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Seven Bad Beauty Habits That Aren't a Huge Deal

7 Beauty "Sins" You Should Be Forgiven For

We're all about promoting healthy living and beauty habits that'll help you feel your most confident, but just because we try to be good, it doesn't mean we're perfect — or that you should be either. So we made a list of not-so-hot beauty habits that you shouldn't stress about. Feel free to add your own forgivable foibles in the comments, and to see our list, just keep reading.

  1. Popping zits: Yeah, yeah, we all know we're not supposed to. But guess what? Everyone does. I've even known dermatologists to give in once in a while.
  2. Letting your manicure get old and raggedy: Look, you're busy. And if it's a choice between a polish change and returning your library books, well, other people need that copy of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo too, all right?
  3. Sleeping with your makeup on (occasionally): Sometimes you're partied out, or doing something romantical (ahem), and it just doesn't happen. Whatever. Just don't let it become an all-the-time thing, because then you really will break out.
  4. Letting your hair go unwashed: This is why dry shampoo and texturizing spray exist.
  5. Holding on to makeup you love after its expiration date: Is this super smart? No. But it probably won't kill you, either.
  6. Biting your nails now and again: Your mom may not like it, but that's because she does it too and feels guilty. It's not her fault, it's not your fault, and most people nibble now and then. Really.
  7. Wearing a color you like even if it's not terribly flattering: I love orange lipstick. Does it look hot on me? Not in the least. Does wearing it make me unaccountably happy? Most definitely. Makeup is about fulfilling yourself, not matching someone else's idea of pretty.
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eneriyma eneriyma 7 years
#7 is my favorite, and I think we should extend that to clothing. Some colors just make me happy, even if they aren't very flattering!
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
I got away with unwashed hair when I was up in San Francisco (AIR IS SO CLEAN OMG) but I can't do that here in Downtown LA. :( If I've been out for even 5 minutes my long thick hair absorbs the smog. Ick.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
I wash my hair two times a week at most. I don't have very oily hair and it's curly so it would be a big poof ball if I washed it every day. My colorist says that 1-2 times a week is good for helping keep my color too. Also I've heard that if you wash your hair less, it takes time, but eventually starts producing less oils. But you probably have to walk around with oily hair for a couple weeks.
Diana615 Diana615 7 years
My hair dresser says hair styles better with a little natural oil in it and you should shampoo it 3-4 times a week (especially if it's color treated). I'm guilty of trimming my bangs between cuts, which I usually regret afterward.
pretebrowneyes pretebrowneyes 7 years
I've been walking around with a raggedy manicure for the past 3 days and have felt like a hag about it. I'm usually a "one chip, polish change" kinda girl. But it's the first week of school for my 3 kids....I"ve been running around lke a chicken with my head cut off lol.
Venus1 Venus1 7 years
Sorry, can cope with most of these but not the unwashed hair bit. Ugh!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
I wash my hair everyday unless I am just staying home. My hair is very oily, if I shower at 10pm tonight my roots would be super oily before I'm even out of work tomorrow.
LeiraElle LeiraElle 7 years
Love these! There's nothing better than taking a step back from all the "should" and "shouldn't"s and admit to reality. I'm also curious how often people really clean their makeup brushes...
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
@postmodernsleaze--Oh, God, I'm trying hard to rid myself of the nail polish picking habit. It's hard work, but I busying my hands (liking eating chips in class) helps ward off the picking least, for a little while! Unlike some people, I have to wash my hair everyday. I have fine hair with a very oily scalp. Oily scalp = oily hair. Go a day without washing and my hair looks and feels slimy. I think one could wring oil out of my hair. When I colored my hair, my hair was drier. It was either color it my natural color every other month or wash my hair every day. I picked the latter. It's less expensive.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Along the lines of what Anon 1 said, I actually wanted to add everyday washing as my beauty foible because I do wash my hair every day. And all I ever hear about that is, "No, no, no, no!" But I just cannot stand the slightest bit of grime in my hair :( Also, picking nail polish. I am just so bad at keeping my nail polish on because the instant I'm sitting through a long lecture or bored in line somewhere, I start furiously picking it all off.
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