You Might Raise a Very Expensive Eyebrow at Some of This Beauty News

Fat-shaming cartoons, utter sunscreen failure, optical-illusion dude boobs... WHAT IS GOING ON?!
Publish date:
May 27, 2015

Wouldn't it be super-fun if this were a live news broadcast? It would open with a jarring synthesized instrumental theme to get your attention, and some kind of spinning graphic of the Earth, and then the Earth would open up like a powder compact, but in the mirror would be me, sitting at an anchor desk, wearing a lavalier mic atop a smart blouse from Ann Taylor or Chico's as I start to read off the prompter.

Alas, until that dream of all of ours (I'm assuming) comes true, you're just going to have to read weekly beauty news blurbs yourself.

We are keeping the economy afloat by purchasing brow products.

Celebrities like Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins, above, have helped make bold, shapely brows a capital-T Thing in the last couple of years. If the 90,000+ photos that live under the #browsonfleek Instagram hashtag aren't proof enough, then how about these new findings: WWD and The NPD Group reported that, in 2014, more than $160 million were spent on brow makeup like powders, pencils and gels. (Coincidentally, that's exactly how much one Chinese Star Trek superfan spent to build his company's headquarters in the shape of the Starship Enterprise.) [Bustle]

Someone at Lilly Pulitzer HQ is proud of her fat-shaming doodles.

Remember how excited everyone was when Target announced that their Lilly Pulitzer collaboration would include plus sizes? I mean, I wasn't excited, personally, because living in Boca Raton for three years and being in a sorority with pink and green everything sort of killed my taste for that aesthetic, but people seemed pretty psyched.

Well, one nameless Lilly Pulitzer employee doesn't seem too cool with the idea of size acceptance, from what we can tell in this picture posted by The Cut.

One of the photographed doodles shows a seemingly overweight woman with the words "Just Another Day of…FAT, WHITE, and HIDEOUS…You should probably just kill yourself…”; the other cartoon woman is next to the words "Put It Down CARB FACE."

"These illustrations were the work of one individual and were posted in her personal work area. While we are an employer that does encourage people to decorate their own space, we are a female-dominated company and these images do not reflect our values. We apologize for any harm this may have caused," Lilly's Pulitzer's VP of Creative Communications, Jane Schoenborn, said in a statement. Creative communications indeed! What does being a female-dominated company have to do with it? Body-shaming is crappy when it comes from anyone at anyone.

Remember all that money you're spending on brow products? Maybe spend some of it on sunscreen instead.

I know it's boring and not at all surprising, but you guys—the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology just reported that only about 14% of American men and about 30% of American women are regularly using sunscreen on all exposed skin. COME ON ALREADY. We can do better/live longer/look better. [ScienceDaily]

This Kickstarter is kicking ass, and you should consider contributing.

An awesome mom wanted to show her daughter the beauty and style-ability of natural hair, so she created the Angelica Doll, named after... well, herself, because why the hell not?

“We twisted, bantu knotted, combed, brushed, blew out, curl wanded and re-washed the hair," the Kickstarter page explains. "We did this over and over to ensure this doll would be able to withstand a young girl's curiosity about taking care of and having fun with kinky/curly hair.”

The fundraising campaign is already at almost twice the goal! [BoingBoing]

Those BuzzFeed dudes tried boob contouring.

The BuzzFeed "Try Guys," all of whom I'd be willing to date (call me), attempted to make their nonexistent boobs look bigger with makeup—first on their own, then with the help of a makeup artist. Here's how it turned out:

  • How much of that $160 million did you spend on brow products last year?
  • Have you ever tried contouring your cleavage?
  • Are you currently wearing sunscreen?

[Top photo credit: Helga Esteb /]