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What's Your Weirdest Beauty or Grooming Habit?

What's Your Weirdest Beauty or Grooming Habit?

I just did a sneaky thing when nobody was looking, and it's so bonkers and embarrassing that I've never told anybody about this habit. This is a practice I'm not proud of, and it's a little gross, and I'm sure some psychoanalyst would have a field day dissecting it. But somehow I have a feeling that I'm not the only one with a weird grooming or beauty habit. I bet a lot of us do goofy things. (Note Bella trying to justify her weirdness.) So if I tell you my secret, will you share yours?

To find out my embarrassing habit—because I can't bear to have it all over the front page—

Okay, so a lot of you know that I'm a little obsessive about skin care. But you don't know how detail-oriented I am about it. When I was a kid, my parents gave me a microscope, which I used to examine all sorts of things. I became fascinated by the ability to see the minutia of everyday life. This interest remains to this day, which is why—ugh, I can't believe I'm going to tell you this—sometimes I set my camera on its macro setting. Then I zoom in on blackheads and blemishes to take high-resolution photos of the clogged pores. Finally, I open the document in Photoshop and zoom in to see what clogs are there, which ones are barely visible with the naked eye, and which ones are yearning to liberate themselves from my skin. I can't stop staring at this stuff.

I know. It's weird. It's a sickness!

But surely I'm not the only one who does weird stuff, right? Anyone else willing to share her oddball beauty quirks? (Bueller? Bueller?)

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gorgeousitalian gorgeousitalian 7 years
hey! love this whole convo. ahaha! Well, i have this odd habit of shaving right below my belly button with an eyebrow razor. weird, right? but i like to watch the little hairs fall off my belly. :)
Anabellatc Anabellatc 9 years
OMG! This thread was awesome...i have a few of these habits! Finding the ingrown hair (hate them) but it really does feel like finding GOLD! hahaha The hair in the shower...can't stand throwing them down the drain, so i stick them on the wall! Finding split ends also relaxes me...! I could keep going on and on...
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Every week my neighbors get to see me plucking my upper lip. I like direct sunlight when I'm tweezing, since it helps me see every last little hair, and the only place in my apartment where I can get good direct sunlight is in front of the sliding glass door that serves as my front door. So, at least once a week, there I am, tweezing off my mustache in full view of the public.
princessangry princessangry 9 years
I always squeeze blackheads. My brothers are terrified of me spotting a blemish on their skin.... the satisfaction!! am also tweezer happy :) and I HATE underarm hair. HATE it. My beautician laughs at me obsessively checking for it after she waxes them. This thread is brilliant!!
ranianed ranianed 9 years
Not only do i collect the hair that I don't want going down the drain in the shower -- i stick it to the shower wall and throw it in the garbage after I come home from work when its dry and i can grab it all at once.
xmargarida xmargarida 9 years
I love this thread! I do so many weird things. I must admit I do the hair on the shower wall. I also bleach my pitch black eyebrows biweekly :) ( It's risky, but if all fails hit your local spa and get them tinted darker if needed ) umm... Due to the fact Im an asthetician I do my own brazilian which is somewhat of a mission! Oh yeah If you guys have ingrowns you HAVE TO TRY!!! TENDSKIN! the most amazing product for ingrowns ever! and a lil secret its good for those annoying big breakouts!
imalifeguard imalifeguard 9 years
MsCLee --- hahahah i am obsessed with pores too. i dont understand how people can let them get so full!!! now that ive read all these comments i have to use a pore strip....i cant type this fast enough to go do it lol
thewriter thewriter 9 years
This has really made my day, just reading all of these. I too love to pluck ingrown hairs, shave my toes and I am simply obessive about my feet. Sometimes I too will be sitting for hours in the bathroom, I would look at the clock and realize it's been forever. LOL
emsugar emsugar 9 years
I'm obsessed with Photoshopping. I've should probably spend more time with skincare and makeup but I have to admit that my MySpace pictures look pretty fantastic.
Camillabean Camillabean 9 years
When I'm out and there isn't a mirror around I take a picture of myself with my camera phone. Unfortunately, sometimes I forget to delete them. One day my boyfriend was going through my phone and found a bunch of pictures of me. He thought I was nuts.
shamrox shamrox 9 years
Wow, I don't feel as strange now thinking about my weird habits. I'm totally with you on the ingrown hair thing. I also take pictures of my face to check if my eyebrows match, and I zoom in on my skin and look at it. My worst thing would have to be that whenever I get a sunburn (which is a rarity anymore. I abhor the sun, and refrain from it as much as possible. BOO SUN!), I love to peel the skin. It's gross, but oddly satisfying.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
I'm like Sarabel "I pluck my leg hairs. It's oddly relaxing. Especially when you pull it out and it's twice as long under the skin. In grown hairs are the ultimate find. Weird yes but I'm not that embarrassed about it (today)." I do that all over my body.... I can do it for hours....
Cris1192 Cris1192 9 years
I am in with those "stick hair to the shower walls" girls!!But the thing is I always forget!Also I love to pop sits on my hairline b/c I dont get them in my face too much, but when I do I pick at them until they pop.Btw I think this is the best thread ever I just spend about an hour reading all the comentes, im such a freak lol!!
verily verily 9 years
I love this thread because all the things we think are weird are apparently normal, since several other people do them too! In addition to some of the listed things, I have a hairy mole on my face and obsessively pluck the hairs from them as they grow in.
poison-girl-13 poison-girl-13 9 years
OMG! I do all of these, except I dont get hair on my face. I catch all my stray hair in the shower and put it on the side of the tub. I brush my teeth with peroxide(after using toothepaste) and shave my toes.I pop my pimples and my boyfriend's too if I can hold him down. But the weirdest thing I do is probably that I shave my legs backward. How?-Most people start at their ankles and work their way up, I start at my hips and go down. lol. I cant believe I just told this!
makeup_love makeup_love 9 years
My feet get really dry, and the souls can become quite hard, so sometimes before I go to bed I cover them in moisteriser and then put socks on. Thats my beauty habit :)
Ashton Ashton 9 years
OMG, I should make my boyfriend read this thread he says I'm insane for the things I do. Anyway I've got a few so here they are: I've got my nose pierced and on the inside ever since I got it done there has been annoying hairs but once when I was tweezing them I grabbed the nose ring and got an awful scar so now I cut them with cuticle scissors, also I do the same thing as aistea311 with the alcohol. Every time I paint my nails at home I put on the polish wait until it's tacky and peel it of twice before I let it dry. And I've done this one since I was a little kid I pull out my hair when I get nervous so now when I do my hair when there are these little tiny hairs that stick out everywhere so I pull them out. I'm obsessive about my teeth I brush them at least four times a day. Oh and the last ones aren't all that weird their more mean I wake up at least two hours before my boyfriend every day so after I do my routine and if I've got time before the kids wake up I do as many of these as I can before he's awake enough to throw me out and lock the bedroom door - I tweeze his eyebrows, wax his toes & fingers, I also exfoliate over his tattoos because I cant stand when he lets dead skin build up over them and they look dull and older than they are. Oh and once I shaved off his goatee & dyed his hair after he went out with his friends and passed out.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
best thread ever! my sister and i get our eyebrows threading (it's more effective than waxing or plucking) but when we can't get an appointment or...hell, i'll be honest - if we're BORED! - we'll pluck each other's eyebrow hair and place all the hair on a tissue. it's gross, but i am fascinated by the hairs with their giant follicles.
dd-sugar dd-sugar 9 years
Only read the first 50 but will have to come back and finish since it's so entertaining and good to know we're really not that weird. I pumice my whole body in the shower and it leaves my skin so soft. Been doing it forever and no wrinkles or cellulite yet at 40-something. I do it superfast and I'm sure if someone caught me they'd wonder what I'm doing scrubbing away in such a frenzy by myself in the shower! Sometimes though, I'll see a few scratches at the gym so hopefully nobody thinks I'm being abused!
MsCLee MsCLee 9 years
Me and the person in comment #22 have something in common...I squeeze my nose as well while in the process of washing my face. Its better to do while the skin is still wet and pliable. Its a weird obsession but if I don't do this daily I don't feel my face is totally clean. I've also tried, with much difficulty, to squeeze my chin and the space between my eyebrows as well. My best friend has a "bumpy" nose, her pores are just filled with sebum!! I just want to grab her and put her in a head lock and squeeze the oil out of her nasal pores!!
pickle pickle 9 years
I can't believe it took me this long to find this thread! I do a bunch of this stuff already mentioned but I'm also addicted to baths and to sloughing all the dead skin off my body with one of those scrubby bath sponges and (this is the weird part) I love watching all that dirty, dead-skin filled water swirl down the drain. Satisfying to know it's off me but gross, I know. But I always shower after the bath so its not like I stay marinated in my own filth, but yeah this sounds bad and weird no matter how I phrase it. I swear to God I'm clean...
aSLAMMINhottie aSLAMMINhottie 9 years
Ok not so much gross but weird-I use a dry toothbrush to brush my eyebrows after I do my makeup. I know it sounds odd, but it works better than an eyebrow brush and makes them look freshly plucked.
ChristineLW ChristineLW 9 years
i take a 10 times magnification mirror and a metal zit popper and push out any blackheads. every single day i do this. i am obsessed with having clean pores.
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
Haha Bella, I LOVE the joy of finding an ingrown hair as well...
marloes marloes 9 years
okay i meant chest hairs.. my computer isnt functioning properly today
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