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30 October 2012

Tips Tricks and Treats for Halloween - PART 2

A very quick post! Here in Halloween Tips Tricks and Treats Part 2 I would like to share with you some awesome make-up and dress-up ideas for tomorrow night! The internet is a full efficient source to get inspiration for awesome and incredible Halloween makeups!

Adora Batbrat prepared a terrific creepy clown make-up!




 Dia De Los Muertos skull mask makeup



Half-Monster Half-Human:

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Creepy Alice in Wonderland:

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Broken porcelain doll:

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Cheshire Cat Inspired :

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Multiple eyes monster makeup:

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And you? What Halloween makeup and costume will you show off this year? :)



10 October 2012

So you think Goth can't dance? - PART 2

Quick post with another example of Goths and dancing. These two goths take dancing to the next level. Outside in front of non-goth public.
 I could watch them for hours. Their dancing is hypnotic *-*




I love the funny reactions of the people in the background, taking pictures or staring in wonder..


The girl is called Mary Nine and you can take a look at her official Facebook page HERE
 and the boy is Tank9 and you can find information about him HERE


09 October 2012

Imago Mortis...Images of Death



..The last image you see when you are alive is the image of your death..



In 1600 even before the birth of photography, scientist Girolamo Fumagalli, lived with the obsession of capturing images. After specific studies he tried to take out the eye retina from an assassinated people convinced that the last image seen from the subjects was impressed in it and tried to reproduce the image in a photograph. This technique was called thanatography and Fumagalli murdered many people to study this phenomena before being captured and condemn to death.


This is the plot of italian horror movie called IMAGO MORTIS (2008) . It would actually be very interesting if this was true but unfortunately it isn't. It's all a nice work of fantasy. In fact 1600 it wouldn't have been possible to create such a technique. 

In the movie the instrument used to create the macabre images is called thanatoscope. In reality this name refers to a legal medical instrument that calculates how long someone has been dead through body temperature.



The word Thanatos comes from the omonymous Ancient Greek demon that was the personification of death. 

Other terms containing the word Thanatos are:

Thanatophobia is the fear of things associated with or reminiscent of death and mortality, such as corpses or graveyards. It is also known as necrophobia, although this term typically refers to a specific fear of dead bodies rather than a fear of death in general.

Thanatology is the academic and scientific study of death among human beings. It investigates the circumstances surrounding a person's death, the grief experienced by the deceased's loved ones, and larger social attitudes towards death such as ritual and memorialization. It is primarily an interdisciplinary study, frequently undertaken by professionals in nursing, psychology, sociology, psychiatry, social work and veterinary science. It also describes bodily changes that accompany death and the after-death period.



Also Dario Argento's thriller movie 4 Flies On Grey Velvet contains this same idea of Imago Mortis. In the movie the police tries to find out who's the murderer by examining the eye retina of the victim.

03 October 2012

Tips Tricks and Treats for Halloween - PART. 1


We are finally in October, and our favourite time of the year it's knocking on doors. You can already feel it in the air, the Pumpkin King is coming to town..! So it's time to look around for creepy things to decorate your house and for stuff to create the ultimate costume and have the greatest Halloween party! 

For those of you hosting an Halloween party at your house these in the pictures below are great ways to decorate the dining room! A black candelabra is definitely a must to have the ultimate macabre dining table. Also don't forget spiderwebs, skulls, skeletons and coffin ashtrays..!!
Use mostly color black and combine it with red, purple or orange to make it more halloweenish.




Another way to get your house in all hallow's eve mood could be to print out and hang up to the walls pictures of witches, black cats, evil fairies and of course lots of candles. You could buy black or wooden frames and you could add some black glitter on so that it creates a better effect with the candlelight. And about candles, don't forget to make your own pumpkin carved one!! It's the ultimate halloween symbol after all!

Lovely halloween fairy by Jasmine Beckett-Griffith
 Pumpkin pies, cinnamon rolls ,candy apples, candycorns are a must on Halloween. Also don't forget the candies and sweets for the children that will come trick or treating at your door, ..unless you want the trick!!

 On the internet you can find many recipes to make unique scary cakes. Headstone cookies, spiders, bloody cut off fingers...eh-ehm, well just unleash your fantasy!


Candy apples...yum!!!

Have you ever hosted an halloween party?
Do you have other tips to add for house decoring and food?


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