Given the choice between this video on toxins in cosmetics and an M. Night Shyamalamadingdong feature, we’d definitely say the former would be more terrifying. Perhaps you prefer to live in ignorance, but this clip brought to you by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics spells out some pretty scary facts about the products
you’re using every day. One of the most disturbing things we took away from it: the beauty industry basically isn’t policed. They make their own rules and aren’t even required to follow them. Meaning, they can slap a “healthy” label onto a bottle and then put nearly any chemical they wish into the product. And, according to the video, there are probably tons of toxins in your body right now. Ahh! [Story of Stuff
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While celebrities left and right are creating their own fragrance, everyone’s favorite comic book vixen, Wonder Woman, is branching out into the world of cosmetics. To celebrate the superhero and her beauty, MAC Cosmetics is launching a limited edition color cosmetics collection this spring, all based on the kickass cuff-wearing comic book character. The line will include lipsticks, eye shadows, blush, and nail polish, undoubtedly inspired by her red, white, blue, and gold bustier, short-shorts, and knee-high boots. Superpowers not included. [WWD] Keep reading »
Remember that episode of “Full House” when D.J. begins middle school and starts caking on the makeup and dressing like a slut to fit in with the cool girls? In the end, it was wise Aunt Becky who imparted upon her some of the best womanly advice: “The secret to makeup is to look like you’re not wearing any.” That’s the concept behind Burberry‘s new line of cosmetics. In fact, in describing the collection’s feel it sounds almost as if Christopher Bailey, creative director of the British fashion house, lifted lines from the family sitcom script. He explains: “The Burberry girl wears just a trace of makeup — no crazy eyes or crazy lips … Makeup should enhance women, not just cover up what they perceive as flaws.” The mix of products relies on subdued hues (“inspired by the label’s classic trench coat and by the moody hues of the British climate,” reports the New York Times“) and brings classy packaging to lipsticks, foundations, powders, and more.
Worth checking out if you’re a Burberry fan. Or just feeling nostalgic for “Full House.” [T Magazine Blog] Keep reading »
I’ve found a miracle in a pot, and, no, I’m not talking illicit drugs. I’m basically obsessed with my latest multi-tasking makeup find. Illamasqua, a British cosmetic company that crossed the pond about a year ago, is known for its bold and vibrant makeup colors, so I was super excited when Catherine (miss ya, girl!) handed me a pot of Pure Pigment in Static, an iridescent purplish-pink. Keep reading »
Your Avon Mark catalog will no longer arrive with fresh-faced Lauren Conrad on the cover because “Twilight” star Ashley Greene is the new ambassador of the Mark brand. If you’re not familiar with Mark, then maybe Ashley will convince you to try the affordable cosmetics when her TV and prints ads launch this fall. But she’s not the only newbie arriving at Avon.
The company is also launching two new fragrances with fashion label Hervé Léger to be called Hervé Léger Femme and Hervé Léger Homme. A body-conscious Hervé Léger dress might not be in your budget, but now you and your boo can get that upscale smell without handing over major dollars. [People Style Watch, Fashionista] Keep reading »
We’re pleasantly surprised by the new Topshop cosmetics line, which has finally landed in stores. In the past, we’ve felt pretty eh towards retailers that attempt to sell eyeshadow at the cash register, but Topshop has really lived up to expectations with some edgy packaging and lovely hues (we’re digging the hot pink cream blush and the pastel grayish-purple nail polish). There’s a “Core Collection” as well as a “Trend Collection” which changes color palettes according to the season and what’s hot at the moment. Some added online bonuses: Check out the video tutorials do get runway-ready looks and test out looks before buying products with the virtual makeover program (coming soon).
We have to say, this stuff looks so good (and affordable!) that we might be hitting up the Topshop cosmetics counter before we head to Sephora or anywhere else. [Topshop.com] Keep reading »
Do you shop QVC for your cosmetics? If so, you might want to inspect your purchases carefully for signs of use. A thread posted a few days ago on QVC’s Beauty Banter forum debates this issue. The original commenter said she received a used Perricone kit, and a few others echoed similar stories: “I just had this happened to me. I posted a new thread regarding this. Mine was a LG blush I received that was not in the original packaging and upon checking the compact it looked as though someone had brushed across the top.” The community message board users appear to be fairly polarized on this claim, however. Several state that “there have been many, many reports of people receiving used items here on the boards for years so I definitely believe it.” On the other side are die-hard QVC fans who feel the company would never take the risk of re-selling used products, or if customers received something damaged, it was probably due to human error.
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These days, everyone has a collaboration. So now it’s Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet Eisner’s turn to get into the collab game, as she’s decided to bring her aesthetics to the world of cosmetics. Stacey teamed up with MAC to create a full line of beauty products including nail polish, lip gloss, and pigments. If you’re a fan of bright colors and unafraid to show your love for bold hues, then this is a collaboration you’ll love. Purples, pinks, turquoise, and yellows dominate the color scheme, promising that you’ll most certainly be noticed while wearing Alice + Olivia designs. Sold? Prices range from $12-$19.50 and the collection will be available in stores later this summer on July 8. [WWD] Keep reading »
Last week, we asked you to tell us about your first time wearing red lipstick in exchange for some Jemma Kidd cosmetics from Market for Drama. And, unsurprisingly, many of you made it into an older relative’s makeup bag when you were young, and the results were hilarious, defiant, and heartwarming. But, astrolatry won for her story that brought tears to our eyes … Keep reading »
Who doesn’t like a good deal on cosmetics without pressure from a salesperson? Market for Drama, a private online beauty site, offers up to 70 percent off high-end beauty products during its weekly shopping events. Shop online for brands like Jemma Kidd Professional Beauty, which offers multi-tasking cosmetics for busy beauty hounds. From March 2 to 5, Market for Drama will have Jemma Kidd products on sale, so you’ve got just enough time to join Market for Drama before this super opportunity passes you by. [Market for Drama]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away enough Jemma Kidd makeup to create the perfect classic face — a Define Stay-put Eye Liner in Mahogany, a Stardust Créme Shadow in Galaxy, an Ultimate Lipstick Duo in Scarlett, and a Lasting Tint: Semi Permanent, Waterproof Lash Colour in Brown — but you have to work if you want it! Leave a comment before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, telling us about the first time you wore red lipstick. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, March 5. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!
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