Beauty Rituals: Private Versus Public?

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It’s a private thing.

This morning I examined my face in the magnifying mirror (otherwise known as my best frenemy) and realized that I couldn’t remember the last time I waxed my upper lip.

Was it three weeks ago?

It may have been four…

Needless to say, I have a ’70s-style shag carpet above my upper lip, and it’s not a cute look.

And don’t even get me started on the chin hairs…

As I walked into my bathroom to grab my trusty Bliss blue wax hair-removal kit, it occurred to me that the only other creature who’s ever seen me wax my upper lip hair was Tabs.

He was probably the only one I would let see me with the Bliss blue wax on my face because I knew he wouldn’t be able to say anything snarky, although I’m pretty sure he was thinking that I looked like a dime-store drag version of my brother with a blue mustache (Tabs was ruthless that way, but that’s why I loved him).

I don’t know why I’m so private about those two particular areas, since I’m cool with almost all other forms of hair removal/hair change. Like, I have no qualms about friends, family or complete strangers seeing me pluck my brows. It’s totally not mortifying to me.

Oh — and once in the middle of a hair appointment I strolled down two big city blocks to feed the meter with the foils in my hair and a hair styling cape draped across my shoulders. No biggie.

But anything having to do with my twisty villain mustache has to be done behind closed doors — ideally, only in the presence of a close feline friend.

More of the beauty rituals I do in private:

  • Waxing/shaving of “the lady-bits” (although, does anybody want to do this in public? LOL!)
  • Clipping toe nails, and I’ll even clip them *before* going to the nail salon so the nail tech won’t have to do them (I have no idea why I’m so weird about it.)

Beauty rituals I’m comfortable doing in front of other people:

  • Facials
  • Face masks (honestly, the weirder the better!)
  • Putting on makeup (this one’s very social for me, of course)
  • Haircuts/color
  • Manis/pedis

How about you? What are your public and private beauty rituals?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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