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EauMG’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide for Vintage Beauties

Vilma Banky

Hello. I’m Victoria. I use foam rollers. I wear false eyelashes and red lipstick. I’d never buy a store bought pie or pre-made pie dough. I have mastered the art of trellised top pies. I haven’t mastered the art of half moon manicures. I can tell if it’s real Bakelite from the smell. I can’t stand New Hollywood. I wish that my uniform was a floor length silk dressing gown with matching marabou slippers.  I also wish that everything on this gift guide was mine. And I’m sure if you know a gal like me, you’ll find that she’ll love any of these items as well.

EauMG's Holiday 2011 Gift Guide

1. Strangebeautiful Lucite Nail Polish Duo in Schiaparelli/Boiled Lobster – This set contains 2 beautiful red nail polishes with the coolest names on the planet. And the lucite is very retro. It retails for $52 and is available at ahalife.

2. Parisian Down Powder Puff in Baby Pink – Vintage gals can not live without powder puffs. There are 80% decoration and 20% functional 😉 This 4 inch puff retails for $54 and is available at Beautyhabit. They have a few more shades. The pink is my favorite. Of course, I prefer a Caron one but they aren’t as easy to get your hands on.

3. DSH Perfumes Pandora EDP – I fell in love with this “vintage” perfume. You can read my review here. Pandora is a brilliant, rich chypre. It’s like a pristine perfume from the vintage perfume vault that never spoiled or turned. It’s like a cryopreserved vintage. The .5 oz parfum extract retails for $220. EDPs (less expensive) are also available at DSH Perfumes.

4. Guerlain Vol de Nuit Powder Spray – This has been my most anticipated cosmetic launch of the year. This limited edition shimmer powder comes in the most beautiful packaging on the planet. It’s so Gloria Swanson! The powder is a subtle moonlight shimmer faintly scented with the legendary Vold de Nuit. This limited edition product retails for $87 and is available at Nordstrom.

5. Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup by Gabriela Hernandez – This book written by the founder of the historically accurate cosmetic company, Besame, contains vintage beauty ads, in depth makeup instruction and so much more. The images are stunning. You can get a signed copy by the author from Besame Cosmetics for $49.95.

6. Le Métier de Beauté Lip & Nail “Red My Lips” Duo by Ken Downing – A vintage lady matches her lipstick to her nail polish very tastefully. I love the shades in the Red My Lips Duo. Red My Lips Lipstick is a perfect, full-coverage cherry red. The nail color, Gypsy Rose Me (don’t you love the burlesque pun?!), is a deep berry wine with magenta shimmers. Both are gorgeous. The limited edition duo retails for $49 and is available at Neiman Marcus.

7. Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Scintillating Balm for Décolleté – Meow. This is a slightly shimmery perfumed balm for the décolleté. This is a pretty, powdery woody-jasmine scent. Now this pairs nicely with floor length silk dressing gowns. This balm retails for $52 and is available at Nordstrom. I think it is limited edition.

8. Blanc Lilas Petite Soaps – I LOVE these old-fashioned soaps soliflore soaps scented with lilac. The soaps are imprinted, very adorable. The Petite Soaps set contains 4 guest soaps in a cute box. I always use the heavily scented boxes to store camisoles, slips and silk scarves 🙂 This retails for $12 at Beautyhabit.

9. Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose EDP – Perfumer Ralph Schweiger created perfume inspired by vintage glamour…French lipsticks and face powder. Lipstick Rose is the vintage cosmetic fragrance that so many people love. I smell like this without perfume, but, hey, some people love the novelty! The 1.7 oz EDP retails for $145 and is available at Barney’s.

10. Tuff Scent Nail Polish in Believe – Scented nail polish! Believe is a vintage 1950’s inspired fuschia shade that smells like jasmine. It retails for $14 and is available at Tuff Scents. There are many more shades and scents. I recommend any in the Sunrise Collection for cute vintage gals.

If you are on a very limited budget or need an inexpensive gift for a vintage gal, I recommend Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks (available at drugstores and They are cheap and wonderful. Many of the colors are from the 1950’s such as Cherries in the Snow. And you can find a matching nail polish. Get a nail polish, lipstick and a pack of bobby pins and you’ve just made a vintage-styled beauty very, very happy.

And here’s my vintage gift guide from last year. Many of those products are also still available.

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18 thoughts on “EauMG’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide for Vintage Beauties

    1. Thank you. Last night, I was finalizing this post and I decided that my goal (shallow, I know) is to conquer the half moon mani. I found some great Youtube tutorials using these ring binder stickers! I have never seen that before. I can’t wait to try it!

  1. Beautiful roundup. Have to agree that the Vol de Nuit is tempting just to have “the most beautiful packaging on the planet” though you are not alone in writing that the scent is faint. That Pandora bottle is gorgeous too and I loved the scent initially though I’m still pondering how I like the to-me abrupt shift from the green opening to the quite sweet aspect of what I guess is the mousse de saxe accord.

    Thanks for the link to your 2010 vintage guide too.

    1. I try my best not to fall for packaging. But, that Vol de Nuit…it got me. The deal is if you want to smell like Vol de Nuit, you’re going to have to wear the perfume.
      Pandora works for me. I can see how it wouldn’t work for somebody. But, it just works for me. And my abnormally cold skin 🙂

  2. Wonderful guide! I will take one of each! 🙂

    On half moon manicures, I will share my experience. I tried many different things, but the thing that worked best for me was athletic tape. It’s flexible, so you can create exactly the right shape, and it’s thinner than stickers.

      1. Sorry for the late response. I was just doing a moon manicure and remembered this. I actually use athletic tape, the white kind that has a texture sort of like fabric, but is tape. It’s what you use when you have a sprained ankle or whatever. And it’s flexible enough that you can just stretch it into a moon shape on your nail and tear off the ends. (This is hard to explain, darn it. I’m going to post a photo to twitter.)

    1. Oh, #4 is amazing. I rarely get sucked into the limited edition makeup, but this one got me. It’s just sooo pretty. And scented nail polish, how cool is that? They also have rose, gardenia and even a fig.

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