There’s Something in the Lipstick!

Quick, everyone switch to lip gloss. The FDA has recently found that about 400 shades of popular lipstick contain trace amounts of lead. What exactly is trace, and why should we care? I mean, everything has trace amounts of stuff on it. My cell phone has trace amounts of crap particles on it, my skin always has trace amounts of glitter on it, and there will always be trace amounts of nose nachos in Charlie Sheen’s nasal cavity.

My first question? WHICH LIPSTICKS?!

The first offender is Maybelline Color Sensational “Pink Petal” lipstick. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Well, I know what I’m thinking:  Lead! Maybe she’s born with it…maybe it’s Maybelline! 

Hint: It’s probably Maybelline. Two lipsticks by Cover Girl and two by NARS also landed in the top 10.

What is a safe normal amount of lead in lipstick? Studies say 1.11 parts per million. What did “Pink Petal” test? 7.19. Click here for a complete list of the lipsticks that WILL kill you. Just kidding. Just proceed with caution, as it seems that these days, everything is trying to kill us.



L’Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray

This product has been around for years and is especially popular in Europe, but only after watching Bravo and seeing L’Oréal Elnett hairspray being sprayed onto Rachel Zoe’s luscious locks (the only luscious thing on her body) did it cross my mind that I should probably try this product.

That, and I only trust products that have their own vehicles.

It seems to be at its cheapest at Target, but it’s honestly still a hard sell at $11-14 bucks a can. There are trial sized versions of the can available, but they’re not much of a better deal, and I would rather go big or go home.

Preferably, "big."

Here are my thoughts on this luxurious spray after several uses:

The Good-

  • The spray holds a style well, even after brushing
  • Leaves no build up or flakes
  • Beautiful vintage glamorous can
The Bad-
  • Expensive
  • Despite claims, it does leave some stiffness on hair
The Ugly-
  • Smells like AquaNet
All in all, while I don’t think it’s a total waste of makeup, there are definitely cheaper alternatives to this iconic hairspray. My short list of picks: Garnier Fructis & Kenra.
L’Oréal Elnett Hairspray | $11-14 Target, CVS Pharmacy, Select beauty retailers |

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