The Zodiacs: Taurus

The Zodiac TaurusMay Taurus

And that’s it, the last Zodiac in my series. Since it’s my sign I wanted to save Taurus for last, and while it’s not as flashy as some of my other looks, I don’t think Taurus’s are particularly flashy. We like shiny things, which is why I went for the layered headdress and gold patterns on my shoulders, but when in comes to how we are we’re quite minimal I think. So I kept the makeup on my face simple.

I wanted this look to reflect spring since Taurus is a May zodiac

The shoulder patterns took a while to do but they’re very easy to make. If you can get a brown/chocolate face mask and use that at the base for the pattern. Once the face mask dried I added a metallic face paint to it and stuck down gold leaf to parts of it to add that magpie quality most Taurus’s have and to also represent spring.

A Dream Of Spring Taurus The Zodiacs

As for the lashes, I made those a long time ago (link to the blog post here). They were originally for a photo shoot I was working on but in the end they were not used so I kept them just incase I wanted to do a nature/dryad look. I also did a tutorial on the false nails a few years ago here and if you haven’t seen all the Zodiac looks I’ve made a playlist for all of them here.

I got my (fake) septum piercing here 

Now I just need to decide what series I need to do next! I’m going to wait till after Halloween before I decide on a new series. I have a lot of looks and props planned for Halloween so I need to wait till I’ll have the time to plan a new series, plan out the looks and make the intros, but I know for sure I want to start off with a small three or four part series before I do anything this big again.

Leaves and Spring

I do have a chess based series I really want to do at some point, but I think I’ll wait till after Christmas before I do that one. At the moment the Fates, the four elements or the four seasons are at the top of my list. Any preferences?

I hope you like the tutorial :)

Once Upon a Zombie Alice Look

Disclaimer: Sponsored Makeup Tutorial 

Once Upon A Zombie Alice

A few weeks ago I was contacted to do an Alice in Wonderland look from the Once Upon a Zombie book series. So far I’ve only done Alice, but there are quite a few characters you could chose from. Zombie Belle, Sleeping Beauty even Rapunzel. Quite a few of you have asked me to do an Alice look from the Tim Burton film, but this one is based on the original Alice, just a little more….dead?

You can get the costume here

If you want to make the stitches a little more 3D and gory for Halloween you could also add elements from GoldieStarling’s awesome infected stitches tutorial.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

Halloween Makeup: Melted Clown

Evil Grin

Don’t ask me what I was googling, but a while ago I came across what I can only describe as a melted zombie demon painting by Dan Harding. I like to think I can come up with some slightly disturbing looks, but that painting took the grand prize for disturbing, so obviously I wanted to do a clown look based on it.

For someone who hates Clowns I sure do like doing looks for them, but then I also hate spiders and I have a horrible look planned involving spiders for Halloween too. I also can’t stand blood in real life, so I’m not sure what that says about me. Maybe I’m trying to face my fears through makeup?

Detail Close Up

Also, sorry in advance for the HD bad skin. I filmed when I was starting to come down with my flue and you can really see it in the state of my skin. But then again there’s no better way to hide bad skin than to make yourself look like a melted demon clown.

I'm Coming To Get You

You can find the creme palette I used here (**)

Apart from the lenses and the white eyeliner the only thing I used for this tutorial is the flash palette dupe. I still want to test it out a little longer before I do my review, but I can say that I am seriously impressed so far! You do have to be a little careful with the reds and pinks, they do have a tendency to stain the skin, but that’s a problem you’ll find with most red face paints and cremes in general.

I hope you like the tutorial (don’t have nightmares :)

The Zodiacs: Pisces

The Fish Zodiac

And were’s finally almost done with the Zodaic series! Along with Capricorn I didn’t want to just focus on the animal element of this zodiac, sure, they’re associated with fish, but there’s so much more to them than that. Especially since they’re noted to be a very artistically inclined sign, so I wanted to capture that in my look.

Now all I have left to do is my sign, Taurus

My idea for this look was to take inspiration from Koi fish, especially the ones with the beautiful large flamboyant tails. I keept to using blues and turquoises but added a bit of gold (which of course I forgot to add on my left eye) and a few rhinestones. I can’t really include rhinestones or sequins in my Taurus look so this week is my last chance to go a little bit crazy with the bling.

The Zodiacs Pisces

You might think that Pisces is a little bit too much of a relaxed sign to use black lipstick, but to me black is a very calm colour. It says, to quote Yohji Yamamoto: “Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy — but mysterious. But above all black says this: I don’t bother you — don’t bother me.”

Pisces Eye Close Up

Pisces is more than a fish

Oh, and I have some exciting news…

Today I also have to mention (if you haven’t heard already) that Outsider is being made into a comic book series! :D We can’t share the website quite yet, there are still a few minor details we need to sort out, but come October 13th you’ll get to see the website and the first pages. You can follow the official face book page here, and as soon as the website is live you’ll be the first to know about it.

Once the website launches we will be uploading a new page twice a week. So a lot of new new work, new material and new art work, but honestly, it’s going to be amazing! We will be showing the backstory of so many new characters and exploring the world of Ammasteinn even more than in the books. Plus I can’t wait for you to all see the artwork, we’ve done something slightly different with how the pages are coloured in and I think you’re going to love it!

I hope you like the tutorial :)

Some Tweezers Worth Mentioning


It might sound ridiculously petty but if there is one thing  I just can’t stand when it comes to beauty tools it is tweezers that don’t work. Going out without makeup doesn’t phase me in the slightest, I actually enjoy it, but messy eyebrows are a no-can-do for me.

For two sharpened bars of metal, tweezers can get expensive. To top that off they are not always worth their price tag. So this week I thought I’d do a run down on my four favourites sorted into their pros, cons and price tags. I would recommend any of the following tweezers but, like any product, some are slightly better than others so I’ve ranked them in order of my favourites.

No. 1 – HD Brows • £19.96 (*)

I can’t remember when exactly I was given these. I think it was part of a gift bag at a makeup event that I went to about two years ago. From what I remember the tweezers came with an eyebrow powder which I tried and promptly gave to a friend minus the tweezers. Hated the brow kit, LOVE the tweezers! They catch everything, even those tiny annoying little small hairs no one but you will see. And as you can see I’ve used these to death. My favourite tweezers so far even if they have blunted slightly.

No. 2 – Tweezerman • £20 (**)

When I first got these I wasn’t too happy. They were just a little too sharp but, after a week they blunted a little and now they’re perfect. Also because I bought it in a bright red shade they’re a little harder to lose. I’ve had them for over a year now and I have no complaints.

Tweezers Comparison Review

No. 3 – Mister Mascara • £9.11(**)

Out of all four sets of tweezers, this is the one that I like the shape of the most. It fits perfectly in my hand/fingers when I’m using it and has a good amount of resistance. Not like some tweezers I’ve tried which felt like I was trying to grip hairs with two bits of straw.

The tip is angled (I hate flat tipped tweezers)  but one slightly negative thing that I will mention is that I suspect these might start blunting after a few months. So far they have been fantastic (I’ve had them for two months) but judging from how they’re going I think in six months I might have to re-sharpen them if I want to be able to get everything.

No. 4 – Sanguine • £7.45(**)

These tweezers have the complete opposite problem the Mister Mascara tweezers have. The MM tweezers are already a little too blunt but these are too sharp. I’m talking razor sharp here, I’ve cut open parcels with it. Like I mentioned earlier, I like tweezers where you actually have to press down a little to grab anything, but these are a little on the feeble side. They give you the same amount of resistance you’d get from holding a pair of chopsticks in your hands. Also the tip is a little too wide. Now I know, that might sound really petty, but when they’re too wide it’s easy to grip more than just your hair, and when the tweezers are this sharp I really don’t want to be doing that. Great tweezers, just with a few minor complaints.

A Little Green Pot

Daily Cleansing Ritual

I’m the first one to admit that I’m a massive sucker for anything organic, especially if the packaging is nice. I love trying out new products, new formulas, new brands. Sometimes I find a new favourite, sometimes the product isn’t very good, and sometimes it just sits right in the middle.

Basics: Cruelty Free • £17.50 • No parabens perfume or alcohol

I think with this product it’s the case of didn’t-work-for me-but-might-work-for-you. My current favourite cleanser is the Cailyn Dizzolv’it Cleanser, and as much as I would love to find a new favourite cleanser without fragrance in it, this just stripped my skin dry. 

MOA The Green Balm

Sure, I could just go ahead and apply moisturiser after cleansing, and if it was just a slightly tight feeling on my skin I would normally just go ahead and do that. But it leaves my skin so dry that I just couldn’t use it more than a few times.

The Green Balm

I don’t want to leave the whole review on a negative so I will say that the hot cloth technique that they recommend with this product is something I intend to incorporate into my skin care. When I used the muslin cloth which came with this cream with my Cailyn cleanser it was so much more effective and relaxing. I love the packaging and the philosophy behind the company, but unfortunately the MOA Daily Cleansing Ritual did absolutely nothing for me.

My Current Favourite Cleanser

My Current Clenser

Ok, I’ll admit it. Apart from the fact this company is cruelty free I saw the packaging and I got sucked in. While I would generally say that doing a graphic design degree cured me of thinking branded is better, it’s definitely made me more susceptible to buying something just because of the packaging. Especially if it’s simple and sleek. Just like a well designed book cover, I can’t resist.

Basics: Cruelty Free •  $24  (£15.74) •  50ml •

Fortunately the product (Cailyn Dizzolv’it Cleanser) is as good as it’s packaging. In fact, for the moment it’s replaced the two cleansers I’ve been using for years, the Lavera Cleansing Milk (**) and Nelsons Pure & Clear (**). What I used to do was mix these two depending on the state of my skin. The Lavera Cleansing Milk for when my skin was too dry and Nelsons Pure and Clear when my skin was too oily. Depending on my stress levels, what I’ve eaten, and the season my skin can vary dramatically. Some days it’s oily and other days it’s dry, so I would mix those two cleansers depending on what I needed at the time.

Cailyn Dizzolv'itIngredients List

While the two cleansers I mentioned as still very much in use, I do favour this one a little more just because it works beautifully no matter the state of my skin. The only thing I’m not terribly fond of is the fragrance. Yes, it smells amazing (although a little chemical-y) but I prefer more earthy, natural scents for skincare.

It comes with this cute little scoop when you buy it, and it’s really quite good for measuring what you use. One little scoop is more than enough to clean the whole face. It’s also more hygienic than using your fingers. If I’m in a hurry to get to bed I’ll massage this into my skin and wash it off with a muslin cloth, but most of the time I’ll use a sonic cleanser. The best thing is it just melts in to my skin the minute I start rubbing it into my skin but it doesn’t feel oily at all.

Cailyn Melt Clensing Balm

I’ve been quite sparing with this just because I don’t want it to run out, so far I haven’t found a seller which will ship it to the UK without a horrible shipping fee attached to it, so I might just have to make it last until my next trip to The States.

You can get it here (US Website)

The Best Vampire Fangs

Vampire Teeth

I have tried a lot of different fangs and teeth over the years, I’ve experimented with different brands and prices, but I always come back to these. I used them for my How To Apply Vampire Fangs tutorial years ago and I’ll be using them again this halloween for quite a few tutorials.

Scarecrow also sell other larger fangs, but if you want to be able to speak clearly these are the most comfortable

The best thing is you can get quite creative with these if you take a few of them and tweek them a little, a little like what I did for my Evil Forest Fairy look. They also give you quite a few capsules for moulding the teeth to fit on yours, perfect if you’re a newbie to fangs.

Love Bite Fangs Scarecrow Fangs

The first time I used fangs I messed up a few times before I got the hang of it. If that happens it’s simple, just pop the moulding gel out and try again. Or you can cheat and use denture cream, though I’ll warn you, it’s not the nicest stuff to remove. Unlike the moulding gel you’ll get in the packet it doesn’t just pop off easily, rather it get’s suck inbetween your teeth like popcorn and takes a good brushing to remove.

You can get it here (**)

The Zodiacs: Capricorn

Rise of Capricorn

You know what I’d really like to know? I want to know who on earth looks up at a cluster of stars and thinks “you know what that looks like? A goat. A fish goat”. I’m generally quite proud of my imagination, but whoever came up with that one sure did take the grand prize for imagination.

I’ll have a tutorial for the Octopus horns on my second channel next week

I didn’t want to have to make a tail for this look so I thought I’d try and fish-ise the horns instead and make them look a little more octupi than goat, tentacle horns aren’t something I’ve done yet, so I really wanted to give it a shot and I have to say I’m really happy with how they turned out!

Zodiac Capricorn Makeup

Small warning, while most of this look is just about blending browns and greens the scales are going to take a long, long time. I bought these beautiful hexagonal sequins at IMATS London about two years ago in preparation for look like this. At the time I wanted to do a look where most of the face would be covered by these (and hand applied) but now that I’ve done this look I think I’ll scrap that idea. It took long enough to just do these little patches. I think I’d start crying at the idea of covering the whole face in them.

Fall of Capricorn

So…the next Zodiac will be my second to last look for the Zodiac series. Just in time for Halloween (and the new disgusting videos I have planned for it) and then to plan my next makeup series! I’m thinking chess, the four seasons or the elements. Not quite sure yet.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

A Peel Off Face Mask For Your Lips?

Lips Stain

You know those peel-off face masks you get? Well imagine that but staining and for your lips. Yea, the Cailyn Cocoon Lip Stain is a weird, but pretty cool idea. The only other lip stain I’ve tried which I liked was from The Body Shop, and I’ve certainly never seen one which applies like this. Of course I went for the darkest shade which is called Devilish Rose. When it peels off it’s a lovely fuchsia, but the product is fiddly as anything to apply. It has a very thick texture which makes it a little bit of a nightmare, especially if it’s strait from the tube.

Basics: 15g • Comes in 4 shades • Cruelty Free • Made in Korea • $22

I tested around with different methods of application and the best way to apply this is either with the tip of a brush, or a synthetic lip brush you’re not too worried about possibly destroying. It doesn’t apply too well if you have any kind of scar tissue on your lips. I used to have this really bad habit of biting my lips when I was younger, and as a result I have these deep grooves on my lower lip which pick colour up differently.

Cylin Lip Mask Review Lips

If your lips are even a little dry or cracked don’t apply this, you’ll end up peeling away any dry skin with it and possible ripping your lip a little. Sound uncomfortable? Yes, it was. As for the claims of lasting 10 hours, without eating or drinking it lasts closer to six hours, and it wears out in the center of the lips after about four, faster if you’re eating and drinking.

Don’t apply this if you have dry lips

Personally I don’t think I’ll be re-purchasing this. I like the idea of it, but the formula is very thick, difficult to apply, and I suspect because of how much you need to apply to get an even colour I’m going to get through it very quickly. I like the practicality of a lip stain but this product isn’t that practical.