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Trying Garnier Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask [Ugly Pictures Inside]

Hello, readers,

For the sake of my vanity when people are scrolling through my blog, I’ve hidden this entire post behind this “read more” link. The post has some very unflattering pictures of me, like you might expect from a “beauty mask” sort of thing. The specific mask I try out is the “Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Super Hydrating Mask Soothing” one.

Garnier Moisture Bomb Super Hydrating Sheet Mask – Soothing

Click the link if you want to read about my experience. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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My 10 Un-Gothic Lolita Confessions

Hello readers,

One of my favorite series of tag videos on Youtube is “My 10 Un-Goth Confessions.” I’ve included videos from some of my favorite goth Youtubers below so you can see what I’m talking about if you’ve never run across this tag before.

I felt inspired to share some un-gothic lolita confessions with you all as I refocus my priorities and really try to live a heavy-on-the-gothic lolita lifestyle.

  1. I love beautiful clothes and being fancy (or overdressed, depending on your point of view), but I will spend all day, every day in my pajamas unless I absolutely have to leave the house.
  2. I’ve never been to a convention, and I’m more likely to go to a board game con than an anime/lolita one.
  3. I’m terrible at accessorizing. Most of the time, I just don’t wear any accessories or jewelry because I forget or don’t think they’re necessary. I guess that’s better than wearing something awful.
  4. Despite wanting to look like a doll, I’ve never taken the plunge and worn circle lenses or false eyelashes. At least, not yet…
  5. I don’t own a single lolita (or even loliable) purse, bag, or wallet. Somehow, there just always seems to be more exciting things to spend my money on.
  6. I’m quite bad at keeping up with trends in lolita. Are underskirts still a thing???
  7. I won’t buy clothes with religious symbols (crosses, pentacles, etc.) unless it’s in a very specific context like a cross on a cathedral print. I just don’t feel comfortable wearing out-of-context religious/occult symbols at all, so I miss out on so many pretty things.
  8. I’ve never been into visual-kei music, and I’ve never really liked Mana-sama. (Maybe this isn’t actually a big deal, but I always feel unworthy to call myself a gothic lolita when I admit that.)
  9. I drink my tea out of mugs, not cups.
  10. Even though I have a fairly active local lolita community, I hardly ever do anything with them. Part of me wants to go to meets more often, but I just prefer smaller get-togethers with friends over larger meets with acquaintances/strangers. I’ve also never been to a goth night at a club, so I guess I’m just meh at socializing in general.

One of the things I hear the most in ungoth confession videos is how hard it is to come up with things that are “ungoth” when you think about it. Individuals make the subculture, and not the other way around, and you should never give up something you enjoy because it doesn’t fit a stereotype (or *gasp* a norm). All that aside, I still think it’s really fun to bask and revel in clichés.

For me, trying to think of things that were both “ungoth” and also “not lolita” was tricky. I kept thinking of something perfect and totally-not-lolita and then realize it was kind of gothy (or the other way around)… Oh, well.

Anyway, here are some videos because I think these sorts of things are much more fun in a video than a text post!

It’s Black Friday – October 1, 2014

I’ve been following Black Friday’s channel for such a long time. This video is back from when she lived in New Zealand, and it’s probably my favorite ungoth confessions video ever because the effort she goes through to set up an ambience and rack up some extra goth points before she gets started.

Macabre Goddess – September 9, 2016

I only found Blaze recently, but I thought her ungoth confessions were very funny and honest. (Spoilers(?): As you can tell from the thumbnail, her favorite pony from My Little Pony is Rarity, who’s my favorite as well.) It’s very much worth it to hang around and watch them to the end, because I laughed ridiculously hard at her final confession.

Toxic Tears – December 5, 2014

The thing I love most about Toxic Tears is how over-the-top excited she gets about things that make her happy. You wouldn’t necessarily get that from this video, but sometimes she just bubbles over with joy about the simplest things (like cute birds). Plus, there’s a bit about J-fashion in this video!

Readers, do you have any un-goth or un-lolita confessions you want to share? Comment below and link to your post or video!

Stay honest,

Raven

My Lolita Room: Part 2

Hello, readers,

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed that I haven’t been very active on this blog lately. I’ve gone through a lot of big life changes recently, including buying a house. I’m starting a very big, new adventure with renovating it. As of this writing, I have officially moved out of the little rental house I lived in for the past three years. As much as I wanted change, I was still a little sad to leave it.

In the middle of packing, I stopped to tidy my bedroom to show you the final iteration of my lolita room at my old apartment. If you didn’t see the work-in-progress blog post from a year and a half ago, just try to picture the old walls being a poorly painted buttercream color.

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The major change in the room was the wall color. I ended up buying the paint online because it is too much of a hassle to get to a hardware store without a car, and I was swayed by it’s fun name. I bought a paint called Purple Potion, and it was a lot more purple than I had thought it would be. If you keep up with my blog, you’d have seen it in the background of lots of my pictures. I don’t know what it is about this color, but it refuses to photograph nicely.

Anyway, here is my little room tour. This is the view of the room when I’d walk in the door.

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Behind the door is my poster of British sheep breeds.

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Best thrift store art find yet!

This is a view of the full wall. The bookshelf on the left is filled completely with my books and things. My poor boyfriend had to squeeze his books on the the top two shelves of the right bookshelf because I took over the bottom three shelves of that unit as well.

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Bookshelf Wall

Here’s a closer look at my dolls and our Squishables.

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My Lunatic Queen Pullip is being saucy and scandalizing my other Pullips. The giant Elissabat Monster High doll is faceless at the moment. Sorry!

Underneath, I put my dollhouse. It’s still not finished completely on the inside, but it’s still adorable.

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The box to the left is a kit to make a 1/12 scale grandfather clock.

I didn’t get a close-up shot of our Nightmare Before Christmas vinyl figures, but you can still see them in some of the following photos.

The door next to our bookshelves was the closet door.

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My clothes took up 3/4 of the space…

On the wall next to the closet door, I put my collection of mini-prints from the etsy shop Magical Tea Time. These particular prints (they come in larger sizes) are not always in stock on etsy, but I would just send her a message if you’re interested in any.

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I don’t know why the glare is so weird on some of these.

The sunlight was giving me some problems when I was trying to take pictures of this wall, so here’s a slightly split view of the window wall. When we actually lived in this room, the blinds were always down. The bedroom was way too close to a street with lots of foot traffic for me to be comfortable with the windows open.

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I painted my boyfriend’s computer case pink for him.

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My tiny computer station in the corner where I wrote most of the posts on this blog…

Next, we have the bed corner.

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My lovely Princess Bed

I no longer have this bed. It was my roommate’s, and we gave it back to her since my parents gave me a new queen-sized mattress and bedframe. I will do my best to princess-ify the new bed to make it as pretty as the old one.

As a bonus, here’s the view of my room from bed.

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The Andrew Lang Fairy Books were on the reverse side of the shelf for easy bedtime story access.

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Here’s the view on the way out of the room. P1080657

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Boyfriend’s comics

And that’s it! I’m still a little sad to see it go, but at least the people moving in said that they’re going to keep the room purple.

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Now that my boyfriend and I have a whole house to spread out in, I plan on making it as cute as I can. I hope you like home improvement posts, because there will be a lot of those coming as we finish renovating the new house into a mildly lolified one.

Stay cozy,

Raven

In case you didn’t see their posts before, here are the links to the other Lolita Blog Carnival members that responded to this post over a year ago.

Seraphine & The Striped BoxLittle Coffee ShopArt du noir

Candied Dreams

Also, check out one of my favorite blogger’s room journey. I’m not sure if I’m missing posts in the process or if there are newer pictures anywhere. She’s the artist who made those prints I showcased.

2011: The Dark Victorian, 2012: The Dark Victorian, 2014: Jayne Jezebelle

My Lolita Music Playlist

Hello, readers,

Normally nowadays, I listen to The Birthday Massacre, BABYMETAL, Siouxsie and the Banshees, or a Spotify playlist my boyfriend puts on while we’re cooking (Red Fang and Matt and Kim are favorites). In general, I also enjoy listening to the same music I liked back in high school, Black Parade-era My Chemical Romance, Bullet for My Valentine, Evanescence, Fall Out Boy, and A Perfect Circle being the bands I remember most often.

But what do I listen to when I want to increase my “lifestyler points”? A lot of the time, I just search for a classical composer in Youtube. If I want anything more specific than that, there’s a good chance I’ll listen to a song (or a song from the same artist) below. Here’s a quick sampling of my lolita playlist.

“Rosaria” – Die Milch

With a band/duo that styles themselves as “Gothic & Lolita Dolls,” what more could you ask for? I’ve found that I really like Die Milch’s music, especially the songs that incorporate both English and German with Japanese, but their aesthetic and performance style in their music videos is just fantastic.

Nocturne No. 13 in D minor – John Field (performed by John O’Conor)

Really, I love all his nocturnes. They’re just lovely. I like to picture what sort of night inspired the composition when I hear it. And really, is there anything more fitting for gothic lolita than Romantic-era night music for piano?

“Sylvan Spirits” – Nox Arcana

I just discovered Nox Arcana very recently, and I’m really excited about them. I am a huge sucker for concept albums (of which they’ve made oh so many) and beautiful, ambient soundscapes. This is a song off of their fairy-tale Grimm Tales album, but they also have many other themed albums, including a pirate one Phantoms of the High Seas. It seems weird to take this song out of its context, but I didn’t think it was reasonable to include an entire album on a playlist post.

“Time for Tea” – Emilie Autumn

Speaking of concept albums, I also like the whole of Emilie Autumn’s Fight Like a Girl album, with the glaring exception of the official music video for “Fight Like a Girl.” I also simply adore typography music videos, and this video in particular is the one that introduced me to this album. This same person also made videos for “Girls! Girls! Girls!,” “Scavenger,” “Heard It All,” and “We Want Them Young” from Emilie Autumn.

“Wig in a Box” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch movie (2001)

While the other songs on this playlist have been a bit more “serious” in that they give off gothic lolita vibes, this is just a silly song that always gets me into a lolita head-space.

Since I watched this movie for the first time, this song is guaranteed to get stuck in my head whenever I’m putting on a wig. Watching this clip out-of-context doesn’t really convey what a change of pace this is from the rest of the movie, so just take my word for it that it’s a great moment. Better yet, watch the movie! It’s great.

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As a bonus, here are my two favorite songs that actually say “lolita” in the lyrics.

Please note, these songs are either referencing Vladimir Nabokov’s character Dolores or the Western misconception of her as a sexual temptress-child. If it really bothers you to think of other meanings of “lolita” alongside the delightful J-fashion lolita, then you might be happier ignoring these next two songs.

“Lolita” – Lana Del Rey

This is a song that only appeared on the deluxe version of the album Born to Die, which is a shame because I think it’s one of the best songs from that album. I’ve seen people refer to Lana Del Rey’s music as “Hollywood sadcore,” and this particular album really gives me Americana vibes. I don’t really like a lot of her songs, but I do really love this one.

“Eros and Apollo” – Studio Killers

Watch if you want to see 8-bit sweet lolitas!

Studio Killers is a virtual band my boyfriend introduced me to. Boy, their music is catchy. I really love “All Men Are Pigs” and “Jenny,” which has such a lovely music video, by them as well. This video is amazing, and it has both sweet lolitas (albeit in simple coords) and neon images of Dolores from the Lolita movies.

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Readers, what are your favorite lolita-esque songs? Do you have any lolita playlists? Share them in the comments.

Stay musical,

Raven

I know a lot of people have done a similar post, since it’s one of the prompts for 30 Days of Lolita Challenge. Since that challenge isn’t as interlinked or organized as the Lolita Blog Carnival, I decided not to link to any because I knew I wouldn’t be able to link to all of them. Still, there are other posts out there you can search for if you want to find others’ playlists.