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5 Tattoo Styles I Enjoy

Saturday, 19 August 2017
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IMO, tattoo art styles can be kinda confusing and overwhelming. In my years getting tattooed, I've had to often rely on Google to find out what's what, and even now I don't remember all the different kinds of tattoo styles and I can't always distinguish one piece's style right off the bat. But I'm getting there, and after a lot of thought I decided to share with you five of the tattoo styles that I personally enjoy the most - although I'm not tattooed in most of them! 

TRADITIONAL

Easily the most recognisable of the lot, traditional tattooing has, as the name implies, been around for decades. Although there are aspects of this style I don't always like - animals and people can come across sometimes as looking a little creepy if you ask me -, on the whole I think it's a really awesome style of tattoo work. A number of my own pieces were inspired by traditional work, and I don't think you can ever go wrong with it. With bold lines and even bolder block colours, it consists of being very solid and stand-out in terms of its art. A prime example of an artist who does well in traditional work is Ruairidh Von Linden from Studio XIII, Edinburgh.

NEO-TRADITIONAL

Probably my favourite of all time, neo-traditional work is very unique to me. As you'd figure from the name, it does share some similar qualities with traditional work, boasting bold lines with often block colours and plenty of shading to add depth, but they're generally brighter and more experimental, and have a big more dimension to them as you can see when comparing traditional art to neo-traditional art. Daryl Watson from Painted Lady Tattoo, Birmingham, does some incredible neo-traditional work, as does Olie Siiz, who's based in Warsaw, Poland.

WATERCOLOUR

Watercolour has been a long-standing favourite of mine, and although I think it's definitely risen in popularity over the last few years, it was still a style knocking about and one that was much admired before I even started getting tattooed. It was one that I even looked at getting myself, before deciding that colour work wasn't for me and I opted for the tough boldness of traditional over the dainty femininity of watercolour work. I do think it's a very feminine style as it's intense and pretty to look at, but that's not to undermine it. Splashes of colour and ink splatterings make up this stunning, unique style of tattooing, and is often mixed with other types. It often works well the most - in my opinion - with sketch work tattoo which is just as it sounds and involves several sketched lines like those you'd find in an artist's sketchbook. Noemi Sorrentino of Studio XIII, Edinburgh, is just one of the many amazingly talented artists who does both amazing watercolour work and sketch work.

DOTWORK

Another style that I feel has recently increased in popularity - and with good reason - is dot work. It's a pretty self-explanatory style, and is one that must require a lot of patience from both the artist and the customer. It involves intricate designs where dots are placed instead of a block of colour, or instead of shading, with varying degrees of heaviness of the dot work itself in place of shading. I've never had it done so I don't know if it takes as long as I can imagine it would take, but the end result is 100% worth it from what I've seen of good dot work. It's another detailed and dainty kind of style that produces stunning work. Some artists whose dot work is worth mentioning include Marc Diamond of Studio XIII, Edinburgh, and Gracie Gosling of Modern Body Art, Birmingham. Gracie's Instagram profile boasts a whole heap of different styles - she's a truly versatile and multi-talented artist.

KAWAII

In all honesty, I don't know if kawaii tattoos are their own stand-alone thing, or if they fall under another, bigger category. I absolutely adore kawaii tattoos, and used to follow a countless number of artists on Instagram who specialised in this kind of tattooing. Although it's a style that I would never get myself, I'm someone who has always enjoyed sparkly, bright, cutesy kinds of things, hence why I'm still drawn to this style. It's bold, colourful and incredibly girly and cute - everything you'd expect to find of something deemed to be 'kawaii'. I enjoy drawing this kind of art from time to time, and take a lot of inspiration from kawaii tattoo artists. One artist I absolutely adore for this style (although I'm no longer following), is Sam Whitehead from Blind Eye Tattoo Company, Leeds.

What are your favourite styles of tattoo art?

5 Colourful Eye Palettes

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
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Remember back when I did my big make-up declutter back in February and thought I was so over coloured makeup and it just wasn't for me anymore and I just never wore it? Remember that? I take it all back. Every word. 

I fucking love colourful make-up. Always have done, always will do. The thing is, I was uninspired and bored, and it was easier to reach for a quick warm-toned copper than a loud, in-your-face purple. In the last few months I've been selectively investing in colourful make-up pieces, trying out from the best brands to see what's worth it and what's not. Today I thought I'd share with you five colourful eye palettes that are mostly affordable, with one not, and let you know just why exactly they're worth every. single. penny.

FOIL EYES PALETTE - BH COSMETICS, £13

When I first bought this back in December of 2016, I didn't know what to expect. The swatches look incredible - but the swatches also looked incredible for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette, and look what a shit storm that palette caused. I've learnt from that now, but back then it definitely felt a bit of a gamble, especially when I decided to buy two of these to give one away. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. In fact, I was totally blown away. I thought I loved this palette when I wore the brown and nude tones for New Years, but that was nothing compared to when I started playing about with the purples and yellows. My favourite of the lot is by far the teal - I used it to create my Ballora-inspired makeup look earlier this year - and the amazing thing about this palette is you don't actually have to use a damp brush. With most 'foil'-like shimmers, you are required to use a spritz of water or MAC Fix+ to really get that shimmery, metallic look, and whilst these work great using this method, I personally prefer them dry as they perform so well. At £13, I think this palette is a bargain - it's follow-up palette is well worth a look too!

WINTERBERRY PALETTE - COASTAL SCENTS, £13

I couldn't pick a favourite palette, but if I could only take one eyeshadow palette to a desert island, I'd probably take this. The shades are so easy to work with, they blend well and they are beautifully pigmented. Plus, the entire thing is made up of pinks, reds and purples - AKA every one of my favourite eyeshadow colours in the world. It also boasts a fantastic, super-shimmery champagne that makes a bangin' inner corner highlight, and a smoky gunmetal shade too if you're looking to add drama to your look. This palette is super travel friendly, with each of the 12 shadows able to be removed so if you have other Coastal Scents palettes, you can swap them to mix and match how you please, and it also has a large mirror that's perfect for on-the-go. This is honestly such a dreamy little number, and the price is ridiculously affordable for something so well made and beautiful! 

NYX ULTIMATE EYESHADOW PALETTE - BRIGHTS, £16

So, I have a little bit of a bone to pick with NYX over this line-up of palettes. The Ultimate Eyeshadow Palettes were released, if I remember rightly, towards the end of 2016. Most of them are smoky and neutrals, with this being the only one containing a bright and interesting colour selection - who'd have thought, right?! - but what gets me is that before holding this in my grasp, I had no idea the palette was this small. At £16, I expecte something at least the size of the Winterberry palette, if not more. What I didn't expect was for all 16 of my itty-bitty shadows to be shoved into an itty-bitty palette. 

Complaints aside, this palette by NYX is pretty fucking decent. At £16 I'm not entirely convinced it's worth the price tag for how little you get, and some of the shadows do take work - I'm still left disappointed by its bright yellow number. The red with the gold glitter is very reminiscent of my Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Bad Seed, a gorgeous product I introduced to you in my Civil War inspired makeup look, and I admit I find it disappointing to have a repeat shade. Whilst a few shades are a little lack-lustre, most perform pretty well and don't require a huge amount of build-up. The hot pink is one of my favourites - I used it for both my Toy Chica inspired makeup look and in my My Tattoos: Part One video - and I'm looking forward to trying out the teal for an upcoming look at some point (inspired by a superhero character). On the whole this is a good palette - price tag put aside!

PRO PALETTE - SUGARPILL, £18 / PALETTE, £7.95 / PAN

This is the only colourful, high-end eye palette I own, and so far it's been worth every single penny. I currently have 6 shades in my 12-pan Sugarpill Pro Palette, and whilst it isn't cheap, these eyeshadows knock every other brand I've tried out the park. The quality is fantastic, they blend well, and the colours are beautiful and easy to work with. The pan-size is also massive, so you're getting a lot of product for your money. I really don't have a bad word to say about this, and if you're interested, you can read more over on this post.

MAKEUP GEEK PALETTE - I HEART MAKEUP, £7.99

This palette is what I call a colourful palette for beginners, and is one of the very first that I ever used when I started to get into colourful eye looks. Not only is the price-point a bargain, but the colour selection is beautiful. As well as matte transition shades and shimmery nudes, it boasts firey red tones and mermaid purples, blues and pinks. In all honesty, I'm sure mine is long expired and it even smells more like a box of Crayolas now than eyeshadows, but the pigmentation on these is fab, and I also think they are so easy to work with. There's a shade in the bottom right of the palette that's a near dupe for Sugarpill's Moneymaker, and it looks incredible under a cream black base to really show off and intensify the colour. I could praise this palette all day long - I think it's affordable and an amazing starting point for colourful looks. From a nude look to a smoky eye, to firey grunge makeup, I think this palette has all you need.

That's a wrap for this post - what colourful eye palettes do you think are worth a look?

30 Blog Photo Prop Ideas

Saturday, 5 August 2017

I don't really consider myself much of a photographer, and whilst I do enjoy taking blog photos (altho I always dislike the idea bcos ughh I have to set stuff up), I don't really consider photography a real passion or hobby of mine. Blog photos are a ton of fun to do though - and it's so easy to create a nice photo. If you're a beginner looking for some basics, make sure to check out this post, but in today's post, I wanted to share with you some basic props for taking your blog photos. I particularly enjoy flatlays, but sometimes I do other photos. It's best to just experiment to find out what style you like to take your photos in, and have fun playing around with colour, dimension and texture in your props!

  1. Magazines & catalogues.
  2. Beauty products - highlighters, nail polish, eyeliner pencils etc.
  3. Skincare products - the likes of Soap & Glory make products with such pretty packaging!
  4. Hair accessories, hats and sunglasses.
  5. Your phone or tablet, showing your blog/logo/Instagram/a picture of you/a specific song etc.
  6. Glittery card/pastel coloured card/metallic card, or wrapping paper.
  7. Camera lenses and lens caps.
  8. Perfume bottles.
  9. Headphones.
  10. Sequins, confetti, plastic gems, buttons and paperclips.
  11. Fresh flowers, fake flowers, or plants in general.
  12. Items of clothing with interesting patterns/textures, or dainty lace bras etc.
  13. Reading books.
  14. Notebooks.
  15. Your DS/console controller/Instax Mini etc.
  16. Sharpies, or fluffy or decorative pens, as well as paint palettes and other art tools and stationary.
  17. Beauty tools like brushes and eyelash curlers.
  18. That typical marble background - I bought my marble sticky back paper from Wilkos and stuck it onto an A3 piece of acrylic I bought from eBay.
  19. Patterned paper packs, like those used for scrapbooks. I find loads of these in the likes of Bargain Buys.
  20. Pencil cases, make-up bags, make-up/pen pots - you could blur these at the edge of your photo, have them as a central piece or lie them down in a flatlay and have the products inside scattered out.
  21. Trinket dishes, plates and baskets.
  22. Jewellery and watches.
  23. Art prints, journal pages, drawings, or physical photos of you/your subject.
  24. Candles and pretty candle holders.
  25. Ribbon.
  26. Fairy lights.
  27. CDs.
  28. Swatches of lipstick on paper.
  29. Light box.
  30. Pretty outer packaging for products or bags - e.g. like the paper MAC bags or those from Sephora. 
What are your favourite blog props? Have I missed anything from this list?


Make-Up Brushes for Beginners

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

There are new brush launches coming out left, right and centre from both the drugstore and high-end brands, so it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start and what's worth picking up, especially when you're new to the world of make-up. Today, I thought I'd share some face and eye brushes that I absolutely adore, all on the affordable side of the spectrum. Most of these come as part of a set, but the sets are definitely worth the money and very purse-friendly.

REAL TECHNIQUES EXPERT FACE BRUSH, £8.99

While I started off with the Buffing Brush that comes part of the original Core Collection released in the very early days of the Real Techniques brand, I'm pretty sure that I prefer this. There aren't any huge differences, and I find both pretty much do the same thing, giving a flawless, buffed-in look to your make-up to make sure your foundation is spread evenly and applied beautifully, with everything blended in. I particularly like this for a dewy make-up look, using it with runnier foundations rather than your heavy, full-coverage kind. A good beginner's tool, the buffing brush is one that you can't go wrong with.

REAL TECHNIQUES DELUXE CONCEALER BRUSH (ULTIMATE BASE SET), £19.99

One of the most recent RT brushes to my collection, the deluxe concealer brush is a fluffy, rounded brush that's easy to use. I find it's not so fluffy that it simply buffs product away, but is enough to apply and thoroughly blend the product whilst giving great coverage and a nice even finish. One to be used with your liquid concealers for sure, plus it's small enough to get into all those pesky awkward places like around the nose and under the eyes very easily.

REAL TECHNIQUES FAN BRUSH (SCULPTING SET), £22.99

Another fairly new purchase, I don't find the sculpting set to be hugely amazing but I do love the fan brush that comes as part of the set. Before this, I'd been using several different MUA ones that were much thinner and flimsier, and although I still enjoy and use them, I love using a much firmer brush as I don't worry as much about how much product I'm using and I feel like application is much smoother and quicker. I use this solely for my highlighter, but fan brushes are amazing for sweeping away fallout from eyeshadows, so it's worth investing in a couple.

BH COSMETICCS BH CHIC 14 PIECE SET, £23

BH Cosmetics have quickly become a firm favourite brand for me. Between their high-quality eyeshadow palettes (which are also mega affordable) to their beautiful brush sets, I feel spoilt for choice and wish they'd been a brand that was accessible to me when I was younger. I've recently purchased two of their brush sets, with one being the BH Chic set. Not only does it look great in photos, but the fluffy and soft bristles are great on the skin. From this set I especially enjoy the powder brush, as it's big and fluffy enough to mattifying my makeup without overdoing it, and I also love the angled brush for contouring as it comes in such a perfect size and shape for the hollows of my cheekbones. The eye brushes are fantastic, and I find myself reaching a lot for the long-bristled, small, fluffy brush for applying eyeshadow onto the lower lash line or deepening up my crease.

BH COSMETICS METAL ROSE 11 PIECE SET, £22

My favourite of the two sets aesthetically, the Metal Rose set is the stuff dreams are made of. Sturdy and beautiful, they also come with soft and gentle brush bristles. I use the eye brushes the most out of this set, as it contains a huge range of blending brushes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, with a couple of flatter ones too. I particularly like the blending brushes, however, as your needs are covered - whether it's your lower lash line, crease or inner corner, there's something to suit you.

EBAY FLUFFY EYE BRUSH, £1.39

I actually bought several of these brushes as singles, but I can't seem to find them anymore for whatever reason, and instead they come as part of a set which you can find here as part of the 4pc black and silver set - the one I'm talking about is the one with the brown/black bristles. Probably the softest brush I've encountered out of all my eBay brushes, I adore this huge fluffy blending brush as whilst it's too big for actually applying product into the crease, it's perfect for effortlessly diffusing the lines afterwards.

MAKE-UP ACADEMY EYESHADOW BRUSH E1, £1.95

A long time staple in my collection, the E1 is my favourite brush for packing product onto the lid. Firm with perfectly shaped and sized bristles, this super inexpensive brush picks up a ton of colour and makes it easy to transfer the pigment onto your lids. There really isn't a huge amount to say about this one, but it's pretty much the only thing I use for applying colour to my eye lids.

That's all for this post! Are there any brushes that I've missed out here?