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Being Blonde: Products for Blonde Hair

I kind of went blonde gradually. But even taking that into account I’ve had very light blonde bleached hair now for for nearly 2 years, apart from a few forays into pastels and my recent vibrant pinks and purples. My hair is naturally a dark muddy blonde and I colour my hair myself at home […]

Vintage Beauty with Jarrolds

I do love it when local places hold events and launches! One of the great things about blogging is an inbox full of fun events to go to, and the worst thing is that I can rarely go to them as they’re all in London and what for someone else is an event to “pop […]

Sponsored Video: Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner

I rarely do these sponsored video things. But today is a bit different, because I’m actually really excited about the launch of the Benefit They’re Real Gel Liner Pen. My original plan was to go and buy one and review it alongside the video, but time was a bit short and I haven’t had chance, […]

Retro Chick Reviews: Dirty Works Pore-fect Facial Hot Cloth Cleanser

Recently I’d been pretty impressed with the Boots No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser But it doesn’t seem to be a product that is stocked in smaller Boots stores, so when I ran out while on holiday I found myself trying to source a replacement in a local Sainsburys. I picked up the Dirty Works Pore-fect Facial […]
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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]