Product Review: It’s Ok To Have Lead In Your Lipstick By The Beauty Brains

by Gio

it's ok to have lead in your lipstick the beauty brains

Name: It’s ok to have lead in your lipstick
Brand: The Beauty Brains
Size: 350 pages
Price: $15.10 (paperback), $3.63 (Kindle) $2.99 (nook book)

Synopsis:
Are you sick of outrageous beauty claims and over-priced products that don’t deliver? Tired of not knowing what to believe about products? Confused about who to trust for beauty tips and tricks? Well, worry no more. The popular science bloggers, The Beauty Brains, are back with another book full of informative and fun beauty advice.

The Beauty Brains was one of the first beauty blogs I’ve ever stumbled upon, and it’s been a favourite ever since. It’s written by a group of cosmetic chemists who have a scientific, no-nonsense approach to beauty. They set the record straight on all the myths and misleading information about cosmetic ingredients and products, telling you what works and what doesn’t, what’s safe and what’s dangerous, and clearly explain how cosmetic companies can get away with the hyped-up claims they make.

Their blog is a must for anyone who wants to become a smarter shopper. That’s also the aim of their new book, It’s Ok To Have Lead In Your Lipstick. That’s not the only beauty myth the Beauty Brains debunk in this book. It is divided into six sections – Clever Lies, Scaremongering, Makeup Or Make Believe, Green Products, Bizarre Beauty Ingredients, and Does Anything Really Work? -, each of which is split into mini chapters that cover skincare, makeup, haircare and general questions.

They explain why chemical-free cosmetics don’t exist, how to tell if brands that belong to the same parent company sell the same formula at different prices and whether your skin lotion can set off airport explosive detectors, what ingredients you should look out for in your products and which are just “pixie dust”, with no benefit but to make the product look more appealing to consumers, and a lot more.

The book follows the format of the blog. A reader asks a question and the Beauty Brains answer it in their usual straightforward, humorous style. Everything is explained so clearly that even those who have very little knowledge of chemistry can easily understand it. Informative and entertaining, the book is a breath of fresh air and should be read by anyone who uses any kind of beauty products.

Available at: amazon.com

Summary
Informative and entertaining, It’s Ok To Have Lead In Your Lipstick by The Beauty Brains aims to make you a smarter beauty shopper by setting the record straight on beauty myths, cosmetic ingredients and tactics used by brands to make their products more appealing. Everything is explained in a straightforward and humours style that makes it easy to understand even for those who have little chemistry knowledge.

Rating: 4.5/5

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6 comments

Monica P October 16, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Interesting read. I first found cosmetic myths busted in Paula Begoun’s “Don’t Go to the cosmetics counter without me” .. the industry changes so fast though .. it’s had to keep up.

Monica.

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beautifulwithbrains October 17, 2013 - 6:29 am

Monica, that’s an excellent book too. Paula is a fan of the brains as well and has written a few lines of praise for this book.

And that’s so true, keeping up is so hard! But this is a fun way to do it. 🙂

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Trisha October 16, 2013 - 5:35 pm

This sounds cool. You know, I always wonder if companies like Pantene put the exact same shampoo in all their bottles, and just label them different things (for color-treated hair. For oily hair, etc).

I think I might read this!

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beautifulwithbrains October 17, 2013 - 6:34 am

Trisha, very often the ingredients are the same indeed. Some inactive ingredients like plant extracts or thickeners may be different, but what matters, and what makes the product work, is often the same thing.

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eight October 22, 2013 - 4:21 pm

I loved this book, and their previous one as well. Great review!

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beautifulwithbrains October 22, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Eight, I’m glad you enjoyed it too. It’s a fun and informative read, isn’t it?

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