Saturday, 18 October 2014

Creepy Anime Doll Makeup

*This was scheduled to post on Saturday morning but it never published yay*

Today I'm showing you a creepy anime doll look inspired by Monster High dolls ! You can watch the video  but for now this is what I did in text

1. First, I lightly dabbed white face paint all over my face as a base, applying heavier amounts on areas such as my nose, under my eye circles and centre forehead for highlighting.

2. Following this, I applied a bright purple eye shadow all over my face - it is so much more pigmented when you apply it over the face paint ! To contour my cheekbones, temples, sides of nose and other areas, I used a darker blue toned purple.

3. Next, I began on the eyes by drawing a round circle on my lids and drawing a black triangular shape inside as well the outline of a triangular shape beside that, all with eyeliner. I then filled all of this circle except for the black and white areas in with a blue eye pencil but you could also use brown, grey or green.

4. After this, I drew a curved line over the top of my 'eye' for the lashline and then a winged eye liner shape and lines for lashes - again all with eyeliner. I then shaded the area above this with the same purple eye shadow I used earlier, I also filled in my eyebrows with black eye pencil.

5. Finally, I finished off the look with blue eye pencil on my lips and this is the finished look !

I really hoped you enjoyed this post and I'll talk to you next week !

Grace x 

Friday, 17 October 2014

T.Y Thursdays #5 : Workshops, Team Building and Being a Social Butterfly !

Okay, maybe not such a social butterfly.
I tried.

Today's post is on my week of workshops - all together now, "It has not been a week !" It has.
When I think of it, the group I'm in (Group four !) have been quite lucky as we've had a week of workshops together before we head off to Galway so we've all got to know at least a few people we mightn't have known too well before last Thursday.
Today (it's a Friday, but I may keep the 'Thursday title.) we have the day off to prepare and since my suitcase is already packed, I plan on spending the day admiring the heaps of food on it and finishing this blopost.

Productivity at it's finest. 

The Eagle's Flight being our first workshop is probably the best thing to ever happen to me. The whole thing is about teamwork and what makes teamwork, which is generally not my brightest talent. So the first part of the day would involve the whole class making a bridge and in order to work together we'd be put into smaller groups to make different sections such as towers, piers and walkways out of K'nex. I don't enjoy working in a group with people I don't know very well so the following thoughts circulated my head
1. I can't do this
2. Get my out of here
3. Help
4. I'm just going to hide under the table and pretend I'm not here. 

 I'm presuming everyone in my group had similar thoughts because each group had a leader and our's gave us individual tasks to do (i.e working on our own, not with each other.) and mine was building a tower. Problem was that there were two towers to make and the instruction papers are deliberately unclear so two or three of us ended up having to work together in order to make the two towers. I felt like I knew something for once as I remembered my brother making all sorts of things out of K'nex years ago so I was flying it - until I had put a whole load of pieces the wrong was around and someone in my group had to fix it so I was like ha ha awkward for me. Teamwork went seriously well, I couldn't believe that not only had I properly participated, but I also hadn't bitten anyone's heads off so when all the groups put the bridge together, I felt like a proud parent or something except there were like thirty other parents too. There was a group picture taken except it isn't anywhere online so we'll just pretend it's here.

That afternoon, we played Gold of the Desert Kings in groups. The objective was basically to get back to base camp but you need to survive sandstorms and heat as well as other obstacles such as running out of food and water. To win the game, you need to bring back the most gold from the mountains and out of five groups, three died and the group I was in, came in second place ! The Eagle's Flight was unexpectedly my favourite workshop since it helped with communicating and teamwork, etc. .

On the second day of workshops, we had slam poetry ! I think that a lot of people were expecting it to be boring, but in fact it was the complete opposite and everyone had a whale of a time. The poet who ran the workshop is Stephen Murray and he was hilarious and very inspiring. Throughout the day in the run up to writing our own poems, we were given exercises such as describing what you would do to someone you hate, describing what you don't like about yourself and completing five sentences beginning with "I am ...". These all really helped when thinking of an idea for a poem at the end of the day and from what I saw anyway, it encouraged everyone to write down their feelings, putting them into words which can be extremely difficult at times. I wrote my poem about my experiences of meltdowns and panic attacks and you can read it here.  The workshop was such a brilliant experience and gave us all a new perspective on poetry.

On Monday and Tuesday, we had SongSchool where we were put into smaller groups again in which we wrote and recorded a song ! Our group had no idea what to write and ended up resorting to writing down our interests and then my blog was mentioned to be put down and I was just like 'please don't' and then the phrase 'teenage mutant ninja bloggers' was said but luckily, after this we came up with a decent theme - the future ! Fast forward a day later and we have a cheesy but catchy song about the future with 'deep house' music during the bridge - I was fascinated by the GarageBand app that was used to layer and place the music together. Day two was much more funner than day one - mainly because we spent most of the day either recording or screaming along to Wonderwall and basically any well known song with guitar in the background. At the end of the day, a podcast was made and we all got to hear every group's songs which we all couldn't stop laughing at ! Then members of each group were asked questions about their song for the podcast quote "What was your favourite part of the song ? The middle" .

On Wednesday, we had Law and like poetry, it was the complete opposite to what everyone expected. The barrister running the workshop taught us all about the different areas of law and civil law cases which often turned out to be a bit humorous ! We also did a bit of role play and I volunteered to be one of the witnesses in this and made a twat of myself as usual by dropping the constitution book before I had even started.

Yesterday was our last day of workshops before Galway ! In Wassa Wassa we first learned lots about African Culture and Ireland's stereotypical view of it. In the morning, we played the drums and learned different rhythms, etc. which I seriously enjoyed because I love tapping along to the beat of songs and drums are just brilliant because they're almost like the glue of a song - they put it together ! Ramblings aside, that was brilliant until I was in a daze doing a rhythm like everyone else when I started getting strange looks and someone says "Grace, it's your turn to do a solo". Eh, what solo ? Turns out we were all doing solo improvisation things and I had no idea.
*taps drums randomly to get it over and done with and to pretend I wasn't previously zoned out*

After break, we did the wassa wassa dancing which was hilarious ! We looked like some kind of orangutans, bent over waving our hands in the air. I didn't mind doing it because we were all going to make twats out of ourselves anyway and I tend to just laugh at myself in these situations because my dancing skills are on par with my maths skills. They rarely exist.  We also did some kind of response singing and we were supposed to yell something like "My-yom-by" except half the lads were shouting "Hyundai" so I ended up *maturely* doing that because it's easier to remember. Group One also had Wassa Wassa so while they did the dancing we played the drums and while we did the dancing they played the drums. I could barely concentrate on what I was doing, I was laughing so much at my friends from group one dancing.  

I enjoyed every workshop so much and it's been a great opportunity to get to know others in the group. I'm slightly disappointed as I didn't take as many photos as I'd hoped to, so I'll be making up for that this weekend ! The weird thing about this month is that most of the time there are 2-3 groups either away at the rugby club or in Galway so lunchtime is very quiet !


Monday, 13 October 2014

Vampire Bride Makeup

Today I'm showing you a vampire bride look, quite similar to the makeup I painted on my friend and I's faces for Halloween last year. Obviously our character isn't happy, because if she was, then it would be an entirely different story which would take the fun and spookiness out of this look which is the objective !

As always, I did film a video for this tutorial which you can watch here but for now, here are the written steps.  

1. I first used a grey eye shadow and applied it over my eyelids. Then I contoured my cheekbones, temples and down the sides of my nose which created an overall colder tone so I didn't need to use white face paint or anything. 

2. I then went back to the eyes and for the entire look, I was using a duo blush as always so I began applying the lighter shade from the outer crease to where the inner corner meets my nose. I also applied some blush under my lower lashline only to realise this wasn't need because of the fake blood, but if you're skipping the blood, this is a quite handy for any vampire look. 

Next comes the best part - fake blood ! This was my first time using the blood this year and i's from a different shop to last year (Tesco if you must know.) which meant I was apprehensive about using it but it ended up being better than last year so win for all !

3. So we're creating running tear shapes with our fake blood and the best way I can describe the application is thick wonky lines which also resemble skinny triangles. I began these lines below my under eye circles that I literally just covered in blood. 

4. Whilst waiting for the fake blood to dry, I used a dark purple gel eyeliner on my lips. This obviously isn't a brilliant idea so if do actually own or have access to a purple or black lipstick, use that over eyeliner ! 

5. Fake blood is always quite neon and doesn't look natural at all and I wanted to create the illusion that it's been lying there for a while or almost dried in so I took a dark burgundy-brown and dabbed it over the tears. The majority of the fake blood I used to use, would peel off when I did this step, but it actually didn't this time so I was just like *cóisír*.

6. Even if the tears weren't bloody, my face would be quite swollen so I used the lighter shade of blush again around the blood tears and then the darker shade around the edges. I must admit that I went a tad bit too far with the swollen effects so I ended up adding blush to random areas of my face too. 

7. Finally, if you need to redo any of the fake blood, may that be your finishing touch !

I have no idea what Halloween look to do next - I'm think crazy colour contouring and skulls, so tell me what you think.

Grace x 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

TY Thursdays #4 : Ghost Trains, Lights and National Anthems

Before the ploughing, we were told that there were fifty tickets for the ghost bus in Glenart Castle available to Transition Years on a first come, first serve basis and as a lover of all things Halloween, I was one of the first to put my name down on the list as well as most of my friends. On the evening itself, everyone was quite freaked out at the thoughts of the train - we got lost on the way there and ended up right beside a creepy wood to which Rebeka kept screaming her head off at ! I think that set her up for what was to come.

The train was supposed to set off at 10pm but we didn't even go inside to listen to the health and safety regulations until quarter past although this gave us lots of time to take photos outside the castle ... Which would all of course turned out awful. Finally, we got on the ghost train and five seconds in the lights went off and it was pitch black. Everyone seemed to be screaming their heads off except for me - me who's afraid of the dark and being outside in the dark. The people in charge were laughing (in a nice way.) at everyone else's terror, probably because they've been through the ordeal more times than there are numbers, so eventually I found myself laughing with them because I couldn't find a single reason to scream.

At one stage, we got off to go through a dungeon place - in the dark again ! A few of my friends had to turn back as they were having panic attacks, but I carried on anyway, practically squeezing onto my other friends, mainly because I was afraid of tripping over something. We had been told earlier that we would be chased through the forest at some stage so when we got back outside, I presumed this was it so I ran for it, literally screaming to my friends because I've a bigger fear of running and then falling than I do of the dark. It turned out that we only had to run back to the train and in the midst of that, I found myself clutching onto random people who's identities remain unknown (if you're in my year and some weirdo was clutching onto your coat, running back to the ghost train, that's you then and sorry.) and then walking because the dude dressed up as a 'zombie' behind me wasn't really into the whole chase thing.

When we got back on the train, I got actually got to sit beside my friends (there was no room on the way down, I decided not to add.) who were grabbing onto me and again screaming their heads off whilst I laughed and predicted when the next character would jump out. I was still dreading the whole chase through the forest thing which never actually happened, much to my delight and disappointment because all of a sudden. the train wasn't scary anymore.

Highlight of the evening goes to my classmates at the back singing the national anthem otherwise named Amhrán na bhFiann to demonstrate the times we were in - such tough times and burn off fear. I don't think I've ever laughed so much.

Today we began workshops which proved to be much funner than I had anticipated so I'll have a post on that, here, next week !


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Blog Awards Ireland 2014

 Bella Moda dress | Penneys handbag | Tesco shoes
shoutout to mam for taking my outfit photos

On Saturday, I attended the Blog Awards Ireland - something my mam and I had planned on going to for months so you can guess how much more excited I was when I found out that I was a finalist in the Best Youth Blog category ! Despite running late to the reception - shock horror what's new -  we actually made it on time before the awards began. My favourite thing about the evening was getting to meeting bloggers Áine, Jess and Zoe who were as lovely offline as they are online !

The evening, which is the first blogging event I have attended was brilliant although I didn't find the MC very amusing and it's a shame because without the offensive jokes, he may have been funny. At each table there was a giant Rubik cube with pretty lights inside it and so, as typical bloggers, we all had to take a photograph of this beautiful object ... Which turned out to be more than a pretty thing, but part of a competition ! Since the event wasn't exactly early in the evening, neither was the lovely food so whilst waiting (both patiently and impatiently.) mam and I ended up snacking on Skittles and I probably shouldn't tell you the amount of sweets and general junk food I ate over the weekend - who knew Burger King sold veggie burgers ?

I've finally recovered from no sleep (thank you rowdy people outside for keeping us awake all night xxxx.) (I hope nobody thinks I'm being sarcasm.) and on a final note, congratulations to all the winners on the night and thank you to the judges of the blog awards for making Dainty Sprinkles a finalist - I am extremely grateful !

Grace x 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Morticia Addams Inspired Makeup

It is the Fifth of October and this post was meant to be up yesterday morning but Grace procrastinated on getting out of bed so she is now facing the consequences of procrastination. Leaving messed up blogging schedules aside, I'm about to kick off Halloween 2014 on Dainty Sprinkles so you need to have your black eye pencil, fake blood and blusher out and ready as I have plans for a ton of spooky posts.

Today we are focusing on a wearable Morticia Addams look !

Essence black eye pencil | Essence eyeliner pen | Essence eye shadows in Earl Grey & Wild At Heart | third darkest shade in Essence Quattro Palette in Denim 4.0 - yes I own too much Essence | Catrice Glamour Doll waterproof mascara | Collection Gothic Glam lipstick in 03 Revenge 

As always, Blogspot is being lovely and won't let me insert my YouTube video so click here to watch it if you're like me and prefer video to text when it comes to these kind of things !

1. I first lined my lashline and my crease with a black liner pen, winging them both out at the side. Finishing this, I filled in the space between the beginning of the wings.
2. Starting on eye shadow, I applied a grey shade all over my eye lids. I used two navy blues in the crease and outer corners although if I actually owned black eye shadow, I would have used that instead.
3. Although pencil proved not to be a half decent substitute for eye shadow, it was brilliant for lining my lower lash line with a black shade to intensify the eye makeup - Using a heavier mascara than usual also helped with this idea if you're wondering.
4. The finishing piece of this look is the gothic red lipstick that Morticia is known for. To create a darker look, black pencil was added to the corner and various random areas over the red and we're finished !

Above is the completed look which I wore to a ghost bus trip that evening which is why the lighting is horrendous but appropriately spooky and dark. I did want to make this look wearable whilst gothic//Halloween-y//spooky//whatever you call it but if you do want to go full out with this on Halloween night, black raised eyebrows and grey contouring are your best friends !

Last night I went to the Blog Awards Ireland, I am still so chuffed to have made it as a Finalist in the Best Youth Blog category and feel like I should thank you all for your good luck comments and tweets ! I'll be talking about the evening in my next blog post when I'm no longer half asleep at my desk - we were kept awake by rowdy eejits making noise outside all night !

Until then, I'd love to know who your favourite member of the Addams family is,

Grace x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

After Umber

I can't remember where the shawl worn backwards is from | Penneys blouse underneath | Topshop skirt | Tesco boots

"A guide to finishing two projects and completing homework within two hours" 
"Why not to start your projects and leave the latter half until two nights before they're due"
Two handbooks by me. 

This post was supposed to be up yesterday, but first I had Occupational Therapy (I'm back there again but it's going well so far .....) then I got home to finish two projects and by the time they were done and dusted, the little time teller at the bottom of my laptop screen was reading quarter to eleven. Then I get into school today to find out that these projects aren't due until tomorrow and wow I could have gone to bed earlier last night if I had known that.

Complaining outside, last Saturday Aveen had a dinner for her birthday  ("YOU'RE AN ADULT AVEEN !") at the Chinese which involved lots of yummy food (lo-mein is my new favourite dinner.) and gossiping and chocolate cake which was probably one of the most beautiful cakes I've ever tasted - 'tasted' since I was so full from the dinner, I was going to throw up if I ate the entire slice of cake which probably would have been worth it, just saying. 

I'd bought (*cough* my parents bought not I.) a new pair of shoes for the blog awards this weekend and I swear, they are at least two inches high, so for some ridiculous reason I thought it would be a good idea to wear them out for the first time several hours after first trying them all. I somehow didn't fall which was a miracle and a half. Also, I'm aware of the fact that there is lipstick on my teeth in every photo above because what's new ? Nothing. 

I probably should have warned you in advance that this post would be especially short because I'm off now to attempt Morticia Addams inspired makeup because I'm going on a ghostbus later this evening and I may as well look half-scary. 

Happy October,

Grace x