Saturday, December 29, 2012


As promised, I have created another 1950s-red lip rouge.

'Sophia', the latest addition to the collection of Eliza lip rouges.

Inspired by Revlon's 1952 lipstick, 'Fire and Ice', it's a bright red with some orange tones to it.  It's named after Sophia Loren.

Sophia Loren

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Meet the Eliza Girl

For a while, I've been contemplating a new logo for Eliza Fragrances & Cosmetics.  My original was a woman in a black dress holding a rose, which a local designer did for me.  It was very pretty but I began to think something more personal would be appropriate, i.e. a simple face that people could identify with the products.  It is said that in the 1930s, Maybelline had the "Maybelline Girl".  Unfortunately, the only picture I can find is this one, which I believe was done by artist Zoe Mozert.

I wanted something like that, which evoked 1930s glamour; more importantly, a face.  I thought, if Maybelline had a Maybelline Girl, then my company needs an Eliza Girl.  My ideal was something in the pastel style of W.T. Benda.

I don't know many artists personally, who work with the pastel/charcoal medium, so I decided I would try it myself.  If you know anything about my "artistic" nature, you would laugh at this!  Usually I'm awful at drawing, especially drawing faces and getting everything symmetrical.  But I was determined.  I bought some pastels in the summer and practiced, practiced, practiced.

I knew I wanted the Eliza Girl to be holding a flower that matched her lips in order to symbolize both of products that I create, perfumes and cosmetics.  I liked the way Elizabeth Taylor was holding this flower:

But her expression was not really what I wanted.  I began by using this photo of Olivia de Havilland as a guide.  I was just going to get some practice in...

And then this face showed up on my page:

So, I decided to see what I could get with this.  I worked on it a little manically/obsessively for about two days.  Frantic about making a mistake or spoiling my luck, I scanned and printed the drawing at each stage.  I won't bore you with each stage, but here is the final product!

I drew the rose separately and taped it on.  The background was done on my computer.  I did a very faint skin tone for her by crushing some pastels to get an apricot face powder shade, which I blended on with a cotton swab.  The hair was difficult to figure out, but actually quite fun to draw on.  She has 1930s marcel waves!

I hope you all like the new logo!  The next step is to print some business cards with the Eliza Girl on them, to introduce her to my customers.  ;)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Lip Palette

The Eliza Holiday Lip Palette is finally here!  This palette introduces five new colors: 'Marlene', a light red with brown overtones; 'Rosalind', a deep, rich plum; 'Gene', somewhat cranberry-magenta, similar to the 'Paulette' shade; 'Grace,' a pearly, semi-sheer pink, and 'Carole', a light, coral-pink.

The palette closed.  Left to right, colors are 'Marlene', 'Rosalind', 'Gene', 'Grace', and 'Carole.'

What's inside...

Skin swatches of colors.  Left to right: 'Marlene', 'Rosalind', 'Gene', 'Grace', 'Carole'.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Anyone for a 1950s Red?

I'm making it a main goal to offer as many variations of RED lipsticks as possible.  I have about six right now, but there is room for more!  I keep seeing articles and pictures about 1950s lipsticks, so how about another bright 1950s red?  We have 'Marilyn' and 'Elizabeth', but I think I should add a few more choices!

'Marilyn', similar to Revlon's 'Love That Red'

'Elizabeth', a bright carmine magenta.  Reminds me of Revlon's 'Cherries in the Snow'.

I'm browsing through some 1950s makeup advertisements for inspiration.  This is how I come up with a lot of my colors.  One of my most popular lipsticks, 'Paulette', was inspired by a 1940s advertisement for Chen Yu lipstick.  The mission of my company is to create cosmetics that are influenced by elegance of the past, so I always turn to classic films and old Revlon and Max Factor ads when I need some encouragement.

Probably one of the most iconic advertisements for 1950s makeup; Revlon's 'Fire and Ice'.  The model is Dorian Leigh.  This color was revived a couple years ago, and I'm thinking about using it as a guide.  From searching swatch photos on Google, it seems to be a bright red, mostly magenta, with some orange tones.

'Cherries in the Snow'.  A favorite of Marilyn Monroe!

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is the model Dovima.

Here is an orange-red, sort of a coral or "China Red".

Suzy Parker with red lips, red gown, red wrap.  Redheads CAN wear red!

Electrifying red!

BRIGHT red lips.  I don't know what makeup manufacturer this is.

Friday, December 7, 2012

New 'Carmen' Labels

This is something that really bothers me.  I just don't like the way that Carmen Miranda is so often remembered as eccentric and ridiculous.  It seems that most people just think of her as a "silly" woman with fruit on her head.  I know that's how she appeared in many of her films, in that exotic get-up with the wild hats, but can't we think of her for the beautiful woman she was?

I don't want to perpetuate that irritating image people insist upon assigning to her, so I've decided to change the labels of the 'Carmen' lip color.

The label I used originally.  It's barely a full-face photo.

The photo I'm going to use for the NEW labels!  Wasn't she lovely?

As 'Carmen' was the first lip rouge I ever made, and my one-year anniversary of lip rouge making is coming up, I'm planning to make 'Carmen' lipsticks with the new labels.  How pretty they will be!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Sneak Peak

I first fell for lip palettes quite a few years ago when Revlon released two different ones for the holiday.  There was a palette of five different reds, and one with pinks of varying shades and shimmer.  It was before my red lipstick days, before I went vintage, so I chose the pink one.  But that is an inconsequential fact--the point is, lip palettes are wonderful!

Look at this glamorous palette from Guerlain!  This includes lip AND eye colors.  Snazzy!

I suppose it was the fact that I bought my first lip palette during the holiday season that I was inspired to introduce a lip palette to my vintage makeup line this December.  I have five new colors planned out:

1) A shimmery pink, named for Grace Kelly.

2) Cranberry red, named after Gene Tierney.

3) A plum shade, named for Rosalind Russell.

4) A pretty pink-coral, named after Carole Lombard.

5) Brown-red, which will be a reformulation of the 'Rita' lip rouge.

(As you may already know, all my lip colors are named after classic Hollywood actresses.)

I've finished three of the colors.




Must get to work on the last two!

Welcome to Eliza Fragrances & Cosmetics Blog!

Finally, I've made a blog specifically for Eliza Fragrances & Cosmetics.  Usually I post anything dealing with my business over at my vintage fashion blog, the Gilded Slipper.  I did start up a Tumblr but it wasn't the platform I wanted for blogging.  Tumblr seems to be more for photo blogging and, as you will see, I'm quite verbose!  Blogger is has more convenient, user-friendly blog-browsing options.

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