(So, I haven’t been Frocking lately, as some of you have noticed. I’ve been mostly Skirting instead. Honestly, I’m just totally sick to death of my winter wardrobe by this point of the year, and the skirts didn’t get an airing during Dressember, so I’m putting them into rotation now, before I lose the will to live. Normal Frocking may or may not resume once the weather gets warmer: for now, here are some photos from Shoe Challenge # 4)

Before we go any further here: no, that’s not my new haircut. In fact, that’s not a haircut at all, because these photos were taken on Saturday afternoon, long before my whole “Scissors, meet hair!” episode of insanity, and my hair is just tucked into the neck of my sweater. And no, I will not under any circumstances be getting it cut to that length. In fact, I’m never having it cut ever again, remember?

Anyway, on to this week’s Friend Friday, which is on one of my favourite subjects: beauty products.

1. What’s your favorite drug store makeup product and your favorite higher-end product?

Drugstore: it’s a toss-up between Revlon ColorStay Foundation and any one of Barry M’s nail polishes (but mostly Bright Red, which is my go-to polish. My toes are rarely seen without it.) As much as I love the foundation, it’s unfortunately not quite pale enough for me, so I guess if I had to choose one, I’d choose the nail polish. (If I had to choose just one, I would also cry and whine like a baby, though…)

High-end: No contest: Lancome Hypnose Drama waterproof mascara. I love it like some of you love your children, which is a sure sign that it will be discontinued any day now.

How I wish I hadn’t cut my hair…

2. Is there one type of product that is your go-to, can’t live without?

Yup, mascara. My eyelashes are pale to the point of translucency, and without mascara I look like I don’t have any. That’s pretty scary, to be honest, which is why I’ve been obsessed with mascara since a very young age.

3. What’s the best hair product you’ve ever used?

John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze in Radiant Red. I absolutely loved this (left my hair super-shiny and made the colour more intense), so naturally as soon as John Freida found out, they discontinued it. I may have cried.

My grandmother’s faux-fur jacket. Old enough to count as “vintage”.

4. Fess up, what’s the worst beauty look you’ve tried to rock and look back at now with a little shame or apprehension that you actually did that?

Other than that time I tried to cut my own hair, you mean? That time known as “Tuesday”? Well, there was the poodle perm I had in high school. There was that time right after I first got glasses when I saw my own reflection clearly for the first time in ages, and was so shocked by my freckles that I tried to go to school the next day with a thick coat of talcum powder on my face, because it was the closest thing to a “cosmetic” I could find at short notice. (Fortunately for me, my parents caught me, and told me that once I was an adult I could do whatever I wanted, but that I was NOT going to primary school looking like a Pierrot.)

Looking back, though, I think almost all of my beauty disasters have been hair-related, and other than the perm and this latest fringe, most of those have been the result of bad experiences at the salon rather than deliberate decisions on my part. Makeup-wise, I am very, very boring, and I mostly wear the same makeup every single day. Sometimes I’ll add a little eyeshadow, but always in a neutral colour: I’ve always just used makeup to try and make myself look a little better, I’ve never been into following beauty trends, or getting all experimental with colours, etc. I just stick to what I know – or what I think – suits me, so while I’m sure I’ve had more than my fair share of lipstick that that was the wrong colour, or badly-applied blusher or something, there’s nothing that really stands out. Other than the hair, obviously, but I think I’ve said enough about that for one week…

5. When it comes to beauty products, we all use the same basic products. What do you use that helps show off your personal flair and personality?

See, now I’m all embarrassed, because thanks to the whole “boring” thing mentioned above,  I don’t really think I use any product that shows off my personality. I’d try to claim red lipstick (My go-to look involves bright red lipstick and flicked black eyeliner), but everyone does that, so it’s not like it’s my own spechul thing or anything. So it’s not product based, but I guess I’d have to say I reveal my true personality by ruthlessly hacking off my own hair every now and then. I think that probably says more about my personality than any product ever could…

“I think next week I will attack my own head with scissors!”

Oh, and on the subject of my hair (I swear I will stop talking about it soon…), Gemma linked to this photo of Mandy Moore on Twitter yesterday, and I thought, “Hey, that’s my fringe!” So for those of you who are curious, this is roughly what the fringe looks like, although mine is a lot more, um, “ragged” looking:

Er, just to be clear, I’m not comparing myself to Mandy Moore or anything here, it’s just roughly the same style of fringe, although hers looks thicker, blunter and, well, considerably nicer. And the rest of my hair is all the same length, not layered (if a stylist even mentions the word “layers” to me now, I jump right out of the chair and run out into the street as fast as I can go, still wearing my hairdressing “cape” and towel turban. I’ve learned THAT lesson at least…) and is poker straight, so whereas Mandy looks all tousled and sexy here, imagine the top of her head with straight, fine hair attached to it. Yes, I basically have a HAIR HELMET. I’m slightly reassured by this photo, though: not because I think my hair will ever look like that, obviously, but because it proves that it was a good idea in theory. Brave, I was! A fearless hair adventurer! I just didn’t stop to consider that it wouldn’t suit my hair type. Or face. Stupid, I am!

To get back on topic, though: what are your must-have beauty products? Go on, give me something else to bankrupt myself with!

(For more Friend Friday answers, hop over to Modly Chic!)

  1. If you don’t want to show your hair, how will you take photos for the Shoe Challenge then? 🙂

    Nice outfit, btw. And how can you be sick of your dresses, you have so many beautiful ones! If you would like to switch wardrobes with me, no problem! 🙂

  2. Mandy Moore’s fringe looks lovely. I’m sure yours looks more like that than you think. About the beauty products: why mess with what works? All of my beauty ‘faux pas’ have been with hair as well. It’s much easier to get wrong, particularly because you can’t change it every day without wigs.

  3. When I wear make-up (I don’t get chance most days for work), I always do something different. I’m always quite creative with my eyes. Which is what I don’t like about now wearing glasses. 🙁

    I couldn’t live without my Bourjois (bit of a Bourjois fan) White Little round pot eyeshadow. I have used it for soooo many years (With re-stocking, obviously!). It’s so versatile that I use it for everything (Base, highlighter, blusher and highlighting my top lip when wearing lipstick)

    Also Bourjois (again) Rouge Best red lipstick – I love this red and have never found one since that could match it. (I have a tub full of Red lipstick that i’ve gotten from work)

    And my recent love of No7 Stay Perfect Eye-liner in Azure, totally the best Liquid Eye-liner I’ve used. (and I’ve tried a fair few!)

    Lastly, my favourite mascara – Bourjois Liner Effect. Does just what I want from mascara. They’ve stopped selling at my local boots, which worries me!

  4. GAH, you’re such a dame in these shots! Total gorgeousness.

    As someone who is very long-hair obsessed, I feel your hair cut pain. I cut my bangs once in “recent” times…back in 2003 or so. And started growing them back out the minute the scissors hit the table. But I’m still dying to see your new look. I’m sure it looks fantastic. The great thing is hair grows back, right?!


  5. There is absolutely nothing wrong with sticking with what you know, I like to think of it as being classic!

    Oh and we’re all very keen to see this new fringe of yours, I know you’re not a fan, but perhaps if you just do one teensy weensy little photo for us we’d be able to (a) gush over it and (b) give some tips on how you could work with it? From your description above it sounds somewhat similar to mine, so who knows what we might be able to suggest 🙂

  6. I share your pain of the transparent eyelashes, and I think I may have said this already, but having them dyed is a really nifty trick. I think most beauty salons do it fairly cheaply, but if you are fussy about anyone getting that close to your eyes, you can do it yourself. Drugstores tend to stock home-colouring kits for eyelashes and eyebrows. Just don’t go with black. Their browns are quite dark enough, and it takes me about 10-15 minutes to do it properly, and my hands are shaky and I tend to be clumsy at times. I found that a slanted eyebrow-brush gets both components close enough to the eyelid without risking something getting in your eye, and if you already use eyeliner and mascara, it isn’t really that difficult to learn to dye them yourself.

    My go to makeup is Revlon’s foundation, 2000 calories mascara by Max Factor (I think), and a local drugstore eyeliner because of it’s fine brush.

    1. I’ve been dying my lashes myself for about 5 years now: I swear by it! Because it just changes the colour and doesn’t make them look longer/thicker/curlier, like mascara does, I still look pretty weird without it, though!

  7. A foundation that suits pale freckly people? I have to look into this. All my life I’ve just gone bare-faced with a smudge of concealer here and there because I assumed, apparently wrongly, that foundation wasn’t for people as pale as me. Yippee! Another excuse to go shopping!

    1. The Revlon one is actually a little too dark for my skin, although I love the foundation itself – if they would make it just a shade or two lighter it would be ideal! If you’re looking for something for very pale skin, try Bobbi Brown – expensive, but a much better colour range for the pale of face 🙂

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