Using Nose And Scar Wax

Using Nose And Scar Wax

If there is one thing I hate more than waiting for liquid latex to dry, it’s working with nose and scar wax. It is the most annoying product I’ve dealt with yet as I’m learning Special FX make-up. It’s taken me a fair few tries to figure out these simple little things to make it fair more workable. But thanks to some super helpful friends from the web and from my life, I’m finally able to use it properly! There are a lot of things to remember when using it but eventually it does become second nature. I’m currently working with Mehron Modelling Putty/Wax and it’s pretty stubborn, but fortunately I have five tips on what to do to make it easier.

 

Getting Started

The most important thing to know is that scar wax is a solid. You are going to need to warm it up somehow, and the easiest way is between your hands. Roll it out between your hands either into a snake or ball shape, whichever kind of shape you need for your make-up.

Buy A Spatula

It’s also pretty vital that you invest in a metal spatula. I got a cheap one off from Amazon that also came with a metal palette for mixing.

Moisturiser Is Your New Best Friend

SERIOUSLY. I would be lost without this tip. One of the best tips I’ve ever gotten was to use Vaseline to make the wax less sticky. I found that Vaseline was a bit too slippy so instead I use a body moisturiser or lotion to smooth it out. I rub a bit on my hands when I’m warming it up but also dip my spatula into the moisturiser when I’m smoothing the wax out on my skin or prop. If the spatula is leaving too many marks on the wax, I put a little bit of the cream on the tips of my fingers to blend it better into my skin.

Make It Look Natural

The scar wax I’m using it a more reddy colour than my pale cool toned skin and it looks even worse when I’m wearing my glorious orange fake tan. Because of this, I have a variety of powders and creams handy so I can balance out the colour to match my skin. It’s pretty simple, just think of it like making your foundation lighter or darker. For instance, I would use an orange or brown powder or cream to darken the wax to my skin colour. If it’s darker than my skin I generally use a white eye pencil to make it lighter. I use an eyeliner pencil just because I find it much easier to use than a cream and it gets the job done quickly!

Keep It In Place

Another helpful tip I got from another special FX fan is that to make sure your prosthetic stays in place is to invest in prosaide. I’m not too familar with it as I’ve only ever used spirit gum and that gets the job done fine. The only downside to spirit gum is that you need spirit gum remover to take it off but with prosaide you can use soapy water or my favourite product, isopropyl myristate. To keep the wax in place, smooth is out into your desired shape on your hand, smooth it down then carefully remove it. Apply the prosaide where you want the prosthetic to stick and put the wax back down. Again smooth it out using a little bit of moisturiser and apply more prosaide where needed.

 

And that’s really it! It is going to be the most annoying product you’ll ever work with but once you have these key tips in mind, it becomes much easier. I’m still no pro at it but I’ve learnt how to be better, which is the most important thing. Hopefully this helped you out if you hate nose and scar wax as much as me!

My Cheap Face

My Cheap Face

I love my Bobbi Brown, MAC and Benefit bits but I just can’t wear those products everyday. I would be broke! For a full face I can wear every day either to the office or out to the shops, I just run over to Boots to get everything I need. Check out all the products I use for a full face below for less than €80.

And before you ask, no this isn’t sponsored by Boots, I’m just a sucker for the place!

 

Foundation – Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation

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I have to mention my absolute favourite first out of this list, Rimmel’s Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation. It does exactly what it says on the tin – it has a lasting finish. But the key to any foundation is looking after it so make sure you’re cleansing and moisturising your skin when it needs taking care of! There are heaps of glowing reviews for this foundation online. It has to be the best matte high street foundation out there, in my opinion. Snag it for €10.49.

 

Powder – Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

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Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder is actually my daily and occasion powder. It has amazing staying power for all foundations from Penney’s PS Pro foundation to my Bobbi Brown foundation. I’m not a huge fan of pressed powder so with this I use to back of my powder brush to break it up so it becomes loose. This for me is much easier to use! Nab it for €5.99.

 

Concealer – Natural Collection Natural Collection Cover-up Cream

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This has got to be one of my favourite finds to date. I first bought Natural Collection’s Cover-up Cream one day when I was just stuck for concealer. Since then, it’s become my favourite everyday concealer and I have it in both fair and medium. Even on days when I don’t wear make up, the medium coverage is just enough to hide the bags under my eyes but still allows some of my darker freckles to show through. Pick it up for €2.79.

 

Eyebrows – Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel in Mid Brown

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If you’re a fan of Benefit’s Gimme Brow, this is a seriously good dupe. You won’t get the same staying power but do expect the same intense colour. To make it last for longer days outside of the office, I do spray on a make-up setting spray like Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray but NYX’s Matte Setting Spray is just as good. For wow brows, you can buy the brow gel for €5.49.

 

Contour – Bourjois Délice de Poudre bronzing powder & highlighter

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What’s better than a great bronzer? A great bronzer and highlighter in one! I adore Bourjois’ Délice de Poudre collection in general, but their duo is my stand out product. It’s so easy to apply for a soft glow yet easily buildable. Don’t expect any super harsh lines, these powders are for people who like a subtle look, which for me is perfect for every day. Snag it for €10.49.

 

Blush – No7 Pop & Glow Cream Blush in Rose Blossom

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Some girls can apply blush, some girls can’t. And I’m one of those girls who can’t. But No7’s new Pop & Glow cream blush is so easy to use and SO buildable. I just dab on a little bit on the apples of my cheek and rub it across my cheekbone. It’s the most expensive thing on this list at €14 BUT this has helped me so much at putting on some quick colour.

 

Eyeshadow – NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Naked Truth

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I keep it pretty plain and simple in my day to day look eyeshadow wise. NYX has only just hit Boots stores around Ireland and us beauty fiends are going CRAZY for it. I’ve only a few bits from NYX but it’s quickly becoming my favourite brand. The pots are the same size as the MAC eyeshadow pots and have just as good pigmentation. Buy it ASAP before they sell for just €5.

 

Eyeliner – Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner

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I am a sucker for a good cat-eye. Rimmel’s exaggerate eye liner is not only my favourite every day liquid liner but my favourite liner full stop. The rubber applicator means that you don’t have to worry about those little fly away streaks you get from brush wands. It’s one of the most smudge proof liners I’ve ever bought. Rimmel’s liner is one that I go back to again and again because it goes on so smoothly and dries fast. I even have it in brown and black! Pick it up for €7.49.

 

Mascara –  Seventeen Falsifeye HD  Mascara

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This has become one of my recent favourites to quickly put on in the office or popping out to the shops or gym with a bare face. I’m surprised at how much I like this Seventeen mascara. It doesn’t clump, it’s long lasting, and it’s rubber wand makes it so easy to lengthen and get every single lash. The mascara also elongates and dramatises your lashes. Snag it from Boots for just €9.49.

 

Lips – NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee

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I’m a recent convert to NYX  and I’m loving the brand as you can tell with me mentioning some more of their products in this post. Their Butter Gloss was the first thing I bought and I am in love with it! There are so many gushing reviews about this lip gloss and I can see why. Whilst I’ve never been a fan of lip gloss, even now I’m not exactly pushed on it, but NYX’s Buttter Gloss is glorious. It doesn’t dry your your lips, it’s no where near as sticky as other glosses and has great staying power. It also looks fantastic over a similar colour lipstick to plump up your lips. Nab it for just €7.

Super Simple Deadpool Make-Up

Super Simple Deadpool Make-Up

If there is one character that’s given me hell, it’s been Deadpool. The Merc with a Mouth was the very first cosplay I ever worked on. The first few times I wore the cosplay I have always changed how the make-up was done. Only now, after about ten tries, am I happy with this look. It’s easy, it’s quick (if you don’t include drying time) and doesn’t require any skill at all. Seriously, as long as you can measure a teaspoon, you’re grand.

Ingredients; 1 part liquid latex to 2 parts brown sugar.

I generally use one teaspoon of liquid latex and two teaspoons of brown sugar to cover my face and neck. You can use any granulated sugar for this, I just prefer brown sugar as it tends to have a less smooth texture and doesn’t show up as bright as white sugar does.

It can take up to 3 hours for the look to be finished (an hour drying time per layer) so make sure you’ve set aside time for this as well as your own make-up for the day.

Mix the liquid latex and sugar in a bowl with a spoon/stick/whatever and then start spreading it on your face. Using the back of the spoon, flatten out the mix so there are bumps from the granules but it’s not too intense. With the front of the spoon, scoop up a bit of the mix and let it drip a bit in a few places. Continue doing this until you’re happy. You will be needing about two or three layers of this avoiding the eye area, so don’t go over the top with the first layer!

Once it’s dry, brush on some loose powder to take away the shine from the mixture. Take an orange brown powder (like shade 2 in SoSu’s contour palette) and dab it all over your face. I do this so that when I put on my foundation the white of the mix doesn’t show through. When I’m wearing tan, I just go for a darker brown again. Once that’s all done, just apply your make-up as normal.

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If you want to go the extra mile and create the small holes in Deadpool’s skin, take a pair of tweezers and pick just a little bit at a few bits. Once you’ve a small hole, very carefully pull at it until you create something like I have above. Take a red lip liner and very carefully put the tip of the liner just where the latex is still attached to the skin within the hole you’ve created. Using the tip of your finger, smug the red lip liner so that it totally covers the inside of the hole.

Boom, that’s it! It’s so easy to do but the only pain is having to wait so long for it to dry. To be fair, when you wash off the liquid latex the brown sugar in the mix almost acts like an exfoliator! Always look on the bright side, guys.

Why I Love Tea Tree Oil

Why I Love Tea Tree Oil

I’ve already listed out 7 reasons why you should invest in Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream, but another great (and cheap!) beauty buy is tea tree oil. I have used the natural oil for a variety of things beauty related but also health related. The tea tree oil comes from the Australian melaleuca tree, an evergreen with white spongey bark. The oil is derived from the leaves or “needles” of the tree. The tree actually got it’s name from Captain James Cook who named it tea tree because his used used to use the leaves as a tea substitute. But I wouldn’t recommend swapping your tea leaves for tea tree oil! It’s not meant to be taken internally. At most, you can put two drops into a glass of water to swivel around your mouth to clear bacteria in your throat but do not swallow it!

There are endless uses for tea tree oil but what I mostly use it for is for treating spots. I put a few drops on one end of a cotton bud and rub it around my spot then on the actual spot. It not only dries it out so it flakes away faster but it also kill the bacteria that caused the spot. People have also said how much the oil has helped them clear up their acne. It’s my go to when I find a little red bump on my face. It’s much more hygienic than the toothpaste trick!

Another great use for tea tree oil is for when you’ve had a nasty cough. Pour yourself a hot bath with a few drops of the oil into it. Think of it like bathing in Vicks! It’s going to help clear your throat and chest as well as your nose. If you feel even a hint of a cold or cough coming, just do this and you’ll be saving yourself in the long run. If you don’t have a bath, then put a few drops into some hot water in a sink, grab a towel, put it over your head and breath in the vapour through your nose and out through your mouth. Simples!

 

Honestly, tea tree oil is the handiest thing to have in your house. People invest in a thousand and one things to help treat spots, but as we know most of them are rubbish. My mother introduced me to this when I was a young teenager and I’ve never looked back.

I use Boots Tea Tree Oil in 20ml and you can nab it for €10.99. Definitely a bargain as other places can charge up to twice as much!