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Month: January, 2016

Random 16-01

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Monthly Post of Random Pictures / Thoughts & Questions / Links and other things that happened during the past month (or since writing last random post) and would not fit into another post…

1601 diy art raven crow feathers gothic decoration 1601 zombie solar car decoration maggot rip 1601 nailart gothic stargazer 129 506 bat black nailpolish

Just wishing for spring, running out of feathers for decoration / art and jewelry…

Maybe these thoughts / questions would be useful as inspiration or someone knows the answer? (If none of these, hopefully at least they would be entertaining.)

list-bat-png Another festival died, sad to see you go, Dark Munich Festival!
list-bat-png On that topic – 2016 was supposed to be better than 2015, now we already lost David Bowie, (& Dec, 28th Lemmy Kilmister) and a lot of actors that made us enjoy ‘the old’ horror movies this month as well as Professor Snape / Alan Rickman. Seriously, 2016, stop. Someone please tell the grim reaper he is using the wrong list.
list-bat-png Sorry for the person who came to my blog while searching for ‘diy scarification with pen‘ – I do have a scarification but it was done professional with scalpel (see blogpost ‘Bodymods: Scarification‘) but seriously why would anyone do stuff like this to themselves with a pen, are you ignoring the dangers of infection and simply looking for cheap bodymodifications?
list-bat-png The already amazing Lineup for M’era Luna 2016 got even better: Eisbrecher! My ticket is already waiting at home!
list-bat-png Stopped caring about grey boarders, list-bats moved in. (seems it is more of a browser thing instead of coding. Nothing I can change so nothing I will worry about.)

And here are my most favourite / inspiring posts from other blogs / websites this month:

list-bat-png Jamila at thisizapen shares some thoughts that probably every blogger has thought about at a time: Should you tell people about your blog?
list-bat-png Samm Sanity did a post on Blood, Lace and Faeries showing her way of DIY shirt to dress, once more I’m happy to see all the different ways people alter clothes!
list-bat-png Looking at the past in a different way! Lovely and kind of emotional picture post (The Mindroom) at de.lirium
list-bat-png A great article on styleBizarre covering alt fashion and subcultures in general: What everybody should know about alternative fashion.

Most played songs this month:

list-bat-png Voodooma – Rebirth
list-bat-png Faderhead – The Silence Around Me (Is available for Kickstarter backers for his next Album, FH X. This song instantly made its way to my favourites!)
list-bat-png Andi Sex Gang – Divinely Nero
list-bat-png Lacrimosa – Make It End (Live)
list-bat-png Batlord – I know what you’re doing

Plans for the next month:

list-bat-png Bodymods: January changed a few things for me, plucked entire eyebrows again, got my left nostril re-pierced, been talking to team cyborg some more (next step will be talking to my boss if I can book my trip to London 2017 early or if I have to wait for the regular vacation meeting in late 2016 which though might be a bit too late to fix a date… Struggles.) And also been talking to a local tattoo artist about my chest piece which most probably will be done this summer so I guess that is enough in Bodymodification for both months. Batfit: 30 minutes workout every second day is achieved as well as 500ml water each day, time to go for 45 minute workout and 750ml water (slow changes but easier to  change habits this way)
list-bat-png Cave: Finish the Hallway. Only needs a bit more decoration and tiny pieces / changes, happy to see this!
list-bat-png Events: Matrix, Bochum for EOD (Empire of Darkness party) and Faderhead gig before. It has been some time since I went there so I am wondering if it changed…? Especially since EOD will celebrate its 16th anniversary!
list-bat-png Blog: Think of some nice giveaway for Juskeepbrains Blogversary at the end of February, any ideas? Please comment below! Plus finally doing the two videos that were supposed to be done this month 😄

What has been inspiring for you this January? Any plans for February? Have a nice evening!

 

Today’s Outfit & Makeup 16-01 (II)

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What to do as soon as your cold gets better and your nose stopped running like crazy? You head to your local piercing studio and get your nostril repierced then go back home and play with your makeup (leaving the area next to the fresh piercing clean, of course). This is what happened and well, the rest of that day was spent fully dressed, sitting on the couch, watching some DVDs and sleep a bit. Who doesn’t need those lazy days sometimes?!

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Still preparing the fabric for the background of future Outfit posts – grey crushed velvet – but I think it looks better already? Was pretty difficult to get ok-ish pictures of black outfits in front of black furniture & fabric so hopefully the contrast the new fabric gives will improve the pictures!

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What I’m wearing

This skirt makes me wish for summer even more, high wasted and probably would look great in outfits without corsets as well!

Skirt: Punk Rave (Haul post will be up in a few days!)
Corset: Restyle
Shoes: Gothic Shoe Company, Dark Godess
Everything else: Random rings and wristbands as always, Ripped fishnets as top and Restyle Gazelle Skull Black Necklace

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Makeup

Turned out totally different to what I had planned though…

Eyes: Stargazer Eyedust (18, 52, 101), Mascara (black), Liquid Eyeliner (black)
Lips: Alverde Gel Eyeliner (works as lipstick unless you eat oily things)
Nails: Stargazer (129, 232, 306)

Anyone up for some (horror-)movie marathon? Have a nice evening!

Cruelty free cosmetics & Lush must haves!

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First of all: No, I am not blaming anyone, I made the decision to switch to cruelty free cosmetics for myself because to me it feels right and because after trying I noticed that there are cruelty free companies offering products from drugstore prices to high end prices, same with quality.

So when you are a makeup / cosmetics / whatsoever addict you might probably get excited every time you see some new sparkling (as in: this company knows how to advertise their products and what packaging is required to get people to buy their stuff) collection being announced in a newsletter or when you see them in the stores. I know I do.

Still, these days, before I buy a product I do my researches if that company tests on animals, even ‘natural cosmetic’ brands might belong to a bigger company that does test. Of course, no company wants to risk their customers to get sick from their expensive products but with all the nice indy brands these days and bigger brands that proudly state they are cruelty free as well, there is no reason in testing in my opinion. (Ignoring all questions about testing for medical things or vegan lifestyle here though.)

Yes, there are products that I miss (or still am looking for a substitute product), such as MAC blotting powder or their foundations in general (though Illamasqua is pretty close) but MAC Cosmetics made their decision against a lot of long time customers when they started selling in China a few years ago, where testing on animals still is required. There are countries though that already have opposite laws, countries that do not allow testing on animals. Still a lot of companies that also sell their products in China are available in Germany and other countries as well. So if you want to make this a criterion when buying your makeup a bit of research might be required. For german people I can highly recommend the cruelty free list at blanc et noir and for english speaking people the international company list by PETA USA.

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Probably a more expensive company, compared to some indie brands or drugstore brands, that is quite popular amongst beauty addicts would be Lush. Founded in the UK in 1995, 100% cruelty free and most of their products are vegan, using high quality ingredients. When buying in store you can buy most of their products without additional packaging and once you used up your shower gels or creams you can return the bottles to them for recycling! They also do run campaigns for different aspects of conservation / climate or animal protection.

Anyways, I also would like to share what would be my 5 must haves from Lush today!

list-bat-png Shower Gels! – Since I sadly don’t have a bathtub in my flat I have to stick to their shower gels, it still makes me sad, that Flying Fox (jasmine scented) is now discontinued and I treasure the few drops I have left. Whenever Rose Jam is available I buy a bottle or two, same with Lord of misrule shower gel (loved it as bathbomb and was heartbroken when I could not use them anymore but now they finally turned it into a shower gel!) it has a slightly thinner texture but when you use a shower brush or sponge you barely will notice this. Their shower gels have impressively intense scents and afterwards the skin feels soft and clean as it should.
list-bat-png Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner! This thing is perfection, I use pure argan oil for my hair already but with my oily skin I never thought of using it on my face as well, then Ro’s was there. Instead of using it as body conditioner I use it as body butter / skin and face cream each day after shower and after maybe a month my skin started to look much softer, less breakouts, less obvious wrinkles and the oily parts did not get worse (I actually think they even got better) And the scent is amazing, Rose usually goes along with Patchouli really well so I would not have to be careful with any of my perfumes as well!
list-bat-png Lip Scrubs & Balms! Even if I have homemade Lipscrubs around most days, there still will be at least the Popcorn lip scrub on my bag. Lush has a lot of different scents and flavors in these as well but to me Popcorn is the best, sweet and salty at the same time! On lip balms, there are at least 5-in-use pans of Lip Service in my flat and bags, was one of the first products I ever bought at a Lush store and still one of my favourites, keeps your lips smooth and also gets used as hand balm often! (Need to try that Rose Lollipop one though!)
list-bat-png Tooth Faerie! Toothpaste powder that sparkles. Best thing to use at home or while traveling. Dipping your toothbrush in and you’re ready to go (yes, really sparkles, maybe not as much as I would love but still you will be able to see it). This also is the first time I enjoy a fruity tooth product more than minty ones! And yes, they seem to as well have non sparkly powders and different tooth tabs…
list-bat-png If you bring 5 empty pots to a Lush store for recycling you get a fresh face mask for free, the people at the store can help you to decide for one that will work with your skin (of course you can also buy it but this way you can get one for free!)

That and usually my soap is also from Lush (and massage bars, some perfumes,…). In their email newsletter they announced a soap with rose scent that I have to buy next time I am near a Lush store. Or maybe I will have to order it online. Don’t get me wrong but I need to rant a bit:

*rant* While travelling a lot and moving a lot I have been to many Lush stores, most of the people were really caring, especially the ones in Munich (near Sendlinger Tor, I left with bags filled with Lushy goodness even when I didn’t plan to actually buy anything, it felt as if the people really cared and really loved the products themselves.) or Cologne. But my local Lush store just nope. I tried quite a few times, sometimes I was the only customer and still got ignored. Last time I was trying to repurchase the tooth faerie powder and when the girl who tried to find it asked her workmate he looked up grumpy, grumbling that they were of course sold out – with that sound in his voice why we would even dare to ask, if we were stupid to not know. He often seemed to be in this mood when I stepped into the store and I am sorry, if I go to a store (willing to spend a lot because that’s what you do at Lush) and there is a lack of that familiar Lush atmosphere I refuse to spend that much money, no ‘Oh, I think you might like this, let’s try it!’ or random chatting or whatever. I can as well buy those things online then and simply stick to my staples instead of discovering other products to love. *rant over* sorry for that…

Do you try to avoid companies that test on animals or maybe even only buy vegan products or is this something you don’t usually look at? Have a nice evening!

Bodymods: Piercings

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Back in March, I did a post about the bat scarification on my back, the time afterwards mainly was spent trying to fix my Pokémon sleeve tattoo (still not finished and happy with it but need a break). But this month I felt it was about time to get my nostril re-pierced so here’s about some of my piercings!

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left: new nostril piercing, right: 2 lip (angel bites) & 3 tongue piercings on an xray

A few years ago I had 21 piercings, definitely not as many as some others but I think I still have some experience to share. Got rid of a few during the past few years though, if I miss them I can simply get them done again!

Even though I pierced my belly button (for example) by myself this is not something I can recommend. It is part of my job to know what kind of wound needs as treatment and also know about anatomy, needles of all kind and whatever might be required to do it without getting infections. Simply, don’t self-pierce! (Same with every other bodymodification)

Instead see a professional. There sadly are some piercing stores that call themselves professional and might or might not be interesting because you could save a bit of money but money should not be something to influence your decision of where to get your piercing done. Instead take a closer look, maybe you know somebody who went there and has some thoughts to share. Maybe even more important than years of experience (well, everyone has to start somewhere and some already know what they are doing after a short time or learned from an experienced piercer) is hygienics, you want the piercing to be done properly but you also want it to start without an infection. Also anything else that makes you feel bad at the store might be a hint of better seeing a different piercer.

Pain is something every piercing will bring, some more, some less and probably everyone feels different about it. To me the only piercings that felt bad were the nostril (see, funny enough that is the only piercing I now got done for the 4th time) and the 3cm bar I had under my belly button.

The healing process may vary as well, depending on the location of the piercing and on your skin. I usually clean mine with mull (Avoid Cotton pads, you might get tiny fibers in your piercing wound) covered in Octenisept (antiseptic for wounds) twice a day (Piercers often say Prontolind would be better because it has some ingredients that will help healing which Octenisept does not have – I have not tried that) and then add a thin layer of Bepanthen (Panthenol), for sleeping times and moments I would risk to touch it with my fingers or clothes I add a patch. Please keep in mind that piercing wounds might look like they are fully healed from the outside but might still be a wound under the skin so definitely listen to your piercer on how long to keep on intensive cleanings or not to change jewelry.

Infections still might happen, due to bacterias or fibers in the wound, pressure or your body simply rejecting the jewelry. Be careful if the skin turns red, hot, swells, pain gets more instead of less or if you think the seretion smells / looks similar to pus. If you are not sure how to properly clean and heal it again, see a professional, don’t risk a sepsis!

Do you consider yourself a piercing addict? Any piercings you love most or think are disgusting? Have a nice evening!

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