Jul 14, 2012

Weekend Musings ~ Makeup & Beauty Anecdotes

Happy Weekend Friends Cheers

Was a bit busy again so couldn’t do any post over the past two days.  Here I come back with some beauty fun.

During my aimless surfing over the net came across many myths,  facts and anecdotes about Beauty & Cosmetics. Here’s the list of some facts that I found to be amusing, intriguing and at times horrifying.

SurprisedThe shimmer and shine in lipsticks and nail polishes comes from fish scales. The FDA-approved color additive, guanine (often called pearl essence), is also found in fragrances, hair and skin care products.

The nail polish was originated from Chinese. They invented it from egg whites, beeswax, gum and colored powder

When a sleeveless-evening-gown-clad model on the cover of the May 1915 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine was pictured with hairless underarms, the Wilkinson Sword razor company began marketing women’s underarm hair as unhygienic and unfeminine. And so it began the tale of woman’s painful hairless beauty.

In 1915, T.L. Williams created a cosmetics company and named it Maybelline in honor of his sister, Maybel, and Vaseline brand petroleum jelly, which was the base ingredient of his new mascara product.

 Beauty marks were held in high regard long before Cindy Crawford and her iconic mole. Renaissance women went so far as to make their own “beauty spots” from small circles of black velvet, which also proved useful for hiding pimples, warts, and scars.

The Horror Story of Beauty:

Many women would fake their paleness by using leeches or slashing one of their veins and draining the blood. What women won’t do for beauty!

During the 17th and 18th centuries, women used drops made from the poisonous plant belladonna to dilate their pupils, which was considered attractive. Occasional use damaged vision; prolonged use led to permanent blindness.

The Gross:


Dying your hair black in ancient Rome involved feeding leeches, putting them in vinegar, leaving the substance to ferment for two months and thicken into a paste, then applying the mixture to the hair and allowing it to dry for a day.

A popular therapy called ‘urine therapy’ is used by many celebrities and personalities to stay healthy and beautiful. This includes rubbing your first urine of the day on your face and/or drinking a few drops.

Upscale spa-goers can now pay for the privilege of getting bird poop smeared on their faces. The nightingale droppings in pricey “geisha” or “nightingale” facials are believed to soften, brighten, and nourish the complexion.


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 Have a fun weekend



  1. Hi...nice trivia..bird poop is seriously gross!!! ewww!!!

  2. Enjoyed reading the facts Vishyy :)

  3. hehehheee enjoyed reading it

  4. Hi Ray dear
    What are your plans for the weekend?
    Rofl poop criusly even dey me a crore I will not get it done
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  5. Hey Nehuuu dear :)
    Wats up wat r ur plans for the weekend?
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  6. Hey Vanu :) :)

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  7. nice post..I read about maybelline on wikipedia... and loved how he created the name maybelline and the mascara by mixing KOHL and vaseline.. geat !!!.:) take care Vish..

  8. Helloo Niesha :)
    I totally agree with you
    Even I was quite impressed by this fact
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  9. Helloo Ritu :)
    Thanks dear
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  10. Beach UV UmbrellaJuly 16, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.

  11. Hi :)

    Thanks for this information and I totally agree with you

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