Sephora Launching A Beauty Sample Subscription Box Service

Sephora Launching A Beauty Sample Subscription Box Service

If you’re a makeup fan whose favorite part of ordering online from Sephora is the product samples, here’s some good news: the retailer is finally joining the beauty subscription box trend popularized by Birchbox and followed by many other companies. The cosmetics-loving public’s thirst for sample boxes is apparently unquenchable. [More]

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Procter & Gamble Settles With California Over Allegedly Misleading Moisturizer Boxes

When an item is costly by the ounce and comes in very small containers, how can you make the product seem more substantial while also making it harder to steal? Many companies that make expensive things to smear on your face solve this problem by adding a false bottom to jars. Procter & Gamble’s Olay brand was accused of doing this by four California counties, and has agreed to settle the lawsuit by changing the product’s packaging and paying a civil penalty. [More]

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Walgreens Wants To Lure Shoppers With A Makeover For The Makeup Aisle

For some, when it comes to buying makeup or beauty products the destination is always the department store, not the drug store. At department stores there are sales associates to help you find the right colors to complement your skin or offer high-end beauty brands. But Walgreens wants to change that, with a revamp of its beauty and cosmetics area. [More]

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Crayola: Don’t Use Our Colored Pencils On Your Face

In another example of why it’s not a good idea to believe every viral thing you come across on the Internet, Crayola is warning customers not to use its colored pencils as makeup after some beauty bloggers posted tutorials on how to soften the drawing tools and use them as eyeliner. [More]

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Report: Avon Looking At New Business Strategies, Including A Possible Sale

Once upon a time, Avon was the household name when it came to direct-sale beauty and personal care items. But those days are gone and the company has struggled in recent years to remain relevant and profitable. It appears those issues may be taking a toll on the once prominent company, as a new report claims the company is looking into alternatives for business.  [More]

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Survey Says: Shoppers Prefer Cosmetics With Cruelty-Free, All Natural Labels

When it comes to what we slap on our faces, a new survey says we’ve got more than just beauty on our minds when choosing which cosmetics to buy: Turns out a love for plants, animals and all things natural is the guiding force when shoppers are making decisions in the beauty aisle. [More]

Suing Lancôme Because Makeup Lacks Magic Powers Takes Serious Chutzpah

Suing Lancôme Because Makeup Lacks Magic Powers Takes Serious Chutzpah

All one observant Jewish mom wanted was to look pretty for the day of her son’s bar mitzvah, during the sabbath when she isn’t allowed to apply or touch up her makeup between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday. She bought a bottle of Lancôme makeup online that boasted 24-hour coverage…but also expected the promises the product’s ad made to be literally true. We posted this story when it broke earlier this week, but got hold of some new information that makes the whole situation even more stupid. [More]

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Newsflash: ’24-Hour’ Makeup Is Not A Guarantee

Most women in their thirties have been playing with makeup for at least half their lives. For them, it would not be a newsflash that “24-hour foundation” does not, in fact, stay on your face unmarred for 24 hours. [More]

Got Lipstick? There's Probably Some Lead In It

Got Lipstick? There's Probably Some Lead In It

Back in 2007, the Food & Drug Administration did a small sample test on 33 lipsticks and found varying levels of lead in two-thirds of them. As a follow-up, the FDA requested testing of a significantly larger sampling and has now announced that it found at least trace amounts of lead in 400 varieties. [More]

Elizabeth Arden Sends Out Cheaper Item, Hopes No One Notices

Elizabeth Arden Sends Out Cheaper Item, Hopes No One Notices

Lauren doesn’t normally spend a lot of money on makeup, and was excited to spot a seemingly-great promotion in our Morning Deals last month. Spend $65 on Elizabeth Arden cosmetics, and get a fabulous case stuffed full of eyeshadows, lipsticks, and brushes, with a stated total value of $350. (Makeup deal connoisseurs know that this isn’t quite true since the items in the kit were never for retail sale in the first place, but it’s still some fine face paint.) She placed the order, but when it arrived learned that the deal had been so popular that Elizabeth Arden had run out of the original gift cases. Did they contact her, cancel the order, or substitute something else of equal value? Nope. They subbed in a lower-value gift case, apparently hoping that customers wouldn’t notice. [More]

Cosmetics Retailers Tell You That Looking Good Makes You Healthy

Cosmetics Retailers Tell You That Looking Good Makes You Healthy

Research conducted for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has revealed that in order to be healthy, you first have to look really hot: “The first stage of health and wellness is beauty,” said researcher Thom Blischok, during an event on “Redefining Health and Beauty Care for Untapped Profit Potential.” [More]

Lorac Replaces Entire Makeup Kit After Two Eyeshadows Smashed In Transit

Lorac Replaces Entire Makeup Kit After Two Eyeshadows Smashed In Transit

Lizbeth ordered an eye makeup kit from Lorac Cosmetics, but two of the eyeshadows in the case were smashed when the kit arrived. She contacted their customer service about replacements for those few colors, and got a lovely surprise in return. [More]

Police: Gang Was Killing People For Fat, Attempting To Sell It To Cosmetic Companies

Police: Gang Was Killing People For Fat, Attempting To Sell It To Cosmetic Companies

Police in Peru say that they’ve caught a group that was allegedly killing people and harvesting their fat to sell to Europeans who wanted it for cosmetics.

Grin, Then Wear It: Benefit Cosmetics Responds To Consumerist

Grin, Then Wear It: Benefit Cosmetics Responds To Consumerist

Last week, reader Brianna contacted Consumerist about her issues with the defective packaging of a Benefit Cosmetics products, as well as the treatment she received from their e-mail customer service rep. Benefit saw our post, and their PR department responded to Brianna’s story.

Benefit Hopes You Buy More Of Their Defectively Packaged Product

Benefit Hopes You Buy More Of Their Defectively Packaged Product

UPDATE: Grin, Then Wear It: Benefit Cosmetics Responds To Consumerist

A Big, Red, Shiny Kiss Goodbye To Max Factor

A Big, Red, Shiny Kiss Goodbye To Max Factor

Max Factor, the venerable cosmetics brand marketed to American women using the faces of familiar film actresses, will disappear from U.S. store shelves forever next year. It will still be available abroad, including in the UK, where it’s a top seller for some reason.

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Worried about toxic makeup? The Environmental Working Group has a database with safety ratings on more than 25,000 personal-care products. [Skin Deep]

Mark Your Calendars: Massive Cosmetics Giveaway Set For Inauguration Day

Americans face a tough choice Tuesday morning: watch Barack Obama’s historic inauguration, or storm department stores to take advantage of a first-come, first-serve cosmetics giveaway worth $175 million.