Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Warning: NYX Lipstick Contains a Dangerous Ingredient

Post Update 2016: NYX Lipstick Contains BHA, a Known Carcinogen and Dangerous Ingredient

I apologize for the hearts I am about to break with this one.  I was answering reader comments when I saw EmmeFatale had posted asking if the NYX Jumbo Pencils contained Parabens.  No, they don't contain Parabens, they contain something much, much worse.  

NYX lip products contain a chemical called BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole).  It's primarily used as an antioxidant to prevent fatty products from going rancid and developing a funky smell.  BHA is banned in Europe in the use of cosmetics and California has it on the list of 'known carcinogens and reproductive toxicants'.  The Environmental Working Group has BHA topping out at a 10 on their health hazard scale.  But hey, let's put it into lip products where women can slowly ingest it throughout the day.

Other NYX cosmetics contain BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene), also an antioxidant.  Along with being in cosmetics, it is also in jet fuel, rubber and embalming fluid.  Yummy.  It is a Toluene-based product. Toleune is a neuro toxin that is especially dangerous to pregnant women.  Those of you who are into nail polish should recognize Toluene as the chemical the majority of nail polish companies removed from their products.  Most nail polish actually boasts a 'Toluene' free label.

NYX Lip Products Containing BHA:

The above list is not inclusive. If you use NYX products, please search out the ingredients list on the NYX website so you can make an informed decision about your products and your health.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Review: Maybelline Great Lash - Lots of Lashes

Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes (LOL)

I will admit it, I could never understand how the original Great Lash continues to make it on the top products lists year after year.  Back in my Paraben days, I would try it every few years and always end up throwing it in the garbage.  After watching multiple rave reviews of the new Lots of Lashes on You Tube, I decided to give Great Lash another shot.

I know that some people have issues with the shape of the brush.  It took a couple of tries to get the brush going the right direction but I got the hang of it.  I kind of like the brush design, it's the actual mascara that just didn't do it for me.  If possible, it was worse than the original formula that I remembered.

I wore it twice to give it a chance. The first was to work.  That was a very long day. The mascara did make my lashes thick and dark, but it was like being encased in cement.  They felt very spiky and heavy.  When it came time to remove it, the mascara pretty much chipped off and I had flakes all over my face.  That was a very messy removal - and I lost an eyelash.  My second wearing was for Halloween.  It didn't take much to give myself those thick, spiky spider lashes.  I wore this instead of the false eyelashes I bought.  That is not a positive.  It went into the trash directly afterward.

The upside is that many people actually do like this mascara and it is paraben free where the original formula is not.  If you don't mind the hard lash look, you may want to give this one a try.

Price:  $5.49

Aqua (Water) , Paraffin , Potassium Cetyl Phosphate , Cera Alba (Beeswax) , Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Carnauba Wax) , Acacia Senegal (Acacia Senegal Gum) , Glycerin , Cetyl Alcohol , Hydroxyethylcellulose , PEG , PPG-17 , 18 Dimethicone , Steareth-20 , Phenoxyethanol , Caprylyl Glycol , Sodium Polymethacrylate , Sodium Dehydroacetate , Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil , Hydrogenated Palm Oil , Simethicone , Disodium EDTA , Polyquaternium-10 , Silica , Panthenol , May Contain: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides) , CI 77007 (Ultramarines) , CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide) , Mica , CI 75470 (Carmine) , CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens) , CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green) , CI 77742 (Manganese Violet) , CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide)