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    Elwyn’s Mermaid – 1st Illustration + What Happened to Outsider?

    This year I’ve set myself four writing goals. Writing over the last year and a bit has been very hard with the various health issues I’ve gone through, but a few months ago something clicked and it occurred to me…every story I write doesn’t have to be a massive series. I can just have a simple short idea that doesn’t need six months of world-building and leave it at that.

    You’re probably wondering what happened to Outsider, the series I started with, well – that’s a long story. So I’ll try and give a short version.

    After I self-published that book it did extraordinarily well. I can’t remember the exact number, but it was thousands of copies sold and it shot up the Amazon bestsellers. When this happened I was approached by a lady who used to work at a management company I was signed too. She was a scriptwriter and wanted to develop it for a series to pitch to film studios. The idea was that we would turn the book into an online webcomic and use that to pitch the series to a studio. I didn’t see the harm in it, and really wanted to make a comic version of Outsider, so I started working with this lady.

    A few months later I was approached by a second party, a very well know book agency in London that had seen my book, read it, and wanted to represent me. We had a problem. I wanted to be represented by this agency who wanted to take my book and pitch it to publishers to publish it traditionally, but since I’d been working with this lady on the comic book version, she obviously wanted to keep working on the script so she could pitch it. Since she had been working with me on the script it meant I had to buy back the rights to my own book so that I would own everything and it would be possible to take it to traditional publishers. No publisher wants to buy a book with complicated ownership. Honestly – looking back on it – I wish I’d just let the book die there and then and just pitched something else. But it was my first book and I was attached to it, so I paid over £9,000 to buy back the rights to my own book, and ever since then, it’s been a real struggle to write.

    Every time I think I can find the enthusiasm for it I remember how much I killed my savings for it, and it eats at me each time.  The plan is to still finish Outsider, but first I need to get a few short stories out of my system, a kind of writing palate cleanser.

    This year I’ve set myself a few small goals of three short stories and one stand-alone novel. These are the blurbs:

    Elwyn’s Mermaid – A grief-stricken mermaid makes her way away from the sea to a small mining town where she befriends a young human boy.

    Switcher – Gifted with the ability to switch bodies, Eve Elis feels trapped by the strict secret society she is part of. When she accidentally switches body with a complete stranger, Eve sees it as an opportunity to escape her old life. Soon she realizes that – while she may have a new life – there’s something terribly wrong with this new body.

    Tooth – After returning to her small village home Alice Morgan is shocked when she comes face-to-face with her childhood bullies. Furious to discover that none of them will admit to their past cruelty, Alice accidentally curses them in the ruins of an ancient Iceni shrine and unleashes a creature that had been contained there for hundreds of years.

     

    The full novel planned this year will be called Aphelion, but I’ll tell you more about it closer to the time.

    So, those are the short stories for this year. I know I want to release tooth closer to Halloween, so Switcher will probably be the next release after Elwyn’s Mermaid. Which one do you like the look of the most?

     If you liked the artwork for this video you can find the listing for it here 

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    Introducing The Capsule Makeup Challenge Products

    Most of you have seen a few of the videos in this capsule makeup series – five so far. Today I thought I should do an introduction video showing what I picked, why, the dupes I can highly recommend, and also show different ways to use them that I might not have gotten to yet in a makeup tutorial.

     What’s The Makeup I’m Using In This Challenge:

    1. Klairs BB Cream
    2. Besame Lipstick in Dusty Rose – MUA Lipstick 
    3. Fatale Cosmetics Lipstick in Rita Rouge – MUA Lipstick 
    4. NYX Blush in Taupe
    5. Brown Eyeshadow – Essence Brown Eyeshadow
    6. Black Eyeshadow – MUA Black Eyeshadow
    7. Prism Highlighter
    8. Urban Decay Primer – e.l.f Primer 
    9. Black Lash Glue –
    10. False Lashes
    11. MUA Mascara
    12. Barry M Black Eyeliner
    13. Lilly Lolo Powder (I pressed this myself) in the shade Porcelain – e.l.f Mineral Powder
    14. NYX White Eyeliner
    (Please note that any Amazon links are affiliate links)

    Above I’ve linked the exact products I’m using on the right, and then dupe/budget versions on the left. Where I haven’t linked an alternative it’s because I haven’t tried a product that’s cheaper than the one I’ve used and that I think is good quality.

    I have one more product I can add to this challenge. I added the white eyeliner as my fourteenth products a few months ago, and so for I’m thinking a blue eyeliner would be my best choice. What would you add?

    You can find me on Instagram here

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    Capsule Makeup Challenge – Look no.4

    While it’s not exact, this look is a recreation of an inspiration board I put on on Patreon. I’ve been collecting the various looks people requested and styles I wanted to re-create myself so that I’d have a wide guideline of various looks to re-create. This look is the third wearable makeup look in the series before I start to alternate with some heavier looks. If you have a particular look you want me to recreate you can find the board on Patreon or my Instagram stories.

    I also featured one of my favorite tricks, which is to use anti-Chafing gel as a mattifying powder. Today I used it over the BB cream, but you can also use it as a base, and it’s amazing for filling in mild texture in the skin and for controlling oily skin. Once the summertime comes round I’ll be using this a lot with the warmer weather, and I can’t wait to show just how effective it is for that.

    What’s The Makeup I’m Using In This Challenge:

    1. Klairs BB Cream
    2. Besame Lipstick in Dusty Rose – MUA Lipstick 
    3. Fatale Cosmetics Lipstick in Rita Rouge – MUA Lipstick 
    4. NYX Blush in Taupe
    5. Brown Eyeshadow – Essence Brown Eyeshadow
    6. Black Eyeshadow – MUA Black Eyeshadow
    7. Prism Highlighter
    8. Urban Decay Primer – e.l.f Primer 
    9. Black Lash Glue –
    10. False Lashes
    11. MUA Mascara
    12. Barry M Black Eyeliner
    13. Lilly Lolo Powder (I pressed this myself) in the shade Porcelain – e.l.f Mineral Powder
    14. NYX White Eyeliner
    (Please note that any Amazon links are affiliate links)

    Above I’ve linked the exact products I’m using on the right, and then dupe/budget versions on the left. Where I haven’t linked an alternative it’s because I haven’t tried a product that’s cheaper than the one I’ve used and that I think is good quality.

    You can find me on Instagram here

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    The Two Year Long DIY

    This project has taken me over a year and a half to start and finally finish. It’s that project that’s been driving me nuts for ages, and today I finally finished it! Compared to the other house projects, it’s not the biggest one we’ve done or have yet to do, but it sure was the most satisfying to finish.

    You can find me on Instagram here

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    3 Quick DIY’s

    On most days I set myself one small target to get done. This house is a never-ending list of serious improvements – leaky roof, I’m looking at you – and sometimes most of the time, it can be quite overwhelming. My way of dealing with that is just setting myself one small thing I can improve and, bit by bit, I start to notice that the house getting to where I want it.

    Today I just wanted to do some simple DIY’s and make a messy situation a little more aesthetically pleasing and cleaner. In the following weeks, I have some huge project that I’ve been working on for a while, and those videos will be looong! So today I thought I’d just do something simple, and easy.

    You can find me on Instagram here

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    Capsule Makeup Challenge: Look no. 3

    It’s been a while (last Halloween actually) that I filmed a makeup tutorial, and as usual, it’s nice to be back.

    Today I wanted to see if I could stretch the 13 products I have picked so far for this challenge – the limit is 15 – and use the lipstick as an eyeshadow colour.

    What’s The Makeup I’m Using In This Challenge:

    1. Klairs BB Cream
    2. Besame Lipstick in Dusty Rose – MUA Lipstick 
    3. Fatale Cosmetics Lipstick in Rita Rouge – MUA Lipstick 
    4. NYX Blush in Taupe
    5. Brown Eyeshadow – Essence Brown Eyeshadow
    6. Black Eyeshadow – MUA Black Eyeshadow
    7. Prism Highlighter
    8. Urban Decay Primer – e.l.f Primer 
    9. Black Lash Glue –
    10. False Lashes
    11. MUA Mascara
    12. Barry M Black Eyeliner
    13. Lilly Lolo Powder (I pressed this myself) in the shade Porcelain – e.l.f Mineral Powder
    14. NYX White Eyeliner
    (Please note that any Amazon links are affiliate links)

    Above I’ve linked the exact products I’m using on the right, and then dupe/budget versions on the left. Where I haven’t linked an alternative it’s because I haven’t tried a product that’s cheaper than the one I’ve used and that I think is good quality.

    You can find me on Instagram here

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    Art Room Tour

    I think I promised I would do this in my declutter video months ago, but like everything lately, it’s taken me ten times as long to get it done. Today – finally – we have a proper art room tour.

    Head’s up, it’s long! So grab a tea, get comfy and enjoy.

    You can find me here on Instagram 

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    Using A Cigarette Case For Eyeshdows

    A few weeks ago I was browsing eBay to see if I could find a bronze or copper repousse jar. I shouldn’t have – I don’t need one, but I wanted five minutes to relax and not think, and looking at pretty things did the trick. This beautiful Japanese cigarette case came up in the listings. It was a complete mistake, but it occurred to me a cigarette case could very easily be re-purposed to be a small and compact eyeshadow case. I found one I liked, bought it, and waited. Oh, and if you want to go down a rabbit hole of stunning but expensive vintage cigarette cases, eBay is the perfect place to do it.

    As it is, I had a small tiny budget, and if I’m going to buy vintage I prefer to do it in my local antique shop so I can check everything works (I’ve been caught out by this so badly in the past). So I bought a non-vintage case.

    My son’s current obsession is to destroy the little makeup I have left. At the moment it’s all – stupidly- laid out in one of my drawers. And it’s a little too much for him to resist. Can’t blame him, it all looks very pretty and shiny! He’s already destroyed two of my eyeshadows – thankfully, none of my favorites. Something needed to be done. So this is what I did.

    You can find me here on Instagram 

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    How I Declutter My Art Supplies

    I’ve decluttered a LOT of my art stuff this year.

    It’s not something I ever thought I would do; my art supplies were my pride and joy, and I had spent many, many years collecting various inks, pens, and papers. But as I started to declutter the rest of my life, I gradually started to look at my art supplies and realize that a lot of it was just me collecting stuff, and not really using it. It started to really bug me.

    In the end, I decluttered my art stuff for two main reasons:

    1.  I wanted to put as much money aside into our house and mortgage. This house needs a LOT of work. When we moved in it had no central heating, the boiler broke a month after. There were (still are) things we need to fix – like the roof – and just a hundred and one little things. I’d rather have the money than items I don’t use.
    2. I’d really started to notice what were the tools I used and what ones I didn’t. I think every artist needs to go through a stage where they experiment with different mediums and styles to figure out what they really like. I’m past that stage now. I know what I like and what I don’t, and most of all I I HATE art supplies going to waste.

    This video isn’t going to help declutter the things which just need to go completely, it’s for the items where you know you use some of them, but not all. It’s a system that’s worked quite well for me, hopefully, you’ll find it useful too.

    You can find me here on Instagram 

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    Turning Citrus Fruit Into Christmas Decorations

    I’ve been promising to do this video since last year and I had planned on getting this up on YouTube a while ago, but as usual, life got in the way. For today I’ll just be showing how to make the citrus decorations themselves. I was tempted to include the final decorations too in this video but – as you know – I like to keep my videos short and to the point.

    So today, just the decorations and I’ll have another video soon showing how I use what grows around and by my home to make the garlands for Christmas. With these decorations included too, of course.

    You can find me here on Instagram