Great Etsy beauty finds you (probably) had no idea existed

Etsy is a treasure trove of handmade and vintage items. It is more than just crafts and vintage clothes. There at thousands, even tens of thousands, of beauty shops. Because it is all handmade, almost everything out there is organic and vegan friendly. You will find things on Etsy you would never see in shops, some for good reason, but mostly items are original pieces made with love.

For an exhaustive range of sparkly nail polishes, the Vegas based shop ILoveNP has got you covered.

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At around £6.82 each, they’re slightly more expensive than a drug store brand, but in which drug stores would you find this colour?

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Etsy classic, Portland Black Lipstick Company, does exactly what it says on the tin. Great black lipstick for just £9.54. But they also have a range of other similarly ‘alternative’ colours. Their namesake, however, is their best seller.

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For cute soaps that you won’t find anywhere else, go to AubreyEApothecary and Soapopotamus. These guys have soaps AubreyE has soaps shaped like sushi:

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Gummy bears

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And even coal (a great stocking filler)

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And soapopotamus has deliciously realistic looking Cinnamon buns:

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Liquid ‘honey’ soap

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And a half-dozen of the glazed, please

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For just £4.77! Turn your bathroom into a mini bakery.

If price isn’t an object, For Strange Women has a delightfully gothic selection of vintage style perfumes in both solid and liquid form, in beautiful packaging. However the cheapest perfumes start at around £35, or you could spend around £100 on solid perfume necklaces.

Finally, Fat and the Moon is a cosmetics company that has natural beauty products from deodorants to lipsticks.

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This lip and cheek stain is just £8.18 and will have you going from zero to vamp in 3.5.

So if you are looking for gifts this holiday season, or just want to treat yourself, don’t forget to make Etsy one of your stops before heading out to the shops. You may be pleasantly surprised.

 

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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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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.

Zendaya’s hottest beauty looks

Zendaya is one of the coolest people on the planet hands down. Everything she does is just 👌🏼

And that includes her makeup. These are, in my opinion, her best looks.

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Those brown smokey eyes with the matte brown lips and perfect eyebrows.

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Pink lips with subtle brown eyeshadow and just a hint of pink blush.

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And lastly, my favourite…

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No makeup.

My Top 5 Stars who always have the best makeup

Celebrities, with their personal glam squads, are constantly giving us makeup envy. They can inspire our beauty looks. We all have our personal favourites, but these are my Top 5, in no particular order.

Nicki Minaj

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She has winged liner for dayyys. Her looks are always on point.

Ciara

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When Ciara does wear makeup, she keeps it very minimal. Its gorgeous and easy to recreate.

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And in her free time she doesn’t wear any makeup at all, which is my favourite look to copy.

Rihanna

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Her eyeshadows are always a beautiful array of nudes, browns and golds. And great winged liner.

Kehlani

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Winged liner, winged liner, winged liner.

Amber Rose

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Although we rarely see Muva without her signature sunglasses, we know underneath she is rocking that winged liner.

As you may have guessed, I like winged liner.

My top 5 vintage beauty icons

Who do you think of when you think of beauty icons from the past? These five women are often revered for their icon status, as pioneering women of beauty, hair and makeup. But I am interested if there is anyone less well known that you think deserves a mention.

This is my top 5:

Obviously, Marilyn

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Those arched brows with the winged liner and red lips.

Jayne Mansfield

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Following the trend Marilyn started for the glamorous blonde, Mansfield made it far more interesting with her beautiful tanned skin and brown eyes.

Veronica Lake

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These waves have been imitated  for 70 years.

Sophia Loren

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This insanely beautiful woman knew eyeliner and lipliner like nobody else.

Brigitte Bardot

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Obviously influenced by Loren, Bardot is the universal symbol of 60s glamour. Matte nude lips, a ton of eye liner and big hair has been a fail safe beauty look ever since.

Who do you think of when you think of vintage beauty?

Ruby Rose’s Hottest Makeup Looks

 

Ruby Rose is fast becoming a household name after her appearance in Orange is the New Black. To some, however, she has been known for a while for her androgynous beauty.

I have compiled a list of my favourite Ruby Rose makeup looks so all of my followers who are unfamiliar with her, can appreciate the flawlessness that is Ruby Rose.

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This kohl lined/smudged brown eyeshadow smokey eye look appears a lot on Ruby’s instagram page. And you can see why. Its makeup that looks great whilst still looking effortless and andro-chic. As you will see it can be paired with any lip, such as this nude/brown…

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Or this baby pink.

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This more intense glam look adds some extra liquid liner and some lashes with a darker, brighter hot pink lip.

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With these statement lips, the only eye makeup necessary is a bit of mascara, which Ruby totally rocks.

But my favourite makeup look of Ruby’s by far is…

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No makeup.

Mac Cinderella Collection

Mac is releasing their Cinderella collection to coincide with the movie release in March.

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It will consist of:

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Two lipsticks. The more pinky nude is Royal Ball and the browner nude is Free as a Butterfly.

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Two lipglasses in Happily Ever After and Glass Slipper (almost identical, right?)

One eyeshadow palette:

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Two ‘Eye Glosses’ in Lightly Tauped and Pearl Varnish

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This is a new type of product, one that I haven’t seen from Mac before. It seems to be one of those sheer ultra glossy cream eyeshadows.

There’s also a line of Fluidline gel liners in two different colours: Little Black Bow and Macrviolet

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There are two gorgeous looking powder highlighter in Coupe D’Chic and Mystery Princess

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Three pressed pigments (although one is actually glitter!) in Reflects Pearl, Evil Stepmother and Pretty It Up:

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The Olive pigment seems a bit incongruous with the rest of the collection but hey, its Mac.

There’s also a mascara and two brushes (boring)

I have to say this is the nicest collection to come out of Mac in a while. The movie doesn’t seem like much to get excited about (Its certainly no ‘Into The Woods’) but at least the makeup is cute. I wonder if any of the normal public will be able to get hold of any of the products before the sell out.

What colour eyebrow pencil should you be using?

In a society obsessed with eyebrows, it can seem like having the perfect brows is the most important thing in the world. Its not. But it can be a nice bonus. If you are blessed with naturally good eyebrows, finding the right eyebrow pencil is as simple as just matching it to your brow colour. But if, like me, your natural brows are almost nonexistent, you have to start with practically a blank canvas.

There are two basic rules for eyebrow colour.

  • If you have light hair, select a colour one or two shades darker than your hair colour
  • If you have dark hair, select a colour one or two shades lighter than your hair colour

Its that simple.

For example, when I was blonde I used Mac’s eyebrow pencil in Lingering

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I went two shades darker than my blonde hair.

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And now my hair is mostly brown, I can use the same shade of pencil because it is one shade lighter than my current hair colour!

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So that worked out pretty well.

And remember, these are just guidelines. If you want blue eyebrows, have blue eyebrows. Its only eyebrows.