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Blog: The History of Rimmel - Beauty Pioneers Series
As you know from previous posts, I love to delve into the history of make-up. Be it discovering original formulations, fabulous packaging, pioneering founders (my ‘Biba and Beyond’ post) and how this all relates to social history, I never tire of exploring the world of…
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Actress and singer Sheila Guyse, best known for her role in the 1947 film “Sepia Cinderella,” died on December 28, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii at the age of 88. Ms. Guyse was born Etta Drucille Guyse on July 14, 1925, in Forest, Mississippi. After winning the amateur night competition at the Apollo Theater, she appeared in Broadway musicals like “Finian’s Rainbow” (1947) and “Lost in the Stars” (1949) along with several other film appearances including “Miracle In Harlem" in 1948. Photo: New York Times obituary.
Q:What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a vintage make up collection but has no idea how to go about it? For example, what kind of make up should you look for? Should it always be intact or should you buy heavily used products depending on their value? Let me know anything else I should keep in mind, and thank you!
Unused products in the original boxes are definitely more valuable than used products but you shouldn’t be too concerned with this when you’re just starting out, now is the time to discover what you like. Collect whatever interests you! Browse eBay, your local flea market, antique shops and buy things that you want to look at. As you collect and search for vintage compacts and makeup, you’ll learn what brands/products you prefer. Just have fun!
I recommend getting the book Collector’s Encyclopedia of Compacts, Carryalls and Face Powder Boxes: Carryalls and Face Powder Boxes by Laura M. Mueller, it will help you identify and date your finds.