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Who let the dogs out? Pai Pai!

Let me start off by saying that I am not a dog person.  It might have something to do with having a truly nice cat for 18 years (always wanted to cuddle and never hissed once!), or regularly being exposed to my aunt's slobbering, hyper, incredibly smelly canines, or the fact that I was bit by a black Labrador when I was a teenager...there's nothing like a trip to the ER for stitches and a tetanus shot after some off-leash beast sinks its teeth into your leg at the exact moment the idiot owner is saying "Don't worry, he won't bite!"  (Insert eyeroll emoji here).  Whatever it is, I've always gravitated towards felines.  Having said all that, Pai Pai's latest collection, created by Pinut Brein, proved too cute for me to pass up. 

Pinut Brein for Pai Pai

Pinut Brein for Pai Pai

I love that they all have names and in some cases have little descriptions and/or are based on real dogs.  Miau is the chihuahua, but I don't seem to have any other info on him.  The bichon frise is named Tiara, and she's adamant about making people know she's NOT a poodle.  Djoko, the Pomeranian, is actually a dog belonging to a Mexico City fashion and lifestyle blogger

Djoko
The French bulldog is a princess named Petunia.  She enjoys walks in the park, regardless of the fact that she doesn't have a boyfriend to stroll with.  :D

Petunia

Bono (a.k.a. La Corga) is the corgi. 

Bono

Rocco, the pug, is my favorite. 

Rocco(images from instagram)

Despite not liking dogs I've taken quite a shine to pugs over the past couple of years.  I think it's not only because of their adorable smooshed faces, floppy ears and little curly tails, but also because I suspect they're essentially Babos in dog form - I hear they're not very bright, but one of the sweetest and most loving breeds.  And they're lazy too, which describes most of our plushies to a T.  I don't think I've formally introduced Barney here at the blog or assigned him any Museum work, but he joined us last year.  I managed to get him to pose with the Pai Pai lipsticks, which he then tried to eat.  He definitely fits in with the rest of Museum staff, right?

Pinut Brein for Pai Pai

Now for some information on the artist.  Pinut Brein is a brand created by Mexico City based artist Maria...well, I'm not sure of her last name.*  So I'll just refer to her first name.   Inspired by the work of her architect parents, Maria always enjoyed sketching and doodling.  She kept her passion for drawing under wraps while studying audio engineering and working briefly as a sound/video editor.  But after meeting several other illustrators in her native town of Xalapa in 2012 and participating in their artist collaborative Malacara, Maria decided to strike out on her own and establish Pinut Brein in 2015.  (It's a play on "peanut brain" [cerebro de cacahuate"], a nickname teasingly bestowed upon Maria by her older sister).  I find her style utterly charming without being saccharine.  The illustrations work equally well as prints for one's living room as they would for nursery walls, i.e., not too mature for children but not too juvenile for adults.  And though they're stylistically pretty different, the ability of Pinut Brein's drawings to work on a range of items intended for different audiences is similar to that of Poni Lab

Pinut Brein

Pinut Brein

Pinut Brein

Pinut Brein

Her favorite animals are dogs and horses, and she dreams of owning a pony some day. 

Pinut Brein(images from facebook and kichink)

As for her artistic process, Maria tries to infuse each animal she creates with their own personality and assign human characteristics, such as a cat leading a punk band or a bear who's also a sailor.  At least, that's what I gathered from this quote:  "Desde hace mucho me ha gustado dibujar y crear personajes, la temática principal es el reflejo de distintas personalidades humanas en animales; por ejemplo, un gato y su banda de punk, o un oso marinero." Some are her own unique creation, while some are based on people she knows, hence the dogs of the Pai Pai collection having names or borrowed from real people.  I absolutely love this concept, as our plushies, though generally lazy and not very smart, each have their own distinct personalities.  The idea of giving animals individual character traits demonstrates the artist's genuine fondness for animals; you can tell there's a real love for creatures great and small, they're not just cute motifs to her.  I also admire the fact that Maria sketches with an actual pencil and paper first, then transfers the concept to a digital format and adds color and other finishing touches that way.  Don't get me wrong, digital illustration requires just as much skill, but I'm old-school and will always appreciate paper more than screens.  ;)

Here's one of her illustrations for Nylon Español.  I love the name of this cat-unicorn in Spanish: un "gaticornio".  So precious!!

Pinut Brein
(image from nylon.com)

In addition to the Pai Pai lipstick cases, the recent earthquake in Mexico spurred Pinut Brein to create illustrations of some of the rescue dogs who saved dozens of people trapped in the rubble:  Frida, Eco, Akasha and Titan

Pinut Brein - rescue dogs

Pinut Brein - rescue dogs

Pinut Brein - rescue dogs

Pinut Brein - rescue dogs

Pai Pai chose Frida and Eco to appear on some cosmetic bags, with all of the bags' sale proceeds being donated to earthquake relief. 

Pinut Brein for Pai Pai - rescue dogs cosmetic bags

Unfortunately with all the holiday releases I haven't gotten around to order these and it looks like Frida is sold out, but perhaps I will treat myself to Eco.  :)  And I can always buy this wonderful kit with stickers of all four doggies, since the proceeds from this also go to earthquake recovery efforts.

Pinut Brein - rescue dog stickers

So, despite my general preference for cats, this latest collection was definitely irresistible.  Pinut Brein must be very talented to make a non-dog person like me become smitten with these canines.  Which perrito was your favorite?

 

*The site I linked to lists "Maria del Mar Flores Ibarra"...but it seems kind of long to me, so I don't know whether it's just Del Mar or the whole thing. 

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It's 5 o'clock somewhere: boozy makeup packaging

I remember thinking how cute and novel these wine bottle-shaped lipsticks were when they were making a sensation back in the fall.  (I do have one on the way but the package somehow keeps getting delayed so here's a stock photo for now.)  I'm not a wine person - gives me a horrible headache - but I do appreciate adorable makeup packaging so this gets a thumbs-up from me.  I mean on the one hand I'm not fond of wine once again being associated with a clichéd feminine stereotype (all ladies love wine, shopping, chocolate and shoes, amirite?), but on the other hand, this lipstick is just too cute.

Chateau Labiotte wine lipstick
(image from beautyboxkorea.com)

Turns out, this isn't the first time lipstick has been designed to resemble booze.  I was positively tickled when, during one of my customary Friday night vintage makeup searches on Etsy (I lead a very exciting life, I know), I came across this miniature lipstick cleverly packaged as a whiskey bottle.

Carstairs miniature whiskey bottle lipstick

Carstairs miniature whiskey bottle lipstick

Carstairs miniature whiskey bottle lipstick

It really is mini!

Carstairs miniature whiskey bottle lipstick

I'd never heard of Carstairs before, but apparently from roughly the '40s through the '60s they did a good amount of advertising for their White Seal whiskey, which is still sold today.  In addition to the lipsticks, they offered mini screwdrivers and toothpicks, along with seal clock figurines and the usual print advertising.  According to one (no longer active) ebay listing, the lipstick bottles started being produced around 1944 and other listings say they're from the '50s, so I guess they were used as promotional items for a few decades.  Here's a photo of one in Madeleine Marsh's excellent book, which also dates it to the '50s. 

Carstairs miniature whiskey bottle lipstick in Compacts and Cosmetics by Madeleine Marsh

I'm guessing that for the most part, the lipsticks were provided to bars and liquor stores and given away as a small gift-with-purchase, as there are quite a few full boxes of them floating around. I would have bought this one in a heartbeat because how cute would it have been to display it alongside a whole Chateau Labiotte set?

Vintage Carstairs whiskey lipstick set

Chateau Labiotte set(images from etsy.com and labiotte.us)

But the individual lipsticks are obviously a lot cheaper and I have many things I want to purchase for the summer exhibition, so I had to pass for now. ;)  As for the lipstick itself, a company called Christy Cosmetics, Inc. was responsible for producing it.  I couldn't find much information about it online, other than it was a New York-based company and was also the manufacturer of a line called Diana Deering (who was an entirely fictional character, or, as the patent puts it, "fanciful".)

Christy Cosmetics ad, 1944(image from what-i-found.blogspot.com)

Diana Deering ad, 1944

Diana Deering/Christy Cosmetics patent(image from tsdrapi.uspto.gov)

I'm sure there's information about Christy out there somewhere, but as usual I lack the time and other resources to do proper research, i.e., looking beyond Google.  If anyone knows anything about their relationship with Carstairs and how they were chosen to produce their promo items I'd love to hear it.

Uh-oh, we have a situation here.  Once again a certain little Sailor is up to no good.  "It's just my size!" 

Bottoms up!

I better go get this wrapped up and into storage before he smears it all over his face in attempt to "drink" the non-existent whiskey.  In any case, Happy St. Patrick's Day and I hope these lipsticks have inspired you to let your hair down and enjoy some adult beverages tonight!


Celebrating 15 years of Paul & Joe beauty, part 1

Hello, March!  As it is the first day of the month in which spring supposedly will arrive, I thought I'd share Paul & Joe's spring 2017 collection.  Consider this part 1 of a 2-part celebration of the beauty brand's 15-year anniversary (not to be confused with the Paul & Joe fashion line's 20-year anniversary, which occurred last year).  The summer collection will have yet more cat-shaped goodies so that will be part 2.  ;)  But first, the spring items.

Paul & Joe spring 2017

These face color powders are too cute, as usual.  I believe the cat print with the red background appeared previously on nail polish boxes from the spring 2012 collection.  And do you not love the cat in glasses?!

Paul & Joe spring 2017

The cat design on the powders is also borrowed from the spring 2012 collection, only this time there's the addition of hearts.

Paul & Joe spring 2017

It's always in the details with Paul & Joe.  All of their collections are pretty and/or adorable, but it's the little things like this puff that make them stand out.  It's soft but I don't know how practical it would be to apply blush or highlighter.  I do know that it's just precious.

Paul & Joe spring 2017

I need more cat-shaped lipsticks like I need a hole in the head, but here we are.

Paul & Joe spring 2017 lipsticks

The patterns on the lipstick cases are from the spring fashion collection.  PJ at A Touch of Blusher has amazing descriptions of them so I'll just direct you to her site since I can't describe them nearly as well!  I didn't purchase the accompanying square compact cases since they have the same prints, especially since I'm not actually using them anyway.  I figured the lipstick cases were enough from a collectible standpoint.  Eh, who knows, I'll probably cave and get them later. ;)

Paul & Joe spring 2017 lipstick cases

Paul & Joe spring 2017

Paul & Joe spring 2017

The bird print was from the Paul & Joe Sister line; the other 2 are from the regular Paul & Joe women's collection.

Paul & Joe Sister spring 2017

Paul & Joe spring 2017

Paul & Joe spring 2017(images from paulandjoe.com)

While I was working on this post some Museum staff members wandered in, as they tend to do (they like to keep me company while I blog) and got into a little mischief.

En garde!

Well, at least they're not eating them, right?

Overall I thought Paul & Joe did a great job.  Not quite as outstanding as some previous collections, mind you, but they provided the usual eye candy, and it was definitely Museum-worthy and appropriate for spring.  What do you think?

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Friday Fun: Staff picks with Ice Lodge Babos and Ugly Yeti

To help soothe and distract myself from the horrific political unpleasantness today brings, I'm doing another round of staff picks.*  While I strongly prefer summer to winter, some Museum employees are definitely the opposite. 

Makeup Museum winter staff picks

Makeup Museum winter staff picks

Ugly Yeti, Ice Bat and both Ice Lodge Babos went through my personal stash and the Museum's collection to select their top picks, which include: the 2016 Maquillage Snow Beauty compact, Dior Voile de Neige powder, Lipstick Queen Ice Queen lipstick, Stila Adventurous in Aspen palette and Winter Blues trio, Bourjois Rendezvous a Paris Blanc Diaphane, and Chantecaille's Glacier trio.  While Ugly Yeti was partial to that last one, he has decided that KB Shimmer's Yeti or Not polish is now his favorite item.  All of these little guys also love the Guerlain Météorites Perles de Neiges, but I couldn't put that out since I was afraid they'd try to eat it (again).

Makeup Museum winter staff picks

Here are some additional recommendations...as usual, these are by no means a comprehensive list of all the snowy, frosty inspired beauty products out there, just some of what caught their fancy. 

Frosty beauty products

  1. Sephora Early Frost eyeshadow (see also their Let It Snow shadow and Ice Ice Baby eyeliner)
  2. OPI Alpine Snow nail polish
  3. Urban Decay eyeshadow in Frostbite (which also comes in a nail polish and was briefly brought back as a lipstick)
  4. NYX Prismatic eyeshadow in Frostbite
  5. Marc Jacobs Beauty nail polish in White Snow
  6. Armani Eyes to Kill eyeshadow in Ice
  7. Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream eyeshadow in Snow
  8. Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Ice Queen
  9. Stila Stay All Day eyeliner in Snow
  10. Deborah Lippmann Ice Princess nail polish set
  11. Essence eyeshadow in Snowflake
  12. Jouer Lip Topper in Frostbite (this is on its way to me - can't wait!)

The plushies were also intrigued by winter-inspired skincare, especially the cooling products - those help them stay at their desired chilly body temperatures.  Brisk!

Frosty chilly skincare

  1. La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Transforming Cream
  2. DiorSnow Brightening Illuminating sunscreen
  3. Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On for Eyes
  4. Milk Makeup Cooling Water
  5. Natura Bisse Diamond Ice Lift Mask
  6. Arcona Magic Dry Ice Hydrating Gel
  7. Snow Magic Sheet Mask
  8. Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

I encouraged the little scamps to look for other frosty, snowy beauty products with cute packaging.  More recent finds include BeYu's Mountain Glam collection from winter 2015...

Beyu Mountain Glam collection

Essence's Winter Wonderful (holiday 2015) and Ice Ice Baby (spring 2014) collections:

Essence Winter Wonderful collection

Essence Ice Ice Baby collection(images from chicprofile.com)

And MAC's appropriately named Glitter and Ice collection from 2011.

MAC Glitter and Ice, 2011(image from temptalia.com)

They were pretty fascinated so they wanted search further back into beauty history and ended up finding some really cool stuff!

Dubarry foundation ad, 1930s
(image from pinterest.com)

Revlon Fire and Ice ad, 1952
(image from cosmeticsandskin.com) 

Revlon Cherries in the Snow ad, 1952
(image from katezillablog.wordpress.com)

Revlon Snow Peach ad, 1956

They had a good laugh at this commercial.

Then they were trying to figure out how to rescue the poor man trapped in the ice cube...until I explained to them it's just an ad and the man isn't really in there.  Their little pea brains didn't quite get it though.

Cutex Coral Ice ad, 1957
(image from hollyhocksandtulips.tumblr.com)

Here's DuBarry totally ripping off Revlon.

Dubarry Snowball of Fire ad, 1959(image from pinterest.com)

The '60s seriously couldn't get any frostier.

Tussy Hot Ice ad, 1964(image from pinterest.com) 

Cutex Frosted Ice ad, 1969
(image from vivavintage.tumblr.com) 

Bonne Bell ad, 1969
(image from pinterest.com)

Finally, the plushies also appreciated these snowy vintage compacts.  The black Stratton one is my favorite.

Vintage snowflake compact

Stratton snowflake compacts
(images from pinterest and etsy)

The plushies and I hope you enjoyed this little round up of wintry products.  Which of these is calling to you? 

*Just a reminder that you can also check out the holiday/winter exhibition and previous exhibitions too...apparently lots of museums are into the idea of distraction via art today, offering free admission and special programming.  Glad to know I was in step with other museums!


3,2, 1...Blast-off! Staff picks with Space Babo and Dr. McCoy (a.k.a. Dr. McCookie)

MAC's Star Trek collection may be old news by now, but I know certain Museum staff members are still quite enamored by it.  The collection also got me thinking about other space-inspired beauty products, which staff members promptly decided to "explore" themselves.  And by that I mean they made a mess.

Space Babo and Dr. McCoy

Space Babo and Dr. McCoy

In addition to the 2014 Clé de Peau holiday palette, Guerlain Météorites, and Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild palette, here are some close-up shots of the other galactic goodies they got themselves into.

They insisted on me buying a bunch of the MAC Star Trek collection for the Museum.  Look at those faces...I couldn't say no!

MAC Star Trek collection

MAC Star Trek - Set to Stun, Khaaannn! and Warp Speed Ahead lipglass

MAC Strange New Worlds

MAC Star Trek - Midnight Eyeshadow

MAC Star Trek lipsticks

MAC Star Trek - Skin of Evil and Enterprise nail polishes

They were also fascinated by these NYX Cosmic Metal Lip Creams.

NYX Cosmic Metals - Electromagnetic, Comet's Tail, Celestial Star, Dark Nebula, Galactic

NYX Cosmic Metals - Electromagnetic, Comet's Tail, Celestial Star, Dark Nebula, Galactic

What other out-0f-this-world beauty products do these scamps recommend?  Let's take a look.

Space-inspired makeup

  1.  BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic palette
  2.  Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Meteore
  3.  Chantecaille Galactic Lip Shine in Polaris
  4.  Urban Decay Moondust Palette (see also their Moondust powder and cream eye shadows)
  5.  Anna Sui Lipstick V
  6.  Kat Von D Innerstellar Palette
  7.  Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow in Galaxy
  8.  Melt lipstick in Space Cake (love this shade!)
  9.  Givenchy Le Prisme Superstellar Eye Shadow Palette

Don't forget hair, skin and bath and body products.  :)

Space-inspired beauty

  1. Mugler Alien Divine fragrance
  2. 111 Skin Celestial Black Diamond Cream (I'm not actually recommending an $1,100 face cream, but the Babsters wanted to include it since they thought it was so fancy.)
  3. R & Co Outer Space hairspray
  4. Andrea Garland Rocket Girl lip balm
  5. GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment
  6. Sunday Riley Martian Toner (see also U.F.O. Face Oil and Luna Sleeping Night Oil)
  7. Lush Intergalactic Bath Bomb (see also Aliens and Monsters soap)

All of these products are to say nothing of the tons of space-inspired items that have gone before.  Off the top of my head I remember the Cover Girl Star Wars collection, Too-Faced The Future Lovers palette and Galaxy Baked Eyeshadows, Chanel Cosmic and Ciel de Nuit nail polishes and of course Essie Starry Starry Night.  There are also the always-popular galaxy manicures and makeup, plus the Museum's own celestial-themed holiday 2014 exhibition. But I figured photos of these would be overkill, plus Museum staff was very keen on sharing more vintage pieces.  Space Babo and Dr. McCoy dug up a couple of really cool ads.

Max Factor ad - 1950(image from library.duke.edu)

Tussy ad, 1969
(image from sayhellospaceman.blogspot.com)

Finally, I knew Kigu had a flying saucer compact (and something I'd love to splurge on eventually - they go for quite a bit of money) but my little space cadets found that the company actually put out an entire line of these U.F.O.-shaped compacts between 1951 and 1961.  They were originally only available in plain gold tone, but in 1956 Kigu began offering them with a beautiful blue starry background.

Kigu flying saucer compact

Kigu flying saucer compact

Kigu flying saucer compact

This one is probably the most sought after - it's also a music box and debuted in 1957. 

Kigu flying saucer compact

This bejeweled one came out in 1958.

Kigu flying saucer compact(images from vintage-compacts.com and vintagemodes.blogspot.com)

So what do you think?  What out of this world beauty products are your favorites?  Space Babo and Dr. McCookie are all ears, as am I.  :)


Quick post: Meet Enrico!

You might remember this neat ad for Max Factor's Italian Touch that I featured in the summer exhibition.

Max Factor Italian Touch ad, 1957

I also mentioned there was a really cool bust used as a store prop floating about on E-bay, but that it was pricey.  Well, as it turns out I didn't have to worry about the cost because a certain very thoughtful and generous husband purchased it for me!  I really don't have anything like this in the Museum's collection and I was so happy he snagged it for me.  As far as store advertising goes it's pretty unique.

I've named him Enrico.  :)

Max Factor Italian Touch bust, ca. 1957

Max Factor Italian Touch bust, ca. 1957

Max Factor Italian Touch bust, ca. 1957

Max Factor Italian Touch bust, ca. 1957

Max Factor Italian Touch bust, ca. 1957

I love the sphinxes on each shoulder!  Perhaps they were borrowed from the Augustus of Prima Porta.

Max Factor Italian Touch bust, ca. 1957

I couldn't find a complete history of the campaign but it must have been quite large, given that I've seen ads in various languages.  In addition to plain old English, I also came across French:

Max Factor Italian Touch ad
(image from hprints.com)

Italian (of course...additionally, Italian film star Virna Lisi starred as the model, which further demonstrates how calculated the campaign was):

Max Factor Italian Touch ad
(image from delcampe.net)

And Dutch.  This is particularly fascinating given that the e-bay seller Enrico was purchased from was located in the Netherlands.  I also would have loved to get my hands on the little set pictured in these ads to round out a sort of capsule collection of the Italian Touch campaign, but I'm pretty satisfied with the bust.

Max Factor Italian Touch ad
(image from invaluable.com)

I also found these two English-language ads from Canada and Singapore. 

Max Factor Italian Touch ad(image from middlebrowcanada.com)

I couldn't remove the watermark from this but you get the gist.

Max Factor Italian Touch ad, Straits Times, October 8, 1957
(image from eresources.nlb.gov.sg)

In the U.S., a new shade called Roman Touch was available in several products in addition to the Italian Touch collection.

Max Factor Roman Touch ad, Deseret News, May 1, 1957
(image from news.google.com)

Max Factor Roman Touch ad, Torrance Press, April 25, 1957(image from arch.torranceca.gov)

All in all, I think this is one of the strangest, yet well-planned advertising campaigns for a vintage collection I've come across.  Normally I'd be creeped out by the idea of statues coming to life, but in this case I think the offbeat nature of it is quite amusing. And based on what Museum Advisory Committee member Sailor Babo has told me about his conversations with him, Enrico is totally harmless and has lots of interesting stories.

Sailor Babo makes a new friend!

What do you think about this latest Museum gift?  Big huge thanks to my awesome and supportive husband. :)


Friday Fun: New (old) MM staff member!

Please say hello to the latest member of the Makeup Museum family, Sailor Babo!  No, not the little guy.  This fella is the full-sized version and very rare - he's one of 50, made for the first Uglycon in Los Angeles in 2006.  We spotted him on Ebay a few weeks ago and knew we had to rescue him.

Ahoy!

He and the other Sailor Babo have been hitting it off, obviously. 

So happy together

And like most sailors, he's got a tattoo.  (It's an autograph by the creators of Uglydoll.)

Sailor Babo tramp stamp

I'll have to mull over what he'll be doing at the Museum, other than getting crazy with little Sailor Babo and Seasick Sailor Babo!  Oh, the shenanigans they've been getting into...


Friday Fun: Staff picks with MM intern Babo Bear

Babo Bear picks

As you may or may not know, September is National Honey Month.  And since bears love honey, Makeup Museum intern Babo Bear is here to round up some honey-infused/bee-related products to help you celebrate during these last few September days.  In addition to LUSH's Fair Trade Honey shampoo and Marc Jacobs Honey fragrance shown in the picture above, here are some more recommendations.

BaboBear-picks

  1. Rodial Bee Venom Eye Cream
  2. Skinfood Honey Pot lip balm
  3. Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm
  4. Tokyo Milk Honey and the Moon perfume
  5. Fresh Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask
  6. Paul & Joe Lip Treatment Balm (coming in October)
  7. Vecua Honey Luster Lip Gloss
  8. Guerlain Abeille Royale Daily Repair Serum
  9. LUSH Honey I Washed the Kids soap
  10. Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments
  11. Perlier Honey Anti-Age Body Balm
  12. Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
  13. Michael Aram Bumblebee Candle
  14. The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter
  15. Farmacy Honey and Ginger Lip Bloom

Babo Bear also researched vintage bee items to get him buzzzzzzzzing - I'm so proud of the little fella!  Some ads:

Germaine Monteil ad, 1958
(image from cosmeticsandskin.com)

Du Barry ad, 1958
(image from flickr.com)

Revlon ad 1961(image from moviestarmakeover.com)

Some compacts:

Vintage Dorset compact(image from pinterest.com)

Vintage Yardley bee compact(image from pinterest.com)

He also came across an ad for the Yardley compact above.

Yardley ad, 1951
(image from cosmeticsandskin.com)

Finally, Cosmetics and Skin has a great little read on the use of royal jelly in cosmetics.

Since Babo Bear did such a good job with today's post I am off to get him a honey latte as a treat.  Please feel free share your favorite honey products in the comments.  :)


Happy National Lipstick Day!

In honor of National Lipstick Day (who decides these things, anyway?) here's a little gathering of  lipstick-themed bags at different price points.

Save:  Sephora Beauty Insider tote bag - free with 250 Beauty Insider points

Sephora Beauty Insider tote bag

Here are some larger images...the bag is roomy enough to fit a full-sized Babo!

Sephora Beauty Insider tote

Sephora Beauty Insider tote

Spend:  Lipstick bags available via Society6, $22 each

Lipstick tote bags via Society 6
(images from society6.com)

Splurge:  Prada lipstick print shoulder bag, available for a mere $2,400 at Saks and Neiman Marcus

Prada Saffiano lipstick bag
(image from neimanmarcus.com)

There's also a smaller bag with this print available for "only" $990.  I have to admit that if it went on sale for, say, 90% off I'd totally buy it.  Or maybe one of these Saint Laurent lipstick print bags- the colors are a little more subtle and versatile.  A girl can dream...

Hope you're enjoying National Lipstick Day! 


Summer 2015 haul

I outdid myself yet again this season, oops.  Most of the damage was done online, but the husband and I took a trip up to NYC to escape what was going to be a very noisy 4th of July weekend in our neighborhood, and I bought some more things there. 

It was so nice to play at the Armani counter since the closest one to us is in Virginia and I never get a chance to see anything in person.  I got an eye tint (#12, a very nice neutral) and Fluid Sheers in 5 and 6.  I have no idea why but I didn't realize there were some pigmented Fluid Sheers that could be used as blushes - I thought they were only highlighters.  I also picked up a Troy Surratt powder brush and it's seriously the softest brush I've ever had.  I thought Trish McEvoy had soft brushes but this one blows them away.  I now want the blush brush too.  I got the powder brush and the Armani stuff at Barney's.  The Armani counter manager there, Judy, was super nice and gave me a ton of samples.  I was really shocked as it's the first time I've had a non-pushy sales person at the beauty department at Barney's - usually they're incredibly aggressive, but Judy was great.  So keep that in mind if you're in the vicinity.  :)

Summer 2015 makeup haul

I am loving all of my new blushes.  Clockwise from top left:  Hourglass Incandescent Electra, Bobbi Brown Sunset Pink shimmerbrick, Tom Ford Pink Sand, Stila Shimmering Lotus, and NARS Silent Nude.  The Armani Fluid Sheers are excellent too. 

Summer 2015 makeup haul - cheeks

Here's the lip stuff.  Clockwise from top:  Tom Ford Skinny Dip (goes beautifully with the Pink Sand blush), Clinique Melon Pop, MAC Tumble Dry, Becca Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé in Watermelon/Opal (love this with the Stila Shimmering Lotus) MAC Fashion Force, and Lancôme Shine Lover #140 Corail Lover.  Overall I'm pleased with these, but not wild about MAC Fashion Force and the Lancôme Corail Lover.  They looked very different when I swatched them in store.  When I got them home, they were just meh.

Summer 2015 haul - lips

I was over the moon when I saw that Bobbi Brown was re-releasing some old gel eye liner shades.  Bronze Shimmer remains one of my top 5 favorite liners ever.  I also picked up a replacement for my old Ivy Shimmer, which was pretty dried out, and Gunmetal, which I didn't own previously. 

Obviously I couldn't resist Tom Ford Midnight Sea either!

Summer 2015 makeup haul - eyes

Oddly enough, the new Ivy Shimmer looks considerably darker than the original version.  I'll have to swatch them to see if there's a noticeable difference.

Bobb Brown Ivy Shimmer Ink gel liner - new vs. old

We were wandering about Soho when I spotted & Other Stories, which I had heard of previously but had totally forgotten that there was a location in New York.  

& Other Stories nail polishes

I love Philosophy's Iced Mint Lemonade - it's not overly citrusy, minty or sweet, just a perfect mild lemon scent.  I actually picked up a second tub of the body butter!  I went a bit crazy at & Other Stories, they had tons of really lovely scents but I limited myself to Punk Bouquet (very unique and of course I fell for the name) and Lemon Daydream, which reminds me a little of Fresh Hesperides.

Summer 2015 bath and body haul

And now for some non-makeup goodies.  Another Barney's find was this shell necklace on a massive sale - so perfectly mermaidy!  Sailor Babo insisted on modeling it.

SB-necklace

Then we went to the Anthropologie store in Soho.  We have several Anthro stores in Baltimore but the one in Soho is much bigger than the ones around here, so I thought I'd take a look around.  When I saw this shirt I knew I couldn't leave the store without it!  I mean, really, is there anything more perfect for a beauty junkie?  It fits me well but obviously it looks way better on Seasick Sailor Babo.

Seasick Sailor Babo modeling

They look very pleased with themselves, no? 

Modeling

What did you haul this summer?  And if you have any questions about specific products I mentioned in this post, leave them in the comments...I know I didn't do in-depth reviews but I have tried everything out so I can provide additional info.  :)