Know Your Ingredients: Glyceryl Stearate Citrate

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What it is
Glyceryl Stearate Citrate belongs to a group of substances called Glyceryl Diesters. They are made of glycerin and fatty acids.

What it does
Glyceryl Stearate Citrate is an emollient that gives skin a soft and smooth appearance
In it also used to make emulsions, and enhance the body and texture of a product.

Side effects
Glyceryl Stearate Citrate is generally considered to be safe.

(Source: cosmeticsinfo.org)

Top 7 Misleading Cosmetic Claims

Cosmetic companies make all kinds of exaggerated, and even false, claims to attract our attention and sell us their products. Some are so ridiculously unrealistic that they’re easy to spot. But others are more subtle and cunning, bending and twisting the truth to make consumers believe that a product has some special benefit that makes it safer and more effective than the other options on the market.

Here are those that I find the most misleading.

1. Chemical-free

This is the one that irks me the most. It implies that there are cosmetic chemists that add all kinds of poisonous and toxic chemicals  to some products (although I can’t see why anyone would think that killing off their customers would be a good idea), and that therefore chemical-free cosmetics are safer. But chemical-free cosmetics don’t exist. Everything made of matter is a chemical or a mixture of chemicals.

That means that water is a chemical. Plants extracts are chemicals. The human body is made up of lots of chemicals. Any ingredient, whether natural or synthetic, in your cosmetic products is a chemical, and even its packaging is made up of chemicals. I admit I have sometimes, in the past, used the term chemical-free sunscreen for clarity reasons because it has unfortunately become a synonym with physical sunscreen, but I hate it. I don’t use it anymore, and neither should you.

2. Reduces the appearance of wrinkles

Pretty much every anti-aging cream and lotion on the market makes this claim, and it’s an accurate one. These products, usually thanks to brightening pigments or silicones that smooth out the surface of the skin so that it reflects light better, can really reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Appearance is the key word here. The claim simply means that the product makes wrinkles look less obvious, not that it gets rid of them (which is the way most consumers interpret it). When the effect of the cream is over, your wrinkles will still be there, as deep as they were before.

3. Helps reduce wrinkles/make hair stronger/boost collagen production etc

When companies don’t have any proof their products can address a certain problem, but want to make their customers think it does, they add the word “help” in front of it. Proving that a product can help do something is easier than proving that said product does that something. In other words, it allows companies to make almost whatever claim they want without getting in trouble.

4. Natural

When a company claims its products are natural, it implies that they’re safer than those made with “chemicals”, or, to use the appropriate term, synthetic ingredients. But natural doesn’t really mean anything. The term is not regulated, so companies can put whatever they want (unless it’s not harmful to health, of course), in these products.

But even when these products don’t contain synthetic stuff, are they really natural? What makes an ingredient natural anyway? A lot of natural ingredients undergo chemical processes that modify them and make them behave in a certain way. Would these ingredients still be considered natural?

5. Hypoallergenic

A lot of people purchase hypoallergenic products believing that they are gentler and won’t cause irritations or allergies. But that’s not true. Again, this term is not regulated in any way, and so cosmetic companies can add any ingredient they want in a product and claim it is hypoallergenic. This means that these products could still cause a negative reaction so, if your skin is prone to allergies or irritations, always check out the ingredient list to make sure it doesn’t contain the offending ingredient instead than relying on this claim.

6. Ph balanced

Another term used to make you think that these products are better and safer than other alternatives on the market. The truth is that pretty much any product is made in a range that is compatible with the neutral ph of the skin. And why would it not be? Should a product not be ph balanced, it would be too drying or irritating to use and no one would buy it. Unfortunately, because companies don’t add the ph balance information on the label, consumers don’t know this, and tend to fall more easily for the ph balanced claims.

7. Makes hair stronger

Most hair care products claim to make your hair stronger, but what does that mean? It’s not like your hair needs to lift any heavy weights or something. If you interpret it to mean that it can make your weak and damaged hair strong and healthy again, then I’m sorry to disappoint you. Once hair is damaged, it is damaged, and nothing can fix it. You’ll just have to cut it off and wait for it to grow out again.

Instead, products that claim to make hair stronger just make it less it prone to breakage when you comb it. How? Usually, it is thanks to silicones, which smooth out the surface of the hair so that the comb will glide through your locks more easily. And that’s something that any products that has conditioning properties does.

What misleading claims bother you the most?

Looks: The Curious Comfort Zone

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A simple and glowing look for spring. Let me know what you think of it in the comments. :)

Products used:
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Sleek Makeup Curious Eyeshadow Palette
- Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Comfort Zone
- Pupa Vamp! Mascara in Chocolate Brown
- Senna Lasting Illusion Satin Matte Foundation
- Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit
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Sleek Makeup Blush in Suede
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Sleek Blush in Rose Gold
- Sleek Makeup Face Form in Light
- Barry M Lip Paint in #53 Coral

EYES
1. Apply a primer on your lids. This will prevent creasing and fading.
2. Sweep a pearly white shade (I used the one in the Sleek Makeup Curious Eyeshadow Palette) on the browbone.
3. Mix a rosy copper and a taupe shades (I used those in the Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Comfort Zone) and applied them on my crease. Blend.
4. Pat a shimmering pale yellow shade (I used the one in the Wet N Wild Colour Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Comfort Zone) on the lid.
5. With a pencil brush, apply a warm medium golden brown shade (I used the one in the Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Comfort Zone) on the lower lashline.
6. Apply brown mascara.

FACE & LIPS
1. Apply foundation and concealer as needed.
2. Contour your cheekbones with a matte brown shade that’s one or two shades darker than your skintone. I used Sleek Makeup Blush in Suede.
3. Apply a peachy pink blush with gold shimmers (I used Sleek Makeup Blush in Rose Gold) on the apples of your cheeks.
4. Apply a satiny, glowy cream shade (I used the one in Sleek Makeup Face Form) on top of your cheekbones and on the tip of your nose.
5. Apply a coral lipstick (I used Barry M Lip Paint in #53 Coral) on your lips.

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QOTW: What’s The First Thing You Do When You Get A New Makeup Product?

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What’s the first thing you do when you get a new makeup product?

My answer: as I am a beauty blogger, I usually take pictures of it. But there are some products that are so irresistible that, if I can’t take a photo straight away, I’ll lightly swatch and use. Just the once. That way, it’d still look intact when I photograph it.

Product Review: Alberta Ferretti Eau De Parfum

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Name: Alberta Ferretti Eau De Parfum
Brand: Alberta Ferretti
Size: 75ml
Price: €89,00

What I liked:
- light floral scent with a woody-ambery base
- elegant and well-crafted
- stays close to the skin
- the packaging

What I didn’t like:
- not very original
- staying power is only average

I’m always surprised when I like a designer perfume. Although this time I should have seen it coming. Alberta Ferretti is one of my favourite designers, after all. Her creations are feminine, romantic, and dreamy. She knows how to make a woman feel special.

The fragrance, simply called Alberta Ferretti Eau De Parfum, is, instead, not particularly special, or creative, but it is very elegant and well-crafted. It opens with a zesty burst of bergamot enriched by just a touch of freesia. The heart is a floral bouquet too. It is composed of ylang ylang and lily, which give off a tame and soft aroma.

In the drydown, patchouli and amber intertwine, giving the scent a deeper, more sensual vibe. But it never gets too strong or overpowering. This is a good thing because it means the scent can be worn anytime, anywhere, and on any occasion, without bothering your friends or colleagues. On the other hand, it impacts its staying power. On my skin, it lasts only 6 hours, which is not bad, but not impressive either.

Still, in the the world of designer perfumes, dominated by tacky, generic, overly sweet and sugary concoctions that often smell synthetic, Alberti Ferretti Eau De Parfum stands out as an elegant and feminine creation that every woman, of every age, would love to wear.

Available at: Cosmesi Italia

Summary
Alberti Ferretti Eau De Parfum is an inoffensive, well-crafted and elegant light floral scent with a woody-ambery base that can be worn by any woman, anywhere. However, it is not particularly original, and staying power is just average.

Rating: 3.5/5

Disclaimer: I got a sample of this product at my local beauty shop. The review is based on my own personal and honest experience with the product. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

Can You Use Neosporin To Treat Acne?

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If you suffer from acne, or even just from the occasional pimple (which always rears its ugly head at the worst possible moment, argh!), you may be tempted to try Neosporin. The popular antibiotic cream your mom used to rub on your skin every time you scraped it is touted to be an effective anti-acne treatment. After all, if acne is caused by a bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes, then an antibacterial ointment will be able to cure it, won’t it? Not this particular one. Here’s why:

Full Ingredient List

Polymyxin B Sulfate, Bacitracin Zinc, Neomycin, Cocoa Butter, Cottonseed Oil, Olive Oil, Sodium Pyruvate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), White Petrolatum.

ingredient Analysis

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Polymyxin B Sulfate, Bacitracin Zinc, & Neomycin

The three active ingredients in Neosporin are Polymyxin B Sulfate, Bacitracin Zinc, and Neomycin. Polymyxin B Sulfate and Neomycin can only kill gram-negative bacteria (their cell wall is composed of a thin layer of peptidoglycan covered by a membrane made up of lipoproteins and lipopolysaccharides). But P. Acnes is a gram-positive bacteria (it has a thicker layer of peptidoglycan and no outer membrane). Therefore, they can’t kill it.

Worse, they can cause problems for the skin. Gram-negative bacteria are one of the main causes of infections in wounds after surgery. And they can adapt to become resistant to antibiotics. So, if you use these ingredients regularly for acne, when you’ll need them to heal wounds, they won’t work anymore! In addition, Neomycin can cause irritations and allergies. If these occur, they could worsen your acne.

Bacitracin Zinc can kill gram-positive bacteria, but only S aureus and streptococci. Besides, it can’t really penetrate deep into the skin, so, even if it could kill P. Acnes, it’s unlikely that it would be able to reach it. But isn’t Zinc good for acne, I hear you ask? When taken orally yes. But, when topically applied, studies have found it is no better than the placebo treatment it was compared to!

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Cocoa Butter, Cottonseed Oil and Olive Oil

Cocoa Butter, Cottonseed Oil and Olive Oil are all very moisturizing ingredients, but they can also clog pores. Therefore, if you suffer from acne, you’d want to stay away from them, not slather them all over the affected area!

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White Petrolatum

White Petrolatum, on its own, doesn’t clog pores. However, this very moisturizing ingredient works by creating a protective barrier on the skin that prevents water from evaporating.  But, by doing so, it also traps comedogenic ingredients (and this ointment contains quite a few of them) underneath. And that could exacerbate breakouts.

Final considerations on the formula

Not only Neosporin doesn’t contain anti-bacterial agents that can kill the bacteria that causes acne, but it also includes comedogenic ingredients that could make it worse. And yet, some people have seen an improvement after using Neosporin. How is that possible? Well, its wound-healing and moisturizing ingredients can help heal not acne, but the skin. They can repair the skin’s natural protective barrier, which was damaged but acne, and even improve the appearance of scars. Still, considering the potential side effects of Neosporin on the skin, it’s much better to use a product properly formulated to treat acne.

The Bottom Line

Neosporin is great at healing wounds, but it can’t treat acne. Worse, due to the comedogenic and irritating ingredients it contains, it can exacerbate it. Not to mention that prolonged use to antibacterial agents, especially when unnecessary, can make bacteria become resistant to them. So keep Neosporin away from your acne and pimples and, instead, use products that are properly formulated to treat this condition without side effects.

Have you ever used Neosporin to treat acne or get rid of a pimple?

New Collection: Clarins Colour Of Brazil Summer 2014

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Colour of Brazil, the new summer collection from Clarins, features gold and bronze shades that beautifully complement and enhance a tanned complexion, and an intense blue hue for a playful pop of colour. Here are more details:

COLOUR OF BRAZIL QUARTET & EYE LINER PALETTE ($42.00)
A stunning palette featuring blue, bronze, coral and gold shades.

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TRULY WATERPROOF MASCARA
Available in black.

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BRAZIL SUMMER BRONZING PALETTE

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LIP BALM CRAYON
Available in five new soft and bright shades.

The collection will be available at Sephora in May. Do you plan to purchase anything?