It took me four viewings of this Latisse commercial to believe it actually starred Claire Danes, and not just a Claire look-alike. “Oh how the mighty have fallen,” I thought. “Wasn’t she once one of the most promising actresses of our generation? Who left ‘My So-Called Life’ for a movie career? And now she’s trying to convince me and the rest of the women in America that our eyelashes are too short?” Well, rumor has it that Claire is now suffering from one of the drug’s nasty side effects. Keep reading »
Because eyelash length is, for some reason, a huge concern these days, we’ve taken to applying all sorts of crap around our rather delicate eyes in the pursuit of a long lash. While the popularity of treatments like Latisse (which costs $120) shows no sign of slowing, the icky side effects of lash-lengthening knockoffs should definitely be enough to make you think twice. One woman who tried Lumigan, an $80 alternative, found stray hairs growing from the skin at the corner of her eye. [Wha!? Seriously? -- Editor Erin] We’ve got enough random hair to tweeze; excess eyelashes in odd spots doesn’t really need to be added to our list of concerns. Add to that the fact that these Latisse alternatives aren’t FDA-approved and we officially don’t care enough about the length of our lashes to deal with that mess. [StyleList] Keep reading »
Last time you painted your bedroom, it probably wasn’t with lead paint. That crap causes nervous system damage, slow development in kids and stunted growth. So yeah, nasty stuff. But while U.S. laws have kept lead out of houses for years, it hasn’t kept it out of H&M handbags lately. Last week, the mega retailer settled a lawsuit brought down by a consumer watchdog group over the lead content of some of their bags, wallets and other accessories. When we read that some of the items contained as much as 115 times the legal limit of lead, we did two things: 1) freaked out and took mental inventory of any and all H&M accessories we own, making note to burn them later and 2) started thinking about other recent fashion and beauty products that have had creepy and unexpected downsides. (OK, maybe they won’t kill you per se, but they’re dangerous!) Take a trip through the world of three totally-not-worth-it beautifiers after the jump. Keep reading »
We’ve talked about the alleged horrors of the eyelash growing formula Latisse
gone wrong before, but this video from Consumer Reports tells us a few more scary things about the beauty product. You shouldn’t be easily fooled by the FDA-approved label. The reason Latisse has FDA approval is that it was previously a medication used to treat glaucoma
. And while we knew that some Latisse users had complained about weird pigmentation going on, Consumer Reports confirms that the treatment can turn blue or green eyes permanently to brown, and that users have complained about dyed eyelids—on both the top and bottom—which results in a “raccoon look.” Watch and hear it for yourself. [Stylelist.com
] Keep reading »
We all know the drill: You hand over your dollars, hoping for a visible change and get nothing, nada, bupkis. The following products suck—no getting around it. Avoid them at all costs.
First up? Fish pedicures. Such a bad idea they were banned for being unsanitary. (And just plain bizarre.) Click through for more!