Today’s Blog Every Day in May prompt was on ‘fashion, beauty and grooming’. I feel a little silly writing about that as I’m the least ‘groomed’ person I know.
Occasionally I manage to strike it lucky but really, when it comes to getting dressed up, I’m as low maintenance as it gets. Basically, if it’s a choice between getting an extra 10 minutes in bed or doing my hair, then pass me the pillow!
So I thought I’d share a few time and money saving pointers I’ve picked up along the way…
It’s no secret that when it comes to threads, I like mine vintage. Sourcing them probably isn’t the laziest thing I could do (I actually put quite a lot of effort into digging around charity shops and bargain buckets for things I can give a new lease of life to), but the overall vintage look I’m going for is distinctly casual.
I have ultimate respect for people who can style themselves 40s or 50s every day, but I don’t have the time or inclination. I think a lot of people get put off vintage because they don’t know how to wear it, or they think it takes too much effort. But finding a few simple 80s dresses or playsuits with interesting patterns, that can be teamed up with different heels, belts, bags, tights, cardigans and other accessories, opens up a world of possibilities.
It’s one of the reasons I love vintage polyester as well, you don’t even need to iron it. Lazy girl style to the max! During the working week I also try to pick out my outfits the night before, so that I can make the most of my time in bed.
I have the ultimate in low maintenance hair. I’ve found that keeping it long, layered and chucking away the straighteners to embrace my natural wave (above is actually what it looks like before I stick a brush through it) generally means I can get away with being a bit hippyish. I only have to get it cut once or twice a year.
I’ve even stopped dyeing my hair, instead letting the sun do with it what it will. I sometimes give it a helping hand with my favourite blonde shampoo & conditioner (Timotei Golden Highlights, 99p each from any good Bodycare or Wilko). I’ve also discovered conditioning before shampooing, which means less product residue in my hair and that I can usually get away without washing it for two days rather than one. I sometimes also give it a helping hand with some dry shampoo. How I ever lived without dry shampoo I’ll never know.
I wear very little make up, usually just a bit of eyeshadow and mascara. If I’m on a night out I might push the boat out with a bit of liquid liner and a red lip. I used to treat myself to expensive make up, but recently I’ve found some great copies.
My favourite brand for this has to be MUA – I use their under eye concealer and neutral trio eyeshadow everyday, along with Natural Collection waterproof mascara (the only one I’ve found that doesn’t crumble off and make me look like a panda). The concealer is similar to the Bourjois Touche Eclat and the trio is very close to a L’Oreal one I used to own. Their red lipstick (shade 13, worn above) is incredibly long lasting, the best I’ve ever tried.
Saying that, I’m not a big fan of wearing anything on my lips for a whole day or night – and especially having to retouch them – so I’ve found that lip stain works best for me. Rimmel’s 1000 Kisses lip tint in Carry on Cherry gives a lovely long lasting colour to the lips that can simply be refreshed with a bit of lip balm. Easy!
One area where I don’t scrimp on time or money though is my skin. I’m prone to breakouts so I use Eucerin Dermo Purifier scrub, cleanser and night care (honestly the best acne treatment I have found, and it took me years and ££s of useless products so I’m sharing the knowledge!) as well as the hydrating care with SPF30. Being fair skinned, I’m a big believer in protecting my skin from the sun. And I figure the more effort I put in now, the less I’ll have to worry later.
What’s your approach to fashion and beauty? Do you like to keep it low maintenance or spend a lot of time to look your best?