1950s Style…

I recently discovered Lana Del Rey via the Sara and Tegan pandora station while I was at work and I immediately went to Target to get her cd. I almost never do that. Unless it’s Jimmy Eat World (my all-time favorite band). Anyway, her album “Born to Die” has been on constant repeat in my car for weeks. I don’t know how others are when they get cds or new music, but I always have it on heavy rotation when I first buy a cd so I can learn the lyrics, the sound, and so I get an idea of what the artist or album is all about. Lana Del Rey is definitely all about the 1950s and 1960s americana and pop culture…

Here is a snippet from “Off to the Races.” She sings it in almost a rap, which is pretty cool to hear…

Likes to watch me in the glass room, bathroom
Chateau Marmont
Slipping on my red dress, putting on my make up
Glass film, perfume, cognac, lilac
Fume, says it feels like heaven to him

Her sound is so unique from what I’ve heard… she has a very low voice (for a female) and it’s very rich. I highly suggest picking up or downloading her album, or at least YouTube it. She describes herself as a “self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra” and I can definitely see her influences throughout her album. From Frank Sinatra to Eminem, there is some jazzy, soulful singing coupled with straight-up rapping. It is quite the interesting mix to sing to on the drive home…

One thing I’ve noticed is that she makes A LOT of references to make up, lipstick, mascara, beauty queen, and glamour in general, which isn’t a bad thing in itself. She just sings about it a lot…

That brings me to my next subject which is still along the same line… old Hollywood make up! I am so excited to get the new Mary Kay Hollywood Mystique Collection in the mail soon! I’ve been experimenting with different make up looks, and yesterday I tried the peacock eye… it takes a lot of different colors, but the look is very full of impact! A lot of “peacock eyes” that I’ve seen online are really elaborate and not ideal for everyday use, but I think the one I did is pretty wearable. I wish I took a picture of what I did so I could post it, but I wasn’t thinking. This picture comes pretty close…

Either way, I can still tell you what I did! I used the Mary Kay mineral eye colors for this look. First I swept “honey spice” all over the eyelid and brow bone right up the the bottom of my eyebrow. Then I added some “granite” in the crease and layered some “hazelnut” over it. I then used jade eyeliner on my upper lid and bronze eyeliner on my lower lid. I also applied black liquid liner super close to the lashes. I usually don’t wear liquid liner because I’m not very skilled at applying it, but I really like the winged liner look. For the bold color, I used “emerald” along the lash line to the middle of the lid and then the other half on the outside, I used “peacock blue,” how fitting… To finish, add lash primer and  ultimate mascara for Hollywood lashes!

I also am loving the dark lip trend right now… the fashion world is calling it “ox blood,” but I really hate that description… I prefer burgundy. I tried “Appleberry” from Mary Kay and I’m in love. In September I was still rocking an orangy-pink shade, “Sunset” with “Mango Tango” gloss which was quite fun, but I think with the cooler weather, it’s time for some darker lips.

What new music is on rotation for you? Any fun make up ideas that you are trying? Just what is it about the 1950s and 1960s that is so fascinating?


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