Video Update: Long Wearing Lipstick Tests

With Sam’s help, I venture into the wilds of YouTube to bring you a riveting tale of long-wear lipstick vs. my morning cup of coffee (and me vs. which way the camera goes).

The lipsticks we used for the video were:

Sephora Lip Stain $14, “Marvelous Mauve”
MAC Pro Longwear, $25, “Jazz-yRazz”
Maybelline SuperStay 24,$8.99 “Infinte Petal”
Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede, $8.59 “Preview”

And look, I made you this handy chart. Because pentagrams are really just stars doing cartwheels.

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Library of Souls

Library of Souls: Miss  Peregrine's Peculiar Children

Library of Souls, the third installment of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children is set to release next week, and Quirk Books is offering an incredible incentive to boost pre-orders: should 5,000 pre-orders be placed, each customer will receive an early access to the first 100 pages of the book, plus a sixteen month wall calendar! I’m so sold on that, and placed my order earlier today.

Although they are YA fiction, I have thoroughly enjoyed the series thus far. With a cast of fantastical characters and semi-Lovecraftian monsters, Ransom Riggs has created an incredibly imaginative universe, living clandestinely within our own. Imaginative enough for Tim Burton to have picked up for his next project, due in theaters sometime in 2016.

If you haven’t read the first two books, I recommend you get on that now, and pre-order the third. You may pre-order the book, and then submit a copy of your receipt (I screen capped my order conformation from Amazon) to Quirk Books for the calendar. It will only be printed if 5,000 people pre-order, so go get on that, because I need one for 2016!

Library of Souls: Miss  Peregrine's Peculiar Children

Library of Souls: Miss  Peregrine's Peculiar Children

Skingraft A/W 2015


I’ve always  had a love for Skingraft. Over the years, though, I felt like we were growinf apart- Skingraft turned more towards the Burning man crowd, and even though it was still really interesting I just couldn’t get into it. Then a couple of days ago I pop back by the site, and HOLY COW. Suddenly everything is black again instead of brown, New Wave stripes and European styles. Skingraft, we might just be getting back together…

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Death Salon + The Dark Artisans’ Bazaar


The fifth Death Salon event is rapidly approaching, hosted the weekend of October 5-6 at the stunning Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Death Salon is fashioned in the spirit of eighteenth-century salons, as an informal gathering of intellectuals and enthusiasts, dedicated to conversations on mortality and mourning and their effects on our culture and history. The public events and online community devote themselves to increasing discussion on this often ignored subject, focusing more on ideas an the broader cultural impacts of death than one’s personal interactions with morality. 

Included in the October event’s speaker lineup are some fascinating and familiar names and topics: Dr. Paul Koudounaris (you’ve definitely heard that name mentioned on Haute Macabre a few times), Sarah Troop of Death & The Maiden, osteologist Ryan Matthew Cohn, Mutter Museum Curator Anna Dhody, author and Haute Macabre guest blogger Bess Lovejoy, and many, many more.

Mutter Museum Philadelphia

In addition to their already amazing lineup of speakers and presenters, Death Salon has added The Dark Artisans’ Bazaar to the events planned for the weekend. Vendors have been handpicked by the Death Salon board members, and includes more than just a few Haute Macabre favorites.

Tickets are available now for the two day long October event, held at the beautiful Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.

Death Salon Dark Artisans' Bazaar

The Haute List


Crepe Shirt, $120, $42  †  Derek Lam Pumps (Sz.9) $85  †  Torey Thermal Dress, $37.92

Lunatic Dress, $99  †  Short Dress, $228, $70 † Erto Top, $85

Time Travelin’ Bag, $45  †  Cut Out Top, $48  † Record Time Dress, $54.99


Realms of the Unreal

Realms of the Unreal

Jeff Faerber In The Realms of the Unreal, innocence lives in the constant shadow of danger…

Have you ever been curious about how artists might interpret the fantasy work of reclusive outsider artist Henry Darger? The upcoming group exhibition Realms of the Unreal scratches that itch with an impressive lineup of imaginative artists who have created depictions of Darger’s various characters.

If you’re in Brooklyn this coming Saturday, September 12, you can see the works in person starting at 7PM at Gristle Gallery, located at 26 Bushwick Ave. Not in Brooklyn? View the online gallery here.

Realms of the Unreal

Max Kahan And Being Was Enough

Realms of the Unreal

Nicomi Nix Turner And The World Swallows Her

Realms of the Unreal

Allison Sommers Righteous Vindication, Pages VII-VIII

Realms of the Unreal

Caitlin McCormack Bandolier (The Protector)


Bewitching Underthings Under $100

It’s a pleasure to introduce Karolina Laskowska, a UK-based luxury lingerie designer. She won the coveted “Designer of the Year” award at the 2014 UK Lingerie Awards, and you need only to feast your eyes on her gorgeous, hand-made work to see why. Find her at her newly-launched lingerie blog,

Below, Karolina offers a roundup of underthings that’s sure to set your hearts aflutter.


I’ve always been a goth at heart: is it any surprise that my love of lingerie tends to veer on the darker side of fashion? This is my list of my favorite dark-aesthetic lingerie pieces under 100USD – all handmade by independent designers and totally sweat shop free.

Paranoire Leora panty

ParanoireLeora high-waist panty – £19.77
Bold, graphic and simply sexy: these high-waisted panties would be a perfect basic for any darkness loving fashionista.

leather harness bralet by virago

Virago Shopleather harness bralette – £32.45
Leather and harnesses are difficult to get right when it comes to lingerie; the thin straps and flirty bows make this an excellent piece for layering both with lingerie and outerwear.

nearer the moon lamia knickers

Nearer The MoonLamia high-waist briefs – £56
The lace placement on these high-waisted knickers is utterly exquisite: the symmetrical design would look utterly beautiful against the skin.

flash you and me choker crop top

Flash You And MeChoker crop top – £36.89
From the sheer panels to the delicate silver ring at the neck, this is begging to be layered with a gorgeous bra or harness.

hopeless lingerie irena wrap top

Hopeless LingerieIrena wrap top – 120 AUD
The cut out sleeves and wrap around bustline give this top a wonderfully unusual set: I feel it would be a waste to just wear this as lingerie!

Karolina Laskowska Lidia harness

Karolina LaskowskaLidia harness – £45
This piece is perfect for layering: whether used to cinch in your outerwear or to give a bondage edge to your lingerie.

The Magic Flute

It Speaks!!

Hello comrades!!

Erin and I are so excited about the latest feature to the Haute Macabre blog: the HM Youtube Channel! This is our first video, and yes, I am as nervous a I seem in it. We can’t wait to hear what you guys think, and any suggestions or requests you have for features!

Subscribe to our new YouTube channel, and thank you so much for your support (and not making fun of my wonk eye)!

PS – I’m wearing the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in L.U.V. Give me allll the purple lipsticks.

The Haute List: Labor Day Sales!


Limitless Loveliness Wedge, $49.99 $34.99  Endless Entertainment Dress, $59.99 $35.99  Gals on the Town Wedge, $79.99  $15.99

Bad Girls Tunic, $78  $54.60  ‡  Push the Limits Top, $88  $49.95      Sass All She Wrote Dress, $59.99 $35.99

Straight Talker Dress, $305 $119  ‡  Geometric Jacket, $395 $197  Lace Emperor Maxi, $118  $69.95



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