I’m watching my brother’s boyfriend’s kitten while he bug bombs his apartment.
Dir. Danny DeVito
"Everyone is born, but not everyone is born the same. Some will grow to be butchers, or bakers, or candlestick makers. Some will only be really good at making Jell-O salad. One way or another, though, every human being is unique, for better or for worse."
Additionally, there emerged a second promotional strategy of catering to newly recognized niche markets. Lipstick manufacturers had periodically tapped into both music and naturalist subcultures, but never with the concentration seen in the 1990s. Grunge culture that accompanied alternative music initially posed a threat to cosmetics, as grunge centered on rejecting beautification. However, cosmetics speedily managed to capitalize on grunge, using a strategy best exemplified by Urban Decay, which devoted its entire line to abnormal colors with defiantly unattractive names like “Gunk” and “Roach.” A fashion for “bare faces with off-kilter lipstick colors” also sprang from the marketing machines of lipstick manufacturers as an ideal way to merge grunge sensibilities with lipstick sales. Those taking bizarre beauty products to their most radical offered glow-in-the-dark lipstick and other makeup, but the FDA put an end to this, because the makeup’s glow came from an unapproved color additive, zinc sulfide. Similarly, lipstick began to target the naturalist market by incorporating trendy “natural” ingredients and allegedly gentler formulas. Many lipsticks began to boast vitamins and herbs. Advertisements suggested, without actually stating, that hemp included in lipsticks would provide a high for or mellow out users. St. John’s Wort within lipstick received similarly suggestive marketing as capable of providing a magical or medicinal mood boost. Revlon began a “New Age Naturals” line, while Estée Lauder started an entire botanical spin-off brand called Origins. Even those manufacturers who did not bill their lipsticks as infused with plants and herbs, at least added “hypoallergenic” offerings. Such marketing of “natural” and “hypoallergenic” cosmetics bothered the FDA, as the descriptors have absolutely no concrete meaning. “They [cosmetics manufacturers] could wave a tube of plant extract over the bottle and declare it natural. Who’s to say what they’re actually using?” vented John E. Bailey, FDA director of colors and cosmetics. Often the ‘natural’ ingredients are merely the standard chemical ingredients renamed, and, when manufacturers do actually use unprocessed ingredients, it just leads to preservation problems anyway. “Hypoallergenic can mean almost anything to anybody,” Bailey also commented. Indeed, hypoallergenic means nothing more than that the manufacturer feels a product less likely than other products to cause allergic reactions, with no clinical testing of this manufacturer hypothesis required. As explained by a prescient New York Times journalist when the term ‘hypoallergenic’ began surfacing:
Hypoallergenic cosmetics do not differ greatly from others, if at all. Virtually all cosmetics have been stripped of the major allergy-provoking offenders.” [Also, since individuals differ in sensitivity], even a product marketed as hypoallergenic can sometimes provoke an allergic reaction.
A prior FDA attempt to officially define “hypoallergenic” and similar terms had already been struck down by the D.C. Appellate court in the 1970s though. So, the FDA did nothing beyond grouse about the cosmetics companies’ disingenuous terminology during the 1990s. With the FDA having thrown up its hands on the issue, the lipstick industry continued to design and market products with more skill than scruples, while the business world waxed enthusiastic about lipstick’s profit potential.
Friendly reminder that Sam lost his best friend in war and is probably the only person who knows how Steve felt about losing Bucky
i love the Women Against Feminism that are like “I dont need feminism because i can admit i need my husband to open a jar for me and thats ok!” cause listen 1. get a towel 2. get the towel damp 3. put it on the lid and twist. BAM now men are completely useless. you, too, can open a jar. time to get a divorce
"Because that’s where she lives."
I lost it.
ANGRY PIPER IS MY FAVORITE
Zheng Chunhui, a famous Chinese wood carver spent 4 years engineering this master piece from a single tree. Based on a famous Chinese painting “Along the River During the Quingming Festival” the carving echoes the daily life of the 12th century Chinese local. The level of detail is stunning!
more like a sarcastic little physishit ha ha am i right