Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Halloween makeup

Thought I'd get the ball rolling for for Halloween, by showing you the makeup I created on my housemate Monday night.
She has Lady Gaga's born this way tuxedo costume in mind for Halloween, and wanted to see what the makeup would look like. So I did a practise run on her, and here are the pictures!

Hope you like them, so much fun to do! Didn't hurt having Ryan Gosling on in the background either.. 

May do a tutorial over the weekend, make sure to look out for it!

Friday, 12 October 2012

Photo Diary 02

I'll admit it, I'm a bit of a cheat. The first two pictures are from the week before, but I'm too much of a perfectionist to have an odd number of pictures. I haven't realised how busy I've been until I look at how much I've done over the past week, no wonder I'm so tired! Despite this horrible cold I'm battling at the moment, I'm so excited for winter and Christmas around the corner, and of course halloween in a couple weeks!

Who are you dressing as this Halloween? Does anyone think I should do some Halloween makeup tutorials for you all?

Monday, 8 October 2012

What's inside my LCF makeup kit

As you may have read in my last post, I received the rest of my LCF makeup and hair kit on Thursday. For those thinking of starting a career in makeup artistry, have just started but aren't sure what basics they need to start a kit, or those who are just nosey, I'll give you a quick glimpse in to my LCF kit. There are a couple things that are missing at the time of taking these photos; skincare basics, spray bottles, brush cleaner, etc, but you'll get the jist I'm sure! I've also left out all of my extra products and colours, just so you can see the very basics you need, then of course you can build on that over time.

These are items I need for almost every time I apply makeup, with a few tools thrown in.
Containing: Two small glass bowls, hair control grips, stainless steel palette, spatula, two beauty spoons, wooden modelling tool, two stacks of five plastic containers, body painting brush, black stipple sponge and a fine orange stipple sponge.

Skincare. There's a lot of products that aren't pictured here, as I had the move my giant pack of baby wipes to accommodate them. I will include them in my list never the less!
Containing: Purity cleanser, Garnier Pure and Natural toner, Purity moisturiser, Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizing lotion, Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream (Miracle product!), cotton buds, cotton pads and various travel sized lotions and potions.

Make sure to always buy skincare that is fragrance free and suitable for sensitive skin, you will be working on all types of skin, and you never know what someone may be allergic to.

Face. All these products can be found in my MAC kit post here, except for the one Illamasqua blush in the centre! I will be adding more products to my kit as I progress, but for now while I study at LCF they provide us with a whole spectrum of MAC foundation shades in our makeup rooms to use, so this is literally the very basics.

Lips and eyes. Probably the fullest part of my kit, hence the amount of pictures!
Contains: Kryolan supra colour palette (pictured above), Kryolan aqua colour palette, MAC eyeshadow palette, Kryolan lip rouge palette, various MAC & Kryolan pigments , and other MAC products from my post here.

I make sure to separate my lip and eye pencils into colour-coded clear pouches, to save having to root around figuring out what's what. I also use a bigger pouch to separate dirty brushes when I've finished a job to make cleaning them when I get home easier, and to prevent contaminating my clean brushes! If you're in the UK, you can get the ones I use from Sainsbury's. They're just clear pencil cases, really cheap at 79p and they do the job!

Accessories & Disposables.
Contains: Non-latex sponges, powder puffs, disposable mascara wands, many boxes of eyelashes, duo adhesive, eyelash curlers, pincers, tweezers, scissors and sharpeners - various widths.

The brushes on the right are ones I received in the kit, I was a bit sceptical when ordering as I had never heard of anyone using Pazery Bouffard brushes. However, they are so, so good. They're super soft with no fallout, and are probably the best quality brushes I have tried to date. I'm not sure where you can directly buy them from, if anyone knows then share it in the comments section!

Last but not least, my hair kit! I won't go through it all, as there are way too many grips, pins and brushes to list. I'm sure it's easy to tell from the picture though, and if you're interested, everything here is from

So that's it! Not very detailed or interesting, but it may hopefully help some of you.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Zuca Pro Artist Case review

On Thursday, I received last pieces of my LCF kit, to accompany the MAC kit I received a month prior (You can see the MAC post here). So I thought it would be the perfect time to review the Zuca case I purchased a few weeks ago.

Originally I was debating whether to save money and buy a normal suitcase and clear pouches to organise everything, or grit my teeth and pay extra to get the case I really wanted. I knew that I was going to upgrade to the Zuca Pro Artist Case at a later date, as I've heard from countless sources what a little miracle it is, so decided there's no point in me buying both, and invested in the Zuca.
If you haven't heard of it before, the pro artist case made especially for hair/makeup artists and is the go-to case for a lot of artists worldwide. It contains 4 large and 1 small nylon utility pouches and a rain cover.

Inglot Zuca Pro Artist Case, £170

I have to say, I absolutely love this case! It is literally like a Mary Poppins wonder case, I have so much stuff and this is so tiny, but it fits everything in easily, with space still for more! Each pouch has it's own removable labels, which keeps my kit super organised and means I can instantly locate the type of product I want without having to root around for it. The sneaky little compartment at the back perfectly stores my business cards, and the compartments at the sides are surprisingly spacious, fitting my straighteners and curling tongs in either side. Probably my favourite part it is the stainless steel top which is so strong, it doubles as a seat! Not the most comfortable seat mind, but I'm sure I wouldn't care if I've been on my feet for hours.

There are extras you can buy for the case, some useful, some novelty (Flashing wheels anyone?). With my hair kit being as big as it is, I'm probably going to need another pouch or two to accommodate all my grips, clips and brushes if I don't want to be dragging a big holdall around as well, but other than that I have yet to find a fault in the case. If you are looking to invest in a good case, and like me aren't a fan of hard train cases, I 100% recommend the Zuca!

Does anyone have a Zuca case or are looking to buy one? Do you think it's good value for money?