OPEN THREAD: Post Your Beauty Humblebrags Here

You're allowed to have your disingenuously modest moment in the sun.
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April 15, 2016
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Did y'all know "humblebrag" is in the dictionary? I mean, I figured it would be on Urban Dictionary, but it's in some seemingly legit online dictionaries, like Macmillan and Oxford.

Well, in case you don't feel like clicking through on any of those links and you don't know what a humblebrag is, according to the fancypants Oxford Dictionary, it's "an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud."

Wait — hold up — "whose"? A statement is a person? Go home, dictionary, you're drunk.

Anyway, HUMBLEBRAGS: we've all been guilty of them, and we've all rolled our eyes at other people's. But for today's Open Thread, I welcome them. Specifically, I welcome beauty-related humblebrags.

Beauty is a topic that naturally lends itself to the humblebrag, mostly because it's so easy to have a grass-is-always-greener feeling about someone else's physical features. For example, someone with poof-prone hair might hear, "I don't need frizz-fighting products because my hair is so straight," and infer a brag, while that straight-haired person both envies the volume of the poof-prone person and is aware of the desirability of their no-flat-iron-needed straightness.

My primary beauty humblebrag — and I think I mentioned this on xoVain years ago — is that I have no idea how to use an eyelash curler. I mean, I have a general idea, but I find them terrifying and — here's why the tool-cluelessness is a humblebrag — I just don't need to use one. My eyelashes curl naturally, pretty much the way people who use eyelash curlers are aiming for.

I asked my xoOfficemates, Amber and Caitlin, what their beauty humblebrags are, because we like shouting to each other over our monitors. Caitlin said, "I don't really know the best way to apply foundation, so I just don't wear it" — a humblebrag because that lady has perfect, porcelain skin. Amber said, "I have to get my eyebrows waxed all the time" — in other words, she has super-on-trend full brows that don't need any help from pencils, gels, or pomades.

And now I want you to go ahead and shamelessly humblebrag away in the comments. No one's going to roll their eyes at you here. You're allowed to have your disingenuously modest moment in the sun.

And of course, if you want to not-humblebrag about other topics — like, for example, the proper use of "whose" — you're totally allowed to do that, too.