Adoring all things vintage, whimsical and downright quirky

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I love me some vintage ( as you know) but it’s not always easy (or cheap) to source original items – and makeup from the 1940s, for instance is certainly not something we can use *shudders*. So I keep my eye out for new brands that are embracing the old vintage glamour. One such favourite is Bésame Cosmetics. Based in the US, they finally ship to the UK (hurrah!) and sell all manner of makeup in authentic vintage colours, plus limited edition items, such as the Mickey Mouse Lipsticks and Mirror set below.

In celebration of the 90th Anniversary of Mickey Mouse, they have collaborated with Disney and created two brand new lipstick shades called Mickey Red and Ink. Plus the packaging is decorated with artwork pulled from classic Mickey animation from the 1930s. Neato!

Buy yours for £23 here

RMS Beauty is another brand that has a product I love that will help recreate vintage looks. The Beauty Vintage Cake Liner is everything! Not only can it be used as a matte shadow (think 20s smokey eyes) but with water and a brush, it creates a flawless cat flick. It has lovely coconut and jojoba oils in it to keep it gliding smoothly and is gluten free, essential oil free, GMO free, and soy free (in case you needed to know). Plus the brand is the creation of celeb makeup artist Rosemary Swift so she knows her onions.

Next up in Pretty Vulgar, a new(er) brand on the block but oh! the packaging! Think whimsy, edgy, floral, glamour, feminity and edge all in one! Above are a few examples: Matt lipstick, blusher, foundation and glitter body spray…click on the link to explore the gorgeous products!

Finally, above is my selection from The Balm – another super cute vintage inspired brand. The Mary-Lou Manizer is a makeup artist must-have, as is the bronzer. L-R: Model wearing the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter next to the product itself – $17; Bahama Mama Bronzer is $10 for the travel size; Life’s a Beach nude palette is $36; Schwing liquid liner is $17; Meet (Matte) Hughes lipgloss in Trustworthy – $17. See the full range here.

So there you have it! If you want to add some style to your face and makeup bag, I totally recommend checking these brands out and let me know what you think.


Georgie modelling a beautiful 1930s inspired gown by Castle Brides, hair flower crown by Adorn by Ashley and hair & makeup by The Blusherettes

Wedding season kicked off last month big time for The Blusherettes. We have had some gorgeous vintage-loving brides, lots of hair and makeup trials and August is shaping up to be our busiest month for weddings.

Last weekend we were at Twist Wedding Fayre at The Flaxmill Maltings in Shrewsbury. This alternative wedding event allows different suppliers that work with brides and grooms who are certainly not vanilla in their tastes. We fitted in perfectly. Here are a smattering of the looks we created for the event…

Georgie wearing elegant jewellery and a beautiful hair embellishment with veil
by Julianne Bird
The lovely Carys was our 60s model and wears an original 60’s gown from Castle Brides and hair band by Hobbits Vintage Creations
Another one of Georgie wearing a veil by Adorn by Ashley https://www.adornbyashley.co.uk – it’s soooo pretty!
The beautiful Heidi modelling a 50s floral embellished gown by Castle Brides, hair and makeup by The Blusherettes. Photo credit: Mike Smith
Heidi also wearing a gorgeous bridal leather jacket from Castle Brides, and holds a bright wedding bouquet by Tammy Weaver of TMS Venue dressing, Floral Design & Accessory Hire
Photo credit: Mike Smith


I love cats (we have one called Bourneville) despite being allergic to them! So when this little darling popped up on my Instagram feed (@vintageverity) I was drooling! This little lady costs £59.99 from kit-cat.co.uk (there are lots of other colours too).

Lady Kit Cat has been around since 1932!
Robert Smith would approve

Another find was this poster from Indieprints on Etsy (I bought the last one, sorry!) but you can source similar elsewhere…

Sugarhill Catrina Purrfect Cats Shirt found here
£33.60

Lastly, this pretty peter pan collar blouse by Sugarhill – ain’t it just the cat’s whiskers?


If you are ever after something unique to brighten up your work clothes or simply want to add a touch of whimsy to your wardrobe, then do pop over to Etsy to see the handiwork of the very talented Emma Morgenthaler of Fairytale Collars. I just adore her creations. From mermaids, to pizzas, she does quirky perfectly! I’ve picked a couple of her gorge collars and a funky little pin that I really should be sporting as a bonefide red lipstick wearer.

Pompom cherry peter pan collar £13.50
Dragon Fruit peter pan collar, £15
Pastel felt heart collar, £15
Red glitter ‘Red Lipstick Club’ pin, £6
Felt donut peter pan collar, £12

We created a hair and makeup look for a recent editorial shoot for Alison Moore of Hobbits Vintage Creations. It was inspired by Mexican artist Frieda Khalo. Our look channelled this icon with a smattering of Jane Russell thrown in for good measure, courtesy of our model, Saffron.

Saffy channelling Frieda!

We spent a sunny afternoon in Bishop’s Castle (or thereabouts!) with Alison and her son, fashion photographer, Reuben Moore who has worked for Vogue Japan, Vogue Thailand, Glamour Russia, Tatler Russia, FashionToMax, Harvey Nichols to name but a few. The images featured here were actually shot by my partner in crime, Charlotte, who has a real eye for photography.

Alison creates stunning headpieces, veils, corsages, bags, hat and more from vintage fabrics and the shoot was intended to bring the colour and vibrancy of Frieda and her work to illustrate the different styles Alison’s work encompasses. We think it did her justice.


So it’s been a while since I posted (long story) so why not kick off a new one with some colour? I adore rainbow anything so I’ve been looking around for a myriad of rainbow accessories an’ ting, and lookee what I found…

The rainbow’s on the wall: Rainbow Wallpaper Mural £36, by Garland muralswallpaper.co.uk
Serving Rainbows: Rainbow shaped plates £5.25 for 6 talkingtables.co.uk
Step into the rainbow: Striped white and rainbow trainers £80, Boden.co.uk
Beaches and rainbows: Rainbow-shaped beach towel by Sunnylife £32 amara.com
Snuggly rainbow: Whitestuff rainbow jumper £55, whitestuff.co.uk
Poster paint: You are my sunshine print, £4.93 (digital download) from My Dream Wall on Etsy.co.uk
Comfy rainbow: Pop Art Rainbow Cushion by Jan Constantine, £110, Amara.com

There you have it. A small but colourful selection of things to brighten your day!


Charlie campervan
Charlie eyes closed campervan
Charlie face on campervan PS BW
Charlie smile face on

Here are a few images I took yesterday at the Oswestry Wedding Fair of our model Charlie who we styled in a 1960’s style, complete with bouffant, heavy liner, lashes and peachy hued cheeks. Image taken in the gorgeous original 60s campervan supplied by Split The Difference Vintage Campervan Hire.

Make-up used: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, Becca Backlight Primer, MAC Prep and Prime Powder, My Winkies Lashes – Lola, Milano Baked Blush, MAC Lipstick in Teddy, Anastasia Beverley Hills Highlighter.