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Beauty Companies Love to 'Empower' Women, Over and Over and Over Again

This week, Soledad O'Brien announced that her O'Brien Raymond Starfish Foundation would be teaming up with CoverGirl cosmetics to produce a series of documentaries as part of their "Girls Can" movement. For O'Brien, Girls Can is an way to help empower young women. For CoverGirl, it's the perfect way to convince young… » 2/28/14 11:00am 2/28/14 11:00am

Women Stress About How They Look More Than Anything Else

Adulthood is a series of time sucking precursors to moments of enjoyment — traffic jams, that spinning pinwheel of doom that your computer shows you when it's thinking, standing in lines at airports, outside of clubs, at the grocery store. For women, there's also the omnipresent time suck of Getting Ready, or… » 2/24/14 5:15pm 2/24/14 5:15pm

Fake Tanning Gunk Is Destroying Some Mattresses in the UK

Bronzers and other gooey, UV-free artificial tanners may help the porcelain-hued citizens of the world achieve that sun-burnished quality so desirable by today’s aesthetics, but such tanners will also turn everyone who uses them into giant, weeping puddle monsters that seep through sheets and ruin perfectly adequate… » 9/01/13 4:30pm 9/01/13 4:30pm

Black Henna Dye Might Cause 'Oozing Lesions' on Some Gullible Tourists

What are some words you associate with the phrase "temporary tattoo?" Probably things like "boardwalk," "awesome," "vacation," "crooked," and "flaky." If you're talking about henna tattoos, however, your temporary tattoo word cloud might include things like: "hives," "boils," and "rash." That's because, according to a… » 3/26/13 3:30pm 3/26/13 3:30pm

400 Years of Women Removing Their Body Hair

If you've ever cursed the depilatory gods for why you feel you must shave your pits for summertime or wax your entire pubic area so that no man should tremble asunder at the sight of one errant hair, you've probably reached into the typical goody bag of suspects in search of a guilty party: pop culture, lady mags,… » 12/19/12 11:30am 12/19/12 11:30am

Your Lipgloss Is Popping Because of Traceable Levels of Lead

Lady cosmetic enthusiasts, drag queens, Robert Smith: our lipstick has been compromised. Good Morning America, in a recent attempt at shattering our fragile dome of innocence and blissful ignorance, has conducted tests on 22 types of lipstick and discovered that over 55% of it — no matter the color, brand or… » 12/03/12 1:55pm 12/03/12 1:55pm

Awful-Sounding Feminine Bleaching Products Are Gaining Popularity…

Earlier this year, an Indian product called Clean and Dry Intimate Wash introduced, or reintroduced, us to the horrifying necromancy that is vulval bleaching. That product, with its attending SNL-esque commercial, was roundly derided for being terrible, but the world has yet to hear the end of bleached vulvas —… » 9/23/12 8:00pm 9/23/12 8:00pm

$13,000-a-Jar Moisturizer Will Help Your Skin Cells 'Radiate Light'

If you're fabulously wealthy, capricious, and so vain that the only substance able to keep your face molecules from melting is a fine amalgam of silk and pearls that took four pearl divers each to retrieve, then by gosh do I have good news for you! A new face cream — though "face cream" is probably too vulgar a… » 9/17/12 12:25pm 9/17/12 12:25pm