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Slap on some make up, will ya!

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The ninnies at the NYTimes were asking, “Does make-up hurt self esteem?“, a question that I find particularly grating, for a number of reasons, the main being that self-esteem is meaningless without accomplishment.

No, make-up does not hurt self-esteem. What cosmetics do (and not only foundation and lipstick, but also hair grooming products, skin moisturizers, and nail polish) is show men and the world that you value yourself enough to present yourself in a favorable light.

Which, by the way, is exactly why overdone or unflattering make-up broadcasts a poor message about you.

The Last Psychiatrist says that No Self-Respecting Woman Would Go Out Without Make Up, and TLP is right;

The evolution from “enhances sexual attractiveness” to “doing it for yourself” is definitely a regressive step, and by regressive I here mean “regressing to age two”, but it’s the next step which reveals the presence of a neurosis: recruiting science as a justification for behavior: “Study finds makeup makes you appear more competent.”  Can’t wait to read about that study in a Jonah Lehrer book.  Ugh.  So here’s the evolution of feminist theory, take notes: “I want to look better” to “I want to feel better about myself” to “I want people to think I am better.”  Madness. 

Go read the whole long rant, and slap on some make up, will ya!

With the POTUS coming up with 23(!) executive actions in one day, using children as props, you’ll need the make-up.

(Yes, I use all the products shown in the Amazon links, and, yes, the Garniers are actually good for your skin, and you’ll support this blog.)

Election day: Red shoe day

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

The ladies from the Cotillion are wearing red shoes today in support of Sarah Palin. Since it’ll be a long day (with a fair amount of walking) I won’t be wearing these; instead I’m wearing these, the Geox New Alexa, in red:

And red lipstick, too!

Red shoes to go!

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Via Larwyn and Maria, Sarah Palin returns to Alaska wearing red high-heeled pumps.

Lisa Schiffren points out,

for the record, that is the second pair of ruby-red shoes she has worn in the last two weeks.

Going by that photo, I belive that she’s wearing Stuart Weitzman future, available at Zappos for $216.00.

A splendid choice, especially for us who love red shoes.

David All, who was at the RNC last week, sent photos of other shoe choices during the convention. McCain was wearing his Ferragamo loafers while Palin wore open-toe pumps:

Here’s the well-shod Palin family:

Following the Palin shoes:
The Ferragamo ticket?
The right Palin shoes
Palin’s shoes, and firing guns

Obama’s stuck on lipstick. The Anchoress has the perfect button for Obama.


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The red lipstick visitors

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

I was checking my blog stats and found that a large number of people have recently been reading this post from last October.

Did they come because of the lips? (No, those are not my lips)

Or because of the red nail polish? (Yes, this is my hand)

Or perhaps because of the information about lead in lipstick?

We’ll probably never know for sure, but thank you for your visits all the same.


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You’ll pry my red lipstick "from my cold dead hands"!

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

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I’ve been wearing red lipstick since I was in my teens and red lipstick was not in fashion.

The reason for this was that my favorite aunt always wore red lipstick and matching red nail polish all her life and sh looked sensational. The first lipstick I ever wore was hers (I must have been two years old or so. She went out and bought me my own little-kid brand).

Well, today I get up, open my email and find this, via Agent Bedhead:


Toys made in China aren’t the only products laced with dangerous heavy metals: lipstick manufactured in the United States and used daily by millions of American women also contains surprisingly high levels of lead, according to new product tests released today by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The lead tests were conducted by an independent laboratory over the month of September on red lipsticks bought in Boston, Hartford, Conn., San Francisco and Minneapolis. Top findings include:

More than half of 33 brand-name lipsticks tested (61 percent) contained detectable levels of lead, with levels ranging from 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm). None of these lipsticks listed lead as an ingredient.

One-third of the tested lipsticks exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy – a standard established to protect children from directly ingesting lead. Lipstick products, like candy, are directly ingested into the body. Nevertheless, the FDA has not set a limit for lead in lipstick, which fits with the disturbing absence of FDA regulatory oversight and enforcement capacity for the $50 billion personal care products industry.

If you follow their links they also have a question and answer section and a PDF copy of their report.

The report, you can see if you open the link, features a photo of a cute little girl and is titled “A Poison Kiss: The Problem of Lead in Lipstick“. Hmmm. Remember what I was saying about “for the children” arguments the other day?

The study claims that “Women inadvertently (but harmlessly) eat about 4lbs of lipstick in a lifetime.” Considering my early start, I must be working my way into my 6th lb or so. Not one of the symptoms described (learning, language and behavioral problems such as reduced school performance and increased aggression, infertility and miscarriage) have ever happened so far. However, if you try to separate me from my red lipstick it may lead to increased aggression on my part.

I read the full report and what it comes down is that it calls for yet more government intervention and regulation. Why am I not surprised?

After reading the report I’ve made an informed decision:
“I have only five words for you: From my cold, dead hands.”

Which, by the way, will be wearing OPI Big Apple Red nail polish:

(And before you ask, that is a photo of my hand, but the red lipstick gif came from here)

Do you like red lipstick, or do you hate it? Answer the survey!

Janette emails,

Here’s a link that kind of talks about what I mentioned in your comments, Fausta.
Lead in Candy Likely To Be Consumed Frequently by Small Children: Recommended Maximum Level and Enforcement Policy

The allowable lead level in candy was .5ppm until 2006 which means that all of US grew up eating a lot more lead as a tasty treat than what’s currently in our lipsticks.

And we turned out fine.


IMHO this is just a case of another wacky “consumer’s rights group” trying to get free publicity on the tailcoats of another hot story (lead in children’s toys).

About the “Campaign for Safe Cosmetics”

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a coalition of women’s, public health, labor, environmental health and consumer-rights groups.

Founding groups of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics include: Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, Breast Cancer Fund, Clean Water Fund, Commonweal, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, National Black Environmental Justice Network, National Environmental Trust, and Women’s Voices for the Earth .

And more:
Snopes had already debunked this story in 2004. But it’s never too late for Safe Cosmetics to drive its agenda, isn’t it?

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