Random Doodles Pt.1

I really need to do more posts on my art work so I though I’d do a series were I just show you random drawings and doodles that I’ve done. Talk about what I used and and a few tips and tricks occasionally :)

The majority of these are all drawn in one of the two sketchbooks I have.

One is more for lyric ideas and chords, and the other for art and art ideas, but they tend to swap roles a lot.

This one I drew for the title background of my Simple Terminator Look, I normally do a rough sketch for my title backgrounds and then work on them more in photoshop.

Seeing as it was only the third piece I’d ever done in PhotoShop I did a pretty bad job, I make a point of not watching that tutorial because the title background bugs me so much.

This one I drew for the title background of an Arabic Makeup series I’ve been planning on doing for ages. It’s ended up looking like a mix of Indian and Arabic art, not quite what I had planned…but then again I don’t tend to plan a lot. Going with the flow is so much more fun.

I still need to work on this one in PhotoShop, with any luck it’ll end up better than my horrible Terminator title background.

Review: MUA Nail Quakes

Disclaimer:

The MUA Nail Quakes were sent to me for review purposes.

It seems like every nail varnish company is jumping onto the crackle nail varnish bandwagon so it was only a matter of time till MUA decided to join in on the fun.

So far they have six shades; Broken Arrow, Jailbreak, Shockwave, Shiver, Quiver and Shattered Ice.

My first impression was that the name choices were slightly odd, as neither of them made me think of the colour they represented.

Basics:

  • Six shades
  • ¬£2.99 each
  • 10 ml
  • Not thick or gloopy.
  • Cruelty-Free

They go on very easily, the packaging is simple and sturdy. I like that they dry quite quickly and don’t crack into lumpy bumps.

One thing to note with all crackle nail varnishes is that you need to be generous and quick with your application.

Don’t try and slowly drag it over your nails, load the brush with a good amount of product and quickly apply it with two quick strokes.

Conclusion:

A good crackle nail varnish. Personally I prefer it to the Barry M version as it tends to really gloopy and dries out very fast, not to mention it’s almost double the price so a winning product for MUA!

Quick Tip: If you apply them without a nail varnish under it they wont crack and you can use them a ordinary nail varnish :)

You can get these in store at Superdrug or online: http://www.superdrug.com

Nail of the Day no.2

I saw this picture the other day of this stunning black sari with gold trimming and I wanted to try something similar on nails.

First thing I did is apply two coats of black nail varnish.

Then once the black coats had dried I applied a matte top coat.

Finally I finished off with some gold swirls and red rhinestones.

What I used:

Makeup Palettes: Where I get mine

In my recent how-to tutorials you probably saw that I like to keep my eye shadows and blushes in palettes.

If there in one thing I hate it’s having to open up a million different blushes/eye shadows to find that one colour I want (and typically it’s always the one at the bottom of the pile) so I’ve gotten into the habit of de-potting everything and keeping it in palettes.

I buy all my palettes from Celia Makeup, it’s so affordable its insane!

When they arrive they all look like the picture above but I always rip out that inside packading so that I can fit more makeup in.

So first thing I do is rip everything out.

As you can see the glue used to stick the tray down is left on the base, my favorite method to remove this is to dab Surgical Spirit all over it, leave it to sink in for about a minute, and then peel it all off.

Obviously you can use your fingers or a sponge/cotton ball, but if you’re planning on doing this to several pallets one after another try to scrape it off without using your fingers.

After trying to use your nails for a few pallets your nails start to hate you.

Once all the glue is gone I like to pad my palettes, a tip I learned from this video. For those of you who are wondering where I bought the padding, I bought it in a shop called Tiger in Ealing.

This trick is a lifesaver!! (well…makeup saver). I’ve put my kit through some pretty rough traveling and I’m yet to have an eyeshadow pop on me….famous last words.

I hope those tips helped :)

Nail Tutorial: Vintage Fruit Salad

Now that I’m learning the guitar I probably wont be doing nail tutorials on my channel much so I’m going to be doing them here on my blog instead :)

A few days ago I went to assist Teresa Smith for an accessories photo shoot for Tank magazine, and she came up with these little beauties. They reminded me of vintage patters and a fruit salad so I decided to call it vintage fruit salad : )

Obviously if you were doing this on your real nails you would have to apply a base coat first.

What I used:

Barry M Nail Paints in:

  • Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Mint Green
  • Base Coat

I also used:

  • Fimo fruit wheel(E-Bay)
  • Nail Dotting Tools (E-Bay)
  • e.l.f Matte Coat (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk)
  • Angled Tweezers (E-Bay)

Anyway….here is how to do it : )

  1. Apply two coats of Barry M Nail Paint in Strawberry Ice Cream all over the nail, don’t forget to wait for the first layer to dry before applying the next.
  2. Taking the e.l.f Matte Top Coat (or any mattifier) apply it over the nail, you have to do this quickly if you want a smooth surface.
  3. Next with the Barry M Nail Paint in min green cover the nail in polka dots with a dotting tool.
  4. Finally I  applied a dot of clear nail varnish on the upper left hand side of the nail and with angled tweezers placed a selection of three fimo fruits on it.

And viola! A vintage fruit salad : D

I hope you liked it : )