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The Science of Hairstyling Heat Protection Products Turtlefreak requests, "(...if this isn't too out of left field:) maybe write a post about the efficacy of heat protectant sprays? I can't tell if this actually protects my hair or if I'm just buying placebo water in a spray bottle..."The first thing we need to address in order to really look at this...
Julep Maven October 2016 Review I am pretty sure Julep's calendar is, like, two weeks ahead, since I typically get my box in the month prior to the month printed on the front of the package. I guess the theme this month is... steampunk? I try to ignore the themes on my subscription boxes because they never make any sense. (Maybe...
Review: Tarte 'Off the Cuff' Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette & Bracelet I tend to adore Tarte, meaning that their holiday sets are awfully hard to pass up. The "Off the Cuff" palette is a four-blush, one bronzer palette with a bonus faux-leather bracelet. The bracelet itself I find to be pretty tacky. It's made of cheap materials and it's so...
Terrible Tutorials: How to Cover Your Acne and Scarring I get a fair number of tutorial requests, despite the VAST, VAST, VAST number of people on the internet who are way better at instruction-giving than I am. The two requests that I get most frequently are contouring and eyeshadow-related stuff. I'm a difficult person, though, so I'm going to do...
Growing a Nose On Your Forehead. Or: You Should Really Go Get That Injury Checked Out I think the pictures are probably weirder than the story. (I'm seriously awful at sensationalistic journalism, you guys.) A 22-year-old man in Fuzhou, Fujian province, identified only as Xiaolian, has a nose growing on his forehead. It's not, despite its appearance, a growth factor mis-expression....
Review: Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow N5 Banana Split A person whose eyeshadow collection is comprised in large part of eyeshadow singles is a person with too much money. I mean, it's awesome that you can be so wealthy that you spend truly ludicrous amounts of cash on products that you could easily buy for way less, but I kind of...
The Environmental Ominousness of Polyethylene Cleansers If you have ever read "polyethylene" on your facewash ingredients, you may have found it curious. As the most commonly used plastic (the same plastic that is used to make plastic bags and water bottles), it seems like an odd thing to add to a cleanser. Polyethylene, usually added in the form of "microbeads", is...
Review: Maybelline Great Lash Colored Mascaras in I See Blue, Vision in Violet, and Wink of Pink Every summer for the past three years, Maybelline has released a variety of limited-edition colored mascaras. This year they released six shades: So Very Berry, Vision in Violet, Green With Envy, I See Blue, Teal Appeal, and Wink of Pink. Because my town of...
Why I Don't Plan on Buying Anything From Michelle Phan's Em Cosmetics For those of you who missed the memo, Michelle Phan is a youtube beauty guru who generates more money making video makeup tutorials than I will ever see in my entire life. She is also the founder of Ipsy, which I diligently review every month. In August, she...
Review: Kat Von D Spellbinding Lipstick Set It's holiday release season in the makeup world. I guess we're all going to just go on with the facade that we're buying these enormous sets for family members and, not, say, hoarding them in our vanities for ourselves. One of the Kat Von D Holiday Releases is a lipstick set containing ten mini...

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