2014 hair collageYes, I’m going ALL OUT cliched today.  New Year, New Beginnings, etcetera.  Yes, I solemnly pledge to start blogging more frequently.  I haven’t blogged in almost 2 years (!) but I plan to rectify that.  Promise.

Instead of rambling on about the last year’s happenings, I thought I’d share collages instead, one with some of my hair creations, one with some of my photoshoot/behind the scenes highlights.  You could follow me on Instagram for more!

Elbie van Eeden

I’ve also started to be more active on Pinterest, if you’d like to to join me in procastrinating and killing a few hours by looking at pretty pictures :)

I’m truly grateful for so many blessings in 2014 – I’ve met loads of inspiring people, stayed in a french castle, done make-up on a mermaid, worked with live animals, created superhero hair for some of the most amazing women I’ll ever know, won a competition hosted by the V&A Museum, and I’m super excited about what 2015 holds!

This year has been great, but it also felt like I was missing something big – specific direction and goals.  I’ve been so busy working IN my business, that I kind of forgot to work AT it.  That is all going to change.

So what will this year bring?  My plan is to build this little blog of mine into something better, I’d like to venture into vlogging (eek – my mug on a screen!), create an avant garde hair collection, and looking into starting a creative studio with other creatives.  There.  I’ve said it, now I have to achieve it.   No biggie, right?

I’ve started to use Veronica Dearly’s Terrific Project Planners to kickstart me into gear – check it out here

terrificSo here’s to an adventurous, exciting, challenging, go-big-or-go-home new year!

Now I would like to know – what are YOU going to change in 2015?




Kryolan Relaunch – Chemistry Centre

Last week I got asked to do a last minute booking – super stylist Joey Bevan needed a hairstylist for a major relaunch for international make-up brand, Kryolan.  I’ve been planning to go this event with my dear friend, (and fellow make-up geek!) Ana, in anyway, and it was because of her that I actually ended up doing the hair for the event, under Joey’s watchful eye!

The event was held at the Chemistry Centre in Burlington House, which tied in perfectly with Kryolan’s strap line, Make-up is a Science.

The launch had 6 key looks, using Kryolan’s amazing products, and the make-up looks were truly extraordinary!  The looks were Beauty, Theatre, Body Art, Cinema, Special FX and Fashion.

For the official photos, please have a look HERE

I’ve had a brilliant time playing with Annabelle’s Wigs, using them for volume, length, a colour change for one of the models, and a winge (fake fringe!!)

For the fashion look, I’ve made a hair bow using the model’s natural hair.

For the body paint model, the whole head was covered with silver pin curl grips (in this picture, it’s still unfinished) This was to complement the futuristic feel of the body paint (which included a Kryolan QR Code!)

For the cinema look, inspired by Audrey Hepburn,  I’ve had to use quite a few hairpieces, including a fake fringe, as the model’s hair was much lighter than the colour we wanted.  Isn’t she gorgeous!

For the theatre look, I’ve tonged the model’s hair, then used a wig to bulk out her own hair.  I then used some of Annabelle’s Wigs Clip in Extensions to bulk out her hair even more, and to add more length.  The look was finished by spraying Kryolan’s white hairspray at the roots.

The beauty model’s hair was set to acheive big curls, then we used TWO of Annabelle’s Wigs 3/4 wigs to boost her hair.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a good picture of the special fx models, but you could have a look at the inspiration here.


I’ve been using Kryolan since I’ve starting playing with make-up, and I was so excited to hear that they have revamped the range!!  I’ve been so inspired by the brand video, which you can see here.  It’s a short film to show the heritage of the family-owned brand, and you’d even be able to see how they manufacture some of their products!

The key products of the range for me are the following –

Lipstick in LC334 – This bright orangey-pink lipcolour feels really moisturising on the lips, and it’s a surprisingly wearable shade given how bright it looks in the tube.

Shimmering Vision Palette – I just HAD to invest in this for my kit!!  Gorgeous cream colours that blend like a dream, can’t wait to use this in shoots!

Make-up Blend:  Created to be mixed with cream make-up to make it smooth or dilute, whether it’s foundation or lipstick, this little bottle of wonder is set to be a kit staple now.

Eye Shadow Primer:  A tiny drop blended across your lids is all you need for eyeshadow to stay put, without any creasing.

All of these products will be available at the new look Charles Fox in Covent Garden, London.  I’ve paid them a visit yesterday, and it really is a make-up junkie’s dream!!

The White Queen – Behind the scenes hair and make-up

We’ve had so many wonderful comments on Kirsty Mitchell’s White Queen pictures in Wonderland, and I thought I’d share some of the behind the scenes pictures of the hair and make-up.

Please click HERE for more pictures, and a description on how everything else was made.

The Queen’s hair and make-up was heavily based on Elizabeth 1, the look had to be very sculpted, regal, and intricate to echo the rest of her outfit (made by the photographer herself!)

Here was the main make-up influence:  

The hair took many days of playing around to figure out what would work best, the texture had to be intricate, but after having a go at plaiting, the hair just didn’t seem right.  I remembered doing a basket weave on hair years ago, and after a whole afternoon of work, here are the results: (pardon the picture quality!)

Hair detail

Mock-up of hair

The hairpieces had to be positioned onto model Ashley’s head on the day, after I made small pincurls in her fringe.  You could also see the base of the make-up here:

I then built up the make-up with deeper colours and added more contrast to keep the look dramatic.  Ashley has the most amazing icy blue eyes, and they just popped against the white liner (MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Pure White) and deeper, earthier shading (MAC Eyeshadow in Copperplate).  She is quite fair, but I wanted to make her skin paler by mixing white body paint into a light foundation.

The hair had to look quite frosted, and I remember using a LOT of white hairspray to get the texture and colour right.  I used a lot of padding to bulk out the hairpieces as her hair was quite short, then wedged the crown in the middle.

It was an amazing experience creating this look, especially since it has been so much work to get everything ready for the shoot (the costume and props took months to create!)  The pressure was most definitely on for the hair and make-up to be spot-on.