SFX Assesment

After the many weeks of practice as mentioned in my previous post, it was time for my special effect’s assessment. For this assessment I had to make a story line and get a costume to go with the special effect look I was trying to create. For my story I decided to do someone in prison, there was an explosion and they were thrown into barb wire. I really wanted to incorporate burns, cuts and grazes. For this assessment we had 4 hours to create the look, get our model into a costume and take photos. Then we had time to remove all the makeup and help our model clean up.


I’m really happy with how my look turned out, the costume and overall look really matched my story line and I was really happy with it. I got 87% for this assessment. To get a higher mark I would have needed to go into the models hair more but to be honest I didn’t want to because my model had blonde hair and I didn’t know if the blood would come out of the hair. But I’m fine with that, really pleased with the overall look.

I used Wax, Artex, latex, Running blood and Congealed blood to create this look.





Special Effects Practice!

In college for our special affects assessment we spent the few weeks leading up to it practising with different products. So, I thought I would share the type of products we used and what we used them for.

Artex: We used this to make cuts and wounds. Artex comes in two parts, part A and part B. its really important with this not to mix the product in there pots because it will make the products to hard to work with. You need to take equal parts of the products and mix on the back on your hand. You need to work with it quite fast because it does set quite quickly.

Latex: We used this to create, 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns! With Latex you need to layer it to create the different types of burns. Dry the latex between each layer and powder. Repeat a few times depending on the degree of burn you are going for.

Wax: to create cuts! Wax is really nice to work with, its kind of like play doe, you mould it into the shape you want, but with this one you cant really put it on a place that moves. For example someones neck because when they move the wax could fall off.

Gelation: We used this to create wounds. I didn’t really like using this product because its an animal based product. So I used it once to practise. It can be used for cuts and burn scars too. With this one you need to put it in a packet in boiling water to make it a liquid consistency before you can use it.


Running blood: you can do a lot with this. Add to cuts to create more of a gory look or use it to create grazes.


Congealed blood: We used this to add into cunts and wounds to give depth or on grazes.


Bruises: new and old using cream makeup.

If we used all the above products in my practice lessons, we didn’t need to use them all on our assessment. We could use whatever we wanted to for the actual assessment.


Canoeing down the river wye!

We went canoeing down the river wye for my friends birthday. We love doing activities for our birthdays as appose to going on nights out, its just so much more fun. So he decided he wanted to go canoeing. There ended up being seven of us going and to be honest I was a little nervous considering the day we went it was quite windy and i didn’t wanna end up in the river. So they advised that two of the canoes were tided together to make them more stable. We ended up having three people in the one canoe on there own and then four of us in two canoes attached together because we were an odd number.
Im so glad I was in the canoe that was attached because the other one had such a wobble throughout the day and they did almost capsize a few times. On our way down the river we stopped on the side and went and had a drink in the pub which was really fun. We were out on the canoes for a good 5 hours and it was such a laugh. I would really recommend it if you are looking for something fun to do over the summer.

Aqua Park Cardiff!

This was a pop-up activity and they are all over the place. We booked and went down Cardiff bay. Aqua park is basically a giant inflatable obstacle course on the water, and yes, it is just as amazing as it sounds.


We paid £20 each and got to go on the obstacle course for an hour, it doesn’t sound like long but oh its long enough. Its such a physical activity I was shattered after an hour and the day after my entire body was aching but totally worth it.


You wear a swimming costume and they provide you with a wet suit and life jacket. You can take go pros, but you must have a chest strap to actually use it while doing the activity. I unfortunately don’t have a chest strap so couldn’t take it.


This was defiantly worth the money and such a fun day out, we all had such a brilliant time. This is the website for Cardiff if you want to have a little look: Aqua Park Cardiff!


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Hair Assessments throughout college!

I really wasn’t looking forward to this aspect of my course. I’ve never wanted to be a hair dresser, hair has never been my strong suit. To my surprise it was one of my favourite aspects of the course. Throughout the year we had to complete so many different assessments, from Shampooing and conditioning, client consultation, the art of dressing hair, Plating and twisting, up dos and theory alongside our practical lessons. I am pretty proud of how far I have come, before this course I was hopeless with hair. Now I can actually French plait, it’s not amazing but I can actually do it.

I thought I would share all my hair assessments I have done this year because well Im pretty dam proud of them.

Conditioning Treatment, Blow-dry and Straighten:

Dutch plait:


Fishtail plait:


French Plait:

Hair up with a rope plait:

Rope Plait into a Bow:

Wash, Blow-dry and Setting Rollers:

Wash and blow-dry using a diffuser:

Wash, blow-dry and heated rollers:

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Bridal Makeup Assessment!

As part of my college course I had to create a classic bridal look. I found this to be one of the hardest assessments because things had to be perfect and we didn’t have a lot of time to practice it. For the assessment I only had 45 minutes to complete the full makeup look with lashes. After we finished the assessment we could spend as much time as we needed doing our models hair and finish off the full look with a wedding dress to complete the look. I was really happy with my outcome. I got 95% which was a distinction.


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Half Body Paint!

As part of my college course I had to get a model and complete a half body paint. As a class we all put a theme in a hat and one was picked out, we ended up with Jungle. I really wanted under the sea because I love water and the sea basically, so I did that for my back piece instead. I knew I wanted to incorporate water in some way. We didn’t have an opportunity to practice doing this on an actual body, the only practice I had was on a face, back and on my own arm and leg at home. We had 4 hours to complete this assessment and I thought that would drag but I actually could have done with some more time to perfect it.

Along with the assessment I had to create a moodboard to portray the look we were creating, actual pictures of jungles, wildlife, waterfalls and whatever else I wanted to incorporate into my half body piece. I had to do a design sheet for the front, back, face and hands, to show what I’m going to create really. I also had to add embellishments to my look as part of the criteria. I didn’t know until now that nail art is part of my course, that is not a skill I possess. So, I had to either paint nails with actual paint or nail varnish. I managed to do it, but it was difficult.

When the assessment started we had to use fullers earth to cover the entire hair, 100% of it had to be covered to get a good grade. It looks like wet clay and is the consistency of toothpaste. Once its in the hair it dries and sets so it allows you to paint over it. Mine didn’t exactly dry and the parts that did just cracked as my model moved normally. First time I’ve ever used it and it was difficult. For next time ill know I need to put the hair in a tight single bun and less it definitely more with this product, the more you go over it you end up taking off more of the products than putting in onto the hair. But it was ok for a first attempt.

So after that I left it to dry and started doing the background colours, blue green and my sunset on the back, that’s where I needed to show off my blending skills because that was my downfall in my other paint assessments. I wanted to get the backgrounds done so it can dry to add detail, time was just going so fast as well. I could have easily done with another few hours. It didn’t quite go to plan, my colours weren’t going over other colours very well, but I improvised and I’m pretty happy with the outcome for my first attempt.

For my embellishments I added glitter to flowers all over the body and the waterfall. I also added feathers to the toucan I drew on the back, as well as gems all over the body to add a little something extra. My nails ended up going well with the outfit. To break it down, I got 90% for the body paint, 85% for the hair and 87.5% for the nails. Overall my I got 87.5% which is a Merit, would have needed to be 90% to be a distinction which is a little frustrating, but I can’t complain for a first attempt.