5 Beauty Mistakes I Regret Making

You know when people tell you, “You’re going to look back at yourself in a few years and laugh”? Haven’t we all been there? In the moment, you think you look and feel fab, but looking back you think: what was I thinking? Ask any beauty blogger: we’ve been there. I’ve made my share of beauty blunders, so don’t feel too bad if you’ve done ‘em too. Here are my top five beauty mistakes I regret making.

Beauty Mistakes I Regret Making

1. Sleeping in Makeup
When I first started wearing makeup, not only did I pile it on, but I didn’t take it off for days on end! It’s a miracle that I didn’t really get acne until I was an adult. What would start off as a cute smokey eye would transform into scary raccoon goggles. Although, since I was a pseudo emo kid, I didn’t mind. Oy vey!

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Comic Book Brows!

2. Overplucking… then Over-Filling
Before a couple years ago, I didn’t do too much to maintain my eyebrows. I would get rid of strays using eyebrow razors, but that’s about it. Like most people, I started off my eyebrow game by over plucking the hell out of them… I had always been a bit self conscious about their thickness as a kid, so I went pretty crazy. Then, after realizing that they didn’t match my face, I filled them in to the point where they looked cartoon-y. Thank goodness I’ve got them in control, now.

3. Biting My Nails
This is a beauty habit that took me thirteen years to stop! Although it wasn’t a conscious decision, I bit my nails from age 3 to 16. I tried everything to kick it, but it didn’t stop until I got my tonsils out and couldn’t bite down on anything for three weeks, so I went cold turkey. Biting my nails for so long ruined them in the long run. They break and peel really easily now, but at least I can do a quick fix with some nail strengthener.

4. Doing Big Hair Changes at Home

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“So, why do you only tan your face…?”

I started dying my hair in the fifth grade, including bleaching, and rarely went to a salon. I’ve also had extensions sewn into my hair by a family friend who claimed she knew what she was doing. Needless to say, I seriously regret the damage I’ve done by trying to save money and performing DIY hair transformations. Now, whenever I want to do something drastic, I trust a professional.

5. All Over Bronze
I remember my first bronzer like it was yesterday… it was the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder, and it came in their Glamour Revolution palette. It was so silky and smelled like candy! Well, not knowing a lot about makeup application at the time, I proceeded to apply this to my entire face with a heavy hand. I got a lot of people asking me if I had taken up fake tanning, and if so, why I was only tanning my face. :(

So go on, spill, what beauty mistakes have you made?

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  • http://www.makeuplifelove.com/ jamie @makeuplifelove

    Ha ha ha…. We have all been there and done that for sure. I am so guilty of the eyebrow thing. Great post!

  • http://behappyandbuypolish.wordpress.com/ Jessica W

    Mine is probably going too vampy on the lipstick in high school, with a really pale face. :/ not a good look!

  • beautybymissl

    I´m have been guilty in almost all those beauty mistakes at some point in my past except the bronzer thing :D

  • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

    omg same thing with the bronzer! I have a photo of me with a dark tan face and a white neck. lol so embarrassing!

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    Thank goodness I’ve never done the bronzer. I used to bite my nails but stopped!

  • Amber

    The overplucking is a big one for me too! One thing I still fight with is biting my lips when I’m nervous. Which is all the time lol.

  • http://www.geniabeme.com Eugenia

    Ha! I love this post!! I made so many mistakes!

  • http://www.brikasia.com/ Brianna G.

    OMG Number 2…. STORY OF MY HIGH SCHOOL LIFE. Oh girl. I shudder every time I see a picture of myself from my senior year. Traumatic!

  • Betzy Carmona

    It’s nice to know I’m not the only who went through those mistakes, but hey we learned something from it

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    #2. OMG was I guilty for #2

  • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

    I am working on a post similar to this… omg you and I have so many we share – but I got some crazy ones. lol

  • marciaf

    I bit my nails for about 20 years. I’m so lucky that they are in good shape now after the damage I did.

  • Kelly R

    I loved reading this. It brings back so many memories – that I would rather forget!

  • http://mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

    haha! so funny! i still bite my nails from time to time

  • Nidia Doherty

    I grew up in the 80s, so pretty much every beauty trend we tried was a mistake! Claw bangs, rainbow-striped eyeshadows, neon-bright mascara (ok, I like that one) …. Give it another decade or two, and you will wonder what you were thinking when you went along with whatever the big trend was! lol!

  • http://www.deareux.com/ Dominic Catsby

    My biggest beauty mistake? Eyeshadow: Not Blending.

  • Anastasia

    How fun! I’m guilty of all of these myself :)

  • Shelley Polarbelle

    oh my eyebrows are ridiculous because of what I did in my 20s. Wish I’d known then what I know now.

  • Stephanie Del Duca

    lol also guilty!

  • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    Hahahaha number 5 is hilarious. I’ve definitely been guilty of sleeping in my makeup as a teenager but luckily as far as things that actually did damage I skipped most of them. I didn’t bite my nails or pick at breakouts, but I did do big hair changes at home and I’m just so thankful my hair grew out!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    We’ve all been there lol it’s good to know we’re not alone in our beauty mistakes!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    overplucking for me – oh, it was a hot mess!

  • http://www.bethandbeauty.com/ Beth and Beauty

    I too used to sleep in my makeup and when I did remove it i just used a wet wash cloth and just regular soap to remove it and moisturizer……never! I did a few months ago try coloring my hair on my own….. needless to say the results was not good…. lesson learned…..LOL!