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Beauty Bullshit: the Vampire Facelift Reader whateveramber says “I would love to see you do a Beauty Bullshit post on the ‘vampire facial.’ My rational brain tells me that that can't possibly work, plus it looks creepy as hell.” Anything with the term “vampire” in the common name is surely based in concrete science. The Vampire Facelift (sometimes called the vampire facial)...
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Five Home Remedies to Get Rid of Acne That You Probably Shouldn't Try A promise of a quick fix has an inescapable allure. It's easy to fall into the promise of home remedies. Every time you see a new one, it's like a sudden realization. 'Bananas!' you shout. 'I have bananas! I can't believe that the solution to my problem has been...
How Does It Work? Black Spotted by Opi We’ve already talked a little bit about a proposed mechanism for crackle nail polish. This effect is similar, but less ubiquitous and more interesting. Opi’s Black Spotted is a special effects nail polish that enjoyed a limited release in Sephora stores in France. Like crackle nail polish, it has its effect by selectively revealing...
How Many Swipes are in a Tube of Lipstick? Birchbox recently released a blog post called "How Many Swipes Are in a Tube of Lipstick?" To make their estimation, Birchbox took a sheet of white butcher paper and swiped four lipsticks in 50mm increments until they wore down their tubes to nothingness. They estimated that there were 293 swipes in the...
Review: theBalm Sexy Mama TheBalm's Sexy Mama is a translucent, mattifying powder that "matches the skin so perfectly that even your most attentive admirer will suspect nothing". Not totally sure why there are daisies between her knees, but I'll allow it. I bought this product a while ago, and I think it's perfect for dusting on your face at the end of...
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Raises Funds for Employee's Gender Affirming Surgery A company called "Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics" is hardly a company I would expect to be pushing for progressive, social justice-related causes. (The decision to name the company after a severe anxiety disorder for which over 50% of diagnosed individuals experience suicidal ideation is troubling, to put it mildly.) However, OCC is...
Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Splendor Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes are baked blushes that claim to last for a full 12 hours. Splendor is a limited edition mini created for both Tarte-devotees and new converts. Outside packaging This is a peachy pink, with big ol' hunks of gold glitter. I can handle a few glitter speckles in my blushes, but anything...
How Does It Work? Hair Bleaching An estimated one third of women over the age of 18 use some form of hair dye. As any bottle blonde knows, in order to get a lighter color of hair, one needs to use a bleaching agent. This post will explore the mechanism of hair bleaching. We're gonna need some bleach. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribooooou/3243385554/ In order to...
How Much Is My Face Worth? (By Mass) I've been wanting to do this for a while, but I have only recently come into possession of a scale that can measure to the milligram (a thousandth of a gram). I was inspired by my wonderful friends at Lather Rinse Repeat and the Moroccan Shopaholic. The idea behind the original "What is my...

Review: Benefit Fake Up

Review: Benefit Fake Up I have bad luck with concealers. By the end of the day, my undereyes usually have so many creases it looks like my tearducts are leaking concealer. My usual solution is let the undereye circles stand. And, when I get sufficient amounts of sleep, this is usually sufficient. I am lucky to have relatively minor dark...

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