All posts filed under: Beauty Through the Ages

The Perfect Red Lip

Every once in a while…and I mean every once in a while, I will rock a red lipstick.  If you read Friday’s post, you will remember that red is not one of the colors that I go to very often in sewing, and it seems that trend has filtered over into other areas of my fashion life.  I do love red and I love that feeling of complete sophistication when I swipe on that creamy stick of rouge…perhaps I should wear it more often!  Do you wear red lipstick often?  Do you wonder if you should?  Complete the questionnaire below to find out: Well, I guess that clears everything up! 🙂 To help with your hunt for that perfect red lip color, I have collected five lipsticks (including a lipstick brush) ranging in price and brand to help lead the way! Enjoy! Maybelline Color Sensation Creamy Mattes Siren in Scarlett – $8   The Balm Girls Lipstick in Mia Moore – $17 Too Faced Melted Long Wear Lipstick in Velvet – $21 Besame 1946 Red …

Finding Your “Signature Look”

Growing up, I always wanted to be known for something….specifically in appearance.  I was well aware of the people who were known for a particular type of perfume, or a certain hairstyle, or a certain type of clothing.  It wasn’t that they repeated themselves, it was that they had a specific style and look and were able to achieve that look everyday.  And that’s what I wanted. Like every other teenager in the world, growing up was difficult.  It was tough to fit in, tough to be yourself, and tough to get noticed…without getting noticed too much.  It might sound complicated, but I bet you all know what I mean! 🙂  I spent most evenings in junior high and high school practicing beauty techniques (and being a child of the 90’s, lets just say there was  a LOT of glitter involved), hairstyles, and attempting to turn my meager wardrobe into something special and unique.  You see, I was under the impression that signature looks were like nicknames.  They came to you in some way and …

Vintage Inspired Makeup Bag Tutorial

With such an easy design and construction, this makeup bag can be yours in as little as 60 minutes!   Make several in different sizes and coordinating fabrics for a truly personalized collection. Enjoy! Pattern: Vintage Makeup Bag Pattern  Materials: Fabric scraps in coordinating colors 7 -9″ zipper Ribbon/ lace trims buttons Process: Sew the two smaller top pieces right-sides together.  Repeat for other side. 2. Attach the larger square to the smaller piece, right sides together. Press. 3. Attach trim where desired on each side. 4. Insert zipper on top of bag. 5. Stitch the two sides together making sure to get the edges of the top that border the zipper ends.  Trim seams and turn right side out. 6. Decorate the outside as desired.  Attach ribbon to the zipper for easy opening. Now fill with your favorite cosmetics!    

Gift Giving Guide for the Vintage Beauty Lovers

Gift planning, purchasing, and wrapping are in full swing at my house.  I am still trying to find a few more items for those hard to shop for family members, but am getting soooo excited to see everyone’s face as they open up their presents on Christmas morning! If you are still searching for a few more gifts for that vintage-beauty lover in your life, or if you feel the need to splurge a little on yourself, I have compiled a list that will be sure to please!….and every item is under $50. 1.  This adorable cosmetic brush kit from The Vintage Cosmetic Company is girly, colorful, flowery, and will be much appreciated! Image from The Vintage Cosmetic Company 2.  A lovely gold mesh hair clasp from 1928 Jewelry, is perfect for those 1920’s lover’s whether their hair be long or short! Image from 1928 Jewelry 3. On my personal Christmas Wish List, this 1940’s lipstick gift box from Besame Cosmetics  is a wonderful deal and a lovely gift. Image from Besame Cosmetics 4. Reminiscent of Downtown Abbey or even …

Perfecting the Pin Curl

There are so many wonderful tutorials, both old and new, on creating the perfect vintage hairdo that I wanted to pile as many as I could into one place!  While my hair is too long to really take advantage of many of these styles, I am still fascinated with the variety and elegance the pin curl can create in one’s hair. Let’s begin with the basics: Skirting the Issue created a wonderful introduction and tutorial entitled Pin Curls for Dummies. Picture from Skirting the Issue And of course, there are the instructions taken right from the era… Once you have mastered the basics, why not use these vintage sirens as inspiration: Along with the vintage look, there are also some wonderfully modern ways to implement pin curls. Here are a few of my favorite: The Freckled Fox has an AWESOME tutorial on a modern pin-up look. Image taken from The Freckled Fox Another fantastic look comes from Brit + Co: Image used from Brit + Co And for a 1930’s inspired look check out this one from weheartit.com Image …

First Aid For Hair: A Fun Look at Your Face’s Neighbor and Best Friend

“Next door neighbor and best friend to your face – your hair!  How have you been treating it?  Something like this – if I know women: flipping a comb through it several times a day, giving it a painstaking wave once a week and a casual shampoo when decency demands it, and otherwise doing nothing whatever for it.  “Long may it wave!” is the modern maiden’s prayer for her top knot.  She asks for Francois at the hairdresser’s because he has a deft way with the curl over her ear.  To her the fact that he skimps on rubbing and rinsing and often leaves soap on her hair is unimportant beside the fact that he gives the best wave in town.   This is all wrong.  To keep its nice, healthy color and luster, your hair must have proper care – most of it simple and inexpensive, but necessary.  I wish I could make every woman who reads this article realize the importance of brushing.  I am told that there are women nowadays who don’t …

Clothes and Beauty Advice for the College Bound Girl

I can still remember with clarity the first year I went off to college.  I had nightmares weeks before that included being left behind as my family took everything but me,  that I was late to the first days of class, and that I would be forced to sit and eat alone, publicly snubbed for some unknown fault. When the day finally did arrive I packed everything I owned…literally…everything.  It was a little ridiculous.  But, nonetheless, I set off with my family to begin an wonderful part of my life that taught me independence, self-reliance, and that I really could get by with surprisingly little. While schools today are very clear, as are department stores, what a college student needs to bring with them to survive, they aren’t so clear about the clothing lists.  Perhaps if I had a guide such as this from a 1925 book, I wouldn’t have brought 7 large trash bags full of clothes!  I guess I didn’t use suitcases back then… 😉 Here is a pamphlet showing the perfect blouse to …

Goat’s Milk Beauty Products…and an Interview with “From Goats to Soaps”

I was so delighted to be contact several weeks ago by the equally sweet and talented Grey Dove, of the blog From Goats to Soaps.  A wonderful blog that chronicles the adventures of two friends, Grey Dove and Isabelle (along with Isabelle’s family), as they raise some of the cutest goats, alpacas, and llamas I have ever seen, along with creating very high quality bath and beauty products sold at Les Belles Bouclettes. Located in the idyllic landscape of eastern Ontario, Ferme Bonne Mine (“looks good/ healthy”), is the passion of Isabelle, her husband Jacques, and her four children, Dominque, Denis, Fanny, and Sophie, who moved from France in 2006.   In addition to goat milk beauty products, Isabelle and Grey Dove also offer a wide array of rovings and yarn. The Farm  Isabelle and her family Waiting for some dinner…. Milking in action Dyeing wool When Grey Dove (her preferred creative name) offered to send me a collection of their handmade products, I was very excited, as I am a firm believer in using natural …