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A morale-boosting ‘Vintage Face’ giveaway!

I’ve written on these pages before about how lipstick has long been recognised as a morale booster, since the long, dark days of WWII. Many ladies went to work for the first time, driving ambulances, working in factories and on the railways; proper, manual labour, the likes of which I’ve never had to endure in my cosseted life. I’ve also never had to endure sending my loved ones off to battle, and though our news stations and papers are always filled with doom and gloom, I tend to be able to look on the bright side and brush off the negativity… when I’m feeling happy, that is.

The last few months have, however, been rather blue for me, for reasons I won’t yet go into. I’ve tried not to let any moping creep into my blogging either, because most people consider this blog something like light relief – full of eye candy and (hopefully) interesting things, not whinging and whining about how rubbish everything is! Because, if you read me regularly, you’ll know that everything is most decidedly NOT rubbish – things have been going rather well for me recently! But then there’s just the one rubbish thing that’s marring my enjoyment of literally everything else. Or is it more that the everything else is keeping me sane? I’ll elaborate at some point, I’m sure my readers can cheer me up one way or another!

But, coming to the point, when I am feeling downbeat, the one thing I absolutely do not do, is let my appearance slip. I might find it hard to get out of bed and going, and I certainly don’t get dolled up when I’m not leaving my house; but when I do, I always, always feel better if my hair looks nice and my makeup is done. It’s like war paint: looking good helps me face the world and feel confident. You may read this and think me shallow, but if you do… then stop reading this blog, because most of my posts are about shallow things like frocks and lipstick! πŸ˜‰

There are some fabulous images of working girls during the war, with their pincurls protected by colourful headscarves, and their red lips firmly in place. In the UK, it was often considered one’s ‘duty’ to keep everyone’s spirits up, but not letting standards slip. Here’s a photograph that’s actually from America, where it was considerably easier to get lipstick during the war, but it illustrates my point, nonetheless!

From the Library of Congress Flickr

While the British ladies of WWII had to queue eagerly around the block to get their mitts on a new lipstick, to keep their brave faces bright, we don’t have any such trouble. There’s nothing like a bit of retail therapy to cheer one up in gloomy circumstances, though in this day and age, girls are more likely to pick up a lipgloss than a lipstick. Not us vintage girls, obviously!

But though my lipstick application tutorial post last week has gone down well and prompted several people to tell me they’ve finally had the courage to go out and buy a lipstick to try it out themselves, it’s fair to say that at with the lipstick and liner together weighing in at a whopping Β£22, MAC cosmetics are not in the ‘cheap pick-me-up’ category. And you may not be confident that red is going to suit you (which is nonsense as there’s a red for everyone – I promise!), or that you’ll be able to do the look well enough, and you don’t want to waste your money.

Well, after I met them at the Cosmo Blog awards back in September, the budget makeup brand of my youth, Collection 2000, got in touch and asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing some of their recently launched line. Having used many of their wonderfully inexpensive products to experiment with my look in my younger days, and due to the fact that I would certainly never say no to free slap, I said yes; on the condition that if I liked it, I could give some away to my readers. They agreed, and so here I am, launching a new giveaway, cunningly disguised as a review! I have not been paid a penny to do this, I only got a few freebie bits of makeup, and you can be sure that if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be doing this giveaway!

So, on the left is a photo taken after I filmed the video. I’m wearing MAC Cherry liner and Ruby Woo lipstick. I’d say the colour is a bit off, those who know it will say it’s a bit pinker than it appears here (or maybe it’s my screen). On the right I’m wearing Collection 2000 Paprika Lip Pencil and their Lasting Colour Lipstick in Queen of Hearts. The difference in price is substantial, with the lipstick costing Β£3.49 and the liner around Β£1.99. But can it be any good for the price?

I will confess I did put on some of my MAC Prep and Prime, because the lip pencil was quite a bit harder than the MAC, and it wasn’t going on very strongly until I did. But with the addition of the primer, it went on nicely (more on primer later). The lipstick itself has a very decent amount of pigment, perhaps requiring a few more swipes than the MAC, although it also has a very different formula – much more moisturising. This translates to a slight shine, but that can be blotted down to matte with a tissue. I applied in exactly the same way as I did in my video, using the liner afterwards to touch up. It’s a very good match for the lipstick, and all in all, I was extremely impressed with it. After eating dinner, I did experience a small amount of bleeding, even with the primer; and I think this can be attributed to the more moisturising formula. It’s nothing that can’t be touched up with a tissue (or reapplied afterwards – which I tend to do anyway)

I’m also wearing Collection 2000 Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara (though black, which is not very extreme!) and again, I was quite impressed! I usually wear MAC Zoom Lash, and I found it gave a slightly softer look, with nicely separated lashes. I never get undereye smudges (and I do put mascara on my bottom lashes, unlike others) and I didn’t with this either. For Β£2.99, you can’t really go wrong.

What I am not wearing is the eyeliner they sent me, which was one of the Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip liners. I just cannot get on with felt tip liners, maybe it’s my eyelids, maybe just because I’m not used to it! We were planning to give one of those away, BUT, because I’m planning to do a liquid liner tutorial, I’ve asked them to throw in a liquid liner instead. I’ll do the tutorial soon. Can’t say fairer than that!

So what will the winner get? Well, we thought we’d put together a mini Vintage Face starter kit, using the above Collection 2000 products. You will receive:

  • Paprika Lip Pencil
  • Queen of Hearts Lipstick
  • Extreme Colour Mascara in Black
  • Fast Stroke liquid liner, also in black. 

We’ll also throw in a tube of lipstick in Passionfruit, a nice coral shade, which, although it has a tiny hint of gold sparkle in it, actually looks quite 40s on, and is a great backup if you’re not feeling up to red! These products are all coming directly from Collection 2000 HQ, by the way, you’re not getting my sloppy seconds!

So if you are just getting into vintage, or have yet to try a red lipstick on for size, this could be the perfect opportunity! And if you aren’t my lucky winner, then I would definitely recommend you try out Collection 2000 for yourself – for the incredibly low price, the products really are excellent, and it’s a brilliant way to dabble in something a bit different without breaking the bank.

The giveaway will run from today until Midnight on Friday 22nd October and is open to anyone, anywhere in the world!

If you would like to enter:

  • Simply leave me a comment below for one entry. 
  • Tweet about the giveaway for another entry, but leave me a separate comment with a link to your tweet! If you leave me one comment to say you’ve done both, it will be counted as one!

I’ll count the comments when the giveaway closes, and use a random number generator to pick the winner!

That’s it! Good luck gals (and chaps).

Fleur xx

PS. If you’re not interested in slap but you are interested in frocks, there’s another giveaway that launched today over on In The Heyday, where you can win your very own Fleur dress! Shona’s doing it to celebrate a fabulous 100 followers, go and enter right now!



Ooh, I would LOVE to win some make-up! Especially since I had my car MOT today and they gave me an A4 list of things that need fixing πŸ™ So no splurging on treats for myself for a while!
Lovely blog, as always πŸ™‚ x


Pixiwoo from youtube say that their mascaras are fantastic and for a while (seeing I don't live in the U.K) I thought maybe that's all this brand made was mascaras. Nice to see the lipstick being reviewed too πŸ™‚
And thank you for the chance to win some of their make up πŸ™‚


Always love finding a new red lipstick for my vast collection! Very pretty. I'm a big fan of MAC's Russian Red….I need those blue-reds.


Oh, I would very much like to enter! <3 Cant afford to buy a new lipstick right now so this would be a very very nice treat!

Vintage Amethyst

How wonderful, please count me in!
I must say I do love the Collection 2000 lip colour in the photo.
I actually bought a Collection 2000 mascara the other week for every day use & I am really liking it!


Oh my, I could use a morale boost at the moment. (I originally mistyped that as "morale boot"–hah! Might take one of those too!) Count me in!


I'm not entering the giveaway – I already use C2000 and have for many years, so it would be better if it went to someone else πŸ™‚
Great review of fab products – especially the Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner. Like you, I cannot get on with felt tip liners either – no matter the brand. They just don't seem to go on right, and if I have managed to nail it, they don't tend to last as well as a liquid one.
Fab review/giveaway – and I hope you are feeling less blue soon πŸ™‚

November Grey

I really appreciate your post. I'm a new reader and I must say, you're the only blog that I can read in entirety! Even several paragraphs!

I've always been a big lover of vintage and the importance of using fashion/makeup/beauty to lift ones spirits. It's not vain at all. Like you said – it's war paint. And as women, we're lucky to have such tools. I even find that if I'm gardening, or working on my blog from home, if I put on a little lipstick and a pretty top – my day goes much better!

Sorry for the long winded reply, just wanted to let you know I'm loving everything you do! And hope the "yucky" gets pushed aside soon.

With love,


November Grey

Shallow Mallow

I couldn't agree more: "keeping up appearances" is crucial when the black dog comes to call for whatever reason (hope things look up for you soon). It 's a great way to help cope with whatever life throws at us. Anyone who calls that sort of endurance shallow could equally be said to be wearing their slobbiness as a badge πŸ˜› (Nothing wrong with being a bit of a slob, just nothing to show off about either!)

I got into red lipstick just last year. I always loved it on others (not least seeing it on your blog) but lacked the resolve to wear it myself. It was Chicken Dinner Candybar blog that posted the advice that finally got me there: Wear it at home first so you get used to it. Within days I was ready for the world with red lips and I don't leave the house without nowadays.


Wooo! Wouldn't that be a lovely parcel of pretty delights to get in the post?
Totally agree with you on the war paint, really helps pull you through the darker days. As does this lovely blog!


I would love to win this competition. I have mastered the hairstyles and I am now learning how to do the makeup so this would be a perfect start for me


Enter me please! I think you look stunning in both pics and it's really nice to know that just as good a look can be achieved with cheaper products.


Hope you feel a little more chipper soon, Fleur. Wonderful blog, as per — and I'd love to enter the giveaway, please.


Love red lips πŸ™‚ I'd really like to try come Collection2000 products, unfortunately, they're unavailable where I live! x


I guess I must be shallow too because I love frocks and lipstick! Count me in…

So sorry the last few months have been blue for you. Sending you hugs and warm wishes from St. Paul, Minnesota. πŸ™‚

Gonnie Anneveld

Hi Fleur, what a life changing blog you make!
I absolutely adore your style and reading it I realize what was 'wrong' with me for so many years. Just born in the wrong era!Thank you for showing me how I can live a 40's life in the 21st century. You are a big example for me.
Living in Holland I sometimes have to improvise with products so it would be divine to win this giveaway. Keep it up, girl, love you! Gonnie

delia hornbook

Hi an interesting post and im the same if im down i always make sure i leave the house looking nice and with make up on i don't ever compromise. I am sorry to hear your a bit low i hope that things perk up for you very soon. I always use collection 2000 make up mainly for the price, there face powder is lovely and i did buy a red lipstick from there range also after seeing your last post and being a red head i felt quite brave. Take care Dee πŸ˜‰


I'd love to be entered for the draw – I really can't find a red that works for me. Do you have any tips for choosing the right red?

I hope things improve for you soon – in fact I'm sure they will, because nice things DO come to nice people! Something splendid will be just around the corner.

Dakota C. Walsh

Count me in! I love red lipstick and I always admire it on 40s girls like you, but I can't stand how much touching up it requires. I'm inspired to start playing around with it a little more though after your tutorial.


I would love to enter the giveaway! I was toying with the idea of actually using a nice red lipstick for my e-pics but gave up as I have a hard time finding a shade that looks right on me.


Here I am! Please enter me to this giveaway! Now red is my favourite colour πŸ˜‰ !



I love collection 2000 count me in! Steph x (I'm anonymous as I cannot figure out how to leave a comment otherwise!)


Please enter me in the drawing…. I love lipstick, and I agree that it is the very perfect pick-me-up when you are feeling down!


I adore your blog- it's one of my most favorites!
The red lip tutorial was fantastic and you inspired me to try a lip liner with my lipstick. My boyfriend was looking over my shoulder while I watched it and seemed very impressed at just how much work it takes to put on a pout!

Mrs Cleaver

Sorry to hear that you have something in your life that is making you feel so bad,Fluer.Try not to let it get you down,you are such a wonderful gal & you always inspire me & put a smile on my face when i'm feeling low.
Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway,i would love the chance to win this:)
Hugs to you & your kitties:D

Kat C

i maybe be a bit colorblind because in my eyes, those two looks look awfully (or rather, fantastically) the same πŸ™‚

i'd love to be entered

katch05 at gmail dot com


I do love red lipstick – it's just rather annoying that I found my perfect shade about eight years ago (angel fire, by Clinique), and they discontinued it! I look forwards to the liquid liner tutorial, I've never really mastered eyeliner…

chronicbibliophage at googlemail dot com

Tart Decoβ„’

Love the idea of "war paint!" It really does feel like that somedays- lol! I will keep that in mind when I am having one of those days.

Please count me in for the giveaway. I could use this for my halloween costume- steampunk Poison Ivy. Don't worry, I will post pics on my blog for all to see…


tartdeco at gmail dot com


Fantastic giveaway – I'd be crazy not to enter *cross fingers*

Hope things start picking up for you too *hugs*


Consider this my entry!

PS: I love, love, love your blog! I was just living in Sunderland (I know small northern town) for 6 months on a study abroad term so reading this and watching your videos makes me a little lonesome for jolly old England. Fleur you are gorgeous and an amazing inspiration!!


This is a lovely give-away (and thanks for making it open worldwide – we in the far reaches of the old Empire appreciate it!).


You can never have too much red lippie! (thanks for the heads up on the heyday giveaway too)…

Chin up Fleur – I am sure whatever it is that is gettnig you blue will work itself out.


Count me in too!
Hope you feel a bit brighter soon and whatever is getting you down works itself out.


I've never worn lipstick and I am 36 so maybe this is my chance to give it a go, where as liquid eyeliner I wear everyday and am always on the look out for a better one.


Yay! Another giveaway! I would love to be a part of it so count me in! I have been in search of a new red lipstick for a while, and collection 2000 is unfortunately unavailable where I live.


I like the sound of the moisturising formula. And that it comes in a coral colour as well.

– Daisy Steiner


I've never heard of Collection 2000, but I'm keen to give them a go now. The darker red is gorgeous – I'm a MAC Lady Danger girl myself, but times are tight, and as you say, a girl could use a pick-me-up…

Foxy Coxy

Thank you – I have just started to look for a new inexpensive new red lipstick – I know right where to go now (unless I win!)

It's great to know that there are very affordable high street options out there which create exactley the same look as the 'expensive' brands. Let's spread the word ladies!

Foxy Coxy

Sandy P

Well I'm having a bit of a competition entry day today, so one entry for the draw for me please!!

Dolly d'Allure

Smashing giveaway, Fleur – count me in. Hope that all that hot red lipstick banished the blues for a while and hope things are ticketty boo soon.

Toodle pip

Dolly d'Allure


Ooh, count me in! I used to wear red lipstick all the time but fell out of love with the very drying or fast-vanishing formulations that were around a decade or so ago. I'd love to give some of the newer versions a test drive, and I've been hankering after some liquid liner to smarten up my look a bit as well.


Although I tend to be somewhat loyal to my beloved MAC Russian Red and red liner, I love how the products you used from Collection 2000 look! So please count me in! πŸ˜‰

β™₯ Casey | blog


hi fleur
thank you for this post about "shallow things like frocks and lipstick "( actually i like this sort of things )
I don't have a twit so I leave you this comment with hope !
and thank you for your video
I like the sound of your voice and your hands are very beautiful !


I could do with a new red lipstick after lending mine to lots of dirty boys last weekend! I won't be challenging them again!

Holly S.

Thanks so much for the giveaway! If I could figure out how to copy a tweet link, I would surely enter again. Fabulous giveaway; coupled with your tutorials, you just can't go wrong with your vintage look! Thanks!


I completely agree about feeling better when you've taken the time to get a little dolled up. I always reach for a dress when I'm feeling down!

I've been looking for a red lipstick… this giveaway couldn't have come at a better time!


i always liked intensive lip stick colors but i was always afraid to try them on!! i think this could be my chance!!
so if i may i would like to enter this giveaway!!

Jess Tudor

I love how you call it war paint.

I've been unemployed for a year, working on my writing instead, and have fallen hard into the jeans and tee slop trap of never having to leave the house. It's sad.

I'm just beginning to come out of that shell and am interested in vintage – so glad I found your and other similar blog/sites. πŸ™‚


Hello, I'd love to be entered to the draw please.

Collection 2000 have some great bits, can't wait to try these new lipsticks when they're in the shops.

I have a right old mix of make up in my make up bag, from MAC to Rimmell and Chanel to W7 !


Yes please! I'm not terribly bold when it comes to lipstick normally, but I'll definitely give your lip tutorial a go if I win πŸ™‚


A morale boost! Just what I need!

I have been living with my in-laws for 3 weeks after my home city, Christchurch, was hit with a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. I've been too scared to live at home, and I'm two weeks from the end of my university year with lots of assignments to complete. Red lipstick would make everything better!!

(You may be interested to know that I'm halfway through a dissertation on morale in Britain during 1940!)

Hope your morale picks up soon too, Fleur =]


Thanks Fleur for this lovely give-away. Would dearly love to be counted in for the draw. I have recently become interested in Vintage fashion, makeup and hairstyles, and I've been going 'ape' buying Vintage sewing patterns to sew in the near future. I really enjoy reading your blog and I added yours to my blog list a little while ago (hope that's OK). This is mine http://marie-blogmyblog.blogspot.com/ if you wanted to check out, who I am. Thanks again.


I just recently started wearing my Russian Red again after a long hiatus. This lipstick looks wonderful..Please count this as my entry!


Please count me in too! I just want to say that I do not think it is shallow at all to do your hair, make-up, and to put on a nice out fit (basically to put your best face forward!) everyday no matter if you feel good, bad, or indifferent.


Do you feel a difference in quality? And also did it matter because of the price? I find that collection 2000 mascaras are fine, nail varnish is woeful about from the glitter shades!
I would like to enter, cant think if the last time I bought makeup.

Jessy Tudor thats how I find this blog too!



count me in πŸ™‚

and it is so true that even if you feel horrible, doing your makeup and dressing better does in fact make you feel a little bit better! It might make all the difference to your day.


Fleur….what a beautiful name and beautiful red lipstick too…I would soooo love one.Thanks for a brilliant article.Valerie…xxx.


Obviously-i would love the giveaway! But more importantly, i agree that putting effort in the way we look does wonders with our mood! it is not shallow at all to do things that make us feel good-like lining our eyes or putting something pretty on. If we feel good, then we can be there for all of those we love just a little bit more! Keep it up!


Oh, please count me in! πŸ™‚
The red lipstick would be the perfect match for my car's gangstercap! πŸ™‚

Julie Mari, Norway

P.S. I love your blog! πŸ™‚

Jackman Clan

I've always loved things from this era and just recently started acquiring items – it would be fun to actually try out the full look! Thanks for your blog, very inspirational!


Please include me in the 'Vintage Face' give away. The lipstick tutorial was great. Thank you.


I too find that putting my face on makes me feel better! And I firmly believe that there is a red lipstick for everyone, and people really shouldn't write themselves off as not being 'the sort of person who can wear that' as too many girls I know say. Oh that we got lessons such as this when we were growing up…I daydream of a vintage finishing school with a uniform of the Fleur dress, and the curriculum is pin curls and mixing gin cocktails!

Erin D.

Please enter me too! Just found (and love) your blog!!

I am always looking for a great red lipstick, and have been searching for that perfect 40s coral shade! :O)

Intrinsically Florrie

Collection 2000 was also the first make up brand I bought from!
I'd love to try out a proper red lipstick- and liner for that matter as I've never used it- so count me in.

Florrie x


Oh my, there are an awful lot of comments here! Still, I shall cast my chip in with the rest of them. Thank you for the opportunity!

innessfree at gmail dot com

Lyn Pope

Love the blog. I am new and found my way via Retro Chick. Please enter me into your competition.


Please count me in as an entry, I do love a new lippy and so do plenty of others judging by the popularity!

hiles at gmail dot com


How lovely to have found your blog – from a tweet by vintagesecret

I like the Collection 2000 lipstick on you better – it has more of a blue tone than the Mac. But which shade is the more authentic for a 40s look?

Please do count me in for the giveaway too πŸ™‚



Oh that Flickr picture is great, look at those curls! The lipstick looks lovely, thanks for the newsletter!!


Another lovely post honey! I completely agree with the notion of making the extra effort to keep up the facade when life is tough. I personally always feel more like myself and ready to take on the world once the red lips are applied xx


please enter me in the Collection 2000 give-away! i would love to wear red lipstick but have never found a "true red" that suits me?! i love your blog and tutorials- thanks a million for helping all us vintage ladies stay pretty! xx



GReat article and tutorial πŸ™‚ I love red lipstick, however am yet to master the art of doing it on myself. So please consider this my entry.


Count me in! I've never heard of Collection 2000 -make up before but I'm sure interested to try and see what it's like.

Trixie Rocket

I love this make-up look! I used to be very big on cat-eye style liquid liner as a teenager but for some reason I've become rather nervous of it in recent years, so I'm very much looking forward to your liquid eye-liner tutorial!


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