Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mystery Compact

Look what I found at a thrift store, for $2! I'm going to try to restore it.

It's a rather large compact mirror...I have no idea of how old it is. It was pretty tarnished...

And the mirror inside is not in the greatest shape...

Here you can see some crazes in the mirror; the backside is probably painted. I'll replace it later.

Here you can get a good idea of the size. I polished it up with...lime juice, of all things! That was the most effective cleaner I could find that was non-abrasive.

I was thinking I would have to find some rhinestones to replace on this cute sun here...

But, oops!--The sun fell off and revealed a beautiful fleur de lis beneath! Maybe I'll keep it this way. It still needs work; that corrosion and glue has to come off, and I'm thinking of maybe painting it. If anyone knows how old this might be, please let me know!

Monday, January 10, 2011

My Ideal

...My ideal 1940s evening gown, that is! I found this illustration on a vintage pattern site. This would be a perfect gown to wear to my 1940s party...

I love sweetheart necklines! I would go with the rose print, or some other colorful floral print.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Talc-Free Curiosity, Part Three (The Final Chapter!)

Since I decided to go talc-free with my face powder, the standard of quality I was searching for was something like Coty's Airspun. Since I used that, I love loose powders, but I wanted one that did not contain talc or mineral oil, and would not feel oily at the end of the day. I wanted something that would give that matte, silver screen siren finish to my face.

I tried three powders: Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil, Palladio "Rice Powder," and Aubrey Organics Silken Earth. I liked the Bare Escentuals, but it was $19 and was mainly cornstarch and zinc stearate. I felt that was quite a heavy price for such simple ingredients. Then I tried Aubrey Organics Silken Earth, which I immediately liked. However, I tried Palladio before I made up my mind.

The Palladio powder was fine in feeling; however, it is NOT talc-free. Also, it turned yellow on my skin, and was very hard to get off, and seemed to almost stain patches of my skin. I know some people adore it, but it is just not for me.

So, which did I choose? What glorious powder would be the end of my talc-free quest?

The winner!

Aubrey Organics Silken Earth Powder, in Porcelain Beige. This contains 100% natural ingredients, NO TALC; it is a silk powder base and has aloe barbadensis and vitamin E, so not only does it reduce shine, but it feels like it's nourishing my skin while I'm wearing it. Also, it contains "organic cinnamomum zeylanicum bark powder," so there is a slight, pleasant cinnamon essence about it. And I do not feel greasy after having it on for a few hours!

Usually, I can't wait to take off my make up at night. But this...I almost want to leave this on!

Next on my wishlist is the Aubrey Organics blush...

I was going for a sassy screen-siren expression. Ha! Anyway, it hardly looks like I'm wearing much powder, yet there is no shine. Hooray for matte finish!