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Halloween Work Placement!

Over Halloween we were offered a work placement to go to a farm not far from my house to do the makeup for their Halloween fear fest event. We were told its going to be a pirate of the Caribbean theme, with some people half dead and skulls. They also wanted prosthetic of shells to look like the pirates have been under the sea for a long time.

We pre-made a lot of the prosthetic beforehand but I find them harder to reattach, I would rather just make the prosthetic on the day, I think they just look and blend a lot better, Just my personal preference. We spend about 4 hours a day over 3 days preparing everything for the work placement and ensuring we had all the right forms and all our kit was packed ready to go.

They were kind enough to give us free entry to the event after the makeup, as well as a free ticket for our friend or family. They also gave us a free drink and food voucher to have while we were there.

So, we had to be there on Halloween at 12pm to start doing the makeup, they sent through an itinerary to us before hand to show what makeup to do and according to this we had constant people coming in from 12pm-6pm with a half hour break at 3:30pm.

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When we got there, we set up in a room and waited. No one came to have their makeup done for a while, so we contacted the person we were corresponding with and they send some people down just after 1pm. The schedule they made didn’t work, no one came when they were supposed to and didn’t know what character they were supposed to be. It seemed really disorganised.

We were finished by 4:30, so had an hour and a half to kill before the event began so we just sat around really. We didn’t get our break when we were supposed to because of the disorganisation. Over the 6 hours we were there we only did makeup for about 2 of them, I really didn’t feel like it was a great experience. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the looks I did but seamed like such a waste of a day, we could have come later and done the exact same amount of makeup. But it’s the experience I didn’t have before. Here are a few pictures of the looks I created:

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Some of us had to stay until the event finished to remove the prosthetic, lucky I didn’t have to. But what I found out when I returned to college was that people had removed their makeup and redone it. They went to see the pirate event, which I didn’t go to see, and they noticed people had full face skulls and makeup that we didn’t do. Its so disheartening to have done work and then it be removed. I’m not to sure what happened with that after it was passed onto our college tutor and she was furious, so I think that was passed back to the farm to see what was going on.

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To focus more on the positive side, you live and learn and unfortunately this does happen and not all work placements are going to be good. It’s a shame but I’m still glad I did it. Here’s to the next ones being more of a success.

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Late Halloween Assessment!

As part of my college course they incorporated our face paint assessments into a Halloween theme because Halloween was approaching. Annoying because of a training day we didn’t end up doing this assessment until November, so was a later Halloween face paint assessment.

I completely changed my idea once I knew it was going to be after Halloween because I wanted to upload it to my makeup page but didn’t feel right putting up Halloween content in November. I was going to do it based around Friday 13th, with  half the face a mask using face paint and the other beauty but I completely changed my mind and decided to create an ice queen.

The weather is really cold at the moment and thought it would be quite fitting, an ice queen with cold winter weather. I wanted a crown for this assessment but couldn’t find any online that were what I wanted and not crazy priced, so I made one. I also used my hot glue gun to make icicles to stick on the neck (they were a lot harder to make than I first thought).

I also had to have an outfit to go with my makeup look. So, I used some leftover pieces of material from curtains, in like a grey colour and some tinsel, I was quite surprised how well the overall look came out. Along with every assessment we have to complete a mood board, with practice pictures, inspiration, annotations and different textures and materials.

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I was really pleased with my assessment and how the look came out. I got a Distinction!!!!!!

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I made my first prosthetic!!

As part of my college course, theatrical and media makeup, I was taught how to make prosthetic pieces for TV and film.  I did have someone who wanted me to turn them into a half dragon for a party, but they cancelled, but I still made the prosthetic because it’s a skill I always wanted.

I started with a model, it made it easier for me to start to create it on an actual person. The piece I was making is going to go around the eye and will be covering the eyebrow, so I started by blocking out the eyebrow to ensure the hairs would be safe. Once I blocked out the eyebrow I began to apply latex around the eye and to create the shape, I applied around 5 layers of latex and tissue to thicken it, letting it dry and powdering between.

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While this was drying on my model, I began to mould the shape of the scales using wax. I made different size ones. Then I began to apply them to the face. I used liquid latex and tissue to harden the scales onto the piece to keep it together. I added around 10 to the face and then removed the piece from my model to allow it to dry.

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I pinned my prosthetic to a foam head to continue making it. I added the rest of the scales and hardened them with liquid latex and tissue paper, which also created more of a bumpy affect, dragon scales aren’t completely smooth.

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Once I was happy with how it all looked, and it was dry I began to start colouring the piece. I used paints, cream makeup, glitter and some eye shadow to create different depths and make it stand out. This took my about 8 hours to make over 3 weeks, because I was doing it in college and needed to allow it to dry between different products.

I did really enjoy making it, I wouldn’t really have had a clue how to start making it before I was shown, and I now know different ways and products I could use to make it better but I am really pleased with how it turned out. I made my first prosthetic!!!!

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Casualty Work Placement!

Throughout college there is different work placement opportunities that we get asked to do throughout the year. The first one that came about was a casualty scene for St Johns Ambulance. They sent us the different type of wounds and injuries that they want for different models.

We planned it all. I went with 3 other students on my course and we each were responsible for different injuries, I believe we had about 5 each, we shared them out to what our skills were and what we felt more comfortable. We thought we would be going in and doing the makeup on the models we were aware of and it would just be us getting on with it. We made lots of prosthetic before we went to make things a bit quicker on the day. But it was very different than we thought it was going to be.

When we arrived, we realised it wasn’t just us doing the makeup but some other people who worked for St Johns ambulance. We arrived for 12:30 but didn’t start doing any makeup until around 1:30, so all the models had to be made up in 40 minutes. We didn’t get to pick who and what we did, the model would come in with a card and their injury and once you had done one, the next model would come in. So, our plan kind of went out the window, sometimes you can be as organised as your like, but it doesn’t always go to plan.

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We thought it was different injuries for different people to be assessed but it was one big casualty incident and different injuries relating to the incident. It was really fun but not what any of us was expecting. We all did really well in such a fast paced environment. First work placement of the academic year all done and dusted.

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Halloween Movies I love!

It’s the spooky season and almost Halloween so I’ve been watching lots of movies, mainly spooky or Halloween related, so I thought I would share some of the ones I’ve really enjoyed and recommend you watch if you haven’t already.

Corpse Bride

I only watched this film last week and can’t believe I hadn’t seen it before, it was just so good.

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Hocus Pocus

This is just a classic Halloween, spooky kind of film and if you haven’t seen it you need to stop what your doing right now and go watch it. I love it.

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Bright Burn

All I can say about this film is it wasn’t what I was expecting it to be at all, it was scarier, but I really enjoyed it.

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Happy Death Day

This was slightly scary, well more jumpy than scary but I did enjoy it, Happy Death Day 2 wasn’t as good, but nothing usually beats the original.

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Beetle Juice

I have watched this film so many times and I still enjoy it.

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Adams Family

There is just something about the Adams family that is just so good and doesn’t really get old. Another classic for me.

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I did actually really enjoy the remake of this, it was done quite well in my opinion, the second one not so much.

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Don’t breathe

I hadn’t seen another film like this before and thought it was so different, jumpy and interesting. Kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire film.

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A quite place

This was also another film that was just so different from any film I’ve seen and I was gripped from the get go, defiantly need to watch this one.

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My favourite products for a pamper night!

Everyone loves a pamper night, whether it be with your friends, your partner or just by yourself. Sometimes you need to take the time to relax and just look after yourself. Even if it is just for an hour or two, make sure you take some you time. I love a pamper night, I usually do this by myself just out of convenience when I get some time to myself.

The products I like to use are face masks, pour strips, foot masks, hair masks, moisturisers and hair oils.

Face masks I like to use are:

  • Garnier Moisture Bomb Pomegranate Hydrating Face Sheet Mask
  • Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Extreme Bubble Mask
  • Glamglow Bubble sheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask
  • L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Eucalyptus Purity Face Mask

 

Eye masks I like to use:

  • Garnier eye sheet mask hyaluronic acid & coconut water
  • Garnier eye sheet mask hyaluronic acid & orange juice
  • Nip + Fab dragons blood fix eye mask
  • Soap & Glory puffy eye attack undereye brightening hydrogel patches

 

Hair masks I like to use are:

  • Sephora collection coconut hair sleep mask
  • Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Coconut Oil 3-in-1 Frizzy Hair Mask Treatment
  • Moroccan Argan Hair Oil, Renewing Treatment

 

I also love a good foot mask; some good ones are:

–          Skin Republic Foot Peel Mask with Foot Socks

–          Superdrug Tea Tree and Peppermint Nourishing Foot Sock Pack

–          Coconut Moisturising Foot Pack

–          Moisturising Charcoal Foot Pack

Sometimes I like to spend a few pounds on different masks and treatments but sometimes cheap and cheerful does the job too. So, all the products above are really varied in price from £1-£20