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beauty editorial : malice aforethought

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

deadly looks leap out of the past

photographer : Laura Dark
stylist : Noirrrrow and grayartistry.com
makeup artist : grayartistry.com
models : Brianne Jeanette, Odette Despairr, Relie Vicious, and Rocco Giovanni

view the full editorial in the October/November 2010 Issue

fashion editorial : monster mash up

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

remixing spooky prints to fashionable effect

featuring fashion by Too Fast, Dungaree Dolly, Horribell, Spragwerks, Coffin Kitsch, and more

photographer : Jennifer Link
fashion stylist : Meagan Hendrickson
makeup artist : SharonTK
hair stylist : April Grigajtis
model : SharonTK

view the full editorial in the October/November 2010 Issue

item of the week : bario muertos jacket by Iron Fist

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Iron Fist’s Bario Muertos Jacket

image source bluebanana.net

Iron Fist is mostly known for their zombie clad heels and graphic all over prints, yet they also make great men’s and women’s fashions. The Bairo Muertos men’s jacket really caught my eye because of the combination of the style of the day dead black on black calavera print with the modern cut of the jacket. The large pockets give the garment a utilitarian feel.  The jacket has a tie waist for the option of a cinched waist that can help keep you warm. Día de los Muertos is November 2nd, so grab this jacket and adorn thyself for the celebration!

The Bario Muertos Jacket is available online at www.bluebanana.net.

– Meagan

music video : We Love – Hide Me

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Our obsession last issue has released a video!!  This video features the duo of We Love blinking in and out between strobe flashes wearing their stormtrooper white and black outfits and being mysterious. While the video is nothing visually explosive, the clean and simplistic approach really reflects the band’s album. I highly suggest checking out the album if you have not already jumped all over it.

– Mike

item of the week : eye wear crème eyeshadow & liner by Manic Panic

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Manic Panic’s Eye Wear Crème Eyeshadow & Liner

image source manicpaniccollection.com

When I told the crew at Auxiliary Magazine that Manic Panic sent me a whole slew of cosmetics, I think that they were all a little confused since what usually comes to mind is hair dye. Even though hair products are what Manic Panic originally built their name around, they have been producing cosmetics along with their hair glam strips, eye lashes, and wigs for many years. In their newest addition to the growing Manic Panic family is a new line of cosmetics called Creature of the Night. This line is a Fall 2010 exclusive and you can enter to win a bunch of goodies by going to the Facebook page, liking their page, and then entering to win in the sweepstakes tab. Do it now, as the drawing is on October 25th. Good luck!

In my box I received from Manic Panic, the Eye Wear Crème Eyeshadow & Liner duo in Raven really grabbed my attention. In all honesty, I didn’t have much hope for the cream eyeliner that was inside the lovely case. I don’t seem to have luck with any cream based liners, they tend to wear off and leave a mess on my upper lid. I am a liquid eyeliner girl and I’ve tried numerous products to get myself out of the ten plus year rut, but I have had no success, until now! My endless longing was answered by the little case of wonderful crème eyeliner and eyeshadow duo, the makeup left no smudgy residue on my upper lid, there was no bleeding, and it was easy to apply. I enjoyed mixing the crème liner with the black eyeshadow for a more dramatic look and can easily see myself wearing the crème liner on a daily basis. The Creature of the Night eyeliner and shadow duo compact contains a double sided applicator and mirror, that is nice for travel and can be tossed in a handbag for easy on-the-go touch ups.  At an $8 price tag, it’s a must have.

The Eye Wear Crème Eyeshadow & Liner is available online at www.manicpaniccollection.com.

– Meagan

inspiration : Jessica Jean – aristocratic allure

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

photographer : Luke Copping
hair stylist, makeup artist, and fashion stylist : Jessica Jean

Meagan Hendrickson :

The days of long ago when ladies had hats and gloves for every occasion and looked like they glided across the floor in long flowing gowns may appear only like a scene out of a historic movie, but modern women are taking glamorous and romantic notes from eras such as, the Victorian era, the 1920s Jazz Age, and the Elizabethan era, and combining them into current ensembles that embody a grace and pose of aristocratic women. Contemporary cuts are being found in historic inspired designs, such as this black velvet jacket, which is reminiscent of a 1800s women’s riding jacket. The lush material of this jacket draws the attention upward and accentuates the nipped in waist line.

The black satin ball skirt is a common and versatile piece in any notable women’s wardrobe. The long flowing layers of fabric keeps some mystery to the women’s body and while seeming demure in nature, showcases a women’s beauty and grace as an extension of their sensuality in it’s use. Women could use the ball skirt or ball gown in flirting with just a twirl and flicker of the piece, very abstract to the modern world, but alluring and intriguing still. Dancing, moving, or even walking in such a large garment can be quite cumbersome and laborious, but once mastered feels delightful and even free as your legs are not restricted.

While I could go on describing each piece and the inspiration Jessica Jean’s aura, expressions, and mood bring to me, I am delighted to see the appreciation for by-gone eras where sweat pants, hoodies, and jeans were not even a glimmer of an idea. Our society has become so casual, sloppy, and morose in terms of dress that any reason to appreciate fineries in this modern age makes it a little bit more fashionable. Empires may have risen and fallen and the aristocratic age is over, but who’s to say you can’t dress up for an evening of cocktails and dancing to take you to on a journey.


item of the week : rolling death necklace by Hollywood Mirror

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Hollywood Mirror’s Rolling Death Necklace

image source catslikeus.com

What can I say, it’s a hearse necklace, how cool is that!? I admit I’m a little bias towards this piece as I purchased it for myself. I did change the chain as I wanted the pendant for a DIY project and it came out excellent. At a $10 price tag you could be sporting this piece of funeral goodness around you pretty lil’ neck. The pendant is a good size at 2.5 inches and can go with just about anything in that black vortex of a closet of yours.

The Rolling Death Necklace is available online at www.catslikeus.com.

– Meagan

product review : the black soap horror – Metropolis Soap Co.

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

image source metropolissoap.com

When I was asked by the Metropolis Soap Co. if I wanted to review their products, I was intrigued by their kitschy depictions of dames in distress and other scandalous scenes (I admit I’m a huge sucker for packaging) on their products. I really like that all their products are made by hand in the US and are vegan and cruelty-free, I also like that they have a good sense of humor!

When I opened the package from Metropolis, I was delighted to receive a full size bar of The Black Soap Horror which is black and white in color. I do giggle a little at black items, as it does appeal to my gothy side!  They couldn’t have picked a better soap for me, as I instantly loved the musk fragrance which was calming, did not over power my senses, and I could easily identify with. Since I’m a bath gal, I couldn’t wait to soak my ole’ bones and lather up with The Black Soap Horror. Some highlights of my bathing experience were; the soap bar lathered up nicely on my skin and the suds rinsed off completely and there was no residue left behind. I instantly felt moisturized after rinsing off and knew I wouldn’t need to use lotion after my bath. I enjoyed that the fragrance was still on my skin even after toweling off and I could pleasantly catch sniffs of the soap as the day continued. I like that the soap is not over fragranced, leaves me feeling moisturized all day and you get a huge bar of soap for your buck! I’m looking forward to ordering a few bars for myself and for possible holiday gifts. Check out all Metropolis Soap Co products at www.metropolissoap.com.

– Meagan

digital editorial : the Stars in Her Skies

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Silk mohair machine knit dress with zipper trim, suede rooster feather neck corset, feather shoulder piece, and bondage strap with brass latch all by Heartless Revival. Vintage evening gloves with heart charm necklace by Guess with model’s own vintage bead and chain jewelry.

Metallic leather under-the-bust corset and chicken leather and rooster feather neck piece by AutumnLin Atelier paired with cotton sateen corset and charmeuse bustle skirt by Heartless Revival.


music video : The Sorrow – Crossing Jordan

Monday, October 11th, 2010

A plethora of new music is coming out in the next few months and with so many albums to listen to I loaded all the albums up and hit random. Every ten songs or so this metalcore band comes on, while it’s not my favorite style of music, I definitely started to get into it. The band is The Sorrow out of Austria and our friendly Canadian record label Artoffact is releasing their entire discography; Blessing from a Blackened Sky (2007), Origin of the Storm (2009) and The Sorrow (2010). This video “Crossing Jordan” comes from the newest album, releasing October 29, 2010 on Drakkar Records in Europe and sometime in December on Artoffact Records in North America.

– Mike

item of the week : apollo cockpit bow tie by Cyberoptix Tie Lab

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Cyberoptix Tie Lab’s Apollo Cockpit Bow Tie

image source cyberoptix.com

Dear Great Pumpkin,

I’ve been a good girl this year and along side all the delicious candied treats you bring, I’d like an Apollo Cockpit Bow Tie by Cyberoptix Tie Lab. Please! Please! Please! I know I may have cussed a few times, picked my teeth with my fork, and possibly been too crapulent from time-to-time, but I really deserve a treat. This nice bow tie is a must to go along with all the millions of button-up collared shirts I own and it makes me look like a Dandy!

Thank you Great Pumpkin! I believe in you!


The Apollo Cockpit Bow Tie is available online at www.cyberoptix.com.

October/November 2010 Issue out now!

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

The October/November issue is the twelfth issue of Auxiliary, a magazine dedicated to alternative fashion, music, and lifestyle.  This issue features an interview with Michael Gira of Swans, an interview with Andy LaPlegua of Combichrist, a designer feature on Loved to Death, Bridget Blonde and Mercy St Just as our PinUps, and the art of Michael Mararian.  The issue also contains a vintage meets modern fashion editorial, a fashion editorial full of spooky prints for Halloween, a beauty editorial featuring looks inspired by Vlad the Impaler, Lady Bathory, and more, a Memento Mori inspired style feature, and an editorial by Arden Leigh.  It features photography by Laura Dark, Brent Leideritz, and Ama Lea to name a few, and fashion by Stop Staring, Eve Gravel, Unique Vintage, Rebecca Taylor, Jeffrey Campbell, Dungaree Dolly, Too Fast, Sourpuss, Cinched Tight Corsets, and much much more.

You can download it HERE for free.   Print copies are available online HERE and in stores HERE.  Enjoy!