See the title? I could also be saying, who am I?  Wow – that’s a big question, but I’m feeling somewhat discombobulated (I love that word) at the moment. We’ve just returned to our flat, after a week away. But not quite. Our bathroom is a plaster shell and we won’t be in properly for several days as there’s no functioning loo or shower.  Basically we’re at the project management stage, so we’ve left our daughter’s house to be on site and staying in the guest suite of our block, but it’s just a bedroom with facilities so we’re treating it a bit like a cruise cabin (one with no glamour) using it to sleep in only. Fortunately we’ll be able to cook in the flat as there is water in the kitchen! However, think about it, we’ll have to rush down the corridor for the loo. Gosh, it’s all a bit disruptive.

Then another reason for my unease: my own version of IBS has kicked in once too often (twice this week) so I’m off to see my General Practitioner as I think this could be my gall bladder or that reflux thing. Really, there’s nothing serious but the symptoms are just enough to make me feel yuck, and not some of the time, but quite a lot of the time.

Then, this. I was having such fun living in my daughter’s house (they’re away). We were discovering Lewes, eating out, going to the Depot (do have a look at the link) which is a newly built independent cinema and really fab too, and generally having a good time, when this happened. Mid-week we were quietly chatting during our evening meal when my nose started to run, so I walked over to the other side of the room, got a piece of kitchen towel, gently blew my nose, walked back, went back to eating and then Mr Frugalfashionshopper turned to me and practically jumped out of his seat saying ‘OMG, what have you done to your eye!’

And there people was when the week really did fall apart as my eye had completely changed to a bloodshot mess with practically no white showing! For one moment I thought I was going to cry blood-red tears!  But no, it was one of those spontaneous haemorrhages that occur possibly after sneezing or coughing or high B/P or blowing your nose or simply for no reason at all. I got it checked the next day as it seemed to have moved from half the eye to cover the whole eye, only to be told it was nothing and that the bleed does move when you lie down to sleep.  And of course, it will resolve, these bleeds are nothing.  But it is practically the whole eye, and from one angle I look like a lizard or possibly an alien with the now purple coloured blood reaching right round the iris. Fortunately, my hair is just getting to the stage of needing a cut so I’m wearing it draped over one side of my face!

But, of course, as you would expect, no contact lenses or eye makeup.

See. It’s this. I am not my ‘self’ at all.  Because here am I, someone who has worn makeup for over 50 years, unable to make my face be the face I’m used to seeing in the mirror every day for those 50 years. I do feel odd.

Thing is I always wear makeup and especially eye makeup.  My made up eyes are the very essence of me, so when I can’t put on the shadow and mascara, and then also, one eye looks peculiar, I feel peculiar!!!

Funnily enough I was going to write about makeup as I saw my good friend Tricia Cusden of Look Fabulous Forever featured in a recent Observer magazine article on the new vlogging role models and champions of makeup for older women.  And I was going to take issue with one small item, the strap-line above the article that said something about them being ‘radical’ voices.  Actually, I want to say ‘what do you mean, radical?’ (Please read that out loud with a pained upward inflexion) I did think that ageist.

Look. You, who wrote that strap-line. What is your image of older women?  A crone? Who doesn’t wear makeup? It is not radical to wear makeup when you’re over 70, or write a blog, or do video-blogging (which is what I might do at some point – and why not! Always move and develop, never stay still.) Having said that. People, it is not radical, to voice an opinion or write about older women wearing makeup.  This is the new-normal. End. Of.

There, I’ve got that out of my system!

And this Sunday Tricia has written a blog on why women don’t wear makeup.  I thought as a riposte to that Observer strap-line and as a contrast to Tricia’s excellent post I’d just turn that around a bit and say why I (and that means women of any age but including those over 70) do wear makeup! So here goes!

  1. We all lose melanin as we age. I certainly have. Without makeup I am very pale and washed out.  And I don’t get a tan on my face – because sun-bathing is not what I do! So a little moisturiser plus a foundation or a tinted moisturiser is one way to bring back that colour.
  2. It’s a good way to protect your skin – that makeup is keeping the sun-rays off your face.  Many foundations have sun-protection which is great, and the consequences of me wearing makeup for over 50 years is that I have very little sun damage on my face.
  3. Preparing my face for makeup: the cleansing; the moisturising; the once-a-week exfoliation; it’s all good for your skin.  And btw, I have sensitive skin and the routine I go through morning and night soothes and calms my skin.
  4. The extras: the eye makeup, the lipstick, the blush and concealers, I have them all.  But each one of us is different so I don’t wear lipstick that much as, for me, eye makeup is everything, hence my current discomfort in not putting on the shadow and mascara.
  5. Finally, it’s a fun and a positive thing to wear makeup. I feel good wearing it. So why wouldn’t I?!

If you say, I have never worn makeup, and don’t intend to start, I’d say never say never! However, if you want some help because you’ve got out of practice do go onto Tricia Cusden’s website to look at some of her videos – because they really are the business.

However, here’s another list showing you what products I use – quite a variety!


  1. Eye Cleanser         Simple eye makeup remover
  2. Facial Cleanser     Simple purifying cleansing lotion
  3. Toner                     I don’t.  But I do use a cloth wrung out in hot water to open the pores and finish the cleanse
  4. Serum                   Boots No 7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil
  5. Moisturiser           Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream


  1. Facial Cleanser      Simple purifying cleansing lotion
  2. Toner                      I don’t. In the morning I splash my face with cold water
  3. Serum                    Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum
  4. Moisturiser            Boots No  7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Day Cream


  1. Smooth Like Silk Face Prime    Look Fabulous Forever
  2. Continuous Cover Foundation Look Fabulous Forever


  1. Smooth Out Eye Prime              Look Fabulous Forever
  2. Shadows (brown various)         La Palette Nude L’Oreal
  3.  Fabulous Lash Mascara           Look Fabulous Forever
  4.  Eyeliner                                      Clarins Crayon Kohl


  1. Fabulous Conceal                   Look Fabulous Forever
  2. Fabulous Blush                        Look Fabulous Forever

Gosh, you might say, what a lot of products, and doesn’t this take up a lot of time?  Actually, yes, at night I do take my time to clean off the makeup.  But it’s a routine I’ve perfected over the years and in the morning ‘doing my face’ takes no time at all. I mean we are all different and I say be free and do as you please, and that includes not wearing makeup.  The only thing I ever take issue with is, if people say, or imply, that it is inappropriate for older women to wear makeup.  All I can say is ffs perleeease! And, what?!

And hear this. I lived near a famous potter, Ursula Mommens, and although I adored her work and always visited her lovely house and garden for her exhibitions, what I admired most was that she always wore eye liner.  She lived to the age of 101 and whenever I saw her, there was the eyeliner. I thought her a wonderful role model for wearing makeup into a very great age! If I ever get to anywhere near that age (!) I’ll be wearing my eye makeup for sure!

Well, there it is.  Always remember these pieces you read here are written by a human being and not an Insta fashionista, so apologies for the slightly tetchy and dejected tone of this post. I mean I aspire to be stylish into my old age, but to be that, and more important to be my own person, I need my eye makeup!!!

With love and, can I say, gratitude, to the many out there reading this post (you are very much appreciated) that’s all for now 🙂

Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper




39 thoughts on “Is your face ‘you’? Your image, your look, your self – who and what are we?

  • 21st August 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I was reading Tricia’s blog as well. I’ve always worn make-up and will not stop now when I need it most having developed roseacea. A friend called round recently when I had not done my face and thought I had bad sunburn! I use some LFF products but the foundation just does not work for me. I love a bright lipstick and my face just does not look the same without it.
    I have to curb my desire to mentally ‘make over’ ladies I see who do not, according to my view, make the best of themselves. It’s really none of my business!
    As to your current feelings of disruption & loss of your usual continuity, it occurred to me when on holiday recently how much I rely on the daily routines to give me comfort. We were on a cruiser on the Norfolk Broads with our 2 12 year old granddaughters. Although we experienced the abrupt change in the weather it was a good week but I was quite disorientated because my stuff was not well enough organised and the I found I was forgetting to take tablets, even to use deodorant! My husband bought the ‘wrong’ coffee and I had to manage, as usual, in a tiny kitchen which meant a lot of bending. We last went 3 years ago but I seemed so much less capable this time. The boat seemed higher and I had trouble getting on and off as I have very short legs.
    All in all I felt really old although I’m (only) 66. You’ll feel better when the bathroom is finished!
    Have you stuck to your resolution to only spend £5 a week to restore your bank balance? My downfall is E-bay but I’m being tough on myself as I also need to cut back a bit.

    • 22nd August 2018 at 10:45 am

      Hello Lynda, I absolutely am with you about wearing makeup and of course, Tricia Cusden has roseacea and she needs to cover up. I guess for her the LFF foundation works and it does for me. So good to hear you love your lipstick 🙂

      Re: the unsettling nature of being somewhere other than your own home. It was great being in my daughter’s house, and I’m very used to it as I cook my grandson his tea one day a week and have done for several years now (while my daughter does a long day). No, it was my husband who kept putting things away in the wrong place in the kitchen, so consequently I was always looking for implements. But my daughter’s bathroom was/is an absolute NIGHTMARE! Nowhere to put anything, no hooks on the door for the towels and one of those deep old-fashioned ceramic baths with a shower over which was tricky to get in and out of (too high) and slippery once in. And then a basin with nowhere to put the contact lens containers and solutions. I loved being there, but the bathroom………

      And I have kept to the under £5. In fact, in Lewes, which has lovely charity shops, I looked all week, but bought only one thing, light blue summer trousers, at £2.99. Felt good that I have restrained myself but tbh, there wasn’t much that I liked. Good – I simply must keep to that budget for several weeks!!!

  • 21st August 2018 at 2:33 pm

    So sorry to hear about the eye problem. That must have been quite a shock for your hubby. I too don’t feel quite myself without the eyes. Brows are a must before I can face a mirror and liner always. My lips have gone to straight lines most days so the lipstick is not so often as much as I have always loved it. I have been a skin care junkie since I was 12 and even took it to camp with me. Love it. You are so inspirational once again.
    Good luck with the bathroom. It always takes longer than we think.

    • 22nd August 2018 at 11:21 am

      Thanks so much Diane – the bathroom is coming along nicely with glossy white tiles being put up right now.

      And yes, eyeliner is a must. Hopefully, I’ll probably be back to normal in a couple of weeks. Thanks again for your comment 🙂

  • 21st August 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Have heart, your personality will shine through. Really sympathise your predicament as I look like a pig with no eyes on and at the very minimum wear mascara. 74 and I don’t ever intend to give up makeup. Look forward to your next blog and hoper the eye gets back to normal. Big big shades are called for, no one will ever know what’s behind them!!

    • 23rd August 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you, Barbara and it’s great to meet another 70+ who will never stop wearing makeup! The eye is ever so slightly lighter in colour – but still purply and odd looking!!! My prescription glasses, though, go dark in the sun so they do cover it up most of the time. Thanks so much for your kind words.

  • 21st August 2018 at 3:28 pm

    I do hope your pleads are resolved soon. It must be very worrying for you.

    Your make up bag and mine is nearly identical, as is your make up routine. Yes it does take a bit of time, but I reckon it’s more than worth it .

    Don’t worry about the bathroom it will soon be fixed and you will have a lovely place to live.

    • 23rd August 2018 at 3:26 pm

      Bathroom is coming along nicely – our builder puts quality before speed and we’re lucky to find him, but it has taken a dickens of a long time!

      And re: the makeup and moisturising, it’s good to meet another woman who does the same as me !!!

  • 21st August 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Like you I always thoroughly clean my face at night then use a serum and night cream. I don’t use a lot of makeup but my mascara is a must if nothing else, I feel bare without it. My eyebrows are getting grey so I like to use an enhanced on them but definitely not the ‘caterpillar’ eyebrows that seem to be the rage with younger ones. I also like a tinted moisturiser but during the summer, when my face gets a nice colour I use an ordinary moisturiser.

    • 23rd August 2018 at 4:04 pm

      We think alike Margaret in many ways. And my eyebrows need attention as they’re quite thick and very pepper and salt. I use mascara on mine and then brush them into shape.

  • 21st August 2018 at 4:15 pm

    I saw that article about Tricia Cudsen and grimaced at the use of ‘radical’. What on earth are these people talking about! I’ve always looked after my skin and worn eye makeup, particularly eye liner, but bought my first foundation at the age of 56 and haven’t looked back since, now using it all – blusher, bronzer, lipstick, brow pencil, etc and in various shades as well. I really enjoy makeup, it’s for me and I like how I look with it. To me it’s the same category as wearing nice clothes, it’s all about accentuating the good bits and feeling good. One aspect of it though is that when I go shopping I get better service when wearing full make-up but I can’t decide if it’s me acting more confident/assertive or shop assistants notice me more so that I’m not an invisible old woman?

    I like trying out different products too and absolutely love beauty boxes and the advent calendars. My latest beauty box from Clinique arrived today (£25, a bargain) and I’m already wearing the lipstick and plan to use the cleanser this evening. Otherwise my routine is almost exactly the same as yours.

    My sympathies re your eye and nosebleed – I’ve not had the eye problem but I used to suffer badly with nosebleeds even during class (I was a teacher) which was distressing for the students as well as disruptive. Eventually GP agreed to send me to hospital for it to be cauterised and I’ve not had one since. Hope it resolves itself soon.

    Sorry if I’m rabbiting on a bit, but lastly I wanted to let you know that I enjoy your blog and look forward to reading it. Thank you.

    • 23rd August 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Hello Scarlett and thanks so much for your comment and your kind words about the blog and my eye. Yes, it was a bleed in the eye rather than a nosebleed, and it still looks quite odd, but the colour is slowly fading.

      I think I might try a beauty box – I’ll investigate, thanks 🙂

  • 21st August 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Sorry to read you’re not in your usual health. I do hope things perk up soon for you. I read Tricia’s blog on Sunday and found it interesting, as always. Whilst I don’t wear full make up every day, I do always wear a high factor tinted sunscreen which makes me look slightly tanned and healthy. I usually reserve the full works for going out to eat or socialise, but each to their own. I do enjoy reading both of your blogs. Wishing you back to full health and energy quickly.

    • 23rd August 2018 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you so much, Kathy, I think the near two weeks of chaos in our flat has been a factor. On reflection the gut thing must have been exacerbated by stress and maybe even the eye bleed. As everyone has reminded me it will be worth it when it’s done.

  • 21st August 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Only really rediscovered the power of eye make up for me when I went ‘solo’ (still a very happy state for me) in 2015 and then had to get really in the ‘mood’ for my son’s wedding in 2016. I’d forgotten I’d got good eyes! It’s a revelation every time I ‘do’ them.

    As for the eye ‘problem’, it’s happened on a number of occasions to me, usually when a bit on the stressy side. I remember an amusing occasion when I was a volunteer reader with children in a primary school, and one of the boys commented on my completely bloodshot eye. It was coming up to Halloween and so I told him it was my Halloween ‘makeup’. He thought it was cool. Sorry Penny you should have hung on a bit longer!!

    • 23rd August 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Yes, eye makeup is a powerful tool, I think, in creating the ‘look’ – great to hear you do it. I miss my look!

      And interesting that you’ve had several of these eye episodes. But how right you are. The eye (after more than a week now) is just about perfect for Halloween!!!!!

  • 21st August 2018 at 6:37 pm

    With pale eyelashes and blue eyes I love mascara and eyeshadow. At 64 I have worn eye makeup for over 50 years but have recently had to stop. At the same time my eyesight has deteriorated enough to need bi vocals which I now wear most of the time. Blocked tear ducts make my eyes itchy and gritty and mascara exacerbates it. It has been quite a shock from me to see my face every day with only eyebrow pencil, tinted moisturiser and powder but I do wear more lipstick than I ever have before. I have just had to accept that I now look ‘my age, but I still believe a youthful outlook and careful attention to dressing stylishly is more important. But I do miss the ‘big eyes’!!

    • 23rd August 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Hi Judy – I totally am with you there about missing the ‘big eyes’. Setting aside the bleed in the eye (fading, but ever so slowly) I have blepharitis (an eyelid condition) and have to keep on top of that all the time, which is quite a thing. I sometimes wonder whether I might the to give up contacts, but I persevere.

  • 21st August 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Oh my, that is horrible! I don’t think I would go outside without my makeup! I hope it will be over soon, I hope you feel okay soon and I hope your flat is ready real soon! We have a date for our vacation! We will be in the uk from September the 8th until the 15th! I will mail you and Anna!

    • 23rd August 2018 at 4:50 pm

      The eye is slowly, ever so slowly, getting back to normal. So it’s glasses for now. Hope it’ll be better by the 8th!!!!

      You can always message me on Insta – looking forward 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • 21st August 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Despite challenges (eye stress, bathroom remodel, makeup), you still have a wonderful sense of “moving on” and enjoying life. This is always a pleasure to read.
    I am sixty-nine and have spent my life near Los Angeles in So. California. My teen years were spent at the beach with the Beach Boys music and baby oil, frying myself to a dark color. My poor Japanese grandmother would try her best to caution me about getting so dark but, of course, I didn’t listen. Today, I face the consequences. Thankfully, I have an understanding dermatologist who has helped me with the dark discoloration (age spots) on my face and with a good skin care routine, have a healthy, decent complexion. I find a smile hides quite a bit. 🙂
    Yes, a simple makeup routine with tinted moisturizer, mascara, and blush does it for me. What I don’t follow is a new trend lining along the “waterline” of the eye. Too much potential for problems with that one.
    Let us all keep up our best! Not trying to turn back the clock but being the best we can be. I love what your Queen Elizabeth said on retouching the wrinkles in a photograph, “I would not want it to be thought that I had lived for all these years without having anything to show for it.”. Indeed!

    • 21st August 2018 at 11:47 pm

      It occurs to me that I might have broken with some etiquette on how I spoke of the Queen. If that is the case, I apologize!

      • 23rd August 2018 at 4:37 pm

        Oh no, Charlene, what you said was fine and it was an interesting point too. We Brits mostly love the Queen, yes, the majority do. But there’s a small minority who want a Republic – er possibly not, when you think that really anyone can become President……. won’t say any more!!!!

        And then (and haven’t looked this up) there’s a number of us who don’t want a Republic and accept that we have a royal family and that the Queen has done an excellent job over the years, but are not keen on all this bowing down to people because of their birth. I would include myself in that number. And it’s a pretty stuffy life in the royal family – I do hope they don’t overwhelm Meghan. Good luck to her and Harry though, I wish them well.

        • 23rd August 2018 at 7:17 pm

          Not to worry about your comment about the American presidency. I am the granddaughter of an immigrant and do not appreciate the current handling of legal or illegal entry into our country. What hypocrites! Have they forgotten their own backgrounds!?! Even my 92 year old mother (who has a fabulous complexion btw) is upset about these politics as it reminds her of her own WWII internment experience as a teenager after Pearl Harbor.
          I agree. Enough said! Grrrrrrrr… …

    • 23rd August 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Hello Charlene, and good to hear from you. And interesting you did the same as me and fried yourself on the beach – yes, I did that too, with that Ambre Solaire oil that gave no protection whatsoever! So my torso is covered with age and sun spots along with my arms, hands and legs, but not my face which always had a thick covering (in those days) of foundation. And oh, yes, absolutely, the Beach Boys weren’t they just wonderful – that sound they made……………

      And I agree with the Queen!

  • 22nd August 2018 at 2:04 am

    I love your blog! I can sympathize with your reaction to going without eeye makeup- this past year I was diagnosed with sjogrens syndrome- very dry eyes & mouth-I have always worn mascara, moisturizer & lipstick-mascara now bothers my eyes a lot, so I only wear it for “special occasions”. As another reader mentioned, having blue eyes, now-gray eyelashes & pale skin, I now look really washed out at age 68. It’s hard to accept- sunglasses do hide a multitude of sins!

    • 22nd August 2018 at 11:17 am

      Sorry to hear about the diagnosis – hope it goes well with you. Are you able to wear moisturiser and foundation though? I’ve just put some on today and feel better for it 🙂 At the moment I’m wearing glasses that darken in the sun so they act as sunglasses – yes, they do hide a lot! Thanks so much for reading and commenting – you’re much appreciated.

  • 22nd August 2018 at 5:38 am

    Penny, I love your blog. I’m an M.D. in the U.S. with an urgent care practice I cannot, of course, give you medical advice. However, I myself have never seen any recommendations to advise people with subconjunctival hemorrhages not to use eye makeup (as opposed to contact lenses), and I can’t see any sensible reason they should not, as long as the diagnosis is clear. People whose red eyes are due to infection should not use eye makeup, but your description sounds like a subconjunctival hemorrhage. You might check with your usual M.D. and thereby — perhaps — eliminate one of your current stressors.

    • 22nd August 2018 at 11:32 am

      Yes, my eye has had one of those bleeds – it isn’t an infection. And yes, I could wear eye makeup but gosh, the bleed was an absolute corker and the whole eye is purply-red with no white surrounding my blue iris – looks very odd so I won’t put the makeup on! And of course, I really need those contacts to see what I’m doing – so it will take a couple of weeks more to go, I think. But it is nothing as B/P was taken and was perfectly OK, although that was the next day and when it happened I had had a very active day. I will reflect on that, and maybe suggest further tests when I see my GP in 3 weeks time to discuss the gut symptoms – which I think might be exacerbated by stress. Thanks so much for your comment and advice – much appreciated.

  • 22nd August 2018 at 6:17 am

    Oh Penny, sorry to hear you have been in the wars. Hope your eye has completely healed and your IBS symptoms don’t turn out to be anything more than stress . Renovations always seem to take longer than you expect I have always found.
    On the make up I am one who has always enjoyed playing with and wearing make up. I have found my methods have changed as my skin and face ages but my red lipstick is always my signature.
    Well done for posting on a week when maybe you didn’t feel like it, I on the other had have opted out this week as I deal with a bladder infection, hopefully on the mend.
    May the week improve and the bathroom be a triumph.

    • 22nd August 2018 at 11:01 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Jill. I think some my symptoms must be stress related. Eye will take another 2 weeks I think – still looks peculiar – but the bathroom is beginning to come together. Onwards and upwards 🙂

      And you take care too x

  • 22nd August 2018 at 9:04 am

    You have my sympathy for the red eye! Make up becomes even more important as we get older, in my humble opinion. I look positively ill without concealer, foundation and blusher, and need some eye makeup to stop my eyes disappearing. My mum, who’s 86, was recently depressed when skin problems meant she had to stop wearing makeup. She tried so many brands but they all exacerbated her problem. Makeup was an important part of her identity. Wearing her bright lipstick and scarves, shop assistants were less patronising. People perceived her in a different way. Now she is more or less back to normal, having found a decent GP who finally ordered blood tests.

    • 22nd August 2018 at 10:56 am

      Good to hear that your mother is nearly back to normal. Makeup is part of our identity – I feel for her. Btw, I could wear eye makeup, but as my eye still looks very odd, I won’t. Also I really need the contact lenses to be in to see the eye makeup as I put it on, but contacts are probably not good while the eye is getting rid of that (yuck) blood – sigh – so those are not going in for a couple of weeks – sigh again!

      I put some LFF foundation on this morning though and feel a bit better and look a bit less washed out. These things, you know………… But in the scheme of things it’s nothing, so cup half full and all that. But I shall be soooo happy when the eye makeup goes on again x

  • 23rd August 2018 at 2:16 am

    Oh Penny……..poor you, I feel for you, I would be beside myself if I couldn’t put eyemake up on. I have rosacea, and so have worn foundation for years. I love make up, and because I have worn it everyday for the last 40plus years, I have hardly a wrinkle at 66. I am sure the makeup has protected my skin from the elements, I will continue to wear it until I drop! I have fibromyalgia, and some days feel really wretched, and it shows in my face, but after putting my makeup on, I’m ready to face the world, when I look better, I feel better.
    My mother is 98years old and still puts “her face on” everyday, and looks amazing.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery, and a hasty bathroom reno. Well done for posting this week, when your feeling so horrid. We all really appreciate you.

    • 23rd August 2018 at 4:55 pm

      Hello Geri – and great to hear from you and about your situation – fibromyalgia is quite a thing. And I agree with you absolutely. When the makeup goes on you do feel better. And how wonderful to have your mother – that’s an amazing age.

      Yes, like you, I’m sure that the foundation I put on when I was young (and quite heavily too, I’m afraid) protected me from the sun so as a result I don’t have that sun damage that some have.
      And thank you so much for your kind words about the blogging – much appreciated x

  • 23rd August 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Penny. I do hope your eye is continuing to improve. I think anything to do with eyes is particularly unpleasant. I love wearing makeup! My favourites are my Clarins kohl eye pencil and my blusher. I’ve never worn foundation – yet! When I was younger, I wouldn’t step out of the door without makeup. Now that I’m older, I’m more confident and I don’t feel the need to always wear makeup. It’s very much a question of personal choice, I believe.

  • 24th August 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Penny, I would never have thought an eye would do something like that in a split second-here’s to quick healing although I know things like that take patience and time.

    About makeup, when I was teaching I would only use moisturizing sunscreen and blush. If I did something special, I would of course, wear foundation and the whole shebang.

    It’s only after I’ve retired that my makeup collection has grown and I think because of my blog. When I’m at home working which is most of the time, it’s just moistening sunscreen again. But then, I live in the country and only see people when I want to….but I don’t know how I would be if I lived in a city.

    I know our health does seem to take up more time as we get older and staying active is the key and I know you do both mentally and physically.

    I enjoyed your input on this subject and yea to eyeliner but I still can’t get my eyeliner straight!

  • 27th August 2018 at 3:58 am

    I find, that I too, seem to disappear without some make-up. I have an Antipodes mineral powder which is a bit light reflecting, for the days that I’m somewhere with no decent mirror. But otherwise I have a Revlon foundation, concealer, and pinkish blusher. And a strong fuchsia lipstick. But, I did downgrade, as advised to, to brown eyebrows and eyeliner. With black mascara. All in all, it’s not much. But, I have realised that waxing my face and getting eyebrows and eyelashes tinted – I am so worth it. And what a difference they make!! After much angst, I now accept that, since my mid 60s, my teenage years of frying in the sun, have caught up with me: sun spots, and wrinkles. I tend to use whatever I’ve got for skin care, and am at present “slugging” with a snail slime cream, a gift, with some cream over the top, by day. With a facial oil and thick cream, or just vaseline, at night. And it all comes off with palmers facial cleansing oil, or astral cream. I use Palmers cocoa butter for my body. Some of the oldies in skin care, are still great. I do all of this, because I feel better. And…. get treated better.

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