It’s not just your face you worry about when you’re pale, but Dita Von Teese has shown the true beauty and appeal of pale skin.
I’ve sunbathed. One summer in my early twenties I spent entirely in Bournemouth, I actually went a rather delicious nut brown on my back and shoulders. But that was only after an accidental frazzling early on and daily exposure (with SPF I might add) for several months. And then it faded and the idea of frazzling my pale, mole-dotted skin the next year to try and effect the same change……good grief, no thank you.
I’m not sure how much of it is maturity and how much is just sheer boredom (or perhaps both, since maturity does seem to have stemmed from boredom and aquiescence so far for me), but I really couldn’t care less about it now. I still occasionally slap a little fake tan (the lightest, least effective I can find) on my pins, simply to save the general public from being blinded by the glare, but I’ve otherwise consigned the notion of bronzing to the back of the beauty cupboard. People comment on my paleness, but there’s almost a sneaking admiration. In an age of perma-tanned footballer’s wives and over-styled girl groups, someone daring to stand out as an ivory anomaly is truly startling.
Nicola Roberts. Former fake-tan addict and newly revealed pale and proud girl.
Speaking of which, the motivation behind this train-of-thought post was the news that Nicola Roberts from one of those girl groups, Girls Aloud, has started her own make-up range for pale girls. Now, now. Don’t all start complaining that that market is already catered for, because believe me – it isn’t! We ghostly pale gals need specialist make-up as much as those with darker skins. The difficulty in finding an appropriate foundation colour is greater than you could ever imagine. The embarrassment of buying the palest on offer, only to find that you look like a clementine-head in daylight is pretty excruciating. And don’t get me started on blushers. I don’t wish to have orange cheeks either thanks very much. Most of the pink blushers end up making you look like Aunt Sally from Wurzel Gummidge.
It remains to be seen just how good this range will be, and whether it will encourage other pale girls out there to ditch the fake-tans and join us proud-to-be-pale-ers. But it’s a good sign, alongside the current popularity of porcelain doll-like models and actresses, that the snobbery against pale is starting to dissipate. Although as with so many things in my life, I wouldn’t want to become too conventional. So perhaps it’s best for things to stay as they are, and for pale girls to be as unusual and unique as we already are. Just think how much younger we’ll all look when we’re middle-aged!
More pale icons. Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Kylie and Rachel Weisz. All fond of vintage clothes, are we seeing a pattern here? As for tips (if anyone is vaguely interested), I can highly recommend Rimmel foundations for paleness. I currently sport the Renew & Lift in 100 Ivory (you can never start too early with the anti-aging malarkey…..I wish to remain proud of my skin), but Boots 17 also do good pale shades in their range. As for blusher, well I’m currently very happy with my Benetint by Benefit. Pricey but the bottle lasts for ages and I love being able to use it on my lips as well for a very natural English rose look.
As for tips (if anyone is vaguely interested), I can highly recommend Rimmel foundations for paleness. I currently sport the Renew & Lift in 100 Ivory (you can never start too early with the anti-aging malarkey…..I wish to remain proud of my skin), but Boots 17 also do good pale shades in their range. As for blusher, well I’m currently very happy with my Benetint by Benefit. Pricey but the bottle lasts for ages and I love being able to use it on my lips as well for a very natural English rose look.
Celebrate your natural skin tone, whatever that may be!!
Super rare piece of Glam Rock memorabilia from the early Seventies. This frankly awesome jacket is externally pretty fabulous with its yellow and purple panels and bright yellow buttons. The silhouette and colour scheme is very reminiscent of Mr Freedom pieces, and its definitely a manufactured piece, but sadly any label it may have had is no longer there.
The real excitement comes from the inside though. The repeat print of Marc Bolan is just so vivid and so fabulous I can’t even put it into words. If you’re a Marc/T-Rex fan – you absolutely need this jacket. It’s a rare piece of early Seventies fashion, and a rare slice of pop history!
Over at eBay (alongside some other incredible goodies, including Miss Mouse, Ossie Clark and Bus Stop!)
Miss Peelpants is recuperating from a wisdom tooth extraction yesterday afternoon. It was a general anaesthetic (although only day surgery) and her cheek has swollen up to chipmunk-esque proportions, so she is currently in hiding in the safety and privacy (trust me, you wouldn’t want to see this walking past you in the street!) of her parents’ house.
Yeah, I needed my mum…..awwwwww
I wouldn’t normally inform all my customers of something like this, only I thought I ought to explain why I might not be able to mark items as sold from the site or dispatch out for a few days. At the moment, it only covers the Jeff Banks blouse but I will keep you all up to date on things via this blog until I am well enough to return home and correct things.
Much love from a very bruised and woozy Miss Peelpants xx