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Practically perfect in every way – Beauty Tips from Mary Poppins

She may be a nanny but it’s 1910 and this Gibson Girl is the height of fashion. Even though she has to look after two Edwardian tearaways and deal with their gruff father Mr. Banks, she always manage to do so with ladylike poise and grace. What beauty secrets are in her magical carpet bag?

Before the plethora of shower gels and washes we enjoy today, there was Pears’ soap. Mary and her fellow nannies would have scrubbed down with this amber coloured bar that is still available today.

For her rosy glow Mary would have used geranium and poppy petals to stain her lips and cheeks, now you can get her flushed look look with poppy pink Benefit Posie Tint.

Compact powder wasn’t readily available and unlike today it was improper to re-apply cosmetics in public. Hence Papier Poudre was born to help ladies discreetly lift excess oil, dirt, and dust from their complexions.

As one of her job requirements was to ‘never smell of barley water’, Penhaligon’s English Fern would have surely taken a place on her dressing table. Created in 1910, this contains notes of clover, patchouli, and moss.

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  1. You know I love these posts!!!! Reminded me of my childhood
    ; )

  2. rhamnousia says:

    I have been using Pears on my face for quite some time now and it is really really good. I can SEE that my skin feels cleaner (it actually goes a shade lighter) and it feels nice and normal.

    I’ve finished one bar and started another, even though I promised myself I would start using a Dead Sea soap.

  3. says:

    Aww so many soaps so little time! I often wish I had interchangeable heads so I could try out as many beauty products as possible!

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