Surprise! L’Oréal’s “Gene Boosting” Products Don’t Really Boost Your Genes Or Make You Younger

Surprise! L’Oréal’s “Gene Boosting” Products Don’t Really Boost Your Genes Or Make You Younger

The Federal Trade Commission announced this afternoon that it has reached a settlement deal with cosmetics giant L’Oréal regarding charges of deceptive advertising about its Lancôme Génifique and L’Oréal Paris Youth Code skincare products, which the company’s ad say provide anti-aging benefits by targeting users’ genes. [More]

L’Oréal Says It Will Phase Out The Use Of Plastic Microbeads In Its Beauty Products

L’Oréal Says It Will Phase Out The Use Of Plastic Microbeads In Its Beauty Products

Earlier this week New York State Attorney General Eric. T Schneiderman and other lawmakers proposed a ban on plastic microbeads in personal hygiene products, saying the beads can end up polluting our waterways, and urged companies to join the fight. L’Oréal says it’s been keeping an eye on the research as well, and will now start to phase out the plastic beads in its products. [More]

(Desolation Row.)

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]

UK Bans Ad Featuring Julia Roberts' Overly Photoshopped Face

While we can definitely say that 43-year-old Julia Roberts still looks pretty darn good, it’s safe to say that no one on this planet, regardless of age, has the flawless glow of the woman pictured in the Lancome ad seen here. In fact, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority found the retouching work on this ad, and others, so misleading that it has banned them. [More]

60% Of Lipsticks Contain Lead

60% Of Lipsticks Contain Lead

Well, this explains a lot about children’s beauty pageants: the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 33 brand-name lipsticks, including brands like Cover Girl, L’Oreal, and Christian Dior, and are reporting that “61 percent had detectable lead levels of 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm).” One-third of the lipsticks tested had levels higher than 0.1 ppm, the FDA’s safety limit for lead in candy.

Coming Soon: Wrinkle-Reducing Coke

Coming Soon: Wrinkle-Reducing Coke

‘s grow back? Either way, we don’t need to buy our tea-based drinks at Saks.—MEGHANN MARCO

What Do The Stars Make To Sell You Crap?

What Do The Stars Make To Sell You Crap?

Wondering what the beautiful people hawking an inferior product to you like a slightly more suassive, slightly less smelly used car salesman are making? Look no further. Here’s the top 10 highest paid celebrities and the products they are endorsing:

Companies Ask You To Do Advertising For Their Lazy Asses

Companies Ask You To Do Advertising For Their Lazy Asses

Is it just us, or does it seem like a lot of companies lately are trying to turn a profit by letting us do their jobs for them? We reported earlier today on early indications that fast food is going to be going self-service, and now, companies are trying to get us to create their ads for them.