Why I Wear Make-Up

Why I Wear Make-Up

There is a lot of hate online recently about fitness and beauty bloggers. Publications are saying that these people are creating an unrealistic standard for their followers and pressuring them to look a certain way. Within all these articles, they seem to be targeting certain blogs and Instagrams. If they actually researched what they were arguing about, they would see that the majority of these blogs and Instagrams (Irish ones at least) preach about being comfortable in your skin and acceptance.

Beauty blogs also preach about being creative with your make-up and this is particularly true for those of us who have costume related blogs. As a cosplayer and beauty fanatic, I love the freedom make-up gives you. I can transform myself from a freckly Irish lass into a clown, a burn victim, an old lady, or an alien. I can make myself look like my body is decaying or that I’m made out of metal. This is the beauty of make-up!

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Woman in Hat and Fur Collar, Pablo Picasso

Why do I wear make-up? Because it’s fun and it’s an outlet for me. It’s like asking why an artist paints. You would hardly say Picasso has set up realistic standards for women because not every woman has lopsided eyes. But he painted because it was an enjoyable way he could express himself. The same goes for a make-up artist. We’ve all seen online the various transformations people can achieve with the use of a brown powder and brush.

Costume make-up is VERY different from every day make-up, though. I certainly don’t head on a night out with liquid latex and coffee beans over my face. I could, but I leave that for conventions and Halloween. Instead, I love to contour, highlight and sparkle like a fairy threw up on me.

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I wear make-up because, for me, it’s that ten minutes to an hour a day that I can have to myself. When you’re doing your make-up, you notice the little things you like about your face, be it a well placed freckle or the shape of your eyes. When I was younger, I wouldn’t have dared put a photo of me wearing no make-up online, but this is the second post where I’ve featured a photo of me clean faced! And ironically, I’ve make-up to thank for that.

You shouldn’t feel pressured to wear make-up but neither should you feel pressured to go completely bare. Just do you and don’t put down others. Encourage and congratulate your peers.

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama

My Favourite Trailers From SDCC

My Favourite Trailers From SDCC

The biggest event in our geeky calenders happened over the weekend. San Diego Comic Con happens every summer in California and masses of film fanatics, comic book lovers, passionate gamers, and general pop culture nerds flock to our nerdy Mecca. Every year, Marvel, DC Comics, and others preview brand spanking new trailers for upcoming films and TV shows. So of course, I have to list my favourites that I’m most excited to see and who I’d most like to cosplay from each one.

 

LEGO Batman

How can you not be excited for LEGO Batman? I was so excited for the LEGO Movie when it first came out, so when I heard Will Arnett’s Batman was getting his own film I screamed. What excites me the most in this film is all the classic character that will be in it; the wonderfully camp Dick Grayson/Robin, the mysterious Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, the dramatic Joker, and of course the delightfully sarcastic Alfred.

Who would I cosplay? Robin, hands down. Not only is he rocking the hottest trend of the season with those glasses, but gives me a chance to start working on getting a nice booty! I love cosplaying quirky and exaggerated characters and Michael Cera’s Robin would be ideal. Also, it’ll allow me to live out my dream as a camp man.

 

Kong: Skull Island

Some people may be shocked that this isn’t in my top 3, but honestly I’m just a not as excited about Kong: Skull Island as I am about the others. I did study film partially in college though, which makes the film nerd in me excited for this. It looks visually stunning and I do love King Kong storylines. It also stars my favourite Kerry man, Michael Fassbender.

Who would I cosplay? Brie Larson’s character Weaver. Mostly ’cause the clothing in this is minimal unless I want to look drastically masculine, which just isn’t my thing. It would make for a super cosy casual cosplay and she still has weapons, which is a plus in my books.

 

Once Upon A Time

I am a huge fan of Once Upon A Time and discovered it on Netflix  about three years ago (all the series and even new episodes can be streamed there!) I am a Disney freak so when I found this series, the Disney shaped hole in my heart was filled as I waited for each new Disney Princess film. One of my absolute favourite princesses has to be Princess Jasmine, so when I saw that the Aladdin story was going to be included in the next season, I put a hole in the ceiling from jumping with joy.

Who would I cosplay? Okay, there’s only three characters shown in this so choice is limited but did you see how GLAM Jafar is? For sure I would stomp about with that snake cane like a boss. His entire costume is so incredibly beautiful that it be a great challenge for me.

 

Doctor Strange

One of the most anticipated Marvel films of the year with rumours that Will Ferrall was meant to star as the leading man, Doctor Strange follows the same style as every other Marvel film. Gorgeous imagery, awesome fight scenes and the odd bit of wit, it’s set to be one of the best if not the best Marvel films to date. Iron Man better watch out!

Who would I cosplay? Kaecilius, for sure. Mads Mikkelson’s eyes look absolutely horrifying and that is just the kind of costume make-up I love. I adore finding new ways to change my face and features, and caved in eyes is one that I’ve always wanted to try and haven’t yet. I especially love the cracked look he’s rocking.

 

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Having been a Harry Potter fan since I was a tyke, I am only buzzing for this film to come out. J.K. Rowling is again helping with the film so you know it’s going to be as beautiful and witty as every other film in the Potter franchise. From the trailer alone, it’s clear that it’s going to be hilarious and a wonderful emotional roller coaster. It also stars my babe Colin Farrell, who I’ve had a guilty crush on since I was a kid.

Who would I cosplay? Probably one of the beasts. I’d grab a few of my friends and try get us all to glue feathers to each other and make caw noises. They are stunning creatures and I’ve always wanted to rock the Buckbeak look anyway.

 

Suicide Squad

Can I be terribly basic and admit that this is going to be one of my favourite films of the year? Definitely not my favourite because Deadpool was the best ever. But still, it’s going to be awesome. There is a lot of hate out there for how they’ve designed the character’s looks, but if people actually researched how much effort has been put into this film, they’d realise that we should be applauding the whole crew behind this film. I could write a whole post about this, but you can also just easily google the various reports on this film.

Who would I cosplay? Again, I’m basic and I love Harley’s look, but I’m not choosing that. I’m also already cosplaying the Joker from this film at Dublin Comic Con this year, so I can’t say that. But I would absolutely love to cosplay El Diablo. You can’t deny he’s one of the most awesome characters out of the bunch. This is the third variation of him and the first of him as an ex-criminal, and unlike others, I kind of love it.

 

Arrow

I’m devastated to see that so many original Arrow characters are no longer in the series, but the introduction of these new guys is kind of exciting. I’m most excited to see Curtis finally tackle that salmon ladder, but also the return of Evelyn Sharp who we only just met in season 4. Also, rumour has it that Katie Cassidy will return to the show. Earth One Laurel is dead, but her Earth Two doppelganger Black Siren is alive and well, so she might perhaps make a return.

Who would I cosplay? Thea seems to still be working with the team as Speedy, which has been a cosplay I’ve wanted to do for a long while. Her costume also hasn’t changed much, which I like ’cause I adore the lace-up detailing in it. For a curvy girl like me, it’s pretty handy to have some sort of lace-up detailing on your top!

 

Gotham

Sorry, but FISH. IS. BACK. The bitch just can’t die. She’s escaped death, what, twice now? But she’s not the biggest reveal in this trailer. First of all, can we talk about the fact that RED HOOD was teased? Jason Todd is the best known Red Hood out there but the Joker too used the name as was told in The Man Behind The Red Hood, both in the comic and in the animated film Under The Red Hood. Jason came after Dick Grayson, and since we last met the Flying Graysons, Dick has yet to be born. So I’m guessing it’s another Joker storyline to keep the mystery of what his origin story is. Also, did anyone else happily scream at the Court of Owls teaser?

Who would I cosplay? Fish Mooney, no doubt. She’s a character that was created for the show but I want to see her in the comics, just like how Harley Quinn was introduced through the animated series and now has a string of comics and graphic novels named after her. Even though I’ve only seen Fish from the neck up, she’s looking fierce and fabulous. Those contrasting eyes and that gorgeous neck piece, I’m all over that.

 

Wonder Woman

HYPE HYPE HYPE. And I’ve totally fallen for it. We have been waiting for a Wonder Woman movie for how long? Years and years. Lynda Carter did an outstanding job at playing the Princess of the Amazons, but I have such a good feeling about Gal Gadot. Her appearance in Batman vs Superman was the best out of of the lot. She showed how strong a character Wonder Woman is and that gives me great confidence that her film will be one for this DC revamp to be proud of.

Who would I cosplay? Island Wonder Woman. Her costume seems quite comfortable and I really like the colour palette (If you haven’t noticed, I’m not only a basic girl but just basic overall, including colours). Her overall island look just seems quite sleek and cool, which I much prefer over her blue and red outfit. It was tough to pick though and if I didn’t have to choose one, I’d definitely pick both.

 

Justice League

Did you think I was going to leave out what is going to be the best DC film of the year? Justice League is FINALLY going to be released and the stellar line up has be beyond excited. With Jason Momoa starring as the seriously badass Aquaman and Ezra Miller the adorably quirky Flash, it had people screaming when the trailer was debuted at SDCC. I just hope the film expands on Bruce Wayne’s final question.

Who would I cosplay? I would genderbend the hell our of that Aquaman. The tattoos, the eyes, the HAIR. I love it all. We’ve yet to see his costume, if he gets a costume, but I adore that stance on top of the rock as the waves crash over him. What a powerful shot! No one would dare pick a fight at a con when you look like that.

 

The Flash

Last season they introduced Earth 2 and this year they are tackling the emotional Flashpoint storyline. The Flashpoint Paradox is in my top three DC Animated Films so I’m especially excited to see how they incorporate the story into the third season. I’m so happy to see they are finally introducing the long awaited speedster Wally West. Also, Eobard Thawne is BACK and in a cage, which we all know won’t keep him from making a quick mess.

Who would I cosplay? The Flash, obvicously. It’s been on my cosplay list for a while now to cosplay as Grant Gustin’s Flash. My first two cosplay’s ever were the 1960s Catwoman and Deadpool, so I have a certain love for full body suits. The Flash is also one of my favourite superheroes and this TV show, which I originally thought was going to be awful, has quickly become my favourite programme right now.

Goodbye Contour, Hello Highlight

For so long, we have been obsessed with contouring. Thanks to celebs like the Kardashians, brands like Smashbox and SoSu have launched contour kits as well as brands like Benefit and MAC relaunching old bronzing and highlighting favourites with some new bits. But finally, it’s had it’s day and the best part of contouring your face is in the spot light.

Highlighting is the part of contouring that brings your face to life. If you skip out on it, your face looks flat and almost dirty. A shimmery highlight really pulls the whole look together. And now, it’s time to give highlighting the attention it deserves.

When I do my make up, I still use a slight bit of bronzer during the day in the usual spots and a smidge more at night, but no where near as much as I used it. Gone are the days of having cheekbones that could cut someone. On a square brush like MAC’s 191 square foundation brush, brush on your contour in the usual spots; just slightly under your cheekbones, down your temples next to your hairline, across your jaw, down the sides of your nose, and under the tip of your nose.

For highlighting, I go MAD with it. Swipe the highlight the top of your cheekbones then travel up your temples again but closer to the inside of your face, on your cupids bow, on top of your chin, down the top of your nose and slightly up your forehead from your nose in a small triangle.

 

 

Daytime Highlight – Benefit’s Watts Up

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For a simple day look, I adore using a simple highlighter that gives a glow. For me, I love using Benefit’s Watts Up. It has a slight yellow hue to it, so it’s not great on pale skin but all you need to do is to make sure to blend it well so that it meshes into your skin tone better. When I am tanned, though, I love putting on two layers of it before blending it out a little bit. Love a good sparkly shimmer and Watts Up has that! Pick it up from Arnotts for €35.

 

Nighttime Highlight – MACs Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle

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I have only just been introduced to this by a friend, but it’s already my favourite for a night look. MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle is renowned the world over for how impressive of a highlight it is. I’m a girl who loves sparkle, and this one SPARKLES. In photos, it shows up so well and isn’t too over powering in person. It’s definitely more suitable for nighttime for this reason but also because of how shimmery it is. It reflects a camera’s flash really well but also glimmers in unnatural lighting, like for instance in a club. Snag it from Brown Thomas for €31.

Kat Von D Beauty Is Coming To Irish Shores

Kat Von D Beauty Is Coming To Irish Shores

Kat Von D’s make-up range is FINALLY coming to Ireland!

The tattoo artist launched her make-up range, Kat Von D Beauty, with Sephora back in 2008 and now it’s one of Sephora’s leading brands. The incredibly popular make-up is known for covering tattoos, but also has amazing long-lasting wear. What started out in 2008 as a small project of just four simple red lipsticks has grown into a massive empire even MAC would be enviable of.

Kat Von D Beauty will be stocked exclusively at Debenhams, but no date is set just yet. Keep an eye on their website and my Twitter for when we can get on our hands on it!

I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on the range whilst on holiday this year and picked up a few bits from Kat’s range, so of course, I got to tell you guys about my favourites.

 

Lock-It Concealer

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I have been using this concealer sparingly since I bought it, ’cause it’s so good I’m scared to waste it. Now that I know that I’ll be able to pick up more of it, I am happy to use it daily. I suffer from seriously dark circles under my eyes, so I need something that can make me look fresh. KVD’s Lock-It Concealer is perfect! It matches well with all foundations and blends easily. I’m naturally very pale but I wear tan almost every weekend, so I bought two different shades for whatever way my skin tone is. Both are perfect and mix in well with my foundation so my face looks smooth and even. I will definitely be picking up more when it lands on our emerald isle!

 

Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

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I’m a sucker for a good liquid lipstick, and KVD’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is one of my new must-haves. I bought two shades when I was over in the U.S. and even though I love Bow N Arrow as a nice brown shade, I am adoring Lolita. The shade is best described as a soft yet warm pink rose colour. If you’re familiar with Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kit shade, Koko K, it’s not far off. The long-lasting lipstick is great but you definitely need a lip liner to keep it on. The highly pigmented lipstick just needs one brush across the lips with the smallest amount of liquid. You don’t need two coats, you don’t need globs of it. The only downfall with this lipstick is how drying it is. It will survive about two to three hours on your lips even while out for drinks, but when you take your make-up off at night, your lips will be pretty flakey. Nonetheless, the unreal staying power is why I LOVE it!

Isopropyl Myristate And How To Remove Prosthetics

Isopropyl Myristate And How To Remove Prosthetics

I’ve previously explained how to properly apply liquid latex, but how do you take it off? Recently, I invested in isopropyl myristate. It sounds long and scary, but is praised by SFX make-up artists around the globe. With the amount of damage I’ve done to my face already by applying liquid latex and literally ripping it off, I looked around to find what could safely remove it.

I picked mine up from Mystic Moments on Amazon. It comes in 125ml, 500ml, and 1 litre. I went for the smallest amount just to test to see if I liked it and how well it worked, but now I regret not getting a larger bottle! If you plan on using SX make-up a lot, it’s definitely worth investing in at least the 500ml.

 

But what is isopropyl mysitate? Simply, it’s a synthetic oil. It’s most commonly found in beauty products, like roll on deodorant, shampoo, moisturiser, that kind of stuff. Even check some of your favourite beauty products now and see if they have it. ISM, as its also known, is used within the beauty industry to replace natural oil so that the products feel less greasy. So it goes without saying, this stuff is totally okay to use on your skin to remove prosthetics.

To use ISM, it couldn’t be easier.

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1. Start looking for that sweet spot where your prosthetic is starting to come off. If you can’t find a spot, start pulling faces! Stretch your face so that the props begin to move.

2. Once you have something to tug at, grab a decent sized brush, like this square foundation brush from MAC. Dip the brush into the ISM, and place the brush inbetween your skin and the prosthetic. Move it around a little, jig it about, and as the SX make-up starts to peel off, move it around more until the whole thing is ready to come off.

 

3. You’ll see your latex or prosthetics start to literally fall off, it’s a messy process. To get any spirit gum or thin layers of residue left on the skin, put a bit of the liquid on a cotton pad and rub it around your face. Finally, get a damp cloth and clean your face until it’s all off. Dry with a towel and BOOM, it’s all off.

This will save all the little baby hairs around your hairline and your lady ‘stash (we all have one!) Whilst ISM isn’t bad for the skin, I still advice washing your face with a natural cleanser and some water after as repeated use of ISM can clog your pores.

When it’s all taken off, your face will be saved. If you’ve ever torn off liquid latex, you know that your skin can end up looking raw and red. And how does your skin look after using ISM? The photo below was taken seconds after I finished taking everything off and it speaks for itself.

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