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10 Hair, Skin, and Makeup Decisions You Should Always Sleep On

10 Beauty Decisions You Should Always Sleep On

Everybody has a "eureka!" moment once in a while, where you realize exactly what you want and how to get it. When it comes to your appearance, though, things often require a little more thought. After all, there's nothing more personal than your body, and some regrets can last a lifetime or cost you some major cash to fix. See the 10 beauty decisions you should always give at least a couple good nights' sleep when you keep reading.

  • Getting a tattoo: I don't care how many margaritas you've had, or if your friend Jen agrees to get one, too. Go to bed, fool. If your sober, hungover self still really wants a sloth that looks like Justin Bieber inked on her chest, you have my blessing.
  • Buying perfume: Perfume changes over the course of a wear, sometimes enormously. So that eau de toilette you loved at first spray may smell more like eau de toilet bowl cleanser five or six hours on.
  • Coloring your hair: Give it a couple weeks, talk to a stylist, and seriously consider it. Hair (thankfully) grows, but not nearly fast enough to support hasty decisions.
  • Totally changing your brow shape: Tired of having thick eyebrows and just want the hair gone? Put down the tweezers. Best-case scenario, you look okay. Worst-case scenario, you damage your eyebrows and they never grow back or come back all patchy. Go see a professional.
  • Tinting your brows or lashes: There's not an FDA-approved brow and lash dye yet, so you have to make sure that the brand your salon uses won't cause an allergic reaction. Go get a patch test, and make sure they're not using hair dye or an aniline dye. The former can be extremely irritating, and the latter can cause blindness.
  • Getting a piercing: This isn't nearly as rough as getting a bad tattoo, or even doing something horrendous to your hair, but having to take out a piercing you hate can leave a scar and mean weeks of taking care of a tiny but extremely annoying puncture wound.
  • Changing your skin care regimen: There's no faster way to totally ruin your skin than switching up your regimen or using something too harsh/allergenic. Do a patch test, look up the ingredients, and if possible, consult your dermatologist.
  • Trying a "trendy" hairstyle: Some stylists have a mania for cutting, and will chop your hair right up if you don't assert yourself. If you're being pressured to do something you're not 100 percent sure about, say you just want a trim for today, and you'll think about what they're proposing for next time.
  • Buying pricey makeup: Sure, that limited edition palette may look irresistible under the lights at Sephora, but are you really going to use it? Don't let consumer lust get in the way of your bottom line. If you think about the product more than a couple of times in the course of a week, you probably actually want it.
  • Getting acrylic nails: When you go into the salon to get acrylic or gel nails, no one tells you how much upkeep they're going to be, or how many problems they can present. If you're a nail biter, fakies always look appealing, but make sure you've done research and weighed the pros and cons before you commit.
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Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Ah, rubber gloves! I need to wear those more often. Probably need to clean more often, too.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Yes they are growing quite healthy, despite some minor setbacks. Mainly not wearing rubber gloves when doing cleaning. But nothing but some cuticle oil, time, and regular date with a crystal file can't fix.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Spending $ on foundation is worth it. Once you find the right one, you're set. I've never had gels or acrylics because too many friends have had similar issues. Are your nails better now?
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
The ones I regret are: - Getting acrylic nails and gel nails. Both destroyed my real nails (especially the acrylic) but then again my nails are pretty fragile to begin with. -Getting my brows shaped. I looked like a evil villain after she got done with me and my skin around my eyebrows looked like I was hosting a barbecue. Now I just get it threaded. Learned that wax is not my friend and not everyone can do eyebrows right. Beauty decisions I like: - Getting a trendy hair cut. I got my hair cut into Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad phase when she had that asymmetrical piecey bob (circa 2007). Loved it but the grow out phase was annoying. The stylist was so scared to cut my hair because it was at the middle of my back but honestly I was bored with it. -Spending a respectable amount of money for foundation that suited my skin tone. I envy those who can waltz into the drugstore and pick their shade. Even envy those who can wear long wearing foundation without breaking out.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Gummi, which did you like and which did you regret?
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Ha! I have committed some of these hasty decisions. Some I loved and some regretted, but it is all about living life ya know?
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
A sloth that looks like Justin Bieber. THAT is the tattoo idea I've been waiting for!
Ellenora Ellenora 6 years
Yep, I can definitely attest to some of those. I've colored my hair on a whim and cut my hair on a whim...and hated them. Once to the point of crying. Definitely learned my lesson! Now I'm utterly paranoid about my hair!
Nancepantsbotwin Nancepantsbotwin 6 years
I must be odd, because I have neve hesitated on getting a tattoo, but cutting my hair freaks me out! I agonize over it. Jess
junebrug junebrug 6 years
I agree with your list, but I got a tattoo while um...plastered...but somehow used my head about it and I love it.
myhousemd myhousemd 6 years
I got acrylic nails on a whim one day (my mom paid for them, and they were for a friend's wedding). Best decision ever! I used to bite my nails painfully short, but I haven't but them since then!
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