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White Heat: Britain in the 1960s

White Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging SixtiesWhite Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties by Dominic Sandbrook

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I was a kid, really a kid, in the 1960s, I was fascinated by British fashion (notably Mary Quant and the mini-skirt) and the British music invasion. That’s why I wanted to read White Heat.

But White Heat is so much more than the swinging sixties. It covers political history throughout the Wilson years, in-fighting among those in Wilson’s cabinet, and economic crises, including devaluation of the pound and deflation. It relates the beginning of Protestant-Catholic conflict in Northern Ireland. It covers other social upheaval, such as corralling people into tower blocks.

While White Heat covers the swinging sixties in detail, it notes that the swinging sixties influenced few people and puts it into the larger context of life in the UK. Would you believe that the soundtrack for The Sound of Music outsold The Beatles’ albums? British society and tastes still remained fairly conservative by the end of the sixties.

Dominick Sandbrook also wrote Never Had It So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles, about the preceding years of recent British history. He has also written books about the UK in the seventies: I look forward to additional coverage of The Troubles. All are books that I plan to read.

If you would like to focus on the swinging sixties, then I recommend Ready, Steady, Go!: The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging London by Shawn Levy.

The Style Page: What’s appropriate?

Today Melanie objected to my criticism about Michelle Obama’s choice of a light teal suit and the infamous boob belt for the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. How appropriate that Melanie posted her comments on Remembrance Sunday (as it is observed in the UK)!

I do like the decorum that Brits show on Remembrance Sunday, and I wish that we have more of the same.  To me, it’s a sign of respect.  Melanie came around to my point of view after I explained it.  Below Tony Blair’s wife Cherie came under flak for wearing a purple trench coat to Remembrance Sunday services in 2009:

Source: The Style Page: What’s appropriate?

The Style Page reviews liquid blushes

Lisa Eldridge, who was recently named as creative makeup director of Lancôme, has a series of popular makeup tutorials.  She is her own best model.  Her recent video on applying liquid blush inspired me to share my opinions about 2 products that she mentioned in her video: Becca Cosmetics Beach Tint and Daniel Sandler Cosmetics Watercolour Blush.

Becca Beach Tint in Guava

Becca Beach Tint in Guava

Becca Beach Tint is actually thicker than liquid, more like a cream.  It comes in a number of fruity shades, with a subtle scent to match.  My complaint is that Becca Beach Tint has a tendency to separate.  I received Becca Beach Tint as a PR sample.

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush is a cult favorite in the UK.  You may shop it through web sites such as BeautyMART and Cult Beauty.  I purchased mine when Cult Beauty had a special for free international shipping.  Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush is very runny.  It comes in a dropper bottle: just let gravity do its work, don’t squeeze – it’s easy to overdo it.  It is very pigmented and if you overdo it, you’ll look like a clown.  It separates, and the bottle contains a mixing bead of the type you might find in a bottle of nail polish.

Make Up For Ever had a liquid blush that came in a pump dispenser, and I would always pump out too much.  The Sephora crew member showed me how little product was needed, and she anticipated a lot of returns.  MUFE apparently got the message, because it discontinued the product.

Verdict: I prefer creme blush to liquid blush.  Creme blush is simple to use: apply with your fingers.  I like using a moistened blending sponge like Beautyblender  to soften the edges.  In my stash: Stila Convertible Color in Lilium and FLOWER creme blush in Peach Blossom.

6 #beauty sites to follow

Which beauty sites do you follow on a regular basis?   Here are 6 of mine:

1. Sparkled Beauty, http://sparkledbeauty.blogspot.com/

Sparkled Beauty, thumbnail generated 2013-05-23

Sparkled Beauty, thumbnail generated 2013-05-23

“Halifax” is a beauty blogger based in Canada – Nova Scotia, of course!   Highlights of her blog include NOTD, weekly flyer deals, and her effort to create a comprehensive list of Canadian beauty brands (I volunteered a few names).  She adds a light-hearted personal touch with news about Halifax city and her 10-year-old daughter “Squirt.”

2. British Beauty Blogger, http://www.britishbeautyblogger.com/

British Beauty Blogger, thumbnail generated 2013-05-23

British Beauty Blogger, thumbnail generated 2013-05-23

British Beauty Blogger posts several times a day; I subscribe to the daily digest.  She presents sneak peeks of the latest launches.  I follow her for updates on UK beauty brands, including Seventeen, or 17, from Boots and B. from Superdrug.

3. We ♥ Sundays from the Urban Retreat Boutique, http://www.urbanretreat.co.uk/beautique/learn/We_Love_Sundays.aspx

The Urban Retreat Beautique is a UK-based online beauty retailer that specializes in luxury beauty brands. Every Sunday, I look forward to its We ♥ Sundays feature that presents interviews with movers and shakers in the beauty industry.  Fun questions that  We ♥ Sundays asks include:

  • Favorite brunch spot
  • Favorite day of week
  • Most recent purchases on bankcard
  • Favorite Tipple (drink)
  • Saturday Night – Dancing till dawn or takeaway and a movie? and of course,
  • Favorite products from The Urban Retreat Beautique

I enjoy reading the responses, which provide insight about the interviewee.

What are the 3 other beauty sites that I follow on a regular basis? Go past the jump to find out:

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