I get a lot of questions regarding sizing and care of Grimm Boutique garments, so I'm dedicating a short post to this subject.
Firstly, The Feminizer and all her sisters (Ruffle, Heart-On, Brazilian Cut) are made using high end latex sheeting of a thick gauge, 0.80mm to be exact. This makes my garments very sturdy and easier to care for. This thickness is also what helps keep your tuck in place.
I've designed them to fit snugly. Should you decide to try a size that is too small, the garment may tear or snap after some use. Please be sure to use the size chart as well as the instructions on how to measure at the hips, placing the tape measure across the largest portion of your bottom.
To care for your latex, try not to expose it to the sun for lengthy periods of time, as the colour may fade. Wash it using gentle laundry soap, mild soap or regular shampoo, in a sink with water. Rinse well and hang to dry, or place in the dryer on low heat for a short time. (Note that if you chose not to have your garment chlorinated, the dryer is a bad idea - just hang it up and add baby powder to keep it from sticking together)
Be careful with your nails. Although the latex is thick, you are stretching it a fair amount, so it may tear if you have long nails that could poke through.
Use silicone lubricant to shine it, but never household oils or essential oils. These may break down the latex. I've seen it react quite badly to vegetable oil, as well as tea tree oil.
Note: I like to conduct strange experiments!
Silicone lubricants I have found to be really good are Swiss Navy and Vivishine. These can be found online, and a small bottle would last you a fairly long time.
Pictured here are two of my favourites for wearing latex clothing.
And that's it! Feel free to post any questions or comments you might have below, or email me directly.
Eyebrows can express so much; they can add glamour, cheekiness or serious attitude. What I like about creating them with makeup is that the change is not permanent. Using the right makeup and techniques, you can cover large eyebrows and draw on whatever you choose!
And although it may be difficult to pull off for daytime wear, I think this look is wonderful for a night out, or for dramatic glamour photos.
I sometimes practice in the evening before I turn in for the night, just for fun.
That's actually what I am doing this evening; these are not the best eyebrows I've ever done, but that's okay!
So. First, you'll need F/X Wax or something similar to it, and a very heavy concealer stick. Kryolan is an excellent line for creating a gorgeous face.
Using a tongue depressor, apply some of the wax to your eyebrow, following its shape, from middle to outside edge.
An alternative would be to use a non-toxic glue stick (the kind kids use), use your finger to put water on it to thin it out a little bit, and simply apply it to your eyebrow.
Either way, what we are looking for here is a flattening, or a removing of texture. If you are using the glue stick method, allow it to dry before you add another layer. A blow dryer can help speed that up.
Using a foundation brush, apply the concealer to your eyebrow. This will cover the eyebrow colour fairly well.
Next, use a puff or large brush and a tapping motion to apply either a translucent powder (there are so many options) and then a powder foundation. You can skip the translucent powder if you don't have it on hand.
I love that moment where they are suddenly completely gone.
Now we're ready to start drawing any desired eyebrow shape. I've noticed that a lot of drag queens do this freehand, which is so impressive, but I sometimes create a stencil so I can ensure both sides will be equal.
Just draw the shape you want onto a piece of thin cardboard or even paper, cut it out, and BAM your life has just gotten easier.
To draw them on, you can use liquid eyeliner, gel eye shadow, or even a soft eyeliner pencil could work. Liquid liner is likely easiest, and gel eye shadow applied with a small angled brush is great because you have more control over depth of colour.
Try to draw them on lightly at first so that corrections are easier to make. You can always use a bit of your concealer and powder to cover areas where you have made mistakes.
Play around with it, be patient with yourself. Creating eyebrows can be difficult, but it is worth every minute to learn this skill if you want to create this kind of look.
Note that this is an introduction, giving you a quick look at the how-to as well as the products. A look at some YouTube videos on the subject will give you an excellent feel for the techniques.
Have you found this helpful? Feel free to post your comments and questions, I'd love to hear from you!
Hello ladies! I'd like to take a moment to talk about one of my latest passions, Japanese Lolita style. I fell in love with this ultra-feminine manner of dressing at an anime convention a few months ago, and have not turned back since. It is playful, frilly and girly... and a wonderful option for a CD or TG to explore.
Well, alright, it is not for everyone. If you can't stand petticoats, you may wish to ignore this post!
If these images have grabbed your attention and you like what you see, however, then you may have an inner Lolita just waiting to come out! I've grown to love the feeling of a gathered waist and layers of fabric adorned with ribbons and bows and lace. This style has a timelessness to it because it reflects a lot of Victorian-era fashion.
It's also a wonderful excuse to wear knee socks, giant hair bows, wigs, and... Oh my goodness... bloomers!
The first thing to do is research and get to know the 'rules' of this style of dressing, and then to check out some of the sites that offer this type of clothing. You will see that there are many subcategories, like 'Sweet Lolita' or 'Goth Lolita', as featured in the above photos.
I really like Lace Market for gently used clothing, purchased auction-style. For brand new items, I go to my-lolita-dress. These are really fun sites to visit.
Oh, and the shoes are the cutest. (Another reason I love all this)
What do you think? Have you already explored Lolita? Are you thinking of trying it? Do tell!
Every September long weekend for the last ten years, fetishists from all over the world have made their way to Montreal to celebrate their kinkiness together. I have had the great pleasure of attending five times, each leaving me with a sense excitement for all that is out there and a sense of belonging, or community.
I have met and befriended people from the US, the UK, Australia, France, Germany... and they come in all shapes; Dominatrixes, submissives, trans girls, fetish models, hot leather-clad women and men, and beautiful latex creatures. I have been known to just stop right in the middle of the parties and openly stare at all the sexy people. It's amazing. The greatest surprise is then finding that they are also friendly! (Can you tell that I am a big fan?)
Needless to say, I have had my fair share of fun there! That is why I am so excited to be presenting a workshop at this year's Fetish Weekend. It will be a fun exploration of feminization, tailored specifically for those of you who identify as cross dressers. I will be discussing how to tuck, demonstrating some quick little makeup tricks, and in the latter portion devoting time to posing for photographs in a feminine way.
Doesn't that sound like so much fun?!
I can hardly wait to share this special time with any of you who might attend, as this truly is my passion and what brings me joy.
For more information about this event, go to Montreal Fetish Weekend, where you will see a generous list of events, including a pool party, an outdoor photo tour, dinners and of course, fetish parties at night!
If you have suggestions or questions regarding my Easy Feminization workshop, email me or post a comment below and I will be happy to hear from you.
This post is a follow-up to Wig Care and Styling 101.
Although a lot of ground was covered, I hadn't considered those of you who might indeed have a shaved head. Actually, you will arguably have the easiest time wearing wigs, as you will be able to just pop it on and go. You can still apply a second wig to add volume using bobby pins, only you will be pinning the top wig to the bottom one to keep the placement secure. If you look at any photos of RuPaul (such as the one above), you can quickly see the advantages of having a bald head!
The lace-front wig would be trimmed almost right down to the wig's hairline so that it wouldn't show. If that whole process seems too troublesome, a wig with bangs will work well.
I recently went through my own synthetic wig collection, only to find that a couple of them really needed some TLC. As I had mentioned in my earlier post, wigs with curls can quickly become matted and need to be cared for a little more. What I sometimes do is straighten them to make them more manageable, and just to change things up.
Here, you can see how awful this thing looks after a crazy night out. (Trust me, it was well worth it.)
After gently brushing it out, I secure it and use a clothes steamer to ease the curls out.
Notice my low-tech method to secure it; whatever works!
Behold... my steamer!
Here, you can see that I run my brush through with one hand and steam it with the other.
An easier way is to brush, then steam. I press it against the wall with the steamer, and then run the brush through, and repeat until it looks straight.
Now, flip it over and do the underside.
The hair will be wet, just allow it to air dry or use a blow dryer on low heat setting to dry it if you're short on time.
And here it is! Now my matted-up wig is a thing of the past. It is now smooth and refreshed, a most satisfying feeling!
If I want to put curls back in to this wig at some point, I can use the method discussed in an earlier post, using gel, rollers and a blow dryer. Another option for creating curl in a synthetic wig would be using the clothing steamer and a curling iron. PLEASE do not turn on the curling iron, you will burn your wig! In this case, the steamer is your source of heat and the curling iron provides the shape.
Simply wind small sections of the hair around the *cold, unplugged* curling iron and steam them.
This is how it looks after using my fingers to loosen the curl I just made. Considering it's still wet here, the loose curls are lovely!
Here is another one I decided to straighten out. For the bangs, I used a round brush and steamed a nice shape into them.
Nice and straight!
I hope this has been helpful. Leave your comments and questions, as I would love to hear from you!
I am very excited to announce that there has been a positive response to starting a t-girl photo gallery here at the Grimm Boutique!
The gallery is strictly for trans girls; crossdressers, transvestites and drag queens.
If you want to participate, email Me a high res photo of yourself either wearing one of my garments or one of your favourite outfits.
Things to keep in mind:
* You do not have to show your face if you do not want to
* Avoid nudity and be tasteful
* This must be a photo of you
* Make sure to give me your t-girl name
* Give me permission to use your photo
So get gorgeous, get creative and have fun. I can hardly wait to see your sexy pictures!
Let's talk wigs. Although they are not absolutely necessary, they certainly give any feminine look that extra punch. Over the years, I've been asked all sorts of questions about them, so here is an amalgamation of all my answers:
First, where to get them. There are loads of places but my go-to spot, even to window shop, is ebay. There are endless gorgeous and fun wigs to be seen, and it's a great way to keep abreast of the newest styles. You can also go to a local wig store if you have one. The advantage there is seeing them up close, and possibly getting to try them on.
Because I like to have lots of wigs, I choose to buy synthetic.
Once I had a couple of wigs that were on the more realistic side, I began to collect more extravagant ones. Electric blue, purple, orange, bright yellow... And different lengths to suit different moods.
A personal preference of mine is to get a lace-front wig if the style does not have bangs. The lace front wig will tend to look a little more realistic against the forehead/hairline. If you get one, just use scissors to cut the lace along the wig hairline to create the best fit possible. You can then apply some makeup to the lace to make it disappear further. That takes a little practice!
Oh, and please do not wear your wig too low on your forehead! Shortening your forehead may take something away from your look.
I often like to add hair accessories, like a headband, a bow, or a flower.
Pictured here are some examples of products that make combing out a little easier. My favourite is in the little clear bottle: Cherry Bomb by Yummy Hair Labs. It's meant for blowdrying your real hair, but works really well to get knots out of a wig.
One of the many things I've learned to do, is buy two long wigs of the same colour and wear them together, to create more volume for an extra glamourous effect. I've often chosen a slightly shorter length for the second one, to create a layered look.
What I do is put the first wig on and secure it with bobby pins. I then put a scrunched up plastic bag inside the second wig and place it about halfway between the forehead and the crown of the head. This creates a 'bump', and therefore big dramatic hair! Secure this second wig with bobby pins also. It's tricky at first, but I find it fun to practice these things until I get the look just the way I want it.
After a while, these wigs start to get a little worn out, right? You can apply a light hair oil (like the ones mentioned earlier) and brush it out gently. Another option is applying a lot of hair conditioner, gently brushing it out and then dipping it in warm water. You can get a little more life out of it this way.
One caution: Extremely curly wigs may not do very well when you brush them out!
Another more involved method would be to set your wig in rollers. One small section at a time, a gel and water mix is sprayed on and the hair is then rolled using a hair roller. Once the entire wig is done, a blow dryer is used to help set it. This might be more worthwhile with a human hair wig.
When a wig then begins to be ready for retirement, I get a little rougher with it. I backcomb it, tease it, hairspray it to create wild hairstyles before it finally looks at me and says "Okay, I'm SO done. Totally
tapping out now."
Have you found this helpful? Feel free to post your comments and questions, I'd love to hear from you!
The advice of a Dominatrix friend of mine has lead to my writing a blog for the Grimm Boutique. As it is the beginning of a new year, I thought it fitting!
First, I would like to thank all of you who have written kind messages to me. This undertaking began as an experiment; I wanted to see if anyone out there did indeed share in this passion for feminization, for all things... lady. For shedding masculinity for a while to become, say, a sexy rubber kitten.
It's January and very cold here in Eastern Canada. This inspires in me thoughts about the kinky fun that can be had staying in for the night... Of taking the time to get out a few toys, choosing an outfit, shoes, maybe a wig. Soaking in a luxurious bath, and then slipping into some thigh high pantyhose, heels and latex panties. I like the thought of taking the time to put on makeup before putting on any more layers, of being patient, allowing the excitement to build as I become a completely different Woman.
(I should explain now that although I was born a Woman, becoming a more extreme, outlandish femme character is something that brings me much pleasure. I thank my drag queen friends for inspiring this.)
I wonder, is it like this for you? Do you enjoy the slow becoming?
Sometimes, I like to put on great music and just dance. There is something so sensual in moving about in sexy clothing. It is wonderful to let go and just be this new Woman, without any concern besides what feels good in the moment.
So, here's to a year full of kinky fun, whether it be out there in public or here at home. Here's to a year of celebrating our feminine side, of letting the Woman inside come out and roar!