Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Place An Old Shower Cap Over Your Face

I just picked up a copy of Heloise's 1965 All Around the House, and was delighted to find some beauty tips among the suggestions for stain removal and preventing bacon curl (a surprisingly popular topic). Heloise's column was largely made up of hints sent in by readers, so each one tells a different little story. Let's start with this historical tidbit:

"Did you ever try dropping several pellets of BB shot into your nail polish bottle? Each time you use the polish, shake well and the polish is easily, quickly, and thoroughly mixed. This is especially good for frosted polishes."

As I'm sure you know, pretty much all nail polish has included beads in the bottle for decades now. I never really gave it any thought, but now we know who though it up.

Next, an entirely extraneous project from a self-satisfied crafter:

"Make a hair-do apron from a large bath towel that had become too thin for good drying. Fold in half crosswise, cut out a circle to fit the neck and cut an opening down the front. Bind with bias tape. This also helps use up odds and ends of tape!
Sew a large pocket at the bottom of the apron. It can be made from a washcloth or from the circular piece cut from the neck hole. Make a smaller, narrow pocket on the other side.
In the large pocket, keep rollers or clips. In the small pocket keep your comb. This is easy to work with when putting your hair up, keeps your dress clean, and is easy to launder as it needs no ironing.
I put this hair-do apron on when I take my hair down. I put the curlers in the large pocket, the comb in the narrow pocket and put the apron away. By doing this, everything is ready when I want to 'do up' my hair the next time."

Sometimes the tips are short but evocative, much like haikus. The clever but oddly self-annihilating:
"Before removing dresses, blouses or sweaters over your head, place an old shower cap over your face (underneath your chin and above your forehead), and thus avoid any make-up rubbing into your garments."

The heartbreaking:
"From Maine: 'When my imitation pearl beads and earrings turn yellow from wear, I dye them any color I choose. I just mix dye in a little jar, drop in the jewelry and let it stand-- shaking it once in a while-- until the desired color has been absorbed. Sure is pretty.'"

I'll end with this longer piece, my favorite in the book. What a strange little tale:

"For years I have used rubber powder puffs. I have always carried one in an empty plastic compact while the puff is still damp.
I find if I don't use it often enough, it starts smelling!
Then a few years ago, I found that the puffs won't smell if you carry them in waxed paper sandwich bags. The great thing about this is that the dampness does not come through the lining of your purse, yet the sandwich bag let's just enough of the moisture escape so that the puff doesn't smell.
When my husband saw me take my foam rubber powder puff from my worn, crumpled sandwich bag one day, he said, 'Why don't you wrap it in a piece of foil?' Immediately he returned with a piece of foil, just a little larger than the powder puff itself. Now, after I apply my cake make-up, all I have to do is take the damp sponge, fold it in half, or roll it in the foil. Personally, I like to roll the sponge in the foil because it stays damp longer. Also it doesn't take up as much room in my purse.
Gals, all of you who use cake make-up, skip into that kitchen, unroll that piece of foil, and lay it on your make-up table. In the morning when you do your face-- this is especially for working girls-- roll your sponge-type puff and put in in your little piece of foil and twist both ends.
You will find that this will last at least forty-eight hours. You will have no mess in your purse. It is easily seen for quick make-up jobs. But best of all, it never has an odor."