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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Weekly recap 25 - 31 October

October 31, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone, happy Halloween!


In case you've been too busy to read my posts this week, now is the time to catch up! It's time for another weekly recap! This week was Halloweek on Cosette's Beauty Pantry... 


On Monday, I suggested six (6) books that will get you in the mood for Halloween. Do not worry; you can still enjoy reading them even after Halloween. Then on Wednesday, I shared six (6) must-watch ghost movies for a scary evening; for those of you who would rather watch a movie than read a book. And finally, on Friday, I posted a last-minute Rosie The Riveter Halloween costume idea, I even included printable Rosie's speech bubble and name badge!


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Friday, October 29, 2021

Last-minute Halloween costume | Rosie The Riveter

October 29, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!


It's almost Halloween! Are you looking for a last-minute Halloween costume? Don’t want to spend money on a new store-bought one or take a lot of time to do it yourself? Perfect! Here's a quick and easy Rosie the Riveter costume. 

Rosie The Riveter poster


Rosie the Riveter was an allegorical cultural icon of World War II, representing the women who worked in factories and shipyards during the war.


Ready to do your own version of Rosie the Riveter costume? This iconic character is really easy to pull off and looks great. You’ll need:

  • Polka dotted headband
  • Blue collared shirt (or overall)
  • Red socks
  • Black shoes
  • Cardstock paper 


Rosie's costume:

Tie the headband around your head and style your hair accordingly. Usually, the character is shown with blue overalls, but if you don't own overalls, a blue shirt and blue jeans will work just fine. Put on a pair of red socks and black shoes. 

Rosie The Riveter full body

I made Rosie's speech bubble and name badge so you can save them and make your Rosie the Riveter DIY Halloween costume legit! So go ahead and save them!

We Can Do It! speech bubble

Rosie name tag

You can then print them onto cardstock paper then, simply cut out the speech bubble and the name badge. Stick the speech bubble onto a stick or straw and carry it around. Use a pin back or velcro to stick Rosie's name badge to your clothes to make sure everyone knows who you are!

Rosie's makeup:

  • Eyebrows: Use an eyebrow pencil to fill in your brows. Rosie is known for her bold but thin brows.
  • Eyes: Use any neutral eyeshadow palette. Then, do Rosie’s signature winged eyeliner.
  • Cheeks: Apply some blush.
  • Lips: Apply your favourite red lipstick.

If you’d like some other ideas, make sure to check out my other Halloween costume ideas:

If you decide to dress up as Rosie The Riveter and print the badge and speech bubble I created, let me know in the comment section below! 


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Six (6) must-watch ghost movies for a scary evening

October 27, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


There are only four days left till Halloween! After six (6) books that will get you in the mood for Halloween, today I will share six (6) must-watch ghost movies for a scary evening!


I watch all kinds of Halloween-related movies, from the spooky and scary to the comedic and family-oriented. I love Halloween and am also a horror fan; however, gory, slasher movies are not my favourite. Two of my favourite genres are psychological horror and supernatural horror, especially ghost movies!


There are so many must-watch ghost movies. Today I am happy to share six (6) of my personal favourites with you.


TV and popcorn

So without further ado, let's begin:


The Orphanage (2007)


The Orphanage (2007) movie poster


The Orphanage (Spanish: El Orfanato) is a 2007 Spanish gothic supernatural horror film.

 

A woman returns with her family to the closed orphanage, where she grew up, with the intent of reopening it. Before long, her son starts to communicate with a new invisible friend.


Fragile (2005)


Fragile (2005) movie poster

Fragile (Spanish: Frágiles) is a 2005 Spanish-British horror film.


Haunted by memories of a patient’s death, a nurse takes a job at an antiquated hospital for children. Soon she learns that the kids fear a ghost that prowls the floors and will not allow anyone to leave. Amy tries to protect them and convince the other staffers of the evil that lurks there.


Saint Ange (2004)


Saint Ange (2004) movie poster

Saint Ange, also known as House of Voices, is a 2004 French-Romanian horror film. 


In 1958, in the French Alp, Anna, a young servant, arrives in Saint Ange Orphanage. She meets the last orphan, Judith, left behind because of her mental problems. Anna finds that Judith also hears voices and footsteps of children.


The Others (2001)


The Others (2001) movie poster

The Others (Spanish: Los Otros) is a 2001 English-language Spanish gothic supernatural psychological horror film.


Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in the face of strange events and disturbing visions.


Stir of Echoes (1999)


Stir of Echoes (1999) movie poster

Stir of Echoes is a 1999 American supernatural horror film.


After being hypnotized by his sister in law, Tom Witzky begins seeing haunting visions of a girl’s ghost who he later learns is, a 17-year-old that disappeared from the neighbourhood six months prior.


The Innocents (1961)


The Innocents (1961) movie poster

The Innocents is a 1961 psychological horror film based on the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by the American novelist Henry James. 


A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

In my previous blog post: Six (6) books that will get you in the mood for Halloween, I included The Turn of the Screw. In fact, I read the book right after I watched this movie!


If you are not into scary movies, you should check out the classic TV shows The Addams Family and The Munsters. You can read more about these two classics in this post: The Addams vs The Munsters.



Alright, there you have it. Six must-watch ghost movies for a scary evening. So grab some popcorn and enjoy some of the best horror films out there.


What are some of your favourite horror movies? Leave a comment down below with your absolute must-watch.




Monday, October 25, 2021

Six (6) books that will get you in the mood for Halloween

October 25, 2021 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Halloween is a time for scares. Most people, myself included, look for an adrenaline rush in scary movies and TV shows. However, Halloween is the perfect time of year to cosy up with a good, entertaining book. Scary books happen to be my favourites!

If you are struggling to find one that will leave you with chills down your spine, look no further! These are my recommendation:

I chose to include mostly classic, horror and ghost stories. I also included a book in Maltese and a Young Adult novel, perfect for those of you who do not like to be scared, I got you!

book and hot drink
 
The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James

This story follows a governess who, caring for two children at a remote estate (Bly Manor), becomes convinced that the grounds are haunted. The Turn of the Screw is considered a work of both gothic and horror fiction.

I've always been intrigued by this story and I even watched each and every movie, TV and Netflix adaptation of this story. 

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

A group of Satanists (Rosemary's neighbours) select a fertile young bride and arrange for her to become pregnant, and then groom and care for her while she brings the baby to term. Rosemary starts to believe that her husband and the neighbours at her apartment complex want to steal her baby after it’s born. 

Complete Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens

This book brings together all Charles Dickens' ghost stories, twenty (12) in all, including several longer tales. These chilling stories are fascinating and entertaining as well as unsettling. I read A Christmas Carol every year around Christmas. Charles Dickens is one of my favourite authors! 

scary book

The Collected Ghost Stories of E.F.Benson

This collection brings together fifty-four (54) of E.F. Benson's masterfully frightening literary ghost stories, making this the book that no horror fan can afford to miss. E.F.Benson is considered one of the greatest horror fiction writers. 

'Mejt' by Anton Grasso

I had to include a book in Maltese in this list. Anton Grasso is considered the best horror writer on the island. Mejt is a compilation of five (5) of Grasso’s best stories chosen from more than a thousand he has written. 

My mother and I love Grasso's books and we own most of them. Enigma is one of my favourite books by this author. The author also translated Rosemary's Baby into the Maltese language.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
 
This YA novel is not scary, but it is a perfect book to read around Halloween. It's a story of revenge, magic, and first love set along the coastal shores of Sparrow, Oregon, where three sisters accused of witchcraft place a curse upon its townspeople. If you have a fondness for Hocus Pocus, you will definitely enjoy this book.

If you love this book, as I did, you should read Winterwood, another fascinating story about a rumoured witch, by the same author.


love paranormal, ghost stories and psychological horror/thrillers, so much! In fact, those are my favourite genres of both books and movies. 

Have you read any of the books on this list? Do you have any spooky book recommendations? Leave them in the comments section below.