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There’s no denying that beauty is BIG at the moment – when we were kids, hair straighteners weren’t a thing (unless you count literally ironing your hair with your Mum’s steam iron) and no-one had even heard of contouring, let alone tried it at home. Today, we’re taking a look at some of the more ridiculous (and stupidly high-maintenance) beauty trends which are doing the rounds and asking “Is it really worth it?”.

Contouring

Bum Contouring

Okay, so using a couple of colours of foundation on your face is one thing, and although it’s not for us (we prefer a more natural tint), we can see how it would be useful in a professional photo-shoot setting. However, thanks to Kim Kardashian, normal, regular women are now contouring their faces, their BUMS, even their feet and hands, in a effort to make their body parts look a different shape. If you’re the sort of person to have your bottom on display all day long then more power to you, but we think contouring is beauty gone mad!

Eyebrow Extensions

Eyebrow Extensions

We can get on board with waxing, plucking, threading and even electrolysis to whip our eyebrows into shape, which is why the thought of using fake eyebrow extensions just seems contrary to everything we’ve been doing to our brows for all these years. Okay, so not everyone is blessed with gap less, perfect eyebrows but we sure as heck aren’t going to start sticking them on with glue!

Pointy Nails

Pointy Nails

Instagram and Pinterest seem to be awash with images of artfully shaped and painted nails which come to a rather dangerous looking point, which leaves us asking…what’s the, err, POINT?! It’s hard enough to type and do every day things with nail extensions without shaping them into something with which we could potentially poke our eyes out and for us, it does looks a little ‘out there’.

Rainbow Hair

Rainbow Hair

Okay, so we’ve all admired the rainbow/pastel/mermaid locks which have been on display in every magazine and in every drama department of every college in the land, but is having brightly coloured hair really that practical? Sure, it looks cute but the maintenance level required to keep it looking that way is HUGE and we can’t help but think that it’s something which should be reserved purely for anyone under the age of 21. After that, it just looks wrong.

Dyed Armpits

dyed armpits

Growing your armpit hair is not everyone’s cup of tea but plenty of people do it, especially over the winter when they aren’t going to be on show, to give your pits a break from the razor. However, some people are embracing their pit-hair in a nod to feminism and actually dying it all kinds of bright colours. The thought of sitting with your arms in the air while we wait for the dye to take effect is too much to bear and this is one beauty trend which will definitely be confined to the ‘NOT FOR US!’ pile!