DIY: Ram Horns

Horns DIY

You’ll be please to know that for the most part this tutorial is just using wire and shopping bags. I can’t say that it’s completely glue gun free, but it’s not used as much as in my other tutorials. If think I’ve covered most of the methods I can think of for making horns, but I’m sure in a few weeks I’ll probably be back with yet another method. On the plus side I don’t think anyone can complain for a lack of DIY horn tutorials.

If you haven’t seen it already you can see my Aries tutorial here

If you can’t get your hands on any garden wire then you can use string instead, or you could just keep the cling-film wrap and spray paint that. One last thing you could do is cover the horns with patterned tights and then spray paint it so that the pattern is printed in the horns. A simple trick, but it looks amazing.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

Review: Kiko Lipgloss Stick in Pearley Strawberry Pink

Kiko Lipgloss Pencil Review

I know the whole Korean gradient lip is going out of trend at the moment, not that I really follow trends, but I mainly bought this lipgloss stick (along with Burgundy) so I could mix the two colours for that effect. In the end, Magenta worked better with this lipgloss than Burgundy.

Basics: £6.90 . 2.84g . Made in Italy . Cruelty Free

On it’s own this colour is beautiful. It’s described as pink, but on the lips it translates to more of a peach/nude colour. It’s lovely either for an everyday colour or even bridal if you want to balance out heavier eye makeup with a subtle lip colour.

Kiko Creamy Lipgloss in 102

102 Kiko Swatch

I love that they added the teeniest, tiniest hint of gold shimmer in this. I think that without it the colour could have been quite a bland pink/nude but the gold shimmer just makes that little bit warmer and lively. Quite surprisingly I’ve ended up using this colour quite a bit, even though in general I do prefer darker reds and burgundies. The perfect addition to a is-she-or-isn’t-she-wearing-makeup look.

You can get this here 

The Zodiacs: Aries

Aires Zodiacs Makeup

Yes, I made another pair of horns. I think by this time next week, after I’ve uploaded the tutorial for this on my second channel, I’ll had done three different tutorials on how to make horns. This one has to be my strangest one yet though, I use old shopping bags and garden wire, yes, it’s an odd combination of materials, but you have to admit they look pretty awesome!

This weeks Zodiac was Aries

With this whole zodiac series I didn’t want to limit myself to the colours and personalities which are usually attributed to the various zodiacs. There is so much history and mythology with each Zodiac and I wanted that to be a source of inspiration too. Some of them will be more inspired by the animal assigned to the zodiac and others will be inspired more by the history and mythology behind it.

Close Up of Aires MakeupAires The Ram

Fire is the element usually attributed to Aires and the Golden Ram is where the symbol of the horns comes from for this star sign, so that is what I decided to use as the main inspiration for this look.

I would like to incorporate the symbol of each Zodiac into the eye makeup

I had been half tempted to go for more of a flame-like pattern around the eyes, a little like my Fire Makeup look I did a while ago, but in the end I decided to stick to my idea of working the symbol of each zodiac into the eye makeup a little and keep everything else around it reasonably simple.

The Ram

So this is the next look in my Zodiac’s series! I’m not sure which one I’ll be doing next, in theory Sagittarius since all the props are made for that, but I also have all the props for my Real Life Disney: Ariel look made as well, and that tutorial involves a webbed hand makeup tutorial. So I’m not sure, we’ll have to wait and see :)

I hope you like the tutorial! :D

Review: Lipgloss Stick in Burgundy

Kiko Creamy Lipgloss

Red’s, burgundy’s and anything on the dark side are my kind of shades when it comes to lip colours. Every so often I think; “Yeah why not, I’ll try pink” and then I remember that I’m just not a pink girl, and I go back to my favourites.

 Basics: £6.90 . 2.84g . Burgundy . Made in Italy . Cruelty Free

The packaging is simple, the pencil winds up at the bottom (so no need to sharpen it) it’s light, small enough to put in your pocket, and the formula is un-flavoured and tasteless. In a good way that is. The texture is also lovely, it’s not too runny and holds nicely without being overly sticky (a personal pet peeve of mine).

113 Kiko Creamy Lipgloss

Now that I’ve mentioned the good I’ll move on to what was not so good. With a name like “Burgundy” I expected it to be a little more pigmented that this, or at least a little darker.

The colour was pretty, just not what I expected

I had hoped to wear this colour for a night out when I just wanted something quick, simple and dark, but this colour is just…red? I will probably wear it a lot as a day colour, or over a darker matte lipstick to give it more shine. It is perfect for that ‘just ate strawberries’ colour, but I wouldn’t call it Burgundy.

Swatch

It’s a lipgloss, so it doesn’t really have the staying power of a lipstick. It will last around four hours before you need to top up,  I’ve had it last up to six, though that was without drinking or eating anything, and even then it was starting to look a little worn.

Overall I do like this lipgloss stick, it’s a lovely day colour, but don’t expect anything as dark and mysterious as burgundy from it, not matter how much you try to layer the colour.

You can get this here 

Review: Lush Fizzbanger Bath Bomb

Fizzbanger Lush

I have my favourite bath bombs from Lush and I tend to stick to them, but I felt like trying out a new bath bomb last week and picked up this one. My favourite Lush Bath bomb is Floating Island, which compared to some of the other products Lush have is a little dull in comparison, but I love it. It smells warm and it leaves your skin feeling like silk.

Basics: £3.35 • Cruelty Free • Vegan •  Warm Scent 

Fizzbanger is the polar opposite, it’s bright, colourful, smells exciting. It’s flashy where as Floating Island is understated, but at least for me, it didn’t really do much. Which was a little disappointing because so many people seem to love this bath bomb.

Fizzbanger

It breaks up easily, you don’t even need to use a hammer which I have had to do in the past (and no I’m not kidding), it smells warm and citrusy but it isn’t very moisturising and there are almost no bubbles. Even if you hold it directly under the tap.

The water looks a little like green algae once the bath bomb is in the water 

The smell is nice enough, but I just didn’t like this bath bomb. I think the main problem is that I prefer warmer more cozy smells and I HATE my skin feeling dry after a bath, which is what this one did. I’m wondering if this is just me because I’ve looked at other reviews and quite a few people said it was moisturizing.

Bomb in Bath

So I don’t know, I’m a little stumped with this product. I think it’s a case of doesn’t work for me but might work for other people. Either way, I’m going to go and get my hands on another Floating Island and enjoy it with a hot mug of coconut and some music in the background.

You can get this here

DIY Arrow Head Jewellery

Arrow Jewlery DIY

This is probably one of the simplest DIY videos I have done, and I was half tempted to just keep it to a blog post, but I knew the minute I used these in the next Zodiac look (sagittarius) I would have people asking how I did it.

You can wear this as a necklace or do what I did and turn them into earrings

Ideally you should use earring hooks which are the right colour. I want that mixed metals look for Sagittarius, so there is a reason for me using copper, silver and bronze, but if you want these to look a little more uniform then it’s quite important to match the colours you are using.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

Real Life Disney: Hades

Hades

There’s something about bad guys that is so unbelievably fun to do, you get to look a little crazy, act a little crazy and you don’t have to explain yourself. That is until a cold caller knocks at the door. On the plus side he took one loot at me (I was grinning like an idiot) said I wasn’t interested and he just left no questions asked.

Today I decided I would do one of the villains

If I end up extending my Real Life Disney series to just animations in general (Edna Mode and Princess Mononoke) then one of the first villains I want to do is Eris from Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas. She is my absolute favourite villain! I mean how could she not be, she’s cool as a cucumber and voiced by Michelle Pfeiffer who is one of my favourite actresses.

Real Life Disney Hades

The only prop I really had to make for this was the scull pin which was ridiculously easy to make, not like the horns I’ve made for Aires which I’ll be filming next week for the Zodiac series. Those took forever to make!

If you want to see how I made the scull pin you can read my blog post here

Some people were asking if I’d quit the Zodiacs series, no, I haven’t. It just works out quite nicely if I alternate between series so that I have time to make props for looks like Capricorn, Aires and Taurus which will requite quite a lot of props.

Zusie I'm Home

I feel a little sorry for my Instagram followers who got to see a sneak peek of this look at something like ten or eleven o’clock at night. Not the kind of thing you want to see right before you go to sleep.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

DIY: Hades Badge

Hades Pin Badge

Not the pretties prop I’ve ever made but Hade’s outfit was pretty simple, grey skin, yellow eyes, blue hair and a scull pin. I was going to keep it clean and neat but then I figured that since we are talking about the god of the underworld I’d scuff it up a little.

Making this is simple, just a little clay, some sculpting tools and a little bit of paint

I used some white modeling clay (**) at first, rolled it into an oval shape and then flattened it a little. Next take a sculpting tool (you can use the rounded end of a pen or a cocktail stick if that’s all you have to hand) and mark out the shape of the eyes and teeth.

What I Did

Once you have cut off the sides next to the teeth and round the edges, just go over everything and neaten it up. Push the eye sockets a little deeper,  sharpen the lines on the teeth and then just wait for it to dry.

Once the clay has dried you can paint it with several different mediums

You could do a wash over it with black or brown ink so that the colour settles in the cracks and sockets. You could also use acrylic paint or water colour (which is what I used) or even spray paint. Once I’d painted over it I brushed a nail file over the surface to roughen it up a little.

Pin

The last thing I did was glue gun a little loop of ribbon at the back so that I could pin it to my shoulder, you might also need to superglue it down a little so it doesn’t unstick from the clay. Especially if the clay is quite heavy, it can have a little trouble sticking to the hot glue since the surface isn’t very porous.

And that’s how you make the Hades pin. Simple!

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 :)

Outsider Art: Jarl Sketch

Drawing Jarl

I should have drawn Jarl ages ago, especially since each time I draw any character from Outsider I get so many people asking me to draw him. But now that I have, judging by the reaction I got on my Instagram, I think half of you fell in love with him.

What I used: Mechanical pencil (**), Powder Puff, Makeup Brush, Rubber Pencil (**), Paper Tortillion(**) Graphite Pen(**)

You’re probably thinking why on earth I have a makeup brush listed as what I used, well… a concealer brush is actually amazing for blending. Especially with a graphite pen. Especially if it’s those annoyingly stiff concealer brushes. I hate them for makeup but they are perfect for blending pastels, pencil or charcoal.

Finished

When I drew the sketch he didn’t look old enough, so once I’d transferred the sketch I added a few more wrinkles and aged him up a little. I still need to do a proper drawing like the ones I’ve done of Knud and Astrid, but that will have to be another time.

You can read Outsider here