Glue Guns Review

Glue Guns Review

I have used a lot of glue guns, I’ve also broken a fair few of them because I used them to death. So I thought today I’d do a run down of the pros and cons of all the glue guns I have used/have.

High vs. Low setting?

This part is important because it depends on how you want the glue to cool. A high setting will be faster to work with (and a little less stressful on your fingers) but the glue will flatten out more because of how hot it is. The cooler setting allows you to keep the texture but is much slower obviously. If you can get one with a dual setting so you have option.

Mini Glue Gun (**)(£6.99)

The one I have has a low and a high setting, not all glue mini glue guns have this setting . The first one of these that I had broke because I used it a lot. If you’re not planning on using your glue gun a lot or just for small project then this one is perfect, only problem is the glue gun sticks size are not standard. You won’t just be able to pop into most craft shops to pick up refills, so if you can bulk buy a few packs so you don’t run out at the worst possible time.

Stanley Hot Glue Gun (**)(£9.89)

This one is in the middle price-wise between the glue guns I have. It has a dual setting and a standard glue stick size, the only draw back is the trigger which, at lest for me, really starts to hurt my knuckles after a while because it’s so stiff and over all this glue gun feels a lot less sturdy.

Tec 305 Glue Gun (**) (*) (£26)

I have two of these, one is on a high setting and the other on a low. Out of all the glue guns I’ve used these are my favourite for two reasons, the trigger is a lot easier to pull and they have interchangeable tips, an ordinary point and a thin point (the thin point is my favourite) so they’re perfects for making masquerade masks or anything else which requires detail.

I hope you find the video useful :)

DIY: Aquarius Jug

Jug Finished

I’ve had this jug uselessly sitting in my kitchen for the past few months. Why is it useless? Well for starters it’s one of those annoying jugs that just doesn’t pour anything properly, and each time you try the water runs down the side and you end up soaking yourself. So I figured since I can’t use it for making coconut milk I’d use it for my zodiacs series and then use it as a flower vase afterwards.

Jug Painted Black Lining

Making it was pretty simple. Firstly, I spray painted it black and then I put Sellotape around the top of the jug so that I could get the lines perfectly accurate. As for the pattern, I did it freehand with some gold ink. Ink is not the best when used over spray paint, but I liked how it partly separated on the surface, a little like the aged gold you see on artifacts.

Painting Lining the Edge

The pattern I painted didn’t work if it carried along to the tip of the jug, so instead I changed the pattern so that it followed and dipped down from it. After that all I did was paint a line over the top of the jug handle and underneath it. Not the most adventurous thing to do, but I didn’t want anything to distract from the pattern along the top of the jug.

Finished

Later (after I took the photos) I gave gave the whole jug two coats of clear varnish so that the gold wouldn’t flake or chip off, and that’s all I did. I’m not sure when I’ll be doing the aquarius look but, like I have mentioned before, I tend to do my looks sporadically depending on which one I feel I can to the best on filming day. At least now the props for Aquarius are done and ready to film with and hopefully soon I should have a new look for you.

Review: Lush Brightside Bubble Bar

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Before I mention anything else about this bath bomb I just have to point out the best thing about it. It smells amazing!  Think oranges bathing in sweets kind smell, strong and sickly sweet, but exactly the kind of smell I adore.

Contains mandarin, bergamot and tangerin

I’m not fond of keeping any lush bath products in the bathroom or they crumble a little with the moisture, so normally I keep them wrapped up in my t-shirt or sock draw and the smell lingers for ages even after I’ve taken the bubble/bath bomb out of them. When I did get around to using it I only really needed to use about a third of the bar to get the water bright orange and smelling like a little piece of heaven.

Lush 2 lUSH Bath Bomb

For a bubble bar it’s not the most bubbly of bubble bars, I always hold these directly under the tap so that I get as many bubbles as possible out of them. If you’re more of a bubble-ageddon type person the amount of bubbles might be a little disappointing. Personally I don’t want “death by bubble inhalation” to be on my tombstone, so this amount is just perfect.

Basics: £4.75 • Cruelty Free  • Vegan •

Unlike the last bath bomb I reviewed I found this one was really kind to my skin. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was moisturising, but it definitely softened the water which, as anyone who lives in the south of England knows, is always a good thing. You just need some dark chocolate, the lush spa soundtrack on in the background and a hot cup of coconut milk and it’s the perfect bath.

Bath

I think this bar has managed to sneak it’s way up into my favourite Lush bath-time treats along with Floating Island. It smells like heaven, looks good enough to eat and for me at least it’s the perfect amount of bubbles. Nothing more to say about it really except I absolutely love it.

You can get it here

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Art Tutorial: 4 Different Tools for Blending

Blending

As any makeup artist knows if you can’t blend then you have a serious problem, the exact same can be said of traditional art, and the thing is, I think a lot of people don’t quite realise just how many different tools and tricks there are. You don’t just have to use your fingers, so today I thought I’d go through my favourite tools for blending.

Paint Brushes:

Yes, you read that correctly, paint brushes. The great thing about this is that it means that you can use makeup brushes which might have fallen out of favour or are long since used up. In my art roll I carry around several different brushes. Some small nail art brushes (perfect for small details), a stiff concealer brush (perfect for blending or blending out colours) and a large powder brush. Destroyed old paint brushes are also good if you want a bit of variety in the texture, for example, if you’re drawing clothes and need to get the texture of wool.

Rubber Sculpting Tools/Silicone Colour Shapers:

These are as close to miniature versions of your fingers as you are going to get, and they’re perfect for tiny, tiny details and hair. They come in different strengths, soft, medium and hard. I have one of each and in different shapes though my favourite is this one (**). I use it in everything from small details in the eyes and lips to hair.

Paper Blending Sticks/Tortillion:

The first thing I’m going to mention about these is how to sharpen them because a lot of people don’t seem to know. First thing to point out is don’t use a sharpener, you will absolutely wreck it if you do that. What you need is to run it down some fine sandpaper to scrap the upper layer off, you could also techincally use a craft knife to sharpen it but it’s far too easy to take off too much of the end and waste a lot of it if you do that. You can find some here (**) or in The Works where I buy mine from.

Cotton Buds:

I think mostly everyone will have this in their house, though it’s not a trick I use often since I have paintbrushes and tortillions. With some cotton buds you will have to pull at the cotton a little to fluff it up a bit if you want the blending to be smooth, or leave them as they are and they’ll have a similar effects as if you were using a Tortillion.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

Special Effects: Sewing Accident

Needle

I’m really worried that one day I will actually hurt myself and nobody will believe me because I keep posting videos like this. This one is so, so simple and all you really need is red lipstick and eyelash glue if that’s all you have to hand.

The last tutorial I did like this was of a peeled finger 

If you can though latex will look a tiny bit better, and with a bit of blue eyeshadow at the entry point you can make the needle look like it’s been in your finger for a little too long and the skin has started to bruise or get severely infected.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

DIY: Shoes Decoration

Shoes Decoration I think it was about a year ago I did a tutorial slightly similar to these here. I’d been planning to do something similar with these shoes, I don’t like plain shoes, any kind of bare space on shoes or bags I get the uncontrollable urge to fill it in in some way.

I’d found some fabric markers on Amazon and tested them out on one of my bags first

Before some of you ask where I got the shoes I got them there on ebay. Just a small word of warning, I highly doubt these shoes will last for long, a month or two of heavy use at most. If you want to do this pattern of a better pair of shoes but you’re a little bit worried about messing up then one trick you can do is take a pencil and draw out the pattern on the shoes first. You should be able to rub the lead off if you mess up (just don’t press down too hard) and then after you can go over with the fabric pens.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

The Zodiacs: Scorpio

1920's Scorpio

And the third look in my Zodiac’s series! I very, very nearly made a scorpion headdress for this look, but I thought it would be a much too literal approach to this look, so I decided to go for something a little more subtle. One thing I did want to keep in though was that pattern of a scorpions sting in the eyeliner, so in the end that got added to the lower lid on the outer corner.

You can see my last Zodiac look here 

For the lower lid I decided I wanted to use small sequins to make the look a little more fun. I still wanted to keep that sharp, edgy look for Scorpio, but didn’t want to make her look cold and unfeeling in the process.

Eyes of the Scorpion

The Twelve Zodiacs Scorpio

Scorpio Makeup

I don’t know how many of you noticed but I managed to get the shape of the Scorpio symbol into the corner of the eye which I was quite pleased about. Plus I think most of you know how much I like my intricate eyeliner, so it was a really fun challenge. Originally I was going to go for a much harsher lip, but as you’ll see in the video I ended up going for a mixture of red and black to get a more muted colour. The eyes were harsh enough and I didn’t want the lips to distract from them.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

Art Tutorial: Drawing Transfers

How to Transfer Art Work

I’ve been promising this tutorial for ages and now I’ve finally gotten around to it. I use the tracing paper from The Works but if you don’t have that you can also use Baking Paper. The only drawback with baking paper is that it isn’t as transparent.

Just a few more tricks which I didn’t mention in the video:

1. You don’t have to be as neat as I am in the video. Once you’ve drawn what you want on one side you can just run over the opposite side with a graphite pen and transfer that. It’s a much faster trick, only draw back is that it can leave graphite traces on the paper which is why I prefer not to do it in general.

2. If you’re worried about getting your proportions right then look at your drawing from the other side, it’s amazing all the mistakes you notice when you look at your drawing from a different point of view.

3. One thing I’ve seen people do is they outline the drawing on both sides and then scribble all over the paper to transfer the drawing rather than going over just the lines, I don’t like doing this because it leaves dents in the paper and makes detailed blending a lot harder to do.

4: When you’re transferring the drawing try and use a clip board to hold it in place, or tape down the sides. It’s so easy to move the tracing paper just a little while you’re transferring the drawing and then before you know it the whole drawing is a little lopsided.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

A Little Bit of Decoration

Bag Finished

A while ago I did a tutorial on how I decorated a pair of shoes with gold paint and this is pretty much the same idea just with a pen. I was going to do a tutorial for this, but in the end I decided to save that for another shoe DIY I want to do which will be much easier to follow.

I got the bag here (**)

Last time I used a gold fabric paint. It was good, but it did tend to bleed a little in the rain, and living in England that tends to be a bit of a problem. So this time I tried out some fabric sharpies and I love them! The only draw back was that the brown shade (as you can see from above) looks closer to black than brown.

What I used Bag Without Doodles

Finished

The black fabric pen I got along with the gold pen was my favourite out of the three because it was double ended, one with a really fine tip and the other with a regular tip so I could do more detailed work. I didn’t really have a direction with this bag, I just knew I wanted swirls, lots and lots of swirls! I was really just doodling on the bag and having fun with the pattern, though I can promise that the DIY I’ll be doing soon using these pens will be a lot more structured and easy to follow.

You can get them here (**): Gold Pen, Black Pen, Brown Pen

New Giveaway!

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This giveaway is slightly larger than usual, but I’m excited about IMATS NY so I’m going to celebrate a little and give away a bit more this month. This giveaway set includes pretty much everything, mascara, eyeshadow, brushes and even a brush shampoo.

Next week’s video will be Scorpio for my Zodiac series

While we’re on the topic of next week I have filmed two videos for my second channel, on on four different techniques for blending and on on how to transfer drawings. I’m not sure which one will be up first, but I’ve been promising these art tutorials for a while so it’s a relief to finally have filmed them.

Good luck with the griveaway and I’ll have a new video for you next week