In advance of interviewing Amber Butchart later this week (more of that below), I was lucky enough to be sent her new book, Fashion Miscellany. Before even opening Fashion Miscellany,
you are struck by how beautifully it is presented, with a gorgeous hardback
cover (in dare I say it, cerulean) and traditional gold lettering.The book is organised much like a glossary
and as such is easy to dip in and out of.It is full of so much interesting information and covers all areas of
fashion, from youth subcultures to tailoring terms, and fashion documentaries
to Karl Lagerfeld's cat! The tone of the
book is very conversational, like a friend imparting a fact they've just learnt
over tea and cake.
The book is also dotted with
quotes regarding fashion and style from luminaries such as the ever quotable
Coco Chanel and Oscar Wilde.One of my
favourites is "Style is the simple way of saying complicated things",
said by Jean Cocteau (I also love Sophia Loren's "A woman's dress should
be like a barbed wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the
So if you are interested in
fashion history, learning more about the terms used or want a comprehensive index
of the most influential fashion photographers throughout the past century, then
this really is the book for you.It was
a joy to read Fashion Miscellany, and
I'm sure I'll be looking up some of the facts now and again. Congratulations to Amber as I hear Fashion Miscellany has almost sold out and is going into reprint and after having read it, I'm not surprised!
I've long had my eye on Bésame goodies since I
first saw the gorgeous art nouveu packaging in What Katie Did.I occasionally use the cream rouge (which is
lovely) but had thus far not used any of their other products, so when I was
sent their new Mascara, Eyeliner and Eyebrow Cake Colour, I was excited to try
Available in brown or black (I chose brown), and inspired
by a 1930s cake mascara, the colour comes in a little palette that you must
activate with water before applying.It
comes with a double ended brush - one side is a mascara wand, the other an eyeliner
brush and it usually retails for $25 (not sure about the UK price).
I'm always slightly dubious about products that
claim to 'do it all' and I think this does very well on two of the three
counts.After getting the consistency
right (it took a while to work out the right amount of water to use) and trying
not to get it all over my hands, I first used the wand to coat my lashes with a
fairly thin but even layer.I'm used to
wearing black mascara with a thicker consistency, so it was a much subtler look
than what I would normally wear.I think
it would particularly suit someone with a very fair complexion or someone that
wanted their lashes to be slightly enhanced but remain natural looking.
I look so grumpy...
This is after doing my lashes and my eyebrows
Next I tried colouring my eyebrows.I wasn't really that keen on the effect, I didn't feel that I could get as accurate a shape as I would've wanted (especially as I like to change the shape of my 'brows with my makeup).
I really liked the application of the eyeliner
(and more so the brush). It did take a few layers to get opaque coverage, but
it was very easy to get a nice shape. Because of when I put it on, I didn't wear the makeup for that long, but I did give it a quick rub to see if it stayed put and I must say it did pretty well.
It's a nice and gentle formula and I had no trouble taking it off with makeup remover wipes at the end of the day.
It's handy to have one little box that can
sort out your eyeliner, lashes and brows, especially when travelling. I think the eyeliner in particular is really good, however, I probably wouldn't use it for my
eyebrows unless I was in a real fix.
The mirror got quite messy after only one try!
Have you tried the cake mascara, or any other
* I haven't edited the photos at all so you can get a good idea of the colour