Hello again

I thought I’d have some fun and answer some questions that are going round the blogosphere (started with the Blended Blog, I believe).  Look, I read this stuff so you don’t have to!  But rather like another blogger (Anna from Mutton Style and I) I quite enjoyed thinking about some of the questions.

1. Eyelash curler – yes or no?

No, absolutely no.  They look like instruments of torture and I cringe at the thought of using them. Do you?

2. Favourite nail shade?

Ah well, this is actually why I’m writing this.  Just look at my nails!

Yes, I’ve finally plucked up enough courage to wear an in-your-face green shade!

You can see that the green is on the thumbs and then the rest of the nails are a great orangey-red colour.

Now here’s something I want to say to you all. I totally have old-lady hands, which bruise easily, have lots of veins, plus freckles and mottled areas.  Do I hide them away?  No, I do not.  I say, bring it on and wear a very noticeable nail colour, because, why not!

3. Favourite lipstick shade?

I don’t have one.  I think it’s either lips or eyes, and I chose to accentuate my eyes with quite a lot of eye makeup, and so I don’t put on any lippy. There’s another reason I don’t wear lipstick and that’s the bleeding outwards that occurs as you age.  And yes, I have bought lip primers, and on me, they don’t work. If I wear a lipstick I end up looking like a version of the Joker from Batman – so, that’s a no to lipstick!

4. Blow or air dry your hair?

Well, you’d think it would be blow dry, but actually my hair is being treated with fewer and fewer products and I don’t blow dry, I let it air dry.  All that effort I used to put into straightening and smoothing my hair.  And don’t forget the dyeing.  My hair hasn’t been coloured since October 2016, and there’s still some blonde bits – it really is a 2-year thing to grow out the dyed hair.  So, I just wash and go! And no hair spray either but I do, however, use a hair serum.  My hairdresser (who, sadly I don’t use anymore, because I don’t need to) said, you can buy any hair serum, and it doesn’t matter what price you pay, what does matter is to treat your hair with the oil.  Because condition is everything.

5. Artificial nails: yes or no?

Artificial? No, absolutely not.  However, I do get my nails done professionally and I do have gel nail varnish.  But I am not recommending gel nail varnish as some people cannot, and must not wear gel, it is too drying.  But for me, it works.

6. Foundation: yes or no?

I think more women wear makeup in the States than the UK.  Am I right?  I just get a feeling about that and don’t have any research to back this up.  But I do know that foundation is a no-no for many, because wearing it is seen as artificial, and also, it might clog the wrinkles and make them stand out. Worse still, foundation could give one an orange complexion.  But a quality foundation would never clog and instead should sink into the skin covering up many sins and imperfections. Get some advice from a beautician or go on YouTube.  And you know who I recommend!  Click here to get the best advice.  But seriously I could never walk out of my house (now, a flat) without a foundation on. Nope, I just wouldn’t, but see question 14.

7. Hair up or down?

Hair down mostly. I’m growing my hair and have an image of a full-on witchy look of long, thick, white/grey hair for my mid-70s  But if it starts to look lank and dull, it’ll be for the chop pronto.  It might be put up on this cruise, which starts this Saturday – woo hoo!

8. Bar of soap or Body wash?


9. Bath or shower?


10. Favourite body lotion?

My skin is very easily irritated.  I have tried every lotion made for sensitive skin, including organic coconut oil, but up come the spots. A skin specialist said to me, ‘coconut oil was not made for your skin, buy something that is’, and yes, the only body lotion I can put on is Vaseline Body Lotion.

11. Do you wear perfume? And if so, what is your favourite?

I wear perfume every day.  In the winter it’s Si by Giorgio Armani and in the summer it’s Green Tea Scent Spray by Elizabeth Arden. For evenings and special occasions Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

12. Do  you shave your legs every day?

When I was young I used to, and regretted it mightily, as the hair grew so strong and bristly. Shaving is absolutely not a good thing to do.  Eventually I went for waxing, which was, and still is, quite painful, but it’s effective.

13. Favourite lip balm?

As I said, I don’t use lipstick but I do use Dior’s ‘Lip Sugar Scrub. Sweet Exfoliating Balm,  which has been so useful as my lips peel and crack a lot, or they used to.  This product has been amazing and I thoroughly recommend it.

14. How old were you when you started using makeup?

Honestly can’t remember, but I was young!  Maybe, 13 or 14? This was because we thought that was the age to do it, and also every day I saw my mother put her ‘face’ on.  It was her morning ritual which she stuck to throughout her life, and she wouldn’t have gone out of the house without powder and lipstick, so you see, it’s what I wanted to do to become an adult, and yes, it was imprinted!  And what did I wear? It would have been blue eye shadow, mascara that you spat into to get it going and a sugar pink lipstick, which always tasted of sweets.  And on top of that I would have aimed to get a tan, which is why my skin gets checked once a year.  Ah well, swings and roundabouts and all that! But heady times when I got all of that on and went off with my friends to a coffee bar.  We knew how to live!

That’s all for now.  Let me know if you have any answers you want to share.

Also, I think I might be able to squeeze one more post before I go on my hols 🙂

‘Till then, with love

Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper 



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37 thoughts on “What do you do? Hair up or down, bar of soap, bath or shower?

  • 12th March 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Dear Frugal Shopper – I love your Blogs! A few comments from me… Yes to lipstick (as well as eye make up). It keeps my lips soft and I feel more feminine. Yes to Blow dri and also Keratin treatment every 6 moths plus the hair dye (pale gold). No to soap or wash in my daily relaxing bath. No showers for me! I cannot have nail gel treatment as my nails get white spots and peel. The gel doesn’t allow nails to breathe. But that’s only my way of keeping younger! Keep up the blogs.

    • 13th March 2018 at 10:03 am

      The gel is not to be recommended, as you have to find out whether it’s suitable or not, and for a lot of people it is not good for the nails. For me, the gel seems to protect my nails and they grow longer. I try to go without gel in the summer and always end up with worse nails than when I have gel nail varnish – so odd! We don’t have a bath, so it has to be a shower for us, but I only had a bath once a month anyway, and showers are the thing for me.

      Thanks Petal – I will definitely keep writing g the blogs 🙂

  • 12th March 2018 at 4:27 pm

    You are quite high maintenance compared with me.
    Though I have to say,you look a lot better.
    I am happy that I still have great hair and plenty of it.
    It is curly and this bothered me when I was younger.
    I agree on the foundation,as I seem to have a reddish hue,
    as I get older. I would always wear mascara if I was going
    out anywhere.I like lipstick but only coral shades and
    seldom wear it.
    My best friend told me not to get a dog because ,when you get a dog you start to dress like a tramp I did and this has proved to be true.
    I like a shower and have a love of beautiful soaps.No shower gels for me.
    I love your blog .It really cheers me when I see it in my inbox.
    Keep up the good work , please.
    Anne in Scotland xx

    • 13th March 2018 at 10:11 am

      I like what you say about me being high maintenance – yes, I suppose I am!!!! But I pay for it myself and it’s just the habits one gets into over the years, really. And I did laugh a lot about the dog and the tramp-like clothes one wears to walk them, as we had an adorable dog and I walked her early in the morning looking like I’d been dragged through a hedge backwards hoping I wouldn’t meet anyone!!!

      I too love beautiful soaps, preferably French soap.

  • 12th March 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Hi there, great to know more about you. Enjoy your cruise- what fun!
    A few of my answers are:
    Hair up and down depending on if it needs washing!
    Shower and always shower gel.
    I have eyelash extensions (my daughter is qualified so I get it cheap)
    Gel nails – always.
    Foundation Yes.
    Thank you

    • 13th March 2018 at 10:12 am

      Yes, gel and foundation always! Interesting, that you’ve had eyelash extensions – maybe tell us more about those on your blog 🙂

  • 12th March 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Have a great cruise. I keep meaning to have my nails done by one of these salons, but never seem to have the time! Somebody recently was talking about shellacking??

    • 13th March 2018 at 10:21 am

      Shellac is a version of a gel nail varnish, which can last without a chip for at least 10 days or even longer. Gel, absolutely does not suit everyone and some people have had bad experiences. I go to a good high quality and quite pricey beauticians, and get my nails looked after properly. When you say one of those salons, I think you mean those places dedicated to nails. Actually, don’t. They are much cheaper but my beautician has told me about people who come to them after going to these places, and their experience has led them to having awful nails. Always go the best places for nails and not the nail bars.

      Also the whole thing of having the gel taken off, and a manicure (yes, I also have that most times) plus putting the gel back on takes an hour and a half.

      I will enjoy!!! Thanks x

  • 12th March 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Very interesting blog Penny. I’m approaching 75 and still rather high maintenance, make up, skin care (venturing into The Ordinary regime) hair, (just purchased the Dyson hairdryer) and clothes (many ‘pre-loved’) are very important to me and long may it last ! Have a lovely cruise. Viv

    • 13th March 2018 at 10:23 am

      Ah, now I’ve heard of The Ordinary and am quite interested and will try at some point. And wow – a Dyson hairdryer! I will have a lovely time – thanks!

  • 12th March 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Have a great cruise! We love cruising, there is something for everybody.

    Have you thought of buying an electric epilator for your legs? I have used one for decades and love it. Less and less hair grows back!

    • 13th March 2018 at 10:27 am

      I have heard of these epilators but not used one. The thing is we are a creature of our own habits and the waxing does work, and also although I still have hairy legs the hair grows slower than it used to.

      Yes, we love cruising, too – we’re being picked up from our door, such bliss!

  • 12th March 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Penny
    I always wear bright nail polish like you,and i`ve got old hands! I wouldn`t go out of the house without make up.I wear foundation and bright lipstick,therefore i don`t use too much eye make up apart from mascara.I prefer a shower with Dettol soap(sorry to advertise!)I use body lotion or oil.
    i started wearing make up at 14 ,even though it was only a little mascara and pale pink lipstick.
    Enjoy your cruise and keep up the interesting blogs I really look forward to them!
    Regards Karen.

    • 13th March 2018 at 10:29 am

      Hi Karen, we seem to have similar tastes, apart that is from the Dettol soap, as I love to use French soap. The pale pink lipstick was, of course, used by Bridget Bardot who was my role model then!

  • 12th March 2018 at 8:57 pm

    What a lovely post this is to read! Opium, that is an old perfume! Just as old add my favorite, Poison by Dior. Have a great time love!

    • 15th March 2018 at 8:17 am

      Ooh, love Dior perfumes, Nancy! I will enjoy – thanks so much x

  • 12th March 2018 at 9:21 pm

    When you age your skin loses it’s luminescense – and it is that ‘dead’, pale and age spots ‘look’ that make me feel hagard. Would not dream of leaving the house without my slap and looking several decades ‘fresher’ than when I woke!
    Plastic…………use soap, no plastic invovled.

    • 15th March 2018 at 8:19 am

      How I agree with you on both counts. Always foundation and always soap – never a plastic bottle with that slimy stuff inside it!

  • 12th March 2018 at 9:29 pm

    I hope you have a fantastic time on your cruise, Penny!

    I curl one set of eyelashes sometimes. The side I mostly sleep on seems to straighten them out so I curl them occasionally to match the other eye. I once bought my daughter some heated ones…

    No to foundation or nail varnish. I only wear nail varnish on my toes. I cannot be bothered with hands and mine are old lady hands, too!

    I use both soap and body wash – I love a nice scented soap and a body wash – not at the same time I hasten to add!.

    Yes to lipstick; usually reds but some browns and occasionally a nude. I use a transparent wax lip pencil from the Bodyshop to stop the bleeding/feathering.

    Like you I wear perfume everyday. My favourites are Guerlain Aqua Allegoria ‘Basil and Mandarin’ and ‘Herb Fresca’. I also like Clinique ‘Aromatics’ and Paul Smith ‘Rose’. I also wear Elizaneth Arden ‘Green Tea’.

    I have no choice with my hair which is one of the reasons I add the headscarf.

    I love body lotion/creams/butters and often pick them up in charity shops. Occasionally they are ‘off” but more often than not they’re fine. I love any in the ‘Soap and Glory’ range or ‘Dirty Works’ range. Also the Bodyshop body butters and Garnier ones; all of which which I buy if they’re on special offer.

    • 15th March 2018 at 8:22 am

      It’s really interesting to hear from people who love eyelash curlers, I should try one. You’ve got a great complexion and I don’t think the pigment has started fading on you. My skin colour has faded a lot in the last few years, and that’s why I see foundation as essential now. But on t’other hand – I always wore it! Love your perfumes.

  • 12th March 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Old lady’s hands, you? Nah! You should see mine! Fortunately, they’re a decent shape and I’m a demon with the hand cream, but the sunspots would appal you. Like you, though, I don’t care. I always wear nail polish with my toes currently bright green. The other foot is bright red! As for my face: sunspots again, so only face cream, day and night, and no make up. I love lipstick but have yet to find the right shade of red even after all these years. My perfume is Blue Grass and has been forever and, again like you, I air dry my hair. If my hair shines and my nails are done – and I’m even half happy with my lipstick – I’m satisfied. Sometimes I’d like to do more and admire those who do. But that bus never really left the depot, even when I was young.

    As for Americans, yes, they do start early and always look immaculate whether they’re city slickets or country lasses. I believe it’s tne same over here now: friends of one granddaughter won’t leave the house without slapping on the whole full monty, no matter where they’re going. Were I to try that I’d probably look like a runaway from clown school! But you seem to strike a very happy medium, Penny, and look good!

    Happy cruising! Have you started pscking yet?

    • 15th March 2018 at 8:25 am

      Ooh love the idea of the different colours on your toes! I feel I have to wear foundation on my face as the pigment has faded so. I don’t have sunspots on my face and maybe that’s because I always had something covering my face, but my hands are another story!

      I have practically packed everything. Dresses go in last of all x

  • 13th March 2018 at 12:30 am

    Well this was a fun read……….love the different coloured nails, and love the fact you’re growing your hair longer. I’m transitioning to grey, from dark auburn red, and am at the highlighted blonde stage, it’s saving me a fortune at the hairdressers. Just started using Charlotte Tillbury cosmetics, and love them, but am going to give Tricia a whirl, and compare the two. I hate lipstick, only use a lip balm, or a plain gloss. Eye make up is a must, I love it, and have just had my brows microbladed, they were disappearing, I am absolutely thrilled with them, it’s also saving me a fortune in eyebrow pencils!
    Love your blog, you are an inspiration, have a wonderful cruise, post lots of pictures. Hugs from Canada.

    • 15th March 2018 at 8:28 am

      This microblading sounds interesting. I used to dye my quite bushy eyebrows but can’t anymore. I use eyebrow pencils and shades but will think about microblading as a good eyebrow is essential.

      Thanks for the good wishes – much appreciated x

  • 13th March 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Hello Penny – absolutely love Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea Scent spray. I am a wine guide in France and you’re not supposed to wear perfumes when visiting cellars for tastings but I do use a little of the Green Tea spray. Otherwise, for special occasions it’s ‘Light Blue’ from Dolce & Gabbana 🙂 – I need a really good tonic for my hair right now – I’ve got some Argan Oil for the hair which I will start using. Have a good cruise !

    • 15th March 2018 at 8:29 am

      Hair serum is a must, I think, for any age. I will enjoy the cruise, thanks so much.

  • 13th March 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Penny – I too love Green Tea Scent and Opium. Have other perfumes too but I forget to put some on every day. Nail varnish has to match the clothes I am wearing so no favourite really. I blow dry my hair and only use an oil shampoo. Foundation is only worn in the evenings but I wouldn’t go out without lip stick and eye make up. Subtle so they don’t clash. I shower using a body wash and love Sanctuary body lotion. For lip balm I use Vaseline, cheap and it works for me.
    Enjoy your cruise, look forward to hearing all about it on your return.

    • 15th March 2018 at 8:32 am

      Ooh, we have very similar tastes! But I don’t do body wash – always a lotion, though. Vaseline is great but it’s the sugar element in the Dior product that I’m using that makes it so useful for slightly peeling lips – actual lipstick never worked on that, but this does. Thanks for the good wishes, I will enjoy!

  • 13th March 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Hi Penny,
    This has been interesting. For me it’s always baths, with soap. Make up every day, I use mineral foundation now which seems to suit my skin and feels lighter than liquid, eye shadow, mascara and always lipstick. I do this whether going out or staying at home. My mother also wouldn’t leave the house without something she called vanishing cream, powder and lipstick, the powder and lipstick always smelt so special then. I probably started wearing make up at weekends when I was about 14, it was white eyeshadow with a grey socket line, Miners waterproof Mascara and lipstick called “The Palest” I thought I looked great!.
    A definite no to eyelash curlers and sadly only very occasional use of nail varnish, not because I don’t like it but because I’m hopeless at it and it looks such a mess.
    Hair up or down depending on how well I’ve dried it!
    Have a fab cruise Penny, we look forward to the photos
    Chrissie W

    • 15th March 2018 at 8:34 am

      That powder! If I close my eyes, I can still smell it. If you wanted to try nail varnish you could always go to a beauticians (but not a nail bar). Thanks so much for the good wishes x

  • 14th March 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Favourite nail polish is a discontinued OPI called Die another day. It’s an orangy shade very much like the one you’re wearing. Used to get gel nails but only Biosculpture as its kind to nails and doesn’t dry them. Nowadays I just have a monthly manicure.
    Favourite lipstick Raise the Bar by Bare Minerals, also discontinued! I bought a couple of each as soon as I knew but they’re now close to running out ?. Foundation Bare Minerals 30 SPF every day.
    Always a bath, hate showers. Never soap, all body is chemical free from The Blue Lemon in Shrewsbury (bought online).
    Blowdry hair, too frizzy if air dried.

    • 15th March 2018 at 8:36 am

      A monthly manicure is essential I think, well it is for me. We don’t have a bath anymore! I like a French soap, the ones made of olive oil, which are more natural, I think than other more chemically produced soaps.

  • 16th March 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Baths for me as I ache a lot and the hot water really helps. I tried to use soap again but we have such hard water here that the scum was awful. Perhaps it was not expensive enough! I do my own nails, always have, and I like Essie products – the ridge-filling base coat is very good as is the top coat. I’ve heard that gels are bad for your nails and mine are bad enough already – I think it may be because of the extra calcium I have to take.
    I blow dry my hair with mousse because it is fine and I want some volume but it is almost white now. Occasionally I use a purple shampoo which makes it shinier. Full make-up always when in public and a simple version at home as I hate catching a glimpse of my veined, spotty face ! Lipstick is essential, my face looks wrong without it.
    N.b. I too can still smell the powder that my glamourous aunt used in the late fifties!

  • 16th March 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Forgot to mention perfume! I use it every day and I like to ring the changes as I find I don’t smell it after a while. Top favourite for summer is Eau de Givenchy (only Harrods seems to stock it) and Youth Dew for winter evenings. There is a great website called Fragrantica for perfume addicts, it reminds you of all the ones you had years ago and some are still available. The comments are a bit over the top but otherwise a very useful site.

  • 17th March 2018 at 2:13 am

    High maintenance is good!! Having said that: showers with nice craft soaps; no nail polish; no nail gel; no eyelash curlers; no perfume but have decided to get back into them – strong, musky. Or rose. Or vanilla. Interesting to see what others are doing.

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  • 22nd March 2018 at 2:21 pm

    I always use eyelash curlers – they look ferocious but they’re OK really 🙂 Nice tip regarding the Dior lip product. Always looking for lip products!
    I love these posts —- ironically I wrote this same post for the Blended Blog but
    then abandoned it as I was going to add photos and forgot, and now I have the next post ready for April. It might see the light of day another time. Hope you have a wonderful cruise!

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