Sunday, 28 April 2013

April Haul...

At the beginning of the month I hosted a Body shop at home party from that night I got some goodies but also in this haul are some nail polishes and a lipstick :)

Lets start with the stuff from body shop:
Recently the Body Shop has released a range of new eyeshadows called Colour Crush. Out of all the shades I saw this was my favourite it is a lovely bronze brown colour with a little bit of shimmer which is the only disappointing part as I thought it would be more matt. The texture is lovely feels like satin :) This eye shadow was £7.00.
Another new release was the Fruit EDT's. (perfumes) The satsuma is my favourite fragrance from Body Shop I love it!! So when I saw that it was becoming a perfume I had to buy it! And it doesn't disappoint it is amazing the smell lasts all day and you only need 1 or two sprays :) This EDT was £8.50.

Whilst handing out cvs in Newcastle I popped into Topshop and was amazed that they have now got the makeup range :) I treated myself to one of there lipsticks. After swatching all the shades I ended up choosing one called Brighton Rock. It is a hot pink/coral colour and I think it is great for spring/summer! This lipstick was £8.00.
 As you may remember if you follow my blog I recently bought the mint green polish from this range I loved it so much I went back and got the light pink one. It is called Kingsland Road and was £3.99.
Finally is another Barry M polish this one is from the Gelly hi shine range and is called Lychee. It is a beige colour that looks nude on the nail. I think this is a nice colour for if you don't want your nails to stand out but want something on them. This polish was also £3.99.

So there you have it my april haul, money well spent if you ask me :)
Did you get anything nice this month?

Tarra x

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Final major project.

So for the past couple of months I have been working on my Final major project. For this I am creating a short stop motion animation based on an Inuit creation story called Sedna.

It is basically about how the sea animals were created and Sedna a young girl became the sea goddess.

I have been working on designs for Sedna and I am going to share some of my images with you :)

First of all I need to create a turn around drawing of my character, so I can see what she will look like from all angles:

Now that I can see how my model will look its time to create a scale drawing and begin piecing together the armature ( which it kind of like the skeleton ) for my model.

 So now I have a complete armature its time to give Sedna a bit of padding to create her shape, I have used a car sponge to create shape on my armature :)

For Sedna's dress I used a soft fur fabric for main part with embellishment of white ribbon and black thread detail.

 Next I need to create sleeves for her dress and add fur to the cuffs. To do this I will turn the dress inside out and the stitch the sleeve pieces onto the main section.

There we have it I have it the finished  dress.  As you can see from the final picture I have also created a pair of red trousers as well as 2 tiny fur boots with black detailing :)

The only thing left to do on her out fit is to create a hood and add extra detailing to the dress and to cover the wire armature in the hands I am going to create mittens.

I really like her so far and I am super proud of how she is turning out.

The next stage to Sedna will be to create the head and replacement faces. I am using these to change the emotion of my character throughout the animation.

So onto the head first of all I made the base shape out of tin foil making sure the proportion is correct to my design and that it wont be too heavy for my armature.

After trying out plastacine on top of the tin foil I found it was too heavy for my armature so I have made the head out of a thin layer of Sculpey. This is an oven bake clay that sets hard.

Now that I have the basic head I can start to create the different faces. I am going to create a happy face, sad face, angry face and normal face.

To create them I just put a thin layer of tin foil over the base face the push on more sculpt adding emotion to the face as I go.

Once moulded remove from base face and bake in oven till hard.

The faces are all baked now and have turned out really well.

Next I need to paint them all the skin colour of Sedna which is a pale yellow/peach.

I am going to add accents of pink on the cheeks to as well as the mouths.

Finally there painted all thats left is to paint the eyes. I was originally going to use beads for the eyes but after researching into it I realised it will be easier to have fixed eyes and add the blinks on in post production.

Here are the finished faces for Sedna.

All that is left now is to make the hair and then Sedna will really come to life :)

For the hair I going to use black wool stuck on base head with pva. Once it has dried I will then plait her hair and I'm finished.

So her it is Sedna with hair wahoo Im so glad its finally coming together she is really getting a personality now.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I have created my main character and please look out for updates on how my project is going :)

Do you like my character design?

Tarra x

April Glossybox!...

Hello April! This month the packaging for the glossy box has been specially designed by Pearl Lowe. It is beautiful!!
I love the floral print it has a real vintage feel. when I opened the box there was the usual tissue paper and ribbon but the sticker was also designed by Pearl Lowe.
The theme of this months box is spring fever which I think is a great theme as the weather is finally warming up a little bit :)
So above you can see all the products that came in my box this month. Lets take a closer look at the products.

First up is my favourite product in the whole box if not of all the boxes I have received. It is a Essie nail polish. I have been wanting to try Essie for so long but have always gone with a different brand when it came down to choosing.

The colour I have been sent is called Rosebowl and is a lovely red/pink colour.The formula of the polish is great and in the future I will definitely be getting some more of the range. It went on smoothly and dried super fast :)

This is a full size product and it is worth £7.99

The next product is a body butter by the brand Nip and Fab. I have been sent the Mango Smoothie dry skin fix. I think that this is a good size sample but Im always reluctant to try other brands of body butters after I have tried and loved the Body Shop ones. No other brand I have tried has the right consistency they aways feel like moisturisers rather than a body butter.

The smell is nice though and I will probably use this more in the summer.

The full size (200ml) of this product is £9.95 which makes my sample of 50ml worth £2.48.

In this months box there is another perfume sample but I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the sample as well as the way it has been presented :)

The sample is by the brand Yves Rocher and is called So Elixir Purple.

The scent of this perfume is really nice it is florally but not in an overpowering way.
I actually think I would wear this perfume and the fact that the sample is such a good size means I can really try it out before I buy.

I think the packaging of this sample is awesome just like a little potion bottle :)

The full size of this product is £44 for 50ml, my sample is 5ml which makes it worth £4.40.

Second to last is a blush from the brand Sleek my sample is in  the shade Suede. It isn't a colour I would normally pick out for my self but after swatching and applying to my face I really like it, it's really subtle but adds just enough colour to your face to give your a healthy glow.

I have tried many Sleek products and I have loved them all I think it is a really great brand.

This is the second full size product in this months box and is worth £4.49

The final product this month is also full size. It is A- Derma's Intense repair lip balm.

I think out of all the products in the box this is my least favourite just because I have so many lip balms that I don't need anymore. The packaging is a little boring as well which makes me instantly dismiss it. I did try this product out on my lips and if you have really dry lip I think this would be great for you.

Like I said before this is a full size product (15ml) worth £7.95.

So thats is for this month, I think this is a great box well done Glossybox, the packaging was stunning this month and the samples inside were all really good sizes which makes me happy :)

The total worth for this months box is £27.31 which is super and definitely make it worth my money!

Do you like Essie nail polishes? what is your favourite shade? Do you think this months box is fantastic like I do?

Tarra x