For L'Oreal, Recruiting a Makeup Safety Activist Is Not Worth It

Jessica Assaf, co-founder of the blog BeautyLiesTruth, has dedicated her time to visible public activism, advocating the boycott of parabens and other toxins in cosmetic products. She recently received a recruitment email from L'Oreal, a company that definitely uses toxic ingredients in their products and has … »11/05/14 3:30pm11/05/14 3:30pm


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 5:15pm2/24/14 5:15pm

Goldman Sachs Lures Women To Coding With Beauty Accessories

First, the good news: Goldman Sachs sponsored a conference with the express purpose of getting women interested in the typical sausagefest profession that is computer programming. Now, the bad news: they placated attendees of said conference with some kind of feather-rufflingly stereotypical swag: mirrors and nail… »2/11/14 9:30pm2/11/14 9:30pm

Selfies Aren't Empowering. They're a Cry for Help.

Much virtual ink has been spilled over the past few days over the Oxford Dictionary's choice of "selfie" for 2013 word of the year. But I've noticed among the chorus of opinions on the social media self portrait an annoying trend: the selfie evangelist. Selfies are just dandy, they say, because they're a way for… »11/21/13 12:20pm11/21/13 12:20pm

Depressing Study: Men Look More At Your Body Than Your Face

"I'm not a boob man or a butt man or a leg man, I'm a face man," say LIARS. According to new research, no matter what a woman's build, men spend more time looking at women's bodies than they do their faces, which means that we can stop with this "anti aging" bullshit and just let our mugs turn into the face of the… »10/29/13 1:00pm10/29/13 1:00pm

Here's Proof That Not Washing Your Face Is Totally Disgusting

Confession, guys: unless I'm in the shower and I feel particularly grimy that day, I rarely wash my face. I figured my face skin was sort of like dirty laundry — if stuff lays around for long enough, everything just kind of cleans itself (I realize, typing this out, that my logic is flawed). Anyway, long story short,… »9/19/13 5:30pm9/19/13 5:30pm

A Depressingly Large Percentage of Nigerian Women Are Using Harmful Skin Bleach

Last September a horrific-sounding "intimate bleaching product" gained popularity in India and Thailand, which promised to make vulvas "fairer within four weeks." While the shock value garnered this a lot of coverage, sadly, skin bleaching has actually been immensely popular for quite some time. »4/06/13 1:30pm4/06/13 1:30pm