I'm well aware that I've not blogged in aaaaaages, however; this summer there's absolutely loads going on. I've got weddings, and hen parties coming out my ears - so watch this space!
I’ve been doing this for over three years now, but I really feel the past 12 months or so, have been super exciting for Fancy Pants! I reckon I’ve found my niche when it comes to makeup and face painting: Making a group of lovely ladies look fabulous.
In my eyes, nothing beats putting a smile on someones face – and I can work my Fancy Pants makeup magic to my hearts content.
Based on last weekends antics, here’s some Top Tips for organising a Fabulous Hen Weekend (Credit to Sarah Jones, Nicola Wiggins and Lucy Clarke the party organisers! And credit to Andrea Callan for the amazing photos as usual!) In fact, if you want a fabulous party organising, get in touch with me and I’ll link you up with the girls, they’re amazing, really!
1) My number one tip has to be SECRECY! Keeping the hen in suspense will only add to the excitement of the weekend – and not just for the hen, but for all involved! Consider keeping the hen blindfolded on arrival for extra excitement and suspense! The location of the Hen Weekend was a huge house in Pwhelli, North Wales – the perfect setting for a weekend of Hen Party madness!
2) The Bubbly stuff! A kitty is a perfect way to ensure everyone is kept fed and watered all weekend. Order in a Tesco/Asda/Sainsburys delivery ready for when the gaggle arrive. Every party needs champagne on tap!
3) Put together a FAT photo album full of all your favourite photos of you lovely ladies to present to to the hen – proper tear jerker!
4) The Mr and Mrs game – Pre-film some questions and answers with the groom-to-be and play at the Hen Weekend. If the hen gets a question right, she nominates a girlie to do a shot, but if she gets it wrong, it’s her turn to down it!
5) Hen Weekend Essential: A hot tub! Music + Bubbly + a Hot Tub = Heaven! It’s the perfect way to nurse the hangover away the following morning. I seriously recommend spending a little bit extra to ensure there’s a hot tub on location.
6) Every Hen Party needs a FABULOUS theme. Burlesque, glam, and seriously sexy was the theme of the weekends antics – and those ladies worked it BIG TIME! The theme of the evening was kept under wraps by the girls! The big reveal was announced to the hen on the Saturday. Now this is how to look seriously fabulous:
7) Fireworks – the ultimate way to set off the evening with a massive bang. Definitely worth investing in some good ‘uns.
8) A personalised onesy for the hen! A super comforting way to aid the recovery process. No matter how much you may try to resist the onesy trend – give in, they’re super comfortable!
9) Get your heads together and get all your favourite tracks on a playlist, and what a great keep-sake for all the guests if you burn this to a CD.
10) A finally, where I come in… the perfect ingredient to any party – makeup, glitter, face paint, sequins – hire your very own makeup artist for the weekend, i.e. moi! I can make my own way there, you’ll have makeup on tap, and I can disappear when done or party the night away with you.
I couldn’t love my job any more. I get to hang out in amazing places, with super amazing ladies – you guys ROCK. Email me for details email@example.com or visit my facebook page
This weekend consisted of friends, fun, food and a whole load of wannabe circus freaks – AKA my weird friends. As mentioned in my previous blog post, twenty three of us flocked to Chesterfield to celebrate the brief return of Our Natty, for a wholesome (ahem) weekend in a phat-cottage.
Hagg Hill Hall is situated in the picturesque Chesterfield countryside, it dates back to the early 1600s and set in the heart of a farming hamlet – the perfect setting for our circus themed weekend of marra-debauchery. The hall is full of historical character, interesting features, huge decorative fireplaces, a dining room fit for a king, windy staircases, four poster beds, a hot tub, and our big subwoofer (“What the bloody ‘ell is that”)
Friday evening (the “warm up”) was filled with home-cooked food, a whole load of booze and dancing until the sun came up to (mainly) 90s music – followed by a day of snoozing and hardcore recovering. Saturday night however (the “main event”) was when the freaks came out. Beautiful weird friends, plenty of makeup and face paint (by moi, Fancy Pants Face Painting), crazy costumes, and Take II of the previous evening.
How are we meant to come back down to earth from that. Amazing weekend, with some really NICE people.
Love you all a LOT, and Natty, we’re really going to miss you xxx
Here are a few photos, courtesy of the very talented Rowan Williams (copyright Rowan Williams)
Fancy Pants Face Painting made an appearance at our very first wedding this weekend. The reception was held at Jack Spratt in Manchester, just off Deansgate. The venue looked beautiful, it was a perfect setting! Massive congratulations to Libbie and Tom, and a huge thank you for letting us go crazy with the glitter and gold leaf.
I think I’m a little bit addicted to using gold leaf on your lovely faces. But at only £5 a pop for a tub, who cares! To apply, I sparingly used body glue, then applied the god leaf flakes using tweezers. Et, voila!
Here’s some photos of the evening, courtesty of Andrea Callan.
About eight or nine years ago, my parents decided to move to the Isle of Bute, in Scotlad, and they took my (not so) little brother with them. It’s not as awful as it sounds, mainly because we get to lap up views like this:
This is taken from their upstairs front window at Ardencraig House Apartments. Lucky them. My sister and I packed up the car, the cat, the dog and the three rabbits, and we headed north, way up north for Scotland. After missing the penultimate ferry (and we definitely didn’t miss it because we stopped at Burger King… honest), we luckily caught the last one, to the Isle of Bute, their home.
The weekend consisted of eating, drinking and dog walking, and then eating again – but mainly, I transformed my sister into a human doll. Make up, nails, hair, you name it, I did it.
What I was mostly looking forward to however, was – pin-curling my new winter hair: RED! I rough dried my hair and left it slightly damp, then twirled little sections to my head, and secured with a pin, and repeated until all my hair was neatly pinned up! Then, to stop the pins from snagging on my pillow in the night, I protected it with a head scarf (plus, my hair was only dyed the day before, and I was scared my damp hair would stain the pure white pillow) I had a few wines with my Mum and sister, then got my (pin) head down and had huge sleep! In the morning I took all the pins out, combed through it with my fingers (a lot! It was pretty massive), and hey presto! Super curly hair.
I finally got round to doing my first How To video tutorial and what a perfect opportunity – Halloween! I decided to pull a last minute Corpse Bride esque costume together, mainly because there’s so many different ways to go down with the makeup and face paint!
So, I set my laptop up, gathered as many lamps from around the flat as I could find, and hey presto, my own little studio!
What you need to transform yourself:
· White face paint (thick enough to give good coverage – I used Diamond FX)
· Medium and dark purple eye shadow
· Black eye shadow
· Bright red lipstick
· Black face paint
· A think brush
· A medium eye shadow brush
· Thick blending brush
· Glitter (iridescent and black)
· Body glue (for the glitter)
· Eye brow pencil
Anyway, below you can watch my very first How To Halloween tutorial – I hope you enjoy it! Please have a go, and feel free to send me your master pieces to firstname.lastname@example.org
The quality isn't great - next time I'll use my camera and better lighting, but I'm pretty happy with it for a first attempt!
Click the link below for your simple and easy "how to" guides! Your kids will have the best halloween faces in no time :)
We were recently asked to help put together a 'How To' guide for Halloween faces, by the lovely Gaynor from www.mumsintheknow.co.uk.
This morning, my bicycle and I boarded the 9.04 train to Cheadle Hulme to meet Gaynor. Three children were asked (bribed?) to come along and lend their faces for the morning. So, we decided on: Frankenstein, a skeleton, a pumpkin and a web style design. All the children were great, very patient, and the final products looked wonderful, and a little scary - particularly Frankenstein!
We tried to find four designs which you Mums and Dads could easily replicate at home., so there's no excuse! We filmed and took photos at each stage - which will go along side a step by step guide.
All four guides will appear on www.mumsintheknow.co.uk, so watch this space!
Thanks for a lovely morning :)
After four months away, traveling in India, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea, I'm home.... I won't bore you with the details, but it was amazing, though I'm strangely happy to be home.
As a little coming home present, I am offering two hours face painting for the price of one throughout June and July. I'm already getting quite busy, so please drop me an email or give me a call if you have a party in the pipeline... it might be your little ones birthday, a christening, or you big-kids might need someone to fancy you up before a big night out! What ever the occasion, please get in touch :)
Today is a special day in the Land of Fancy Pants… it’s Nat and Joanne’s last day at work. Nat is jetting off in a weeks time to South Korea for three years, and Jules and Joanne are off jet-setting around the world, on Monday, for six months!
Here’s a link to our blog if you’d like to keep in touch:
Exciting times ahead, but firstly we need to try to compose ourselves, as we have a couple of leaving parties to attend…
Fancy Pants will be back to work in August, although minus Nat :( we’re going to miss you lots Natty, but we can’t wait to hear about your adventure!
Lots of love, Fancy Pants xxx