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All made up and somewhere to go

Regular readers of my blog may remember my posts entitled ‘9 years of matrimony and it’s time for a change’ – and ‘I pledge allegiance to my hair’ – in which I was planning to undergo a mini-makeover. Back in September, I had my eyebrows threaded for the first time which was the start of the change. I thought I could maintain these myself with my tweezers but sadly I was mistaken. I also had my hair cut and although I was planning to embrace my natural curls, I had decided that straight hair really did suit me better and that curly hair should be reserved for fancy dress only. Needless to say as a busy Mum of two young children and wife to one not quite so young husband, my pledge to my hair has been broken many times over the last six months. And somehow the new makeup and wardrobe update fell by the wayside.

That was until now. Later this year I will celebrate 10 years of marriage, as well as officially reaching my mid-30’s so a few things really do need to change, plus this week I will be starting a new job…more of that in another post. So that’s three reasons to try and improve myself.

Not only has it been nearly 10 years since I got married, it has also been nearly 10 years since I last visited a makeup counter to have my makeup done professionally. The skin of a mid 20-something is very different to the skin of a mid 30-something. Back then I went to the Chanel counter and was advised that a powder foundation would be perfect for my wrinkle-free skin. Following a visit to the Bobby Brown counter a few weeks ago, where ironically I was served by a girl of 24 (just the age I was when I got married), I was advised that a liquid foundation would make my haggard (my words, not hers) skin appear flawless. Finally I understand why people talk about painting their face on in the morning! I had intended to just have some concealer and foundation put on but while I was sat in the chair, I was persuaded to try some blusher, eye shadow, lipstick and mascara. Take a look at the before, during and after shots below…

And here’s the amount of product required to achieve the look…


Credit to me, I only purchased what I came in for, as I have the rest at home, albeit not at Bobby Brown prices. So when I start my new job this week, I will don some new clothes, straighten my hair and paint my face (probably minus the mascara for a day look).

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I pledge allegiance to my hair

In my post entitled ‘9 years of matrimony and it’s time for a change’ –, I said that I was in need of a mini-makeover. Last week it was time to tackle my hair. I posted on Wokingham Gossip Girls requesting recommendations for a hairdresser who specialised in curly hair, as I was determined to embrace my naturally curly locks.

It was 9.45am in the morning when I entered the hairdresser with an over-tired young Master Popple. I sat down in the chair, the hairdresser came over and said ‘what can I do for you today?’ I explained my history of bad hair days and that I was looking for a manageable curly hairstyle that I could wear down . I promise I used the word ‘curly’. The hairdresser talked about trimming the ends off. I said my husband wouldn’t even notice I’d been to the hairdressers. She said ‘we could take it a bit shorter and I’ll smooth it out for you’, at which point words failed me. This was the moment where I was supposed to say ‘but I want a curly down style’, but no, the allure of smooth, straight locks once again rendered me mute.

45 minutes and many tears later (from the boy) and my smooth, straight hairstyle was complete.

Straight hair

Straight hair

I was delighted and decided that I would not be washing my hair again until it started to itch. 3 days later and the inevitable happened. Hair washed and I decided that I would see what the curly downstyle looked like. Needless to say there is no photographic evidence of the bush. The only thing that could save my hair now was product so a quick trip to Boots and a selection of shampoos, conditioners and the obligatory 3 Day Straight™ Semi-Permanent Styling Spray from the John Frieda range and I was ready to reinstate my straight hair. And the ghds have made a return from the wilderness too. Next step, Brazilian Blowdry?

So my pledge to my hair is to maintain a straight style unless attending an 70s/80s fancy dress party. How long will this last?

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9 years of matrimony and it’s time for a change

9 years ago yesterday Mr Popple and I tied the knot…dah dah dah dah dah dah and all that. It was one of the best days of my life. I said at the time and I maintain to this day that to say it was the best day of my life would signal that there were no better days or days of equal merit to come and then what would be the point?

Anyway, you could be forgiven for thinking that the ‘change’ I am referring to in the blog post title may be a change of husband and let’s be honest girls, we’ve all had days where that has been a consideration but not today. He’s a keeper for now and I say that despite the cheap, (to his own admission he only spent a few quid) copper coloured candle holder that I was presented with yesterday morning. Apparently my dear husband had taken the trouble to consult Wikipedia on what 9 years meant in terms of gifts and for the UK, it said copper. There is a reason we have a ‘no presents and a card will do’ arrangement when it comes to anniversaries. My own research tells me that 9 years is either pottery (I wouldn’t have minded a pottery course – it might have made a good blog post), willow (perhaps a willow basket to tidy our bathroom goods) or leather (a new handbag of course). For my part, I booked a babysitter and a table at our local Indian restaurant Rajmoni’s and yes, it is a tenuous link but we did eat on crockery. So place your votes, who did better?

Wedding Anniversary Dinner

Wedding Anniversary Dinner

In anticipation of 10 years next year (and I think we should definitely have a year off our no presents policy), I have done a little research of my own. Whilst technically 10 years equates to tin/aluminium, more indepth research has revealed that a modern gift is diamond jewellery – – dearest, take note!

Moving onto the ‘change’. It is time for a mini-makeover! I have been a stay-at-home-Mum for over 2 years now and I think this has definitely taken a toll on my appearance. After 13 months, I am finally back to my pre-pregnancy weight and with my next birthday that will officially make me a mid-30 something just around the corner, it’s time to sort my hair, makeup and wardrobe without spending a fortune! Ideas please! My mini makeover did start a little unexpectedly last weekend when on the spur of the moment I stopped at one of those threading stalls in the middle of a shopping mall. I had tried to persuade my husband that he could take the children and go buy our lunch but no, he insisted on staying and watching the torture for himself. If threading lasted as long as labour, it would definitely win in the pain stakes. Now to find myself a new brand of make up (and someone to show me what to do), a hairdresser that knows how to cut curly hair into an easily maintainable down style (this Mum of two has no time for regular GHD sessions) and maybe a personal shopper. Watch out for future posts on this topic in the coming weeks…

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