Then & Now: Spice Girls

As I mentioned in last week’s Friday Feature, I am throwing the whole schedule here at Beausic on it’s head for the month of December in order to take the week of Christmas off from the blog & YouTube channel, as well as to accommodate some pretty big plans I’ve made for this month! One of the biggest of those plans has been slowly revealed all week long over at the Beausic YouTube Channel – the biggest “Then & Now” post, and arguably the biggest Friday Feature in general, that I have done on this blog yet! This, of course, had to be dedicated to one of my top five  favorite artists of all-time and, as hinted at in my “Then & Now: Girls Aloud” post, my very favorite girl group of all-time, the Spice Girls! I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many of my fondest memories of my teen years, in particular in connection to my best friend in this world whom I miss more and more lately, are attached to the Spice Girls and their music. Later another very dear friend who changed the course of my life in so many ways introduced me to a whole world of music from the girls individually and inspired so many more memories attached to that music. I have never let their music not be a presence on my iPod or in my life. Who’d ever have thought that this group of five young British women shouting about “Girl Power” would wind up being one of the most prominent pieces in the soundtrack to my life?! For some of the younger readers, or for those who were living under a rock for the later part of the 1990s, the Spice Girls were a 5-piece British Girl Group made up of Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisolm, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Addams, (at the time,) and Emma Bunton. The girls came together when they each responded to an advertisement for auditions to become a part of a pop group. Pretty standard fare. Nobody could have known at the time that bringing these five girls together would wind up creating a Pop revolution!

Yes, the Spice Girls will always be, to me, the stuff of legends. They may appear as a trivial pop act to some but to me they were a revolution! Having the reverence for these women that I do and because of the huge cultural impact that they made, as well as the fact that I really wanted to do something BIG to end the year here at Beausic, as well as on the Beausic YouTube channel, I decided to do something a little crazy. As you must know, if you follow this blog regularly, most Friday Features will have 2 tutorials attached, 3 at the very most, however for this post I knew that there was no way I would be able to decide on just 2 tutorials to do, so I said, “To hell with it, let’s just do them all!” Yes, this post features 5 tutorials – one for each Spice Girl! To add a little element of fun for the YouTube subscribers, I have actually published one of these tutorials each day this week, starting on Monday and ending today, and actually released these tutorials in order of my favorite, so the final tutorial published today is for my very favorite Spice Girl! I just felt like that would be a fun, different way to go about the whole thing! I am featuring the girls here in that same order but before we go into all of that, let’s talk a bit about where it all began.

SPICE GIRLS THEN

Spice Girls Then

In the mid-1990s, America was a very different place than it is today and one of the biggest examples of this was the popular music of the time. Radio was dominated by rock and alternative music, as well as the rapidly growing hip-hop and rap genres. The early 1990s saw some dance music become popular but by 1996 or so it seemed as though the light-hearted, fun element of the music industry had all but disappeared. Essentially, pop music was dead. Then, in 1997, a new, joyful noise came echoing from speakers across the country in the form of a strong cackling laugh followed by the now infamous chant, “Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want!” Yes, this was the sound of salvation from the dark days of radio and it came in the form of  the Spice Girls’ debut single, “Wannabe,” the music video for which can be seen below. This powerful Spice storm started brewing in a very big way in the UK in 1996 but it wasn’t until February 1997 that they unleashed their Girl Power message worldwide, releasing their debut album, “Spice,” internationally. The album went on to be certified 7x Platinum here in the US and selling 28 million copies worldwide, making it the highest-selling album from a girl group in history and one of the most successful albums of all-time. Here in the US, the album spawned two more top 5 singles, “Say You’ll Be There” and “2 Become 1,” Both of these songs, as well as a fourth double A-side of “Mama” and “Who Do You Think You Are?” went number one in the UK and the album actually remained number one for 15 non-consecutive weeks there. “Spice” was the highest-selling album of 1997 in both the US and UK, as well as several other countries across the world.

With “Spicemania” in full swing and the girls drawing comparisons to The Beatles the group were suddenly everywhere you turned, which made the music video for the first single from their sophomore album, “Spiceworld,” one of their most iconic singles, “Spice Up Your Life,” all that much more clever. You can see for yourself below! The video featured the girls flying a spaceship through a futuristic world filled with, well… themselves! In many ways, it was a reflection of the real world at that point in time, as they were starring in their own Pepsi commercial and their image was splashed all over pretty much everything you could think of, including lunch boxes like the one I still have sitting in the top of my closet right next to two full sets of the dolls that were made of the girls at the time! The only logical step after all of this was a movie, right? Of course! “Spiceworld” the movie was released in December 1997 in the UK and January 1998 in the US and became a huge box-office hit, even breaking the record for highest-selling weekend debut for Super Bowl weekend in the US. The film made $30 million in the US and over $100 million worldwide. It also remains one of my very favorite films and one that remains on my AppleTV and gets watched fairly often! Unfortunately, the singles from “Spiceworld” didn’t do near as well in the US, although they were all still top 20 hits, they didn’t make the impact that the singles from the first album did. Little did the world know that there was trouble brewing within the “Spiceworld.”

On May 31, 1998 it was officially announced that one of the group’s members, Geri Halliwell, had left the group. Geri was one of the group’s biggest contributors, in terms of songwriting, so when the group decided to continue on without her their style was drastically different. The first single they released after Geri left was a beautiful ballad called “Goodbye,” the video for which can be seen below. “Goodbye” had a much sleeker, more mature sound than anything they had done before and was very clearly a sort of send-off to Geri. The single went straight to number one in the UK, becoming the group’s third consecutive Christmas number one there. The single peaked at number 11 here in the US. The group’s first, and only, album without Geri was called “Forever” and was preceded by a double A-side single, “Holler/Let Love Lead The Way.” This single also went number one in the UK, although it failed to chart at all in the US. “Forever” peaked at number 39 in the US, number 2 in the UK, and only sold 2.5 million copies worldwide, which is respectable but a major flop in comparison to their previous records.

It wasn’t long before each girl began pursuing solo careers and slowly drifting in separate directions. There was never a point where there was any official announcement that the group had disbanded, they simply stopped working together. They each slowly started stating in interviews and such that they were no longer working together but there wasn’t ever an official announcement from their record label or anything. Still, it became more and more evident as each girl starting emerging on their own and finding success in their own individual ways… and each of them very much did find success in their own ways. As I mentioned above, I have spent all week publishing my tutorials for each girl in order of my favorite, so it only seemed appropriate to discuss each one here in that order, as well. While listing things in order of your favorite, of course, somebody always has to be the least favorite, but I will say that I absolutely adore every one of the Spice Girls and even my least favorite I love more than a majority of other artists out there. I feel so juvenile even typing this all out but that’s just where the Spice Girls take me! All of this having been said, let’s get right into it!

EMMA BUNTON

Emma Bunton in 1996
Emma Bunton in 1996
Emma Bunton in 2012
Emma Bunton in 2012

Emma Bunton, aka Baby Spice, was the youngest and most sort of wide-eyed member of the group, with a very girly, innocent, youthful style and image, often being seen in pigtails, babydoll dresses and with a lollipop in hand. When the group disbanded, Emma was one of the first to appear solo, first as a featured artist on the Tin Tin Out hit, “What I Am,” as well as having a solo track, “Hey You (Free Up Your Mind,)” featured on the soundtrack for “Pokemon: The 1st Movie.” Her debut solo album, “A Girl Like Me,” was released in the UK in 2001 and peaked at number 4 on the album charts. It also spawned a few top 20 singles, including “What Took You So Long?” and “We’re Not Gonna Sleep Tonight.” It wasn’t until her sophomore album, “Free Me,” that Emma had any solo music released in the US, when the album’s title track, the video for which can be seen below, became a hit on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Charts, as well as the album’s second single, “Maybe.” The “Free Me” album peaked at number 7 on the UK charts but failed to chart in the US. A third album, “Life In Mono,” was released in the UK, preceded by the minor hit single “Downtown,” but was basically considered a flop. Outside of music, Emma found a lot of success as a presenter on various television programs, as well as hosting the weekly Saturday drive time show for the Heart radio station!

One of my favorite things about Emma is the fact that while her style had definitely evolved over the years she has never quite lost her inner Baby Spice. She may not wear pigtails or walk around sucking  lollipops anymore but her look has definitely remained very fun and youthful but in a much more classy, mature and modern kind of way. I really wanted to capture that look in my Emma tutorial, so I decided to recreate the look that Emma wore to the 2012 Brit Awards, which really captured that style beautifully. I also found that with each girl’s look, I was doing a pretty wide range of looks. In fact, the looks I picked out for each girl fell into a separate category, from a professional/business appropriate look to a formal event look, an evening out look, a totally glammed  up “Essex” style “clubbing” look to the Emma look, which I felt was a perfect casual daytime look. Check out the tutorial below!

Emma Now CF 06
Emma Now CF 03
Emma Now CF 05

PRODUCTS USED:
FACE:
L’oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in C3 Creamy Natural
Boots No. 7 Quick Cover Concealer in Medium
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder in Buff Beige
L’oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in Medium
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Magic
EYES:
Urban Decay Naked Eye Shadows in Sin, Naked, Buck, Virgin & Blackout
TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Eye Shadow in Sassy
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Liner in Pure White
Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Mascara
LIPS:
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp
Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Peony
MELANIE BROWN

Melanie B in 1996
Melanie B in 1996
Melanie B in 2012
Melanie B in 2012

Melanie Brown, aka Mel B or Scary Spice, was known for being the loudest and most outrageous of the girls, straight down to the huge curly mane she wore atop her head, with perhaps one of her most signature images being the hair being pulled and wrapped to form two “horns” at the front of her head, Melanie also provided the majority of the “raps” included in the groups music, along with Geri, including that “What I really really want” opening to “Wannabe.” Melanie B was one of the few members who actually released a solo material before the group had disbanded, with her debut solo single, “I Want You Back,” serving as the first single from her debut solo album, “Hot,” and going to number one on the UK singles charts. “Hot” was released in the UK in November 2000, a month prior to the group’s album, “Forever,” and debuted at number 28 before dropping off the chart altogether. The album’s lack of success is often attributed to it being released so close to the group’s album as the public were more interested in another album from the group than a solo effort. Still, the album spawned 2 more top five singles, “Tell Me,” and one of my favorite solo Spice Girl tracks, “Feels So Good,” the video for which can be seen below. This album was only released digitally in the US. Melanie was dropped from her label due to the album’s “failure.” In 2004, she was approached to play the role of Mimi Marquez on Broadway in my favorite musical of all-time, “Rent,” which brought her back into the limelight after a short break away, and also helped to earn her a new record deal with an indie label called Amber Cafe, who released her second studio album, “L.A. State Of Mind,” which was absolutely brilliant but was also an unfortunate flop, only having one single released, “Today,” which peaked at number 41 on the UK charts, making it the lowest charting release from a solo Spice Girl up to that point. The album failed to chart altogether and was even called one of the worst pop albums of the decade by Allmusic. Melanie also released a really amazing book called “Catch A Fire,” an autobiography, as well as focusing her attention towards television, presenting several programs, as well as competing on different reality shows, most notably here in the US on “Dancing With The Stars” and in her very own reality series, “Mel B: It’s A Scary World.” She also became a judge on the Australian version of “The X Factor,” as well as presenting the Australian version of “Dancing With The Stars,” and guest judged temporarily on the UK version of “The X Factor.” Melanie also developed a pretty strong name for herself in the realm of fitness and health, releasing a range of fitness DVDs and even a fitness game for the Nintendo Wii. Most recently, in March 2012, it was announced that Melanie had actually signed a global record deal with EMI to release a third solo album, which I personally am quite excited about!

I did a Google image search for pics of Melanie B from this year and found a lot of really beautiful images from her time on “The X Factor,” as well as various shoots for the press  in Australia for “The X Factor,” “Dancing With The Stars” and her reality series, “Mel B: It’s A Scary World,” but none of them were quite “flash” enough to really reflect her personality, which over the years has remained outrageous but also added just the right touch of class and refinement. Then I stumbled upon these images of her just on an evening out in Sydney with her husband, I believe for a launch party for her series, and thought, “That is just the perfect makeup look for an evening out!” I loved the look because I felt it would be a perfect look for a date night, dinner at a more high end restaurant, going to a theatre or opera house or any type of occasion where you need to be just a little more polished than usual. So, I felt like this made this look perfect for a tutorial! Check it out below!

Mel B CF 08
Mel B CF 01
Mel B CF 07

PRODUCTS USED:
FACE:
Calvin Klein Infinite Hydration Moisturizing Foundation in Toasted
Boots No. 7 Quick Cover Concealer in Medium
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Covergirl TruBlend Minerals Loose Powder in Translucent Light
L’oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in Medium
Sedona Lace Contour & Blush Palette (gold-toned highlight)
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate
Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Powder Blush in Candy Cameo
EYES:
Stila Matte Eye Shadow in Illimani
TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Eye Shadows in Stubborn, Selfish, Sophisticated & Silly
L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black
Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Mascara
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel
LIPS:
Revlon Lip Butter in Gumdrop
Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Whisper


VICTORIA BECKHAM

Victoria Beckham in 1996
Victoria Beckham in 1996
Victoria Beckham in 2012
Victoria Beckham in 2012

Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, has probably been the most successful Spice Girl outside of the group, although not particularly as a musician. Victoria did release some really strong solo material, starting with her 2000 single “Out Of Your Mind” with True Steppers and Dane Bowers, which debuted at number two on the UK charts. Over a year later, Victoria released the first official single from her self-titled debut album, a track called “Not Such An Innocent Girl,” which debuted at number 6. The album peaked at number 10 on the UK album charts and was widely considered a flop, largely due to high production costs that were not exceeded by the album’s sales. The album spawned one other top ten hits, and one of my personal favorite songs from any of the solo Spice Girls, “A Mind Of It’s Own,” the video for which can be seen below. It wasn’t long before rumors circulated that Victoria had been dropped from her label, Virgin Records, especially when at the same time both Emma and Mel B were dropped from Virgin. Victoria refuted such a thing, though, stating that her relationship with Virgin had ended naturally. She then signed to Telstar Records in 2002 and began work on a pop-based record, “Open Your Eyes,” which she is said to have decided to scrap because she was unhappy with the results and wanted a harder, more urban sound. She began working with US Hip-Hop producer Damon Dash on an album to be titled “Come Together,” which featured the brilliant single, “It’s That Simple,” featuring rap group M.O.P., as well as releasing a double A-side single of “Let Your Head Go,” from the previous pop recordings alongside “This Groove,” one of my favorite songs of Victoria’s career, which peaked at number 3 on the UK charts. Victoria is the only Spice Girl to have never had a solo number one single but is also the only one to have had every single of her solo releases reach the UK top 10. After Victoria’s Hip-Hop album plans fell through, as well, she was released from her contract with Telstar when the company went under and Victoria simply ended any pursuit of a solo music career. As a sidenote, the entire “Open Your Eyes” album eventually leaked to the internet and was a really strong and fun album, as well as much of the “Come Together” album leaking and also being really strong. In fact, at the time that the group was together I liked Victoria a lot less but the strength of her solo music, as well as reading her brilliant autobiography “Learning To Fly” really made me fall in love with her. In spite of the disappointing end of her solo music career, Victoria has made a HUGE name for herself outside of music. Her marriage to star footballer David Beckham kind of catapulted the pair of them to an insane level of fame and made Victoria a staple in tabloids across the UK and even the US. Victoria suddenly found herself an international style and fashion icon, like a British Sarah Jessica Parker or something of the like. Victoria really shifted her focus to fashion as a career move when she designed a line called “VB Rocks” for Rock & Republic. From there Victoria has built herself a global fashion empire, starting with a line of sunglasses, dvb Eyewear, followed by a denim collection called dvbStyle, then a collection of handbags and jewelry done in association with Japanese retailer Samantha Thavasa, a line of cosmetics called V-Sculpt and so many other things. Finally, at 2008 New York Fashion Week Victoria released a full range of her very own and her designs can be seen on many of the world’s hottest celebrities in the US and across the world at any given event these days. Even Sarah Jessica Parker has praised the line, which basically seals Victoria’s fate as a fashion force to be reckoned with!

I was searching for a really strong look from Victoria, as she is such a beauty icon all across the world, and very nearly went with these really insane, over-the-top, brightly colored and dramatic looks she wore in a shoot for the May 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar China. The more I thought about it, though, I felt like it would be best to find a look that really captured Victoria’s iconic sense of style, not some thing she did that was really outside of her usual style. I realized that when I think of Victoria the thoughts that come to mind, particularly in terms of her makeup, are that she always exudes class and elegance and shines the brightest, in my opinion, in formal wear. So, it seemed only natural to do a more “formal event” style of makeup for Victoria’s look. Then I found these images of Victoria at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2012 and knew that it would be the perfect look for a tutorial! Check out the video below!

Victoria CF 05
Victoria CF 11
Victoria CF 15

PRODUCTS USED:
FACE:
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NW20
Boots No. 7 Quick Cover Concealer in Medium
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Coty Airspun Loose Powder in Translucent
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes in Angelic & Wonder
EYES:
Urban Decay Naked2 Eye Shadows in Foxy, Verve, Suspect, Snakebite, Chopper & Blackout
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero
Ulta Lash Blow Out Mascara
Elf Eyebrow Lifter & Filler in Dark Brown/Ivory (Dark Brown side only)
LIPS:
Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Rock N’ Rose
Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Delish

GERI HALLIWELL

Geri Halliwell in 1996
Geri Halliwell in 1996
Geri Halliwell in 2012
Geri Halliwell in 2012

Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, was the one who kind of began the fall of the Spice Girls when she left the group in May 1998. The following year Geri was the first Spice Girl to embark on a solo career, releasing her debut album, “Schizophonic,” which was preceded by the brilliant single, “Look At Me,” which peaked at number 2 on the UK charts. In the UK, the album spawned 3 more singles, all of which went to number one, including “Mi Chico Latino,” “Bag It Up” and “Lift Me Up.” “Look At Me,” however, failed to chart in the US, and “Schizophonic” debuted in the US at number 42 before dropping off the charts altogether. She attempted to release “Mi Chico Latino” in the US, as well, but it also failed to chart, so no subsequent singles or albums were released in the US. Still, her sophomore album, “Scream If You Wanna Go Faster” was also a hit in the UK and spawned another number one single for Geri, a cover of the classic, “It’s Raining Men.” Geri also released 2 autobiographies, which are two of my absolute favorite books of all-time and, dorky as it may sound, I would actually say changed my life in many ways. Geri, of all of the Spice Girls, has probably been the biggest influence on me, personally, and has been a huge inspiration to me for as long as I can remember. She also did some work in television, including serving as judge for the reality series “Popstars: The Rivals,” which created my second favorite girl group of all-time, Girls Aloud, which is a little bit of a strange twist of fate. It wasn’t until 2004/2005 that Geri returned to music, releasing the brilliant single “Ride It,” the lead single from her third studio album, “Passion.” This single fared well in the charts, peaking at number four, however the album was delayed quite some time after the release of “Ride It,” which caused a bit of lost interest among fans and the media, so when the second single, one of my very favorite songs of Geri’s career, “Desire,” the video for which can be seen below, it peaked at number 22 on the singles charts and the album peaked outside of the top 40 before dropping of the charts altogether. Geri was then dropped from her label and decided to pursue other ventures outside of music from that point. One of the biggest of these ventures was her children’s book series, “Ugenia Lavender,” which has been a big success, as well as a line of Union Jack-themed clothing, inspired by an iconic dress worn in her Spice Girls days, through UK retailer Next. Over the past few years, Geri has slowly begun revealing plans to finally release a fourth studio album which I, for one, couldn’t possibly be more excited about!

One of my favorite things about Geri in these later years of her career is the fact that she has developed this really beautiful, glamour-based, “Essex” style look. If you follow my blog or YouTube channel regularly, you must know that my very favorite kind of makeup to wear myself is in the style of the girls from “The Only Way Is Essex” – very bold, over-the-top and glamour-based. So, when it came time to select a look to recreate from Geri, I set out specifically looking for a look in this style and did I ever find one! This look is from the launch of her clothing line through Next and as soon as I saw the images I absolutely fell in love with the look she wore to this event and knew that I wanted to recreate it, even as much as I really don’t care for those pale peach/coral-toned lip colors like she is wearing in this look. Still, I thought this would be a perfect “party” or “clubbing” look to do a tutorial for and I actually really loved the way that it came out on me! Check out my tutorial below!

Geri CF 13

Geri CF 07

Geri CF 04
PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
L’oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in C3 Creamy Natural
Boots No. 7 Quick Cover Concealer in Medium
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Protector Finishing Powder in Natural Beige
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil
Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Coral Reef
Urban Decay Urbanglow Cream Highlight in Wicked
EYES:
Urban Decay Naked2 Eye Shadows in Half Baked, Chopper, Snakebite, Tease, Foxy & Bootycall
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils in Zero & Whiskey
L’oreal Voluminous Extra Collagen Mascara in Black Brown
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel
LIPS:
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain in Charm
Stila Lip Glaze in Ulta-Mate Pink

MELANIE CHISOLM

Melanie C in 1996
Melanie C in 1996
Melanie C in 2012
Melanie C in 2012

Melanie Chisolm, aka Mel C, aka Sporty Spice, is my very favorite Spice Girl. She has been since the group first came out. It’s certainly not because I ever related to her “Sporty Spice” image but because she was the strongest vocalist in the group. It was once she started releasing solo music, though, that I came to realize what it was that always made Mel C my favorite – it is the fact that she always seemed to be the one who took the music the most serious. The strongest evidence of this is definitely the fact that she is the only member of the group who has never stopped releasing music. Each of the other girls eventually kind of gave up on pursuing a solo career but Mel C never has. She has also been the most successful of the group as a solo artist. When Melanie released her debut solo album, “Northern Star,” my mind was blown in so many ways – it remains one of my favorite albums of all-time and my very favorite solo album by any of the Spice Girls. “Northern Star” was never just a trivial pop record – it was the emotional journey of a serious and extremely gifted singer-songwriter. It also reached number 4 on the UK albums charts, and spawned five top 20 singles in the UK, including two number ones, “Never Be The Same Again” and “I Turn To You.” None of Melanie’s subsequent 5 albums and one EP have reached the same level of success as “Northern Star,” but they have all sold a respectable amount worldwide and, like I said, kept Melanie recording new solo material since before the group even split. My very favorite track of Melanie’s career is the title track from her fourth studio album, “This Time,” the video for which can be seen below. Most recently, in September 2012, Melanie released her sixth studio album, “Stages,” a collection of covers of songs from the theatre and films that have held special meaning to Melanie throughout her career. This record also includes a duet with fellow Spice Girl Emma Bunton on one of my personal favorite songs of all-time, “I Know Him So Well,” from the musical “Chess.” The release of this album also coincided with Melanie making her West End debut as Mary Magdalene in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar,” in which she performs what  is probably my favorite track on “Stages,” “I Don’t Know How To Love Him.”

Melanie C, aside from being my favorite Spice Girl, also happens to be the only of the Spice Girls who I have done a tutorial for before – I filmed a tutorial back in May of this year for the look Melanie wore on the cover of her EP, “The Night,” which was a really cool, unique yellow winged liner look, which you can check out HERE. Since the look I had done at that time was from the cover of her other big release this year, I felt like it only made sense to do the look from Melanie’s other big release this year – the “Stages” album cover! I also just fell in love with this look for it’s simple, natural feel paired with a somewhat bold yet somewhat muted lip, and felt like it would be a perfect “professional” or “business casual” type makeup look, perfect for any girl working in an office, like I do, although my office is not at all your typical “office environment,” and I pretty much wear whatever makeup I feel like when I am there. Still, I had really been wanting to do some sort of “office friendly” type tutorial, so I thought this look would be perfect for that! Check out the tutorial below!

Mel C CF 12

Mel C CF 07

Mel C CF 09
PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation in Creamy Natural
Boots No. 7 Quick Cover Concealer in Medium
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Protector Finishing Powder in Natural Beige
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate
L’oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in Medium
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Stellar

EYES:
Too Faced Sweet Indulgence Eye Shadows in Malted Milk Ball, Copper Peony, Lovey Dovey, Teddy Bear, Peach Fuzz & In The Buff
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Whiskey
Elf Eyebrow Lifter & Filler in Dark Brown/Ivory (Ivory side only)
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara

LIPS:
MAC Lip Erase
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Pink

SPICE GIRLS NOW

Viva Forever - Press Launch

It was rumored several times over the years since the girls’ split that they would be reuniting but nothing ever came to fruition, so when I began hearing these rumors again in early 2007 my reaction was very much, “I’ll believe it when I see it!” Well, on June 28, 2007, I believed it! The girls held a press conference announcing a Greatest Hits album to feature two brand new tracks, including their gorgeous single, “Headlines (Friendship Never Ends,)” the video for which can be seen below, as well as a world tour, entitled “Return of the Spice Girls.” The “Return of the Spice Girls” tour kicked off on December 2, 2007 in Vancouver and traveled across North America and Europe until it returned to Canada to end in Toronto on February 26, 2008. I had the very good fortune to be able to mark “See the Spice Girls in concert” off of my bucket list on December 7, 2007, when I attended their second night at the Staples Center alongside my best friend in the world, who I mentioned earlier as having so many memories connected to the Spice Girls. This was probably one of the biggest.

The group made it clear that they had no intention of continuing on as a group after the tour or recording new material, it was simply done as a celebration of what these five women had shared, as well as a sort of “Goodnight and Thank You” to the fans. So, after this amazing reunion, it seemed as though the girls were simply going to go on about their individual businesses. This made it quite the shock when it was announced that the group would reform again to perform at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London. Their performance, which you can view below, was absolutely brilliant and a great way to show off some of London’s finest talent, which seemed to be a major focusing of the closing ceremonies. It was absolutely thrilling to see the group come back together and come so strong for it!

The girls have also been appearing in 2012 to discuss and promote a musical written by Jennifer Saunders, of “AbFab” fame, and directed by the amazing Judy Craymer, called “Viva Forever,” which will feature entirely the music of the Spice Girls, much like the massive hit ABBA musical, “Mamma Mia!” The show began previews at the Piccadilly Theater on November 27 and will have it’s opening night next week on December 11, 2012. I have included below a video featuring the girls, as well as Judy Craymer and Jennifer Saunders, discussing the show, which I can’t imagine will be anything less than absolutely amazing!

Like I said before, I can’t really express fully or anywhere near enough what the Spice Girls and their music has meant to me over the years, so this has been probably one of the most joyful posts I have ever had the privilege to create here on Beausic! I really hope you guys enjoyed it, as well, and were maybe able to learn some things you didn’t know or pick up a look to add to your repertoire – after all, which five such different girls and five such different looks, there is bound to be something for everyone. It’s like I’ve always said, “Variety is the spice of life… that’s why there’s a Scary, a Baby, a Ginger, a Posh and a Sporty!” Seriously, though, this post has brought back so many incredible memories for me and has lead me into a whole world of nostalgic feelings! I’m just going to go with it for now! I definitely think that this was a pretty incredible way for me to end the year here at Beausic… but, wait! The year at Beausic isn’t over yet! I have some really fun, exciting, BIG stuff planned for the next two weeks at Beausic before I take my little blogcation! Next week, the Spotlight post for December, is going to be pretty HUGE, as well, showcasing an artist who has made a similar sort of impact on pop culture as the Spice Girls, although more frequently in a very different way and for very different reasons! Think you know who it is? Well, while you are figuring that out, I wish you all a beautiful weekend and a beautiful life!

Jason

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