My Recent Beauty Disaster

Morgenthal Frederics Sunglasses and Yellow Mellow Nail PolishI don’t like to complain, but this time I have no other choice. Last month I went through a beauty disaster that I can’t be silent about.

I went to a salon for an eyebrow wax… and my skin broke out for a month after that. It started from a single line of small pimples following my eyebrow line and then spread all over my face. The funny thing about this embarrassing situation is that the salon had a sign in its wax room saying, “No double-dipping or money back!” I remember thinking, “What an awkward sign for such an expensive salon.” Now I know that I need to hit the pause button when even a little thing seems to be awkward before a procedure. At the end of the day, who cares what the beauty professional thinks about you if you can avoid month-long pimples?

My problem is that I’m too polite. I am polite in a weird Russian way. For me, an immigrant from the former USSR, it’s completely normal to ask whom you are dating and why you don’t have any kids, but it is completely rude to request a professional certification from a person delivering services.

There are indeed some obvious differences in how Russians and Americans behave in certain situations. Ben and I are constantly finding new ones and make fun of each other, saying that I am too Russian and he is too American. For instance, I’m 100% sure that if Ben happened to be in the eyebrow situation that I described above, he would have definitely made sure that he knew everything about the sanitation situation in the salon that he was going to and about the person who he was working with. However, if one of his friends gets sick he will never ask what exactly happened to this person. For him, it is not polite to be intrusive. In opposition, I think that it is not polite not to know about what your friend is dealing with. Culture differences… Go figure!

Returning to the topic of my zit explosion, I am glad to announce that I finally found the cure. For the first two weeks after my epic eyebrow waxing, I wore a heavy foundation and tons of concealer to try to to camouflage the damage (it did more harm than it helped). Then, I switched to Bio-Oil that I applied at night. It helped a lot, but it didn’t clear my skin completely. Finally, my friend Nina and I went shopping at the East Hampton’s Ricky’s where I purchased Murad Acne Starter Kit and voilà — one week later I’m back to normal skin.

You probably wonder what did I do to that careless beautician that ruined my skin for almost a month. Well, it is definitely very Russian of me — I did nothing. No complains, no bad reviews, no phone calls. I can’t afford anger to ruin my happiness. I will just never go back to that salon ever again. And yes, I am even more convinced now that permanent beauty solutions are not my thing at all.

Q: What was your biggest beauty disaster and how did you handle it?

  • Omg, what a nightmare! Its funny after you tell the story though… but I would have freaked out if it happened to me 😉 I understand the culture differences … My bf is Taiwanese and I’m Spanish so we constantly compare and make fun of each other 😉 at least, your eyebrows look on fleek on the picture ! 🙂

    x Josune, Your Beauty Script ❤

    • Thanks for your support, Josune! I had to post an old photo because I am not photo-friendly now after my epic eyebrow experience. Thanks for your compliments though!

      Yep, comparing cultural differences is fun! We have plenty of them and every time I am doing something very Russian, my boy-friend is talking with his “Russian accent”… That’s actually hilarious! I have to shoot a video about it!

  • Paola R

    My biggest beauty disaster… well… I went to a beauty salon to relax my curly hair and after that I was having hair breakage at some areas. I had to chop my hair and cry. Later I heard that it was the first time that woman was applying relaxer to someone. Why meeee???

    • OMG I am so incredibly sorry…. Why didn’t she ask someone for help? What an unprofessional approach! Wow why do these “professionals” ruin people’s hair and skin? It’s horrible!

  • OMG, that is horrible but I am like you, Katya! I’m too polite to ask someone’s qualification because I don’t want to come across as rude. And I almost never complain! My biggest beauty disaster was threading my eyebrows. The girl took off almost all and it took me more than 6 months to have it almost normal again and no, I didn’t complain to. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Thanks for your support, Shireen!

      LOL that’s another mistake I once did with my eye brows. It took me about a month to restore my eyebrows (so sorry about a half a year!), and that’s actually one of the reasons I decided to do waxing. I think the only option for me now is plucking…

      I guess this politeness is relevant to many people, and I don’t know why it is so hard for us to simply ask questions. You know what, may be it relates to the fact that we are females? In her book “Lean In” Sheryl Sandberg states that many women afraid to raise their hands and ask questions… I guess we have to work harder towards this direction. What do you think, Shireen?

  • GoFashiondeals

    Oh my gosh! That is horrible!! I would do the same never go back. I get the same reaction every time I get my eyebrows waxed.i have really sensitive skin. So I just pluck now.

    • I guess that’s the only option I have for now too… I used to love waxing my eyebrows, but now I am too scared to do it…

  • reneejessome

    Oh thats terrible! I’m like you though, I wouldn’t have said anything about it either!

    Renee | Lose The Road

  • Oh no I would have freaked out if my face broke out from a eyebrow wax. Sometimes we don’t realize how sensitive our face really is. Love your shades , makeup and pearl ring 🙂

    • Thanks for the support! I actually know that my skin is very sensitive and that is why I always test products on my neck or arm first and only after that apply on my face. But waxing?!? I can’t believe it actually happened to me!

  • Rachel

    Oh no! Thank goodness you found a cure!! You stil look beautiful tho!

    Rachel x

    • Yes, this line by Murad saved my life. I mean, it was so bad that I was doubting every time I need to go out whether I should do it or not… I am much better now! Thanks for your support, Rachel!

  • Smile51

    I understand your frustration but I admire how you handled it. Welcome to America

  • life is a shoe

    oh no, that suck about the pimple, but glad you were able to get rid of it! I was actually looking at murad skin care products, maybe I ought to give it a try!


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