Tag Archives: TOP 5

Not worth the hype- Make up Youtube made me buy

Worth the hype? Youtube made me buy it!

Watch enough make-up tutorials on Youtube and you’ll be sucked into a whirlwind of beauty brand hype. Seasoned viewers grow wary of beauty-guru videos becoming adverts, with many ‘influencers’ collaborating with brands on products and promotions. While I wish Youtubers luck, (it’s a brave new world), their videos can leave viewers with unreasonably high expectations and f.o.m.o on […]

Books on Business of Being an Artist

5 books on the Business of being an Artist

Who or what is an Artist? A sticky question. But, in my opinion an artist is anyone who thinks differently, possibly deeply, and is compelled to communicate. The main difference between an amateur artist and a professional, is that one is being paid. But being paid is not what makes you an artist. Ultimately, you are an artist […]

Finding Bowie’s ghost in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

Here’s my potted guide to Bowie spotting in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman….

Gourmand fragrance recommendations

Gourmand Fragrances- My Top Five

Perfumes to me are like a tonic, a real pick-me-up, or a comforting hug from a friend.  My love of scent goes hand in hand with my love affair with make-up, they have the same origin story. My earliest fragrances as a 90’s teen included Arden’s Red Door, Dior’s Poison body lotion and a glitter gel fragrance from Avon called […]

Love -Alien Edp Thierry Mugler

February Favourites- TOP 5 Beauty Buys

February is one of my favourite months featuring my birthday, valentines day, the beginning of spring, Imbolc, and the Chinese New Year. All celebrations that make me happy! (And since I’m facing a scary health situation I’d like to dwell on happy). So without further ado, here are my Top 5 beauty buys for spring: Alien edp Thierry Mugler […]

Top 5 beauty books 2016

Five Fabulous Beauty Books – Current Reading List

My current reading list features five new sparkly beauty book releases. While I concede the Kate Bush tome is not technically a ‘beauty’ book, it might as well be for all the gorgeous photos of La Bush rocking big hair and sultry 80’s eye make-up. She’s one of my all time beauty idols for sure! I adore books with lavish photos and illustrations. I […]

Best of 2015- Geen Genie

My Top Five Blog Posts of 2015

Here are my Top Five most popular posts of 2015 based on my WordPress review of the year. They are pretty varied and not what I would have expected but I’m glad to have spotlighted some things that I loved last year. 1  Book Review: A is for Amos, An Illustrated musical A to Z by Daria Hlazatova July 2015 […]

Gothic Make-up looks from Pixiwoo MUAs

Five Dark Alternative Looks from Pixiwoo’s MUAs

I’m addicted to make-up tutorial videos on You-tube, like these from The Pixiwoo channel (Aka Sam and Nic Chapman, the two sisters behind the ‘Real- Techniques’ make-up brushes). They may be mainstream popular these days, but there are a surprising number of alternative looks in the Pixiwoo archives. A little bit goth, a little bit grunge and […]

recommended reading- featuring Amanda Palmer

Five Books on my Reading List

Life’s been a bit hectic lately but I’ve been rolling with the punches. I mentioned recently that I’m looking forwards to some reading time over the holidays. Here’s a glimpse at my current ‘To Read’ pile: Voice of the Fire: Alan Moore, Moore is a long time writing hero and favourite of mine. The Watchmen and V for […]

Top 5 Florence and the Machine videos

My Top Five Florence and the Machine Videos

I adore music videos, but its a rare artist these days that makes one I can get excited about. The imagery employed by Florence and the Machine of magic, spiritualism and melancholy always sets my heart a flutter.  Links below to see the videos of my Top 5 Florence & The Machine Videos : Rabbit Heart (Raise it up) This track […]

Grunge eye palettes featuring mac burgundy x 9

Top Five Grunge palettes for Autumn Eyes

I’m obsessed with finding the perfect red/copper/brown eye-shadow combo. Currently described as a ‘grunge’ look , it’s essentially a sultry warm smokey eye that’s been around forever. It can be difficult to pull off but new matte formulas afford a more subtle application, boosting this style’s popularity. Here’s my Top 5 pick of russet hued palettes ranging from high-end to budget: Clockwise from Top Left: Lorac: Pro Matte / […]

Indulging your inner goth

Indulging your inner goth – 5 Great Gothic Lifestyle Links

Whether you just had a ‘goth phase’ or you’re goth for life I assure you the Gothic Subculture is undying! Lately I’ve been indulging my inner goth and I’ve uncovered countless Gothic lifestyle bloggers, youtubers and IG accounts proving the subculture is alive and thriving on the internet. Growing up I was something of a weekend goth. The sensibility was there, even […]

A-is for Amos- Daria Hlazatova

Book Review: A is for Amos, An Illustrated musical A to Z by Daria Hlazatova

I recently discovered  Daria Hlazatova‘s work when Billy Corgan tweeted this glorious image of her’s entitled Daphne Descends inspired by the Smashing Pumpkins song. It’s no secret that I’m a Pumpkins fan, so I had to find out more about this artist whose style sums up Adore era SP, evoking Aubrey Beardsley, gothic Surrealism and the art-deco stylings of Erté. It transpires that Hlazatova […]

5 beauty fails product review

It’s not me it’s you!- 5 beauty product fails

After recently recommending my best budget beauty buys, I figured why not share some of my most disappointing purchases too? These make up products just didn’t live up to the hype for me. Consider these my top five beauty fails: 1- Precious Metals Highlighting Palette by Sleek Makeup £9.99 – I got this as part of the Party […]

Top Five under £5 Make up

Beauty Best Buys – 5 for under £5

my top five current beauty buys for under £5 featuring Sleek and Make-up Revolution

Iggy Pop- Chairman of the Bored

Worth A million in Prizes-My Top 5 Iggy Pop Collaborations

There’s a warm place in my heart for Iggy Pop. An idiot savant of rock, this never aging man-child full of mischievous humor has a baritone that exudes life experience and  pathos. James Newell Osterberg Jr is every bit as iconic as Johnny Cash. His output might be edgier, but he’s as humble and humane as the Man in Black. Iggy is a […]

Favourite Instagram Feeds

Five of my Favourite Instagram Fan feeds

Instagram is more than just a place for snapshots of everyday life. I really enjoy following feeds that post regularly on some kind of theme. I call these ‘fan feeds’ where account holders post pictures of their favourite obsession. The possibilities for these feeds are endless and I enjoy a daily burst of seeing things that inspire me, and should I […]

5 Things You might not know about Me

I could draw horses before I could draw people. I grew up obsessed with all animals, real, fictional and prehistoric. Family and friends tease me about being a bit of an Elmyra. Thank providence for stray cats or I might never have owned one. I’ll always be a goth at heart. I’ve never been able to […]

GeekyTee-Shirt Week

T-shirt Week

If you’re a fan of illustration and design then T-shirt art is something you probably love. I’m inspired every day by work I see on sites like Tee fury and Redbubble. There’s some great stuff on the high street too. I love that T-shirt art is a way to proclaim your fandom. So here’s a little peek into […]