Halloween 2014: Welcome to Pleasantville.

I know it’s still a few day’s before Halloween, but as usual I got into the spirit early.  I held my annual Halloween party last Saturday.  It was a fairly subdued affair, with only a few guests.  But those who attended had an awesome time scoffing lollies and playing Silent Hill with the lights out.  Spooky!

This year I opted for a more glamorous Halloween costume than what I would usually go for.  The past few years I’ve dressed as The Joker and Corpse Bride, so it was a nice change to wear something that wasn’t quite so gruesome.

I took my inspiration for this year’s costume from the film Pleasantville and also from the work of drag queen Detox iCunt.  I have been playing around with special effects makeup a lot lately, and I wanted to see if it was possible to make it look like I was in black and white using only makeup and clever wardrobe choices.

I’m pretty flippin’ happy with how this turned out.

My costume didn’t photograph all that well.  While I still like the pictures, I feel that the effect was much more striking in person.

I did have loads of fun putting this outfit together.  I had originally thought that I would use a wig, but I couldn’t find one that I really liked.  In the end I twisted my real hair up into victory rolls and a french roll at the back and they sprayed the heck out of it with black hairspray.  It didn’t budge all night, but my hair did feel awfully helmet-like.

For the makeup, I mixed a very light grey body paint and used this over my face and any exposed skin.  As is typical of store-bought face paints, it was extremely difficult to apply a smooth and even layer.  One day when I’m rich, I’d love to try this look again with some professional quality products to see the difference.  I set the paint with a generous layer of Smashbox Photo Set Finishing Powder.

Then came the fun part.  It was so weird doing my makeup all in shades of black and grey.  I started with my eyes, creating a slightly smoked eye with a selection of blacks and greys.  I used a gel liner to create a big wing at the corner of my eye.  I was very generous with my mascara and was sure to add a lick of waterproof grey liner in the waterline of my eye to cover up the skin there.

For my lips I used the NYX cosmetics Macaraon lipstick in Chambord.  I am head over heels with this lip colour, and I now want to wear it as part of my every day look.  My only complaint is that it is a very emollient lipstick which tends to slip and slide all over the place.  I used a black eye liner to line my lips and a lip fixer over the top, but it still shifted all about.  Ah well, it was only $4 so I really can’t complain.

I coloured in my brows with a black eyeshadow and a stiff angled brush.  Then I used a mid-grey colour to contour my cheeks, jaw and brow.  I added a well-blended swipe of MAC chromagraphic liner to the bridge of my nose, my brow bone and the tops of my cheeks for a bit of highlight.

I had so much fun wearing this costume.  I also decked out my living room with a bunch of awesome decoration.  Here’s a sneak peek at some of my favourite bits.

Eyeball martini, anyone?  I found these chocolate eyeballs at the shop the morning of the party and I just couldn’t resist them.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?  I love to have a wicked witch somewhere in my flat at Halloween.  This year she’s peeping out from under the couch.

Even though my party wasn’t big or elaborate, I had a brilliant time.  It was awesome to catch up with some of my favourite people and just chill out.

What are you dressing up as for Halloween?  Are you having a party this year?

Armageddon Expo Melbourne 2014

I made the joke recently that Armageddon is like geek Christmas for me.  It’s the last convention of the year that I attend and there’s always a strong sense of anticipation beforehand.  Also, Armageddon was the first convention I ever went to, so for me there’s a feeling of nostalgia and homecoming that surrounds Armageddon.

Last Sunday I was awakened by a rat-a-tat-tat at the door.  It was 5am and my mate Luke was at my place, super-excited and eager to make a start on our costumes.  After a hearty breakfast, a quick shower and several hours of makeup, we were ready to head out the door and make the drive to the city.

Luke had decided to dress as Zombie Superman and I’d offered to help him out with his special effects makeup.  We had loads of fun splattering his costume with fake blood and scruffing it up.  Here’s a picture of Luke waiting on a pretty pink towel for his blood to be dry enough that it wouldn’t rub off on the interior of the car.

I had so much fun with this makeup.  It’s been quite a while since I’ve experimented with horror makeup.  The eye-socket was a real challenge but I am pretty darn pleased with how it turned out.  Luke got a lot of compliments on his costume (and scared quite a few kids as well)

I opted for a re-booted version of my old faithful Tank Girl cosplay.  I’d intended to dress as Susan Sto Helit from The Hogfather, but then I read the weather report.  I didn’t feel like sweltering  in a wig and full-length gown and cape, so I chose to don my cutoffs and combat boots once again.

I made a few small modifications to my costume this time around.  I made a ‘target’ tee shirt like the one that Tank Girl wears in the film and dyed my hair green for the occasion.  I actually really liked the way my green hair looked!

The con itself was just sensational.  Some of the highlights included:

– Meeting up with Caz from Nerdburger.  Caz and I have been blogging buddies for years.  I even interviewed her way back when my blog was just a baby.  She is so sweet in real life and it was fantastic to finally meet her.

– Catching up with Stewart McKenny and Chris McQuinlan, two of my favourite comic book artists.  It was especially awesome to meet up with Chris when I was wearing my Tank Girl costume, because Chris did an awesome Tank Girl pin-up commission for my birthday a few years back.

– Seeing a little kid in a stroller, happily munching through a pack of trading cards.  I’m not even kidding.  He was eating those things like they were chips!

– Getting my mug shot taken by the Gotham City police department.

– Seeing a giant dancing Groot.

– Getting photos taken with this life-sized Jabba the Hut.

And of course, there were some incredible cosplayers.  Here are some of my favourites:

Groot!  I nearly hyperventilated when I saw him towering above the crowds.  His costume was so detailed and he loved to dance.

I went mad for this pink Darth Vader and her Storm Trooper pal.  Although I didn’t notice until afterwards that he was carrying Jar Jar Binks’ head around (embarrassing fact: I actually like Jar-Jar.  Let me hang my head in shame while we move onto the next picture)….

Howard Moon and Vince Noir from The Mighty Boosh!  These dudes were incredible.  That synthesizer actually worked, and they performed Future Sailors just for me.  I was one happy fangirl.

I found another Tank Girl!  And she was flippin’ adorable!

Superman vs Goku.  Both were looking a little worse for wear.

What horror-lovin’ gal wouldn’t love a free smoosh from Michael Myers?

And it’s pretty cool and Freddy and Michael were able to put down their weapons and get cosy for the camera.

Tank Girl got a little pick-me-up from Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.  Don’t fret, it’s just candy!

I ran into this awesome Prince Oberyn Martell who I met at Comic Con earlier in the year.

He was positively lickable!

How cool is this Marty McFly?  I adore it when cosplayers make fabulous props to go with their costumes.

Superman vs Hellboy.  Epic!

WOMAN!  WOMAN!  There just aren’t enough Muppets cosplayers.  It was so awesome to see this guy dressed as Animal.

Apparently severed heads were all the rage at Armageddon. This time is was Amy Pond with a Cyberman head.

This Power Girl was so sweet.  She was awfully concerned about Luke’s face.

Jane Lane!  She likes having low self-esteem.  It makes her feel special.

This Snow White was just too chipper for my taste  (haha!  She was actually super sweet).

Astrid and Hiccup from How to Train your Dragon.

I was totally smitten with this Flynn Ryder.  He was pretty dashing.

But not as dashing as Gaston!  Swoon!  What girl could resist those biceps?

This Elsa was so stunning.  I couldn’t take my eyes off her gown, it was just so beautiful.

We had a fair bit of Superman-on-Superman action.  This Clarke Kent was the slickest non-zombie Superman I saw all day.

I had a fantastic time this year and it was awesome to meet so many brilliant cosplayers.  I am a bit sad that the cons are all over for this year, but I’m already thinking about what I’m going to wear to next-years conventions.

Oz Comic Con 2014

It’s been more than a year since my last convention.  I hope you can forgive me…

On Sunday I got all kitted up in my Velma Dinkley cosplay (last seen at Supanova in 2011)  and headed on down to the Royal Exhibition Centre in Melbourne for some geeky fun.

Firstly, can I just say that the Royal Exhibition Centre was an awesome venue for Comic Con.  The last Comic Con I attended was in 2012 at the Convention centre and it was horrible.  There were just too many people crammed into too small a space and it was dismal.  The Royal Exhibition centre is much bigger and much more suited to a convention of this size.

I went with Luke, the gentleman that I’ve been spending pretty much all my free time with lately.  He put together a truly stunning Harley Quinn cosplay, complete with massive mallet (in case you’re wondering, it’s made of yoga mats and duct tape!)

We had a brilliant time wandering about.  As you will already know if you’re a regular reader, my favourite part of any con is the cosplayers.  So naturally I have a bajillion cosplay pictures to share with you.  Here we go!

We made it our mission to find as many Batman characters as possible so that Luke could pose with them.  There were so many awesome Batman-themed cosplayers, and the first one we found was this awesome retro Catwoman.

I couldn’t resist striking a pose in front of the TARDIS.

I was so impressed by this gorgeous Pixie cosplay.  Her wingspan was massive and she was just the cutest!

How creepy and awe-inspiring is this fantastic Pyramid Head cosplay?  I don’t know how she managed to hold that head upright for the entire day, but she looked fantastic.

Spongebob!  Sometimes the simplest costumes are the most effective.

I couldn’t help but swoon a little over this Prince Oberyn impersonator.  Who wouldn’t want their very own Dornish Prince to go to battle for them?

I’ve seen a lot of Iron Man costumes in my time, but this one was by far the most epic.  His hands, chest and eyes all lit up!

Mystique is my favourite X-Men character (Duh!  She’s able to shape-shift into any form she wants!)  And this Mystique was so gorgeous.  She was so tall too, and even towered over Luke!

Wolverine!  This guy had serious attitude, and I adored his special effects makeup.

True to form, Silent Bob didn’t speak a word the entire time we were posing for pictures.  I should have asked him if he needed a chuckle-head sidekick

Huzzah for giant minions!

Moments after this picture was taken, Shredder was swept away by a cosplay conga-line.  True story!

I found another Velma!

This group was easily the best thing I saw all day.  Not only were their costumes fantastically detailed but they were super-sweet.  Just look at that Olaf costume!  Later in the day I saw this group chatting to a couple of little girls who looked like their dreams had just come true.

I knew there’d be a lot of Freddy Krueger cosplayers because Robert Eglund was one of the special guests at Comic Con this year.  But this one was the creepiest.  Check out her teeth!

These two were Officially The Cutest Thing I Saw at Comic Con.  I love Disney Princess costumes, but gender-bend Disney Princes?  Even better!

I’m trying to save my money so I didn’t do quite as much shopping at Comic Con this time around. Luke did buy me this adorable Olaf doll.  He likes warm hugs! (And there’s no danger of accidentally melting him!)

I couldn’t resist this incredible Dr Who print from Stewart McKenny.  Stewart has a whole series of amazing pin-up prints, but I was so drawn to the lifelike detail in this tribute to the 10th Doctor.

Stew has captured Number 10’s impish personality so perfectly!

I had a wonderful time at Comic Con.  I’m feeling really keen to visit more cons this year and to try out some cosplay ideas that I’ve had kicking around for a while.  I’m so excited to get back into the con scene, because it’s something I really love.

Did you make it to Comic Con this year?  How did you find it?

Halloween 2013

I’m back!  Before I get into my post today, I wanted to say a massive “Thank you!” to all of my readers who got in touch with me to offer your support and well-wishes after Nana’s passing.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

On Saturday I held my annual Halloween party.  I had debated whether or not to have a party this year because it was always something that Ross and I had done together and I thought that it might be too painful to do it without him.  But in the end I decided that I really wanted to because it would be an awesome opportunity to catch up with some of my mates.

I was lucky enough to have the lovely Miss Fairchild come to spend the weekend with me.  We had an absolute blast and she gave me loads of help setting up for the party.

My party was very low-key, but I still got some awesome photos that I wanted to share with you.

DSCF9108I had decided a while ago that I wanted to dress as The Joker from The Dark Knight.  I was excited by the prospect of trying some new special effects makeup to do the Joker’s scars.  This was my first time working with liquid latex, and I’m very pleased with how it turned out.

DSCF9110I took a lot of inspiration from Heath Ledger’s Joker.  I like the rough and undone look, which I think it a lot more frightening than the more manic joker from the Batman comics.

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At one point we ordered pizzas for dinner and I went out to pay the delivery woman.  She had her little girl in the car, and (forgetting what I looked like) smiled and waved at her.  She looked like she was about to burst into tears!  I felt very bad about scaring her and I apologised about a million times.

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My mate Evan came dressed as Walter White from Breaking Bad.  His costume included a bag of sky blue meth (which was actually Evan’s home-made blue toffee).

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DSCF9102Jelly was unimpressed when he tried to push the goods onto her.

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DSCF9118Miss Fairchild wore her incredible spider hat (which you can see in all its glory in this post).  Can you believe she made that herself?

DSCF9119My brother also came to the party and so did my friend Kath.  Kath was dressed in a fantastic rabbit costume and I really regret not taking any photos of it.  It was gorgeous!

I had a really brilliant time and it was awesome to have a chance to catch up with all of my friends.

What did you do for Halloween?

Supanova convention 2013

On Saturday Ross and I drove to Melbourne to visit the Supanova Convention.  This was my fourth Supanova, and I was so excited to go once again.  Supanova is probably my favourite of all the conventions that I visit regularly.  I find that it tends to be a lot better organized than a lot of other cons.

There were loads of fabulous guests appearing this year: Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie, Eliza Dushku from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alex Kingston from Dr Who, Natalia Tena from Harry Potter and Adam Baldwin from Firefly to name a few.  We didn’t actually get to see any of the special guests this year, because the lines were just crazy.  I decided pretty early on that I would just skip any of the panels and just enjoy the rest of the convention.

Ross did get to meet a couple of his comic book heroes though.  Terry and Rachel Dodson, who are responsible for the artwork for Spiderman, X-Men and Wonder Woman (among others) were high on Ross’s list of “People to meet at Supanova”.  He queued for two hours and got the chance to chat to them and shake their hands.  We also met Joe Jusko, an incredible fantasy artist.  In addition to that, we caught up with several of my favourite artists, including Tristan Jones and Chris McQuinlan.

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There were so many people waiting to get inside.  I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Supanova that was this crowded before.  We arrived an hour before the doors opened and the line was still nuts at this stage.

I basically spent the day wandering about the stalls, talking to people and doing a little bit of shopping.  I reprised my Luna Lovegood costume from last year, but I made myself a new pair of Spectrespecs.

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I also took loads of pictures of my favourite cosplayers for you guys.  Enjoy!

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Flame princess from Adventure Time.  She was super sweet and she’d made her entire costume (including her wig) by herself.   I was beyond impressed!

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Aladdin!

DSCF8046Maleficent.  I couldn’t get over this costume.  I spotted her horns bobbing above the crowd early in the day, and I screeched to Ross “I have to get a picture with her later!”  She looked incredible.

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Me with Marceline from Adventure Time and Skwizgaar Skwigelf from Metalocalypse.  Their guitars were awesome.  I’m doing my very best air-guitar here (and it’s still terrible!)

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Professor Chaos from South Park.  Hilarious.

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CATS!  I think this character is Rumpleteezer, but I’m not entirely sure.  (Someone correct me if I’m wrong!)

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Fry and Leela from Futurama.

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It’s Old Gregg!  ( And no, before anyone asks, I didn’t check to see if she had a mangina).

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Cats and hobbits and spandex, oh my!

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Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie.

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Totally fantastic weeping angel from Dr Who.  Her wingspan was impressive.

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Gorgeous Dr Who lasses.  One is the TARDIS and the other is a Dalek. Awesome and so creative.

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John Snow from Game of Thrones.

DSCF8038Fembots!  I nearly exploded with excitement when I saw these ladies walking in perfect unison through the convention hall.  I watched Austin Powers when I got home to re-live the sexy robot lady magic.

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There are a lot of girls that cosplay as Lumpy Space Princess, but this one is my favourite.  You might remember I also got a picture with her at Armageddon last year.

DSCF8040Vanellope Von Schweetz from Wreck it Ralph.  I loved her little Ralph companion.

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It’s the Greendale Human Being!  Honestly, I don’t know how she managed to wear this for the whole day, because it was hotter than hell inside the convention.

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And finally, a seriously scary Bellatrix LeStrange.

As usual, it was an awesome day and I left wanting more.  I can’t wait for Oz Comic Con in a couple of months.

Did you go to Supanova?  Which was your favorite costume?

Disney Villains makeup series: Jafar from Aladdin

Today I’m launching a brand-new blog series.  Hooray!  *Throws confetti*.

As you probably know by now, I am a huge Disney nut.  I’ve been wanting to do a Disney-centred series for a while now, but I couldn’t settle on a single idea.  But the other night, I had a lightening-bolt moment.  “Self”, I thought, “You should design a series of makeup looks inspired by the different Disney villains”.

And so, that’s what I’m doing.

I’m going to make this a monthly series.  Each month will feature a different Disney villain.  I will design a makeup look inspired by that villain and then make a video tutorial to show you how I did the look.  I am so excited about this, so let’s get right into it.

For my first video, I’m going to do a look inspired by Jafar from Aladdin.  I’ve chosen Jafar first because Aladdin is my favourite Disney film.  And Jafar is a terrific villain.  He’s just so evil, so dastardly and so twisted.  I couldn’t wait to create a Jafar makeup look.

To start with, I knew that I wanted the basis of this look to be a dark, angular eyeliner.  Jafar’s face is full of sharp angles and dark lines, so I wanted the eyeliner to mirror that.  I chose to do the large double-flick because I felt that it had a slightly serpentine look, which was perfect for Jafar.  After all, he carries a cobra-shaped cane and eventually turns into a cobra in one scene.

I filled in the spaces in the liner with shades of gold and copper, to represent the colours in Jafar’s robes.  The burnt red lipstick was also chosen for this reason.

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I left the cheeks pretty bare, because I wanted the eyes to take centre stage.  I just popped on a tiny bit of bronzer to add a slight contour to the cheeks.  I also defined my brows ever so slightly.

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I love the way that this eyeliner looks completely different from the side than it does from the front.  It’s just like Jafar himself, he can look good at one glance and pure evil at another.

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As promised, I’ve also done a video to show you how I created this look.

 

I hope you enjoyed this look.  I’m so excited to start working on next month’s installment.  If you’ve got a favourite Disney villain that you’d like to see my take on, please feel encouraged to get in touch with me.

1920’s makeup tutorial

Today I’ve finally gotten around to filming a video tutorial for my Murder on the Puffing Billy Express look.

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I wore this costume all the way back in October, and I’ve been meaning to film a tutorial for it ever since then.  Bad blogger!  Well, I’ve finally done it.

This is a really overdone makeup look.  In the 1920’s (as it is today) celebrities and movie stars had a huge impact on fashion.  As silent-film stars had to wear heavy makeup so that their features would show up on camera, it became fashionable for women to wear quite heavy makeup, with all of the features highlighted and exaggerated.

This isn’t exactly a wearable look.  It’s perfect for costumes though.  If you wanted, you could easily make this work for everyday wear by choosing one element (either the lips, the eyes or the brows) and wearing that with more pared-down makeup.  I wouldn’t wear this full look as your day-to-day makeup.

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Something that I find interesting with this look is that the makeup isn’t really blended.  To get the look, I just placed the makeup on my face, and didn’t really blend it at all.  This gives the eyes and cheeks a slightly harsh appearance, but it’s more accurate to the look of the 1920’s.  Once again, you could make this look more wearable by blending the features to soften them a little.

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