Final Review of QC Makeup Academy

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I have finally completed my Master Makeup Course with QC Makeup Academy and happy for a few reasons. First of all, these courses are not required for you to become a makeup artist. Though, some states might require you to get an esthetician license to own a business that provides makeup services – this course is not a license of any kind.

Don’t be mislead into thinking this is your foot in the door. This is merely basic training for someone wanting to become a makeup artist. Don’t get me wrong, this course is great for someone who barely knows much about makeup but with the internet at your finger tips, you can learn these techniques with a little bit of research. After this course, you’ll still need a lot of practice, experience, and more studying.

Honestly, through all these assignments I completed, there was only one unit where I had to actually read one of my booklets (our study material) and this was towards the end of the course after I already completed the basic makeup course. Your written assignments are practically an open book test making it easy to get an A.

For your makeup application assignments, most of them tell you that you can use yourself as the model which doesn’t get you the experience of applying makeup to someone else – which is the goal right? If the assignment says to use someone else as a model, you can always grab your sister like I did and use her when needed.

Near the end of my course, the company decided for redo/reformat their curriculum. In the meantime of me having to decipher how to complete and turn in my assignments as half of my materials were outdated, I was contacting their customer service for most of my last few units. Their customer service was always outstanding and very polite  but their downfall isn’t them as a company as I know they can be a learning tool for a beginner. But there’s not much they can offer someone who knows how to find this information easily.

Overall, I’m still debating on whether this was a waste of money or not. It was a lot of money to put in to something I didn’t really learn much from but it wasn’t a waste of time as any time spent practicing is worth it.

Anyone thinking about starting this or any makeup course, please try to see what you can learn on your own first whether it’s from practicing on yourself, your friends, watching Youtube videos, researching, etc. If you are still at a beginner level after that then I advise you to take some kind of makeup artist course.

If anyone would like details about what you’ll see in the course, please contact me and I will give you all the information I can to help you make the decision before pay into any course.

 

Rating:

For Beginners: 8/10

For Intermediate: 3/10

For Advance/Professionals: 0/10

 

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Not An Ordinary Birthday Shenanigan

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This past September (2013) I celebrated my birthday in not the most usual way. I decided to try to achieve something that’s been lingering on my “practical” bucket list for a while now. I ended up driving to New Orleans to go urban exploring at the abandoned Six Flags Amusement Park. It was relatively easy to get into.

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When you first walk in, it reminds me of all the ghost towns you see in The Walking Dead.

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I was surprised to see most of the area wasn’t covered in trash and wreckage. Believe me, there was some junk laying around but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

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To some people its a wasteland but to someone like me, I find it great to go exploring in. I remember coming here as a teenager before the storm hit and having a good time. Now roaming the area as an adult, it’s an almost haunting feeling.

Before I left, I noticed some piles where it looks like someone has been there clearing out the place. I’m sure there’s still a lot there to look at and explore if you haven’t been there yet. But my advice, if you’re wanting to check it out, the sooner the better.

Prying Open My Third Eye Tattoo

Just a few months ago, I got my first tattoo. Before hand all I knew is that I wanted a third eye tattoo and it was going to be on the top of my foot, I just didn’t know how it was going to turn out and if the final design was going to be something I wanted for the rest of my life.

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I found this design on Google and thought it was perfect except for some minor details I wanted for myself. I took the design into the shop and my tattoo guy let me know that the little details around the outer circle were too detailed/too small for where I wanted and how small I wanted the piece. So I had to compromise a little but he added in the fluer de lis and the added spike and the bottom that I wanted.

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My little sister was also there with me to get her triforce tattoo on her foot (on the left). I love how it came out and how it’s all intertwined. I purposely left the eye undone because I wasn’t sure if I wanted it filled in or even how I wanted it filled in but I actually like it not colored in.

I just found the deviantArt page of the artist who designed the original piece and all his designs are amazing and would make great tattoo. He even has more variations on third eye tattoo designs. If you would like to see more from him, visit his dA page : http://obsolution.deviantart.com.

Accepted! – UD Pro

Urban Decay has recently started accepting applications for their UD Pro program.Today I eagerly awaited and was accepted into the program!

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I couldn’t have been more excited until I realized that my area will probably never have events nor  will I ever be featured on a magazine so the only part of the program I can use are the discounts. I am thankful I got accepted, I just wished they’d bring some UD events my way and I guess I’ll have to kick my butt in gear to get myself featured in a magazine.

If you’re a working makeup artist and/or student, go ahead and apply! It’s free…easy…and if you’re accept, you’ll know in a snap.

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A Unique Video Games Live

What a unique experience it was to witness a Video Games Live concert here in Lafayette, LA. On January 27th, I was able to attend this musical performance by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra featuring the producers and composers of Video Games Live. They played a variety of old school and new school video game music. Some of my favorites of the night being Skyrim, Chrono Cross & Chrono Trigger, Tetris, and Zelda. The flutist, Laura Intravia even dressed as the character Link as they presented their piece in dedication of the 25th anniversary of  The Legend of Zelda.
I loved how involved the crowd was with this show – it was as rowdy as an intense sports event and rock show combined…and we were in a performing arts center.
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But I believe the best part was the standing and roaring ovation for the Guitar Hero contest finale. A visually impaired man, Jason Simoneaux wearing unique goggles (to see the screen) while rocking out won the contest finale by scoring at least 400K on Expert (when he was only required to play on Hard). It was the highlight of the night for sure. Rock on dude!

I Forget What I Forgot

If you’re like me, you forget a lot of things. Once you remember, you eventually forget what you’ve forgotten.

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If you’re having these sort of problems you can try these few things.

1. Write it down, now! You can take a piece of paper and attach it to your wall calendar or stick it in your journal, just make sure everything stays in the same place. When you remember something you’ve forgotten or have lost. Don’t be lazy and think you’ll remember it this time. The sooner your write it down the better.

2. Write down the location. When you find a lost item or whatever item and you’re like me and stick it in a “safe place” and so sure you’ll remember…write down on a list these items and where you end up placing them. That way later on, you can go to your list and find that item that you can’t seem to remember.

3. Designate! When you find something you’ve lost, put it in a certain container that is designated for the items you’re found and don’t want to lose again. That way when you’re trying to find wherever your new “safe place” is, it’ll just be this one spot. It’ll also help reduce clutter and keep you from putting random things places and never being about to find them again.

4. Become uncluttered! Go through your belongings thoroughly at least once a year to get rid of access stuff and to help you possibly find all the items you’ve been looking for.

 

I wouldn’t recommend trying to find your lost items or thoughts when you’re stressed or going through a rough time. If you can calm your nerves before ravaging through your house, you might be able to think clearly to maybe remember something. Just breath.

QC Gets Social

Today was the first ever, QC Makeup Academy webinar (online seminar) for students and graduates. At first I thought with the seminar topic being “Social Media” that I wouldn’t learn anything. But by the time the presentation was over, I ended up with a few pages of notes.

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I loved the presentation and that the speaker got to answer our personal questions throughout the seminar, noting that if she couldn’t answer them all, that they’ll post replies to all the questions mention later on when they post the presentation to the student center. We went through and discussed different social media websites and the best ways to use them for your business or talents and how to keep your presence professional.

By the time the resources section came up the power point style presentation, I couldn’t write fast enough. But thankfully, QC Makeup Academy will be posting it on the student section next week. I’m crossing my fingers that they add an airbrushing unit to the Masters course, which was mentioned by QC Makeup Academy on their Facebook. And I’m hoping they’ll do more seminars later on through out the course.

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Beauty as a Profession – First Look

The first package of supplies, booklets, and CDs from QC Makeup Academy arrived today for my Master Makeup Artistry course. The box was just a little under 7 pounds and arrived via fedEx.

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At first I didn’t want to open it. I suppose I thought I would be overwhelmed that I took a few minutes to casually finish whatever I was doing and then cut open everything and laid it all out. The whole time I was thinking ‘where do I start’. The top letter introduced me to the course and gave me my online ID and password. From there, I went online and set up my QC Career School account and profile. For now, that’s all I want to jump into until I can sit down and actually pay attention.

I’m going to relax for the rest of the weekend so I can be fully prepared. I want to do this right.

Lingering…

Its been a while since I’ve posted but a lot has been going on. I can’t even remember most of it. Since the first of the year I have been keeping up with my New Years resolutions. This is the first time I’ve actually done New Years resolutions and I wanted to actually buckle down and do it, unlike most people. I don’t like to set myself up to do something that unless I’m going to be commited. One of my resolutions has been for me to go out and be productive, be more adventurous, more spontaneous. I don’t want to just sit around the house wasting time when there’s so much to do, so much to see. to say the least, I’ve been positively occupied in every sense of the phrase. I’ve been adventuring my current surrounding areas, spontaneously finding new things to do, and so much more…occasions I should of been blogging about in the first place.

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DIY: Valentine Heart Crayons

Whether it’s for your child or your lover that is a child at heart, you can make these cute heart crayons right at home and rather easy if you ask me!

What You Will Need:

– Any sized pot with an inch of water

– Old crayons (unwrapped and preferably in Valentine colors )

– Empty tin

– Heart shaped candy mold

– Knife

– Pliers (preferably needle-nosed)

– Pot Holder

– A Valentine baggie or anything Valentine themed to put your crayons into

1.  Set your pot with water onto the stove and turn it up to a medium boil. While you’re waiting for the pot to boil, use the knife to cut your unwrapped used crayons into small pieces (this will make it easier for melting).

2. Once your pot has come to a boil, put your crayon pieces into the tin. Now, while using your pliers to hold the tin, put the tin in the pot and hold it in the water (or as close as you can get to it) but keep it away from the bottom of the pan.

3. Once the crayons start melting swirl the tin around to mix it up a bit more to help them melt. Once your crayons have melted, use your pot holder to hold the tin and pour the melted crayons into the heart candy mold. Be careful not to over flow the mold.

4. Very carefully, put the mold in the freezer where it can lay flat and not spill out. Let it set for at least 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, pop your crayons out of the mold and put them into your Valentine baggies and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this small how-to and have lovely Valentine’s Day!