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qwertpoiuy Tue 09-Jun-09 18:29:16

Right, it was my birthday yesterday - I am now 39. A lot of miles on the clock I know, but I look and feel a lot younger. Sure, last weekend I was at a nightclub dancing till 4am! I'm fitter and slimmer than I was at 20.

Anyway I was pleased to have people telling me yesterday that I look nowhere near 39 - that was enough of a birthday present for me!

Until I arrived home from work today to find a card and a present from my MIL. The present? Olay anti-wrinkle provital tinted moisturiser for mature skin!!!!!! FFS, this stuff is for over-70s!! I'm tempted to ask her did she leave her new moisturiser behind by accident. But I'll just have a rant on MN instead!

loobeylou Tue 09-Jun-09 18:31:08

obv passing on an unwanted gift someone gave her at xmas, thinking you are more into beauty products than she is and not realising the age thing!

Eve4Walle Tue 09-Jun-09 18:31:42

YABU. You're never too young to start using that stuff. Forget it and move on. She probably didn't mean anything by it. grin

Flibbertyjibbet Tue 09-Jun-09 18:31:43

you got a present from your mil?

I tend to be more offended each year by the lack of a present or card after 10 years.

Honestly some of you are soooooo ungrateful wink

Tidey Tue 09-Jun-09 18:33:31

Well... I would be offended too. It's still better than a strange water feature ornament with the on/off switch snapped off, that I got from my MIL once. Maybe she thinks she's being helpful by ensuring that your skin will never look aged, by getting in quickly with super rocket powered moisturiser?

scoutandjem Tue 09-Jun-09 18:34:29

Hello - I can relate to this...........,I got "what not to wear" and "how clean is your house?" from my MIL.!!!!!!! shock

Happen to think I know what not to wear and my house is v clean ( as long as you don't count the spiders webs!)

Sure you look fabulous and good for you clubbing till 4am!

Nancy66 Tue 09-Jun-09 18:35:35

ha ha ha - oh it's funny. The old bat obviously just didn't look at it properly.

nickschick Tue 09-Jun-09 18:36:56

Ohh that sounds good - have you tried it?

Dont be offended life is far too short - I wasted time with my mil and never appreciated her until I lost her

Flibbertyjibbet Tue 09-Jun-09 18:38:46

Oh I forgot, I do get amazing xmas pressies from my mil.

One year it was a book on how to de-stress. She kept commenting to dp about how stressed I seemed.
I didn't need the book I just needed her out of the house for me to de-stress smile

carocaro Tue 09-Jun-09 18:39:46

No don't be offended, it's about £25 a pot I think, preventiond is better than cure as they say. I'll have it and I'm only 38! (grin)

qwertpoiuy Tue 09-Jun-09 18:43:23

Lol scoutandjem!

Nichshick, it's sitting there by my PC as I type this - I'd love to be able to hand it over to you!

She was always ageist anyway. When my parents died close together (a month apart, both had cancer), she told me not to be crying because at 34 I was lucky to have my parents till I was that old! I reminded the old bat (thanks for that term, Nancy66 - it makes me feel better) her parents were around till she was 60!

GeneHunt Tue 09-Jun-09 18:44:09

My MIL bought me a bottle of 'perfume' called Tramp. grin She has also bought me a size 18 nightie with elephants on it. grin Her presents are like a little window into her mind.

CowWatcher Tue 09-Jun-09 18:49:41

My father in law was still sending me cheques as birthday presents written out to me but with husband's surname eight years after we were married & after repeated explanations that my name is still my name & will be till the day I die. This year, he has got the name on the cheque right, but has hyphenated our names on the envelope. Ho hum. Progress I suppose!

nickschick Tue 09-Jun-09 18:50:09

Aww ty qwert ....did you have a good birthday?

I think you just have to kill mils with kindness and not let them know theyve offended you.grin

CowWatcher Tue 09-Jun-09 18:50:15

Oh and Happy Birthday qwertpoiuy!

qwertpoiuy Tue 09-Jun-09 18:54:21

Genehunt, actually MIL buys me Christmas presents that are size 18 even though I'm a 12-14!

Carocaro, I've no doubt this product was expensive. But why didn't she buy me a bar of chocolate instead - I would have been MUCH happier!

Anyway, I love ranting on MN!

TsarChasm Tue 09-Jun-09 18:57:51

I bet she didn't mean anything by it. A bit mad trying to choose makeup or skincare for another woman though. Most people are quite specific about about which products they like. At least it wasn't some old lady cold cream or a lavender soapwink

My MIL bought me a big black horrible hat one Christmas. A posh one in a box. Why?? I never wear hats or go anywhere to wear one and anyway how do you choose a hat for someone? She is pretty bonkers though grin

Happy birthday btw!smile

qwertpoiuy Tue 09-Jun-09 18:58:14

Thanks, CowWatcher!

Oh, Nickshick, I wouldn't dream of offending my dear MIL, she has a heart of gold - if she would just stop calling me old! Actually I had to work late yesterday, DH is taking me out on Friday night.

LOL at FlibbertJibbert!

qwertpoiuy Tue 09-Jun-09 18:58:50

Thanks tsarchasm!

SomeGuy Tue 09-Jun-09 19:04:45

My sister asked for just such a product for her birthday. She's 29.

A gay man I know is forever harping on about how his lifely complexion is the result of daily moisturising.

JustcallmeDog Tue 09-Jun-09 19:06:39

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MaryAnnSingleton Tue 09-Jun-09 19:06:55

I'm sure it was well intended and was kind of her - you are being a bit mean and ungrateful imo. And it's never to late to moisturise - I'm ancient but have always moisturised my neck from late teens and have no wrinkles or saggy bits on it

insertwittynicknameHERE Tue 09-Jun-09 19:09:47

Congrats on your birthday.

My MIL gave me a pressy for my birthday last year which I had given her the Xmas before, luckily I buy nice pressies wink

BitOfFun Tue 09-Jun-09 19:10:31

A vibrator?! Are you sure?

WinkyWinkola Tue 09-Jun-09 19:10:51

I'd love anti wrinkle cream. I'd've thought we need all the help we can get.

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