5 Beauty Mistakes You Don't Realize You're Making

5 Beauty Mistakes You Don't Realize You're Making

Sometimes it's the simplest things.

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Makeup tutorials and skincare routines can be hard things to master. We get so caught up in the latest trends that we forget how to correctly beautify ourselves. Not properly taking care of ourselves, like our skin, can lead to excessive breakouts and overall poor health.

In addition to that, not doing it the right way can cause even more problems than we realized. That's why ensuring we make no mistakes when it comes to our beauty routines is vital. With that said, here's a brief list a few beauty mistakes you're probably making that you didn't know.

Read on to find out what they are!

Over-plucking Your Eyebrows

Whether you like your eyebrows thick or thin, tweezing them is a must to keep them looking good. But too much plucking can cause the hair not to grow back.

Not to mention it can turn into a life-changing disorder if you get impulses to excessively pluck.

If you've noticed your eyebrows are getting out of hand, tweezers are a great tool but they're not for everyone. It's no lie that it hurts to pluck your brows. After all, you're literally ripping the hair out of your face. Gross, right?

If the sight of tweezers makes your stomach turn, consider this alternative: a razor.

Razors can get the job done without pulling out your eyebrow hair. Not to mention there's less pain involved. However, if you do decide to opt for a razor, be warned that your brows will need to be maintained more often than with tweezing.

You'll want to make sure you work with sharp blades. Just like a chef in a kitchen, dull blades can cause more harm than good. Sharpen blades ensure you get a clean cut each time without making yourself bleed. For great quality blades, you can view them here.

Your Flat Iron Is on a Low Setting

You may think keeping your trusty flat iron on a low setting is saving you years of damage. But in reality, it's doing the opposite. That low heat means you're probably straightening the same area multiple times.

Keeping your attention on one chunk of hair can not only cause it to frizz but damage as well. That's why if you end up with a what looks like a poofy blowout, it's because of what temperature your flat iron is on.

Now, I'm not saying you need to dial that iron up to the highest setting. Instead, use a heat protectant and crank that flat iron up to a more appropriate level. Prepping your hair before ironing will protect it better than using it on a low temperature.

Does cranking the heat up scare you? Next time you get your hair cut, ask your stylist which temperature (or setting) they recommend for straightening your hair. They'll be able to tell you which one is right for your specific length, style, and texture.

Over-treating Blemishes

We all know how tedious it can be to try and get rid of a pimple. Out of pure frustration and annoyance, we slap on every product we have that treats breakouts. Instead of solving the problem, it creates a new one: dry skin.

Over-medicating pimples will lead to dry skin and possibly more blemishes. One routine that doesn't only go easy on the number of products but the steps as well is to apply an acne cleanser once in the morning then again at night.

Simplifying your routine will ensure you're taking care of those problem pimples the right way. And as for popping goes, it'll always be a no-no. Think of everything you've touched throughout the day and then putting all those germs and bacteria to an area that was already affected.

If you feel the need to extract a blackhead or a stubborn zit, wash your face with the cleanser instead. Then be sure to moisturize every time you do so you don't dry out your skin. Dry skin, in this case, equals more pimples.

Forgetting Your Neck

While our faces and hands show age, there's another place that gives away just how old you are: your neck. When moisturizing, treat that area as well. Keeping it hydrated is the key to turning back the clock and maintaining a youthful appearance.

When applying your makeup, make sure you bring it down to your neck and decolletage. This includes your foundation, concealer, and highlighter.

Sure, it may eat up some extra time in the morning but it's well worth it. Your skin tone will look more even and balanced, all the way down to your neck and chest.

Not Cleaning Makeup Brushes

It's understandable: we all get lazy or we're too busy to think about cleaning our makeup brushes. But our glittery mermaid brushes have a dark side when they're not cleaned. They can be host to bacteria and a myriad of germs.

Left uncleaned, it can cause breakouts and not to mention an uneven complexion thanks to the caked-on makeup on the bristles. All that makeup left on the brushes will leave behind clumps on your skin making not only your makeup look bad but your skin as well.

It'll be harder to apply your makeup which can lead to using an excessive amount. That's product wasted thanks to those gunked-up brushes.

Nowadays, there is technology that you can purchase (for a price, of course) that'll clean your brushes automatically. Not to mention most companies that are in the beauty industry have their own brand of brush cleaners. However, using soap and water will do the trick.

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Jussie Smollett, If You Wanted To Advance Your Career, Staging A Hate Crime Was Not The Way To Do It

You should strive to be known for your career instead of creating controversy.

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On January 29, Jussie Smollett made a call to the Chicago Police Department and reported that he had been the victim of a hate crime by two men wearing MAGA hats, shouting slurs at him and that "This is MAGA country", throwing bleach on him, and performing a mock lynching on him. The police found him in his apartment with a noose tied around his neck.

However, after much investigating on the part of the Chicago Police Department, it has been revealed that Jussie Smollett hired two brothers to perform the attack on him.

He organized the attack, as well as mailing himself hate letters because he was "dissatisfied with his salary" on the television show "Empire" and trying to boost his publicity. Smollett turned himself over to the Chicago Police Department on Thursday morning.

Smollett's actions are very unusual and disrespectful, to say the least. It's very strange that he would willingly subject himself to the acts which he claims to hate. When you take a step back and look at the situation through an objective lens, this is too extreme to handle a disagreement over a lower salary. Committing felonies is not the way to get a point across. Smollett hurt not only himself but also the two people he hired to perform the hate crime. He caused more damage than he probably intended to cause for everyone involved.

In addition to all that, he greatly disrespected the Chicago Police Department.

Chicago has a higher crime rate than the average rate in the US, which puts a huge strain on their police department. The superintendent of the Chicago Police Department said in a press conference Thursday morning that he was saddened that this took away attention from the real gun crimes which are affecting innocent families in Chicago. The police essentially focused all their attention on an act which could have been prevented if Smollett had simply been willing to communicate with people with whom he works on "Empire". They really and truly should have focused on innocent people who were victims of very real crimes.

Staging a hate crime is no way to advance a person's career. It simply desensitizes people to the reality that hate crimes do indeed happen.

The world is an imperfect place, so things like that, unfortunately, still happen. However, organizing a fake one only causes people to be skeptical whenever one occurs.

When people hear about a hate crime happening on the news, now there's a chance that they will wonder, "Was this staged? Or did it really happen?" This could lead to people disregarding hate crime claims in the future, thus potentially causing people who suffered through them to not get the help they need.

There are so many other ways to make a name for yourself, ways that don't involve violence. You don't need to commit felonies and pull other people into these actions in order to make a point. I genuinely wish Jussie Smollett had thought his actions through more and decided to not jump to extremes to get what he wanted. He could have gained much more positive publicity that way.

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Cleaning Checklist for a Healthy Home

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Is your home a breeding ground for dust mites and other bacteria? Not keeping a clean home puts you and your family at risk.

You'll get sick more often and your immune system will become compromised. It'll feel like allergy season every day.

To ensure your home is as clean as it can be, here's a handy checklist on how to clean each room properly.

Check it out!


Living Room

This is where the family hangs, where pets sleep, and where kids love to play. All the time your family spends here means there's more room for error. You may not be able to clean your living room as much as you'd like since it's the prime hang out spot.

Any downtime you get where the kids are at school and the significant other is at work, use this time to clean. Start with vacuuming any carpet and mopping any hardwood floors.

Use a disinfectant spray to use on the couch and other soft surfaces like pillows.

You'll also want to make sure your air filters are clean. Not only that but your air ducts should be free of dust and debris as well. If not, you'll benefit from getting an air quality test done.

Bedrooms

Allergens and pesky dust mites easily find homes within pillows and bedsheets. They also lie within carpet and on hardwood surfaces.

That's why you'll want to make sure you mop and vacuum bedrooms as well. Afterward, you'll want to tackle other soft surfaces—bedding, drapes, and other furniture.

Make sure to put all clothes away as soon as they're washed and dried. You don't want to leave clean clothes lying about because then dust and allergens will accumulate.

Bathrooms

Mold, mildew, and dirt—oh my!

Probably the most important part of any bathroom are the exhaust fans. These hard workers make sure moisture is taken out of the air. This way, mold, and mildew can't grow.

As for tile, use a cleaner and disinfectant to make sure they're all free of germs. Wash rugs and towels regularly to avoid passing germs and allergens onto guests or other family members.

Kitchen

This is where family gathers and good meals are had. But not cleaning your kitchen properly can put your family at risk.

Clean your oven and stove so that they'll run more efficiently. That way, it'll require less power or gas to use them.

Be wary of which kinds of cleaners you use. Those with harsh chemicals can trigger asthma and irritate lungs.

Tile should be wiped down often, especially backsplash tiles. Use the exhaust as well, this will prevent grime buildup and allow pollutants from cooking to be dispelled from the air.

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