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Caboodles! and the best lipstick ever.

I am absolutely an 80s girl. I like my hair big, my dresses tight, and my nails neon.But one of the best and brightest (and enduringly practical) hallmarks of the 80s is not a style, but a storage unit. Whether dragged to tween sleepovers or featured in Clueless, the iconic Caboodle was a totally rad requirement for any pre-millenial teenybopper.

Put simply, the Caboodle is a tacklebox for girls. I had two; one was turquoise, yellow and blue and the other was a glitter infused transparent pink with a purple heart clasp. They held my ridiculously large makeup and nail collection, and I doggedly trucked them to any sleepover or girlie gathering.

I resurrected one recently to keep my cosmetics safe while moving, and I am so in love. From the swirled pink and white casing to the neon geometric logo, this thing is a retro classic. Not to mention it keeps things much neater than those floppy makeup bags that tend to be covered in powders and smears after a day or two.

And to fill those Caboodles, check out Lime Crime Makeup. The brand is obscenely retro-bright and I am OBSESSED with the colors. I’m particularly into this opaque, pale orange lipstick the color of a creamsicle. They’ve also got a perfect classic red for all the Mad Men fans that is ON SALE! Makeup never goes on sale. Very exciting. Just look for the Retrofuturist Red and punch in “hellored” in the discount code box. You best believe I’ll be rocking this to brighten up my trip to the rainy wilds of the UK. Click the linky link in my sidebar to see all of their party-ready stuff.



Idol of the Week: Nomi Malone

Oh, Showgirls. That tasty nugget of 90’s sap whose scrappy, magnificently endowed heroine danced her way through Vegas sleaze. With more catfights than your local Delta Gamma chapter and spectacular hairpieces that Lady Gaga would envy, Showgirls can give even the worst days a little kick. The blond jheri curl, the sequins, the girl-on-girl… Showgirls is truly one for the ages.

Nomi and Cristal, courtesy of celebritywonder.com

Nomi Malone’s style is equal parts cleavage and ass-kicking, with a healthy dose of snakeskin. To cop the same attitude, a good (or cheap) eyebrow pencil and a frosted red lip are indispensable. Pearlescent red lips are not for the faint of heart, but getting up the balls to slick on a deep blood red can really perk you up on a gloomy day. Take it from me, it is nearly impossible to feel sorry for yourself when every man you meet is staring smack at your perfectly painted kisser. A list of my favorite feel-good lipcolors will no doubt appear in a later post. My personal pick for an easy opaque red lip is Maybelline’s new color sensational line. They’re creamy, moisturizing, and easy to build. Add an embellished mesh teddy, some poison green nails, and get to work on that center split. From shrinking violet to showgirl in three easy steps.

And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the fantastically X-Rated trailer here.

Maybelline Define-a-Brow

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick