Todays home made beauty tutorial will be the last one from me in a little while, as I have lot’s of really exciting things planned for the next few weeks.

These bath bombs smell absolutely yummy and contain lot’s of moisturising cocoa butter to soften the skin. It was fun making something that wasn’t floral scented and my kids absolutely loved having chocolatey baths.

Here are the instructions…

All the ingredients can be bought from the supermarket, eBay or Amazon.

If you want to make more just double the ingredients. I used two lots of mix to make the ones in the video.

As I said this will be my last home made beauty video for a while, but there will be lot’s more vintage and fashion themed videos coming up on my YouTube channel over the next few weeks so make sure you subscribe for those.

I was really pleased this month when one of my favourite vintage fairs decided to sponsor this blog. Vintage fairs are one of my first ports of call for picking up new items for my wardrobe. I especially like vintage fairs because I have sold at quite a few and even organised two of my own.

The fair that really stands out to me is Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, the word affordable being very important! Judy’s is a fair that has grown and grown and is now hosting a wide array of sellers in over 30 cities across the UK.

The fair was originally founded in 2005 in Leeds the home town of owner Judy Berger. After studying fashion at university and having a successful career as a personal shopper for Selfridges and as a celebrity stylist, she decided to organise her first vintage fashion fair.

The priority for Judy was affordability, and with the prices of vintage increasing year on year I can see why. So Judy gathered some of the best vintage sellers in the country and checked them for affordability and beautiful vintage stock and put on her first event, the rest is history.

Nine years on the thirty venues across the country are still stuffed full of fabulous fashions from the 1920s to 1980s and the prices are still very much affordable. I myself picked up one of my all time favourite 1950s dresses from one of Judy’s fairs for £40 which was a steal. As well as the usual vintage fashion fairs the company now organise The Vintage Kilo Sale where you buy vintage by weight and also several vintage markets. And if vintage home wares are more your thing then The Vintage Furniture Flea is the one for you.

Judy’s fair can also be found at several festivals including the ever fabulous Vintage at Goodwood.

As someone who is constantly talking about affordable vintage and bargain hunting, Judy’s a fair I really believe in. Keeps the prices down makes vintage more accessible. I have always been really impressed with the standard of the stalls at the fairs I’ve attended and always found that the fair has a great atmosphere.

Amazing vintage bar equipment at The Vintage Furniture Flea

Mid Century Vintage Furniture

If you’d like to check Judy’s out for yourself here are a few upcoming dates…

Bath’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 22nd Feb

Reading’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 23rd Feb

London’s Vintage Furniture Flea – 2nd March

Birmingham’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 8th March

Cambridge’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 9th March

Glasgow’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 15th March

To see further dates and to find out more about the events listed above visit Judy’s Events Page.

Vintage Makeovers

Visit Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair website here.

Have you been to one of Judy’s fairs before? What did you buy?

I was contacted earlier this week about applications for one of my favourite TV Programmes The Great British Sewing Bee. Although I dabble in sewing and have made lot’s of my own dresses, I don’t feel nearly confident enough to do something like this myself.

However if your an avid sewer especially someone who makes vintage style dresses, then this might be the perfect opportunity for you. They are currently looking for people to appear on series 3 and all applications must be in by Sunday 16th March.

They are looking for people who sew as a hobby, so not someone professionally qualified or who does it for a living. This is a great chance for those of us who are at home sewers and self taught sewers.

To apply email sewing@loveproductions.co.uk for more information.

Good Luck! xxx

 

I was recently sent this beautiful dusting and powder brush by The Vintage Cosmetic Company. I have used a few of their products before including their gorgeous false lashes and the best pair of tweezers I’ve ever owned. I was really excited to give this brush a try.

Firstly the packaging is just beautiful and really appeals to the floral addict in me. I liked the packaging so much, that part of me didn’t want to take the brush out of it! This would make a fantastic gift as it is so beautifully presented, even if it is just a little gift to yourself!

The brush itself looks really classy with a glossy cream handle, on one side it conveniently says what the brush is for and on the other side it says The Vintage Cosmetic Company. I love that the handle is really long as it looks great in my brush pot and makes the brush super easy to use.

The brush itself is made using natural bristles and is very soft. It’s also very thick so it picks up lot’s of powder for a very even application. It is one of the smoothest powder brushes I’ve used and feels absolutely lovely on the skin.

The smoothness and thickness really helps to create an even flawless finish with very little effort and could be used for your normal everyday powder or a light dusting of bronzer. I’ve been using it for the last few days to finish my make up off with a fine layer of powder and I’ve been really happy with the results.

Because the brush is quite large it would also be great for applying a shimmer or bronzer to other parts of the body so if you’d like a little shimmer across your shoulders and décolletage then this brush would be ideal.

So far I’ve not experienced and shedding of bristles which is my pet hate with make-up brushes, so for that alone this ones a winner for me.

Trying this brush has definitely made me keen to try the rest of the range which includes a wide array or proffessional standard brushes for all types of make-up. I was really impressed all round with this product and it will definitely be something I use day to day.

Here’s what it says on the box…

You can pick up the brush here.

Have you ever tried anything by The Vintage Cosmetic Company? What did you think?

One of my favourite vintage events of last year, was the utterly fabulous Classic Car Boot Sale which was held on london’s South Bank. The basic idea of the event is that it features a wide selection of sellers selling vintage clothing, collectibles and homewares from the back of beautiful classic cars. There’s also an amazing selection of vintage car items, records and street food. The event was just perfect for retro car lovers and vintage enthusiasts alike.

I managed to get my hands on two beautiful 1950s dress for under £40 each and had a great day out to boot. There was a fantastic bar in the form of a double-decker route master bus with a live band entertaining us from the roof. The setting of London’s South Bank made the perfect venue for this great event.

I was delighted to hear that the Classic Car Boot Sale will be returning to London this March for not one but two days of vintage fabulousness! If you missed it the first time or can’t wait to do all over again it is being held on 15th to 16th March. So pop it in your diaries and head on down.

I’d recommend this event to anyone with a love of the past, whether you’re looking to buy some vintage for your wardrobe or home or if you like retro cars or even if you just fancy a great day out in London. The choice of food is fantastic and ranges from burgers to Italian to Caribbean.

I went along with my husband and Lila and both were kept entertained all day, so it’s definitely not just for die-hard vintage fans. The atmosphere is fantastic and once you’ve had a few hours there I would definitely recommend exploring the rest of the South Bank.

Here’s a little video of my photos from the last Classic Car Boot Sale, I’m hoping to do a proper vlog at the next one!

Find out more about The Classic Car Boot Sale on their website – here.