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You Don’t Need No Stinking Brushes

Friday, March 4th, 2011
By Glinda

Or do you?

On my post addressing how to clean your hair brush, the beauteous wildflower asked:

Is there any reason one has to use a brush? I use a medium-toothed comb, and I have thick, stick-straight hair that is very amenable to a brush. I’d guess that anyone with curly or wavy hair would have all the more reason to use a comb instead. What exactly does one need a brush for?

Excellent question.

And when I really got to thinking about it, I wondered what the hell a good answer was.

Have I, all these years, been a victim of some sort of anti-comb conspiracy?  Have I spent all sorts of money on brushes that I didn’t need?

Well, yes and no.

I am sure that I could definitely get by using just a comb.  I use a comb in the shower to distribute my conditioner evenly, and then I use another comb apres shower to detangle my wet hair.   So I am certainly no stranger to combs.

But then once my hair is dry, I find myself compelled to brush it out with a brush.

Why is that?

For me, a brush (and the better the brush, the better the final result) gives my hair a smoothness and sheen that I simply cannot get with a comb.   I have long, straight hair and after brushing, it gleams.   That gleaming unfortunately does not occur with a combing.

Granted, the gleaming effect goes away after a bit, but I can’t resist it.

And we cannot ignore the styling options that round brushes such as these can bring to the table when blow-drying and such.

So I guess the answer is that I don’t NEED a brush, but rather I prefer a brush when I want my hair to look a certain way.

Anyone? Bueller?

Beauty FAIL: Color Samples

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
By Glinda

You know, there’s something to be said for a spouse who knows you really, really well.

We’ve been a couple for coming up on 20 years, married for almost ten.  So the man knows better than to get me flowers on Valentine’s Day.  Hell no, he took me to Sephora and pretty much told me to get whatever I want.  The man certainly knows how to make me swoon.

I’ll have some posts up on what I bought later on, but I wanted to share a pet peeve that I was reminded of when browsing the displays at Sephora.

We can explode protons, but we cannot figure out how to truly represent the color of makeup?  I’m talking specifically about those horrid plastic things on the end of lipstick testers that purportedly tell you what the color is supposed to be.  Eight times out of ten though, the color looks pretty much nothing like the color representation.  And a lot of the time, the lip pencil and eye pencil ones aren’t any better.

Which kind of sucks, because then you know that you can’t really discount what it looks like on the tester and you have to try it out on your hand.  I still am not comfortable trying the stuff on my lips or my eyes, no matter how many times they wipe it and tell me it is perfectly sanitary.  

I definitely have fun trying out colors, but it would be nice to know that the color sample I’m looking at is fairly accurate. 

Is that too much to ask?

Things I Don’t Do: Maybelline Great Lash

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
By Glinda

No less than three commenters on the Dior 360 post proclaimed their love for Maybelline Great Lash.

They are not the first.

They will certainly not be the last.

I cannot tell you how many people have said the same thing. I have read it in countless magazines and beauty blogs as well.  All of them touting the wonders of Great Lash! So fantastic! So cheap! So easy to purchase!

I wanted badly to drink of the Great Lash Kool-aid.

Who would not want to spend less than ten dollars on some fantastic mascara?  Who would not want their search for the perfect mascara to finally be over, or to at least have a damn good backup?

Me! I would!

But I have tried Great Lash already.  Multiple times.  Because it’s less than ten bucks, so why not?

And I hated it.

Truly hated it.

Hated it on a level that places it somewhere between wearing control top pantyhose and having someone conduct a loud conversation on their cell phone in the booth next to me at a restaurant.

Maybe my expectations were too high.

It did absolutely nothing, nada, zip, for my lashes, which aren’t half bad to begin with.  I kept applying it and maybe hoping that I had done it wrong the time before.  But alas, my much-anticipated love affair with Great Lash was doomed before it ever began.

So forgive me if I secretly don’t believe you when you extol the virtues of Great Lash.

Norma Kamali Renounces Lipstick

Friday, December 17th, 2010
By Glinda

In this essay and accompanying interview with the founder of Aveda cosmetics, Ms. Kamali says she has given up wearing lipstick altogether.  Horst Rechelbacher apparently scared the bejusus out of Ms. Kamali by stating that we ingest liptsick (which is true, to some extent) and therefore we are poisoning ourselves with lead and arsenic and who knows what else.

I did some research, including here, here, and here to find out if Mr. Rechelbacher knew what he was talking about. 

 Because I’m not going to say that I’m a big fan of putting poisonous things on myself on a daily basis.  Monthly, maybe, but daily is a bit much.

I also went here, here, and here to read a bit more from the other side.

My thoughts?

We are exposed to toxins on a daily basis, including from our homes, work, and the environment.  So there is no escaping toxins, really. 

Second, I’m not necessarily a big fan of the FDA, and I do believe that the ingredients in cosmetics should be listed for all to see and that there should be more transparency in that department from the cosmetics industry.

Third, I noticed that almost all of the more “inflammatory” articles were either from sources with a vested interest in people buying their “green” products, or people who are heavily invested in a green lifestyle.  Nothing wrong with a green lifestyle, but some of these people are the same ones who believe that children shouldn’t be vaccinated, which I highly disagree with, so there’s that. 

The consensus seems to be that in a lifetime, a woman will ingest about four pounds of lipstick.  Over a lifetime, not a year, as stated in one of the articles above.

In taking all of this information into account, as well as my love for lipstick, I’m going to say that Ms. Kamali is just slightly overreacting.  I’m not going to tell her to put on some red lipstick because she apparently believes that lipstick is toxic, but man, talk about living in fear.  I’m thinking that she is exposed to more toxins breathing the exhaust-laden New York air on a brisk walk than she is wearing lipstick.

And Mr. Rechelbacher, while technically being correct about what lipstick contains, doesn’t go into the specifics, which are actually very important.  Which is a shame, because I really do love Aveda lipsticks, they smell fantastic. Shame on you, Mr. Rechelbacher.  But I’m not sure it’s enough to get me to stop wearing your lipstick.

Do I trust everything companies and the goverment tell me? No.

Am I already being poisoned by lots of other things, including the air that I breathe? Yes.

Is four pounds over a lifetime all that much? I’m thinking no.

With all the research I’ve done and facts at my disposal, I’m going to pick my poison, in a manner of speaking, and continue wearing lipstick.

Wanna join me?

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