The Green Eyed Monster
Whether it’s that £50 lip gloss your friend just bought or your sister’s flawless skin, we’re all guilty of wanting something we don’t have. Even with emerald eyes, jealously is always ugly.
Perspective. Remember, the grass is always greener on the other side. Or, fix it – there’s always something you can do to make yourself feel better; take up a sport or exercise more often, book yourself in for a course of facials or simply visit a makeup counter to find out what’s right for you!
More isn’t always better. It’s true that you should experiment with your make up, but we’ve all gone through periods of piling on makeup and using WAY to much colour. If you’re not careful though, it’s easy to go from ‘creative and cool’ to ‘crazy lady psychotic’ in your everyday look.
Restraint. Use less product more effectively for a flawless finish sans cakey-ness. Still need colour? Experiment and use just one bright. Make sure you book yourself in for a few facials to get the flawless base upon which makeup will glide.
The Hoarding Mentality
Let’s face it—our makeup collections are massive compared to the average woman, but there’s a fine line between a stash and a stockpile. When you’ve got 15 shades of lip gloss in the exact same colour, or you’ve had to move your clothes to make room for your mascara you know it’s time to re evaluate. We’re motivated to buy for different reasons, so purchase products you love and will use!
Budget. Set a fixed monthly budget for beauty products and save up for periodical splurges—you’ll become more aware of your spending habits and value what you already own. If it’s self esteem that’s making you splurge, try other fixes such as longer-lasting facials or a mild peel. Covering up with a mass of makeup isn’t going to fix the underlying problem.
Impulse product purchases
Raise your hand if you’ve ever purchased something just because it was limited edition, on sale, or just plain lov-eeer-ly? I’m guilty of all three, and you probably are too. If you’re on a beauty budget, re-evaluate how you spend money on those must-haves.
Research. Before you shell out £££ on every new beauty product you set eyes on, ask friends who’ve tried the product if they think it’s worth it. Try looking on blogs too, be be wary of posts in which the blogger has been sent the product to review, some are swayed to write positive things about it. Also think, will this new product do your washing and fold your sheets? Read online reviews and blogs, then decide if it’s worth your hard-earned money.
Have you ever stumbled in from a late night, too lazy to wash your face or even brush your teeth? Without a set routine, brushes go unwashed, makeup builds up bacteria, and your skin forgets what a proper cleansing feels like. Beauties, this might be the dirtiest sin of them all.
Preparation. Bacteria build up is no joke, so assemble your beauty routine for the ultimate sluggish circumstances. In light of late nights, keep face wipes on your nightstand for a basic cleanse, line up your skin care products in order so you can unconsciously follow your routine, and at the very least, floss your teeth! If you’ve been guilty of this sin in the past – it’s almost certain you’ll have suffered from acne and breakouts and it’s time to have a proper cleanse. Book in for a SkinBase Facial and have thousands of tiny crystals blasted across your skin, removing dead skin and revealing new, fresh and smooth skin below.
How many times have you looked in the mirror today? Whether you’re gazing at your charmingly good looks (you’re hot!) or that one zit that won’t go away, it’s time to stop the mirror madness and give your reflection the cheek. Whether it’s vanity or a lack of self-confidence, this sin just will not do!
Acceptance. Have treatments that actually work with your skin – try microdermabrasion or laser peels fairly regularly. Then, give yourself a reassuring look-over in the morning to make sure your makeup is flawless, then you’re set. Save the staring for touch-ups and bathroom breaks.
Mad about makeup
It’s all too easy to start bitching about different people’s application of makeup – but go steady. Surely you’ve made one or two mistakes in the past? Perhaps this person’s tastes aren’t exactly your style, but at least they’re expressing some individuality. Cool it on the critical beauty commentary.
Positivity. Instead of blatantly insulting your peers, choose your words wisely. If you come from a genuinely sincere and encouraging place, your friends will appreciate your constructive criticism. Perhaps you could do her make up for her? Or maybe you could look through magazines and point out styles you love, then tell her how great it would look on her! It’s nice to be nice!
7 Deadly Sins of Beauty Quiz:
1. GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?
2. WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? What product has been the hardest to get?
3. GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products?
4. SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?
5. PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?
6. LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?
7. ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?
Let us know your beauty sins!