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Genetically Modified Yeast Serve as New Source of Fragrances Microbial processes already offer a wide variety of familiar scents. Wine-lovers, cheese-lovers, and soy sauce-lovers alike are already familiar with the power of microorganisms to affect our favorite smelly things. Typically, sought-after fragrances such as patchouli are extracted from plants that naturally produce appealing aromas. (For example, to acquire most essential...
Get It Before It's Gone: LORAC Rose Blush Unlike fancy makeup blogs who get free stuff sent to them and/or review things right when they come out, I have the joy of picking things out a thousand years too late, right when they go on sale! "I think I need another eyeshadow. And... another... and another..." (I would be really curious...
Review: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Vanilla I've been playing with this foundation for a while and some of y'all have caught on to this fact and have started pestering me for more information. However, you've had to wait, as it took me a really long time to make my official conclusions about this product. The question was never...
Beauty Bullshit: Ionic Hairdryers Yay4Tay asks, "I am super late to the party (catching up on all your posts), but I would love for you to address how every hair tool ever is now boasting it's modern 'ionic technology!' http://www.numeproducts.com/image/cache/data/anc_marquees/Technology-1020x217-1020x217.jpg My husband says this is the stupidest shit ever, as basically anything using heat is using 'ionic technology' as it basically...
Ipsy October 2016 Review I've officially been subscribed to Ipsy for one year! We've had ups and downs galore. Here's what showed up in my October bag: The bag itself quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson (without citing him): "Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art." I would posit that the corollary is also true: not loving things that...
Review: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics 'Cosmetic Glitter' in Magenta "The herpes of craft supplies" can sometimes be difficult to work into your routine. I got this Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Glitter as a gift, actually, and it sits on my vanity, taunting me with its shininess on a daily basis. "Look how pretty I am!", it says. "TOO BAD ALL I WANT...
Birchbox October 2016 Review It's hard not to love a monthly present in the mail! I even love them when they are mild disappointments, like getting a gift card to Best Buy instead of a check. Hey, at least you can put that card towards a toaster oven! (This philosophy may partially explain why I continue to subscribe to beauty boxes...) Here's...
Review: Darling Girl "Oh The Horror!" Halloween Limited Edition Eyeshadow Collection To start, I want to make a simultaneous apology and not-at-all-an-apology for what was and will continue to be more sporadic posting than y'all are used to. I got a new job (I'm working for Early Head Start) and they wanted me to begin right away, but I had...
Beauty Myths: Should You Be Worried About Mineral Oil? Unknown asks, "Can you do a post on your thoughts on Mineral Oil in skincare? There's lots of debate on if its good or bad for your skin, I'd like to see you science it up." This seems like a great topic for some beauty myth-busting! First of all, what the hell is...
Review: NYX Studio Liquid Liners in Extreme Coffee, Extreme Blue, and Extreme Purple Colored eyeliners can be untrustworthy little buggers. You frequently end up with colors that look like they were mixed with water, formulas that burn your eyes, or imprecise lines that smudge off the moment your eyes water. Luckily, the NYX Studio Liquid Liners exist to kick those crappy...

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