I used to take care of myself I used to care what I looked like be interested in fashion/hair etc never very good with make up but willing to try. I want to look good again to care again but finding it hard to make the effort - any suggestions ?
not so good myself but you could try making an appointment with one of those make-up counter people for a session. i believe some will do free ones. Get you friends to give you a make over. I have tried this myself and if you can get them past the 'you look great, you dont need to do anything' stuff and really into what they would like to see you in etc then it can work. Real style types will be along shortly to advise better than me
Get your colours done (about £80) but was fab for me - or if too much there are probably some "colour me beautiful" books available in the library which do a similar thing. I then got the Suzanna & Trinny books out the library - the one about shape is particularly good. With these in hand you're invicible in the shops, never (hardly ever) a bad colour/shape buy.
Get makeup ideas from counters like puschair said, I get a good haircut every 2 months so I'm always respectable.
Libraries also have magazines to borrow (including fashion ones) to give ideas without splashing out on them.