Ghoulies Haunted House, Liverpool (Love Bites Event Review)

Only recently became aware of Ghoulies Haunted House on Twitter, a new permanent scare attraction and themed horror bar based in the centre of Liverpool. Decided to visit their Love Bites event, though as some reviews left on Facebook made me a bit apprehensive, we opted for the 'Family Friendly' slot. 😂

Ultimately was what it says on the tin with their tagline, "get grabbed by the ghoulies" - a very hands on approach to scaring. However, it was not over the top, and overall a terrifyingly fun experience. Honestly so pleased to see new scare attractions popping up, particularly in such a central & easily accessible location.

It's been a while since I've been to a scare attraction, so I was nervous enough to struggle appreciating the sets/scare methods in too much detail. Myself and my partner went through alone together, which was great, as it was his first scare attraction. 

Few specific things really stood out. The initial corridors leading down to the Insidious style red door were very creepy, built up a good amount of suspense before you were met with an actor. 

There was a room with seating and a brightly lit frosted window, the metal soundtrack used there was a nice touch (it's always good to see attractions using alternatives to generic horror music). The 'execution' chainsaw scare method used at the end of the maze was... alarmingly funny, and unlike what I've experienced in other attractions so far.

Good amount of actors throughout, and all of them stayed in character really well. There wasn't a moment where you weren't on your toes; you were either being followed, 'strangled', or jumped out on. There was also a segment of animatronics that was actually pretty fantastic. Normally I don't rate them, but because of the strobes & actors, it all worked incredibly. Overall, the attraction was a decent length and all the rooms/sets were atmospheric.

The actor playing the Count Orlok style character really held his own, who was 'leading' us through a good portion of the attraction. Thought his makeup was great.  

Besides the actors, the staff were all super friendly. We stayed in the bar for a drink afterwards, where you can also view other groups going through the attraction via CCTV.

Was great to see how busy it was in both the bar, and with groups going into the attraction. Looking forward to seeing new events & what different themes will be used in future. If you're interested in horror attractions or an alternative night out, I'd definitely recommend Ghoulies Haunted House.


Knife Party @ Life In Color, Victoria Warehouse (03.02.2018)

2018 continues on with finally seeing bands/musicians/DJs after many years of listening to them. Following the weekend of Feb 3rd, the amazing electro house duo Knife Party are crossed off the list.

Knife Party had an hour long set at the Life in Colour event based at Victoria Warehouse, alongside Sigma, Blasterjaxx, Vini Vici, and DJ Chuckie to name some. 

DJ Chuckie.

Blasterjaxx's set was the second one we saw.

Sigma was definitely on a tie as best set of the night, mainly as I had little to no expectations of them, along with Blasterjaxx (who get a special mention for including "I'm in Love with the Coco", much to my partner's dismay).

That being said, Knife Party were amazing to see live. The only downside is how anticlimactic some of the drops ended up being, with mashups of new and older style Knife Party.  Replacing the drops of old dubstep/'complextro' style Knife Party songs with new minimalistic style hollow drops? Didn't go down too well (haw haw) for someone who's not a massive fan of the entirety of Abandon Ship, but it was still a great experience all the same. Power Glove sounded incredible.

Would I recommend the event itself? Unfortunately no. The music was great, but the organisation made blaring issues of things that a simple email to customers/better planning in general, could have easily solved. 😊 

The queuing system was a bit of a mess. My main bugbear however, was the fact customers weren't clearly informed before the event about a deposit for pre-purchased lockers. As once you are inside the venue, you are then not allowed out to withdraw cash, and the only ATMs in the venue have a withdrawal fee. Not a great surprise to be getting on the night.

That aside, it was a great night of music overall. After Knife Party, we stayed for a bit of Vini Vici before admitting defeat and going home.


"Surprise Present" Original Clown Makeup

🎀 New clown makeup!🎀

Over Christmas I spotted a bow in Paperchase, which I knew immediately upon seeing it, would be the my inspiration for my next clown look. Yellow's never been my thing, so it was an interesting brainstorming session to come up with a look.

Behold, "Surprise Present"! It's also the first makeup look I've decided to include a face chart for (although I've done little doodles in the past). Obviously the finished version turned out somewhat more decorative than intended.


Products used: 🎀NYX Cosmetics Vivid Brights liners (shades Halo & Sapphire)🎀
🎀 NYX Cosmetics Black Matte liquid eyeliner,🎀
🎀 NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream lipstick in shade Jet Set 🎀
🎀 Snazaroo White Face Paint 🎀
🎀 MUA Makeup Academy Silent Disco eyeshadow palette 🎀
🎀 I Heart Makeup Death By Chocolate Palette 🎀

Batushka @ Rebellion Bar, Manchester (13.01.18)

Mystery band was, Batushka! Who we went to see at Rebellion Bar Manchester on Saturday (and were amazingly atmospheric). Everyone I'd spoken to about the band who'd seen them previously said they gave a brilliant live show, and they did not disappoint.

Hailing from Poland, Batushka are a black metal band who incorporate themes of religion, Eastern Orthodox liturgy and so far have only one album, Litourgiya. Best tracks for me are definitely Yekteniya III (Premudrost) & Yekteniya IV (Milost) which respectively correspond to Litany: 3: Wisdom and Litany: 4: Grace, but I would definitely recommend giving the whole album a listen. 

(Intro to Yekteniya III)

The support acts that night were Trepaneringsritualen (a dark ambient/'death industrial' project) and Schammasch (avant-garde/black metal), which I didn't record any of either, unfortunately.

If you're interested in something that goes thematically against the grain of most black metal (inc. a mixture of clean vocals/chants), Batushka might be a band for you, and are definitely worth seeing live.

Have any of you seen any bands recently? :) 

Happy 2018 & Make Up Roundup

Happy new year, lovely people! Hope you all had wonderful holidays. 💜💓💜

First post of the year will be a roundup of all the daily makeup from last year (and a tiny bit of this year 😉), before I head out to see a band who I'll be posting on when I get back. Suspense! This year's going to be an exciting one hopefully, for makeup related developments.

Spent a lot of time in 2017 trying to make an effort of doing more standard alternative beauty looks, which I think I've improved upon ever so slightly 😉

New recommendations would be, I've branched out into using a few more of NYX Cosmetics' products, one of which is now the sadly discontinued Glam Liner Aqua Luxe (which looks amazing on a cut crease).  I've used Collection's Glitter liners for many years which is a more affordable alternative, but I'm currently on the hunt for another good quality glitter liner which isn't Urban Decay 😂.

The Liquid Suede cream lipstick remain a staple, however Brooklyn Thorn and Soft Spoken have both become shades I wear daily alongside Sandstorm. Tried out a few dark red shade lipsticks last year including MUA Luxe's Velvet Lip Lacquer which has two absolutely gorgeous shades, Firecracker and Flair, but the formula was far too crumbly. Wasn't too much of a fan of NYX's Liquid Suede cream lipstick in Kitten Heels as it was too bright, but finally got around to trying Cherry Skies, and it's a lovely deep shade of red.

On a non related NYX Cosmetics' note, very much like using Rimmel's Stay Matte Liquid Mousse for foundation now as it's lightweight and has great coverage. Feel like everyone already knows about the Alchemist Holographic palette from Kat Von D, but hey, the shades really are gorgeous. My new favourite eyeshadow palette since the Cold Chemistry palette from Sugarpil, is I Heart Makeup's Death By Chocolate palette (also recommend their Unicorn's Heart highlighter too).

There's a Bulbasaur daily makeup included on the collage which doesn't have its own individual post, so here's the full image! This was quite a simple look as I was really, really busy over the holidays. As always, if there are any Pokemon you folks would like to see transformed into a make up look, please feel free to drop me some suggestions in the comments. 😊

Igorrr @ Rebellion Manchester (10.11.17)

Last month I finally got the chance to see Igorrr at the Rebellion Club in Manchester. For those of you who are not already familiar with Igorrr, it is the avant-garde project of Gautier Serre, incorporating genres from death metal to swing, to breakcore, to classical (just to mention some).

Simply put, if someone asks me to recommend the simultaneously weirdest but most awesome music I know, it's Igorrr. Gautier features the extremely talented singers Laurent Lunoir, Laure Le Prunenec, and drummer Sylvain Bouvier in his work, who all perform live with him on tour.

The gig itself was absolutely incredible, having listened to Igorrr for many years it was truly an experience to hear them live. Would totally recommend going to see Gautier & co. perform, fantastic setlist (couldn't believe Excessive Funeral was on there), all the music translated incredibly well into live performance despite some songs being more sample based than others. Another pleasant surprise at this gig was the support act Grave Pleasures, who I'd missed at Damnation due to a clash with Bloodbath.

(Snippet of Grave Pleasures' performance)

Instead of uploading multiple different clips from the gig, this time I've made a compilation of bits of most of the songs performed.

Are any of you lovely folks Igorrr fans?

Damnation Festival and Cradle of Filth @ Church Leeds

Damnation and CoF gig post! 

Myself and co-conspirator Kate arrived in Leeds on the night of the Damnation pre-gig. Made some band called Immortal Bird who I managed to briefly record. (also... how aesthetic is this room 😏😂)

Onto Damnation festival itself! Missed this last year so it was great to finally make it (and was a brilliant lineup too) and thrilled to have the chance to see Paradise Lost while there. Was becoming more and more rum infused as the day went on, so apologies for lack of photographs. 

Garb pics.


The first performance of the day we saw after sadly missing Vallenfyre, was Myrkur. Only recently started listening to Myrkur after seeing she would be performing at Damnation, and would absolutely recommend her Mareridt album.

Paradise Lost 💜💜 

(at 90% rum level)

The highlights for me were of course, Myrkur, Paradise Lost, got to see Agent Fresco, Warning, and we witnessed a little bit of the oven that Dying Fetus were performing in downstairs. Bloodbath were however, my favourite set of the evening, they were absolutely immense!


Then there was the Sunday Cradle of Filth gig in a church...

First of all, the venue and setup were awesome. CoF are a band I hadn't listened to regularly in many years, so it was fantastic to see them and also felt like being 13 all over again 

Had the fantastic opportunity to meet the band afterwards (and everyone was so lovely!)

All in all a solid weekend, would definitely recommend everyone I saw live, and Damnation festival as an event. Did any of you folks manage to go to Damnation or see Cradle of Filth this year? 😊

Halloween Makeup Post (Glam Skull, Happy Bunny)

Post Halloween make up post! First of all I'll start with the Glam Skull Halloween makeup that I did.
Loved working with these sequins/glitter. Inspired by the many 'glam' skull looks going around at the minute, still want to do some more experimenting/different looks including with sequin teeth (as they look gorgeous).


This look was done a couple of days before Halloween. My Halloween eve make up was another clown look...

This is the only photo I got of a quick Pennywise inspired makeup I did for a Halloween party (also did my friend's make up, who took me faffing with his waterline like a champ).

Finally, Happy Bun for Halloween night. You can just about see I've experimented a wee bit here with liquid latex and tissue, to try and build up the gouged eye look.

What did you lovely folks dress up as for Halloween? :)

"Faun ov Hell", Michael Hussar Inspired Make Up

Faun ov Hell, my Michael Hussar inspired make up art. 
Make up & editing done by me, model is me.

Michael Hussar has long been one of my all time favourite artists, and so, what better way to pay homage to him other than in a Halloween make up? (or for any occasion, if you feel like being eerie)

Of course, if you've never heard of Michael Hussar before, I heartily encourage that you check his artwork out.

This shot shows a tiny bit better some of the Pink Opal shade I've been using from Kat Von D's Alchemist Palette (which I am absolutely in love with).

Some quick webcam shots too (the eyes are edited).

Have any of you been doing any Halloween make ups? :) 

Mettaton EX Cosplay @ Play Expo Manchester (Oct 2017)

Last weekend I had the privilege of guesting at the North's biggest gaming expo, Play Expo Manchester. As the majority of my cosplays are particularly cumbersome, ominous and lacking in pink, for a change, I decided it would be the best event to get Mettaton EX finished for! 😁

Couple of shots of my stand!

Make up close ups.

I've also put together a little make up video for the Mettaton EX cosplay, since I've not done one in forever. Hopefully helpful, but also perhaps as some Halloween/fancy dress inspo for you lovely folks.

Glamburgers 4 days.

Killer robots and killer clowns. Twisty here is the lovely Andy from Hellbender Studio

With one of our masquerade winners, Warp Raven cosplay.

Sadly didn't really get any shots wandering around, but the event itself was fantastic. Was my first time there, and I'd been meaning to visit for a couple of years since I'd first heard about it. As you can probably gather, the convention's focus is gaming of all kinds - entry gains you a full day of faffing about on retro games, pinball machines, arcade games, VR, tabletop, LAN, indie games, etc. you name it. Would definitely recommend it to any fellow gaming enthusiasts, and I'd love to go again.

This was also my first time guesting at a convention, and as all the people there were absolutely lovely, it was a great experience. The organisers, the staff, cosplayers (inc. everyone who took part in the Cosplay Masquerade), all the folks who came to the stand to say hello, and fellow talented cosplay guests (Corvidae Cosplay Emporium and Deppalike). Was a brilliant opportunity and thank you so much to the organisers for inviting me to guest there. 💜

IT/Pennywise Inspired Clown Makeup

Beep beep! You didn't think there wouldn't be another clown make up from me before Halloween, right? Of course, and what better reason to be inspired to do it than by the IT remake.

Bonus little video while I was mid way through doing the make up...

"Feed me and tell me I'm pretty" 😁

Some really exciting news too, I will be guesting next month at Play Expo Manchester! So if any of you guys are going along please come and say hi, I will be there for both days (& am currently working away getting some things ready for it).