Wednesday, July 27, 2011

UK Calls Shenanigans on L'oreal Ads With Julia Roberts

In 'well, der' news, the UK has banned L'oreal ads featuring Julia Roberts and supermodel Christy Turlington because they have been deemed as overly airbrushed.  If America did this, there wouldn't be a magazine left on the stands at the grocery.  

L'Oréal has been forced to pull ad campaigns featuring Pretty Woman star Julia Roberts and supermodel Christy Turlington, after the advertising watchdog upheld complaints by Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson that the images were overly airbrushed.
Swinson, who has waged a long-running campaign against "overly perfected and unrealistic images" of women in adverts, lodged complaints with the Advertising Standards Authority about the magazine campaigns for L'Oréal-owned brands Lancôme and Maybelline. The ASA ruled that both ads breached the advertising standards code for exaggeration and being misleading and banned them from future publication.  Full Article.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Awesome Video: The Story of Cosmetics

SuJin over on the Princess Facebook page just shared this video and I thought it was fantastic.  Entertaining and informative. Of course, if you read this blog, you can already recite this by heart, but it is still fun to watch. Remember, READ YOUR LABELS and spend your money on those products that deserve to be purchased based on their ingredients, not their marketing.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Back in 2009, I was throwing some major hate at Yes to Carrots for their use of Imidazolidinyl Urea as a preservative.  For a year straight, I would send them a stink-o-gram every month asking them to stop using this ingredient.  Apparently, I was not the only one.  The have really cleaned up their act.  Currently, only one product is listed on their website ingredients list contains Urea and I don't believe it is currently in production.

They actually have multiple lines now:  Carrots, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Blueberries.   I used up bottles of their Tomatoes shampoo and conditioner I bought on clearance at Walgreens during the winter.  My hair loved it and they have a great smell.  The only drawback for me is that their products are bit pricey (shampoo $8.99).  They are in-line with the pricing for Burt's Bees in drugstores.  I will be adding more of their products to my routine as I catch them on sale.  

Overview of the different Yes to Carrots offerings on

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Haul & Swatches: Sally Girl Mini Baked Eye Shadows

When I was searching for baked makeup products, I ran across these Sally Girl Mini Baked Eyeshadows from Sally Beauty Supply. They sell for .99 each.  Yes, they are less than a dollar.   They don't have the best ingredients, but they are Paraben Free and free of most of the other chemicals I dodge.  Caveat:  They do contain Mineral Oil and BHT which may cause skin irritation, so don't buy if you are sensitive to these ingredients.

Price:  .99

I found these in a small display at the front register.  There are 12 colors available.  The containers are not labeled with the color name.  The actual product is a bit larger than a dime and is a healthy mound of eye shadow. 

I have not used them yet, but I did a finger swatch and these deliver nice shimmering color completely dry.  I always use my shadows wet, so it will be interesting to see how intense these will become. 


Sunday, July 3, 2011

You Must Be Joking: Laura Geller Baked Eyeshadow Ingredients

I have never used a baked product and have been scouring the web looking for one that isn't pickled in Parabens.  Still looking, but I made an interesting discovery. The popular Laura Geller brand baked products have more dangerous ingredients than a the cheapest Wet 'N Wild product you can conjure. A jaw-dropping experience for me. Highlights:  Talc, Mineral Oil,  Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Butylparaben, BHT.  SERIOUSLY?

I compared the ingredients list of Geller to a cheap knock-off.  A Geller Baked Shadow ($23) to an Essence Baked Shadow ($2.99). 

Please do NOT use either of these products.  I wanted to show readers that some expensive brand names use ingredients just was dangerous - and worthless - as dime store brands. 

NOTE:  I sorted these alphabetically so I could match them up.  

Laura Geller Solid Baked Eyeshadow Essence Baked Eyeshadow
Butylparaben Butylparaben
C13-14 Isoparaffin C13-14 Isoparaffin
Carmine (CI 75470) Ci 75470 (Carmine)
Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate
Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Dimethicone Dimethicone
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate  Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
Ethylparaben Ethylparaben
Glyceryl Ethylhexanoate/Stearate/Adipate Glyceryl Ethylhexanoate/Stearate/Adipate
Imidazolidinyl Urea Imidazolidinyl Urea
Iron Oxide (CI 77491) Ci 77491
Isopropyl Myristate Isopropyl Myristate
Laureth-7 Laureth 7
Lauroyl Lysine  
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
Manganese Violet (CI 77742)  
Methylparaben Methylparaben
Mica Mica
Mineral Oil Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil)
Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate
Phenoxyethanol Phenoxyethanol
Polyacrylamide Polyacrylamide
Polysorbate 20 Polysorbate 20
Sodium Dehydroacetate Sodium Dehydroacetate
Sorbitan Stearate Sorbitan Stearate
Talc Talc
Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)
Tocopheryl Acetate Tocopheryl Acetate
Ultramarines (CI 77007) Ci 77007 (Ultramarines)
Zea Mays (Corn) Starch Zea Mays (Corn) Starch
  Ci 77492
  Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides)
  Synthetic Fluorphlogopite

Friday, July 1, 2011

What's In My Purse: Beauty Products

Was just digging for my address book and realized it would be fun to show you what the Princess schleps around with every day.  I buy for ingredients and value, not brand names.  No fancy brands here.  I try to keep my beauty products as pared down as possible.  My purse already weighs enough. 

Last weekend I purchased the hemp and cotton EcoTools makeup bag from Big Lots for $3.99.  I believe the original contained a full brush set.  This one only had one brush, so it was heavily discounted.

Physicians' Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara in Black.  Beautiful tube, but I hate it which is why it is relegated to my purse.  I feel like I am trying to perform surgery using one of those giant kid pencils.  Love the original though and swear by it.

ELF Mineral Lipstick in Bare Brown.  Most of the ELF line is garbage, but I like their mineral lipstick products.  This one is almost used up.  

Chicken Poop lip balm.  Was a gift.  I like it, but usually reach for my Carmindy lipstick instead.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty by Carmindy lipstick in Rosy Brown.  I have about a quarter of a tube left.  Holy Grail lipstick.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty by Carmindy Pressed Powder in Light.  I hit pan earlier today.  Good thing I have 3 backups in the drawer.
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty by Carmindy Natural Shine Lip Gloss in Bronze Berry.  Getting low on that one as well, better stock up.

Clean Well All-Natural Hand Sanitizer spray.  Alcohol Free.  Another Holy Grail item I have been using this since it came on the market.

Generic eye drops.

Clever Products: Travalo and Flo Pocket/Purse Atomizers

I was watching You Tube last night and several gurus had been sent Travalo perfume vials by the company to review and they intrigued me. Researching a bit, I found a similar product called Flo.  Both have gizmos that allow you to fill them up directly from a spray bottle.  Good for perfumes or other liquid spray products you may want in a smaller container for your purse.  Both are the size of a lipstick tube.

NOTE:  Comments below are based on my research, I currently do not use either product.  Although, I did end up ordering one.  Keep reading.

First up is the Travalo.  MSRP $15.99.  I have seen it listed on sale for $12.99.  You can see more details and video on their Travalo website.  Here are the You Tube video reviews.

How it works:  You take the spray cap off your bottle, place the Travalo over the nozzle peg and start pumping until you reach your desired amount.  That simple. 

Watch the how-to video here:  Travalo Atomizer

  • Extremely easy to use. Bonus for the uncoordinated.
  • Spill-proof transfer.
  • Variety of pretty colors.
  • Window so you can see your liquid level. 
  • There isn't a bottom cover for this.  I would be a bit paranoid about leakage through the pinhole on the bottom - even though it does close after you fill it up.
  • You can only use this product on bottles with pegs.
  • I don't see a way to clean it out when you want to change out perfume.

Next up is the Flo.  MSRP is $14.95.  I have seen it on sale for $9.00.  You can see it in more detail on their Flo website

This one has a built-in silicone funnel on the bottom that allows you to fill from a variety of sources.  You can spray or pour liquid into it.  From the video it appears you press it against the sprayer and squirt.  Simple, but requires some coordination.

There are only a couple of You Tube videos for this product, so apparently they did not do the same guru push as Travalo.  The users I saw did not use it according to the video instructions below.  They were holding the bottles  back and spraying into the hole.  I think the purpose of the silicone is to seal the nozzle so all of your product goes into the tube instead of spraying all over.  

Watch the how-to video here:  Flo Atomizer

  • Fill it from a variety of bottles.
  • You can pour warm water into it to clean for fragrance change.
  • This does have a screw on bottom cover.
  • Medium difficulty to use.  Takes coordination.  May slosh or spill if you are not careful.
  • Choice of 3 colors.
  • No window to see the amount of product.  
  • Pink is currently sold out on their website.  
 So, which one did I end up purchasing?  I bought the Flo in basic black from Amazon for $8.69 with free Prime shipping.  I have used plastic funnels for atomizers for years without issue.  The problem always ended up being the atomizers themselves falling apart or not spraying correctly.  I will take a chance with this one and let you know how it turns out.