Tuesday, 4 October 2016


This is a long, long overdue blog but something I definitely wanted to review. Earlier this year I attended a three day course at Creative Media Skills in Pinewood Studios. The course was Intro to SFX Makeup and Prosthetics and the tutor was Stuart Bray, a freelance special effects makeup artist working in the film and television industry since 1994. During that time he has worked on a number of features including Saving Private Ryan, The Mummy 1 & 2, Gladiator, Blade 2, Shaun of the Dead and Stardust, 47 Ronin and most recently on the HBO show Game of Thrones working for Barrie Gower. Stuart specialises in all the processes involved in making prosthetic appliances and make-up effects from design, sculpting, moulding, casting and application. Over the last several years he has also been a visiting tutor for a number of makeup schools as well as running his own special effects workshops. The main things that drew me to this course was Stuart himself and the location, Pinewood Studios has produced many of the best films ever released, and learning in the heart of the British film industry seemed like an amazing opportunity.

Day 1 covered using Alcohol Activated paints to create simple wounds and bruising, using Sculpt Gel Pro to create wounds straight onto the skin, and how to mix flesh tones within the product.

Day 2 we learnt how to fill moulds to make wound appliances and how to apply and skin match them, and then how to gore them up!

Day 3 was a quick introduction to sculpting and then a more in depth info on how to make the silicone moulds we used the previous day. We then had a demo on burns makeup, from painted burns to built up sculpt gel wounds, which we were then able to practice on ours models and also apply any left over appliances from yesterday.

The amount of information packed into those three days was staggering, I came away having learnt so much, and having had hands on practice with all the methods was fantastic. Stuart is a great tutor, with a relaxed and open style, I really felt I could ask any question no matter how stupid! He also provided us with detailed notes on all the subjects covered, which is a great resource to refer back to, especially with all the technical points of mixing silicone etc. We were also able to have professional pictures of our work taken, which is great for adding into your portfolio.

Creative Media Skills and this course in particular is absolutely fantastic for someone looking to learn or refresh their skills, their courses range from 2-5 days so great to fit in whilst working and they now offer funded courses so they are definitely something to look into if you are on a budget, professional make up courses can run into the tens of thousands so to have these short courses available and run by current industry working make up artists is an absolute god send. Also if you aren't into make up they have all manner of film industry courses available, from props to costume to assistant directing, so go and have a look at their website for all current courses, I know I'll be going back soon to learn more!

Wednesday, 31 August 2016


Models Own, that brand everyone has heard of because of their awesome nail polish range, but did you know they now have a beautiful range of makeup? Well just have a look at these beauties!

The packaging is beautiful, colours and textures are fantastic, and I love the little kits some of the products come with, the lip gunk comes with a mixing tray and brush and the Colour Chrome eye shadows come with the mixing tray and a fluid to intensify the product! All the prices are so so reasonable too, I didn't see one product above £14.99 I don't think! 

I absolutely cannot wait to try these products out, my favourites so far are the purple metallic Lip Gunk, the Colour Chrome foil eye shadows and the loose Myshadows, stay tuned for a look with these beauts on my face soon <3

You can get all these products and the new 'Dare to Bare' neutrals collection on their website at www.modelsownit.com


Sunday, 29 May 2016


Neve Cosmetics very kindly sent me three of their new lip glosses from their new 'Vernissage' range. 

"Vernissage is a shiny and rich gloss inspired by painting. It gives lips a long-lasting and comfortable lacquer effect thanks to its high-quality vegetable ingredients such as macadamia nut oil and pomegranate extracts. For lips to admire!"

I love these glosses and I'm not really a fan of glosses usually! The packaging is beautiful, the colours beautiful and wearable, really pigmented (all of these pictures I'm wearing the gloss alone, no liner at all) and they have a slightly sticky texture which I like as I find stickier glosses stay put and don't bleed as much as thinner more fluid glosses. See below for a picture of each of the colours on my face :)

Les Poseuses

 Dama con l'ermellino


These are currently on a 20% off deal until the 9th of June, making them only 7.90 Euros each from www.nevecosmetics.it! Also available in the UK from www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk

Sunday, 22 May 2016


I love of bit of lip art :)

All @makeupforeverofficial products, base purple and lilac colours made with the Flash Colour Palette, highlight on the cupids bow and middle of bottom lip is the Star Powder in 944 and glitter is the medium glitter in number 12

Stone is the Mermaid Aura necklace from @jenems 💎


Face × @illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, gel sculpt in Silhouette, Thrust blush and loose powder 010

Eyes × @illamasqua Metamorph palette and Obsidian eyeshadow @makeupforeverofficial Ink Liner @kissproducts Peony lashes

Brows × @browrehab Ash Brown brow cream @anastasiabeverlyhills Brow Powder duo in ebony and Illamasqua brow cake in Gaze

Lips × @nyxukcosmetics Liquid Suede cream lipstick in Sway

Necklace creeping in at the bottom is the mermaid aura necklace from @jenems


Face × @illamasqua Skin Base Foundation and loose powder 010

Eyes × @illamasqua Metamorph palette @makeupforeverofficial Ink Liner and Star Powder 944 on a base of @nyxukcosmetics Jumbo Pencil in milk

Brows × @browrehab Ash Brown brow cream @anastasiabeverlyhills Brow Powder duo in ebony and Illamasqua brow cake in Gaze

Lips × Dior Lip Maximiser Gloss and highlight is the Make Up For Ever Star Powder used above

Necklace × @jenems Opalite wand

Monday, 25 April 2016


Face × @illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, loose powder 010 and Lover blush. @pheesmakeuptips Original Glow as highlight

Eyes × @illamasqua Metamorph palette and Obsidian eyeshadow @makeupforeverofficial Aqua XL black pencil and @kissproducts Peony lashes

Brows × @browrehab Ash Brown brow cream @anastasiabeverlyhills Brow Powder duo in ebony and Illamasqua brow cake in Gaze

Lips × @gerardcosmetics Serenity hydra matte liquid lipstick