Tuesday 6 December 2016

Beauty bloggers who took it too far: 5 crazy hacks NOT to try at home

Published 13/05/2016 | 12:34

The Kylie Jenner lip challenge took the internet by storm
The Kylie Jenner lip challenge took the internet by storm

Search “beauty hacks” on Google and you’re guaranteed to find endless lists of everyday products that claim to work wonders on hair, skin and beauty.

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Sure, some of them actually do work, but for every one worthwhile tip, there are 10 dangerous ones.

Don't believe the hype about these five...

1. Sharpie as eyeliner

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Taylor Swift revealed six years ago that she used Sharpie as eyeliner but, needless to say, it isn’t a good idea. We shouldn't have to issue a PSA that permanent marker isn’t meant to be used on your face.

2. Crayola as lipstick and eyeliner

When did we ever become so desperate for beauty products that we resorted to using items from our pencil cases? Last year beauty bloggers started a trend of using Crayola crayons and pencils as eyeliners, lipsticks and lipliners, but the company quickly advised against it.

3. Glue to remove blackheads

Another stationery product, this time it’s PVA glue. YouTube sensation Huda Beauty shared a video to her 13 million followers of how she removed blackheads by spreading PVA glue across her nose. However, even non-toxic glue can be hazardous to the skin and cause severe allergic reactions. Stick to pore strips if you want to tackle blackheads, not something you glue crafts together with. 

DIY blackhead remover using glue #hudabeauty

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4. Oreo mascara

You read that right. Beauty blogger Katharine Ward somehow had the bizarre idea to make mascara out of Oreos. Ward uploaded a video to YouTube of how to make mascara out of the cookies, reaching over 1.1 million views. The ingredients used to make the mascara include rubbing alcohol and a silicone facial primer. Combined with the Oreos, the mascara poses a major risk of infection. We’ll stick to the beauty aisles for our mascara, thanks.

5. Shot glasses as lip plumpers

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One of the craziest beauty trends of 2015 was the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge. The challenge includes sucking on a shot glass in order to get plump, full lips. Sucking on a shot glass or bottle lids can break blood vessels in your lips, and even result in long term damage. Getting fuller lips doesn’t have to be so difficult – that’s what lipliner and lipgloss are for.

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