A thick blaze of flame-coloured hair crowned her pale, almost cadaverously white face with its sensually vermilioned lips. Above all, however, the Marchesa’s large green eyes cast the strongest spell of her unique beauty. She exaggerated these further still with immense false lashes and surrounding rings of black kohl, while droplets of poisonous belladonna made them glitter like emeralds.
HUGE DAY TOMORROW- A crew of Houston customers coming into the shop. I'm sorry I've let the blog go a bit. I've been deep in my shop and I have something huge coming up. Hopefully I can share soon. Stay tuned........more coming soon
Women in the 19th century liked to be thought of as fragile ladies. They compared themselves to delicate flowers and emphasised their delicacy and femininity. They aimed always to look pale and interesting. Paleness could be induced by drinking vinegar and avoiding fresh air. Sometimes ladies discreetly used a little rouge on the cheeks, but make-up was frowned upon in general especially during the 1870s when social etiquette became more rigid.
Actresses however were allowed to use make up and famous beauties such as Sarah Bernhardt and Lillie Langtry famous beauties of the 1880s could be powdered. Most cosmetic products available were still either chemically dubious, or found in the kitchen amid food colourings, berries and beetroot.
A pale skin was a mark of gentility. It meant that a lady could afford to not work outdoors getting suntanned which was then considered vulgar and coarse. Continuous work in sun and harsh weather coarsened the skin then, as it does now. Parasols were de rigueur and used to protect the complexion. Rooms were shuttered with dark heavy velvet curtains to keep out the sun's rays. Some effort was made keep the décolleté neckline in good condition as it was often exposed in evening dress. Fine blue lines would be painted on the skin to increase the appearance of delicate translucent skin showing veins.
During this time it was thought that a woman's crowning glory was her hair. It was rarely cut, usually only in severe illness. It was also supplemented by false hair depending on the current fashion.
After 1886, Harriet Hubbard Ayer promoted face creams and various anti-ageing products. Before that, little that was satisfactory had been available.
Believe it or not I met a fabulous woman today in Smithville that came to the boutique from Houston who was best friends with with
Gene Tierney knows Tom Ford and knew Yves St Laurent fabulous woman so interesting! She's bringing me 60's Giorgio di Sant' Angelo!! Her son has a business with Billy Gibbons. She was divine!
Boudoir Queen Did you know Tom Ford is from Austin? I did not know that until today!
Attention Smithville, Houston Austin and Bastrop friends I'm very proud to announce that Rae Cosmetics will now be available at the new Boudoir Queen boutique at 106 2nd street in Smithville Texas! Rae Cosmetics is sold all over the world and is available in Austin at her boutique as well as the W Hotel Spa in Austin. Now you can buy at Boudoir Queen and yes we have her famous Climate Control Mineral Tint in every shade. To read more about Rochelle Rae read here http://www.raecosmetics.com We are opening our doors tomorrow!
So just a quick update. I still haven't opened the new Boudoir Queen shop yet and it still has along way to go. I plan on opening the doors this Thursday ready or not. I'll be announcing who will be selling in the new boutique Thursday morning. I want to say thank you to everyone who is helping the new Boudoir Queen store become a success!
Wow thank you everyone. I am selling out of everything and my new boutique isn't even open yet. We have so many fabulous new designs and I am beyond excited about our grand opening. I have to be in Austin at 8:00 for my hair appointment in the morning. I haven't had my roots done in months and I'm chopping some of this hair off. I have been working so hard and Mark has been busy in his studio it's crazy around here. I'll try and post a few photos from the new boutique on Saturday. Stay tuned and I'm sorry for my lack of keeping everyone updated this week. I should be back in the groove in a couple of weeks. xox BQ