Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Halloween Cupcakes

Since I have some time off school, I thought there was no better way to spend my Tuesday then to bake. Not just any old bake though, this was the mighty Halloween bake where I attempted to make up some devilish treats that looked and tasted the part.  The substance was without a doubt delicious, as for style though, let's just say it was more about making the best out of a bad situation. *SPOILER ALERT* sometimes icing just doesn't want to stick to the chocolate pumpkin no matter how much you try. 

You will need:

Cakes (however many you want - I made 8)
Buttercream (whatever flavour - I chose white chocolate)
4 Smarties Chocolate Pumpkins
Marshmallows
Galaxy Cookie Crumble Bars
Orange Royal Icing
White Icing/Modelling Paste
Black Icing Pen



1. Dip all four chocolate pumpkins into the orange icing. I'm not going to lie, this was a struggle. If I could give you any advice, it would be to keep the icing cool and thick or just skip step 1 and buy some ready-made sugar craft pumpkins. 


2. Cut out four irregular disc shapes from the white icing. These do not need to be perfect!


3. Spread the buttercream over the cupcakes. You can pipe it if you prefer, but the buttercream isn't going to be seen so it can be as messy as you like!


5. Add a marshmallow on top of half of the cakes and place the white discs on top to create the body of a ghost.



6) Crush the cookie crumble bars into small pieces and sprinkle on top of the remaining cupcakes to look like mud.


7) Ice the faces onto the ghosts and pumpkins. I gave up with the pumpkins in the end as the icing wouldn't stop slippin' and slidin'. If anyone asks, it was intentional, they're melted pumpkins! Oooh how spooky and appropriately festive!




They weren't a complete failure I guess! 

Have a lovely Halloween whatever you're doing, let me know below in the comments! 

"Where there is no imagination, there is no horror." - Arthur Conan Doyle Sr. 

Lots of love, 

Lily

Monday, 27 October 2014

Decomposing Zombie Halloween Makeup Look




Having a last minute panic because you haven't got a costume sorted for Halloween? This look is perfect as it is so quick and easy. All you need is liquid latex, white face paint, horror flesh and tissue paper or bandage (all comes in a
make-up FX 'mummy' set sold in Asda) and a few basic eyeshadow colours. What I love about this look is that you get the best of both worlds (no Hannah Montana pun intended). One side is utterly gross and Halloween appropriate but you're still able to flip to the prettier side whilst you talk to that cute person  you like. 


Start by randomly applying the liquid latex to the skin. Just a little warning, this stuff does not smell pretty. Add the bandage or tissue paper on top and build up the latex until the texture is rough and bumpy. This was actually my first time using latex, and I think it's fair to say that I could do with more practise. 


As the latex begins to dry and turns tacky, you can tear gashes into it for a realistic wound effect or snip into the bandage with scissors for a rougher texture. 




Next, layer the horror flesh on top and in any empty spaces. There really isn't any right way to do this, nor do you need to be technically skilled, just add it where you think it is needed. 


Sponge on some white paint so the latex and the horror flesh looks more combined. 


To make it look more like skin, add some foundation in random patches. 


For a moldy and bruised effect, add shadows of green, purple and black eyeshadow.




Take the black and purple eyeshadow all around the eye for some hella bags and also on the lips along with some foundation to dull them. I also added some red gloss on the bandage for a touch of blood. 


Et Voila! 


 I think it looks great to play up the other side with gorgeous makeup to really show the contrast. 


"Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story." - Mason Coole

Lots of love,

Lily

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Seekers of Sun Luxury Temporary Tattoos



I'm not majorly in to tattoos, for two reasons really. 1 being that I've just never really lusted after them and 2 because I'm such an indecisive person that the thought of permanent scares me slightly a lot. Seekers of Sun though is somewhat different to your conventional tattoos. For a start, they're temporary, but they actually offer a realistic alternative to the real thing or can be worn as a gorgeous accessory. I decorated my hands with these temporary tats in honour of Diwali as the patterns remind me a lot of henna. I also think they'd make an amazing festival trend.

As for my personal experience with these, I was pleasantly surprised at how easily they transferred on my skin. The directions are extremely simple and easy to follow too:

1. Cut selected temporary tattoo and place over desired body location
2. Place printed side on skin and dampen with water
3. Wait 30 seconds until transfer and remove paper

What I love the most about these tattoos is that you can play about with them until they make your desired design. I actually cut a few of them up and created new shapes which made it all the more fun! Just a little warning to any fellow ditzy brains out there though, remember to remove the plastic! It took me a good 10 minutes to realise why a few weren't sticking - silly me! 

You can purchase your own at Missguided or if you're looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out their Instagram page. 

"Art enables us to find ourselves & lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton

Lots of love,

Lily