Costly Secrets Cosmetic Companies Don’t Want You To Know

No one would be surprised to read that cosmetics companies exaggerate the claims of what their products are able to do, yet thanks to an endless tirade of marketing, many of us still believe part or all of what we hear. Below, I’ve listed some of the biggest of these myths to help you deflate the hype and avoid wasting your money on products that don’t live up to their promises. All of these tips come from the book The Beauty Bible by Paula Begoun. If you’re a man reading this and thinking that it doesn’t apply to you, why not send your girlfriend, wife, or daughter to this article? Their spending habits probably affect you, too.

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11 Responses to Costly Secrets Cosmetic Companies Don’t Want You To Know

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  5. kylie says:

    Hello! What is your opinion on the creme de la mer moisturizer?

  6. Amy F. says:

    I have never used this product. However, in my opinion, pretty much any cosmetic product that costs $110 an ounce is a very poor value. This line of products makes what sound like vague and unrealistic promises, such as making skin “virtually creaseless” in a “short amount of time” and promises amazing results from ingredients like “marine extracts and advanced botanicals (see points # 1, 2, 3, and 5 in my article).” I don’t believe it’s necessary to spend massive amounts of cash to properly care for your skin. If you are wealthy, have nothing better to spend your money on, and like the product, then go for it. Otherwise, you are probably better off spending a fraction of the money on a less expensive brand.

  7. mapgirl says:

    Most cellulite creams have caffeine in them. So if you are caffeine-sensitive, DON’T USE THEM. You’re putting topical caffeine on your body that gets absorbed into your bloodstream.

    Great post. I followed from QueerCents.

  8. Janet says:

    In regaurds to your state ment about make up being sold at expensive cosmetic counters and paying our bills Well, yeah, we have to pay our bills as do you by putting out your books. There are so many cosmetic companies out there you couldn’t have possibley read or tried all of them. It would take 2 lifetimes to do that. I am in make up sales and found your remarks hurtful to those of us who have to work for a living. Anyone can write a book and make money off of it, you are not helping the consumer you hurting the industry.

  9. Mela says:

    Nivea is very similar to La Mer. It doesn’t have the extracts in it, but the base formula is very much the same

  10. i am trying to find a cosmetic company that is TRULY eco-friendly & without animal by-products. i will be very grateful if someone can let me know! thanks. be safe & have a good day! peace ~monica

  11. Amy says:

    Great article! As a total girly girl, I lo~ve make up. However, I love saving money even more!
    For make up:
    I buy my eyeshadow and nail polish using coupons. Check the rules and regulation regarding coupons at your local store, and always, always, always keep up on the sales that your store offers.
    When it comes to lipstick I would recommend only purchasing the colors you >need<. A girl only really needs a shade or two for evening, work, or day off. Same applies to lip gloss.
    Lotions, lip balms, and all the other stuff. You don't need the other stuff. Honestly. Drink water, eat properly (stay away from processed foods!), purchase a good lip balm that won't dry out your lips (or if you're more adventurous make your own lip balm), one or two really good lotions that you can use for the different seasons, i.e dry skin, hot summers, etc… And be sure to exercise properly for your body type and lifestyle. You don't need glitter in your lotion or that anti-cellulite cream! Anti-aging is a joke and that acne care junk is really just that: Junk!
    Olive or coconut oil are great for removing make up and the plus side is you only need a little bit. Diluted baking soda is gentle enough to use every day as a face wash. Make your own deodorant (it's stronger and made for your body!)
    If you are into a bit of experimenting and have the patience to try check out the Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda method of washing hair. (A little coconut oil on your hair after you've brushed it out after washing does wonders to keep it moisturized and frizz-free!) L'Oreal and Pantene don't know more about your hair than you do!
    I would recommend purchasing two perfumes that work really well for you. One for spring and summer and the other for fall and winter. Take your time finding the perfect scent and be sure to think about it before you purchase!
    There are a million and one recipes for homemade scrubs, face cleansers, shampoo, conditioner, and more! Check them out and I'm sure you will be inspired!

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