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Feeling MEH? Some FIRE THERAPY Will Sort You Out…

Hiya Poutlings! ❤

Once upon a time when the world was still new, humanity started drafting its long-running list of dangerous, idiotic things done in the name of youth and beauty. In ancient Greece, blonde hair was valued above all, women lightened their tresses with arsenic… which later become a popular ingredient for face powder *clickety click*. Venetian Cerise, a skin whitening cosmetic considered the best of its time, contained white lead that would eventually cause sores, organ damage and death. Similarly, the first kohl was made of dark lead, which Egyptians proceeded to put in and around their eyeballs. Because that’s a good place to lead…. aaaand let’s not start with Elizabeth Bathory, the bloody, excuse the pun, Blood Countess, who bathed in and drunk the blood of hundreds of virgins to keep herself looking youthful. To Liz’s credit, she lived pretty long for her time period. Maybe she was onto something? Anyway.

With all the experience we shallow humans have had risking our lives (and ending the lives of others) to improve our looks, you’d figure we might stop sometime. And yet!! The beauty coups just keep getting weirder. And when the weird gets super-weird, it packs up its under-eye bags and heads to Asia, where it will then undergo huǒ liáo, Huǒ liáo, simply translated to “fire treatment” is a widely practiced form of alternative therapy, performed all over China at “beauty salons” and “therapy centers“. It involves in soaking a towel in a specially prepared “secret elixir” before placing it on the “problem area“. Then some alcohol is added as “starter fluid“. And then they set it on FIRE.

make your eyes shine by..... setting them on fire???

make your eyes shine by….. setting them on fire???

The fire therapy is pretty straightforward, but as for why people do this and what it actually does… eh, who knows? Places that practice huǒ liáojust make ambiguous claims such as “You’ll feel great“. This particular photo was posted on a Chinese message board by a woman who said, “My mom went to get her face done at the beauty salon so I went with her. What I saw… instantly shoecked me.”

….so next time your aesthetician squeezes your pores a little too hard (extractions), just thank your lucky stars you’re not in China, where they’d be taking setting fire to face faster than you can say, “That’s not a pimple, it’s a birthmark!”.

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Lead in Lipstick – What is all the HYPE About?

Helloooo Poutlings

As a beauty product enthusiast (one may say “hoarder” but I am a makeup artist, so it’s ok!) lipstick is one of my very favourite things in the world. At any given moment I have a bare minimum of 5 tubes rattling around in my handbag… and another 500 at home. When I buy a new one, (which I do often), I consider the colour, the texture, the packaging the longevity of the formula and sometimes, let’s be honest, just how luxurious it looks and feels. What I am definitely not thinking about, however, is what actually goes into it.

I was momentarily dismayed last year by a number of studies conducted by the FDA that found significat amounts of lead in at least 400 lipstick formulas, but it mostly applied to the “drugstore” brands, with a few exceptions.

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I thought, because the lipsticks I buy generally cost upward of at least R200.00, they must be lovingly crafted with safe, healthy ingredients in Narnia by cuddly dexterous animals wearing vests. Ignorance is bliss, babes, and there was no substantial evidence to say otherwise.

But my warped logic has been compromised: I received one of THOSE emails, you know, THAT email, that people forward not sure if it is true but they want to warn you anyway. The email claimed that all lipstick contained enough lead to kill you, well maybe not that much but enough to kill you sometime in the near future. So, I did as Fi does and researched.

“Good Morning America”, a television show in USA tested 22 types of lipstick and found that a serious majority – over 55% – contained traceable amounts of lead, regardless of the colour, brand or manufacturing origin.

Still, I’m not going to surrender my Guerlain Rouge Automatique in favour of some TV show somewhere in the world just YET. The FDA assures us all that trace amounts of lead in lipstick, the levels of which have actually dropped over in the past year of 2012 cannot harm you. You aren’t eating that shit straight out of the tube, are you? I hope not. But if these statistics are freaking you out, nonetheless, you can count on brands like Tarte, ILIA Beauty, Jane Iredale and Vapour Beauty for completely clean, lead free alternatives to what you might otherwise pick up at Clicks or Dischem.

…and I suppose South African cell networks would love to blame these findings on the poor cell phone reception at times. haha.

x flea143

Related:

Lead in Lipstick Overview: Policy, Toxic Substances in Cosmetics, Tests, Recommendations, Stakeholder Initiatives & More http://krilloil.com/blog/lead-in-lipstick/

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