Book Review: It's OK to Have Lead in Your Lipstick



The Beauty Brains is one of my all-time favourite blogs. With so much nonsense out there from marketing companies and bad advice from well-intentioned (but unfortunately misinformed) devotees of organic beauty, it can be hard to find reliable information on the products we use without delving into scientific papers or learning the hard way through trial and error.

Perry and Randy are a pair of cosmetic scientists who who make learning about skincare interesting and simple. They each have an impressive amount of knowledge and expertise behind them, and with more than 50 years combined experience in researching some of the most popular cosmetic products on the market, their answers to the questions they receive on the blog are really worth paying attention to.

Their book, 'It's OK to Have Lead in Your Lipstick', follows the same theme as the blog - a humorous and straight-forward approach to debunking myths, exposing the lies cosmetics companies tell us, and cutting through media scaremongering to explain which ingredients are safe and which we really should be wary of. 

It answers a wide variety of questions readers have asked about cosmetics, from very common ones like "Does the lead found in most lipsticks pose a health risk?" (in short: nope!), to more obscure ones like "Do snake venom and snail slime creams really work?" (in short: they potentially could but there's no evidence to suggest the formulations currently available do anything much at all!).

This book has been hugely helpful to me in understanding which meaningless marketing terms (like "pH balanced", "hypoallergenic" and "natural") to disregard on product packaging, how to check ingredient lists to find cheaper alternatives to high-end products, and the difference between active ingredients and fillers. Before downloading it onto my Kindle, the only resources I had to figure these things out were Google Scholar and a couple of super scientific blogs, which took considerably more time to decipher and were way less enjoyable.

Haircare, skincare and make-up are all covered so whichever aspect of cosmetics and beauty you're into, you're bound to learn some interesting things and be a better informed consumer. Anyone who doesn't already read thebeautybrains.com should definitely check the blog, but this book is really worth having on hand  to flick through and refer back to (particularly if you have an e-reader - the Kindle edition is just £1.99!).


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14 comments:

  1. I never heard of their blog, but I just downloaded the Kindle version. Sounds like a lovely read.
    To be honest, I get my facts from my profession (I am a physician, though not a dermatologist) and my unlimited access to PubMed paired with curiosity. It is much work, but it is so worth it.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Ah, unlimited access to PubMed would be a dream to me - I loved being able to dip in and out of the journals we had access to in uni, and I hate the hassle of having to trawl through Scholar to find articles I can actually read for free!

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  2. Oh, this actually sounds super interesting and I love when bloggers are informative about the makeup they use and what goes into it. For something that goes on our faces and skin, we should definitely be more aware. Thank you for sharing!

    coffeeslag

    COFFEESLAG Sephora Hal

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    1. Yeah, it made such a huge difference to my skincare routine - and in turn my face - when I started reading up properly! I love blogs/books like Beauty Brains that make it easy to learn too :) x

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  3. I've never heard of them before but it looks very interesting. I will definitely be getting this!

    Montse x

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    1. Definitely interesting! It's amazing to realise a) how little we actually know about the products we use, and b) how clever companies are with the total nonsense they tell us!

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  4. That sounds like a good read! I'm awfully gullible so I'd be interested to see what rubbish I've believed all these years!!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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    1. Haha, yeah there were a few things I discovered in the book/on the blog that made me feel like a proper idiot for believing them! x

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  5. I've never heard of their book before so thanks for the review! I love reading skincare or beauty books :)

    Velvet Blush | Beauty Giveaway

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    1. It's a super interesting read :) X

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  6. I am big fan of skin care and makeup book. Will surely give this a try. Nice review dear.
    http://naturelbellefemme.blogspot.com

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    1. Definitely worth a read - it's really interesting to find a book that looks at it from a scientific perspective :) X

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  7. I just learned about their blog here on your blog. Nice found, there is so much crap about "healthy" stuff on the net today, most of it from self-proclaimed experts. I love to get reliable sources for the information if I'm supposed to trust it, so that blog (and yours too?? just found it) looks really good. Since some time back, I'm trying to switch over to natural/ecological products for everything, but then there is this marketing trick to label everything as "natural". Since I'm a nurse I have some access to pubmed at work, but it's still a bit too limited for my liking.

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  8. Thank you for those materials and tips. I think that it will be better if you'll add more details here. I'll wait for them.

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