I will now turn to the Weberian concept of instrumental rationality as a model for state-sponsored refugee aid…
In fact, I propose to do something much more pleasant: list all the tips I regularly come across in magazines, blogs, websites etc, which I can never ever follow:
1- Re-apply sunscreen every two hours, or 20min before going out.
I use a moisturizer with SPF in the mornings before I go out, and then face-powder with SPF over that. After that I am genetically unable to reapply more products throughout the day, on skin which is gradually accumulating dirt and dust. I exit the office at 4 pm with a sunscreen-free face. Oh well. My apartment is only five minutes from the office.
2-Apply sunscreen to my hands.
I used to, sometimes. Then the golden boy lost a tube of sunscreen. Have not bothered ever since.
3-Regularly groom and wax eyebrows.
Yes, I know all the blah blah about eyebrows framing the face, sorry, but weeks go by before I step into a salon for a proper grooming. These days I plead student budget and elusive Haligonian “esthetiticians”, but back home when I commanded a full-time salary I was just as lazy. Secretly, I think my eyebrows look rather nice like they are, au naturel, and not like everybody else’s. Like two friendly fuzzy caterpillars.
4-Eat 5 (or is it 8?) portions of fruits and vegetables daily.
I cannot count food. Some days I’ll have a lot of fruit, some times not. Some days we have fresh greens and I’ll make and devour a huge bowl of salad, other days not. Some days I’ll take an apple with me, some days not. I’m not some sort of milking cow or Olympic athlete who needs every portion monitored and measured.
Sorry, no can do. I HATE the feel of gloopy lip-gloss on my lips and I don’t like the look of shiny wet lips either. What is so seksy about snaily slimy lips? What’s wrong with a neat little red or pink Cupid’s bow?
6- Not wearing sparkly or blue eye-shadow during the day.
Honestly, who makes up these rules? I love multi-coloured eye-shadows, the sparklier the better. And having two children, I don`t get to go out at night that often, so I must wear them during the day. Vive turquoise!
7-Curling eyelashes with lash-curler before applying mascara
This one will not just frighten the children, it also scares me. I just cannot bring myself to grip one of these fearsome-looking contraptions, open its curved mouth, stick it over my eyelashes, and then press down as hard as I can. I’m afraid I will rip off my eyelid or tear out my eyelashes or something.
I’m sure there are more- but these are all my word-fuddled brain can think of right now.