I'm not actually talking about drills, saws or Home Depot, although that also used to be one of my fave things before burlesque invaded my universe. I'm talking about one of my burly-besties from Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society, Gloria Gamms, and the collective of craft gals who co-write a great blog called The Craft Co. It covers all things, well... craft. But with flare. As I am the first to call a well-made cocktail a craft, my favourite post thus far is how to mak
(Thanks to the Canadian gals who let me know that my holy grail eyelash glue can be ourchased at select Walmart and London Drugs Locations. Have yet to find the black version other than online though...) As I've mentioned in previous posts, I have unbelievably sensitive eyes. Sensitive to light, sensitive to allergens, sensitive to most cosmetics. Sensitive to even looking at a picture of someone with irritated and weeping eyes. Agh. I can feel it instantly just by thinking
Hi, hi! Here's the first of a series of posts I've been meaning to address. Some of my fave random products and why. The first topics I will be talking about are products that brighten eyes, intense stay-put lip colour, and the only eyelash glue on the market that doesn't make my eyes freak out. Today is about eye-brightening. How to Brighten your Eyeballs This is not a figurative or cute attempt to describe the application of makeup. I'm not talking about eye shadows or
So I've done multiple posts about working with rhinestone crystals, but the one thing I haven't addressed is where I buy them, and the differences between all the different varieties. The two online sources I use are Rhinestone Guy and Dreamtime Creations. I have always received such excellent customer service and advice from Rhinestone Guy, and their prices are consistently 15% to 20% less than Dreamtime, so I always go there first. However, in the six years since I've been
So have you ever had a costume piece or accessory that looks great when adjusted and shaped just-so, until you start moving around and then it loses whatever shape you just artfully sculpted? For example, I have a tap routine that has big bejewelled bows on the ankle straps. I'd adjust them so they were fluffy and pretty and by the end of the act they were always just bedraggled limp bits of nothing. The fact that I had added crystals (of course) only made the matter worse.
Hey, hey!!! How are you all doing? Me, I' m fighting the glitter crash of post festival blues. The best cure for which, is posting for all of you! So today's trick comes to you, in part, compliments of my fellow Screaming Chicken, and fellow troupe member, Trés Zukko. I recently headed up a group number of which Trés was a key member and soloist, and one of the conundruns we faced in staging our act, was how to make a visual transition -- in terms of hair styles -- from a 50
Hi there, all! Since my post about glamming up street shoes proved so popular, I figured I may as well show you the trick that started it all. A few years ago, I found a tackylicious pair of zebra print shoes that ended up inspiring a whole act about animals of the African savannah taking revenge on hunters. You know how it is Sometimes the strangest things inspire creativity. Here's a couple pics of the shoe for context. And the performance pics just because I really love
Figured I should post about this now, as people are making plans for the annual glitter pilgrimmage that is BHOF. A couple years ago I was advised by a self-described broad - a former showgirl now working as a hostess at Oscars Steakhouse (itself a slice of old Las Vegas history that you may recognize from the film Casino) that THE shop that local performers go to for glittery bits and bobs is this place right here. Accessories, makeup, jewelry, masks, gowns, costume pieces.
So a few posts back I showed you all how I made a fancy hat and I mentioned that I had a tricky way of fastening it to my noggin'. Again, it's really simple but makes for a neat way to use your hat on stage. In brief, I use magnets to attach it to a headband so that I can easily remove it during my act. Here's the step by step and info on the very specific magnets I use. So first, I bought a bridal sash applique from this store on Etsy and used e6000 to glue it to a wide dark
How many times have you popped a pastie? Whether you use Mastix Spirit Gum, Top-Stick, silicone adhesive, or any one of the wide variety of double sided tape options out there.... from fashion tape to carpet tape, I will bet it's happened to you more than once. It certainly has to me. And, if you happen to hail from conservative, nipplephobic places such as Alberta this is a BIG problem as I was reminded by the Garter Girls just last night. While I certainly cannot guarante