Monday, September 1, 2014

Non-Fiction Review: Glamour Daze Vintage Make-up Guides Bundle

THE DETAILS:
Total Pages: 401
Genre: Non-Fiction, Health/Beauty
Purchased from: Vintage Make-up Guide
Purchase Price: $19.99

THE BLURB:
A BARGAIN ! -- DOWNLOAD ALL THE BEAUTY GUIDES INSTANTLY ! Beautifully restored and inspiring beauty manuals in high resolution - from the Flapper days of the 1920s, to the glamorous 1950's era. Genuine advice for women by beauty experts of the period. A trip on a time machine, back to gentler, more feminine days. And the advice and tips are fabulous. So treat your self, best friend or loved one to a pleasant surprise. [ PDF e-book - also read on iPad or iPhone - see below]

MY THOUGHTS:
I was surfing the Glamour Daze website one night when I found their make-up guides. If the site didn't have enough information already (seriously, if you are a vintage nerd go check it out now!) there were also these authentic guides available for purchase. I couldn't really decide which era to get and the books worked out $9.99 each or $19.99 for the bundle of four. I decided to get the bundle and I am glad I did because I like each one for different reasons.

These books are restored pages of actual vintage guides that have become out-of-print and are not under copyright hence Glamour Daze's authority to sell them. There are four eras and the original book titles are: 'Make-up & Beauty- A 1920's Flappers Guide' by Majorie Oelrichs, 'Make-up' by Virginia Vincent (1932), 'The New Art of Make-up' by Max Factor Hollywood (1938), 'Make-up & Beauty - A Vintage 1940's guide' by Bud & Ern Westmore, 'Make-up and Live!' by Joe Bonomo, And, 'Make-up and Beauty- a woman's path to glamour' author unknown. Each book contains info about Skincare, appropriate hairstyles and make-up for certain faceshapes/skin tones, manicure tips, And, articles about inner beauty/being a lady in society.

One of the things that I think is the most interesting about these books is the differences between recommendations for your face shape and skin tone. I think this is because the standard of beauty changed over the years as did the look that women were trying to achieve and the types of products available. Other factors such as a woman's role in society, Affordability, The War,  and new technologies would have also changed the way women wore make-up. I recently found out that I have a heart-shaped face (I always just assumed it was oval) and this shape is not included in the books. If we were to go on an oval face shape (which I honestly think a heart shaped face is really just a type of oval face from the descriptions in the books) the 1940's guide tells me to stick to shorter hair styles or keep longer hair in a hairstyle at the nape of my neck. It also states that I shouldn't hide my widows peak, not to have a fringe and not to part my hair on the side. The 1950s guide suggests a "gibson" style up-do for a person with small-ish features (the girls face looks heart-shaped) and she has all of her pulled up onto the top or her head. It is relatively short and pincurled / curled near the temples. This would exaggerate the "heart" shape and contradicts the 1940's do's and don'ts rules.

Some of the instructions in the books are quite simple, yet agree-able and quite different to modern suggestions. Things like applying lipstick over your lip or inside your lip depending on the size and shape of your lips, Applying a bright lipstick neatly to draw attention to the lips and away from imperfections, Avoiding eye-shadow altogether if your eye-lids are too heavily hooded and making an effort to match your lipstick and blusher (or at least use shades from the same colour family). I think some of the instructions are more in-depth in the later guides.

I feel like these guides -while interesting- are a little insensitive. I think that maybe back in the day this would have been acceptable, but in the 21st century reading this book as a sensitive person could become quite an offensive experience. The books do push contact lenses (rather than glasses), weight loss techniques (diets and exercises), plastic surgery and hair dye. This is possibly due to the fact that these modern technologies were only just becoming available. The 1920s book has a piece on 'The Girl Who is Unpopular' and encourages lonely girls to put effort into their appearance (assuming that they don't already). The 1950's guide explains that oily skin is unusual and that if you have Acne there is probably something really wrong with you and you should see a doctor. These instructions are meant for over 25s though and were given in a time when women lived a completely different lifestyle and didn't consume as many chemicals in their food.

One cool thing about the books is getting to see things from these eras that you don't get to see usually. Things like the rouged fingers in the early 1930's, Things like putting rouge on the inner corner of your eyes if you have wide eyes, And, the 1940's manicure! I think it's cool to see the different shapes and colours that were popular in makeup during those eras as well as instructions for waved or curled hairstyles/cuts. The skin care routines were also quite elaborate and if you have bad skin maybe they might be a good idea.

Overall, I really enjoyed this Bundle and don't mind looking through it from time to time. I don't use it as a reference book and I don't think it's a necessity for your vintage beauty guide collection, but it definitely is insightful and if you are a make-up addict or a bit of a vintage geek (or both like me). If that is the case, then I would totally recommend it. For me the price was worth it just for the pictures.

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pretty Picture Post: 1950's Evening Wear

Hi Everyone,
Here is yet another picture post. Variety is quickly disappearing from my blog, but hopefully as the warmer weather returns I will feel more inspired to write some of these posts I have planned. I have a few Fairytale Style Crush posts, Non-fiction book reviews, Playlist posts and beauty reviews in the works. Please (as normal) feel free to let me know if there is anything you would like to see, because I would honestly be more excited to write something if I know you are interested. 

Most of these images are from Pinterest (again click on the asterisk to view the image source if you would like to see it) and are of early 1950's evening wear styles. Some of these dresses are very elaborate and expensive looking while other outfits are made up of a few simple, yet elegant pieces which would be much easier to attempt to recreate. It is almost surprising to me how popular strapless styles were during this era. I think this style looks stunning, but I've never been game to try it. Partially because I have a small bust, but also because buying decent strapless undergarments in small sizes (unless you want a huge wad of fake padding or tell-tale t-shirt bra triangles poking out) can be quite a challenge.

I adore the make-up and hair from the early fifties and  I also quite like the hats. I think the style of this era is perfect for make-up addicts like me, because even though you don't have to - you can really go to town copying some of the Vintage Vogue looks. I also love the mixture of obviously posed pictures and some of the more "in the moment" style photos.

I think this mixture of  images is nice and whimsical. I like the idea of getting really dressed-up and going out. Taking pictures outside in the twilight. Enjoying a nice warm meal. A glass of sparkling wine. Dancing to decent record or a live band.This is probably part of the reason why I feel overdressed a lot of the time. I live for a reason to plan a formal outfit. I wore a tulle skirt to my 18th Birthday dinner at the Pizza place a few years ago...

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Natalie

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Update/Haul/Outfit: Facebook Likes and Other Random Stuff

Hi Everyone,
I have not posted for about a week now which I know is really bad. I have had a few ideas about what I want to post on here but many of these posts require a bit more thinking, picture taking and stuffing around than I would like. Then to top it off, on Thursday when I got home from work  we had to take our poor dog to the vet. She had Bladder stones and the Vet took them out on Friday. She is a lot better now and she is getting a lot of extra attention. She is a Cutie Pie :)

I've got a heap of random things to share. I bought stuff (as usual) and I promise you there will be a haul in a couple of weeks with more things that I have bought... I've got some more books and movies. I have also been watching a fair few movies as well. I have seen 'Guys and Dolls' twice now. I am kinda obsessed. I also have some outfits I want to show.

I also want to thank everyone who shared and/or liked the face book page for me. I am so happy to finally have made it to the 1200 mark! I felt like I was going to be stuck at 1150 forever (which honestly I still can't believe I passed 100 likes...). I hope you guys will continue to let me fill your news feeds with my obsessions and that you will also not be afraid to let me know what you would like to see (mainly when I ask).

^The dog in question. She hates cameras LOL. Her name is Lulu and she is sitting up on the recliner of the chair with me. 

^Here is a pic of me with our other puppy Harry who got really sad when Lulu was at the vet and afterwards wouldn't even let her sleep. He ran around the room yelping and whining because she wouldn't play with him. He is finally stopped whining now that he realised the other dog is OK.

^Here is my outfit from the Markets today. I usually make an effort to look nice even when I am staying home because that's just how I am. The markets isn't a huge deal or anything, but dad was there with me so there was actually someone to take a photo for me. The sunglasses are ASOS, the cardigan is JayJays and the skirt is from Ebay. I think the flats are Big W and the Brooch (which is a seahorse and pearl) was a gift. As usual the outfit was pretty inexpensive but I love the muted colour combo. 

^Here is an outfit pic from last weekend. It was my bosses daughter's birthday and I got invited out for tea. I am wearing an op-shop dress (it's got this weird cap-sleeve/sleeveless look which you can't see because of the over-blouse). The chiffon over-blouse is 2nd hand from a friend of mum's and I wear it when I go out on cool evenings a lot. The necklace (a Marylin Monroe cameo pendant) was an early birthday gift to me - my birthday is not until mid September). 

^If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen some make-up looks I did. Some make-up arrived this week and I wanted to muck around with some Sultry 1930s style make-up. This is probably the one era I am least experienced with attempting. 

^Here is another attempt. I really like the big-eyed Betty Davis/Carole Lombard/Gretta Garbo look, but I didn't want to make it so severe. I also struggle with the brows because my eyebrows are so dark already I can't cover them up with concealer. They are also quite thick and grow out ridiculously quick, so I figured my only shot at curved 30s/20s brows was to fill them in and shape the end to form a curve. I think they look a little too vampy...

^Here are the Betty Boop themed nails I had when i wore the Black/White/Red dress to the birthday dinner. They were a little messy because I painted over the cuticle and then I washed too much off in the shower (this happens a lot but it's way more obvious with this shade). For details of my manicures (plate names and polish names) head to the Facebook Album

^My Diana Camera nails.

^My Glittery nails.

^Sheer mermaid nails.

And now for all the stuff I bought/received ...

^This was sent to me by Penguin. I am currently reading it. It is taking me a little longer than I expected.

^I got three more novels in the Stephanie Plum series (can't wait)

^The first copy of Rolling Stone I ever bought. Because of You-Know-Who. 

^I still haven't opened it. I am very excited to see this though. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn? Talk about high expectations.

^The second Briget Jones movie. I only saw the first one a little while ago at a charity event. I had seen snippets on the TV and I never really got what the fuss was. Was a whole different story when I saw the whole thing. And the second movie is just as funny!

My Moyou Beatles plate!

^Some more nail polishes I bought from Sinful Colors

^I bought some stuff from Avon and Crush cosmetics. Swatches and reviews to come!

^Make-up brushes.

^Some Avon Naturals things I bought. I also got a body wash that is Strawberry/Guava scented.

^My skin has been misbehaving again, so I am trying out some new things.

^I also got some new hair things to try because SALE, and because I want to try a product that doesn't aggravate my sensitive scalp.

^Apparently Bio-oil is supposed to work miracles on dry skin and the shampoo was on sale.

I hope this post wasn't written too badly... Did you have a nice weekend?

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie