MAC Ruby Woo Shadescents Lipstick.

For red lipstick lovers, Ruby Woo is without doubt known as the ultimate crimson shade to wear. It has been one of MAC’s best selling products for years and has celebrities like Dita Von Teese name it as one of her favourite colours to wear. As shocking as it sounds, I’ve never actually owned my own Ruby Woo, that is until now!

I knew that it was finally time I bought Ruby Woo when I saw that they were releasing a new Collection Called MAC Shadescents. Six of their most popular colours have been specially repackaged to shade-match each lipstick – with a unique perfume available too.

I absolutely adore the special packaging and design, it is just beautiful and MAC have truly outdone themselves. I know a lot of people like the simple, sleek original design of their lipsticks but I much prefer this, it’s so mesmerizing! I’m actually tempted to buy the other shades in the Shadescents Collection just to have more of these beautiful products, however I like to think that even I’m not that frivolous!

I really hate to say this, but one big downfall of the Shadescent Ruby Woo is that the finish is different to the original lipstick! I bought this thinking I’d be getting the iconic matte texture, but for some reason this special edition is a retro matte instead. As much as I’d love to embrace the retro format, being a huge vintage lover myself, I much prefer matte. I find the retro matte finish to be a lot harsher to apply and feel and look pretty drying. My friend actually has an original Ruby Woo and I swatched both on my hand, the colour slightly varied and hers was a lot more glossy than mine. I am honestly so disappointed that for whatever reason MAC felt the need to change the format for the special edition, why try and fix something when it’s already perfect?

In all fairness, I did contact MAC with my issue and they offered to send me a new one, but I’d have to give my Shadescents back to them, although I’m pretty sure you can’t resell lipstick? I decided against this as I’d rather be able to repurchase it in the store and make sure it’s a matte finish and not a retro matte. I have a lot of MAC lipsticks, I’m guessing around 20, so I’m a huge fan of the Brand, but this is definitely something I was ultimately pretty disappointed with.

To emphasize how much retro matte isn’t for me, I only have one other lipstick with this finish – Relentlessly Red, which ironically I purchased because of the texture! I’ve checked the other shades in the collection and as far as I’m aware they all match the original finishes, it’s just Ruby Woo that was changed for some strange reason.

Ultimately, I’m pretty happy to have this in my collection, simply because it is extra beautiful with the special packaging. Who knows, maybe the retro matte format will grow on me the more I try and get used to it? Ironically enough, after wearing it again for this post today, I did actually quite like the retro matte texture! But I do definitely recommend putting on a good few layers with a lipstick brush first as like I said before, I found it to be quite harsh to apply without. I’ve noticed that I do seem to use a lot more product with a retro matte finish lipstick, compared to the matte textures.

Overall I have not lost faith in MAC, I just like to be as honest and authentic to others as I can be. I wouldn’t want others to buy the Shadescents Ruby Woo for the packaging and get a different format like I did. I love the colour and I’ll just make sure I purchase  the original whenever I can.

All I have to say to MAC is, if it’s not broke – don’t fix it!

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Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground Lipstick.

There’s nothing I love more than a beautiful lipstick and with Charlotte Tilbury’s products, that’s definitely what you get! I picked up this beauty yesterday after spotting it a few weeks before Christmas, when I fell in love with Lost Cherry.

It’s a slightly different style to Lost Cherry which is from the Matte Revolution range, whereas Velvet Underground is part of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G collection. The first thing that caught my attention was the shade of the lipstick, a vibrant fuchsia pink! Although I adore the colour pink, I tend to wear red lipsticks a lot more, I’m not really sure why, I guess I just feel they suit me better.

However, something about this pink felt a bit different to me, almost quite daring compared to the warm barbie shades I’m used to. I was pretty sure that I didn’t have another lipstick like it, however, I did realize a few hours later that this sadly wasn’t the case. When you have as many lipsticks as I do, this happens quite often, but fear not, Velvet Underground has a more glossy fuchsia finish compared to my other hot pink matte shade from Rimmel.

Charlotte Tilbury is quickly becoming one of my favourite make up brands, although I’ve only tried their lipsticks so far, they are so aesthetically pleasing and such good quality! I look forward to trying all of their other products one day too. Compared to the Matte Revolution collection, the K.I.S.S.I.N.G collection have a normal shaped lipstick tip, but still apply wonderfully.  There are currently 10 other shades available, my most wanted being of course, So Marilyn – need I even explain why?

Another lipstick on my wish list has to be Amazing Grace, I actually tested it the same day I bought Velvet Underground and it looked like a beautiful rusty red shade. I’ve said this before in previous posts and I’ll say it again, what I love about this brand is the lipsticks are so clearly inspired by so many Old Hollywood Beauties. That’s not just me assuming either, it’s stated on the website!

I decided to wear my new skater dress I bought in the January Sales on Very from South, for just £15 (!), it’s now gone down to £12.99 and is also available in black and pink as well a my colour, cobalt blue. I absolutely adore dresses that are modern but look like they’re from the 1940s and 1950s and this one is just that.

The lace detail creates such a classic vintage feel and it also goes in at the waist – a must for vintage lovers. It’s the rare combination of fairly fitted but comfy, personally, I wish it was slightly tighter on the waist but a belt shall fix that. However, for such a bargain price I really can’t complain! I absolutely love the simple button detail on the back of the dress, the littlest things definitely make the most difference.

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Curls and Twirls.

After a week of pin straight hair, I decided to go back to my favourite look, which, as a vintage girl at heart, is of course – Pin Curls!

A lot of people seem to find this look extremely hard to do, but I can assure you it’s really not that much trouble. The only downside is that it can take a while to roll each curl up and pin in it, it roughly takes me about an hour. After washing my hair, I let it dry naturally and then section each piece of hair, roll it up and clip the curl in, it’s as simple as that. I sometimes use rollers too, but they are very uncomfortable to sleep in and the bobby pins produce the same result and are comfy. 

I section each part of the front of my hair and before rolling it up to curl I tease the roots, this creates the big 1940s/1950s curly wave which is essential to the pin curl look. Also, with teasing it whilst curling it, it makes each section of the hair easier to tease together when taking each curl out. I also tease the back of my hair and when I take the curls out I brush it slightly,  just to give it a nice clean overall finish. As this looks is 1940s/1950s inspired, I like the teasing to be pretty neat and controlled.

All rolled up!
All rolled up!

I took the above picture just after I’d finished pincurling my hair and I decided to take pictures of the front the next day just before I took the bobby pins out. As you can see, apart from being slightly disheveled, all stayed in! If you use two pins for each curl, they should all stay put.

The top section of my pin curls the next day.
The top section of my pin curls the next day.

After putting my make up on, I was ready to unpin all of my curls. I took a picture of half of my curls out and the top section still pinned up, I thought it looked super cute! It actually reminded me of Betty Grable’s 1940s Hairstyles.  I may leave it like that next time, I love experimenting with my pincurls!

Sometimes, I will brush each curl slightly for a thicker, looser look – think Jayne Mansfield. However, I now decide to leave the curls pretty much as they are on the first day. I’ve noticed that, in doing this I can make the curls last for longer! Before I go to sleep I will brush each curl and then roll it back and if the weathers been kind, it usually stays. Therefore, until I next wash my hair I can have my hair in tight pin curls, thick pin curls, and loose pin curls, without recurling any of it! I usually like it the most after it’s dropped slightly, but here are some pictures of the full tight curls.

 Lastly, for the finishing touch and the complete the vintage girl vibe, I of course added an accessory. Sometimes I’ll go with a bow, but today I choose some flowers for my hair. I thought these pastel colours went lovely with my dress and before I placed the flowers in my hair I clipped the front part back. I got this idea from the gorgeous Diana Dors, I feel it gives the style more definition and also shows off your earrings which is a bonus.

I hope you too also try pin curls, don’t be afraid, they really aren’t as complicated as they may look and remember, practice makes perfect!

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Baby Blue.

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So today I decided to wear one of my favourite colours; blue, or more specifically, baby blue! I paired my blue peplum dress with a blue cardigan and blue pearl style earrings. My look today was inspired by the 1940s femme fatales, think Rita Hayworth or Veronica Lake and Lily James in Cinderella, quite a contrast – but I think it turned out well! The peplum figure hugging dress is so 1940s/1950s and fits perfectly with my vintage fashion. My colour theme reminded me so much of Cinderella, my favourite disney movie – so that was an added bonus. Also, the Bardot style off the shoulders are always very in trend for Spring/Summer.


The peplum is so flattering and really helps emulate an hourglass figure and gives you a mixture between pin up girl and sexy secretary.


To keep the Cinderella innocence I added my baby blue cardigan, obviously for warmth but to add a vintage feel of 1950s girl next door – think Debbie Reynolds. I adore the detail on this cardigan, the little things always make the outfits!

As for my makeup, I went for dark red lips to emphasize the 1940s femme fatale look I was going for. I used my Max Factor Colour Exlir Lip Pencil again and Blake Lively’s Pure Red L’oreal Colour Riche, it’s so nice and easy to put on and smells lovely too, which is a nice bonus. I also have Julianne’s Pure Red, but that’s more of a warm tone and goes against the cool mysterious blue tones of a dark red. This dark red really works on fair skin and blonde hair, it’s definitely a 1950s Marilyn red.

For my hair, I was inspired by Veronica Lake’s loose curls and Game Of Thrones, once again, quite a variety! I teased the back and front of my hair, to created a nice vintage shape and I decided to twist two front pieces of my hair, inspired by Cersei Lannister. I then went back to my vintage roots and added a baby blue bow to the back for the finishing touch.


I took some full outfit shots so you can see the whole thing put together, I hope you like it! Here in England it’s still too cold to go bare legged so I just wore my leggings, luckily they go with pretty much everything.

I hope you enjoyed this Spring look and don’t be afraid to mix and match with your inspirations! 

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The Elephant.

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So today my wonderful mum and myself went out for a meal at a place called The Elephant, it’s been established since 1934 and recently had a makeover. I’ve been twice with my lovely boyfriend and I raved about the pizzas, so much so that my mum decided we should go ourselves. It was so nice to get dolled up and go out somewhere special, I hadn’t put my makeup on in so long! I washed my hair yesterday and pincurled it, so it was nice to finally feel like my normal self.

My mum hates getting pictures as she’s so critical of herself and always tenses up, but we preserved and got these two which turned out quite nice. She has such beautiful ice blue eyes, I wish I inherited them, mine aren’t as exciting as hers. She’s without doubt my hero and I don’t know what I’d do without her.

I wore one of my favourite dresses which I bought last year from Dorothy Perkins, it’s fitted but flares out and is such a lovely colour, I love green! I love the neckline also, it reminds me of a statement necklace, I’ve taken a closeup of it to show you guys.


To match my vintage hair I went for classic red lips and winged eyeliner, these are two of my favourite makeup traits and are a must if you want to feel apart of the bygone era. I used one of my favourite lip pencils by
 Max Factor for the base of my lips, I always extend the shape too for a fuller pout, but not too much! I used a Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick, I have quite a few of them and I’d definitely recommend.  I took a photo before I took my pincurls out, so you could see how the front of it looks. Please note, I’d slept with my hair like this so it looks a bit messy, but that’s ok as long as they stay in, which thankfully they did.

I also wore my new red bow, which I bought at a Vintage Fair a couple of weeks ago and borrowed my mums cute little flower earrings from Accessorize. I couldn’t find the ones I wore on the website but here’s some that are similar. I love my Poppy Cardigan from New Look, I’ve said before it’s not always easy to wear as it doesn’t go with everything, but I think it works with the red and green. Plus, anything with flowers is so 1950s and perfect for a vintage twist. Here’s a couple of full outfit shots, one with the cardigan and one without. I like this outfit because it’s not too dressy, but it’s not too casual either, it’s just right in my opinion. I know you can see my socks in the photos, but I wore my nice ankle boots and I assure you they were hidden.

I had my favourite, a classic Margarita Pizza, it’s so huge but has such a thin base and was so yummy! Also, because the place is named after an elephant, it  has photos of them all around the restaurant and a beautiful statue outside. I love elephants!

I look forward to my next venture here and would recommend it to anyone, especially pizza lovers! It was so nice to spend some quality time with my mum and eat pizza, what could be any better? Until next time!

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