Monday, 18 November 2013


Today's blog post is my personal entry to the competition hosted by Cosmetic Candy in collaboration with Total Jobs The Job Academy.

Having an appointment for a job interview is scary and challenging at the same time; we really want that job and we've got such a short time to prove the bosses we deserve a chance!

Getting ready for that day can be quite stressing, with all the things we've got in our minds that morning, how to blend the perfect smoky eyes is the last one we wanna think about.

I personally think the best way to deal with it is to try to treat ourselves with a real pampering session that will help to make us look better but most of all, feel better.

First step, let's begin the preparation with a shower using an invigorating shower cream scrub.

Rituals Fortune Scrub ( £10 at Feel Unique)  has got an energising smell of orange and cedar to make you feel polished and fresh, produces a soft foam and the scrub gives a proper boost of energy.

Whilst under the shower, you can treat yourself with a little facial, using a specific scrub and applying a face mask.

The Nip+Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix (£9.95 in Boots) thanks to the 3% glycolic acid helps your skin to look brighter and smoother.

A very quick and budget friendly mask I can advise is the Avon Planet Spa Egyptian Secret Peel Off Face Mask (around £3.50 Avon ); once applied, it sets in few minutes and comes off very easily, is not too harsh, and leaves skin feeling soft, reducing the appearance of the pores.

Don't forget to use a long lasting deodorant for your underarms and every other area you may be sweating ( anxiety can make you produce much more sweat than usual, we all know this).

The Bionsen Pump Spray Deodorant (I got mine in store at Morrisons for less than £3) is very gentle and effective, doesn't contain aluminium that can often cause irritations and thanks to the Japanese Minerals neutralises the bacteria that are responsible for nasty odours.

Now let's talk hair.

Unless you are applying for a job as drag queen, circus or fancy dress assistant, the basic rule is don't exaggerate! Leave feathers, big sparkling hairbands, giant and poor quality extensions home.

Try to look confident in what you are and how you look like: if you hide yourself underneath layers and layers of extension, fake tan, fake nails etc, the idea you give is that you don't like yourself, that you're not confident enough in how you look like, so why should they like you?

The first rule is of course to have CLEAN hair, this is not the day you want to use your dear time saver dry shampoo.

I use on a regular basis the Damage Reverse Shampoo and Conditioner from Ojon (you can find this brand in John Lewis) to have healty and smooth hair.

Be sure you do your roots if you normally colour your hair, no five shade darker or lighter or worse, white, roots admitted.

If you want to have you hair loose, be sure there are not a lot of split ends visible.

If you want to rock an updo, hair grips and hair donut are ok but leave those giant ones for other occasions, you don't want people interviewing you looking at the U.F.O. landed on your head right?

In both case be sure you use a good styling product to fix your hairdo, especially if it's a windy or rainy day: for this task, I trust my TRESemme' Extra Hold Hair Spray (£5.25 in Boots).

At this point you can get dressed and use some perfume.

My mum had a perfume shop, I was born in between fragrances and I can tell you something: some persons love sweet perfumes, some other hates them, some will like more masculine smells, some will find them disturbing but everybody, every single person, will like a fresh and clean fragrance.

DKNY Golden Delicious ( £67 at Debenhams) does the job, it's not too strong, not too sweet, but gives you a crispy fresh smell.

Use it like my Mum taught me: one pump to each wrist, one at the back of each knee and one up in the air in front of you, entering the fragrance mist as soon as you spray it.

You are now ready to do your make up.

I truly believe make up should be used to enhance our beauty, to help us to disguise small imperfections but shouldn't change dramatically our aspect.

After applying your usual moisturiser, it is a good idea to use a primer to help getting a flawless complexion and to make your make up last longer.

A very good one is the Korres Anti Ageing Primer (£7.95 at Amazon), 100% silicon free, contains Hyaluronic Acid to give your skin that wrinkles-free effect.

Be sure your eyebrows are tidy and clean in the shape, better to get them done the day before so you won't risk any redness or irritation.

To define the shape and fill up empty areas, the Shu Uemura Hard Formula pencil is perfect (£16 at Selfridges).

It's now time to apply the foundation.
Now, this will never be said enough times: try to match the foundation's shade to your natural colour.
It's one of the most common mistake and, to be honest, most disturbing thing to see,a face 3 or 4 shades darker or lighter than the rest of the body.

You can use a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream if you have got a good complexion to start with, as the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm (£9 for the travel size at Debenhams), that is oil free and has got spf 20.

If you want to cover imperfections or sun damages, the Maybelline Fit Me Anti Shine Stick (£8.99 Superdrug) does an excellent job in terms of good coverage, shine control of oily patches and it works pretty well as a concealer too.

Set everything with a good powder as the Chanel Les Beiges (£38 at House of Fraser) or if you are on a budget, L'oreal Nude Magique BB Powder (£6.99 at Superdrug); just be sure it's a sheer powder you use, or your make up will end up looking too cakey and remember to pop this in your bag for small retouches.

At this point is important you proceed with a bit of contour and apply some blush or your face will look flat.
This can be done in 2 minutes with E.L.F. Contouring Blush and Bronzer in Antigua (£3.75 at E.L.F.), applying the dark shade on a 3 shape at the side of the face and the pink shade on the apples of the cheeks.

When you go to do your eye make up, try not to go for a very dramatic look, even if you want to use bright colours, try to keep it simple: you want your interviewer to look into your eyes, not to stare at your eyes.

I find these Revlon Photoready Palettes (£8.99 at Boots) very useful for a quick ad effective results, thanks to the primer that helps to keep the powders in place and the little diagram at the back that explain where and when applying the different shades. A little bit of blending and voila', job done.

 If you normally use eye-liner, use a pencil one to achieve a neat and precise line and apply a single layer of mascara so the look doesn't result too heavy.

Mac Cosmetics Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack (£17 at Mac Cosmetics) and Maybelline Mega Plush Volumn Express Mascara (£7.99 at Boots) can work pretty well together.

For the lips, leave the glittery and extra bright shade for more informal occasions.

If you wanna go for a nude shade, the L'oreal Color Riche Collection Privee Eva's Nude (£8.19 at Boots) is a very smart and easy shade to wear.

If you want a touch of colour, you can always choose something more vibrant as this Avon Perfect Kiss in Fuchsia Flirt (£8.50 at Avon) that despite looking very bright on the pictures, is not that intense on the lips, giving a healty and nice look.

Last but not least, what to wear on the nails?

If you wanna be on the safe side, go with a good nude, but I think you can rock a nice dark shade without looking out of contest; a perfect manicured hand with a dark shade is very posh! Always remember to protect your nails with a base to avoid discolourations.

I find this Diamond Strength from Sally Hansen (£3.29 at Amazon) ideal to use with this deep raspberry colour from No7 in Queenie (a bargain at £1.99 at Amazon).

You are gonna shake few hands so a good idea can be to use a mosturising cream as this one from Crabtree and Evelyn (£10.30 at Amazon) to avoid dry skin, especially now that can be pretty cold out there.

Do you think you are finish?

No, you are not, I have got the most important advice for you: SMILE,SMILE,SMILE!
Never forget to SMILE!

It's the best look ever!

Having said that, good luck for your job interview!


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