As Halloween approaches, it’s time to put my creepiness on display. I know that I complained about fall yesterday, but I’m really not that mad about it. This is the time of year when my love of scary things goes from off-puttingly odd to charmingly enthusiastic. From now until Halloween I’m on trend, yo.
Anyway. Remember Hot Topic?
The first time I set foot in a Hot Topic store I was 14 or 15, and it soothed my dark little goth heart. I don’t shop there anymore for obvious reasons (meaning adulthood), but they do occasionally have things that catch my eye. I purchased a weird pair of Dr. Who suspenders there for a friend, and they have some fun Funko exclusives, including the big-headed Pop figures that I love, much to Dan’s annoyance. He doesn’t understand why I need pop culture toys everywhere. I don’t understand why he needs to have car and airplane toys everywhere, so we’re even.
The point here is that I don’t regularly shop at Hot Topic. I knew they sold makeup and beauty accessories; I included a few items in my Morticia Addams gift guide earlier in the summer, but I don’t actually own any of it. I’ve never seen any reviews or discussions of the products. Based on the price and the retailer, I kind of assumed it was all garbage in super cool packaging, the kinds of things I’d buy purely as display pieces. They’re now carrying two eyeshadow palettes from Lunatick Cosmetics, the Supernatural and the Elvira palettes, both of which I love and would very much like to have in my collection. Knowing that Lunatick generally gets good reviews I trust them, but they don’t make the other palettes that Hot Topic sells. I’m into the Nightmare On Elm St. palette, which hasn’t been highly reviewed but I’m so in love with it that I don’t really care. I don’t think I’d actually wear it, and there are even claw marks on the mirror. Stahp.
But last night I stumbled on a YouTube channel called Nerdy Girl Makeup. Ok YouTube recommendations, I’m listening.
If you’ve been paying attention to this blog at all, you’ll know immediately why I was drawn to this channel. Aside from her cover photo and font (Harry Potter!), she’s also reviewing pop culture things. Riverdale, Nickelodeon, Beetlejuice…
Yeah dude, fucking Beetlejuice. A Beetlejuice. Eyeshadow. Palette.
If you’re not a massive fan of or haven’t ever seen the 1988 film directed by Tim Burton, allow Wikipedia to break it down for you: After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.
This movie ignited my love for so many things: weird horror-comedy, Tim Burton, ghosts, horror, gothiness, red wedding dresses, the paranormal, Robert Goulet, seances… the list goes on. My mother did the world a great service when she let me watch this at an extremely young and impressionable age. It helped make me the delightful weirdo that you all know and love.
Honestly, I don’t even care if this palette is good, it’s coming to live with me. As of tonight, September 26, 2018, it’s only available in stores, but supposedly it’s coming to the Hot Topic site soon, and I’ll be checking obsessively until I have it in my hands.
If you want an actual review of this palette including a pretty cool look, check out the Nerdy Girl’s review.
Are there any palettes or makeup items that you’d buy, regardless of the quality? Do you purchase things just for the packaging, or intending to make them display items? I’m really curious how you all feel about things like this!