Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pretty Picture Post: The Lady is a Vamp

Hi Everyone,

I have been a little busy, so I haven't been able to get to those beauty and book reviews that I am always promising. Just so that you don't forget about my little blog I thought I would post up another picture post. This isn't really Halloween themed, though I did try to make sure I included a fair share of black lace.

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Like the word "Vamp", a black/white photograph can easily be mistaken for something else. The Models and Actresses photographed were quite possibly wearing bright red lipstick and bold colourful dresses, though many of us assume (especially in the 1920s and 1930s photos) that the woman depicted is dressed in something gothic and donning some seriously vampy wine or black lipstick. I like that Black and White photographs sometimes have a subtle eerieness or moodiness to them and even thought it's historically inaccurate I sometimes really enjoy a gothic looking interpretation of a vintage look and I do quite like to delve into the wine lipcolours myself...

While a lot of people assume that a "Vamp" is a vampire (and it sometimes can be), A vamp in vintage slang terms is somewhat similar to a "Vixen" or a "Bombshell". In this post I wanted to share pictures of women that could be perceived as a cross-section of the two ideas. To me a "Vamp" is a lady with an attitude, striking characteristics (or rather emphasized characteristics) and a killer wardrobe. I really like some of the shapes women created with their clothes/undergarments in the 1950s and I think that this is my interpretation of power dressing. Because with a dark defined pout, strong brows, a veil and some seriously structured dresses; Who would dare get in her way...

I hope you all enjoyed my little ramble and that you all have a lovely (or if you'd prefer terrifying) Halloween.

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pretty Picture Post: Powder Puffs and Lipstick Kisses Part Two

Hi Everyone,

I finally decided to do part two of the vintage ad picture post. Here is Part One. This time I decided to share mostly 1960s advertisements. I really like the make-up trends from this era. The pastel lip colours (pink, peach, orange and purple), as well as orange-red matte lipstick, bold liquid eye-liner, blue and green eye-shadow looks (accompanied by a dark shade in the crease), bronze luminous skin, chalky pink/peach blush and super thick lashes, are all looks that I can see my self recreating. I have tried a few "out there" looks recently and shared them on my Facebook Page. I feel like there are almost more pictures of me on my blog Facebook than my own Facebook now...

I hope you all enjoy these rad advertisements. I think it's always cool to see what the beauty trends were in other eras and how they translate in make-up looks today. While I usually go for more of a basic 40s/50s look I think that the 60s is a really fun era that we shouldn't forget. I think these ads are really inspiring and a great reference for those who want to create an accurate 1960s  look.

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Thanks for visiting my blog!

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie