I’m now on week 8 of the Wardrobe Architect series: Hair Style, Makeup & Beauty. The questions in this section are the most uncomfortable for me. While I love clothes in spite of a deep distrust of the fashion industry, I feel suspicious about the whole concept of beauty and the products associated with it.
I can judge if a dress is well made, from good materials and whether it suits me, but I have no such grounds to asses hair, makeup and beauty products beyond liking my eyelashes to show-up and my lips a particular colour. I assume most beauty products are snake oil and pray on women’s insecurities.
For instance, I don’t believe there’s much you can do to improve your skin or prevent signs of ageing (apart from avoiding excessive sun). I think, my genetics have gifted me with pretty good skin and few wrinkles at 49. I have done nothing. (I’m not boasting, I’m just trying to dispel beauty myths). I don’t particularly clean my face and rarely use any creams. If I get a wind or sun burn I use something basic like E45 cream.
I am completely overwhelmed at a beauty counter. How on earth does one asses all these products? One brand alone, has typically got over a dozen mascaras.
Who can you trust to give you advice? Advertisers, salespeople, bloggers and journalists all have a stake. Even a friend’s recommendation can be motivated by her own insecurities and misjudgement. I want scientific double-blind tests as to whether a beauty product will improve my looks.
What’s With My Hair?
I think it suits me best when I can bring out as much wave as possible with a choppy, layered cut and scrunching to dry. I also like my face with the frame of bangs/fringe.
When I look back to a year ago, I was wearing no bangs and not spending anytime styling, I’m ashamed.
Mostly I was wearing it up, but that wasn’t working, the way it once had, either.
Now that I’ve had it cut in layers, shorter and recoloured with more blonde, I think it looks much better (most of the time).
I’m actually having a great hair summer. Lake water helps. It gives my hair a little grit to create more texture and it blow dries on the dock.
Having said that I don’t have much faith in products, here are three that I’ve grown to like:
- I can get “lake” hair texture in London, with Bumble & Bumble surf infusion.
- A spritz of Moroccan Oil spray gives my hair amazing shine and glimmer. I love this stuff. I add a few drops of my favourite essential oils for scent; lavender, tea tree and rosemary.
- I’m learning the power of Aveda texturising creme. I love the smell of Aveda products.
I’m willing to learn and improve but I’m still suspicious of spending too much money. Any suggestions?
I will move on to Make-up and beauty products in my next Wardrobe Architect post.