Last week I came across a quote from columnist Celia Walden, you know who, she of the long blonde mermaid waves and perfect vowels wed to the Teflon skinned chubby cheeked, Piers Morgan.
"The French philosopher and provocateur Bernard-Henri Levy once told me that the thing he found most touching about the female sex was
'the beauty strategy' behind every woman."
I wonder exactly what B.H.L. meant by this? I would have loved to have been privy to the rest of the conversation, although I would have struggled not to say, "For God's sake, button your shirt up man."
So... the beauty strategy, those small things that we do every day or before a red letter date to enhance our femininity and our sense of self. The little rituals; a perfume spritz, the caress of a tiny brush across a wayward eyebrow, in my mum's case, the weekly visit to the hair salon - my 90 year old mum will hobble with her walking stick in snow and ice to get there, much to my chagrin.
It is as much about the badinage and persiflage as it is the shampoo and set.
I don't enjoy going to beauty salons, spas, the hairdressers, having manicures or anything like that, it feels like slavery to me, rather than pampering. I suppose my 'beauty strategy' has its focus on fitness and keeping to a healthy whole food diet; as long as I can 'brush up well' when the need calls, I'm happy with that.
What's your beauty strategy?