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; red cosmetics inspired by Lust

Known as the first stage of love, lust is synonymous with the colour red; in particular red lips. On that note, have you ever wondered why women wear red lipstick? Well, one theory is that red lips serve as a reminder of a lady’s private parts (seriously, read this article if you don’t believe me). As a result, red lips are apparently more sexually arousing to look at.

Lipstick has been a symbol of adult sexuality since the 1930s; a study in 1937 revealed that over 50% of teenage girls fought with their parents over lipstick. So there you have it, lipstick, in particular red lipstick, has sexual connotations for a reason. If you fancy opting for sexy red lips this Valentine’s Day, I suggest you choose any single one of the lovely products below….

Red lip products for Valentines Day

Red lip products for Valentines Day

Bella Pierre lipstick in “Ruby” (bottom left) has a bright, almost tomato-like hue. It allows for great precision and has a soft creamy texture. Available to buy from amazon.co.uk for £12.35 (RRP £14.99).

LilyLolo lipstick in “Desire” (top left) This lipstick boasts a rich, punchy red shade and pretty packaging. Available to buy from lilylolo.co.uk for £7.99 (I’m wearing this lipstick in the picture below).

Pür Minerals Lip Gloss Stick in “Berry Pretty” (top middle) offers a subtle shade which gives lips a kissable sheen. It goes on easily, tastes lovely, and looks great by itself or as a finishing touch to already painted lips. Available to buy from Marks & Spencers for £16.

LUSH Liquid Lipstick in “Power Without Force” (top right). A golden red, this lipstick is creamy, shimmery and its matte finish stays put even when it comes into contact with drink. The handmade lipstick boasts woody notes and contains jojoba oil, candellila wax, and rose wax. Available to buy from LUSH for £14.50.

Dita Von Teese Lip Lacquer in “Sexpert” by Art Deco (bottom right) is dark, dramatic and utterly vampish. This lip lacquer’s thick, glossy and blood-like hue is seriously seductive. Available to buy from artdeco.de.

Red lipstick for Valentines Day

Red lipstick for Valentines Day

LUSH “The Kiss” Lip Gloss (lower middle) is a delicious soothing balm which makes your lips feel soft and ready to smooch. It’s free of preservatives and contains shea and cupuacu butters. The tin is cute and nifty too. Available to buy from LUSH for £5.50.

French Kiss Gum (centre). Well, you can’t honestly expect to have a satisfying snog without fresh breath now can you. French Kiss Gum, which is apparently used by Hollywood celebs before onscreen kisses, promises to “obliterate odors instantly”. The flavour’s nice enough, but it’s the kitsch packaging that I really like. Available to buy from frenchkissgum.com.

à la carte Lip Gloss in Passionista (middle right). Despite its scarlet hue, this lipgloss isn’t as bright as you’d imagine and actually has a pink tinge. The texture is sticky, in a good way, and the lipgloss has a sparkly finish which catches the light beautifully. Available to buy from cosmeticsalacarte.com for £20.

The lipgloss would look gorgeous teamed with either one of the blushers pictured below. Also made by à la carte, both blushers, which cost £28 each, have lust written all over them.

“Whisper” promises a more subtle shimmer, whereas “Fire” will give your cheeks a tint of burning desire. I love the blushers’ compact cases as they have built in mirrors and attached sheets of protective plastic which effectively reduce mess.

a la carte blushers

a la carte blushers

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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

 


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; edible cosmetics inspired by Gluttony

If you think your lover is good enough to eat, or if you have an insatiable appetite for dark chocolate, or both, then indulge your gluttonous side this Valentine’s eve by decorating your object of affection with edible massage oil.

Bijoux Kissable Massage Oil‘s dark chocolate flavour has sharp, citrusy notes and tastes like a luxurious version of Cadbury Roses’ Tangy Orange Creme. “Forente”, a subcategory of the sin gluttony, means “to eat wildly”, and there’s no way you’ll fail to commit this cardinal crime with this product to hand. Available from cuckooland.com for £26.95 (reduced from £34).

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

Bijoux Edible Massage Oil

Bijoux Edible Massage Oil


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; green cosmetics inspired by Envy

We’ve all experienced irrational pangs of envy and, as the saying goes, jealousy is an ugly trait. Turn your green-eyed monster into emerald-eyed beauty this Valentine’s Day with Artdeco’s Soft Kajal Liner in Fir Tree, £7.25 from JCmakeup.com.

It looks great when applied along your lower eyeline and the shade is bang on trend; you need only take a look at the dresses which appeared on the Grammy Awards Red Carpet this year to know that the colour green is de rigueur at the moment.

Artdeco eyeliner in Fir Tree

Artdeco eyeliner in Fir Tree

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


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; red-hot products as inspired by Pride

Pride may be regarded as a sin, but there’s nothing wrong with taking pride in your appearance, which is why I’ve put together a selection of products that will help you look your most smokin’ hot self this Valentine’s Day.

A few rouge items which will really compliment your look this V Day are the nail products below. Bella Pierre nail color in Fire Red, £10 from bellapierre.co.uk, and China Glaze nail lacquer in Igniting Love, £6.95, are great choices if it’s a bright red nail polish you want. For a quick fix though, opt for imPRESS stick-on manicure nails in Tweetheart; they’ll enable you to type your Valentine a loving Tweet in style! Ah, the beauty of modern-day romance.

Nicole Scherzinger, the Brand Ambassador for ImPRESS nails, reckons this shade ‘would be perfect to team up with a simple LBD and a classic red lip”. In addition to Scherzinger, ImPRESS nails are worn by the likes of Rihanna and Katy Perry, and I can see why; they’re very easy to apply and come in a range of lovely colours and designs. Available to buy from Boots for £7.99.

Red nails for Valentines

Red nails for Valentines

Without wanting to succumb to the anti-feminist cliché of advising that you ‘dress up in nice underwear’, I’m going to advise that you, erm, dress up in nice underwear. Why? Because this lovely red number by Playtex has recently caught my eye.

The Red Flower Lace Bra is made of luxurious, non-scratchy material which sculpts, supports, and feels comfortable against your bust. Plus it looks gorgeous. Available to buy from Debenhams for £25.50 (matching midi briefs also available for £11).

Playtex Red Bra

Playtex Red Bra

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


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; products inspired by Wrath

Ever since Fifty Shades of Grey seemingly became every woman on the planet’s favourite book, adult toy sales have sky-rocketed. If you’d like to unleash your wrath this Valentine’s Day with some dom/sub roleplay à la Anastasia Steele, then get your hands on Lelo’s Adore Me Pleasure Set. I’d avoid calling your boyfriend ‘Mr Grey’ during your evening together though as it’ll probably turn him off / make him retch.

The set includes a silk blindfold, silk and suede chainlink handcuffs and Lelo’s iconic Mia 2 self-massager. The stylish lipstick-shaped vibe has a built-in USB port for charging (very clever) and boasts six settings, making it far better than your average battery-operated vibrator.

The kit is available to buy from lelo.com for £89 (reduced from £109) and is very likely to give you and your partner a good night. Alternatively, you can always use the kit solo; the blindfold would make a comfortable sleeping mask at the end of a relaxing night!

Lelo Adore Me Pleasure Set

Lelo Adore Me Pleasure Set (image: lelo.com)

If, however, your wrath is directed at a douchebag ex or love itself this Valentine’s Day, then I suggest you blow off some steam in the tub with a Tisty Tosty Bath Ballistic, available to buy from LUSH for £3.20.

Described by LUSH as ‘a love spell’, the pretty heart-shaped bath bomb includes geranium, jasmine, lemon oil and seven rosebuds with which you can ‘count your way to a budding romance’. Failing all that, why not go out and paint the town red with a few rouge cosmetics from the “Lust” section of Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide?

Tosty Bath Ballistic LUSH

Tisty Tosty Bath Ballistic LUSH

 


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; opulent fragrances inspired by Greed

A gift isn’t a measure of how much somebody loves you. Ah who am I kidding, a good gift says it all, so if you’re feeling greedy and want a present this Valentine’s Day, why not ask for an alluring scent? My favourite fragrances at the moment are Rosie by Orla Kiely, Neon by Superdry, and Sparkle in Paris by Oriflame, all of which come in very cool bottles.

Rosie, a 100ml limited edition Eau De Toilette by Orla Kiely, combines notes of natural rose, coriander and mandarin with black pepper, nutmeg and cedarwood. It has a rich, woody scent which smells truly irresistible once it’s settled on your skin. Available for £42 at orlakiely.com.

Orla Kiely and Superdry Neon fragrances

Orla Kiely Rosie and Superdry Neon fragrances

Neon by Superdry has a sharper, zestier scent and includes ingredients such as fresh figs, green leaves, lily of the valley, coconut, and musks. Available to buy for £35 from superdry.com. For beauty on a budget though, I thoroughly recommend Sparkle in Paris by Oriflame.

You’d be easily forgiven for mistaking this luxurious scent for something far more expensive, but it only costs £10.95 from gb.oriflame.com (currently reduced from £15.95). I’ve worked my way through one bottle already, and every time I’ve worn the Eau de Toilette I’ve received compliments on its scent! A real beauty bargain that’s not to be missed.

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

Sparkle in Paris by Oriflame

Sparkle in Paris by Oriflame


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Jan 13

The Benefits of Retro Packaging

Since I first clapped eyes on Benefit High Beam at the tender age of 15 I’ve been hooked on the brand; not only because of its high quality products, but also because of its kitsch packaging. The products themselves are undeniably lovely, but if it weren’t for the retro design I doubt I’d be as inclined as I consistently have been over the past ten years to purchase Benefit products.

Since Benefit Cosmetics first emerged, I think they’ve sparked something of a vintage revival in the beauty industry. Such has been the selling power of Benefit’s trademark packaging that many other brands have followed suit; Soap & Glory being an obvious example, and also MAC Cosmetics’ recent Marilyn Monroe range and NARS’ Andy Warhol collection.

A vintage Maybelline Mascara advert from the 1960s (image: beeskneesdaily.com)

A vintage Maybelline Mascara advert from the 1960s (image: beeskneesdaily.com)

So why are cosmetic companies cashing in on this old-school style, and why do customers lap it up so eagerly? Well, from a personal point of view, I think the type of imagery used by Benefit captures a kind of innocent yet sophisticated glamour which no longer exists; a beauty ideal which dominated the 50s and 60s but which has since been oversexed and adapted to fit in with the TOWIE-tainted days of the 21st century.

I also think Benefit appeals to women because it’s cheery rather than intimidating, and pretty without being depressing. To me, a cartoon of a beautiful flawless female is somehow far less daunting than an image of a stunning airbrushed celebrity. Admittedly both are as unrealistic and unattainable as eachother, but at least with the former you know the image isn’t real – plus it looks far more fun!

Benefit's winning and unique retro style packaging (image: shesaidbeauty.com)

Benefit’s winning and unique retro style packaging (image: shesaidbeauty.com)

Mostly though, Benefit packaging is simply more interesting (and seemingly more positive) than many of its competitors. From the tongue in cheek “punny” slogans to the varying antiquated typeface, everything about the brand’s retro-style transforms makeup into what it should be; namely, good old fashioned fun!

Yesterfacts: Benefit Cosmetics was founded in 1976 by twins Jean and Jane Ford. Benefit was initially founded as a beauty boutique which specialized in quick-fix products for beauty dilemmas. Benefit Cosmetics is now a global brand selling at over 2,000 counters in more than 30 countries. Nice work, Jean and Jane. As the saying goes, two heads are better than one!

To read more about cosmetic advertising, read Yesterface’s article False Eyelashes: False Advertising?

Benefit Advert Yesterface

An old Benefit flyer which I kept purely because of its aesthetic quality (pretty ads do work!) Note how the font and style greatly resemble the old Maybelline ads.

 

 

D.W. Griffith invented false eyelashes for this film in 1916 because he wanted Seena Owen (who plays Attarea, the Princess Beloved, in the film’s Babylonian segment) with lashes luxurious enough to brush her cheeks when she blinked. In collaboration with a wigmaker, who did the actual fabricating, the solution Griffith is credited with involved weaving human hair through a fine strip of gauze, creating false eyelashes.

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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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