Friday, 16 September 2011

Beauty's Bad Habits

Back in my days pre-blogging, I used to be a serial lurker on Specktra and this is where I first came across the lovely Lily of Beauty's Bad Habit. She has amazingly striking features and I don't think many people have such skill with an eyeshadow brush. She's alluded to her bad habits before (see what I did there?) so Aunty Brown welcomed BBH into the Confessional with open arms....

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

Oh Lordy - here we go! I think my biggest beauty sin is that I don't have a skin care routine.


Honestly. Hot water, soap - done. It's not that I don't WANT to, I really, really do, it's just that nothing seems to work with my skin. Occasionally something does work, but the effect is so minimal it seems a waste of time! I only started looking after my hair this year after torturing it consistently for at least five - bleaching, dying, crazy hair cuts, dreads...You name it, I've done it, I'm honestly surprised I still actually have hair! I never wear sun cream, even though I know the effects of the Sun are awful for the skin, I'm just lazy and forget - I don't even think we have any in the house.

There, don’t you feel better now?
* Pulls off a few dead ends* Hmm...

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?
About four years ago! That seems terrible, right? Well, last time I went it was to have my head shaved. I'd had enough of my unruly, frizzy, dry hair and thought, 'Sod it, I'll get a mohawk.' The poor hairdresser was terrified and had to ask her manager for the 'Okay'! About a week later I bleached my hair again and dyed it green...because...y'know...who doesn't want a green mohawk at the start of college?! It was easy to maintain myself so I never went back, now I'm growing it out I'll soon need a professional restyle, though!

Which bit of beauty trickery couldn’t you live without?
EYEBROWS. Well, my eyebrows kit - tweezers, dark brown eyeshadow, eyebrow pens and small angle brushes. My eyebrows are honestly the most complimented part of me haha. I'm eyebrow obsessed. I think it stemmed from my year 6 teacher, who had eyebrows shaped like hockey sticks. I was only about 9/ 10, but remember always thinking 'Why are your eyebrows like that? They look silly.' If it were socially acceptable, I'd walk around town fixing people's eyebrows for them in the street.

Erm, so I'm guessing now isn't a good time to talk about my new brows.........

Have you ever left the house knowingly wearing the wrong shade of foundation?
Ha, oh yes. A 'from the bottle' match to my skin doesn't seem to exist, so I always buy foundations to mix. Occasionally the mixes I make are a little too light or a little too dark, but so long as they're not absolutely ridiculous I'll still wear it! Sometimes I forget I'm wearing fake tan, too, so I'll mix my normal foundation colour, apply, see myself in a full length mirror and think 'Sweet Jesus! What's up with my face?!'

What’s the oldest item of makeup in your collection?
A Collection 2000 lipgloss my mum bought it for me along with some eyeshadow and mascara when I was around 11. That's eight (almost nine) years ago! At the time, I didn't have the vaguest interest in make-up and thought it was only for women who thought they were ugly. I found it an offensive gift,  I thought she was hinting at me that I was a hideous child who needed to be prettier. Who in their right mind gives an 11 year old tomboy make-up as a gift?! If I ever have a daughter, I'm never springing a make-up kit on them as a gift when they're that young. Not just because they wont need it - but because that kit made me feel like I must be the ugliest little girl in the world. I never used it, it smelt like mint and was an awful frosty shade of pink - I guess I just keep it for 'First piece of make-up' sentimental value.


This confessional made me giggle and cry. I was amazingly sad for your young self feeling like a gift of makeup was a hint that you weren't pretty enough. It's a good lesson for me as a Mummy, I would hate to accidentally make any of my children that way. Thank you so much for sharing.

If you have something you need to get off your chest and want to take a turn 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. Really enjoyed reading this! I used to go on Specktra loads.. must visit there more often! xx

  2. Fridays are wubbish with your confessionals. I LOVE the brows though I think the pic ought to come with a health warning. If I were drinking tea or gin, I may have choked over my laughter!


  3. Lmao you got the eyebrows perfect! I will always remember that woman's face!

  4. LOVE! This made me laugh so so much!


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