Monday, 24 October 2016

Being Human



I knew I was starting to feel better when the thought of another day confined to the house threatened to send me mad. Seeing the grey roots and pasty face reflected back at me from the bathroom mirror spurred me into action. I pulled on some clothes, left Jon on the settee with his drugs and a box of tissues and headed into town in the hope of finding something to make me look human again.


It was the first outing for this 1960s coat. I'd already bought a sackful of stuff from the charity clearance shop (I'd tell you where it is but then I'd have to kill you) and was half way out of the door when I spotted some red PVC on the rail nearest the door. Almost hyperventilating I grabbed it and rushed back to the counter frantically rummaging for a couple of pound coins. The vinyl has degraded so it feels a bit sticky but as long as nobody fondles me I can get away with it. 


I had a right game trying to find some generic black semi-permanent hair dye. I always use Superdrug's own brand but it had sold out. I went to Boots' only to find signage for permanent dye. With the help of an assistant we managed to locate it in the shampoo aisle and I grabbed the last box on the shelf (£3). Why the shortage? Hallow-e'en? Stuff that, black hair is for life, not for fancy dress parties. I'm proud to be known as The bird from Carry On Screaming for over ten years.


Next stop was checking out a tip Aril had given me, that Poundland was selling Barry M make-up. Barry M has always been a bargain basement, British-made, cruelty free brand and I've worn it since I was a teenager. Over the last couple of years they've discontinued a lot of my favourites and seem to be heading in a more fashion-forward direction.  The new nail polish isn't half as good as it used to be. If I can find any of the old stuff I'll buy it. I bought these two eye shadows for £1 (they're amazing and easily last 12 hours without creasing) and some sparkly green nail paint for £1, as well. 


For £1 I thought I'd try out this dye dispensing bottle with a hair brush attached. I usually just tip the dye into a bowl and slap it on with a brush so hopefully it'll be less messy (Jon's always telling me off for dyeing everything else in the house black). 


My final stop was Savers. I hate mascara and always use stick-on eyelashes, I love that you can just pull them off and wash your face before bed rather than messing about with eye-makeup remover and still waking up looking like a panda. Normally I'll fly into a rage at anything that calls itself vintage when it clearly isn't and I know the packaging is hideously naff but these Perfect Girl lashes are pretty  good. At £1.99 they'll last for at least a month of daily wear.


By the time I'd been to the Post Office, visited the chazzas (always poor during the school holidays) and walked home it was getting too dark for hair dyeing (arghhhh.... Autumn!) so I worked some Pic Monkey magic on my roots instead.

Linking to Patti & the gang for Visible Monday.

WEARING: 1960s vinyl & fake fur coat, Vintage Tori Richards of Honolulu psychedelic maxi (Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair), White leather go-go boots (gift from Emma Kate
I'm so happy to be feeling human again, I'm doing a craft workshop with the girls tomorrow and there's talk of lunch in Wetherspoons.

See you soon.

PS The entire £8 I spent on beauty products was my own! 

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  1. So glad you're feeling better. You certainly look fantastic.

    The Barry M display in our Superdrug has been given a facelift, it didn't even occur to me that it was a full revamp, products and all. There seems to be a quick turnover too, I got some tonic nail varnish, went back for a different colour to find it all gone xxx

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! Grab the Barry M when you can. I did have a look on their website and there's a "Last Chance Sale" section on there. Might be worth having a look (or dropping a few hints for birthday pressies!) xxx

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  2. Fabulous dahrlink! Aa mate of mine said that you are the image of Fenella Fielding in Carry on Screaming! That's a very, very good thing. Yup, I've done Poundland for some baraginacious Barry M. I'm all over the Gelly nail polish at the mo'. It doesn't chip at all even when attached to my dishpan hands!
    Glad you're feeling human again...you certainly look the busness!
    Loves ya.
    xxxxx

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    1. Cheers, darling! I love Fenella, she's still fab now.
      I bought a few of the Gelly nail paint in the Summer, some didn't shift for weeks (Cancun & Guava) and Damson & Blue Grape chipped like bastards. What's all that about? xxx

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  3. Glad you are feeling better , Also glad that poundland is selling top brands again as there own range is not so good , It was my favorite place to get top brands for £1.00 xxx

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    1. They'd got some Calvin Klein in there on Monday, I loved some of their make-up back in the 1990s! xxx

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  4. Barry M should make you their spokeswoman :) We don't even have it here and I know the brand name. Beautiful coat, sticky and all. Just have to get Jon back to the land of the living.

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    1. If only! Barry M would be a brand I'd happily promote! xxx

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  5. Glad you got some Barry M bargains...I prised open the GBT purse and bought two of their nail varnishes in there too today!
    Arilx

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    1. Yay! Stock up when you can. Barry M lasts for years, I've still got a black nail paint I bought in 1991! xxx

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  6. Cor, what a relief you've shaken that bugger off. It's horrible enough being poorly without getting cabin fever on top of it! Isn't red the very best colour for making you feel good, and look good even when you don't feel good? You look ruddy amazing in it. £2 for a sticky coat? Still a bargain. The hair dye aisle can be almost as difficult to navigate as the light bulb aisle. Why? Black hair is for life, not just for fancy dress parties!!! Ha ha ha! That made me laugh. You must be back on form! Enjoy your day of crafting and supping! xxxx

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    1. That evil bugger is still lingering but I think I've seen the worst of it now. My Facebook feed's full of people succumbing to it.
      What's a sticky coat between friends? At least it means I can't sell it. You see weird enough reactions when vintage virgins touch Crimplene for the first time!! xxx

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  7. Ha, I am so glad I am not the only one who uses Picmonkey to dye their hair (when I wanted to be a red head for Doctor WHO posts!) . Barry M is great- what a shame it is following the crowd. If I see any in any of my local Poundlands I will get it for you! Any particular favourites at all? Sorry you have been feeling crap.!x

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    1. Picmonkey, the lazy girl's friend. it's great for removing creases from clothes if you can't be arsed getting the iron out in real life!
      That's very kind of you Kezzie! If you ever see Cobalt, Blueberry Ice or Spring Green Nail Paint or Lip Paint in Number 52 in Poundland I'll gladly reimburse you. xxx

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  8. Wow! You're back with a vengeance!

    I think you're taking a risk assuming someone won't want to fondle you.

    The coat you are wearing is insane. Sounds like you had a very productive day.

    Sounds like a vintage reseller's dream store.

    How do you get your lashes to last that long? Mine are all gooped up with glue after the third wear.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Yay! Bright clothes distract from the pasty face and hopefully sticky clothes detract the fondlers.
      That discount shop is super cheap but a lot of it is for good reason, you think you've found vintage treasure and it ends up to have more hole than fabric! Great for salvaging zips, buttons and trips though!
      The eyelashes? I use very little glue and peel it off afterwards really, really carefully! Not to be attempted after a boozy night out! xxx

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  9. Looking fantastic as ever. I can't put eyelashes on cos I can't see, they would end up all over the place!

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    1. Thanks, gorgeous! I'm as blind as a bat but I'm so proficient with the false eyelashes I can whack them on in a darkened tent at a festival - not so good with plucking my eyebrows, sadly! xxx

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  10. Oh Vix, you make anything look like a million bucks! Love this coat on you.
    Have you been sick too? Poor kid. Get well soon, dear! Sending you much love and warmest hugses!

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    1. Thanks, Natalia! have you fallen foul of the dreaded Autumnal lurgy, too? Get better soon. xxx

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  11. Love your new coat, it fabulous! So glad you are feeling better, nothing worse than being sick and wanting to get things done. :)

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    1. Thanks, Laurie. It's so frustrating not to have the energy to do much. I think we're both over the worst now, thank goodness! xxx

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  12. So glad you are on the mend and hope Jon boy is soon.
    Some of my mates use the spray on stuff for their roots and swear by it. One friend I didn't even know she did hers it's that good. Lucky me only needs highlights twice a year. I'm not to smug though as I can't blow dry it without It looking like a bush so my gorgeous friend of 30 years does it for me.
    Hope you have a better week xxx

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    1. Thanks, love!
      I've got some root powder which is brilliant as long as I don't inadvertently scratch my head and touch my face or I end up looking like a coal miner!
      Your hair always looks fabulous! xxx

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  13. glad to see you rockin' the town once more!, and you're looking absolutely fabulous in your red coat and lovely printed maxi!. Wish Jon gets better soon too!
    besos

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  14. So glad to read you're feeling more human - hoping the same for Jon v. soon too. You look marvelous, no sign of sickness about you - so well done, and I love your commentary on make-ups. xox

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Patti! Men always get it worse, it's the law! xxx

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  15. I am glad you are feeling more human and you look pretty good for a poorly woman! A sticky coat? That's a first for me but it is lovely and red is such a wonderful cheerful colour.

    I plan to go into town tomorrow and see if I can snaffle a few Barry M goodies at our Poundland. Thanks for the tip.

    No problems with roots when you have grey hair! Can I tempt you to join the silver fox brigade?

    Hope you have a great week

    XXX

    Veronica
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    1. Good luck with the great Barry M hunt!
      Your hair looks fantastic. Sadly I'm a natural blonde with the start of some silver highlights, I'd have to strip the colour from the entire length of my hair before I could stop dyeing it and leave it to nature. Spending 30 minutes every 5 weeks is a small price to pay! xxx

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  16. Fenella Fielding was pretty damned sexy in Carry on Screaming- you`ll have to find that fang-tastic red dress!
    Sarah xx

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    1. She was, Sarah! Her fan club follow me on Twitter - what an honour! x

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  17. Did the pump gizmo do the job satisfactorily? My own attempts at DIY hair coloring have usually involved mopping up operations that would challenge the SeaBees: stained forehead, stained neckline, stained cats that got too close...

    Must say I've had better luck with the touch-up brushes!

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    1. Hello Bath! It made applying the dye to the front of my head a lot easier and less messy. Trouble is that I managed to dye the kitchen wall black when I tried to clean the pump action brush in the sink...oh dear! xxx

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  18. glad you are up and about - yes Poundland has some great stuff, their own brand nail varnish is really good and I have not found it to chip, from time to time they also have brand name leg wax strips and argan oil so I am always nipping in to stock up.

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    1. Thanks, Betty! I've looked at their own brand stuff, the nail varnish attracted me. I might have to try some. xxx

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  19. So glad to hear you're feeling better, Vix - hope Jon fully recovers soon.
    Thanks for the eyelash tip - you know, I may try them again - I stopped wearing eye makeup because I wear glasses and I haven't bothered lately. But I have always liked false lashes (wore them for a quick minute in the 80s) - I may just have to try again! xoxox

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    1. Hi Carol! Give some false lashes a try, they'd really emphasise your pretty eyes. xxx

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  20. So glad you're feeling better! How could you feel anything but wonderful in a coat like that?!

    I do wish we could get Barry M cosmetics here-the colours look fun and I have yet to find a blue eyeshadow that works for me. Ah well, one more reason to come visit.

    I remember my mother trying to show me how to do the false eyelashes when I was a teen-I do recall her being shocked at the vocabulary I'd picked up at school! I'm sticking with the mascara wand ;)

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    1. If only the Royal Mail weren't so strict with what you can and cannot post, I'd happily send over some Barry M. You'll just have to come over yourself!
      xxx

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  21. good to see you're up and about. I've never worn false lashes before, they look kind of tricky

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    1. Thanks, Thorne! I find mascara trickier! x

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  22. Hi Vix, glad you're feeling better. Great find, your red vinyl coat looks amazing on you! I wonder what craft you'll get up to in the workshop. Sounds like fun. Oh and you've reminded me about some fake lashes I have in my cupboard, that I forgot all about. I'm off to go try them on. Xxx

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    1. Hi Jess! All the best 1960s chicks wore false lashes, get experimenting.
      The workshop was batik and gelli printing, just what the doctor ordered! xxx

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  23. Poorly or not, you still always look amazing. Poundland has some pretty good stuff in at the moment, I'm always there. Xx

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    1. Thanks, Louise! they do have some good stuff, it's always worth a look. xxx

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  24. Barry M is so hard to find over here in Australia and when you do it isn't cheap LOL

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    1. That's a shame! I used to post Barry M stuff to my Aussie blog friends but the Royal Mail have banned us doing it now. x

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  25. My mom would lot of the time. Head to the bargain or clearhouse basement in the department stores. At that time I want to crawl under something.
    But now I head to the thrift stores, got fake and full size Christmas tree for $3.50 us dollars.
    Coffee is on

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    1. I've always loved a bargain! xxx

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  26. Looking darned fab for being so sick!
    I used to wear fake eyelashes every day. But after 15 years of ripping them of at night I was losing my real lashes so I switched to medical means to regrow them. Worked a treat!
    These cheapie makeup brands are really putting out some quality stuff! We just got Catrice & Essence here in Nepal at our little dept store, having fun trying out their stuff.

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    1. Medical means to regrow your lashes? Would that work on making mine longer? Is it something available in India?
      I've spotted some fab new cheapie brands popping up in India lately. xxx

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  27. Welcome back!! I'm glad you're feeling better. That is some serious bargain beauty shopping, the best kind x

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    1. Thank you! Cheap make-up is the best! x

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  28. Glad you're recovering!

    I had no idea your lashes were flase - though I admit I hadn't thought that hard about them, beyond that your eyes are always impressively made up.

    I sometimes have dreams where my hair is black again. I'm fed up with the red at the mo, but I don't know what colour I want it to be, so I shall stick with the red a while longer. I've been contemplating chocolate brown, which I always *imagine* will make me look like either Kate Beckinsale or Vivien Leigh (fat chance). Maybe I should try a late 60s 'dollyrocker' dirty blonde for once... Can't imagine you with anything other than black hair, though. If you ever go on the run, all you'll have to do is buy a high street outfit and change your hair and you'll never, ever, get caught. (Though you might long to, with dull clothes and hair. Probably better to abandon any hopes of a secondary career as a criminal mastermind.)

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    1. Thanks, Mim! I like your idea for a disguise. Curtise, Tania and I once discussed wearing nothing but beige for a week and seeing how it impacted on how people reacted to us.
      Your red hair is gorgeous but I know red is tricky to maintain. I bet you'd look wonderful with a warm shade of chocolate brown. As a natural dirty blonde I still can't get over how my hair shines now, I think that's why I'll never go back to my roots! xxx

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    2. I always look at beige and picture Catherine Deneuve, or Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair and think, "I want to look like that!". And then I put beige on and it's all blaaaaaaah. A lot of plus-size vintage seems to be in more muted shades (fat ladies, hide yourselves!) so I come across a lot of beige and have to keep reminding myself NO IT MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A CORPSE. It's an awful colour on everyone but a very particular type of cool blonde, I think. Certainly can't picture you, Tania or Curtise in it.

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  29. isn´t it wonderful to fresh up your hair and put on make up again after days of sneezing & headache!!! love the new eye colors - should pull this tones out of storage - the seem me perfect for autumn....thanx for the inspiration!
    wonderful russian princess outfit! fabulous! xxxxxx

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    1. It is? A couple of days without eye makeup and the first time you wear it it really transforms you! xxx

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  30. Good to hear you're on the mend. And isn't it typical that men take longer to heal? When I have a mere cold, Jos has "flu". That 1960s coat is amazing, I would have picked it up too, sticky or not. I'm not much of a mascara fan myself, so maybe I should give false lashes a go. I am rather clumsy though, but then again, I used to wear contact lenses, so how hard can it be? xxx

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    1. Didn't you know that "Man flu" is a lot more serious than anything mere women get? It usually involves lots of groaning and demanding mugs of tea at all hours of the day!
      If you can tackle contact lenses false lashes should be a walk in the park. xxx

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  31. Welcome back! I hear you on the hair color. I do a blind but not a clearly died blind shade more my natural and it sells out so I get multiples and go too long between jobs. The reds a great slash of color.

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  32. Welcome back! I hear you on the hair color. I do a blind but not a clearly died blind shade more my natural and it sells out so I get multiples and go too long between jobs. The reds a great slash of color.

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    1. Hello Sam! I like to keep stocked up with hair dye, too. It's usually a lot cheaper. I don't know how I managed to run out this time. If they'd had more than one box avaialable I'd have bought the lot! xxx

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  33. A girl after my own heart! I love Carry On Screaming. I also love Savers and Poundland too, I must pop in and check out the Barry M nail varnish. I hate it when brands muck around with good products (looking at you No 7 and your liquid eyeliner). Glad you are feeling better, horrible to be stuck in and ill.

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    1. Yay, a fellow bargain basement cosmetic buyer! Yes, why do brands mess around with winning formulas? When I've found something I like I just keep buying it I hate having to try new things and not like them, it's a waste of money. xxx

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  34. What a perfect coat to wear after feeling under the weather! The fab bright red color is sure to cheer you up. And I'm loving that faux fur trim. I commend you for being able to wear false eyelashes. I've yet to master this and usually end up making a mess. You've inspired me to give it another try though :)

    Theresa

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    1. Thanks, Theresa! I do love a fake fur trim - at least that's not sticky! xxx

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  35. Happy to hear that you're feeling better. Hyperventilating is exactly what happens when I hit a great estate sale. Nice to know I have company. Your red coat is gorgeous and you look fabulous in it!

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    1. Spoken like a true vintage lover, Judith. Buying new from some boring old department store holds no interest for the likes of us! xxx

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  36. I now have a mental image of you being fondled as you make your way around town lol! I've always been a fan of green nails, but I've never worn false eyelashes I like my mascara. Glad you're feeling better. xx

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    1. Ha! The joys of Walsall, even at the grand old age of almost 50 it's an event if I don't get kerb-crawled or stroked! What's your favourite mascara? I could be tempted to give it a go. xxx

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  37. Glad to see you were able to get out for a walk - new makeup always perks me up too!
    That coat is a smashing blast of red, even if it is a bit sticky ;) I've never been able to get the hang of putting on false eyelashes - maybe I'm just trying the wrong ones.

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    1. Cheap make-up is such a mood lifter, it can transform your look for hardly any money.
      Give the eyelashes another try, practice makes perfect. xxx

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  38. Am I okay if I will meet with a dazzling red coat, I have to remind me not to hug you! ehehhe
    So .. you've done another fabulous deal! It is perfectly you! And the comsetici you bought I really like, I love the green enamel, you think tonight my boyfriend is the evidence with his group, this was to be my evening dedicated to the hair and the nails instead ... for afraid of the earthquake (which visited us this afternoon) I did not do anything .. patience, the important thing is that this place does not collapse!
    See you soon beautiful Vix !!

    serena

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    1. Oh no, I hope the earthquake didn't cause any harm, how scary! xxx

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  39. Glad you are feeling better again! The red coat looks fab and the green nail polish! I have never tried Barry M make up but might have to give it a try.

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    1. Thanks, Ceri! Give Barry M a try, it's cruelty free and made in the UK, what's not to love? x

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  40. ah ha! I wondered why my wander around the charity shops was fruitless yesterday, it hadn't dawned on me that the school holiday would make a difference. Now it makes sense...
    Glad to hear you're feeling better :)

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    1. School holidays and charity shopping just don't go together, I'm not sure if it's because the donations are fewer because grandparents & parents are too busy child minding to have time for a sort out, if there's fewer volunteers or if harassed parents take their kids around the shops for a cheap way of occupying them and spot all the good stuff first. Either way it's a nuisance! xxx

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  41. Loving the bargainous red PVC, as you know I have one myself and it's just the thing to cheer you up after the snots. I'm a fan of Barry M also, he let me down last week tho' when in search of pale pink glittery nail polish. I tried false eyelashes a couple of times and even watched a Lisa Eldridge tutorial but just found them so fiddly and time consuming. Couldn't be doing with that at 4am when I get up for work, but I might give them another go I guess like anything it takes practice. Get flirty girl and flash those peepers! What bollocks. xxxx

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    1. Your PVC mac is fabulous, we need to see that feature on your blog again!
      The other traders laugh at me, turning up at fairs when I've been on the road since 5am resplendent in false lashes and coordinating nail paint and eye shadow. xxx

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  42. I think I'm in shock that you have bought a different colour nail polish !! ;-P

    Glad you are feeling better. x

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    1. I used to wear Barry M's Racing Green all the time but they discontinued it and I'm down to the dregs so this is a decent back-up!
      Hope you're on the mend now! xxx

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  43. Hello again, Speaking of false eyelashes, my husband doesn't understand why I buy 5 pairs at once. It's simple, I get them from China, and they are incredibly cheap, and come in a pack of 5 pairs, and they are cris crossed and I like that look. As for hair colour, I've let all my dyed colour grow out, and now I have hair that is nearly waist length, and it's a mixture of grey, white and black, which is not particularly attractive, so a couple of weeks ago I used a silver colour on it, and it evened it out a bit, but I think that in a couple of days I'm going for pale blue or pale lilac. I'll use a temporary one to start with just to see if I like it. My neighbour, who is in her 50s has dyed her hair a bright pink. It is not nice! not for me, I'm afraid. I buy all my eye makeup from China too . They do wonderful eyeshadows...so cheap, and also wonderful kohl eye liners that are so easy to use. I have no problems with doing my sixties flick ups even when my hands are shaky...which is sometimes down to my MS but more often from over indulging in alcoholic beverages the night before. Take care. Blessings

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    1. Hello Lesley! As long as you like your hair that's all that matters. Loads of the Italian women who holiday in Goa leave their waist length hair to go grey and wear string bikinis. I'm sure the Daily Mail (and their readers) would have heart failure, I'd be happy to look like them when I grow up.
      I can't those cat's eye flicks right sober, pissed or hung over. xxx

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  44. Glad you are feeling better Vix, the lurg is a bugger and you have winter to get through. Boost your immune system NOW!! Love the new cat that has moved in with you.

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    1. Thanks, Sue! Hopefully that's it and I'll resist any future attempts at infection. xxx

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  45. So pleased you're feeling better, and hope Jon is off the couch soon too. That dazzling red coat is fabulous and you look amazing - hyperventilating must have merits after all! I don't know any of these brands you mention but I think it's fantastic that you're still able to source favourite brands you've worn for a long time. (Are any fondlers marked for the day with bright red?) Love your post. xx

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    1. Hello Elizabeth and thank you! I'm very loyal to my products, when I find a brand I like I stick with it for ever! xxx

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  46. I love the coat, very fun!! I'm glad you're feeling better, having a cold is no fun :(

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  47. I took the step of stopping dying my hair earlier this year. To be honest as I had dyed it since I was a teenager I was convinced it would be completely grey. I have had it cut short now so there is very little dye in it now. Next haircut it will be gone completely. It's not grey. Yes there are some grey hairs but more brown. It's been liberating I can tell you! It's also saved a fortune and my hair is in amazing condition.

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    1. I'm glad it worked out for you!
      I'm happy to keep dyeing mine, it costs me £3 a month and takes about 30 minutes so it's no hardship really. I know it's the "in thing" to go natural and it can look brilliant but it wouldn't do for us all to be the same. xxx

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  48. I took the step of stopping dying my hair earlier this year. To be honest as I had dyed it since I was a teenager I was convinced it would be completely grey. I have had it cut short now so there is very little dye in it now. Next haircut it will be gone completely. It's not grey. Yes there are some grey hairs but more brown. It's been liberating I can tell you! It's also saved a fortune and my hair is in amazing condition.

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  50. I thought something was up with Barry M, I went to stock up on my lipstick the other day and couldn't find it in any of the Boots near where I work - I hope this doesn't mean they're discontinuing it! Glad to hear you're feeling better again xx

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    1. I'm panicking that they're going to stop making my beloved no. 52 lip paint. Maybe I should start stockpiling it? xxx

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    2. I managed to track some down today at Superdrug so perhaps Boots just took it off their planner. They did the same thing with my Bourjois blusher and I now have to buy it through amazon! You can still get your No. 52 lip paint on amazon - maybe stock up! x

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