Firstly Margaret, thank you for your kind comments about my hands/nails (incidentally, the varnish is coming off today, having done some weeding and lots of veg prep, including podding loads of peas, over the weekend, it's chipping off so I have a legitimate excuse to remove it!).
You ask whether being a country girl precludes us from wearing makeup or taking care of ourselves....no, of course not. Just because I choose not to wear makeup, wear varnish or mess around with my hair, doesn't mean I don't take care of myself. I do take particular care of my face, using hypoallergenic products, as I have sensitive skin and the occasional bout of eczema (another reason why I don't wear makeup!). I also regularly use hand cream. I don't wear perfume as I'm clearly super-tasty and get bitten by any insect in the vicinity, so don't want to encourage the little buggers by smelling like a flower!
Everyone is different, some like to spend time (and money) on makeup and having their nails and hair done, others don't, for whatever reasons. My reasons are that I can think of better things to spend my money on (particularly now OH is retired and we have less income), and I don't feel the need to - I don't need to do myself up to feel good about myself, I'm perfectly happy as I am. And as we've been happily married for 34 years, my husband is clearly happy with me too.
Incidentally, the only time I wear trackie bottoms and old t-shirts is when we're decorating!
I used to wear makeup, do my nails and hair when I was a secretary - case of having to, although the makeup and nail varnishing got less and less over the years to the bare minimum of makeup and no varnish, although my nails were always shaped and tidy. Since stopping work (well, paid employment) a few years ago and living in our little idyll in the country, I no longer bother simply because I don't want to!
To answer your last question, Margaret - yes I have had my makeup professionally done, once, a long time ago. I wasn't overly keen on it then and wouldn't do it now.
Thank you for all your encouragement for me, and the other ladies who said they don't faff about with their appearances either, to do all these things, but I won't be.....as I said before, it's just not me and I'm happy as I am!
Admittedly, I did have a few days where I was quite down about my weight and didn't like what I saw in the mirror, but that was just a hormonal blip, I'm not always like that.