I just wanted to share some fab images from a collaboration shoot with fantastic couture retailer Chamak by Kohl, Deepdale Road, Preston, PR1 The fantabulous images were captured by my super talented Asia Burrill who also does wedding photography  

Hey there, SO, this is a personal post which a lot of MUA’s / wedding vendors will probably relate to, but I also wanted to share this with people planning to book an artist/ vendor.  This is something you need to consider when trying to book someone. I don’t mean to sound like I’m complaining or that I don’t appreciate the work.  I know I’m very lucky to be in a job I love doing and have such a passion for…!  But I also believe that having a life outside of my job means I can provide a better service to my clients.  Happy MUA means fantastic Makeovers..!! So heres the explanation…… As a single mother of a young child, I do have set times I work in order to provide the best service I can to my clients but also trying to maintain a balance for ‘mother and son’ time. I work from 8.30am – 3:00pm on clients, brides, trials and then I catch up on quick admin during the evenings from 9:00pm to midnight sometimes.. If I’m feeling burnt out then yes I refuse to work after 7:00pm and I put my phone/diary/laptop away..! So although my working day is broken up I am still working a full 38 hours during the week.  And then on the weekends I could be working anywhere between 14 – 20 hours.  On average during busy weeks that means working 50 hours /7 days a week for months on end without a day off..! We don’t get paid annual leave, we don’t get sick pay, we don’t get sympathy – if we are ill no-one cares – we get out of bed and go to work to beautify our clients with a smile (or a cough).  That is the nature of our job. […]

I know followers will be disappointed on my lack of posts.. life is way too busy and thats a really good thing. 🙂 I wont promise a date on my next post, but I will post it on my social media when I get a chance to write it up (Clarins moisturiser vs Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream).  You can follow me on Instagram: @shafika_makeupartist or Facebook: Shafika Sodawala So today’s post is about my favourite brushes. These are an American brand called Glamcor.  Im going to tell you about my fave brushes from their range. I need to specifically talk to you guys about the quality of these brushes.  The handles are smooth and dense. They are a white colour. Glamcor made them like this to ensure you CLEAN your brushes. There is nothing worse than manky / dirty brushes.  Their ethos as you will see on their youtube videos do focus on keeping your tools/ workstations / makeup clean and sanitised. Their website is FINISH BRUSH   So I have bought a lot of items from the Glamcor brand and I love them all individually.  With my initial purchase of the portable case, lighting, trolley and bag, the Glamcor team were kind enough to send me a complimentary “Finish Brush” and to say it was love at first use is putting it mildly… This brush is just amazing especially when used to apply liquid/ cream foundations. I use it now mainly  to buff the foundation into the skin and the name is very apt, the ‘finish’ this brush gives is unlike any other I have used.  If you see my  real client work on FB or insta, all of my finishing/ foundation work is done with this brush or the buffer brush. I use nothing else for foundation work.  Again […]

Sigma Glove

Hello there..! So 1st of all thankyou for coming over to the ‘so-called’ blogging section of my website. I will try to be an avid blogger from now on.. I promise..!! (I wished..!).  Yes I did start the blog with the intention of being an extremely informative MUA (makeup artist) but unfortunately or maybe fortunately I just dont have the time to spend writing..  I get my quick fix of social media/ networking from Instagram and Facebook ( so last year.. i know..!) Okies so this blog post which is self explanatory is a totally honest product review.  *Disclaimer* The opinions are my own and are in no way affiliated to anyone else.. Yes I caved in like the makeup junkie I am and bought the Brush Cleaning Glove.. I got the SPA  X2 – which has 2 thumbs on it thinking this is amazing… It promises a deeper faster clean. With over 100 brushes to wash in one sitting I want to save time..! It cost me £34.95 plus £3.00 for p&p – so immediately thats a lot of money for a silicone glove which quite frankly is not that different from the oven gloves.  My expectations were high – I ‘expect’ my brushes to be super clean and not take me long to do it..!!   So the packaging is simple which is fine I guess but the 1st negative comment – it doesn’t come with any instructions.. Yes its pretty basic to use, why do i need instructions you ask..?! well I wanted to know the best way to use the product.  There is a barcode thing at the back of the packging which tells me to scan to see some video.. but I haven’t figured that out.. Inside the silicone glove is also a towel type […]

Please click the above title link to read full post Hello fellow readers.. Apologies for the late 2nd post – life has been manically busy lately.. I’m trying to multi-task whilst entertaining 3 energetic boys in the house and typing this article.. Yes im on fire..! wooo..! So I recently ( :-/ by recent I do mean a couple of months) put up a Facebook status about using eye creams and was inundated with private messages asking me to recommend some products… So here goes… There is more to skincare that just eye cream so im trying to cram lots of useful info for you guys without it getting boring..! As a working makeup artist I regularly come across girls even as young as 16/ 17 with wrinkles and bad skin due to neglect. My thoughts are it is NOT normal to have wrinkles or ageing so young.! There is no excuse for premature ageing of the skin (unless there are medical reasons at play..!)  If you are a daily makeup wearer it is essential you instill in your life a daily skincare routine. Remember the better your skin is the less makeup you will need or have to wear..! Lets start with the basics… There are 3 steps: Cleanse & Condition Hydrate & Tone Moisturise & Revive Yes we all wash our faces and remove our makeup appropriately – if you don’t then there is no help for you..! You will need to get to grips with yourself to avoid looking old before your years..! Avoid using soaps, they dry out the skins natural oils and acids and removing them with soap can lead to blocked pores, blackheads and in some cases spots..! Use a face cloth and gently scrub your face to remove the dead skin cells to promote […]