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Cute Penguin Nails Tutorial

Ever wanted to have adorable penguins on your finger tips? Well want no more as I help you paint your own adorable penguins on your nails!

My first penguin tutorial to celebrate this months ‘May There Be Penguins’ celebrations shows you how to turn your nails into your own adorable penguin colony.

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Paint your nails with me right here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkFDQW_QxdU

Keep your eye out for more tutorials (with better video quality) later on in the month as I keep on celebrating the wonderful world of penguins!

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Also, join me on facebook for even more penguin fun, games and even competitions!

And don’t forget to enter my latest competition which closes at midnight tonight (gmt). Find it here on my facebook page

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Smokey Eye Tutorial

Welcome to my first instalment of Friday Fabrications!

This is where you will find tutorials for anything I can think of doing!

I’m going to start with a make up tutorial, the smokey eye look. I will warn you, this will be very picture (and word) heavy.

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This is a look that I have honestly never been able to create successfully until about a year ago. No matter how hard I tried and how many tutorials I looked at, I just seemed to mess it up completely when doing it myself. So this tutorial is hopefully going to help anyone else who’s had trouble with the smokey eye look and give you a few hints and tips to make it easy to do in a relatively short time!

Of course the first thing you need to do is clean your face of any old make up and give it a good wash. If you have primer (which I dont *slaps hands*) then you should also apply that as it helps to give a more even skin colour and keeps the make up on longer.

Then you should apply the bottom layer of make up, I like to call it the skin layer as it is there to make your skin look nicer. You should first use some cover up over any spots of blemishes and blend it in followed by some nice foundation. I use Match Perfection and Clear Complexion by  Rimmel as they’re fairly cheap but still work brilliantly. I also always choose the lightest colours as i’m quite pale and I find any darker really makes my face stand out. In my opinion you should always go at least one shade lighter than your skin colour to avoid orange skin, because lets face it, orange is really not a good look, even if you are from Essex.

Now that you’ve made your face look like it is free from any sort of blemish you should apply the blusher. I just have some cheap tesco blusher and personally I dont think you need to splash out on blusher at all. With things like mascara and foundation I would always recommend a good brand, but blusher is a lot more forgiving and so if, like me, you need to save money you should save your pennies on the blusher. You do, however, need to buy a good brush. Ok so this brush was also cheap (compared to leading brands at least), but it is big and fluffy and perfect for the job!

There are two ways I usually do my blusher. The first is using the whole brush and using it on the cheek in a circular motion, creating a nice rosy look I usually use day to day. The other is to squeeze the brush and sweep from the cheek towards the top of the ear. This I feel is better for a more sophisticated look and I use it for the evenings. I used this sophisticated look in this tutorial as I was actually getting ready to go out with my work friends.

Next is the eye shadow. Again I don’t think it’s massively important to have an expensive eye shadow, although I do prefer them as they’re usually easier to blend. If you can afford it easily I’d recommend the extra money, but if not then it wont make a massive difference. I’m again using the tesco barbara day make-up (the silver pot) and also a colour palette from marks and spencers. I love colour palettes, especially the ones with just 3 or 4 complimenting colours. They are just so useful and usually contain colours that will blend together really well.

First you just need to put a layer of the lightest colour you want to wear. I tend to use my fingers when applying, but that’s just my personal preference as i just never  seem to get on with the brushes. I decided to use a white colour this time. You can put as much of this on as you want, some people like it all the way up to the eye brows but I personally find this a bit…hooker-esq. I prefer to do mine about half way, so that the make up just comes up on to the bone. I also like to put a spot of the lighter colour right on the inside corner of my eye as it brightens and lifts making you look more awake.

Then you need to take the middle colour (I used the silver pot here) and start at 3/4 of the way in, sweeping to the outside of the eye. Now you just need to blend them together so that there are no definite lines where your make-up changes colour. Most of the time when blending I end up adding more eyeshadow on as well just to make sure it is thick enough (as it was not in this photo)

Before blending

Next is the darkest colour. I use the tiniest spot and dab it right on the outside of my eye before smudging it a little inwards. I find this works perfectly for me, making the black not too heavy and nicely blended. For some reason I find this one never needs as much blending as the other two personally.

eye shadow finished

Next is the eyeliner. I prefer liquid to pencil but do switch between both. I usually use collection 2000 as it’s cheap, however although their normal liquid eye liner goes on really smoothly, I find it often smudges off on the corners during the night so in this tutorial I used their waterproof version which has a bit more sticking power. However I wouldn’t really recommend this one either as it is not so easy to put on, no where near as smooth to apply as the normal, bog standard eye liner they have and made my lines a little messy in this tutorial. Next time I think I might splash out on a better brand.

To apply eye liner I steady my hand by resting it on my face and either leaning on a windowsill, or holding my elbow with my other hand. Keep your eyes open (yes both of them!) as you need to see where you’re going. I then start from the inside eye, usually just about where you started the middle eye shadow, and slowly (with little strokes) move towards the outer eye.

When I get to the corner I usually do a little flick. This flick definitely doesn’t need to be big at all and just follows the corner of your eye up. If you can’t see the direction your flick needs to go then I would aim to meet the outer tip of your eyebrow, but just don’t draw all the way there. You should know if you’ve done it right by closing your eye, if the flick is in a more or less straight line from the rest of the eyeliner then it is correct.

You can tell it is a little messy, this shouldn’t happen with a smoother eyeliner.

Next is the eye lashes! Again I’m using Rimmel, they are definitely one of my favourite brands as they’re cheap but have good quality products. I actually have three mascara’s but tend to only use these two. The one on the left is lash excellerator or something, i’ve used it so much all the writings come off the packaging! I tend to use this day to day for the long lash effect and love it! The other is Scandaleyes which I honestly only bought because it was on special offer and cheaper than all the other mascaras at the time. However I absolutely love this one too, the brush is a bit big and took a bit of getting used to (i got it all over myself the first time i used it!) but now I love how thick it makes my lashes look! I also have a waterproof mascara (Rimmel : Sexy Curves) for those times where you just know you’re going to be emotional.

I also always always always use an eyelash curler when doing mascara. Without them you can’t really tell how long my eyelashes are, but with them curled it not only creates the illusion of length, but also again helps with your eyes looking bright and open. I find that with my curler I don’t really need to use false eye lashes as I get the same (but more natural looking) effect.

When Applying mascara I tend to sweep the brush side to side rather than from root to tip. I just find it gives a far more even coating and helps against getting it all over your face.

Et Viola! Smokey eye complete! You can add some lipstick now if you like, but I find it’s best to go for the more natural colour as your eyes are already quiet heavy and it would otherwise just look too much. To me it’s the same as the legs/boobs rule. You can’t have both out, just one or the other. Although, like with the legs/boobs rule, I have broken it on occasion.

Of course you can always experiment with other colours too! When we went iceskating the other week I used a dark blue instead of a black in the corners and a black sparkly eyeliner.

I have also done it in various shades of purples and again in browns (which is my favourite as it looks the best with my eye colour)

‘Till next time!


I’ve been a little busy…

Sorry for my terrible blogging, this last week has been a little hectic to say the least.

We all love a little Risk

We all love a little Risk

Last weekend we visited some of Ash’s friends and had a nerdy weekend away in the midlands.

We ate chinese take away and played Lord of the Rings Risk into the early hours of the morning and generally had lots of fun.

Yellows defending their territory.

Yellows defending their territory.

We have also been rearranging our flat as we’ve just bought a new desk for the grand price of 99p! We decided there wasn’t enough room for the both of us on one desk and that, even though it would be a squeeze, we could just about fit another desk in. Ash found a desk on ebay which is very similar to the desk we already have, just without the bookcase attached to the end. He bid on it and ended up being the only bidder! Lucky us!

So much room!

So much room!

We picked it up yesterday and tried to figure out how to fit it in. We’ve finally settled on moving our desks in front of the window and next to our bed. This makes that side of the room very cramped, but the side with a tv is now lovely and spacious, perfect for playing my kinect! 😀

We haven’t quite finished setting everything up (we have far too much stuff accumulated for such a small flat! It’s ridiculous), but when we have it’s should be small but far easier for us both to get on with our own things. Finally I’ll have lots of room to sew!

I moustache you a question.

I moustache you a question.

I’ve also been on a few nights out, one with work, another with my sister with lots of movember madness and a quiet drunken pub night with Ash. All we’re very fun and left me feeling a little worse for ware the next day.

Work drinks are always fun.

Work drinks are always fun.

I do have lots of fun posts planned for future, including a make-up tutorial, some tips for your CV and many more helpful things! I just need to get round to writing them…

Until next time!

Make-up tutorial teaser!

Make-up tutorial teaser!


Breaded Fish – Cooking Tutorial

Recently I’ve found that, although I love cooking, I’ve been a bit lazy with my meals lately. I never seem to make anything interesting any more, It’s just pie and chips or sausage and mash. I seem to have lost my enthusiasm for it. So I figure what better way to get it back then to blog about it! I was thinking this could be a weekly or maybe fortnightly section of my blog and will hopefully inspire many of you to cook as well!

I have actually been thinking about doing this for a while but wasn’t sure about the idea. I mentioned this on Pillowsalamode’s blog and she gave me the final push I needed to get round and do it! You can find her awesome blog here . She really makes some adorable sewn products.

Anyways. Before I start with my first ever cooking blog, there are probably a few things you need to know about my style of cooking:

1) I am very slapdash. My recipes are always changing and most of them made up as I go (although usually based off some prior knowledge) .

2) I like simple easy recipes. I know I can cook more complicated things, but what’s the point when quick and easy can taste so nice?

3)  I don’t really measure or time things. When it looks right that’ll do. If you’re looking for precise recipes this is not the place.

Got all that? Still want to read on? Great stuff.

Today I am making some lovely breaded fish. I’ve never actually made this before nor do I know how to, but I do know it involves eggs and breadcrumbs. I’ve battered fish at work and figure it can’t be much different to that right?

First off is to make the breadcrumbs. This is easy. All you need is a ‘Wizzer stick’ (as I like to call it) or a blender, and obviously some bread. I got my ‘Whizzer Stick’  for a christmas present years ago and absolutely love it! It’s so useful with all it’s different attachments and so much easier to store than a blender. I definitely think every kitchen should have one.

I just used 1 slice of bread and whizzed it up until there were no big pieces. Easy.

Next You need to pour the bread crumbs into a longish container which will fit in your fish, mine was a little too small but still worked fine enough.

You also need to crack some eggs into another dish and whisk them up just a little bit so they’re nicely mixed together.

Whisking eggs in the Batman Apron I made for my boyfriend

Now comes the messy bit. Dip your fish firstly in the egg and then in the breadcrumbs and repeat. I found  I had to do this double dip to make a really good even coating of breadcrumbs on the fish (see learning as I go!). I used a nice fillet of Cod given to me by work as it was past the date we could sell but still edible. I think for this recipe it is probably best to use a thicker fillet as it would be harder to over cook, but thin ones like this should be fine as long as you are careful.

Lovely juicy cod!

 

Meet bob. He’s helping me fish the cod out of the egg sea.

And now helping to apply the breadcrumb coating

Then I put them on a baking tray along with some wedges I’d made up and put them in the oven. I put the oven on around 180-200˚c for around 20 mins (as I said i’m not very precise). Or at least that’s what I intended. I actually ended up forgetting about food as I got distracted with some others things and slightly over cooked it all (looked nice but the fish became a little dry, like I said you need to be more careful with the thinner fillets and I was not). But basically just throw it in there until everything looks brown, golden and delicious!

And there you have it. It’s tasty, quick and easy and so much cheaper than the shop bought breaded fish. We ate it with homemade wedges, peas, sweetcorn and salad cream.

I have actually already started thinking about how to improve this recipe.

1) Obviously don’t be an idiot and forget about it cooking.

2) Add some herbs and spices to the eggs or breadcrumbs for a little extra flavour.

If anyone decides to have a go at this recipe or even has some more ideas for improvements i’d love to see your results and suggestions!

I really hope you enjoyed reading tis tutorial because I really enjoyed cooking, eating and writing it 😉

Next time I will have more of my sewing updates as I have a project almost finished! (sneak preview below!)

Till next time!

Any guesses which game this is from?


Top to Skirt : Mini Tutorial

As promised here’s the tutorial for making a skirt from a top. I’m sorry it’s not the most detailed tutorial ever, i kept getting too engrossed in actually making the item and forgot to take as many pictures as i’d have liked, but for what I lack in images, i will try to make up in words. Luckily this is a very simple tutorial so you shouldn’t get too lost (hopefully). 🙂

As you can tell in the ‘before’ photos, this top was a pretty bad fit. Even my boyfriend agreed that it made me look pregnant (Such a charmer!). It was also rather uncomfortable around the arm holes. But i loved the fabric and so couldn’t just throw it away!

The first step was to unpick all the seams. I removed the straps and the band around the middle. This middle band also kept the top attached to the bottom which was useful as I only needed the bottom to make the skirt. I also removed the zip. I left the seams around the edges to save having to hem them later and wasting time and thread. I also left the seams down either side so the skirt was practically made already! (I did tell you this was very easy right?)

Luckily I happened to already have a zip that fitted the, now shorter, zip space.

So these are the only two parts I really needed. The bottom half of the top and a zip.

Next I used a zig zag stitch over the top edge of the skirt (where you’ve just unpicked) to help stop the fraying. For this part I had to use an overcasting foot, if your machine isn’t able to change feet (like my old one) or you don’t have an overcasting foot you will have to do this bit by hand.

Next you have to create a hem. I did this by folding the edge of the fabric over twice to give a nice clean finish and to also help against the material fraying again. At this point I also folded a little handmade label into the top ready to be stitched along with the hem. I ironed the folds before sewing just to make it easier. Unfortunately I found that this fabric was still a little uncooperative and the top of my skirt has come out a little wonky, something I am working on fixing at the moment (but again work has got in the way)

I actually did too rows of stitching just for a little extra strength.

Hopefully you haven’t touched the bottom of the shirt/skirt and so nothing needs doing to it. This means that all that’s left to do is insert the zip. Unfortunately I completely forgot to take any pictures of this part as I was far too excited about being able to sew my first zip with a machine.  Again this part is one where you need a good sewing machine and a zipper foot or else you’ll have to sew it in my hand (i really do hate hand sewing, especially zips)

Tada! A simple skirt finished and ready to wear!

As I said before, the top is very uneven on mine as the fabric was rather difficult to work with. I am planning on neatening this up soon though and will post the results.

Till next time!


Finally The Skirt is Made!

I’ve finally managed to complete my project! It only took me like a week? :/

Unfortunately I don’t have time to do the tutorial as I promised. It’s been a very busy day (walking to the petrol station to fill up my empty car has taken up most of my time) and now I have work. I will definitely write it tomorrow though. (it is already half written, I promise)

Until then, here’s a picture of me in the new item!

In case anyone’s interested, this skirt is now available on Etsy right here

Till next time!


Too Busy Serving Pints

Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, i’ve been busy working and not the good ‘Penguin Theory’ work, my normal day job work. Don’t get me wrong, I do quite enjoy being a barmaid, but the shifts are so irregular that it’s really screwing with my body clock. One day i’ll be working until close (which means we don’t get out until about 2am) another i’ll be opening at 8am. This leaves me pretty tired a lot of the time and is quite draining, especially when i’m working so much at the moment and continue to work when I get home!

Lots of staff are calling in sick at the moment as well and a few have just left meaning that there’s lots of hours for the rest of us. Good for paying my bills (which i’m struggling with enough at the moment), bad for The Penguin Theory.

I promise I have been working though! I have a project which is almost finished!  (and it’s my first clothing piece!) I was hoping to get it finished today whilst it was still light but then I had to stay at work a little longer to cover an absentee and just haven’t quite got round to the last details. I should definitely have it finished and some photo’s taken tomorrow as long as I don’t mess around too much during the day.

I’ve even taken pictures all the way through the process so that I can do a sort of mini tutorial for you 🙂

For now though i’ll just leave you with a picture of the label ready to be sewn together before being attached to the garment. I’m rather proud of it! 🙂

Unfinished label, ready for the sewing machine


Photoshop Tutorial – How to Get Rid of Eye Bags

Hey there.

So I was busy editing photographs from my most recent product photo shoot and noticed that I had extremely bad bags under my eyes (i haven’t had a lot of sleep recently). Obviously looking tired isn’t the best when trying to sell a product and so i decided to try and use my mediocre photoshopping skills on them. I was rather impressed with the results and so I thought i’d make a short tutorial for anyone else who might have the same problem.

This tutorial uses Photoshop CS5 and is surprisingly simple to do.

There’s actually a tool especially for doing things like this, you can find it at the top of the second ‘section’ of tools on the left. Right click and you should be able to see  ‘Healing Brush Tool’ in the drop down.

As you can see, i’ve already zoomed in close on my face so that I can see what i’m doing.

Next you have to select the area of face that you want to use to fix the bags. I always choose just under the area you’ll be fixing as it helps it blend a little better together. To select the area you just have to hold down ‘Alt’ (I’m on a mac but I think it’s the same on windows too, please let me know if it isn’t). A little target should appear so , whilst still holding ‘Alt’, click on the area you’re wanting to use.

I chose to click on the very most left hand side of my face as I knew I’d be drawing over the eye bag from left to right.

You can take your finger off the ‘Alt’ button now and just draw normally, following the bag under your eye.

Ignore the fact that it looks incredibly obvious at this point, that’s normal, when you finish and let go of the mouse button it should all blend in nicely with photoshops magical powers.

Tada! You’re no longer looking in need of sleep!

Now you just have to do the same on the other side.

Of course this can sometimes take a few tries to get it right, but it seems to work perfectly almost every time for me.

I also finished off my picture by adjusting the brightness and contrast,  fiddling with my eye colour a bit (just a vanity thing there) and desaturating the background.

I hope at least someone out there will find this useful, this was rather fun to make so I might even do a few more tutorials in the future! 🙂

‘Till next time!


More Photoshoots!

I’ve been a busy little bee taking lots of pictures of my stock. I feel like i’ve got better at editing them as well. I still have lots more to edit and lots more to still take pictures of, but it’s getting done and i’m able to upload more and more items to my etsy. Hopefully i’ll be able to reach the magic number of 100 listings sometime soon, but i’m a long way off for now. Until then here’s some from my newest photoshoot, a stripy tie for the men! (Available here)

 

I think my photographing and editing skills have developed a lot in this last week, and i still haven’t even read the photography book i got for my birthday. I’m quite tempted to do a little tutorial on the tricks I use (whether or not they’re the best way to do things). Would any one be interested in one?

For now though, I have to get ready for work. Not sure if I should really be going though as i’ve done something to my back and seem to have a hard time standing up. I should really go to the doctors but i can’t really afford to be taking time off …I guess i’ll just have to see what it’s like after tonight.

I have more photographs ready to be edited for tomorrow, and even more items to take pictures of! I also still have a lot of sewing projects on the go. It’s all go at The Penguin Theory!

‘Till next time! 🙂