IMATS LA Haul 22

If you’re following me on Instagram you’ll know already that a few weeks ago I was at IMATS LA. Of course I did a tiny bit of shopping, some at Whole Foods – which has become my new obsession- and some at IMATS. This video is a long one, so I suggest you make yourself a tea before you sit down to watch it. There are a whole load of new additions to my kit, some items just for myself and nothing short of a dozen new pairs of false lashes.

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My Favourites

I think it’s been a little over four months since my last favourites video, so a new one is long overdue. As usual there is a lot of new books, art supplies and jewellery, but I also had to mention what is easily the best face cream that I have every tried.

72 Markers Sense Bags:

They sell these in quite a few sizes, but if you have a collection of markers as big as I do you’ll need the 72 markers size. For smaller collections though they sell them in an 18, 24 and a 36 markers size. It was only after I’d bought both my cases that I noticed there are some cases with a transparent plastic option instead, but since I ended up adding swatches to the ends of all my pro-markers it worked out perfectly.


This is a long list of rings so prepare to click on a lot of links. I got the rope twine rings, leaf rings, black onyx ring, tigers eye and my favourite, the amber sun ring. Since I’ve been buying a lot of rings online lately I thought it would also be a good idea to finally get a ring sizer too.

Era Organics Relief Cream

I’ve already done a full blog post all about this cream so I won’t bother repeating myself. It’s amazing, I can’t think of anyone I wouldn’t recommend this cream to. Oh, and did I mention it’s also great for your hair when the ends are dry and frazzled?

Paint Brushes

I bought two sets to replace one brush. Yes, I’m an art addict I know, but in my defence everyone needs their little addictions – apart from rings, shoes, perfumes and books – obviously. I bought the Pro Arte Artists Series 3 set and the Pro Arte Artists Pure Sable 6 set,

Pentel 0.3mm  Mechanical Pencil

I actually have Stephenie Mun Law to thank for this purchase. I’ve been following her Instagram for a while now and noticed how she was able to achieve incredibly thin lines on her sketches, so I jumped onto Amazon, bought myself one. One week later I bought myself a second one for backup because I’m paranoid I’ll misplace the first one somehow.

Anatomy for the Artist 

Now there is another addition to the art books I consider essential for every artist along with the Collins Artist Manual. While the Collins Artist Manual covers tools, primers, techniques etc, this book covers anything and everything you will need to know about anatomy.

Small Stud Earrings 

Now that I have these I’m trying to resist the urge to get the Cubic Zirconia ones too. They’re the perfect size, small, dainty and comfortable. 

I hope you like the video :)

A Few New Candles

Aldi Candles

Sometimes it’s worth paying a little extra for some good quality candles, and some times you find some cheap little gems that remind you that you don’t always have to. I found two new little beauties in Aldi the other day and normally anything in Aldi can be problematic since it’s very much grab-it-while-you-can type deal. So I was in two minds about doing this review, but they’re so good I just have to mention them. If you’re lucky your local Aldi might have them, but if they don’t keep an eye out. It’s not the first time Aldi has surprised me with some fantastic value products and it probably won’t be the last.

I bought two candles, Sweet Pea & Freesia and Mango & Pineapple

Mango and Pineapple smells more like a sweet shop that mango and pineapple, but as someone with a major sweet-tooth I really don’t mind. Sweet Pea and Freesia is a lot less synthetic smelling than Mango and Pineapple and it’s my favourite bath time candle. They both have an estimated burn time of 35 hours and cost £2.99 each. Better yet, once they’re done I’ll have two lovely new tins to hold some of my ink quills and any other art craft bits and bobs.


Defiance Klaire de Lys

Today I got back from holiday and I had the best parcel ever waiting for me at the door. If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Twitter you know that Defiance, the second book in my Outsider series, was released yesterday!

This time I want to have a giveaway for both the first and the second book, along with some of the artwork I did for the second book

If I could I would have a camera recording everyone’s reactions while they’re reading the book, I love seeing how people react while they’re reading it. Especially when they get excited or afraid for a character. Since it’s not possible for me to have a camera in everyone’s living room I thought I’d do the next best thing and run a small giveaway at the same time.


The two winners (one for Instagram one for twitter) will win signed copies of both books and a piece of artwork I did for the second book

If you have a Twitter or Instagram I want you to tweet/instagram your reactions with the hashtag #DefianceReactions and tag/tweet me (@Klairedelys) while you’re reading the book. You can tweet/instagram as much as you want. If there’s a new character you love or love to hate, I want to know. If you’re happy or shocked by the ending of a chapter, I want to know.

The books

The Giveaway will be ending on the 1st of August • The giveaway is worldwide • You can enter on either platform as much as you want

I can’t wait to see what you think of the new book! I’m especially excited to see people’s reactions when they read the first and last chapters which are my personal favourites ;)

You can read the book here

Book Giveaway Collaboration

Book Giveaway

It’s just over 2 months before the second book in my Outsider series will be released, the cover is almost finished (you can see a sneek peek here) and I cannot wait for you to be able to read it. So many of you were asking if I’d do a book giveaway so I thought I’d start it off with a collaboration with Victor Salinas.

For the moment this giveaway is limited to United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia

I will be doing a lot more of these in the future which will be worldwide and hosted on my blog, so if you couldn’t enter this one don’t worry, there will be more. You can enter the giveaway here.

My Favourites: no. 4

Monthly Favourites

Good thing I never decided to name these monthly favourites or I would have failed big time. This month it’s a mash up of different things as usual, a little bit of art, some jewellery (of course), clothes and a bit of a re-stock on supplies.

I’ve already done a blog post about my kindle and the case here

I’ve tried to list everything I mentioned in the description box, but some of the items I mentioned I bought before Christams so they were sold out. I hope you like the video and I’ll be back next week with a DIY video :)

One Small New Year’s Resolution

Vintage Kindle Cover

I was going to do a post like I normally do all about my new years resolutions, but really I don’t have much to write about because I only have one resolution this year. I need to read more, a LOT more! Last year I spent far too much time in front of a screen and not enough time reading and it really has to stop.

So I got myself a Kindle (**) along with this beautiful case, and so far this year I’ve already gone through 6 books 

Now though I’m having to pace myself a little because once I start a book I enjoy I have a real problem putting it down, and my mum got me hooked on Jeffrey Archer, so I’m doomed. If I vanish for a few days send help (and cookies). Actually while we’re on the topic of books please do leave a few recommendations. I think most of you can guess my tastes, but feel free to throw in a few unusual recommendations.

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So much work has gone into Malumi over the past few months. From writing the single, EP and the beginnings of an album, both Sara and I have given this absolutely everything! It’s been strange not being able to share exactly what I’ve been up to right a way, in a way it’s almost worse than when I was writing Outsider because music demands to be heard so much more.

But now I can finally share the first vlog with you!

The Snow single will be coming out on the 15th of December, but in this video you will get to hear a little bit of it along with some of the tracks which will be on the EP in January. Unfortuntanly we didn’t think of vloging when we were writing.

I caught a few snippits of the early days on my phone, but it was only once we got into the studio that either of us started seriously filming. Not that you really missed much, as fun as it was for us, anyone watching would have been tremendeously board.

So you get to jump in right as the fun begins

We’ll be uploading a new episode each Monday till the last few months of footage backlog catches up with me. So far I know we have up until the EP release in January before I’ll run out of footage, not to mention we’re still recording right now. This week (today actually) we’re filming the Snow music video, so naturally there will be a vlog about that. How we made the set (yes we’re having to make almost everything ourselves) how I edited it, filmed it etc. A lot of work, a lot of fun and so much new content for you to hear and see!

Enjoy! ;) 

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My Favourite Things: No 2

Monthly Favourites

This month there was a surprising lack of art supplies, and now that I’ve written that I’ve probably jinxed it and next month will be art overload!

My favourite buy this month was my moccasins and my clutch

They’re both things I’ve wanted for a long time, but I couldn’t find ones which looked they way I wanted and were good quality. The mocassins at first were a little bit dissapointing on the quality front, but I’ve gotten them re-heeled since and they’re so, so increadibly comfortable!

I hope you like the video :)

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Outsider Book Trailer

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I don’t know how many of you saw my announcement video on Monday, but I mentioned that I would be releasing the book trailer for my book Outsider on Friday, and this is it! Honestly, I think I’m more nervous about uploading this video than actually making the announcement video!

I’ll have a vlog on my second channel in a few weeks showing how I made the trailer

There was so much work involved in making this! I needed to select music which was appropriate for it, make a story board for the animator, then edit the final footage…not to mention one heck of a learning curve!

Storyboard Sketches

It should be quite fun to show you the whole process once I have the vlog for that edited, but for the moment it’s just the book trailer. I know not everyone will be interested in this project of mine, so tomorrow I’ll be uploading an extra makeup tutorial for you, and then after next week I’ll be back to ‘normal’ makeup tutorials. So the crazy ones! :D

I hope you like the trailer!

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