Know a few people on your list who seem to have everything? For those difficult-to-shop-for friends and family, gifting lovely vintage-inspired or one-of-a-kind vintage pieces is an excellent option. Dita Von Teese recently shared that she loves storing her makeup in vintage compacts and lipstick holders, and that's the impetus behind this post. So check out 10 lovely vintage-inspired (and straight-up vintage) finds now.
If you're a fan of Glee like I am, then you'll know that guidance counselor (and germaphobe redhead) Emma Pillsbury is always one to put together the most amazing vintage-looking outfits — complete with kitschy accessories. Most recently, I adored the oversize old-school rotary telephone pin she sported in last week's episode, but the similarly quirky owl sweater clips she proudly wore earlier this season are the inspiration behind this post. Here are a few owl-themed beauty goods — some even vintage — that would make excellent additions to any Emma-style ensemble.
Over the weekend at the 17th annual Race to Erase MS event in LA, Avril Lavigne wore a delicate-looking sparkling bow in her hair. But since this is Avril we're talking about, she roughed up the turquoise hair accessory with punky accents like underlying black streaks and lots and lots of smudged blue eye makeup to match. My favorite part of her look, however, is how she incorporated a classic cameo into her ensemble. From traditional to nontraditional, here are a few different ways you can make a cameo.
If the old adage that April showers bring May flowers is true, I'm expecting a huge bouquet in my backyard come the first of the month. We may only have a few days left in April, but with all the seasonal rain we've been experiencing, umbrellas have become a daily necessity. After spotting these cute vintage umbrella clips while perusing Etsy earlier, I started searching for more parasol-inspired beauty goods. Check out some of my tips for keeping your makeup waterproof here, and for some ideas for whimsical beauty accessories, peep at my widget below.
Borrowing something can be the hardest part of following the "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" tradition, especially if you don't share a shoe size or taste in jewelry with your mom and close friends. So what's a girl to do? I have five clever ideas for getting your borrow on, so that even if you just can't bear the thought of wearing your aunt's totally-not-you garnet ring, you can honor her by wearing something else she loves. To see my beauty suggestions, just click through.
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As we kick off wedding traditions week here at Sugar HQ, I couldn't help but think of the old adage of "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." Each item from this Old English rhyme is meant to bring good luck to the bride, with "something old" meant to represent continuity with the past. If you're a bride-to-be, or if you're a friend or relative looking to make the bride's day a bit more special, here are five ways you can do "something old" the beauty way. Look for the rest of the traditions throughout the week, and be sure to check out all of our wonderful wedding content, too.
Before plastic became the packaging material of choice, compacts were made of heavier and sturdier materials. And as you'll see, they were decorated unlike almost any compacts you'll find today. Some are cute and quirky, while others are elaborately ornate. Would any of them appeal to you in 2009? Only one way to find out, so read on.
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Whether it's been dropped, unintentionally stepped on, or is nearing the end of its lifespan, a broken compact is messy business. I've had success giving these crumbly powders a quick fix with a tissue, and recently, I learned a new tip from Woman's World's Stephanie Prommer on Kathy Lee and Hoda. It's time to pick up the pieces.
Unless it's compact makeup I'm stocking, I never seem to have a handy mirror on hand. Recently, though, a friend gave me this little goodie. On the outside it looks like an ordinary compact, but upon opening, it lights up both a regular and magnification mirror inside. I think it's pretty neat, and now I love having it in my bag. Do you carry a compact, too?
Ok, maybe one of these days, I'll get over my obsession with pretty compacts, but until then, I'll be eyeing this Urban Outfitters Vintage Mirror Compact, which is an incredible bargain, selling here for just $8. This classic-looking compact opens up to a double-sided mirror, and the cute case comes with a choice of two graphics: a powder puff or a perfume bottle. This handy mirror would look great inside an evening bag, and the low price makes it a great gift to buy for all of your girlfriends.