DIY: Basic Masquerade Mask

Since this weeks video is such a technically ‘simple’ tutorial I though I would also show you the easiest way in the world to decorate your mask at the same time.

 If you just want something simple and quick to make this is the perfect mask

Obviously you have to start out with a plain mask (DIY video bellow). After that take any clear nail varnish, any brand will do, and cover the whole mask in it.

This part is very important because if you don’t have a clear nail varnish, or rather any kind of nail varnish under it, the crackle polish won’t crack.

You could paint the mask black and use a gold or white crackle varnish?

For this mask I used the Barry M crackle paint, I haven’t used that nail varnish for months because it got insanely gloopy barely a month after I had bought it so this was the perfect way to use it up.

I will be using this masquerade mask technique for a lot of future tutorials. So though it might seem like a bit of a borring thing to cover, I’d rather cover the basics in one video and have people reference that rather than show the whole process in each video.

Also, even though I’ve only shown how to make a typical mask you can just as easily make a full-face mask too using the exact same method I’ve shown you in the video bellow.

I will be doing a few different variations on how to make a basic masquerade mask, but for the moment here is the simplest version.

Hope you like the tutorial! :D 

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Review: Tropic Organic Elixir Oil

Disclaimer: Items provided for review.

Anything made in the UK, especially beauty products, is practically an endagered species so when Tropic Skincare wrote to me asking if I wanted to review this product I very enthusiastically said yes, and…I’ll admit it. The bottle design was also a huge factor for me. I mean look at it! It’s so beautiful!

“The ‘hero ingredient’ is Moringa Oil, derived from the ‘Miracle Tree’. Boasting 1,700 antioxidants and enriched with natural Vitamin C”

When I opened the bottle, even though I have a horrific sense of smell, the smell reminded me so much of the smell of oil paints. Definitely not the best smell for a facial oil. Since it contains Pomegranate oil (one of my favorite smells) I was hoping it would smell like that, but it wasn’t the case.

They recommend to use this just before you sleep, which is the only time you could use it really owing to the smell. The oil is also surprisingly thick, for some reason I expected the oil to be runnier, but it turned out to be a good thing as the cap doesn’t have a rubber band between the glass bottle and the metal lid so it does leak a little unless it’s kept upright.


  • £30.00
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Make in the UK

The lid is so small it’t not really possible for it to pour out easily and the oil is quite unusual, feels like a ‘dry’ oil if that makes any sense. If you store it upright the slightly leaky lid is not a problem, but when it arrived obviously it was lying down flat and when I took it out of the packet I could feel oil around the edge of the cap.

The claim of this oil is to “improve skin elasticity, giving noticeably smoother, more supple and youthful skin in just 4 weeks”. Given I’m only 21 the youthful thing wasn’t really going to show up on me, but I did try it out over 4 weeks to really test it’s claims and see if it made a difference.

 Ingredients: Kiwi Seed Oil, Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Natural Vitamin E and Moringa Oil.

To be perfectly honest I didn’t really notice a difference with this oil other than being moisturising.  It didn’t really do anything remarkably different (or at least nothing that I could notice for my skin) and though I have a dreadful sense of smell the oil paint smell of this is one that I really cannot stand.

Would I recommend this product? No not really. I didn’t find it really made any significant difference to my skin, the expensive price and slightly faulty lid (though admitedly a beautifully designed bottle) would not make me purchase this. It’s a decent mosturiser if you like oils like myself, but frankly I didn’t find it to be worth the money.

For the website here

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DIY: Tea Lights Tray

I was going to make this into a DIY tutorial for Klairedelysdotcom but the actual idea and process of this is so simple it made a lot more sense to just have it as a blog post.

Best way to hide scratches? Make more of them!

When I first bought this tray from a little shop called Terries a few days ago, I hadn’t noticed the little scratches it had all over it. When I got home I suddenly noticed and was quite annoyed as you can imagine. I figured the best way to hide the scratches was to make more of them.

When I was doing my A-Levels years ago I got the chance to study a little bit of Morrocan and Islamic art, which oddly enough I ended up quite liking, despite it being quite mathematical.

I’ve been planing on getting a Moroccan Lamp for my bathroom for a while, so I thought it would be perfect to make a tea light tray which would match. I started out by googling a few designs and then, when I found one I liked, changing it to my tastes.

I started out by outlining the tea lights tray on a scrap piece of paper and then drawing the design on it. Once I was sure I liked the pattern I cut out a few of the shapes in the center with a craft knife and traced it out.

I suppose another way to do this would be to use tracing paper and trace the design strait onto the tray which, would be faster, but it didn’t occur to me at the time.

It took me about an hour to draw and copy the design onto the tray, but the reall killer is actually scratching the design onto the tray. I think that part took me about 2 hours.

You will need: Paper, lead pencil, craft knife, steel tool. 

I used a tool from a stainless steel wax carving(**) set I have , yes I know, I hardly ever use my tools for their original purpose, but that’s the fun of it!

Just trying to thing of what you could use it you don’t have that carving set…it might sound a bit weird but you could use a spoon? Or even a flat head screwdriver. thought bear in mind that you might end up blunting them (so don’t use your dad’s favorite screwdriver. He won’t be chuffed).

In total it took me about 3 hours long, which was perfect to watch The Hobbit at the same time, (with a hot chocolate too of course).

Also one thing to point out, if you end up going this don’t be surprised if all the muscles in your hand hurt the next day. It was much harder that I thought to scratch through to the metal underneath and by the end of it your hand can feel quite cramped.

Overall I was quite happy with how this one turned out

If I was to do it again I would scratch in the designs a lot slower. My hand slipped quite a few times because I was going too fast and I scratched out more than I meant to, but I think overall I’m really happy with how this one turned out, and at least now I don’t have to worry about the bathroom getting burnt down accidentally.

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Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath Nails

I was hoping by this point to have at least one of my Seven Deadly Sins looks up. But thanks to an incredibly slow postal service several props still haven’t arrived, which is incredibly annoying given I ordered all the props weeks in advance.

 Wrath: love of justice perverted to revenge and spite

My idea for these was to portray something cold and spiteful, so the salt to imitate ice and the clay to make the scorpian’s stinger.

And of course because I’m a rhinestone nut I just had to put a red rhinestone underneath to make it a little more interesting.

I had originally hoped to make the nails actually look like a scorpian’s tail, but about 3 melted nails later I realised I couldn’t do it, so I went for this idea instead.

Hope you like the video :) 

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The Best Suncream Ever?

(Disclaimer: The SPF 10 was sent to me by MelanSol)

I’m no good with the sun, as much as I love it, and as rare as it is to get any sun in England, I got my dad’s skin instead of my mums and my skin just does not agree with it, I always get burnt and end up looking like a lobster.

Part of me should be quite impressed with myself because getting sun burn in England is an achievement in itself. I actually took these pictures over 6 months ago after I’d come back from holiday in August (2012). There didn’t seem much point in blogging about a sun cream with winter coming up, so I decided to wait till now to write about it. 

Since the weather is finally getting nicer now seemed like the perfect time to blog about suncream

I came across this brand around 2 years ago. I’ve tried quite a lot of sun cream brands, but I always end up not using them because there is something in them that always irritates my skin like crazy and makes me break out like mad.

The big selling point at least for me, personally, was that this this is a natural suncream. I’m convinced that the reason most regular sun creams make be break out is because of the sheer amount of chemical crap in them, not to mention the safe for eyes and lips part.


  • Cruelty Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Reef Safe
  • Biodegradable
  • Made in the USA
  • Safe for application around eyes and on lips

In the past when ever I’d put regular brands of sun cream remotely near my eyes they’d always gotten swollen and irritated, I have had absolutely no problem with this cream.

Also if something is not “safe” to put around the eyes or lips I’d rather not slather it all over my face. The eyes and the lips are some of the first places that are likely to wrinkle and be severely damaged by sunburn, so why not protect them along with the rest of the face?

How long did it take to arrive?

It was shockingly fast to arrive! Normally I have some quite bad experiences when I order products from the States but I this arrived in exactly a week. I’ve bought things in England which have taken longer to arrive so I was very impressed, and I was really happy that I didn’t get slapped with Import tax, but I might have just been lucky.

The consistency reminds me a bit of the Skin 79 BB creams a bit (if any of you have tried it you know what I mean). It has quite an odd light beige/yellowy colour, once you’ve blended it in it leaves a slight white tinge which disappears after about 20 minutes.

I really got to try this out thoroughly when I was on holiday

Everywhere that I applied it held up marvelously, except like a genius I missed a small spot on my forehead and got horrifically burnt, and by horrifically I mean sunstroke, blisters the whole nasty package. Memo to self…next time cover every little spot and wear a hat!

The packaging is not exactly the most glamorous packaging ever but to be honest in this case I’m not really bothered, I’m just happy I’ve finally found a sun cream which I didn’t react to.

When I bought these I got the SPF 30, 20. I’d written to MelanSol asking if their products were cruelty free and they were kind enough to offer sending me the SPF 10. Normally I use the SPF 10 if I’m going outside and for England that protects my skin just fine, but the 30 holds up perfectly in more extreme sunny conditions and quite a few times I’ve used it as moisturiser as well.

You can get this product HERE

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Review: Lush Sex Bomb

If they’d called this one Gun’s and Roses I’d get it, but Sex Bomb? For something that looks and smells like this it seems like a bit of a gimmick. Oh Lush, you and your product names! Not quite on the level of NARS though (thank goodness!) Lush don’t you dare get any ideas!

“This ballistic is packed full of every sensual, relaxing oil we could find. Clary sage, jasmine and ylang ylang, blended into a classic musk base”

Like with all the bath bombs I never use them in one go. As soon as I photograph them I like to break it up into fourths to try so as to get as much use out of them as possible. Some bath bombs break really easily, but this one? So hard to break! I felt like a deserved a medal when I finally managed it.

Lush do seem to have a thing for adding little things into their bath bombs. I can’t remember which bath bomb it was (I think it was Dragon Egg?) where they added a blob of glitter in the middle (which made me itch like hell by the way). The paper rose in this one was cool at first, but a soggy rice paper ros pink pulp floating around you in the bath like some kind of mucus jellyfish is not terribly appealing.


  • £3.20
  • Vegan (synthetic musk)
  • Cruelty Free

I think, like most Lush products, some people will find the smell terribly off putting. I ADORE sweet and floral smells, but I think because of the musk in this one some people will think it smells a tad “old lady-ish”. The smell of this one is particularly strong (even for Lush products).

I can’t really place why but I don’t like the smell of this one, I think it’s the quite heavy musky smell that put’s me off.  When you pop it in the water it turns it a bright pink which I loved! With some of the bath bombs I’ve found the smell doesn’t really linger, not the case with this one, my bathroom (and myself) still smelt of it even that day after.

Too bad it left my bath a lovely shade of pink too! 

Overall I don’t think I’ll be re-purchasing this bath bomb. Not terribly fond of the smell, the mucus flower or the pink stain it left on my bath tub.

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DIY: Horns

Before I get the inevitable question: “erm…why would anyone want horns” in my defence I’d like to say that there are actually a lot of times you can wear horns (other than late at night in a dark corner to scare a family member).

I will be using these for one of the Seven Deadly Sins looks I’m working on but you could also use this for a masquerade, a Legend cosplay, Loki, Maleficent , exc.


  • Plasticine
  • Cling film 
  • Newspaper 
  • PVA Glue 
  • Kitchen Tissue 
  • Head Band 
  • Glue Glue 
  • Black Spray Paint 

Hope you like the video :) 

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The Only Fashion Book I’ll Ever Need

I’m going to start this post of with just admiting, I generally can’t stand fashion. I don’t like how fickle, characterless and disposable it is. When I buy something I like to last and I’d much rather spend an extra couple of pounds (or snap up a charity shop bargain) on a no-name brand which is comfortable, looks good and makes me feel great, than something which is “in fashion”.

I love how this book not only lists the top 100 but also goes into the history of each item

It might seem a bit odd that now I’m writing about this book, around Christmas I decided I had had it with dressing in sloppy jeans and mens oversized tops, I was going to start slowly investing in a good wardrobe. This book is perfect for that!

I started off by hunting around on Amazon and bought a few books that came highly recommended. Out of the six books I got this was the only one that was actually any good (actually it’s fantastic and I can’t over-recommend it!). The rest were all an absolute waste and were returned.


  • Written by Nina Garcia
  • Not all items are clothes (Luggage, champagne)
  • Lists high end brands and cheaper alternatives

Mind you there are a few things in this book that I don’t agree with (as I think will happen with many people). Some things I personally don’t like, other’s are just not my style, like leopard print (which I personally cannot stand). So I’ve just crossed those out and replaced them with items I do like, like a red tarten skirt (my favorite skirt!).

Sure you can drop a fortune and buy the “authentic” items she recommends,  but quite honestly I’ll just going to be cruising charity shops, e-bay and Amazon which is so much fun! (Love finding a good bargain).

Diamond studs? Nah I’m happy with plain crystal, they look just the same

There are also items she recommends which for an extreme pear shape like myself is just not a good idea (leather trousers anyone?),

This book is absolutely fantastic because it’s more about classic styles rather than here-today-gone-tomorrow fads. For anyone like me who loves lists, and who is looking to start putting together a wardrobe which is smart and can adapt to your personal style, I really think you’ll love this book.

You can get this book here(**)

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TAD: Photography Day 1 | Blossoms

TAD: The Art Diaries

Today’s post is going to be a little bit picture heavy, but then again that’s kind of the point with this series. So far this year I’m quite pleased with how much more art work I’ve managed to do, but photography is one medium I’ve not been able to experiment much with this year (appart from review photos and makeup photos).

Today the weather was so beautiful I just had go out and take some photographs

So my plan is, and typically this is the part where it falls appart, to try and every month or so have a TAD post where I just go out and have a photography day.

Today the weather was absolutely lovely, so much sun! And as anyone living in England knows, the minute the sun is out you’d better enjoy it because it won’t last for long typically.

There’s this row of trees that grow along the Bath Road that I’ve been meaning to photograph for years now, and this year I’ve finally gotten around to doing it.

It’s funny, I always plan one way of shooting things, and then on the day I always end up doing something totally different. I had panned to photograph these with the path running along next to them but since it’s next to quite a main road which had a bit of a traffic jam when I wat taking the photo’s it just didn’t work out

The picture above and bellow I think are my favorites out of all the photos I took today, especially the one above. Really like the contrast of the bare branches and then the blossom covered tree on the right.

Next time I might actually force myself to get up early, hopefully on a day when its a bit misty, and try and get a few black and white photos. Not sure what of yet but then again I’ve always preferred things which are more impulsive rather than planned (to a degree obviously haha).

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Review: Kringle Candles Gift Sets (Lilac and Mango)

Disclaimer: Items provide for review.

It’s not surprising, given the sheer number of DIY tutorials I have done using Candle Jars that I have a scented candle obsession. Recently Kringle wrote to me asking if I was interested in trying out any of their candles, which as you can imagine, I quite happily said yes to.

This brand was started by the son of the original founder of the YankeeCandle Company, Mike Kittredge

They have a HUGE range of candle but I though I would try out this set since it gave a good sellection of products at a lower price than the full sized candles. And I love the packaging for this! I’m actually keeping all the coloured papper stuffing for props in future reviews, though I’m still trying to think of a way to re-use the little crates these come in, they’re too cute to bin.

The two sets I tried out were Mango and Lilac, and I have to say I was seriously impressed with how accurately they were able to imitate the smells. I’m not terribly fond of synthetic smells and if I had my eyes closed it really smells like someone dropped a crate of Mangos and Lilacs under my nose.


  • £10 (each set)
  • Made in USA
  • Comes with 2 tealights, 1 jar candle and 1 votive candle.

I think most of you saw the candle jar and are thinking “Oh great! More candle jar DIY’s”…I promise I’ll wait a while till I use these in a DIY ;) Though I am thinking of using them to store spices, they’re the perfect size!

I have to admit, now I get why some people will stick to just one brand, these really smell so amazing, and it’s not the kind of candles where the smell just fades away after you light it. Though I’m never quite sure with things like this if they just sent to it me quickly since I was reviewing it, the shipping was really fast! It arrived the day after I’d confirmed what candles I wanted to try.

The smell doesn’t just go away once you light the candle

I don’t really have anything bad to say about these candles. While I wouldn’t personally get one of the full sized apothecary cande jars (£19.99) I love this set for a treat, and it’s a really good introduction to the range if you want to try them out but not break the bank.

I think I might even get a few of the sets myself for a few giveaways, they’re so lovely to just wind down after a bad day. Bubble bath, a hot chocolate and these burning…bliss! If you’re a scented candle addict like myself I really think you’ll love this set.

You can get these online here (UK) here (US)

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