This was a long time coming.
Yet I sit here with a blank page wondering what to say.
So uh… hi. I suppose I should start at the beginning.
Back in 2011, I got frustrated with the lack of goth appropriate options for makeup in Second Life. I wanted makeup that I would actually wear in real life– it’s just that what *I* would wear in real life is more like what other people will only wear in a virtual environment. I didn’t do it alone. I had help from my partner at the time (a lot of help, honestly.) But after a while that didn’t work out, and Beautiful Freak wound up being a partnership between three friends beginning in 2012. I still owned it, but we were a team consisting of two designers and a storyteller who wrote our ad copy, (and will manage our Facebook page). That’s still who we are, though now we have the aid of a site designer (thank goodness, because none of us have the patience for that.)
But in the past few years Second Life changed in ways that made our continuing to work there more and more frustrating. The time:return ratio got badly skewed to the point where all of us collectively threw our hands up in frustration. I’d been buying a lot of indie cosmetics at the time, and one night as I was flipping through instagram I thought “Wait. Don’t we already own an indie cosmetics brand?” So I got in touch with everyone and it was agreed, that not only did we own one, that we should make the leap into meatspace.
That’s how we got here.
Now as to where we’re going — right now we’re just starting simply. You know, you have to learn to lumber like a zombie before you can fly awkwardly into furniture like a bat (What. This analogy works.) We’re taking pre-orders on our very first product. We have lip scrubs in wonderful flavors to help keep your vampy pout soft and delicious that we’re calling Lips Like Sugar. We have five flavors, plus a special, seasonally limited flavor that you can get for *free* when you buy a set of all five. All five regular flavors are named after songs, since that’s how we (still) roll around these parts. All of them are vegan except for the seasonal flavor (which contains honey, so use your discretion on that one) Though they are scrubs intended to keep your lips exfoliated and kissable, they are all edible, so no worries if your babybats break into your stash. We even have them in two sizes so you can get the amount that’s right for you. We’ll of course add flavors, and products and get feedback and change things and have successes and failures like everyone else. But we have to start somewhere, and that’s right here, right now.
Because these are pre-orders we expect to be shipping within three weeks. We had hoped to make it before Halloween but it just didn’t work out that way(My fault. Delayed by oral surgery.) So it looks like we’ll ship for (US) Thanksgiving. But that’s okay. Everyday is Halloween around here. Believe it.
We’re opening the coffin to all the Beautiful Freaks out there. Come join us, because Normal is Overrated.