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Old 03.05.2015, 19:14
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Since having kids I would consider myself low maintenance. Pre kids it was daily hairwash and blowout, stylist 4-6 x per year, regular mani/pedi (myself or professional), eyebrow maintenance (it takes a lot to maintain such a gorgeous unibrow as seen in my profile photo), makeup every day, expensive, carefully selected and maintained wardrobe. Exercise and watching what I ate to keep trim...

After kids for a few years I went through a phase where I had to force myself to shower a few times a week

Now, I am inching back to where I was, minus the expensive clothes, hairdresser and mani/pedi habit (go to hairdresser 2x per year now).

I too admire women and men who look "well put together" - which to my mind is more about accentuating the positive and keeping oneself clean, healthy and vibrant looking (like you actually like getting out of bed in the morning) than it is about loads of money and time spent. There is also such a thing as "trying too hard" - but I guess whatever makes a person feel good is their own business...

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Have noticed a generational difference. Grand parents had a bath once a week but at least washed with a bowl of hat water every day. Mother & her husband are *ecological" as in don't even wash every day & smell like goats that have been left in the rain. Younger people tend to take water for granted.
I dunno about this ... My grandmother may have only bathed once a week (she actually told me this too) but according to her (and photos I have seen of her and my great aunts). They did not leave the house without lipstick, their hair was always nicely set, they wore discreet heels and trim dresses and skirts (and girdles when needed). In other words, appearances seemed very important. But then again, they certainly weren't getting fully body waxes, wearing a daily face full of make-up, weekly pedicures, and teeth bleaching!

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Re: Personal grooming, fitness, priorities and costs....

Hot water with lemon in the morning.( cleansing)

Moisturise from head to toe, mostly with a as pure as possible Aloe. Sometimes I do a treat and put 7 serum from the UK on my face.

Recent trick : Vitamin E on my cuticles on nails to counteract the drying effect of underfloor heating. Lots of water., drink.

Forget all of above and have a glass or two of wine and relax...
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Old 03.05.2015, 20:39
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Personal grooming, fitness, priorities and costs....

I love my makeup, but i have a five minute face in a pinch, and most of the time, i don't wear any to hang around the house. But i also like to play with it. I've had two manicures in my life and one pedicure. I hate the feel of nail polish on my nails.

I get my hair cut regularly - every 8 weeks or so. Used to dye it myself, and cut my own bangs (fringe, i think you call it in the UK). I was good with dye, not so great with scissors. Even worse with styling tools so i have wash and wear hair.
I've had massages - love them, actually. I have a massage chair thing for a chronic neck problem. Love Facials too, but usually, i do stuff like that at home. I pluck my own eyebrows, etc. Never had a professional wax.....yeow! Chemo got rid of a lot of body hair, and what's left is turning white. I don't recommend this as a method.

I walk the dog once or twice day and am starting to do knee exercises at home. I also meditate daily. I also drink lots of water and try to get enough sleep, taking naps if needed and i wear sunscreen.

I probably have far too many clothes, but i like them.

I should have my teeth cleaned twice a year, but it gets ahead of me. I have to go back to Susan soon.

Susan, i think that whatever you're doing, it's working well. You look lovely.

I spend a lot of money on clothes. I don't buy really expensive makeup any more.
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Old 03.05.2015, 20:43
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at a restaurant in Geneva this week witnessed a woman stroking her boyfriends very large - watch. Scary.
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Old 03.05.2015, 21:11
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Re: Personal grooming, fitness, priorities and costs....

My priorities are good hair, clear skin, nice smile, a daily scrub and flattering clothes. I like make-up but wear it so little that people really notice when I do, and I find it embarrassing. Nobody wears much where I work, either, so there's no pressure. I just don't have enough time in the morning for much more than powder, mascara and lipgloss, and even that's a stretch most days. Plus I like the way I look without makeup and it's also a good way to know if I've been eating especially badly and should lay off the junk food.

Another thing is the only aspect of myself I'd really like to change with makeup--eliminating the circles under my eyes--can't really be done, so the best thing I can do is smile a lot so no one notices!
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Old 03.05.2015, 23:03
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Re: Personal grooming, fitness, priorities and costs....

Medium maintenance, i guess!
Daily shower and body moosturizing. Twice per day face cleansing, toner, serum, moistyrizer. Face masks 1-2 times ler week. Body scrub whenever i remember....hair wash and mask every other day.
I like professional waxing but it's a bit too pricey in switzerland, so i don't do it that often here and use my silk n pil instead. I pluck my eyebrows myself but have the shape professionally corrected every 3 months or so. I cut my hair about once every 3-4 months and i have never dyed it. I rarely have professional manicures but i regularly paint my own nails.

My big "problem" is that i am obsessed with comsetics and especially make up. I spend quite a lot of money buying new make up and i love using it!
This is a pic of my lipstic drawer....it was taken almost a year ago, it's much fuller now...
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I'm making amazing face masks and scrubs with ingredients from my fridge and cupboard.
@Crimson, I don't have a lipstick drawer (I have only 2-3 of them) but I do have a perfume drawer.
Oh, and love hot baths with salt.
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Old 04.05.2015, 11:12
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The makeup drawer! Here is mine. I love eye pencils. Always looking for the perfect black. And other colors. But wow, @crimson - that's an impressive lipstick collection.


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Old 04.05.2015, 11:33
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Hot water with lemon in the morning.( cleansing)

Moisturise from head to toe, mostly with a as pure as possible Aloe. Sometimes I do a treat and put 7 serum from the UK on my face.

Recent trick : Vitamin E on my cuticles on nails to counteract the drying effect of underfloor heating. Lots of water., drink.

Forget all of above and have a glass or two of wine and relax...
Someone like me.
I'm a big fan of Aloe Vera gels/creams/produts. (the best ones are from Gran Canaria, Spain IMO)
I also started to drink hot water with lemon and a bit of honey instead of coffee first thing in the morning (have only one coffee nowadays just after lunch). Btw it's said to be some sort of detox potion. But I drink it for the taste and to break the coffee habit.


I'm among those women who don't paint their nails. Despite of the fact that I used to hold a paintbrush every day I suck big time at painting my nails - I can't paint them smoothly so I just keep them clean and short.
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Old 05.05.2015, 14:39
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Re: Personal grooming, fitness, priorities and costs....

For me in the morning it's: alarm, into clothes, wash face with m-budget bar soap, brush teeth, a bit of gel in the hair, and out the door. Maybe a shave once a week, but my SO still says I'm high maintenance.
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Re: Personal grooming, fitness, priorities and costs....

So everybody here is low maintenance?

I don't use make up unless we go out (about twice per year) and that is mainly because at night I am too tired and lazy to take it off again, so I leave it off in the morning, great time saver and hubby says he doesn't like women wearing make up and he thinks I look good all natural.
I hate hairdressers so I have very long hair and I keep it shiny, healthy and beautiful by just using shampoo and maybe special conditioner once a month and never blow dry. So I would say that is my priority.

I have never spent a dime on fingernails (allergic and frankly, why can't one put one's own nailpolish on?), eybrow threading, or other procedures you either don't need or can do yourself. I tried waxing once and looked like a crab afterwards, couldn't show my legs for weeks, so I wonder why someone would waste money for that or what else is out there.

So I shower in the morning, combine with a hairwash every other day, shave when necessary and pluck eyebrows when needed.
And of course I brush my teeth....I don't waste money on the gym, I walk the dog a lot.

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Gym 5x week
Shower at least daily
Teeth - 3x brush , 2x floss
My wife has a Phillips Lumea home IPL thing - after seeing and being lucky enough to experience her results I am surprised that more people don't have those.
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So everybody here is low maintenance?

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Funny, I never actually thought about that, but yeah, it seems so! I can't cut my hair or be my own dental hygienist so I guess that's the most expensive part of my maintenance...everything else I'm doing myself. Except for the occasional massage when we're visiting a spa. Low maintenance...yep.
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Old 06.05.2015, 07:58
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Thanks for all your replies!

I guess we are all on the same page, though I know I need to attack the mid-line spread!

I guess exercise is like dental flossing; just got to get the habit!

Believe it, or not, I used to be very fit....

Do you actually pay for a personal trainer, or gym? ( Gosh, just hate gyms...all those people looking at themselves!!!)
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Old 06.05.2015, 08:26
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My wife has a Phillips Lumea home IPL thing - after seeing and being lucky enough to experience her results I am surprised that more people don't have those.
Is it really good?
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My wife has a Phillips Lumea home IPL thing - after seeing and being lucky enough to experience her results I am surprised that more people don't have those.
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Is it really good?
It only works on dark hair from what I know.
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It only works on dark hair from what I know.
I thought it was the opposite.
It works really well on light hairs, not so good on really dark hair and useless on white/grey hairs. Not recommended for darker skinned people either as it works better on lighter skin.
Never tried one mind but that's what I was told.

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Old 06.05.2015, 09:08
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Skin-care essentials:
Retin-A: 20 Euros/year.
Lubex Extra Mild Soap: 60 CHF/year
Larouche-Posay Hydraphase Moisturizer: 90 CHF/year

Hair-care essentials:
Shampoo/Conditioner
Got2b Beach Matt: 25 Euros/year
Monthly hair cut

Exercise:
Free or entrance fee to gym, pool or sauna

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Is it really good?
According to Mrs. P it works best on folks with dark hair and light skin - Mrs.P has neither but since it came with a 60 day trial period at the end of which you could return the thing she gave it a try.

Some of her body hair is darker than others (you can guess where) - in those places it has been amazingly effective.

If she's being very nice to me she occasionally zaps my back - I don't have a lot goin on there but I hate even the thought of back hair. Since Im both dark haired and unfortunately very light skinned a little goes a very long way for me.
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I thought it was the opposite.
It works really well on light hairs, not so good on really dark hair and useless on white/grey hairs.
Never tried one mind but that's what I was told.
According to customer reviews on amazon it works well on pale skin and dark hair...Yaay!
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