Saturday, 31 October 2015

Halloween Makeup 2015 Recap

This week I caught a horrible bug and have been feeling so terrible so there won't be an extra Horror Month post this week unfortunately. Even though I won't be ending this with the look I wanted to do (Siren part 2) I thought it would be good to recap on all the theatrical looks I have created over the past 2 months.

 (Top from left to right: Pumpkin, Half Skull, Dead Person
(Bottom: Vampire)

(Top from left to right: BarbieMinnie Mouse
(Bottom from left to right: Siren, Broken Doll)

So here are the 8/9 theatrical looks I created. I have really enjoyed the past 2 months; it has allowed me to be more experimental, go outside of my comfort zone and be more brave when it comes to makeup application. I hope this gives you some inspiration for Halloween this year, if you end up creating a look inspired my one of them tag me on Instagram or Twitter because I would love to see and share it on my social media :)

Tell me which one is your favourite

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Horror Month: Pumpkin

Okay we are back to the normal schedule yay. Today I am showing you a pumpkin inspired look, unfortunately the orange shading didn't come out properly on camera, usually I would redo the look but it was getting dark and that was my only opportunity to document so sorry about that.

Lashes:  Salon System Natural Lash (Extra Volume)
Black Pen Liner: Collection Extreme 24 hour Felt Tip Liner (Black)
Large Black Area: MUA Pencil Liner (Jet Black)
White Face Paint : Mehron Fantasy FX
White LinerNYX Slim Eye Liner Pencil (White Pearl)
Brown ShadowSleek Eye Shadow Palette I Divine (Ultra Mattes V2)
Highlighter: Sleek Contour Kit (Medium)
Brows: Sleek Brow Kit (Dark 818)
Orange Eyeshadow:  Essence Blush Up (10 Heat Wave)
Black ShadowNYX  Love in Florence Palette  

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Horror Month: Vampire

As promised in my last post I am going to be sharing 2 Horror Month looks this week to make up for last week. This week I give to you a super quick vampire look this literally took me 15-20 minutes to do (taking my time) so great for a last minute costume.

What I like about this is the fact that it looks complex but it really isn't. 
  • For the veins use a thin liner brush and dip it into a dark purple eyeshadow, to make the veins look realist have a very light hand and try not to be perfect (close you eyes if you must). If you don't like a line just dab it with a clean finger.
  • For the eyeshadow I went with a Morticia Adams inspired eye but you can do whatever you like. 
  • For the blood smear I put on a vampy lipstick and literally using my hand I smeared it around my mouth. I then used some fake blood on my fingers to dab certain edges to create texture
  • I contoured using purple and a medium/light grey to add cool tones to my face

Black Liner: NYX Studio Liquid Liner (Extreme Black)
Purple Shadow for veinsSleek Eye Shadow Palette I Divine (Ultra Mattes V2)
Lipstick: Sleek (Claret)
Highlighter: Sleek Contour Kit (Medium)
Brows: Sleek Brow Kit (Dark 818)
Eyeshadow : NYX  Love in Florence Palette  
Fake Blood : Poundland

Monday, 19 October 2015

Argan Dew

I am sorry I only posted once last week, it has been a hectic time with sorting out all this uni stuff so I had to give myself time to sort that out (school first). Don't worry though because I am putting out 2 Horror Month posts this week to make up for it and I will be back to my normal schedule next week.

This week I thought I would give you a combined post and present you with a hair review. Argan Dew kindly sent me some of their samples to try out and I have been so excited to use them ever since I got my weave out. Argan Dew is a hair care company who make their products using argan oil, I have never really tried argan oil before but I have heard such great things from people with a variety of hair types and its been one of those things where I just never got around to getting it hence my excitement.

For oils I usually use coconut oil but lately I haven't felt like it was doing much for my hair, I don't know if it has gotten used to it or what but it hasn't been giving my hair the same life as it did at the start of my journey. This oil is AMAZING! It is quite thick so it smooths out my hair really well and keeps my curls looking coily without giving it instant shrinkage. When smoothing this through out my hair I saw the frizz I usually get at the front of my hair go and I was able to get my hair flatter than I could before, baring in mind I have thick hair this blew my mind. I am definitely purchasing the full bottle of this and no doubt you will see it re appearing in future hair posts.

If you have read my Wash Day Routine post you know that I always use a hair mask. I always think it is vital to use one especially if your like me and always use shampoos when washing. I left this mask on for 2 hours. After washing it out my hair detangled a lot easier and my hair also felt a lot lighter and springier which was a nice feeling however my hair didn't feel as soft as I am used to after using masks which is a shame because that would have been the icing on the cake for me. 

Overall I really loved Argan Dew's Miraculous Argan Oil and I am definitely going to buy the full bottle. If you would like to look at or even purchase any of the products I mentioned go on to Argan Dew's website, if you use the code argandew you can get any of their products for 20% off.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Lab2 Strokes of Genius Brush Kit

With my makeup looks I always make sure to say what products I use but I don't usually mention the brushes, this is purely down to the fact that it uses more space and I tend to use the same brushes on similar styles of looks i.e theatrical or beauty etc. Today I thought I would share with you the brushes I have been currently loving for creating my theatrical makeup looks and that is the Lab2 Strokes of Genius Brush Kit

As you can see the kit comes with 5 brushes, at the back of the box it has a handy 'How To Use Me' section explaining simply how to use the brushes in the kit with words as well as with diagrams, this would be very helpful to people unfamiliar with certain brushes or just makeup in general. 

The brushes itself are such great quality, they don't shed, they feel good and most importantly they are easy to work with. I am quite fussy with my brow and liner brushes, I feel those brushes have to be perfect in order for your application to be its best. If a liner or brow brush are too soft and flimsy this is ends up being harder to work with however if they are too firm they end up being too restricting. What I love about this kit is the fact that their brushes are the perfect happy medium, you can really see a big difference with application especially with the liner brush as it is so precised. 

I have been using these brushes a lot in my Horror Month looks to really get the detail I need. If you feel no matter how hard you try you can't make your make up look as good as the countless people on Instagram it's possibly down to the brushes your using. I definitely recommend getting this kit, it retails at £18.99 at Superdrug.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Horror Month: Half Skull

This week I present the classic Half Skull. People do this is so many different ways; some people do it horizontally some do it vertically, some with blood, some without ect. I chose this way of doing it purely because I had a dream that I was wearing this exact look (ideas come in the strangest ways). I haven't tried a skull look before and I am extremely happy with the way it turned out, I love the depth and I feel I have come a long way since my Broken Doll look I did last month.

I have decided to do this rather than right down a tutorial as that it will be long, boring and hard to explain. I am probably going to do this with the rest of my looks.
  • First outline your skull details with a white eyeliner pencil, this includes the individual teeth
  • Work on the skull section by section instead of putting all the base colours down at once, this makes it easier for you to see what you need to do plus you won't get overwhelmed 
  • Start working on the area with the lightest base first, once the base and shading is complete move on to the slightly darker area (the teeth) and then lastly work on the black areas
  • Try to keep shading as light as possible, remember you can always build on certain areas.
  • You can colour in the black areas as messily as you like just make sure you use a liquid or pen liner to make the edges crisp.
  • For the dark/black areas around the teeth go in with a dark brown first then add the black on top, this makes it easier to correct possible mistakes.
  • Add a brown line down the opposite side of the middle crack using an eyeshadow then blend it using a clean eyeshadow brush, this will create depth
  • To make the skulls eye socket not look flat I added some grey shimmer on my eyelid.

Lashes:  Salon System Natural Lash (Extra Volume)
Black Pen Liner: Collection Extreme 24 hour Felt Tip Liner (Black)
Large Black Areas: MUA Pencil Liner (Jet Black)
White Face Paint : Mehron Fantasy FX
White LinerNYX Slim Eye Liner Pencil (White Pearl)
Grey Shadow: Essence Smokey Eye Set (Smokey Night)

Brown ShadowSleek Eye Shadow Palette I Divine (Ultra Mattes V2)
Lip Liner: NYX Lip Liner Pencil (Mahogany)
Lipstick: Sleek (Claret)
Highlighter: Sleek Contour Kit (Medium)
Blush: Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush (8)
Brows: Sleek Brow Kit (Dark 818)
Gold Shimmer Eyeshadow on lid : Urban Decay Naked Palette (Half Baked)

I hope you liked this look! Tell me what you would like to see next

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Madison Reed Hair-o-Scope

Anyone who knows me knows that I love quizzes and horoscopes. I am constantly on Buzzfeed checking new updates to see if I am an undercover psychopath or if they can guess my favourite food with just 2 questions (yeah I'm addicted). In the spiraling worm hole of quizzes on the internet I came across Madison Reed's Hair-o-Scope (this is your hair prediction based on your star sign), I of course got very excited and had to share my results with you guys!

'Tousled and Untamed' I couldn't have said it better myself haha. This is so accurate! I love having my hair all wild with a bit of frizz and fluff, I am so lucky having really thick hair as I can achieve this style so easily. If you want to see my natural hair stages or want to know more information about it look at my Wash Day Routine Post

If you want to find out your Hair-o-Scope look at this website. Tell me what you get in the comments!

I'm thinking about dying my hair soon (I know very exciting) and what I didn't realise is Madison Reed is a hair dye company. When looking at it them in more depth I found out they have a Hair Dye Adviser page (ooh quiz) which asks you a list of questions including hair type (straight, coily, curly), skin tone (warm or cold) ect to recommend you the best hair dye they provide directly suited for you needs. I think that's pretty cool and I am so happy a commercial hair dye company takes into account hair type because us curly/coily girls need some love too.

As well as commenting what Hair-o-Scope you got tell me what hair colour you think I should go, I'm thinking either dark red or purple ooh maybe a honey or chocolate brown ugh I am so bad with decisions (I need you guys).

Monday, 5 October 2015

Taboo Or Not Taboo That Is The Question

Yes as the title suggest I am going to be talking about a topic that isn't really talked about, it's seen as a bit awkward to discuss even though it affects every female ever, and that my friend is feminine hygiene (insert gasps here). I know it seems like a rather random/awkward topic but should it be? I mean every female goes through it, every female has to deal with it so why is it seen as such a no go area. As a young adult I remember my first time dealing with a period and I like probably everyone else at that time was super confused and had no clue what was available, I just got the cheapest sanitary towels because in my head what's the point in buying expensive luxurious ones when they are just going to get ruined anyway (probably less expensive then having to buy new trousers). I didn't take into account my flow, how good the brand/product was and my feminine hygiene was just down to what shower gel I had, this is apparently bad as it upsets the area's natural pH balance. This uneducated confusion steamed from that fact that it is not talked about, not being promoted and it being seen as such an embarrassing topic that people are too afraid to ask.

Companies like SASS and Pink Box are starting to break societies taboo inflicted conventions and develop products that not only look pretty but make this topic more fashionable desensitising the world so hopefully one day in the future we can talk about feminine hygiene products the same way we talk about a shower gel or a body lotion.

Pink Parcel is a monthly subscription service that gives you not only everything you need during your period but also gifts, goodies and chocolate! I thought this was an excellent idea as I'm the type of person who always forgets to buy more tampons and come on who doesn't want a box full of beauty goodies and chocolate every month. For those of you with a heavy flow like me and feels like they wont put enough tampons in think again, in the box I received 24 tampons and there is also a feminine hygiene product that comes in it too, in this one I got the SASS Purifying Cleanser. Your first box costs £7.95 and after that it is £12.99 a month including delivery, so in compare that to the fact that you are getting beauty products from well known brands like OPI, Elizebeth Ardan and SASS this box totals up WAY above that price.

On the website you can tailor your box to all of your needs including flow, period date (if your irregular like moi just say the 1st) tampon or towel preference as well as brand choice. So simple!

SASS is a feminine hygiene brand which not only does an amazing job catering for all sorts of necessities like shaving, cleaning, sports ect. it also looks beautiful. SASS products were made to look like your average shower gel/body lotion (well much prettier) so you don't feel embarrassed having it in the shower, the actual word 'intimate' is small so the average Joe walking into your bathroom shouldn't suspect a thing. These are some of there samples, I wasn't originally going to show them but the art work is just too beautiful not to. SASS currently sell at Boots if you were thinking of purchasing or looking into them in store but of course you can also find them on their website.

So as you can see there are brands out there welcoming the idea of feminine hygiene to the market and hopefully this will make people stop thinking of it as this awkward subject and just accept it as the norm because every female goes through it, its not like its some big secret so why should it be seen as weird. I think this is such an interesting topic that I would love to carry on the conversation in the comments, what are your views on the subject?, did you know about these brands/products?

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Horror Month: Dead Person

I am so excited to finally share my first Horror Month look in preparation for Halloween, this is my favourite genre of makeup to do so I have been waiting a while to show you guys my passion. I strive to make myself look as horrible and grotesque as I possibly can so I looked at multiple images of people with beaten up faces, broken noses, black eyes etc. to make my dead person look as realistic and detailed as possible (I really went to town). The majority of this look I use just plain eyeshadows and fake blood, the only special effecty thing I used was liquid latex on some tissue to create my slit neck and a couple of scabs on the face. If you would like a tutorial or me to show you how to create this look without liquid latex just let me know and I will.
If you are new here and want to look cute for fancy dress or halloween here is a list of pretty theatrical looks I created last month (click here). Now for you hardcore gore loving weirdos look forward to this month because every Saturday I will be bringing you a new look.


Black Eye: I used a little bit of purple eyeshadow on a shadow brush and shaded underneath the eye socket to emphasis bags, I then made sure to build up that colour slowly and add patches of a darker purple to  look like bruising, I then patted on a little bit of fake blood to create some inconsistencies within the eyeshadow. I then added a light hue of purple eyeshadow to the eyelid to make it look irritated and I lastly really messily added some gel liner to the lash line and smudged it out to look like it has just smeared off. I know it sounds all really confusing but once you look at a picture of a black eye you will get what I mean.

Broken Nose: Using a white eye pencil I lightly sketched out how I wanted my nose to look making sure to make it look really dented and uneven. I then used purple eyeshadow to shade around the sides and to create depth I added a little bit of brown in certain areas like the dent. I then added some purple  and red eyeshadow underneath the nose to make it look irritated and bruised, I lastly added some fake blood mixed with gel liner to the outer part of the nostril and dripped it down.

Busted Lip: This was quite simple I just rubbed in pale nude lip, added splodges of purple eyeshadow to look like bruising and lastly a mixture of fake blood and gel liner to certain areas to act as cuts or look like my mouth was bleeding

Scab: I put some liquid latex on one ply of ripped kitchen roll and stuck it down on the area and waited for it to dry. Once dry I shaded it with purple and brown eyeshadow and used some tweezers to lift a section up to make it look like its peeling. Lastly I added a little bit of fake blood.

Slit Throat: Using the same technique I used in the scab I layered liquid latex and ripped kitchen roll where I wanted my slit to be (3 layers) and waited for it to become tacky. I then used tweezers to rip and form the cut area and waited for it to fully dry. Once dry  I applyed black gel liner to the inside and used a foundation slightly lighter than my skin tone to colour the latex and then used purple eyeshadow to shade the outside, lastly I added the fake blood to the inside (do not drench it) and I dripped some blood down my neck.

Mascara:  Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara
Black Gel Liner: Collection Lasting Colour Gel Liner (Black)
Nude Lipstick: Sleek (Barely There)
Brown + Purple ShadowSleek Eye Shadow Palette I Divine (Ultra Mattes V2)
Fake Blood : Poundland (it was a bit red so I mixed it with gel liner)
Liquid Latex : Amazon
White LinerNYX Slim Eye Liner Pencil (White Pearl)

I hope you liked this look, I know the tutorial is really confusing because its quite hard to say in words, if you would like me to do a video tutorial in the future let me know and I will once I get my laptop working smooth.