There are thousands of brilliant cosmetics out there if you’re after the essential vintage feel, and more importantly, look. Martha Hayes has chosen ten of the best, so treat yourself!

Elizabeth Arden – Eight Hour Cream

Once you’ve tried this legendary skincare classic, you’ll never leave home without it. The best selling Eight Hour Cream created by Miss Arden in 1930 got its name when a client used it to treat her child’s skinned knee and eight hours later, it was healed.

A perfect aid against winter, the skin protectant not only moisturises dry patches and has anti-inflammatory benefits, it comforts minor burns, scrapes and abrasions.What’s more, the packaging has just had an Eighties revamp. It’s a miracle!

£ 17.


cashmere besameBesame Cosmetics – Cashmere Powder Compact

Besame Cosmetics may have only been launched in 2004 by makeup artist and cosmetic historian (what a cool job!) Gabriela Hernandez, but when it comes to quality and presentation, it’s one of the best brands for vintage-inspired makeup.

Gabriela’s aim was to make women feel feminine, elegant and glamorous, and with little works of art like this Cashmere Powder Compact, we think she’s nailed it!

The soft powder foundation gives a smooth, flawless coverage in either porcelain, light or medium, and it comes in a cute red velvet pouch with the gold Besame emblem.



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2 Responses

  1. lindsay

    ive always been into 40s and 50s pinups and old hollywood glamour and am always looking for cool vintage inspired beauty products. i have ALOT of these-the benefit bathina, the besame lipstick, cold cream (ponds, not boots), as well as coty airspun powder and some soap and glory and glamourflage items. i feel like rita hayworth when i use them!

  2. lindsay

    awesome list! i have quite a few of the products you mentioned, including the benefit bathina, besame (lipstick, not compact) and the elizabeth arden 8 hr cream with the vintage1950s packaging. i also use cold cream but pond’s brand.