Thursday, 30 July 2015

5 Beauty trends that Gross Me Out

In the beauty world, some people will do anything to look good. And, I mean anything. Sometimes, people don't see the immediate results they desire, so they resort to witchcraft and sorcery. Ok, I suppose there are some of us who are a little more adventurous! Here are a few trends I find particularly interesting. And nauseating.

I remember seeing this picture of Kim Kardashian a long time ago that made me seriously queasy. I think some of you know where I'm going with this...

Blood Facials 

Also known as Vampire facials. Just google it if you want recurring nightmares. It involves getting your blood drawn, spinning it in a machine, where it separates. The platelets of your spun blood is reapplied onto your face, after drilling tiny holes for better absorption. To be fair, it's a little more complicated than that, I know one process is a registered trademark, and involves using your blood plasma as a filler (all natural, I guess...). There have been no studies for its effectiveness, rather anecdotal accounts of glowing skin, and journalists' dramatic tales of getting it done themselves.

Fish Foot Spa

This toe tingling pedicure just seems like a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. While looking this up, I came across a popular video, this time with a pregnant Kim K having a meltdown while having her feet nipped at by teeny tiny mouths. Is this spa experience supposed to be relaxing? And, why is this woman everywhere I go?

'Fish Spa, Singapore' by Jan Smith licensed under CC BY 2.0

Snail Slime

One of my favourite things to do is to go for a brisk walk right as the sun is rising and the air is crisp. I always notice the snail trails glistening on the concrete paths, left behind from the night before. I've never once thought to crouch down and smear my face across the pavement in the hopes I could have some of this slime touch my skin for anti-ageing benefits! Nor, have I picked up a few snails so I could apply them to my face for a live snail facial. Yes, people actually pay to do this! All in the hopes for glowing and younger skin. Snail secretions contains hyaluronic acid and antioxidants which has been shown to yield skin improvements. But snail mucus isn't the only source where these ingredients are available! Try potatoes or yams, if you're into honouring nature! Or a hyaluronic serum. Ewwww. And the poor garden snails, what happens to them?

Bird Poo

To be exact, Nightingale droppings. Not just any old bird ok? A special, rare, native-to-Japan Nightingale. They have been used by Geishas in Ancient Japan for brighter complexions, and are a modern day resurrection. You couldn't pay me to do this. Why you would want to slather faeces all over your face is beyond me. 

Placenta skin creams

Again, another anti-ageing ingredient: placenta. Facials and lotions usually use sheep placenta stem cells, but there are a few high-end brands who use human placenta from maternity wards. Need I say more? I will anyway: Gross. There is also something morally disturbing about supplying placenta to luxury skincare companies. Do mother's give consent or even know? Who is the middle man and how transparent is the transaction?

I do love skincare, and trying out new lotions and potions, but these are just too much for me. The last one turned a little morbid, but I guess, that is what happens when there is a certain demand.

Comment below on what beauty trends disgust you haha!

xo, Amali

If you're interested in a similar post, read about 10 things in your food that contain titanium dioxide, here!


  1. Hahaha - when i first saw the picture on this post I thought it was like really hairy legs and feet - I though 'Ohhh I've got to check out this trend.' Thank god that hasn't come in yet!
    Kelsey x

    1. Haha oh no I wouldn't be surprised! Well, the whole dying your grown out armpit hair is apparently a thing! So I guess hairy legs are next. I deff won't be following that one! xo


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