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Oct 18, 2017 - Blog    No Comments

Halloween Hygge

I plan to do some Halloween hauls but at the moment I have so much stuff that I don’t even know where to start.  I thought it would be nice to apply Hygge to Halloween.  Hygge is something that I have started to introduce to my life about a year ago.  Halloween is my absolute favourite time of year.  I live for it.  This year, however, it hasn’t been as easy to celebrate Halloween as we have suffered the loss of our beautiful baby, Pumpkin.  I won’t get into that now because it is too painful and sad, instead I’ll discuss some self-caring and fun things to do at Halloween other than eating lots of sweet and scaring the bejaysus out of people (both of which are very great activities). Here are a few Halloween things that I think lend themselves well to the concept.

Pumpkin Soup

I’m not one for being overly warm or cosy.  I hate the idea of fleece socks or pjs as I’m constantly boiling.  Those kind of things make me feel claustrophobic so for me candles and soup is about as toasty as I’m willing to go.  This pumpkin soup is lovely; it is healthy and low in fat.

You will need a pumpkin, a red pepper, an onion and some stock, chicken or vegetable, whichever works for you.

  1. Cut the pumpkin into segments like you would with a melon and roast it in the oven for about 15 minutes.  This will make it easier
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Oct 5, 2017 - Blog    No Comments

Jessie from Toy Story

A while ago we bought Finch a little Woody costume which prompted some dressing up in matching costumes.

I realise not everyone dresses up with their pets but I love it.  Last year Gatsby and I did a few costumes together but my favourite was our Wednesday and Pugsley Addams outfits.

To match Finch I decided to dress up as Jessie.  This is a super simple look to do.  The costume requires very few items but the main pieces are jeans, a white shirt, a cowboy hat and a red wool wig.  I had cowboy boots (as one does) so I added those too.

To do the make-up I used plenty of cruelty free make-up and completed the following steps:

  1. I used the Light and Shadow palette from Kat Von D Beauty for my eyes using Lucius (beige) shade along the lid and under my brow bone.  In my crease I used Samuel (taupe).  I used Tattoo Liner to create a winged look.  Milk from NYX was added to my waterline to make my eyes look bigger and more doll like.  Finally, I added Wet n Wild’s Lash Renegade mascara.
  2. I primed my skin with Wet n Wild’s primer.
  3. I applied plenty of under eye concealer from ELF.
  4. My foundation of choice for this look was Lock It from Kat Von D Beauty.
  5. I used Wet n Wild’s red lip liner on my brows.
  6. I used Urban Decay’s Flushed contour palette and Angel blush from NYX.
  7. Finally I lined my
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Oct 1, 2017 - Blog    No Comments

Maleficent for Blank Canvas Cosmetics

Last Sunday I turned my very lovely friend Laura into the Mistress of Evil, Malficent for a Blank Canvas Cosmetics demo at the Pro Beauty Show in the RDS.  Maleficent is such a fun character to create and to dress up as and would make a great Halloween costume.  There are two main forms of Maleficent: the green cartoon version and the more sculpted film version. Sunday’s Maleficent was a mix of the two.  I used vivid colours on the eyes to create a cartoon look and kept the skin less green and more sculpted.

All of the products and brushes for this look were cruelty free and or vegan.  All of the brushes were from Blank Canvas Cosmetics.  Blank Canvas just released the Dimension Series II range and the brushes are absolutely amazing. As far as I’m concerned, there are no better brushes on the market. The brand is so incredibly innovative and consistently produce high quality fantastic products.  I used a combination of the Dimension Series I and II and the original series for Maleficent.

Here’s how I created Maleficent:

Eyes

I always do eyes first and this look was no different.  I used eye shields (for the first time) from Penneys under the eyes to give a more defined and exaggerated shape to the shadows.  I used an eye primer from Essence before taking the brand new E45 duo fibre blending brush and took a light purple from the Blank Canvas 88 colour shadow palette and applied … Read the rest

Sep 12, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Princess Leia

Princess Leia

The start of September saw Force Friday II.  This was the day when the official merchandise of the new Star Wars film was released.  To celebrate the event I decided to dress up as Princess Leia.  To be fair, it really doesn’t take much for me to indulge in fancy dress.  Whatever the day or event, if it involves a costume, I’m all for it.

The Princess Leia look was the ceremonial one from Episode IV A New Hope and it is a really easy look to do for Halloween.  I’ll give a step by step account of how I did my make-up and hair.  I did also throw a very last minute costume together but I felt gross in it on the day so I have decided not to share my outfit photos.   I recycled my Bride of Frankenstein’s Monster costume from a few years ago.  The outfit requires a long white dress and a white cape.  Accessories include a silver necklace with squares and a silver wrist cuff.  I had a cuff but didn’t have a suitable necklace so I made one.  I used a piece of silver chain, some card, tinfoil and a stapler.

The make-up for this look is very simple, natural and fresh; there isn’t much detail.  It takes about 10 or 15 minutes to create this look:

  1. I always do my eyes first.  I used two shades: a white – beige shadow all over my lids and under my brows and a taupe brown
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Nov 9, 2016 - Blog    Comments Off on Wedding Wednesday: Halloween Costume

Wedding Wednesday: Halloween Costume

Although we are now on the countdown to Christmas, this week’s Wedding Wednesday is going to take a look back on Halloween.  Halloween is my favourite time of year; I absolutely love it.  This year for Halloween we dressed up as Corpse Bride and Victor and had our engagement party.  This evening I’m going to tell you how I created the look and costume.

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Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (Emily) is quite blue.  She has blue skin and blue hues to her dress and accessories.  I had originally planned on being blue but I had some skin allergies that week and instead opted to be very pale with blue accents.  On my eyes I used a lot of blue and navy.  I added white on my waterline and under the lashes to create a larger eye and lined the area with blue.  I placed lashes on this new line as well as my top lash.  All of the shadows were from Blank Canvas Cosmetics.  My eyebrows were exaggerated and made me look sad.  I used dark blue for my contour.  My lips were Smokin’ Hot Pink from Wet n Wild.  I added blues in random spots over my neck and chest.

corpse-bride-face

I bought my wig on eBay for €6.  It was a cosplay one so it was quite comfortable and not at all itchy.  I bought the wedding dress on AliExpress for just under €40.  I was a bit disappointed when it arrived because the size was terrible on me.  I … Read the rest

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