The Terror Of The Blank Space!!

Morning!! As you know I made a plan to spend at least a couple of weeks of January trying to perfect my fur painting (awfully specific I know), if you are a keen follower of this page  you will know that last week was a bit of a ‘mare for me so work didn’t start until this week.

I grabbed my lovely large canvas and…….OH MY FREAKING GOODNESS IT IS SO BLANK!!!

blank-canvas-2I was suffering a complete crisis of confidence, I hadn’t really picked up an oil brush for about 25 years!! Time for a bit of music therapy, I started blasting Gwen Stefani’s  What Are You Waiting For  on my return trip from dropping husband at the station, the lyrics are just perfect, dealing with Gwen’s own crisis of confidence on setting out one her own. So with “take a chance ‘cos you might grow” ringing in my ears, I sketched the Millie cat………….

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So far so good, with arthritis making its presence felt that was that for day one. I then picked up this marvellous book, and…I could not believe how hard it was!

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By the second day I had something approaching fur……..

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I started to relax a bit and made a bit more progress……

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I then tackled the eyes……….

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It was at this point that i could see that oil is a very different medium and that it produces a very realistic look. The picture is still a long way from finished but I’m loving it, and I hope that this will be an option I can offer clients in the future.

Have a great week.

kisses

karen xx

 

Scrub, Polish And Sparkle!

IT’S NEARLY CHRISTMAS!!!!!! and with it the need to look a little glamerer (its a word) than normal. There’s parties and gatherings and family meals, and its nice to look and feel a bit special when everything else is so sparkly.

So I have three products to help you sparkle and shine through the festivities. First up, a new brand to the UK Frank Body, I bought their nearly miraculous scrub…….

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

It ‘aint pretty, its major ingredient is coffee grounds, and it makes the bathroom look and smell like a messy branch of Costa, it also ‘aint cheap at £12.95 a pack but oh my days its good! it firms, softens and tones, and blurs the appearance of stretch marks! they also have a complete range of skincare which I will definitely be investigating. Pop over to http://www.uk.frankbody.com

Next, our polish is provided by a powered facial brush, mine is a Magnitone, but there are millions on the market, Now, I have come late to this new invention and am probably preaching to the converted but the difference this gadget makes to your skin is amazing! my very dry, very sensitive skin has been transformed and I need about half the moisturiser I normally use. My brush came for the luxury discount site http://www.achica.com

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

Finally, the sparkle is provided by this amazing collaberation between Urban Decay and Gwen Stefani……

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

This actually belongs to my daughter but she has kindly lent it and swatched it for you……..

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

These shadows are the softest, most pigmented, most bendable shadows I have come across. Not cheap at £40 but how about a late addition to the Christmas list? Just a word on the swatches, daughter has vampire like- I mean very pale skin so bear that in mind when deciding if its for you. Have you decided that you can’t live with out it? its out of stock at a lot of retailers, but at time of going to press it was available at http://www.feelunique.com and http://www.debenhams.com.

The next time we see each other it will be Boxing Day! don’t expect much sense from me as I will be heading off to the family homestead for a pot luck feast with the reli’s, so let me wish you the most peaceful, joy filled Christmas possible, now go out and shine like the little stars you are!!

Kisses Under The Mistletoe

Karen xxxxxx

PS and a Christmas lick from our CEO and VP, Darcey and Milo

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