Beauty, Lifestyle

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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Lifestyle

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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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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Beauty, Lifestyle

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

Lifestyle

Friends Fest!

I don’t think I will ever get bored of the TV series ‘Friends’. It doesn’t matter how many times I re-watch the show, it never gets old and I just love the story lines they are so relatable. If you’re a true friend’s fan whenever you move furniture you will say “Pivot” and so many other situations that happen in my everyday life reminds me of an episode.

Last year I went to Friends Fest, its basically the sets and props from the TV show Friends and you can have a look around and take photos. They have restaurants with the same names as in the show and the iconic coffee shop. Last year I went to Cardiff but couldn’t resist going again this year, this year I went to Bristol to see it. It moves to different areas over the summer at select dates.

This year they had a few different sets from last year which was fun. I went with my mum and two other friends. We had such a good time and though I would share some of my photos. I would defiantly go if you enjoy the show, it was a blast. 

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Lifestyle

Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves?

I always tell myself to relax, don’t stress and ignore negativity but its so hard to do when reality slaps you in the face. Why is it that if you don’t have a house, married, a career or children by the age of 25, you feel like a bit of a failure. Don’t get me wrong when I was a teenager I genuinely thought I would have my life together by now, good career, my own house and maybe even children. The years just go so fast and life doesn’t always go the way you think it will.

I went back to college at 24 to pursue a career in something I love, trying to turn a hobby into a career. Don’t get me wrong I would love to have all my ducks in a row and be settled now but I’m not. Its so hard sometimes to focus on all the things I’ve accomplished and how lucky I am to be where I am. My mind just goes to the negative things, like I have a job not a career, I don’t have a house and just feel so unsettled. When I say I’ve got a job not a career I mean for me a job you can swap and change whereas a career you need some kind of training to do it and not everyone can. I have always strived for a career, to be successful. Should I be disappointed that by 25 I don’t have a career? Where did all this pressure come from to have all your shit together so young. Why does society feel the need to push young people into having a house, career, children and get married by the time your 30. Just seams like a hell of a lot of pressure.

I’m terrible for jumping to the negative side and focus on the things that I haven’t done and haven’t got as appose to looking on a positive side. Don’t get me wrong things could be so much worse, my life is fine, nothing wrong with it. But doesn’t everyone want life to be easier, less worry, more money. Does anyone else feel like that?

My goals sometimes feel so unrealistic, negative me again I guess. But its so hard to do things like get on the property ladder, have a successful career and have a social life. I constantly tell myself its ok to have these bad days and feel like life is basically crap. But it’s so important to wake up the next day and try and get on with things. Be positive and keep going.

By the end of 2020, I will have finished my college course, I want to be in the process of buying my own house (with my boyfriend) and start progressing my career. I can’t see why this isn’t achievable. Sometimes feels like I need a kick up the ass and a sprinkle of confidence to get me to my next chapter. I do hope this helps someone who feels the same way that I do and you’re not alone in feeling this way. Something I’m trying to do at the end of everyday is write down something I’m grateful for and what I’ve accomplished, trying to bring positivity into my life.

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