After leaving school I decided I wanted to pursue a career in Art & Design, so I went to college and found myself leaning towards Graphic Design, although my heart was more in Illustration and Fine Art. I got in to my 1st choice uni in Cardiff (UWIC) to study Graphic Communication - this didn't go as well as I'd have liked. I ended up leaving half way through my final year, never to return to finish it. It's a long story, one I won't bore you with :) At that point I realised I needed to start earning money, so I got an admin job at Legal & General where I stayed for a further 7 years until being made redundant in 2008. It was in about 2006/2007 that I really started getting into makeup, before that I hardly wore any, and when I did it was either Urban Decay or Chanel (not much changes eh?).
After that I spent a couple of months doing unpaid work experience in different design agencies here in Cardiff, with the hope of getting a job at the end of it, sadly that didn't happen, and I started working at the local hospital in operating theatres. Yep you heard it, slightly different from what I'd done before :p I actually worked in the Neuro theatre, so I got to see brains and spines for a living, all very interesting, but the job wasn't for me. 10 months later I left and started working for Admiral car insurance, on the phones! It's funny, when I was looking for a job, I always said 'anything but call centres and sales', I ended up doing both there for a while! But now I work in digital marketing, SEO to be specific, I absolutely love my job and couldn't be happier :)
As for me, I've always loved gaming, but as I've started blogging, my time has moved from being spent playing games like World of Warcraft, Halo and The Sims, to blogging and YouTubing. I still love gaming, but it's just not what I spend my time doing as much any more :) I have a really varied taste in music from heavy metal (my true love) to classical music (can't beat Chopin's Raindrops - prelude in D flat major). I love cats, and have a small black cat called Matilda - well, we're here hoomans ;) I still love art and actually have an online portfolio still, I doubt that will ever leave me, and I have an unhealthy obsession with polka dots, as you'll probably see :)
I'm a new vegetarian, have been for about 2 years and I don't miss meat. If you're wondering why I gave it up, it was an ethics thing, I was never comfortable with the idea of animals dying so I can eat when there's lots of other good food out there. Other people eating meat doesn't bother me, I just didn't want to any more :)
As for my obsession with makeup, it started when I picked up a little Urban Decay palette when I was on the ferry, it had colours I'd not really worn before, from there I started wearing Chanel, a brand I've always loved. I started watching YouTube beauty videos, the first guru was Beechbum06, I found I'd spent an entire evening watching her videos and after a while realised that I wanted to have a go too. The idea of filming myself and putting it out there for the world to see scared the living daylights out of me, which is why I did it. It's been very slow progress but I love doing it, so I'll keep doing it :) And the blog, that I started 2 months after, I'd started following Sprinkle of Glitter, and just loved her blog, how she writes and thought it was a great way for me to chat, chat, chat about makeup, so that's when I started Makeup-Pixi3.
I've recently embarked on the latest chapter of my life by starting a family, giving birth to a healthy baby boy (online he's known as Squidge). At the time of updating this, he's a week off being 7 months old (born early October). The time has gone SO quickly, it's nice to stop and take a deep breath and take it all in. Becoming a mother has been the most amazing experience (such an emotional rollercoaster), both the hubby and I can't believe he waited so long to meet Squidge - the love you feel for your child is indescribable and overwhelming, he's just the most amazing thing that's ever happened to us and we really couldn't be happier :)
Studio Ghibli films,
Owl and fox print,
Sun, Moon, Star print,
Art & painting
My dissertation I wrote for my Graphic Design degree was on Star Trek (I'm a TNG trekkie!),
I'm a published Illustrator,
I constantly struggle between being a rocker/tom boy/geek and a very girly girl :)
I'm BONKERS about stationary :D