Nov 14, 2013

Really late Halloween post

Hey Ghouls,

I sure have been neglecting my blog.. I've been  having a really shitty time lately, the worst I've been in the last few years, so I 've been restraining myself to write anything, I'm pretty sure I would regret it later. I'm too beat-up emotionally to say anything decent.

So, changing the subject to something a bit happier,  Halloween! Halloween was that bright day I was in desesperate need to lift my spirit a bit. And I got to celebrate it twice!
On the 31, I went to ZombieWalk Lisbon with my love and a couple of friends.

 I did our makeup, and I had so much fun doing it! Even with only one eye opened. We won the prize for best zombies :D

Some group shots
(some photos were taken by Lobster Leyla ^^)

Then on November 2nd, Saturday, we got to celebrate Halloween again at the local goth club :D I didn't want to repeat the zombie look, so I had to do some quick thinking on what to for our makeup (which I hate). I ended up making a cute/cartoonish skull for me and a bit more realistic one for Daki. I didn't have much time to make them so they didn't turn out as realistic has I was hoping for (I'm always on the run!).

And some group photos of the night.

Oh! did you noticed my hair was black? I really needed to give it a rest from bleaching, I'm getting used to it now, but I miss my crazy colors :(

Sep 20, 2013

How to make your own purple hair dye!

Hi prrpz, I made a video tutorial on how to mae your own purple hair dye, go check it out! :D

Aug 25, 2013

Chameleons Vox show + MUOTD 13

Yesterday was the Chameleons Vox concert in Portugal, in a place kinda in the middle of nowhere but not that far from Lisbon.
The show was completely free entrance because it was a part of a fair/carnival that was going on on that little town, which was pretty random :D The fair was filled with terrible and tacky popular music, carroussels, bliking lights everywhere and all the fried food you can imagine. It was pretty hilarious to see the confused looks on the locals to see so many goths hangin around. The vast majority were unaware of the Chameleons existence.

For some reason I never take photos of the shows, at the time I'm too spaced out enjoying them, so I never have actually photos of the events to share :D

Well, have some pictures of my makeup for that nigh.

Aug 5, 2013

MUOTD 12 with Speed Tutorial

Wore this dramatic B&W look for a friend's birthday party ^^

I wanted to test my camera's video quality, so I decided to record myself while doing the make-up, The camera actually has pretty good quality, but it looks like crap in here, I really have to play with the settings some more and learn to master a good video editing software. I'm currently using Pinnacle Studio.. not sure it it's the best one.

And after watching the video I realized that I really should have done the right eye first, but heck.. it was just my first attempt.

For a next video I'm thinking about making a tutorial for my purple hair, the dye I use is actually self-made ^^

Jul 21, 2013

MUOTD 11 - Glitz Glam

My look for the SBSR festival. Neutral lips and full glitery eyes.
My hair has a life of it's own, when I want to make it curly, it NEVER works, it only holds up the curls for 2/3 hours max, specially if done with a curling iron, but lately, if I go to bed with my hair slightly wet, BAM! Instant messy curls the next day, that last for a long time :D

Jul 15, 2013

MUOTD 10 - Depeche Mode look

Last Satuday I went to the Optimus Alive festival here in Lisbon, Depeche Mode were the headliners! Last time they were in Portugal I didn't get the chance to see them, so I couldnt let this opportunity go!
The show was amazing and I got to meet a bunch of new people and hang out with some pretty friends

Here's my makeup look for the day:

 My fabulous bat bow was hand made by DelightfullyDeviant and I bought the adorable bat ring on eBay for about 1€!
Make-up is Kryolan and Manic Panic, all cruelty free ^^

Here's some of my fav pics taken at the arena:

The last band to go on stage were Crystal Catles at 3 a.m.! My back was completely killing me at the time ;_; and added to the fact that I'm not the biggest fan of electronic music, I only endured half the concert and got home just before the sun rising.

Happy day!

Jul 3, 2013

MUOTD 9 - Casual Doll

My "casual" doll look :D Probably not so casual for some,  but for me a more "costumy" doll makeup would be full blown drama. Buttom lashes were drawn with a really thin brush and gel eyeliner, it's an awesome alternative to fake eyelashes, if you have a steady hand and the right brush.Works perfectly with the dolly look.

Btw, I'm not really THAT pale, but my webcam really washes me out!

Jul 2, 2013


I'm not rude, I'm assertive
I'm not rude, I'm socially awkward
I'm not rude, I speak my mind
I'm not rude, I'm shy
I'm not rude, I'm opinionated

I'm not rude, but I'm no people pleaser.

Jun 23, 2013

LBGT Pride Parade Lisbon '13

Yesterday was Pride Parade, whoooo! :D
It's always one of the happiest days in Summer. Altough everyone's gathering for a serious issue, to march against prejudice and sexual discrimination, you can't help but  smile and laugh contantly. You can feel so much love and so much strengh from everybody when walking down those Lisbon streets that you can't help but feel all warm and cozy inside. You trully believe that in that moment everbody accepts you  and loves ya.

It was pretty fun all around, except for the moment my back really started to hurt, after a couple of hours walking and standing up. My scoliosis is a bitch and sent me home earlier than I thought, but I still managed to stay till the end!

The day before the Parade me and my friends decided to make some signs, and what could be a better theme than Adventure Time!
We are all hard core fans of the show, and one of the reasons we love it it's because of the subtle way it aproaches subjects such as Girl/Boy Love, Trans problems, gender roles, gender equality and so forth.So we HAD to make an Adventure Time homage :D

And now some pics of the Parade! (some taken by us, so taken by random people)

Yeah, share the love! ^^

Some pics were taken from:

Jun 14, 2013

Facebook "Shops" and Tips for safe online shopping!!

I'll warn you that this is probably going to be a big ass post. I decided to share some tips on how to find good bargains on the interwebs, especially gothy trinkets and clothing, and how to avoid getting SCAMMED. If you do your shopping online regularly, like me, please read the whole thing. I promise it will be helpful! :)

Every day, it pains me to see on my facebook wall these "Facebook online stores" popping out of nowhere. People are getting scammed by them constantly even if they don’t realize it. So, the first tip is:

Be Careful of what you buy in FACEBOOK

What happens frequently on Facebook is this so called 'stores' selling products that they don't actually have. I'm not saying that they are going to keep your money and wont ship the product, they will, but they don't actually have it. What happens is the following:
(1) You make your payment for the item you want, they don't have it, so they (2) order it from ANOTHER store that sells it cheaper (usually eBay) and (3) when it arrives they will send it to you. So basically you are paying for what can be double or triple the price the item was being sold originally (on eBay).
 This is obviously a scam, it's the exact same thing as me, Shino, going to H&M, purchase a skirt and then post it online and try to sell it for much more than it cost me. It's also worth mentioning that this clothes and accessories are 99.99% from China and the quality isn't the best, so the products are definitely not worth the money you are paying for them. These are cheaply made items that are only worth the money if you get them for a cheap price. Some of these "stores" ask ridiculous amount of money for REALLY crappy items.
Many times they will say the item is out of stock, but they can still order it if you want it, this is a load of crap, since the item was never in "stock" in the first place. All items are ordered after you make the payment so they can buy them with your money (and keep the change!).

In some rare cases these "shops" actually have the items in stock, they probably order 4/5 units from each product they're selling in order to not look suspicious. 
Another not so rare case is, instead of using the "store" facade people are selling these items like they were second hand, like they actually belonged to the seller once, to give it a little bit more credibility. Usually they sell it cheaper than the rest of the scammy FB stores, but they still make profit the same way.

Here are some examples:

The good thing about these FB stores, is that they are lazy/dumb enough to use the same photo as the original seller, so it makes it so much easier to find the original (I'll show you the best trick EVER, to find the original store bellow). But basically they use the same pic, because they DON'T have the item, so they can't take pictures of it, so they have to steal the original pic (copyrights?! who cares!).
Another funny thing is when the FB stores are even lazier (or dumber) and don't remove the original watermark from the pic, revealing the original store – priceless! (It isn't the case here tho')

I'm sorry if you can't read the description in the first pic, it's in portuguese, but in short, the seller is asking 30€ + shipping for the dress. As you can see I found the exact same one on eBay for 20.99 AU with FREE shipping, this one is coming from freaking China and the shipping is FREE. AND 20.99 AU is equivalent to 16.80€!!! (for coin conversations always go to Which means you would spend double the money if you got it from Facebook - chances are, the facebook seller is getting the dress from this exact eBay store.

Another example:

Corsets are probably the most popular clothing items on FB stores. Mainly because people have this idea that ALL corsets are expensive, I mean, real expensive, so 49$ seems pretty cheap and an awesome bargain. The thing is, really expensive corsets, have really good quality (well, obviously not always… but mostly). This corset it's definitely not even worth the supposedly cheap 49$, its price on eBay is actually 16.50$, ridiculous, uh? I'm not saying you shouldn't buy this corset (or other products from China) at all. Hell, I buy a bunch of asian goodies all the time :D The thing is, it's only worth it when you pay the right price. These items were cheaply made so they have to be cheap! It's as simple as that.

So the question is:

How can I tell the difference from a trust worthy store and a "fake" one?  

How can I make sure the items aren't from eBay or similar stores?

Well, first of all, I think you can tell a lot by the design and photos of the store.

This is Kristine, and you can tell it's a registered brand because of the little ® in her logo. I can guarantee you none of the previous FB stores shown are registered or pay any taxes - they are illegal. In this case, Kristine does her own clothes, but there are other examples of stores that sell products from other brands that are perfectly trust worthy.

You can also see by her gallery that there is a consistency of design and styling in all the pics. You know this was done by the same person or at least, they were all done for this specific store. The fake FB stores, usually (tho' not always) use photos that aren't theirs and they don't have permission to do so. Generally the look of their photo albums is much more messy (in terms os consistent design), the models will probably be asian and sometimes the watermark in the picture isn't even the same as the store name.
Kristine is just one good example, there are many, you just have to be careful, take a good look at the store first before you make an order.

Another good advice is to see what kind of brands is the store selling. When it comes to goth clothing the brands are pretty well known, Lip Service, Necessary Evil, Hell Bunny, Spin Doctor, etc, etc - if a store is selling items from well-known brands the probabilities of it being a trust worthy store are MUCH higher, it means the store has to be legal/registered to be able to sell them (pays taxes and whatnot). If a gothic store sells ONLY off-brand products - be suspicious.

Also, prefer the stores that have an actual store or online store besides FB.

How to avoid the Scammers!

I will now reveal your biggest weapon on unmasking scammers! Which is: Google Image Tracker!! (bless you google).
I'll explain you how this works :)

 You found an item that you like on a FB store but you kinda think the store is a little bit fishy? Right-click with your mouse on the image and select "view image"

On another tab go to google and on google's menu select "Images".

Now back to the corset image, left click on it (don't let go of your finger!!) and drag the image to the Google Images tab.

 Drag it to the tab and don't let go of your finger! Wait until Google Images shows up.

 Now drag your image to the search bar and a little box will show up telling you to drop the image there.

Now, google will search for that image on the interwebs :D This means, any store or site using that pic will show up. Usually eBay, amazon, kaboodle and alibaba are the top sites. Search the links and find the best bargain!

Et voilà! Your initial item, for half the price. 
Do this every time you're considering buying something from FB! It will take you 2 seconds, and you will find the cheapest things this way :D

Obviously you can also use the "old school" method which is typing in the eBay search bar "pink corset black lace" (for example) and it will also get you there. Although this method isn´t very helpful when you want something but you're not quite sure how to describe it.



What you see is not what you get

The irony of this all, is that even some items you see on ebay are not the exact same items you are going to get.

I've seen this corset so many times on eBay! Or should I say… I saw this pic on eBay so many times, since the original corset is from Miss Katie and it's priced at £340.00, so the ones on eBay, priced at around 20 dollars, are obviously low quality replicas.
You have to keep in mind that LOTS of stuff (if not the majority) coming from China are replicas, and not the "real" stuff. Some stores will trick you by showing the original photo, or even photos of magazines but some will show the replica's photo (the one you will actually get). But every time I order from China I keep my expectations "real", which means, if you paid very little for a product don't expect AMAZING quality! You will probably get "ok" quality and sometimes "good" quality... or you can also get terrible quality. Sometimes it's a bit of a gamble. You have to decide if it's worth it.

I order these sunglasses from eBay a couple months ago. They are a Prada replica, they are priced at around 300€, but the replica cost me 3€. Yeah they are made of cheap plastic, not the best quality, but hell, they were 3€! If they break, no problem, I can buy a new pair if I want to.

A video comparing the original and replica corsets:

See more photos and read more about it here:

Learn the no-nos of asian shopping

So you saw a pic of a lovely asian girl with a beautiful skirt, you order the skirt and it happens that the skirt is a lot smaller/shorter than the one in the pic. That can happen for two reasons: one, the pic you saw was the "original" skirt and you got the replica and two, the most common, that skirt runs too small because it's sized for asian girls and not for westerns. Asian clothes are made for very petit frames and it's actually rare to see anything tagged with the size Large or bigger. Mostly what you find is XS, S, M and “one size fits all” - don't fall for that, one size definitely does not fit ALL, it will probably stretch to a small Medium at most.
My advice is to buy one size bigger than what you usually wear, OR read carefully the size charts if provided.
I would also advise to stay away from mini-skirts, they usually look more like belts, and sheer fabrics. If it looks sheer on the pic, it will probably be completely see through in real life. 

Alrighty, I think that's it!
Here's a little summary of some tips to help you remember!

1. If you are thinking about buying from FB take a good look at the store before making your purchase - the design, what kind of brands they sell and if they have a website.

2. Use and abuse of Google Image Tracker.

3. Keep your expectations REAL when buying chinese products.

4. Stay away from mini-skirts and sheer fabric.

5. One size does NOT fit all.

Hope you found this helpful!