But difficult if you’ve got a cold!

When I say I’m a winter person (because I so love the clothes that you wear in the colder weather) I forget that it’s also the season of coughs and colds. And boy, did I get a cold!   And just before Christmas when we’re all expected to be sociable. In fact, the cold was so bad I couldn’t join in with my family’s get-together at my daughter’s on Christmas Day.

I sent Mr Frugal Fashion Shopper off with all the Christmas food we’d made and sat at home croaking, coughing and snorting throughout the day. On one level, I almost enjoyed myself. I did exactly what I wanted when I wanted. I ate when I was hungry and didn’t over eat because the plate was exactly to my liking and size – hate that Christmas overeating. And then I read a book for hours on end – wonderful. On the other hand, it did feel odd eating on my own. Anyway, I’m on the mend but Mr Frugal Fashion Shopper is poorly now.

That’s the way it’s been throughout December because alongside the cold my eyes have been playing up. I suffer from blepharitis, a condition of the eyelids that’s really common as we age – hmmm!   As it’s a chronic condition I usually keep it all under control with scrupulous cleansing (with the special cleaners) and hot cloths to the face and eyelids. But it flares up when you’re under stress and/or have a virus. As things have been a bit hectic during December the condition started to play up and then blew up good and proper when I get the cold – and then I get styes.  One’s coming to fruition right now ……

So the result of all this is that I haven’t been wearing my contact lenses and eye makeup for around a month. Now you might think, OK, there’s a lot worse that could happen, and, of course, that’s so true. But the person I am, or think I am, is a person who wears eye makeup and no glasses – so I haven’t been me for nearly a month.

I know that I wear slightly more makeup than most people my age but I’ve been putting on the slap since I was 15, and I’ll carry on wearing makeup into my very old age – why ever not. However, I do wear Tricia Cusden’s Look Fabulous Forever foundation, some lippy and don’t forget the eyebrows. I get these professionally dyed in a salon and the definition from these darker eyebrows (they’re a pale gingery white now) makes all the difference.

But do tell me, do you feel slightly out of kilter if you don’t wear makeup?   Or, is makeup something you can take or leave?   Or, is it something you don’t wear now because you are getting just a bit older. Actually, if it’s the latter do watch some of Tricia Cusden’s tutorials on makeup and the older woman – I hope they change your mind!

That’s all for now.  I’ll be back soon with some sparkling outfits for the New Year!

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

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13 thoughts on “‘Tis the season to be jolly!

  • 28th December 2014 at 3:14 pm
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    I am sorry to hear how your cold affected your Christmas plans, but it is no use taking it to a family dinner. Mr Frugal Shopper did not get off as lightly! And I had been looking forward to hearing if you wore your tulle skirt and Christmas sweater. As for makeup, I wear a lot less than I used to before I retired but even today, I would not go out without my eyes on, just a little mascara and a hint of shadow. I takes a huge difference to me. Like you, I have my brows dyed and shaped once a month, If we do anything for ourselves in older age, it should be to keep our brows in good shape. Our eyes are still lovely and brighten up the entire face. I hope you are well enough for a New Year celebration and can show us what you wore!!!

    All the Very Best,
    Margaret

  • the frugal fashion shopper
    29th December 2014 at 8:44 am
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    Hi Margaret. Thanks so much for your comment and your concern and yes, I should be better by the New Year. As for makeup it’s so good to hear you wear makeup and like to brighten your life with a little colour on the eyes and that the eyebrows are important to get done once a month – so agree with you!

    All the very best for 2015!

  • the frugal fashion shopper
    29th December 2014 at 8:44 am
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    Hi Margaret. Thanks so much for your comment and your concern and yes, I should be better by the New Year. As for makeup it’s so good to hear you wear makeup and like to brighten your life with a little colour on the eyes and that the eyebrows are important to get done once a month – so agree with you!

    All the very best for 2015!

  • 29th December 2014 at 2:45 pm
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    I absolutely love wearing make-up! I love buying it too. I just bought myself some new foundation in a gift pack with some highlighters and brushes so I’m enjoying playing with them. However, I can still go out wearing nothing, or maybe just a dash of mascara and lipstick. I do not put it on as a mask to hide the real me or to make me look better. I wear it because I really love it, I love putting it on and if I don’t feel like it or there isn’t time then I don’t. It can definitely be a celebration of the woman I am rather than ‘can’t go out with out my face on’ type thing… there is a lot of fun to be had with make-up.
    Btw Penny, I always love your blogs and the topics you choose, look forward to more in 2015… xx

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      30th December 2014 at 8:49 am
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      Thanks so much for your comment and the feedback, Laura. Yes, makeup is an individual thing and good to hear you love it. I think the not wearing makeup is fine as long as my older readers are not wearing makeup because they think they’re too old for it. Hopefully Tricia Cusden’s makeup tutorials would make them change their mind 🙂

      So glad you’re looking forward to more blogs – so am I!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      30th December 2014 at 10:46 am
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      Btw, Laura, that tip you gave me about using almond oil on the cuticles – despite feeling a bit low and under the weather, as they say, my cuticles and nails are much better with NHR almond oil which I rub in every night.

  • 29th December 2014 at 2:45 pm
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    I absolutely love wearing make-up! I love buying it too. I just bought myself some new foundation in a gift pack with some highlighters and brushes so I’m enjoying playing with them. However, I can still go out wearing nothing, or maybe just a dash of mascara and lipstick. I do not put it on as a mask to hide the real me or to make me look better. I wear it because I really love it, I love putting it on and if I don’t feel like it or there isn’t time then I don’t. It can definitely be a celebration of the woman I am rather than ‘can’t go out with out my face on’ type thing… there is a lot of fun to be had with make-up.
    Btw Penny, I always love your blogs and the topics you choose, look forward to more in 2015… xx

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      30th December 2014 at 8:49 am
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      Thanks so much for your comment and the feedback, Laura. Yes, makeup is an individual thing and good to hear you love it. I think the not wearing makeup is fine as long as my older readers are not wearing makeup because they think they’re too old for it. Hopefully Tricia Cusden’s makeup tutorials would make them change their mind 🙂

      So glad you’re looking forward to more blogs – so am I!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      30th December 2014 at 10:46 am
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      Btw, Laura, that tip you gave me about using almond oil on the cuticles – despite feeling a bit low and under the weather, as they say, my cuticles and nails are much better with NHR almond oil which I rub in every night.

  • 29th December 2014 at 7:21 pm
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    Good to see you looking well today Penny, and thanks to Mr FFF with his emergency passport services. I took my daughter, India, shopping for some Clinique skin creams and foundation yesterday as she is suffering from skin problems due to Beirut’s humid and polluted air. Decided to try some myself so bought some No. 7 foundation and tried it out today and India said it did make a difference. Am too lazy to wear make up every day though. I don’t unless I’m working or socialising. I like looking nice but don’t want to get to the point where I would be worried about someone seeing me without make up. So you are having an effect on me – foundation, skinny jeans, whatever next? Even bought some Softinos purple and red ankle boots for Christmas. Maybe I’ll even try a hair tint, but probably not as I am rather lazy and quite like my grey streaks.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      30th December 2014 at 8:45 am
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      Thanks so much Umi but I’m still not 100% and the left eye still has a small stye *sigh*!!

      Yes, I find Boots No 7 moisturisers excellent but haven’t tried their foundation as I use Tricia Cusden’s foundation. I met her on Twitter, btw, went to see her and had a makeover and was convinced from then on. But I find the No 7 Moisturisers as good as any other company/make and they’re half the price.

      So glad to be an influence 😉 and hope the passport thing went well.

  • 29th December 2014 at 7:21 pm
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    Good to see you looking well today Penny, and thanks to Mr FFF with his emergency passport services. I took my daughter, India, shopping for some Clinique skin creams and foundation yesterday as she is suffering from skin problems due to Beirut’s humid and polluted air. Decided to try some myself so bought some No. 7 foundation and tried it out today and India said it did make a difference. Am too lazy to wear make up every day though. I don’t unless I’m working or socialising. I like looking nice but don’t want to get to the point where I would be worried about someone seeing me without make up. So you are having an effect on me – foundation, skinny jeans, whatever next? Even bought some Softinos purple and red ankle boots for Christmas. Maybe I’ll even try a hair tint, but probably not as I am rather lazy and quite like my grey streaks.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      30th December 2014 at 8:45 am
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      Thanks so much Umi but I’m still not 100% and the left eye still has a small stye *sigh*!!

      Yes, I find Boots No 7 moisturisers excellent but haven’t tried their foundation as I use Tricia Cusden’s foundation. I met her on Twitter, btw, went to see her and had a makeover and was convinced from then on. But I find the No 7 Moisturisers as good as any other company/make and they’re half the price.

      So glad to be an influence 😉 and hope the passport thing went well.

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