I have wanted to post music on UnspottedBeauty.com for a long time. When I was a child I remember loving music videos. Like many kids of my generation, I used to stay up late to watch Yo MTV Rap or wait for hours for a specific video clip to finally come up in order to record it on a VHS. Mind you, I still have most of those VHS tapes…I’m gonna have to have them converted to DVD or something because I can guarantee that there are a few gems in there.
Apart from the music, what I loved most about the videos was the beauty: the singers’ and video vixens’ hair, nails, jewelry, clothes and, most of all, the makeup. I couldn’t believe how pretty they were, how perfect their teeth and skin were. Obviously, like most, I thought that all American girls had to look like that, and wondered if I would ever look that pretty and polished. Alas, now that I have worked in television (and know most of the beauty tricks) for a few years and lived in North America for more than a decade, I am less impressed, but I can always remember the feeling when I stumble on a video from the 90s.
Today, I am starting this series with a video that, weirdly enough, was just posted online on Gabrielle’s Vevo Channel although it is 20 years old. Dreams was the first international hit from the UK singer and at the time I was only 10 years old. Needless to say that I still remember all the lyrics from this song and that they still resonate with me. Although the lyrics refer to a dream of romantic love coming true, I used to (and still did today as I was listening to it) apply this to any dream I have now and that is coming true or that I wish to see come true.
Now let’s talk about the beauty that used to amaze me in this video. As you can tell, Gabrielle looks very natural, has somewhat of boheme chic look going on and a lot of different influences.
I had a fascination with short cuts and, when I finally ended up cutting my hair some 15 years later, I never regretted it. To this day it is still the hair style I preferred on me (along with my signature long micro braids of course lol).
In this video she was wearing some pretty cool boho chic jewelry. Wide cuffs, ankle bracelets, many necklaces and, last but not least, a belly button diamond. I am pretty sure Gabrielle was one of the singers who inspired me to get my own belly button jewelry in the form of my first piercing at age 20.
The bejeweled eye patch.
Although I did not really think eye patches were a necessary fashion accessory, I loved the way she made what most would consider a “flaw” look beautiful and original. Gabrielle suffers from ptosis (the drooping of one eyelid) and this is what the eye patch was for. What I still love about it is that if you’re gonna have to wear an eye patch, it might as well be looking fierce.
The makeup and nails
Obviously last but not least I loved her make up and nail color. She was rocking a sexy red lip and burgundy nails and it looked fabulous and still looks very modern.
Overall that’s, I think, what I like most about the beauty in this video, it all looks pretty modern. None of the accessories or beauty statements seem too out of place 20 years after the video first aired.
And the song is still beautiful, I hope it’ll make your day brighter.