Megan Amey
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Vignette Journal

A lifestyle blog and photo journal by Megan Amey

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Makeup Through the Ages; 1920s

This is the beginning of a series of classic/typical makeup looks from the 2os to the 70s, and maaaybe be the 80s, not sure yet. The 1920s and 30s are my favourite eras. I remember my mum being quite obsessed with Art Deco interiors when I was little and I guess it's rubbed off on me! If I had endless amounts of money I would own solely 1920s and 30s dresses and loungewear (and Edwardian cotton and lace, hah!). I just want to say, I am in no way a makeup artist, or a historian. This is just something that I'm really interested in. I concealed my eyebrows so I could make them thinner and elongated them towards middle of my ear which was classic for the 20s. Plucking became popular in the 20s and eyebrows got much thinner, but not as thin as the 30s! I made my eyes dark using a dark brown and a black eyeshadow and black pencil liner, this is another typical look of this era. It was now acceptable for women to wear makeup in public, and some of the more adventurous would have their eyes very dark (I like to think I would have been one of them). I then used my beloved Besame lipstick to recreate Clara bow's iconic cupids bow lip. This under drawn but very shaped lip was popularised by actresses, filtered down to the public and soon enough, everyone was doing it! Cake mascara was also hugley popular, but I've just used my normal mascara here. And finally, blush. Blush was generally applied in a circle, just on the apples of the cheeks, as a rounded face was the most sought after face shape at the time. I would have fit right in! Makeup used:

  • NYX matte but not flat foundation - I am not getting on with this! Need to find a cruelty free CC cream. My favourite was bourjois 123 perfect cc cream, but alas, they aren't cruelty free.
  • NYX HD Concealer - I'm not actually finding this too bad, it doesn't crease under my eyes as easily as some other concealers and lasts a long time. I'll probably re-purchase this once I run out. I don't think anything will help my dark circles but some proper sleep at the moment though.
  • Makeup Revolution Iconic3 palette, second from last dark brown/grey colour (they don't have names...)
  • Kiko Milano single eyeshadow in 178 (black with silver glitter)
  • Revlon length+volume mascara. Again, this came in a beauty box I used to be subscribed to. Need to find a good cruelty free alternative.
  • Sleek blush in Flushed
  • Besame brightening violet powder
  • Besame lipstick in Cherry Red

Modern & Vintage Wishlists

My wardrobe will never be entirely vintage. Sometimes it bugs me, sometimes I'm grateful for it. Or rather, my wallet is grateful for it! Because it's become so popular in recent years, most of it has now surpassed my budget by miles. My Instagram and the blogs I follow are saturated with people that seemingly live a vintage lifestyle 24/7; setting their hair every night, wearing immaculate 1940s dresses & seamed stockings to do mundane things like food shopping, 1920s satin sleepwear & kimonos every night (or so it looks...)! I struggled to keep up for a while, and felt bad when I didn't feel like I was living up to some sort of invisible, unreachable standard that I had set for myself. For those who don't know me; I can get a bit self conscious/anxious about things that I'm "in to" (vintage, illustration, skincare/beauty as a small example). I feel like if I don't know EVERYSINGLETHING about subjects that I like I'm somehow deemed "not good enough". I know, it's completely cuckoo! And I'm beginning to see it now that I'm not working in a shop 9-5 and worrying/obsessing over things as much/having other peoples opinions flying about, I have a bit more room to breathe and think about myself. Can you tell I'm a natural born hermit?

And what has come out of this is that I feel like my style is beginning to change. I'm more comfortable with teaming vintage with modern pieces, even though it is sometimes difficult to find modern pieces that I like. They always end up being somewhat vintage inspired in cut or colour. I'm also not buying for the sake of buying any more. Although, that was a conscious decision that I made a couple of years ago. I now tend to only buy things if I feel they are good quality, ethical, if they are PERFECT (none of this "oh but it will do" it has to fit me like a glove!), if I'm really missing something from my wardrobe, AND, I think about it for a while. If I'm still thinking about something a few days later and dreaming up outfits that would go with said piece, then I go for it! This means that I don't feel bad when I "splash out" on 1 or 2 pieces every few months, because I know they will get a lot of wear. I also TRY to have a 1 in 1 out system, although that doesn't always work...!

Anyway! What this is leading on to is a little spring/summer wishlist of modern clothing & some vintage things that I'd like to keep an eye out for this spring/summer if the vintage goddesses permit! The first and second Polyvore (aww, remember Polyvore?!) sets below are modern, mainly from & Other Stories, Louche London and Eclectic Eccentricity . I can't decide between those two swimsuits for the life of me! The red one reminds me of the latest incarnation of Vera Claythorne from And Then There Were None. I loved all her clothes. Who watched it?! ...I know it was a while ago now. The other is just really a cute coral pattern and has an interesting cut out in the front.



tumblr_o3obutrtdz1u15jt3o2_1280Vera Claythorne

And these are some vintage pieces that I would like to find similar cuts/eras of. Maybe in darker colours (forever wearing autumnal colours). From my all time favourites to gawk at on instagram, in order of appearance; Millay vintage, Dear Golden and Adored Vintage

VintageI'd also like a vintage cropped varsity jacket, and if that doesn't sound too farfetched as it is; with an M on the back!