Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Vintage beauty tips

Timeless beauty...

timeless ˈtʌɪmləs/ 
not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion.  

1. a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. "I was struck by her beauty"

One of the most favoured compliments is 'beautiful'
but to be named 'timelessly beautiful' is both confidence boosting and reassuring as we all get a little old and crooked.

How to achieve timeless beauty?
Well, kindness, lovingness, acceptance, open mindedness and patience hardly start the possible criteria.

 So, start on the outside?

Here are some vintage timeless beauty tricks bought to you by some real Hollywood timeless beauties. 

MARILYN MONROE To make her lips appear fuller, Monroe would have her makeup artist apply 5 different shades of lipstick and gloss to create dimension. Darker reds went on the outer corners, while lighter hues were brushed on the middle of the lips.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR Liz Taylor took a page out of Cleopatra's book, as both women made a habit of shaving their face. It may sound funny, but it removes the fine baby hairs and the surface layer of skin cells, which gives the skin a facial-like glow. 

AUDREY HEPBURN The secret to Hepburn's long, Bambi lashes? After applying mascara, she'd use a pin to separate each individual lash. Now that's how you get clump-free lashes. 

GRACE KELLY Contrary to popular belief, contouring is not a new technique, nor was it invented by Kim Kardashian. The Princess of Monaco used blush to define her cheekbones, with one shade for underneath her cheekbones, and a slightly darker shade dusted on the apples. 

RITA HAYWORTH Hayworth's wavy red mane was her signature–so naturally, she had to keep it in tip-top shape. She did this by applying oil to her hair after every wash, wrapping it in a towel, and leaving it in for 15 minutes. Afterwards, she'd wash it out with hot water and lemon juice to remove any leftover residue. 

SOPHIA LOREN Loren followed a Mediterranean diet religiously, which meant she always had a bottle of olive oil at arm's length. She kept her skin soft and luminous by soaking in a hot bath with a few splashes of oil. 

GLORIA GRAHAME Over the course of her career, Grahame was self-conscious of her upper lip, which she felt was too thin. She would stuff cotton or wads of tissue between her lip and teeth for a plumper look. As if kissing scenes weren't awkward enough...


Do you know of any timeless beauty tricks?


Jess xx 

We were all human beings until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us, and wealth classified us.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Before our time? Grey hair trend begins to sweep pre 'OAP's'

Bleaching and lightening your hair has been popular for decades and in recent years toning it with pastel pinks and purples has made several comebacks.

However, the most recent trend, dying your hair completely grey (yes, like that cute old lady at the end of your road) has began to hit women all over the world.

Actually, if you type in to google 'How to dye your hair', "grey" is the next top result!

Personally I think it looks great, however much people argue grey hair is for when you reach the age of baking and gardening, grey hair is becoming a very important trend in both the fashion and hairdressing industry. 

^Catwalk example^

After researching more in to how to achieve the look and the maintenance it needs I discovered that its a very popular talking point on the vloger-sphere, so if you want to know more just head over to youtube and search for your grey hair inspo!!


Jess xx 

For almost 18 years you’re taught to sit down, shut up, and raise your hand. Then you have to decide what you’re going to do for the rest of your life.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Tips on writing a fashion personal statement

Writing a personal statement for university is always hard, regardless of its subject or purpose.

However after discussing it with my friends and tutors we concluded that Fashion related personal statements must be one of the most challenging types.

Firstly, it’s a tough industry to crack, we all know that. So combining it with universities (that are also becoming just businesses) more than multiplies the pressure. You need to keep it somewhat academic, with enough passion and personal style to meet any type of fashion criteria.

As with all of your applications, it will only be skim read. It would be impossible for universities to fully read every single one of their applicants submissions (fashion applicant or not), so like flicking through a hefty magazine you need to catch their eye and hold their attention for as long as possible. 

Secondly, the chances of you and someone else having a similar career plan are more than likely (you are applying for the same degree) so you need to prove your passion is much more so. 

It is a competition, not quite the hunger games, but it’s definitely cut throat (any art degrees are).

Thirdly, there are only so many famous fashion related quotes and vastly appreciated designers, please, please avoid mentioning them. How many people do you think will quote Coco Chanel or Karl Lagerfeld? Too many. That’s what...

Besides, you aren't selling them you are selling yourself, it would be best to quote your own motto (given its not just copied from a more than popular philosopher)

When it comes to the written statement, saying you have a "passion for fashion" is an immediate no-no, says Josephine Collins, course leader for fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion. 

Lastly, remember that no matter how much you love fashion, thrift shopping or photography, this is an application for education; you have to make a point of saying that you are industrious in the way you tackle assignments. You need to show that you understand that the fashion industry isn't easy or kind, its hard and extremely competitive, you need to be feisty and push for what you want.

My approach was to remember that as badly as I need a degree, the universities need and want my yearly tuition fees and I know from already gaining experience in possible career paths that people need people like me.

Don't let the fear of being turned down ruin your self worth down. You aren't valued by academic achievement and if it’s what you are meant to do you will find a university that sees the potential in you. 

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Jess xx