Colored Contact Lenses - Risks of Serious Infection

Submitted by Adriana Rae on March 25, 2008 - 04:32.

Cheap contact lenses pose a real danger. Please beware.

Here's a press release from Illinois warning of the dangers;

Colored lenses purchased without proper examinations and fittings put thousands of Illinois customers at risk of scratches, infections and potential blindness.

“Young people and their parents need to be aware that a prescription and proper fitting by a licensed professional is mandatory, even for colored, cosmetic contact lenses. Good vision and eye health is too important to risk because of a desire for different colored eyes,” ...

...In addition to scratches from ill fitting lenses, another factor that makes this health threat so pressing is that bacteria build within the eye very rapidly. Some types of bacteria can cause permanent scarring within twenty hours of the outbreak, if left untreated. Additionally, students with irritated eyes have on occasion been misdiagnosed with pinkeye, an easily treated eye infection. However, contact lenses can cause eye ulcers which must be treated with strong antibiotic medicine. If left untreated, ulcers can cause partial or total irreversible blindness.

See the FDA page, released right after Halloween last year, with warnings about Contact Lens Safety

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Eyebrow Tattoos

Submitted by Meg Wilson on March 18, 2008 - 11:05.

Overplucked eyebrows rarely grow back and as we age our eyebrows get sparser. One solution is to have permanent makeup applied to the brows.

Over-tweezing can be painlessly disguised with subtle color. The procedure is similar to tattooing, but pigment is not deposited as deeply. The results can last 15 to 20 years.

For something this permanent, I'd want to make sure the eyebrow tattoo was being applied by a real expert. Sophia Harvey at Sophia Esthetic is one such pro. On her website she says

If you're using a brow pencil, you'll appreciate the look you get from permanent makeup. Together, we choose the right colour to complement your skin and hair tone; then, I combine up to three shades to create a three-dimensional effect. Using a hair-by-hair feathering technique, I carefully sculpt a brow arch that's in proportion with your facial features. This gives a very natural appearance even to a totally re-created brow. Furthermore, it gives an incredible fullness to a sparse brow.

The treatment costs about $350 to $650.

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Song Hye-kyo Will Sell Lots of Makeup

Submitted by Meg Wilson on February 29, 2008 - 16:31.

The incredibly beautiful Song Hye-kyo, age 26, has signed on with Laneige cosmetics to help sell their makeup. See more photos at POPSEOUL.

Song is a famous Korean actress. She is now in New York filming an independent North American movie, Fetish, due out later this year.

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How to Choose Eyeshadow Colors

Submitted by Guest on February 17, 2008 - 13:25.

Here's a video that gives you the theory behind which eyeshadow color would best bring out your eye color. It's based on color theory using the color wheel. EnKore shows us what colors will make brown, green and blue eyes 'pop'. For the classic book on color analysis, also see Color Me Beautiful. In this book you are shown how to choose the thirty shades that will most flatter you when choosing makeup or clothing. The colors are replicated in the book and you can cut them out and carry them with you when you shop.

Also see selecting clothes by color.

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Maybelline's Mascara is still the Best Seller

Submitted by Meg Wilson on February 14, 2008 - 13:28.

The best-selling mascara on store shelves is still Maybelline's Great Lash. It's been around for more than thirty years, clearly recognizable by its bright pink and green packaging. Maybelline has been rated as the top cosmetics and skin care brand when ranked by customer loyalty. These are the results of a survey of 3,200 makeup buying consumers. The other brands in the top five are Mary Kay, Estee Lauder, Lancome and Clinique. See more about the cosmetic brand loyalty study here.

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