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Women: life v makeup

October 6, 2009

Just read a statistic in that new The Stylist free mag for women: women spend 12 days a year getting ready for work. Ladies, this is no good at all. Why do you do it? It’s the most pointless exercise of self-perpetuated insecurity-based vanity in the world. Life’s short- too short to spend in face-pinching, hair-frying routines that ultimately make no difference.

My suggestion is this: set your alarm and use the time you would have spent putting on foundation and tweezing non-existent hairs, reading. Reading in bed, preferably something good, like George Eliot or Jane Austen or Martin Amis or Phillip Roth. Then get up, splash some water on your face, maybe some cleanser, a bit of cream and a bit of mascara and bobs your uncle. Oh, and don’t forget to get dressed.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2009 2:36 pm

    Nice one, Ms. Zo. Sad that vanity consumes us on so many levels.
    Although I must say, in the 3.5 minutes I take to get ready in the morning, my head is certainly not with it at that early hour enough to focus on a book. If I were to set an alarm and not be making progress toward getting out the door in a timely manner, I sure as hell would snooze that clock ’til the bitter end.
    Great writing!!

  2. Mrs Maternal permalink
    October 27, 2009 12:27 pm

    Well I have been caught out recently scurrying up the hill to the tube with my smudged glasses on, my infected eyes virtually sealed shut, my hair looking like I had been playing with plug socket post-shower and a coat which resembled one I saw the local socialist worker “poet” man wearing outside west finchley station.

    I bumped into my boyfriend who actually laughed at me.

    thats why we spend 12 days a year zed.

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