Ever dreamed of strutting your stuff like the Pinup vixens of yesteryear? You know the sultry Sophia Loren, captivating Marilyn Monroe and sultry Jayne Mansfield?
Back then bombshell waves, cat-eyes and sexy red lips (think “Mad Men”) dominated the red carpet this season, so why not bring a little 50’s bombshell glam right into your own boudoir? Outlining all the tips and tricks you’ll need, here’s your guide to getting 50’s bombshell fabulous in just five simple steps!
1. Pureology Pure Volume ($59, fragrancenet.com)
First step on the pinup checklist is camera-ready, drool-worthy hair. Remember how glamourous Rita Hayworth’s peek-a-boo waves were? Yes, voluminous, retro hair can be all yours with this Pureology favorite. 100 percent vegan and always safe on color treated hair, say hello to voluminous hair that would make Ava Gardner envious.
2. Dior Style Liner in Noir Black ($38.50, fragrancenet.com)
Step two? Fierce, feline eyes of course! Take a cue from the sophisticated Audrey Hepburn and try adding a clean cat-eye to eyes for added depth and dimension. For the purrrfect look, this long-lasting liner helps create that precise flick without smearing or smudging.
3. Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Sublime ($39, fragrancenet.com)
Ooh la la! Step 3 has to be red lips like the ultra-sexy Marilyn Monroe!. For a crimson, smouldering pout like the “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” starlet, this timeless Dolce and Gabbana lipstick will surely do the trick. To emulate Marilyn’s irresistible pout, fill in lips with red liner first, then add a generous helping of this glamorous lipstick.
4. Gucci Flora Glamorous Magnolia ($50.19, fragrancenet.com)
Pinup girl Veronica Lake was so the sexy screen siren, so capture the aroma of vintage glamour with this fragrance, rich in freesia, magnolia and warm chocolate accord. Plus, doesn’t this bottle look like it belongs in a Katharine Hepburn film?
5. Anna Sui Deep Cleansing Oil ($33, fragrancenet.com)
Step 5? Making your boudoir, bombshell-beautiful! If you ever wanted to live vicariously through an Elizabeth Taylor movie, this darling little bottle will instantly dress up your dresser, nightstand or vanity tray with it’s charming, retro design. PS! A little fast-working deep cleansing oil never hurt anyone right?
Now that winter is making its exit, you can finally say goodbye to the flaky, dry skin that cold weather causes. But as the sun shines brighter, you might be noticing that, unfortunately, your skin is too. Here are a few tips to transform your shiny skin into a gorgeous glow.
You can help prevent oily skin from even starting by beginning and ending your day using a face wash with salicylic acid, an ingredient which helps break down oil in the pores without drying out your face. We suggest Peter Thomas Roth’s Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash. Oil-control products like Murad’s Oil-Control Mattifier with SPF 15 can be applied after cleansing to moisturize skin while reducing oil and shine throughout the day. You should also take a break from using liquid and creamy compact foundations. These types of foundation tend to add oil to begin with, but as the weather heats up, they add more shine and can clog pores. Try trading in your heavy foundation for a mineral powder like bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation.
If those preventative measures aren’t enough to keep the shine at bay, you can help control oil throughout the day by using Philosophy's oil absorbing sheets to blot up excess oil without ruining your makeup (those brown paper napkins from Starbucks work great in a pinch, too). Another simple way to avoid the grease is to stop touching your face. Wiping at your face with your fingers and hands throughout the day can actually add more dirt and oil (not to mention germs!) to your skin.
Now that you’re armed with some new tips to get rid of shiny skin, you can enjoy the sunny weather without worrying about your face resembling an oil slick. And if you’re still cursing your genetics for your greasy face, take comfort in the knowledge that dermatologists say the extra oil will help delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as you age.
Italian fashion house Gucci launched a whole set of fragrances under creative director Frida Giannini. In May 2012, the Flora by Gucci Garden Collection came out. Three of the five of our favorite editions include Glorious Mandarin, Gracious Tuberose, and Gorgeous Gardenia.
Gucci Flora's Glorious Mandarin
A sunny, fresh, summer scent that opens with a delightful blend of citrus and peony. Top notes include mandarin orange and peony, middle notes are pina colada and jasmine, and for the base notes, musk, amber, and woodsy notes.
Gucci Flora's Gracious Tuberose
A scent designed for the mature woman, Gracious Tuberose provides you with an alluring scent for head-turning appeal. This eau de parfum combines peach, tuberose, rose, and violet leaf with exotic base notes of African orange flower and French labdanum for a fresh aroma that will add a touch of femininity to your style.
Gucci Flora's Gorgeous Gardenia
A subtle and feminine floral fragrance that brings to mind afternoon summer garden parties. Base notes of brown sugar and patchouli play host to middle notes of frangipani and gardenia, while the fresh top notes of pear and red berries refresh you on a warm spring day.