Posts Tagged: beauty products

My Imaginary Friends: The Beauty YouTuber Economy

I quit my job at the end of this February to participate in a writing residency at my apartment funded by myself. After being mentally and physically numbed by my service sector job almost every day for five months, I found myself abruptly, uneasily alone and well rested. It is often these moments of emptiness in my life when unexpected manias and fetishes overtake me, some new stupid interest I can devote all my free time to. This time, it was YouTube videos of women recommending beauty products. Obviously.

My own relationship to the world of cosmetics is conflicted and idiosyncratic. I refuse to do anything to myself that I [...]


The Anti-Wrinkle Pill: Uncrumpling From the Inside

Above are some preliminary results from testing Unilever's "anti-wrinkle pill," a three-a-day capsule that contains soya isoflavones, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins E and C, and lycopene. "Independent researchers" are apparently giving it "a guarded welcome," and the best results show a 30% reduction in deep wrinkles, while the average face gets a 10% reduction.

The pills (currently nameless) will be available at 44 spas in Canada, Spain, and the U.K. starting next month, although the above-mentioned independent researchers are keeping their wrinkled eyebrows raised until "a peer-reviewed journal has published the results in full."

What next, Emily Caporello, Vain Scientist?


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Dayna Evans is a writer of words and a player of music. You can find her writing here, her music here, and her tweets at @hidayna.


Foreskin for the Face

Did you know that after a baby gets circumcised his discarded foreskin goes on to live a remarkable life of its own? For instance:

  • Cosmetics: Foreskins are used to make high-end skin creams. The skin products contain fibroblasts grown on the foreskin and harvested from it. One foreskin can be used for decades to produce fancy face cream like the SkinMedica products hawked on Oprah.
  • Skin grafts: In addition to making products for skin, a baby’s foreskin can be turned into a skin graft for a burn victim. Because the cells are extremely flexible, they’re less likely to be rejected. Currently, this technology can be lifesaving in providing [...]
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    20 Irrational But Nonetheless Persistent Beauty Fears I’ve Picked Up From My Time as a Female Human Being

    If I forget to wear bronzer, I’ll look like Powder.

    If I don’t replace my mascara every six months, I will develop huge, painful styes on both eyes. And then I’ll probably go blind.

    My deodorant is definitely giving me armpit cancer, right this very minute.

    If I use the wrong shade of foundation, women’s magazine editors will swoop down from the sky, hawk-like, and pelt me to death with bottles of the correct shade.

    If I neglect to wash my face before bed, I will wake up the next morning with cystic acne, dirty sheets, and probably cancer?

    I will likely contract tetanus from shaving with a rusty razor.


    My Quiet, Mostly Disgusting Adventures With Natural Deodorant

    This is the ridiculously long story of how I exchanged regular deodorant-antiperspirants (Secret, Dove, Degree, etc. —  the ones that make you smell nice) for natural deodorants (Tom’s, Jason’s, the crystals, etc. — the ones that make you disgusted with yourself, your clothes, and the haze of putrescence that surrounds you at all times). Here we go.