V Day

I don’t do Valentine’s Day.  I think the only time I sent Valentines out was when I was in lower school (so that’s third grade and below), frankly under duress. There was candy involved, though, so I would generally get what remained – nice incentive at that age!

I just don’t think anyone should feel obligated to do something nice, let alone nice AND sappy, just because the calendar says so – therein lies my distaste for what it’s become.

Funnily enough, though, a Facebook memory popped up of this (incredibly rare form!) photo.  It was taken many moons ago, rather in defiance of the 14th, and very much with a mocking tone.  

I do have a lot of friends in pin-up and vintage automotive photography so it was equally a (positive, in this case, however) nod to them.

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I guess we all have skeletons, right?  With red heart-shaped glasses and red lipstick, in my case!

Summer 2016 – MAC Transformed

A couple of posts out there about this beautiful new Collection, Transformed!

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The Lineup will include:

Huggable Lipcolour
  • Cantonese Carnation – warm rose
  • Origami Orange – creamy orange
  • Seoul-Ful – light, creamy pink
  • Good Luck Mochi – rosy mid-tone pink
  • Bonsai Bloom – cool nude-pink
  • Flaming Lips – deep, creamy red
  • Touché – light beige cream
  • Glamorized – creamy, vibrant pink
  • Rich Marrón – mid-tone nude cream
  • Commotion – deep, cool plum cream
Eye Shadow
  • Honesty – pewtered bronze (lustre)
  • Brule – soft, creamy beige (satin)
  • Woodwinked – warm antique gold (veluxe pearl)
  • White Frost – vivid white with icy shimmer (frost)
  • Knight Divine – black with silver pearl (veluxe pearl)
  • Contrast – purplish-blue with blue pearl (velvet)
Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
  • Back In Vogue – peachy nude
  • Red Jade – bright, creamy red
  • Bengal Tiger – loud orange
  • Mango Mango – soft peach coral
  • Fuchsia Flicker – intense hot pink
  • Slipper Orchid – bright plum
  • Lady-Be-Good – warm mid-tone nude
  • Fashion Legacy – intense fire truck red
  • Oh, Lady – deep wine
Technakohl Liner
  • Bare Asset – medium beige
Haute & Naughty Lash
  • Haute & Naughty Black – black
Rebeleyes Gel
  • LinerTop/Bottom – rich, smoky black

Winter – 2016 MAC Retro Matte

MAC lines up the launches like nobody’s business!  In January, (11th) 2016, the company will be launching Retro Matte Lipcolors.  Having been exposed to the Hot Rod arena for some years, I have a TON of friends this reminds me of – the scene is saturated with gorgeous pinup gals, and dapper dandies.  The Retro Matte Collection definitely has that vintage flavor (the ad image with pea green playing cards and oversized sunglass frames help!) 

Winter 2016 - MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Winter 2016 – MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Per MAC:

For those who prefer timeless glamour to all-out flash, matte reigns supreme. M∙A∙C has created an innovation on this classic texture with 15 robustly saturated shades of Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour. Whether you choose the intense fire truck red of Fashion Legacy, the vivid fuchsia of Tailored to Tease or the tantalizing nude of Lady-Be-Good, all these lipcolours promise one thing: a big splash of colour in a liquid-suede finish that transforms lips instantly and lingers, impossible to forget.

The product will sell for $20.00 (USA) and will include the following colors:

  • Fashion Legacy Intense fire truck red
  • Feels So Grand Deep true red
  • High Drama Deep dark plum
  • Dance With Me Deep cranberry red
  • Lady-Be-Good Warm mid-tone nude
  • Tailored to Tease Bright fuchsia
  • Oh, Lady Deep wine
  • Recollection Intense bright violet
  • Quite the Standout Bright orange-red
  • To Matte with Love Bright raspberry
  • Personal Statement Shocking pink
  • Divine-Divine Light creamy pink
  • Mademoiselle Bright creamy coral
  • Back in Vogue Peachy nude
  • Rich & Restless Mid-tone pinky salmon
Winter 2016 - MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Winter 2016 – MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Winter 2016 - MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Winter 2016 – MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

The colors look bright in the photo, and it does indicated “saturated,” so I’m curious to see swatches.  Loving the nude, peachy tones!

Winter 2016 - MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Winter 2016 – MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Lips 101 With Besame

If you are in California at all, and free from 1 to 2:30 tomorrow – I only just saw this newsletter! –  you should check out Besame’s Lips 101, a class to teach the basics of lipstick, including the history, production and application techniques.  It’s only $10, which is pretty fabulous.  Sadly, I’m not in range for the class, but I’d enjoy it for the historical and production portions for sure – terribly interesting!  

I know a whole handful of pinups, dancers, performers and pinup photographers – this would be terrific for any and all, as well as ladies who simply love makeup and love to get glam! 😉

Spring 2016 – MAC x Charlotte Olympia Collection

MAC has another new Collection in the works for Spring 2016 – MAC x Charlotte Olympia!

“The inspiration for the collection comes from my love of a bygone era that manifests itself in my day-to-day beauty look as well as featuring my design aesthetic,” said Charlotte Olympia Dellal in a press release.

And I’ll say that message certainly got that across in the ad image… 

MAC x Charlotte Olympia Spring 2016

MAC x Charlotte Olympia Spring 2016

The “bygone” era part definitely stands out here, with a very Veronica-Lake-esque glam (and I mean everything – from the lighting, to the glowing skin…to the vintage golden-blonde waves, retro pinup pout…and the cleavage-bearing, side split red gown….)

It reminds me of Bésame a bit (a few posts about Bésame here, here…and here.)  I can’t WAIT to see what the Collection looks like!

And by the way…can I have that golden web?  Pretty please!?

Le Keux Halloween Pin-Up Kit

Well, now…Halloween HAPPENS to be my favorite day…  And I ADORE all things pin-up.  

This fabulous little makeup set doesn’t have a ton of products, but it can certainly get you started on the look (and it’s just a fun idea!) 😀  Black cat eyes and ruby red lips are staples for any retro-glam kitten! 

Le Keux’s Halloween Kit includes:

  • Black Cadillac Eye Liner
  • Whistle Bait True Red Lip Color
  • Applicator brushes

HRST Books does have other cosmetic items, and hair products, which you could also snag…including a few wonderful books and dvds to assist with actually doing the makeup and hair.

Adorable.