Friday, September 17, 2010

Reading No More Dirty Looks

No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics
Siobhan O'Connor & Alexandra Spunt
DaCapo Press/Lifelong Books (August 2010)
Paperback 282 pgs
ISBN: 978-0-7382-13965

This was one of those books that I finished, front to back cover, overnight. It is packed with a wealth of information.

I never was a fan of makeup and thus never use more than chapstick or lipgloss. Yes, it seems odd in a society where women 'put their faces on', but I have my reasons. It mostly comes down to the way it smells and feels.

No More Dirty Looks dosen't just talk about makeup and its dirty tendencies, but about everything else you put on (and in) your body: shampoo, lotion, nail polish, face scrubs, diet.

Full of facts and numbers, it's easy to get overwhelmed and disgusted. Formaldahyde in hair straighteners and nail polish? The U.S. banning only nine dirty ingredients where Europe has banned over one thousand? The fact that companies and the FDA are still operating on a law passed in 1938 that barely stated restrictions on what can be used or not in cosmetics and is completely outdated?


Alongside the dirty ingredients, the authors recommend the 'cleanest' products for hair, nails, face, makeup, body and other areas.

It's a lot of information to take in all at once, but the book is very thorough and well laid out. I wouldn't be surprised if, after reading the book, you'd be compelled to clean out the cabinets. I certainly did.

No More Dirty Looks
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lit Mags & Other Stuff I'm Reading (Sept 10)

Summer '10 Issue of Get Born

Old MotherVerse Issues (#'s 6 & 8)

Mamazina Spring/Summer 2010

Literary Rejections on Display-Awesome. Some of it is really, really awful. Some of it is pretty funny.

Query Shark-My new favorite site on queries. What works & what definitely does not. Advice on how to write and revise query letters.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot-An amazing, true story.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Discussion at the Mama Says Zine Blog

It's the Anonymous issue of Mama Says Zine.

There are a few essays featured on the blog. Please-read, enjoy, discuss.

For the next issue, the theme will be UPLIFT.
Who are your mother's heroines? What gets you through the tough moments, and the tough days? Describe one of life's little victories , or a moment of grace. Tell us about things that go right! We welcome submissions of all shapes and sizes-cartoons, anecdotes, stories, quotes, and full essays of 500 w0rds or less. Submit your essay by October 15, 2010 to