There’s a post on climate change that I’ve been writing on and off for several weeks, but it’s not ready and maybe never will. It’s quite long but just doesn’t read right. Several things prompted my attempt. First, it was Sir David Attenborough’s documentary, Climate Change: The Facts, which was excellent and not, as you might think, totally depressing, with much to say about what could be done. And second, there is the growing protest movement, which my daughter and her family participate in. I was quite radical in my time, so I’m pleased I’ve passed on the baton. And don’t forget the school strikes, which began in Sweden with the wonderful Greta Thunberg and are now world-wide occurrences.  Yay, and big cheer to the younger generation. Then there are the reports (for example, on the threat to human life from species extinction) that keep on acoming.

Btw, is there anyone out there who doesn’t believe that our planet is in for a bad time, if not in my lifespan, certainly in my grandson’s?  I mean, how could you not accept all that scientific evidence and, increasingly, the evidence before your eyes?  Just read stuff, please.

But here’s a couple of things. As you know I have the slowest YouTube channel ever, which is now deliberately slow. I did begin to buy makeup products to test them out for YouTube. And then I thought, what am I doing? How wasteful to buy products when you haven’t finished what you’re currently using. So I have stopped all that. I will do a video about once every 4-8 weeks depending on my circumstances. And here’s the thing. I commit to not replacing any of my cosmetic products until I have finished them all up.  Also I would like to ask manufacturers to stop putting their cosmetics in plastic pots and then putting them in a cardboard box – just don’t! I’m asking politely now but I might be less polite as time goes by. Actually here’s what I’m going to do. Having tried a variety of beauty products over the years I now buy Boots No 7, Clarins and Look Fabulous Forever products.  So, when I buy a product in a shop I’m going to take the product out of its cardboard container and leave it on the counter. I will email LFF and see what they say about this double packaging.  It’s not just about the recycling problem it’s the carbon footprint of the product that needs to be reduced. What do you think about this?

Then there’s the fashion industry. There’s a great article here saying ‘Don’t feed the monster’. Because that’s what it is.  And let’s not get too enamoured with buying ‘natural’ materials as cotton has an appalling carbon footprint. While bras and pants are impossible to buy thrifted or in a charity shop, and I wouldn’t want to, but everything else? Yes. We have to buy 2nd hand. And that includes shoes. So, I commit to not buying new, apart from underwear, and to buying only 1 pair of new shoes a year. As you know I’d like some red Doc Martens and I’ll make them last into my mid to late 80s – all other shoes will be 2ndhand.

And buying 2nd hand can be fun, and these days, quite up-market. Gone are the scruffy and rather dirty charity shops of yesteryear, as they’re all little boutiques now with great bargains.  But the bar keeps going up as last week I got to an opening event of a really wonderful way to shop for 2nd-hand, designer, and vintage clothes. And as you know I don’t usually like anything of the vintage variety as i) they don’t suit and ii) I see these vintage shops as an excuse to put a nought onto the price of their goods, which are often pretty average. But this was different.

The event was the opening of a superb venue at Emmaus which is based in Portslade (near Brighton). Emmaus has a wonderful ethos of helping the less fortunate in our society.  They do that through lots of business ventures, including recycling furniture – and clothes. And their latest venture is Outfit at Emmaus, which is set in a chapel in their lovely grounds and is absolutely amazing.


The chapel interior has been transformed with quirky, but substantial, chipboard cupboards, tables and clothes racks.

And there are some fab clothes.

And this.

Despite my love of red (!) I bought, surprise, surprise, a ‘vintage’ dress. It’s made by hand and slightly fragile, but the cut is lovely. Here I am in the changing room. Btw, I wore my red hat – you can just see it.

Look at the sheen on that dress. And here it is below at home.

The dress was found in the vintage area and cost £10, which is very reasonable for a vintage dress, I’d say. I now need an occasion to wear it! Excuse the hair – I’d just washed it.

And now for something even better – or maybe just different. I found this in the designer area.  It’s a Karen Millen and here it is in the changing room.

It’s not black but that deep mauve colour, which I usually think doesn’t suit, but this, perhaps, does. It cost £25, which is a bit steep for me.  But here it is at home and taking everything into consideration I think it’s worth the price.

Yes, I know – shoes! Those are my indoor shoes and not for best.

So all in all, buying 2nd hand can be great fun.  It’s also about sustainability, and, you are helping a charity.  Really, as I’ve said before, it’s a win-win situation. If you get the chance and manage to get to Brighton, Outfit at Emmaus can be reached from the centre of Brighton by catching the No1 bus. Why not give it a try 🙂

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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50 thoughts on “Buying fewer clothes and makeup – I’m trying!

  • 10th June 2019 at 10:19 am

    We have an Emmaus about ten mins away. My house and wardrobe ate filled with their bargains. I even bought a couple of dark green factory lockers for £15 some years ago that I use for gardening stuff!

    Love the blog and the podcasts!

    • 11th June 2019 at 7:16 am

      Hello Mary – so good to hear you’ve got an Emmaus near you. I’ve only just discovered this charity and although I kind of knew about the furniture recycling apparently this vintage/designer clothes shop is a new venture. Thank you so much for your comment 🙂

  • 10th June 2019 at 10:43 am

    Hi Penny,
    I can understand why you purchased both of those dresses, they look lovely on you.
    I also op shop, but have found I have purchased too many clothes, well they didn’t cost a lot of money. I am currently going through my clothes and returning the items that didn’t quite suit. Mind you, none of the handbags will be going back, just love my handbags.

    • 11th June 2019 at 7:20 am

      Hello Jeanette – so good that you’re having a clearout – the op shops will be pleased. And, handbags. They’re not my thing as I need to carry my bag on my back so that the weight is evenly distributed. Actually I think my spine is slightly curved because of all the bags I carried on one shoulder! But I do understand – I find it very hard to get rid of i) coats and ii) hats as I love both 🙂

  • 10th June 2019 at 10:53 am

    Absolutely right about buying from charity shops, also I (try to)
    operate on the one in one out principle. I never seem to find the great stuff you find, though.

    Also, I am currently going through my makeup drawer and using up odds and ends which have been there for a good while, and using those sample sachets acquired over the years from nagazines etc (discarding anything which doesn’t smell right though!)
    Face hasn’t fallen off yet.

    • 11th June 2019 at 7:29 am

      I love your comment (about your face) and admit to not using those little sachets. But if I get any more I will. I also operate the one in one out principle and got rid of a coat and a skirt for those two dresses. Have a nice week.

  • 10th June 2019 at 10:57 am

    I totally agree with you on climate change and feel that everyone needs to do something. Recycling more, using less plastic as well as less energy and water (put a jumper and socks on I said to a visitor yesterday when he complained of being cold while wearing a pair of shorts and a thin T-shirt) I haven’t bought any 2nd hand clothes yet because I’m still going through my stuff (I’m a hoarder so it’s everywhere in the house – loft, under the bed, etc) and doing the ‘shop your wardrobe’ kind of thing. It’s actually great because I’m saving money too.

    On the makeup/skincare side, I decided 3 months ago to use up all the little sample sachets and advent calendar bits and thought it would just take a very short time, probably a month or two. I don’t think I’m even 1/3 the way through yet, so that’s good.

    However, I did like the video you posted on the makeup in Clarins. Just a suggestion, but could you have this done again somewhere different and try to recreate with what you already have? Although I guess that could mean being a potentially awkward situation at the counter when you didn’t buy anything, so maybe that’s not such a good suggestion.

    I don’t always comment but I do read and enjoy all your posts, so thank you and keep them coming.

    • 11th June 2019 at 7:35 am

      Hi Scarlett and thanks so much for your great comment. Yes, it’s difficult to get our heads round this but we have to change everything. I mean I didn’t even start on transport. Although we currently live in a very leafy area we just walk a few yards and are on to the main drag into Brighton from the A23. I mean the cars………. I have come to hate them for their smell, their noise, and the sheer nonsense of them when there are so many buses in Brighton. Our public transport system is so good apart that is from the cost – I won’t go on as that’s another post 😉

      Re YouTube videos – the next one is me re-creating the LFF makeover, which actually will accentuate the positive but I didn’t like everything and will say why. So that’s on the cards in the next couple of weeks. Thanks again for the feedback which is very much appreciated.

  • 10th June 2019 at 11:51 am

    We have an Emmaus in our small town of Castelnaudary. We have been there for furniture etc but I haven’t looked at the clothes – yet!
    The Emmaus local to you, looks amazing. So do you in your ‘new’ dresses. I particularly like the Karen Millen dress. Next time I’m in the Brighton and Hove area, I’ll aim to pop in.
    One person who denies climate change, immediately springs to mind, and we all know who he is…

    • 11th June 2019 at 7:39 am

      Ah yes the great orange denier!!!!

      The Emmaus near us is amazing but so good you’ve got one near you in France. Yes, it’s the No1 or 1A which will get you to Emmaus in Portslade which is definitely worth a visit.

  • 10th June 2019 at 12:16 pm

    We have an Emmaus near us but I don’t know if they do clothes. I’m a great 2nd hand fan – I hardly ever buy anything new, even shoes, other than underwear. I’ve even bought 2nd hand bras – once washed who is going to know? I do find that used cardis are often too bobbly and worn but I look out on Ebay for new ones at a really good price. Being petite, if I can find Precis or Minuet knits that would have cost around £40 in a shop for less than half that I’m happy. I have some from these brands that are 10 years+old and I’m still wearing them. I won’t commit to not buying anything to wear this year but I know I could and should – just trying to be honest!
    I do try to use up my make-up but sometimes I’ve just had it so long or finally accepted it was wrong for me that it does get thrown away. Often I find hair mousse a big disappointment but I keep on using it. The one I like does not seem to be available now. I have (yet another) weakness for perfume and have many bottles ‘waiting in the wings’. I keep them in the dark, never paying full price. The Guernsey based is a good place to find things not readily available in the shops and great prices. Also is great for perfume addicts like me!
    Packaging is a real issue for me. I have told LFF that I think they should not send the goods out in silver foil packages because they can’t be recycled but then even a manilla padded envelope has bubble wrap inside so can’t be re-cycled. We must go beyond feeling virtuous by re-cyling; it’s the how we can actually use the re-cycled stuff after expensive energy intensive processing. It’s also a scandal the way we send stuff to other countries to clean the results of our profligacy. Oh dear, getting on high horse again……….!

    • 12th June 2019 at 6:43 am

      You’re a good example of how we should all move towards a smaller footprint. Yes, like you, I know that makeup needs to be thrown eventually. My optician told me that over time eye makeup will grow bacteria and for me that is a no-no, so I do throw it out when I can see it’s getting scanky. But what I stopped myself doing was just buying makeup because it either looked pretty, or me, saying, shall I? No, don’t, I said to myself and haven’t bought any since early April when I went to the LFF pop-up. And re: the packaging and posting in non-recyclable material – so many still do this. But the double packaging of products has to stop. I can see from a variety of articles that supermarkets are at the beginning of the drive to remove plastic but I don’t hear or see any of this from makeup brands. That has to change. I understand and am with you on your rant!!!!!!

  • 10th June 2019 at 12:50 pm

    It’s funny because I started thrifted because it was good for my wallet. But to realize it’s good for the earth too makes it all that much better.
    Since you are such a wonderful thrifter, you should join our #thriftedchicstylechallenge today through Wednesday on Instagram!! It’s a great way to showcase your fabulous finds!! If you’re interested there’s a purple post on my feed with the directions, and if not, maybe next month!!
    The packaging issue is something I haven’t thought of much, but it is SO wasteful. We all need to get on that bandwagon.

    • 12th June 2019 at 6:59 am

      Hey yes, I will look at this #thriftedchicstylechallenge but possibly not this time – will have to get it ready.

      RE: plastics – I think the UK is very, very aware of plastics ever since the David Attenborough documentary that showed the sea full of plastic. It was just utterly disgusting and it ‘woke’ us all up. Since then there’s been a lot in the media about ‘single use plastic’. The supermarkets are just about beginning to remove plastics – they’re trying – and there are more non-plastic products about. I have just bought some bio-degradable bamboo interdental brushes and they’re beautiful to look at, Jodie, and lovely to touch – it’s the way to go. But makeup? No I haven’t heard anything whatsoever from brands and manufacturers – and that has to change. A commenter below mentions our Boots, which was once a chemist, and still is, but it’s full of makeup now. And it’s plastic, plastic, plastic and fancy packaging everywhere, it makes you shudder. And that’s what we should be doing shuddering at what we’re doing to our planet. The thing is we have to change – all of us – and that includes the makeup brands. So leaving the cardboard box behind on the counter will be my way of protesting. End of rant, and yes, I’m being serious here, but we have to be 🙂

  • 10th June 2019 at 12:58 pm

    I so agree with the comment of your previous follower, Lynda. We really should be ashamed of sending our waste to other countries to sort out. We must learn to deal with it usefully ourselves.
    I always read your blogs Penny, you find some lovely pieces. Charity shops in my area are not so well supplied.

    • 12th June 2019 at 7:03 am

      Thank you so much for your comment and feedback Julie, much appreciated! Shame about the charity shops – some towns are good and some not.

  • 10th June 2019 at 1:14 pm

    yes to your discussion of product packaging in all arenas!!!
    I pick up trash nearly daily on my street –food /snack packaging is the worst! !
    and stubs of cigarettes!
    I bought reusable bags for fruit and vegetable shopping-better!

    • 12th June 2019 at 7:01 am

      I’m just about to buy those reusable net/mesh bags for veg shopping. It’s all about changing our ways. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  • 10th June 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Years ago, the founder of The Body Shop, Anita Roddick, introduced the use of re-fillable packaging for many of the cosmetic products she produced. Surely we should be using pots and bottles which can be sterilised and reused? it actually makes me a little angry the way some beauty editors enthuse about ‘sexy’ packaging. At the very least companies should be doing their bit to make containers which can be recycled or are biodegradable.
    I so agree that we can all do our bit to shop less, reuse, repair and redistribute. And as you demonstrate so well, dressing can still be huge fun. In some ways thrifted pieces can make us more creative in the way we put looks together. I’m with you and have been charity shopping for years.

    • 12th June 2019 at 7:12 am

      Yes, I remember how the Body Shop used to be. And funnily enough I might have moved to Brighton around the time when she opened a tiny little shop in the North Laine. It’s moved on somewhat both literally and figuratively. But we have to find ways of changing so many things. Above all it’s the normative idea that we, the western world and everywhere else, must consume and continually move ever upwards in profit and ‘growth’ terms. It’s like turning a tanker around. It could be done – but will it? I’m pinning my hopes on the young generation – the 15 year-old Greta Thunberg is the way to be. I so applaud her.

  • 10th June 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I agree.Make-up packaging is ridiculous.I ignore all the advice and use it until it is finished.
    I have bought an Oxfam book on cleaning,
    darning, making do,and donating to local charities.
    I buy everything secondhand,as far as I can,including books.
    I have not so far remembered to take boxes in to buy meat at Morrisons,but do use their paper bags.
    Our car is frugal ,but the local bus service is very poor,otherwise I would use that.
    I quite enjoy living in a more frugal and simple way.
    As usual Penny you are an inspiration and role model!
    Best wishes

    • 12th June 2019 at 7:14 am

      You’re another really good example of how we should all have a smaller footprint in this world Thank you so much 🙂

  • 10th June 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Hello Penny,

    Small Footprint Living gives me so much pleasure.
    I am so grateful:
    basically car free in Vancouver
    one flight yearly staying put for 3 months
    small apartment dweller
    thrift and retail shopping with care using only my true summer colours
    shopping within my closet (organized by my color system)

    Thanks for your generous sharing. That lovely shop and your new dresses look great!
    Cheers, Judy

    • 12th June 2019 at 7:17 am

      I love this talk and the examples of small footprint living. Our move to a flat was a start of us, although I’ve been charity shop shopping for years before that. I expect we’ll give up our car soon. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  • 10th June 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Every time I walk into Boots the Chemist I am appalled at the number of plastic bottles, packs and cosmetic packaging. How on earth can all that “rubbish ” be reduced? Personally I only buy replacements when I’ve finished it and am gradually replacing bottles of shampoo, shower wash and creams with solid versions. But it is difficult if you don’t live somewhere that has alternative shops. I will know the world has changed for the better when most of the stock in Boots is no longer packaged in plastic. As for clothes I do buy a few things in charity shops but mostly I just keep my clothes a long time and don’t buy much anyway. I love your blog Penny and always enjoy the comments. Best of luck.

    • 12th June 2019 at 7:22 am

      Boots the Chemist really has to change its ways. I appreciate that this will be difficult as business success is always measured through profit. Thinking alternatively always seems to be so radical, but actually understanding that more and more ‘consumers’ want to be radical and that, in the end, saving the earth might actually be profitable too!!! They could at the very least stock more bamboo and bio-degradable products.

  • 10th June 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Totally agree with all your eco stuff. It’s not just the packaging of the cosmetics everything is double and triple wrapped. If I had the time I’d remove as much packaging from my food items as I could and leave it behind for the shop to dispose of but what you suggest is a good start!

    We have an Emmaeus about 10 miles away which we visit regularly. It’s not so good on clothes or shoes, but the household stuff and jewellery is fab. I must find out if they do a Vintage/Designer event. On my most recent post I mention Newport Pagnell which has a vintage event every year – this year it’s to commemorate D Day. All the shops had their vintage stuff out and it wasn’t a lot more expensive than the usual charity shop prices.

    I loved your two dresses especially the green one and I also loved your indoor shoes – very stylish!

    Hope you have a great week.

    • 12th June 2019 at 11:03 am

      The double packaging has to stop – I’m certainly going to try and point this out to shop assistants. But of course they’re not the problem, it’s the manufacturers. Was talking about this with my other half who used to be on the graphics side of marketing and he told me that the markup on cosmetics is humungous. So they could afford to change to recyclable containers – if there’s the will.

      The new shop at Emmaus in Brighton is very much the result of the current marketing manager’s vision – and he really has upped the bar with the lovely fixtures and fittings and the quality of the stock.

      Have a lovely rest of the week xxx

  • 10th June 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Hi, I don’t often comment but I do enjoy your blog, thank you. Completely agree on the huge environmental challenges ahead and can’t believe that more people aren’t trying to do their bit. I’m nowhere near perfect but every bit help so I shop in charity shops (£3 Italian leather bag the other day), have replaced handwash, shower gel and facewash with soap (Dove for face) and will soon be moving onto shampoo bars. I try to think long and hard and make sure I really need something before I buy it. Get my books from the library. Always carry a reusable shopping bag with me. Have a small selection of make-up and toiletries which I only replace when the old ones are completely used up (always cut tubes in half to scoop out the remaining product which is often a lot!!). I also try not to buy on-line because everything comes in a shocking amount of packaging and padding. A re-fill shop is opening near me tomorrow so am hoping to make good use of that even if it costs slightly more.

    • 10th June 2019 at 9:36 pm

      Not just me, then – I love cutting tubes in half and getting another several days-worth of hand-cream, toothpaste, make-up, out of them!
      Slightly off the ecological point, food banks are grateful for un-opened toiletries to give out to their clients, including the mini bottles you get in hotels. Don’t dump everything in the bin if you have a clear-out.

      • 12th June 2019 at 11:15 am

        I too, do that to toothpaste and hand cream and it’s amazing how much is in there. Thanks for the suggestion re: food banks. I know that feminine products especially sanitary products are very much needed. And on the radio I heard Jack Monroe say that suntan cream is a good thing to donate as it’s hideously expensive to those on low or no pay.

    • 12th June 2019 at 11:07 am

      Hello Wendy, and so interesting again to hear about your ‘footprint’. I need to get to grips with the shampoo thing as I have several products on the go for white hair. Again I think I’ll send an email to the company as the products are good but, of course, all of them are in plastic containers.

      Refill in supermarkets and shops has to be the way forward.

      Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  • 11th June 2019 at 7:04 am

    There is an interesting article in the Guardian this morning about keeping clothes etc.

    • 12th June 2019 at 7:23 am

      Yes, read it – lovely article 🙂

  • 11th June 2019 at 8:40 am

    Even if the experts were wrong about climate change being our fault, surely it can only be for the good to clean up our act, stop using our beautiful earth as a dumping ground ( and our seas ) stop clogging up the roads and towns with cars, make our air good to breathe-everywhere ! I don’t have the option of buying second-hand, but I’m trying to buy less and use what I have. And all that packaging makes me see red.Most of it pointless.

    • 12th June 2019 at 11:19 am

      Cleaning up our act is so important 🙂 I didn’t even mention transport. All cars need to be electric. I’m waiting for governments and other organisations to fund the research needed to make electric cars cheaper and easier to use. As in better batteries. It’s the only way. And flights?????????

  • 11th June 2019 at 10:50 am

    Just had a look at the Guardian article. Very interesting but the people are all well-educated intelligent creative and don’t mind looking or being ‘different’. I’m a bit like that myself but you do need to be confident, which is often something that gets better with age and experience. Younger people are still be encouraged to over-consume by the ‘influencers’ on social media who earn huge sums promoting products.
    BTW another thing I’m doing is washing my clothes less often. With a machine it’s easy to wear something once and throw it in to make up a load. What with the water, detergent and microfibres I feel this is doing a little bit to help!

    • 12th June 2019 at 11:26 am

      Yes, lovely article. I think the really young, as in the 15yr-olds and schoolchildren generally are ‘awake’. It’s the young (25+) who have been brought up by consuming parents and begun consuming themselves who are not slowing down their consumption. Us older types (me at 73) can remember a life without so much stuff. Who remembers the old Sainsbury’s with the women behind counters in white turbans for a start???? All food was cut up and packaged in front of you. I should write an essay about this.

      Yes, I wash things far too much – I have to change that habit. Thanks so much Lynda – for your small footprint and for your comment.

  • 11th June 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Oh my goodness! What an amazing dress! I love the Karen Miller one, it suits you perfect! Is the outlet also reachable by car easely?

    • 12th June 2019 at 7:15 am

      It is very accessible. Just drive along to it with your Sat Nav and park and a short walk to the chapel. And there’s a cafe as well 🙂

  • 11th June 2019 at 2:13 pm

    So pleased to have found your blog via your comment on Patti’s Not Dead Yet Style. Only very late in the day are we becoming aware of our reckless behaviour on this planet. I’m a little older than you, a ‘war baby’ and therefore well brought up on waste not want not – the makeup industry would be bankrupt if it had to rely on the likes of me and my clothes purchases are minimal. I have some guilt over our holiday flights but try to balance that with our green heating system and organic veg growing!

    • 12th June 2019 at 11:36 am

      Hello! How nice that you found me through Patti’s blog. Yes, been thinking about this for some time. And yes, how reckless we have been. Sometimes it’s like trying to put the genie back into the bottle. As for the invention of plastic…… Thing is its use is everywhere and how challenging it is going to be to change our ways. But I think we are willing – it is the manufacturers who have to really change.

      Are you based in the UK? If so you would remember the old Sainsbury’s when everything was cut up and packaged in front of you. Actually the supermarkets are trying and good for Waitrose introducing a re filling station. That’s the way to go. Thank you again for your comment 🙂

  • 13th June 2019 at 10:14 am

    A world wide problem that we can all address in our own way simply by being more aware of the problems and the changes we can make in our daily lives. I totally agree with the excess packaging of cosmetics and like you I only buy new products when I have finished the other.I try to buy second hand but it is very limited in my town, the charity shops really only stock cheaper chain store tat. Even though I do buy new , my clothing is good quality that lasts and is worn for many years.
    Both your dresses are lovely on you , classic and stylish.

    • 18th June 2019 at 7:27 am

      One of these days I’m going to seek out that skirt you wear that I like the best. But I’m slowing down the buying of clothes even from charity shops, although the new Emmaus shop has I believe a Vivienne Westwood coat tucked away for the winter – sigh – if it fits…….

      It is such a serious problem and then I hear on the news this morning that ministers have refused to put 1p on all fashion goods in the UK to aid recycling and put a stop to the burning of tons of clothes that are past their very short sell-by-date. And they were asked to do this by a House of Commons Parliamentary Committee. This is utterly disgraceful and more evidence that our future is not in safe hands – end of rant of the day!

  • 13th June 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Great post Penny. As you know, I’m trying to reduce my footprint. I’m also not buying beauty products until I’ve used them up. I’ll try to do more second hand clothes shopping. The charity shops where I live are not great though, everything from Primark. But I’ve had some good buys from Ebay. Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday!

    • 18th June 2019 at 7:29 am

      Yes, some areas have really good charity shops and others not at all.

      It’s a pleasure to join your link-up, Gail.

  • 14th June 2019 at 11:30 am

    I really want to commit to buy most of my clothing 2nd hand: while I know it is better for the environment my main reason is to be able to save more for vacations and also because I have a closet of pretty clothes that I can wear!

    • 18th June 2019 at 7:30 am

      I agree! Buying 2nd hand is so good for one’s purse! Lovely to meet you 🙂

  • 17th June 2019 at 7:07 am

    Lots to think about here, Penny. I’m going to concentrate on the make up issue. I went righ off Clarins when I wrote to the company some years ago asking why they used parabens in their products when there are other, alternative and safer ingredients available. Their response was very high handed and basically said If you don’t like it, don’t use our products. I like Bare Minerals best but also use quite a lot of Benecos products which are simply packaged, inexpensive and importantly, for me, contain an absolute minimum of chemicals. I like to have a spare item in the products I use all the time, but usually get them as birthday and Christmas presents from my daughter. I always use what I’ve got before opening a new one. I don’t often try anything new having wasted money in the past doing so. I now know what suits me and stick with it.

    • 18th June 2019 at 7:33 am

      Oh that’s interesting re: Clarins, I’ll have to look into that. And thanks for the tip re: Bare Minerals. I shall look them out and try a skin care product. Yes, on the whole I stick to the makeup that works and looks good. But then they go and change the product – just happened with a favourite eye shadow. It’s so annoying!

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