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Monday, February 11, 2013

Let's Make Up.


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?













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  1. Looking forward to hearing everyone's thoughts on this!

    I went for my first facial ever (at age 47). Asked for the anti-aging one but the aesthetician took one look at my skin and said "I'm giving you the anti-redness facial". Hmm. I do have rosacea but I didn't think it was that bad.

    I'm low maintenance, but my kinswomen are even less so and as a result I feel like a preening peacock. But I'm learning that you do get what you pay for in the makeup and beauty departments. You should buy the best makeup brushes you can and I am resolved to buy a few makeup lessons before I turn 50!

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    1. Dannie, I'd love a beautiful set of make up brushes, so indulgent but practical.

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  2. Hmm, strategy - sounds like a war! If so, I'd say that for me, trying to stay fit and healthy is more than half the battle. If I feel tired, worn-out, and dumpy, all the lipstick in the world won't do me a lick of good.

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  3. Well now that's interesting. At the highest level, I like to look like I know how to have a bit of fun. Like I can laugh at a dirty joke. Like if it snowed really hard I could still shovel the snow. Like I know what red lipstick means.

    I also like to have well-groomed hair. Otherwise, it's all optional.

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  4. Interesting quote! I agree that going to the salon is something that feels more like a chore than a treat. I probably go to get my hair cut about twice a year which is one of the benefits to having long hair. Other than that I am content with putting on a little bit of make-up before leaving the house and I am ready to go.

    It's also funny that you mention your mother's weekly odyssey to the beauty salon. We have a few 90+ members of our family that are exactly the same way. They will make it to the appointment come hell or high water each week!

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  5. The first thing I do every morning and evening now is check for whiskers. Terrible but true. Also, rinse with hydrogen peroxide before brushing teeth. Keeps all the wine I drink from staining my teeth. Dentist told me to do it years ago and My teeth are white...and not unnaturally white.

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    1. Blue Booby, I am laughing so hard at this. I do the whisker check too every morning, but somehow the biggest offenders seem to hide until exposed under the full fluorescent glare of the office bathroom.

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  6. I'm the same as you when it comes to salons, spas, etc. I start to get fidgety after the first 30 minutes and am ready to be done. I am diligent about my home skincare routine, and don't leave the house without filling in my almost non-existant brows and a swipe of lipgloss. Usually a little spritz of fragrance too, though not always. I do keep my hair colored and cut, but have a stylist/colorist who comes to the house and also cuts le monsieur's hair while my color is processing. Win-win.

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  7. Oh my god, thought I was only one to do whisker check - have seen those who do not and am paranoid!

    For me now, taking care of my skin is critical! And sleep! And no matter what mascara and lip colour, especially this time of year!

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  8. I'm big on fitness and really enjoy it. I attend 4 spinning classes a week and our teacher is so popular we line up at 5:30 a.m. to get a slot at 6 a.m.. The other days I drag my butt to boot camps which involve tires ,ropes and serious core exercises. It's expensive so I don't bother with facials and other beauty treatments . Oh yes I have wrinkles and nobody going to erase them.

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    1. Marsha, I loathe doing weights but lve my spin classes, I go at the same time as you.

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  9. Cuique suum....
    BHL is a buddy of DSK and Piers's wife, WOW,,, probably one of Piers' friends too...my guess is that he enjoys pulling people's chains, guys like that usually do. We all do our best to look our best. If we must have a 'strategy', then I'm in the fitness camp. ASICS....anima sana in corpore sano. Healthy is always better.

    Cheers all :)

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    1. My brain is addled today, it took me ages to work out who DSK was.

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  10. I just hate going to the hairdresser - I loathe the head massage at the sink, because my neck hurts so, I hate the pulling when I get the highlight foils taken out, the list goes on! This means that I am always overdue getting my highlights refreshed - in fact, I must go this weekend, good reminder! Otherwise, I'm also very keen on skincare, that's the most important for me.

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  11. I am a fan of keeping it VERY simple: waxing and eye-brow shaping every 6-8 weeks and have a facial or massage every couple of months.
    Daily, I do vegetable juicing, drink water, eat lots of vegetables, use Dr Brommer's soaps and Organic coconut oil.
    I gave up using perfume a year or so ago and am still on the search for a good quality essential oil brand to use instead.
    I only use a few make-up items (blush, gloss and eye-makeup) and these are mostly used at weekends and that is pretty much it! x

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  12. I'm like you, Tabitha! My husband forces me to get my hair cut 3-4 times per year and I do not get manicures. I get a pedicure in the spring, for the winter "roughness". Otherwise, it's about focusing on eating well and now exercising. Whatever you do, dear, works as you're beautiful!

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  13. I'm all about hair removal...eyebrows are done by a professional brow shaper. Mine are tricky, and I can't let a beautician loose on them or they end up lopsided and strangely shaped. Add in waxing (as we tend to expose our legs a bit more in Australia than those of you in sunny Scotland), and sunscreen daily (for its anti ageing properties). I hate going to the hairdresser, a total waste of time - but I do go every 8 weeks. I have a facial every month. I wear makeup daily, and a squirt of perfume. After all that I try to let the ravages of time do their thing and not worry. xx

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  14. i'm laughing because all of the grooming things women do i felt was just maintenance. i've never thought of it as a strategy before! xox P

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  15. Overall, I am pretty low maintenance. My Anne Hathaway short hair cut needs a trim every three weeks, but I can wash and style it in less than 10 minutes. I quit coloring about 3 years ago as I was tired of the fuss and was never happy with the color anyway. It is about 20% grey, but I actually love it and get a lot of complements, so I am not going back anytime soon.

    I use sunscreen religiously, eat well most of the time (a girl has to have her chocolate!) and walk, run and lift weights regularly. I also do my own weekly mani/pedi sans polish and go with a touch of lippy and gloss and mascara at most. And I do like my touch of my signature perfume.

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  16. Overall, I am pretty low maintenance. My Anne Hathaway short hair cut needs a trim every three weeks, but I can wash and style it in less than 10 minutes. I quit coloring about 3 years ago as I was tired of the fuss and was never happy with the color anyway. It is about 20% grey, but I actually love it and get a lot of complements, so I am not going back anytime soon.

    I use sunscreen religiously, eat well most of the time (a girl has to have her chocolate!) and walk, run and lift weights regularly. I also do my own weekly mani/pedi sans polish and go with a touch of lippy and gloss and mascara at most. And I do like my touch of my signature perfume.

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    1. Did you see her at The Baftas? Her cut is really growing on me now.

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  17. Other than getting the mane looked after by a hairdresser, I never set foot in a spa for a mani, pedi, waxing or a facial. I do it all myself at home.

    I never leave home without makeup or Jo Malone. ;)

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  18. I don't do spas or facials or massages, it makes me really antsy, but I am addicted to my new Clarisonic brush which is about as close to a regime as I'm ever going to get.

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  19. The last picture is quite scary - I can't figure out if it's one of those fancy face masks or someone who's had extensive plastic surgery!

    I definitely like my 15-minutes of grooming every morning - concealer & blush are the minimum...eyeliner/mascara/lipgloss if I have more time.

    If I could go to the salon frequently I would - but scheduling an appointment and making my way in is such a chore...I definitely like doing home facials (scrub, steam & mask) and manicure/pedicures.

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  20. I love facials (for sensitive skin). It's amazing the clean-up done on my skin.
    I feel so much better for it but I'm a snob and only like good ones so it's been almost two years since I've had one.

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  21. Well, even us men need to keep it neat and tight. Three things I swear too. 1-moistuize 2- Once a week face mud treatment for a deep clean. I swear by Borghese's Fango Mud. 3- A good facial once a month. That's my secrets, Now how about a gin?

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  22. Well I don't seem to fit a mold. I do my own pedicures, can't stand anyone else to touch my feet, no facials and a rare massage if I'm on a tropical holiday. So I think of myself as pretty low maintenance. However unless I'm dying of the flu, every morning entails, sunscreen, foundation, blush, eyebrow pencil, eye pencil, eye shadow, lip liner and lip stick. Wow...I sound like a total harlot but its actually pretty natural looking. I just have no colouring of my own so look like a ghost without "help"!
    I eat no meat, eat predominantly organic food and use moisturizer constantly.

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  23. I like to put some basic make up on every day. I feel a bit naked without it. And of course always sun protection. Summer and winter.

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  24. I need a new one. Right now I rely on my perfume, plump lips, and long lashes to get me through the day.

    I read this: "I don't want to look younger than my age, I just want to look the best at the age I'm at."

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  25. Tabitha

    My mother must have been a bit like yours. She had a regular appointment with her hairdresser, X of London (an Australian who'd once worked there). He was a lovely guy who flattered and joked with his regular customers, mostly women of my mother's age. They all seemed to leave cheered and happy. He really was kind - volunteered to visit my mother at home every week after she'd had cancer surgery and treatment and wasn't well enough to go to the salon. For the first month he absolutely refused to let her pay him for the home visits! His kindness and encouragement made a huge difference to her morale and mindset and I'm sure greatly helped in her recovery.

    Have had the Anna Wintour style, even years before I'd ever heard of her. Hairdresser is wonderful stylist and always ensures I have a good head massage during the shampoo stage and then later a lovely hand massage. As I've never had either a perm or colouring the hair has stayed in fairly good condition for my age. Couldn't survive without good perfume. The older I get the worse the eyesight, so the less I notice the lines! Have given up on eye make-up as I can't put it on without glasses. Prefer the more natural look, at my age anyway, but do love some foundation and a good lipstick. Best wishes, Pamela

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    1. Pamela: Yes it's as much about small kindnesses and touch I think than anything else.

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  26. Who needs beauty when we can laugh at your witticisms ..telling BHL to button up his shirt..doesnt that tell us alot about him

    Im forever plucking strays too..I do spend some money and effort on the colouring of the hair ..to be honest it's coloured within an inch of its life

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  27. Eat well, sleep, exercise, shower regularly. Attempt to tame cowlicks.

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  28. I'm quite low maintenance in the sense that I do most things myself, except the hair colouring. I just hate the thought of sitting with some stranger while they hold a piece of me in their hands and the inane compulsory conversation which forms a backdrop.I would feel trapped.I love make-up etc but I like and enjoy the total privacy of seeing to things myself.I hate the idea of spas and nail salons. (Celia! I cannot stand her Tabs.Her interviews are so boring.)

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    1. The feeling is mutual about Piers Morgan. Hello, arrogance.

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  29. A 'beauty strategy' sounds too much like self obsession and artifice. The most beautiful women I have known have taught me that true beauty is more than skin deep, and will not fade with age. It's a way of living, a way of being.
    It requires: Generosity of spirit. Kindness, not because someone is kind to you, but because you are. A warm and honest smile. Being self effacing. The pursuit of truth. Delight in knowledge. Striving to be better and wiser each day. Good fresh food. Daily exercise. The warmth of the sun on your skin, and love in your heart.

    And after all that, sleep.

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  30. Do it all at home in the privacy of me own "spa." Otherwise, if it doesn't involve fleece or elastic, I can't be bothered.

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  31. Oh dear, found a whisker while sitting here reading all the other comments! I can't stand beauty salons either, and just manage to tolerate the hairdresser each month for trim and colour. Otherwise, my efforts revolve around eating well, using non-toxic products, exercising and plenty of sleep. I know. Boring!

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  32. Well, I am all on my own here because after all of these years in France, I "get" the Beauty Strategy idea. The women I know, even the ones that look as if they don't really care what they look like, have one. From the bottom (lingerie) up (even on an archeological dig I caught whiffs of perfume). Hair salons are everywhere and constantly full. Whether the look be boho punk or a Deneuvian blowout, they get it done. Each woman has her look. It may not be a look that I find particularly attractive (in Arles, they are two main archetypes: the Arty Smurf or the Hooker Pirate I am sad to say) but she sticks to it. And they don't eat big meals in the evening unless it is a special occasion and even then they will have only a little of everything unlike me who will eat it all and wash it down with copious amounts of wine (and I do have the stains on my teeth to prove it so will listen to BB).

    I just do things to keep me happy for my beauty stuff. I spritz organic rosewater on my face to wake me up. Do my yoga, walk the puppers. Only clean my face with Bioderma Crealine H2O, only use Eucerin Hyralonic Filler the night, sunscreen and moisturize. I HATE salons and so cut my own hair and do my own mani-pedis--no facials. I try my darndest to have mascara and lip goo on plus perfume before I leave the house to walk the dogs but more often than not will have a bb cream and a cream eyeshadow (fast) too.

    I could be wrong but it does seem like French women are more about pleasing others while I just want to take care of myself...?

    And I can't help adding, I wish you could see some of the amazing beauty rituals of the tribes of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. I went in 2003 and they make us look like amateurs!!! One of Remi's photos:
    http://www.remibenali.com/culture_and_tribes_hamer/hamer_6.html

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    1. Wow I seem to be the only one who actually revels in the whole beauty maintenance thing. I love facials massages and going to the hairdresser. I need it. My job involves supporting people and in my private life I have someone who is quite ill and I need to help him and his 3 children. So to have someone focussed on me and my needs for a short time feels wonderful and refreshes me. I also wear perfume every day and natural looking makeup if going out. Like the French I spend quite a bit on good quality lingerie too. All these things make me feel good and if I feel good I'm better at my job and can support all those that rely on me. I suppose you could say I revel in my femininity.

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    2. Haha-- trying to picture the Arty Smurf...

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  33. My things are Slap, scent, polish and clean hair.

    These things are my armour and deflect from my poor old collapsing face.

    I loathe the hairdresser. Haven't been to a salon since March 2011. The hairdresser comes to me but even that's a bore and a chore so usually I hand Mr FF the kitchen shears and make him cut it.

    I endorse grooming but don't outsource really any of it. xxxx

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  34. I get my hair trimmed every 6 weeks, but no longer colour it - am loving being silver and get a lot of compliments. I enjoy my trip to the hairdresser. I was having a monthly ayurvadic facial which I really enjoyed, but the therapist has a bad back at the moment, an Alexander session every 6 weeks helps reinforce good posture, and apart from that it's a spritz of perfume, a slick of eyeshadow and mascara finished off with lip pencil and lipstick if I'm going out of the house. For me the most important thing is eating healthily and walking Daisy every day to keep fit, with a couple of evenings ballroom dancing thrown in.

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  35. I switched to Zein Obagi skin care products last year and they are fabulous. Makeup is always a simple routine for a natural look, a couple of extra steps for a big night out. I dread the hair salon for the inconvenience but the spa is another matter altogether. It's always uplifting to have my hands and feet given the treatment. Massages are from a specialist in Kinesiology and are more pain and therapeutic than pleasure, but necessary as I am wound tighter than a drum and would end up curled in a ball if I wasn't worked over on a regular basis.

    For some people the very ritual of going is important and if your mum is 90 then after all these years I imagine she would miss it if she didn't go.

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  36. I have my dirty blond hair streaked a couple of timea a year, blending in the bit of grey I have. Never had mani, but I do have pedis several times a year after reading Nora Ephron never had them.

    We know what BHL would be looking at were he to converse with you!

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  37. FACING FACTS Anti-ritual and strategy; spent too much time around spa jiggery-pokery for work. Exceptions: SPF having also seen too much sun leather, good perfume and an very occasional primp for Medusa at a in-out, blow-outs only place. Mop is so thick taming it makes me hot, tired and meltdown-y, especially in steaming summer. Also wondering about facials to "keep the crypt keeper at bay" - borrowing a DBP phrase.

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  38. Hair colour and cuts mostly. Some esthetics. Facials once a year. Makeup is fairly simple, usually my 5 minute face in the morning.

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  39. I do a normal amount of maintenance, but despise it and find it the opposite of relaxation. I have managed to streamline most of it, to a place close to home, rather than driving around the city.

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  40. I forgot to comment on the 64 easy-to-follow pages on how to improve your bust contour. 64 pages?! Are you supposed to crumple them up and stuff them in your bra? Who on earth has time for a 64-page routine?

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  41. I've got a strategy but what good it's going to do in the end, who knows? Facial once a month, I love those and I find they really make a big difference. The spa is a block away which helps. Hair cut and roots coloured in every 4 weeks like a clock. My hands are hideous so I've started wearing rubber gloves to do the cleaning but it's probably too late. SPF every day, Nuxe skin care, Korres body cream, epsom salt baths twice a day, it's amazing I have time for anything else. Classical stretch every day or my posture suffers. Millions of vegetables and yogurt every morning. Oh and I never go anywhere without makeup and now I curl my hair as well, eeesh.

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    1. Good Heavens! ... I do envy You for Your energy levels!

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  42. Very interesting topic, Tabitha! I had horrible acne as a teen, so I spent a few years making regular visits to the dermatologist and an hour in front of the mirror every morning applying makeup to cover my blemishes, so I guess my "Beauty Strategy" evolved out of my desire to avoid teenage boys making fun of my face. Luckily, my hormones sorted themselves out during college and I have clear skin now, but I'm pretty religious about my home skincare routine. 1) I never sleep with makeup on. 2) Morning and night, it's cleanse, tone, moisturize. 3) No tanning, always use SPF. 4) Drink water. I do my own mani-pedis and have no interest in spas (I get creeped out by the idea of strangers touching me), my slow-growing hair gets cut every 10 weeks or so, and I take a private Pilates class once a week and do mat exercises and random cardio stuff at home in between. I do like to buy pretty lingerie; it makes me feel good to wear it even though nobody else knows it's there.

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  43. I am pretty minimal as far as make up and do my own mani/pedi and no spa or facials mostly because I am cheap. I cut and color my hair every 6-7 weeks and love going to the salon. I also buy pretty lingerie and need to wear matching sets even if nobody would know. I have been faithful to Chanel no5 for years.
    Oh and since so many people recommended Kiehls aftery post on cosmetics I bought several products including darks circle cream. So far no difference so I think I will go back to drug store cheapies after I go through the tubes.

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  44. Piers Morgan aka teflon coated cheeky cheeked dude! LOLOL!! You're so right. Hide thicker than a buffalo's! I never truly bothered with make up or hair but lately.....as I'm speeding faster than a bullet train to the big 4-0, I've started to pay a little more attention to my face. I've put on mascara for the first time in decades. And eye liner - after I'd figured out how to sort of draw a sort of straight line. I still have miles to go but at least I'm looking a little less unkempt having had to brush my hair before I leave the house!

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  45. Similar to your's.....health moderate exercise,love and laughter.

    Yonks back had a facial at the Red Door,NEVER had one since prefer to tend to my own face.Ida

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  46. I went to Identity Theft this weekend and there is a scene when Melissa McCarthy wears soft makeup correctly applied. With a simple black dress and a small diamond necklace she looked wonderful. Her hair was smooth and more subtle, too.

    I like to use moisturiser, mascara and lip gloss. By adding light foundation and eyeliner I can wear more makeup when I'm in the mood. I stretch and walk for most of my exercise. It is very easy.


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  47. It's all maintenance at this age, I fear. Like many of you, I hate going to the salon/spa. I do get my hair cut & colored as needed, although I tend to put it off, until my roots are showing! Must get better about that. Am very concerned lately about thinning hair, having always had very thick wavy hair until the past couple of years. Any suggestions about that? Dermatologists say, check your thyroid (that's not it), and then say well, you can get Rogaine. Not helpful.

    I work at home, so if I'm not going out (to somewhere I'll see people I know) I just cleanse & moisturize. If I want to actually look good, that requires a light foundation, Touche d'Eclat, eyeliner, mascara, blush & lip color. I have decent skin, although getting age-spotty (spent a fortune last summer on laser treatments, didn't do a damn thing. Very disappointed) but I have puny lashes, and am pretty pale, so need color and eye definition.
    Thinking I should start getting facials, maybe.

    I never get a professional mani/pedi. Do my own toes, as we wear sandals most of the year around here. Never polish my fingernails because they chip so fast & it's too much maintenance.

    I've recently committed to walking or riding the exercise bike 30 minutes every day. I know I should do more exercise, but I figured 30 min. was something I can commit to relatively easily. I hope to add more exercise once I get this established as a good solid habit. Several years ago, I splurged on a personal trainer at a Pilates studio. I went twice a week for about a year, and I looked great (and felt great). Of course, even if I start doing that again, time & menopause have taken a toll on my poor middle-aged body, so I would not look that good again.....but I'm sure I could improve!

    ---Jill Ann

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  48. Piers is an oaf. I run three miles nearly every day. On weekends I mount my road bike and pedal 40Km admiring the legions of lycra passing me. Including fat people. Very annoying since I consider my pace quite fast, 20kph I'd say. Switch to the old metric on the bicycle.
    At 67 I am treating myself to stupidly expensive shaving products with a lean toward Truefitt and Hill. I have used the word "products" for which I am ashamed.

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    1. "I have used the word "products" for which I am ashamed." That's hilarious Michael! I have noticed that vanity is catching up with men these days.

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    2. Keep up the good work Michael. Tabitha vanity has always been a vital feature of men with a capacity for greatness. Caesar, Alexanders Great & Hamilton, Napoleon, George Washington, et al were all fastidious on their appearance. Talleyrand famously spent several hours assisted by a retinue of servants getting assembled in his toilette. Back in 2007, I was summoned to a holiday meal by our most famous military man since Eisenhower (and no SHE wasn't there) and was absolutely floored by his freshly creamy chestnut locks at his Baghdad command post. Apparently a pair of boots on the ground were those of a colorist.

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  49. I think I'm quite low maintenance in that I can't sit still long enough to be pampered at spa's etc. However, I do love buying skincare and make-up. Nothing like buying a gorgeous pot of thickly whipped face cream ;-) I do wear make-up and always blow-dry my hair to within an inch of it's life. I'm now obsessed with hair oils as a result ;-)

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    1. V - there's a few of us antsy creatures in these answers, sitting still is so hard to do, we need Zen meditation.

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  50. Monsieur Levy is a funny one - I think his blurb about "beauty strategy" was a Freudian slip. He does seem attracted to women who have extensive routines and have that mentality that beauty is your armour - dont know if he is still with Karl Lagerfeld look alike Daphne Guinness - but looking like a 16th french artistocrat isnt exactly wash and wear...He does tend to be the archetypal emotionally controlling 9 and half weekish type with his women...But I digress.

    I am completely bipolar in my routine - I go from splash of cold water to double cleansing with muslin. I cut my own hair sometimes - once a year ( i really dread telling the hairdresser my feeble plans for the evening or where i am going on holiday) but I also have three hair masks and 5 different types of bath salts.

    I may not put on mascara everyday but I am fanatic about sunscreen.

    But like you, I try to make sure that the foundations are somehow prepped and preened so if I do need to then I can spruce it up.

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    1. You are so right if you look at his exes and present amour, they are have very obvious beauty strategies.

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  51. i find as i get older, i have less time to waste on trivial rituals but still want to look "polished." so i often opt for long term solutions rather than daily pruning routine. i'm currently on the hunt for a salon that performs eyebrow embroidery {but am a bit freaked out after watching a video demonstrating the procedure}. oh, and get this, i just recently returned to my natural brunette after 20 years of being a blonde-all in an effort to lessen my app't times-only to find that i now have graying hair. ugggh! i've yet to decide on whether or not i should just go gray. thoughts???

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    1. I seem to have plenty of gray hair myself (I'm 56). But my view is that I see no reason to LOOK like I have gray hair. I'm kind of following my Mom's example: she started going gray (actually white) in her twenties, but she colored her hair until she hit 80. At that point she figured it was ok to look like an old lady.

      Please don't yell at me, gray haired women. Some women look great with natural gray/silver hair, but it really helps if they have great skin, good coloring, etc. I fear that if I let my naturally mousy brown/gray hair go natural, I would look about 70, since I am pale and have skimpy lashes. So I am coloring my hair for the foreseeable future!

      ---Jill Ann

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    2. jill ann, i think i'm with you on this one - pale skin, sparse eyebrows {as noted above} - not so appealing with the addition of my graying hair. i may just have to put up a fight in this case. love that your mom held out until her 80's!

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    3. I don't need to puck my eyebrows, I'm quite envious of you hirsute folk, you must have lush hair too.
      Oh Jill, I'm not going grey until I'm about 70 either.

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  52. Face cream, lipstick and staying away from the sun!

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  53. I have my brows plucked by a professional for free every month or so and I have my hair color adjusted every couple of months. If I'm really pampering myself, then I'll get a mani and pedi for a summer weather event (I'm terrible at doing my own nails), shave my legs, and moisturize. I wear make up (moisturizer, eyeliner, mascara, and sometimes light foundation and blush)and blow dry my hair almost daily, but that's basically my routine. Lately I've been doing research on anti-aging products, but I tend to be more of a clothes horse than a beauty obsessive. Tabitha, surely you have a few favored products? Do share.

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  54. Oh I dunno...a good haircut, a little mascara and lip gloss and a massive dose of self-confidence (real or faked) seems to have served me well through the years. Toss in a good healthy diet and I've managed to retain the attention of a few suitors. Appropriate or not.

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  55. Tabitha,

    I would love to know what make-up products you use. Would you mind sharing?

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  56. The series of photos you chose are haunting! I'm a child of the natural beauty era so most makeup seems alien to me. My strategy is to look closely with a keen eye, and never give up on the maintenance. Hair color, skin care, weight management and a young and energetic approach to life...

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  57. Strategy, no. I have tactics, some of which cross the line between "beauty" and sensible healthy maintenance. A friend who was trained at VS' first shop still staggers over to my bathroom every 8 weeks or so to "maintain the line." Started going gray/white in high school so I have my hair professionally colored and treated for dryness. Regular pedicures combat a terrifying tendency to calluses and rough skin. Fingernails are on their own, I cook. Is it "beauty" or health to use only unscented products everywhere, makeup, cleaning stuff, even laundry stuff? "beauty" or health to see a dermatologist regularly and live under sunscreen? "beauty" or health to do Pilates weekly, to avoid synthetic fabrics and synthetic food?

    Biggest beauty secret: if your feet hurt it makes your face look old.

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  58. First of all..I didn't know Piers Morgan was married. Whoa.

    I also dislike getting my nails done, makeup done, etc. I feel weird doing it. The one exception is having my hair washed and blown out but only in Asian hair salons - did you know that they will massage your hair in the warm water while you snooze for almost an hour - and it costs maybe less then $10 in Taiwan for each session! I wish they had it here, I could do one of those every day.

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  59. I'm pretty low maintenance; tinted moisturizer, mascara, and gloss on most days, but if I get to a city, I do like to treat myself to a blowdry and a manicure.

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  60. This post reminds me of Mindy Kaling's show last week....she's getting ready for a date and her guy friend shows up early and she has to explain her "beauty ritual" to him...comical of course.

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  61. I will be your Mom - doing whatever I can to get there even at 90. I always feel so much better after a fresh hair color and sometimes a spa treatment such as a pedicure or massage is just so necessary to unwind. xo

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  62. I finally got back to this post and read it all the way through. Some of the replies really made my day. Home from work with a headcold today. I just couldn't get past Piers the first time around. Ughh! He's awful, just awful...

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  63. Face cream, lipstick and staying away from the sun!

    oobagi rosacea

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  64. i like to do everything the night before : to fade my sunspots i use NOREVA TRIO D cream,glycerin cream on my hands,lipbalm to keep my lips plump.
    i believe that everyone needs a touch of makeup so i never forget to apply some.
    i colour,cut&style my own hair as well as do my own nails(a coat before bed).
    OH,and i'll share my most effective beauty secret,SMILE :)

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