What Are Parabens?

29 09 2014

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We have been reading and listening to all the bloggers and Youtubers discuss parabens, so as we always do we had to do our research! To find out about any ingredient as well as if it is harmful to you please conduct your own research before you give something up or decide to trash it. It’s just as if you are attending a church and the pastor quotes bible scriptures but never tells you where to find the scriptures in the bible or you never open up the bible to read the scriptures for yourself. Did you know……Preservatives (parabens) may be used in cosmetics to protect them against microbial growth, both to protect consumers and to maintain product integrity. Without parabens there are a lot of products that we wouldn’t be able to use nor could the stores sell them to us. “The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) does not authorize FDA to approve cosmetic ingredients, with the exception of color additives that are not coal-tar hair dyes. In general, cosmetic manufacturers may use any ingredient they choose, except for a few ingredients that are prohibited by regulation. However, it is against the law to market a cosmetic in interstate commerce if it is adulterated. Under the FD&C Act, a cosmetic is adulterated if, among other reasons, it bears or contains any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render it injurious under the labeled conditions of use, or under customary or usual conditions of use.”

“The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) reviewed the safety of methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben in 1984 and concluded they were safe for use in cosmetic products at levels up to 25%. Typically parabens are used at levels ranging from 0.01 to 0.3%.” (http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productsingredients/ingredients/ucm128042.htm)

The research that we gathered is that there isn’t enough evidence that proves that parabens in products are not harmful to us especially since the levels of parabens in most products isn’t even close to the actual regulated amount of 25%.

What Are Parabens?

  1. any of a group of compounds used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products and in the food industry.
    Most parabens are found naturally in plant sources. For example, methylparaben is found in blueberries. Where it acts as an antimicrobial agent.
    Studies on the acute, subchronic, and chronic effects in rodents indicate that parabens are practically non-toxic.
    In individuals with normal skin, parabens are, for the most part, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Parabens can, however, cause skin irritation and contact dermatitis and rosacea in individuals with paraben allergies, a small percentage of the general population.

Humans have been preserving foods and other perishable goods for as long as there have been ice and sunlight available to freeze or dry them out. Over time, more methods of preservation were developed: curing, pickling, fermenting and canning, to name a few.

Along this same timeline exists the history of cosmetics. Ancient people tried everything from arsenic to ox blood in their quest for cosmetic improvement, sometimes at great risk to their health. While the ingredient list for ancient makeup was much simpler to understand (“Contained within: one leech, for maximum paleness”), the contents of modern products can sometimes make you feel like you need a degree in chemistry to identify them.

Among the ingredients that frequently turn up on labels of products ranging from toothpaste to deodorant are parabens. Parabens are identified by a wide array of names, such as propylparaben and parahydroxybenzoate.

Chemically, parabens are esters. An ester is a compound formed from an alcohol and an organic acid (in the case of parabens, that acid is p-hydroxybenzoic acid). Despite the occasionally tongue-twisting titles that identify them, parabens of any name are simply preservatives. Without them, bacteria and fungi would begin growing in these products, spoiling them and possibly harming you. Parabens are relatively easy to produce and incorporate into products, making them an ideal way to lengthen the shelf life of a variety of consumer goods.

Daily, most of us consume or apply parabens without knowing it. Some of the products in which they can found are:

  • Cosmetics, such as moisturizer, lipstick, foundation, concealer, eye makeup and makeup removers
  • Hygienic products, such as soaps, shampoo, “anti-wrinkle” creams, toothpaste, topical ointments, deodorant, sunscreen, bandages and eye drops
  • Household or industrial products such as textiles and glues
  • Food products such as salad dressing, mayonnaise, mustard, processed vegetables, frozen dairy products, jelly, soft drinks and baked goods

Handy product, right? So why do some people believe parabens harm the endocrine system, create hormonal disruptions and cause cancer? (http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/beauty/skin-and-lifestyle/parabens.htm)

Though food items and medications have regulatory safeguards, cosmetics do not. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only gets involved if a product is mislabeled or contaminated. The FDA also prohibits any cosmetic that has decomposed or become putrid, so preservatives like parabens actually prevent regulatory intervention from occurring in the first place.

Researchers (and, soon, the public) expressed concern in the 1990s about parabens and public health, but little consensus (or quantifiable information) has been formed since then. Because they’re so commonly used, it’s difficult to study how parabens affect us. The amount of parabens in any individual product is believed to be far less than the amount that would cause you problems. On the other hand, you may use several of these products every day of your life and spread them all over your body, where they normally remain for the majority of the day.

Parabens are cause for concern because they’re xenoestrogens, meaning they fit into specially shaped estrogen receptors located in your cells. Once a paraben molecule has fit into the estrogen receptor, other glands and neurotransmitters begin passing messages and making adjustments based on the presence of that “estrogen.” Some researchers worry that parabens could affect estrogen production or other aspects of the endocrine system. One study of cancerous breast tissue found the presence of parabens, but parabens may very well be found in all tissue, due to widespread use. Parabens — in large quantities — have also been shown to lower the sperm count of mice in laboratory conditions.

Despite these concerns, parabens are still generally considered safe in cosmetics because they’re found in such small amounts. While there are suspicions that parabens may be harmful to us, there isn’t much in the way of solid proof. If you have worries about parabens, seek out product lines that use biodegradable, nonhazardous and eco-friendly ingredients. (http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/beauty/skin-and-lifestyle/parabens1.htm)

Breast cancer

Average levels of 20 nanograms/gram of parabens have been detected in a small sample of 20 breast tumors. These findings, along with the demonstrated ability of some parabens to partially mimic estrogen, a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast cancers, have led some people to conclude that the presence of parabens may be associated with the occurrence of breast cancer, though scientists say no link can be determined from current studies and that more research called for.

The lead researcher of the UK study, molecular biologist Philippa Darbre, reported that the ester-bearing form of the parabens found in the tumors indicate that they came from something applied to the skin, such as an underarm deodorant, cream or body spray, and stated that the results helped to explain why up to 60% of all breast tumors are found in just one-fifth of the breast – the upper-outer quadrant, nearest the underarm (though this is controversial). “From this research it is not possible to say whether parabens actually caused these tumors, but they may certainly be associated with the overall rise in breast cancer cases. Given that breast cancer is a large killer of women and a very high percentage of young women use underarm deodorants, I think we should be carrying out properly funded, further investigations into parabens and where they are found in the body,” says Philip Harvey, an editor of the Journal of Applied Toxicology, which published the research. A 2004 study at Northwestern University found that an earlier age of breast cancer diagnosis related to more frequent use of antiperspirants/deodorants and underarm shaving. “I personally feel there is a very strong correlation between the underarm hygiene habits and breast cancer,” said immunologist Dr. Kris McGrath, the author of the study.

This research has fueled a popular belief that the parabens in underarm deodorants and other cosmetics can migrate into breast tissue and contribute to the development of tumors.

However, no direct evidence of a causal link between parabens and cancer has been shown. A 2005 review of the data available at that time concluded “it is biologically implausible that parabens could increase the risk of any estrogen-mediated endpoint, including effects on the male reproductive tract or breast cancer” and that “worst-case daily exposure to parabens would present substantially less risk relative to exposure to naturally occurring endocrine active chemicals in the diet such as the phytoestrogen daidzein.” The American Cancer Society also concluded that there was insufficient scientific evidence to support a claim that use of cosmetics such as antiperspirants increase an individual’s risk of developing breast cancer, but went on to state that “larger studies are needed to find out what effect, if any, parabens might have on breast cancer risk. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraben)

Benefits Of The Nouritress Hair and Facial Steamer

11 09 2014

Originally posted on NouriTress:

NouriTress Hair Steamer is a home conditioning instrument that protects hair quality, softens and restores moisture to the hair. Steam along with Ions are used to open up cuticles of the hair to allow conditioners to penetrate the hair and lock in moisture that helps stop dryness, breakage and split ends. The NouriTress Hair Steamer provides proper nutrition absorption by opening up the hair shaft using steam which allow conditioners to infuse each hair strand providing moisture therapy to the hair. Hair Steamer conditioning treatments could only be found in top salons. the NouriTress Hair Steamer gives you top salon hydration conditioning treatments right in the comfort in your own home.

*Promotes Healthy Hair
*Softens Natural Hair
*Helps Remove Dandruff
*Stops Dryness & Breakage and Split Ends
*Hydrates Dry, Brittle Hair due to Chemical abuse
*Opens up the follicles in the scalp to help hair to grow faster

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The Hair Vitamin Showdown: NouriTress Vs. Hairfinity!!!!

23 07 2014

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Okay it seems as now everyone is on this hair vitamin craze so Head2Toe Magazine wanted to find out which vitamins work the best or should we say which vitamins are better for you? We have done our research and we found the top two vitamins on the market which are NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins and Hairfinity. Here Goes…..

NouriTress says this about their vitamins:  


VITAMIN C – Ascorbic Acid

For hair: Supports hair health and growth by improving scalp circulation; Useful in treating dandruff; May aid in preventing hair loss.

For health: A key antioxidant and immune-system enhancer that protects against environmental pollution; Protects many important B vitamins from deteriorating in the body; Protects the brain and spinal cord from destruction by free radicals; Needed for the growth of body tissue cells; Helps the body absorb iron.

Perfect Hair Vitamins PLUS (250 mg) Perfect Hair Vitamins PLUS/w Catalase (120 mg) Perfect Hair Vitamins (60 mg)

VITAMIN E – Tocopheral

For hair: Key to hair health and growth by supplying oxygen to the body and improving scalp circulation; Helps combat dandruff; May aid in preventing hair loss.

For health: A potent antioxidant that combats the effects of free radicals and cell oxidation that leads to signs of aging; Prevents deterioration of vitamins A and C and selenium; Supplies oxygen to the body to increase endurance.

Perfect Hair Vitamins PLUS (12 IU) Perfect Hair Vitamins PLUS/w Catalase (12 IU) Perfect Hair Vitamins (30 IU)

VITAMIN B1 – Thiamine

For hair: A protein builder that helps give hair shine, volume and good texture; Enhances circulation to bring nutrients to the scalp.

For health: Crucial in the digestion process for converting glucose into energy; Supports a healthy nervous system and provides good muscle tone; The “morale vitamin” that promotes positive mental attitude.

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VITAMIN B3 – Niacinamide

For hair: Supports healthy hair by helping digestion and improving circulation.

For health: Necessary for healthy nervous systems and brain functions; May be effective in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood; May help ease or

prevent severe migraine headaches.

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VITAMIN B5 – Panthothenic Acid

For hair: Helps produce full, healthy hair by stimulating vitamin utilization and releasing energy from food; With folic acid and PABA, can help restore natural hair color; May aid in preventing hair loss.

For health: Helps build energy by working to burn fats, carbohydrates and proteins; Stimulates adrenal glands to produce cortisone and adrenal

hormones for healthy skin and nerves; Known as the “anti-stress” vitamin for its role in helping the body produce antibodies and withstand tension and anxiety; Accelerates post-surgical wound-healing.

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VITAMIN B6 – Pyridoxine

For hair: Supports the growth of red blood cells that are important for healthy hair and scalp maintenance; Helps prevent dandruff; May aid in preventing hair loss.

For health: Facilitates the release of glycogen for energy from the liver and muscles; Required for the nervous system and normal brain functions;

Important for sound immune systems and antibody production and red blood cell production; A key element in the synthesis and action of RNA and DNA, which hold the genetic code for all cell reproduction; Involved in more bodily functions than any other nutrients, but easily lost during improperweight-loss dieting, pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives.

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VITAMIN B12 – Cyanocobalamin

For hair: Required for red blood cell formation to help maintain healthy hair and scalp; Useful in eliminating and preventing dandruff.

For health: Assist in proper digestion, absorption of food, protein synthesis and metabolism of carbohydrates and fats; Helps iron function in the body;

Improves memory, concentration and balance; Maintains fertility; The only vitamin with essential mineral elements. Perfect Hair Vitamins (6 mcg)


For hair: Helps improve hair quality; May aid in preventing hair loss, particularly among men; Can help prevent hair from graying.

For health: Essential for metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein; Aids cell growth; Important in the utilization of B vitamins.

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For hair: Helps maintain healthy hair and skin.

For health: Required for energy production and red blood cell production; Aids in protein metabolism; Important for production of DNA and RNA.

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For hair: Stimulates hair growth; Aids in preventing hair loss; May help treat and prevent dandruff.

For health: A “conductor” that directs and oversees the efficiency of digestive, immune and nervous systems and the growth of cell and tissue; Important in the development of all reproductive organs; Protects the liver from free radical damage.

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For hair: An important anti-graying agent; Necessary for healthy hair.

For health: Produces an important antioxidant and protects against a variety of free radicals; Helps the body maintain a proper balance between “good” and “bad” cholesterol; A vitamin-C booster in the formation of elastin, a primary component of muscle fibers.

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For hair: Helps improve skin health, hair shine and body; May aid in preventing hair thinning and loss. For health: Aids in fat metabolism and helps reduce cholesterol.

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PABA (Para-Aminobenzoic Acid)

For hair: Helps improve skin health, hair shine and body; Acts as a hair-color restorer and an anti graying agent with folic acid and pantothenic; May aid in preventing hair loss.

For health: A “vitamin within a vitamin” that stimulates the body to produce folic acid and vitamin B5; An antioxidant.

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For hair: Helps in treatment and prevention of dandruff; Necessary for healthy hair.

For health: Creates the vital antioxidant glutathione to combat free radicals, fight inflammations and boost the immune system; Prevents premature aging by preserving tissue elasticity. Perfect Hair Vitamins (30mcg)


For hair: May help in preventing hair loss.

For health: Helps break down fats to prevent fat buildup in the liver and arteries, which could affect blood flow to the brain, heart and kidneys;

Protects against infections. Perfect Hair Vitamins (30 mg)

Other Ingredients Perfect Hair Vitamins PLUS – NouriTress Proprietary Blend (942 mg)

Saw Palmetto Extract, PABA (granular), Inositol (granular), Choline (bitartrate), Pygeum Africanum (5:1 extract), Grape Seed (95%

extract), Green Tea (98% extract), MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), L-Cysteine.

Catalase (Perfect Hair Vitamins PLUS/w Catalase ONLY)

Google these products for yourself NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins has all the natural ingredients that help fight against hair loss as well as aid in healthy hair growth.

Hairfinity says that their vitamins contain: 

Biotin Biotin promotes healthy hair growth and protects against dryness. Increases the elasticity of the hair’s cortex, thus preventing breakage. Helps produce keratin that prevents hair loss.

Niacin (Vitamin B3) Niacin promotes scalp circulation Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – prevents hair loss.

Vitamin A Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp.

Vitamin C Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps maintain hair and skin health.

Vitamin D Vitamin D helps prevent hair shedding which is critical to a voluminous fuller head of hair.

Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12 is essential to the formation of healthy red blood cells and helps transport oxygen to the scalp and follicles, which is required to sustain hair growth.

Vitamin B Complex Vitamin B Complex nourishes and supports a healthy scalp environment and healthy hair growth. Deficiencies in these vitamins can lead to hair thinning, hair loss, graying, and weakening of the hair structure.

Silica Due to its ability to maintain collagen, Silica helps maintain the hair’s elasticity and helps keep the hair lustrous.

MSM The sulfur provided by MSM is required for healthy collagen and keratin, which are essential to healthy hair growth.

EXCLUSIVE CAPILSANA™ COMPLEX delivers a unique blend of Hydrolyzed Collagen, MSM, and Silica provides 18 Amino Acids, which are the building blocks of the protein that gives hair it’s strength. The exclusive complex also provides sulfur required for healthy collagen and keratin, which are essential to healthy hair growth.  ingredients for hairfinity

 Now you have read the ingredients that both companies say their vitamins contain it is only left up to you to take the one that is better for your body. We also research all of the reviews about both vitamins and we found that a lot of customers who purchased Hairfinity said that Hairfinity caused skin breakouts or either the vitamins made them sick. We also researched to see what Hairfinity had to say about why their vitamins cause skin breakouts and they said this:

Hairfinity does not cause acne breakouts, the nutrients in our vitamins helps to promote overall health. When your face breaks out it is actually a positive sign that bacteria and toxins are flushing their way out of your internal organs and blood stream.

Hairfinity contains MSM which can naturally increases your hair growth phase. MSM also enables cells and tissues to detox. MSM can induce acne breakouts because your body is actually purging out toxins. To further speed up the purging process it is important to flush your system out with plenty of water. After this purging process is done your skin will become clearer, softer, and more radiant. It’s also highly recommended that you couple MSM up with Vitamin C which is needed to help healthy new cells to grow. Without enough Vitamin C, it’s a lot more difficult for your body to create and grow these new healthy cells. Vitamin C achieves much of its protective effect by functioning as an antioxidant and preventing oxygen-based damage to our cells.

So, Hairfinity pretty much admitted that their vitamins can cause breakouts because of the MSM but NouriTress Vitamins also contain the same ingredient and we haven’t found any reviews that say NouriTress caused their skin to break out hmmm….

We did read a review about NouriTress that said the vitamins made them eat more than usual but we also read a review that said NouriTress made them lose weight.

We believe that NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins may be the better vitamin because they have more ingredients than Hairfinity and they also have a full line of hair products for relaxed customers and natural customers. Not only are they nourishing the inside of the body they are also nourishing the outside of the body. they have a product that contains Procapil which is a naturally clinical proven ingredient that prevents and reverses hair thinning and loss of hair called ER Day and Night follicle treatment drops._MG_3933 We also found out that they also have a salon located in Fayetteville, Georgia called NouriTress Hair Salon and Hair Clinic. They are really dedicated to not only healthy hair growth but their main focus is on hair loss and hair loss prevention. The salon offers laser hair therapy and they also do scalp analysis which is a machine that can let you know if there is something going on with your scalp.

Both vitamins are good but we found that NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins has more herbal ingredients that fight against hair loss and Hairfinity didn’t come close. Hairfinity will help you to grow longer hair but NouriTress will not only help you grow longer hair but it will help you grow thicker hair as well.

Here are a few reviews that we found online:


tara paulk

I have been taking hairinfinity I took it for 5months. I stopped because these breakouts are driving me crazy when one go away 3 more come. They all around the chin and mouth area one on my eyelid. It’s so annoying because they leaving dark spots! I’m using dark spot cream. Hopefully it go away!! So annoying. I would not be taking this again.

Hyper Nova

You are not alone Dee. Are you still breaking out? Just like you I have great skin, girl I didn’t even finish the first bottle. I still go through the spurts of these breakouts sporadically, and I haven’t taken hairfinity in approximately 4 months. I’m honestly afraid of taking/trying it again.

Marie S.

I’m on my one month bottle and I’ve been breaking out like crazy. I like the hair growth but it’s not worth it. Your hair looks healthy though… You took the good with the bad lol

Hi i started taking the hair infinity vitamins about a month ago. simply because i wanted my thicker hair back and as well because i had heard great things about it. One of the side effects that i was getting were terrible headaches that would last for hours soon after taking them and then my face started to break out. So i tried drinking more water the headaches eased up and so did the acne. I did notice in that month after washing my hair it was longer and thicker so i would recommend it..

Yes hairfinity really does work. It made my hair go from shoulder length to arm pit length in 1 month. With this miracle pill comes side effects. The pill gave me really bad acne. I had it all over my face as well as my back, chest, and arms. I was told to drink lots of water so I made sure I was drinking atleast 10 glasses a day but this did not help. So yes, I did sacrifice my beautiful skin until my hair got to where I wanted it to be.



I have balding areas with no hair at all around my edges as well as at the crown of my head and I was actually one month away from having hair transplant surgery when a friend referred me to NouriTress.com! Oh my goodness, in only one month of taking the vitamins, my bald areas are visibly filling in and there are sprigs of hair growing along my edges. My hairdresser has even noticed. Not only that, my skin has cleared up and my nails are stronger and thicker as well. I am a believer!! These vitamins saved me $8,000 in the cost of surgery and I plan to purchase and take them until my hair is completely restored and beyond. AMAZING!!!!


I will be ordering again! ASAP, these vits have done an amazing job in the less than a month I have taken them. The price is great also!


I thought is was good for my hair but was taken back when it changed the color of my urine and caused constipation

Angela Person

I started using nouritress vitamins with catalyst, the stimulating shampoo and conditioner, botanical reconstructor and the vita oil a month ago. I figured if I am going to try this, then I should do it 100%! I happen to be styling my hair two days ago and noticed that a lot of my gray hair that I have around the front of my head had turned a reddish color! OMG! My gray was transitioning back to my natural brown color. I was so tickled and excited to see that. Also my hair has gotten so think. I have so much new growth and so now it is time for a perm. I do not like the natural pattern of hair (kinky curly)! I will be ordering two bottles today. Now of course I have changed the way I eat, drink lots of water throughout the day and exercise at least 4 days out of the week. I also take my vitamins at night because your body heals faster and works better for you when it is at rest. With all the extras taken into consideration I DO think the nouritress product works and I will continue to be a customer. I can’t wait to see how long my hair will be this time next year. MO HAIR everyone!!

 Grinada Luckett

I just finished my second bottle of NouriTress vitamins. I am amazed! I am in love with my natural texture. My hair is very healthy. I will most definitely continue to order the hair vitamins. Thanks NouriTress for such a wonderful product. I have recommended this product to my family and friends as well. :)
In conclusion, if you are taking Hairfinity and they are working for you continue to use them, but if you are having major hair loss, or hair thinning we recommend NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus.

The Benefits of Taking Ginkgo Biloba

23 07 2014

Originally posted on NouriTress:


Studies has shown that hair thinning and hair loss can be reduced by herbal remedies such as Saw Palmetto, Nettle Root, Pygeum Africanum to treat male baldness pattern; grape seed oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil to stimulate and encourage new hair growth.

Using Ginkgo Biloba with other natural ingredients for hair growth will give you the best results when trying to grow your hair or control hair thinning. Consume natural DHT inhibitor such as Pygeum Africanum in conjunction with Ginkgo Biloba, DHT inhibitor will prevent DHT from attaching itself to follicles receptor so that follicle will regrow a new stronger hair and Ginkgo Biloba will stimulate new hair growth. 

Ginkgo Biloba is famous in China and it has been used for centuries to treat many kind of ailments including HAIR THINNING. It has been widely used in Europe for the last 2 decades to treat many ailments because Ginkgo Biloba…

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Skintelligence: Hairfinity Breakout Cure

16 07 2014

Who wants their skin to break out? We have been doing research on different hair vitamins and one thing that we have found out Hairfinity does cause breakouts!

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gloss – Review & Swatches

24 06 2014

Originally posted on DebE:

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gloss

I’m having a bit of a moment with glosses, can you tell? Today we’re talking about the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Glosses, which I’ve been reaching for quite a lot since I first got them. Ulta has these at $3.49, so I was worried they may be discontinued… but I checked and other retailers are carrying them online, but I’m not sure about in stores. Either way you can still pick them up and I highly recommend that you do!

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Love Who You Are Because It’s Too Expensive Not To

20 06 2014

I found this article on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/29/beauty-industry-women_n_5127078.html and it is very interesting….

In America, the perennial quest for beauty is an expensive one.

Every year, women spend billions of dollars in exchange for beautiful hair, luxurious eyelashes, and smooth, silky skin. Still, many of our culture’s most common beauty procedures were virtually nonexistent a century ago. The truth is, many of our expectations of feminine beauty were shaped in large part by modern advertisers. We’ve tracked the history behind some of the most common “flaws” that besiege the modern woman and the surprising stories behind their “cures.”

Here are seven insecurities women have been fed by marketers:

1. “Your natural hair color isn’t pretty enough.”

“Does she or doesn’t she?” asked the Clairol’s ad that launched a million home hair dye jobs. Indeed, the aggressive Clairol marketing campaign would trigger an explosion in sales. In the process, the percentage of women dying their hair would skyrocket from 7 percent in 1950 to more than 40 percent in the ’70s.

The ads showed everyday women reaping the benefits of more lustrous hair, a luxury that had long been exclusive to glamorous supermodels with professional dye jobs. The ads proclaimed, “If I have only one life, let me live it as a blonde.” Indeed, Clairol peddled the perfect yellow shade of the dye as a way to transform your life:

Clairol hair dye offered self-reinvention, in 20 minutes flat, particularly for women who didn’t want to reveal their true age or their gray roots: Shirley Polykoff, the advertising writer behind Clairol’s goldmine ad campaign, described her plan as such: “For big success, we’d have to expand the market to gather in all those ladies who had become stoically resigned to [their gray hair]. This could only be accomplished by reawakening whatever dissatisfactions they may have had when they first spotted it.” Clairol did that with ads like, “How long has it been since your husband asked you out to dinner?” Nowadays, about 90 million women in the U.S. color their hair, according to a 2012 IBIS World Report.

2. “Your body hair is gross.”

Today, women in media are generally depicted sans body hair or mocked for daring to bare it. But surprisingly, from the 16th to the 19th century, most European and American women kept their body hair au naturel.

What changed? According to researcher Christine Hope, the answers lie in fashion and advertising. First, in 1915, came what Hope called an “assault on the underarm” — a burst of advertisements warning women that unsightly, unfeminine under-hair arm must be shaved to look “as smooth as the face.” Otherwise, no dancing for you:


Next, came an explosion of ads encouraging women to shave their legs to look more attractive in sheer stockings and fashionable swimwear. By the end of World War II, shaving had become an expectation for American women. Ads in the ’60s and ’70s continued espousing the “unfeminine” nature of body hair.


The bikini arrived on the fashion scene in 1946 and brought with it the next contested body hair territory: the bikini line. The Brazilian Wax was imported to the U.S. in the late ’80s and popularized by mainstream media in the ’90s.

Today, pubic hair removal is pretty much a staple amongst young American women: 80 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 34 remove at least some of it, and, according to research, many of them are motivated by the desire to conform to social norms or appear more feminine. Even now, hair-removal ads — like Veet’s recent “Don’t risk dudeness” campaign — target the same female-specific anxieties they did a century ago.

3. “Your skin is too dark.”

During the late-19th century and early-20th century, skin-lightening became increasingly popular among black women in America. Skin bleaching was seen as more than a beauty ritual — it was a symbolic way to progress in a prejudiced society, where lighter-skinned black people encountered comparatively better treatment. Advertisers exploited those prejudices in the beauty industry, promising women that they could “occupy higher positions socially and commercially, marry better, get along better” and be more beautiful with lighter skin. In this 1944 ad, lighter skin is equated with “lovelier” skin:


The actual products were seriously dangerous: Most contained the chemical hydroquinone, which is also used to develop photographs. (The chemical has been banned in Australia, the EU, and Japan, but remains legal in the U.S.)

During the ’60s and ’70s, the skin-lightening market dipped in popularity as the “Black is Beautiful” movement grew. The movement encouraged black people to embrace their natural features, rather than attempt to conform to white beauty norms. Cosmetic companies quickly softened their rhetoric, and the phrase “skin lightening” was changed to the somewhat more innocuous term “skin brightening.” The smiling 1962 ad below promises bright, light skin even on the rainiest day while neglecting to mention the possible side effect of mercury poisoning:


Today, skin lightening continues to be practiced around the world, with particular popularity in Africa, India and Pakistan. The annual global market is expected to reach $10 billion by 2015, though many of the products still come with serious health risks.

4. “Actually, your skin is too light.”

In the early 20th century, sunbathing became a popular doctor’s prescription for many illnesses. The supposed health benefits, coupled with a major boom in advertising, created the widespread belief that, as Harper’s Bazaar surmised in 1929: “If you haven’t a tanned look about you, you aren’t part of the rage of the moment.”

Soon after that declaration, beauty companies began selling specialized suntan lotions. Some researchers believe that, because the tanning fad created a new cosmetic market, it also provided a market incentive for the tan to remain an enduring American beauty expectation. And endure it did: In the 1970s, new health concerns about the risks of cancer from sunbathing did not end the craving for a tan — they just created more opportunities for the beauty industry to market new products that could promise protection or fake a “natural” tan that would have every beach bum staring:


The medical world continues to warn of the dangers of overexposure to the sun. The quest for the perfect golden tan hasn’t faded away — many people just choose to fake the effect. Since 2000, the self-tanning product manufacturing has experienced meteoric growth that is expected to continue over the next 5 years.

5. “Your cellulite’s an eyesore. It must be banished.”

Until 1830, large women were generally considered more beautiful and fashionable and master painters lauded their curves, cellulite and all. Since the mid-twentieth century, however, the ideal female form has become increasingly slender. Over the same period of time, cellulite was introduced and demonized as a major public enemy of the ideal female body.

In 1968, Vogue Magazine seized on the term, decreeing that, “Like a swift migrating fish, the word cellulite has suddenly crossed the Atlantic.” Some members of the medical world scoffed at the sudden cellulite anxiety that ensued, calling it an “an invented disease.” Whatever you call it, cellulite affects between 80 and 90 percent of women, and “fighting” it, as well as mocking it, have become marketable American obsessions. Being a female celebrity with any cellulite on your body is practically considered criminal:

In 2014, cellulite remains an unconquerable enemy, and women continue to spend big bucks on products that are often inadequately tested and ineffective in the long-term.

6. “Your unmanicured nails are unsightly.”

Northam Warren began producing what was generally considered to be the first fingernail cuticle remover and nail polish in 1911. He also kicked off an advertising campaign that would spawn the modern nail polish industry. Ads cautioned women about the embarrassment of having un-manicured fingers. Business exploded from $150,000 in 1916 to $2 million by 1920. Having manicured nails became a way to display wealth and elegance, proving that you were above “lowly” manual labor. And if you thought you could hide those unmanicured hands, this 1923 ad had news for you:


Image: Creative Commons, Cutex

The sales pitch worked. In 1912, only a quarter of women used products on their hands or fingernails — by 1936, three-quarters of women did so. During World War II, Cutex nail polish even appealed to women’s national pride:

Today, nail polish — and the services that go along with it — have become beauty staples for women. As of 2012, Americans spent a record $768 million on the stuff.

7. “Your eyelashes aren’t long enough.”

Historically, women darkened their lashes with everything from elderberries to resin, but mascara products didn’t emerge until the twentieth century when T.L. Williams founded Maybelline. The brand’s popular 10-cent mascara swept the nation. While makeup had once been considered immoral by some, Hollywood actresses made it glamorous. Women were promised the sultry eyelashes of their favorite actresses, as in this advertisement from a 1929 “Motion Picture” magazine:

As more mascara products emerged, companies began making numerous claims about the lengthening and volumizing effects of their products. Major cosmetic companies have come under fire for misleading advertising methods, like using false eyelashes on models.

Even so, the quest for longer lashes has grown into a full-fledged beauty and pharmaceutical market. As Nancy LeWinter, editorial director of OneStopPlus.com, told The Huffington Post: “Five years ago, the lashes you had were the lashes you had and you threw mascara on. Today, you’re getting extensions, you’re using Latisse, we’ve got the whole area of obsession over eyelashes!” ‘Cause hey, your eyelashes could always use another millimeter or two, right?



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