Friday, 31 October 2008

Style icon: then and now...Twiggy

My blog is called 'Birkinbagbeauty: stylish items and style items', so I guess I should be talking about style icons as well, LOL.


As my blogname suggests, I absolutely adore Jane Birkin and the iconic Hermes bag inspired by her. However, I want to give Twiggy the first honour of mentioning, because she was THE face of the sixties, and is as stylish and succesful today!


Younger people (in their teens and twenties) probably remember her from her appearance as (the friendliest) judge in American Next Top Model. Or, as Tyra dramatically anounces: "Twiggy, living legend"...


Twiggy is the woman on the far left


Thirty-somethings (meeee) probably remember her name from their mother, who dramatically announced Twiggy their style-muse in their teen years.





So the fifty-somethings remember Twiggy as their ultimate muse for wearing shorter-than-life skirts and dresses, much to their parents dismay.



What I absolutely like about Twiggy, is how she aged. As you can see, she was a real stunner in her younger years. She had her own style (short cropped hair...and ofcourse...the skirts)




Twiggy has aged gracefully. She has adjusted her personal style, and, that makes her as gorgeous as ever. Her hair is long now, and her clothes are fashionable, but not too OTT.

She is not making a karikature of her former famous self...unlike Janice Dickinson

The young Dickinson



The karikature




And Twiggy has such a fab new tv-show, called Frock Exchange, on BBC 2. Every tuesdaynight at 9 pm GMT (or 10 Central European time) I am completely glued to the TV!

Ingredients for this show: a bunch of women who bring one of their clothes for swap, some customizers (a woman who customizes clothes…), some celebrities who donate one of their gorgeous high end items to one of the lucky girls on the show, and Twiggy!!!!

I totally love the idea of merging cool (vintage) with the necessary (the dreadful Credit Crunch and our lack of money)...and let's not forget the environment (swapping is better for your carbon footprint than buying endlessly). Some swappers really hit the jackpot with ultra-fashionable vintage clothes...and really exclusive 'one-off' items as well.

So, that is why I announce Twiggy to be one of the style icons for this blog: she was so influencial in the sixties, she has become a wonderfully friendly and gorgeous woman, and she makes a kick-ass tv show which merges the best of fashion!









Thursday, 30 October 2008

Gmarket cutisy galore

Today I received such a wonderful package from Korea, from a site called gmarket. Gmarket is somewhat similar to ebay, only for Korea. Fortunately, lots of sellers ship out their goodies internationally as well.

I found out about gmarket thanks to blogger Kathy from lotuspalace.blogspot.com. She is the expert in buying Japanese and Korean cosmetics, and her posts on makeupalley and her blog made me enthousiastic about Japanese and Korean cosmetics.

She has written a tutorial on buying on gmarket. Check it out here...read all the post about gmarket (about four) and you will be quite settled.

Okay, this was my second order. The first was a small one to try it out...My second was somewhat bigger. I received one big box, that included these little boxes inside.



Call me a copycat, but I really loved Kathy's post about Castledew's watershot foundation. It looked really good and precious...so I ordered that one. The seller did not include any extras, but the foundation was quite cheap, so I did not really mind.




I will swatch and try this foundation soon...The bottle is really big, me likey :)

Seller Tonymoly11 was really generous. I have already tried some Tonymoly on sasa.com, the BB night cream...I love this product as the last step in my nighttime routine



So I ordered 2 more nighttime mask, the whitening and the Q10 (also recommended by Kathy), and a BB renewing peel.



The mirror, the two masks with Korean landscape...the samples and other items are all freebies...how generous!!!

Talking about generous. I only bought a Jadilla blusher...and I got all of these lovely goodies....



Quite wonderful, eh...

Finally, from etudehouse I bought a lipstick and the fibre brush. I will review this brush soon. I already have 4 different brands of fibre brushes, so I can compare this one with Alima, Lumierecosmetics and Mac.




Wonderful, I cannot wait to play with all of these goodies....

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Kanebo Kate Rouge ex in BE 18

The Kanebo Kate collection of this Autumn consisted of some additions of their existing products, such as the Glamtrick palette.



They also launched a new lipstick: the Rouge extra lipstick. As I am in a lipstick-craving mood lately, I really wanted to purchase this one. The question was, where?

I decided to buy one at ichibankao.com. I spotted this product a bit cheaper on jpmon.com, however, shipping is more expensive if you buy only a few items, so I decided to order just one product (free shipping) on ichibankao.

So here is the product...



And the beautiful black tube (and I already stained the tube with my fingerprint, LOL)



The product by itself...left in natural light, right in direct sunlight. As you can see, it is a true beige neutral...



When I first swatched it, it looked quite MLBB (my lips but better).
However, on my somewhat pigmented lips, it looked a bit more beige, which makes it ideal for a strong eye and neutral lip. My lips can be a bit red and restless without a lipstick, and this beigy neutral is a wonderful tool to tone them down a notch.



The texture is both moisturizing as medium pigmented. Several japanese lipsticks can be a bit sheer (which i personally love). This lippy, however, is a tad more pigmented, but still sheer enough for a natural look.

Overall, I like this lipstick and I will probably buy some more colours soon.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Too Beautiful

I have such a bad, bad habit. I buy really beautiful beauty items, such as palettes.

That is not even bad. The strange thing is, that I cannot even bring myself to 'devirginalise' these precious items.

Some palettes are so exquisite...so gorgeous in their pure and unused state...I just cannot bear to harm their beauty in order to 'dress' my eyelids.

This is my collection of items I bought this autumn, but I haven't even swatched them yet.

 

I was even hesitant to take them out of their box, and stain the pretty boxes with my fingerprints...eeeek!

Moreover, I have a even bigger collection of colours I swatched only once.

"Oh, my lovelies....thou art more lovely than a summer's day! Thou could not be as precious as thou art in thy box. My eyelids are not worthy of thou gorgeousness..."
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like a virgin

Hair can become virgin again, unlike other 'aspects' of your body.

My hair has been quite unvirginalised in the past: I had it bleached, highlighted, permed, cropped, dyed, crimped and styled in a dye-hard way...Agyness Deyn would have looked tame compared to me (ok, highly exaggerated).

But now, my hair is long.... not normal shoulderlength long, but almost-behind-stroking-long...

And it is absolutely virgin hair...no dye, bleach, perms, etc.

(not my hair, nor my face...but a dramatically beautiful picture of a long-haired lass)



Does this make me less fashionable, I think not!

I love experimenting with my looks, but my hair remains (can I say) pure (?).

C'est Moi...

Pradahh...

Saturday I added a bit of unnecessary luxury in my life.

Ofcourse, credit crunch is crunching at my budget as well. But the forbidden is sometimes too hard to resist. So I caved into buying a exquisite Prada belt on sale.



The head (or clasp) is a snake, and it is gorgeous. This belt can transform a plain LBD or coat into a little bit of Rock Chick Chic...a bit of badass into my groomed and polished life.

Or, channel the 80's rock bands with their extravagant hair and hot rock lyrics


("Your love is like baaad medicine...bad medicine is what I need")

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Nix'ie cosmetics

The internet can present you a plethora of beauty reviews, raves and rants. However, I find that some products are overrepresented (MAC) and others are underrepresented.

One of these products is Nix'ie cosmetics. It is a fascinating brand with beautiful colors and a gorgeous texture. I really like their cream blushes, powder blushes and their eyeshadows. I have not tried any other items of their brand, but I will certainly do so in the future.

Let me show you a picture of two of their wonderfully pigmented, natural shaded color eyeshadows: Babylon and Aloha Friday.

Babylon sound a bit biblical, and a bit rasta to me (actually, you can combine both, as Rastafarians are devoted followers of the bible, they just interpretated it a bit differently. But isn't that the case with most religions...oh stop it, enough about religion, this is a fun and lighthearted blog!!!)

Anyway, I love reggae and have visions of Bob Marley and the Jamaican beach when I think about Babylon.

The first two pictures are made in natural light. As you can see, it is a mixture between mushroom beige, Marihuana green (LOL, sorry for the pun) and a golden sunset.






This picture is made with flash light. See how the bronze parts light up in this kind of light.



And a swatch on my arm...



Aloha Friday is another happy name. Sometimes I tend to buy products for their name...The lust items have been overrepresented lately (Orgasm, Full on Lust, Seductive red) and I feel more attracted to happy or quirky names. Actually, I am waiting for Sesamstreet Blue or Kermit Green eyeshadows...LOL.

Anyway, Aloha Friday is a beautiful taupe-brown color...and as far as I am concerned, taupe is the universal Little Black Dress of eyeshadows: reliable and professional, but it can be dressed up to a bit naughtier if you like.




Last, but not least...a bit of sincerity...the blush Sincerity, I mean.





The blush is medium pigmented...it gives a fresh and rosy color on NW 25- ish skin. I think it can work on darker skintones as well.

I have bought my products at camerareadycosmetics.com, but American buyers are perhaps better off at the nix'ie site, as they can get a 20% discount with a makeupartists code. For example, I have found several codes online that qualify for 10% discount, for example 2349 or the code of this youtuber sAssAfrAxiA



Very worthy, this brand...try it out yourself and let me know how you feel about it!!!