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Cosmetic Procedures

On pressure, plastic surgery, and giving in.

Date: February 4, 2010 | Posted By:
Yesterday I realized that I am a Susan Boyle in a world of Heidi Montags. Let me explain. After having 2009’s best-selling album, Susan Boyle has been heralded as much for her glorious voice as she has been scrutinized for her plain, frumpy appearance. Media attention has been as focused on her outward makeup as Continue reading

Cosmetic surgery hits home: When your mom goes under the knife

Date: February 3, 2010 | Posted By:
Right now, Karen has a scalpel to her face, and went under anesthesia thinking “When I wake up, I’ll be beautiful.” She’s deeply unconscious, and probably pretty bloody, as the well-reputed and trusted female cosmetic surgeon performs her “art”. She will receive an untold number of stitches and will be bruised for at least two Continue reading

The ugly truth about cosmetics

Date: January 4, 2010 | Posted By:
Are the beauty products you use hazardous to your health? The answer is, most likely, “yes”. When it comes to personal care products in the United States, the FDA does little to protect consumers from harmful chemicals. But we can protect ourselves by researching the products that we purchase and use. Continue reading

“Why do you want to look like someone else?”

Date: November 30, 2009 | Posted By:
A friend of mine recently sent me this video in which little Sophie, with the help of her mother, sends out an important message via YouTube. The title seems like a big DUH (“Beauty is Not How Skinny You Are”), but it surely is a message we don’t hear enough. The message extends past dissatisfaction Continue reading

Cankles: Another body part to obsess over

Date: August 21, 2009 | Posted By:
“Cankles” is a charming term (like “love handles”, “muffin top”, “saddlebags”, etc.) that describes yet another thing women are made to feel insecure about: having ankles the size of one’s calves. As reported on Feministing, Gold’s Gym graciously took a step to eradicate this nonexistent problem by declaring July “Cankle Awareness Month.” Continue reading

Latisse: A Medical Prescription to “Cure” Short Eyelashes

Date: June 17, 2009 | Posted By:
While I was watching reruns of a family-friendly sitcom the other afternoon, a commercial came on advertising longer and fuller eyelashes. Usually commercials with promises of pumping up eyelash volume are reserved for mascara. This commercial, however, was for the prescription medicine, Latisse. The commercial informs the viewer that one must consult a doctor before Continue reading

Don’t Tell Me My Body Isn’t Perfect, Oprah!

Date: May 11, 2009 | Posted By:
It is sad to say, but when most women hear the words “beach season,” we brace ourselves to feel bad about our bodies. This is something I have come to expect from women’s magazines and diet-pill commercials, but I didn’t expect Oprah to join in with a swift kick to women’s body image. Continue reading

Reared to Compete: Toddlers and Tiaras

Date: May 1, 2009 | Posted By:
While previous generations were playing with Barbies, current younglings are opting to become Barbie – and their mothers don’t seem to mind. In a current reality TV series on TLC, Toddlers and Tiaras, the cameras follow young girls and their mothers in their quest to win beauty pageants. Beauty pageants have always been scrutinized, and Continue reading

The Benefit of Laughter

Date: March 17, 2009 | Posted By:
I wore a beautiful smile all afternoon on Friday thanks to Benefit Cosmetics, and I didn’t even get a makeover! I was swiftly walking down Fillmore Street in San Francisco in search of food when I noticed a storefront window that read, “Laughter is the best cosmetic… so grin and wear it.” Continue reading

“… so we went ahead and pieced together a new girl.”

Date: March 13, 2009 | Posted By:
Jesse Epstein, the filmmaker who made the terrific short documentary “Wet Dreams and False Images,” is back with a video op-ed on the NYTimes.com. In it, she asks whether American magazine editors should be required by law to disclose how much they have retouched images in their magazines. Well, should they? Continue reading