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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 sh…

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…