Up next in the Lifestyle Fifty “From Drab to Fab” series is bubbly Janet from Middle Aged Mama, who’s sharing her down-to-earth, everyday beauty tips along with her exercise and style routines.
Janet always looks gorgeous, and she knows what suits her, so I was delighted when she agreed to let us know her secrets to looking so good.
I don’t know about you but how I look when I’m in the garden or at home doing housework generally isn’t how I like to look when I’m trotting to engagements outside of the house. No Siree, far too vain for that (unless I’m with best friends or family).
Like me, I know that Janet works from home, and I suspect that, also like me, her gardening gear sometimes doubles up as her work at the computer gear. And why not. The computer doesn’t have eyes – yet! Thank goodness for that.
So this is how you might find Janet in the garden …
And this is how you might find Janet when she’s glammed up for a glitzy event 🙂
Here’s how she keeps the style fires burning so that she can trip the light fantastic when she wants to.
Everyday beauty tips, exercise and style
1 – Exercise: Like many of us, I am battling the old middle aged spread so I am trying to make more of an effort with health and fitness. As soon as the hubster leaves for work I pull on some clothes and a hat, and go for a walk. I was enjoying aqua aerobics but have had recurrent ear infections all through winter so have had to take a break.
2 – Hair: I wash my hair every morning as I still suffer from an oily scalp even now that I’m middle aged. I’ve tried to break the habit but I just can’t bear the way my limp, greasy locks bring down my whole look (and my mood).
Fortunately, I have very fine hair so it takes no time to blow dry! I flip my head upside down to get maximum volume, then stand upright and use a large round brush to curl the ends under.
If I am going out anywhere, I use “Give Me Texture” spray from V05, which not only plumps my hair up, it also helps any bobby pins or hair elastics to stay put!
I love the way blonde foils lighten my whole look, and have regular trims although I’ve been growing out my fringe.
3 – Skincare: I’ve been using Nivea Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash on my face, and Dove soap for my body.
Now my skin is (ahem) more mature, I’ve become a convert to the benefits of moisturizing. I use Johnson’s Clean and Clear light moisturizer on my face. As I suffer from the dreaded middle aged itch, I also slather moisturizer all over my body – currently using Milk by Lindy Klim.
4 – Makeup: Most days all I wear is just a dab of lipstick or lip gloss.
When I’m going out and about my makeup routine usually consists of:
- A dusting of Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base Mineral Foundation;
- Enhancing my brows with eyebrow pencil;
- A sweep of MAC powder blush in “Margin”;
- Lining my lips with pencil; and
- Lipstick – my favourites at the moment are “Rose Bloom” by Ulta3, or if I want a glossy look, I use Jane Iredale’s Lip Fixation.
A beauty therapist friend put me on to Jane Iredale, it’s called the “skin care makeup” as it really does look after your skin. It’s not cheap so I am gradually buying more products in the range, as I can honestly say my skin DOES look better after I’ve been wearing it. There’s not too many makeup brands that you can say that about!
Sometimes I add mascara to emphasise my lashes, but to be honest I hate the mess it makes when I remove it.
For special occasions, I use Garnier BB Cream as a foundation. And, I might use concealer for any blemishes, and/or a highlighter stick just above my cupid’s bow.
5 – Style: On the weekends it is not unusual to see me sporting a t-shirt and leggings/shorts, crocs, and with my hair tied back, ready to do housework or potter in the garden.
Even on weekdays, I work from home, so there is no point donning smart business wear when there is only the cat to appreciate it!
That said, I do *try* to make a bit of an effort – for my own self-esteem and motivation, and so I’ve got photos of my Middle Aged Mama style (#mamstyle) to share on social media.
When it comes to fashion, I look for clothes that fit well, that flatter my figure and in colours that suit me, rather than being a slave to the latest trends. And my favourite accessory is either a scarf, or a necklace.
Janet Camilleri blogs as the Middle Aged Mama, about her quest to fashion a new life now that her kids are grown. You can follow along on Facebook or Instagram, or check out her business website, Front Page Web Writing.
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