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Happy New Year!

Black Hair

New Hair To Start Off 2012!

I decided that I needed to create a new look for myself this year. After 2 solid years of changing my hair all colors of the rainbow I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it next. I was a little disenchanted with the colors and had done pretty much every color I desired.  It was time to go back to my gothy roots. It was time to go back to black! I got a funky fun cut to go along with it and so far I love it. I really enjoy wearing it in little bouncy evil pigtails. I’m also excited that I will be able to cosplay Selene from Underworld without the need of a wig. A new year is a fresh start, a way to start from scratch, build anew. I will be working on myself, bettering myself, caring for others, becoming more bold, and resisting the urge to hold back. I plan on bettering my business this year as well. 2011 was a year of unsettling unrest both with myself and my life. It did not bode well for my creativity. I made lists before the end of 2011 that I hung on my wall. Lists of goals both small and big, short term and long term, for myself and Gothcupcake. I’m excited to implement my new strategies and create what I hope will be a successful business plan that will more realistically fit in with my creative purpose and need for constant change in life. A new day job has helped make life a little less of a struggle thus far, and has made life less stressful, which gives me energy for creative thinking and activity. My parents gifted me a “sketch-a-day” journal which I have been steadily doodling in daily. It will help keep the creative muscles flexing. I had a customer say to me the other day “You are young…change the world.”

Here’s to changing the world!

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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