$50 or less, Fashion and Style
Ok so I know it’s been a few weeks since I posted my last 50 dollars or less fashion, with full outfits, etc., but there is a reason why. Last week I tried to do this article at TJ MAXX, since Crossroads was my last post, and it was a disaster. I usually go there for home goods instead of clothes and even though I went right when they opened on a week day first thing in the morning and it was already jam packed. I couldn’t even look through the clothes cause it was chaos. And in the home goods department, people were knocking down and breaking plates. It got so bad I started sweating with a panic attack and had to leave.
A few days later, I stopped at Kohl’s which I love but last time I didn’t find anything I liked but I decided to give that same location another shot and I’m so glad I did cause I scored this time!!!!!
I love jumpsuits and pantsuits as a lot of you know and the moment I walked into the shop, I spotted a gorgeous navy blue pantsuit with vibrant flowers on it. It was originally 40 dollars but it was on sale for 25 dollars which was amazing. The next thing I saw were supported bralettes which were adorable. They were marked down to 9 dollars and then got an extra discount to bring it to 5 dollars. I bought this bright yellow mustard one to go with my pantsuit which you’ll see in the closeup. By the way, I plan on going back to get more bralettes in every color. You can wear them as crop tops also.
The last thing I fell in love with was from my favorite brand there, Rock Rebel. It’s a soft black top with criss cross sleeves, which I always love a peek a boo moment, with red roses on it. It’s so cute. The top was originally 25 dollars but was marked down to 15 dollars. I couldn’t believe my scores. My total purchase for three things was $45.00 including tax. I love it!
As far as big variety stores are concerned, definitely are Kohl’s and Target are my favorite.
Hope you enjoyed this third edition of 50 dollar fashion or less. Stay tuned to the next one AND if YOU have suggestions of shops you want me to check out, please definitely leave you SUGGESTIONS in my COMMENTS section.
Glamorous and Rock and Roll Book Recommendations
I love going to book shops. I don’t like kindle very much. Especially for certain books of mine, I like to dog ear chapters or pages that I know will help me a lot. Anyways, I went through my book collection and I wanted to share some recommendations if you who want to get into burlesque, want to read on how to create vintage, besides, pinup looks, for beginners or even if you’re not a beginner, all these books have great writing, great tips and ideas, detailed instructions on how to create the different hair and makeup looks, get some Rock and Roll tips and stories, and more.
I have already reviewed Dita Von Teese’s,” Your Beauty Mark” in a huge article review on her book as well as a huge review on the book “Audrey Style” by Pamela Clarke Keogh. Please make sure to read the reviews I did on those two books and leave your likes and comments on it and follow my site if you haven’t already.
Thank you and here are some of my top favorite books that I recommend for you. Hope you enjoy them and even if you only check out one of the books and read it, you’ll love it and will help you on your vintage, pinup, and glamour journey.
1. “It’s All That Glitters, Portraits of Burlesque Performers in Their Homes.” You’ll love this book, it’s the most stunning and glam households book I own.
2. “The Burlesque Handbook” by Headmistress Jo Weldon. If you want to get into the gorgeous performing sisterhood, this is the book for you. It is the perfect book for beginners and it Jo teaches all her signature tricks and has some great anecdotes. This was the first book I bought when I want to start the art of Burlesque. Even if you have been performing burlesque, you might want to still check out this book for extra stunts, tips, tricks, and more from the stunning HeadMistress Jo Weldon.
3. “Vintage Beauty Parlor” This is a great book to help you achieve flawless hair and make up in iconic and vintage styles.
4. “Style Me Vintage” (Step by Step Retro Look Book) This is one of the best books for beginners in vintage and pinup.
5. For the Rock and Roll chicks who want some extra wicked tips if they want to be in the music scene, dress like they are, and a lot more, check out “Cherry Bomb.” It’s an awesome book.
HOPE YOU CHECK OUT THESE BOOKS AND ENJOY THEM. TAKE THE STORIES AND TIPS THAT YOU LIKE AND THAT ARE USEFUL, DISREGARD THE INFORMATION THAT DOESN’T NECESSARILY PERTAIN TO YOU, AND ENJOY THESE FABULOUS READS!!!!
XOXO CARLIE MICHELLE
Breaking the Rules of Style: Pinup/Rockabilly
I just finished filming my latest video because I’ve had girls reach out to me recently saying that they are getting into the Rockabilly/Pinup style but are feeling discouraged and not confident because they feel that they aren’t styling themselves the right way or other people are telling them that they’re not dressing or doing their makeup the correct way and that they don’t look like how a Pinup Girl should look. I THINK THAT IS ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE AND UNACCEPTABLE because the Pinup and Rockabilly Community is such a positive one and being a Pinup is all about having confidence and feeling beautiful and no one should ever put people down or tell them that they aren’t looking the right way.
In this video, I definitely give my opinions on the situation and clear up a few things and misconceptions. Enjoy and subscribe to my youtube channel if you haven’t already.
DISCLAIMER: In this video, I’m talking about a very small group of individuals that take this lifestyle to seriously that are bringing down girls who are new to this lifestyle. I’m not talking about the majority of the pinup/rockabilly community. I love everyone in the pinup/rockabilly community!
Makeup for the Spa
I love wearing makeup and being creative but whenever I get a spa treatment done, I’m obviously not going to do a full face of makeup. Especially if I go to get a facial (duh) and when you I get massage, even if I’m wearing eyeliner, my makeup still sometimes get smeared or giving me a “heroin chic” look.
Here’s how I do my face up after my skincare to get spa treatments, depending on what treatment I get of course, facial, massage. Also my spa necessities I bring with me.
For makeup if I’m getting my massages, my go to is Bare Minerals matte loose powder foundation and loose original mineral veil loose powder. If I’m skin is acting acting up, I’ll bring my MAC studio fix powder foundation compact just curl lashes, put clear brow gel on my brows, and a lip treatment.
For a facial I just bring a toner that will soothe my skin like Fresh Rose Water Toner. I’ll also bring my MAC powder foundation to use ONLY if I’m feeling self conscious.
The most important thing is for me to have my sunglasses. Especially coming out of a soft lit spot and then going into the bright light. Always bring them with you.
Here’s some spa beauty tips for ideas if you’re feeling self conscious and can’t go into these spas without anxiety. Thank you for reading.
Difference Between French Girls and American Girls Regarding Makeup
I briefly lived in Paris many years ago and have a lot of French friends. I also have a huge collection on French novels, Style tips, French mannerisms, and more. I thought this would be a great topic to talk about.
DISCLAIMER: OBVIOUSLY NOT ALL FRENCH AND AMERICAN GIRLS DO THIS AS A MAKEUP ROUTINE, BUT THE MAJORITY DO FROM MY OBSERVATION AND TALKING TO MY FRENCH friends.
When it comes to French women, they tend to wear a lot less makeup than Americans. Nowadays in American, people tend to wear a full face of makeup, from huge coverage foundation, a bunch of eye shadow colors, a lot of contouring, fake lashes everyday, etc. (I sometimes do this too, except for maybe the contouring which I only do on some photoshoots.)
French Girls are different. They would rather spend their money on skincare, the best they can afford to make sure their skin looks the best without covering it up with a lot of makeup.
The French girl’s philosophy is to enhance their natural features, (which has a very retro and vintage flair about it which you all know I love,) that give them their “joie de vivre.”
Here’s a typical routine most French Girls have with their skincare and makeup:
For skincare they use gentle cleansers that work for their specific skin type. They apply their eye cream, and they prime the skin. But when they do prime the skin, it’s usually a primer that doubles as a moisturizer such as BOBBI BROWN’S FACE BASE. Unless their skin needs a lot of coverage, they usually will use a BB or CC cream with some sunscreen instead of foundation. Like I said before when it comes to French makeup, the ladies are more interested in naturally glowing from within.
When it comes to applying concealer, the like to use it under their eyes for brightening and on any blemishes or imperfections. A lot of Americans love applying the concealer every where to brighten their whole face which can feel heavy on the skin and/or clog your pores. After the French apply their concealer, the use either loose or compact setting powder to set their makeup by gently pressing it into the skin with the concealer, either with a beauty blender a powder puff, or a kabuki style brush. They don’t tend to swirl the powder around the face for fear they might wipe off some of their concealer, foundation, or BB/CC cream.
When it comes to eye makeup, there are different ways French ladies do this look. The first way is to just curl your lashes and apply a beautiful mascara. The second way is for French women to use eyeshadow but it usually tends to be a neutral color, a pastel color all over the lids. Then curl their lashes and apply mascara. Very subtle and chic. The last way French women tend to their eye makeup is to do the above steps but add a little eyeliner to the top only and even bring it out to a little wing. (Of course this is my favorite look because it’s the most my style and has a very retro and vintage look to it.
For Brows, instead of changing the shape of their brows like some American girls do, French girls keep their natural shape and usually just fill in with a pencil if they need to.
For Blush, they add so a hint of blush just to give a nice healthy flush to the apples of their cheeks. Some French girls also use highlighter on their cheekbones but’s a subtle highlighter and they don’t really high light any other part of their face, except for sometimes the Cupid’s bow.
And for Lipstick, French ladies stick to classic colors. It’s usually no lipstick or a gloss, a light pink or nude color, or the classic French signature red lip.
Another cool thing about the French and how they do their makeup is that when they are going out in the evening they usually don’t have to reapply their whole face. They’ll just out dark eyeliner or dark shadow on top of what they already have for a smoky eye look, make a little shadow or liner underneath, and a darker lip shade.
Here’s me with my French Style Makeup Look of Today:
The Makeup I used in this French inspired look:
Bobbi Brown Face Base
Lorea’l Pro-Matte foundation
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in FAIR
Laura Mercier translucent powder
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for under eyes
Eye Shadow: “Reflection” from the Urban Decay, “Through the Looking Glass,” palette.
Eyeliners: Revlon luxurious color eyeliner in Black, smudged and Clinique Pretty Easy liquid eyelining pen in black.
Anastasia of Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Dark Brown
Shiseido eye lash curler
Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara in Black
Highlight: Urban Decay Afterglow in “No Angel” and “Wicked.”
Blush: Stila convertible color dual lip and cheek cream in “Petunia.”
Lipstick: Meet Matt(e) Hughes, long lasting liquid lipstick in “Sincere” by TheBalm
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Psychobilly Look 2
My first psychobilly look was fun to do because it was a new look for me with the greens and blues.
This second look is more of my favorite psychobilly look which I’ve worn for a few years now so I definitely wanted to show this look. I used a few different makeup products but I mostly used my same makeup products for my original psychobilly still looks the same. Enjoy this makeup look and of course if you have any questions about this look or certain products, definitely ask me in the comment section. I love sharing my tips and tricks!
Enjoy these photos:
I’m not listing the foundation, concealer, or powder because I wanted to focus on the eye shadow, eyeliner, brows, and lipstick makeups:
Eye Makeup: Under the brow bone, I used my “Tako” which is my pinup staple white from SUGARPILL! In the inner corner of my eyes, I used this sexy matte bright butter color, “French Kiss,” by Colourpop. For my lid color, I used “STAR POWER,” from the Beauty Killer Palette from Jeffree Star Cosmetics. In the crease I used “POISON PLUM,” from SUGARPILL.
For Eyeliner I used two eyeliners, first one is by Clinique, “PRETTY EASY LIQUID LINER” IN BLACK. I layered it with “SCHWING,” BY the Balm. My Mascara was “SOAP AND GLORY, THICK AND FAST FLASH EXTENSIONS EFFECT MASCARA.”
For my Brows I used “Anastasia dip brow in “CHOCOLATE.”
LIPSTICKS: For lipliner, I used URBAN DECAY lipliner in “FRENEMY.” I USED JEFFREE STAR’S LIQUID LIPSTICK IN “DIVA.” I ALSO USED MY SEPHORA HOT PINK LIP GLOSS just in the center of my lips.
My Evening Outfit on Date Night
Two evenings ago my husband I had our date night. That included seeing the brand new “Stars Wars, the last Jedi,” which we loved. After the movie we went to one of our favorite sushi restaurants, “Ra.” It was a lot of fun and my husband wanted to take photos of my date outfit. I wore a black tank top with a lace heart on the back, new silver trousers, my 7 inch black sparkly heels, my fabulous tailored Calvin Klein blazer, and my sparkly rhinestone neck scarf that my husband bought years ago on the first vacation we ever went to which was New York City. I also donned my silver flower clip in my hair. It was a fun evening and I’m so grateful my husband helps and supports me when I need him too and that we get to work together a lot.
- Hope you enjoy this date night look of mine and if you have any questions about the outfit or where I got things, leave it in a comment below. Thank you.
Springtime Style on a Budget
I recently had another guest blogger spot on my girlfriend Sarah’s blog, https://lifewithlilred.com/. You all remember the fun style swap her and I did, her as a pinup rockabilly chick and me as a preppy princess and I always love collaborating with her.
This morning she posted the blog I wrote for her spring edition on her site and it had such a nice look and turn out that I wanted to put up my post here as well. The topic of course was Spring and I decided to write a blog post entitled, “Springtime Style on a Budget.” Here it is. Hope you all enjoy and make sure to follow my blog if you aren’t already and to check out my fabulous girl Sarah’s blog as well.
SPRINGTIME STYLE ON A BUDGET:
Sexy Mother Pucker
I discovered the brand, “Soap and Glory” not too long ago and I immediately knew I’d love it. I’m all about packaging and when I saw the their website with the beautiful colors and vintage look to it, I knew I needed to try their stuff. The first thing I bought was, “Sexy Mother Pucker XL, Extreme Plump Collagen lip gloss. Don’t get me wrong, I love the shape of my lips but sometimes I get curious to see what I would look like with fuller lips and how to enhance them without getting anything injected.
I’ve tried other lip plumpers in the past and all they ended up doing was making my mouth feel extra sticky. Mother Pucker is definitely different. First, it has a nice smell and taste to it. It almost has a chocolate aroma to it but isn’t overpowering. Second thing is that after you apply it, you can feel the collagen working almost instantly in plumping and making your lips fuller. It isn’t sticky and gives your lips a tingly vibrating feeling which actually feels nice and cool and again isn’t too overpowering.
This collagen plumper is wonderful at making your lips look naturally full and plump which is what I was looking for. It doesn’t make you look fake but instead kicks your natural beauty up a notch. I think “Soap and Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker XL,” is a great product. Soap and Glory is a U.K brand and can be ordered online at their lovely web site, http://www.soapandglory.com where you can see all of their wonderful products.