Thirteen for Thursday: fails in the name of beauty 12



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Looking back it is easy to see the thirteen big beauty fails I have had in my life, some funnier than others.  Have you got some funny ones you can add?



  1. Circle stitched bras were the rage, they stuck out like cones, mine didn’t quite fulfill the dream.  Not being well filled meant I had dents in the end, not a good look.
  2. I wore false eyelashes in the 70’s, dancing cheek to cheek at a dance party, I realized my partner had one stuck to his cheek.
  3. Even worse at a dinner party one fell into the soup with me not realizing and then I was screaming ‘Spider!’ to the amusement of my friends. Hard to live down.
  4. Roll on girdles that delightful torture was the best passion killer on a date. Not only couldn’t  you breath but they made you feel like you were made of concrete.
  5. I once made the children hysterical when they found me resting with an oatmeal face pack on!!! Looked dead they told me.
  6. Tried using mayonnaise for a hair pack to moisturize, I smelled like a salad for days, despite washing my hair twice,
  7. The worst feeling? When those too tight tights start to roll down the body, as you scurry away to find privacy they hit the knees and you have to hobble.
  8. I wore those chicken fillets (pads) in my wonder bra, and felt pretty good until one escaped and showed up under my chin.
  9. Oh suspender belts….those little rubber buttons flew off all the time, so the stocking would then be suspended on one string, and swing round so the seam was then going up the side of your leg, not down the back.
  10. My friend and I admired Audrey Hepburn and her doe eyed look, which was all the rage when I was 16.  We did our faces and walked around the shopping centre full of pride.  We then saw we looked like startled pandas and escaped to the ladies .
  11. No one told me wearing false nails or gel nails would make normal life a hassle, trying to pull up tights? Impossible, typing,? Difficult, using a cash machine ?…Stupid, in the end I used my knuckles.  Husband said I looked like a gorilla. Fail,—so no more false nails.
  12. I should not have believed the hair colour on the box. It did not show the fire engine red it would turn out.  Like the time I tried a purple rinse, and the time I tried a gentle ‘ash’ colour. A resounding fail! Each time it needed a scarf then lots of shamphoo.
  13. My most recent waste of time? I thought the hair piece I bought ages ago might be nice for a night out. Wanted to feel glamorous. Duh, had it done in an  ‘up’ do, waltzed out all hair spray and tendrils. Husband took one look and I knew I had just wasted money, time, and pride, the hair do lasted half an hour. I had it brushed out and we went out with me looking as I always do.

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Jacqui Lee

Jacqui Lee is 75 and now retired but the last ten years or so have been some of her busiest. She worked at a hospital, where she took several Certificated courses, she cleaned a school, helped to run two conventions, wrote short stories, started painting, and in fact is never bored even now, "I honestly feel we are lucky to still be upright and breathing, and my motto is, Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live today. I love fun, clothes, food and friends."

  1. My biggest mistake was cutting my eyelashes because I had read that they grew back long and languorous- big lie – they took a year to grow back and remain short and stubby to this day!

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  2. Jacqui you have been peeking into my “past lives” I made all these mistakes except the nails – I’ve always had long strong nails, so much so that many thought they were false! Even worse than the stocking holding by one suspender, were the seamed panty hose! Couldn’t get the stockings straight, don’t know how I ever expected tights which, turn round at the best of times, to have straight seams!

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    • Yes we have a lot of shares in our similar past! My nails are still recovering from having gel nails for two years! duh when will I learn. Have a pink streak in my hair, duh again ….

  3. I found a school photo today taken when I was 16. Why did I think the big black ring around the eyes was sexy. Don’t think I will show the kids….they still talk about the orange perm. Cant believe the hairdresser let me leave the salon like that

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    • Orange perm sounds incredible, I have curly hair naturally which i now torture! but have come out of hairdressers in the past crying and then hiding, so no one saw me. Yep I suffered. A tight roller induced hair do which made me look 80 when I was 40. YUCK.

  4. Roll on tights round the ankles! Yes. The 3yr old untying my stylish wrap around skirt and it falling to the footpath outside a busy station.

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    • That made me laugh! I lost some panties, luckily where I could hide, but took them off as the waist elastic went. Gosh that never happens now.

  5. I remember my first bra was stitched round and round in circles and you looked like you had pointy boobs, but at least they were made of good strong cotton. My mum used to wear those girdle with the zip up the side, and we wore suspender belts to keep up our school stockings, then when we left school it was the thing to do to wear roll on girdles to keep up your stockings, I loved it when panty-hose came into being, and then if you were tan or had olive skin you didn’t need to wear anything on your legs, that was the best.

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    • I still love that time when we can go with bare legs, I slather mine in Dove tan stuff for a week or so, and they don’t look as disgusting, but what we wore in our early years was certainly not comfortable was it?

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