At this time of the year everyone is so busy and may not have the time or skill to give themselves a “full glam” look. So I wanted to create something really simple but effective, that’s easy for everyone to create.
This look focuses on achieving really flawless, fresh looking skin, simple eyes and a bold lip.
I do love full glam looks, but for everyday I’m all for “natural beauty” and I believe people should learn to work with what they have instead of hiding behind layers upon layers of makeup on a daily basis. I’ve recently had a lash lift at LUX which is essentially a perm for your lashes and it’s really boosted my confidence when I don’t have my lashes on. So that’s a small thing I would recommend others to try out if they aren’t confident when not wearing lashes, and even if you are, it would give your lashes thy extra boost!
•Bobbi Brown vitamin face base
•Too Faced Born This Way foundation
•Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
•No7 Translucent Perfect Light Loose Powder
•Benefit Hoola Bronzer
•Kiko Baked Fusion Powder no.6
•Doll Light Highlighter “Like a Diamond”
•Mac neutrals Palette (eyes and brows)
•L’Oréal Brow artist
•Mac Cherry Liner
•Mac Relentlessly Red Lipstick
•Maybelline the falsies mascara
•Mac Fix Plus
•Anastasia Glow Kit
Want more make up inspiration from Olivia? Follow her on social media:
Instagram – @oliviammakeup_
Facebook – @oliviammakeup
Even though going back to school, university or even work after Christmas is a far away thought at the moment as we have just entered the festive season… Nobody can deny it’s a bit of an “ughhhh” feeling even if you haven’t signed yourself off for the year yet. One thing that we think gets us back into the working mindset is some brand new (rather aesthetically pleasing) stationary. So if you’re still looking for Christmas present ideas and know someone who REALLY hates that post Xmas graft then take a look at this lovely independent stationary brand from designer Coral Fowley.
Coral Fowley is a 25 years old textile artist based in Edinburgh who has a tiny but very lovely stationary brand. Studying a BA in fashion & textiles and then on to an MA in textiles, Coral is an international exhibited artist. She tells us that she finds a lot of her inspiration from natural sciences and loves to display her inspirations within her stationary work – her current range is heavily inspired by outer space.
“My stationery brand is the outcome of craving creative freedom. As much as I adore my research and heavier artwork, I love getting lost in creating products and prints I would buy myself, free from complexity and concept. The current collection is entirely space inspired, incorporating my obsessions; colour, texture and stationery. “
Preview some of her gorgeous creations that are sure to make your work space a little smarter:
“I totally designed this weekly planner with myself in mind. I love organising my week, like most people, I find myself spinning more plates than sometimes I can handle. Using a simple, yet affective, weekly planner makes all the difference. This would be my ideal stocking filler this year. This Weekly Planner Pad used the popular Atlas Print, my best selling notebook and art print.”
Each weekly planner pad contains 52 sheets of a beautifully printed full colour designs.
A5-£7 | A4-£10
“I have this print framed in my studio space. Every time I stare into it I see something different. This print has been lovingly created using many hand rendered ink textures layered upon each other and then manipulated digitally. Printed in beautiful full colour on heavyweight 300gsm smooth white board with a smooth finish.”
“Although I adore and use all of the notebooks I have designed, this is my favorite. Partly due to the inside cover print. It’s the perfect notebook for any space enthusiast as it is named after Pluto’s largest moon, Charon.”
All A5 notebooks come with a beautiful custom printed full colour cover (printed inside and out), stapled squared spines, and 48 pages ready and waiting for your thoughts, doodles and dreams.
Check out more from Coral…
We count ourselves very lucky to be hearing from so many of you creative talents throughout the U.K and beyond. We are super excited to present our first ever collaboration between two extremely talented artists from different disciplines, Alice Hill-Woods & Laura Henderson.
Cadmium Woman – Alice Hill-Woods X Laura Henderson for Ninetyfour
Alice is a writer and poet who is also a full time student at the University of Glasgow. Writing beautiful poems, Alice takes inspiration from everyday life and has recently shared a poem she wrote about the city of Glasgow which we can’t wait to share in the near future.
Laura is an illustrator also based in Glasgow. Her work has a very distinct style which has an organic and fun vibe to it. Laura has recently created her own colouring book inspired by the bonnie wee country of Scotland. Shop the gorgeous book just in time for Christmas here.
Check out both artists on Instagram & follow to keep up to date with their wonderful work:
Alice Hill-Woods – @alice35mm
Laura Henderson – @_lauradraws
Whatever your creative discipline, we want to hear from YOU! We are currently working on different collaborations and projects in order to give emerging talent more recognition. Soooo, don’t be shy get in touch!
“I was always drawing. I drew bizarre things for a child of my age, I watched a lot of horror films – to the dismay of my parents. I am pretty sure they thought I was the child from the Omen for a while.” Well, you know what they say… well behaved people never make history and rebelling against your parents definitely counts as misbehaving. Now at the age of 23, Daniel Macleod has maybe moved on from his days of disobeying his parents, but not much has changed on the creative side, as he is now a freshly graduated illustrator.
The world of illustration is extremely competitive and in order to be a success you have to be fully committed and completely obsessed with your drawing abilities. Daniel explains he was interested in art and drama at school, but naturally chose to study art, as he just loved it that little bit more. After leaving school Daniel decided to head to Cornwall to pursue his creative career:
“I studied at Falmouth University, which is always either answered with “ah cool! its nice there”, “where is that?” or “oh yeah I’ve been to Farnham”. It was a great university, and such a lovely place to be. I usually think of myself as a city person, however being surrounded by palm trees and crystal blue sea does fill you with a satisfied feeling… I’m still shocked to this day that palm trees grow in some parts of the U.K. Naturally I studied illustration, and definitely saw myself grow as a creative over the course of my study. “
As an artist it’s important to grow and develop your own unique style. Daniel’s work can be described as abstract and often falls into the realms of the bizarre – which we love. His work has an obvious style to it, making it very easy to recognize his work; “I would say my work gives of quite an emotional feel (as people have told me) and that there is always a story or a sense of narrative running underneath it.” Like most artists Daniel admits he finds it very difficult to describe his work and says it’s down to your own interpretation.
Talking more about his work, Daniels tells us that he wants people to be drawn to his illustrations both aesthetically and emotionally; “Even though I always have an idea or story behind a piece I love people to see them and create their own idea of what they feel as everybody’s view of art is completely different.” Letting inspiration flow from anywhere – the people he meets, the films he watches or even the music he listens to, Daniel also has a keen interest in history and can sometimes refers to historical events within his work and would like to continue doing so in the future; “I do however, sometimes just have an idea zapped into my head from god knows where (whoever is doing that thank you!)”.
Looking back, he recalls his work always having an illustrated approach and his way of thinking suited illustration perfectly. During his foundation course he studied Visual Communication, this really allowed his creative mind to go wild and he was able to figure out a design process; “it was a long time coming but I finally got there. My process consists of brainstorming, and then creating a pencil drawing that I then digitally colour. I am constantly learning new skills or ways to alter my process though so it is always on the move. I am also a big fan of texture, and constantly go through period of being addicted to a certain kind.”
Talking about goals for the future, Daniel discusses his fascination with editorial illustration, as he loves the fast pace nature and the very open topics you can tackle within it; “being a fan of conceptual thinking this would suit me. I would also love to try my hand at poster design and book design as I feel my style would fit in well with those.” Talking short-term goals though, Daniel is taking any opportunity he is offered for collaboration and work to start the beginning of his ‘grand ole’ illustration career.
Although still taking his first steps into the industry, we were curious to know what his advice would be to someone who is in the same position as him or even thinking about studying illustration, Daniel leaves us on this note:
“I would say just stick at it. Don’t feel let down by rejection, and learn to take criticisim as it is really your best friend. I would also say stay true to you, but be open to change. I personally feel that art in any form is an extension of yourself, and it is okay to take inspiration from others but never feel like you need to become them. Find your own niche and nurture your style and self.”
You do you.
Check out more of Daniel’s incredible illustrations:
“I am a bit of a dreamer with an active imagination and I needed an outlet for my ideas.”
Glasgow based artist, Donna O’Hanlon landed herself the dream job title of ‘photographer’ at one of the UK’s biggest high street shoe retailers and although her creative career is off to a flying start she has no plans of letting herself get carried away with ridiculous aims: “I’m kind of a realist when it comes to my career goals – I work hard, expect little and any success is a huge bonus.”
Donna first gained enthusiasm for image making whilst working in darkrooms at her secondary school. However, it was only in 2013 that she decided to go for her degree and commit to a career in photography: “I would say really think about whether you’re dedicated enough to pursue a long term career in a creative field because it’s hard work and there is no guarantee at the end of it that you’ll get a job.” Furthermore, discussing what keeps her so engaged with her chosen discipline, Donna mentions the extremely relevant topic of mental health: “I think that my passion for photography and image making in some part comes from my issues with mental illness – producing creative work is an excellent distraction from the ‘noise’. It’s no coincidence that mental illness is prevalent in the creative industries.”
Studying at City Of Glasgow College and then on to The University of the West of Scotland, she has successfully got her foot in the door of the industry and when asked what is the key to landing your first real gig as a fully trained professional we were thrown back with the word that will always haunt you as a creative, ‘networking’. She explains that it is vital to get as many people as possible to see your work because you never know when a job can pop up. With that in mind she also goes on; “It’s important to keep working and improving/adding to your skills. Even if you sometimes feel as though finding a job is an uphill struggle, it’s important to keep the momentum going through your work.” And we say a hell yeah to that statement.
Producing collages, particularly for the fashion genre – Donna’s work is naturally somewhat abstract and heavily influenced by her research within Dadaism, Cubism and the work of other collage artists she admires: “I admit that I’m not the best at describing my work, which is mostly collaborative. I ask for inspiration and ideas from my team members, carry out research for the concept and produce work based on my research.” As a photographer and collage artist Donna has to work within a collaborative environment on a regular basis and we couldn’t help but ask what would be her dream collaboration: “If I’m only allowed to pick one person it would have to be Viviane Sassen. I love her use of colour and simple compositions.”
Talking directly about the project that is featured, she was influenced by the Memphis Movement that originated in Italy in the early 1980’s, producing a very retro and nostalgic outcome. This was an extremely collaborative project and Donna tells us of how she was able work with some of the most amazing creative talents from different disciplines.
Fashion Designer: J.R.M Design
Graphic Design: Gabriele Tropiano
Modelling: Robyn Baillie, Heather Sanford & Sarunas Kilius
The creative industry is forever changing and it could be said that there is no such thing as a stagnant job position when you are an artist. Like Donna previously said, you need to keep up momentum and when asked what her plans for her future career are, she explains that the thought of freelancing stresses her out. She goes on to say she would actually like to land a permanent role in a gallery or even something similar to what she is currently doing, while producing her creative projects for exhibition and publishing on the side: “Being a successful artist with a style that is identifiable is the end goal.”
Still at the beginning of her career, we can’t wait to see what other collaborative and non-collaborative projects Donna produces. With a great start in the industry and a bright career ahead of her, Donna leaves us with a word of advice that she says she feels very strongly about:
“Be nice to everyone. I don’t care if it’s the most famous photographer/artist in the world or the person who cleans your office! Today’s intern could be tomorrow’s commissioning editor.”
‘Creativity takes courage’ – Henri Matisse
The Spanish collage artist Ernesto Artillo
Tunes you listen to while working:
Upbeat tunes in the studio to keep the energy up for everyone and chilled tunes whilst editing.
If you weren’t an artist what would you be?:
I would be a musician but I can’t play anything!
Tea or Coffee for a productive day?:
Photography seems to be a huge interest within the creative disciplines and it would appear these days that everyone who owns a smart phone (99.9% of the U.K population) is some sort of ‘Photographer’.
It’s a complete misconception that being a photographer is an easy click of the button and watch the money come rolling type of career. Photography is a skill that requires a creative eye, camera knowledge and the networking skills of a social butterfly. I sat down with professional photographer and photo manipulator, Robert Borbely who has worked with global brand Jägermeister to get the real chat on what it’s really like to make a living from his own photos.
Name – Robert Borbely
Discipline – Photography and Photo Manipulation
Location – Bradford
Studied – College & Self Taught
Instagram – @rsb_photography
Website – https://www.robertborbely.com
Roberts creative talent developed from a young age, he says he loved to draw and even managed to win an art competition at 7 years old: “I never was into art at school but my Nan would always get me drawing, I would spend most weekends with her and I would draw all the time.”
Flash forward some years, Robert moved away from his sketching ability and started to get into online gaming. He quickly started to earn money and before he knew it, he was completely addicted. Although making a fair amount of money, he remembers it all coming to an end in 2007 when his account got hacked and he lost absolutely everything. “When that happened I decided it was time to take a step back, I wanted to get away from it. I had always had a camera so I decided to pick it up and I haven’t looked back since.”
Robert enrolled onto a Photography course at a local college and here he would learn the skeleton of a camera that led to him picking up some photography gigs within the North of England. Shortly after graduating Robert went on to explore some more advanced techniques and discovered photo manipulation: “I do everything on Photoshop. I really enjoy taking ‘normal’ photo-shoots and making them into fantasy compositions. It’s time consuming but the outcome is amazing.”
Robert states that he never sticks to a set creative process and he likes to let the ideas naturally happen: “I never go into a shoot with a set plan, the creative process just kind of forms depending on location and the team you’re working with that day.”
Looking through Robert’s impressive portfolio, his work can be described as fantasy, semi dark and very detailed. He says, “I am definitely inspired by my online gaming days, I love the whole fantasy style. I do a lot of Comic Cons and that way I can get a lot of amazing pictures of people already dressed up – Plus I get a free pass for the day, so if you’re a comic fanatic it’s a winning situation.”
Although it’s clear that Robert has found his feet and own distinct style within his discipline, he did confess that the biggest struggle as a photographer is money. Photography equipment is expensive and equipment is forever upgrading. Investing in a strong camera kit is essential if you have any aspiration of becoming a good photographer. I then went on to ask him what advice he would give to an aspiring photo taker and what he thinks makes a successful photographer’:
“You need to be good within sales, I see amazing photographers not doing great because they don’t have the character to sell their work and then I see what I’d consider average photographers making a good living just off the fact they can talk about their work and really sell it to their clients… When you first start out don’t expect too much, clients will come and go but you just have to keep working hard and if it’s your passion just love every minute of doing what you love for a living.”
Already working with the likes of Jägermeister and other brands, I couldn’t help but ask what was next for Robert Borbely:
“I don’t have a set plan but I find that photography has become very saturated and I am wanting to push my creativity within manipulation as well as broadening my work. I would like to go into ecommerce and product photography, I have already done a few shoots and I really enjoyed it.”
Watch this space. If any creative would be interested in collaborating with Robert, follow his work and get in contact.
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS
Nikon or Canon?
Studio or Location shoots?
Three MUST haves on shoot day?
Camera, Ipad and Speedlight
What’s your favourite piece in your folio?
I don’t really have one, but if I was to choose I guess my piece that illustrates a bottle within the sea, it’s very detailed.
Your next project?
I’m going to Hull soon and then to London to hopefully get some exciting work done.
What other discipline are you keen to collaborate with?
Open to work with anyone within the creative industry, if you have talent then why not.
Who would be your dream client?
More international brands.
Last piece of advice to our readers?
You will experience some negativity from some people, your work can’t please everyone unfortunately. But keep your head down and work hard… these negative people are just jealous anyway.