Tricks for old people

by | Sep 19, 2011 | Little Obsessions, MOTHERHOOD | 3 comments

I recently ran out of foundation. I don't wear it every day but  I like to have it there just in case I wake up with a severe case of the uglies. Which happens more frequently these days.

And that just cements my new motto that snorting coke* and getting very little sleep on the weekend is not nearly as damaging as having kids and being sleep deprived every day.

Kids = haggard

That is the rule.

So anyway, I had to replace my foundation. Once upon a time, this was a simple process. Buy a mid-range product in a shade to best match my skin tone (Ghostly Pale, Practically Goth, Geez Get Some Sun It's unAustralian) - done! Back in the day, foundation was the solution to everything. It could disguise every night-before sin (including hickies). Just paint it on and voila! Porcelain skin.

Lately, I've been noticing some disturbing changes. You know those ads on teev where the old lady talks about how, oh dear, their make-up is settling into their fine lines? what can be done?


I am the old lady. 

It always seems to be painfully apparent in the car when I'm peering at myself in the visor mirror (while driving very carefully). It was here I discovered I need botox between my eyes and a foundation that doesn't settle into my fine lines.


So, dammit, I went to make-up land and chose myself a new foundation…… in a remarkable anti-ageing formula. 

Anyhoo, I have a birthday coming up and I don't wanna go on and on about how old I am but I am pleased to report that this make-up appears to be the non-settling kind. 

Happily, I have no need for "hide those greys" hair colour…. 

  Little Mumma and Little LDWith baby LD – skin still dewy. Hmm, maybe the rule is Multiple Kids = Haggard?

 * Haha, look at me, pretending I could ever afford to snort coke on any kind of regular basis. No, sadly, I was much more likely to drink 13 scotch and coke UDL cans and pass out. Sad little bogan, I was….

Hello friends


I’m Angie!  I mum. I write. I wife. My husband would say this is the correct order.  He’s so neeeedy. I live with my family in Melbourne, Australia, where I complain about the weather for 90% of the year – but I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Except maybe in Lake Como, waving to my neighbours George and Amal each morning.

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  1. Melissa

    The foundation thing is so tricky as one … um … matures.

    I know I used to be able to use anything but it’s become more specific now. There is only one that goes on smoothly, doesn’t make me look like a piece of parchment and most importantly, doesn’t cost a bomb. May it never receive the designation of death “Product Discontinued”.

    I wear makeup most days now just because it makes me feel better and that’s valid too I think. So apply away and happy upcoming birthday!

  2. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Oh totally, Mel. As you get older, you can’t, I find, get away with any cheapy foundation. Certainly, you get what you pay for but the one I bought was $30 and I’m actually impressed with it. I feel dewy again!

    And yes, I have been wearing this foundation every day because I like how I feel when I wear it. Totally valid. 100%.

    I don’t understand the women who allow motherhood to reduce them to tracky dacks and unshowered jaunts to the supermarket. It just makes the whole thing that much more painful. But then, maybe they were tracky dacked and unshowered pre-kids. Whatevs.

    Things always look up when you feel cute, right?

  3. Tina

    As someone who dons the war paint every day I need to share some sad news. As soon as you find the perfect foundation for your face they discontinue it! I kid you not. Every time!! Jane Fonda modelled the perfect foundation for women of a certain age and I loved it. Moist,moussy, perfect! Yes it’s gone. Who makes these decisions and why aren’t they debating this in Canberra?!


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