Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Birmingham Review

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Birmingham Review.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Tour, Lee Mead as Caractacus Potts, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Truly Scrumptious
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Hey guys, 

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you would have seen a LOT of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the last few months. 
I absolutely love the film (Dick Van Dyke - how can you not? The guy is amazing), so when I found out Carrie Hope Fletcher was going to be going back to the show but this time as Truly Scrumptious I was super excited, especially when I saw the promo shots.

Now long time followers of this blog may know I do like to doodle every so often and these promo pictures woke me up from a doodle slump, I HAD to doodle ALL the characters, which is what I did (Which you can see them all here).
I didn't think I was going to see the show until December when it came to Manchester - the closest to where I live, I however was a little sad as I wouldn't get to see Carrie and Lee Mead in the roles as they leave before then, but then my brilliant sister decided for my birthday to treat me so off to Birmingham we went.

To say I was excited is an understatement, I was singing POSH on the train down there, through the station, on the streets of Birmingham, in the theatre waiting. 

As soon as the show started I was already in tears which is absolutely ridiculous but I was just overwhelmed with happiness, bare in mind I didn't think I'd get to see some of this cast and I'd spent months doodling them / chatting to some of the cast on Twitter. (Also Scott Paige - who plays Goran tweeted me before the show "Meet me at stage door, I've got something for you!" which just filled my eyes with happy tears before the show even started)! 

The show itself was incredible, absolutely amazing. I laughed so much and cried, lots of tears (overwhelmed). The singing was beautiful and I hope they bring out a soundtrack with that cast - I love love love the OLC soundtrack with Michael Ball, but this cast - incredible. (Yes I'm using it twice in one paragraph, it just was...)  The acting, bare in mind I'd spoken to a lot of this cast as themselves - I didn't see them up there on stage, I saw the characters and believed half of them were Vulgarian. Talent right there.
I have so much respect for the set designers, costume designers ("Bombie Samba" outfits, AMAZING! Pictures do not do them justice) and everyone behind the scenes, everything ran perfectly and just grabbed your attention. The Ensemble need a standing ovation for all they do - absolutely hard working and perfect in every role they took on - not to mention they have the entire show to learn which is a LOT! *Claps* 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Tour, Birmingham Hippodrome

Sam Harrison and Scott Paige as the Vulgarian Spies were everything I had imagined and more. "I can't believe he didn't believe we were English" 'I know and I didn't even have chance to show him my spotted d...' they had the funniest lines - hopefully ones like that went over kids head but appreciated by the adults. Their "Act English/Think Vulgar" song was different to the OLC soundtrack, I was looking forward to seeing them perform that version but this one was also really good too - another reason I want the soundtrack, so I can have this song.

Ewen Cummins as Bill Coggins and the Toy Maker was so so good. He had great chemistry with Carrie and Lee as well as the kids - both Jeremy & Jemima and the sewer kids.

Phill Jupitus as Lord Scrumptious great, but as Baron Bomburst he was hilarious! Chu Chi Face where he's singing to his Teddies instead of Baroness, brilliant. I did wonder how that scene was going to act out compared to the film, I loved it. Also "Two Chi...chii... chii... CHICKENS! TWO CHICKENS!" 

Claire Sweeney as Baroness Bomburst was also hilarious, at the end everyone booed them but I had to cheer, they did the roles so well. At one point during Chu Chi Face she kicked one of the teddies so far (poor Ted), and did the Bombie Samba so well. And that note she hit... A-MAZ-ING!
"Is there two chickens in the car?" 

Andy Hockley as Grandpa Potts, ooooh I love Grandpa Potts I'm adopting him, and Andy Hockley. 
He's such a funny character "STILL NOTHING!!!" and Andy plays him brilliantly. You could definitely believed Lee as Caractacus was his son and the kids, he was so good with the kids. 

Elliot Morris & Darcy Snares as Jeremy and Jemima Potts, these two won my little heart. So much talent for such a young age, and the confidence to get out there and perform - amazing! 

Matt Gillett as Junk Man & The Child Catcher, both roles that make the crowd boo him, I however have so much love for Matt, he's so talented that I again had to cheer for him too. He did the roles so well, as the Child Catcher he was so creepy I can imagine many having nightmares from that. I however now have "Looolliiiipopppsss!" in my head and just say it randomly, meaning I have been getting odd looks. I would make a great child catcher (for the show, I'm not capturing any kids in real life), he wears all black, although has colour with that wonderful coat lining, his make up is basically mine - pale and and lots of black! I probably shouldn't inspire to be the bad guy but I like his style. 

Carrie Hope Fletcher as Truly Scrumptious - how happy am I to finally say I've seen Carrie doing what she does best?! I've watched this girl since her early Youtube videos and adore her voice so to hear her sing live just, well it made me cry. Overwhelmed with happiness!! Acting wise, she wasn't Carrie up there, she was Truly! That's all I saw which shows how incredible she is at her job, a face you know as herself but to make you forget that and bring you into Truly, outstanding! She's only on til the 2nd October so if you do want to see her in this role (I highly recommend) then get tickets quick, you won't be disappointed. 
Annoyingly where we were sat we had a bit of a restricted view of the stage - just the bit where Carrie was doing Doll On a Music Box so didn't get to see her do all her moves which would have been brilliant, what I did see though - I wanted to stand up and applaud after it, I felt like that most the show to be honest though.

Lee Mead as Caractacus Potts, I caught Lee on his second to last performance and SO glad I did. I love his voice and as Caractacus his voice just worked perfectly, I said up there how I love Michael Ball - I do, I really do, but Lee as Potts just no words and all the heart emojis, his voice was made for that role which is why I need it as a soundtrack - I can't not hear him singing those songs ever again, that's just too sad!
He was absolutely brilliant. When he was with the kids you believed he was their dad, his relationship with Carrie as Truly (Lovely Lonely Man! Ooh Truly I'm with you there) just YES! Hushabye Mountain, I probably don't need to say how much I sobbed through that, all the emotion he put into that song - I'm tearing up thinking of it now, I'm such a mess!
Lee was brilliant in that role.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Tour, Birmingham Hippodrome

CHITTY FLIES!! She actually flies. Of course I cried there too. 
I mean you know she flies but to see it with your own eyes is magical, I don't know how they did it, I don't want to know how they did it - she flies!!!

I loved the dog, you all know I have a thing about metal dogs (K-9 from Doctor Who! Leonard from Secret Life of Pets - ooh wait, different metal!) so I was all about this one, I just can't remember his name which is embarrassing - in the film he's called Edison, but he's also an actual dog. I've googled and nothing is coming up with metal or tin dog for Chitty. He was cute though and I want a little figure of him to go with my K-9. 

Me Ol' Bamboo was what I was looking forward to the most, just all that energy and the dancing, oooh the dancing - slightly different to the film but just as brilliant. It's now my goal in life to learn that dance - without the bamboo jumping though, that's just a disaster waiting to happen if I were to do that jump.

Everything about the show was perfect and I wouldn't have changed anything, I just wish I could see it again, right now! I haven't shut up about it since Saturday and I'm probably annoying everyone who follows me on Social Media but I'm just so happy and all Chittied up. 

(We'll ignore how blah I look, this is why I don't like my pic being taken) >.< 
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Cast in Birmingham
(Matt Gillett, Mollie Melia-Redgrave, Scott Paige, Nathan Vaughan Harris, Ewen Cummins, Sam Harrison, Phill Jupitus, Andy Hockley, Rob Wilkes, Lee Mead)

After the show we went around to stage door which we would have done anyways just to say hi to anyone who came out - but as Scott requested I couldn't ignore that. 

The first person I saw was Rob Wilkes who is part of the Ensemble, he has liked my Chitty doodles since the first one and been absolutely supportive of them - also one of the cast members I've nattered with over Twitter, so when I saw him I was so happy "Puddin'!!!" *Gives massive hug*, good thing he is used to me haha, he was so lovely in person too and stood chatting for a good while, I'm adopting him too. It was absolutely lovely to meet him after so long, hopefully when they're in Manchester I'll get to catch up again as he's just a cool dude.

Next Andy Hockley came out and I jumped on him too. I'm not sure he realised who I was at that point as I was just a blare "ANDYYYY!" Oops. He was absolutely lovely too, and so complimentary to my doodles which is so lovely to hear. In fact they were all lovely about my doodles which made my heart swell. 
Then Ewen Cummins came out, he's the only one I've not been able to tag with my doodles of him as he's not on Twitter, but he'd seen them and was so lovely about them. He seemed made up when I handed him the little print off of doodle him, he's such a genuine guy as well as Andy.  I was a little annoyed they didn't get stopped by anyone else, it was obvious who they play, however, I guess it give me more time to have a chat which I appreciated. 

Lee was making his way through the crowd of people so I didn't jump at him, there was time for that and other members of the cast coming out who I also wanted to see so even though I was definitely like "that's Lee Mead!!!" I remained calm. 

Can't say I was the same when Scott Paige came out and was heading towards me, "PUDDIN'!!!!!!" 
I think all of Birmingham stopped at that moment, oops! I have a lot of a love for this guy so getting to see him perform as Goran was brilliant, but meeting him and getting a famous Scott hug - day made! Haha. He's just the type of guy you want as your best friend. 
He ended up handing me a programme signed by all the cast!!! On the front it says "To Juyey, All our Love, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang <3 xx" I was not expecting that, nor was I expecting it to be signed by everyone - I discovered that in the hotel, cue more tears.

He was so lovely, absolutely hilarious and so kind, I chatted with him and Mollie Melia-Redgrave (Ensemble) for a little bit and both are such genuine people (and also complimentary on my doodles). 

Then I saw Sam Harrison who I also flew at! He was lovely, I need to find a new word I know but lovely is the best way to describe them all. 
I was stood on the side of the road as the path was being taken over, he came over "Doodle girl, I'm worried about your safety, will you stand on the pavement please?!" bless him. Another one you could imagine being best friends with. 

Then I saw Lee and got him to sign my doodle of him as Caractacus (I think it's the third doodle of him he's signed now oops), and he was lovely. I didn't want to nab his attention too much as there was a lot of people around him and he'd just done a two show day, so just had a little tiny chat about doodles and got a picture, but it was lovely to meet him. 

I then saw Nathan Vaughan Harris who is another Ensemble cast member and he was so friendly. He seemed really happy with my doodle as well, and posed for a photo with doodle him which was lovely. 

Phill came out next and signed my doodle of him "HEY IT'S ME!" haha. I have a picture of us where he looks like he's biting my head - which he could have well been doing, he was so tall he had to get in the picture someway, why not bite heads. 

Matt disappeared quickly, he was there then disappeared which I was sad about as it would have been lovely to chat to him, turns out the way he was walking was the same way as our hotel so ended up getting him on the smelliest subway (sorry Matt), he was off out so didn't take up too much time but he did sign my doodle which was lovely.

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It was honestly the best evening, just seeing the show would have been everything so meeting so many of the cast and them being lovely to me and about my doodles was just so much more, I really appreciate every single one of them who took that time out because I'm fully aware that that is not their job and they don't have to meet people after the show, never mind have conversations and be so complimentary so THANK YOU to them all. 

But THANK YOU to every single person who worked on Chitty, you made the show absolutely perfect, you did an amazing job and I have nothing but respect for you all. 


TOUR INFORMATION:
The tour is on until the 4th February, you can find tickets & what cities it's coming to here.
Official Chitty Facebook
Official Chitty Twitter.

Carrie and Matt leave on the 2nd October at the end of Northampton. 
Lee left on the 18th September after Birmingham.

Jason Manford will be coming back as Caractacus Potts as of 21st September. 
Charlotte Wakefield will be taking over the role of Truly Scrumptious from 5th October.
Jos Vantyler will be taking over the roles of Junkman / Childcatcher from 5th October.

Claire, Phill, Scott, Sam, Ewen and Andy will all be staying until the end of the tour.
I am assuming the ensemble will stay the same but you can check on the Official Chitty Website for details.

There are also three bands of kids who play Jeremy and Jemima.
Their information is both on the site and in the programme.

xx

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Living the Gluten Free Life

Living the Gluten Free Life
Gluten in everything

Hey guys, it's been a while - for that I apologise and will explain in a later post. 
Today however I wanted to discuss what it's been like (for me) to live Gluten Free. I grew up eating food containing gluten, my favourite food in the world was weetabix (two bix with ice cold milk. Yum), and pasta, I've never had a problem with gluten foods until a few years ago when I got sick - then suddenly no more gluten for me. 
I appreciate people willingly choose the gluten free lifestyle, but for me I'd rather pay less for my food and have more quantity and better quality than now, where I pay almost double in some cases, for a lot less - and the taste isn't all that great in comparison to the food with gluten in.  

Unfortunately for me my body rejects those foods and not only am I sick - which you'd think would be the worst of it, I ache from head to toe, get complete brain fog and stumble over my words - for days afterwards. Fun times.

I thought I'd do a little post about what it's been like for me living Gluten Free - as I appreciate every coeliac / gluten intolerance person is different - and also it may be an eye opener for those who don't suffer to see how it affects our day to day lives. 

When I first realised I couldn't eat gluten, I got rid of everything that I couldn't eat (and by that I mean I gave it to my family, I'm not wasteful), and then came that lovely game of checking food packages before buying / eating - something I am used to with being a vegetarian. Thankfully most packets now bold the foods that are allergens for people so it's easier to spot "Oh it's got Wheat in, not for me then!" 
However there have been times when I've caved and ate something containing gluten - and paid the price, sometimes it happens almost immediately and I'm like "NEED TO BE SICK", other times it can be the next day and suddenly I'm throwing up or curled up under my duvet as the light is too bright, and I can't move because of the pain. I haven't caved for a while because it's just not worth it - maybe if I didn't have Fibro/CFS as well I could deal with those days a bit better - but no, not what I want.

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Going out for meals is almost impossible, as I stated above - I am a vegetarian and when you're out most options for a veggie friendly meal are pasta related, something I can't eat because it's not gluten free pasta. 
We went out for Fathers Day and the menu was mostly meat options, the vegetarian options were ONE veggie friendly pasta dish or FISH dishes - I don't know who put that menu together but I would like a word with them, Fish are friends NOT food after-all. 
Knowing I couldn't eat any of the main dishes I looked to the side dishes - Aha side of fries and some veg that'll do - so that's what I got. The woman serving us kept saying she felt bad because of how little my food was compared to my family who were having the main dishes. 

Having anxiety like I do (which has heightened greatly over the last few months) I just wanted the ground to eat me up, I know she was being nice but then I had to explain "Oh I'm a vegetarian, also allergic to gluten so can't even have your ONE veggie friendly dish - fish isn't veggie friendly btw!" when really I just wanted my fries and veg and to be left alone.

Coeliac Gluten Free

Another reason being Gluten Free is awkward is you HAVE to tell people it. 
If you're at a friends and they offer you a biscuit - you can't get away with just saying "Oh no thanks" because "Seriously, go on, have a biccie!!" or eating out, you are that awkward person who is like "Oh no I can't eat there they don't do gluten free options", it's not that I *want* to shout it at the top of my voice so people in New York hear, but if you don't tell people then you're left in awkward situations, trying to avoid biscuits getting thrown your way or just drinking water because you can't eat anything. 

The best day of my life (I may be exaggerating here a tiny bit) was when I realised you could get Gluten Free food - Hello Bread, I'm going to toast you & eat you and you will be yummy.
Didn't work out that way, the first lot of bread I had that was gluten free - even toasted was just plain awful. Gluten bread as bread isn't my favourite - it's crumbly as anything, try spreading something on that and you'll end up with bread crumbs & the taste isn't that brilliant either - however toasted, you can get some bread that works for toast. 

Finding Gluten Free pasta was my life - I lived off pasta so I was singing all the songs when I found the GF alternative, however I've found you have to watch it whilst it's cooking - it goes from too hard to eat - mush in such a short time, so you need to watch it like a hawk just to make sure you get it when it's just right - when you do, just as good as the wheat version, 

However I think my best discovery was Goodfella's Gluten Free pizza - I'd tried Tescos and Asda's own GF pizza which were alright but contained TOO much garlic - which didn't agree with my tum, so finding the Goodfella's pizza and it just being tomato sauce and cheese was a dream. Of course to cut the pizza into pieces I do have to use a pair of scissors - because my knives cry at the base, but taste wise, it's just as good as a normal store bought pizza. 

Celiac Problems, Coeliac Problems

I'm glad I've found gluten free alternatives, it's good when I am going out and about I can just pack my own lunch and therefore not have to worry about not eating all day - I've done that a few times, wouldn't advise it. 

However a few things that really bother me, the price - I appreciate it's going to be more expensive but sometimes they really do take the biscuit with their prices, example being - the tiny box of weetabix alternatives (not by the weetabix brand I should point out) is about £4 FOR A TINY BOX! I know you can get it on prescription - but that's if your doctor isn't completely useless (which mine is) and even so, it still shouldn't be so high - I didn't ask my body to reject the normal food, don't punish my bank account. 

Also the amount of fats and sugar in there - I suddenly gained a lot of weight eating a mostly plant based diet, the only thing that changed for me what gluten free bread so I looked at it and ooh it was high in everything. Which makes me wonder why people choose the GF lifestyle to lose weight - I gained a lot just from bread alone, I wouldn't suggest eating GF if you want to lose weight. 
Again this is not a lifestyle I chose for myself so don't appreciate the extra rubbish added in my food - sure I could cut them out (and I have, I don't eat bread unless I'm going out somewhere, pasta a few times a month, same with a pizza - the rest is plant based food I cook myself so I know what's going in there), however it does annoy me how much more rubbish gets thrown into Gluten Free food - if you're not someone who checks the labels to see exactly how much fat, sugar, salt etc is in the food (like I'm not, I check enough with GF and Veggie friendly) then its a bit of a shock when you realise. 

Will it stop me eating Gluten Free alternatives - no, I like having the options. I do however think companies should look into improving the ingredients a bit - I realise they're doing it for taste but it doesn't need to be THAT bad. Also if they could look at the prices and make them a bit more purse friendly that would be great. 

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I'm not sure what you'll get from this post, part of me is talking about the greatness of finding GF alternatives, other parts are ranting - I am mad my body decided to dislike gluten after all those years of eating it, and because of that I have to suffer. 
However, that's all I can do is rant - I can't change my body back, I'm stuck with this now for life - some parts annoy me, others don't. 

To end on a lighter note - it's good when you get gluten free cakes or biscuits because most people don't like them, meaning more for you, of course that means more of the rubbish going inside your body but hey, sometimes you just need a chocolate chip cookie.

Have any of you got Coeliac or another food intolerance?
How do you cope? 

xx

Monday, 23 May 2016

Order Of The Phoenix UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Order Of The Phoenix UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2
Hey guys,

I've got another look from my  for you, inspired by the newest Harry Potter UK Children Edition covers.Harry Potter make up series

Today I've got Order Of The Phoenix for you, if you've not seen the cover it looks like this.
I really love the new covers, Jonny Duddle's illustrations are perfect and everything I've ever wanted to make Harry Potter better, it's not hard to see why they inspired me so much.

Order Of The Phoenix UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Order Of The Phoenix UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Order Of The Phoenix UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Order Of The Phoenix UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Products Used:
HD Brows - Ash Blonde
Makeup Revolution - Amazing Lengths Mascara - Black/Brown
Makeup Revolution - Kajal - Black
Makeup Revolution - Eat Sleep Makeup Repeat - Repeat, Say It Now
Makeup Revolution - GO! Pallet - Darkest Brown
Sugarpill - Flamepoint

If you'd like to see the last Order Of The Phoenix make up look I did based off of this cover, you can click here.

xx

Monday, 16 May 2016

Goblet Of Fire UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Goblet Of Fire UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2
Hey guys,

I've got another Harry Potter make up inspired look for you, based off of the newest UK Children's editions.

Today I've got Goblet Of Fire for you, if you've not seen the cover it looks like this.
I really love the new covers, Jonny Duddle's illustrations are perfect and everything I've ever wanted to make Harry Potter better, it's not hard to see why they inspired me so much. 

Goblet Of Fire UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Goblet Of Fire UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Goblet Of Fire UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Goblet Of Fire UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Products Used:
HD Brows - Ash Blonde
Makeup Revolution - Amazing Lengths Mascara - Black/Brown
Makeup Revolution - I Heart Sin - Glorious Envy, Bad Boy, Want It All
Sugarpill - Buttercupcake, Flamepoint

If you'd like to see the last Goblet Of Fire make up look I did based off of this cover, you can click here.

xx

Monday, 9 May 2016

Prisoner Of Azkaban UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Prisoner Of Azkaban UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2
Hey guys,

I've got another look from my Harry Potter make up series for you.

Today I've got Prisoner Of Azkaban for you, if you've not seen the cover it looks like this.
I really love the new covers, Jonny Duddle's illustrations are perfect and everything I've ever wanted to make Harry Potter better, it's not hard to see why they inspired me so much. 

Prisoner Of Azkaban UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Prisoner Of Azkaban UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Prisoner Of Azkaban UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Prisoner Of Azkaban UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Products Used:
HD Brows - Ash Blonde
Makeup Revolution - Amazing Lengths Mascara - Black/Brown
Makeup Revolution - Give Them Nightmares - Danger Coming, Ash
Sugarpill - Tako, Afterparty

If you'd like to see the last Prisoner of Azkaban make up look I did based off of this cover, you can click here.

xx

Monday, 2 May 2016

Chamber Of Secrets UK Edition Inspired Make UK *2

Chamber Of Secrets UK Edition Inspired Make UK *2
Hey guys,

Today is the second post of the Harry Potter make up series based on the new Harry Potter UK Children Edition books and just started playing around. 

Today I've got Chamber of Secrets for you, if you've not seen the cover it looks like this.
I really love the new covers, Jonny Duddle's illustrations are perfect and everything I've ever wanted to make Harry Potter better, it's not hard to see why they inspired me so much. 

Chamber Of Secrets UK Edition Inspired Make UK *2

Chamber Of Secrets UK Edition Inspired Make UK *2

Chamber Of Secrets UK Edition Inspired Make UK *2

Chamber Of Secrets UK Edition Inspired Make UK *2

Products Used:
HD Brows - Ash Blonde
Makeup Revolution - Amazing Lengths Mascara - Black/Brown
Makeup Revolution - Kajal - Black
Makeup Revolution - Eat Sleep Makeup Repeat - Say It Now, Needle On, Eat Everything, Re-Mix
Sugarpill - Buttercupcake

If you'd like to see the last Chamber Of Secrets make up look I did based off of this cover, you can click here.

xx

Monday, 25 April 2016

Philosopher's Stone UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Harry Potter UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2
Hey guys,

I've got another Harry Potter make up series for you, I was sat there the other day and just suddenly got inspired so I got some make up palettes out as well as the new Harry Potter UK Children Edition books and just started playing around. 
I love make up and really love Harry Potter so it is my aim to do make up looks based off of all the books I've got, however I don't want to do them just because but when I'm feeling really inspired so they can be the best looks I can create. 

Today I've got Philosopher's Stone for you, if you've not seen the cover it looks like this.
I really love the new covers, Jonny Duddle's illustrations are perfect and everything I've ever wanted to make Harry Potter better, it's not hard to see why they inspired me so much. 

Harry Potter UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Harry Potter UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Harry Potter UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Harry Potter UK Edition Inspired Make Up *2

Products Used:
HD Brows - Ash Blonde
Makeup Revolution - Amazing Lengths Mascara - Black/Brown
Makeup Revolution - Kajal - Black
Makeup Revolution - Give Them Nightmares - Lawless, I am watching you
Sugarpill - Flamepoint, Buttercupcake.

If you'd like to see the last Philosopher's Stone make up look I did based off of this cover, you can click here.

xx