Hair Shaping and Men’s Cut

Day three and I learned to do short and long layers. I can’t believe I was able to do all that by day three. I’m impressed with school! I think I’m doing pretty well and I like my teacher a lot.

IMG_8771.JPGHere’s Leslie all sectioned off and ready to get long layers. I’ll have to take an after picture but she’s currently in my car and I’m trying to enjoy my day off.

IMG_8775.JPGThis is after the first section of my men’s cut. We really aren’t supposed to have our phones out a whole lot at school so I try not to be snapping a lot of photos. But honestly men’s cuts were a little more challenging for me but I think that’s because my manikin had really wonky hair to begin with and has a ton of product in it that made it hard to work with. I was glad to finally learn to do it though. I know my boyfriend will be happy.

Purple & Gold

So I follow a lot of makeup artists on Instagram. A lot of times as I’m scrolling through I’ll see something I want to attempt and save it to my phone. Monday I attempted one such look by Mel Klein using purple and gold. I loved this but was afraid of the purple since I’m not used to wearing bold colors. Let me know what you think.

First this is Mel Klein’s look. She is an amazing makeup artist, check out her instagram account and her other professional account

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Now for my attempt:

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I realized after I took this photo that my gold was a little uneven and I used a much lighter purple than she did. Although I liked the outcome, I’d like to try a darker purple next time.

I used gold from the Revealed palette from Coastal Scents which is probably my favorite palette ever (basically the best ever dupe of the first two Naked palettes from Urban Decay. And trust me ladies please give Coastal Scents a chance. High pigmentation at a totally reasonable price.
The purple is from the 35 a Color Smokey Morphe Brushespalette. This is a company I also recommend.

Hope you’ve enjoyed!

Meet Leslie

Meet Leslie… We will be seeing a lot of her around here. I can tell I’ll be spending a lot of time with her hahaIMG_8766.JPGChristmas came early this year folks. First day of school kit and everything’s so shiny and new. I can’t wait to put these to use tomorrow.

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IMG_8767.JPGI got to touch my first head of human hair. Got to shampoo, condition, and style Miss Toni’s hair on my first day.

The Great and Powerful Cos

I put a lot of pressure into making this blog perfect before I started documenting this journey but to be honest with you, my life is anything but perfect or even prepared right now. So I know if I don’t just jump in, I’ll never do it. Much like this new venture in my life.

I decided earlier this year that learning cosmetology would probably be a really good option to explore. For plenty of reasons, business and personal, which I’m sure I’ll explain at some point. So just recently I’ve buckled down to looking at school and getting first hand advice about schools. I happened upon a school that left me optimistic and impressed and I start school tomorrow (Seeing as it’s 12am now) at Raphael’s School of Beauty which I am fairly excited about even though right now I’m pretty anxious and nervous and scared. All of which are probably pretty normal feelings and reactions.

So as I lay here in bed freezing because I’m not yet committed to turning on the heat, I’m afraid to go to bed because when I wake up tomorrow it’s going to be nonstop getting prepared for school and equal amounts being prepared for a significantly diminished amount of free time.

So here goes nothing (or everything)… good night!

Mixing

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Above are my notes on side-chaining.

I have been mixing for about two and a half months now. Mostly at open labs on Tuesdays or whatever other days I could make it.

I was EQing mostly the kick on the tracks to give it a fuller sound and more attack. During tracking, I spent more time time adjusting the kick than any other mic. I think the kick is so important in a mix. For lows in your mix you really have to pay attention to bass and kick. There are so many instruments that lie in the mids that lows are important to capture correctly.

Professor Hartzell pointed out to me that I had some amp noise that I had to cut out. I had noticed it but didn’t realize it was as big of a problem as it is until I heard the song on a stereo in the classroom. So now I listened back to check wherever I had unwanted amp noise and used gates to control them.

Bill, the guitarist, had mentioned he wanted some effect on the vocals on “Questions in Longing” because of the songs reggae feel. I added some reverb on the vocals. I did a medium plate. I didn’t want it to sound big, just different. I decided not to add any on any other songs because they didn’t quite fit the songs feel.

In one open lab, Brian Boyd had been talking to me over the last several weeks about my project and brought up how in country the instruments often compete in the mix. He proceeded to show me a ducking technique he had just learned from Bill Korecky. The only difference from other ducking was the use of the phase button. It made me experiment with ducking. I ended up just using it the regular way but I had never really tried ducking in my mix before. Usually I used side-chaining to duck the harp or guitar during the vocal parts.

My main focus was mixing volumes. In some of the tracks, there are so many instruments and so much going on that mixing the volumes played the biggest role in making the mix work well and give everything it’s own place. I worked really hard on automation. I booked time in the C24 for the ease of recording automation.

This took more time and dedication than I had thought but I made sure I had enough time before my project was due to take care of any last minute things. I had fun mixing the volumes but definitely learned a lot. There are so many options. At the same time I didn’t want to make the volumes go all over the place, I just wanted to highlight what needed to be highlighted in its right time.

The only thing I decided to cut from any mixes was the mic’ed amp for rhythm guitar on “Say It Ain’t True” because that song had so much going on that this freed up enough space to not make it sound muddy. We still had the direct track from the rhythm guitar and it sounded better, more clear than the mic’ed amp.

April 27

The next morning after our last studio session, I went to open lab to mix all my tracks. I realized that I didn’t save Mike’s harp part correctly from the night before. Somehow I had saved Tony’s bass part but not Mike’s. I learned about disc allocation ad what that means and how to use it when using an external drives. It was a lesson well learned but sadly enough I had to scramble to book more studio time to re-record Mike’s part. We schedules time for Friday, April 27th.

I only booked the Toft for two hours. I figured that would be plenty of time to record his part and account for any troubleshooting we may run into. Bill had come too to help Mike realize the parts where he comes in. We used the same set up as in the SSL on the Monday prior.

It didn’t take long to run through his parts but he did have a hard time with the arrangements again. We had the time to relax and get it right. We ended up talking a little bit in the studio about we wanted out of this final project and how we wanted the end product to sound like. We also discussed deadlines. I had to explain to them a few things about punching in. We had been using Punch record a few times in our sessions. It’s tricky to get it to run smoothly if there either isn’t a clean break between takes or a seamless in and out of the punch in.

I made sure I checked disc allocation before and after I recorded this session. I wanted to be sure we didn’t lose what we had and that I would have all the material I needed to finish this project on time. Now the only thing on my mind was mixing.