Bjargtre and the Wyvern

The Wyvern

Now that the Outsider Comic has been out for a few weeks, and we’ve started work on the second comic book, I’ve been drawing almost constantly. While Nicoy does all the beautiful drawings for the comic book I need to do illustrations, concept art and portraits for the characters so that she knows what they look like. Most of these end up in a small sketchbook I have just for Outsider and Defiance related drawings, and it goes everywhere with me. Nothing like 20 minutes on a train to draw a blind subterranean desert monster. Though you do tend to get strange looks from whoever is sitting next to you.

For the second comic book one of the first things I started sketching was Bjargtre. When I wrote out the history of the city the idea I had was that it was founded hundreds of years after Lǫgberg, and in many ways it’s trying to compete with it’s older sibling. It’s trying to be bigger, grander and more opulent in almost every way. The main thing (though I still need to do drawings of this) is that it needed to be more structured. Lǫgberg was started as a mining city, so it’s old and sprawling. Bjargtre needed to be different, like it’s founders had a vision for it beyond just mining when it was started. 

The Mad Gate Logburg

One of the first two sketches drew in this sketchbook was the entrance to Bjargtre and Lǫgberg so I had a crystal clear image of it in my head when I started writing about it. Lǫgberg, while it still looks quite cool, it’s essentially just a massive statue in front of a crack in the mountain side. Bjargtre had to be a little more obnoxious about it and build a gate and battlement that looked like a giant mouth. Because, you know, nothing say’s “we’re better than Lǫgberg” than a giant screaming face in the mountain side.

The Academy The Tunnels Before The Throne Room

If I’m perfectly honest landscapes and any kind of architectural drawings are not my forte, I like faces, clothes and figures, but I can manage a few rough sketches if I have to. The great thing with concept art is it doesn’t have to be perfect. You’re not trying to draw the next great piece of art, you’re just trying to convey an idea to the comic book artist. They’re an artist too, they get it, and you need to trust them to know what they’re doing. You don’t have to spend hours making sure the texture of the stone looks just right. It’s stone, the comic book artist knows what it looks like.

The Wyvern

The Wyvern

Ok, I take it back. There’s one thing I like drawing almost as much as faces and that’s creatures. Especially creatures like this where you get to create something which looks amazingly freaky. With the Wyvern I imagined them to be blind creatures that live under the ground. They sit under the sand, or mud, and wait till they hear something moving on the surface. Their face is quite solid (it needs to be to dig under the ground) but the rest of their body is quit soft so they need to be able to move fast. They have no back legs, just a long, long tail and clawed wigs. They can’t fly though, only glide over short distances, which is very useful for sneaking up on larger animals. Just glide over, sting them in the back of the neck with and wait till they’re paralyzed enough from the venom to eat.

I imagined it would be a little like an anaconda with claws, wings and a sting like a scorpion just sitting under the ground. Listening for something it can eat to move on the surface. Not the kind of creatures you want to mess around with. Especially the big ones.

A Matte Black Lipstick For Halloween

LA Splash Black Lipstick

It’s not often I title something as ‘the best’ but if I ever find a better liquid lipstick than this I’d be utterly gobsmacked. Heck, it’s even better than my Cailyn Demonist lip tint which I adore. I do prefer the texture of Cailyn lip tint more (and it doesn’t have the slight flaking problem this one does) but then then this product lasts hours more. I have included a swatch of it on this blog post, but if you would like to see how it actually looks on me you can see it in action in this tutorial.

Basics: Shade is called Venom • Cruelty Free • £13.95 • Needs an Oil based Makeup remover • Waterproof

Sorry that I’ve been harping on about NY, but I bought this at IMATS NY along with most of the the products I’ve reviewed in the last few months. I’d never tried any of LA Splashes products before and now that I have I’ll be checking to see what they have at IMATS LA next year. I’ll just have to pick up an oil based makeup remover at the same time because this will not budge without one!

LA Splash Swatch

I’ve never had a product that wasn’t easily removed with Bioderma, in fact the only downside that I can say about this product (other than the very, very slight flaking after you’ve worn it for 4+ hours) is that without an oil based makeup remover you’re going to have a hard time taking this off.

It’s easy to apply and get that perfect neat edge, the colour (once it’s dried) is completely matt too, but do be aware that with any matte product this can dry out your lips. If you have very dry lips you must apply a balm before this or your lips will feel like a mummy’s. As for it being water proof, well, they’re not lying! I wanted to check just how waterproof it was so I had a shower with this on the first time I used it and then tried to remove it with Bioderma after. It still barely budged until I got out the coconut oil to try and remove it. If I ever end up doing an underwater photo shoot I know that product I’ll definitely bring with me.

You can get this here (**)

Halloween Tutorial: Life

Life in the Darkness

A while ago I filmed a look for Death, and today I finally got around to doing the other side of that coin, Life. I didn’t get to film as many tutorials as I’d hoped this year for a Halloween, but I’ve actually realised something pretty important (and blindingly obvious). There are only so many hours in the day, and between writing the next Outsider books, the Outsider comic, my second channel, Malumi and my blog there’s only so much I can do if I want my work to be good quality. Not to mention my channel has never been about wearable makeup. Quite the opposite! So it’s not really restricted to seasons like Halloween to go all out. So I’ve made myself a little promise to not beat myself up about it.

Halloween Makeup Life

Actually, I thought I should mention that I’ve planned my next makeup series now that the Zodiacs are over. I didn’t want to jump into a twelve videos long series again so I thought I’d start small with the three fates. I’ll be doing the Greek versions of them, not the Roman, Slavic or Norse versions, and if everything goes to plan the first video will go up next week.

If you want to see how I made the masks for this look you can find both of them here

In the look I did for Death it was very heavy, dark and morbid. With this look I wanted to do the complete opposite. A light, cheerful and vibrant look instead. It’s meant to be worn with one of the masks I showed at the end of the video, but if you’d prefer not to it can be worn on it’s own as well.

The Glow

When I was photographing this look I wanted a prop that would be the opposite to the skull I used in the Death look. Other than using a bunch of flowers (which would end up looking very bridal) I decided to go for a candle with flowers instead, because wearing an entire nursery on my head wasn’t enough clearly.

I  hope you like the look :)

An Easier Way to Clean Makeup Brushes

Silicone Brush Cleaner

The downside of loving makeup is just how many brushes you will have to end up cleaning. If I film a row of tutorials back to back I have at least a whole jar of brushes to clean, so anything that will make the process of cleaning them faster and more effective is a plus in my opinion.

Basics: £1.59  • Took 2 Weeks to Arrive

I ordered two of these, the one from ebay which took over two weeks to arrive, and one from Amazon(**) which only took around 3 days. I got both mine in the colour purple, but I have seen them in black, pink and even mint green. Also depending on where you get them the price can vary between £1-£2. Not a huge amount, but especially on e-bay the price can fluctuate quite a lot between different sellers.

Using these is easy. A little soap on the ridges, dampen/wet the brush bristles and then rub the brush around on it till it’s clean and then wash away the soap and dirt. Especially with quite dense brushes like the toothbrush brush (I’m sure there’s another name for them but that’s what I’m calling them), this makes it at lot easier to get right down to the bottom of the brush.

Sigma Brush Matt

The only mildly negative thing I have to say about these is that they’re a too snug around your fingers. As I’m sure you can see from the picture above my fingers are nicely corseted in, but really, I can’t complain. It washes my brushes so much faster and more effectively, and better yet, it’s affordable!

I got mine here and here (**)

DIY: Autumn Masquerade Mask

Autum Leaf Masquerade Maks

With some of my tutorials there are so many ways you can adapt the tutorial to create something different. In my Leaf Masquerade tutorial I showed you how to make a very summery masquerade mask. Since it’s autumn/on the verge of winter, I wanted to show how you can paint that mask differently with spray paint, gold leaf and just a little bit of glitter.

I have one more idea for this mask which is more wintery, I imagined grey (concrete like) frozen leaves with frost and ice on their edges. If you want me to do a tutorial on that version let me know in the comments and I’ll get started on that. Oh, and if you end up making any of these please tag me on Instagram or Twitter! I would love to see your re-creations! :D

Enjoy! :D

If I Could Only Recommend One Face Cream

The Best Face Cream Ever

If I could only recommend one cream it would be this one. Seriously, this cream is AMAZING! After the disaster that was the Hawaiian Moon Aloe cream I was pretty desperate to find something that would fix my skin up fast. This cream is marketed for being good for soothing eczema and psoriasis, fortunately these are not skin conditions I suffer from, but between what stress puts my skin through and the constant abuse from applying and removing makeup I just wanted something which would be kind to my skin.


Basics: Cruelty Free • Unscented • 118ml

For the moment this product isn’t sold on on the UK amazon so the price was $23.87 + $11.06 for shipping which wound up to £23.06 for me. The feel of this cream is a little hard to describe. It’s very moisturising and sinks in quickly, but once it does it has a mattifying effect on the skin. So it’s fantastic as a primer too. 


I’ve already bought a backup pot of this, that’s how much I love it. Heck, I’ve even told my mum that if she sees me trying to buy a new face cream to stop me, because I doubt I’ll find one better than this.

I bought it here

The Clarisonic. Worth it or Not?

Clarisonic vs. Dupe

This is going to be a long, long review so I suggest you go make a cup of tea before you sit down to read. got in touch with me a few weeks ago and asked me if I wanted to try out the  Clarisonic smart profile. The Clarisonic is one of those products I’ve heard people raving about for years and, as it turned out, I’ve been using a Clarisonic dupe from Aldi for over a year now, so I thought I would conduct a little experiment and compare the two.

The Clarisonic: 4 speeds • 2 heads • 3 year warranty • £199 • Can be used as a body brush

The price difference between these two is huge. From what I remember the Aldi dupe cost me around £12, and I liked it so much I bought a back up one just incase, both of which still work. It’s a simple sonic cleanser that does exactly what it advertises, cleans your face. The Clarisonic Smart Profile on the other hand comes with all these extra little features. A timer to tell you when to move onto other areas of your face, four speed settings and a charger that magnetically attaches to the outside of the brush.

Clarisonic Mia Reivew

The Clarisonic:

Probably not the best attitude to have when you’re trying out a new product, but I was really hoping it would not be better than the Aldi dupe. Long story short, it is better, and by better I mean much, more powerful. The minute I turned it on I was impressed. Though I found out that because it was more powerful my skin reacted badly at first and kicked up a little bit of a fuss. Once it got used to the Clarisonic my skin was fine, but there was an initial I’m-not-used-to-this moment.

The Aldi Dupe:

Not as fancy as the Clarisonic but it does exactly what it advertises, cleans the skin. It comes with a holder, a few spare brush heads, the charger, and a stand  One drawback to this sonic cleanser is that it’s not permanently in stock. Like a lot of Aldi products you have to grab them when you see them.

Is the Clarisonic Mia Worth It

The Clarisonic as a Body Brush?

While it is a better face brush than my dupe the body brush is my least favourite thing about it. Personally the Clarisonic did absolutely nothing for me as a body brush. I found it was way too soft and it felt more like it was stroking my skin rather than brushing it.

The body brush (**) I normally use is very coarse and stiff, I’m one of those people who like extra firm brushes, the kind most people think would take their skin off with it. So I suppose on that count the Clarisonic brush might work for you if you have very sensitive skin, but for me at least I need something more abrasive.

How well do they work underwater? And how long is the battery life?

Both of these work just fine underwater and as far as battery life goes my Clarisonic is still running on it’s original charge from a month ago, so the battery life is pretty good. The Aldi dupe is battery powered but also last a long, long time. I think the last time I changed the batteries was over six months ago.

Clarisonic Body Brush

 My overall verdict?

I love it, it’s a great product and I can understand the hype around it, but…once this one dies I think I’m still going to stick to my Aldi dupe. While it is better than the Aldi brush it is not so much better that I would spend the £199.

You can get the Clarisonic here (*) 

A Tooth Brush For Your Face?

Using Powder Foundation

The first thing my mum said when she saw me using one of these is “isn’t that a toothbrush?” It made me laugh a little because that was exactly my reaction when I first saw these. They do just look like oversized tooth brushes, but they’re actually makeup brushes, and they’re so good I bought four of them. One for my own personal kit, and three for my professional kit.

Basics: Synthetic Hair • £1.45 • Shipping took 2 weeks

These are the bomb for foundation! Seriously, love it, love it, love it! Especially for my Lily Lolo foundation and my Cailyn BB Fluid Touch Compact. If you’ve been around on the blogashpere for a while you might have seen a few posts and videos about the Artiís Oval brushes, and this brush is a quite obvious dupe of that one. Can I compare then? No, I’ve never tried the Artís ones, but honestly, for £1.45 I don’t think I need to.

Toothbrush Foundation Brush

So, why do I love it? Well let’s get one thing out of the way, it’s not going to stop me ever using a regular foundation brush ever again. They both have their uses. A regular foundation brush will apply your foundation a lot quicker, but from my experience this buffs the foundation/powder into your skin much better if you’re looking for a natural finish. Also if you’re one of those people with slightly more…fluff shall we say, on your face (like me) this is perfect for smoothing that down and not letting the foundation sit at the top of the small hairs. Exactly like old Victorian powder brushes.

Face Brushes

I’ve raved about what this brush is good for, so let’s talk about what it isn’t good for. I wouldn’t recommend this for anything which needs a lighter touch like contouring, blush or eyeshadow. It can be done, but it’s a lot more work than using a normal blush or blending brush. It’s perfect for foundation and some concealers, but for anything else I’ll stick to my normal brushes.

But how easy is it to clean?

These brushes are very dense, and when I first got this I was worried that would make it hard to clean. It is slightly harder to clean than a regular makeup brush, but only slightly. It’s a lot easier to clean if you’re using something like the Silicone Brush Mitt(*) (I’ll do a review on that later) but they’re not particularly hard to clean the normal way either. 

I bought mine here 

DIY: Lava Horns


Welcome to what must be my fifth horn DIY tutorial by now. To be fair this is not a full DIY from the beginning, I uploaded part one on my channel a few weeks ago. So I guess this could be considered an extension tutorial.

You can also make the basic shape of the horns using this tutorial

I know spray paints can get quite expensive, and some times a wide range of colours are hard to find, so if you can only get your hands on one colour (black) you could use nail varnish as an alternative instead. It’s not as easy, quick or effective as using spray paint, but if it’s all you have to hand then it’s perfectly achievable to get a similar effect.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

The Outsider Comic

Outsider Series

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook you’ve seen me mentioning the Outsider comic for the last few weeks. The reason I haven’t properly announced it on my blog yet is because I wanted to wait till the first two pages were out so you could sink your teeth into it at least a little bit.

Before you ask, no, I did not draw the amazing art work for this comic. The sketches, portraits and character designs that you have seen on my Instagram were done by me as reference material for the phenomenally talented Nicoy Guevarra who is illustrating the comic, and as I’m sure you can see from the photos above, they’re beautiful!

As for the script, that was (and is) being written by the amazing Chloe Owens. I can’t wait for you all to read and see what she has in store for the second issue! I’ve already read the script and started on the concept art for Nicoy and it’s going to be epic!

The Outsider Comic Book

So, what’s the schedule for uploading pages?

We have two pages a week going up. One on Monday and one on Friday. While it is going to follow the storyline from the books we we will be expanding the world of Ammasteinn a little further in the comic. We’re planning on explaining a little more about Sylbil and Arnbjörg‘s past, and a lot more than is currently in the books about Ragana once we eventually get to her part of the story.

Early Stages of Development

A little bit about the colours…

Some of you will notice that between the first and the fourth pages the colours change quite a bit. There’s actually a little bit of a story behind this, so let me explain. When we started working on this comic there were two things that I knew I wanted to do. I wanted to have each frame with darker more earthy tones but brighter colours to draw attention to the focal point of each frame. So what we decided to do is start off with bright saturated colours which would reflect how Astrid views that stage of her life, and then, as the tone get’s darker, the colours become darker.

It starts happy and carefree in the Aldwood. She’s never know anything else other than this perfect bright world she’s lived in. But once she hears the horse hooves everything is viewed through this muted view of the world. Once she meets a certain someone (if you’ve read the books you know who) these colours might change, but you’ll have to wait and see ;)

Once we are a few more issues in, I will make a video on my second channel all about the process of making the comic, the sketches, corrections (me obsessing over ridiculous little details) etc. But for the moment enjoy, and I can’t wait to share more of the world of Ammasteinn with you! P.S. If you’ve read the books which character are you the most excited about seeing in the comic?

You can read the comic here