There was a time when several of my favorite cosmetics came under fire for containing some random chemicals that "studies" revealed were killing me. Still, I clung dearly to my Urban Decay nude palette and slathered on my Stila lip gloss. My thinking? We're all going to die anyway, might as well look good in the meantime. Maybe not the most mature tack to take but lo and behold, I'm still kicking, shiny lips and all.
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But now, there's a new study that may just convince me to loosen my grip on my makeup bag once and for all. I mean, chemical poisoning is one thing, but early menopause? Count me out. Here's the scoop: New research from Washington University's School of Medicine found that phthalates -- chemicals that are common in cosmetics, plastics, and household cleaners -- could be affecting ovarian function and human reproduction.
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The study examined phthalate levels in the blood and urine of 5,700 women.
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- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Beauty – Mon, Oct 29, 2012 4:06 PM EDT
There was a time when several of my favorite cosmetics came under fire for containing some random chemicals that "studies" revealed were killing me. Still, I clung dearly to my Urban Decay nude palette and slathered on my Stila lip gloss. My thinking? We're all going to die anyway, might as well look good in the meantime. Maybe not the most mature tack to take but lo and behold, I'm still kicking, shiny lips and all.Read More »from Your Makeup is Making You Pretty -- and Encouraging Early Menopause
- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Oct 26, 2012 5:57 PM EDT
Fact: I love shoes.
I'd never dream of dropping $200 on a new leather jacket or an anti-aging face serum. But when it comes to Stuart Weitzman's new thigh-highs or an incredibly cute pair of bowed leather Oxfords, I hand over the plastic. Which means I've got far too many shoes -- too-trendy cutout platforms to work-appropriate pumps and flats.
But, it turns out I've overlooked one important category: workout shoes.
Fitness experts say that you shouldn't take a one-size-fits-all approach when buying workout shoes. What you're supposed to do is choose a pair that's built for your specific exercise. Are you heading to the gym in the shoes that are best for your go-to workouts? See the best shoes for your workout now.Read More »from Are You Wearing the Right Sneakers for Your Workout?
- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Beauty – Wed, Oct 24, 2012 8:26 PM EDT
San Francisco ChronicleThe search for the next, best wrinkle-zapping treatment is always on. But it turns out the fountain of youth has been in our hands all along. Or actually, in Tata's hands, the first Thai masseuse to bring the ancient beauty art of face-slapping to the U.S.
For a mere $350, Tata will hit you with "targeted smacks" across your cheeks, chin, and forehead to "move the muscle and fat around" so that you see a noticeable difference (and not just in the shape of a red hand print). Mawan Sombuntham, Tata's husband and co-owner of the salon, says Tata can smack your face so hard it'll "help with wrinkles, make your face slimmer, and make your pores smaller."Read More »from Want to Get Rid of Your Wrinkles? You Need a $350 Slap in the Face
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We've got one disclaimer for you, though: This treatment is also 100 percent void of any scientific support. (And, you know, basic reasoning and common sense.)
And it gets better. Tata is returning to Thailand
Halloween is officially one week away, and if you're still dragging your heels on figuring out a costume, we're about to make your day.
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Forget those ratty-looking costumes that come in plastic bags (sexy firefighter, anyone?) or topical ideas that are guaranteed to be out in full force (like "binders full of women" and unemployed Big Bird). These DIY costumes don't require anything other than lipstick, eyeliner, and face paint.
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So, retire those tired cat ears and go for one of these.Read More »from Halloween Makeup for the Costume Procrastinators
The holidays are supposed to be all about giving. But every time I see the launch of a new holiday nail polish collection, I get a little selfish -- and this season's collections are no exception. From super-pigmented shades to new textures (sequins anyone?) to the ubiquitous holiday glitter, there's something for everyone. Check out our 10 faves now.
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The question has stumped everyone, from life-long bachelors to world-class scientists to women themselves: Where is the G-Spot and does it even exist?
There are magazine articles explaining what it is, YouTube tutorials on how to find it, and entire books dedicated to helping men and women alike understand the ever-elusive anatomy of the female sex organ.
And now, from the land of Botox (and the duck lips to prove it), comes an injectable that supposedly makes the great G-Spot much easier to find. Docs in Los Angeles are now giving women the G-Shot, a hyaluronan filler injected into the G-spot area that increases the size of a woman's G-Spot. The result? More intense, multiple orgasms.
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At $1,500 a pop this shot to your lady parts doesn't come cheap. But thanks to the wonders of local anesthesia, it is reportedly painless. Plus, it lasts four months and it's a simple
- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Oct 19, 2012 5:03 PM EDT
I like to think of myself as a generally happy, rational, even-keeled person. But once a month, like clockwork, there's a night when I stay up late crying and blogging about some sad cat video or a random guy who's not texting me back. Woe is seriously me at those low points. And, every time, again like clockwork, when my period hits a week later, I experience a wave of relief that, phew, I'm not a crazy person and it's just my out-of-whack hormones that make me act and feel like one.
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So, imagine my dismay in reading this new study that says that the PMS symptoms you and I feel are actually not real. Suckawhat?
A group of Canadian researchers - whom, bummer of bummers are female - failed to find "clear evidence in support of the existence of a specific premenstrual negative mood syndrome" after reviewing 47 in-depth studies on menstruation.
The research, published in the journal "Gender Medicine," doesn't refute theRead More »from Scientists Say PMS is a Figment of Our Imagination – Wanna Bet They're Male?
The good people at the Coca-Cola Company, who have been happily fulfilling our sugary, carbonated drink needs since 1886, want to change things up a smidge. They're introducing a line of health drinks called: Beautific.
Launching in France later this year, the line will debut with four different drinks, each addressing a specific beauty issue. First up? Hair health, weight loss, sun exposure and general vitality. Oui, oui, mon ami.Read More »from Have a Coke and a Vitality Boost?
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For this venture into uncharted territory, the world's largest soft drink maker has teamed up with French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi, And, surprise, the beauty elixir will be sold in pharmacies -- not grocery stores.
Both corporations are hopeful that this beverage offering will revive more than just consumers' vitality -- they're looking to revamp their images into those of healthier, more trustworthy brands. With Coca-Cola under fire for its unhealthy beverages amid rising obesity rates
- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Beauty – Wed, Oct 17, 2012 5:03 PM EDT
Most of the time the Internet is a virtual playground filled with bullies and pranksters. It's a sort of Wild West where anything goes and where commenters live to one-up each other with mean rants and snarky remarks.
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Take, for example, one Richard Neill, who penned a witty Facebook post to Maxipad Company, Bodyform. His gripe? That the U.K. outlet's advertising led him to believe that women's menstrual cycles somehow involved rollerblading, mountain biking, cheerful moods, and a mysterious blue liquid.
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In response, the company has turned the tables on Neill by issuing a perfectly ironic apology video, which explains away their ads by saying that men just couldn't handle the real, scatological truth of what happens during menstruation. A few highlights? Bodyform faux CEO (played by an actress) jokes that the happy ads are for men's own protection and then proceeds to drink a glass of theRead More »from Maxipad Company Releases Sarcastic Response Video, Women Everywhere Applaud
- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 16, 2012 5:03 PM EDT
In junior high, my favorite snack was Flamin' Hot Cheetos dipped in cream cheese. I know, I know it sounds gross but let me reassure you that a) it was delicious and b) watching the white cheese -- and my fingers -- turn red from the chip's artificial dye was seriously cool in my tweenaged eyes.
And I wasn't alone. All my friends scarfed down those sodium-filled, MSG-laced torpedoes on a daily basis. And while I knew that chips were bad for you, and that the specific Cheetos hue wasn't fashioned by Mother Nature, my little girl body and I could not have cared less.
Good thing that was 15 years ago because these days my carefree, red finger-licking days would be in jeopardy as school districts in California (my home state) and New Mexico are planning to ban the beloved snack citing each individual bag as a certifiable health hazard. And, hey, with each clocking 26 grams of fat and 25 percent of the recommended daily intake for salt -- not to mention the questionableRead More »from Why Are States Banning Flamin' Hot Cheetos? Because They're Seriously Nasty