Ulbandi Inspired Makeup

Recently did a Ulbandi inspired face paint/makeup, as I've been thinking about doing an interpretation of her character for a while (considering I named my cosplay page after her). 

Ulbandi/Fluithiun is a an ogress mentioned in The Book of Lost Tales Part 2, who was written out of the later drafts & not included in the Silmarillion (as Tolkien didn't like the idea of the Vala having children). She was referenced as the mother of Melkor's son, Gothmog, the chief Balrog and captain of Angband. Hence the horns in this look. This look was achieved primarily with black Snazaroo face paint and copious amounts of black NYX Cosmetic's & Collection 2000 eyeliner for any intricate linework.

This is one of very few shots that are on this blog that show my septum piercing, which I had done a while back but forgot to write about. Had it done at Holier Than Thou, and I totally recommend them as I've had no problems with it whatsoever.

Hope you folks have a wonderful weekend! :)

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). :)