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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...

What Is A Cosmeceutical?

What Is A Cosmeceutical? It's a theme we've been dancing around already in some previous Beauty Bullshit posts. Companies who product beauty products are beginning to make drug-like claims at a increasing rate. At the heart of this problem are products that qualify as "cosmeceuticals". So, what is a cosmeceutical? The name gives a bit of a hint: it's a mixture between the...
Pulling It Off: Purple Blush Purple is the best color that has ever been. I love oranges and reds and pinks and browns and beiges, but purple is the color that really makes my heart sing. As a result, I'm always on the lookout for a good purple blush. It may sound intimidating, but all it takes to pull off a...
Beauty Bullshit: Almay Smart Shade Makeup This product review marks a low point in my beauty blogging career because I purchased this product with the specific intention of making fun of it. I paid for it, with my hard-earned money, specifically because I knew it was complete and utter crap. Almay Smart Shade makeup claims to adjust its pigmentation to fit...
TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude vs the Original Meet Matt(e) TheBalm is a San Fransisco-based company known for their quirky, vintage-style packaging and high quality products. TheBalm's Meet Matt(e) is an eyeshadow palette featuring a variety of matte colors. This January, they released a new, much larger matte palette using primarily nude tones: Meet Matt(e) Nude. On the cover of the Meet Matt(e)...
Get It Before It's Gone: Sephora Collection Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencil 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! Sephora Collection Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencils The Sephora Collection Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencil...

Ipsy August 2017 Review

Ipsy August 2017 Review The middle of September is totally the right time to review my August Ipsy bag, right? Here's what it looked like: The plastic polka dotted bag was tiny and cylindrical, meaning that the majority of the products did not fit in it. It looks like a design that would be perfect for a fourth grader. Bee All Natural Organic...
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Beauty Bullshit: Chemical-Free Cosmetics Since the 1980s, a popular hoax has been passed around. "Dihydrogen monoxide", the individuals spreading this information warn, "also known as hydroxyl acid, is the colorless, odorless chemical. Its basis is a highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of...
How Does It Work?: Holographic Nail Polish Unlike traditional nail polishes, which get their color from various pigments, the colors in holographic nail polishes are derived from structural factors. We call these polishes "holos", but, in fact, they are displaying a characteristic traditionally referred to as iridescence. Iridescence is defined as "a change in the hue of the object exhibiting it...

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