2013-06-28

Toxique Emporium devil/ram horns review

As title says, it's a review of my purchase from Toxique Emporium. I happened to come across a pair of gorgeous looking plastic  ram horns on Etsy. The price looked really good. 20$ for the horns and 10 $ for the shipping. So I added it to my list of favorites to consult with my mate before ordering. Few days latter I saw that the price has dropped to 17$ and I ordered a pair. Now as I think I got them really cheap:D Since after a few weeks the price jumped from 27$with shipping to 49$ with shipping. But the girl was getting a lot of orders so it's only normal since all similar items on Etsy cost even more. There was few negative feedback sin which people were complaining about the time it took to get their order and that the seller didn't respond to messages. Well, as a seller myself I know that sometimes personal issues gets to you because we all are humans and being a seller on Etsy doesn't make it different. So I ordered it since I had plenty of time and was not afraid to wait especially since they looked so good and were so cheap ( at that moment) I ordered the plain horns in black with no straps. 

Stock picture

I ordered on May 2 and it arrived an June 26. That took a while. After almost two weeks from ordering I   politely asked when approximately I should expect them to be done and got respond after 10 days that the  horns were supposed to be shipped today  but supplies needed to finish my horns have not arrived jet. I responded that I'm not in a hurry and I understand the problem. After a week there was another message in which the seller apologized for the delay since they had medical issues and told me that the horns will be shipped next Friday. But Friday came ant the were no notifications of shipping so  I asked about it again and  mentioned that I would love to get them before my birthday that is few weeks away. And the same day they were marked as shipped :) 
From her Face Book page I know now that she does everything by herself as well as I do. That's hard. I sometimes have no mood to leave a house even if there is a parcel to be taken to post office. That annoys but since I know the other side of this I kinda understand... And the product is good  :D 

They came in a simple soft post bag with no additional wrapping and I was afraid they will be scratched or broken.
But no, they were fine. So they really are durable :) And they are light. So light you can forget you are wearing them.

The pattern is really lovely and realistic. 

They lack the finishing touch but it's not that visible so I'm OK with that. And after I'll paint them to be more realistic that won't be visible at all.


And here comes the horns in action!!!


The horns are... fantastically comfortable to wear and hold so good on the head It's hard to believe :D I do love them. I would wear them daily but I'm afraid I seriously scare some old grannies by looking like that. You don't expect to meet demons while doing your grocery :D 


 I've seen  that now there is mentioned that it takes 4 to 6 weeks to make the order, so you must be patient. But even with the higher price this is still the cheapest devil horns on Etsy that look really good and have the perfect size and shape. I really recommend to join Toxique Emporium on Face Book, since she post there time to time, and it's easier to post one message on the wall that all followers will see then write personally to everyone on Etsy. 
So, If you need a pair of diabolic horns, I recommend it. But be ready to wait for two months before they are shipped.



2013-06-25

Maxi skirt

Not much of an outfit, but... I love maxi skirts when summer comes. The wide gypsy style cotton or linen skirts are the best. It dances around my legs when you walk and hides the bruises I always have. The little hit is enough for it to appear and I manage to hit every bench or corner on my way. So my legs are always marked :D oh, black... I love you so much. You are the happiest and most tranquil colors of all (at least for me) ;) 



Accessories
Bag with a hand made bat bow.( just glued it with hot glue)
Alchemy Gothic "Sacred Heart"
Ankh pendant and leather  bracelet from local shop
Black deer - foe pendant made by me. The silver version of it will be at my shop as soon as I get my cameo frames :)  

***
I got my second order of perfume oil from Midnight Gypsy Alchemy. I ordered "Season of the Witch" and "Chocolate Mystique" is next. Due the fees I would have to pay for an purchase over 28 dollars it's better for me to order one at a time. But since I got a big bottle now I can calmly start to collect others :)



2013-06-21

Kimono and mini cupcakes for BJD

We are  having a BJD kimono workshop, where our super talented friend Inari San is teaching how to make a gorgeous kimono for our dolls. So as a thanks to here I made a little sweet set that would fit the dolls. It's cupcake, tartar and a doughnut. It was a first try to make food after a long period, but I think I did good. 

First Set ( the gift)





Second set
Available at my shop at "BJD accessories" section



This one is meant for smaller bjd that are 1/4 size. As you see it's a little bit to small for my 58 cm doll. But I'm making another one that will fit the size of larger BJD :) 


And here's the kimono I'm working on.



It's being made just like a real size kimono and there are some rules you have to fallow. I have a one sleeve finally done with all inner lining and so on. I'll have another done till next meeting and hope then I'll finish it. 
I hope it will look good. Check out her blog and the kimono she is making.
Did I tell that the fabric we are using are actually a real vintage kimonos. They have stains on some places so they are not wearable, but there is enough fabric to make a few kimono for dolls. And she has quite a stock of them :) :D 
When I picked this color I was not choosing it for some special reasons, but later I found this picture of Tomoe from Kamisama Hajijemas and could not be more happy about it :D

I'll make a cosplay of him for Haru. Now that I have the main piece :D

Well, that's how my summer rolls.


2013-06-19

Munchkin and lost fingers

I'm into board games now. I kinda always liked them but time to time I feel a desperate need to have some at home so we could play anytime we want :)

This one started from "Munchkin Bites" 


A really easy and fantastic game from a series of Munchkin Card games from Steve Jackson. If you need a fun game to a people from 3 to 6 I can recommend it. Watch how to play it here on Geek and Sundry channel. Which is by the way a very informative channel since they play games they pick and you can see if you would like to play it too. If it's fun to watch is must be more fun to play :) That way we now want "Pandemic" in our possession too :) 

Munchkin is kind of  parody of all those RPG games but it's a really good one :) There are much more to choose from like Munchkin Zombies, Munchkin Conan and so on :) Can't wait to get one of my own. Now we borrow it from a friend. And as my birthday is approaching I kindly mention to everyone who ask what I want for my birthday, that I want a board game :D 

Anyway, in the summer it get more a blog of my personal routine then something informative. Pardon me :)

Lat night I had a need to sculpt something and thats what I deed. Making my own cameos was always fun for me. I;m thinking about getting some mold making clay And to make molds of cameos I've sculpted :) It would take less time foe me to make them again. I got little bit inspiration from horror theme and here is what I created.





I like the creepy finger myself. That nail... These are more simple jewelry that I usually do . I wanted it to be simple pendants at first. But you can't run away from who you are and I just had to add some more details to it :D
The skull and coffin are long necklaces below the chest while other two are usual length -  just a over the chest.

2013-06-13

Ace of Spades for modern Alice

I think, I'm addicted to those scarfs... T_T

I think I didn't posted it here before :)
Simple but nice. I found that I feel most comfortable when I combine Lolita with more daily items like denim jacket and boots. It tones down sweetness of Lolita which sometime bites me...

And to come with it here a new Alice in Wonderland necklace
"Ace for Alice"

Available  at Deadly Cherries shop on Etsy


There will be more coming ;)

2013-06-07

Black and red: Jewelry



This post is dedicated to my newest creation " Heart of Wonders" necklace. Decorated with black and red beads it holds a cameo of a bright red hears on a black background. It's made from antique silver, designed and created by me. 





Inspired by video game Americam Mc'Gee's Alice and the more dark and dramatic story behind it then the casual Alice in Wonderland we know

And here is Alice in her lovely black and red dress during one of the game scenes.


2013-06-05

Dolls outfit: red and black


Red and black is one of my favorite combinations. I often use it not only for myself, but for my dolls to.  And as the host posted a doll herself, I thought I can joint :) Here is my 60 cm tall boy from doll company LUTS. The sculpt is Abadon and I names him Haru which means "spring" in Japanese. These photos are from the last big meet up we had. Entire outfit is made by me. Even the boot are modified platform boot I bought and made them to look more biker boots. The accessories, the jacket, pants and shirt are designed and sewed by me as well as the gloves he wears :) The wig is "Monique" wig. They are super soft and amazing quality wigs. Their site has crappy photos of them, but nobody need better, since they now hove superb it actually are. Damn, my hair are not that soft as this synthetic fiber :D 























All photos are made by Šarūnas Genys so please no posting without linking.

Same doll different wig. This one is made by me from an old human size wig.

My darling stands here with no sport :) as well as in all other photos. He's a tough one :) And since I know his possibilities I like to pose him in more challenging poses that are more realistic:)

"what's up ladies"?
Two hotties  below are not mine. The white-hair cutie belongs to my friend Egura and red jacket rabbit - to Yuki.


2013-06-04

Tartan dress and coffin bag


Continuing this red and black week, here's new coord.



 The west is Punk Rave from a local Goth shop as well as my New Rock ( closed already)
Dress itself is second handed. The coffin bag was purchased from a girl I know. The funny thing is that when I was buying it she told me. "Wear it often, because you'll grown out soon of it" I wondered if she knew then I was older then her. But I still love this coffin bag. It's just it cant carry a lot of stuff and that is not good for everyday use for me.

 I usually wear short or bloomers under such short dresses. I feel more comfortable that way...
I usually finish my outfit coordination right before going through the door. That a little bit annoys my BF as I can hear from his deep sigh when I say  "almost readyyyyy...". But that last look at the mirror always reveals something that is missing. Like gloves, another necklace or another jacket that would look better. XD  As I look now at these photos, I think I would change the tights into leggings.

And here what was under the west :D

Nimphadora sends you her best wishes too ;)


2013-06-03

Midnight Gypsy Alchemy: review

I was stalking a perfumer shop on Etsy for almost a year. They had those amazing scents with beautiful dark and Gothic descriptions that sounded so wonderful. But some how every time I visited that shop I would end  up not ordering again. And one day after during the same "visit, browse, add to card, leave without ordering" routine I decided to check for more shops the would sell perfume oils with wonderful dark descriptions ( when, those are the only way to try to imagine the smell) ans ingredients.
So I did, and the first one I checked was Midnight Gypsy Alchemy. And the same day I ended ordering four samples pack from it :) Why? I just could guess. Another shop had so many similar sounding perfume oils, that it was really hard to decide and MGA had less, but all were different.


Prat I -  choosing and expectations 

So I started to pick looking which one of them had my most lovable cents - apple, rose, patchouli, cinnamon and jasmine. So, by the most attractive description and consist I picked these four:

Season of the Witch - cinnamon, coriander,apple, rose, patchouli, lavender, frankincense, black pepper.
Raven Spell - Violet, orris root, blueberries, apple, dragons blood, cassia, sandalwood.
Chocolate Mystique - cocoa, chocolate, coffee, cardamon, vanilla, sandalwood.
Pavo Real - strawberries, rose, jasmine, Orris, orange, honeysuckle, patchouli, bergemot, cori.

I had very high expectations Chocolate Mystique since they had the most ingredients I love. Chocolate Mystique has all of them!!! Cacao is my happy drink. Whenever I'm sad I just make myself a big mug of cacao. So I  got all cozy just by imagining the smell. Plus vanilla and cardamons are most common spices for ginger cookies and the coffee should tone down the incredible sweetness of the smells and give a more sophisticated note. This perfume has none of my perfume smell I like, but it sound extraordinary having all smells I like particular.
 MGA takes 10 working days witch is about two weeks to make and send your order. I totally understand 10 days process of making it and have no complains because it's a delicate work and I bet the orders are coming all the time.

Part II The real thing

Everything was packed beautiful. I got card with printed descriptions of the perfume oils and one extra - the Music of the night, that I really liked.





So, does I got what I was expecting??? Oh yes.

Season of the Witch. First impression - frankincense. Then something fresh strikes and I guess it's apple and rose. After it, the cinnamon catches the apple and two of them creates a new scent - apple pie :) Then comes patchouli. It's really season scent  Autumn. That deep sweet odor of fallen leafs, the fruits that are ready to be picked. It's lovely. And it's magical. It's sweet, but not that bold sweetness. This one has many notes. The rose, apple, lavender are escorted by cinnamon, patchouli and black pepper. Black Pepper  is a wonderful note of this scent  This was one of the reasons I chose this perfume oil to try. It's deep and seductive, jet not to hard to make you feel dizzy.

Raven Spell. I expected it to be dark and cold. But blueberries change everything and it's warm and sweet at first. I feel like a little child in a forest gathering those blueberries and eating of them half right away. The scent lingers trough my finger sweet and fresh as the taste itself. Then comes the dark lady and takes me by the hand. And I'm spirited away to a mystical place. To the tale itself. In this journey I meet wonderful fresh apple and cinnamon ( cassia). Then something sweet and dark comes along - the sandalwood. A rich and magnificent odor. I feel like in those tales where little girls are spirited away and end up on a mystical ball being all grown up ladies in fancy dress escorted by a handsome spirit/demon.That is the perfume  - childish, warm and playful at first and turns into deep and seductive later.


Chocolate Mystique. Oh my Goddess! This scent is all I expected and more. It's so rich so overwhelming. It's sweet and bitter the same time. The first thing that strikes is cacao, then comes the cardamons and chocolate and coffee comes along. Vanilla and sandalwood are the final notes. I keep smelling my wrist as I write this. I must have a big bottle of this :D The odor is deep and that what I like the most. It's sweet, but it's dark. It's definitely Mystique :) It lifts my mood right away. Soft and spicy, jet sweet but with the touch of bitterns...


Pavo Real - I had no Idea what to expect from this one, but I was intrigued by strawberries having affair with orange and jasmine. And orange come first. It doesn't reveals itself for me so perfect as others, but it's still amazing odor. It's just not mine. I don't really feel the strawberries. Maybe my nose is already overwhelmed by all those scents it had a blessing to experience today...


EXTRA sample added  by seller Music of The Night. It's definitely a citrus perfume and a very pleasant one. It's fresh and green and I can smell fresh lime fused with Bergamot ant a hint of Tobacco.  Then comes something more sweet which is still accompanied by the light hint of lime. An odor of the flower-  yaang- ylang.  But the freshness do not fades. I like that it's not a bold citrus odor that strike  right away through all other scents, but rather a delicate one, wrapped in many other ones :)


I really like Chocolate Mystique, Season of The Witch and Raven Spell. They all are similar but have different main notes. Like a bitter chocolate for Mystique, blueberry and sandalwood for Raven and Rose and pepper for the Witch.

The Witch for it's pepper seems to most pleasant for everyday. The Chocolate is a must have during a winter to lift the mood to you and those around you. And Raven Spell... Well, perfect to put a spell on someone during an enchanted evening.

Now I want to order something light to. I loved the Music of the night a lot too. I guess, I'll order a sample with the full bottle of Witch and Chocolate for now :)

Conclusion
If you consider ordering from MGA, I say you go and order. Lovely packing, wonderful scents. And to know that it created and mixed by Nina herself. It's like ordering a magic potions from a sorcerer. And indeed she's a sorcerer of perfume oils :) And I've become another enchanted client :>