Breaking a mirror will bring you 7 years of bad luck
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Perhaps one of the most well-known beauty superstitions, breaking a mirror is undoubtedly one of the easiest ways to trick yourself into having a string of unfortunate events take over your days. Whether you’ve had a small compact mirror shatter in your purse or you’ve accidentally dropped your favorite handheld, we all know the exasperating struggle. However, fear no more because though seven years of bad luck may be looming upon you, there are a variety of quick-fix remedies such as taking all the broken pieces and burying them in the moonlight to rid yourself of the bad luck curse. Spooky! Nonetheless, whether you believe in the superstition or not, breaking a mirror is no good—if not for any other reason than the shattered mess that comes along with it.
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If you put your purse on the floor, you’ll lose money
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The myth says to not put your purse on the floor or you’ll stay broke forever. Originating as an ancient Mexican superstition, it is believed that if you place your handbag and accompanying money on the dirty floor down by your feet, you’re physically and symbolically showing a sign of disrespect towards your wealth. And all this time we thought we were the crazy ones for strapping our designer bags into the passenger's seat…
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When an eyelash falls out you should place it on your finger, make a wish, and blow it off
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Okay, let’s be honest—there’s nothing worse than losing a precious eyelash, feeling it delicately fall onto your cheek in somber fashion. And if the sole fact of losing an eyelash—or heaven forbid, multiple—isn’t bad enough, you could be missing out on a potential wish come true opportunity. The next time you find a befallen eyelash, place it on your finger, make a wish, and blow it off into the distance...er, floor. Legend has it that if your eyelash gets stuck, your wish won’t come true so be sure to put some oomph in your exhale!
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Don’t give someone shoes as a gift or they’ll run away from you
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An ancient legend says that if you gift someone with shoes, they’ll run far away. Don’t believe us? Our Senior Editor, Caitlin, has experienced this notion in real life when she gave her friend a pair of Jimmy Choos as a wedding gift and not too long after had found that her friend moved away. The superstition says that you’re ensuring that they’ll walk out of your life if you give the person shoes, but at least they’re walking away wearing Jimmy Choos, right?
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Wearing clothes inside-out can bring you good luck
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Wearing your shirt inside out could be majorly embarrassing as you quickly become the laughing stock of the office break room, but there is a superstition that states wearing your clothes inside out by accident could bring you good luck. If someone points it out to you (awkward) don’t bother fixing it, because your good luck will quickly vanish. You have to wear your clothes inside out all day long to reap the benefits of the good fortune from the outfit-gone-bad.
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Dropping your comb while brushing you hair means you’ll experience disappointment soon
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What a bummer! Who doesn’t drop their styling tools on the daily while juggling their mascara tube and dry shampoo bottle in a frenzy? Needless to say, you may want to think twice about your typical morning routine, because if you drop your comb or brush while getting ready there may be a twinge of disappointment looming around the corner.
Don’t put your hat on the bed because evil spirits will spill out
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Another ancient superstition, the origins of this ill-fated hat belief are unknown but the severity of the fear is stronger than ever. It is believed that evil spirits lived in the hair (presumably an assumption made from static buildup) and nonetheless, a hat that carried evil spirits onto the bed was a big no-go. However, this isn’t the only folklore about hats on beds. In some Jewish families, it is believed that a hat placed on a bed could bring upon possible death to someone in that household. No thanks!
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Wearing blue brings you good luck
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Despite the phrase “feeling blue” often referring to feeling down and gloomy, the color is often thought of as a happy, even lucky color. Blue represents truth, wisdom, loyalty, and openness while it also sends cooling and calming vibes into the atmosphere around you. After all, we proudly proclaim unexpected good luck as something that came “out of the blue” solidifying that we’re definitely going to don blue on our upcoming blind date. (Fingers crossed.)
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If you gift someone with a purse or wallet you should always put money in it
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If you’re giving your best girlfriend, mother, or sister a new purse or wallet as a gift, don’t forget to place some money inside. By doing so, you’ll be ensuring that they’ll never be empty of money so kudos to you for being their sole financial lifesaver. But in all seriousness, it doesn’t have to be much—a single dollar or even a dime will do the trick.
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If you pull out a gray hair, three more will grow in its place
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Though this one isn’t necessarily true, we can’t argue that it is made up either. Will multiple hair strands grow back right away if you pull a single gray one from your head? No. However if you’re heading in the direction of having those dreaded silver strands making their move, chances are the rest of your hair will follow. You either proudly embrace the gray like Jamie Lee Curtis or Diane Keaton do so fabulously—or you can grab your favorite box of hair dye and pretend that it never happened. (We won’t tell anyone.)
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Cutting your hair will make it grow faster
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Another widely acknowledged superstition, we often drag ourselves to the hair salon for the dreaded trim so we can ensure that we can outgrow that terrible haircut we got three months ago. Is this a true theory, though? Experts say that you actually don’t have to get a haircut to grow your hair any faster because hair growth begins at the follicles in your scalp, not through your ends. However, getting regular haircuts does ensure that your hair stays healthy and full throughout the process.
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Throwing hair away after a haircut is bad luck; you should burn it
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Another hair myth that blew our mind—throwing away our freshly cut locks could have been bringing us bad luck our whole lives! Did our hair stylists know this concept all along, forecasting bad fortune upon all of their doting clients? Or do our salons take all of the excess hair at the end of each night and burn it in the back alley? We have so many questions! Nevertheless, this superstition seems a little unpractical, so we’ll stick to trusting our hair stylists as they sweep our descending locks into their little dust pans. For now, that is...
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Bad luck will come to a person who places shoes on a table
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Apparently bad luck comes in all shape, sizes, and locations. There are a number of different origin stories surrounding this superstition, such as a person in theater putting shoes on a table brings upon a bad performance to themselves, or the medieval times idea that states because criminals were often hanged with their shoes still on, shoes on a table could signify that you’d have bad luck for the rest of your day. Nevertheless, we agree with this one. Though we love our Louboutins more than life itself, we don’t want to eat right next to the piece of gum we accidentally stepped on during our morning train ride. Consider us safe from this one! Phew.
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