Tarabusi Creek Phoenix Charcoal Scrub

Tarabusi Creek Phoenix Scrub

So, when the New Year began I decided I should take more time to look after my skin. I don’t have overly troublesome skin, I’m quite fair, and my skin can be oily around the ‘T’ zone but I am prone to the occasional break out.

My weekly routine includes exfoliating my whole body the day before I use a light self-tan. Moisturise when necessary! (Terrible I know!) if it ain’t broke don’t fix it right?! I always wanted to find a really good product for my skin, one that doesn’t cause me to break out or cause a reaction. But I always seemed to be bamboozled by the world of skincare products out there. So, to my delight, I found this aesthetically pleasing, gothic scrub from Tarabusi Creek, which just screamed my name from the moment I saw it!

Ive been really keen to try a black bath bomb or black scrub since they first became popular but none have lived up to their hype – until now!

The Phoenix Charcoal Scrub from Tarabusi Creek looked and smells devilishly good! I used it to exfoliate in the bath and to my surprise it turned my bath water pitch black!! Not grey, or misty, pure black!!!! To my mind, its’ scent has a mix of coconut and subtle aftershave, the kind of fragrance you just want to keep inhaling! And what scrub wouldn’t be complete with lots of gritty goodness to help wash away all those dead skin cells leaving you with non greasy, soft skin. It’s pasty texture makes it easy to spread over your skin and doesn’t thin out as you spread, literally covering you in creamy black goodness!

All of Tarabusi Creeks’ products are vegan friendly and made fresh

All of Tarabusi Creeks’ products are vegan friendly and made fresh so no product is more than a month old by the time it gets to the user, which in my case, I might add, didn’t take long at all. My Phoenix Charcoal Scrub cost $13.50 plus shipping which I thought was very reasonable since these are handmade and of such great quality.

My only complaint was the black tint to my bath afterwards! But not to worry, It washes out easily and either way, I’ve always wanted a black bath!

It still amazes me that your hands are full of black foam but when rinsed are squeaky clean!

Along with my Phoenix Charcoal Scrub, I received a bar of their Umbra Black Hand Soap which is a really nice addition to my already gothic guest bathroom! It still amazes me that your hands are full of black foam but when rinsed are squeaky clean! This soap, again, is vegan friendly, and costs $9.50 plus shipping.

Both of these products are suitable for oily and dry skin. They help remove toxins in the skin due to the charcoal ingredient. I’m now waiting patiently for a restock of the Enchanted Face Mask for anti-redness and irritated skin, since the Charcoal Scrub and Umbra Hand Soap were such a worthwhile purchase.

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Stud Styling & Customisation

For as far back as I can remember I have had an unrelenting passion for all things leather but, particularly so when combined with studs or spikes. Even the smallest cluster of decorative studs can add a distinct edge to a favourite jacket, bag, gloves, shoes,or a hat. In fact, just about any piece of clothing you care to customise! These shiny silver embellishments contrast so beautifully with the sexy and sophisticated black leather and work so well with my alternative taste in fashion and clothing.

Any fashion item you care to imagine, whether it’s a jacket, dress, pants or whatever else takes your fancy, can be tastefully embellished with silver, gold or matte black studded decor. Add chains, clasps and a carefully thought out design and you have a truly unique piece of clothing that will really make a statement.I have made many attempts to customise some of my favourite leather garments with studs and spikes of all shapes and sizes but, alas, my patience ran out as quickly as the available funds on my credit card and I made such a mess of my items, they were fit only for the bin!

You can imagine my delight then, on finding @stud.and.spike.lab while trawling for inspiration on Instagram. They add studs, chains and spikes to whatever piece of clothing your heart desires and the design is entirely up to you, so you’re free to be as outrageous or as subtle as you wish.

You can send your carefully chosen product and ship it off wherever in the world you are or you can request a product to be bought and embellished completely by them. I would advise make sure your item fits well before customising. Stud and Spike Lab charge $35 per hour for customising a garment of your choice which includes all design and labour, the hardware is charged as extra according to what’s required to complete the piece. You can also request a quotation before your item for customisation so there’s no surprises when your order is complete. The quality of their work and design is second to none. They really have an eye for punk design and know what looks good, nothing worse than ill-placed studs, they can just end up looking out of place.

Apart from a wide range of studs and spikes, you can specify any of a number of logos and emblems for inclusion in your garment design. Imagine batman, superman or a whole host of other funky emblems or personal designs and let Stud and Spike Lab work their magic! I have seen them create some truly unique items such as customised Converse trainers, a funky leather rave bra, a leather hip satchel and a denim dress to name but a few.

So I say to all you fashion trend-setters out there, go dig out that leather jacket that you’d thought has seen its better days, or how about those ankle boots you thought you would never wear again but can’t bare to part with, and have them reborn with Stud and Spike Lab!

If you still need convincing, just check out some of these amazing pieces of work below, be inspired and breathe new life into those favourite pieces of clothing you thought would never see the light of day again!

Stud and spike lab customise any piece of clothing with any design you can imagine. They ship worldwide and will even source the clothing for you and ship your finished garment anywhere in the world. What are you waiting for?!

Ladies retro style fashion sunglasses

Bad Bish Rags Sunglasses

These Ladies Fashion Sunglasses are a perfect blend of retro style and quirky individuality

If you are anything like as pedantic as I am for detail, you’ll already know that finding a quality pair of fashion sunglasses that perfectly fit your particular style can be a monumental task! Most of the ones I find have lenses incorrectly sized for my face, lenses that are too close to my eyelashes or with arms that are too tight and cause my temples to hurt. Still, I always love browsing the sunglasses racks at every opportunity. I’m a pushover for classics such as Rayban wayfarers, aviators or any of the larger framed sunglasses, the smaller ones, I find, just look too small for my face.

Recently, while perusing one of my favourite accessories websites, badbishrags.com where I usually find the coolest and trendiest pieces to add to my Aladdin’s cave, I came across the most awesome looking shades! At only £9 I thought ‘hey, what the heck, worth a shot at that price’ and promptly added them to my already overflowing basket. My new fashion sunglasses arrived surprising quickly, well packaged (in a shiny pink bubble wrap bag might I add!) and to my complete surprise, even more awesome then I could have imagined for such a small outlay! I couldn’t believe the quality of my new shades, for something that cost less then a coffee and a sandwich! I would definitely have expected to pay a lot more for these little beauties, and would have been more than happy to.

Wire framed with a neatly exposed screw head detail, These bad boys consist of circular, mirrored lenses with an almost ‘goggle’ type effect at either side in leather and with matching chrome arms. They look amazing with my hair tied up and finish all my black outfits off to perfection. The lenses are totally mirrored, you can see nothing through the other side of the lens other than your reflection, which I love. They are really comfortable to wear and look über fashionable.

These little gems are appropriately named the ‘Stop Bugging Me’ Bish Blinker Sunglasses and can be purchased for the paltry sum of £9 (that’s before any discount, enter ROCKBITCH at checkout for 10% off) right here at badbishrags.com. Trust me, You won’t be disappointed!

www.badbishrags.com also have amazing quirky and alternative jewellery, clothing, fashion sunglasses, accessories and lots more. Look out for their fabulous range of alternative garters for something a little different and fabulously sexy. So reasonably priced (Enter discount code ROCKBITCH at checkout for even better prices) and ultra cool looking!

Ladies wire framed, mirrored fashion sunglasses
retro style fashion sunglasses from badbishrags.com

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How to wear harnesses

Accessorising can be tedious at times and if you’re not a pro can be bamboozeling when it comes to choosing the right jewellery, bag, hat, you name it, to go with an outfit. I like to stick to what I’m comfortable with and what I know suits me. For instance, black nails – check, 1-2 silver rings – check, small stud earrings or thin simple long earrings – check, and maybe sunglasses if the weather is good. I do occasionally love a chain with crosses if I have the right outfit on.

However, lately I have stumbled across a whole new world of basic, multi-choice, accessorising in harnesses. Now before I scare you away these are for the faint hearted and not just for the sexy lady who likes to spice things up in the bedroom! Oh no my friend, these handy leather adjustable beauties with a fetish twist are the new must have for any girl who dares to wear. I found some fabulous harnesses on tealecoco.com and most of their products are so easily adjusted to not only wear around your waist, they can be interchanged, strapped and looped to your hearts content. Some other brilliant harnesses are on rebelcircus.com and nastygal.com.

I have added a couple of simple looks below to get you started. The easiest outfit I can recommend is your favourite denim fitted jeans, a loose white shirt and a harness around your waist and over your shoulders to add shape, mystery and down right fashion.

Of course, we all know where it was born, and donning your favourite lingerie with your new harness will not go unnoticed!

Then there’s hand harnesses for a leather jewellery look, leg harnesses, a simple leather choker, or even a high waisted leather garter belt harness for when you’re feeling courageous!

All these options will have you feeling feminine, sexy, confident and a little bit naughty!

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The Little Black Dress

Accessorising the ‘lITTLE bLACK dRESS’, Every Girls Wardrobe Essential

Whether you’re an ‘LBD’ diehard, an occasional wearer or even a total newbie to the concept, the proverbial ‘Little Black Dress’ is every girl’s wardrobe essential. I have a closet full of LBD’s, probably more than I will ever get to wear but I honestly can’t resist, and you can never really have too much choice when it comes to picking the perfect outfit for a night out. It’s not by accident that the little black dress is a fashion favourite of women from all corners of the globe. They are easy to wear, always look the part, and you can dress them up or down according to you event. They never fail to flatter no matter what your figure or body type and being black, they are always very forgiving when it comes to making the most of your figure. So being a devoted fan of the LBD look I’d love to share with you my accessorising tips for your next ‘Little Black Dress’ occasion.

To begin, there’s a few simple things to consider; what style and shape is your dress? Is it strapless, halterneck, one shoulder? what length are you going for? and the fabric? What type of event are you going to, a daytime event or a classy, evening affair? In the spirit of the little black dress look, let’s keep things simple and start from the beginning.

#The skater, pleated or flowing dress

If your dress is a skater, pleated, or flowing type day dress, add decorative funky tights or stockings.If it’s a winter or autumn day and the weather is chilly, pair it with ankle boots and a cropped jacket. Accessorise with some jewellery, match a watch or simple bracelet and maybe a pair of stud earrings or these great long skull earrings and some trendy sunglasses. Statement necklaces can add a great touch to a daytime LBD too, especially if it’s a low cut dress or a very simple style and you want to dress it up.

#Formal or Fitted

If your dress is a formal fitted knee length LBD, it will usually have capped sleeves or straps and generally won’t be very low-cut across the bust, so you’ll need a simple, delicate chain with a small pendant, Add a tasteful pair of diamond or pearl stud earrings, and medium heeled courts. This is your office or formal LBD look and can look as good as evening wear if you choose the right fit for your figure. I have a gorgeous one from Zara.com that I wear with tights when it’s cold and either heels or my shoespie knee- high boots.

#The Nighttime LBD

And now for the really fun part, The nighttime LBD! If you have a knee-length strapless LBD, like my velvet one from H&M, pair it with long earrings something like the ones below, or even a single, long, decorative statement earring, patent black high stilettos, clutch bag and perhaps a cashmere shawl. To add a touch of mystery, match your ensemble with a pair of cropped leather gloves like the ones featured from matsugloves.com

#The Strappy LBD

For the strappy LBD, like this one from axparis.com, you could add a gold, or silver and black thick bracelet for a touch of drama, like the one below from staticjewellery.com, some strappy sandles would be perfect with this, or try these pointed bow ankle strap stilettos from ustrendy.com. I wear my hair loose and flowing with an outfit like this.

#The halterneck LBD

If you have a halterneck LBD, like this gorgeous velvet dress from missguided, you are going to need a statement piece such as a bracelet, clutch or chain strap bag and really high stilettos which will elongate those pins. Pair it with some fabulously daring earrings and you are ready for your dazzle your audience a really classy and feminine look!

#The Strapless Leather LBD

Finally, one of my all-time favourites, a strapless, black leather dress. Nothing beats a dress like this in my opinion! Add a silver or gold bangle, or a thick leather bracelet for more of a rock-chick persona. Choose a really good choker, this is a must-have for your jewellery collection. I have a velvet one from jujugoddessjewels.com with a rose in the centre and I absolutely adore it. Looks amazing and is even sweeter to think it only cost me $10! – amazing value for what it is.
To complete this outfit, perch yourself upon some killer, rocker heels! Think Iron Fist; Something with studs, zips or even a metal heel!
You can find really funky don’t-mess-with-me heels on hadesfootwear.com, heels that say ‘yes, I’ve arrived and I mean business!’
I also love to wear a quiff in my hair with my leather strapless dress, it really complements the outfit and completes the look perfectly.