Skin care

A few months ago I kept being asked about my skin care routine, since I wear such heavy make up on stage and yet I still get ID’d! It took me a long time to realise that going to sleep with any make up on my skin was a HUGE mistake. I’d did it for years and I’m only glad I didn’t do more damage! Now, I swear by Lush skin care and I’ve found that taking the extra 10 minutes at the end of the night to remove in make up isn’t a chore, but a small ritual I take pleasure in. It means I actually look forward to it! Anyone else made this life changing but mundane discovery?

My current favourites are;
Malki Dead Sea Soap
Ultrabland (as a make up remover)
Angels On Bare Skin(every other day)
Eau RomaToner and refresher
Celestial(as a night cream)
Enzymion(as a day cream and make up primer)

I’m trying out Dark Angels too, at first I thought it was really harsh on my skin but the results are spectacular! I’ll check in again with a full review soon.

What are your skin care faves?


*Disclaimer, Lush have never heard of me, I just love their skin care! Hair products though…. :/


Packing it burlesque!

Travelling around for burlesque shows, LARP events and visiting family has taught me that I used to pack WAY too much. Streamlining my luggage was the only way to save my sanity, and packing smart meant I was huffing around less stuff I ultimately didn’t need, which is especially important when travelling on public transport. Whether planes, trains or buses, most of them have luggage limits which isn’t always helpful when you’re going from Glasgow to London with 3 acts worth of luggage, make up, shoes, props and civvie clothes! I’ve condensed what I take and when possible use other ways to transport anything I need. In this short series of posts, I’m going to discuss how I pack my essentials, from a burlesque perspective. First up, the carry on!

Not that kind Babs!

Not that kind Babs!

Generally my handbag will have my phone, charger, foldaway bag, hand sanitizer, gum, purse and passport in it. For travel, I try to pack it full!

I’m really particular about my make up. It’s an issue. Most of the time, I try to pack it in my carry on. I tend to go barefaced the day before and after a show to give my skin a chance to breathe, the most I’ll do is throw on some tinted moisturiser, mascara and lip balm. The bonus of that is there’s more space for the stage make up! Most importantly, pack the glitter well. We’ve all opened our bag to find glitter everywhere, and it’s not called the herpes of the craft/burlesque worlds for nothing! I use sandwich bags to pack anything loose like powder or glitter. I like using the travel or trial size products wherever possible, the best ones to look for are mascaras, cream blush and foundations.

If I’m doing different make up looks for my acts, I tend to stick to a basic base (which is easier on my skin to switch up the looks!) and use mostly lipstick and contouring to make a big difference in a small way. I sometimes change the shape of my eyebrows too. Again, it means I’m packing less. Alongside the make up, I use the wee trial pots you get in Lush and decant my cleanser (Ultrabland ftw!) and moisturiser into them. You can also get travel size bottles and tubs out of drugstores, but these are free! If I can double up the use of a product I will. My moisturiser is a decent primer, cream lipsticks are great to use as blush and I use liquid liner as a mascara, especially if I’m using false eyelashes anyway.

I put any costume jewellery I’ll be using in sandwich bags and also stick them in the carry on, and pack a small pencil case (not just for school!) filled with mini pens, a sharpie, tit tape, some business cards and a small note book. Nine times out of 10, I’ll stick a pair of nail scissors, clear nail polish (for a multitude of uses!), nail glue and a small sewing kit (grab them from the £ shop or the complementary ones in some hotels!) in that pencil case too. I roll up a pair of slipper socks so I can use them while I travel as well as when I’m backstage. Using an empty Tic Tac tub, I store bobby pins and hair bobbles and pop them in the bag. I usually pack a snack or two, a bottle of water and a sachet packet of my beloved Pukka Tea. And done!

Whew! Sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t. By using different bags and cases, pretty much everything I’ll need is at my fingertips whenever I’m travelling. I’ve seen those full bag inserts with all the different compartments, but I’ve not tried them out yet. What do you think? Anything you think I’m mad for missing?


My first OCC Lip Tar!

I love this product. I need more! After deciding not to continue purchasing from Illamasqua, I’m getting my bright colours kick from Sugarpill and OCC from now on. Obviously I already adore Sugarpill but this is my first experience with OCC. And I’m overjoyed I finally bit the bullet and combined that with helping an incredibly brave woman. That they donated the Lip Tar as a perk for her campaign shows how wonderful they are. I can’t wait to try out the rest of their line! As I’m in the UK, I think I’ll be getting more OCC though this UK stockist.

January Hunt is amazing, and I’m so happy she reached her goal. I’m happy that I was able, in my own small way, to contribute to that. Read more about her inspiring story here.

Disclaimer – these guys don’t know me from Adam, I bought this item with my own cash and decided to review them. I’m sure they’re glad I like them.