Saturday, 1 May 2021

April Update!

Back to work month!  Three busy weeks back full of make-up lessons, bridal trials and shoots it certainly has been a whirlwind few weeks back to work.  I didn't realise how much I had missed my job until I was back doing it either, so I am very happy to be back doing what I love to do.

Here is a few of my candid phone snaps along the way:)

New ways of working... it is not easy doing makeup wearing a visor but it has to be done.


Another day another set up.  My office can be at a studio, wedding venue, clients house, hotel the list goes on.  It is great to work in so many varied and sometimes very interesting places. 

Behind the scenes of me on a recent bridal shoot.


Glowy skin on this bridal model and dreamy wavy hair.

Bridal Hair & makeup Trials have taken up a lot of my time over the last few weeks ahead of this years weddings.  Some brides I am meeting just weeks before their wedding day.

Make-up Heaven! My happy place.

How gorgeous is this models hair, I just went with the natural curl how could you not! Pink make-up complimented the look for a 'secret garden' themed wedding shoot.

I loved creating these dreamy waves.

Classic up-do bridal hair trialing.


Beautiful natural hair and makeup for this lovely Bride to Be!


My second wedding of 2021 how lucky am I to work on these gorgeous girls.


My favourite hair pic' has to be this!


All wedding, prom and occasion make-up and hair enquiries via www.nikimakeup.co.uk


Tuesday, 30 March 2021

March Update!

I have mostly been painting, meditating and reading this month : )

If I am honest its been great to have time to do these things that I never get time to focus on. I have loved it and now have to just manage finding time to do it when I am hopefully back to work from April 12th!

I have a lot of bridal trials to book in for April and May, I will be doing this around April 10th/11th.  I am looking forward to meeting lots of new Brides ahead of 2021 weddings.  I have also booked in some shoots already for April and have weddings going ahead from May.  My kit is cleaned and packed ready to go and I am excited to pick up an eye shadow palette and work some magic once again. Not so excited about the PPE but it has to be done.

I had my first Covid-19 vaccination this month which I am so grateful for, this was definitely a highlight of the month for me.



See some of my paintings below I find it very therapeutic to just sit and loose myself in painting for a few hours without a care in the world!  I have also set up an Etsy shop for sales of my recent prints so do take a look, all are highest quality giclĂ©e prints.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Nikicreates?ref=search_shop_redirect








I am taking 2021/22 bookings. Please book early to avoid disappointment, £30.00 booking fee is required.

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Shoots via www.nikimakeup.com


Monday, 1 March 2021

February Update!

I have spent most of my free time in February painting and drawing lips!  You can see some of my work below.  I will be having these made as giclee prints and added to my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Nikicreates?ref=search_shop_redirect soon if you are interested. You can also follow my creative shenanigans at @nikicreates on Instagram.

With regards to Makeup & Hair services after the roadmap announcement last week bridal enquiries and new bookings began again which is great news and 2021 Brides began to either finalise their dates or postpone to new dates based on the new guidance.  Fingers crossed all goes to plan or at least near to plan!  

I would just say 2021 and 2022 are both very busy now and I have unfortunately had to turn away a lot of bridal work so do enquire and book your date early to avoid any disappointment.  This will be the same with most wedding suppliers and venues right now.

I should be back to work from April 12th if all goes well over the next month.  I will be arranging bridal trials just before then with all Brides who have weddings in May, June and July being priorty. 

For all weddings over the coming months I will be in touch to confirm details one month before the date.

For all shoots, lessons and special occasions I am now taking new bookings from the middle of April onwards.

For all existing bookings for lessons and specials occasion's I will be in touch in the middle of April to arrange details for this with you.

If you need any further help regarding weddings, lessons and occassions please see www.nikimakeup.co.uk where hopefully you can find most answers to what you are looking for and www.nikimakeup.com for any shoot enquiries.

Digital I-Pad art using pro create.







Acrylic paintings.















A couple of Namaste Art works.




Friday, 29 January 2021

January Update!

I have spent much of Lockdown painting and drawing in particular on my new IPad and Apple pencil that I was given as a Christmas present from my Husband and I absolutely love!  Art is very therapeutic for me and painting and drawing has always been my favourite pastime since a young child. My love of Art and colour in particular led me to being a Make-up Artist so it has been so nice to have time to spend on this again as I am usually so busy it is difficult finding time... this will change going forward.  Lockdown is great for allowing you to think about what you are doing and what you want to be doing!  I already have an Etsy store selling some of my creations over the last couple of years which I will continue to add to and I am currently building a website for @nikicreates which is separate from @nikimakeup following my paintings, mixed media and illustrations.  You can follow me on Instagram @nikicreates and @nikimakeup to see more of what I do!  

As a Make-up Artist I am not currently able to work and until I know when I am able to I am not booking in any wedding trials with Brides.  Rest assured as soon as I am able to I will be in touch with all Brides awaiting trials ahead of 2021 Weddings.  I am however taking bookings for makeup lessons, weddings, shoots and special occasion bookings for 2021, 2022 and 2023 as these dates are late spring/summer onwards so will hopefully be ok. I have also been dealing behind the scenes with lots of diary changes again this year with so many Brides having to postpone some for the third and forth time. Everything is in place ready to work again when I can in the mean time I am just enjoying the little things each day.  



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Wednesday, 23 December 2020

December Update! Looking back at my 2020!

Sending my Followers, Brides, Clients, Colleagues, Friends and Family Love, Happiness & Good Health for Christmas & the New Year.  2020 has been a challenging year for all of us in different ways but we are all in this together and we all have to keep going!

Looking back at my 2020!

#Barbados





This year actually started off so well my husband turned 40 and to celebrate we went to Barbados at the end of February. We had such a wonderful holiday...towards the end of our stay we started to hear about things getting bad in Italy and people at home stockpiling toilets rolls! We arrived back in March and just two weeks later the UK went into its first Lockdown.  

At the beginning of the year I did manage to meet some lovely Brides for trials ahead of their weddings... some have now had to postpone their date, some cancelled altogether and some actually managed to get married!

Trial photos taken on my I-Phone.









I had some weddings this year and feel very grateful to have been a part of these.  I am also lucky that I work freelance and do editorial and branding shoots which also kept me busy during the summer months. I also qualified for the Government Grant scheme which has been an enormous help and I am so grateful to receive this.


I had time as I had less work to participate in some bridal styled shoots and work with some fabulously talented wedding suppliers.  One shoot even made the cover of Your Herts & Beds Wedding magazine.


I spent much of the spring lockdown painting and drawing which was therapeutic and made me happy!



We embraced the mask!  We enjoyed lazy spring and summer days in the garden and exploring the local Hertfordshire countryside.


 



We managed to have a few days away in September for my Birthday in beautiful sunny Norfolk and in November we had an overnight break in Cambridge which was lovely we actually got dressed up and went "out out" for a meal and cocktails, just before things started getting bad again and the second UK Lockdown began.



I also had time to organise years of work, update my websites and do some training.


I embraced new ways of working!  PPE consisting of mask, visor and gloves.



Finally today on the 23rd of December back in a lockdown (tier 4) after a rainy dog walk I saw this beautiful rainbow at the top of my road a fitting end to 2020!

It will be my husband and I this year for a quiet Christmas as for many of us. We have never done this in all the years we have been together so we will embrace it and enjoy face timing our families.  We have lots of food, drinks and gifts and will be grateful for all that we have and thankful to all those working so hard on the front line every day.  

I wish you all a very Happy & Healthy Christmas & New Year and for those that have employed my services this year for shoots, weddings, lessons, makeovers and purchased my gift vouchers and artworks I am eternally grateful thank you so much for your support it means so much.

Niki 

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