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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My Favourite Things no. 1

Monthly favourites

My first favourites video…little bit nervous about this one, I’ve avoided videos like this for years just because I found them very difficult to film. Lately though I’ve become more drawn to informal videos and I like how easy it’s becoming to just sit down in front of a camera and film without getting nervous.

I don’t think I’ll do these monthly, more like as and when

Like I mention in the video these are not going to be about makeup, I buy hardly any makeup and for me art books, jewellery and perfumes are more likely to pop up in these videos. Also apologies for the sniffing in this video, I filmed this a few weeks ago right before I got sick.

Hope you like the video :)

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Making the Paper Wings Lyric Video

First Photos

I should have gotten this blog post done months ago, it took so much time and work to make even when you don’t count how long it took to write and make the song, but I figure better late than never.

This was the first time I’d ever made a lyric video 

This was the first time I’d ever made a lyric video so I was really nervous about it! Like anything I do, now I don’t like it because I can see everything I could have improved, but it was a very good learning experience! So the next songs will be much better because of it (or at least I hope!)


In total the paper wings video took about about 2-3 weeks solid to do. The editing itself didn’t actually take that long, probably about 20 hours roughly in total to edit, but the drawings took aaaaaages!

First thing Silvija and I did is decided on images that we felt was the best representation of the lyrics.

We figured out the timing of the video and how long each picture would have on the screen then wrote out what single image would best represent that section of lyrics.

What I used

Once I had that it was really just about doing all the initial sketch work before doing the drawings. I had a rough idea of how I wanted to edit the video but as usual, once I started editing the plan changed slightly.

I used: Mechanical pencil , Paper tortillion, 1.0 ball point pen

I love pointillism but at the end of making this video I was ready to hate it forever. Took so long just to do one of the small drawings, it was worth it though. I’m especially fond of the feather drawing and the broken glass bell dome with the escaping key.

Laid Out On The FloorLaid Out Broken Feather My Two Favourites

And just a small update, no we (Fenix) have not forgotten about the album. It’s all written (some of the feedback I got for this song was majorly helpful for that) and we’re going to be recording as soon as Natassja. As much as we can’t wait to get into all the musical goodness it would be stupid to put the album before education when there are only a few months left for Natassja.

Small side note, if we were to put any of these on T-shirts which drawing would you like best? 

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Face Chart Planning

Fae Charts Doodles

I’ve been considering doing series to go along side my current Real Life Disney series for a while now. As popular as it it, the lack of anything remotely dramatic or vaguely ‘artsy’ is making my head melt. I need to get back to the crazy!

Still planning it out but I’d like this series to revolve around art styles and movements

So things like pointillism, art deco, art nouveau etx. Some of them will be utterly ‘un-wearable’ and others focused just around the eye and for those of you who like more experimental makeup.

Water Colours


It’ll probably be another month or two till this series realistically kicks off. I want to make an intro for it and have a whole load more ideas floating around in my head, but for the moment these are the rough plans. Most of the time when I’m doing face charts I’ll use either my 120 palette or my little water colour palette. Today I used both.

Face Wall

Eye Charts

Some of these aren’t just for the art series, there is a series I’d like to do based on birds at some point, and then another (which will probably end up being a blog series) on just really simple little things you can do to make everyday makeup look a little less boring and more fun. A little like the Cut Here look I did years ago, but these are the rough ideas so far :)

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Birthday Books Haul

Book Haul

One of my personal mottos is that you can never, NEVER have too many books! Especially if the book is loaded with pictures which I find inspiring. I don’t think it’ll come as a surprise to you that my favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy. I tend to lean a little more towards fantasy but I love both!

For my birthday I decided to celebrate and add a few more books to my collection

Ok fine, it’s a blatant excuse but hey, it’s a good one! Now my recent Asos haul…that’s a little less justifiable but I’m just as much a sucker for a pretty dress as I am for books, though if it came to a fist fight the books would probably win.


( By Patrick J. Jones ♦ Title: The Captive ♦ In Fantacy + 4 )


( By Noah Bradle Assorted works  In Fantacy + 5 )


( By Lucas Graciano Title: Dragon Swarm  In Spectrum 20 )

Now I have a LOT of books like this (I might do a book collection video at some point) and these three just right up into my top favourites! An absolutely fantastic selection of artists, there are honestly so, so many stunning pictures in these. Any art and fantasy (and a little sci-fi) fantasy enthusiasts would love them!

Where I got them (**):

 Spectrum 20 ·  Fantacy + 5 ·  Fantacy + 4 

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