What's your style & beauty "duh!" moment?

(62 Posts)
Poughle Mon 21-Apr-14 09:24:59

Everywhere I have lived, I've always been cold in the winter. I hate being cold!

It's finally clicked that LAYERS keep you warm. It's only taken me 3 and a half decades to figure this out. I am cold because I wear thin summer clothing with a jacket on top... Not going to cut it!!

I spent ages on pinterest and polyvore looking at how to layer, for some reason I just couldn't grasp it properly until I'd seen loads of examples. But I am proud to announce that I NOW GET IT and all the lovely basic long sleeve tshirts and loose fitting tops I ordered online arrived this afternoon! Several jumpers are on the way too!

This winter I will be warm for the fist time ever. And I will look good as well!!

cjbk1 Wed 23-Apr-14 12:42:55

different to some posters; my 'natural' hair is a frizzy mess and doesn't look like all those lovely 'natural hair' pictures on Pinterest but fighting with it to smooth (notice not straighten) it just makes me feel useless so extenso plus no styling leaves it smooth, slightly wavy and healthy looking & makes me feel a lot better FWIW wink

that I don't do classic dressing. Quirky things just work for me, much to my sister's distress grin we are very different dressers.

Lipstick looks great on me when I wear the right colours

Coral, despite me loving it, does not work for me and never has. Same with browns

Poughle Tue 22-Apr-14 22:09:05

Forgot to come back to this thread blush Have been on very strong painkillers that's my excuse!!

Great ideas here, am going to steal some. Lipstick you say. Hmmmm

BikeRunSki Tue 22-Apr-14 21:14:46

Sorting washing really helps. I used to ing everything in together and put it on a mixed wash. Now I do:
- Whites (pretty much all cotton)
- heavy darks (jeans, dark towels)
- DH's work stuff (building sites)
- sports stuff (swimming kit, running kit, cycling kit) and other synthetics
- other stuff (t shirts, socks, pants etc)

Wool jumpers and bras are washed by hand

MollyBdenum Tue 22-Apr-14 20:57:02

My blonde is probably ok as I go from dull mousy with grey to dark blonde. Anything darker than light brown makes me look like a vampire.

Legologgo Tue 22-Apr-14 20:54:06

Think hair that's radically different from your natural colour normally drains you. Women who think they're blonde still. LOOK!

Fedupnagging Tue 22-Apr-14 20:29:55

I get what you are saying Apocalypse. I was also told to not have a top that finishes at your widest point - wear iteither just above or below hips/ bum. It's minefield this style lark!

Wearing the things I want to wear, even if they're not sedate and chic (which they never are)

Lipstick! Can't believe I never bothered until this year.

I worry about the blonde hair thing. I've dyed my hair blonde for 10 years from my natural mousey colour. I think it's better blonde but read all the time that people suddenly realise it's better dark.

ApocalypseNowt Tue 22-Apr-14 20:12:14

Someone on mn posted that things like long cardies, etc only cover up your bum or your tum to you ie you think they're hidden. What they actually do is add a thick layer of material to a part of your body that is already thick enough!

I caught sight of myself in my fave cardie and i just looked so big! Took it off braving a wobbly tum and bingo wings and i looked so much smaller in just my top. Wonderous advice!

I probably haven't explained that very well but i hope you understand!

Legologgo Tue 22-Apr-14 20:04:53

I can't do kooky chic. Or boyish. Or androgynous. Or gamine

Don't EVER buy anything with acrylic in it, even if I adore the style, it will look hideous after 2 wears.

Tailored clothes suit me better.

Lip gloss makes me look ill.

I'm not edgy and never will be.

Black near my face makes me look haggard.

Don't waste money on cheaper concealers....just invest in Touch Éclat.

Uniqlo hi tech vests are the best garment ever invented....mine go on in October and come off in May feel the cold too OP

Legologgo Tue 22-Apr-14 19:02:39

Me: hair never shorter than shoulders. Plus a fringe = murderer

Best1sWest Tue 22-Apr-14 18:43:47

Another who has had the short hair looks better on me realisation.

Legologgo Tue 22-Apr-14 18:38:03

I like face oil too. Have the ? Loreal one. Extraordinary or something

Skinny jeans make my legs look like parsnips

A little bit of make up is pretty much essential if you want to feel good

Nobody else cares if you have a bit of a sticky out tummy or slightly wobbly arms - they really don't, they're too busy obsessing about their own 'faults'.

Thanks for the face oil recs. I can't justify Clarins right now, so will save that for my Christmas list and look at some of the cheaper ones.

squoosh Tue 22-Apr-14 16:33:46

Remus my favourite facial oil is Clarin's Blue Orchid Oil, not the cheapest but lasts for ages. Next I want to try is Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate, even more expensive though.

At the cheaper end I quite liked the Boots Botanic's one and I've heard that the N-spa available in Asda is great for the price.

Nocomet Tue 22-Apr-14 16:25:54

Lego we did white because tops were made of decent. White t-shirts weren't today's transparent tat.

Also nude underwear only works if it's seamless and a decent colour. In times gone by it was lumpy and a funny shade of peach.

Fedupnagging Tue 22-Apr-14 08:17:25

As Brian said up thread you actually have to 'do' your hair to make it look 'done'. Ghd's are my friend.

Also, just because it's fashionable, doesn't mean it looks good. I learnt that one years ago thank goodness!

PollyWhittaker Tue 22-Apr-14 07:27:02

That I am an inherently messy looking person with messy wavy hair and that since I accepted this and stopped trying to look well-groomed and sophisticated I have started getting lots of compliments.

JingletsJangletsYellowBanglets Tue 22-Apr-14 07:14:12

1/ tailoring makes all the difference. Factor in hemming as part of the "can I afford it" question when buying trousers. If I ever see a 80-90% off ridiculous bargain in a large size, mentally try to calculate how much it would cost to tailor it. I own a beautiful linen coat that was once an xxl and a tenner, originally over 200 quid!)

2/ when buying shoes, factor in cost of putting on rubber soles. Makes the shoes last years and stops you buying "bargains" that aren't.

3/ observing women in high heels on the street- when you can't walk in them properly, it's not sexy/empowering/attractive. No matter how great the shoe might look.

Legologgo Tue 22-Apr-14 07:01:25

God yes. Why did we ever do white?

Dilligufdarling Mon 21-Apr-14 23:01:00

Wear skin coloured underwear under white so it doesn't show up - not white!

That fabric matters hugely. The polyamide jumper will stay in the drawer while the cashmere one gets worn and worn. The polyester scarf will always look not-quite-right compared to the silk one, and it's worth paying more for good tights.

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