Quick Oat Scrub

Easy DIY facemak

There are some days where I really can’t be bothered with making a face mask, especially when my skin is irritated and having a bit of a bad spell. When I filmed this tutorial my skin was irritated, dry and in desperate need of some gentle exfoliation. This way is quick, exfoliates gently and leaves your skin lightly moisturised. Perfect for helping to get your skin back on track.

If you don’t have oats to hand, or prefer to use ingredients like desiccated coconut in your cooking/skincare they you can go ahead and use that instead. Both ingredients are moisturising and perfect for sensitive skin, so while the muslin gently removes the dead skin cells, the oats and coconut will help make sure that your irritated skin isn’t left dry and irritated.

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Trying a New Scent

Next Sparkle Perfume

Since I found out that the Next perfumes are cruelty-free I’m been systematically collecting them one by one. So far, this one is my favourite even though it’s not the kind of scent I usually go for. If you’ve been following my blog you know I like sweet and floral smells. This has elements of that, but its also got a slightly more mature, masculine edge to it that I love.

Basics: Cruelty Free • £12 • 100ml • It’s described as ‘A radiant floriental with sparkling citrus and floral notes, wrapped in precious wood’

It’s reasonably long lasting, 5-6 hours before you need to re-apply it. The size of the bottle does make things a little interesting if you want to cary it around for a top-up. Taking a massive silver bar out of your handbag is not the subtle move of all time, so if I’m going out I just use my Atomizer Bottle to make it a lot more practical. 

You can get this perfume here

Next Sparkle

Harry Potter Makeup: Slytherin

Slytherin Harry Potter Houses

In honour of Alan Rickman, even though I had planned to do this look last, I felt it would be appropriate to do this look next.

Slytherin traits: Resourcefulness, Cunning, Ambition, Self-preservation, Cleverness, Fraternity

Of course with Slytherin I had to go for the white-blond hair with dark edgy makeup. I had been tempted to go for an obvious snake-like eyeliner, but in the end I decided to be a little more subtle about it.

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Harry Potter Makeup: Ravenclaw

Harry Potter Houses Ravenclaw Makeup

And we have Ravenclaw! Incase you haven’t seen it already I did Hufflepuff last week and I’m currently debating whether I should do Gryffindor next or Slytherin. I think I might end up doing Slytherin last just because it’s the one I’m looking forward to doing the most, I’m the kind of person who likes to save the best for last.

Ravenclaw traits: Intelligence, wit, wisdom, creativity, originality, individuality, acceptance

Just a small heads up, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to upload the next Harry Potter look by next Friday. I’m currently in LA and will only be home by midday Friday, so plenty of time for you to leave your vote on which of the two remaining houses you want to see next. Oh, and before I forget, if you see me at IMATS LA do come up and say hi!

I hope you enjoy the video :D

Harry Potter Makeup: Hufflepuff

Hufflepuff Harry Potter Makeup

I thought I would start off the new year with a series that has been requested over and over again, as well as starting off which the house which tends to be forgotten or left till last.

Hufflepuff traits: Dedicated, hard working, fair, patient, kind, tolerant and loyal

Of course I had to use the house colour (yellow) but I also decided to include some white too since the house animal is a badger. Another option though is to leave the yellow and the glitter on the upper lid out all together, and just wear white and black on the upper lid, with just a little yellow blended under the lower lashes for a slightly more subtle look.

Which house do you want to see next?

Outsider Series: Vígdís

Vigdis Outsider

I’ve been talking about doing this series for so long I’m just happy I managed to get it filmed before the second issue of the comic book starts being released in two days. I thought I’d start with Vígdís since I have soft spot for villains, now I just need to get Emma over so I can finally do my most requested look (Astrid) filmed.

The Golden Helmet

I’m not sure when I’m going to start doing tutorials for the guys in the comic (Halvard, Jarl, Skad) but as you can probably guess I’m not going to miss out on the chance to make myself look like a guy. I think it’s pretty well established at this point that I absolutely love doing those!

Give The Command

Before you ask, yes, I have filmed a tutorial for the helmet, and it will go live on my second channel next week. Now I just need to figure out how on earth I’m going to make Astrid’s wolf skin, thankfully Systa and Òtama are two of the most requested characters after Astrid, and the goblin cuffs will be a heck of a lot easier to make.

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The Flash Colour Case Dupe

Flash Palette Dupe

If you’re into makeup, especially the more theatrical kind, you’ve probably seen the Makeup Forever Flash Palette and the eye-watering price tag (£75). I don’t own the flash palette, so I can’t do a comparison review, but just judging this palette on it’s own, apart from being massively cheaper than the Makeup Forever Flash, Palette the colour pay off is really good!

Swatches

The only drawback to this product is that it’s cruelty free status is a little murky. I emailed the seller to ask about their animal testing policy (and third party testing), and the seller replied with an email which can only be described as lost in translation. Since then I’ve found a different seller for the neutral palette which has confirmed that their palettes are not tested on animals. Since both palettes are virtually identical I can only assume they’re from the same factory and have the same policy, but just incase I’ve linked the second seller I found.

Basics: £11.25 • 70g • 12 colours •

With all the swatches above you can see just how creamy most of these colours are. The silver and gold are a little drier than the other colours, though you can still use them quite easily, but if I’m honest I prefer to use products like the Fardel liquid paints for colours like gold and silver.

Ingredients List

One other small thing to note is that the red, pink and coral will stain your skin if you apply these directly on your skin without a base. If you have a good layer of face cream on or foundation you shouldn’t have the problem. Overall I love this palette! I would love to do a comparison review on day with the Makeup Forever palette to see if the difference in price affects the quality, but for the moment I can quite happily say that this palette is an extremely useful addition to my kit.

You can get the palette here 

Christmas Giveaway

Giveaway

Since it’s fast approaching Christmas I thought it was about time I did a few giveaways. This week, on my main channel, I’ll be doing a makeup giveaway and next week, on my second channel, I’ll be doing a art giveaway.

The question I have for this giveaway is which of the prizes catches your eye the most

The rules are simple: Leave one comment on this blog post about which prize you are the most excited about. Then, one week from now, I’ll pick a winner out of all of the comments and send the prizes to them. The only other rule I have is that whoever wins need’s to reply within a week or I have to pick another winner.

Good Luck!

The Three Fates: Atropos

Atropos

Small heads up, I look  ridiculously grumpy in this video but, that’s just because I couldn’t move my face at all without my face cracking up (literally). On the plus side my skin felt amazing after this tutorial! A beauty facial and a makeup tutorial, win!

The last of the three fates is Atropos

Her name in Greek means “without turn.” She’s generally painted in mythology as this cold and sometimes even an evil character, so I wanted to give her a slightly human element.

Cut The Thread

The idea I had is that she would be made of stone but one eye is still distinctly human. She does see the pain she causes when she cuts the thread, but she is unable to show emotion because she has hardened to the effects of pain and sorrow over time.

The Third Fate

And that’s it! The last of my three fates series. If you haven’t seen them already you can see the tutorials for Lachesis and Clotho by clicking them. I hope you like the tutorial and I should have a new series ready for you soon (feel free to leave suggestions for the next series).

Enjoy!

Just Pink Perfume

Just Pink Next

I haven’t tried the Chloe perfumes, but I really appreciate how simply beautiful their bottles are. This one looked so much like them when I past it in Next I decided to give it a try, and it’s really quite a beautiful scent.

Basics: 100ml • Cruelty Free • £12 • Top notes of Green Mandarin and Cassis • Heart of Muguet and Jasmine • Base of Musk and Patchouli

You would think that for such a pink bottle it would smell like the perfume love-child of a candy shop and a florist shop. Spoiler, it doesn’t. When I first sprayed it the first image that sprang to mind was a feminine version of mens aftershave, the Musk is quite strong. After a minute or two though that smell settles down and you get this lovely subtle fresh floral smell.

Just Pink

It’s described on the Next website as a “fresh green floral fragrance with soft fruits and pink blooms”. The citrus isn’t very strong at all, it sits just under that smell of fresh flowers, and it’s only when you bury your nose against your wrist that you smell that faint citrusy scent.

For someone with such an aversion to pink I’d oddly fond of this perfume. The packaging is beautiful, the price and size extremely good value, and it is the perfect scent for almost any event.

I bought mine here