Category Archives: Beauty

Special TV offer! Act now!

I’ve been spending lots of time at the gym lately, and not because I’m suddenly dedicated to fitness, believe me. No. Unlike my house, the gym is air-conditioned.  So even though exercise is far from my first-choice activity, I’ve been … Continue reading

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The mascara games: Fear and loathing at the drugstore

Not too long ago, as I was half-squatting, half-sprawling on the floor of my local drugstore, unsuccessfully searching the lowest possible shelf for a replacement mascara, a question popped into my head. Do all beauty products get discontinued within a … Continue reading

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Inventions we’d like to see

There’s been a lot of talk in the beauty industry lately about multi-tasking products. You’ve probably seen ads for some of them:  eye creams that disguise and treat, self-tanners that also moisturize and exfoliate, toothpastes that clean and whiten. But … Continue reading

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Our Toenails, Ourselves (Reprise)

If you’ve been following the Great Back Pain saga here at The Frump Factor, you will be happy to hear that I made it through both of my summer parties this week without resorting to frumpy footwear.  I wore the black and … Continue reading

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Manicure, Schmanicure

I’m a big fan of pedicures, but the manicure has always left me cold.  Most of the time, my fingernails are bare, as well as ridiculously short.  I played violin for many years, which requires nails that do not extend … Continue reading

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The Solace of Shiny Things

Spring Fever is raging through Frump Factor headquarters at the moment.  When this happens, I get the irresistible urge to walk away from the ever-growing pile of student papers on my desk and go have silly, frivolous fun for a … Continue reading

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Spring: Bring it! (Please???)

  Here at Frump Central, we’ve been spending a lot of time and energy complaining about the winter.  Getting pummeled by snowstorms that drop a foot at a time, twice weekly, for almost a month, will do that to you. … Continue reading

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Today, we give thanks for……. what???

You will forgive my warped priorities, I hope, if I devote my Thanksgiving Week post to those fashion & beauty items for which I am most grateful.  My loved ones know that I appreciate them, too, and of course I feel grateful … Continue reading

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No Photos, Please!

What does it mean to live in a world in which every fashion mistake, bad hair day, or wardrobe malfunction can be instantly beamed across cyberspace?  I’ve been wondering about this, and not only because my deepest, darkest fear is that I … Continue reading

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Waste of a Good Hair Day

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman having a good hair day must be on her way to the beach.  Or maybe the pool.  Both places will wreck the ‘do, and it’s a damn shame, really.  But we … Continue reading

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