Here’s my guide for all those that fancy the vampy! Every year I put together a holiday gift guide for the freaks, goths, post-punk dames, vintage vamps and alt-chics – all my favorite types of people. This is one of my favorite gift guides to put together as I never outgrew that “phase”; I just adapted better skills on how to conceal it so I can get a paycheck. This is the guide where I want it all and one of my favorite guides to compile:
1. Serge Lutens Eye Khol Liner in Black – Nobody really does high glam goth as well as Serge Lutens. (as pictured above). This liner is perfect for smudging to achieve that Theda Bara vamp look or 80’s Batcave rocker look. Retails for $75 at Saks.
2. Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Fortune Teller – This brand keeps showing up in this guide every year because it’s one that I wear and a personal favorite. They’re perfect for goths, corp goths, modern witches and everyone else.This shade is the deepest, darkest cherry in a matte finish. Retails for $23 at Rituel de Fille.
3. Estee Lauder Creative Spider Pressed Powder Compact – This is the gothiest refillable compact you’re ever going to find. And it’s one of the most glamorous ones you’re ever going to find. Retails for $150 at Saks.
4. Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady Hair & Body Oil – Give your favorite luxe goth a deep, dark and moody rose-patchouli body oil that looks like it a vampire’s martini shaker. Retails for $190 at Aedes.
5. Ellis Brooklyn Raven EDP – It’s an easy-to-wear patchouli and musk inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and totem poles. So, that’s cool. Retails for $100 at Beautyhabit. There’s also a candle and body lotion available in this scent.
6. Papier d’Armenie Scented Notebook – Your favorite goth is going to pull out their quill and rose scented ink and scribble their angst all up in this benzoin-scented journal. This is such a hopelessly romantic journal celebrating Papier d’Armenie’s 130th anniversary. The center features strips to burn and the rest is journal pages. Retails for $22 at Beautyhabit.
7. Paddywax Edgar Allan Poe Candle – Take your pick with these candles. I like the scent of this one because it’s dark and woodsy. But, there’s other great writers (popular with goths) like a really floral Jane Austen and chypre Leo Tolstoy. Retails for $21 at Paddywax.
8. Madame Scodioli Laudanum Soap – This soap smells like cherry pipe tobacco and smoky black tea. The packaging is rad and the price is right for being a stocking stuffer. And yes, it’s named after an opium tincture that was often paired with saffron and was popular in the Victorian era. That’s dark, right? Retails for $8 at Beatnik Emptiness. A solid perfume is also available.
9. Witch Baby Graveyard Body Butter – I have yet to get my hands on Witch Baby products because they have such a cult-following and sell out quickly. One of these days I will get a bath bomb as dark as my soul. Until then, I can buy body butters that claim to smell like graveyard dirt. Retails for $13 at Witch Baby Soap.
10. Lunatick Cosmetics Elvira Mistress of the Dark Palette – To celebrate 35 years of horror hostess badassery, Lunatick Cosmetics has a collab with Elvira (Cassandra Peterson). This coffin-shaped palette contains AUTHENTIC Elvira shadows ranging from hot pink to pitch black. Retails for $35 at Lunatick Cosmetics.
11. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Vault – This is a set of 24 mini NYX liquid lipsticks in weird colors that used to be impossible to find when I was growing up but are now sold at drugstores. See, there’s some good things happening in this world despite its imploding. Retails for $50 at NYX.
12. Kat von D Alchemist Holographic Palette – This is a candy goth’s (or club kid’s) dream of iridescent, holographic shape-shifting highlighters in a totally 90’s triangle palette. Retails for $32 at Sephora.
13. Garrett Markenson EVER Recovery Hair Oil – Listen, you can’t stop me from putting all the oils into the guide. ESPECIALLY an oil that contains all sorts of rare natural ingredients and comes in a black moon phase bottle. Plus, good goths do bad things to their hair. Goth hair needs extra TLC. Retails for $52 at Beautyhabit.
Tell Santa or Ded Moroz or whatever old mythical man that we’re supposed to believe in, that I want all this stuff.
Need more ideas? Here’s my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for your Favorite Goth.
Disclaimer, because, you know, the Internet: I never said I was a goth expert because it’s a diverse subculture. This is my “dark beauty” gift guide that highlights a darker aesthetic regardless of given or chosen labels. I mention this because every year someone comes out of the depths of the Internet to school me on what’s “goth or not”. And I’m like, “Yo, I’ve been called a goth devil worshiper¹ since like, before you were even born, kid”. But, whatever. This is my guide for those of us that just lean towards a darker aesthetic and find beauty in the darkness. And I feel like the 2016 holiday season has even more of us in a darker place this year.
¹One of the many joys of growing up in the Bible Belt…