Urban Decay Summer 2016

Update! You can see pictures and descriptions from Temptalia and now swatches from Phyrra!

Urban Decay has posted some previews of their summer lineup.

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Above photo from VampyVarnish on Instagram

There is the Naked Skin One and Done Complexion Perfector, which I’d imagine is a lightweight foundation or BB Cream like product. It has a small color selection but it looks like they included two deep tones that hopefully will work for those with a dark complexion.

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From Urban Decay’s Instagram

There are what seems to be two shades of the Beached Bronzer, two shades of blush, a highlighter, and eyeliners that I couldn’t find on their Instagram at the moment.

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Beautifully Sweet on Twitter

I’ve mentioned it before, but I have a blog specific Twitter here.

I have it set up to crosspost my blog posts but I also retweet from fellow beauty bloggers and you can find more up to date news on products and brands than you may actually see on this blog. It’s a much better medium to share that kind of thing.

You can follow me on other social media platforms, there are links to the ones I’m on at the bottom of the blog!

See you around!

New ELF Goodies

I haven’t been up to date with ELF because honestly I was pretty bored with the brand. I used to love ELF but over the years there weren’t that many products that interested me.

My interest was piqued again when they announced that skin care items were going to be added to their line of products. Affordable, cruelty free skin care is hard to find. The products are also sulfate, paraben, and pthalate free. Their skin care line ranges from $4-14, which isn’t too bad.

I’m not sure just how new some of these things are, I tend to be pretty behind on stuff.

I finally took a look at ELF’s New Items Pinterest board and there are quite a few interesting items.

They have new brow products, including  a brow cream, but unfortunately they only have a limited shade selection. There’s the Gotta Glow Lip Tint, one of those gimmicky color adjusting lip products. Not surpringly, they have a Rose Gold palette that looks very similar to Urban Decay’s Naked 3. Also, ELF is sporting Mineral Pearls, akin to Guerlain’s Meteorites.

On the skincare end, ELF has a face brush that looks interesting. It’s double sided and features a silicone head for massaging and exfoliating. There is also a Hydrating Bubble Mask, which I find really interesting. I’ve seen other masks like it and they look, at the very least, fun to try.

Are you guys looking at any of these products?

Anxiety and Depression

In a recent post, I said that I have anxiety and depression. It’s nothing new for people who know me, or follow me on other platforms, but it’s not something I’ve actually addressed here. It’s not something I’ve really been hiding, I’m quite comfortable with talking about it now. That’s not always been the case though.

I think I really started thinking about talking about it openly on here after seeing a post by Kelly at  VampyVarnish on Instagram. I think this sort of this is very important to talk about. Mental health is still often viewed with a stigma and is still not very well understood, especially in the general population. People speaking out about it on social media is an excellent way to spread awareness.

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New ColourPop Order

Damn it ColourPop, can’t you see that I’m on a budget??

Ok, so no, I wouldn’t buy makeup if I thought I was in a danger with money. Plus I’ve been very good with not buying a lot of makeup recently. Adult priorities, bills take precedence, blah blah (again, I kid! Be responsible!)

I couldn’t resist the release of their brow products, so I snatched up the Arched Auburn Brow Color. I’m eager to try a cream brow product.

I also picked up their Ultra Satin lippie Panda, and their matte Super Shock Eyeshadow in Hustle. I’m on a purple kick again.

 

External Article – How Teens Could Be at Risk From Cosmetics Use

Teens Could Be at Risk From Some Cosmetics

This is an article from Time about the possible dangers of parabens, pthalates, triclosan and oxybenzone found in a new study (link)  by the university of California.

As someone with a scientific and research background, I urge my readers to take articles like this (though this one is based on a scientific study) with a grain of salt and do their own research from accurate and reliable sources.  A little bit of knowledge goes a long way.

For example, parabens are generally regarded as safe (some more than others) and they keep bacteria and fungi out of our cosmetics, which could cause a lot more damage than parabens themself. Many companies use “no parabens” as a kind of marketing ploy – trying to promote a seemingly more natural product. However, the possible link to cancer and other diseases should be explored. You can read more about the safety of parabens from the FDAInto the Gloss and breastcancerfund.org.

I have seen quite a lot of products advertising “no parabens” and “no pthalates.” Since the article itself doesn’t explain what they are, I’ll give a brief description of each.

Parabens are a class of preservatives used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Pthalates are a group of substances that make plastics more flexible and some are used as solvents as well. Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent. Oxybenzone is a UV absorber used in sunscreens. Each of these has their own benefits and risks and I suggest you do research on them if they are things that concern or interest you.

The Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics are two websites mentioned in this article to find further information on cosmetic ingredients. I linked the above substances with their respective page on the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, however, there a number of different parabens and pthalates so I couldn’t link them to any specific page.

I personally suggest reading articles from Beautiful with Brains. Gio has many articles explaining about substances in cosmetic products. She has a recent article about paraben alternatives, which is a very interesting and informative article indeed.

 

The following is a brief overview by myself. I tried to highlight the most important parts of the article. Please read the article itself and the linked study if you are interested.

Parabens, Pthalates, Oxybenzone, and Triclosan are quoted as potential hormone disrupters that could block, mimic or interfere with hormones in the body. Hormone disrupters are tied to tumor growth and proliferation. Early research suggests that these may raise the risk of cancer, speed the onset of menopause and other health issues. Researches also suspect it could lead to lowered sperm quality in males.

The focus group was teenage girls, with the article stating that this age group tends to use more personal care products than adults. These teen girls were found to have a large and apparently significant drop (25-45%) in these chemicals in their bodies after just 3 days.

Overall there is no conclusive evidence of the ill health effects from these substances, but there is still much more to be learned. Researchers still do not know the long term effects of these substances.

I hope you found this post and article interesting and informative.