Master Sylvanas Cosplay @ Manchester MCM Expo 2017

Post-MCM post! & round 2 of bringing out Master Sylvanas again.

This year was unexpectedly great, had a lovely time with lovely folks such as my cosplay buddy Hanajima Cosplay (who was dressed as a most fabulous Kusuriuri from Princess Mononoke. Check her IG!). 

Morelia Cosplay in her stunning Master Kael'thas & I.

Some awesome shots from Eddie at Food & Cosplay!

This was also the first time I wore the cosplay with the mask as I thought I would be too hot last time at Majikkon. Unfortunately the bow was too large to take in to the venue, so I didn't bring it. 
One day I will get a shot of this whole cosplay with the bow. One day!

Did any of you attend a con last weekend? :) hope you had a great one! 

HorrorCon UK 2017

On Saturday 13th May, I ventured out to HorrorCon UK for the first time go and meet Elvira! One of my (and probably every goth/horror enthusiast's) absolute biggest inspirations. Originally I wasn't going to dress up for this con, but I figured since I hadn't clowned up in forever, why not!

This time the event was held in Magna Science Adventure Centre (where GNG Entertainment's scare attraction Bunker 13 had previously been held, way back in 2011). Was interesting to see it during the day!

Since I only went to meet Elvira and have a quick look around for the one day, my overall verdict was; similar market stall layout to most comic & cosplay conventions, albeit much cooler stuff and amazing guests. Sadly, I missed Sid Haig this time who was also there, but there was definitely a wide and more interesting range of things to do & look at.

There were film screenings, Q&A's with the guests, the "Scareplay" competition very similar to a cosplay masquerade, horror/paranormal related talks. Even though I didn't end up buying anything I loved the variety of stalls, spooky props/home deco, original art, horror themed cakes/chocolate, and Rubber Gorilla had a stall there who do custom latex masks that are absolutely insane.

Here's a little segment of Cassandra Peterson's Q&A with Bunny Galore, discussing how she chose the name Elvira.


Seemed a bit quiet following the photo ops with Elvira, but thought the general vibe was great, and the costumes I saw while I was there were really fantastic. My only slight criticism is that meeting with the guests seemed very impersonal regardless of what you chose to do (autograph or photograph), would have been nice to have more of a chance to speak to them. Other than that, it was a fantastic day!

Photo by Carl Hadi.

Did any of you lovely folks go to Horrorcon UK this year or have any plans to go to any horror related cons? :)

Pokemon Daily Makeups

A few months back I had an idea to do a Haunter themed make up, which turned out to be quite popular, so I've tried to keep up doing them every so often.

I've always really enjoyed doing themed daily/eye make ups (particularly in the style of different villains), and following Haunter I've done Gastly, Arbok and Umbreon themed looks. Haunter is my absolute favourite, although I tend to veer towards Poison/Ghost type Pokemon (as you can see) & they work especially well for dark/gothic looks. ;)

The eyeshadows used in these looks are mostly from Revolution's Colour Clash Palette, Fash eyeshadow palette, and/or Sugarpill's Cold Chemistry palette. I use either NYX Cosmetics' liquid eyeliner or Collection 2000 Fast Stroke black liquid eyeliner for detailing. 

Lip colour is NYX Cosmetics'  Liquid Suede Cream in Sway.

 Lip colour here is Barry M's black Lip Paint. 

Lip colour is a muted down LA Splash Cosmetics' Lip Couture in Criminal. 

Lip colour here is NYX Cosmetics' Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen.

I do have the next few planned, but would love to hear if there are any particular looks/Pokemon you folks would like to see?  

Thank you so much for reading, lovely people! Will be doing another make up post similar to what I did earlier this year with a general overview of what I've learned, new products I've tried out etc. 
If you have any questions or would like to see any more of my make up, cosplay or artwork I am also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. :) 

Gary Golden VTMB Make Up

Hola comrades! Busy, busy, busy few months, there has been a lot of cosplay progression and have spent a lot of time doing other work too, which has included more VTM:B make up! Yay! This is also the first time (exc. applying elf ears) that I've worked with prosthetics/liquid latex and am still getting the hang of it.

Following Pisha & Jeanette, it only seemed right to finally dedicate a makeup to my absolute favourite sasspants from Bloodlines, Gary Golden.  

"Spaghetti and corpses, boss"

For this make up I used a Mehron bald cap, a Vampire Forehead prosthetic and Elf Ear Tips which were all applied with mastix. Then I used Ben Nye's Liquid Latex for Sensitive Skin to blend the edges, which was a bit tricky.  I then applied green Snazaroo paint over my entire head, used white Snazaroo paint for the highlights, and the shading was done with both black Snazaroo paint and black eyeshadow. Eyes are edited!

The teeth are from Moonstruck Effects (only wearing the top set in the picture above), which were troublesome to mould properly and I'm still not 100% happy with the fit. 
Overall I had a lot of fun with this look, though, and am pleased with how it turned out since it was my first go at working with prosthetics. As always, I highly recommend VTM:B if you've never played it before.  

Thank you so much for reading! If you have any questions or would like to see more make-up/cosplay work or any other creative endeavours, I am on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram :) 

Jeanette Voerman Make Up

Jeanette Voerman make up edits! Been dying to do some more creative work associated with the WoD/White Wolf universe after Pisha, and there's a couple other characters I'd potentially like to do full cosplays of. So definitely more to come in the future.

There's no amount of times that is too many to recommend Vampire: the Masquerade Bloodlines. So I shall again - please go and play it if you haven't already! One of the best RPGs of all time. 

Hope you're having a great weekend :) 

Prague, Part 1.

Was just looking through my old travel posts and realised I'd not done any for the 2 places I travelled to last year (what the!), one of which is the amazing city of Prague. 

Truthfully I didn't know a lot about Prague, other than that it was a nice place to visit for architecture. So I didn't really have many expectations before I arrived. 

 Lo and behold, it turned out to be one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited. 
Even though we didn't plan anything in advance, we had great fun every day and were never short of things to do. 

Some of the things we got chance to do included (but not exclusive to) seeing Prague Palace, St Vitus' Cathedral, had absinthe, there's a torture museum (there was also a torture chamber in the palace - yippee!), a spooky ghost attraction that semi went underground, a medieval restaurant night with belly dancers and unlimited wine (dangerous, indeed), we went on a river boat by night, and we also visited these really lovely shops that sell intricately decorated gingerbread cookies. It was amazing.

Honestly, you could wander about every day just looking at how stunning Prague is even without going into any attractions at all. But my photographic narrative begins on the night we arrived, which promptly started in the hotel bar and moved across St Wenceslas' Square to Barrock. 

On the advent of any travelling, I always end up with way too many photos for one post. So I will divide this into a few.

Barrock! Does decent ginger based cocktails.

St Wenceslas Square at night.

Lost the name of  this church! (will be updated).

It wouldn't be travelling unless we ended up somewhere very high or in an imposing church/cathedral. High views a-go!


And local cuisine...

Delightful garliccy soup. It was possible to eat this whole bread bowl, but it was a bit too cake-like for my taste.

Goulash is nice! Not really keen on the dumplings, but they were interesting to try. 

Absinthe (including absinthe flavoured ice cream) = exceeded expectations, particularly if you like fennel. The hardened alcoholic on our team couldn't neck it in one go, so it's confirmed this really is a drink to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

Inside the Palace.

One of the two absinthe bars we found.

Glitchy silhouette of the castle.

And I've been recommending it to everyone ever since! Hopefully will go back one day - such a beautiful place. 

Have any of you lovelies been to Prague? 

Other shots will be on my photography page, Abinormal Photography. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this! x

Jack of Blades Mask 2.0

Gone and re-did the Jack of Blades mask! This is still a prototype, as it was built over a base (going to construct the next one entirely from scratch) but I'm a lot happier with the finish, overall shape and the embossed effect that the gold details have this time. 

If anyone's still interested, this piece is up for sale (listing lasts for a week). :)

Daily Makeups 2015/6

 In favour of practising doing makeups more suitable for everyday wear, I've not done many clown or horror make ups as of late. It was one of my main goals over the past couple of years to get better at blending, contouring and... the whole hang of the 'glam' make up thing. While I've still got a long way to go, I'm happy with the progress I've made. 

 I've been inspired a lot by It's Black Friday and CosmobyHaley, so I invested in both learning a bunch of new techniques, and tried out a fair bit of new make up, which I will try and review for you all below. And of course, there shall be lots of pictures. Hopefully this will be helpful in some capacity! As always, if I've missed anything by accident and you'd like to ask any questions, please do. :-)

 Here goes the progression of my daily make ups from last November; good, not so brilliant, and everything in between.... schoom! 

Also the first time I tried to do panda buns... which just sunk into normal ones. On a positive note, I feel like my Toreador VTMB character here.

To begin, the majority of the eyeshadows I've used for this makeup, and near enough all my older makeups, are contained within a palette by Fash from Amazon. So I'll be mentioning that a fair bit! Tragically, after nearly 5 years of using it I had to throw it away the other week. But, it lasted quite well and it was reasonably priced for the quality.

My main eyeliner is, and always has been, Collection 2000 Fast Dry black liquid eyeliner (pictured above) as it's been the best for staying put. However, I am still on the hunt for something more friendly for sensitive eyes. Mascara used for all of these looks is L'Oreal's False Lash Superstar.

The ombre lips are a mix of Barry M's black and red lipsticks, both which I've had for a long time. This particular make up also marks me starting to villainify my eyebrows, which I recommend - purely on the basis to look more intimidating. Crazy angular villain brows are great.

Petroleum essay-moodiness theme. Green and blue/black eyeshadow are from the Fash palette, and I am wearing offbrand purple lipstick.

MAC's Morange. Had this lipstick for a long time, camera can never quite get the pigment but it's a brilliant neon orange. My foundation here is Bourjois Healthy glow, and was before I invested in a good blending sponge, highlighter, blush etc. Since learning more about it, I would definitely agree using a sponge and highlighting/defining your face makes all the difference - mainly as it makes application a whole lot easier and more even.


OCC Lip Tar in Rollergirl. Got this in the holiday sale as part of a Purple Reign bundle. I don't really know what to say about this particular product, as the pigment is absolutely gorgeous but it's so sticky/impractical to wear outside when it's windy (long hair nightmare), and tends to rub off really quickly. Wore this out recently and it was mostly gone in the space of about an hour walking into town. Boo. 

The gold and brown eyeshadow is in Collection's Face the Day palette, and I used a No7 blending brush for this look and all the following eyeshadows. If you are looking for a good quality blending brush, No.7 deliver.

Overfilled Barbie ombre lips, done with Barry M's neon pink lipstick and Rollergirl OCC Lip tar. These two blend so nicely but I rarely wear pink make up. As you can see, I was and still am a bit iffy about the fact I have so much neon pink on my face. 

Schwing black liquid eyeliner! Tried this out over using Collection 2000, and despite its awesome name, unfortunately the product reacts to my eyes when trying to wipe it off. I am also wearing MAC Cosmetics Cyber lipstick here which is a very lovely dark purple, and was recommended for a long time as one of The Lipsticks to Have. Sadly I'm not actually as big of a fan of Cyber as I expected; it's got a noticeable tacky-almost-sludgy feeling to it, and the application is not fantastic. Did they change the formula or something? As I've noticed MAC's BB creme has become progressively ickier too. 

Lizardy green/black blend. The eyeshadows are part of Fash palette, black lipstick is by Barry M. Liquid liner is ye old faithful Collection 2000 black liquid eyeliner. 


My look for New Year's. Now this makes me miss doing clown make up. OCC's Rollergirl again, plus black shadow from Fash's palette.

NYX's Copenhagen back at it again. As you can see here with the dots-mania, the Collection eyeliner is the best for doing intricate eye make up, I've found. 

Mettaton inspired make up. Can I please marry him already...? 
The pink gradient on the lower lip is a mixture of OCC's Lovecraft lip tar and Barry M's neon pink lipstick. In this look I also used a silver Scandaleyes liquid eyeshadow by Rimmel, which is an interesting product, but creasing/cracking is an issue on the lid. 

Doing detailed/character style eye make up with fiddly accents is a lot easier with an angled eyeshadow brush and a detail brush. 

Sugarpill's Cold Chemistry eyeshadow palette and LA Splash's Lip Tint Mousse in Komodo. I absolutely adore Amy Doan/Shrinkle, so I was super excited to try out her make up brand - particularly Cold Chemistry, as it's a collaboration between her and also Amelia Arsenic (who I've loved to bits for many many years when she started out in Angelspit). Needless to say... it's amazing and the pigments are all so good!

La Splash Lip Tint Mousse in Spellbound. This colour looks absolutely lush and is a really deep brown. Along with Komodo, I love it, but they both tend to flake off at the inner lip pretty badly. So if you're a pirate/vodka aunt and are downing hard spirits from the bottle you will need to reapply. ;)

Revolution's Colour Crazy palette from Superdrug. I've used this for 3 looks so far and I'm absolutely loving it. For the price, the pigments are fantastic and I always get compliments on the colour payoff. 

Same look but with both NYX Cosmetics' Transylvania matte lip cream for nighttime, and Maybelline's 24hr Superstay lipstick in Soft Taupe for the day. I absolutely adore the Superstay, it's literally a godsend for staying put. Cannot sing it's praises enough for being a) a gorgeous colour, and b) a total nightmare to get off. It does its job. 

The NYX Cosmetics lip creams, on the whole, are messy, but I still enjoy wearing them. They feel totally unnoticeable on, Copenhagen's pigment in particular is gorgeous and I pretty much wear it all the time. Was quite happy with my actual foundation/highlighting here as it looks so much better blended with a sponge.

Lolita-ish look. Sugarpill's Cold Chemistry/Elemental Chaos eyeshadow and Spellbound lip mousse strikes again. The colour combination reminds me of a Dairy Milk bar. Mmm.

NYC's Copenhagen, Collection 2000 black eyeliner and black eyeshadow is from Fash palette. The one day I decided to do tiny lips instead of overfilling. It's not impossible to sculpt your lips with the NYX applicator/wand but I will say it's a challenge, so I use (and would recommend) a lip brush instead.


Cafe date make up. Can you tell I really like the Sugarpill palette? Diamond Eyes and Elemental Chaos are the best. I've noticed this is also the first eyeshadow I've been able to put directly on my waterline without my eyes rejecting it.

Night out make up shot feat. me and my delightful frand. Wearing Spellbound again here. You can semi see that it has worn away at the inner part of my lip, but this was taken post night out (and is the only shot I have, apologies). Angular eyebrows forever. Side note, this was a stellar night, there was a geek night on in town and  they played Death by Glamour, plus Spooky Scary Skeletons... and all manner of other aural delights.

Beetlejuice makeup. I've used Barry M black lipstick again here, the stripes were painstakingly drawn on with Collection 2000 liquid eyeliner. The purple and blue eyeshadow used on the cut crease is from the Fash palette (really?). Actually super pleased with how this look turned out. I find doing cut creases (and following most eye make up tutorials) particularly challenging, as my eyelids are quite hooded, so I have to wing where to define my eye.

Your Very Average Thursday look. Lipstick is MAC's Cyber, and the blue eyeshadow is from the Fash Palette.

Gawth night look. LA Splash Smitten Lip Tint Mousse in Komodo. Green eyeshadow is from the Fash palette and the highlighted parts/waterline are done with Sugarpill's Diamond Eyes eyeshadow.

Casual essay procrastination make up, done with NYX's Copenhagen, Collection 2000 liquid black eyeliner, and Collection's 'Face the Day' contouring palette.

So, I didn't really get any good detail shots of this particular make up again, because I was far too merry and only took these 2 photos. Done with Revolution's Colour Chaos palette, Collection's Face the Day palette, Maybelline's Superstay and the false lashes were super cheap Boots's own. The eyelash glue lasted all night despite my manic flailing/general carelessness, so I was mega impressed. 

For this look, Barry M Dazzle dust is the red loose pigment I've used here (which I still struggle a bit with the application of), the black eyeshadow was again from the Cold Chemistry palette, and the lips were a blend of both NYX Cosmetics' Copenhagen and Transylvania. Mixing it up, y'all! Wig is from Cutesykink, who I have shopped with before and would really recommend them.

Cut crease make up. Sugarpill's Diamond Eyes + Elemental Chaos and Collection's liquid liner. Lip mousse is LA Splash Cosmetics' Spellbound.

Thanks for reading! I will do another collective post later this year, but so far I've had fun with more 'low-key' make up experimentation. Have you folks been doing any of your own make up related projects? 

Hope you've all had a great weekend :)