halloween

Feature Friday: Halloween Makeup Q&A with Hannah Concannon of The Dress Up Box

Happy Feature Friday – Halloween Edition!

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.24.34 PMThis week we were lucky enough to have TWO makeup experts give us Halloween tips and tricks before the big day! Although getting the perfect costume is important, making sure your makeup enhances that look can tie the whole thing together. If you want to transform your face this Halloween but need to know how to do it, Hannah Concannon of The Dress Up Box has you covered! On her Instagram and website she features a Face of the Day, a new creative look done by Hannah on her own face! We love checking out her pages to find out what she’s doing next! She has a lot of experience and great recommendations for products you can use at home, so keep reading to get some ideas and make sure to also check out Part I with Erin Scott Beauty! And Happy (almost) Halloween!

Castle Logo: We love that you do a Face of the Day. What are some of your favorite looks you’ve done so far ?

DressUpBox_Banner_060914_331: This is definitely a tough one. My favorites change all the time, but at the moment here are the ones I keep coming back to:  The Moon, The Blue Fade, The rainbow swirls, and, of course, Darth Maul.

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Feature Friday: Halloween Makeup Q&A with Erin Scott Beauty

Happy Feature Friday – Halloween Edition!

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 8.58.50 pmThis week we’re showcasing TWO amazing people who answered some of our own questions as well as some of the questions you guys sent us regarding Halloween makeup. First up, we have Erin Scott of Erin Scott Beauty. Not only does she have great tips and trends for this Halloween, but she gives tons of makeup tutorials through her YouTube Channel year round! After Halloween is over and you need some makeup inspo, be sure to head to her page! You can also find her on Instagram and Twitter to see all of the looks she has done so far. If you still don’t know what you’re going to be this year, keep reading for some ideas from Erin Scott Beauty and make sure to also check out Part II with Hannah Concannon of The Dress Up Box.

Castle Logo: What are you being for Halloween?

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.31.00 PM: I’m planning on doing my Half Skull, Half Glam Makeup look which I featured on my YouTube channel.

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A Weekend in Boston

BY CAILIN BURKE

For Halloween weekend, Tara and I decided to make the trip to Boston to visit our friend Sarah and reunite with one of our favorite cities! We hadn’t been to Boston for 4 years, and had wanted to visit Sarah while she was at BU, so what better weekend than Halloween!? Although we did spend a lot of time dressing up and socializing for the holiday, we were able to see some of our favorite Boston sites and explore some new ones.

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Our first day in Boston, we had to get lunch from Fanueil Hall so we headed in that direction to start our day. Since we hadn’t been there in so long, we had to stick to our favorites since we rarely get the chance to eat there. We’ve always loved the Chinese food they have and are even more obsessed with the Pina Colada smoothies from The Monkey Bar. Although pricey, totally worth it in my opinion! After, we went last minute Halloween shopping and then headed to Newbury Street. Although we could’ve taken the “T,” Boston’s public transit system,  we decided to walk through Boston Common instead since the weather was perfect. Boston Common is just the huge park they have there and it was definitely the perfect scenic route to take to Newbury Street.

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On Newbury Street, there are tons of designer stores which are fun to peruse, and after shopping a bit, we stopped at Starbucks to get special Halloween Franken Frappuccinos. Basically, they’re Green Tea Frappuccinos with Peppermint and Java Chips… It was amazing! They totally put us in the Halloween spirit for a weekend of dressing up and Halloween parties ahead.

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Tara and I love dressing up for Halloween and tried to make creative costumes out of our limited budget. I had some old costume pieces hanging around from when I worked at a Halloween store, so I took the tutu and holograph leggings I had to become a Space Babe for Halloween night. I then added a NASA tee, silver lipstick, put my hair in two buns, and put a bunch of gems on my face to look like I could befriend an alien. Tara was a bookworm which involved a geeky look but a full on green outfit to make her look like a worm. My favorite part of her costume was her purse that had Catcher in the Rye on it! We also loved Sarah’s look… She was a shooting star!

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During our second day in Boston, it was pretty rainy, so Sarah’s roomie had the great suggestion of going to the Shops at Prudential Center. Along with a delicious lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, we shopped around, and went to the Top of the Hub to see an amazing view of all of Boston.

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We then dressed up again that night and I went as a deck of cards, while Tara was a punk rocker. I had previously bought a dress covered in cards at a market in London, and was under the impression I could wear it in real life on any given day. I don’t really know what I was thinking because it has “costume” written all over it. I guess I wanted to come home from London with trendy street style, but it ended up being the perfect outfit to be a deck of cards! I then put some cards on a necklace and a headband to complete the look. For Tara’s punk look, she bought a crazy pink wig and put on MY shirt and flannel. She also made her own nose piercing out of a paperclip and wore black lipstick to be super edgy. We definitely chose a great weekend to go to Boston because not only did we get to explore the city, but it also was the perfect place to celebrate Halloween!

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Halloween Feature Friday: Artist Marie-Pascale Gautheron

Happy Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 17.05.05 … HALLOWEEN EDITION!

SONY DSCThere’s no one better for this themed feature than Marie-Pascale Gautheron. She makes and paints amazing skulls and finds a way to make something that is usually frightening, a work of art! She creates these incredible skulls in her hometown of Paris and shows them in galleries all over the city! Her paintings also include other typically scary elements such as bats, wolves, and snakes, but we love how she has chosen to focus mainly on skulls. They’re definitely her trademark. Keep reading to hear why she chose to fixate her art on skulls and see some frighteningly beautiful works of art! Happy Halloween!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself. 

MP: I have always been immersed in the artistic environment as my mother is an art professor and painter. Since my childhood I’ve been navigating between her classes and art schools. At first, I did an artistic BAC, then a BTS in Graphic Design and finally a Master’s in Plastic Art. Today, I am trying to become well known by the general public and to increase my collaborations and exhibitions.

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Castle Logo: Why did you start making pieces of art out of skulls?

MP: Skulls are terrifying objects. A lot of people are scared of them, even me when I was younger! That’s why I try to give a beauty to this object by adding to it a lot of pattern and color, to deconsecrate death and not be afraid of it anymore.

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Castle Logo: What intrigued you about working with skulls and how do you make them?

MP: The skull is an object that always fascinated me aesthetically speaking, whether it’s human or animal. It’s the symbol of death, which surrounds us permanently and that’s what fascinates me. It’s in every painting and sculpture I make. Some of my skulls are made with homemade mold, but the animals one are all real.

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Castle Logo: What inspires your creativity? 

MP: My work is, before all, autobiographical. It is connected with my childhood, my past and my intimate imagination. As a result, my path, my life experiences and my sensations inspire me while I am drawing.

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Castle Logo: What do you like most about sharing your work, whether through Instagram or gallery shows?

MP: I really like to share my works on social networks. First of all because it’s essential to be recognized. Sometimes it gives you access to new opportunities and allows you to meet new amazing people. It’s pleasant to have compliments/feedback from people all over the world. With the time, more and more people follow me, it’s incredible! But that’s also because I like to give a visual pleasure to people. FOLLOW ME!

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Castle Logo: Your pieces are so intricate and detailed. How long does it take to create one skull?

MP: Right, I am very meticulous and I love details! I like when people spend time to look at my work! There is always something hidden that people can’t see at first sight. My skulls take me 2 to 3 days of work. My paintings sometimes several weeks, even if i have the reputation to be a fast worker.

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Castle Logo: What are some of the challenges of selling your work (running a business on Etsy) and creating at the same time? 

MP: For now, Etsy orders don’t take a lot of my time, quite the opposite, I would like to have more orders !

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Castle Logo: Where do you see your art career going? Biggest dreams?

MP: I just finished my art studies. I had already two personal exhibitions and I just want to continue! I would like to find an art gallery and sell more.

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Castle Logo: What are some of your favorite things to do where you live?

MP: I have a lot of luck to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris! I like to go for a ride with a bike at the twilight with my boyfriend, take a trip in a park, or discover new artists in one of the numerous museums or art galleries present in my city.

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Castle Logo: Any advice?

MP: Give simple pleasures to people around you and smile to life!

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Castle Logo: Today is Halloween in America. What would be your perfect costume? 

MP: A zombie from The Walking Dead! I am a big fan, of the TV show «The Walking Dead» ! There was a time where I liked to make fake wounds to scare my friends and my family. I admire people who do that amazing make-up, so I guess I would be a scary zombie. 

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