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