Alchemically Altered, the 2016 Fall Colour collection by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, is my favorite collection from them yet. Six new rich jewel toned Lip Tars are launching on August 26 at 12AM, EST, along with six loose pigments and glitters.
OCC was kind enough to send me the collection to preview for you in this new video, where I’ll be swatching all six new Lip Tar RTW shades.
Music by Belong, “Who Told You This Room Exists”
Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows has been around as long as I can remember, always busy being weirder than the next band, living somewhere in the space between Diamanda Galas and a terrible nightmare you had after eating dodgy fish and watching Brahm Stoker’s Dracula. Lead singer Anna-Varney Cantodea is one of those incredibly visual people who has always chosen to forgo mundane ideas like ‘pretty’ for something more like ‘otherworldy’ and ‘alien’.
What interests me currently is Cantodea’s transformation as she ages. After all, she was DEATHROCK AS FUCK when I was still listening to Cyndi Lauper, and she shows no signs at all of slowing down. Instead, she’s just become the best witch ever. #Squadgoals, y’all.
It’s impossible to not be absolutely enamored by the embroidery work of Adipocere. Hand embroidered on linen and on skin – I am desperately hoping to eventually add the latter to my collection – each piece is a subtle glimpse into a world of dark haired girls and their night-creature companions.
New works are currently on display at Bein Art Gallery in Australia, closing September 13, with [linen] pieces available for sale. Follow Adipocere on Instagram for updates on new embroidery and upcoming exhibits.
Last Craft Designs released an updated version of their New Wave Tarot deck, featuring all our favorite artists on my Aging Goths Pandora station (yes, I’m listening to that very station right this moment).
Using tea cups as the suit of Cups, eyeliner for Wands, LP records for Disks, and microphones for Wands, the deck also comes with a fold out description with spread instructions and a storage box.
Available at LastCraftDesigns.com
I can’t stop day dreaming about fall, so as an offering to the Jacket Weather Gods, I’ve put all of the lapel pins in the Haute Macabre Shop on sale.
Use code “OCTOBER” for 20% off all pins until this Friday night.
The inaugural collection, Gore Couture, is a range of five colors from a grungy mauve neutral to a deep blackened cherry. Both long wear and soft as velvet, the line is 100% vegan and cruelty free, with a dreamy vanilla scent.
Of the collection, I’ve been wearing four of the five shades for the past few weeks.. The formula is incredibly comfortable, with an intense color payoff – one swipe was all it took for an even color and product distribution. I’m missing Batwalk, the darkest shade, but the cool toned mauve, Tortured Soul, is very quickly finding a place in my favorite go-to colors.
The line is mostly sold out currently, but restock alerts will be posted to the Cryptic Cosmetics Instagram as soon as they’re available.
The BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse Chapter I collection will be restocking wares today, Saturday, August 20 at 3pm EST. The restock will include the BloodMilk x Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab fragrances, along with the three Book Worm Tote Bags by artists Aaron Horkey, Liza Corbett, and Bill Crisafi. The first run of the candles by Three Ravens Co. will not be included in this restock, however new scents will be available for Chapter II coming later this fall.
For product descriptions and scent notes, read our previous post on the collection. I’ve had an impossible time selecting which of the three scents is a favorite, and have been alternating them daily since receiving them.
For years now I’ve been meaning to visit Oklahoma City’s Skulls Unlimited, one of the largest retailers or real and replica bones in the world. After all, I had been talking to those guys on the phone on and off the whole 18 years I worked at The Bone Room. Recently they opened their own museum, The Museum of Osteology, America’s very first skeleton museum. So, since I was in Oklahoma City, I took the time to stop by and see the place in person- and it was AMAZING. It’s not huge, but they have crammed so much into the space that I feel like I could go over and over and keep seeing new things.
I’ve been working around skulls and skeletons most of my life, and there were plenty of species here I had never had the chance to see a full skeleton from. There were lots of unusual species and pathological displays, and the skeletons were beautifully prepared, perfectly assembled, and artfully posed- and I’m REALLY picky about those things.
A couple of links to stuff in the video: