Once A Vamp, Always A Vamp

Cant’ take the goth or vamp out of me, no matter which way you spin the world…

As evidenced by my Pinterest pages…

Bella and ‘N Spice or really just the whooooole kit and caboodle.

 

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V Day

I don’t do Valentine’s Day.  I think the only time I sent Valentines out was when I was in lower school (so that’s third grade and below), frankly under duress. There was candy involved, though, so I would generally get what remained – nice incentive at that age!

I just don’t think anyone should feel obligated to do something nice, let alone nice AND sappy, just because the calendar says so – therein lies my distaste for what it’s become.

Funnily enough, though, a Facebook memory popped up of this (incredibly rare form!) photo.  It was taken many moons ago, rather in defiance of the 14th, and very much with a mocking tone.  

I do have a lot of friends in pin-up and vintage automotive photography so it was equally a (positive, in this case, however) nod to them.

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I guess we all have skeletons, right?  With red heart-shaped glasses and red lipstick, in my case!

Halloween A La Lime Crime

Lime Crime is known for their offbeat shades, and daring finishes…so really Halloween isn’t a stretch.  Like, at all.  

But I love that they make a point of the 31st all the same, and they they go “LE” (limited edition) in honor.  “Bloodmoon”? I do!  (Incidentally, I never – ever – wear lipstick.  But…I bought it, because… #vamp #bloodmoon #batwings. ❤ )

It’s kind of hard to resist – the perfect blackened red, don’t you agree?  Wicked is also spectacular, but I find it more a challenge to find the right dark blood red… Of course then I see Red Velvet and want that too… ❤

It’s perfect for leaving love notes, so I have an excuse to splurge. 😉  (Or at least that’s what my not-so-inner-also-outer Vamp says.) 

If you are feeling angelic, you could always go “Moonstone” – fair to say they have all manner of “bold” covered…and in that shade, you wouldn’t be run of the mill “divine!”

 

 

Gothiness – Bisou

I wish I wore lipstick because then I’d go all out poisonous!

I’m thankful, at least, other ladies boldly…flashing fiercely goth grins ‘ere they go…

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@gothsunite Blacken’ed rose…

Gothiness – Goth Garden

I’ve always had an affinity for all things darkly-hued.  I couldn’t even say why, save that there is a richness born of the depth of the color (or “absence” thereof) that woos my heart (and sight!)

I bought my mother a spectacular black pansy plant for Mother’s Day one year – nothing “morbid,” nor dreary about it!  She was delighted knowing that those velvety black blooms with sunny centers and a burst of violet were my way of smiling at her each day. ❤

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Black pansy

I also have a tradition of sending 50 Black Baccara roses to my parents for Halloween.  This year, my wedding in on the 29th (as close to Hallows as I could manage!) but I will still be sending them their gloriously, decadently-hued blooms all the same!

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Black Baccara rose

“BLACK?!” people say?  Well…not necessarily 100% pitch (there are some flower varieties that are pretty darn close, though!)…but very much “blackened” and beautiful most of the time.

There are countless varieties of black’ish blooms, and one day if I DO have a garden, I will endeavor to plant as many as I can.  “Queen of the Night,” “Black Magic,” “Mystic Dreamer,” “Raven’s Wing”…for me, those names alone have me full swoon.  Strange?  Maybe…but we are all entitled!  I love a brightly-colored bouquet as much as anyone, and in fact one of my favorite flowers are the Pascali rose – an angelically white bud, fresh as driven snow – that my mother planted in our garden in my honor as a child.  My skating coach still calls me “Pascalli” and the memory of those striking, moonlit petals will be with for always.

Pascali rose

Pascali rose

Perhaps, then, I will add a Pascali plant…and some red varieties…since red is also a favored shade…  Osiria, naturally, speaks to my Egyptian-Pagan-heart… ❤ 

Osiria rose

Osiria rose

And “Hearts” would work so nicely…

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What would you plant in your garden…?

Goth Garden

 

Lime Crime True Love

Right in time for those who celebrate Cher Cupidon’s Day…

Lime Crime is introducing three new shades in the True Love Collection inspired by…but of course…the luscious petals of roses:

  • Cupid – soft petal pink
  • True Love – vibrant pinky red
  • Saint – deep cranberry red

The set is on sale for $44.00, currently (usually $60.00.)  Personally, I think the colors are right on – vibrant, richly pigmented, and noteworthy.  Happy, Happy to those with bold hearts! ❤ 

 

Bloody Gorgeous

No sense in denying I clicked immediately to see what this was about – “Bloody Gorgeous!” it read… Slave to the vampy side, I confess! 🙂

I absolutely LOVE the shades in this collection – equally as divine for fair or deep skin (though one need have a light hand if the former!) 

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This box set, by the late, and amazing, Kevyn Aucoin is a Collection of “iconic products in Kevyn’s favorite shade Bloodroses.”  The set is priced at $125 and includes:

The Expert Lip Color in Bloodroses – looks beautiful on all skintones (3.5 g) 
The Lip Gloss in Bloodroses – rich nourishing gloss. Shiny, not sticky! (5 g) 
The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Bloodroses – nourishes and conditions with vitamin E and jojoba seed oil (1.0 g) 
The Creamy Glow Duo in #1 Nuelle/Bloodroses – adds a healthy, youthful glow. Doubles as a lip color (4.5 g) 
The Eyeshadow Single #109 – matte shadow with creamy smooth texture (3.5 g) 
The Volume Mascara – ultra black, long wearing. No flaking, dripping, smudging, or clumping! (5 g) 
Bloody Gorgeous Tote Bag

The set it sold out, not only at Beautylish, but also Barneys, and Beauty.com…but somehow Beautybay has it, and for a few dollars less!

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HAPPY 2016!!!

I’m so excited for the New Year to start – it will be a continuation of all the good from 2015! ❤  It keeps getting better and better!  

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Don’t forget to set, and be clear about, your intentions – miracles happen every day!

I came across this makeupforeverofficial image and thought, what a perfect way to end and begin the year – with a glittering glow, a vampy “take-no-funny-business” red, and peaceful, restful vibe.

 

Static Nails

I’ve been doing gel nails for years at this point, a trend which started as a result of my ballroom dancing.  (Yes, I am the only girl at the dojo and dojang with “claws” and sparkles…two things that have no bearing – rest assured – on my kicks!)

Before I started getting them done, I had to resort to temporary glue-on ones – looking the part was a big deal in that arena, and if you want to be taken seriously, you give the best and cleanest presentation you can!  I couldn’t stand gluing them on, though, and I DREADED the after effects.

But then there’s Static Nails…  A company offering, quite possibly, some of the raddest stick-on nails I’ve seen yet. 

It’s no surprise that Dipped Soles (how very Louboutin!) is a favorite!  I didn’t associate them at ALL with the shoe designer (despite 11 years in the Fashion industry!)…but rather, just a deliciously vampy degrade.

And then there’s Red Bottoms.  

Again, no particular reason I’d have thought of Christian Louboutin necessarily (though a red underside, of course, hints at his trademark coloring.)  These matte black and swarovski crystal beauties are drop dead, no matter the inspiration – they are sassy, sexy, badass, and unconventional – love, love, l ❤ ve!  

The style allows for that inner goth and super-punk to let loose when you might otherwise seem tame.  This particular pack also comes with leopard print nails, in case you feel like really stopping the crowd!

Tremendous idea, really…  For the fashion-forward, jetset, and trendsetters, these are kind of a no brainer!