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The Recipient of the Holiday Giving Campaign Is…

A very heartfelt thank you to all who submitted their nominations, I truly hope to make the Pin Up Persuasion Holiday Giving Campaign an annual event.  There were so many deserving ladies & it was not an easy task to only select one, but fortunately there was no shortage of love and caring for all those who were nominated.

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Without further ado…the recipient of the Holiday Giving Campaign is…

“I’m nominating my friend Ashley S., because in the last year, not only has she lost her father, but she has been coping with a mysterious disease. She’s been to countless doctors in her area (and even several hours away), and had different levels of testing, and they still have no clue what it is. What it means for her right now though, other than numerous doctors visits, is she is in too much pain to get around much. Her limbs hurt so much some days she can’t even use them. She still manages to be sweet and try to care for her mother and help around the house even when she can barely walk. Because of the disease, she can’t work, so she can’t get any money together to finish college, or move out of her mother’s house. She wishes every day that she could actually have a job, so she could be moving forward. I can’t even be there for her because I live in another state, but she’s my dearest friend, and going through a very rough time. She really deserves to be pampered, to have a happy Christmas, and to have something done for her, for a change. That is only a small portion of why I nominate Ashley S.”   – Katie F.

An extra special thank you to all the sponsors: Collectif, Orchard Corset, Blame Betty, Betty Le Bonbon, Rowena/Retroglam.com, JBR Clothing, Ceci Punch, Punk Up Bettie, and last but not least Fluff. Without them, none of this would have been possible.

Merry Christmas to all & a very Happy New Year!!!

I’ll see everyone back here in 2014!!

xo Jessica

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Step One: Admitting You Have a Problem by Amber Mark

IMG_2470Confession time….  I’m a product addict.  I blame the internet.  I’ve already told you about all the vintage/retro/pinup blogs I read but I also love reading blogs about make up and hair and I watch quite a few You Tube Channels.  Of course I see someone using a product and I think “I have to try that!”  I want to share some of my favorite finds and I’ll share a few of my favorite beauty You Tubers.

I’m not devoted to a “brand” – I know some people will ONLY wear Cover Girl, some will ONLY wear Dior, etc.  I’ve tried everything from the super cheap drug store brands to the super not cheap Sephora type products.   I don’t think anyone should devote themselves to a brand.  Everyone’s skin is different – my skin has changed as I’ve gotten older (my now 31 year old skin is totally different than my 21 year old skin was) – your make up and hair products definitely need to evolve as you evolve.  My current skin type is dry in the winter yet also oily at times (I know this sounds weird but it is true!) and in the summer the dryness thankfully goes away and I’m just stuck with occasional oily skin particularly in the humidity.  I would say my skin is somewhat sensitive (if hubby gives me a kiss his stubble turns me red right away).  I don’t get acne much anymore (there are a few perks to getting old ha!) – I can almost pinpoint when I’ll get a zit – if I eat milk chocolate or sometimes before my period (FYI – if you get acne on your chin it’s likely hormonal and that’s exactly where I get the “period” zits).

As far as skincare goes – I’m simple.  I’ve experimented with a ton of different cleansers, creams, etc.  Most of these things are not cheap because the beauty industry knows we’re all striving to look younger by slapping on cleansing creams, exfoliating creams, wrinkle creams, you name it.  The routine I have that works for me is:  I wash my face morning and night with Cetaphil (http://www.drugstore.com/cetaphil-gentle-skin-cleanser/qxp16824?catid=182291).  At night before bed I slather my face and hair in coconut oil.  I love this stuff and I recommend it to everyone.   I get a big jar of it at Trader Joe’s for $6.  I also use it as a body lotion in the winter.  It does wonders for dry skin.  If you want to do a deep conditioning treatment for your hair slather it in oil, wrap it in plastic wrap and turn the hair dryer on it for a bit.  Sit for awhile and then wash (it may take a couple washes).  I do this treatment about once a month.  If I have a pimple brewing I use a shot of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum (http://www.kiehls.com/Midnight-Recovery-Concentrate/3605975053920,default,pd.html).  It’s expensive but I try to find it on eBay for less.  A bottle lasts quite awhile as I only use it as a spot treatment.   My only morning routine for my skin is a moisturizer with sunscreen if I’m going to be outside for an extended period of time.  I don’t have a particular favorite right now.. still on the hunt!

Now, I wear a full face of make up every day – I love it.   My routine goes like this:  foundation primer, concealer, foundation, eye shadow primer, eye shadow, eye liner, eyelash curler, mascara, brows, contouring, blush, highlighter, lips.  Whew!!  Sounds like a lot, yes?  It’s really not – I can do a full face in probably 15 minutes if I’m not getting fancy with my eyes and lips.  If I’m getting fancy it might take me 20-30 minutes.  Now for the products I like….

I have found that foundation primer makes a difference for me.  It keeps my foundation looking matte and not oily.  I have tried a ton of primers in all price ranges.  The one I liked best was Smashbox foundation primer from Sephora to the tune of $35-$49 for 1.7 ounces.   Well then I found my favorite thing ever – I read on a blog (I can’t even remember which one) about Monistat Chafing Gel (yes you read that right) – some brilliant person figured out that the chafing gel had pretty much the same ingredients as the Smashbox primer.  I get the Monistat Chafing Gel for $6.17 for 1.5 ounces.  http://www.drugstore.com/monistat-soothing-care-powder-gel/qxp139254?catid=184078   You can all thank me later.

I’m still searching for the perfect concealer.  I have dark circles under my eyes and occasional redness around my nose and on my cheeks.  I would love to hear what concealers you all love.  It’s difficult finding something that gives full coverage without settling into fine lines.   The concealers I’m currently using are: Stila (http://www.sephora.com/perfecting-concealer-P116302?skuId=872812), Lancome (http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?keyword=LANCôME%20EFFACERNES%20-%20Waterproof%20Protective%20Undereye%20Concealer%20P54438&skuId=135301&productId=P54438&_requestid=147815), and MakeUp Forever (http://www.sephora.com/lift-concealer-P12661?skuId=531251).  Again, I have them in a rotation because none are totally blowing me away.

I’ve gone back and forth with foundations – powder, liquid, liquid to powder.  Enough to make your head spin.  I have finally been consistently using Benefit’s Hello Flawless (http://www.sephora.com/hello-flawless-spf-15-P231510?skuId=1153394) powder foundation.  It has nice buildable coverage.  I buff it on with a Kabuki brush (I use the e.l.f. Kabuki brush http://www.drugstore.com/e-l-f-studio-kabuki-face-brush/qxp358845?catid=183638).

Now for my eyes I always use Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer (http://www.sephora.com/eyeshadow-primer-potion-anti-aging-P381306?skuId=1531839).  I swear by this.  It can be super humid and my eye shadow will not budge.  It does not crease.  Love, love, love.  And a little goes a long way so the tube lasts quite awhile.  I don’t get crazy with eye shadows.  I generally use very neutral colors.  I love the Urban Decay Naked Palette (they have 3 or 4 of them now).  I’ve had my Naked Palette for 2 years now so it obviously lasts a long time.   I get the most use out of my Basics Palette (http://www.sephora.com/naked-basics-palette-P376213?skuId=1458157).

I stink at liquid liner.  I would love to perfect the cat eye but at this point I just haven’t gotten there.  I don’t have a specific brand of liquid eyeliner that I love.   I’m currently using Stila liquid liner and I like it however I’ve heard from others that they do not.   I do like Bobbi Brown Gel liner (http://www.sephora.com/long-wear-gel-eyeliner-P270539?skuId=1287408) – the gel liner is way easier to apply if you don’t have a steady hand.  As far as mascara goes – I literally put on 2-4 different KINDS of mascara at a time.  I curl my lashes (I just started doing that a couple years ago – why did it take me 29 years to learn about curling eye lashes!?!) and I apply 1. Cover Girl Lash Perfection for volume (http://www.drugstore.com/covergirl-lash-perfection-mascara-very-black-200/qxp348596?catid=183541) 2. Buxom for more volume (http://www.sephora.com/buxom-lash-waterproof-mascara-P374159?skuId=1540293) and sometimes 3. They’re Real for length (http://www.sephora.com/they-re-real-mascara-P289307?skuId=1343938).   If I’m putting on false lashes for a special occasion I find that Ardell brand lashes are inexpensive and look great!  After a run in with bad eyelash adhesive (I was pretty sure I pulled out all my lashes when I removed the falsies) I got online to search for a better adhesive.  I found the Duo brand to work great (http://www.drugstore.com/duo-eyelash-adhesive-dark-tone/qxp146391?catid=183642) and my eyelashes didn’t stay attached to the falsies.

My natural brows are practically non existent.  The hair is very light brown and sparse.  And my hair is colored very dark brown so I fill my brows in.  I have tried high end brow products from Anastasia and they didn’t work for me.  I use either a CoverGirl brow pencil or my new favorite Jordana brow pencil (http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/jordana-fabubrow-eyebrow-pencil/ID=prod6094979-product) that I just picked up at Walgreens.  I also go over the pencil with a small brush and brown powder to soften the pencil lines.  I love the Milani brow powder in Medium (http://www.drugstore.com/milani-brow-fix-brow-kit-medium-02/qxp347261?catid=183536).

I’m starting to learn about contouring (thank you You Tube) as it can do amazing things for your face.  I actually use the light brown powder in the Milani brow powder kit to contour my nose and cheekbones.  Some people use bronzers but those are often shimmery and I don’t want shimmer for contouring.  I don’t have a specific blush that I love but what I’ve been using for awhile is a Revlon Cream Blush (http://www.drugstore.com/revlon-photoready-cream-blush-flushed/qxp409068?catid=183545).  Once I contour and apply blush I buff my whole face with the kabuki to blend.  And then lastly I use the highlighter from the Milani brow kit and put it down the middle of my nose and on my cheekbones.  I’ve also used the Benefit highlighter (http://www.sephora.com/high-beam-P1281?skuId=108829) but I find it difficult working with the liquid vs a powder.  If I’m doing up my eyes I’ll add the highlight to my brow bone and the inner corner of my eyes.

My lips on a day to day basis usually have chapstick on them, haha.  My lips are naturally pretty rosy so chapstick is all I need.  I also wear Revlon lip butters (http://www.drugstore.com/revlon-colorburst-lip-butter-sweet-tart/qxp387966?catid=183590) – they have almost a lip balm feel so I barely know I’m wearing them.  My favorite color is Pin Up Peach – it’s a very natural looking peachy pink color.  I wouldn’t say it is “long wearing” but it does the trick and I feel ok re-applying throughout the day as it is very much like a lip balm. Now if I’m getting all gussied up and I get the red lips out I have another routine.  I put a cheap concealer over the lips.  Then I line them with a drugstore red liner (nothing specific) and fill the lips in with the liner as well.  My favorite red lipstick right now is Lime Crime’s Red Velvet (http://limecrime.com/lips/velvetines-37.html) – the only thing I don’t like is it can leave your lips feeling very dry.

I think that’s everything!  I do have a bottle of Ben Nye’s MakeUp Sealer (http://www.amazon.com/Final-Seal-Matte-Makeup-Sealer/dp/B005MZ4A7C).  The jury is still out on this – I’ve only used it once or twice (last summer in the humidity) so I can’t really comment on how I feel about it.  I know other people swear by Model in a Bottle (http://www.amazon.com/Model-Bottle-Original-Makeup-Setting/dp/B001707IQ6) so I’ve been thinking about trying that out soon.

One thing I haven’t commented much about – brushes.  I know some people own TONS of make up brushes – not this girl.  I have a couple for eyeshadow application.  I have one small one for my brows and eyeliner (sometimes I use a brush to put dark brown shadow along my lower lash line) and I have one for lips.  I have the Kabuki brush for my foundation and a smaller foundation brush for the contouring and highlighting.

If you want to watch some great make up videos check out the following You Tube stars:  Kandee Johnson, Vintage Vanity (she also has great hair videos), Lisa FreemontStreet and Super Kawaii Mama

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my favorite products and routine.  I think we’d all love to hear what your favorite products and beauty tips/tricks are!

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Festive Shades for the Holiday Season

The one thing I always look forward to for the holidays is all the incredible designs being released in one of my favorite colors, GREEN! Although being a redhead makes me a little biased since various shades of green tend to be the very complimentary, there is no doubt that it looks incredible on many people as it plays up so many different features beautifully. Instinctively I gravitate to anything in this color and could not resist the Bettie Page Holly Dress when it arrived JBR Clothing.

Available in sizes S-4X in Green & Red ~ MSRP $116USD

IMG_1791Now sizing with Bettie Page tends to rather tricky since each style runs differently, depending on the fabric and/or the cut. One of the many reasons of why I love shopping at JBR Clothing is their willingness to help you find the perfect size to avoid costly returns and exchanges. An added bonus is the fact that the lovely Rachel is my body twin; she often tries items for me and provides incredible feedback every time. (PS. I adore Rachel!) Based on her recommendations, I was quite surprised to be ordering my first Bettie Page dress in a size Small! The Holly is made from a very stretchy bengaline therefore you can easily size down if you prefer a body hugging fit. When it arrived, I could not believe how great it fit right off the rack and did not require any alterations even with my short torso. The Holly features lovely small folds at the scooped neckline and waist line, which are super flattering to conceal any tummy area flaws. One of the great features about the Holly is the ability to wear your favorite bra since the straps are quite wide. I dread strapless bras just as much as the rest! If you’re concerned about the wiggle skirt restricting your movement, there is no need. There is a classic kickpleat built into the skirt and the bengaline is super stretchy as mentioned earlier. At 5′-4″ tall, the hemlines falls a couple inches below the knee.

IMG_1782Since the Holly is designed to be curve hugging, it was essential to pair it with the right undergarments to create the illusion of a flawless hourglass silhouette. Without a doubt, the Rago 1294 is the best way to go for comfort and function. The bengaline is a very nice thick material which is essential for concealing any trouble areas you may have. This was the first dress in months that seriously felt like it was made for me, something that is rare these days with the ever changing size grading in the industry. When you are forced to invest in alterations with each purchase, the extra expense just adds up dramatically.

IMG_1789This may come as no surprise but the Holly Dress is going to be my outfit of choice for New Years Eve. It’s not too often that I get to wear my evening dresses during the winter months but I always make it a point to get dolled up for New Years dinner with the hubby. The Holly Dress can be accessorized with your favorite pair of pumps and the perfect shade of red lipstick. For a more waist cinching effect, add a wide or skinny belt to match your shoes. Maybe it’s just me, but I adore how these leopard print pumps look with the green!

IMG_1788It is refreshing to stumble upon a perfect fitting dress right off the rack and avoid costly alterations that have plagued me for quite some time now. The Holly Dress is designed as timeless and figure flattering all in one. It is an extra added bonus to see it in my favorite color of course!

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An Ode to My French Heritage

Although I am born and raised in Canada, my ancestry originates from France and my mom is from the province of Quebec. Not many people know that I am fluently bilingual in both English/French and lived in Montreal for four years before settling back in Ontario. I have always been proud of my ancestry eventhough the French are known to be difficult and rather stubborn. The flower of the province of Quebec is the beautiful Fleur De Lis, a symbol of their French heritage. If you are wondering where I am headed with this review, I’ll get right down to it. Needless to say I was super excited when Pinup Girl Clothing released the Harley Dress in Olive and White Fleur De Lis and scooped one up during one of their Sale events.

Available in sizes XS-2X in a variety of colors ~ MSRP $130USD

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Canvas Underskirt on Left.

Lately it seems that PUG’s sizing has taken a shift to be more generous in the bust but the waist measurements have remained the same. This has caused me some issues when it comes to selecting the right size since my bust measurement (36″) now falls as a Small and my waist (28″) is a Medium. As we all know it’s easier to take a garment in but impossible to make it bigger . So it’s always best to go with your largest measurement when there is no stretch to the material, as in the case with the Harley. It was no surprise that the Harley was too big in the bust area and I had to have the underarms taken in along with shortening the white straps. The Harley features a gathered high neckline with lined bodice and full gathered skirt. PUG has done away with the slide belt and paired a lovely grommet belt that is wonderful to define your waist. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt length falls a few inches below the knee.

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Canvas Underskirt on Left.

If you have read past reviews, you will notice how I always mention certain dresses do not fit well due to my short torso and the Harley unfortunately falls into the same category. Since I love the style and print so much, my seamstress opted to shorten the straps to help create a better fit. The Harley is ideal for those with a long torso, similar to the PUG Colette dress which did not work at all for me. If you are not willing to invest in alterations, sadly I would suggest passing on the Harley. For those looking for a more conservative pinup style, this is definitely a great go-to with the classic gathered high neckline. The olive green in such a beautiful shade and the Fleur de Lis is not overpowering if you tend to shy away from prints like me.

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Canvas Underskirt on Left.

The Harley is versatile to wear to the office, an afternoon with the ladies or even a fun date night with someone special. Pair it with a white cropped cardigan and wedges to complete the look. To add volume to the gathered skirt, the PUG Canvas Underskirt is a perfect alternative to a traditional petticoat. The various colorways offered in the Harley are lovely for all occasions and a fabulous choice for summer.

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Canvas Underskirt on Left.

Although the Harley was not a perfect fit off the rack, I am very happy it is part of my pinup wardrobe. Now we need to get through these terribly cold winter months and bring on Spring to wear all my beautiful dresses again. Winterizing them has not been going all too well since we got so much snow early and it is unseasonably cold this year.

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