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Pretty Price Check (07.19.10)

The Pretty Price Check: Your Friday round-up of how much we paid for beauty this week.

First up! Thank you to the lovely commenter over on this Sociological Images post, for giving Beauty Schooled a big shout-out — and hi to all of you new folk who have traveled over from there!

If you’re looking for the post she referenced (the story of Client Nine and the Parent-Supervised Eyebrow Wax) click here. To be honest, it’s a lot less dramatic that the Toddlers & Tiaras clip over at Sociological Images — but that maybe makes it that much creepier. Because Nine’s mom wasn’t a reality TV-hyped pageant mom, where you expect her to say outlandish things so you get to scoff and judge her. She was just a normal mom, wearing faded nursing scrubs and not much makeup. And Nine’s dad was this average-looking guy in old cordoroys. And they thought getting her eyebrows waxed was just what you do when she gets to a certain age, so she can look a certain way, and we can all relax about it. Judging that mom felt a lot more uncomfortable because it meant also judging myself.

And while we’re at it, I have to ask what good it does for us to get all up and arms about that pageant mom and say she’s a bad parent or wildly insecure or whatever? Tearing down other women for their choices about the beauty myth is just never productive. (Even when it’s funny. And I’m as guilty of this as they come.)

Tearing down the industry that sells us that myth, on the other hand… is our raison d’etre here at Beauty Schooled. So let’s get our Price Check on! (Yes, it’s Monday not Friday and I’m late again. It is summer, you know.)

photo of Bikini Ink

  • $75 is the price tag on Bikini Ink, which is the new vajazzling, only it’s a fake tattoo that goes where your pubic hair belongs. (This makes me extremely hopeful that the vajazzling trend is dying so that people will stop rushing up to me on the street/sending me text messages/emailing me and asking, “oh my GOD, have you blogged about vajazzling yet?” Which just kept resulting in me NOT blogging about it, because it made me grouchy. On the other hand, I am mostly posting this so I can say “yes” when they start asking the same question about Bikini Ink.) (Via American Spa Blog and BellaSugar, where I found the picture above.)
  • $20-30 is the cost of the circle contact lenses made popular by Lady Gaga and girls wanting huge Bambie eyes. Oh, also blindness. Or at least, pink eye. Pass. (Via iHeartDaily)
  • $19.50 is what you’ll pay for Gap Kids Skinny Jeans. And how do we feel about marketing “skinny” jeans to little girls? Not so great, hmm? J. Crew calls ’em stovepipe jeans, that would have worked for me. (Via New York Magazine’s The Cut)
  • 18 is the age of Charice Pempengco, a FIlipino singer who just released her first album and got Botox for an appearance on Glee. (Via Female Impersonator.)
  • SPF 100 is a total crock of sh*t. Just wear your 30 and reapply, reapply, reapply. (Via Beauty to the People.)

And on that note, who cares if it’s really Monday? Blow off work early and go to the beach — wheee!

(I mean, I can’t, but you still should. Because I’ve got JUST 18 NIGHTS — and ummm, 9 more makeup hours — LEFT at Beauty U* so the only tan I’m getting this summer comes from Stephanie’s airbrush gun.)

Must Read: (At the beach or wherever you are) Newsweek’s new special report, “The Beauty Advantage.” I’m reading now… so expect pithy thoughts soon.

Get Excited For: Wednesday, when Annie Leonard releases her new video, The Story Of Cosmetics. I. Know.

*Spread over four weeks, don’t get panicked now, and remember, the blog doesn’t end when Beauty U does — it gets better than ever!


Filed under Beauty Schooled, Pretty Price Check, week 34

Could You Go Product-Free?


BellaSugar goes off the product grid.


Whenever people hear that I write about eco beauty trends, chemicals in personal care products, and the like, they immediately want to know what products I use and why. (And I have to explain that Beauty Schooled isn’t the right place for product reviews, which you already know because you read this.) Then they want to know if I make my own beauty products. And then they get all puzzled when I start laughing uproariously.

The truth is, I’m rather suspicious of all you homemade beauty groupies, what with your whisking up batches of gluten-free egg white facials and your achieving of obnoxiously shiny hair using only mint tea and pure thoughts. I swear I’m not DIY phobic. I can knit, make granola, and install Elfa shelving before you can say Martha Stewart. But let’s face it, half the fun of beauty products is the pretty packaging. I like the way the yummy chocolate brown Pangea Organic bottles look in my bathroom. (No that wasn’t an endorsement, I didn’t tell you whether they worked, just, let’s all agree that they’ve hired some wicked good bottle designers.) In fact, the packaging might be more than half the fun, considering how often a product doesn’t quite work as well as you hoped it would. “This Mary Kay Satin Lips treatment seems to be making my lips more chapped, not less,” I’ll think. “But damn if it doesn’t look cute in my purse.”

There’s just something so comparatively unglamorous about fussing around with smushed bananas and storing your concoctions in sad little jam jars with peeling labels. Been to that sleepover, have the frozen bra and the acne scars to prove it. Which is why I am so enjoying BellaSugar’s attempt to go cold turkey on cosmetic chemicals for a month. While DIY converts usually can’t stop raving about how their mango smoothie blah-blah-bored-now smells sooo delicious, one week in to this blogger’s experiment, her husband was calling her “little rennet,” as in cheese, and asking if she’s bathed in fish and chips. Yep, that sounds more like it. She posted the week 2 update yesterday and seems to be turning a corner, but is still struggling with greasy hair and under-eye circles. Sigh.

Okay, so let me have it. Parabens, mindless consumerism, unhelpful stereotypes about people who make granola and don’t shower, oh my! I do know, I promise. And I sort of love you for shaving your legs with peanut butter. I’ll even direct you to some helpful resources, like iheartdaily’s review of Ecobeauty by Lauren & Janice Cox, MakeYourOwnCosmetics.com and green JolieNadine correspondent Katherine McKenney’s terrific ItsaNaturalBeauty YouTube channel.

But for the love of Sephora, don’t ask me to do anything with my peanut butter besides eat it.


Filed under Beauty Schooled, Ingredients, products