Most Women Still Feel Ugly Without Makeup—Do You?

It’s been well over a year ago now since we held the No-Makeup Challenge, and got these inspiring results from readers who dared to go barefaced in public and snap a pic for us. The point of the challenge was never to get down on makeup—we’re both huge fans of the transformative power of lipsticks, eye liners, concealers and blushes—but to call into question our dependance on the stuff, and just to re-introduce everyone to their... Read More

Guess What? There’s Still Lead in Your Lipstick (Just More Than You Thought)

Well whad’ya know, even though they say it’s not a concern on their website, the FDA has done another study on lead in lipstick. You may recall that back in 2007 they found lead in 23 of the 23 lipsticks they tested—this time they found it in 400. From TIME: The worst offenders on the list were Maybelline’s Color Sensation in Pink Petal, which had 7.19 parts per million of lead, and L’Oreal Colour Riche in Volcanic, which had 7... Read More

New Autism Study: Environmental Factors Have More Impact Than Genetics

Nearly one percent of children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism, but the cause of the disease’s staggering growth rate these past decades has been hotly debated. Up until recently, research on twins seemed to put the blame largely on genetics. A new study out of UCSF, though—the largest twin study of its kind—appears to be undermining this theory. From a piece in the San Francisco Gate: The study, published in Monday’s issue... Read More

New Study: Can Exercise Stop You From Aging?

The quick answer? If you’re a rodent it can. Studies around exercise must be some of  the most well-funded out there. In the last few months, we’ve reported on several: From how exercise may  prevent the common cold to why it’s more effective in the morning. Other recent research has focused on bone density and weight management for women after menopause, and now the New York Times is reporting that it may play a very significant... Read More

New Study: Pregnant Women Also Carrying Chemicals

This one’s already gotten a lot of air time, but we’re going to weigh in nonetheless. A study conducted by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and published in Environmental Health Perspectives, found a multitude of chemicals in the urine and blood samples of pregnant women. While this in itself is not surprising, some of the findings are. From this San Francisco Chronicle article: Of the 163 chemicals studied, 43 of them... Read More

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