Wartime Beauty Tips

The best way to save money on beauty products is to follow some of the money saving beauty tips from the forties. These women knew how to economise as part of the war effort at home, however they still found ways to look glam on a budget. Some of these tips are redundant today because their are so many budget beauty brands that are cheaper and easier than, say, mixing charcoal and Vaseline to make mascara and applying it with a brush. But they’re still handy to know.

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Everybody knows of the famous drawn on seam trick (where women who couldn’t afford stocking would draw on a line down the back of their legs to look like a seam of a stocking). However that’s not the only thing these women did to give the look of smooth nylons.

Soaking teabags in warm water and then applying the tea coloured water to the legs would give the effect of tanned tights. Gravy browning was also used, but this seems less appealing.

Vaseline was a 40s woman’s best friend. Used under the eyes at night to reduce bags, or on the eyelids in the day to create a fresh faced look, it was the pillar of ever makeup bag. Vaseline was also used to soothe sore hands after a hard day working in the factory.

To keep hair glowing, women would rinse their hair in vinegar (brunettes) or lemon juice (blondes) after a wash. A homemade conditioning treatment of eggs or oil also worked wonders.

Despite austerity, glamour was encouraged in women. It supposedly helped ‘perk up’ the country, according to MPs. Although this is terribly sexist, women had their own reasons for wanting to glam up. Freedom. It was a mode of self expression in a world on the brink of oppression. Hitler didn’t like made up women, so British women made themselves up as much as they could.

If there was one thing to help achieve this look, it was red lipstick. When this was hard to find, women would stain their lips with beetroot.

You have to admire these women for their creativity and defiance. Even more so the ones doing all these things whilst also flying war planes and getting little to no credit for it. Keep fighting, women!

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Hair tattoos? Really?

Remember those metallic temporary tattoos that everyone was wearing at festivals last year? Well now people are putting them on their hair. It’s legit. The brand Scunci has created a line of temp tattoos suitable for body AND hair that nobody asked for.

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Apparently you apply them the same way as you would a normal temporary tat, and they wash off easily in the shower.

This seems to be about to become a new trend thanks to Kylie Jenner

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But I would advise not to succumb to this foolishness. This blogger thinks they look ridiculous and Kylie Jenner should not be trend setter.


STAR WARS MAKEUP COLLECTION

Covergirl has released an exclusive Star Wars themed makeup line to coincide with the build up to the new films release. Just like tickets for the movie, this makeup is selling out fast so it looks like you’ll have to be quick to get your paws on it.

The flawless Janelle Monae is one of the faces of this collection, if you needed more of a reason to love it.

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The products consist of two mascaras ($6.85), 6 different shades of lipstick ($6.99) and 6 different nail polishes ($5.49).

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They are marketing the collection as the Dark Side and the Rebel Alliance, however each different shade of lipstick and nail polish is made for 6 specific looks.

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  • Stormtrooper (lipstick in Dark Purple)
  • Droid (lipstick in Gold)
  • Dark Apprentice (lipstick in Red and nail polish in Fury)
  • Mystic (lipstick in Lilac)
  • Chrome Captain (lipstick in Silver)
  • Jedi (lipstick in Nude and nail polish in Speed of Light)

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This looks like a fun collection and because it is Covergirl, it is affordable.  If I were stateside I’d go out and bag some of it before it all sells out.

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Home remedies for bleaching facial hair

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Deciding whether to bleach that ‘stache is a choice. You can just rock it Frida Kahlo style (one of my idols). But if you do choose to lighten your facial hairs, here’s a home remedy that is less powerful than bleaching, but much friendlier to your skin.

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Lemon juice is natures bleach. Just mix lemon juice and honey to form a paste and apply to the area. Leave for 20 minutes before removing (unless you experience irritation).

According to livestrong.com, there are two other fruit based remedies that can also work.

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Tomatoes, believe it or not, can lighten facial hair. You just have to rub a cut tomato half over the areas you want to bleach and then leave the juice on for 4 minutes before washing off.

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And papayas. You can mix papaya pulp with milk to form a paste and then massage into the dark hairs for 10 minutes. After you have finished rubbing it in, leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing.

Obviously, because these are all fruits that you can ingest, the bleaching effect is mild. You may have to repeat the process a few times for the lightest results. But it’s all safe to do because it’s food!

Good luck!

The best, most expensive soap I’ve ever used

I was in a very hip (the word ‘hip’ makes me feel so old) restaurant, and their bathroom was stocked with Aesop’s Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash. And it was the best hand washing experience of my life.

It doesn’t just smell great (vetiver root, petit grain and bergamot) but it’s also EXFOLIATING!  It has those little grains (petit grain I guess) that smooth away all the roughness of the day, and when I rinsed it off my hands were soft as a baby’s. If you wash your hands as much as I do, most soaps make them dry and red. This one took care of my hands like they were at a spa. First thing I did when I got up was look up how much it was. Alas, it is £27. But if you are Mr Rockefeller and are looking for Christmas gift ideas, this would make a great present. Because no one would spent £27 on hand soap for themselves.

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The evolution of the eyebrow

From Ancient Greece, to modern day, the eyebrow has undergone quite a lot of changes. Some of the trends are cyclical, some (hopefully) are one offs. But it’s definitely safe to say that eyebrows are not just a modern day obsession.

In Ancient Greece, the unibrow was king

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The 1920s saw the arrival of the pencil thin curved brow

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By the 1940s some sense had been recovered thanks to the gorgeous arches of stars like Lauren Bacall

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This trend has remained as a staple ever since. However there have been variations. For example the bushy brows of the 1980s

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They went super thin again in the 90s.

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Which brings us to the defined, albeit slightly over made up, arches of today.

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But when done properly, they can look pretty peng.

What’s next for the eyebrow?

Winter beauty trends 2015

Matte is out

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Gloss is back, in lips and foundation. Now people are ‘strobing’ (a revived 00s trend) instead of matte contouring, shimmery faces will be everywhere. As will glossy lips. Just like our school days.

Blushing beauties

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Bare faced looks with lots of blush seem to be everywhere. Think wind-beaten atop a mountain.

On the line

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Lining your waterline is back (for me, it never left). For ultra quick smokey eyes, bring back the kohl on your lower waterline.

Vamp lips

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This is a staple of every winter look since I can remember. And this year is no exception. Dark lipstick is very unforgiving to apply with a steady hand. And remember, a little goes a long way.