Sunday Beauty Reads, 10/07/11

Do you have a favourite shirt? You can see mine above. Because I am a big busted girl, it’s not easy for me to find a shirt that suits me but this one is perfect. It’s an empire-style pink chequered shirt with a deep V-neck that looks very flattering on and doesn’t emphasize my big bust nor reveal too much. I also like that it’s simple and casual but also feminine. And the best part is that it’s cheap and cost me only €15.00! I bought it a few months ago from Terranova, a shop I used to love as a teenager because they have some really cute stuff at affordable prices but my style has changed a lot since then so I rarely shop there now. I’m glad I went there again though cos this shirt was such a great bargain and I’ve been wearing it a lot lately.

And now, this week’s beauty reads:

Beauty’s Bad Habit Blog has a helpful tutorial on how to use Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.

Fables in Fashion shares a few useful tips on how to pack fast and light for sudden travel.

Independent Fashion Bloggers shares the best free photo editing softwares for bloggers.

The Glamorous Gleam reviews the new Sleek Makeup Pout Paints. How do they compare to OCC Lip Tars?

Personal Care Truth explains why you should NOT support SCA 2011.

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  1. says

    The bill was well-intentioned, but ultimately deeply flawed. There is a website circulating to petition against it to sign.

    Labeling ingredients on the websites would be a nice mandatory thing, but the way it was written, there’s no way a small company could list every component to everything. But, big companies like Bobbi Brown have taken up to four months to get back to me on whether or not their products contained things like bismuth oxychloride (which apparently makes my eyes itch and water to hell, ruining anything I just put on)- and they couldn’t answer the question because they didn’t know! Their solution was to get an exact list of every product I would want to try out or already owned so that they could talk to their chemists about individual confirmations. No, I’m not kidding. I would have to anticipate every product I wanted to buy eight months in advance at this rate, just to find out if I could wear it or not!

    Also, people seem to have something against human testing. The fact is, we’re already being put through human testing, all the time. Don’t believe me? Look up how many widespread pharmaceuticals there are on the market that have only been released for a few years. Those have gotten past lab-rat testing and brief human testing, but the fact is, we can’t know how ANY of them will affect us long-term for at least TEN years. That’s when you discover little things, like a few years back, when it was only recently discovered that a much higher population of estrogen-based HBC users were found getting blood clots, despite not having any previously-established risk factors such as smoking or being over 30. Little things like that.

    Maybe it isn’t true outside of the US, but here, we don’t have healthcare for the common person. Most of us are immunocompromized to some degree. Lack of proper nutrition, lack of access to basic antibiotics or preventative healthcare, and lack of even clean water in many places have left us sick for so long that we don’t even realize how sick we are! Makeup, which many of us love, can only make these things worse when being filled with unnecessary irritating ingredients. The whole idea that a makeup won’t ever have a reaction with a single person is a fantasy- anyone can become allergic to anything. Yet, there are still companies that manufacture products safe enough for those going through chemotherapy to use, which still produce beautiful, pigmented shades. If the matter became about evaluating ingredients to be safer for the common person, the bill would be much different.

    I’m willing to bet the people who wrote this bill have no idea what they put on their faces or their wives/girlfriends/boyfriends/whatevers faces every day, and more than that, can’t discern between taraxacarum officianale extract and potassium dichromate.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Thurisaz Sala’il, I agree with you that the bill was well-intentional but flawed and those who wrote it obviously have no knowledge of cosmetics ingredients or even of basic science. I am all for regulations that ensure our cosmetics are safe but the changes they proposed are mostly useless and would put a lot of companies out of business. They should get real scientists who know what they are talking about to write a better bill that will really benefit the consumers.

      I’m sorry you are allergic to bismuth oxychloride. That’s a very common allergen and it’s a shame that big companies like Bobbi Brown are still using it instead than opting for a safer alternative. Granted, any ingredient can cause an allergic reaction to someone but BO is known to be a common allergen so it has more chances of causing a negative reaction than other minerals. And how unprofessional of Bobbi Brown not to know what ingredients their products contain. I believe such information should always be added to the company’s website, but even if not, they should still know what they use! Asking you to tell them in advance what products you wanna use and then check out the ingredients is ridiculous especially if they take that long to reply.

      As for human testing, I am against it myself, unless of course people are well aware they are testing a product, with all the risks and consequences that implies. Pharmaceutical companies should do more in-depth studies to make sure that their products are safe in the long run too before putting them on the market. Doctors should warn patients of the risks too. It really is disgraceful the way the health care system works in the USA. Here it’s mostly free and even though we complain that it can take months sometimes to see a doctor or do an exam, at least no one is refused health care and access to medicines when they are sick.

      • says

        Yep. I really, really want to move out of America. 😛 If only…

        Here, usually, people get paid to try out products and they are made aware of the experimental nature. For example, I used to work for market research groups. We’d pay people $100-200 to try out an eye cream for a month, and then to take a weekly short survey on it to talk about effectiveness and reactions. Plus, they’d get to keep the eye creams and such. There were whole packets they’d have to fill out acknowledging that they could have allergic reactions or irritation because of ingredients, and that lists couldn’t be provided at the time due to the risk of another company stealing the formula.

        Pharmacorps, however, are big business here. Our doctors get paid to prescribe stuff, and while a lot of it is dangerous, I can imagine the public outcry if someone had a promising drug for something serious that worked up front with unknown long-term consequences. They do need stricter regulation, but we’ve dumped all of the nation’s money into wars, and are defunding social programs everywhere, including the Food and Drug Admin (which oversees safety of food and pharmaceuticals). Because who needs drug safety when we can pass nonsensical legislation?

        Considering that we’re actively against teaching science in schools in favour of religion, and quite a few of our high school graduates* can’t read above a ten year old’s level, I’m not surprised to see this.
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        • beautifulwithbrains says

          I understand companies being afraid someone would steal their formulas, but then wouldn’t it be better to ask the testers if they have any allergies so they can just avoid to provide them with products that are definitely gonna cause a negative reaction? That way customers won’t know about the ingredients but they wouldn’t get an allergic reaction either… It seems the most logical thing to do… But at least people are aware of the risks, which is something.

          I agree with you that these days people worry too much over trifles and neglect those issues that really counts. And everyone seems to want instant solutions and cures without caring about the consequences in the long run… only to complain when things turn out to have side effects… And it’s really sad to hear that in the USA school teach religion instead of science.. that’s something that is happening here too and it’s unfair. I think the two can coesist but if one needs to be favoured than it should be science. People need to know the truth and how things really work… People wouldn’t get so easily scared if they were more educated.

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