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Enjoy the madness, mischief and mayhem with #TeamHeaven while we indulge our creativity and watch the magic unfold...
“Fashion shouldn’t be taken too seriously. You’ve got to have fun with it to make it work!
Think of all the endless possibilities of what you can create. Let your imagination run riot. Have fun, glam up - Love it! Rock it! Own it!"
When I was a little girl, two of my favourite films were The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe from the Chronicles of Narnia, and The Snow Queen. I love all things shiny and sparkly, and the ice crystals and shimmering snow were breathtaking to watch.
The films were magical, exciting, enthralling and enchanting. They were also my first introduction to the wonder that is Turkish Delight! This decadent treat has a unique taste and texture; left to my own devices, I could quite easily crystallise myself by scoffing these sugary treats!
With Christmas on the horizon, I thought this would be the perfect theme for December’s shoot.
First up I needed an outfit. Lo and behold, lurking in the depths of my wardrobe, just before the entrance to Narnia, was a vintage silver dress, covered in shimmering holographic sequins - perfect! And perfectly complemented by my Swarovski crystal studded shoes.
Next I needed a wand! This was sourced from my beloved Etsy, made by FairyMeShop in The Netherlands. And after all, it is the most ‘wand-erful time of the year’...
To sustain this Snow Queen on her snowy quest, some Turkish Delight (homemade) was summoned! Christie ‘Feed Me’ Heaven was roped into this - I sent her a recipe and a bag full of the ingredients, complete with a message of “good luck, make sure it’s incredible - no pressure!” And boy did she come up trumps. It was delightful, delicious and devoured by #TeamHeaven!
Turkish Delight ✔
Showtime - or should that be Snowtime? - was approaching, so it’s over to the lovely Rianon to create the set and a crown, fit for a Snow Queen.
Can you believe it's December already!?
I squealed with (Turkish) delight when Emma told me that this month’s theme would be "Snow Queen". Instantly I thought of The Chronicles of Narnia, some of my favourite films.
When Emma, Hilary and I put our heads together, we initially came up with the idea of an updo complete with a crown; however when I was visualising the shoot I was concerned it would be too elegant and structured. I watched the film again and studied still pictures. Entertained and inspired, I set to work on six individual icicles which I attached to combs and completed with crystals; these would create the illusion of a crown, as it does in the films.
Liaising with Hilary I relayed my concerns about a structured look and suggested plaits across the top of Emma's head, which would give a different texture to the hairstyle. This would also provide the perfect foundation to secure the icicles in place. When Hilary had finished weaving and plaiting her magic, I staggered the icicles around Emma's hair to create the illusion that the icicles had grown in place.
In addition to creating the hair accessories, I decorated a white LED twig tree which captures the icy Narnia scene perfectly. However, what fashionista Snow Queen's tree would be complete without crystals!? Placing a generous amount of self-adhesive gems over the tree, with clear icicles hung at different depths created icy interest. Thanks to my fabulous assistant Jenna for helping! To complete the Snow Queen scene, I strung crystals which echoed the ones from Emma's hair pieces, hanging them from the tree to add that extra WOW factor.
Merry Christmas and I hope you have a happy and healthy new year.
Thanks Rianon for all your hard work. Not only did the set sparkle - you also made sure that I shimmered and sparkled from my head to my twinkly toes.
You can find out more about Rianon and RiCreations at www.facebook.com/RiCreationsSwansea
Hair: Created and styled by Hilary from Pimped Up Pins hair salon.
Here is how Hilary made my hair more glacial than an iceberg...
For this month’s Snow Queen theme, I used Small Talk by Tigi Bed Head to separate Emma’s hair into messy strands, spray painting them with white-coloured hairspray to give the hair a frosted look.
After consulting Rianon about her crown design, the top of Emma’s hair was skull plaited - to securely hold the crystal icicle crown - then spray painted white to blend with the back and sides.
A fabulous frosted hairstyle - fit for a Snow Queen!
Thanks Hilary for creating such a spellbinding hairstyle - it looked sparkly and frozen - just perfect.
Hilary is available to cut, style and/or colour your hair at Pimped Up Pins, Treboeth, Swansea. 01792 799775.
Makeup: Created and applied by Jenna Kelly.
Here’s how Jenna made up the cold north face of the Snow Queen!
The last shoot of the year certainly sent us out with a bang! A glittery, shiny, icy bang!
This month’s look was another collaboration and was pretty straightforward for me when co-creating this icy icon’s image.
To create Emma’s base I started with her Daniel Sandler foundation and concealer to even out the skin.
I then applied a little powder to set the T-zone area, using some of my favourite Chanel Universal Bronzer to add a little depth to her cheekbones.
Dior’s Rosy Glow Blush gave Emma’s cheeks a pink tint before I went in with the facepaint.
White facepaint and a soft sponge allowed me to ‘ice out’ the edges of Emma’s face before Beth went to town with the sparkle.
False lashes covered in white eyelash primer finished off the look with an icy edge!
Snow Queen...where you at!
Thank you Jenna for creating this glamorous, icy look.
You can find out all about Jenna and her work at jennakellymua.com.
And now, introducing another new recruit to #TeamHeaven, our fabulous special effects (SFX) and theatrical makeup artist - Beth Jones.
Hello everyone, it’s Beth - aka the glitter guru!
I love nothing more than gory special effects! HOWEVER, when someone mentions anything about glitter, I am the first person jumping around with my glue brush, creating havoc. I’m also a huge fan of Narnia and had so many ideas fly through my head.
After the amazing Jenna applied the snowy makeup I was at the ready to start measuring up The Gypsy Shrine’s Snow Queen jewels, and soon after was piling on the glitter.
I went for swirls and shapes on the arm creating a magical effect; before going a bit (a LOT) wild with The Gypsy Shrine Snow Queen’s thick glitters which went absolutely everywhere - but it wouldn’t be a normal shoot unless there was mess everywhere right? And I did feel sorry for whoever had to clean up this glitter explosion!
We tried using the little gel pots to apply the glitter but as we were using so much I would’ve been there another week! So we decided to whack out the PVA glue, which works wonders; and also gives you a little wax treatment after!
I really enjoyed this shoot and I’m excited as I already know what’s coming up in the new year!
Lots of love,
Thank you Beth. What a glitter bomb you created. It was (g)literally everywhere but looked oh so pretty.
You can find out more about Beth’s work at:
“And now we invite you backstage to see this month’s shoot: Snow Queen.”
Producer: Emma Heaven
Location: Studio Heaven
Photographer: Adrian Heaven
Makeup created and applied by: Jenna Kelly
Special Effects Makeup created and applied by: Beth Jones
Hair created and styled by: Hilary Jones
Icicle and crystal crown created by: Rianon Jones
Video filmed by: Christie Heaven
Video edited by: Adrian Heaven
Social media clips & photos: Christie Heaven
Music: Somewhere Only We Know - Lily Allen
Thank you to everyone on #TeamHeaven involved in the making of this issue’s shoot and video.
Your creativity and commitment never ceases to amaze me!
This was a childhood fantasy come true for me, and added to that was a whole host of sparkle, shimmer and glitter. I felt like I had been transported to the magical land of Narnia via my very own wardrobe, aided and abetted by my glitterati gang!
Don’t be a stranger…
WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS FLASHING IMAGES
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