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complete make over where to start

(7 Posts)
apotatoprintinapeartree Fri 05-Dec-14 22:05:48

Finally booked an appointment to have my hair styled, can't remember the last time.
I usually leave it much the same as really curly.

I know family are getting me vouchers so what do I go for next.

make up
good beauty products
loosing weight about 1.5 stone. I'm 48 so won't be quick.

Little by little I want a change but not sure exactly what yet, so maybe clothes should be lat.

Maybe I'm over thinking it but have either not had the cash before or don't seem to get it right or so I am happy with it.

My hair is like a bush/ dd draws cartoons of me with a birds nest in the writing bubble. sad

My fuckin beard is stubbly, not that bad but I know I have to deal with it all the time.
I'm not particularly trying to look younger, but if this happens then bonus.
I just want to look nice and my clothes suit me.

Help. Oh, I don't lack self esteem I'm just shit at this stuff, always have been.

justkeeponsmiling Sat 06-Dec-14 22:13:26

This is what I would do:
Start with hair: get some advice from your hairdresser re bringing out your curls, rather than having a frizzy mess on top of your head. I'm curly so I feel your pain! I use some of the "curly girl" methods to tame mine and it works quite well for me, and when it doesn't I have a couple of up-do's that make me look slightly more groomed and less of a mess.
Then: get facial hair threaded. Totally worth the pain!!
Next: get some nice skin care products and get into a beauty routine. Eg get some exfoliating mitts and have a quick scrub every time you shower and slap on some moisturiser. Get some decent facial products and make sure you cleanse and moisturise every night.
I would then consider booking a make up consultation so you can pick up some colours that suit you and learn some techniques.
Re clothes: if you can afford it buy a couple of nice items now! I think if you keep putting it off until you have lost weight you run the risk of ending up feeling frumpy and don't feel like making an effort. Then, if you manage to loose any weight, you can have a proper shopping trip later on down the line.
Btw, I'm currently doing the 5:2 diet and it's fab! I highly recommend it!
Good luck! Sounds like you are ready for a change and I really hope it goes well for you

apotatoprintinapeartree Sat 06-Dec-14 22:39:05

Ah, thanks for the reply.
Yes, a change from not really doing much with myself. fgrin
I stopped wearing make up when I had dc so 23 years ago.
I worked in an environment where we had to be perfectly made up from until midnight, so was glad to ditch the make up and just be natural.
Now, I haven't a clue.
The last foundation I bought was one of those thick roll up sticks that looked like plaster grin
Thanks for your suggestions they make real sense. thanks

bonhomme Sat 06-Dec-14 22:48:04

Re clothes, I would work from the outside in, so make sure you have a nice coat and footwear first.

I think nails make a difference too. My nails were transformed from weak to relatively strong with almond oil and I try to make an effort to paint them once a week, then topcoat with Seche Vite.

MrsGSR Sat 06-Dec-14 22:54:48

Once you've got your hair styled get your eyebrows shaped, I think it makes a massive difference!

Make up- look up Youtube tutorials like Lisa Eldridge. Go to Boots or a department store and get one of the make up counters to do a make over on you to give you ideas. Some of the counters like Clinique or No7 do skin care regimes too that they could recommend based on your skin type.

Clothes & Accessories- Search for outfits on Pinterest and work out what 'look' you like. I found the other day, it has a section on building a wardrobe from scratch that I thought was quite good. Buy some nice new clothes for now, even just cheap primark stuff to make you feel better until you lose weight. If you don't want to buy clothes until you lose weight you could still get some nice jewellery, scarfs, shoes/boots etc.

Join the forums have loads of great weight loss advice.

MrsGSR Sat 06-Dec-14 22:58:36

x-posted, I forgot about nails. It sounds silly but I always feel 100% better when I've given myself a manicure, even if in reality I still look pretty scruffy! If you've got the money then definitely treat yourself to a manicure!

RojaGato Sun 07-Dec-14 06:37:19

Shellac nails. Last ages and it always makes me smile when Ii look at colourful unchipped nails. Helps me me do the rest- style hair, exercise, put on make up, pluck eyebrows etc. A massage is a great thing too- makes you feel great and makes your face look relaxed and happier too. Try to find someone who will come to your house to do it- it's usually a lot cheaper as their overheads are less and you can relax afterwards not re-stress driving home etc.

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