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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...
Julep New Years Mystery Boxes: Unboxing Merry Christmas eve, folks! Santa hasn't made it here yet (NORAD says he is in Saskatchewan), but the mailman kindly came and delivered my Julep New Years Mystery boxes!  I just received them, so I have tried out all of zero products. This is just an unboxing/value calculation. Watch for my product reviews in the near...
Drugstore Dupes to the Test: Nars Orgasm vs. Milani Luminoso The internet is an amazing invention. Without it, I would have seen substantially fewer videos of cats chasing laser pointers. Unfortunately, sometimes the internet leads us astray. This is an example of one of those times. If you ask the almighty internet, Nars Orgasm and Milani Luminoso are dupes of each...
Review: Disney Jasmine Collection Storylook Eyeshadow Palette If there is one place where Disney kicks ass, it is marketing. And it's no surprise that Sephora, makeup giants that they are, wanted in on the action. Still, when Disney and Sephora released their first collection, inspired by Cinderella, I hardly batted an eye. I don't have a whole lot of nostalgia for...

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