Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The vintage 'do, you can do!


I've long been intending to have a go at a classic vintage hair style, with these things it's always finding the time & the tutorials for the exact look you have in mind.

I've long been sporting the classic 'betty bangs', cutting them myself after a few too many disappointing attempts explaining the look to hairdressers. Granted I couldn't put pen to paper on how I do it, it's simply something I've honed in myself in a robotic fashion now.

But when it comes to doing something else with a classic vintage look to my hair I've simply not got round to it before; with the exception of a brief Clara Bow-esque bob cut I had for a while last spring. Now I've been growing the ol' barnet out intending to try some classic '30's & '40's looks out, but where to start?!

Stumbling online you can find plenty of tutorials, all varying in techniques & final looks so it's pretty hard to pin point an exact style, or technique that would work for me.

I can't do video tutorials, it just seems rather hard to keep up to speed with a video tutorial personally for me; so finding a few step by step tutorials has been a smidge harder. But after a bit of rummaging I've found a few handy tutorials that should be worth a go:

quick & easy roll tutorial - seeing as I've lately taken to pinning my hair up in a basic pin back look (merely to tame the out growing bob) this quick & easy tutorial seems do-able in my lack of electrical hair tools state.

Granted if & when I do get around to braving some heated curlers this roll tutorial also seems a tad handy, a bit more technique involved than the previous one so I may save this for a while.

Up in back bangs - Some adapted & scanned in vintage tutorials for a stunning classic do.

& to finish, this tutorial is actually not far off my current multi pin hair do, minus the ringlet step.

Of course there's also some handy hints & tips in the last few issues of Vintage life magazine which I've already stashed aside with a flurry of notes for more tools to add to my vintage hair kit. Now to brave a start with the quick roll tutorial sometime this week.

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Sunday, 6 March 2011

Poppy King for No 7


You may be more familiar with Poppy King for her stunning cosmetics line Lipstick Queen, but now she's teamed up with No 7 for a rather exciting collaboration.

Poppy King has teamed up with No 7 to introduce her first exclusive collaboration for a rather special lipstick & lip gloss range. As soon as I saw the polka dot adorned packaging I couldn't wait for the collection to launch!

Comprising of a range of rose, pink, & red shades; in stunning pop art inspired packaging.

"Using the iconic number “seven” for the line, Poppy has identified the top seven reasons why women love wearing lip color and designed a shade to match each reason." Although we don't really need a reason to grab her signature collection, her Lipstick Queen line has long been a firm favourite for her stunning pin up red's, and inventive quirky packaging; all of her trademark notes have been brought in to No 7's classic understated look.

The pin up look is certainly booming across the UK now, with more women turning to a classic understated look so the collaboration really seems set to go down astoundingly well.

The collection is due to launch later this month across No 7 counters & boots.com; I for one can't wait to grab my hands on the sultry polka dot packets.

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