Monday, September 8, 2014

Skulduggery Pleasant: Book Review and Fandom Love

Skulduggery Pleasant - ace detective and fireball throwing mage of epic proportions. Protector, friend, and ally of one twelve year old Stephanie Edgely. He's also a skeleton. A walking, talking, living skeleton.

Fuckin' awesome.

So I picked up the first book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series at the library the other day and read it in one go. It was that good. Rated for 9+, it's technically considered a middle-grader book series but there's enough wit, sarcasm, and plot intrigue to keep anyone interested. Mr. Pleasant himself is an absolute treat as a character - he's smart, cocky, and rather endearing. He's also great taste in fashion - yes to anyone who appreciates a good pinstripe suit. He's like the undead version of Frank Sinatra.

I thought I was going to be rather annoyed that a twelve year old girl was the main protagonist, but she surprised me greatly. She's obviously no normal girl and that becomes clear later in the book, but I loved how she was able to totally keep up with Skulduggery and all the other interesting folk they meet on their adventure.

I'm actually really looking forward to grabbing the next few novels in the series. Hats off to Derek Landy for concocting this amazing storyline and Skulduggery Pleasant himself. If you haven't read these books yet, I really do recommend it!

That being said, I then decided to go and see what the fandom was like and if anyone happened to ship Skulduggery/Valkyrie (Steph) in her later years. Oh. My. God. I don't know about the rest of you, but the romantic liaisons between these two are SO CUTE! I'm kind of a fangirl now - I totally ship Valduggery! ^_^

Monday, September 1, 2014

Home Improvement favors the Goth today :)

The last time I saw an advertisement that was "Goth" concerning decor or home improvement, it was this notorious Ikea ad about dorm furnishings:

A lot of controversy ensued, thousands of disgruntled Goths (young and old alike) gave Ikea a piece of their mind and then the ad disappeared. Good riddance, that shade of orange is vomit-inducing anyways.

Once in a while some small and accepting European nation will dole out some Goth-friendly adverts and this is one such example. The German company Hornbach released this video ad featuring a cute Goth teen and her understanding father.

Give it a go and tell me what you think!

The Quest for Red

I'm a pale, auburn-haired little freak, so I've been told countless times that red lipstick simply isn't for me. Of course, never one to really follow the rules or take unnecessary advice, I set out to find the perfect red lipstick for me.

This began of course, by raiding my mom's meager stash of cosmetics because of course I'd never bothered to purchase a red gloss or any such thing. Being told I couldn't wear it and all. She had a few shades that were a little too "plum" or "magenta" for me and so those were out.

There was this one skinny green tube buried at the bottom of the drawer, and when I pulled it out to reveal a glossy red product, I was excited. Of course, I should have expected a glossier lip product to go on more sheer than anything, but it was a good start. I still use it from time to time.

I decided to keep looking though, and then I discovered the majesty that is e.l.f. and bought their pigmented red lip balm. This stuff has a minty smell to it (which I LOVE) and also goes on sheer, but it's very moisturizing and great for a lip balm.

Of course, e.l.f. also sells lip stains and so I got one of the pen tip ones in Crimson. What a disappointment. I could hardly get any product out of the pen and what did come out ended up patchy on my lips. No good.

Believe it or not, it was a random run to the Dollar Tree that saved me. I found this little black tube that simply read "rouge" and thought, what the heck?

It's red. It's bright red. And it's a velvety matte texture which is pretty much exactly what I was looking for. The perk? It cost me $1. That's it.

(The photos don't do it justice!)

Tips for Wearing a Red Lip:

~Go neutral on the eyes if you want the lip to be the statement.
~Rock a heavy cat eye for a cool Rockabilly look
~Invest in a lip-liner. This can be skipped if you're just going for a red gloss or balm.
~If you have thin lips, use a lighter or more pink-ish red shade.
~Been thinking about a dark hair color change recently? Go for it, red looks great with dark hair.
~Be confident, red is not for the meek!