My entire aesthetic, as channeled through hair, makeup, fragrance and wardrobe, can be summed up thusly: When I walk through a room, I want to people to be left thinking, "Damn, that's a LADY."
Better still, a SEXY LADY! Hence the shoes, hence the lips, hence the hair stacked as close to God as I can get it, hence my forever love for pinup girls, who are the ladyest of all ladies. Which is why I'm obsessed with the following retro-chic beauty brands inspired by the perpetually glamorous cheesecake model of yesteryear. (For a cheap and easy pinup girl makeover, check out this post.)
Benefit is the obvious go-to for sweetly vintage product packaging. I use benetint in rose for a reddish cheek stain; pin-up girls are always flushed from all those ankles-over-the-head contortions. (High beam is also awesome as a liquid highlighter, and "Watt's Up," is a great cream one, which claims to give a "champagne glow." My new favorite is the Bathina body balm, which comes with a cute powder puff and makes you smell like a sexy baby, while adding shimmer but NOT glitter, because it to be our figures that make others suspect we are off-duty strippers, not the specks of glitter pooling in our eye corners.
A sub-brand of Bare Escentuals, Buxom grabbed my attention with those pinup girl lipglosses -- I'm a matte girl through and through, but if I were to wear gloss, I'd want ones named things like "Dani " and Candy," with ladies in their underwear cavorting across the boxes. Also, they smell like cake and make your lips tingle. I do use and love the Buxom volumizing mascara.
Pristine Beauty and Soap and Glory
These two brands are by far my favorites for products with which to mist, powder and buff yourself post-bath. The Pristine Beauty Hooray for Brallywood Butter comes in a beautiful glass bottle and smells like ground-up pin-up girls -- fresh and powdery with a hint of citrus. Old Hollywood, not grandma-y. And the Soap and Glory's The Righteous Butter was voted "Britain's Best Body Butter," which seems very specific but also probably accurate, and it smells sort of like the color pink -- "citrus and notes of bergamot, summer rose, peach, strawberry, gardenia blooms, jasmine and patchouli warm amber."
All the Pristine Beauty stuff is 100 percent natural and carcinogen-free -- the brand was created by a breast cancer survivor to help her restore her hair and skin in recovery.
The two products you see above are my ultimate jamboxes. This Soap & Glory stuff just smells SO GOOD. I have some of it on my desk and I just keep opening it and sniffing like it's gonna get me high.
The "Make Yourself Youthful Rejuvenating Face Serum" is made of shea butter and orange peel oil and has PEPTIDES, which always sound like something I want, and the Girligo Body Moisturizing Mist and uses the same bergamot, peach, strawberry, jasmine, mandarin combo of the Body Butter. I don't know what a bergamot is, but apparently it's my crack rock. (Although judging from my experience with powdered cocaine, my true crack rock would be crack rock.)
Would I love all this stuff so much if it came in boring brown wrappers or whatever? Probaby not. But it doesn't and I do! And these pretty packages make me smile in the morning, which is sort of the best thing a beauty product can deliver. Are you a sucker for a specific kind of packaging or product description? I also tend to want to buy thing with "milk" in the title.