Walk Walk Fashion Baby- Killstar and Hot Topic Review.

Hi babes!

Let’s talk some fashion I’ve picked up recently.

First we’ll talk Hot Topic. I have come full circle back to being a mall goth. Or my body has just decided to be chunky teenager sized and HT has stuff that fits me that I can afford. SO let’s talk about some of my fave things.

I am a HUGE lover of the skater skirt. I wear them a lot, tucked in, with a geek tee, etc. Love them. Hot Topic has these gorgeous velvety skater skirts in straight and plus sizes. Y’ALL THEY HAVE MOTHER FUCKING POCKETS!

[image description: the view from above of teh author wearing a black velvet circle skirt, with their hand in the pocket]

MOTHER FUCKING POCKETS.

Ahem. The waistband is wide covered elastic, for reference my waist is usually 29-31″ or so depending on how the wind is blowing and I picked up a size Large. It is roomy enough I could have gone with a medium honestly. The stretch is quite nice. Pulled up high to my natural waist, it is almost knee length. The plus sizes, go up to their size 5 (About the same as Torrid) and waist sizes 52″ – 56″ .

IF you are a fat babe, do consider trying one on even if your waist is a bit bigger than the listed sizes because velvety material and a good stretch waistband mean you can likely fudge your sizing a bit as well as try wearing the skirt on different parts of your belly for fit.

I also picked up the galaxy print one because yes I am still obsessed with galaxy print. I would have actually paid retail for both skirts and y’all know Auntie hates retail prices. I HIGHLY suggest these skirts. They have a pretty good variety of sizes and colors most of the time. If you’re on a tight budget, get on their mailing list and wait for a good sale. They have them often.

Now to stroll to the high end area of Gothdom, I bought some stuff from Killstar. So if you’re not into dark aesthetics, you might click that and immediately go WTF…y’all. Killstar is in fact expensive af. I’ve been stalking the items I got for a while and when they had a big sale recently I hit it immediately.

I picked up my third pair of sneakers I’ve ever owned. I got these high top, spiked velvet platform beauties.

Sorry screen reader friends the images are as follows from the left:

[left image description: a top down view of black velvet sneakers with a spiked ankle strap and spikes down the back]

{middle image description: the back of the high top black velvet sneakers with spikes up the back, and the lower leg of a spider web print tall sock]

[far right photo: a top down view of the bottom of the authors outfit. A small bit of velvet skirt over black tights clad knees, grey and black knee high socks and black velvet sneakers]

These are the velvet version of the Unholy High Tops. 

First impression (this is my first Killstar order and I had intended on doing a little unboxing video but my phone was broken..next time babes) was WOW. The packaging is really beautiful. Your recipet comes in a lovely heavy black envelope and somewhere on the branding it says something like occult luxury. Hell yes it is.

I also picked up a few other items, the socks I’m wearing today and some other bits. I’m wearing the All Caught up Socks. Now, having come of aesthetic age in the time of terrible bullshit acrylic socks that were tiny I was not really expecting a whole lot. I was shooketh. The socks have a nice heft to them and are quite soft. My calves aren’t huge but often socks like this I have a hard time fitting into them. I don’t recommend them for large calves or plus size folks who want them to the actual knee.

The socks are nice but I wouldn’t pay full price for them. I’ll stick to Sock Dreams for fancy socks. I also picked up some mens shirts on clearance. I am glad to say that the mens 2xl tee fits a big fat man with a big belly pretty well if a bit tight across the shoulders. The mens 2xl sleeveless tee, makes a super cute mini dress for me. I’ll be wearing it a lot in the summer.

NOW my loves the shoes.

For context I LOVE GOTH SHOES. I’ve had dozens of pairs of Demonia shoes. Oh Demonia, I’ll save a whole ass post for the triumphs and hearbreaks of being a Demonia lover.

These shoes, I literally gasped when I opened the box. The velvet is so beautiful and soft, the spikes are soft but look hard? Weird but it works. The shoes look heavier than they are. They have a solid 2″ platform, no heel. There is some arch support so if you don’t have super high arches like I do, it should be enough support without an insole. I’ve got super high arches and my insoles fit fine.

The shoe is nice and light, wide feet should fit just fine with a lace adjustment. There is an inner zip on the shoe which I appreciate because sometimes in the morning my feet are too stiff to slide into high shoes without a zip.

I’ve been wearing them for a few days and they are very high quality. Everything I got from Killstar is great quality. This is such a departure from a lot of the goth brands I grew up with. So is Killstar expensive? Yes. Is it worth it, I’m going to also say yes.

If you don’t have big baller money, do sign up for their email list and watch those sales. Make sure you load your wishlist and check it every now and then for discounts.

If you want to order, feel free to use my referral link here for 5$ off your first order.

Over 40 Skin Care-new goals

Hi sugar!

Let’s talk about skin care. I’ve been doing some changes, seen some progress and discovered some new goals.

There will be some affiliate links so watch for the *. I get some pennies if you click or buy.

First, the first bare faced photo of yours truly of the year.

[image description: the author. Brown skinned femme with no make up on. Smiling a little]


SO I mean, I hate to brag but y’all look at me. Had you told me even at 30 that I’d ever a.) post a no make up selfie OR be proud of my faceballs, I’d have laughed in your face.

If you’re new let’s talk about my skin struggles. I’ve had oily skin on my face forever. At one point, I had a dermatologist just say, oh wow. My skin is also very reactive, sensitive, easily irritated and acne prone. A whole ass hot mess. Add in that my face scars if I look at it crooked. I am also in perimenopause which means, my skin goes buck fucking wild for no reason.

First let’s talk about my current routine.

I don’t do most things on a schedule. Just like with my hair care I tend to feel out what my face wants and deliver. My current round up of products on rotation goes like this.

Oil Cleansers:

DERMA E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil*- I grabbed this on sale and it is okay. If you are scent sensitive don’t buy this, I thought it might’ve had rose oil in it but it just has a rose scent. Scent doesn’t but me. If you wear full foundation, this one probably won’t do you good. I tend to only use it if I’ve got on light make up (concealer) or if I’m not wearing any.

Nyx Stripped off Cleansing Balm– This is an all time fave I will go back to forever. If you love the Clinique take off the day balm, this is a great dupe. The cost is far lower. Head to head here’s how they stack up. Cost. Nyx winds hands down. Nyx loses a couple of points for being slightly scented, Clinique has no detectable smell. Both work great at removing full coverage foundation. They can easily remove the 17 pounds of mascara+liner I like. They are both great formulations.

boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil* This is my third product try from boscia and I feel a little, eh about it. boscia is one of those brands I really wanted to LOVE but it didn’t really move me like that. This cleansing oil is good, it has a tiny bit of scent not much. I fell for branding and really wanted to love it. It is just a meh for me. Once my bottle is empty I won’t repurchase.

Foamy/lathery/second Cleansers:

Tree Hut Skincare Purifying Cleansing Gel*. I love this cleanser. Some of the ingredients are not the greatest, we’ll talk about that but I love having it in my stash. It works the best for me pre-chemical exfoliation. My skin absolutely loves it. I get squeaky clean without the squeaky feeling.

Garnier SkinActive Face Wash with Aloe Juice*- I had a coupon and wanted to try out this line because I LOVE the sheet masks and Garnier is usually pretty good to me. This is a loose jelly texture, no smell I can detect, super gentle and my skin just loves it. This is pretty great for days when my skin feels grimy or generally a little irritated or peely.

Andalou Naturals Meyer Creamy Lemon Cleanser*- Andalou naturals is a newer to me brand and y’all. I love this brand the way I wanted to love boscia. I don’t know about the brightening but, I just love this cleanser. It does have a slight citrusy scent that isn’t overwhelming. It smells like it has citrus in it. My skin just loves this stuff. It is creamy and doesn’t foam, cleans nicely and leaves my face feeling soft af.

A few honorable mentions. Sometimes I still use my liquid african black soap on my face. It is SUPER drying and I usually only do it as a mini mask when my face is acting a damn fool. Also if I have any sort of irritation. I also almost always have a bucket of Noxema on deck.

Now, if it isn’t a mask night this is what I do at night before bed.

I’m looking for new toners, right now I use Shea Moisture problem skin toner. It is…okay.

After toning I go back to my ride or die Claire-ity 25% Vitamin C Serum* y’all. I’ve been using a C serum for about 4 years. I’ve tried drugstore, high end. I’ve tried liquidy serums, cream c, powder. This brand is my ride or die. Great price point at 15$, it is super gentle and I have absolutely seen a difference in the hydration and smoothness of my skin when I’ve gone a few months not using it.

Next I use a retinol cream. Retinol is another thing I’ve used for the past few years in one manner or another. My fave now discontinued one came from the ordinary. I’ve been searching since. I’ve gone through a few kinds of retinol and this one from Nuva Skin has been great for me. The jar is air tight so no contamination, it is a very rich cream. This is a 2.5% retinol product that also has hylaruanic acid, aloe and other skin loving stuff. For me, cruising at 2.5% has been great for my skin.

Then I lay on some moisturizer. NOW y’alls. I fucked up. I was fbing late one night and came across some super organic fancy ass skin care that is normally out of my price range. I had a few bucks in my paypal and saw that they have sampler kits that with the code, NONTOXIC comes to about 4$ shipped in the US. I grabbed one and okay. The cleanser is nice but not amazing. The rosewater is yanno rosewater. The deep hydration moisturizer tho. Y’all. This is the first moisturizer I’ve used in a while that just, my skin eats it up and LOVES. It is also out of my price range rn for one product. When I can afford it, I will be buying a full size jar.

My last nightly step is I slather my face in Rosehip oil that I got at CVS or Walgreens or something.

I’ve been using some masks but I think I’ll save those. Basically I do a deep clean one on Saturday then a chemical exfoliant midweek ish.

My goals last year were mainly to get my skin cleared up, fewer breakouts. I accomplished that. Also, the texture of my skin has VASTLY improved. I’ve got a glow now. My skin feels plump and silky.

This year my goals are as follows:

  1. Help myself avoid further hyperpigmentation and continue treating what I have slow and gentle like.
  2. MORE hydration.

Basically that’s all I want to do. I feel like my skin glow up is going pretty well. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back into higher end skincare later this year and we’ll have a post about questionable ingredients, money and whatnot.

OH…I didn’t see you there.

Well actually I did and I am a lying ass liar.

Full disclosure, I kind of lost my want to blog because I didn’t think I had anything to say.

I do but it was a thing.

And then the domain registration for this little area came up and I was going to let it go and changed my mind.

SO hi.

I’m your host Shannon. I am a chunky, Black, genderqueer old ass Goth. I like beauty, shiny things, clothes, make up and booties.

I’ll be resuming blogging here after I do a bit of a make over. I’ve got plans for shoppable faves pages. Pinterest stuff and whatnot.

SO if you wanna come along, please come back and visit.

In the meantime, below find a photo of your naked faced host.

[image description: the author, a Black femme wearing glasses, with gray faux locs from the waist up. They are wearing a galaxy print hoodie]