Ever wondered what it’s like to be a make up artist? Jaydeen Sarah spills the tea on life in the profession and the challenges on the way in my new post 🌈
Jaydeen Clark, a 22 year old from Sunderland, is a freelance make up artist who is currently studying for a Fashion, Theatrical and Media Hair and Make Up degree in Leeds.
With 15.4k Instagram followers (and counting) her following love her original content and unique designs. Jaydeen creates her own face charts from scratch and brings her trends to life. She also creates digital logos for brands and individuals like herself for £10 each. Many talents!
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jaydeen about what it’s like to be a make up artist.
When did you first start wearing make up yourself?
When did you start doing it on other people?
I started at 17 and I only changed £5 for it. I was doing a-levels at the time and used make up as an escapism from the stress of studying, but then I realised I had a thing for make up artistry and I really loved doing it and I loved the way it made people feel after.
What was the hardest challenge going from that point to where you are now?
That would be seeing other people appear to go further than me, when I work ten times as hard. Self doubt is a major factor, that’s definitely a big challenge.
What’s the most rewarding element in being a make up artist?
I have different reasons for all the different sections of my work! From an Instagram perspective, I think big brands supporting me and sending me PR is amazing as it makes me feel really successful.
When I freelance, I love seeing my clients faces at the end when they’re happy over what I’ve done and seeing them take selfies and feel genuinely good about themselves!
In the fashion and film sector, it’s really rewarding to see my looks on TV or on a catwalk.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope that all of my dream brands recognise me and support me so that I can make a living from Instagram. I would love to be able to do it everyday. I would also love to be working within fashion shows and catwalks such as London Fashion Week. The main goal is to build up a big enough client base to be able to have my own studio and make everyone feel confident and beautiful everyday.
What’s your favourite make up brand and why?
My favourite make up brand would definitely be colorpop because the products are literally so pigmented and blend-able! They release a new set of products every single week or two, which gives us all inspiration to work with the colours.
They’re the only brand that have been so supportive so far. They don’t put people up to compete against each other on PR, if they think you’re worthy they’ll put you on the list, I love them for that.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to start out as a make up artist?
I think just don’t look at your competition, you have your own talents that people would look up to, just keep going and shut out the voice in your head that tells you there’s no way you’ll make it.
I had the pleasure of Jaydeen doing my make up for my graduation day and I absolutely loved it! She does exactly what you ask but better. I couldn’t recommend her enough!
Here’s my thoughts on the best selling book MumBoss by award winning blogger HonestMum AKA Vicki Psarias. There’s also an interview from Vicki herself 👶🏻💁🏼♀️💓
For my dissertation this year, I created a baby and parenting magazine called Little Love and I had the pleasure of interviewing Vicki Psarias, Director, film maker, blogger, mum and author of the book, Mum Boss for a piece on inspirational parents.
This was a book that I couldn’t put down once I started it and I found myself reading it at every given opportunity.
An Interview With Vicki Psarias, AKA Honest Mum.
I asked Vicki what her advice would be to someone who was struggling to manage their work and life balance and is feeling guilty about working. She told me that, “there is never an easy answer. Schedule quality time in with your kids where possible but remind yourself how your work nourishes you metaphorically and literally. My children are my motivators. I’m ambitious because of them. It’s always a juggle. Some days will seem easy and others will be tremendously hard. I think it’s key to be kind to yourself and have fun!”
Vicki said that, “Many women want and need to work. Stay at home parents have the hardest job of all! I believe in equality and support parents in whatever they choose to do. I understand that the guilt is there but I also believe it to be futile”
Vicki’s book, MumBoss, was published in 2018 and she told me that it’s publication made her feel both elated and scared but ultimately proud! I’ve written a review of the book below for you to find out a bit more what the book entails and why you should get yourself a copy!
When I asked Vicki to define MumBoss she said that it is the “honest mums guide to surviving and thriving at work and at home!”
A Mum Boss Book Review
Here’s my thoughts on the book.
One of my favourite things about this book is the normalisation of your feelings during pregnancy and after birth. So many people talk about an instant rush of love when you first meet your newborn but often it’s not like that.
For me, I was more relieved that we were both alive as I’d had visions of one of us dying during the birth or something going wrong. You’re in a state of shock and in a lot of pain and so you don’t really realise that the love is there straight away. This is something that personally I felt very guilty about but you have to remember, you’ve just been through a HUGE ORDEAL. Birth is no laughing matter, it’s not easy and it’s by no means a walk in the park, you’re not going to be in any mood to spread much love while you’re being stitched up, if you know what I mean. I love how this is normalised in the book because new mums need to know that feeling like that is 100% ok and natural.
“Yes there will be relief and joy that you have your baby safe and sound in your arms but it’s also totally normal and natural to feel anxiety, pain, confusion and shock – mostly shock – often before love gets a real look in. That emotional cocktail can make it hard to enjoy the ‘happy feels’ at first” – MUMBOSS
Vicki also touches upon post natal mental illnesses within her book which I think is so important to raise awareness and reduce the stigmas attached to it. Like she says, the whole notions of birth and motherhood are romanticised into a fairytale which can make it hard for new mums – as they feel lost and as if they’re doing it all wrong. This section of the book, I feel, normalises it all and tells it how it is in a crucially honest manner.
Vicki’s award winning blog was set up in 2010 after she suffered a traumatic birth of her first born son and felt there wasn’t enough support or advice out there for those going through it. Vicki told me that, “I felt isolated as a new mum in 2010 after my traumatic birth and I also feared that my feelings were completely abnormal as I found very little help online at the time. Blogging has naturalised motherhood and enabled women like me to seek support and help”
All about Confidence
“While you need to work hard to achieve results, a lack of confidence can result in others struggling to invest in you [..] you need to believe in yourself to make the most out of life and from business too, so make confidence building a priority” – MUMBOSS
‘Faking it til you make it’ has always been a favourite quote of mine and something that I live by. In the third chapter, Vicki states that you can 100% feign confidence until you actually feel it and I think that’s such an important message to put across.
This chapter also tells the readers to relish in your failures and use them to your advantage to push on, in the same way that you would with positive results and that’s the best way you can feel confidence and gravitate others towards you.
I love the sections about confidence as I think everyone, but especially new parents, can benefit from boosts of confidence. When you’re a new mum, You often worry that you’re not getting it quite right as you compare yourself to the mums you see online or around you. The truth is that everyone only posts the best versions of their lives and very rarely their struggles. Vicki states that, “one of the biggest zappers of confidence and one of the key contributors to the imposter syndrome is comparison” – page 81.
She tells us that although it is easy to compare ourselves to others due to the surge in social media, we must remember that a little bit of competition is vital for evolution but we shouldn’t let it destroy us, instead we must use it as it it motivation and inspiration to improve ourselves. Vicki tells us to turn our mindsets upside down and ensure that we are so wrapped up in achieving our on goals that we won’t have time to focus on what we don’t have or what other people are doing.
I think the book is perfect for any parent who needs a boost of confidence to remember what Mum Bosses they actually are. It’s a great read to make you realise that actually your goals aren’t out of reach and your life doesn’t stop once you give birth. The book also helps a lot with blogging and social media tips! If you’re looking to set up a blog or a side hustle such as an etsy site, a craft, anything, during your maternity leave then this will really be the ultimate guide to get you though it and ensure you that you deserve success and that you can achieve your goals with confidence.
“Speak to yourself as you would your best friend. When self doubt creeps in shout NO or STOP. Be the friend you need and value in your life” – MUMBOSS
I feel like this is such an important quote and often something I need to be reminded myself and probably many other do too.
Mum Boss also has amazing advice for returning to work after maternity leave as that can be extremely unnerving. You can also feel a lot of guilt, and nobody feels guilt like a mum.
Vicki recommends being open with your employer and to ease gently back into your role if possible. She tells us that the standard work day doesn’t suit parents as working away from their children can be heart breaking and obviously, we want to spend as much time as possible with our babies. She tells us that Lucy Griffiths told her to use her maternity leave wisely and this is what we should all do! Although we’re tired (exhausted) and drained, we should imagine how life could be without the 9-5 commute and therefore plan and create what we want to do to achieve our dreams. We’re all hustlers if we put our mind too it!
The book makes the dream seem achievable for anyone, not just the fabulous girls we see on social media everyday. It helps us to realise when we are ready to reach out, how to go about it and the challenges we will face during. I think this is an essential guide for any mother or even just someone who wants a shot at setting up a blog or online business as there is so much advice in there from Vicki herself and also a select set of other professionals.
She tells her readers to plan and to not feel too nervous in front of the camera, or atleast don’t worry about your nerves because everyone feels nervous on camera! There is so much helpful advice about blogging and vlogging and what kit to use, what to post, when to post and how to get hired in the blogging world with a lot of PR tips and advice on getting noticed on social media.
“Remember that your body is made from stardust, so you are designed to shine” – MUMBOSS
I can’t recommend reading this enough, I think Vicki will have empowered a lot of women and helped them through difficult times with their baby and reminded them that they are able to achieve everything. That’s definitely the message I took from this as it helped me realise my feelings are normal and that actually, I’m doing pretty good. She has made me feel like a total Mum Boss! This would make a great gift for a new mum.
I think Vicki is a very inspirational woman who makes an excellent role model to women across the world with her empowering nature. We could all learn a thing or two from her!
Also, her boys are very lucky to be raised by a woman like her.
Also while you’re here, do yourself a huge favour and check out Vicki’s award winning blog, HonestMum.com
Hello and welcome back to my blog! Today I have an interview to share with you with the owner of Sew Sian. I’m always on the look out for unique clothes for my little one and I think this business is perfect for it. I have included the link to her site at the end of my interview with Sian.
Sian Whithead fell pregnant a year after graduating from Sunderland University with a degree in Fashion Journalism. Therefore, she decided to focus her attention on setting up her own business, although she was working for her dream magazine she knew that “once I had my little boy, I knew it wasn’t going to be a viable option to return to my 9-5”
The 24-year-old named her business Sew Sian, which became official in 2018. Sian said that “if I didn’t take the leap of faith now, I may never do it and it would always be something that I’d regret not doing”
The business specialises in personalised baby items ranging from clothing to homeware to soft toys and bags.
Of course, running your own business from home whilst raising her one-year-old little boy, Archie, isn’t easy, “it can be demanding and it often means very long hours, but to be able to provide for him and work around him is an absolute privilege and it’s well worth the little amount of sleep I get”
When asked what her favourite part of running her own business was, she stated that she absolutely loves being her own boss, “being a perfectionist – this job allows me to complete every task to the standard that I want and it lets me be creative every minute of the day. I truly believe this is exactly what I was meant to do all along!”
Sian also said that, “I also absolutely love seeing my son in Sew Sian clothes, the amount of satisfaction that brings is above anything I could have ever imagined”
I also asked Sian what the hardest part of running Sew Sian is and she said that, “I think people often assume that having your own business is an easy life. They don’t realise the amount of pressure and hard work that goes into it all when you only have yourself to rely on. I do any PR and social media posts and I’m the person replying to all the messages. I often wish I could grow an extra set of hands!”
Some of my favourite items from Sew Sian are definitely the ‘toddler tamer’ t shirt for adults, the soft toys and of course the beautiful printed leggings!
When I asked Sian what her favourite items are that she makes she stated that, “this is a hard one! There are so many things that I love making and often each new design becomes my favourite! I would say that as much as I love all of them, I love all of the big embroider designs I create. I have a soft spot for an initial t shirt paired with a bespoke pair of leggings. There is something so simplistically perfect about that combo,
“And for adults, I love our embroidered sweatshirts! The ‘Chaos Coordinator’ one is my go-to because I feel like it sums up my life with a business and a toddler pretty well!”
Find much more on Sian’s beautiful site: www.sewsian.com and be sure to follow her Instagram at @sewsian.
I chat to Lyndsey Page about her brand, Tailored Tinkers, and what it’s like to run a business while raising her daughter, Naomi.
Lyndsey Page may have fallen pregnant during her final year of University, but that didn’t stop her from following her dreams of becoming a fashion designer.
The 25-year-old is a Fashion Design and Marketing Graduate from Newcastle, who has her own business, Tailored Tinkers. Her brand specialises in the design and creation of handmade clothing for children, ranging in sizes from newborn to eight years old.
The talented mother took a year out of her degree at Newcastle University where she studied fashion design and marketing, to give birth to her now two-year-old daughter, Naomi. With more time on her hands, the fashion designer started her business.
When her daughter turned one, Lyndsey returned to her studies to finish her degree, before starting Tailored Tinkers back up again. Lyndsey describes the year as a whirlwind!
Of course, running a business and raising daughter at the same time doesn’t come easy, “it’s very stressful at times” Lyndsey said, “at the same time though, it’s very handy because I have a guinea pig to test out all the clothes and sizing on her,
“It’s harder as she gets older because she used to be happy on her play mat, but now she wants to join in so I have to keep her busy with her pencils and paper. I always restrict my orders so I can fit them in while she’s at nursery or on a nighttime when she’s asleep. I try not to work when I have her as I always get Mam guilt so I have to leave time to play with her.”
When asked what the most rewarding part of her business, she told me that it’s in fact raising awareness for The Rainbow Trust charity, which works to support children who are terminally ill or have a life threatening condition. They bring support and help to families who so desperately need it, with Lyndsey claiming “for each garment I sell, 5% of the profit goes to the charity. It’s an amazing charity and if anything ever happened to Naomi, I know I would love the support they give to their patients.”
She continued, “another proud moment is when I was doing my A/W photoshoot, I got a mixed variety of children to model and one of the boys had down syndrome. (pictured below) He was so good at taking photos that his mam put the photos forward to the agency that shoots for River Island and Topshop! Now he’s got offers for more photo shoots, so I was over the moon about that.”
What’s the hardest part? Definitely organising everything to fit it all in. It’s just me running the business so I have to do the research, designing, comparison with competitors, make the garments and then market it to the right audience and then do all the promotions. It’s a lot, but I enjoy it. I think the key is to just keep going. I have off days where I have lost interest and wonder why on earth I do it, but other days you just feel so proud of how far you’ve came and it gives you another kick up the bum!
How do you find inspiration? I find it from all over to be honest! I mainly get inspired from clothes that adults wear, children’s clothes always have little patterns on or are made so the child is attracted to it, I wanted to make my collection quite plain but if it was in a bigger size, the adult would want to buy it. I also get slot of inspiration from the Kardashians children, they always wear oversized and comfortable clothes. My aim was always to make comfortable and practical clothes that are stylish. Especially when it’s for children as you don’t need something over the top if it’s going to have beans all over it by the end of the day!