Harmonizing Lipstick and Nail Polish Color

I'm in a colorful mood today. Summer is sticking around and before Fall takes root, I thought we should celebrate bright summer colors a little longer. Did you know, makeup companies changed their advertising strategies regularly on how you should choose your correct face powder color, especially in the early years of makeup. From the 1920s ...

Beauty Ten Commandments – 1923 Beauty Secrets for Every Woman Magazine

I am a collector. There, I said it. What is a collector? Someone who is so obsessed with items from a certain genre that they are incapable of passing by an item available for purchase. My obsession, as you can probably guess, is very specific. It is late 19th and early/mid-20th century beauty magazines, books and packaging. I ...

The Cobra Hairstyle circa 1957…bangs with a bite

Just in time for Halloween...I just happen to be leafing through a vintage 1957 American Hairdresser magazine yesterday, looking for something completely unrelated to Halloween. And then I cam across this beauty of an article about M. Louis Advanced Hair Design Institute's new hair vogue. The "cobra cut", they explain, gives us an ultra feminine ...

Vintage Makeup for darker skin tones during the Atomic Age 0f the 1950s

For this installment of the Vintage Makeup for Darker Skin Tones series, I am exploring makeup during the Atomic Age, mostly taking place during the 1950s. To know more about this series, please read my disclaimer. The Atomic Age, or Atomic Era, began in 1945 when the U.S. detonated the first nuclear bomb, Trinity, and subsequently used nuclear bombs against Japan to ...

Vintage Makeup for darker skin tones during the 1930s

For this installment of the Vintage Makeup for Darker Skin Tones series, I am exploring makeup during the 1930s. To know more about this series, please read my disclaimer. The 1930s is the middle ground between the Jazz Age and WWII. Correctly, I should title this Makeup During the Great Depression, but that sounds, well, depressing. But I don't want to ...

Vintage Makeup for darker skin tones during the Jazz Age

For this installment of the Vintage Makeup for Darker Skin Tones series, I am exploring makeup during the Jazz Age. To know more about this series, please read my disclaimer. Finding printed information, tips, and colors for makeup that originates from the Jazz Age of the 1920s is very difficult, for any skin tone. During that time period there ...

Vintage Makeup for Darker Skin Tones – Foundations and Face Powders

Welcome to the first post in the Vintage Makeup for Darker Skin Tones series! Please read my disclaimer here to learn more about where this all came from and what this is all about. I'm beginning with face powders and foundations to work into the rest of the series. This post is more about history than ...

Halloween!!! My favorite vintage-inspired costume this year is Atomicpunk!

There are so many cool vintage-inspired Halloween costumes out there. This year I have a new inspiration for what I am going to be...Atomicpunk (aka atompunk). Above image from Planet of the Female Invaders, 1967 / [image link] You are all familiar with steampunk I am sure, which is the modern stylistic interpretation of speculative science fiction of ...

Vintage Uniforms for the 1920s and 1930s Hairstylist

Vintage Uniforms for the 1920s and 1930s Hairstylist This Rosalia Beauty Uniforms advertisement shows such stunning examples of vintage uniform fashions for a hairstylist in the 1920s, but not so much the 1930s. The advertisement came from the 1931 American Hairdresser Magazine that I picked up at the Vintage Fashion Expo in Santa Monica back in May. I ...

Vintage Deadstock Makeup Containers from a historic Colorado Barbering and Cosmetic Supply Company

I wish I had time to go to estate sales. I so wish I did. I know I am missing so many wonderful goodies out there. Luckily for me, some of my friends who do find time for them think about me when they see things. My friend Karen recently picked up these amazing pieces of ...