Drag Wednesday: Bye bye brows…

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So Drag Wednesday has rolled around once more and since our Marty focused on eyeliner last week, I decided to tackle the eyebrows this week.

No matter what look you’re going for, in drag or out, a good set of eyebrows are vital to frame the gorgeous eye look you’ve created. You wouldn’t stick a Picasso to the wall with push tacks, would you? NO! So we need to create a frame to suit. With drag, a lot of queens go for a very hyper-feminine arch or opt for a thin brow. So some prep is necessary to be able to get that new and improved feminine brow. Here are just a few options which I’ve tested out:

  • Tape – It’s possible to get an arch simply by using tape to lift the arch of the brow. This works best with men who have quite orderly brows and womens brows. The drawback comes with covering up the tape in question so I have a tendency to avoid.
  • Shaving/Waxing – This one all depends on how comfortable you are with half to no eyebrows whilst not wearing make-up/being out of drag. I personally already shave off the outer half (maybe 3/4) of my brow so I can extend my arch and have a more exaggerated brow shape and it really was a life altering experience (thank you wine)  because doing my brows has become so much easier. You could go the full whack and shave your eyebrows off completely but I’d take a serious think before jumping in. Are you prepared to draw your brows in every day or will you feel comfortable enough to go completely browless on days where make-up isn’t an option or you’re under a time constraint.
  • Blocking – The most opted for choice of queens, make-up artists and cosplayers the world over, is blocking. Which is simply just covering the brow. Sounds simple enough but I’ve had enough mishaps to know that you need to do it right for it to work. The upside of taking the time to block though, is you’re left with your own natural eyebrow hidden underneath so that you can just wash it right off when you’re done and are as good as new. Here’s a simple step by step on blocking…

What you’ll need:

Cleansing water, a spoolie (or two), glue stick (preferably Elmer’s purple glue stick), pressed or loose powder (I’m using baby powder for this tutorial), metal spatula (or the closed end of a set of tweezers will do in a pinch), foundation.

Step 1: Cleanse the eyebrow area, ensuring that there’s no product or any facial oils remaining. Take a spoolie and brush your eyebrows, finishing with a downwards stroke.

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Step 2: Take your glue stick (Elmer’s purple glue is the best to use but I’m working with Pritt Stick at the moment) and rub it along the eyebrow, first against the grain, then with the grain so every hair is coated. I only have the first 1/3 of my eyebrow so you would just do it over the whole brow or however much you’re wanting to cover up.

Step 3: Take an eyebrow comb or a spoolie and brush the hairs firmly in the direction you want them to go, flattening them to the skin. Allow the glue to dry.brows2

Step 4: Use loose or pressed powder (I prefer baby powder myself) to set over the area which we’ve just glued down. At this point you should have a good amount of coverage from the powder alone.

Step 5: Take your metal spatula and scoop a small amount of glue onto the tip. Use the spatula to press the glue along your eyebrow, ensuring that the area is completely smoothed. You want to cover up the texture of the eyebrow but you don’t want to leave an obvious line where the glue is. Allow to dry and repeat step 4.

brows4Step 6: Cover with foundation and set with powder.

It’s really not difficult once you get the hang of the smoothing and timing the drying of your glue. It’s a worthwhile technique to master as it can be incorporated into everyday makeup, face painting, special effects etc.

So now that you’ve got no brows, go forth and be creative with your eye make-up. I’ll be back next week with some handy tips and products for drawing your brows back on again!!

Be bold. Be brash. Be you.

x Marianne x

Drag Wednesday: Bye bye brows…

Top 10 Rupauls Allstar Queens : The Queen sized edition!

So Rupauls Allstars season 2 is well and truly underway so we taken a moment to rank our queens from ten to one! Based on challenges, overall style and looks. We are reading these Queens and word of warning,  a spoiler alert is in action!

#10 Coco Montrese

Yes her look is less orange and is much more visually pleasing, but that first challenge to showcase talent – fail. The overall look was a no no for me.

 

#9 Adore Delano

Everyone had high hopes for this fan favourite with a stellar singing career outside of the contest. However the pressure got too much for her and I feel she gave up too quickly before she even gave herself a chance.

 

#8 Ginger Minj

This comedy queen came to play. Funny from the outset and in challenges. Looks wise was a bit of a let down when compared to other queens. A queen we expected far more from.

 

#7 Roxxxy Andrews

With a change of attitude (whether playing a game or not) but not much else, we are seeing Roxxxy fall middle to bottom of the pile, despite winning the first lip sync. She is providing us will a big ol’ meh, and yet e expected more from this fiesty woman. Can this thick and juicy girl pull it back. She did in season 5, can she repeat this?

 

 

#6 Phi Phi O’hara

The bitch is back! Whether it be editing or not girl, we are not here to slate her. Gaining momentum in the challenges and with killer looks on the runway this is certainly a fierce queen. However will she be remember for slaying bitchin’ or slaying the runway?

#5 Katya      

Crazy Katya is our middle of the road queen. Although amazing as Bjork in the snatch game the rest of he runways and challenge have been a little too bland and meh. Can this fan favourite rise to the top?

 

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With hilarious performances, iconic lip syncs and fashion worthy runways, Detox is hitting it. However the reason she does not hit our top 3 is the same reason as season 5. We feel she is not pushing it enough, and we  we always want more from this beautifully talented silicone wonder.

 

Yes! After the last elimination we would love to see Tatianna, Alyssa and Alaska in top 3!

Tatianna felt she had more to show and has grown most from her season. Repping the older seasons, we feel this queen deserves to go all the way to the final 3.  Alyssa Edwards seems to understand her stardom and comedy. Applied with a face of beauty,  we salute her. Alaska has always been a force to be reckoned with. Hilarious and devilishly devastating can this queen take the crown?

 

 

We’ve ranked them, now it is your turn! Do you agree with our pecking order? Let us know your thoughts! Now slay queens SLAAAY!

Martyn Out!

Top 10 Rupauls Allstar Queens : The Queen sized edition!

Drag Wednesdays : The Eyes Have It!

Drag Wednesday comes round yet again and this week i will be focusing on my novice ways of drag, more specifically the eyes and eyeliner!

I do love a good eyeliner design as it has the power to make your eyes pop! Whether it be a simple wing or a glorious creation with multitudes of colours. My go to is a simple wing. Murder to get even, But worth it!

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An example of a simple wing is in the picture above on my very own peepholes! Simple and efficient. No nonsense makeup for your day to day life, yet stil turns heads. Some of my inspiration comes from queens such as Trixie Mattel with her shocking wings, to Raven who has  a bold yet demure eye. Looks I will be most definitely trying out soon. Do you have a favourite style or colour? Please share it with us here with the team at Bubble POP Shock! Remember and stay creative!

Martyn Out!

Drag Wednesdays : The Eyes Have It!

#DragWednesday Catfight Edition…

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Drag Wednesday has rolled around once more and today we’re talking beauty on a budget. Sort of…

 

Okay so, I’m finally into the swing of things at college, well, at least I’m able to function like a normal human in front of other humans. We’re doing some special effects make-up. Now, special effects make-up can get quite pricey when you factor in the different bits and pieces you’re going to need.

So if, like me, you’re skint but still want to get into the SFX game, look no further than your kitchen cupboard.

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Nose and scar wax is a great addition to your make-up box if you’re wanting to do special effects. It can be used for a wide range of purposes from scarring (which you guessed from the name, right?) to deep wounds, to adding various lumps, bumps and growths on your body/face. It’s around £14 for a tub of Ben Nye nose and scar wax. Which isn’t too bad when you think about how much you’re actually going to need to use if you’re just using it occasionally. Well, it’s £14 that I don’t have spare at the moment, so I searched the vast realms of the internet to find a suitable alternative.

When you hear the words ‘vaseline’ and ‘plain flour’ your first thought might be cookies and lube. A great night in if you’re into that kind of thing lol. But when mixed together in the right quantities, you end up with a product not too dissimilar to nose and scar wax. Various sites had different measurements but upon having a mess around with the quantities,  I found that a 1:2 ratio made quite a good consistency but I added a tiny little sprinkle of flour just to dry it up a bit as it was melting slightly in my hands.

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Next, blood, now again it’s not the most expensive of products but when going for cheaper alternatives, the quality is going to be terrible. I know this from experience as I bought £1 fake blood today and it was terrible. Red water essentially.

Again, there were so many different recipes with different ingredients so I mixed a few ideas from different recipes and mixed together glycerine and powder food colouring. It was perfect for runny fresh blood but I’d recommend maybe a little drop of blue or purple to the mix to make it a bit more authentic. On top of that, adding some gelatine will thicken the blood up a bit if you’re wanting it to look like it’s starting to coagulate. Works a treat.

If you can’t get your hands on a bruise wheel, lipsticks and eyeshadows in blues, purples, greens, yellows and reds are pretty good to work with as a stopgap.

My wounds in the photos aren’t perfect. I know this so don’t troll me online please lol. The main issue I seem to be having is blending my edges and the problem seems to be patience. Take your time blending your edges, a teaspoon is perfect for dragging the putty out and blend with the skin. I just don’t have the time or patience to do so when I’m trying to do a million other things. Gonna try out some more recipes for next week and see if we can find the time to take it slow and get the injuries up to scratch and get them realistic as possible. Will return next Wednesday with some more SFX recipes, since we’re travelling high speed towards Halloween.

Until next time, don’t forget to slay all day. every day.

x Marianne x

#DragWednesday Catfight Edition…

Drag Wednesday: All drag is valid.

Good evening everyone! Drag Wednesday has sashayed it’s way around once again.

This week, after seeing yet more bitching and moaning online about what “real” drag is and how certain types of drag are not drag at all.

Well, I’m not a drag queen, I’m not actively involved in the drag “scene” so I’m only commenting as an outsider. Someone who goes to shows, follows drag online and follows drag related TV shows so I’m not a professional by any means.

But here are my thoughts: drag is individual, there is no formula to drag. There’s an idea of drag which is ingrained in people’s minds as a hyperfeminine character. Yes, most queens nowadays fit that bill. People of all genders (because cis males aren’t the only people out there doing drag as people often think) doing drag mostly choose the hyperfeminine, glamourous drag most often observed in pageants. But there’s more to drag than gowns and looking like your a-typical beautiful woman.

There are no boundaries when it comes to drag. Your aesthetic is individual to you. Whether you want to be dolled up and slaying in a sequin gown, embracing your facial hair in bearded drag, stepping outside the box in more abstract drag or whatever you want to do, that’s okay. Your drag is valid and nobody should be questioning it.

There’s abuse hurled at queens over social media, groups of people having slanging matches over what’s right and what’s wrong when it comes to drag. Well the truth is, this isn’t a cookie cutter world that should be filled with cookie cutter queens. Like I said, drag is individual and nobody should try to take what you want to portray away from you. Get up, get dressed, fix your face and own that shit because that’s what makes you, you!

If you’re one of the guilty parties trying to say you know better and that what you say is gospel, you need to take a good look at the world around you. Look further into drag and different styles of drag. You’ll see yourself that we as humans, never mind individuals doing drag, aren’t all the same. Our styles aren’t all the same, the way we dress, walk, do our make-up, wear our hair, isn’t the same! So why should drag be the same.

A drag persona is just that, a persona. A character that a queen has developed, built up and put a fuckton of work into perfecting. It’s not your place to drag them down. Unless you’re sitting on a judging panel at a pageant or on a show like RPDR, your job is to sit down, watch a show and respect what another artist is doing. Because you don’t know what their inspiration is, you don’t know how hard they’ve worked to master their craft and you just don’t get to try and influence what makes them happy. Can you imagine how it would feel if someone tried to mould you into someone that you’re not just because they don’t like who you are or don’t respect who you are as a person? Remember there’s a real person underneath all that make-up and hair. A person with feelings.

The ultimate goal in a person’s life is to be happy and comfortable. Comfortable in their life, their career, their own skin. If someone’s drag isn’t your cup of tea then that’s your opinion. Hey, there’s queens in the world that I don’t like, that I’m not keen on their style of drag. But that doesn’t mean that their drag isn’t valid. It means it’s not to my taste. Just the same way I don’t like salt and vinegar crisps but I’m not going to write to Golden Wonder and tell them I think that their salt and vinegar crisps are shit and that they should stop making them because I don’t like them. Other people are quite fond of salt and vinegar. And that’s okay because a crisp is still a crisp, even if they’re salt and vinegar.

I’ve gone off on a tangent… so the point I’m trying (and possibly failing) to make is that not every style of drag is for everyone. Variety is the spice of life and all that jazz. You need to take off the blinkers and open your eyes to the fact that there is a whole world of drag out there. So many styles, so many different performances, so much creativity. If you don’t explore, you might just miss out.

In short, respect each other, respect your queens, and just appreciate drag for what it is. An art form. Whether you love it or hate it, it is what it is and we just need to get on. In the words of Rupaul herself “Everybody say love.”

Until next time, don’t forget to slay all day, everyday.

x Marianne x

Drag Wednesday: All drag is valid.

#DragWednesday: On Morphe Brushes…

Well hello and good evening! Coming to you late again since I can’t seem to get my days of the week right. Took our Martyn to remind me that it was actually Drag Wednesday… Cue sort of rush job while I’m in the middle of cooking dinner which culminates in a pretty shitty Drag Wednesday. I’ve disappointed myself to be honest LOL! But hey, what can you do?

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So this week, I’m reviewing my glorious new brushes!!

Since I was starting college this week, it was time to stock up on some nice new brushes to start off with so after humming and hawing, browsing hundreds of brush sets, I almost had a nervous breakdown. No exaggeration or mocking, I genuinely lost my shit.

Whilst almost at the point of giving up, I stumbled across these beauties…

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A 30 piece Morphe Brush set which includes a roll up case with a belt. Again, I hummed and hawed at the thought of spending £140 right off the bat on brushes. But you can’t be a make-up artist if you don’t have the brushes (no sarcastic comments about how you can do airbrushing and make-up sponges), you can’t do the job well if you don’t have the right tools.

Anyway, the set I have is the Morphe Brushes 30 Piece Master Studio Brush set (501). The brushes are made up of a mixture of both natural and synthetic fibres. This was a bit of a shaky spot for me as I only use cruelty free beauty products. I did a bit of reading and apparently Morphe themselves that the hairs used in their brushes are cultivated in a cruelty free manner. The handles are wooden (as you would expect) with a chrome ferrule (again, as you would expect) and the brush number is clearly marked on each brush so you can cross reference with the list to know which brush does which job.

Upon opening, the brushes are all wrapped and the fluffy fan brushes have plastic protectors over the fibres, no damage in manufacturing or delivery. 

All of the brushes are soft but not too soft that they’re unworkable. They pick up a ridiculous amount of product and there’s no waste with creams or liquids are they’re dense therefor you’re not losing liquids soaking down into the centre of the brush. The S94 in particular is a standout for me as brushes I’ve used for foundation in the past have left me streaky or so much fluid soaks down into the brush that I end up using far more product than I ordinarily would. The liquid foundation literally sits on the flat surface of the brush and doesn’t budge until you actually apply it to your face.

I noticed a little bit of shedding with the fluffier face/powder brushes, in particular the M400, but after a wash, any loose fibres had come away and the brush was fine and ready to use.

Can’t forget the case. There’s a belt attached with a clip and it’s easily adjustable whatever your waist/hip size. It’s not too heavy that it’s uncomfortable to wear. There’s plenty of room in the case to add more brushes (because you can never have too many).My only issue with the case is that there’s no top flap or ties. Any cases I’ve had in the past have had a flap at the top which folds down over the tops of the brushes and ties at the end so I can roll and tie them away. The Morphe case just folds over in half. Which is fine if I’m just storing them away in my kit *but* if you’re planning on taking them out in a bag or anything like that where they’re not securely laying flat, you’re running the risk of them falling out of the case and ending up in the bottom of your bag. Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a huge problem but just make sure you carry some spare cleaner just in case. 

Over the course of the past week that I’ve had them, I’ve used almost every brush in the set and none of them disappoint. I’ve found that working with eyeshadows that I wasn’t keen on in the past due to pigmentation, I’m actually starting to get more use out of them as it seems to be that it might have been the brushes not picking up product very well as opposed to the shadows themselves.

Overall, it’s an amazing set to have. Whether you’re embarking on a career in make-up artistry or just want a good set of brushes, they’re well worth the investment! Considering on the Beauty Chamber website, the brushes alone (excluding the 4 or 5 which they don’t stock on their site) cost approximately £155. So if you factor in the extra brushes and the belt/case, it’s a massive saving in the longrun to buy the set and build on it. While it might seem like a scary outlay at first, just remember that in time, the brushes will pay for themselves!!

Until next time, don’t forget to slay all day, every day!!

x Marianne x

#DragWednesday: On Morphe Brushes…

#DragWednesday: Sleek Foundation Review

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Well, this week, this basic bitch has gone a little basic with her drag look. For no other reason than time constraints. Bizarrely, my day time make-up was more interesting than my drag look…

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So while I was sitting contouring, I decided that I wanted to do a review on a foundation I’ve had in my kit for a while but not actually reviewed. A friend gave it to me and I kept the two shades (Barley and Coffee Bean) in my kit as my skin tone is quite pale. *BUT* it caught my eye while I was looking for my contour palette one day and I decided to try it out for my contour. I like quite a dark contour so Coffee Bean was perfect.

The foundation is Sleek’s Creme to Powder foundation. It’s £7.99 for a 9g compact and considering MAC’s Studio Tech foundation (another creme to powder type foundation) is £26 for 10g, it’s a total steal. The foundation comes in 30 shades which is fantastic considering a lot of high street make-up brands don’t really cater to darker skin tones. So there’s plenty of choice for make-up artists building a kit who don’t want to be constantly mixing shades and for darker complexions where a lot of high street brands only really cater to fairer to medium skin tones. The compact has a generous sized mirror in the compact and I use it regularly to do my full face as my eyesight is tragic so I can’t sit at a vanity mirror without my face being a centimetre away from the glass.

The foundation boasts a medium to full buildable coverage with a flawless finish, which sets to a powdery finish. There’s no suggestion for length of wear or anything like that on their site so I can’t do a time comparison I’m afraid. The formula is thick and creamy but doesn’t feel heavy or cakey on your face, considering the texture of the foundation. Right off the bat with one coat of foundation, the coverage is brilliant. I didn’t feel the need to apply any more foundation over the top of it and I’m a full coverage kinda gal myself. 

I only ever use this foundation for contouring as I haven’t actually been to Superdrug to pick up my own shade in the foundation but I tried out one of the lighter shades (Barley) all over my face and wore it around the house to see how it held up. It lasted the whole day. By whole day, I mean I had it on for 10 hours before washing it off. It held up all day and I didn’t have to touch up at any point.

Application wise, it comes with a sponge applicator, not dissimilar to a powder puff but more rubbery. Personally, I didn’t use it as it didn’t seem to apply the foundation to it’s full potential. I apply my contour with a flat foundation brush to get a sharp line and then blend it upwards with a RT face brush. When I applied it all over my face, I just went in with the face brush after priming with Freedom’s priming water. 

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This was after setting with powder.

My only issue with the product is it doesn’t actually set to a powdery finish. Which brings up a dilemma. How exactly do I rate it? As a cream foundation, I would say a definite 10/10 but as it’s supposed to be a cream to powder, it knocks it down to a 4/10 as it doesn’t do exactly what it says on the tin. 

Don’t let this put you off trying the foundation though (unless a definite powder finish is what you’re looking for) because it’s a wonderful foundation even if you do have to go through the extra few seconds it takes to set with powder. It gave a flawless finish, blends like a dream and doesn’t weigh your face down. I wore it on a considerably warm day, although I live in Scotland so my idea of warm might not align with everyone else’s idea of warm, and it didn’t sweat off like some foundations have done in the past.

Bottom line: try this foundation. It’s totally worth it.

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Next time we’ll have a review of the newest addition to my kit. The Morphe Master Studio Pro Brush 30pc Set. I am ITCHING to try out these bad boys!!

Until next time, don’t forget to slay all day, every day!!

x Marianne x

#DragWednesday: Sleek Foundation Review