Lipstick Love

Hello Lovelies:

It’s time to clean up and prepare for an immense year.

Decluttering Has Commenced

I hate dry lips. Lip balm, gloss, and lipstick are usually never far away. So when I bought some new makeup and received some as Christmas gifts, I decided that going through my make-up should be part of my New Year’s decluttering.  I’ve got a lot going on this coming year, so getting things organized is priority number one.

Yesterday, I resolved that I would start with cleaning out the medicine cabinets and my lipstick collection because I kept finding tubes that were almost done. After my initial gathering, I had no less than seven sticks that were down to “just a little” left. I also had about five of those mini samples from Avon and Clinique that come with the bonus gifts. They were good colors too. I got to work, using old (but now sterilized) contact lense containers to store these chunks of creamy bouche goodness. I had started down the rabbit hole of lip coverage.

By the time I scooped out like colors, I had six of those little bad boys filled with mostly nude and red shades. I marveled at my tenacity to even scrape out two ultra thick lip color pencils (they are even too large for my biggest sharpener) and one gold gloss that was only partially used because the applicator didn’t even reach to half way down the bottom! By the time I was finished, I had wiped the little remaining bits on my lips. My pout looked amazing in multiple sparkling shades.

And I now had amazing little pots of color I could use and not waste. I hate wasting things. Note, I did not keep anything that looked or smelled like it was going bad.

I realized I needed to check my makeup bag, the medicine cabinet, a couple sink storage spots, my purse, and my special events makeup kit to see what I really had. The results were shocking. I have a problem. I am a lip coverage addict. I thought I was down to just a few colors. I assembled quite the stash from purple to bright pink to my favorite deep red from Clinique. Twenty-four lipsticks and gloss tubes (yes I know, crazy!), four liners, and five lip plumpers which I had totally forgotten about. Oh and two lip balms. I had everything from the cheap L.A. dollar store brand to Clinique, Avon to Kryolan and Ben Nye theatrical brands, Makeover Essentials to one fantastic Revlon nude shade that I picked up for under $2 at a Walgreens last year. And I got this Buxom gloss from my sister in law that’s so good it hadn’t left my purse since Christmas. I am clearly obsessed.

The rest of my make-up was far less challenging because two years ago, I realized I had WAY too much shadow. I only cleaned out a couple of brown shades that were stuck in the corners of containers that went to the recycling bin. But as I went along, I also found two scented bars of sculpting soap and other bs like that. I cut ‘em up and put them in my huge bath gel dispenser with another sample size bath lotion (along with what was previously in there, vanilla bath foam and xmas cinnamon—wait for it—from last year and I mean 2016). I’m gonna use that stuff, I swear, and I have been, just like I got through the too much eye shadow, one day at a time.

I found two unopened mascaras that I was looking for. And I sorted through make up brushes too.

I also found two tubes of body shimmer and one tube of glitter which belonged in the special kit. I confess that the body shimmer is the bomb. It’s some silvery stuff I bought from Avon, and it highlights like nothing else I’ve seen. I need a special event to just cover myself in it like a vampire from Twilight. And it’s not a bad thing. I do enough shoots and events to where this stuff will get used. Which brings me to…

The cellulite creams, body lotions, oils, etc. Yeah, that was part of two years ago “let’s pare this back a little”. I put a bunch of them in one big bottle with some self-tanning creams—and forgot about it. Even though the immense bottle is in the same caddy as my bath soap with a tub of lavender foot lotion that’s (I can’t believe this) TEN years old. I remember because that’s when I had I house and I’ve now been in my apartment ten years. Wow, that’s hard to admit. Ah well, yep, it’s so freaking cold and dry here right now, that yes, I using that stuff TODAY. Again none is going to waste and I’ll be soft as a baby’s bottom. The Mississippi is starting to really ice up as we hit day thirteen of below freezing temps. You can see the progression.

I did good today. I also took out five bags of recycling (don’t judge, I just haven’t had time since before Christmas when I threw my back out), I made a massive pot of bean mix for burritos, etc., banana oatmeal bread (my apt smelled heavenly), did one load of laundry, squeezed in a short workout, promoted some artwork online, starting planning for an upcoming shoot, and even sorted through a sandwich bag full of AA batteries. To explain, my portable CD player practically eats them. However, after they’re done in the player, they’re still good enough for the TV remote, mini flashlights, a couple of clocks, and a small portable fan in the bathroom.  And I still got to sleep in.

So next up is more laundry and cleaning up xmas over the next few days. After that, organizing craft/art supplies and moving some furniture. Like I said, I gotta have things in place to be able to work more efficiently because 2018 is my year. Get ready for some delightful things!

Please note SALE!! all holiday items in my shop are already marked at 50% until 12/15/18. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

Cementing my first show and shoot of the year. 🙂

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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Events:

Feb art show, details coming…

June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box.
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
BOOKS:

-A brief reminder-the vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

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Happy New Year!

Hello Lovelies!

So first, like most of you, I’ve made one very simple New Years resolution:

Also, a little less social media, a lot more creativity, and a lot more exercise.

My little run to the ER with massive back spasms on xmas eve day was a brutal reminder that I need to stay healthy.

2017 was filled with highs and lows and the gaps between were massive; very little grey area.

On the bad side, my older sister passed away on Easter after a 30+ year battle with MS. The very next night I had to style a photo shoot. And just a week later I had a book signing and photo promo shoot (of me).Honest to God, I am so grateful to have been surrounded by friends and family.

I also had to put Bobalou down. I still miss him, but realize a pet isn’t a good thing for me to have right now.

My sis in law lost her mother only a couple months after her father was seriously ill in the hospital. I also had to break off a couple of professional relationships that weren’t fruitful and actually downright scary.

The highs were well, amazing. I put out four books:

1) A Book of Sleepy Dogs

2) A Long Reign (my first amazon bestseller)

3) Illustrated-Cecilia’s Tale (A Children’s Book I illustrated for my editor, Debbie Manber Kupfer!)

4) The First Ten Bites (a compilation of my vamp series)

5) I started a book on NaNoWriMo!

6) and ended the year with a short story submission. Literally on NYE!!

I curated a Steampunk art show and the first Broken Hearts Ball and Fashion Show-at 1900 Park, and shows at The Heavy Anchor.

I had two shows at the Dog Museum and donated my annual piece to Stray Rescue’s annual Urban Wanderers art show.

Big River Steampunk Festival was incredible. And managing the Masquerade Fashion Show was amazing:

The year ended with the Lafayette Square House Tour. It was inspiring!

New Years came in with a cold blast. I relaxed at home with movies, cookies, treats, wine, writing, and pancakes!!

And it was so cold that ice was on the Mississippi on New Years Day:

Thank you for letting me share another trip around the sun with you all.

Of course with end of the year, all holiday items in my shop are already marked at 50% until 12/15/18. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

2018 is going to be magical. So many plans are already in the works.

Peace to you and yours, and as always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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Events:

June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box.
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
BOOKS:

-A brief reminder-the vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

Small Business Saturday

Dear Readers:
Thank you for supporting small businesses like mine this weekend. Your patronage allows me to keep creating and doing what I love AND make a living on it. 

I’m still filling the Etsy store with new goodies, from vintage and art items to new steampunk jewelry and offering an incredible sale. 

Take 50% off any item over $20 with code SBS2016. This code will be good through Cyber Monday 11/28. Feel free to share this code with family and friends as the SBS in the code stands for Small Business Saturday! Please support small and local this year! 


Another BIG THANKS FREEBIE-I am so grateful for your business, that I am offering a FREE steampunk/Victorian gothic short on amazon/kindle. “A Stairway” is available TODAY through Cyber Monday. Again, you are welcome to share it with friends:

amazon.com/author/victorialszulc


As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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News and events:

-Shop small at the Heavy Anchor! I’ll have lots of great gifts:


-I will again host the Open House at 1900 Park during the Holiday Parlor Tour in Lafayette Square, Sunday, 12/11, 10am-5pm. More great goodies at the Trunk Show!



-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box. 

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-the Haute Hen.

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Thanks, Big Announcements, and New Stuff!

Dear Readers:

Thank you to all who came out to the Spencer Road Library Branch last Thursday. It was great to drive up with my editor, Debbie Manber Kupfer, meet new people and see some familiar faces from the Big River Steampunk Festival. And soon you will be able to borrow my book from the St. Charles City-County Library system!

As the year winds down, I’m filling the Etsy store with new goodies, from vintage and art items to new steampunk jewelry! And yes a SALE!! Take 50% off any item over $20 with code SBS2016. This code will be good from Black Friday 11/25 through Cyber Monday 11/28. Feel free to share this code with family and friends as the SBS in the code stands for Small Business Saturday! Please support small and local this year! 

And yet, more…I am so grateful for your patronage, that I am offering a FREE steampunk/Victorian gothic short on amazon/kindle. “A Stairway” will be also be available starting on Black Friday, 11/25. Again, you are welcome to share it with friends:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

And yes, one more freebie. A live read and  interview will be coming to my YouTube channel as well! See my links to social media below.

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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News and events:

-Shop small at the Heavy Anchor! I’ll have lots of great gifts:


-I will again host the Open House at 1900 Park during the Holiday Parlor Tour in Lafayette Square, Sunday, 12/11, 10am-5pm. More great goodies at the Trunk Show!


-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box. 

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-the Haute Hen.

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Last Show of the Year at the Heavy Anchor!

Dear Friends:

Thanks for the turnout at the Lafayette House Tour, lots of art sold. Tomorrow is my last show of the year at the Heavy Anchor, please stop by!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1501132990187025/

 I’ve had some issues with my etsy store and it should be up again soon. As soon as I can, I will have a couple last minute coupon codes (up to 75% off certain items!) so watch this space!
Coming soon in books: Revenge and Machinery, the second book in the Society Series. Don’t forget to check out the first book Strax and the Widow to catch up on the adventures of Kate Church.

Last local show in the St. Louis area for the year!:

Holiday Craft/Art Fair, The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois, Tuesday December 15th, 6pm-10pm

Strax and the Widow is still on sale for $1.99 on amazon/kindle. The Vampire’s Little Black Book series will continue to be $.99 per short story until I have the compilation completed. So please, take a gander, and share it with your friends! The link is here:

http://www.amazon.com/Strax-Widow-Society-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00NSENACA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444181623&sr=8-1&keywords=strax+and+the+widow
Again, you don’t have to have a kindle to download it, just the kindle app or program for your e-devices.
As always, thank you for reading.
-Victoria
Upcoming/continuing shows/events and social media links:

-12/15 Heavy Anchor Craft Show
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. It was auctioned last week, will update on the buyer when I find out.
-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! My amazon author page link:
http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-the Haute Hen. The store is down for a few days, but more new stuff and another sale is coming!!
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Black Friday Sale thru Small Biz Sat and Cyber Monday

Dear Friends:

It’s that time of year again. Time to shop small and local. Please support small businesses like mine this holiday season. And I’ve made it easier with coupon code BLACKFRI25 for 25% off all items in the Etsy store over $10! I also have several items permanently marked down already under $10.

Most of this blog is about my process. Today I’d like for you to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I am a working artist. What you buy from me helps pay the bills and further my creative endeavors. I appreciate your business, I’m almost at 12,000 views in the Etsy store, I’ve sold a couple thousand of my stories and books on amazon, I can’t say it enough, THANK YOU and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Steampunk Bunny Mask in the Etsy store.

Steampunk Bunny Mask in the Etsy store.

Speaking of books:
As I spoke of in the previous blog, I finished Revenge and Machinery. I hope to have it finished in ebook form by Christmas.

I regret that I was not able to make it to Teslacon. I didn’t announce it formally on my blog (either that I was initially going or couldn’t make it), but my advertising was in the con booklet. Please know that I wanted to be there, but I had some personal issues that prevented me from attending. I am trying to make it to some cons this year, but most likely they will be inside of Missouri and Illinois depending upon how well the Christmas/holiday season goes.

I will be at three local shows in the St. Louis area:

The Holiday Mart at Edward Jones, 12555 Manchester Rd., Saturday December 5th, 9am-2pm

The Lafayette Square Parlor Tour, 1900 Park, Creative Space, Sunday December 13th, 10am-5pm

Holiday Craft/Art Fair, The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois, Tuesday December 15th, 6pm-10pm

Strax and the Widow is still on sale for $1.99 on amazon/kindle. The Vampire’s Little Black Book series will continue to be $.99 per short story until I have the compilation completed. So please, take a gander, and share it with your friends! The link is here:

http://www.amazon.com/Strax-Widow-Society-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00NSENACA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444181623&sr=8-1&keywords=strax+and+the+widow
Again, you don’t have to have a kindle to download it, just the kindle app or program for your e-devices.
As always, thank you for reading.
-Victoria
Upcoming/continuing shows/events and social media links:

-12/6 Edward Jones Holiday Mart

-12/13 1900 Park, Creative Space, Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour

-12/15 Heavy Anchor Craft Show
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for placement updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. It was auctioned last week. I’m not certain who the buyer is just yet!
-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! My amazon author page link:
http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-the Haute Hen.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon