#TBT vintage African-American beauty ads

Time was that African-American women had to turn to ethnic beauty brands to meet their needs. Even as recently as the 1990s, Revlon and Maybelline has created lines especially for African-American women. Here are other blasts from the past:

Flori Roberts Cosmetics makeup artist demonstrating products to women, Los Angeles, 1970.

Flori Roberts Cosmetics makeup artist demonstrating products to women, Los Angeles, 1970.

Do you know that Flori Roberts is a white woman? She later developed Dermablend corrective concealer.

Today, Flori Roberts cosmetics are sold through Color Me Beautiful’s direct selling and mall kiosks.

Posner ad from Ebony Magazine, October 1965

Posner ad from Ebony Magazine, October 1965

Posner Cosmetics was introduced in the 1940’s.  I’ll occasionally find Posner cosmetics at drugstores, but not a comprehensive selection.  Posner’s web site features online shopping.

Zuri ad in Ebony, 1980

Zuri ad in Ebony, 1980

I haven’t been able to find out much about Zuri. I found miscellaneous products at Dollar General years ago. You may shop Zuri at Texas Beauty Supply and House of Beauty (note: not an endorsement, I’ve never shopped these places).

Aretha Franklin for Fashion Fair

Aretha Franklin for Fashion Fair

Here a svelte Aretha Franklin serves as a spokeswoman for Fashion Fair.

Dorothea Towles Church for Maybelline

Dorothea Towles Church for Maybelline

Dorothea Towles Church was the first Black Maybelline model to appear in Ebony Magazine in 1959.

8 life hacks for laundry

How many of you are like me and do laundry only when you’ve run out of clean underwear? :-)

Woman using wringer washing machine

The happy homemaker and her wringer washing machine (1940)

Photo credits | Permissions

Here I share 8 life hacks for laundry.

  1. Take a cue from Linda Cobb, the “Queen of Clean.”  Every now and then, remove buildup from your washing machine by filling the tub with hot water and adding a cup of white vinegar to the water.  Run as usual.
  2. Remove blood stains by pre-treating with a stain stick like Resolve Spray n Wash.  The enzymes break down the blood. It’s best if the blood stains are relatively fresh.
  3. Use less detergent than recommended on the label.
  4. Use hot water to dissolve powder detergent.
  5. Soak soiled clothing before reaching the maximum water level, stop the washer, and let it sit.  The detergent is more concentrated.
  6. Put matching socks into mesh bags to keep them together.
  7. Wash delicates separately from the rest of your clothing.  Run them in either the delicates or hand-washables cycle.  I use Forever New, which a salesgirl at Trousseau, a lingerie store in Northern Virginia, recommended for washing delicates. I don’t know if Woolite has changed its formulation, but I quit using it because its fragrance was too strong.  I have separate mesh bags for bras, hosiery, and silk pillowcases (an indulgence).  Choose the absolute finest mesh for bras: on more than one occasion, the hooks have gotten entangled with the mesh bag, and all I could do was to cut the mesh.
  8. Remove clothing piece by piece from the washing machine, shake out each piece, and then put it into our clothes dryer.  More surface area, don’t cha know??  Popular Mechanics says that it’s difficult to detect a noticeable difference when using dryer balls (aside from extra noise).

I have not tried the KonMari approach to folding clothes, but since Marie Kondo is from Japan, I liken it to origami.  Profiling! :-) There are nearly 400 holds on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing before I can check it out from my local library.

Micellar water

Once a cult beauty item in the U.S., micellar waters can be found everywhere now, including your local CVS or big box store.

Micellar water is often described in a simplistic way, as a “magnet” that lifts off makeup.  Lab Muffin (!) explains the science behind micellar water in a way that is simple (as opposed to simplistic) and accessible to even the lay person.  It surprised me that micellar water is essentially … soapy water.

I’m currently using Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 Step Micellar Solution and Trader Joe’s Next to Godliness Micellar Cleanser & Makeup Remover Towelettes.  Trader Joe’s: believe it!  In reserve, I have Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, which I bought using a manufacturer’s coupon, and micellar water from Italian brand Rilastil, which was a sample that the lady at Bellacara, a  beauty  boutique in the DC area, tossed into my bag.

Trader Joe's Next to Godliness Micellar Cleanser & Makeup Remover Towelettes

Trader Joe’s Next to Godliness Micellar Cleanser & Makeup Remover Towelettes

I use micellar water alone when I’m not wearing a lot of makeup (especially eye makeup).  I apply it with DHC Silky Cotton pads (thanks, Marcia, for introducing me to this).  I don’t like a lot of rubbing or wiping, so when I have a full face of makeup, I do a double cleanse with DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and DHC Face Wash Powder.  Then I’ll moisten a cotton pad with micellar water to pick up any eye makeup residue.

Asian beauty stores in the DC Metro Area

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The DC Metro Area hosts a large Asian community, and there are many stores that cater to this market.  Today I’ll introduce you to some Asian beauty stores in the DC Metro Area.

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More Shiseido in Fairfax Circle carries Shiseido, Clé de Peau Beauté, Enprani skin care and makeup, skin care sets, face mask sheets, Darkness beauty implements from Korea, and some unexpected items (underwear!).

Lotte Plaza in Chantilly features a comprehensive selection of international foods.  Grocery shopping in its produce section is a contact sport.  There are so many shoppers there that you can’t maneuver.   Bunny LaRue wrote:

Lotte Plaza is great. I have seen no less than two fist fights there. When they first opened I made the mistake of trying to get some shrimp, I nearly lost my arm. The lady that runs Cinderella is really nice.

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Do the double cleanse with DHC

Japan’s DHC might have been among the first to bring cleansing oils to the US market. How many of you have been introduced to DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil through sample packets glued into its catalogues? I got hooked when I used a DCO sample and saw what a great job it did on dissolving eye makeup.

It’s funny that DHC has been slow to get on the bandwagon for double cleansing, even though it’s offered double cleansing for years. DHC usually pairs the DCO with one of its clear soaps, but I don’t care how mild a soap is, it still leaves a film. That’s why I prefer DHC Face Wash Powder.

DHC Face Wash Powder

DHC Face Wash Powder (image from dermstore.com)

I first apply the DCO to my face and then rinse my face with water. I then shake a little Face Wash Powder into my hand, build lather, apply the lather to my face, and then rinse my face with water. I haven’t let go of the idea that lather means that the product is working. If there are any mascara stains left, I’ll then saturate a cotton pad with dual-phase eye makeup remover (I use CVS’s knockoff of Neutrogena’s dual phase eye makeup remover) or micellar water (I currently use Vichy) and remove the stains.

Tatcha’s washing powder is grittier than DHC Face Wash Powder, takes more time to dissolve, and produces little lather. I also have a washing powder from Yojiya, a brand from Japan, but I’ve had it for so many years that it might have lost its efficacy.

My complaint about purchasing DCO and the Face Wash Powder from DHC’s website is that the threshold for free shipping is very high – 85 US dollars. I’m grateful to Marcia at Beauty Info Zone (see also 6 #beauty sites to follow), who told me about dermstore.com, which offers free shipping, no minimum. Dermstore.com also includes free samples with orders: when I purchased the Face Wash Powder, dermstore.com threw in a TSA-friendly mini-bottle of DHC Cleansing Oil (no packets here!). If you join Ebates, you can get 4% cash back on your purchase from dermstore.com.

While I purchased DHC Face Wash Powder, I have received several bottles of DHC Cleansing Oil from DHC in-house PR.

DHC Face Wash Powder ingredients:

zea mays (corn) starch, maltitol, potassium myristate, sodium cocoyl glycinate, sodium cocoyl isethionate, sorbitol, protease, dipotassium glycrrhizate, glycyl glycine, silica, water/aqua/eau, alcohol, honey/mel/miel, sodium hyaluronate, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract

Where to find da Vinci cosmetics brushes in the US

Another brand that I miss is da Vinci, a line of cosmetics brushes that are handmade in Germany.  You know that the Germans always make good stuff! (thanks Vince and ShamWOW!).  I purchased its Smokey Eyes set and its cleaning soap (long before Beautyblender came out with its own version) from Douglas, an outpost of Parfümerie Douglas, Germany’s largest chain of beauty stores.  Alas, Douglas pulled out of the US market.

da Vinci cleaning soap

da Vinci cleaning soap

I wrote to da Vinci, and here is how it responded:

With the same mail we are contacting Greg Daniels from our partner
Greg Daniels Fine Arts, Glendale, CA
about your interest in our “da Vinci” Cosmetic brushes.

Greg Daniels Fine Arts is the exclusive importer of da Vinci brushes, and its web site offers eCommerce.