Beauty Secrets Revealed?
As I was looking for ideas to write for our beauty column and came across this article on www.dailymail.co.uk which was written by Sarah Griffiths and published on 19th August 2014 about a chemistry teacher, Andy Brunning who did his own experiment to check up on the contents of *gasp* LIPSTICK!
|Reds, corals, berries, nudes, browns… they just take my breath away!
|Don’t they bring back memories? (Source: antikpraveda.blogspot.com)|
|You have to admit, Avon has the best colour collection in lipstick!
(Source: Avon UK)
|Aaaah, this Maybelline shade is simply divine.. And I have two!
(Source: Maybelline Malaysia)
|Let’s pucker up for a smooch… (Source: Internet)|
|Beeswax has been found in Egyptian tombs, Vikings ship wrecks and Roman ruins
Same goes with oils. In the beauty industry, castor oil is the most commonly used. Castor oil is also said to have many, many beauty benefits from head to toe.
|Errrm, no, those are not rambutans.. those are the flowers
from castor oil plant (Source: Internet)
When we look at lipsticks, the first thing that strikes our heads is the burst of colours that beauty brands offer to women (ahemmm, and in some cases, men), convincing our faint hearts that ONE LIPSTICK IS NOT ENOUGH. Well, I couldn’t agree more! Coming to think about it, we women are so smart when it comes to finding excuses to buy more lipsticks. There is a colour for work, another for play. Party lipstick has to be bold and bright, while the casual wear for weekends is usually nude or pinkish. Suddenly there is a rule when to wear matte and when to wear glossy. And we keep telling our partner, a woman must have a lipstick in all 20 of our handbags, for safety reason, in case we forgot to bring one for reapplication. There is always, always an excuse to grab at least one new shade from the recently introduced collection, haha!
|I will marry the man who buys me all these shades of lipstick! I’ll be in heaven!
Pigments and dyes are the ingredients that give colours to all the sinful pleasures neatly packaged in these cute tubes. Be it reds, corals, pinks, nudes, berries, or even browns; we must have at least one from each colour scheme. I personally think it’s a cardinal sin NOT to have at least one red lipstick in our make-up bag. There is a red lipstick and there is THE RED LIPSTICK. Usually THE red lipstick is the one we wear for special occasions.
Carmine red (carminic acid) which is a common pigment used to make red lipstick is actually derived from scale insects; cochineal bugs. Eawww, huh? These insects are boiled in ammonia or sodium carbonate solution. Later, hydrated potassium aluminium sulphate is added.
|Do you see red? Well, this is your shade of red, Madam!
So, what is the red lipstick of your choice? The deeper reds or the lighter reds? To achieve that deeper red shades, a fluorescent acidic compound called eosin is added. The dye will change to an unnoticeable slight blue tinge when applied to skin as the amine groups in the proteins of the skin, causing a chemical reaction that will intensify the colour to appear darker. Eosin is also the same compound that gives your lipstick more long-lasting effects. The name Eosin originated from Greek God Eos which means ‘dawn‘. Perhaps it’s a sign, if you put on the wrong shade of red on a wrong occasion, you don’t want to be seen as a supporting cast in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘. Just like the Malay joke that says something about too red of a lipstick, “Lipstick merah menyala macam buntut beruk!” which literally translates ‘The red lipstick is so bright, it looks like an ape’s behind‘.
|This is NOT the kind of love I’m looking for! (Source: Internet)|
I know why you love pink lipstick so much! Every girl has Barbie as the ultimate definition of beautiful for as long as she can remember. Barbie always wears the iconic pink lipstick, so all girls must have a pink lipstick in their collection too. Before you get too excited, let me share what Mr. Brunning found. So, if eosin is used to create darker shades of red, guess what is used to lighten them? Titanium dioxide is a white compound that dilute the reds of your lipstick and voila, they become your Barbie pink lipstick!
|MAC Cosmestics came up with their special edition Barbie Loves MAC
a few years ago! (Source: Internet)
|All the Barbie pinks you can enjoy, ladies (Source: Internet)|
|Barbie in Nutcracker is still the best of all Barbie movies! (Source: Internet)|
|Aaaah, yes, I had a Barbie make-over myself when Barbie loves MAC was first launched|
And if you think that your lipstick ingredients are not funny enough, wait until you read this. A study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley revealed that 32 brands of lipstick contained lead, aluminium, chromium and manganese, albeit in tiny, tiny doses. Besides, it was done based on humans ingesting lipstick which got me wondering, why would anyone want to eat lipstick? Then, it dawned on me, how many times have we been kissed with full lipstick on, ladies? Aaaaaahhhh, now I know why Berkeley conducted that study. Well, still, don’t worry, babes. It’s NOT the time for you to get your man to sign a will saying you’d inherit EVERYTHING should something happen to him, like… a lipstick poisoning or something, haha! The contents of heavy metals in lipstick are NOT heavy enough apparently to kill anyone, haha!
|Have you kissed your man today? (Source: Internet)|
|Angelina Jolie can pull off that nude lipstick look anytime! (Source: Internet)|
|Okay, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley came close! (Source: Internet)|
Okay, before you start panicking thinking they might put bee sting or bee dung in your lipstick, fret not. It’s actually capsaicin, a compound found in chillies. Yes, chillies, ladies, chillies! Just as some of us who cannot eat anything spicy food as they can get swollen lips, the same idea was put into lipstick. The capsaicin acts like a minor skin irritant to give you a fuller, plumper look. So, remember back in the days when mothers said, “Nak kena cili mulut tu?” which was a common threat made by mothers to stuff chillies into a child’s mouth for saying something foul, I guess, old Malay mothers inspired cosmetic companies to add capsaicin into their lipsticks! Yes, Malaysia Boleh!
|Red, hot chillies for that red, hot look! (Source: Internet)|
Ahaaa, did I manage to spook you with these beauty revelations?
Yup, I don’t think so! How could we women possibly live without lipstick? It’s the most basic thing to have in our handbags. Of course, if you dig deeper into my handbag, you might find at least three, haha!
|Ooooh, this look screams, ‘I’m as hard as diamond, you can’t break me!’
A lipstick is like a miracle invention that can change a woman’s whole face. With lipstick perfectly applied, it enhances our feminine aura and gives a boost of confidence when we really need it. Whatever colour that we apply, a good lipstick with moisturising properties that lasts for hours without re-application is indeed a girl’s best friend. It completes a woman’s make-over and tells her, “You are beautiful as you are, a lipstick only seals your beauty“. Even when you don’t have the time to apply full make-up, just dab a little powder to reduce shine and apply a good lipstick, voila, you’re good to go.
Besides, who’d want to kiss a woman with chappy lips? So, put on your best lipstick, ladies, pucker up and start kissing!
|Nothing says CONFIDENCE better than the perfect red lipstick!
See you in the next confession!
All my love, XOXO,