Friday, 14 October 2016

Frightorials 🎃

Wow it's been a reallllllly long time since I last wrote something on this blog (I seriously need to update more), but what better way to start writing again than with a little introduction to my frightorials :D

Halloween is definitely one of my favourite times of year, not only is it part of Autumn (my favourite season) but its also a time of year to get creative and involve one of my favourite makeup/SFX products: fake blood (creepy I know)

So this post is all about this years Halloween without further ramble, let's go ahead and get in to it (Links to each tutorial will be under the pictures...feel free to check them out)

Animal Attack

So to start Halloween 2016 off, I decided to do something a little bit....gory. After a couple of hours of applying latex to my face, realising that the fake blood I had made was a little too sugary, discovering a love for wigs and running through some woods, this look came alive. Now this look doesn't necessarily need to be completed with a blonde wig, but it was the only one I had to hand at the time and it really pulled look together.

There was also much debate about whether I was going to rip and old shirt up or not, I eventually decided that it would add so much more to the look and tore apart the fabric with some scissors and doused it in fake blood. In the end the whole video and final makeup looked turned out a lot better than I expected and this look became the gory start to what I would hope to be a magical yet slightly bloody Halloween

Bloody Harley Quinn

Okay so anybody who knows me IRL (In real life) would know that I am a big Harley Quinn fan, anybody else would think I have a crazy obsession over a comic book character (being obsessed over fiction character is called fangirling for future reference). So to those who do know me this tutorial would come as no surprise. Last year I did a Harley look for the Suicide Squad makeup and that was supposed to be a Halloween tutorial, but due to a very unpredictable postal service, I didn't managed to film it in time and it became a stand alone tutorial.

This year however I was determined to do a proper Harley look for Halloween (and by proper I mean with a decent camera, semi-decent makeup skills and brilliant lighting) but I wanted to add a twist, having already done a glam-ish look the previous year. So this time round I created the Suicide Squad Harley makeup, but added a bit of blood and gore, with some open bloody wounds (it wasn't until after I had finished editing and uploading the video that I realised the eye shadow colours didn't match the hair...but ah well). Again this look turned out a lot better than I expected and I am pretty proud of this tutorial

Poison Ivy

She's Poison. So this one is really showcasing the fact that I am also a big fan of Batman and what better way to spend Halloween than painting yourself green and adding Ivy leaves. I've wanted to add Poison Ivy to my Halloween tutorials for some time now and I thought that now I have some semi-decent makeup/face painting skills 2016 would be a good year to have ago.

Again this look must've taken me and hour and a half to two hours, but I quite proud of the final product, I do think that the detail could have been a little better but practice makes perfect

Black Swan

This tutorial is actually a re-do of one I did a couple of years ago (with a bad camera and some horrific lighting). Now the first time round I hadn't seen the film, so I was just creating the look based off a couple of photos I'd seen. This time round I had seen the film and was able to add some more detail and create a look that was closer to the makeup that Natalie Portman wore in the film

Mary Jane Watson

Now this particular look was a requested look and I'm not one to let anybody down, so I immediately started browsing comics and google to look for references, for one Miss Mary Jane Watson. The great thing about this look is that it is so versatile and can be used for pretty much any female comic book/animated character. With this look you could turn yourself into Selina Kyle/Catwoman from the animated Batman series or even Ariel from the Little Mermaid.

This look is great for Halloween, because it is so quick and simple, especially if you've been invited to a last minute Halloween party and you have no costume. Mary Jane's outfit is easy to put together and can be done out of your own wardrobe. The Wig was the only thing I actually bought for this look, everything else I already had in my collection. In person the wig is a much darker red  and suits the look a little bit more. I love how this whole look came together and even though it was pretty simple, it is one of my favourite looks this year

Patchwork Person

Sooo with this particular tutorial I wanted to incorporate one of my favourite SFX products: Rigid Collodion. The great thing about this product is the way it works and the effect it gives. To use this product you apply it to the skin in any shape you like, using as many layers as you want and watch as the product starts to pull the skin together to give the effect of a scar or deep wound.

With this look I wanted to show that effect, but also add two different types of eye makeup: one more  natural looking and the other a bit more glam. The fake blood I added just to bring something else to the look, as if the pieces had melded together, but the were split somehow

Missing Eye

If people didn't know me any better they would say I have a seriously warped mind. In this case that is actually quite accurate. With this look I wanted to do something with SFX again, but I also wanted to test my makeup skills and what better to do that make yourself look like you've had an eye taken out, quite brutally.

This look is particularly based on anything and was quite a pain to achieve, due to the face that I had to cover one eye, the pain when I uncovered the eye was quite achey and blurry but no pain, no gain. I wouldn't recommend doing this look if you going to be wearing it for long periods of time, unless you can put a small unnoticeable hole in the centre of the patch (yes I have literally just thought of that)

(More Looks will be added to this post as I film and edit them :) )

Monday, 5 May 2014

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette (My Thoughts)

Well first of all I have to say a big Thankyou to Littlemisstyleguru ( for gifting me this palette. You didn't have to Vinny and I do really appreciate it :D

So this is the first ever Urban Decay product I have tried (I'm really tempted to get the Electric palette when I've got some more money) and I have to say I am seriously in love with it. Not only is the packaging amazing but the eyeshadows themselves are just....WOW!

This palette retails at around £42.00 and like the Vice 1 Palette it is limited edition, so it's really you have to get it when it's out kinda thing.

Okay so this is what the palette looks like. It's a really nice purple marble effect, with a jewelled UD in the middle. When you open the palette it has a full mirror and 20 eyeshadows in total. The palette also comes with a double ended brush ( the bristles are synthetic and it is really good for applying and blending eyeshadow). All the eyeshadows are individually named and here are the names:

Top Row: Smokeout, Lovesick, Shellshock, Coax, X-rated
Second Row: Prank, Madness, Strike, Stash, Poison
Third Row: Radar, Damaged, Voodoo, Betrayal, Derailed
Fourth Row: Dope, Toxic, Habit, Ambush, Rewind

They are all brilliantly named and believe me when I say, that there are so many Makeup tutorial names to make out of them :). All of these eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented and they are so easy to blend. There are a mixture of matt and shimmery shades, so you are able to create everyday looks, going out looks, crazy looks, colourful looks etc.

Here are what the eyeshadow look like swatched and this is without using a primer. The eyeshadows have a pretty amazing staying power, but I have noticed that if you don't use a primer they can stain just the tiniest bit (its nothing to drastic but I would recommend using a primer). My overall thoughts on this palette are that its amazing and such a great addition to my makeup collection.

 Once again Thankyou Littlemissstyleguru I really do appreciate it. Ever since I got this palette, it has been my go to palette, especially when I'm going to work, as everything is in on place and I'm not rushing trying to find eyeshadows.

Would I recommend this product? Yep :)
Would I try more Urban Decay Products? I plan to :)
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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Katherine Pierce (Nina Dobrev) Makeup Tutorial

'Of Course it worked. I'm Katherine Pierce. I survive'

Well, I'm not gonna lie, I'm a big fan of the Vampire Diaries, I love the occasional Unpredictability of the Show and the cast are just brilliant.

Last year I did a tutorial for Katherine's Doppelganger Elena Gilbert. So this year I decided to do a look for Katherine. Katherine is definitely one of my favourite characters, she is so witty and brilliant and her fashion sense is to die for.  I will also be doing a look for Caroline Forbes who is another of my favourite characters.

If you would like to see the tutorial for this look then you can follow the link here:

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Sleek Blush: Rose Gold

Okay so I know I'm a little bit late to this party, but how did I ever not buy products from sleek before????

Seriously though I purchased 3 palettes and a Blush and I am in LOVE!! Now if you've read this blog before then you will know that I absolutely adore MUA (Makeup academy), but Sleek are slowly taking over as my favourite brand.

So here is the blush that I purchased and can I just say how freaking awesome this colour. Not only is it a blush but in my honest opinion it can double as a highlighter. The colour is as the name suggests, a rosey colour with gold shimmer, its such a perfect spring/summer colour and very nicely adds that hint of a rosey glow.

The thing about this blushes: they last for ages. Seriously though I've had this blush since the end of January/beginning of February this yeah and I've barely made a dent in it. So yeah they are pretty awesome :)

Would I buy this again? YEP!!!
Would I recommend this product? Yep :)
Would I try more of the Sleek Blushes? I plan to :)
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Monday, 14 April 2014

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers: Kooky and Reckless

Helloooo there everyone, I hope your all having a good day :)

Okay so today I'm going to be talking about the MUA Luxe lip lacquers. First of all as you may know, I absolutely love Makeup Academy as a brand. Their products are such great quality for such a small price.

MUA Luxe is an expansion of the MUA brand. These lip lacquers are two of the three products that I own from them and I will be doing a separate blog post on the Palette. The two lip lacquers that I have are Kooky and Reckless.

Now I do have to say, the packaging for these lip products are pretty cool. They come in a black cardboard packaging, with gold writing. The packaging of the lip products themselves is a glass packaging, with a black lid.

Kooky is a purple colour and is great for vamping up a look. It's also a very good colour for Halloween.

Reckless is a deep red colour and is great for Classic pin-up looks and for an everyday look, if your brave enough to wear a red lip everyday that is :)

These lip products are really good, the formulation is amazing, as is the pigmentation. When they dry, they dry to a matte finish and last pretty much all day. In total there are five lip colours in this range and they are priced at £3.00.

So if your looking for a lip colour that not only looks great and dries to a matte finish, the these are possibly the lip products for you :)

Do I like these lip lacquers? Yep :)
Would I recommend them? Yep
Would I try more colours in the range? Definitely
Thankyou for taking the time to read this :) I really do appreciate it :)
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Friday, 11 April 2014

Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquers: Across the Universe and Shooting Star

Hello again Everyone :)

So if you've already, read my review/ramble (I tend to do that a lot...teehee) of the Rimmel London Apocalips range then you will know how awesome I think they are :) (Besides the smell...but I can get past that :)) So when I heard that they had brought out some new colours, I decided to give them a try.

Now I only picked two up but I do plan on getting some more. So the two I picked up just happen to be red and nude (I have an obsession with those two colours's crrraaazzzy).

The two colours that I added to my collection are Across the Universe (The Red colour) and Shooting Star (The Nude colour).
Across the Universe is a slightly deeper red than Big Bang. Where as Big Bang is more of an orangey/pinky (I can't really decide if it's orange or pink) toned red, Across the Universe is more burgundy toned and more suitable for the Autumnal/Winter months (I however will wear it in the Spring/Summer because it's such a gorgeous colour).
Shooting Star is more of a darker nude compared to Nude Eclipse. Where as Nude Eclipse is a nude with a pink undertone, Shooting Star is more of an orangey toned brown. Both of these nude colours look great with a smokey eye.
Now as I previously said, in my other Rimmel Apocalips review, the staying power of these lips lacquers is out of this world (see what I did there :D) and the pigmentation of them is amazing. The smell how ever is the only fault I can find with these products, I can't really describe the smell but it's kind of earthy, but for the quality of the product itself....I can get past that.
If your looking to buy some of these Lip Lacquers then you can find them anywhere that sells Rimmel London Products ( Superdrug, Boots, Tesco etc.) and they are normally around the £5.99/£6.99 price range.

As you can see in the pictures above they have a glossy finish, but they don't budge (you may want to blot the product after you've applied it so your teeth don't end up the same colour) and will last you pretty much all day.
Do I like these lip lacquers? Yep except for the smell but I can get past that :)
Would I recommend them? Yep
Would I try more colours in the range? Definitely
Thankyou for taking the time to read this :) I really do appreciate it :)

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Hello Kitty Lipsticks

Well hello again Everyone!!!

So I've seen a few YouTubers (That I'm subscribed to) talk about these lipsticks and I thought to myself 'I would like to try them out', and it just so happens that the last time I was in Superdrug, I noticed these lipsticks. There were a variety of colours but these two really caught my eye.

First of all, can we just admire the packaging. Seriously though, How cute is it? Not only that but the colour of Hello Kitty's Head is a good indication as to what the colour of the actual lipstick might be (as shown in the above picture). The two colours that are shown in the pictures are Urban Punk (which is the light peachy-pink colour) and Underground Queen ( which is a Hot pink colour). Now I do apologise for the lighting in these pictures, my photography skills are pretty shocking.

However, getting back onto the subject of these lipsticks. They are pretty amazing quality for the price they are. The lipsticks are individually priced at £1.99 and the pigmentation is freaking amazing, they also have a really good lasting quality as well.

As you can see in the pictures of the swatches Urban Punk (The peachy colour) is quite light and is very similar to Collection's Lipstick in Birthday Suit and Underground Queen (The Pink Colour) is definitely a hot pink. These lipstick are pretty comparable to the MUA Lipsticks which are only £1

Do I like these lipsticks? Yes
Would I recommend them? Yes I would
Would I try more colours in the range? I may be tempted to :)

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Thankyou for taking the time to read this :) I really do appreciate it :)