1940’s Look

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There’s something about the 1940’s that exudes both elegance and determination.  While brothers, boyfriends and husbands served overseas, American women went to work in factories and offices – keeping both the economy and the war effort going.  And while they often performed very unglamorous jobs, many did so in full makeup and with perfectly styled hair.  During this time, makeup sales continued to rise and more cosmetics were sold at drugstores, which added to their accessibility.
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Foundation became increasingly popular during the 1940’s and a slightly darker than natural look was preferred.  Due to rationing, loose baby powder was used to set the foundation.  Cheeks remained bright and rosy as well.  The eyes were really the focus of the wartime face. The 1940s brow was still carefully plucked, and matte eye shadow was used to highlight the crease. By this decade, mascara was quite commonplace and women also used black eyeliner to enhance their lashes and brows. Red lipstick still took center stage, though other colors like pink and orange-red were also popular.

We were super stoked to have the talented Victoria & gorgeous Kiana stop by Filthy’s studio to create a historically accurate 1940’s make up look.  Check out the video above and let us know what you think in the comments below.
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Cult Beauty Essentials

With new beauty products launching on a near-daily basis, there are a few iconic beauty essentials that have stood the test of time due to their exceptional formulas. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t steal a few of these from Momma Rebena back in the day and we still continue to add them to our shopping lists today.

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Smith’s Rosebud Salve, Rosebud Perfume Co. $6

I seriously am smitten with these old-fashioned tins, aren’t you?  The fact that the company is over 100 years old, family-owned and produces these lip balms in the good old US of A makes me beyond happy.  They’re not expensive and work great as a lip balm, cuticle moisturizer and dabbed on chapped elbows or knees.  It is also an excellent remedy for the treatment of diaper rash

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Great Lash Washable Mascara, Maybelline $5

This lil’ pink and green tube of mascara sells every two minutes.  Crazy!  It’s a simple mascara with an easy to use wand and a dark, shiny formula to lift and separate your lashes. Maybelline was named after creator Tom Williams’ sister Mabel; in 1915, she gave him the inspiration to create cosmetics after he watched her applying Vaseline and coal to her lashes to make them darker.

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Elnett Satin Very Volume Hairspray, L’Oreal $12

This only made its way to Canada a few years ago – it used to be that you’d have to smuggle it from overseas.  What makes it so great?  It’s super-light, brushes out clean, it doesn’t flake or leave hair sticky.  (Although I could live without the slightly old-lady scent.)  Sometimes when I’ve been sitting in fancy salon chairs, the stylist has busted out the Elnett instead of their own products to set my hairstyle.  Doesn’t that say something?

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Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow, Revlon $8

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Cherries in the Snow” (Color 440) is a cult color that has been around since 1954.  While most makeup trends come and go, this particular raspberry-red shade withstood the test of time.  The fantastic formula applies evenly with no feathering, does not settle on lines and does not highlight imperfections.  It makes your lips look plump and healthy.

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If you are on the fence about getting this color, don’t!  You can never go wrong with Cherries in the Snow.

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Hard As Nails Polish, Sally Hansen $3

This nail care classic was the first Sally Hansen product to come to the market and has been around for over 50 years and for good reason. One coat gives a layer of protection that also seals nail edges so that they’re less susceptible to splitting.  It’s so versitile – wear it at all times – under color or on its own to add a subtle sheen to your natural nails.  I personally like “natural version” that adds a pretty, sheer-pink glow to bare nails.  Love this one – and it dries insanely fast.  Bonus!

What beauty products are your favorite cult favorites?  What products have been making you feel good for years?  Feel more than free to share in the comments below – Rebena loves hearing from you!

Sources: Sephora, The Zoe Report, The Beauty Editor

8 Style Rules

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Kate Moss has revealed her eight style rules

She barely gives interviews and has shunned social media but as she prepares to celebrate her 41st birthday on January 16th, Kate Moss has decided to divulge her wardrobe secrets.

The blonde-haired supermodel spoke to Look magazine about her top eight style rules.

1. Vamp up your look with lipstick

Kate wears a natural beige lip colour day-to-day but for a more dramatic evening look opts for a pillar box red.

“I just slick it on, I don’t bother with lipliner,” she says.

2. Don’t be afraid of high heels

Even when she’s papped popping to Tesco for a pint of milk, Kate is hardly out of her trusty sky-high boots.

She tells the magazine that “great shoes” can transform a look: “They will make an outfit feel polished, cool and put together.”

3. Sort out your clobber

Kate has not one, not two but THREE wardrobes – “one big one and two everyday ones”.

In order to keep your clothes in check she recommends organising things into boxes and labelling them with Polaroids.

“I organise my denim, leather and dresses by colour, although my jeans are usually black and grey,” she adds.

4. Summer style should be effortless

Make sure your beach bag is full of “floaty chiffons and soft suede”, says Kate.

The supermodel is a fan of maxi dresses but leaves her heels at home because “wearing them on a beach is ridiculous”. Agreed.

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The supermodel vamps up her night time look with the help of red lipstick

5. Shop vintage 

Don’t be afraid to rifle through charity shops and flea markets to find hidden gems.

“Look for quality pieces that can be repaired if needed,” says Kate.

Leather jackets are a Kate Moss wardrobe staple

Leather jackets are a Kate Moss wardrobe staple

6. Pick a capsule wardrobe 

Kate says her staple items are “jeans, a tank top, a jacket and boots”.

She thinks every woman should find key pieces that work for her, including a must-have “little black dress”.

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Kate says you should ‘only dress for attention if you want it’

7. Ward off the paps

Kate tries to keep the cameras off her by wearing similar things every day.

She says, “If you wear the same thing, they get bored and leave you alone.”

8. Find a beauty regime – and stick to it  

Mossy swears by Creme de la Mer to keep her skin moisturised and Lucas Papaw balm for chap-free lips.

She also treats herself to Nichola Joss facials when she’s looking for a pick-me-up.

Source: Express

Pouts That Pop

Us Rebena gals love making our pouts POP.  We recently discovered New York-based illustrator Sara Rabin whom creates the most fashionable napkin visages in pen, ink and designer lipstick – using her own brightly-tinted pursed lips.  Below, Sara showcases five dying-to-try shades for this holiday season.  Pick one up and pucker up.

GIVENCHY – Crocodile Rouge
A lipstick and collector’s item in one. A mere 3,000 units of Givenchy’s iconic shade, Carmin Escarpin No. 306, have been repackaged in rare crocodile skin, taking the ever-flattering hue that symbolizes old-world elegance into new realm of luxury.

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Givenchy – Carmin Escarpin No. 306

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Givenchy – Carmin Escarpin No. 306

LIPSTICK QUEEN – Silver Screen in Stella
Shrinking violet? Hardly. Lipstick Queen’s Stella merges old Hollywood glam with a modern purple punch. The satin-y texture makes putting this lipstick on an absolute delight, and the pigment is extraordinarily long-lasting.

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LIPSTICK QUEEN – Silver Screen in Stella

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LIPSTICK QUEEN – Silver Screen in Stella

SURRATT – Lip Crayon in Séductrice
This deep berry red from Surratt, is, as its name suggests, downright seductive. A gliding pencil-like tip makes the application a no-brainer, even for the less coordinated among us.

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SURRATT – Lip Crayon in Séductrice

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SURRATT – Lip Crayon in Séductrice

Will punch of color will you be putting on your pout this season?  Please let us know in the comments below.  For more great Sara Rabin napkin illustrations, check out our source Barney’s NY.