Review: Sleek Oh So Special!

So far the most versatile pallet from Sleek, in my opinion, has been the chaos Pallet. My opinion has now changed, this palette is a fantastic addition to the i-Divine family.
Colours for people who like subtle AND dramatic, and the best part is that it’s not limited edition so I can use it in my tutorials too!

Basics:

  • 12 Eye shadows
  • £6.49
  • Wearable and dramatic colours

Long story short, a fantastic palette!

The palest colour (bow) is pretty much my exact skin tone so you can’t really see it on my arm unfortunately.

I’m hoping that one day sleek will release their eye shadows individually at some point because I would buy crazy amounts of the black eyeshadow. You’ve all seen me rave about the Sugarpill “bulletproof” eyeshadow, well the black eyeshadow from sleek is pretty much nipping on its heels! It’s that good!

I wanted to demonstrate how good these eye shadows are by swatching them on primed and no-primed areas of my arm. As you can see there is hardly a difference in terms of colour pay off.

Pros:

  • Highly pigmented
  • Cruelty free!
  • Affordable
  • Wearable and bold shades
  • Sturdy packaging

Cons:

  • I seriously can’t think of any…..a good selection of both matte and shimmery eye shadows, pigmented fantastic colour selection….the perfect palette! : D

You can buy this pallet in Superdrug or the Sleek Makeup website: http://www.sleekmakeup.com/en/products/oh-so-special-sleek-makeup.-471.aspx

Guido Daniele Hand Art

I’m sure some of you have seen the original art by Guido Daniele at some point.

I remember seeing pictures of his work a while back but only found out his actual name when I decided to do this hand art series.

His art work is pretty much the kind that just takes your breath away!

Now I know I can’t do anything which will be even half the standard of his work but I would very much like to give it my best shot.

I guess I should tell you more about Guido Daniele?

He is a hyper-realist artist who was born in Soverato, Italy. in 1990 he developed the amazing body painting technique demonstrated above. It’s only right that I point you in the direction of his website : http://www.guidodaniele.com

I’m warning you now, hold onto your jaw before you go to his website, it will fall off!

If you go through his gallery you’ll see that my hand art above is a very poor version of his one, mind you I think my sisters rabbit would disagree. I tried to stroke it after I’d taken some pictures and the poor thing just froze!

I’m have a few ideas for animal designs of my own, but for the moment till I’ve practiced a bit more I’m going to stick to re-creating Guido’s.

So feel free to have a look through his gallery and leave me a comment down bellow on which one you would like me to re-create next, or suggest an animal which hasn’t been done for me to try :)

 

 

Review: MUA Lipsticks

First off apologies for the dodgy lighting, I have to remember to take pictures on days where it’s not raining (which in England is rare!)

I have quite a few of the MUA lipsticks, not all of them as not all of them suite me or are my style, but hopefully I can show a good selection of the MUA range.

Anyway, I’ve had these for about 3 months now so I have a pretty good idea of their pros and cons.

None of these lipsticks have names which for me is a bit of a pain in the neck as I find it very difficult to remembers numbers, heck I’ve had the same mobile since I was 15 and I still can’t remember my own number!

The shades above are the most pigmented, the ones bellow are quite sheer.

Personally I like all the shades minus shade eleven as it tends to apply in a slightly patchy manner and dose not really suit the super pale like me.

I wish I could tell you more about the smell but I have a really bad sense of smell so all I can say about it really is I quite like the smell and don’t find it particularly offensive.

As far at the taste goes, again, I have a bad sense of taste, but don’t mind the taste at all. Some lipsticks tend to have a horrible tar-like taste, not the case with these.

All of them are extremely creamy, they just glide on! But the downside to this is that they do have a tendency to bleed so you will need a lip liner.

One thing I especially like is that you can see the shade on the base. I hate, hate, hate having to open up all my lipsticks when I’m looking for the shade I want.

This way I just have to glance at where I keep my lipsticks, see it and pull it out. Simple and practical. Love!

Basics:

  • 3.8g
  • 13 different shades sold presently
  • £1 each
  • Presently sold only in Superdrug
  • Basic but sleek packaging

Pros:

  • Excellent price
  • Extremely pigmented
  • Cruelty Free!
  • Good range
  • Very creamy

Cons:

  • A few of them are sheer
  • Tend to bleed, use a lip liner
  • A few of them have a tendency to stain

You can get the MUA products in pretty much any Superdrug store or online: http://www.superdrug.com/mua-makeup-academy

I hope the review helped :)

Paper Butterflies

It occurred to me that not everyone is going to be able to draw them out like I do in the video so last night I drew a series of various butterfly wing styles for people to print out.

Using the method I’ll be showing in the tutorial you should be able to recreate the look easily, and this way you’ll also be able to select which style of butterfly wings you prefer.

Something else you might like to do is layer the wings.

So instead of just using one style you could cut out the fist picture and the last picture down bellow and apply both of them.

Finally one more thing you can do is paint the wings.

One thing that looks especially stunning is when you paint only one side of the wings so that when you open of close your eyes there is a flash of colour.

In case you haven’t seen it hear is my tutorial :)

Review: MUA Eyeshadows

As I’m sure a lot of you know a new line of cosmetics were released in Superdrug a few months ago.

I bought some of the MUA (Make Up Academy) cosmetics pretty much a few days after they first came out as there was quite a lot of hype about them and I can happily say they live up to the hype.

Basics:

  • Any product from MUA only costs £1
  • VERY pigmented
  • Good range of colours

These eye shadows are very, very pigmented.

Are they they as pigmented as the Surgarpill eye shadows? No they are not, but they are a lot more pigmented than other brands I’ve tried. To give you an idea of how pigmented they are I’d say they almost tie with the Sleek eye shadows which are very close to Sugarpill quality.

They have a satin feel to them, they’re not powdery at all.

One problem with them is that they’re very loosely pressed, if you drop these they will pop but because of the shape it’s easy enough to mend.

And sorry to bring up the comparison to Sugarpill again but in terms of size they are pretty much the same size as Sugarpil.

All the swatches above were done with one swipe (except for the black which was two swipes).

The colours I chose were the more matte but they do have pearlescent colours, I personally prefer more matte colours but some off you might prefer the pearl ones. They are slightly more sheer than the matte colours but still very pigmented.

Pros:

  • Very good quality
  • Excellent price!
  • Good range of colours
  • Cruelty free

Cons:

  • Loosely pressed
  • The pearlescent colours can be quite sheer

You can get the MUA eye shadows in Superdrug or online at :

-http://www.superdrug.com

 

Extreme Makeup Removal

Before I go into how I took off all the makeup for the Mystique look quite a few of you asked to see the before and after of the title picture so here it is.

I have so much fun messing around in Photoshop! Anyway, what I used to take all that off.

First thing I did is pulled off the lash glue gently. If your skin is very sensitive use makeup remover to loosen it and then peel it off, it shouldn’t be to hard as with the eyeshadow under it it would have a slight barrier between your skin.

For my eye-brows I used Ben Nye’s Bond Off with a cotton pad. What I like to do is drench the pad in Bond Off and then press it over the covered eyebrows for about 30 seconds, then I slowly rub if the spirit gum. You don’t want to be rough or you will lose eyebrow hairs.

Once I’d done this I got strait into the shower and washed my whole face and neck with The Body Shop Passion Fruit Facial Cleansing Gel. This managed to get the majority of the makeup off my face.

For my hair I used my normal solid shampoo bar (Lush).

The first time washed out most of the red but there was still a little bit left on my scalp so I washed it a second time. Like I mentioned in the review for the red hair spray you do need to treat your hair if you use this or it will hate you.

After I came out of the shower I finished off by running some Brazil Nut Conditioning Cream through my hair and taking off the makeup still on my eyes and face with Bioderma.

If any of you haven’t seen my Mystique look yet here is the video : )

Review: Stargazer One Wash Colour Hair Spray (Red)

For my Mystique look I had the choice of using a red wig or red hairspray. I figured it would be better to use red hair spay as a wig is quite expensive and unless you’re going to use it regularly it would be a bit of a waste of money.

Also I’d never used a coloured hairspray before so I was intrigued.

Overall I liked this product. It’s not really worth me going into a long review because it call all be covered in bullet points so here goes:

Basic info:

  • £5.69 (shipping included)
  • 75 ml
  • Lasts 1-2 uses max (if you cover all your hair)
  • Arrived quickly
  • I bought it on Amazon

Pros:

  • VERY pigmented
  • Easy to use
  • Perfect for a quick fix
  • Dose not stain hair
  • Afforable

Cons:

  • Can be a bit messy
  • Leaves your hair feeling a bit rough. Treat your hair after using this!
  • You will need to wash your hair twice to get it all off
  • Hair tangles/hard to brush once sprayed

One final thing I should mention about this products is do not try and sleep with it on. Wash your hair before you go to sleep or you’ll wake up with a pink face and pillow, and your hair will hate your forever.

Oh and P.S. rinse your shower after you’ve washed this out or it’ll have a lovely new pink shower : )

You Tube Guru: Filming & Set up

A lot of people think that in order to make videos which will be sucesfull on You Tube you must have expensive equipment. That is simply not true.

Better equipment helps, but if you are good at makeup and the video is entertaining people don’t really care about the quality initially.

You only really need to start thinking about improving camera quality when you’ve built yourself a large audience, around 40,000+ is a good time to think about upgrading.

The first thing you need to think about is lighting. It is so important and so tricky to get right!

If you live in a sunny county you can get away with natural light, but it you live in England where the light changes from one second to the next you might want to think of using just artificial light.

One thing you need to be careful abut it to avoid yellow or very pale blue light. Yellow light will make you look like an oompaloompa and blue light will make you look cold. You need to find a light which is a combination of both colours to look as natural as possible.

So this is my set up.

Nothing too complicated, my only problem with this set up is that unless it’s late the natural light tends to change a lot, which is why some of my videos have drastic light changes.

Anyway I’m going to break this down into chunks:

Editing Programs?

  • For PC’s you have a free program on it called Windows Movie Maker. I personally hate that program with a passion because of the amount of times it crashed on me, but if you have nothing else it will do for basic editing.
  • For Mac Books you have iMovie (yes it comes free on all Mac Books). This is the program I am using presently and I LOVE IT! On Movie Maker it could take me up to 6-7 hours to edit one video and now it takes me 30-60 min.
  • I know that there are free programs online which you can use but I’ve never used them so I can’t direct you to one which I know will work.

Lighting?

  • If you don’t live in a cloudy country you can just use natural daylight. Near a window is your best bet.
  • I bought my lights from B&Q (kitchen lights).
  • Another thing that helps is to get a reflective surface around your lights to bounce as much light as possible towards you face. Card with tinfoil glued to it works just fine but you can also get proper reflectors from places like Amazon and e-bay.

Background?

  • The easiest trick is just to use the wall of your room, just make sure its painted one solid colour. Patterns can sometimes drive your camera crazy unless they’re near to were you will be standing.
  • Try not to have a background which is too busy as it can distract the viewer from you.
  • A curtain or a room divider works really well for quick easy background set up.
  • You can also get fold-able backgrounds online but they are quite expensive.

For myself I use a curtain (one black and one a speckled brown) held up using a pole resting on two draw handles screwed to the wall. Haha the pole was slightly too short so I had to find a stick from the garden to make it slightly longer. I really like this method as I can change my background easily and once I’ve finished recording I can just take everything down and put it to the side.

Mirrors?

  • You can use a oval bathroom stand mirror and position it next to your camera. Try and get a large one, the smaller mirrors can be quite hard to see your self in when you are recording.
  • A hand-held mirror also works but be careful not to cover up what you’re trying to demonstrate to the camera, I’ve done that so many times.
  • If you have a flip screen camera you can even use that to see what you’re doing.

Cameras?

A good camera can cost you anywhere between £100-£700. If you’re just starting out you do NOT need an expensive camera. You can get a perfectly acceptable quality from a cheap £40 camera or your mac book/PC web cam.

I am not the best person to ask really for which camera might work the best for you.I use a JVC HD Everio flip camera and once I find something that works for me I tend to stick with it so I do not have a tone of experience with different cameras.

I’ve been using this camera for the past 1-2 years and it’s still going fine. The one down side to it is that you need to get the lighting perfect. If the lighting is too strong it will wash you out, too dark and people will struggle to see what you’re doing.

The same camera also has a remote and takes pictures but it as the same problems as mentioned and while it dose take very high quality pictures close up, for anything further than 2 feet it get’s blurry very quickly.

My best recommendation is to go to any shops which sell cameras and ask the sales assistants about all the different cameras and which one would be best for you. One thing I will recommend is to get a flip-screen camera. You do not want to finish recording and then realize everything was out of focus or not even recording in the first place.

And finally for positioning your camera you can either use a pile of books as a stand or a tripod. I strongly recommend getting a tripod, it dose not cost too much,  is much more sturdy and will last for ever.

I hope that helped :) The next blog post for how to get started on You Tube will on tips and tricks for getting your channel noticed.

 

 

My Face Charts

For those of you who watch me on blog TV you’ve probably seen a few of these, but there are one or two which are sneak peaks of looks I need to get around to doing so I hope you like them.

The face chart on the left is the first face chart I ever did, and for those of you who have been following my videos for a while you’ll recognize it as the Chinese New Year Makeup (because every one secretly wants a dragon on their face).

The one on the right is one I’m planning to do for a District 9 look.

The idea behind this one is that it’s what Wikus would have looked like as the alien transformation really began to kick in. It’s one of those looks I have had in my head since I saw the film, but I need to practice more with special effects before I can pull it off

The first face chart I did for my terminator look. I still think that look is one of the best I have ever done, but I’m hoping that in the next few months I can improve enough make something even better!

The second one in the middle is for a vampire look I never got around to doing. With any luck I’ll get it done this summer in time for halloween.

Again, the one on the right was for my Glam Goth look.

Lol these are my idea of “wearable” looks. Ok maybe the one on the right is a bit extreme but these are the kind of looks I would wear for a night out. They’re interesting and different.

I really need to get one of these three done, which one would you like to see me record first?

Review: Sugarpill Eye Shadows

Lets just cut a long story short, these eye shadows are the best I have ever tried! (and I’ve tried a lot trust me)

I was sent the pallets a few months ago and was so so impressed I went ahead and bought the black eyeshadow after the first few swatches.

These are swatches of the colours without a primer so as you can see, they are very pigmented.

However one colour that wasn’t as pigmented as the rest was the purple, I had to really rub it into my arm a good few times to get it to show the true colour but it is still very pigmented.

As far as the packaging goes I love it!

I personally hate pink with a passion but the packaging makes me like it. Plus the font used is just awesome. I think when it comes to packaging it’s one of those things that you’ll either love or you’ll hate

For the small eye shadows from Sugarpill I would say it’s better to buy the pallet as it works out cheaper and it’s much more compact. The small eye shadows like the one above is nice but I prefer the pallet more.

One thing I will mention about the pallet is that I would have preferred that they could be taken out easily like the Costal Scent’s pallets.

Pros:

  • Cruelty-free
  • Majority of the products are vegan too
  • Super Pigmented
  • Large Pans
  • Tightly Pressed
  • Sturdy Packaging
  • Investment Eye Shadows
  • Looks AMAZING on darker skin tones

Cons:

  • Pallets on the heavy side
  • Slightly expensive

Now in regards to the fact that these pallets are more expensive, they are only expensive when you don’t do the maths.

These pallets double the size of normal eye shadows and are so pigmented you need hardly any of it. Also if you buy them as pallets it works out at roughly £5 per eyeshadow.

So they work out being just as affordable as smaller sized eyeshadows and 100 times better quality!

You can buy this at: