The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 3 (June 1, 1937)
The average woman is proud of her dressing-table, the toilet appointments, besides being necessary are nowadays a source of beauty.
Women who spend a large portion of their allowance on beauty products and are scrupulous as to their hygienic application to the face, are sometimes most unhygienic in their treatment of the products themselves.
It is so easy to spill the powder when refilling the bowl, to forget to replace the cover, to keep the puff in the container and to leave a film of powder on the table top after wielding the puff. Powder puffs are neglected and become virtually dirt traps; and the powder in the open bowl collects foreign matter easily, which is then transferred to the skin. In fact, the “thing of beauty” in the morning becomes a “messy looking” affair at the end of the day, the accessories being kept neither healthy nor hygienically.
It is stated that nothing is more revealing of a woman's character than her dressing table, and we should avoid having the term “messy” applied to our dressing-table, if this is taken as symbolical of our character.
Brushes and combs should be washed frequently.