matte tips


An important video by Matt Colville on game sessions that turn into slogs. Made in response to community’s reaction to Episode 88 of Critical Role.

How to Use Setting Powder

One of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to setting their face  is quickly dusting powder over their skin and calling it a day, whilst this is quick and easy it really isn’t the most effective way to use a setting powder and set your makeup in place. Not only can it disturb the foundation underneath, but it can also give you an uneven, dry and cakey finish to your makeup.

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[Video Review] When it comes to liquid lipsticks I’m always a little bit hesitant at first, having super dry lips means that they only tend to exacerbate the problem and also makes them look dry and flaky. However, this couldn’t be further from the case with the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme’s. I’m already a big fan of the original Le Marc lipsticks and when I saw these I knew immediately that I wanted to try them and I’m so glad that I did.  These are not your stereo-typical matte liquid lipsticks. Instead they are beautiful and creamy with a semi-matte, lipstick like finish, and they’re also super comfortable to wear. Although they only come in neutral/nude shades (six to be exact) I’m willing to overlook that for their great formula. These are comfortable and creamy liquid lipsticks which don’t accentuate any dryness on my lips whatsoever. The staying power is good, but it isn’t mind-blowing. You can go throughout your day snacking and drinking, but if you’re eating something big or greasy you will need to touch up afterwards.There is no obnoxious scent or flavor (which there often can be in liquid lipsticks) and the pigment is great especially given that these shades are on the neutral side.

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“It’s called being a parent, maybe you should try it sometime.”

“Matt, it’s not my fault, honest-”

“We’ve only had him for two days and look at him!“

The small, lifeless form on the floor is nudged with the tip of Matt’s boot.

“C'mon, now, you can’t be that up-”

“This is the fourth baby in two months, I really don’t think I can forgive you.”

Matt turns away from Mello as the blond gently scoops the small one from off the floor and pats some of the more damaged spots.

“See,” he starts, “he’s as good as new.”

Matt eyes him wearily, looking at the poor, potted plant in Mello’s hands. “It’s useless, he’s gone.”

Mello’s face falls and twists a bit into impatience. “Really, Matt?”

“Get the shovel,” Matt says, turning to grab his coat “It looks like we have to bury yet another child.” He grasps his chest, his voice lowering, “They die so young.”

Needless to say, Mello does grab the shovel.


GM Tips with Matthew Mercer.

A look behind the DM Critical Role DM screen.


This is the ultimate pairing for the blackest of lashes!
This week I received these beauties in the post and I’m super excited to share them with you.
You know I’m a lover of all things Natasha Denona, and she has now created a brilliant mascara called #Mascarade which is the newest addition to the Blackest Black collection!

I like to work some of her matte finish Blackest Black eyeshadow at the root of the lashes and then apply a couple of coats of Mascarade mascara!
This creates very dark, luscious, full looking lashes! The formula is rich in pure pigments with zero carbon black.

FYI, Natasha Denona is a cruelty free makeup brand! You can’t get better than that.

In the UK you can purchase Natasha Denona products from @beautybaycom-blog
Elsewhere you can purchase directly from her site, @sephora and @beautylish


Critical Role - Matthew Mercer’s GM tips - Player Rewards.

1) Don’t draw with cheap felt-tip pens. The ink in drawings made with felt tip pens will fade in a few years, and all you’ll be left with is a bunch of ghostly images, then nothing at all. And these drawings fade even faster when exposed to sunlight. So wise up and use pens with permanent ink, and try to draw on paper that’s not going to get yellow and fall apart. (I learned this the hard way.)

2) Finish your work! Drawing complete stories is really hard, especially when you’re a kid, but there’s nothing like having a finished story-with beginning, middle, and end-to amuse yourself and your friends. Unfinished work just doesn’t cut it.

3) Save your stuff! Often, as your drawing and writing skills develop, or you get older and start having other more “mature” interests, your earlier cartoon work starts looking lame and clumsy. The usual urge is to toss it-but resist that urge! I guarantee that later in life you’ll be glad you held on to your cartoons, no matter how stupid they look now.

4) Don’t let your mom throw your cartoons out! Moms have a tendency to do this. You go off for a weekend visit to Aunt Gladys, or you get shipped off to summer camp, or you turn your back for a second, and poof! There go your toys, your comic books, and your brilliant artwork. And no amount of squealing is going to bring that stuff back. So take care of your treasures-keep ‘em out of the way of anyone who has some weird hatred of “clutter”- and make sure that everyone in your family knows you’re insanely possessive of your stupid, worthless junk. If you make your stand early, before permanent damage is done to your goodies, they may learn not to mess with your mess.

5) It’s okay to copy other cartoons, but it’s easy to get obsessed with a particular style that you can never master. I spent a solid year trying to draw Batman when I was eleven, and have nothing to show for it but a bunch of crummy-looking, vaguely Batmannish ghosts (see Item #1). So my advice is to copy from a whole bunch of different sources-eventually you’ll figure out a style that fits you.

6) Get a sketchbook. Do lots and lots of drawings. Fill up the sketchbook. Repeat.

7) Most how-to-cartoon books are terrible, so don’t get discouraged by their lousy advice. Remember, if the people who put together how-to-cartoon books knew what they were doing, they probably wouldn’t be doing how-to-cartoon books.

8) Check out the original artwork of cartoonists you admire. You may be in for a surprise. It doesn’t look as slick as the printed stuff, does it? It’s full of smudges, pencil marks, erased lines, and covered up mistakes. Most young, would-be cartoonists end up getting totally bummed out because their stuff doesn’t look as slick and perfect as the stuff they see in print. But the original work by the pros themselves usually doesn’t look that good, either. So it’s okay for your original artwork to look a little smudgy too.

9) It’s not horrible to be a crummy drawer. There’s room for all sorts of styles in the world. All I can draw are people with big eyeballs and no chins, and I can’t even do that too well-but look at me. I get to blab about how to cartoon, and you get to listen to me.

10) And finally: Be original. It’s okay to copy the cartoons you love, if you must. But please: Eventually edge toward your own ideas and stories. That way I won’t have to track you down and sue you.


Matt Groening

Wish I read this when I was 8. Read part 2 here


GM tips with Matt Mercer of Critical Role

Improv and the Unexpected


David Tennant and Graham Norton - down through the years