It's OK to Have Lead in Your Lipstick by The Beauty Brains Review

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Beauty Brains website is one of my favourite resources for the no-nonsense scoop on ingredients, how formulas work, and beauty myth-busting. I read and loved their first book, Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm? so I was very excited to read their latest, It's OK to Have Lead in Your Lipstick*!

One can already tell from such a title that the Brains get straight to the point. Each section has a theme and contains questions and answers originally submitted to the Beauty Brains website, along with other relevant information. The first section, Clever Lies, explains how companies exaggerate or use vague statements in their marketing to sell products, as well as other interesting info such as how to tell if brands under the same parent company have the same formulas despite price (hint: check the ingredients label!)

There are six sections in all, each divided into chapters skincare/makeup, hair care, and/or general questions.  While everything is based on science, I still found the book easy to understand with my (sadly) limited knowledge of chemistry. The Brains neatly explain everything relevant to the average reader, though I'm sure those with advanced knowledge of chemistry (cosmetic or no) will still find the book interesting. While I found every section interesting and a must-read, one that I think will pique the interest of most readers is Part V, Bizarre Beauty Ingredients. Bird poop facials? Bull semen?

Even if you are a frequent reader of cosmetic science blogs, there is still a lot of interesting information to learn. I didn't realize, for example, that scientists don't yet know how much antioxidants we need in skincare to have any effect. Also, apparently sulfates in shampoo don't strip colour any more than any other type of shampoo! That's groundbreaking for me as I had been in the anti-sulfate club due to the belief that they would prematurely fade my hair colour.

It's OK to Have Lead in Your Lipstick is a great read for anyone who wants to learn the real scoop on controversial topics, ingredients, and how to find formulas that work. I highly recommend it to everyone, and I think anyone can enjoy it and learn something new, regardless of your knowledge level of cosmetic science.

I don't have purchase info yet, as the Brains are still finalizing publishing details. I will let you know when and where you can buy the book when it is available!

P.S. The winner of the Spicy giveaway was Jasmine! Congratulations!

P.P.S. Sorry I've been MIA! I lost my blogging mojo but I am starting to gain it back. I anticipate some big things happening over the next few months though. Thank you to those who have stuck around despite my sporadic updating!

*Book provided for review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Oh this sounds very interesting. I am pretty meh about companys' that promise amazing things with their super innovative formulations etc
    Also I hate it when people totally blow things out of proportion, claiming, with no basis, this or that ingredient can kill you, yada yada yada
    Yea, anyways, I would totally check this out when it comes out :)

    1. I hate it too when people go on rampages against certain ingredients and then that causes companies to make their products LESS safe by using replacement ingredients that haven't been tested as well as the former.

      I hope you do! I'll make a post when I find out the release date!

  2. I think the book title is a play on the book `there`s lead in your lipstick` This sounds like a great read!

    1. I think so too!

      It really is! I think everyone should read it.

  3. this book sounds so interesting. there's so much information out there that it's really easy to get confused (i do all the time)... i will definitely be keeping my eye out for this book. the other one you mentioned (can you get hooked on lip balm?) is definitely something that i need to read. great post! :)

    1. Thank you!

      I hope you check out the other book too! It is really easy to get confused, especially when companies will stop using ingredients just because dodgy studies got spread around... Or they'll use a hyped-up ingredient but in such low quantities that it doesn't have much of an effect. It's very easy to get "trapped"!

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