“Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean. Picture of a beauty queen. Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rodgers, dance on air. They had style, they had grace. Rita Hayworth gave good face. Lauren, Katherine, Lana too, Bette Davis, we love you.” Madonna had it right, these ladies and gents from the golden age of Hollywood were extremely glamorous. Even to this day, their vintage style still inspires fashion and beauty.
As much as I love modern fashion and a good pair of jeans, I often dream about what it’d be like to dress like Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor. While this isn’t really an option, I can indulge my glamorous side with the British brand known as Vintage Cosmetics.
Inspired by the glamour and charm of the 50s, Vintage Cosmetics products pay tribute to the past while also meeting the needs of today’s women. Each item they design is affordable, elegant and effective. I first discovered Vintage Cosmetics while perusing the beauty selection at TJ Maxx. As I was looking for some great deals I noticed this cute little box featuring a floral and polka-dot design. I was intrigued by the packaging and by the product inside…the Brush Cleaning Tool.
This amazing, pocket sized goodie is designed to help you keep your makeup brushes in “tip-top condition”. The Brush Cleaning Tool offers two different cleaning texture options. The ridges can be used for larger brushes, while the bobbles are ideal for smaller brushes. I tend to use a mix of both, especially when cleaning my eye brushes. Not only is the tool highly effective, it’s also very affordable. Next to my Dr. Bronner’s soap, the Brush Cleaning Tool is my go to for brush cleaning days.
I will be gifting my extra Brush Cleaning Tool, which Vintage Cosmetics was kind enough to send me, to my sister. She called dibs after I told her how amazing it was. Also included in my Vintage Cosmetics goodie box was the Smokey Eye Brush Set and two pairs of their Re-Usable Lashes.
As far as I’m concerned, you can never have enough eye makeup brushes. I’m excited to have this adorable and well-crafted trio to add to my collection. I’ve used the Smokey Eye Brush Set to create a myriad of looks, from smoky to classic (picts below). The bristles are dense, yet flexible. They’re also soft, yet firm, and make application and blending a smooth process.
I use Step One…for the money for applying color to my lids and inner corners. Step two…for the shadow is the perfect crease brush for adding darker colors or my transition shades. Finally, Step Three…go girl go helps me blend my look together. It also works great for applying shadow underneath my lower lashline for that perfect smoky effect.
As I mentioned above, Vintage Cosmetics also sent me their Re-Usable Lashes in Nancy and Connie. I was a little apprehensive about using fake lashes, as I’ve never tried them before. I have a bit of an eye thing/phobia, whatever you want to call it. I can’t even watch videos where people tight-line their eyes because it grosses me out. I know, I’m a freak.
However, I was determined to give these lashes a try. I am pleasantly surprised to reveal that applying and wearing falsies isn’t so bad. I decided to give Nancy a go first. These lashes are designed to add volume and length. I cut the lashes to the right length, added some of the included adhesive, and followed the instructions for application. It took a little finessing, but I was able to get Nancy in place. Not too bad for a first timer.
I used the same procedures to tryout the Connie lashes. Connie features a crossed knot design which gives a soft, natural, voluminous look to the eye. Of the two lashes, Connie is my favorite. They feel lighter on my eye and give me volume without being too overpowering.
While the Nancy lashes also look nice, I can definitely feel them when I’m wearing them. I also think they might be a little too intense for my small eyes. I don’t know how often I will wear false lashes, but I’m glad to have these two options in my makeup arsenal.
What are your favorite vintage looks? How often do wear false lashes?
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