Friday, October 11, 2013

Misleading Beauty "Advice"

I love Pinterest.  It is one of the most addictive sites and you have incredible access to pins linking to websites for whatever your passion is.  That is very powerful, but can also be very misleading.  The other day, I stumbled upon a pin that read: "101 Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know".  Intrigued, I followed the link and ended up on a website that, honestly, did not have 101 beauty tips.  The thing is, some of the "tips" are so vague or common knowledge that it actually made me angry.  Why do articles feel the need to create the longest list possible, while completely ignoring quality?

A few examples if I may:

97. “A good perfume should consist of balanced blend of notes arranged in a way that creates harmonious accord.”- Alexis Bergman, P&G’s Global Flavor and Fragrance Trends

-- Well...yeah.  I mean, scent is such a personal thing.  Each person experiences it differently and everyone's body chemistry is different.  A balanced scent for one person can smell like absolute garbage to another.  That's not exactly helpful.    

94. “In order to keep eyeliner from running and smearing, opt for liner formulas that offer stayproof wearability.”- Robin Schoen, Urban Decay Makeup Artist

 -- REALLY!?  You don't say.

78. For clear skin, look for a cleanser with salicylic acid.

-- I think the Noxema, Clean & Clear, and Proactiv commercials have adequately covered this topic.  It's not news.  

Also, you start to notice when the "tips" start to repeat themselves:

91. “Balance out your shimmer. If you're doing a shimmery eye, do matte lips”- Raychel Wade, founder of Cheek to Chic and La Prairie’s colour ambassador


46.Use a shimmer eye shadow to compliment a bold matte lip.

~ OR ~

83. Before you blow dry, start with a volumizing spray or light gel to give the roots some lift.


29. Get quick volume by using a root lifter, then use hairspray to set hair. This will prevent it from falling flat during the day.

C'mon guys, proofread what you write.  Like I said, quantity is not better than quality.  I did get a few helpful hints from this list, like using clear nail polish as a polish remover in a pinch, or checking to see if organic products are FDA certified to avoid being scammed.  

Overall, though, the list was a let down.  Here's a helpful hint for the authors: Pick 10-15 extremely useful tips and get rid of the excess.  Less is more.  

What are your thoughts?  

XO - Bekah


  1. I'm so glad this bothers someone else as much as it does me. I feel like it's all for page clicks. It's not actually proven or extremely useful information. I also loathe improperly labeled pins when it comes to products, but maybe that's just my obsessive compulsions kicking in!

    Elise @ A Bow On Top

  2. Nevermind about the FDA one...seems they got that wrong. The USDA confirms how organic a product is. Seems they can't even get their own advice correct. How scammy!