Friday, May 24, 2013

1950s Inspired Memorial Day Weekend Look

I love the 50's. Love, love, love! Of all of the beauty time periods I think I'm definitely most inspired by the 50's (and surrounding decades). I've been planning this Memorial Day look for a while, but thought it would be fun to give it a whirl at my youngest's pre-k graduation today. It's hot as heck and super muggy (yes, even in New England where we get snow and ice), so I'm a tad frizzy despite plenty of product, BUT I'm still happy with it!

Here's what I used 

You can use anything comparable obviously if you don't have these products!

  • Hair smoother (I use a really fabulous smoothing serum that my salon actually has manufactured for them, but you can use anything that works on your hair)
  • Joico K-Pak Protect & Shine Serum (this has done a great job so far of protecting my hair)
  • I used my 1.5" Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Ceramic Curling iron which was sent to me by (I suggest using a large-barreled curling iron like I did. This is a fabulous curling iron if you like curling irons with a clip, especially if you're trying to achieve this kind of a look! I'll be reviewing it separately soon).
  •  Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer (previously reviewed HERE)
  • Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation (This is one I'm currently testing to see if I want to stock my kit with it. It photographs beautifully and is void of many ingredients health-conscious beauty lovers prefer to avoid. I do recommend using a finishing powder if you prefer a matte look or have oily skin ... or if it's 80+ degrees out. If you want me to review it I can later on! I chose not to use a powder over it to see how it would hold up.)
  • Inglot AMC cream blush #84
  • Laura Gellar Blush-n-Brighten in Como - highlight highest planes on face as well as cupid's bow
  • Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer
  • Inglot #395 (frosty cream) for upper lid, inner corner and brow arch
  • Dark matte brown from TheBalm Nude'tude palette for crease and outer v
  • Inglot #358 (matte taupe) for blending out crease
  • Inglot #351 (matte cream) for blending out edge of color
  • Mirenesse inside out 27hr kohl in Osiris (my absolutely favorite budge-proof pencil - even better than MUFE or UD in my opinion)
  • Faux Lash in Estelle (These are literally the most wispy falsies I have ever tried in my life! They're actually almost a little to delicate as I prefer a more dramatic lash (like Faux Colette and Chloe), but they worked perfectly with this look and they are so flexible--any lash novice could use them. 
  • Revlon Luscious Growth waterproof mascara in blackest black
  • Lip balm
  • Hip-n-Happy pink liner (I wanted to make my lips a teeny, tiny bit more red-pink than straight red to keep them bright)
  • MAKE Colour Scarlet matte lipstick (this is by far my favorite matte red formula - it is AMAZING)
And when you're done you should look something like ...

Excuse the slight frizz and flyaways. I didn't have time to take too many pics prior to the graduation ceremony, so this is after 3 hours of insane heat and humidity! The fact that my hair held a curl speaks volumes for this curling iron as my hair normally looses curl quickly.
Here's the original pic I took really quick on instagram right after I had finished curling:

So, what will you be wearing this Memorial Day weekend? 


  1. Lovely! I would like to see a review of the Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation :-)

    1. Okay! I'll try to get one up next week :) It photographs so beautifully, but I'll talk about any pros and cons (in my opinion).


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