I have been thinking about vanity. Contrary to popular believe, vanity is not a sin. There, I’d said it.
On the other hand, it really depends on your world view. And your mother, of course. Mine is an unapologetic vain pot, so no prize for guessing how I turned out. Not that I’m complaining. As I said, vanity is not a sin.
This may be very politically incorrect, but there are more than enough perks to good looks to warrant a little (or a lot) of extra effort to put your best self forward. Granted, obsession with physical appearance is never a good thing, but trying to look nice is actually just polite.
And I like politeness.
So, I was wondering where this post is going and decided that I should just let you in on some of my own personal vanity mantras.
- I re-apply my lipstick very regularly. There is something very wrong with having post-lunch lips the entire day. Considering it takes all of 3 seconds to sleek on a new coat of colour on your pluckers, I will advise that you do this religiously throughout the day. My friends think that I am an obsessive-compulsive freak the way I use up my lipstick so quickly (actually, I think a month and a half per stick is very reasonable), but I think it is just right. A tip: find a flattering shade and stick with it – until you get bored or grow too old to carry off pale pink, then look for another flattering shade.
- Do not scrimp on hand cream. It is my firm belief that a woman’s true age (if she takes good care of herself) can only be determined from her hands and neck. Girls should have nice, soft hands – this is not sexist; why will you want rough, calloused hands anyway? So slather on the hand cream liberally and as often as is necessary (usually every hour with air-conditioning and every 2 hours without). Invest in a really good hand cream if you can – I think Jurlique have some of the very best available in the market. It doesn’t come cheap, so be smart and get your jet-setting friend to help you stock up from Australia; you can save more than 50% of the cost if you do that.
- Try to always smell good. [I say ‘try to’ because sometimes, even the best of us just smell normal.] As I am very attracted to people who smell wonderful, I am very conscious about my own scent. This may sound a little strange, but I feel uncomfortable if I smell of nothing. My fragrances tend to dissipate much too soon. I found the solution to this problem a while ago – I transfer my perfumes to portable small bottles (from Muji) and re-spritz whenever I need to. This really works so try it.
Somehow, this has become a rather long, wordy post.
That, was not my intention.
And now, to bed!