Wednesday, 27 May 2015

5 Tips for Freelancers by Thou Shalt Not Covet

This is Michelle here from Thou Shalt Not Covet, I'm just filling in for today while the lovely Georgina is away on her hols! Today I want to talk about Freelancing.. whether it's writing, PR or any other media role you're hoping to get into, it's a natural progression for many blogger to be interested in one of these career paths. I personally freelance in social media management and blogger outreach, so I thought I'd offer a few pointers today for those looking to follow down the freelancing road -

1. Update your CV. Firstly it's important to recognise the skills you already have. You write a blog, yes? What skills do you use for that? Are you hot on Twitter or Instagram? Maybe you have a million followers on Pinterest? Make the most of your achievements and don't be afraid to include them however insignificant you may think they are. I managed to miss out being put forward for a job recently because my CV didn't state that I'm experienced at using Wordpress. Silly me! Maybe you use Photoshop to edit your photos? Or maybe you vlog too? There are so many skills to be learned through blogging. Make sure you big them up on your CV.

2. Intern. Interning is a fantastic way to get your foot in the door, apart from gaining valuable experience to add to your CV, it's also a great opportunity to get a taste for the 'real work' involved in your particular career of interest. (I should point out now that the glamorous side of freelancing is only a very small part of the job!). Interning can also bring up some excellent networking opportunities so you can get to know people in the industry. UK Fashion Intern is a good site to check out for positions, so is Fashion Workie. Also don't forget to search Twitter using relevant hashtags including the industry (fashion, beauty etc) and #intern. This is actually how I found my first intern role. Don't forget Gumtree can be worth a look too! Be aware when applying for intern or apprentice roles though, as some companies are just looking for cheap or free labour. If your not sure whether you are entitled to receive pay or not, make sure you know your employment rights and where you stand in terms of pay here.


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Two Makeup Looks using Neve Cosmetics, Eyes of Horus and Lash Boutique!

In case any of you forgot due to the billions of outfit posts featured the last couple months, I am still a beauty blogger too and very much interested in all things makeup. As you can imagine, reviewing a dress is a lot quicker than makeup brands, and being as picky as I am, there are several tests makeup has to go through to pass inspections and get the thumbs up from me. Before hurting my back, I was just starting up as a makeup artist, I can still do it, but only on myself or if my mum is really nice to me as it physically hurts too much to stand and get into different positions to paint someone else's face. But even though my skills are on hold, I still know what to look out for in good products.

Through my postbox there has been many different pieces from brands lately, and I thought I'd be fun to do two makeup looks and a roundup of the brands with the products I love most! 

First up is this makeup look where I tried something completely different on myself, black eyeshadow and a pop of colour. To be honest, normally I avoid lots black eyeshadow as I always find it can ruin a makeup look if used wrong, but I was pleasantly surprised at how the pop of colour brought my face to life. So, what did I use?

Two Makeup Looks using Neve Cosmetics, Eyes of Horus and Lash Boutique! Georgina Grogan, shemightbeloved

Gracie Lashes from Lash Boutique at £5.49 - Lash Boutique sent me a huge bundle of lashes and they're all amazing quality, come in a portable little protective box and with their own glue too. At £6 that's amazing value for money. I love the Gracie lashes for a dramatic and flirty look that really makes the eyes pop and lift them open.

Elegantissimi eyeshadow palette from Neve Cosmetics at €26.80, around £19. Neve Cosmetics really surprised me as I wasn't expecting the colours to be so pigmented at all. They blend so easily and feel absolutely incredible and very high end. The palette itself is quite bulky and not very travel friendly, but the pigments last all day with a good primer so there's really no need to carry it. The shimmers are more matte but I didn't mind that at all. They can also be used wet for a more dramatic look!

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