Powdered Perfection

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In today’s post we are going to talk about all things face powder!  I have come to appreciate face powder more and more, however I don’t necessarily believe there is only one way to apply it.  I know some women that put it on after they complete their whole face, and others who put it on right after foundation.  I personally fall into the latter category.  Whichever way you apply it, the benefit it can offer to your makeup’s staying power is undeniable.

With face powered going on a century of popularity, I thought I would share a few fun advertisements for this makeup staple.

 

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I also love this 1940’s makeup tutorial which instructs powder application as the very last step!

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My current favorite face powder is this one by Revlon. I love that it is a translucent powered with a slight shimmer in it…and it is very affordable!

Revlon Photo Ready Powder

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However, once I finish my current compact of Revlon, I plan on trying this powder from Besame cosmetics!  I love everything about it, and they offer refills of the powder so you don’t have to keep purchasing the compact over and over again!

Besame Light Cashmere Powder Compact

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So whether you use a brush or puff, apply that powder and go face the day with much deserved confidence!

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The Perfect Red Lip

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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:

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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

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The Balm Girls Lipstick in Mia Moore – $17

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Too Faced Melted Long Wear Lipstick in Velvet – $21

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Besame 1946 Red Velvet Lipstick – $22

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Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Definition in Vermillion – $31

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The Vintage Cosmetic Company Lip Brush – $8

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You now have that perfect lip color and a wonderful brush to put it on, that it is time to learn how to apply it properly.  For the best advice, one must go straight to the professionals.  Lisa Eldridge is one of my favorite makeup artists, and always creates stunning looks.  Her tutorial on red lipstick is a gem!

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Click Here for the Tutorial

Have a wonderful day!

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Creating a Vintage Inspired Vanity Display

I have to say, out of all the advances that women’s fashion and all of it’s many parts has undergone, the one I am most appreciative of is the social acceptance of makeup.  Makeup is and has been many things to me.  It was a right of passage into womanhood, an ever evolving skill that saw me through high school and college with few regrets, and a tool that allows me to present my best self.  Maybe we give makeup too much power, or maybe we let makeup inhibit our social outings…you know the “I can’t go out because I don’t have any makeup on” excuse?  Which, yes, I have used many times.   For such a small little pots and tubes, they sure can alter a person.  Once I slick on eyeliner into my signature cat eye, I feel I can conquer the world.

The older I get, however, the more comfortable I feel in my own skin.  Yet say that I don’t need makeup would be a lie.  I do need it.  I enjoy it.  And I find it’s shimmers, hues, and finishes to empower me throughout the day.

I was browsing through Ulta a few weeks ago, and was disappointed at the lack of imagination that goes into many of the packaging of makeup.  I mean, does everything really have to be in a black container?  For a product that itself is color….the containers do not often show it.  While you can still find cosmetics in the vintage gold containers, they are often expensive or come in few colors.

Soooo I began a hunt to find a way to create a more attractive and vintage inspired vanity area.  While I wasn’t able to find alternatives for eyeliner or mascara, I was able to come up with some unique ideas for all those bland containers!

A decorated jar makes the perfect receptacle for liquid makeup remover:

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A small teacup holds loose blush beautifully.  Simply break up any compact blush if you can’t find loose blush.

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