13.12.14

SANTA CLAWS CAT CHRISTMAS CARDS

I thought I'd just do a quick post to show the Christmas cards I have for sale at the moment. There are currently seven different designs on offer, including the new Grumpy cat and Lil Bub cards.




The original artworks were drawn with colour pencil and the Christmas cards are currently for sale here.
Thank you for looking, I hope you have a great Christmas :) x

10.12.14

BURT'S BEES NATURAL DEODORANT REVIEW

I haven't used high street deodorants for about a year now due to their rubbish ingredients. I did intend on trying Salt of the Earth's natural deodorants first, however when I did a little more research on them I decided against them due to their aluminium content. So I thought I would stick with a brand I was more familiar with; Burt's Bees. 


Currently I'm actually distancing myself from Burt's Bees products because they often contain animal products like milk and beeswax. However unless I'm misreading the ingredients lists of these two products, they appear to be vegan.

It is important to note that natural deodorants often don't actually block your skin from producing sweat. They defiantly help odor control  I used to get quite painful red spots on my underarms when using regular deodorants which have completely healed since changing. 


The Burt's Bees Outdoor deodorant was the first natural deodorant I ever used. This is a spray that contains plant extracts. It has quite a strong herbal smell once sprayed, however once the product has settled on the skin the smell becomes a lot less pungent. I found this to work quite well. The initial smell can be a little overpowering at first. I don't think I would buy this again for general use, but I would buy it again if I were planning on going on a camping trip.



Now I know this says "for men" but they don't seem to sell one aimed at females. Plus its only a deodorant, the only difference it would have is the fragrance. I was expecting this to have either a very strong musky smell or a strong herbal smell like the spray deodorant. However its not as strong as I had imagined. It does have a musky smell but its not over powering. I found this deodorant to be long lasting and easy to apply. It has a nice smooth texture and I would rarely need to reapply. I'm currently trying different brands of natural deodorants out, but I would defiantly buy this one again. 

2.12.14

DIY BREAKING BAD BEAR PLUSH TOY

So like most people I thought i'd check out the first episode of Breaking Bad to see if i'd like it. Turns out I loved it and watched the whole of the first series and a couple episodes from the second series in a day. Before I knew I had finished watching the whole thing. Then came the empty feeling when I knew there was no more episodes left to watch. I thought it would help me grieve if I created something from the show. I've always been fond of the pink bear that makes various appearances throughout the show.



Shortly after purchasing the materials to make the toy, I found out that an official stuffed toy of the bear was going to be released. When they released the photo of it I was really quite disappointed with it. Firstly, aside from the colour, it really doesn't look anything like the bear in the show. Secondly it looks quite cheap and nasty, especially for the price tag of £34 RRP!!


This is the first articulated teddy bear I've ever made. I amended this pattern to be a little skinnier and have an open mouth with the tongue sticking out. Its a really good pattern and is easy to follow, so don't be put off if you're a beginner!
I did intend to do a step-by-step showing how I amended the patterns but I kept forgetting to take photos of the different stages! I'm sure I can recreate the amended templates if requested. 


The actual bear props in Breaking Bad are made from a light pink swirl fleece fabric rather then hot pink faux fur fabric. I chose to use fur fabric so it would look like the bear in the water footage. Either fabrics are fine to use though.


The ear templates turned out to be a bit too small, so as well as changing the body piece and adding an open mouth and tongue, I also altered the shape of the ears a little. All I did was make them a little wider.


For the paw pads and inner ear fabric I just used an old white tea towel. you can pretty much use whatever fabric you want as long as it is a relatively thin fabric.



To create the white parts on the face, I used the reference photos to create a template of the white area. I then used the template to cut out the shape from white fur fabric.


I also did the same with the white eyebrows. One of the great things about using fur fabric, is that it covers stitching that would usually be visible. If I were using another fabric, I would have had to completely change the original pattern so the head would be sewn together as one piece rather then having the pink head and overlaying it with the white fabric.


To finish the bear, I got my hands on some realistic baby eyes for reborn dolls. They are perfect for this and look so similar to the ones used on the actual prop. Also I used extra long fur fabric, which turned out to be a bit too long so I had to give him a little haircut.


And here is the finished product! I'm pretty pleased with it considering I've never made an articulated teddy bear before. Also without blowing on my own trumpet, I think it looks a lot better and more accurate then the official toy release. I do apologize for not having a step-by-step, but I hope this is helpful to anyone who was thinking of making one for themselves.
Thank you for reading, if you make you're own i'd love to see it!! Have an A1 day ;p

7.11.14

BURT'S BEES RADIANCE COLLECTION

I've been meaning to do this post for ages! Burt's Bees Radiance collection were some of the first natural products I used. Although they do contain some ingredients which aren't natural, they have not caused any reaction to my very sensitive skin. Also, a lot of the items are contained in glass jars and bottles rather then plastic. I have used up all of the product for fair review.


There are a few products in the range that I never tried like the serum and night cream. I don't tend to use these products in my skin care routine as I don't like to over-moisturize my skin. I did have a travel size bottle of the cleanser but my skin had a slight reaction to it so I stopped using it.


Day Cream: This cream is okay. It does apply nicely and feel light on the skin, however I found the amount really didn't last me very long. And with a price RRP at £19.99, its really not a realistic long term choice.


Eye Cream: This eye cream is my favorite pick from the collection. Its recommended retail price is quite expensive at £19.99, however unlike the day cream, a very little goes a long way. I used this nearly every day and it lasted for over a year and a half. it applies nicely to the under eye skin and moisturizes the skin nicely.


SPF 15 Day Lotion: This lotion with SPF 15 is good for both face and body. I would mainly use it on my legs in the summer and it helped to prevent dry skin and sun burn. It isn't ultra moisturizing, but is enough to counteract my skin drying out from the sun protecting ingredients. The formula is a little sticky but that is expected from products with SPF. Once applied to the skin it dries quite quickly and doesn't remain sticky unlike some similar products.



Toner: This is quite a good toner that didn't dry out my dry skin type. It dries quickly on the skin, doesn't leave any strange residue and is kind to sensitive skin. However it retails for £9.99, I have even purchased organic toners that are a lot cheaper then this so I think it is very overpriced.

Although I found these products to work nicely with my skin type, I won't be going back to them in the future mainly because they contain animal products. I also found them to be very expensive for the price, especially as they aren't completely natural. There are much cheaper products on the market that are completely vegan and contain 100% natural and often organic ingredients.

8.10.14

ILLUMINATI





Boohoo green tartan smock dress, faux suede creepers, New Look bowler hat, Primark Illuminati earrings, Night Venus black onyx choker




I've been doing a lot of Gothic themed artwork lately, i think its starting to have an affect on what I wear. The weather's beginning to get a lot colder so I've started wearing two pairs of tights under dresses and skirts. I swear its warmer then trousers.

12.9.14

PENTAGRAM






DIY pentagram harness, New Look bandeau bikini top, Zara skater skirt, patent clincher belt, Laurel London phone case, faux leather backpack.



Recently I've been researching various mythology and folklore for art purposes, and have become a bit obsessed with pagan symbolism. I made this inverted pentagram harness using high quality soft elastic and a variety of findings, approximately costing around £18 to make. The lovely Laurel at Laurel London send me this beautiful 3D printed phone case. 
I love the versatility of the design, not only does it go perfectly with this gothic harness look, but would also look amazing with a simpler chic outfit. 

18.8.14

VEGAN BANANA & LYCHEE SMOOTHIE

I can't believe it. For the first time in years we've actually had a summer in England! Here is a really simple refreshing smoothie recipe that I have been addicted to lately.



What you will need:
15-20 Lychees
- 2 small bananas or 1 large banana
- Pure coconut water


First peel the fruit, I have quite a cheap blender so I always make sure to cut up the fruit before putting it in. Don't forget to remove the pits in the center of the lychees.



Put the bananas and lychees in your blender and then fill the jug with coconut water until it covers most of the fruit. add as much or as little coconut water depending on what consistency you prefer. Blend for a minuet or two on a low setting.



And you're done!
I also added a few cacao nibs on top for decoration.
This has been one of my staple summer smoothies as its so hydrating and refreshing. Its also incredibly quick and easy to make!
 Thank you for reading :)
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