Sugar, spice, and everything NICE?

The Beauty Industry can be so overwhelming. In a world wherein strobing and contouring is the game, we may want to step back a little and dig more of the basics. Here are a few things to get into consideration before and after buying your soon-to-be ‘holy grails’.

1. Ingredients

Unless you’re a lab rat, then it’s time to take note of what’s in your product before purchasing.



Curious about what ‘methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and isobutylparaben‘ written at the back labels are? You might’ve overheard horrendous things about it but are they really bad for you? Let’s find out!

Parabens are chemical compounds mainly used as preservatives in cosmetics, pharmaceutical products, and even in food to help prevent the accumulation of harmful bacteria, molds, and fungi. In short, they’re  added to extend product shelf life.


For the past few years, companies have been avoiding parabens because of the study made back in 2004 wherein they’ve inaccurately named Parabens as cause of breast cancer. So far, there are NO KNOWN FACTS supporting this claim yet people are still in panic over the rumors.

More from FDA about Parabens



The most common question is… “Is there Lead in my Lipstick?

This has been a topic for over a decade and the results are still the same. The answer is YES. Truth be told, most lipsticks contain lead BUT only in a minuscule quantity which does not really pose health concerns and safety hazards. That being said, FDA does not approve of FAKE items that has been found to have high levels of lead. Read my blog post about it here.

Sure you’ve heard about the ‘gold ring test’ and sorry for breaking your bubble but it’s clearly a sham. This has to undergo a specific laboratory test to know if there is lead or of what percentage it has.

More from FDA about Lead

2. Cruelty-Free


Pretty self-explanatory. These brands DO NOT TEST ON ANIMALS. I’m pleased to see that most of my favorites are listed. Are yours in here too? Let’s see…

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or you may also go to PETA‘s website, search through, and explore.

3. Expiration Date

Does your makeup expire?


YES. Just like any other products, makeup has an expiration date too. Surprisingly, not all cosmetic brands print this out. They’re usually labeled ONLY if the item’s shelf life period is 30 months or less. So if you don’t see any expiry date present, it’s probably still good for 30 months to 3 yrs (e.g. eyeshadow palettes).

On that note, ever wondered what this symbol means?


This is a PAO sign or Period After Opening. It is a mix of a number followed by a letter which tells you how many months your product can be used safely AFTER opening.



Also, see the alphanumeric code printed in there? That’s what you call a Batch or a Lot No. This will help you know when your item will expire if Expiration Date and Production Date are not present. Now head over to  and key in the Brand Name, Code, and click on Calculate. Easy peasy!

And if all else fails, you may refer to the chart below.


To round things up, I’d say it’s still your decision whether you want to completely disconnect from these. I’m just putting this out there for the benefit of my fellow makeup lovers. Keep in mind that it pays to be informed. Sharing is caring.

You know the drill; if you have questions, feel free to ask them in the comments and I would gladly assist you.



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