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item of the week : whipped sugar scrub in zombie zen by Bloodbath

Friday, July 30th, 2010

 Bloodbath’s Whipped Sugar Scrub in Zombie Zen

image source bloodbath.etsy.com

I recently went to a car show and picked up some Bloodbath products from a vendor at a rockabilly festival.  I had seen Bloodbath’s products on their etsy page and was intrigued by the product packaging and the interesting scent names; Creepy Colada, Cleopatra’s Curse, Screamsicle, just to name a few.  I absolutely loved the Zombie Zen for it’s clean smell (it’s unisex too!) that really does last all day long.  The sugar scrub left my skin feeling clean and soft without a residue like some other scrubs can leave behind. I paid extra attention to those especially “dead areas”, like the instructions told me too!  I definately recommend Bloodbath product for all you creatures of the night and as a great gift to give to your horror fiends.

Whipped Sugar Scrub in Zombie Zen is available at bloodbath.etsy.com.

– Meagan

Plastik Wrap Sale, Futurstate Open Studio, and Projektfest

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Plastik Wrap’s Midnight Madness Sale

If you’re in the Toronto area, this is the weekend to shop!

Plastik Wrap’s semi-annual Midnight Madness Sale is happening this coming Sunday, August 1st, both at their Toronto boutique at 2235 Dundas St West and online at www.plastikarmy.com from 8pm to midnight EST.

For those that attend the sale at their boutique, they will have drinks and treats, along with music, a sample rack full of one of a kind pieces for super low prices, and some styles on sale for less than online. Every Plastik Wrap item in the store is going to be discounted just for this one night! If you can’t make it to all the fun planned at boutique, at least make sure you take advantage of the sale online!

for more info visit the facebook event page


behind the scenes : Aug/Sept 2010 beauty editorial

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Here’s a look behind the scenes of our upcoming beauty editorial for the August/September 2010 Issue.


behind the scenes : Aug/Sept 2010 fashion editorial

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

A little sneak peak at what’s in store for the August/September 2010 Issue’s fashion editorial.


item of the week : deliliah dress by Dolly Valentine

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Cats Like Us exclusive Dolly Valentine’s Deliliah Dress

image source catslikeus.com, photo on left by Luke Copping

Stop the presses! Miss Beth a.k.a Dolly of Dolly Bag fame is now making dresses?!  Here is a Cats Like Us exclusive dress from Dolly’s new dress line called Dolly Valentine.  This first dress is the Deliliah dress in the rat pack print and it has caused a big buzz with the Cats Like Us crowd and Dolly Bag fans.  The dress design was drafted and sewn with love by Dolly herself, she truly has out done herself !  I love the retro style fabric design, the belt detail, and the fact that this dress is great for any body type!  Stay tuned for more Dolly Valentine creations to grace the racks at Cats Like Us and be sure to check out Dolly’s hand bags too!

The Deliliah dress is available at www.catslikeus.com.

– Meagan

End: the DJ Australian tour

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Auxiliary Magazine is sponsoring End: the DJ as he tours to support his new album Endtrovert released in May on Shinto Records. He is currently on tour in Australia, so if you’re a reader in that neck of the woods, be sure to catch a date! If you’re closer to our neck, you can see End: the DJ at Triton Festival, happening Labor Day weekend (September 3rd-5th) in Brooklyn, New York.

for more information visit endthedj.blogspot.com
get a taste of End: the DJ’s track selections, check out his DJ Picks in the Feb/March 2010 Issue

interview : Amy Doan of Shrinkle and Sugarpill

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The world is not enough for Amy Doan, she successfully conquered the DIY fashion scene with her signature brand of neon-colored, naughty-yet-nice apparel, known as Shrinkle, that a girl can party harder than Paris or Britney in, only to go home to cuddle with her Hello Kitty doll. Doan has spent the past few years concocting the perfect accompaniment to her not so secret stash of sequined tube tops and pink leopard print hot pants. Also known as Sugarpill Cosmetics, your newest, most spectacularly packaged antidote to the droll and predictable world of soft taupes, muted corals, pale peaches and anything else one wouldn’t catch a drag queen dead in. Rescuing natural beauty eschewing, pigment-starved club kids two eyelids at a time.

photographer : Kevin Marburg
hair and makeup : Tess Kim
model : Amy Doan
interview by Vanity Kills

Has the successful launch of Sugarpill inspired you to follow other dreams that you once felt were out of reach?

Amy Doan : I definitely feel a lot more confident about taking risks and embarking on new adventures. Before launch, there was always that tiny nagging insecurity that people might not share my love of this project that I poured my heart and soul into. But everyone’s reaction has been so sweet and supportive, I feel even more motivated to continue creating things that I hope people will love!

Many women (and fashion-forward males) secretly want to experiment with vivid high-pigmented hues, but shy away from color out of the fear of looking like a circus clown or a trailer park hooker. What advice would you give to Auxiliary Magazine readers who are novices to the wonderful world of in-your-face color? How would one wear an ostentatiously bright shade without it wearing them?

AD : Well first, I would tell them that there’s nothing wrong with looking like a circus clown or trailer park hooker. One of my very first inspirations for wearing bright makeup was when I was in my teens and saw a TV documentary about a tranny hooker. He had neon blue eyeshadow up to his eyebrows! I thought that was pretty sweet. I think you just have to remember that bright colors aren’t supposed to enhance your “natural beauty”, they’re more about having fun and just going for it. So don’t worry if you look like a crazy person! If you love it, then you will own it.

read the full interview in the June/July 2010 Issue

fashion editorial : junk

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

rock out with your… patch, pin, tee… out!

featuring fashion by Playdead Cult, Futurestate, Sick On Sin, and more

photographer : Stephanie Bell
creative director & fashion stylist : Pretty Deadly Stylz
makeup artist : Genavieve White
hair stylist : Matthew James Genser
models : Christopher James Nevin and Trevor Nicholls

view the full editorial in the June/July 2010 Issue

the PinUp : RazorCandi

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Razorcandi or Kym as she is known in everyday life is a unique model with the ability to seemingly create a hundred different looks all in one ass kicking deathrock package. Hailing originally from the state of Florida and now residing in Romania, Razorcandi has since published multiple photography books showcasing her luminous modeling career. As an artist and model, Razorcandi exemplifies beauty both through her creativity, her passion for individuality, and the ability to truly live for herself.

photographer : Bodó Janos Attila
makeup, hair, styling, and model : RazorCandi
interview by Meagan Hendrickson

Could you share with our readers one or two of your secrets to achieving your beautiful and unique style?

RazorCandi : I believe my style has been formed over years of being influenced by musicians, models, and actresses [in] movies, I think this explains the meshing of styles I’ve created for certain looks. I can’t really say I stay up to date with trends, in fact I don’t pay attention to trends at all I just kind of wear the things that appeal to me or represent my passion for the alternative lifestyle. On a personal level it is about self expression and showing my artistic side, but I also like to inspire others and stand for something.

With two photography books published showcasing your modeling, do you have any plans on publishing a book of your paintings?

RC : I haven’t planned that far ahead however I have been spending much more time with painting than with modeling. I can definitely see future projects that include a picture book of my paintings, before that an art gallery exposition seams more probable. In the near future I plan to put out a few editions of unreleased, never before seen images of new modeling work.

view the full feature in the June/July 2010 Issue

item of the week : oxide 3/4 length riding pants by Plastik Wrap

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Plastik Wrap’s Oxide 3/4 Length Riding Pants

image source plastikarmy.com

Plastik Wrap’s newest addition to their amazing designs, the Oxide ¾ Length Riding Pants have really got Jennifer and I excited! We’re excited because not only are they made for summer with breathable material, but they are so edgy and versatile! I personally love that these pants are modeled after riding pants from by-gone eras, yet is an updated design in true Plastik Wrap style. The barcode detailing at the knee add a futuristic feel, while the deep side pockets are functional and also add a very militaristic feel to the garment. I would dress up the Oxide pants with a fitted dress shirt and a bow tie, or style them with a basic fitted black tee and heels for a late night dinner. You can’t argue with a fashionable and comfortable option in these sweltering hot summer months.

The Oxide 3/4 Length Riding Pants are available at www.plastikarmy.com.

– Meagan

designer spotlight : Enigma Fashions

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Enigma Fashions, a long-standing design company for custom formal wear, is heading to new heights with many developments in the works, new collections, fashion shows, and dreams to expand into interior design. In the peak of their busy season, we had the chance to learn more from Diana Drake aka Die, the main designing force behind Enigma.

photographer : Laura Dark
makeup artist : Mascaraid and Gray Artistry
hair stylist : Gray Artistry
models : MsPoisoness, Victoria Sapphire, Angela Makeever, Manzin, and Staley Cook
wardrobe : Enigma Fashions
accessories and jewelery : Organic Armor
written by Zach Rose

To the ladies I say to you, have you ever wanted to be a “gothic princess”? To the boys, have you ever wanted to be the most dashing gentleman of the evening? To hell with modernity, live your fantasies on one special night or day for the photos you take will immortalize your special moment forever.

June, that wonderful time of year when young men and women move forth into the adult world. The senior prom is a seemingly timeless ritual symbolizing this coming of age. For most the time calls for elaborate gowns, for the ladies only the best will suffice. It’s your standard tuxedo for the young man as he pins flowers on his be-speckled date. For the wedding, it seems to be more of the same time after time. Overall it is more often than not the infamous ‘bridezilla’ who lends the most character to her wedding.

There still exists a dilemma for the young romantic or daydreamer in all of us. If your run of the mill designer dress (or menswear) is not enough, what can one do to make the formal occasion a memorable experience? Fortunately the marvelous romantic custom designs at Enigma Fashions cater to those seeking something more. Offering one of a kind formal wear of a more Victorian and Edwardian flavor to evening wear reminiscent of noir films of the 1930s and 40s.

read the full feature in the June/July 2010 Issue

auxiliary profiles : Meagan Hendrickson

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

photo : Luke Copping
hair : Erin Moser
makeup : Leane Steck
interview : Jennifer Link and Zach Rose

What do you do at Auxiliary Magazine?

I am the fashion editor and one of the fashion stylists.

What overall vision do you aim to uphold when working as a fashion stylist and fashion editor for Auxiliary?

I like keep an attainable style in mind with regards to Auxiliary Magazine. I like to ask the question, ‘Would someone actually wear this and is it something that inspires?’ I like to style the magazine’s fashion as edgy, yet still being relatable in everyday life.

As a women with varied talents and skills, what past experiences do you draw on for your work with Auxiliary?

I have been going to clubs, raves (the 90s!), and art events since the age of 13. I’ve made a lot of bad fashion choices and have the photos to prove it! I like to keep those memories around to see my personal progress of style and influences. I think of it as a ‘look book’ into my own taste and fashion choices that I have today. These style lessons have helped me to see a large range in fashion styling that I infuse into Auxiliary’s voice about fashion, personal taste, and styling. I like to believe that you have to take risks sometimes to see an outcome that may be greater than what you expected.

What are your creative influences?

What doesn’t influence me?! [laughs] I watch a lot of Victorian Era mini dramas, watch a lot of music videos, and I love fashion magazines. I get very inspired by all forms of photography and now that I’ve started painting again, I feel more excited about color! I enjoy the spooky ookiness of the goth aesthetic yet, infuse it the with by-gone eras of the 40s and 50s.


music video : Veil Veil Vannish – Anthem for a Doomed Youth

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

One of our favorite albums this year has been Veil Veil Vannish’s Change The Neon Light.  Excitement buzzed around the Auxiliary crew when we found out that they released a video for “Anthem for a Doomed Youth”.  A solid song and a great representation of the experience of the album, coincidently it is also their single. Before watching this video I had a limited idea of what the band looked like and for some reason I always pictured the lead singer Keven Tecon as a blonde haired surfer kind of guy, thankfully I was wrong. Anyways the video doesn’t offer much else besides checking out the bands style and I am OK with it.

– Mike

interview : Bill Leeb of Front Line Assembly

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Bill Leeb has been in the electronic music scene since 1985, when he started out with fellow Vancouver boys in Skinny Puppy. Following a need to find his own personal voice he set out on his own and produced music under the name Front Line Assembly, creating a massive body of music from 1987 to now. This eventually wasn’t enough to contain his creative juices and his musical catalog now also includes projects like Delerium, Noise Unit, Intermix, Equinox, and various FLA remix credits.

Front Line Assembly’s newest album, Improvised Electronic Device, came out on June 22. Leeb was kind enough to answer my questions and shed some light on some things I’ve always wondered.

interview by Aaron Andrews

How long did you work on your new album, IED?

This album took the longest out of any Front Line album ever. It almost took three years to make it. In the first year we took about six months writing a bunch of the songs then we decided we’d just walk away for a couple months. We’d never done that before, you know see if you still liked the record. Also all four members were inputting equally, where as before it was just me and Rhys or me and Chris. So it’s kind of a whole new way of doing it like a band almost, which was kind of interesting. In the end we got what we wanted to get. I think we’re all happy with the outcome.

Who else was involved in the making of this album?

Me, Chris Peterson, Jeremy Inkel, and Jared Slingerland. Since we’re on the subject, usually we use Greg Reely to mix the albums but this time we used Greg and Ken (Hiwatt) Marshall, who does all the Skinny Puppy stuff. So this is the first time we’ve used two engineers/mixers. We also have another guitarist on some of the tracks, Justin from a band called Three Inches of Blood. We also did a track with Al Jourgensen of Ministry. We really went around and used a whole bunch of people, I guess after making so many records it got to me. It’s fun to get other people involved and see where we can go with this kind of music. Just see if we can find new ways to turn stones over and stuff.

This album, IED, and the last one, Artificial Soldier, were made with more cast members than most of the previous FLA catalog. Was this intentional or did it just fill out that way?

Well, the thing is because we have a revolving door with Front Line, people sort of come and go, I never say never on anything. So on Artificial it was kind of Rhys had minimal participation on four tracks, he hasn’t toured with us in years and years. So these four guys I just mentioned we played over a hundred shows in a couple years and we formed a good unity. So when it came to working on our next album they wanted to be really involved. I found that the only complaint was there were too many people trying to steer the helm. With Rhys in the old days, and Jeremy and Jared are both 25, you know their pretty young, so it became a bit of a cluster… bomb. You know with everyone trying to get their ideas in.

But on this one there’s no Rhys at all and we’re just forging that idea from Artificial Soldier, it just made for a smoother transition and even though there was more input from everybody it still had more of a calming integral feel from everybody in the band.