Welcome to Happy Thoughs & Forget Me Nots
(Formerly Makeup & Beauty by Amy)

Makeup and Beauty by Amy was an endeavour I started back in 2012. Originally it all started with many suggestions from friends and family alike to start a Youtube channel, where I could share with them my love for all things beauty and makeup related.

I come from a creative background, although I will admit I did not enjoy wearing makeup until my early twenties. As a child I loved dressing up (as many children do) and I suppose my first experience with makeup was when I would use my Mam's three tier makeup compact to create ghastly looks on myself and my younger siblings. As well as makeup I enjoyed knitting, sewing, embroidery, drawing and painting. My love for creativity, arts and crafts eventually led me to begin studying Animation in 2005. While Animation proved to not be quite my calling, my creative spark never died and I soon discovered that I enjoyed working with makeup as an art form.

I am completely self taught, everything I achieved over the years has either been done as a result of many trial and error experiments or watching some amazingly talented makeup artists on Youtube. Today I have over 150 video tutorials on my channel ranging from simple makeup techniques to intricate and slightly more complex special effects.

In December 2013 I had an accident which led to the unexpected diagnosis of a rare joint disease. I require surgery to repair the joint, and until such a time as surgery was scheduled I was forced to rest and refrain from putting too much weight on my foot. As you can imagine, I suddenly found myself with a lot of free time on my hands.

Now restricted to my home, and with very little mobility, I decided it was in my best interest to use my time as productively as I could. While I thoroughly enjoy creating original content for my makeup channel, I also decided I would take the time to work at my blog. Originally created as a companion to my channel, I initially used it to simply share and document the videos I put up. Now that I was immobilised and with so much free time, I began to think about how I could make my blog much more personal and interactive for my readers. I felt there was so much more I wanted to share than just makeup and beauty tips.

In 2014, I began posting regularly on my blog and was thrilled to go on and learn that I had been nominated in the Blog Awards Ireland beauty category for the same year. I was completely shocked, because I felt my blog was so generic and lacking any of my personality. I had always spent so much of my time focusing on my channel that I often forgot about my blog. Nevertheless the nomination gave me the confidence boost I needed to want to work hard and create a fun and interesting place for people to explore. I made it to the Shortlist in the Beauty Category that year, farther than I ever imagined my little "generic" blog could get and this was a massive turning point for me.

By February of 2015, I was feeling much more confident and sure of what I wanted my blog to be about. I decided to start making changes and tweaking content to make it a little more personal. I still wanted to keep the beauty aspect while also sharing other creative projects I was working on. My blog still focuses on all of the aspects of beauty I also cover over on my channel such as makeup tutorials, special fx makeup, reviews, tags etc. However, from time to time, it will also contain exclusive beauty content that is not on my channel as well as DIY and craft projects, recipes, lifestyle and occasionally some fashion posts.

Apart from blogging and creating content for my Youtube channel, crafting has also become a major part of my life. As I mentioned previously, I have always loved making and creating things but it wasn't until I was forced to rest with my condition that I actually began to realise just how much I enjoyed it. As well as spending a considerable amount of time working on my channel and blog, I have also been enjoying working on a variety of craft projects. It made sense to me therefore, to introduce my love of crafting to both my blog and channel.

My other love in life is Disney and I am thrilled to be a featured guest blogger in the beauty and DIY category on the much loved Disney fan site The Main Street Mouse.

As of March 2017, I decided to change my blog name in order to better reflect the dynamic of my content. "Happy Thoughts" is in recognition of my favourite childhood story Peter Pan, and a hint at my desire for the content I share here. "Forget me nots" refers of course to the flower but also the symbolism of memory. As a history lover, I want my blog to be a place I can come back on and reflect over various projects and life events I have shared here as the years pass.

I hope you enjoy checking out my blog today. Thank you so much for stopping by! If you have any queries please feel free to click on the contact me tab and leave me your questions. I am always happy to hear from you!

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