Friday, 19 November 2010

The Beauty Hall's Confessions

This week's Friday Confessional is from the lovely Rachel from The Beauty Hall. It's a pleasure to have her come and visit my uncomfortable little box. She's been hard at work in a new job and the burden of her beauty sins has obviously been weighing heavy....

Confession is good for the soul, go ahead and unburden yourself! I promise I won’t judge.

Forgive me, Aunty Brown, for I have sinned!

•   I can’t bear it when my nail varnish chips, so much so that when I spot a patch of unpolished nail, I spend the next 20 minutes absent mindedly picking the varnish off all my fingers. My goal is always to try and remove the polish in one piece, which sometimes requires me to bite the side of the polish to get it started: my worst beauty habit by a long way!

•   For years, I trimmed the tiny baby fringe that grows at the start of my hairline so now, having stopped this home trim job, I have a 2cm micro fringe on the right side of my forehead that I am constantly brushing over to blend in with the rest of my hair. Just call it my baby combover, which I can’t WAIT to grow out!

•   My biggest beauty disaster was bleaching my hair at 15. My Mum begged me not to, but I got myself a home bleaching kit, and off I went. An hour later, I found myself blow drying a fluorescent yellow tumbleweed that had a few fetching horizontal orange stripes. I was whisked to my hairdresser, who to this day describes it as one of the most awful things he’s ever seen. The shame!

•   Since I started my new job three weeks ago, I’ve been so tired that I’ve been applying my make up on the train to buy me an extra few minutes in bed: scandalous! I manage to get my foundation on before I leave the house, so as not to completely distress everyone on my commute!

•   I have probably owned 20 eye pencil sharpeners in my life but always lose them, which has lead me into some very bad habits. I used my latest kohl pencil to the point where the kohl was completely blunt and actually scratching my eye and then just went to buy a new pencil, and so the cycle continues!

Consequently, I have lots of barely used, unsharpened pencils in my make up drawers, which would all come back into use if only I was sensible enough to keep hold of my sharpeners!

•   My boyfriend is always trying to find excuses to go out on rainy weekend afternoons because he knows that he will end up as a doll for me to play with. Face masks, eye brow plucking and even painting his toenails are all things I’ve done over the past few months. Clearly I’ve stripped him of his dignity to the point where he knows it’s not worth arguing with me!

•   Speaking of my boyfriend, I am deeply envious of his perfect eyelashes. They’re long, dark and beautifully curved: basically the natural version of what I try to achieve every morning with an eyelash curler and mascara. Not fair!

There, don’t you feel better now?

Aunty Brown has a few more questions though; it’s true that I’m the nosy type.

When was the last time you visited the hairdresser?

A week ago to have my KeraStraight blow dry redone. Swishy hair is mine once more: Cat Deeley, eat your heart out!

You have a choice: bad hair or bad nails?

I have done my time with bad hair so I’d definitely go for bad nails. Bad nails can be remedied with falsies, whereas the best fix for a bad hair day is often just hiding in bed!

What is the oldest item of make up in your collection?

An Estee Lauder limited edition compact containing a pressed powder. I think I’ve used the powder once in its eight years with me!

Which trend still makes you cringe?

I will never, ever understand orange tans. As a pale girl who is allergic to fake tan (I know: what are the odds?!) I dream of sporting a gorgeous, healthy glow, but can’t understand how anyone can confuse beautiful bronze with tantastic tangerine: it just looks so unnatural. Leave the orange for the good people of Strictly Come Dancing!


Oh my goodness me, you do all that to your boyfriend? No wonder he gets shifty on rainy days! I confess I have plucked the odd stray brow hair and taken great pleasure in using one of those pore strips on my husband but I can't see him going for the face mask! Thank you for sharing though. What a naughty minx you are with the polish and the pencils!

If you would like to take a turn and unburden yourself in the Friday Confessional you can email me at It's open to everyone: if you have something to confess, I'm happy to hear it!


  1. MICRO FRINGE! That has made my day! Why did you trim it?! Haha! I also try to remove my nail polish in whole sheets - I find a crap Sally Hansen undercoat is the best method to achieving this. Sometimes whole 'nails' of varnish ping off without my even trying. Thanks for this girls. xx

  2. I am exactly the same with my nail varnish, I try to stop but just end up sitting there peeling/biting the whole lot off! x

  3. @La: You know, I love it when a nail colours pull right off in one? I love the suggestion of how best to achieve the lease from you manicure ;). These confessions always perk up my Friday.

    @Missy Ellie: It's all coming out now! I'm a terrible fiddler too. Once I discover a free edge, the manicure is doomed.

    Jane x

  4. I do love these confessionals. On the odd occasion I have had the nail varnish peel completely clean off a nail without me even realising it, I just looked down and saw a bare nail.

  5. @Laura I just hated it so much that I hacked it off, as if that would solve the problem! But as we know, hair grows, and I found myself in a vicious cycle of chop, grow, chop, grow! Thankfully, I've stepped away from the scissors now ;) And you're right, Sally Hansen makes the best polish picking base!

    Perhaps we need to set 'Polish Pickers Anonymous'?!


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