The Arts of Beauty, Or, Secrets of a Lady's Toilet: With Hints to Gentlemen on the Art of Fascinating

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Dick & Fitzgerald, 1858 - Beauty, Personal - 132 pages
This advice book to women details rules of hygiene and beauty and reflects the values placed on maintaining the image of the "lady."

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Page 102 - When we see a fellow loud and talkative, full of insipid life and laughter, we may venture to pronounce him a female favourite.
Page 102 - ... withstand. To be short, the passion of an ordinary woman for a man is nothing else but self-love diverted upon another object. She would have the lover a woman in every thing but the sex.
Page 89 - THERE ia no greater mistake than the profuse use of greases for the purpose of softening the hair. They obstruct the pores, the free action of which is so necessary for the health of the hair. No substance should be employed which cannot be readily absorbed by the vessels. These preparations make the hair dry and harsh, unless perpetually loaded with an offensive and disgusting amount of grease. There was a celebrated beauty at Munich who had one of the handsomest heads of hair I ever beheld, and...
Page 25 - There's nothing ill can dwell in such a temple : If the ill spirit have so fair a house, Good things will strive to dwell with't.
Page 97 - Sometimes little black specks appear about the base of the nose, or on the forehead, or in the hollow of the chin, which are called "flesh-worms," and are occasioned by coagulated lymph that obstructs the pores of the skin. They may be squeezed out by pressing the skin, and ignorant people suppose them to be little worms.
Page 99 - To REMOVE WRINKLES. Melt white wax one ounce to gentle heat, and add juice of lily bulbs two ounces and honey two ounces, rose-water two drachms and attar of roses a drop or two. Use twice a day. Use tepid water instead of cold in ablutions. Put some powder of best myrrh upon an iron plate sufficiently heated to melt the gum gently, and when it liquefies cover your head with a napkin and hold your face over the myrrh at a proper distance to receive the fumes without inconvenience. Do not use it if...
Page 73 - ... ankle and a neat, though serviceable foot, set off by a high-heeled leathern shoe with a large and splendid silver buckle. Thus we find that the gentle sex in all ages have shown the same disposition to infringe a little upon the laws of decorum in order to betray a lurking beauty or gratify an innocent love of finery.
Page 45 - ... Take equal parts of the seeds of the melon pumpkin, gourd and cucumber, pounded till they are reduced to powder; add to it sufficient fresh cream to dilute the flour, and then add milk enough to reduce the whole to a thin paste. Add a grain of musk, and a few drops of the oil of lemon. Anoint the face with this, leave it on twenty or thirty minutes, or overnight if convenient, and wash off with warm water. It gives a remarkable purity and brightness to the complexion.
Page 42 - WASH," said to have been used by the Beauties of the Court of Charles EL, is made of a simple tincture of benzoin precipitated in water. "We quote : — " This delightful wash seems to have the effect of calling the purple stream of the blood to the external fibres of the face, and gives the cheeks a beautiful rosy color. If left on the face to dry, it will render the skin clear and brilliant. It is an excellent remedy tor spots, freckles, pimples and eruptions, if they have not been of long standing.
Page 90 - Bergamot ...... 2 drs. Oil of Cloves 15 drops. Orange-flower water 4 oz. Spirits of wine 5 oz. Distilled water 4 oz. All these ingredients should be mixed together, and left about fourteen days, then the whole to be filtered through porous paper and bottled for use. This is a good hair-wash and an excellent perfume.

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