beauty, goth, gothcupcake, lips, lipstick, makeup, tattoos, violentlips

Opportunity for Free Beauty Violence!

Violent Lips that is! If you haven’t heard of these yet, they are basically like temporary tattoos for your lips, allowing you to achieve crazy lip designs that you have never even dreamed of, and saving you the time of painstakingly painting tiny designs on your lips 😛

Right now Violent Lips is having a contest on their blog giving samples of their lip tattoos to 100 lucky girls across the country to try out and hand out to friends and those who ask about their wild lips! Click HERE for details.

I sent in my info yesterday as soon as I saw the post and got a response almost right away! I am lucky enough to be going to L.A. Memorial Day weekend, so I’m sure I’ll have plenty of opportunities to rock the crazy lip tattoos and hand them out!

I’ll be sure to post on my Facebook and Twitter pages photos wearing them!

It was an exciting start to my weekend. I hope you all are enjoying your weekends!

Stay Spooky,
Gothcupcake

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The New Zombify

To those of you that have been with me and Zombify since the outbreak thank you for all of your continued support and encouragement with the line. I never expected Zombify to be as successful as it has been. Thank you to everyone for sticking with it through the highs and the lows. I’m looking forward to the relaunch as being another high for the line.

After the recall I decided that I was going to use only unblended ingredients. My original formulations were all orginal mixtures, but the base ingredients were blends of micas, oxides, and chemical preservatives or additives. While all of these blends were vegan-friendly and cosmetic grade, I didn’t feel comfortable with some of their ratings on Skin Deep and other sources. I vowed to make the line better, safer, more pure.

I have since found new suppliers (my main supplier being one that is all natural and vegan!) The cosmetics for the relaunch will be Zombify’s signature fresh and bold colors, but they will no longer use blends that contain fillers, additives or FDC colors. This poses a bit of a challenge for me to find new ways to create the same bold colors as my competition, but I enjoy a good challenge and I love getting creative.

The few test colors I’ve mixed have received positive reviews. The price of each eyeshadow however will reflect this ingredient change. Raw ingredients actually cost twice the amount of the watered down blends I used to buy. Those of you that have visited my shop may have noticed this new price reflected in my preview sale of the yet-to-be-named Midnight Blue. The original 5g jar size will now sell for $8.

However, in order to ensure that my original goal for Gothcupcake products to be both cute, goth and affordable stays true, I have decided to offer more ways for Zombify cosmetics to be purchased. With the new all-natural ingredients will also come the options to buy Zombify in sample bag form, affordable 3g jars and in the original 5g jar size. This way, no matter what your budget you can still afford to be Zombified.

I look forward to this new chapter for Zombify cosmetics and I hope you all stay on board for the ride! I have a lot of new and exciting things in the works for the line as well as for Zombify’s soon-to-be-announced sister line of cosmetics.

Love and Brains,
Gothcupcake and Zoe Zombie

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365 Day 2 PLUS Cupcake Recipe!!!!

Here is my sketch for day 2 of my 365 project. I like drawing tentacles and I saw this great picture of a woman with an octopus on her head that inspired me to draw a woman with tentacles for hair. I may play with this idea further as I also think it ties in nicely with my cthulhu women.

Many of you asked for it on facebook, and after bringing them into work I got many requests for the recipe from coworkers too! So here is the recipe for Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes! Tweaked slightly from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s wonderful book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World.

Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients

1 c. non-dairy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar (white vinegar works too)
1 1/4 c. wheat flour
1 c. granulated sugar
2 Tbs cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder (I was out so I subbed 1/8th tsp baking soda+1/4 tsp cream of tartar)
1/2 tsp baking soda (If you use the baking powder substitute still add this too!)
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 c. olive oil (or Canola oil or pretty much any vegetable oil so long as it isn’t flavored)
20 drops red food coloring (I actually substituted purple)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350F and line cupcake pan with liners.
2. Whisk together the non-dairy milk and vinegar. Set aside to curdle.
3. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa and baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl.
4. Add the olive oil, food coloring, almond extract and vanilla extact to the curdled non-dairy milk. Whisk to combine. Gently fold in and mix wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until there are no large lumps.
5. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full to give room for the cupcakes to rise. Place in your preheated oven and bake 18 to 20 minutes checking with a toothpick for doneness.
Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Ingredients
1/4 nonhydrogented margarine, softened (NOT melted)
1/4 c. vegan cream cheese, softened (Tofutti is vegan and tastes great!)
2 c. confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
*2 Tbs water (This is optional, and only used if your frosting turns out a bit too dry)
Directions
1. Cream together margarine and cream cheese until just combined.
2. Add confectioners sugar in 1/2 c. batches. (This step is easier with a handheld mixer, but I just mixed by hand with a wooden spoon!)
3. Mix until smooth and creamy, then mix in the vanilla extract. Keep tightly covered and refrigerated until ready to put on your cooled red velvet cupcakes!
Stay Spooky,
Gothcupcake
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Introducing Zombify Cosmetics!!

I’ve been hard at work getting these together and finally I have listed 13 eye shadows in my Etsy shop! The makeup line is Zombify by Zoe Zombie and is a line of vegan eyeshadows in bright colors with lots of shimmer.

If you haven’t discovered it already, friend our Zombify cosmetics facebook page for exclusive contests, giveaways, makeup tutorials, reviews, photos and more!

I hope you boils and ghouls have been fangtastic, and now that I’ve gotten the makeup line launched I hope to have more time to post! Lots of exciting trips and projects to share with you!

Stay Spooky,
Gothcupcake

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Strange New World

I always find using new materials to be an exciting challenge. Challenging because I need to learn something new, and find ways to use the method and create it in a way that is my own. Exciting because the possibilities are endless when combining a new material and/or method with what you already do well.

My first attempt at a new (secret) method I’ve been working on has not been so great, but with the help of my friend Mary O. (of Black Kitten Accessories) I think I might just be able to get a handle on it.

In the mean time I did some sketches last night for a new necklace I will have in the works. I’m really excited about it and might just have the time to get started on a few today 🙂

Tonight join us in the chat room on Etsy.com where the members of DIYscene will be having a Thursday Night Sale!!! Catch great deals just in time for the holidays on clothing, accessories, household items and more! Free shipping, 15% off, Buy One Get One Free, and so many more sales you won’t know what hit you! Don’t miss the fun!

Until next time,
Gothcupcake

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Welcome My Little Sprinkles of Doom

I finally decided to start an official Gothcupcake blog. Bigger and better than ever! It’s coming upon the one year celebration of the birth of my gothcupcake shop and there is much to celebrate. When I started out I didn’t even have business cards. I used markers, stickers, a photocopy machine and imagination to create makeshift business cards that I handed out to friends and family. Now I have shiny jewelry boxes, the third design of my business cards, fancy new jewelry tags for my latest collection, and a slew of awesome friends. I don’t want to sound like a commercial, but truly I wouldn’t have gotten this far with my shop, had it not been for all of the amazing people I’ve met on DIYscene. The men and women on the forum have given me advice, shown me love, helped promote me, and even have purchased from or traded with me. I am very grateful for the friendships I have built there along the way, and I hope they continue to flourish as my mini empire continues to grow.

So, welcome! I have some exciting updates, projects, ideas, vegan recipes, and products that I want to share with you. I look forward to hearing from you!

dark wishes,
gothcupcake

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