TT's Beauty Boxx

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Forever In The Street

All I hear is shotta bwoi this shotta bwoi dat
Tell me since when dis the streets so swiftly change like that.
Being a ‘badman’ with a bad mind won’t get you far
All thugged out on the street scene, you think ur a superstar
What if girls done that too, would they like that?
Still try fi di draw nah it won’t be that
Cuz a guy likes a girl to have her feminine ways
Love she has for him won’t be severed in any way
There’ll always be haters but who are they to you?

Why does God make em?
For someone to take em
What gives them the right?
To take someones life
But by the bullet of a gun or knife wound it all ends
Six foot deep at the graveyard surrounded by family & friends
To say goodbye then doesn’t become optional
The love that’s deep inside remains totally unconditional
What would you say if you had 5 mins left to live?
That’s all it takes, just 5 mins no more time to give
One minute your there and then it’s all gone
Yesterday you were planning when today it’s all done
Live for the present but try to make a better future
follow your heart, live the dreams you know would suit ya
Prayer can move mountains so lift up your hands
It can change alot of things but not Gods plans
And in this world that were living in
Im sure You feel like giving in
So confined
In a crazy state of mind
Trying so hard to find
A love to call your own
A love that’s fully grown
Tired, inspired
Getting caught up in a vibe
Your strength grows out of your weakness
Be the change you wish to see in the world
Give it your best
I don’t want to see the streets change for the worse anymore
I don’t want to hear about the shotta boys anymore

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Never ending ordeal….

It’s frustration at a new level…my heads pounding…constant thinking and dwadling about what to do, how to do it and how to do it correctly. If there’s a will there’s a way, right?

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Chivalry is still alive…

So I’m heading off the train at Rotherhithe Station with my crutches. There’s quite a few stairs. A gentleman walks beside me, offers to help me, carried me AND my crutches up the stairs and walked me to my car…fellas, sometimes a damsel in distress is too shy to ask for help. Won’t you make her day by surprising her with your kindness like that? For those who are already doing that, good on you. For those who aren’t - learn (in the words of Bimpz)…

I can’t thank him enough…and to think he was only a stranger. If I see him again, I’ll ask him out for a drink perhaps as gratitude…

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Where’s my Mr. Right?…

I love this amazing connection we have - the electricity is unbelievable every time we talk. I’m done with chasing after people because I’m now seeing their true colours. It’s a real nasty shade too. And to think I called them my friends! I don’t date facebook or my phone so fear not, I will always try to make the time. If it’s not at all feasible, I will aim to leave no stone unturned if it means I can get to see you. Be it for 5 mins or a whole day, rest assure I will make every effort. I was the trophy girlfriend before, the ‘thing’ on someones arm n I HATED it so my reality now is to be EQUAL with somebody else… Hopefully ‘U’ & ‘I’ can become ‘US’ ;-) xx

I was immediately attracted to you. Something about you thrills me and I’m yet to work out what it is. It’s rather inticing!

I miss the butterfly feelings, the pleasure of good company. I want my next first kiss to be my last first kiss. With me, I always give my all in relationships by wearing my heart on my sleeve - but I don’t mind that. After all, I’m a real being! Never have I actually celebrated a birthday with a partner before and year in and year out, I still live in the hope that maybe one year I will. Same goes to Christmas and the rest of them. It’s not about the gifts for me. My partner is all the pressies bound into one. I LOVE laying close enough to hear the heart beating softly. I’m such a sucker for love but I wouldn’t change it for the world!

As you probably know fully well urself, I’ve also been hurt in the past majorly but I’ll share with you as time draws near. Right now I wanna focus on the good things lifes yet to bring me {YOU} and then we can work on our weaknesses together.

I hope we can build something incredibly beautiful. No lies. No secrets. No revenge. Just pure honesty, love and affection! That’s all I ask… Can u live with that?…

Sounds like I was meant to have met you some time ago but it didn’t happen for whatever reason. Let’s not disappoint Cupid when we meet… X

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Saving Grace

Heavenly Father; I come to you as humble as I know. I confess my sins, those Known & unknown. Lord, you know I’m not perfect & I fall short everyday of my life. I just want to take time out to say thank you. Thank you for your Mercy. I have more bills than money but thank you for my home, food, life, and everything I DO have. I realize that this life I’m living is full of trials & tribulations but thank you for not putting more on me than I can bear. Now, the next time you get ready to complain, tell the devil you are a child of God & you have more to be Thankful for, than to worry about it. We must go through the storm to appreciate the sunshine!

Blessings All…

Love T, x

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Let It Go…

Life is to short to hold a grudge just because someone’s hurt u in the past! It doesn’t excuse u holding hate in your heart! Hate is poison that leaves the carrier bitter and pollutes the mind. Tomorrows never promised so live life to the fullest with no regrets. Have a great night. I hope this message helps somebody tonight!

Love T, x

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Life and the less educated…

Today has really opened my eyes to just how ignorant human beings can be. Let life serve you the savage hand you are dealing your fellow civilians tenfold in order to understand the cost of bad karma.

As the great Gandhi once said: “if it were an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the world would be blind and toothless.” How can anyone justify a means of living if the above was actioned?

Trials and tribulations can teach us all we need to know and more when hardship becomes an obstacle for us to overcome.

I have certainly faced my fair share of hurdles but let it be known that I am submitting myself to undergo a transformation. Let your words of today be the cost of the consequences you pay for tomorrow.

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing which is why it is recommend it daily. Remember, It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not. When you begin thinking like this, then you have failed before you began. Enable yourself to do the thing that you fear you cannot do.

Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools. The word impossible itself says ‘I’m-possible’. And you are. You can achieve whatever your mind drives you too. If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities.

Lastly, let this motivate you: If you don’t risk ANYTHING, then you end up risking more!

Love T, x

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About Me…

Thought I should start a blog and was recommended to by many to do so. So here goes… :) 

I’m a 23 year old (soon to be 24) all rounder! I’m currently working as a Maintenance Administrator for the UK Charity which supports young homeless children - Centrepoint! It’s a refreshing role learning about the needs and wants of youngsters who are unfortunately less privileged than ourselves and supporting them in every way possible. It has really opened my eyes to the values of life and has made me appreciate life’s little blessings much more. 

When I’m away from the office, my world consists of lots of colours such as dance, hairdressing, nail art, painting, modelling, beauty therapy, songwriting, singing, composing, poetry and my main one being that I live the life of a Make Up Artist. 

I’m currently involved in various projects ranging from solo work to team production. I recently became a part of a wonderful and inspiring group of photographers, models and make up artists. This team is known as LSS (London Speedlite Scene). It is composed of a variety of multifaceted and aspiring individuals who are all chasing and living the dream of doing what they love. 

I got involved in the world of beauty from a very young age. Dating back to when I was 15, I worked for a company called Beauty Base which was my foundation of joining a world that has no limits - literally. I trained with leading specialists such as Clarins, Clinique, Estee Lauder, YSL, Christian Dior, Elemis, Elizabeth Arden and Givenchy - that’s just the tip of the iceberg! I went on to work with more prestigious brands such as Cartier and La Prairie - a company which sells pure skin caviar at £250 a jar! Mouth dropping prices but such innovative research formulated within each brand house brought the likes of many woman obsessed with beauty - together! It certainly attracted my liking to it and from then on I was a changed woman. 

A year had passed and I worked more intimately with the skin care side of beauty and as I tell all my make up clients, a good foundation only looks flawless with perfected skin as a base. Primarily, I never used nothing on my skin be it moisturisers or make up for that matter - it was then that all of that changed. It was now my world and I became infatuated by every new release from a cleanser to a new eye-liner. I knew then that things would never be the same again for me. I realised this for the first time when I picked up a magazine and began analysing the detail of the make up models wore in their editorial pages of glossy magazines. The ball started rolling for me…

After I finished my GCSE’s (which I passed all Thank God), I started collecting odd little items of make up from Collection 2000 and Rimmel. Comparing back then to this present day of using more premium cosmetics such as MAC and Bobbi Brown, I knew I had developed in the field. After A-Level’s I went job hunt crazy! I applied to every known place EVER! It was a struggle because after a solid 17 months, 74 weekly travelcards, 246 interviews, I received a call back from a fashion and beauty agency - Retail Solutions, the LAST place I applied to. (Forever grateful for the time I had with them!) I went for an interview on the 15th September 2006 and was asked to start on the 16th September 2006! I was so ecstatic! Relief flushed every vein in my body. It could not have come at a better time as by that stage, I was ready to cave in and give up.   

Working for Retail Solutions, I was able to learn about all the independent beauty houses and cosmetic toiletries such as perfumery in various leading department stores such as Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Selfridges and Debenhams. A special opportunity came up when I was offered a temporary placement through Retail Solutions to work for the leading lady of fashion - Mary Quant. She was the mind behind the mini skirt which took the 60’s by storm and is still found highly fashionable at this day in age. At the age of 17, I couldn’t ask for more. Every day was a learning curve and I enjoyed every minute of it too! Almost a year on, I was offered a full time role with Clarins (the UK’s leading skin care brand). I trained as a skin care therapist and make up artist with them of which I have certificates approved by the Director of the brand! I remained with Clarins for 3 and a half years working my way up from being a specialist, to account manager, supervisor and then eventually landing myself at the hierarchy of it all by obtaining and managing my own account as a Business Manager in the heart of Central London’s beaming Oxford Street. By this stage, I learnt most if not all I wanted to in certain aspects of the job and felt it was time to move on. I wanted a break from it all. So I left…

Earlier on that same year, I’d taken some annual leave of which I wanted to develop myself further. I started designing a logo of how I would one day like to present myself as a founder of my own company. I came up with the idea of starting my own line of work as a freelance make up artist, after all, I knew what it entailed and also tried my hand at the height of it’s experience having been involved in the active retail world that surrounds us today. It slowly escalated and up until today the rest remains vague. I’d come up with the name ‘Beauty Boxx’ for it. For those who know me, the name is significant to specific aspects of me as a character. Like a box, we all have a internal hidden beauty which not many may experience the opportunity to see. We only open ourselves to the world when we are fully content with the external appearance of it. Make up enhances the beauty we are brought into the world with and yes, I do believe everyone is beautiful in their own little ways. On another note, I always hated having my new products in boxes - I wanted to see them. I wanted everyone else to see them as I did. So I would remove the products/contents and through away the boxes. 

The year 2010 was a major step for me in terms of breaking into the industry. By summer of 2010, I started producing merchandise which embezzled the logo for ‘Beauty Boxx’ ranging from business cards to T-shirts. Thanks to all my friends who supported my movement, word of mouth helped increase the level of work which came my way. It was at the end of the year nearing around the time of Christmas that I joined the London Speedlite Scene and began exploring my options more openly. From working with a very small handful of various people, I landed a role as a Make Up Artist in my beautiful LSS team! It has been incredible to see that from a handful of 22 individuals, we now have a collation of over 250 members in the space of 4 months! Outside of LSS, I also devise and take part in my own shoots. You’ll be able to see some of the independent pieces I’ve done later in my timeline…if you want to find out, you’ll have to stay tuned! 

Throughout the blog, you’ll be seeing images of work that I took part in, designed, created or even featured. You’re more than welcome to submit any feedback or criticism as this is the back bone to developing more successfully in the future. 

I hope that just as it happened before, you can support me by spreading the word to those you know and help me grow. I look forward to interacting with y’all in the future…

Love Teena, x