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Monday, 29 October 2012

Updated: Purple Lipstick Collection

Yeah, some are purple really, and some aren’t. Some are probably pink really, some are probably aubergine really. Shush.

Sleek Mauve Over
Sleek Pout Paint in “Mauve Over”

Boots 17 Twilight Tease
Boots 17 “Twilight Tease”

Darling Girl PP
Darling Girl Kiss You Off Color Rich Lip Balm“Poison Plum”

Gosh No 7
Gosh Light N Shine Lip Glaze in No 5

illamasqua fetish
Illamasqua lipstick in “Fetish”

Illamasqua Kontrol
Illamasqua lipstick in “Kontrol”

Inglot Slim Gel Lipstick 65
Inglot Slim Gel Lipstick in no 65

Shiro Cosmetics Intertube in “Leeroy Jenkins”

Mac Asian Flower
MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in “Asian Flower”

MAC Rebel
MAC Satin lipstick in “Rebel”

Morgana Cryptoria Vegan Lipstick in “Flirtatious Flapper”

Nyx Almost Black
Nyx Round Lipstick in “Almost Black.”

NYX Fusion
Nyx Round Lipstick in “Fusion.”

NYX Medusa

Nyx Round Lipstick in “Medusa.”

Sleek Amethyst
Sleek True Colour Lipstick in “Amethyst.” Possible MAC Violetta dupe.

Sleek Mystic
Sleek True Colour Lipstick in “Mystic.” One of my favourite mattes on the high street.

Sleek Port

Sleek Pout Paint in “Port.”

Wet N Wild 919B
Wet N’ Wild Megalast lipstick in “919b Vamp It Up.” This isn’t really true to life colour wise, it’s much darker.

Wet N Wild 919D

Wet N’ Wild Megalast Lipstick in “916d Ravin Raisin.”


Darlign Girl Kiss You Off Color Rich Lip Balm in “Wicked Game.”


66 Lip Palette Purples

66 metallic purple
66 purple gloss
66 palette lilac
66 purple

See any favourites? What am I missing from my collection?

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Bat Romance

Another day, another time when I don’t stop and think to myself, “You know what colours you can’t blend nicely together? Yellow and black! Stay away from those!” So, there’s that, but also, BATMAN.


Bat Romance

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Bat Romance 3
Bat Romance 4

Black and white from Sleek Circus, blue from 120 palette. Sugarpill Buttercupcake. Collection2000 24/7 Extreme Pen liner. Inglot AMC Gel liner (yellow.) Eyelure Girls Aloud Festival Lashes (Cheryl)

I REALLY like these lashes – they have gold fleck on the top – but I kept looking at it and thinking I had yellow fallout on them! Overall, a cool idea but not very well executed on my part. Add a black lip and a cape and you’ve got an easy Hallowe’en look, though! SPEAKING of Hallowe’en, I really need to pull a costume out of my arse for tonight and I think I’m going to resort to something cliché and ‘sexy’ as my big costume night is next week and it’s not ready yet! Off to the shops I go…

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Ellie Goulding Inspired LOTD

Wendy asked me have a crack at a gorgeous cut-crease, no-brow look that Ellie Goulding wore in Paper Magazine recently.  Despite looking nothing like Ellie and being nowhere near as cool, I thought I’d have a play with that style.

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Ellie Goulding Inspired

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Eyes: Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick in shade 10, Inglot AMC 58, Glamour Doll Eyes Glitter in Techno, Collection2000 24/7 Extreme pen liner in Black, Active Lashes Cosmetics.
Cheeks: MAC Harmony, a random MAC pink which I don’t have the name on anymore.
Lips: Collection 2000 Bubblegum.
This was really interesting to do! I have such wonky creases on eyes that I don’t like to do cut-crease or really graphic liner looks as it’s too much of a paint to get it to look even and nice, but I have to try these things once in a while even if it’s just to remind myself that that shit just looks jacked up on my face.  Looking at this, I think I should have brought the wing part under my eye a little so the whole shape is lower and so the undereye area doesn’t look so… empty, but hey.

Well, I don’t think I’d did too badly, but it certainly suits someone more edgy like Ellie! I’m struggling with working out how to create the bleached brow look without using bleach… this time I used greasepaint instead of concealer. I think one weeeknd I might bleach them just for a laugh and do tons of no-brow looks. I know a lot of people hate the trend, but I think it’s beautiful. I love how it changes the face and how it really leaves the focus on the eyes for makeup.
And here’s the original look:

And here's another less scary way of wearing the eye look:

Sunday, 21 October 2012

MUA Nail Constellation in Pisces

Yeah. I didn’t want to put it on my nails today.

Libra Lips


Libra Lips

Random mint green lipstick, Miss Sporty gloss in Punk It Up!, MUA Nail Constellations in Pisces.

Because I do what I want!

I’ve not tried these on my nails yet – to be honest, I only really bought them to play with them on my face. I can say that I inadvertently ate about a teaspoon full of them (slight exaggeration) and I wouldn’t recommend it! The packaging is actually really useful for getting the beads back in and the nerd in me was quite pleased with that. There is an issue with static and the beads sticking to the plastic though, so wherever you decide to stick these, do it slowly!

This, in case you’ve been living under a rock and have missed the caviar nail trend, is what they’re supposed to be used for:

By the wonderfully talented Karla Powell.

I must say I’m keen to see what the next textural trend for nails will be… after the velvet manicure having a seemingly massive flop, I’m wondering if I should take a trip to the craft store and see if I can predict the next trend!

Have you tried a caviar manicure?

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Blue and Green Jewel Toned Smokey Eye Tutorial (For Rachael!)

I said I’d do this tutorial for Rachael and I’m not a liar, so here it is.


Blue and Green Jewel Toned Smokey Eye 2



First, use your blackest base and apply that over your lid, lower lashline and waterlines. I used Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Perversion, because it’s awesome. Just so you know, this step was my total makeup routine circa 2001. No lie.


Set that with a matte black eyeshadow  (I used Sleek) and smudge out the edges of the pencil.


Next, take a metallic navy and really build that up in the crease so it looks vibrant. I used an Inglot shade.


Do the same on the lower lashline…


…and join up the colours on the outer corner. I used a pencil brush for this and the last step. Take a little more black eyeshadow near your waterline if you got the blue eyeshadow too near it.


Looking straight ahead, apply a metallic green in the centre of your lid…


… and the centre of the lower lashline. I used a colour from a since defunct indie company, but tons of companies make a shade similar. Then, take your favourite shimmery blue or green highlight and apply this to the browbone and inner corner of the eye. Again, I used one from a now shut-down indie company but I’d recommend something like Sugarpill Lumi instead.

Now add brows, lashes and winged liner if you need too and you’re done!

Blue and Green Jewel Toned Smokey Eye 2
Blue and Green Jewel Toned Smokey Eye


Because Rachael wanted to wear this look with Face Lace, here’s the look with some! I just blended the blue colour a little further up the crease so there was more of a gradient inbetween the gaps in the applique.

Blue and Green Jewel Toned Smokey Eye with Face Lace
After Face Lace

And I also kinda liked how it looked once I’d taken it off, ha ha!

Many thanks to Charlotte from Lipglossiping for the Face Lace – you can see another look I did with it along with some other awesome bloggers wearing different versions here! Face Lace are really strange to wear… having some stuck over a fairly big mobile part of skin is a really weird sensation, but you get used to it! While I do think they’re expensive, now I’ve tried them and seen that they’re not necessarily a replacement for creativity and that you can indeed wear awesome makeup with them… I’m kind of a fan!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Behind The Scenes

Photos of me doing makeup and bits and bobs from shoots. This is why I should have a tumblr I guess! I don’t know why people love BTS stuff at shoots, but they’re really popular for some reason and I always love getting them back!


Me doing Exhayle’s makeup. From a shoot with Chris Stacey.


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And this is me turning her boyfriend, Demon Daz into a dandy steampunk gent! Shot by David Long.

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With Darkhorse Photos at Adrian Pini studio, as we so often are! These are both pretty old photos but I can’t remember if I’ve posted them before.


Me doing the lovely Gemma Renata’s makeup at Murder Mile Studio this weekend, and me and a whole bunch of models/stylists from the same shoot. L-R (ish) Whiplash,(redhead) Sarah Kawaii, (purple hair) Maja Stina, (mohawk) Gemma Renata, (redhead in black latex) Shelley D’Inferno, (designer, pulling a lovely face) Sophie Cash (floral wreath), Betty Havok (black hair) Poppy Thorn (red latex bra), Saara Inkeri Nissinen , Krystal Johns (hidiing), me (awkward).

alice bizarre drinking tea

This is Alice Bizarre, who is totally fit and amazing. She’s one of my favourite MUAs, if you’re into horror, gore or SFX, GO AND CHECK OUT HER SHIT. She’s the bomb. And she makes a badass cuppa.


Me making Carly Thornton, a fitness model, look even more gorgeous. Shot by the ever lovely Rich Newnham.


Some zombie makeup I did for a late-night zombie video shoot… we scared some children and then their mum came and gave us tiramisu?!


A really cute dolly shoot – the model, Ivory Flame, was stunning! She reminded me of Jayma Mays. Shot by Rhinoa’s Photography.


Old photo of me by PUMP photography – I don’t even remember what we were shooting that day, but there was a big old car chassis outside the studio, a spare photographer and a hat… I use this as my profile picture on portfolio sites, haha!


I taught a class on makeup to some City and Guilds photography students – this is me attaching some feather to my friend Dolly Donnahue.  Their tutor wanted them to learn about working with other creative people. They all got really involved and asked lots of questions, which was fab! And yes, I was shitting it!

Pinupzanie Zombies


The Pinupzania shoot we did at 5.00 in the morning on Westminster Bridge was featured in Vintage Life, Cats Meow, and a couple of local papers– noice. I did Dakota, the blonde, and Hannah in the black dress, as well as Dolly (black pencil skirt and beehive.)

PLEASE check out my awesome talented photographer and model friends, they allow me to play with them and create awesome images, which makes me a very happy and grateful bunny.