Tuesday, 18 March 2014


This week's area is a bit off-topic for my blog, but it is something I'm interested in having many years ago trained as a beauty therapist and make-up artist (in the evenings, as a change from a stressful job). I really enjoyed reading about Sarai's haircut and her thoughts on beauty routines. There are 9 questions to consider on this week's topic and if you are feeling a little in need of a review this would be a great thing to do. I'm not going to answer all 9 questions here because I don't want to send you all to sleep (this stuff is far more interesting to the individual than everyone else I think!), but I have answered them myself. All I'm going to do here is post 3-5 images that reflect my beauty signatures, as Sarai suggests.

natural beauty makeup
Gorgeous natural make-up: oliviaha.com 

1940s Make-up Guide
Clean and glamourous 1940's style make-up for special days and nights: vintagemakeupguide.com

short bob hairstyles are for sure suitable for every women out there ...
Beautiful bobbed hair:  www.hhairstyle.com
Finally, for a fun look at the most common blogger's beauty bloopers, hop over to this post on Crab & Bee.

If you want to share your beauty signatures in the comments, I'd love to know, and I love to talk about beauty so any challenges you have would be great to discuss, too. Either way, I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

Happy sewing 'til next time,

Philippa x


  1. Very cool change-of-pace topic! I think it's immensely interesting actually to learn more about what fellow bloggers do (and think and feel) on this front, especially if it's a topic that deviates from what that personally generally writes about.

    I (like many girls of that age) was uber into makeup looks of all sorts as a teenager, but as I've grown older, I've gone from boxes and drawers of products to one (train style) makeup box and a standard vintage makeup daily look, that doesn't change a great deal usually (though I will sometimes do a smoker eye, some coloured shadow, or even some sparkles). I still love the topic just as much though, so even if I'm not buying out Sephora, I enjoy learning and seeing oodles on the subject, especially from my fave bloggers and online friends.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. I too was a teenager who had a lot of make-up and loved to experiment, but strangely when I look back at photographs, I seem to have favoured a natural look, even back then. I think one of the things that fascinates me so much about this topic is how personal it is. Some people do a full vintage make-up every day and I also know a lot of people to whom even a mascara brush is completely alien :) I fall somewhere in the middle. I do really love a vintage inspired make-up for nights out or special events - particularly a black lined upper eye - but am generally more low-key for every day. Working through the Colette project on this topic has caused me to have a major clear out. I've donated quite a lot of make-up to my daughters and really like the fact I can find what I need so much quicker. I should have done it years ago!

  2. Very interesting read Philippa :) I can see you in those 3 photos too.
    As for me, I tend to lead more toward the natural look. Mostly because my skin seems to be super sensitive and I break out from anything. lol

    1. It's amazing to me that I started this project feeling quite confused and sure I didn't have an individual style, having been so swayed by what everyone else on the internet is doing, but the more I work on this project the more I feel everything is solidifying (if that makes sense). I think it's going to be really useful. As for sensitive skin, I am the same. I have to be incredibly careful what I put on my skin (even soap and water makes my face break out!) and I have had some really severe allergic reactions over the years. I've figured out which brands don't irritate me now and very rarely deviate. It's just not worth the pain!

  3. oh, love the images you picked. My biggest beauty quest is something to cover my dark eye circles! A YSL saleswoman said they were too dark for touch eclat and didn't sell me any. :) I don't think I have a beauty signature anymore...I feel lucky if I have time to brush hair and wash in the mornings, on a good day, mascara, tinted moisturiser and lip gloss, but one thing I do like to keep up is having my brows professionally waxed! Just looks so much better I think.

    1. Oh I do agree about eyebrows - very much. They frame the face, and between you and me it is one of the first things I notice about people (having been trained to shape them). I have incredibly sparse eyebrows unfortunately (I believe for medical reasons) and have often severe eyebrow envy. As for dark circles, do you know if yours are hereditary? I was taught that if they are, the only option is coverage. Unfortunately to get the best results this does take some time and products. Touche eclat, while a groundbreaking product in many ways is better for light reflection than concealing. Ideally you would build up layers - appropriate foundation, followed by a liquid concealor (not a stick under any circumstances in the delicate eye area), followed by a light loose powder. If you don't want to commit a lot of money Rimmel Match Perfection skin tone adapting concealor is a bargain and spreads thinly and evenly. Then the second prong to the approach is to draw the emphasis on the face away from any remaining shadows by keeping the eye area light and bright. You can do this by using a white eyeliner along the inside rim of the eye which opens the eye up, and keeping products to the upper lid (no messy eyeliner or mascara on the lower rim, keep it really clean) - like the looks in my first two images. Doing all this is a tall order when you've got three kids to get out of the door though (as I remember very clearly). Sometimes you've just got to say, world this is how I am, like it or lump it!!