M439 and using a beauty blender after. I set my under eye concealer, nose, the area under my nose my forehead and smile lines which are the places i tend to get oily throughout the day. I finished off using my Nyx dewy setting spray

• Throughout the day i felt like i could touch my skin without my skin feeling tacky or any foundation rubbing off and it felt like an invisible smooth layer. It also covered up the redness around my cheeks and nose very well and didnt budge

• I did notice my nose getting oily even after setting with powder but the rest of the face was perfectly intact. 10 hours in and i didnt feel like i needed to take my makeup off. A childish word yes but my skin didnt feel “icky” (thats the only word to describe it😂)

• At the end of the day about 9pm so thats  14 hours of wear i noticed the foundation seperated on my nose and i could see skin peeking through but honestly it wasnt a big deal for me. I was still happy about how it kept my oiliness at bay and how it felt so lightweight! I would never wear foundation for more than 14 hours anyway but i was still pleased with how it held up🙌

Final Verdict

Overall, i think this foundation lives up to its claims and its made me excited to wear foundation again. I didnt feel as if there was a heavy layer on that would transfer everywhere and it was super lightweight. I cant emphasise it enough!. It looked and even felt like soft even supple skin! I think its a great buy and would definitely recommend to grab a couple of samples, see how the shade looks like in natural light, in low light or sun light and give this foundation a go! It might just become a staple in your collection❤

Do let me know if you have any further questions and i shall see you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

Fenty Beauty

Fenty beauty by Rihanna took the internet by storm. I am a little late on the fenty beauty hype because i wanted to take my time and figure out what i wanted and let the craze die down so i can have a relaxed shopping experience at Harvey Nichols.

Oh boy was i wrong. I really tried being patient waiting to get myself colour matched for the foundation i’ve been seeing countless good reviews on. Apart from it drying quickly and a slight shade change once applied i havent seen a single bad review, and in the beauty world thats a massive achievement. So sadly i couldnt get the foundation. However, for the past couple of weeks ive stopped wearing foundation and after applying primer i go straight in to highlight and contour and i really love how it looks so overall im glad i got the match stixs!

Before we get into the review, can we talk about the packaging. Its different and edgy and i love the soft pink that contrasts it all ( which sort of reminds me of KKW beauty) The idea of having magnetic sticks is genius and something i havent seen before. Its practical as i dont have to worry about losing any of them. The packaging for the gloss is so luxurious, i love the hexagonal shape and how its distinct from the rest. Clearly a huge amount of effort has gone into this and it mirrors Rihanna’s personality beautifully, as being edgy and feminine and perfect really😩

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Pictured : Gloss bomb, Match stix in Cocoa, Match stix in French Vanilla

Match stix’s

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This is how i contour and highlight on an every day basis with no foundation. Since i had no patience whatsoever to get myself colour matched for these (typical me), i took it upon myself to find the perfect shades. AND ITS SPOT ON! I needed a contour shade that wasnt too ashy/neutral or dark and a highlight that was brightening. Im not too keen on stick highlights as i’ve had some experiences with some being harsh and dragging my under eye. These are super creamy, i didnt feel as if it was pulling my skin and its very very easy to blend which i was so happy about. French Vanilla is a perfect under eye highlight.

When compared to the NYX wonder stick in medium; the contour stick ive been using for years, Cocoa is a lot warmer and intense and needs more work blending out. I use a real techniques stippling brush which is more than enough for the Nyx contour but with cocoa i have to use a beauty blender to buff it out. Ive become so used to the subtleness of the Nyx contour stick that cocoa makes me look like a bronzed sculpted goddess and im kind of living for it. I might prefer this over the NYX!

I do love the warm intensity of it but i wish the stick itself had a more pointer edge to create a precise line like the NYX wonder stick. It just makes life a little easier and instead of the contour looking thick it looks sharp, sculpted and clean.

The Gloss bomb

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How luxurious and yummy does it look im obsessed. I havent worn gloss since i was about 12 so i was curious to see myself wearing gloss again.  It has a fruity smell which i dont really appreciate as  i prefer non scented makeup but that was the only thing i didnt like. It retails for £16, its a high end gloss and i guarantee you could easily find a drugstore gloss with a rosy finish. It didnt feel sticky and awkward on my lips throughout the day and it has a gorgeous shine which got me quite a few compliments!

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That wraps up my review, let me know if you have any questions about the products❤

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

How to handle your finances!

Its September. In other words, millions of students are anxiously waiting for that student finance text to drop and the wave of ecstasy afterwards seeing  2 digits to a nice old 4. If you struggle with handling your money, wondering where your paycheck flew off to, or a shopaholic student then this post is for you, because if anyone knows the despair of bankruptcy ITS ME!

Now i’ve been trying to figure out how to budget and being aware of where my money is going. I’ve had lectures from parents, ive read countless blogs and youtube videos but through my experience of working full time and now being a student i feel i have a taste of both worlds to figure out what budget plan works for me and to share some of my tips that i hope you find useful.

Working out a budget plan

Over the summer, I’ve had to completely stop my excessive spending and focus on bare necessities, and this meant I had to ignore every sale, every email, every special offer and it made me realise how much promotional material we’re exposed to every day. Its crazy. In one day I must have received about 10 to 20 emails from different beauty/clothing/footwear brands clawing at my purse and we’re exposed to that every single day. Fear not, there’s a solution.

A monthly budget plan is your new bestie from now on. It must sound a little overwhelming and something you would do when you have kids and a mortgage to consider, but a budget plan makes it clear what your spending on and how much you need to save, (which really is going to benefit you in the long run). Its not a long list of decimals and pie charts and diagrams (I’ve left that in school thank you very much). I’m going to tell you guys how I’ve drew up my budget plan, based on my spending habits, my social life (LOL) and my expenses. I can proudly say I don’t own a single designer item and I don’t really see the point of fine dining. Therefore, your budget plan needs to consider YOUR expenses and likes.

I’ve written down my budget plan both in my diary and my phone and I’ve memorised it a million times so I stick to it (if only I sticked to it in first year!). Taking into my loan from student finance into consideration and money from my part time ish job, I’ve set aside £100 for every category to spend on every month. I’ve set aside money for savings and money for expenses I need to cover too. For example, my blogging expenses, the odd food shopping and bill. I’ve also calculated how much I would have left at the end of each month if I were to spend £100 on a category, for example makeup (This is a maximum amount that i probably wont go over but if I were to go over, I would cut back the next month).

You can go down or increase it, but it has to be a set amount so you can control exactly how much you pay for categories like food, clothing, travel etc. Keep a set amount for each category every month. It also helps to plan what you will buy over the next few months so you can keep track. For example I’ve planned out key items I need to get, keeping in with my monthly £100 budget. With a category like food, it really depends how many times you go out to eat and its difficult to keep track of it, so its something you have to consider. Learning how to cook a little, reward cards to save some money by earning points and packed lunches here and there are a great way to cut back on eating out all the time.

Also, another little trick I’ve learnt is to always have cash on you. I feel like whenever I pay for something, using cash and physically handing it over, it registers as more important in my mind than using my card. It might sound crazy but I feel like I’ve actually spent money when I’ve given notes to someone. That’s one of the reasons why I haven’t set up contactless, I would be swiping my account away one Selfridges at a time.

Budgeting may sound impossible especially in a time where breathing is expensive, but it can be done by growing up a bit and recognising your wants and needs. For example, i havent experienced living on my own yet but if you are, then you need to recognise how much money you have coming in, work out exactly what you need to pay for and still have enough for personal use. Its only possible with a clear budget.

 

Financing for makeup artists, beauty bloggers

Knowing how to control your expenses when your a beauty blogger or a makeup artist is so so important. I completely understand the struggle scrolling through a makeup fanatic’s feed seeing highlighters cover their entire floor and thinking I need it all.

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In fact one of the reasons I was skeptical of blogging was thinking i needed every lipstick, every foundation, every limited edition, every brand and showcase it to the point where i have to live off peanuts. No girl. You don’t know someone’s situation behind your phone screen. They could be the most broke person on the planet, they could be working day and night or they could be quite well off. My point is, if its wanting to make you buy unnecessary things, then take a step back, breathe and think about how it will affect your budget.

The beauty of beauty blogging is that there’s so many of us so we all don’t need to have exactly the same products and tastes, so you don’t have to feel pressured in owning everything. Remember, you have a life and commitments outside of blogging too. For makeup artists and aspiring artists I would give the same advice. Its the quality and skill of your work that determines your demand from clients and not your kit. You could have 15 high end palettes but if you cant blend out eye shadow, I’m not booking you girl. So don’t feel pressured, building a freelance kit takes time. I’ll be posting advice soon for aspiring makeup artists and bloggers so STAY TUNED!

To wrap up this insanely long post, figure out what you spend most on, keep to a set amount, don’t ignore necessary expenses and keep checking your account. Small little shocks along the way is better than one huge depressing blow to the face. And finally dont worry too much, once you’ve worked out your expenses and your keeping in line with a budget then life’s good!

Hope this helped, See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

 

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Bronze and Gold Makeover!

Hey my loves! I did one of my signature looks on an old friend @biryanimuncher today. When it comes to makeovers i tend to get really nervous because i want it to look incredible and make the client feel the same way too. This was my first all so serious/proffesional makeover that i really want to get to more and more practise of doing

So i did a look thats comfort zone level 10000000. Browns, bronze, gold, shimmery copper shades are something i wear every single day and will never get enough of for the rest of my life😩. I remember doing makeup on my sister when i was 17 and i haven’t done a makeover since. I remember thinking WHAT ON EARTH, how do i hold her head, how close do i stand, am i hurting her eye, why does it look so weird or am i doing this right😭😂

Some of these images are screenshots of videos, we were having far too much fun on boomerang so apologies if its not super clear😅

Key Products

  • Elf Mineral Infused Face Primer
  • Too Faced born this way foundation in Warm Nude
  • Sleek Contour kit in Medium to conceal and cream Contour
  • Urban decay naked concealer in Light neutral
  • Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
  • Morphe 9C palette to powder contour
  • Elf Blush in Fiji
  • Becca Champagne pop
  • Morphe 25A Copper spice palette
  • Jouer Ultra Foil Shimmer Palette using a mixture of “Skinny Dip” and “Tan lines”
  • Too Faced better than sex mascara
  • Mally Ever colour starlight Waterproof Liner in “Lucky Penny” (obsessed with this, its the most beautiful bronze)
  • Kylie liquid lipstick in Exposed with Jouer Skinny Dip lip topper
  • A whole load of Nyx dewy setting spray

    Let me know your thoughts🤗 I have a lot more makeovers lined up so stay tuned❤

    See you in my next post!

    Love from Sahibah x