Crazy Things Our Editors Have Done in the Name of Beauty

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Just because we are beauty editors, doesn’t mean that we haven’t been experimental in the beauty department and ended up with some of our own “what was I thinking and why did I do that” moments. Sure, we’ve learned from our mistakes—never to repeat them again—but these are some of the craziest and strangest things we’ve done for the sake of beauty.

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Elise Minton, Executive Beauty Editor

“When I was about 15 years old, my best friend Leigh and I decided to use Jolene facial bleach to lighten up our dark locks (mind you this was at sleep-away camp, so there were no salons, at-home color kits or any other tricks of the trade to cover it up). Her hair came out somewhat ombré; mine was orange. Because I applied the bleach directly on my roots right at the front of my center part, I was left with super brassy hair that progressively lightened throughout the summer—it was almost a perfect circle and it was absolutely hideous. As soon as I got home, my mother took me straight to get it fixed.”

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Tatiana Bido, Special Projects Editor

“In my early 20s I bleached my hair blond with an at-home box of color. My hair was already colored a deep auburn shade and I attempted to go from red to blond all on my own. The result was horrendous and I ended up with orange hair that looked and felt severely damaged. Even after I had it fixed professionally, it still took about a year and a half for the damaged hair to fully grow out. Since that day, I’ve never attempted to dye my own hair again and I’m happy to leave it to the professionals.”

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Liz Ritter, Executive Managing Editor

“I once read that Audrey Hepburn‘s makeup artist used to separate her lashes with a pin after applying mascara to unclump/separate lashes. I tried it once and it did work—but I was too scared to ever try it again.”

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Carolyn Hsu, Digital Managing Editor

“I used to subscribe to the no-pain-no-gain philosophy of beauty—that is, if something is irritating on my skin, it must be working! I also believed that no topical product could be too strong for me and if I saw an imperfection, then I must go with the most aggressive method to treat it. I had no qualms about using an exfoliating scrub, Retin-A and an in-office glycolic chemical peel to try to remove some milia and clogged pores in the super sensitive eye area. Let’s just say, not only was that a total failure, but I also suffered through some serious burn/crusting situations. Lesson learned: Don’t go crazy in the name of beauty. Slow, steady and gentle wins the skin care race.”

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Danielle Fontana, Editorial Intern

“While I’ve never felt that my lips needed to be changed or plumped, as much as I hate to admit it, I was one of the millions of women who fell into the trap of the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge. It sounded too good to be true—just suction your lips using a small glass and voila—Kylie lips, right? Well, not quite. First of all, it hurt, a lot. And while nothing terribly wrong happened (unlike others, I didn’t bleed or break the glass because I was suctioning my lips so hard), my lips were definitely overplump to say the least. They didn’t look glamorous or sexy; they looked like sausages and they were throbbing. I remained calm and told myself that it would soon go down. But three hours later, my lips were just as fat and sore. I decided to sleep on it and thought that in the morning if the swelling and pain hadn’t gone away, I would see a doctor. When I woke up, everything was back to normal. I had never been so happy to see my lips so small and thin.”

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Brittany Burhop, Senior Editor

“When I was in high school I had naturally wavy hair that I often wore half wet to school and let dry throughout the day. But, the ‘in’ style was stick-straight hair and flat irons weren’t just laying around in everyone’s bathrooms like they are today. My friend told me she would iron my hair with an actual iron, and that she had done it before. I literally bent over sideways while she laid sections of my hair on the ironing board with a towel underneath and ironed them out as if they were a shirt. I remember freaking out a little bit, and then being disappointed with the end result. Because the iron couldn’t get close enough to my roots (I can’t believe I even let it come that close to my face!), I still had a bit of frizz around my face and it looked completely uneven. When I think about what could’ve happened, it totally wasn’t worth it!”

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