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Summer Hair Inspiration

May 18th, 2014

It’s summer, which means I need to do my summer hair. Taking to the internets for research here are some of my favorite looks.

Dark Bohemian Goddess of Punk



No, she does NOT look like Pickles the drummer, hush!!

This style gets major cool points in my book. I love the color and I love the dark bohemian vibe. I don’t know if I’m up for that kind of maintenance though.


All The Colors of the Wind


How do you have hair like this and NOT braid it?

I love multi shade highlights and low lights.

Magic Cotton Candy Dream Machine


The girl has cotton candy hair, your argument is invalid.


The Red Vampire Queen


I would have gone with a more platinum hue for the to add to the drama, but day-um. I wouldn’t want to mess with this chick.

The White Vampire Queen


Every Red Queen must have a rival white, this reverse ombre takes the cake.


The Mermaid


 I love mermaid hair. I will always love mermaid hair.

Cool Blue

I like this because it’s cool and low maintenance!

Feel Inspired?

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It’s Time For Our Weekly Call To Special Effects!

April 11th, 2014

Just a quick one today, kids! We just got off the phone with Special Effects, and…

Next week! Orders are shipping out next week! Now, you’ll want to take this with a grain of salt as you’ve heard this one before. Buuut, they seemed really, really super cereal this time, so, fingers crossed, we’ll all be gorgeous in a week or two! Same rules as always apply; those who have been waiting the longest get rewarded the earliest. It’s only fair, right? Right.

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Want Shiny, Unfried Hair? We’ve got a few tips!

April 8th, 2014

So, you’ve been bleaching and flat ironing, and teasing your hair into a hot, fried mess. We’ve all done it. But how can you turn it from this:

Into this?:

Well, we’ve got a guest poster today that’s here to show you exactly how to do it! So, without further delay, take it away, Jemma!


Amazing tips on getting awesome hair in 30 days…

So, you want awesome hair? Then you’ve got to start from the inside out. The techniques I am about to share with you are all proven to improve your tresses, and while it might take some time, it’ll definitely be worth it. Some might be common knowledge but I guarantee you that there will be some aha moments here as some secrets are revealed by the hair experts.

To achieve that gorgeously perfect hair we need to care for it inside and out. Here are the lists of the things you need to eat or to avoid in order to accomplish our goal:

  1. Eat the right food, fruits and vegetable is a must for a healthy hair. But adding nuts, brown rice, beans and pulses to your diet would really be a big plus on your hairs’ condition.
  2. Get supplement that nourish your hair such as hair-building vitamins B6, B12, evening primrose oil, folic acid and a good multivitamins.
  3. Avoid smoking, caffeine and alcohol it does more harm than good to your tresses in fact if you eliminate this, your hair will grow stronger and longer.

And now the next step is the dos and don’ts in keeping your hair in top condition. Bear in mind that how you wash your hair and the products you use can go a long way toward maintain a smooth and shiny hair according to dermatologist.

So follow these steps to get healthy hair in no time:

  1. For oily hair, more frequent washing is necessary the more oily your scalp the more you should wash your hair. Here are 3 following scenarios that can help address the frequency of washing the hair.
  • Washing once or twice daily whichever is appropriate for oily hair.
  • Your hair may be drier if they have been chemically treated so washing should be less frequent.
  • Your scalp will be making less oil as you get older so it might not be advisable to shampoo hair every day. However if flakes are forming then it may be a sign to wash your hair regularly with a shampoo.
  1. Shampoo should be applied directly to the scalp to clean the scalp primarily and not the entire length. Washing the ends will result to dull and coarse hair creating flyaway hair.
  2. Conditioner should be concentrated on the hair tips and not on the scalp or the length of the hair because it will make your fine hair look limp.
  3. Using conditioner every after shampoo is a must. It can greatly improve the look of damaged hair by adding shine, lessen static electricity, improve strength and provide protection from the damaging rays of the sun.
  4. Your shampoo and conditioner should be appropriate for your hair type such us color treated hair or damaged hair as this was specifically made to benefit the intended user.
  5. Never go swimming without protecting your hair. Chlorine has been proven to damage the hair so to avoid this always wet the hair and condition them before swimming.  Wearing of tight-fitting swim cap is also advisable. And lastly, do not forget to wash of the chlorine after swimming use specially formulated shampoo and deep conditioner to replace lost moisture.

Stay tuned for a more in depth discussion on caring for your hair. Make sure to follow the tips to get luscious hair in 30 days…You can use hair extensions for more gorgeous hair and have thicker hair. You can visit clock is ticking…start now!




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I’m Terrible At Girly Things, But…

March 21st, 2014

man alive. Sometimes you’re just cruising around the internet and you come across a really awesome tutorial like this one:

Holy cats! How cool is that? Even before it’s on her nails, it just looks like a lot of fun, but once it’s applied, it’s just kind of insanely awesome. Now, this probably isn’t true, but somehow I feel like I could accomplish this. What say you? Am I crazy, or is this doable? Any of you ever try it? How did it come out?

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Forward unto LI-CON!: A Fangirl’s Call to Arms

March 17th, 2014

L Anna Lenz signing books at NY Comic Con Oct 2013

L Anna Lenz signing books at NY Comic Con Oct 2013

For over 30 years, I-CON has been a staple for Long Island’s nerd community. In the chill of the late March air legions of Jedi, Elves, Hobbits, Anime Characters, Super Heroes, Trekkies, and many others would descend on Stony Brook University’s sprawling campus.  Growing up in a time before geek was chic, it was the only place on the island where we could be ourselves and feel accepted by a wonderful and supportive community.

Last year, March came and went with no I-CON for the first time since the 1980’s. Despite the complaints of a decline in programming, quality and a not so warm welcome from Stony Brook over the last few years, I-CON was always more than the sum of their guests and programming. It was the people who came together to celebrate what makes them special and unique. In my eyes the lifelong friendships and bonds with people we may only see once a year was the biggest draw. I was 14 when I went to my first I-CON back in 2000, and I remember how much I looked forward to that experience every year.  I was less enthused over the last few years, joining in on the grumbling about lack of programming, guests and longing for the old days. I felt like I had outgrown I-CON and was planning on skipping last year anyway.

It wasn’t until about August that I realized I felt a little emptier than usual.  The thrill of the upcoming Halloween season wasn’t hitting me as hard as it did in the past.  Something felt wrong, off… there was a ‘disturbance in the Force’ if you will. And like the Grinch on the top of Mt. Crumpit I finally learned the true meaning of I-CON. It was the sense of community and belonging that drove me to these events. The celebrity guests are supposed to be sprinkles on the cake that is a Convention.  Recently focus has turned away from the fans and on the guests. We have lost our way. For shame promoters and con goers, for shame!

LI-CON is going to be much smaller than the I-CONs we may remember, the guest list isn’t as impressive as some of the bigger, fancier cons out there and the dealer’s room will be much less sprawling than it has been in the past, but that’s not why I’m going. I am excited to make my annual pilgrimage to a place that made an awkward teenager feel at home. I am going to meet new friends and share in the joy of fandom with old ones.  It’s the fans that make a con memorable, not the dealers or the guests. So grab your lightsaber, staff or broad sword and let’s breathe the spirit of I-CON back into this event! So Huzzah my fellow nerds and I will see you at LI-CON!

–          L . Anna Lenz (Twitter @The_Apocalisa)


L Anna Lenz is an author and local nerd. Meet her at LI Con on March 29-30 at the Best Western Mill River Manor, 173 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre, NY 11570-4705! 


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Special Effects… We Are IN IT!

March 16th, 2014

Holy cats, people, orders are coming in AND going out, in the SAME DAY!!! I know, you’re shocked, we’re shocked, it’s, well, it’s shocking. It’s good. It’s not GREAT though, because lots of colors, mostly reds, but also stuff like Deep Purple won’t be here for another 2 or 3 weeks. Still, we’ve got SOME colors! So there’s that! What’s missing? Well, this is the list:  Blood Red, Candy Apple Red, Napalm Orange, Fish Bowl, Hot Lava, Wild Flower, Iguana Green, Cherry Bomb, Deep Purple, Joyride, Burgundy Wine, Devilish, Cupcake Pink and Sonic Green. We DO have similar shades in Manic Panic ready to go if you just can’t make it, but, the good news is, the end is neigh! We’re almost fully out of the woods. It’s all smooth sailing from here, and all that good stuff. So, chin up, kids! You’ve made it! Wheee!!!

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It’s A MIRACLE!!!! Special Effects Shipping News!

February 26th, 2014

Well, kids, we’re gonna have to buy a vowel, because oh. My. God. We JUST got off the phone with Special Effects (I KNOW! They picked up the PHONE!) and they said, oh man, it’s so exciting, I can barely type it… but they SAID that on TUESDAY next week, they’re going to be starting to ship out orders to distributors!! That means US!!! Now, before you have to wring out those panties, know this, it’s a PARTIAL shipment. That means SOME of the colors are coming, not our full order. But you know what? Beggars can’t be choosers and if wishes and buts were clusters of nuts than we’d all have a bowl of granola, you know? They do promise that the REST of the order will be following about a week or two after THAT, so, good times, kids!!!!

So, what’s that mean for you? It means GET THAT BLEACH OUT AND GET READY!!!! We are going to be SHIPPING TO YOU!!! Now, since not all the colors are going to be in, we’re going to go through your orders and do a little matchy matchy. It’ll still be in the order it was received, no worries! Didn’t put your order in yet because you thought, nah, it’ll NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN! Well, get yer wrong butt over to the shop and pick some up!!! The end of faded dye is neigh!! IT IS NEIGH!!!!

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10 Gothic Short Stories You Can Read Online Right Now

February 15th, 2014

10 Gothic Short Stories You Can Read Online Right Now

Jan 19th marked the birthday of literature’s dark romantic and master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. The mad, mustachioed author initiated the modern detective story, helped define early science fiction, and embodied the definition of “troubled writer” — but it was his horror stories that marked his legacy. It’s a testament to the power of his work that Poe was able to frighten his readers with fewer pages than most authors. Inspired by his gothic greats, we’ve handpicked ten short tales of classic terror you can read online right now.


“The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” by Edgar Allan Poe

My attention, for the last three years, had been repeatedly drawn to the subject of Mesmerism; and, about nine months ago, it occurred to me, quite suddenly, that in the series of experiments made hitherto, there had been a very remarkable and most unaccountable omission: — no person had as yet been mesmerizedin articulo mortis.

Poe’s 1845 story about a mesmerist who attempts to suspend a man’s life on the brink of death caused a huge sensation. His use of medical (and pseudoscientific) terminology convinced readers the story was real, and initially the macabre author didn’t refute the claims. It was eventually revealed to be a hoax. “M. Valdemar” was written during the spiritualist craze and traded Poe’s dark descriptors for overtly grotesque language.

Read it here.


“The Mummy’s Foot” by Théophile Gautier

From disemboweled cabinets escaped cascades of silver-lustrous Chinese silks and waves of tinsel, which an oblique sunbeam shot through with luminous beads; while portraits of every era, in frames more or less tarnished, smiled through their yellow varnish.

Everyone knows exotic curiosity shops are bad news. You always get more than you bargained for. In this 1840 tale from French novelist and art critic Théophile Gautier, a man happens upon a mummified foot belonging to an Egyptian princess. Despite her embalmed state, she doesn’t want to part with it so easily.

Read it here.


“The Dream Woman” by Wilkie Collins

Her perverted nature set some horrid unacknowledged value on the knife. Seeing there was no hope of getting it by fair means, I determined to search for it, later in the day, in secret. The search was unsuccessful. Night came on, and I left the house to walk about the streets. You will understand what a broken man I was by this time, when I tell you I was afraid to sleep in the same room with her!

Told in four narratives, Wilkie Collins’ “The Dream Woman” was originally intended for Charles Dickens’ weekly, Household Words, where a number of successful supernatural tales were first published by prominent authors. Collins’ work tells the story of a man who marries the woman of his dreams — except his fantasy girl haunts him in his sleep and carries a rather large knife.

Read it here.


“The Ebony Frame” by E. Nesbit

I hope I shall never again know a moment of terror as blank and absolute. I could not have moved or spoken to save my life. Either all the known laws of nature were nothing, or I was mad. I stood trembling, but, I am thankful to remember, I stood still, while the black velvet gown swept across the hearthrug towards me.

English author Edith Nesbit (E. Nesbit) is known today for her children’s books, but she penned a number of supernatural short stories — like this one about a man who becomes infatuated with a portrait of a woman he prays will come to life.

Read it here.


“The Vampyre” by John William Polidori

When he entered into a room, his haggard and suspicious looks were so striking, his inward shuddering so visible, that his sister was at last obliged to beg of him to abstain from seeking, for her sake, a society which affected him so strongly.

John William Polidori’s landmark short story “The Vampyre” transformed the fabled undead creature from a monster into an aristocratic gentleman. It was conceived when the English writer and physician spent time at the Villa Diodati with Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, and Claire Clairmont, sharing ghost stories — the same gathering where Mary Shelley wroteFrankenstein.

Read it here.


“The Wedding-Knell” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Still the death-bell tolled so mournfully, that the sunshine seemed to fade in the air. A whisper, communicated from those who stood nearest the windows, now spread through the church; a hearse, with a train of several coaches, was creeping along the street, conveying some dead man to the churchyard, while the bride awaited a living one at the altar.

Edgar Allan Poe heaped praise upon Nathaniel Hawthorne’s collection of shorts, Twice-Told Tales, which included a story about a morbid union, “The Wedding-Knell.” He wrote:

The style of Hawthorne is purity itself. His tone is singularly effective — wild, plaintive, thoughtful, and in full accordance with his themes. . . . We look upon him as one of the few men of indisputable genius to whom our country has as yet given birth.

Read it here.


“The Old Nurse’s Story” by Elizabeth Gaskell

We bolted the doors and shut the window-shutters fast, an hour or more before dark, rather than leave them open five minutes too late. But my little lady still heard the weird child crying and mourning; and not all we could do or say could keep her from wanting to go to her, and let her in from the cruel wind and the snow.

A toxic relationship between sisters, family pride, and a terrible death invokes the spirits that linger in Elizabeth Gaskell’s classic Victorian ghost story. The tale has sometimes been compared to Henry James’The Turn of the Screw:

“In both cases the ghosts show a diabolical determination to get hold of the children [while] the children themselves are responsive to the ghostly influence and rebel against the attempts of nurse of governess to protect them.”

Read it here.


“The Phantom Rickshaw” by Rudyard Kipling

The dead travel fast, and by short cuts unknown to ordinary coolies. I laughed aloud a second time and checked my laughter suddenly, for I was afraid I was going mad.

A master and innovator of the short story, it’s said that English author Rudyard Kipling may have written this nineteenth-century tale about a persistent female spirit after feeling rejected and haunted by his relationship (or lack thereof) with Flo Garrard — Kipling’s first love.

Read it here.


“Casting The Runes” by M. R. James

Every child in the room could recognize the place from the pictures. And this poor boy was followed, and at last pursued and overtaken, and either torn to pieces or somehow made away with, by a horrible hopping creature in white, which you saw first dodging about among the trees, and gradually it appeared more and more plainly.

Adapted numerous times (most famously as Night of the Demon from Jacques Tourneur) and featuring a character who bears an uncanny resemblance to the “Great Beast” himself, Aleister Crowley, “Casting the Runes” is a fine introduction to one of literature’s greatest ghost story writers.

Read it here.


“The Striding Place” by Gertrude Atherton

He stepped as close to the edge as he dared. The hand doubled as if in imprecation, shaking savagely in the face of that force which leaves its creatures to immutable law; then spread wide again, clutching, expanding, crying for help as audibly as the human voice.

Nineteenth-century San Francisco author Gertrude Atherton was an eccentric character who favored fictional characters as independent and controversial as she was. She reportedly passed up an opportunity to meet Oscar Wilde, because she found him unattractive. And then there’s a story about her gossiping behind Edith Wharton’s back, questioning the authorship of The House of Mirth. She also reportedly humiliated friend and fellow author Ambrose Bierce when he attempted to kiss her, sharing the story of his rejection with all she knew. Perhaps it’s fitting that her shocking exploits mirrored the terror of her short story, “The Striding Place.” Atherton was inspired to write the tale after a trip to England. There, after reading up on the local history, she learned of the River Wharfe and a spot known as the Strid. Its rapids are deceptively narrow and shallow, but the powerful undercurrent is dangerous and hides a vast network of underwater caves and tunnels. The dark poem “The Force of Prayer; or, the Founding of Bolton Priory. A Tradition” by William Wordsworth also encouraged her to put pen to paper.

Read it here.

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We’ve Got In Some Pretty New Lipsticks!

February 12th, 2014

Heads up, the lipsticks we just got in come in a matte case, except for Blue Valentine, which will come in the bejeweled case, because some of you need to be SUPER fancy. So, what did we get in? Well, aside from Blue Valentine, we’ve got Marilyn, Mod-a-go-go, Vampire Red, Kiss of death, and plum passion!

We’re pretty excited about the Mod a go go. It’s not easy to find JUST the right pink when you’re a ginger at heart, and this one works. Woo hoo!

Looking for info on more colors? This lovely lady has done reviews on some of the other shades we’ve just gotten in!

Don’t forget, through Friday 2/14/14 we’ve got free shipping on orders of $25 and up!

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2014, The Year The Attic Decided To Battle Against Jerks

February 2nd, 2014

Guess what, kids? We’re sick of jerks. You too? Good. Then you can give us a hand. All through the year, in this blog, we’re going to take the opportunity to highlight an anti-jerk battle that you can help wage. For our first battle, we’re going to try to help out this little brony dude, Michael.

I don’t care if you don’t like My Little Pony. That isn’t the point. The point is that just because you don’t think something is “cool” that doesn’t mean you torture a little boy until he tries to kill himself. It’s just insane. So, if you’re feelin’ it, donate to this kid’s family. They’re going to have some crazy bills. And if you’re not, that’s ok, just be nice to people and spread this link along to someone who might be. Lets all attempt to be a little less jerky this year. I have the feeling we’re going to need it.

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