Posts Tagged ‘fake’

Are counterfeit cosmetics safe?

December 27th, 2013

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Tatyana says… I have been sent two fake makeup palettes that are meant to be Urban Decay, and these fakes are really ubiquitous. As I am a scientist as well, I did notice fairly quickly a few ways to identify fakes besides the aesthetics and scripts with lot numbers. One of my fakes did have an obvious ‘Beauty with ay edge’ typo on the box and insert. Anyway, I love makeup, and I love the hyper-pigmented, super saturated colour that Urban Decay often employs. I do realise some of the cost of cosmetics is in the development and quality control of the product, but is there any significant difference in the quality of the pigments? I do know that the costs of pigments for fine arts painting can be significantly different, and I have always assumed that is due to the nature of the pigment, for example, yellow ochre, cheap, some of the bright, lime greens (I can’t remember the name right now, something like phallocyanate green), expensive. As well, some young women just think it is great to be able to get cheap fake cosmetics, they don’t think there is an issue. Can you elaborate on some of the issues with fakes please? As well, is there any distinction between fake cosmetics and what a lot of them are calling ‘cosmetics from Hong Kong’.

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In the US (and many other countries) pigments are certified to ensure that they don’t contain any dangerous contaminants. This requires a more elaborate process of manufacturing and record keeping but it does ensure that colorants are safe. Some counterfeit products made outside of the US (or other regulated countries) have been found to contain pigments with high levels of lead, for example. While trace levels of lead are common (and not very dangerous) high levels of lead does pose a problem. So it’s possible that some unscrupulous companies are selling these cheap knock-offs rather than using pigments that have been properly quality control checked.

From what I understand, a number of these counterfeit products come from China so I assume that the term “cosmetics from Hong Kong” is just another way to refer to such fakes. (Of course that is not to say that ALL fakes come from China or that every Chinese product is fake.)

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10 Look-Younger-Instantly Makeup Tricks

December 1st, 2010

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See how to take years off your face using these expert makeup tips. We all want to look our best and by “best” we mean the most youthful version of ourselves. There are many ways to slow down the aging process such as wearing sunscreen religiously, eating lots of fruits and veggies, drinking boatloads of water, having a militant beauty routine, using quality skin care products, etc. But for those of you who might have missed the anti-aging memo or just assumed you’d look 20 something well into your 40s, we hate to break it to you, but once the crow’s feet and sun spots have set in, there aren’t many ways to make ’em disappear short of spending tons of cash or getting cosmetic surgery. So your next best option is to fake it. And how can you fake it, you ask? With makeup, of course.

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Jeffree GaGa – Poker Face

September 11th, 2009

Jeffree Star meets Lady GaGa for this one-off ridiculous escapade of ravenous woe. Not only does it prove that elaborate hair and makeup can cause even the most talentless amongst us to resemble those who possess a fair amount more – but it also demonstrates that we absolutely cannot dance 🙂 Enjoy 😉

Alice In Wonderland Inspired Makeup Tutorial How-To (Creative)

August 18th, 2009

For tutorial click here: and my inspiration for doing tutorials like this to begin with is: if it wasnt for her, I dont think I wouldve even tried to do something different! Shes awesome 😀

Megan Fox Makeup Look

August 6th, 2009

Megan Fox Hot Makeup Look Inspired from the Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen Red Carpet Premier in a Purple dress. Megan Fox looked Hot! Mineral Magic Cosmetics click here: Beautifully pigmented vegan and titanium free natural cosmetics. Check out the website, discounts offered for YouTube viewers! Megan Fox Foxx hot interview kiss maxim feet movies picture compliments of tinypic