9 Ingredients You Didn't Know Are In Makeup

9 Ingredients You Didn't Know Are In Makeup

I'm putting WHAT on my face?!

What if somebody asked you to spread bull urine or human sperm on your face? According to Oddee.com, ingredients such as parasitic beetles are used in lower-end makeup and other cosmetic products. Makeup doesn’t just sit on the top layer of your skin, but instead is absorbed through the epidermis, eventually allowing these numerous unconventional ingredients into your bloodstream—wreaking havoc. Ladies, check your makeup containers and see how many of these ingredients you’re wearing.

1. Roadkill (Tallow)

Tallow is a common ingredient in cosmetics including Dove Indulgent Nourishment Body Lotion. Tallow is derived from animal fat that is boiled into a fat byproduct. The dead animals come from a number of places including: slaughterhouses, expired grocery store meat, and road kill. Tallow is commonly known as Stearic Acid, so vegans and organic ingredient enthusiasts beware.

2. Lead

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Lead is commonly used in lipstick brands such as Christian Dior and Chanel. A recent study testing 32 different brands of lipstick found 68 percent of these brands exceeded the acceptable daily intake of lead within the whole container. Now, nobody is saying that people are taking huge bites out of lipstick, but the study also found that the average lipstick wearer ingests 24 milligrams of lipstick per day.

3. Infant Foreskin

TNS Recovery Complex by SkinMedica claim to use human foreskin (human fibroblast) as an anti-aging “revolution.” Fibroblasts are cells that serve as the structural framework for animal cells and are used specifically in the healing, stretching, growing, and “hardening” of male genital.

4. Parabens

Used in perfume as a preservative, parabens are also found in 75 percent of other makeup. “Parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors and can contribute to hormone imbalance in females. Clients come into Sephora accustomed to drug store brands and are unaware of the harmful ingredients,” Melania Plasko, Operations Consultant at Sephora in Ann Arbor, Mich. says.

5. Bull Sperm

Bull sperm is used in hair shampoo and conditioner for super shiny hair. Salons in Europe are using this protein rich product mixed with katira plant root extract and applying it to their clients' head. Could you at least buy the bull dinner, first?

6. Urea

If you are familiar with animal biology, urea is the breakdown of amino acids in the form of ammonia and carbon dioxide—or pee. Most mammals, including humans are very family with this type of waste, but did you know that urea also makes a wonderful skin moisturizer.

7. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

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Although not as gross as sperm or urine, sodium lauryl sulfate is found in 90 percent of cosmetic products that foam. SLS can also be found in engine degreasers and has a similar effect on your skin as it does an engine. SLS can strip away all essential oils from your skin that provide moisture and protect from outside elements. Once the oil is gone—it’s gone for good. SLS is also linked to endocrine system disruption and respiratory problems.

8. FD&C Color Pigments

These federally regulated pigments (yes, the government says to use them) are found in almost every cosmetic item—basically, anything that has an unnatural pigmentation contains FD&C color pigments. These pigments are highly toxic and carcinogenic and deposit toxins onto the skin from metal salts. Color pigments are also in many artificially colored foods and drinks better known as “Red Lake No. 40.”

9. Fish Scales

Have you ever read the words “natural pearl essence” on a bottle of nail polish? Sorry to burst your pearl fantasy, but that essence actually comes from fish scales. Fish scales, also known as guanine shows up on makeup labels as “CI75170.” Maybelline is one of the top makeup producers who use fish scales to add an iridescent shine to an otherwise dull lacquer polish.
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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Abortion Bans Are Only A Small Part Of The Republican War On Women

These bans expose the Republican Party for what it truly is.


This week, several states passed laws that ban abortion after six to eight weeks of pregnancy, before most women even know that they're pregnant. The most egregious of these is Alabama — the state has banned abortion except for in cases of danger to the mother. Exceptions in the cases of rape and incest were actively voted against by the state legislature. Under the new law, any doctor who is caught giving an abortion would be sentenced to 99 years in prison, and the woman would be charged with murder.

Apart from the fact that this explicitly violates the decision of Roe v. Wade (which is the point), this is only a small part of the slow but steady degradation of women's rights by Republicans in the United States. To anyone who believes that this is simply about people being "pro-life" or "saving the children," then tell them to look at what happens after the fetus is carried to term.

Republicans oppose forcing fathers to be involved in the lives of their children that were forcibly carried to term, desires to cut food stamps and make it more difficult to feed said child, cut funding for affordable housing to make it more difficult for them to find homes, cut spending to public education so these children can't move up the social ladder, and refuse to offer the woman or her child health insurance to keep them both healthy. What about efforts to prevent pregnancy? Republicans also oppose funding birth control and contraception, as well as opposing comprehensive sexual education. To them, the only feasible solution is to simply keep your legs shut. They oppose all of these things because it is, in their eyes, a violation of individual rights to force people to do something. The bill also makes women who get abortions felons, and felons can't vote. I'll let you finish putting those two together.

If you view it from this framework, it would seem like Republicans are being extremely hypocritical by violating the personal freedoms of pregnant women, but if you look at it from the view of restricting social mobility for women, then it makes perfect sense. The Republican dogma of "individual rights" and "personal responsibility" is a socially acceptable facade that they use to cover up their true intentions of protecting the status quo and protect those in power. About any Republican policy, ask yourself: does this disperse power or consolidate it? Whether it be education, healthcare, the environment, or the economy, Republicans love to keep power away from the average citizen and give it to the small number of people that they deem "deserving" of it because of their race, gender, wealth, or power. This is the case with abortion as well; Power is being taken from women, and being given back to men in a reversal of the Feminist Movement of the 1970s.

Republicans don't believe in systemic issues. They believe that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed regardless of what point they started. This is why they love capitalism so much. It acts as some sort of great filter in which only those who deserve power can make it to the top. It's also why they hate social policies; they think that helping people who can't help themselves changes the hierarchy in a negative way by giving people who don't "deserve" power, power. Of course, we know that just because you have money and power doesn't mean you earned it fair and square, and even if Republicans believe it, it wouldn't change anything because it wouldn't change how they want to distribute power.

In short, Republican policies, including abortion, leave the average American with less money, less protection, less education, worse health, less opportunity, fewer rights, and less freedom. This is NOT a side effect. This is the point. Regardless of what Republicans will tell you about "inalienable rights" and how everyone is equal, in reality, they believe that some people and groups are more deserving of rights than others, and the group that deserves rights the most are the ones "that will do the best with them." To Republicans, this group consists of the wealthy, the powerful, and the white — the mega-rich, the CEOs of large companies, gun owners and Christians.

So, who do Republicans think deserve power and give it to? People who look and think like them. This, however, begs the question: Who do they want to take it from?

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