This week’s Pretty Things List is in honour of the fact that I’m going with a good friend to see Dita Von Teese in the near future, and the fact that I’m currently reading Dita’s most recent book, “Your Beauty Mark”. Without further ado:
The perfect dress to see Dita in is this faux leather creation from Pinup Girl Clothing. Available in black, red or baby pink and with an optional matching jacket, the Deadly Dames “Downtown Dame” dress is wonderfully sexy in a slightly dark, mischievous way. Fully lined, with adjustable straps, seaming in the hips, a boned bodice and a matching belt, this is a recent offering from Pinup Girl Clothing. Retailing at US$180 and available in sizes XS to 4XL, it’s ideal for wearing during the cooler Australian months.
Dita recommends nude eyeshadows in either matte or shimmer formulations for day wear. My go to palette is this limited edition retro eyeshadow quad from Elizabeth Arden – a brand that Dita talks about in her book.
While this palette is no longer available, you can get a similarly beautiful Elizabeth Arden one called “Beautiful Colour Eye Shadow Quad” in Chic Browns from Myer, David Jones and some chemists.
Like Dita, I enjoy using beautiful vintage things in everyday life. One of those little luxuries is my vintage makeup brushes, which are a combination of bamboo handled brushes from the South Sea islands, and bakelite handled brushes from classic Australian beauty icon Helena Rubenstein.
Unfortunately, Helena Rubenstein no longer seems to make brushes, so if you’re looking to invest in a good brush set at a reasonable price, you could try Australian company Napoleon Perdis. As well as individual brushes, he currently has two brush sets available online: the Denim Revolution Brush Collection for just AU$30, and the Brush Love 6 Piece Set for AU$99.
For a smooth, blue-based red lipstick that is not too matte or too glossy, give Rimmel’s “The Only 1” lipstick in shade 510 Best of the Best a try. Touted as being both moisturising and long wearing, it’s available from Priceline for AU$15.95. I find that it’s not as long wearing as some lipsticks, but does hang on fairly well through a snack and coffee.
And finally, it wouldn’t be a Dita post without a nod to her collaboration with Wheels & Dollbaby. The famous Dita cardigan is released in new colourways every so often and is quickly snapped up. At AU$190 each, they’re not cheap, but they are iconic and collectible. The newest colourway is black on black, so if you’re interested, they’re taking pre-orders now.