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Messing Around with Make Up

This morning I went shopping for lipstick. Since Christmas I feel I have fallen into a style black hole. I have been attempting to drag myself out of it over the last few weeks with a few new things. I started off with revamping my wardrobe a little. I’ve said yes to some things for […]
March 19, 2014 27

Jump on the Merry Go Round

Paperself, my favourite place for random eye decorations, have a new design of eyelashes out! I first tried them out last year and totally fell in love. I’d seen papercut lashes before but never really thought of them as practical, or something I could make work. They seemed sort of extreme, and while I’m not […]
February 24, 2014 25

Retro Chick Reviews: No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser

I’ve been using a variation on a hot cloth cleansing method for many years now. I started using cold cream and a flannel, then just under a year ago I went away without my wash bag and tried Soap & Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser, and I sort of fell in love with it. […]
February 7, 2014 6

Retro Chick Reviews: Vintage Hairstyling and Retro Make Up

Most vintage lovers have heard of the books I’m going to review today. Lauren Rennells books on Vintage Hairstyling and Retro Make Up are often talked about as amazing resources. They’re not cheap to buy, particularly if you live in the UK, so many people Um and Ah over it for a while. Can they […]
December 9, 2013

Retro Chick Presents: A Quick Vintage Up Do

Oooh look, another video tutorial! I’ve been asked for this one loads, but it’s a hair do I make up as I go along, and I only do it for about 2 weeks every 3 months, at the point where my hair is too long and I really need a hair cut. Which has all […]
December 4, 2013
Bourjois Poudre de Riz de Java

Vintage Cosmetics – Boujois Poudre de Riz de Java – Java Rice Powder

Recently I’ve been back on the hunt for a new powder I had been using the Besame Violet Brightening Powder, but What Katie Did have discontinued the range and I was having difficulty finding somewhere else to buy it for a reasonable price. Then, when I was trawling the aisles of Boots, the packaging of […]
November 13, 2013
Miss Dixiebelle - credit Simon Jersey & Headline Honey

Vintage Hair Styling Tips from Actual Professionals

I get emails a lot telling me about amazing interviews and tips that I might like to publish. Generally I don’t as they are always irrelevant. Except last weeks email came from Hairdressing uniforms retailer who have interviewed the owners of vintage salons Rockalily Cuts and Miss Dixiebell as well as vintage hair and […]
September 5, 2013

3 Ways to Hide Your Roots

I seem to be all about the hair at the moment, don’t I? The other thing I’m now a total expert at is hiding my roots. When I had red hair they showed, but not so badly, but somehow my mousey blonde seems to grow through black on platinum blonde. Also, I am lazy. I […]
June 19, 2013

Staying Blonde – Review of Fudge Blonde Products

When I started going blonde what I was really after was platinum. However, I soon discovered that whatever colour hair the woman on the front of the box has, your hair will be yellow when you dye it. The only way to knock that yellow out is with toners and shampoos and all sorts of […]
June 11, 2013

Retro Chick Presents: How to Tie a Headscarf 1940s Style

2 years without a video and then 2 in 2 months, I know! I seem to be on a roll, so if there’s anything you’d like to see in a video, tutorial or otherwise, feel free to let me know in the comments! This video is on how to tie a headscarf, 1940s, Land Girl […]
June 10, 2013

Style Advice Clinic – Vintage Hair Tips

I often get asked for advice on style things. Hair, make up, frocks, shoes. Most of what I know about any of these things has been learnt through years of experimentation, reading and talking to people. But if you don’t pass on what you know how does anyone learn? So I decided it was time […]
June 6, 2013

Curling the UnCurlable – Your Complete Guide to Wet Setting Hair

I was once the owner of the worlds most resolutely straight hair. I have quite a lot of hair, but it is fine and thin and very, very straight. I would spend hours with tongs, mousse, heated rollers and any number of other promised miracle products, and always within 2 hours I had straight hair […]
May 29, 2013

Retro Chick Presents: A Quick & Easy 30s Hair Tutorial

Look video! I’ve been being asked for a tutorial for this 20s/30s inspired pin curl hair do for a very long time, at least since this post from Paris in 2011! When I had longer hair and did this style at the front I used to pin my hair under at the back into a […]
May 3, 2013
besame brightening powder

Retro Chick Reviews: Besame Violet Brightening Powder

A couple of weeks ago I discovered they had discontinued my regular foundation. It was one I’d been using for years. And I mean YEARS. It was a mineral powder foundation and worked as foundation and powder in one and was suitable for my pale but pinky toned skin, which is a rarity in a […]
April 19, 2013

Retro Chick Reviews: Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick

It’s time for another red lipstick review. It’s been a while, in fact it’s been a whole year. Last week I popped into Superdrug to experiment with foundations seeing as it appears my favourite shade in my existing brand has been discontinued and got a free Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick with purchase, […]
April 3, 2013
Fab Pore 2

Retro Chick Reviews: Soap and Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser

I went away for 4 days without my wash bag. This is an unmitigated disaster. I had to immediately go to Boots and rebuy an entire washbag full of products. Instead of buying cheap stuff to see me through I decided to buy my regular products, as I knew I’d have to buy more again […]
March 22, 2013