Ancient Egyptian makeup


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide: as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins

Whether you consider Valentine’s Day to be a romantic occasion or just another commercial calendar date, chances are you’ll be celebrating it somehow anyway; either with your lover, your friends or yourself! After all, it’s a great excuse to treat yourself to some TLC.

Love is blind

Love is blind

However you decide to spend Valentine’s Day this year, there’s no doubt that beauty products will be involved. Enter Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; here you’ll find a variety of products, all of which are designed to make you look and feel good this Valentine’s Day.

Each item has been handpicked and tested by yours truly, and each correlates with one of the Seven Deadly Sins. After all, love is a complex emotion which has the ability to evoke darker feelings such as lust and envy. So, read on and find out which products suit which sin…

  1. Lust   2. Gluttony   3. Greed   4. Sloth   5. Wrath   6. Envy   7. Pride

 


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; relaxing products inspired by Sloth

If you’re too lazy to do anything big this Valentine’s Day, one simple solution is to run a bath for you and your partner - or just for yourself!

Cleopatra was a big fan of the rose, and ensured her banqueting hall was filled with two feet of fragrant roses for Mark Anthony’s first visit from Rome. If you fancy following in the Pharaoh’s footsteps, then I recommend using Ancienne Ambience’s beautifully scented Mini Rosa Bath Salts, £4 from ancienneambiance.com.

Before bathing, set the mood with the huge Red Heart Rose Candle pictured below, £32, also by Ancienne Ambience. The candle is created with the softest rose fragrance, which is reminiscent of roses from ancient Damascus where for centuries the Damask Rose was a symbol of beauty and love. Can’t get much more romantic than that.

Ancienne Ambience Heart Candle

Ancienne Ambience Heart Candle

Once you’re out of the bath, lather yourself with Arbonne’s luxurious Aromassentials Unwind Massage Oil. I absolutely love this product as it boasts a calming yet refreshing scent thanks to its camomile and ylang ylang ingredients. Its silky texture feels lovely when massaged into your skin, too. I suffer from psoriasis and find this oil particularly soothing for affected areas. Available for £29 from arbonneinternational.co.uk.

Another nice, relaxing product is Petits JouJoux’s aramomatherapy candle which doubles up as massage oil.  The candle, which has a lovely scent, comes in a pretty white ceramic container with a discreet spout. The wax melts into a warm massage oil ready to use on either your own skin or your partner’s – or both!

I was surprised the first time I used this product as I was expecting the oil to be piping hot, but once you extinguish the flame you can pour the warm oil straight onto skin. The oil contains nourishing ingredients such as jojoba oil and shea butter which leave your skin feeling soft and moisturised. Prices start at £14.99 and there are six scents to choose from in total. Available to buy from Nice’n’Naughty and La Coquette.

For more sinfully satisfying products, read the rest of Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins.

Arbonne Aromassentials Unwind Massage Oil

Arbonne Aromassentials Unwind Massage Oil

 


28
Jan 13

Ancient Egyptian Cosmetic Tools (British Museum Collection)

Anyone with an interest in Ancient Egypt, in particular Ancient Egyptian makeup, should make their way over to the British Museum in London as it is absolutely fascinating!

The museum’s Ancient Egypt collection boasts a variety of dainty cosmetic tools, all of which paint a picture of how important beauty was within society as far back as 1350BC.

Ancient Egyptian beauty

“You’re prettier”, “No, YOU’RE prettier”

The cosmetic items on display range from ointment spoons to perfume pots, and each object provides insight into humankind’s longstanding preoccupation with self-image.

The bronze handheld mirror, for example, reflects vanity in one of its oldest forms, whereas the beautifully designed cosmetic boxes encapsulate human beings’ age-old desire to look aesthetically pleasing.

Ancient Egyptian Bronze Mirror and Razor

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the Pharaoh-est of them all?!

Containers for eye-paint and cosmetic oils in Ancient Egypt were lavishly designed using expensive materials such as glass, gold or semi-precious stones. Well, beats cheap lippy and a plastic tube of mascara.

Makeup containers and equipment were also decorated with luxurious status symbols which were often shaped as delicate animals and young women; images which represented rebirth and regeneration.

Ancient Egyptian Ivory Cosmetic Box in the shape of a duck carrying her ducklings

Ancient Egyptian Ivory Cosmetic Box in the shape of a duck carrying her ducklings

These symbols aren’t a far cry from the imagery used in modern day media, where young females with lithe limbs, glossy manes and long-lashed doe eyes reign supreme. Which begs the question as to whether society’s current obsession with youth and weight is in fact a recent phenomenon at all.

As is the case in modern society, in Ancient Egypt the wealthy were keen to look young and beautiful, and rank and status were displayed through beautification, distinctive clothing and the use of luxury products.

Cosmetic pots Ancient Egypt

Cosmetic pots Ancient Egypt

The wealthy in Ancient Egypt also had access to perfumed oils, many of which were often imported from abroad, and they painted their eyes with kohl.

Not only was kohl used to create the sultry winged design that’s still very much in vogue today, but it was also used to deter flies, prevent infection and deflect the sun’s glare. Now that’s multi-purpose makeup for you!

Cosmetic Pots Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian Cosmetic Pots

Visit the British Museum to find out more about the cultural significance of beauty in Ancient Egypt and to see the rest of the museum’s wonderful display.

Entry is free so it’s well worth a visit, plus you’ll get to see some very well-preserved mummies (forget No 7, those Egyptians had anti-ageing techniques down to a tee).

Ancient Egyptian duck cosmetic box

Ancient Egyptian duck cosmetic box

To see more ancient Egyptian makeup tools, check out Yesterface‘s article on the Ancient Egypt section at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Alternatively, head to Yesterface‘s Egyptian Makeup Tutorial for a full, step by step guide on how to recreate the ancient look!

Ancient Egyptian Ointment Spoons

Ancient Egyptian Ointment Spoons (British Museum)

A big thank you to the British Museum for letting me use these images of the collection.

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