Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Perfect Nude Lipgloss-

Having trouble finding the perfect nude lip gloss?

Our trick of the trade:
Mix Just Gloss PureGloss for Lips with your current Amazing Base shade for the ultimate nude lip gloss.

With a wide variety of shades to choose from, your new customized lip shade provides not only the perfect hue but also sun protection and luxe moisturizing agents.

With healthy ingredients such as White Lily Bulb Extract, Aloe Leaf Juice, Jojoba Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Green Tea Extract, Safflower Seed Oil, vitamin E, Tangerine Peel Oil, Ginger Root Extract lips are guaranteed to stay nourished all day long. Natural mica provides just enough shimmer!

A little daring? Why not mix Just Gloss with an alluring shade of 24K gold dust! Our pick for the season is pink.

• All of our glosses are formulated in a base of organic vegetable oils.
• Ingredients provide staying power, moisture and nourishment to the lips.
• A tingly mint and ginger flavor that is a natural plumper.
• Contains grape seed and pomegranate extracts as antioxidants.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Urban Legends: Lead Lipstick Test

There is a fear-mongering e-mail about a test for lead in lipsticks that has been circulating the internet since May, 2003. It is long on misinformation and short on verified facts.

The e-mail suggests that if you transfer some lipstick to your hand and run your gold ring over it, the lipstick will turn black if there is lead in it. Certain metals, including gold, may leave a dark streak when scratched on various surfaces, but this is an artifact of the metals themselves, not an indicator of a chemical reaction with lead or any other substance.

According to a statement from the American Cancer Society, laboratory tests have shown that some name-brand lipsticks sold in the U.S. do contain trace amounts of lead from the dyes used in their manufacture, but the lead content of these coloring agents is strictly controlled by the Food & Drug Administration to meet currently accepted safety standards and pose no serious health threat.

Moreover, the message is both inaccurate and misleading when it implies that cancer is the main health hazard posed by lead exposure. Though it is indeed listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a probable human carcinogen, lead has other, more direct health effects -- including brain damage, nerve disorders and reproductive problems -- that are far more worrisome. Source:

Thus, a gold ring test will not detect lead in lipstick

Update: A new version of this message circulating since September 2006 contains the additional claim that the material was authored by a Dr. Nahid Neman of the breast cancer unit of Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto.
We’ve done our research with the CCTFA (Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association) and no such person exists.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Glases 101: How to Enhance Eyes

What makeup looks good with eyeglasses? For women who don't wear contacts, eye makeup is a constant battle. Enhance eyes or draw attention away? How do you know which to do?

It depends first on your eyes: myopia or hyperopia? That is, nearsightedness or farsightedness? Jane Iredale offers her tips on what to do in each situation!

Jane notes: "If you are nearsighted your eyes will look smaller behind glasses so wear more makeup in order to define your eyes. Pale but vibrant shadows with a liner on upper and lower lids. And, yes, two coats of mascara on upper lashes."

Try PureLash Lenghtening Mascara in Jet Black and new Liquid Liners (available in Black, Black/Brown and glamorous Gold).

"If you are farsighted," Jane notes, "your eyes will look larger behind glasses so you might want to tone down your makeup – or may be not! Definitely be careful with the liner. Think about getting it as close to the lashes as possible so it becomes a real lash line. Go easy on the mascara."

Try Creme-to-Powder Eyeliner with a jane iredale Eyeliner Brush. Product goes on so smooth and finishes so crisp, you'd swear it was liquid. The brush makes application as easy as 1-2-3 and allows you to create two looks -- crisp and smudged with the opposite sponge end.