What’s in your makeup bag: Ruby Roxx

As promised, here is part 2 of my Ruby Roxx feature and interview. In case you missed it last week, Ruby answered a few of my questions, to which she provided some pretty great answers- you should probably go read it, if you haven’t yet. Check it out here.

Ruby Roxx is a pinup and alternative model hailing from Vancouver, BC. She has graced the cover of some of our favorite pin up magazines like Delicious Dolls, Garters & Grills, and The Pin Up Magazine.

Today Ruby shares with us what is in here makeup bag…Are you ready for it?

Here is what Ruby had to say about her look:

“Of course I don’t use all of these every day. If im not shooting, I work from home, and like to give my skin a break, so most days I only wear mascara. The most important part for me is my skin care. I wash morning and night using Cetephil. I use a toner, a serum and a day/night moisturizer. And of course my Avene thermal water.”

I would agree that skin care is such an important part of every gals beauty regime… If our skin is not plump, pampered, hydrated, and cared for, the rest of out look will be thrown off… powders will crease, skin can look tried… you get the idea. I think I may have to try Rubys Avene Thermal water and see what magic it can do for me.

Rubys makeup bag and contents:

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  • Oh My Lash False Lashes
  • SauceBox “crème de la crème” palate (perfect for Smokey eyes)
  • Lime Crime lip gloss in “red velvet”. Dries to a perfect, smudge proof, matte red.
  • Avene Thremal Spring Water Spray. Skin care is the most important part about my beauty routine. I spray this on my face 3-4 times a day, as well as moisturize morning and night. It keeps my skin hydrated, keeps redness at bay, and is invigorating. Its my favorite product by far.
  • Youngique Fibre lash mascara. I use it on top of my regular mascara for extra length, when I’m not wearing false lashes.
  • MAC Mineralize Foundation in NC15
  • Benefit Brows a-go-go kit
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish powder in Medium
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Stained Gloss
  • MAC lipstick in Candy Yum Yum
  • Nars Blush in Orgasm
  • Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara
  • DUO eyelash glue

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I’ve used a few of the same products as Ruby listed, but I think I may have to try a few more… I’d love to try out Youngique, as my lashes can sometimes leave a lot to be imagined. I am still looking into trying new eye brow products as well, so may have to check out what Benefit has to offer.

Do you use any of the same products as Ruby? Want to show us whats in your makeup bag? Send Danger De Lux an email!

Don’t forget to follow Ruby on facebook to see what shes up to

https://www.facebook.com/rubyroxxmodel

And one more big THANKS to Ruby for showing us what her favorite makeup is and answering a few questions for us! Not only is she a total bombshell, but she is sweet as pie.

Q & A with Ruby Roxx

I am so excited for todays post, which  features the stunning Ruby Roxx – an internationally published bombshell of a model.

Not only is she going to share with us what is in her makeup bag, she also so kindly answered a few questions for us. I was going to put it all in one post, but Ruby’s answers to my questions were so well thought out, I am splitting it into two posts.

Before we get to the Q & A, I just want to say a big ‘thank-you’ to Ruby for taking the time to share with us not only her makeup, but some great tips on getting into pinup modelling, how to get a perfect pin-up leg, and a few interesting facts about herself.

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  1. How did you get into pinup modelling? Where did Ruby Roxx begin?

7 years ago, I was asked by a friend to be a model for her hair salon. I had never modeled before, but agreed to do it in exchange for a free cut and colour. When I was at the shoot, I just fell in love with being in front of the camera. I had always had a passion for vintage and retro. I loved the classic looks of movie stars and pinups from the 40’s and 50’s. I asked the photographer if he would be interested in shooting me as a pinup. He agreed. I spent a month practicing my poses in the mirror, and buying just the right outfits. When the day of my shoot came along, I was ready. I had so much fun, and that was the start of Ruby the pinup.

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2.What advice can you give to gals looking to break into the pinup world?

Do your research. Practice your faces and posing in the mirror. Hire a PROFESSIONAL pinup photographer. You will likely get hair and makeup, pose coaching, and even sometimes, wardrobe included. This is the best way to beef up your portfolio. It is an investment in your career. I spend a lot of time online, networking, updating my facebook and other social media, planning shoots etc. It’s a great hobby for someone to do for fun, and its also an amazing career. But as with any career, it takes time, patience, motivation, skill and hard work. Most of all, have fun! That is the most important part.

  1. What are your wardrobe staples? Your favorite brands and favorite place to shop?

 For pinup, my wardrobe staples are what goes on underneath. My support wear and stockings. Proper support wear will give you the flawless shape that is so important when it comes to pinup. Whenever I shoot, I wear support wear (my favourite are from Rago or Orchard Corset), full pantyhose to make my legs look flawless, and thigh high, back seam nylons on top (my favourites are from Kix’ies and Secrets in Lace). Not only does it even out your skin tone and curves but it gives you a true vintage look.

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  1. As a curvy model, whats your take on all the body positive and shaming happening in the pinup community right now?

I can not stand body shaming, but a lot of people have it mixed up. They think by telling me that I am “a real woman” that is a compliment. ALL women are real women, regardless of size, shape, age, or anything else. It’s just as offensive to tell a slim person to eat a cheese burger as it is to tell me to lose weight. Some people seem to think that by telling me I’m better than someone who is slim, that they are being body positive, but I find that terribly offensive. Body positivity is not tearing one body type down to bring up another. In fact, that is body shaming in its truest form.

I am very confident in my own skin, but just like everyone else, I have bad days. It’s upsetting when someone calls me a “pig” or “unhealthy”. I am a very healthy person. My health has nothing to do with my size, just as my beauty doesn’t depend on a dress size. I just try to remember however on those bad days that most of the people that comment those things are just trolls looking for a reaction from me. Its easily fixed with “block and delete” combo.

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  1. When you are not being fabulous in front of the camera, what else might you up to?

I just had a wonderful summer traveling down the west coast. I love to travel. I got a beautiful camera for my birthday, so im trying to figure out how to use it. When I’m at home, I love to relax with my boyfriend, or friends, with a glass of wine and some good food. Maybe go listen to live music or visit a tiki bar.

I also just started a brand new magazine called “Beauty Mark Magazine”, so that has been keeping me busy. I wanted to create a magazine that was a different kind of fashion/beauty publication. I wanted to challenge people to see their true beauty in all their imperfections and uniqueness, instead of the idealized version of beauty we see in so many magazines right now. It will also include stories, interviews, product reviews and more. It is scheduled to release in November 2014, so that has been keeping me very busy. I’m very excited to see where this new adventure will lead me!

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6.Do you have any quirks or hidden talents we should know about?

I used to be a professional chef, so I love to cook. I don’t do it professionally anymore, but I love to cook whenever I get the chance. I also can make a mean cocktail. I have my own mini web series “Retro Recipes with Ruby Roxx” that I am hoping to film more of in the next few months. You can find them on my website at www.rubyroxxmodel.com

My goodness, doesn’t Ruby sound like one fun gal?! If I’m ever in Vancouver, I’m definitely going to have to see how ‘mean’ your cocktails actually are! Make sure you all check out Ruby Roxx on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rubyroxxmodel.

I just had to look up some of her videos, because I love retro cocktails… And of course, I had to share with you… Learn from Ruby how to make a classic Mai Tai below. And stay tuned for part 2 with Ruby Roxx and her makeup bag

Barefoot Venus: making your skin silky smooth, the natural way

I first fell for Barefoot Venus a few years ago, when a good friend gifted me some of their luxurious lotion for my birthday. I am a sucker for anything natural, organic, or cruelty free…In fact, I tcruelty-free-beauty-300x336hink every one should be. I don’t believe animals should suffer so we can wear pretty lipsticks and eyeshadow, wash our hair and face, or indulge in body lotions. We can do all of those things with products that are cruelty free, by companies who have a conscious and are able to provide outstanding products without harming animal.

Barefoot Venus makes a wide variety of products: body lotion, facial cleansers, body wash, bubble bath and salts, lip balms, hand and foot lotions, and more. Their products are made without parabens, sulfates, synthetic colours, propylene glycol, all those unnecessary unnatural ingredients. Instead, Barefoot Venus uses shea and cocoa butter, natural fruit and herb oils and extracts, green tea, and all the yummy, natural things. You can feel the difference when using this product. Their body lotions are so rich and actually moisturizing; when using a drugstore lotion, they feel sparse and watery and not at all moisturizing.

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Barefoot Venus is also made in Canada! I rejoice when I can find a quality product I love and in purchasing it can support the economy I live in.

17_large_2_largeNot only does Barefoot Venus have an amazing product, they have the cutest packaging! A bunch of their products feature adorable pinup girls… how perfect! With scents like Vanilla Shake, Lemon Freckle, Coconut Kiss, Hunny Mango, and Wild Ginger & Sweet Orange, there is something to delight everyone. Just listing all the scents is making my mouth water… goodness me, I need to get more Barefoot Venus lotions and quick! Barefoot Venus also makes for a delightful gift for birthdays, weddings showers or gifts, for the hard to buy for, for the just because, for gift exchanges…for any occasion.

Barefoot Venus is just divine, plain and simple. And what pin-up girl does not want to feel divine?

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I can’t stress enough how important I think it is to buy cruelty free and natural products. Yes, they are more expensive, sometimes significantly, so they can be a luxury. That being said you can definitely find makeup, soaps, tooth pastes, and cleansers for a similar price to the unethical ones society has accepted as the norm. In regards to body lotions like Barefoot Venus, you use less of the products because it works so well, so it will last longer. And if it is still out of your budget… you can also ask for it for your birthday or Christmas, like I will be doing this year! Or you can use the coupon code Barefoot Venus has so graciously offered for my lovely readers! Head over to their website and at the checkout use the coupon code: DDELUX-01P. This code will get you 15% off your order, but hurry, it expires October 31st, 2014

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Barefoot Venus has a website where you can buy of their lovely products. If you live in Edmonton, you can find it at When Pigs Fly on Whyte Ave. The Barefoot Venus website also has a store locator, so you can find out who sells it in your town. And don’t forget to take advantage of the fantastic coupon code Barefoot Venus has for us! DDELUX-01P

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Steady Clothing: Pretty in Polka Dots – The Heather Dress

It was love at first sight- the Heather dress by Steady Clothing caught my eye on the rack and I just loved the way it looked and fit when on. The Heather is a lovely bouncy swing dress- the base fabric has stretch in it, which has an overlay of polka dot chiffon. It is perfect without a crinoline, but ever so perfect with one. The fabric hangs beautifully on its own, but to give it the look of a 50’s prom dress, a crinoline is required.

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I wore my Heather to work paired with vintage hair and a killer cat eye. I have been thinking lately how so many people dress down and how sad I think it is that people feel they need an occasion to get all dolled up. I love getting dressed up nice to go to work…or to go out to dinner or the park or wherever. A dress is as fancy as you make it and every day life is as fancy as you make it. I loved the Heather so much I couldn’t wait to wear it and I did just that- wear it the very next day after I bought it.

_DSC2316-EditSteady Clothing is made in the U.S.A which means it is good quality so worth the price. You can get this beauty at Rowena in Edmonton or online at RetroGlam.com

I sized up in this dress to a large. I could have squeezed into a medium but I felt the large looked and felt good. My measurements are 36-29-40. The Heather has adjustable straps as well to help ensure a perfect fit at the shoulders and bust. The ruching along the bust/torso is very feminine, made complete with a white bow.

_DSC2314-EditI imagine this dress being worn to parties, weddings, even a prom. This sweet swing dress is not one to pass by. While I have many dresses that cannot be worn just anywhere, this beauty will definitely get many wears to many different places.

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ALL PHOTOS BY HELLO JUNE PHOTOGRAPHY

What’s in your makeup bag: Pin Up Persuasion

I am back with another part to the series “what’s in your makeup bag”. Today the oh so sweet Jessica from Pin Up Persuasion is sharing all the goodies she uses when she gets dolled up. I love to know what other gals use to get that perfect pin up look and I am very much excited to see what Jessica uses! And in case you didn’t know, Jessica’s blog Pin Up Persuasion is full of great reviews on pin up dresses from our favorite brands- think Pinup Girl Clothing, Stop Starring, Glamour Bunny…So head on over and check her out!

This is what Jessica had to say about her look:

“I save my pinup look for weekends or date nights with the hubby and always stick to a simple brown liquid eye liner with a dab a mascara for everyday”

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Doesn’t Jessica look like a total babe?

Here’s what you’ll find in [Jessica's] lovely Suzy Sailor Cosmetic bag…

(All applied with my staple Mac brushes)

- Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
– Kat Von D eye primer
– Dior Foundation
– Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette
– Nude eye powder
– Besame powder in Light Signature
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo: Blonde
– Kat Von D liquid eye liner pen trio (now discontinued)
– TIGI liquid eye liner (trying to find a replacement for the trio)
– Kat Von D blush in pink
– Techni Colour blush in peach shimmer
– Ardell Demi lashes #120
– Besame Red lipstick
– Kat Von D lipstain in Brick red & Adora red
– Sephora red lipliners

2014-09-01 16.01.28 (2)I love Too Faced palettes and am hoping to add a few more to my make up collection; I quite like the colours in the Boudoir palette Jessica uses… I may have to run out and get one! I am also a fan of Kat Von D – I am a sucker for the packaging and the colours are always great!

If I can recommend an eyeliner for you, Jessica, I would suggest the Kat Von D Tattoo eyeliner, Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes eyeliner, or anything from Benefit or Bare Essentials.

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And stay tuned for more from what’s in your makeup bag!

New Hair Tutorial: faux victory rolls, pin curls, & clip in hair, oh my!

I finally got a chance to make another hair tutorial. I’ve been playing around with my hair a lot lately and trying out new things, which I wanted to share! I have also been getting tired of my hair lately too… its pretty bland, if you will… long and red… I oh so badly want to dye it… but wont. I have this thing about dying my natural hair colour… I haven’t dyed it in four years and its finally healthy. So, instead I’ve been playing around with clip in coloured hair and lots of pin curls and victory rolls.

I got some great clip in hair strips by Manic Panic at Rowena and they have been doing the trick! I can change the colour lickity split and not damage my hair. Every time I wear them at work, I get compliments, which makes me happy, in hopes I’m tricking some people into thinking I’m being adventurous with my hair.

I hope you like this tutorial… I had a few technical difficulties, but made it through! There will be a few more following this one too! If there is anything you’d like to see, please let me know…any other styles, makeup trips, fashion tips, etc.

Pinup Girl Clothing: New Blue Heidi

I am naturally drawn to dark colours… black, olive green, purple, burgundy…. But when I saw the new blue Heidi from Pinup Girl Clothing, something deep inside of me sqeeued with joy and told me I had to try it on. The colour is such a unqiue, striking blue… its not baby blue, its not royal blue, its not sky blue…it’s a fun, girly, whimsical blue…its a little warm, but bright. It’s a rich and creamy blue.

_DSC2341-EditThe Heidi is an amazing cut – it is figure flattering and the perfect swing dress. I hope by know we all own at least one. Shown here with a white crinoline to create a contrast with the colour of the dress; crinolines are the perfect accessory to any swing dress.

I love the way the new blue looks with my red hair and oh so slightly sun kissed and very freckled skin. A few of the girls at the shop have blonde hair and I can’t wait to see it on them too. I think this colour is going to look great on so many gals- the typical blue eyes and blonde hair, black hair and pale skin, redheads like me, rich brunettes, and those with fun pink, blue, and purple hair.

_DSC2347-EditThis Heidi, like every other Heidi I have or have tried on, is a medium. My measurements are 36-29-40. This fits perfect, no alterations needed! I know some ladies find the Heidi big in the shoulders, that’s an easy fix at the tailors. The Heidi hits be just below my knee and gives me a great feminine shape.

_DSC2348-EditThe Heidi rings in around $113 which is a great deal. Did you know Pinup Girl Clothing is actaully made in the U.S.A, which is a rarity in todays fast-fashion world. And if you take care of your clothes, they will last you through the years. I am a firm believer in buying quality goods and without a doubt Pinup Girl Clothing produces quality dresses, at very reasonable prices. The Heidi is a great addition to your pinup wardrobe and if you can only afford one or two dresses now and again, I would highly recommend making this one one of them.

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I got this Heidi, along with all my others, from Rowena. This heidi, with all its friends can also be found on RetroGlam.com. 

I’d hurry up and snag one of these blues ones quick though, as I don’t imagine they will linger around long. For real, the colour is amazing.

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