Mr Toad’s Magical Menagerie

So before I show ya’ll my Lockdown Looks collection and my new Covid Safety Guidelines for working in Hair and Make-up Artistry that I’ve put together during lockdown (I’m not fully back to work just yet  due to government guidelines but it won’t be long and I will be super prepared, super safe and super fabulous). In the meantime, I’ve got the images from the last shoot I worked on..  And this set is really GREAT!

I was head of costume, hair and make-up on this photoshoot and I had a fabulous time working on it! I really wanted the characters to have a carnavalesque vibe and to be well kept, but with an ever so slightly scruffy edge. I wanted this design to feel like a cabaret that was stuck in time but also very English. The hair and make-up was to reflect this, I didn’t want it too perfect or too pretty. I feel the ringlet updos really helped to reflect this, along with the shape of the lipstick and the beauty spots. I also wanted the animals to look very adult and not like mascots. I especially enjoyed roughings up some of the costumes and when I was saw these all together, I was a proud little lady!

This leads me on to present to you the latest act Mr Toad’s Magical Menagerie from Valerian Entertainment! A cheeky and hilarious new roaming cabaret!

This incredibly unique new roaming cabaret act is based on the children’s classic The Wind in the Willows. On old English tale with Toad, Badger, Ratty and other friends. The focus on these three and their very mysteriously skilled circus friends to bring this roaming cabaret to life!


Mr Toad’s Magical Menagerie – Hilariously Out of Control..


The way this act works is Mr Toad has his fantabulous cabaret cart! He drives it around with his circus menagerie making stops throughout your event and setting up shop for mini circus shows! Highly interactive and aesthetically very impressive, this sight is bound to astonish. With an array from family friendly acts to slightly twisted freak shows, this act has something for every age group and every event. Featuring crazy circus skills such as fire shows, hula hoop shows, sword swallowers, contortionists, acrobats, knife jugglers and more.


This Wind in the Willows act is without a doubt one of the most crazy and unique Old English style acts available. These realistic animal characters are incredibly vocal and incredibly theatrical. Mr Toad truly is a menace but with Badger around, fear not he will not get into too much trouble.. No matter how clumsy or meddlesome he is. Witness them in their erratic ways, pottering around, making a scene and being outright outrageous! Ratty will be sure to apologise for any wrong doing. Toad is pretty clumsy.. Let’s just hope he doesn’t try to juggle the knives!


Would you like to book this act for your event? Head on over the Valerian Entertainment’s contacts page

I hope you enjoyed reading about my work on this act and I’ll be back soon with some more pretty pictures!


TWR

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Weapon up.. With your brushes!

Okay, so we all know that we’ve come into a bit of a difficult time with the coronavirus pandemic and this may have brought our work to a holt. But fear not IT IS NOT THE APOCOLYPSE, it is only temporary! This is exactly the type of time we all need to look out for each other, we all need to be extra mindful, and particularly look after our elderly and those who are vulnerable at this time! But don’t worry, this is not a lecture on how to act in your every day lives during this time but a little reminder to step back and make the most of this new found time and channel it into into something new, something creative, something B-E-A-UTIFUL. I can already imagine all the wonderful new art that will come from this time..


Now that I’ve finally come to holt, I realise all the things I’ve neglected to do! One of them especially being social media and blogging for my make-up work. I have SO MANY new projects I’ve been working on and fabulous new videos and photos and now I’m going to take them time to present them to you over the coming weeks. ^_^


So naturally, I have used the ‘Apocalypse’ photo set to go with this blog, ironically, but I couldn’t help it, and we all love a good dragon ehh? This set was shot for an animatronic dragon act for Valerian Entertainment. This was a really fun shoot to do, it was with my favourite photographer Alistair Campbell - https://www.alistaircampbellphotography.co.uk, with my best friend Rebecca Rose Robinson - https://rebeccaroserobinson.com and my partner Lawrence Moon (he’s inside the dragon so you’ll never see him, you’ll have to take my word for it that he exists) - https://valerianentertainment.co.uk! Make sure you check out all their creations! <3 The concept of the shoot is pretty self-explanatory, just some bad ass dragon warriors roaming around with their dragon owning the place. I also made their costumes and if you look closely you’ll see baby dragon skulls on the front of their head dresses - dark! This is actually an interactive roaming act that you can hire out for events through Valerian Entertainment. The dragon walks, bites, blinks and roars!


So, enough of cute little dragons for now.. And back to what to do next! While it can be very difficult to think of things to do and the best ways to utilise your time while restricted at home - there is lots you can do! Trust me, we’re all soon to be the master of this - as all bookings are cancelled for the next few months, I plan to spend my time working on my websites, social media and blogging, making new costumes, working on unique new make-up looks and characters, and also creating some new acts. All whilst juicing lots of carrots! Stay healthy folks.  What do you have planned? It’s a great idea to keep a routine and make lists of what you’d like to achieve. I’m a sucker for lists!


Hold tight for some fun new photo sets! Have you seen Mr Toad’s Magical Managerie? 

**COMING SOOOOOON**


Stay safe and lots of loveeee!


TWR


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It’s time for CREATURES

Hello my creative bunnies!

This year I’m looking to experiment with a more creaturesque style. I absolutely ADORE all the beauty, the fashion, the vintage, the theatrical but I’ve decided I’m really going to step it up a notch.

I find it so inspiring watching movies, reading stories and old folk tales and I’m always so mesmerised and fascinated by the creatures I see. My passion is all about manipulating the human figure and I feel transforming someone into a whole new creature is the ultimate transformation.

A film that have seen really that has really caught my attention include the absolutely B-E-A-UTIFUL Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water. Absolutely everything about the movie is absolutely incredible - every shot of like a photograph of perfection. You can see a behind the scenes time lapse of the creature here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP5Cisf0aKw

Of course that is an insane job but I’m going to start small and work my way until find my own level of creative human-creature satisfaction.



Other films I find with inspiring character references are Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth and of course Jim Henson’s The Labyrinth is my old favourite. Anything magical and fantasy really captures my attention. Can you tell?

I simply love the idea of creating little pixies, magical creatures with fauna growing through their skin with magical viney head pieces. Organic mermaids with gills, webbed fingers and true ears or a siren. I really like the idea of dancing on the edge of being a humanoid. Below are some images I find a lot of inspiration in.. 


Please note these images do not below to me, credits below:

Image 1 - Special FX Makeup by CMS Student, Miyo Nakamura

Image 2 - SHADOWSCULPT ooak fairy fantasy art doll

Image 3 - [Fantasy art] Butterfly Dreams by eric-chen at Epilogue

Image 4 - Scanned from “A Complete Guide to Special Effects Makeup”.


I’m going to to add a BRAND NEW section to my website called CREATURES. This will be an ongoing process but it will include all my photo and video exploits of this project including various SFX tests and results - think textures skin effects, organic hornsprosthetic ears and noses and more.

Concepts I’d really keen to focus on exploring within this project include pixies, mermaids, witches, vampires, goblins and demons. These are all very generic creatures however I embrace the challenge in creating them all in my own incredibly unique way. Using a mixture of prosthetics, special effects make-up, theatrical make-up, wigs and special products such a contact lenses and custom fangs I hope to create some truly captivating imagery.

I’m very excited to start this project. In the meantime if you have a creative project and think we could work together, please do get in touch!


I’ll keep you updated on my journey. <3

** THE CREATURE PROJECT **


Festival Season is Coming!

Spring has come and we’re all very excited for summer already! I don’t know about you but I plan to get super sparkly and covered in glitter for my summer parties and festival events.

When it comes to summer festivities, I am as always a very passionate and experienced hair and make-up artist. Getting you dolled up and feeling confident enough to storm the world is what I do best. If you find yourself needing a glitter artist this season for any events at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch. From glamorous makeovers to glittery body paints and rhinestone creations I have everything you need this season.

Top trends include:

- Glitter Roots

- Festival Braids

- Glitter Body Paint

- Glitter Make-up

- Rhinestone Creations

- Glitter Chests

- Metallic Body Paint

** I am also very excited to announce I am now trialling a selection of beautiful and super sparkly eco-glitter! **

Whether you want to be a glittery goddess, glamorous doll, metallic robot, quirky clown or some other completely unique and custom creation, pop me a message and we can discuss things further. I’m always happy to guide and find the perfect look for you.


Did you know I also offer a full GLITTER STATION set-up?

I also have a very popular glitter station set up that I use to all types of events. This includes myself and additional artists if your events is large, many different types of glitters, gems, face paint and airbrush stencil designs (upon request) as well as some beautiful decor and large vanity mirrors for your guests to admire our creations. We’ll glitter up your guests and can also include festival style hairstyling as an optional extra. We will either come in glittery attire with dazzling head dresses or we can come dressed in a theme of your choice. Add a bit of fun to your wedding or public event this year with The White Rabbit’s Glitz Station

What events do I cover?

Events I cover include parties, private parties, birthday parties, special occasions, festivals, corporate parties, weddings, night club events, summer fates, Christmas events and much more.

Does your festival crew need a make-up artist?

I often come into festivals and work alongside performers to transform them into something truly festival worthy and beyond. If you have a cabaret, walkabout performers or a show that needs a hair and make-up artist to transform the performers in to characters that truly represent your vision get in touch to discuss your needs.


I tailor to the unique, the sexy, the characteresque, the dark and everything in-between.

♥ [ CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW ] ♥


CALLING ALL BRIDES

Get photo-ready this year with The White Rabbit | Make-up Artist! Specialising in hair and make-up for your special day, she’ll truly transform you in to a fairytale princess! With other specialisms in creative and vintage make-up, she can really create the perfect look for you and make you strive with confidence. Whether you want to be a natural goddess, vintage dame or a glamorous doll, there is a perfect look for everyone.


A little bit about me:

With years of experience and having done hundreds of weddings, I feel that it’s so important to look and feel your best on your special day. Not only aesthetics, but it’s about feeling comfortable, confident and happy in yourself. There’s nothing more magical then helping someone get ready on their wedding day and sharing that moment of happiness with them.

I’m still taking bookings for 2018 and already for 2019. Please do get in touch with any questions you might have and head to the Bridal section for more information on what I offer.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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The Valerian Mermaid

Photography by Luis Cruz - www.luiscruzphotography.co.uk

So every little girls dream is becoming a mermaid.. Right? Well it was certainly mine! I’ve been looking at these beautiful, completely realistic silicon mermaid tails ever since I was a teen and now I finally have one! I’ve got so many exciting ideas for creating the most magical fairytale imagery and transformations. Here’s a simple taster of images of what’s to come..


The newest act at Valerian Entertainment!

MAKING FANTASY REALITY! ♥ 

www.valerianentertainment.co.uk


TWR

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Halloween 2016 with The White Rabbit!

Here’s just a few of the projects I worked on over Halloween.. Valerian’s Toyshop of Horrors, Vampire Bunnies, Freaky Clowns, Frosted Mermaids, Undead Sugarskulls and more! Scaring and enticing, bringing the unexpected. Only another 363 days left to go until next Halloween.. :( Sad that it’s over but next up.. Christmas Festivities! Seems early I know, but time to get frosted and Grinchy. Watch this space! ^_^

Images featured, working with Valerian Entertainment, Playing with Fire and more!

To book the scariest of them all, see here: http://valerianentertainment.co.uk/toyshopofhorrors

TWR!

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Valerian Entertainment.. A New Seed!

So lately I’ve been working on an abundance of promotional shoots for our new company called Valerian Entertainment, with Lawrence Moon. From fire dancing, to hula hoop, to contortion and Disco Heads! Like, actually putting a disco ball on your head.. Why not. ^___^

I really enjoyed doing the circusy inspired make-up for these shoots, circus is absolutely one of my favourites. I loooove the line work, pops of colour and the pretty little dots and gems used to top the looks off. The disco head appears to require no make-up.. But in fact there is a disco chick under there ready to party.. Pictures coming soon!

A massive thank you to Luis Cruiz, Alistair Campbell and Jacob Boodrie for the amazing shots to follow.. And the incredible little make-up-contortion-model-fire-pixie helper Claire Ory! <3

RABBIT.. OUT!

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The Beginning of my Blogging Adventure..

I’ve never been one for blogging, but I thought I’d give it a go.. ^_^

I love fairies, and clowns, and anything magical or theatrical! Here I’ll be sharing my inspirations, creations, behind the scenes, tips and tricks!

**THE MAGIC, IS TO FOLLOW**

TWR.. ♥

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