Monday, April 22, 2013

Tangee Lipstick Review

When's the last time you treated yourself to a new tube of lipstick? Many economists and social scientists have noticed a trend dating back to the Great Depression that during tough economic times, cosmetic sales tend to increase. The explanations for this noteworthy phenomenon range from insightful to outright fanciful, but generally it is believed women strapped for cash will splurge on a new shade for their lips rather than more expensive items like a new dress.

At almost $15 a tube, I wouldn't say Tangee is the cheapest lipstick around, but given the brand has been around for almost a century, its formula virtually unchanged during that time, I thought a vintage-loving gal like me should pick up a tube, regardless of the state of the economy.

Tangee's fame lies in its unusual color-changing characteristic, hence the motto "The Lipstick That Changes Color to Become Uniquely Your Own". In short, this vibrant orange gloss-like lipstick turns an elegant shade of red with a hint of purple within seconds of applying it to your lips.

How does this happen?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Petticoats, plain and pretty

Last October I had a long conversation with a great aunt who is very dear to me. She worked as a hairdresser during the 60s and was generally a fashionable lady, even coming from a rather modest background. (I'll have to ask her more about her experience with hairdressing next time we chat.)

I enjoy hearing stories and memories from the elderly even more than I enjoy collecting items from past eras—which is a lot! Their tales are rich with wisdom, experience, and first-hand knowledge. Many have a very characteristic way of pronouncing words and telling stories that has disappeared with the younger generations.

But back to my great aunt.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Vintage Floral Contact Paper

The sun is shining, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming. Yes, spring is in the air! (At least in this hemisphere...) The Hausfrau has come out of her winter hibernation and is dusting off the Hausfrau Journal to prepare it for some more frequent posts.

As a modest beginning effort, I am sharing with you a lovely vintage contact paper I encountered in an heirloom dresser. The contact paper probably comes from the 60s by the look of it (any differing opinions?), but the dresser likely dates back to well before the turn of the century.

This reminds me a bit of the radish contact paper I found and posted about a while back. (See my post on that here.) Have any of you dear readers encountered enchanting vintage contact paper?