My personal blog as a 'grown-up' Goth and Romantic living in the Highlands of Scotland. I write about the places I go, the things I see and my thoughts on life as a Goth and the subculture, and things in the broader realm of the Gothic and darkly Romantic. Sometimes I write about music I like and sometimes I review things. This blog often includes architectural photography, graveyards and other images from the darker side of life.

Goth is not just about imitating each other, it is a creative movement and subculture that grew out of post-punk and is based on seeing beauty in the dark places of the world, the expression of that in Goth rock. It looks back to the various ways throughout history in which people have confronted and explored the macabre, the dark and the taboo, and as such I'm going to post about more than the just the standards of the subculture (Siouxsie, Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, et al) and look at things by people who might not consider themselves anything to do with the subculture, but have eyes for the dark places. The Gothic should not be limited by what is already within it; inspiration comes from all places, the key is to look with open eyes, listen carefully and think with an open mind..

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Makeup Of The Day: Peacock Blue

I am still revelling in the ability to wear elaborate make-up to university. 

I haven't been wearing it as much as I like because I have been ill, and if I am coughing and sneezing I do not have a steady enough hand to apply my usual make-up, plus I am liable to poke myself in the eye, and my eyes are already watering and my face is all puffy. I am not going to try and cake myself in make-up to hide it, because it will make it worse. 

Selfies by HouseCat
I have been playing with making my makeup a bit more colourful to match my hair, and this look incorporate both blocks of dramatic, dark colour and my usual swirlies. As you can see by the top two pictures, I am trying to wear my glasses in my makeup photographs because that is both how I usually look (I need my glasses to see what I am doing at university), and because I think it is interesting to see how my makeup and glasses work together. As my glasses are quite swirly and dramatic themselves, my makeup has to be quite strong to still be the main visual element. 

Gloss black lipstick is currently something I really like doing, but sadly it is not something that lasts very well for clubbing, and certainly not eating out. It ends up matte very rapidly at college, but at least it remains black. 


  1. Very cool! How do you make you black lips? Lipstick? Black pencil + gloss? Which brend? I usually do my black lips by using a black pencil and putting some gloss on top of it, but I wonder if a black lipstick would be bettre. If you know a good one, could you tell mme please? Oh, and 1 question more: how long does it take to make your super swirl makeup? It looks fabulous!
    Hugs from France! Mirjam.

    1. The whole face takes about 45 minutes to do. Swirls can take anything from a few minutes to 20, 25 minutes, depending on the detail of the swirls.

      My black lips are done with black pencil (check they're safe to use on lips before use!) to do the outline and shading inwards, and then I use black lipstick (I use Stargazer) and then a coat of black lip-gloss (currently I use Rimmerl 'Stay Glossy', but it doesn't stay glossy!).

    2. Hy! Thank you for your answer! WOW, you have a lot of patience to do 45mn make-up!!! I also used Stargazer, they have cool products! Have a nice day!

  2. Cute haircolor :)
    Maria V.

    1. Thank-you :) It's a bit faded now; a few posts ago there's one with when it was a half-rainbow!

  3. I know that poking self in the eye problem! I once managed to get a black eyeball from liquid eyeliner! Aaargh!

    You look fabulous!

    1. Eep! That can't have been pleasant. I've managed to get liquid eyeliner in my eye once, and the moisture on my eye meant that it sort of spread on the surface and dried into awful stringy bits :/ Thankfully it was only a little bit, and with the aid of a cotton bud, got it out.


  4. I adore the black glossy lipstick.


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