CNET: TikTok is full of homemade lip glosses. But should you buy them?

CNET: TikTok is full of homemade lip glosses. But should you buy them?. “The glosses are eye-catching, handmade and cheap — some selling for as low as $2.99 a tube — making them a hot commodity among makeup connoisseurs on TikTok. Comments sections are flooded with people around the world hoping to get their hands on the products. But these videos, which have collectively garnered over 700 million views on the short-form video app, can understandably give some people pause. How sanitary is the creation and packaging of these glosses? What ingredients are going into these products, and how safe are they for your skin and body?”

New York Times: In Social Media Era, Selfies Are the New Tupperware Party

New York Times: In Social Media Era, Selfies Are the New Tupperware Party. “The pitch comes in the form of before and after photos posted to Facebook or Instagram by a woman you know. The focus is on her eyes, specifically her eyelashes, which at first appear ordinary and untouched — a stark contrast from a picture taken weeks later, when they look long and thick. Mascara magnifies the effect in another snapshot. Reach out, the captions enthuse, if you want in!”

New-to-Me: A Database of Makeup Foundations

New-to-me: a database of makeup foundations. “You can either browse by product or select different criteria that matter to you: brand, coverage, finish, skin type, SPF, and more. They even include a guide to each category here. If you’re searching the tool, you’ll then get a list of products that match your search. Each product includes relevant details about its coverage, formula, finish, what shades it comes in, etc.”

Smithsonian Launches Digitization Project for Cosmetics and Personal Care Items

The Smithsonian has launched a personal care and cosmetics digitization project. “The National Museum of American History, with the support of Kiehl’s, plans to extend the collection to the Web through the Cosmetics and Personal Care Collections Digitization Project. A museum specialist will identify, photograph and provide descriptive information for the cosmetic and personal care objects collection on the Web. The project will allow the museum’s collection of cosmetics and personal care products to be accessed online for education and research around the world. Digitization initiatives of this type are a priority for all Smithsonian museums and research centers.”