Monday, 26 October 2015

MERMAIDS AND MAGIC

Mermaids generally whip up the idea of fantasy, the ocean, magic, mystery, and even death among more. For Halloween costumes they supply endless ideas - the creation of gills by use of sfx, the siren, the sea princess, The Little Mermaid (Hans Christien Andersen's version, naturally)..

I honed in on these ideas to  create a fishy mermaid look!
I started off with Maybelline's Eye Studio Colour Tattoo eye shadows in eternal gold and pink gold.
On top of this I layered Urban Decay's Freeze, Dragon, Heroine and Vanity from the Vice 3 Palette, and Rockstar, Evidence, and Loaded from the Smoked Palette.

I used the shades from the Vice 3 palette to also create the eye look, randomly placing splodges.. Technical terms here guys! I then applied this mixture of colours to the lips, and on the centre of this I layered Make Up Revolutions Unicorns Unite lipstick in Horn of Magic.

What do you think?









Thursday, 22 October 2015

ATTEMPTING WOUNDS

Whilst I daren't commit to Ben Nye/Kryolan/Mehron this Halloween, I found an alternative in the cheap but cheery Snazaroo SFX kit including gel blood, wax, a pan of dark red and tools and my own make up selection.

The first look I created was an attempt at 'hooked', which gave me inspiration for another post coming verrrry soon!
A few people freaked out on Instagram, asking me if I was okay, suggesting that this did the trick. 


The second attempt with the SFX kit saw me creating two  wound holes in my hand, as this was an easy place to practice with few hairs. I prefer the second look here, as it looks more like a burn, or a chicken scratch/pulling away the skin that had become shiny. 



Other products used:
Urban Decay's Smoked and Vice 3 palettes
Barry M red kohl pencil

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

CREATING ZOMBAES

With the rise of Zombies and Pop Art becoming more popular this year, I thought I'd attempt and ode to this. I'm pretty proud of the brains, but wished I had a darker green to hand for the first look.
I love the pink added to the nose, but potentially the brows could do with something different.
This look was fun trying to create, but I don't think my efforts paid off.. On the other hand, I love my smokey eyes!
When I started to wash the product off, I saw an opportunity.. I attempted a look where only parts of my face were being taken over by the Zombae's bite. 





Products Used:
Base-
Snazaroo green face paint
Snazaroo white face paint to cover eyebrows
Eyes-
Urban Decay Smoked Palette, shade Blackout
Soap and Glory eyeliner
L'oreal Miss Manga Punky mascara
Lips, wounds and brows-
Revlon Just Bitten in Lovesick
Blackout
MUA black eyeliner

The only addition to the look below is the red lipstick, which is Rimmel's Alarm.




Sunday, 18 October 2015

WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME

1. I suffer with an illness called Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, which I hope to write about in depth within the next few months. 

2. My family have recently adopted a stray cat called Lucy, who loves my Border Terrier, Freddie, incredibly.. 

3. I was born in Surrey and lived there for a while.. We were the only ones from our entire family to move to the Midlands.

4. I've travelled a LOT for a 21 year old, I'm really quite lucky.

5. My favourite city is Helsinki, Finland.

6. My least favourite city is Melbourne, Australia. 

7. I love black.

8. I'm part of a lot of fandoms but it's kinda an inner thing, I feel like it's private.. But if you wanna know more, head over to my tumblr

9. I get back ache after a couple of shots.. After a few more it goes away. 

10. I wanted to be a Weather Lady for quite a while.. 

11. I never wanted to be a Disney Princess, but I admired Jane from Tarzan, and I still do. 

12. Taylor Swift isn't a guilty pleasure, I just love her. 

13. I used to be quite involved with the YouTube community but it's changed too much for me to still want to. 

14. I'm not too good with change. 

15. I wanted to be poetic but I just came across as sarcastic. I remain 'not artsy' enough. 

16. I'm content with who I am, even though there's plenty of bad bits. 

17. When I was a baby all my hair fell out and then grew as if it permanently had a static charged balloon held above it. 

18. I'm not that great at horse riding, but I enjoy it. 

19. I refused to have an iPhone for four years. 

20. I'm never turning back.. Apple convert.. Oops.

21. I turned back to gaming as my relaxation. 

22. I love GTA V, Little Big Planet, and all Mario titles. 

23. I love living on my own. 

24. I find love in unexpected places and then it becomes obvious that it was supposed to happen. 

25. I don't like lists. 

Friday, 16 October 2015

HARLEY QUINN .2 ft GLITTER LIPS

Continuing with the posts featuring Glitter Lips*, this is my second Harley Quinn look. 

In look number 2, I used Glitter Lips in the more traditional manner, using the Glitter Lips Kit itself in Ruby Slippers.

By putting the cosmetic glue, letting it get tacky and using cosmetic glitter over the top, a wearable and lasting look is created, perfect for night out. I again used the Festival Stencils but this time used the Ruby Slippers glitter to apply the heart.

The kits are super easy to use and not messy at all, it's like applying lipgloss and then putting some form of lipcote over the top, instead of sealing the gloss you're applying glitter that simply doesn't budge! The glitter sticks straight away with no fall out at all - not even a steady hand is needed.
I would recommend, however, using a moisturising balm before applying. 

When looking back at this look, I probably wouldn't include the glitter dribble.. I also switched around which eye was blue and pink, I'd call this a continuity error.. Shhh..








Products used:
Base-
Maybelline Eye Eraser
L'oreal Matching Minerals Foundation
Benefit High Beam
Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit
Left eye-
Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette: Frozen and Heroine
MUA black kohl pencil
MUA red kohl pencil
Benefit Bad Gal Lashes Mascara
Right eye-
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold
(I then decided I wanted it more red than pink, unlike in the other look)
Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette: Alien, Sonic and Frozen
MUA red kohl pencil
MUA black kohl pencil
Benefit Bad Gal Lashes

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

BAMBI'S MUM

With this look, I'm bringing all those nights crying at Bambi back, with this morbid Halloween take on the classic film. I'm Bambi's Mum.

I created this look last year without the gore, but didn't post it up due to it not in fitting with my posts. I must say, however, I prefer last years initial deer make up quite a lot more, which is weird considering I followed exactly the same reference pictures.



The original look from last year.

Maybe my face has changed shape. Adding to this I put more eyeliner down the sides of my nose, and did not put anything on to create deer lips, nor did I go in with eyeshadow on the eyes, instead simply using a white eyeliner. 






Products Used:
Snazaroo white face paint - Exact shade rubbed off.
Snazaroo light brown face paint - Exact shade rubbed off.
Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette: Truth, Undone, Downfall, DTF, Bobby Dazzle, Defy.
Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit.
Benefit Bad Gal Brown Liner.
MAC Velvet Teddy Lip Stick.
Benefit Bad Gal Lashes Mascara.
Powder Blood, which can easily be found on Amazon/eBay.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

AUTUMN MUSIC PICKS

For me it's all about James Bay.. His voice is speaking to me this Autumn, and helping the weatherly change into Winter. Every song reminds me of Autumnal colours.
I am known for not liking female fronted rock bands, however over the past few months I've been absolutely trying to find at least one that I do. I found it. Her. Them, in the form of Marmozets. 

Friday, 9 October 2015

HARLEY QUINN TWO WAYS ft GLITTER LIPS

I've been completely inspired, although not a fan of DC, by the look of Harley Quinn in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie.

I've created two looks over two posts, featuring Glitter Lips*, and enjoyed the process for both.

In look number 1, I used Glitter Lips' Festival Face Stencils* to create a black heart which I then smudged out, shown in the second image below.

By placing the tacky stencils over my face, I was able to quickly and neatly put a dark shadow on in a heart shape, which did not spill over the edges until I smudged it. I feel like this would also look great with a glitter heart in the shade Dark Disorder.





Products Used:
Base-
Maybelline Eye Eraser
L'oreal Matching Minerals Foundation
Benefit High Beam
Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit
Left Eye-
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold
Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette in Alien
MUA black kohl pencil
L'oreal Miss Manga Punky Mascara
Right eye-
Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette in Frozen and Heroine
Xenca Eyeshadow duo in Heavenly*
MUA black kohl pencil
L'oreal Miss Manga Punky Mascara
Lips-
Sleek Pout Paint in Port

Thursday, 8 October 2015

APPROPRIATION AND HALLOWEEN

Whilst I was getting ready to post a Sugar Skull tutorial I stumbled across this article:
How Not to Wear a Racist Halloween Costume This Year.
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This made me rethink, and not post this tutorial/look.

Are you thinking tl;dr? Simply put, white privileged people like myself, take other cultures out of their context which can become offensive in some ways. I was not aware that this could cover even the Mexican Day of the Dead, but the more I thought about it, the more aware I became.

It is not fair of me, or anyone else, to take this celebration out of its context - The Day of the Dead becomes 'celebrated' on Halloween, a Pagan, not Mexican tradition. It is not my culture, and I am not respecting it by painting myself in a similar fashion, even if my intent meant no harm.

The article goes on to cover blackface, Native American headdresses, among other culturally specific items and idols. 

This has also made me think about my header, but come back to me on that one..
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Be clever this Halloween and celebrate with originality, but most of all, have fun!