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How can I look younger

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Hez · 07/11/2005 23:29

Does anyone have any tips? I'll be 30 at the end of the month and you'd think I was older. I feel so frumpy: lines on my face, grey hairs coming in, flabby tummy. How can i look better ... fast?

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skinnycow · 07/11/2005 23:29


JoolsToo · 07/11/2005 23:32

good cover foundation, hair dye and a 'magic' knickers sound the order of the day

aloha · 07/11/2005 23:34

Go to a really good hairdresser and get a cut and colour that suits you and is pretty and flattering. Definitely don't go too short. That can look really 'sensible' and ageing. Go to a good cosmetics counter - Mac, Bobbi Brown or Prescriptives, and book a makeover. Buy some youthifying products, like sheer lipgloss, some blusher that suits.
Flabby tummies do respond to exercise, esp when you are very young as you are, but clever dressing can do more. Get some funky clothes - good jeans, some colour. Ask for advice in a shop where you like the clothes. Or visit a personal shopper in a department store.
I'm sure you don't have lots of lines on your face - you are not yet 30! Drink water and use a decent moisturiser and you'll look and feel much better.

Hez · 07/11/2005 23:35

Can you reccommend a foundation joolstoo and does anyone know if hairdye is safe when breastfeeding/pregnant?

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MrsSpoon · 07/11/2005 23:36

Love watching 10 Years Younger, seems there is loads you can do without surgery. Going to a good hairdresser and getting a flattering cut and colour is a good start (especially if the grey is coming in). They had a woman once who made great changes to her face with facial exercises, don't know if you can be bothered with that? Otherwise a skincare regime (I use Olay Total Effects and am basically the same age as you, find it really good), and some make-up, personally like Clinique but you have to ask the scary make-up ladies for advice to get the right colours etc.

The tummy, IMO the only way to tackle that is by diet and exercise, hold-in Bridget Jones knickers for special occasions (under slinky dresses and things).

Also giving your wardrobe a bit of a revamp if it needs it, adding in a few items from current trends.

Hope some of that helps ... now just waiting for someone who knows me to post and ask why I don't follow all this myself and why I look 52!

Gobbledigook · 07/11/2005 23:36

Estee Lauder double wear make up is excellent foundation. It's £20 a bottle but it lasts ages and it's very good at evening out the complexion.

MrsSpoon · 07/11/2005 23:37

LOL, I was way too slow putting that post together you've all beaten me to it!

Would like to second a good bra and drinking loads of water.

aloha · 07/11/2005 23:38

Hairdye perfectly safe. If you are totally paranoid (hey, goes with pregnancy!) ask for a vegetable colour.
Are you actually pregnant? If so, then why are you worrying about your tummy!
heels and great underwear make you feel better even if you look much the same.

Ulysees · 07/11/2005 23:39

Was going to recommend the facial exercises. I once did them religiously and loads of people commented. I keep saying daily I'll start them up again.

Agree with good cut n colour too.

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Hez · 07/11/2005 23:45

I'm not pregnant at the moment but would like to be next year and if there are any problems with hair dye I wouldn't want to get into the habit of using it before then. Forgot to mention the stretch marks any way of getting rid of those or fading them? Thanks for all the advice and sorry tobe so vain...

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JoolsToo · 07/11/2005 23:46

Yes I'd recommend Estee's Double Wear

MrsSpoon · 07/11/2005 23:53

Stretchmarks , don't think there is anything you can do with them, they do fade over time if that is any consolation. My youngest child is 3 1/2 now and my stretchmarks have faded but my stomach is still wrinkled and puckered, don't know if that ever full goes.

aloha · 07/11/2005 23:58

What size and height are you? What is your natural hair colour? Where do you live? What do you normally wear?

Hez · 07/11/2005 23:59

I'm 5'1, size 12 (normally a 10), have dark brown hair and live in Scotland

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Hez · 08/11/2005 00:02

I normally wear jeans or black trousers with a top when out of the house or joggies and a t shirt about the house.

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aloha · 08/11/2005 00:11

Some high or lowlights could look great, or simply a vegetable colour to give you shine and cover the grey hairs. A good cut can work wonders, as can makeup. You sound like you need some new basics. More flattering trousers, good jeans, some funky cords, a really good pair of boots (with a small heel) and a jacket that suits you.

MrsSpoon · 08/11/2005 00:13

Whereabouts in Scotland? Perhaps someone could recommend a hairdresser/make-up counter or something?

Hez · 08/11/2005 00:15

Thanks aloha, you sound like you have a great sense of style. Have you worked in beauty/ hairderessing/ retail?

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Hez · 08/11/2005 00:18

Thanks, Mrs Spoon- good idea. I live in the Glasgow area.

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loonybin · 08/11/2005 00:34

I find Clarins Beauty flash balm very good for softening lines and they do a body oil you can rub in to streath marks.

loonybin · 08/11/2005 00:42

Just thought of something else there. Your hands give your age away too, so use a good hand cream and maybe treat yourself to a manicure.

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