December 27, 2017

Parents Beware Claire’s Makeup Tested Positive for Asbestos

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I was threading my brows last week prior to Christmas and Akari, the girl that typically does my brows asked me if I had children. I said no but I have a little baby dog to which she laughed and I replied back, do you? And she told me yes, she has one little girl who is seven years old. And we got to talking as she worked on my brows and she explained how her seven year old likes to watch youTube videos about makeup and how she asked for makeup for Christmas.

Weirdly enough as a very liberal person I thought this shocking. I have such a contrasting personality sometimes because I’m very liberal about certain topics where as others I’m more of a traditional conservative and on the topic of makeup I guess I am a little conservative as the idea of a seven year old watching youTube gurus and wanting makeup felt rushed to me. Shouldn’t she be asking for Barbie’s Dreamhouse? I guess not considering we live in an entirely different society than the one I grew up in. I’m NOT THAT old but but today’s youth is far more advanced and much more mature than I ever was. Even at 12 the thought of boys and makeup was just a little speck on my radar as I was still very much a child still. Maybe I was a late bloomer.

None the less, she asked her mom for makeup and her mom being her mom wanted to please her daughter ad she explained to me she got her some rather inexpensive makeup that wasn’t super mature but enough to make her feel grown up. To me, that sounded perfect without forcing her child to grow up overnight. Today I actually felt compelled to call her and ask where she got the makeup from because Claire’s has a ton of rather cute makeup that’s should be terribly appealing to smaller children and tweens which had to be pulled from shelves due to the concern that it tested positive for asbestos.

Not exactly what you want to hear after Christmas when you might have gotten one, two, or more of their items as stocking stuffers for your children, grand kids, or nieces and nephews.

Claire’s released a statement which appears on their website:

“As a result of today’s inquiry from WJAR-TV, we have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale, and will be conducting an immediate investigation into the alleged issues. Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action. If you have items you wish to return in the interim period we will issue a refund.”

The items pulled from shelves are:

  • Ultimate Mega Make Up Set
  • Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48-Piece Makeup Set
  • Pink Glitter Cellphone Makeup Compact
  • Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Makeup Set
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Star Make Up Set
  • Rainbow Glitter Heart Shaped Makeup Set
  • Mint Glitter Make Up Set
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Rectangle Make Up Set
  • Pink Glitter Palette with Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss

Customers can call Claire’s with any questions or concerns at 800-804-7194.

I hope none of you are affected by this but I thought I’d post anyway just in case.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • kjh

    Am I jumping to conclusions to immediately think PRC? Did you read that some counterfeit Kylie kits were contaminated by horse urine? Really? I don’t see how it could be accidental or on purpose. How are equines anywhere near the mfg point? Another example of how, if it seems too good to be true… not (the fuck) buy it! I have no issue with PRC accurately labeled offshore mfg of major brands. You can buy it, or not. But the counterfeits and way low enders can be downright dangerous.

    • Isabella Muse

      Not at all! It is likely made in china for sure. I saw a video about how they are counterfeiting brands like Kylie and they contain a host of disgusting things! I don’t either, I’m ok with Made in China products from reputable brands. It’s the shady ones I worry about!

      • kjh

        Exactly. Open disclosure. There is one area i’ll bet you agree on. NOTHING EDIBLE FOR THE BELOVED CHIHUAHUA from the PRC…and that is more complicated than it sounds, what with clone packaging, Tested in USA instead of Made, and the unreliability of bar codes. I will buy/eat PRC ingredients for myself, but in no way allow PRC edibles for my dogs.

        • Isabella Muse

          absolutely positively not. VERY strict what I give to her in terms of both food and toys!!!!! I’ll wear made in China makeup but giving my dog made in China toys is a major no!

          • Eraser

            A friend and I were just talking about how we make a point of avoiding Chinese-made products as much as possible, for a number of different reasons. We both agreed that we especially refuse to buy beauty products for this very reason. I’m probably older than most of your readers so I remember when everything, even cheapie stuff like W&W, was made in the USA or Europe. I’m dismayed by the growing amount of cosmetics, even from reputable and in some cases higher-end brands, that are made in China. Markwins, a Chinese company, has bought a number of cheapie brands so that explains it there, but when brands like Stila are selling Chinese-made palettes, it bothers me even more. They’re just trying to maximize their profit margin, which is already pretty obscene for many cosmetic lines.

            I don’t have children or pets but I would NEVER buy baby food or dog toys from China given the horror stories that have made the news recently.

  • Christina D.

    We are indeed sisters from other misters because I had a similar reaction…children’s makeup? What is that? I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until I graduated high school — and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Maybe that’s why, to this very day, although I love makeup, I never feel as if I have to wear it to be seen in public.

    Regardless, my first response to the headlines I read earlier about contaminated makeup was “must be made in China.” Heck, a few years ago during the holidays, I recall toys made in China being recalled because of dangerous levels of lead! So, while I don’t find this surprising, I do find it surprising that people still by this junk and are shocked when they find out the quality is less than stellar.

    • Isabella Muse

      I was like 15 and my mom was super strict about it! a little mascara and blush that’s it. Lipstick was out of the question! so was eyeliner or eyeshadow. I’m a late bloomer I guess either that or my mom was just super strict. I remember that! You wanna laugh? Recently, I went to this store with a friend of mine because she told me that had the cutest ballet flats ever for $10 each. I was skeptical about $10 flats as I imagined them falling off my feet after a single wear. Anyway, we got to the store and indeed they have cute shoes that aren’t well made but hey ten bucks I could grab a pair or three and if they fell apart I could toss them without guilt. Anyway, there’s a small label on the shoes that says certain materials that the shoe were manufactured were known to cause cancer in California. YEAH OK, thanks I think I’ll stick to buying my flats at nordstrom, cancer-free thanks so much!

      • Emme

        Hey Muse…
        Before I get to the reason for posting, I want you to know I adore you and even though I’m just a long time reader, I read your posts daily, and in my silly little head, I consider you a friend. 🙂 I’ve read/subscribed to you for years, turned my mom and friends on to you.
        So please don’t think I’m trying to be overly critical here. I wanted to point out something that kind of bugged me because I think it makes you sound uninformed or underinformed and people who dont already know and <3 you may read it as ignorance. Please know I mean no harm but to help offer you further insight into something you don't seem to be too aware of.

        That story you mention above, about the $10 flats and your immediate reaction to the stickler warning that the shoe could cause cancer… well, I'm sorry to tell you that even products from your beloved Nordstrom carries MANY products bearing this warning. So before you panic, I think theres some information you should be made aware of, to help you be a better and much more knowledgeable blogger, consumer and doggie-parent, even. I am just surprised how many people jump to conclusions before understanding the simple politics that apply here.
        This "Law" was enacted LONG ago, back in the Erin Brockovich days, after a lot of shenanigans were exposed, and also due to a heavily litigious culture that got out of control and the CA legislators got involved… I really, strongly encourage you to read about Prop 65- even Wiki it… because it is a CA law that affects the entire country in terms of labeling requirements, but SO MANY people, and more and more bloggers I've noticed, jump to conclusions and believe a sticker before understanding the general logic about it.
        I enjoy and appreciate you and honestly, I DON'T want you to appear mis-informed or ignorant by not knowing something that many on the W Coast have long been well aware of, and that obviously affects your shopping decisions and what you blog out to the masses. Your readers here have always (to me) been respectable and intelligent readers, so I hope any of you reading are aware as well. Please understand that given the climate and culture we live in- especially now, there will always be the divisive criticisms, but I'm sure you are the type to rise above that pettiness and go for the logic and common sense of it all.

        The sticker you saw is required under CA Law Proposition 65. This affects and covers a ridic amount of goods- basically EVERYTHING to ridiculous proportions… from food and beverages, to Starbucks, to consumable goods, the shoes you wear, clothes, cars- RIDICULOUSLY EVERYTHING! So read on and I hope you understand that MAJORITY pf the time- mostly ALL, despite a handy dandy sticker, it boils down to over-regulatory money grubbing lawyer mumbo jumbo. (Not downplaying importance of the few actual incidents, but the general over excessive panic inciting vibe is really unnecessary at the scope its gone to and shows the audacity of CA lawmakers who care more about lining THEIR pockets at the cost of affecting us consumers.) Its an old law that passed and has filed the pockets and mansions of MANY slimeball lawyers, looking for easy settlements and victims. Its completely been overregulated and to the detriment that poeple know how ridic it is because its literally EVERYWHERE, and has become sensationalized to epic proportions. French fries, coffee, the air, parking lots, literally everything there has the Prop 65 warning! Even Disneyland has a sign up on entry that says, "The Disneyland Resort contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Proposition 65, California Health & Safety Code Section 25249.6 et seq". Because businesses dont want to be sued by overly aggressive lawyers and serial career victims looking to hit it big!

        This is an easy to understand Article that outlines just how crazy and overreaching Prop 65 has gotten.
        From Forbes:
        Soda, pop, coke. There are a lot of different names for fizzy, sugary drinks, depending on where you are. But the phrase “cancer-causing” might become universally applied.

        According to Consumer Reports, some soda has tested for high levels of a chemical “known” to cause cancer. But it turns out that what’s “known” might not be relevant at all. To understand why, look at the strange but pervasive California law behind the soda scare.

        In 1986, California voters passed Proposition 65, which requires a warning label for products with chemicals “known to the state to cause cancer or birth defects.” That sounds reasonable enough, but the law has turned into a gold mine for activists and lawyers exploiting our suspicion of funny-sounding chemicals.

        California’s regulatory bar is set so low that the label law applies to any product containing a chemical with a 1 in 100,000 chance of causing cancer in a person exposed to the product over 70 years—resulting in an enormous (and growing) list of nearly 900 chemicals.

        One of those chemicals is 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), a chemical found in the caramel coloring of some sodas. California listed 4-MEI under Prop 65 in 2012, generating the recent scare about the safety of fizzy drinks.

        But this instance shows the silliness of California’s law. 4-MEI caused cancer in research when given in ultra-high doses to lab mice. How high? A human would have to drink the equivalent of over 1,000 sodas a day to consume enough 4-MEI to be of concern, according to a Vanderbilt University biochemist.

        If you drink that many sodas a day, you’ll have far more immediate health problems than cancer. And the chemical even was associated with a protective effect on rats.

        There’s an even bigger flaw with California’s chemical policy: Prop 65 is enforceable by private citizens and their attorneys. That’s why California now has a full-blown “bounty hunter” racket, shaking down businesses that “might” expose customers to frowned-upon chemicals, used in or on swimming pools, roofs, gardens, and businesses that had furniture or painted walls.

        Between 2000 and 2010, businesses paid $142 million in Prop 65 settlements, according to the Federalist Society. That sum includes $89 million in attorney fees. It’s easy to see the upside for opportunistic lawyers.

        Remarkably, the label craze has actually spread during California’s litigation bonanza. There are now warning labels in coffee shops and parking lots and on fishing rods and Christmas lights. The warnings are so prevalent that they’re likely to be ignored or even ridiculed.

        It’s time to take a step back from the noise. If there’s one thing the average Joe should understand about chemicals, it’s this: Despite their occasionally unpronounceable names, and despite their seeming ubiquity, they’re generally safe. University of California-Berkeley expert Bruce Ames writes that “about 99.9 percent of the chemicals humans ingest are natural.”

        You won’t hear that from the typical pro-organic food group, however. The Environmental Working Group, for example, puts out an annual “Dirty Dozen” report drumming up alarm about pesticides applied to produce.

        It’s one thing to appeal to consumer choice when touting organic food. It’s another to play falsely upon our chemical fears. In reality, as Ames and his colleagues have found, “99.99 percent (by weight) of the pesticides in the American diet are chemicals that plants produce to defend themselves.” In other words, the synthetic chemicals used on most farms make up a tiny fraction of the total.

        What’s more, organic farmers can use pesticides such as rotenone and pyrethrum, which are derived naturally. And natural chemicals can cause cancer in laboratory rat tests.

        Our exposure to most chemicals is so small in general that we aren’t likely to be affected negatively. Chances are, in reasonable quantities, the food we consume every day isn’t giving us the kind of heartburn and high blood pressure caused by the endless warning labels and activist scare campaigns on display in California.
        I sincerely hope this helps you really understand this stuff and to think more critically about the silly ways this stuff toys with us as consumers. Its really not cool and more people need to understand the craziness- so they can see how screwy society is getting. Scare campaigns serve to play on our emotions and allow undeserving people to profit off inciting our emotions unnecessarily.
        The list of chemicals on the list is added to by the hundreds yearly… so they can say that "technically" EVERYTHING (in miniscule microscopic amounts!!!) can give you cancer. Its so sick. By their reasoning, everyones Grandma and puppies also need to be labelled (actually, most of the pet stores DO have the warning at their entry as well, as req by law!)

        • Isabella Muse

          Hi Emme! First off thanks for being a long time reader and you’re totally a friend as far as I’m concerned 🙂 Thanks for recommending to your family/friends too. And secondly, thanks for educating me today! We live in a scare society lately where everything comes with some sort of warning. This has been the case recently with many cleansers that have the label, “Avoid contact with eyes” not to mention the fact we’ve been told how horrible parabens are for us but in reality they are finding out they aren’t as bad as everyone was telling us! Honestly, this is my first time seeing shoes that read “can give you cancer” it’s like, wait, what!? How is that possible!? So, thanks for educating me today! I can sleep a lot easier knowing a pair of flats isn’t going to kill me (I’m not even remotely joking about that!)!!!!! 😀 Happy New Year! May we all stay happy and healthy and free from absurd warning labels!

      • Christina

        Sigh, Muse, this is my life daily, since I like in California. It’s slightly off topic, but we have signs everywhere, including new construction, that the materials used have been known to cause cancer in California. 🙁

  • lizzie

    What a fascinating topic. As the mom of a 15 year old girl I can relate to the whole conservative/liberal stance on “make up”. You Tube and Instagram have really brain washed kids to a really sad state where they feel like they HAVE to have the next best thing. I mean I don’t discriminate when it comes to make up. I have uber high end Victoria Beckham, Tom Ford,Surrat, Hakuhodo and drug store brands like Loreal, Maybelline and ELF. I didn’t allow my daughter to wear make up till she was 13 and then it was mascara and lip balm. When she got into high school it was a little more like, BB creams and high lighter and brows and that my dear friends is where she’s kinda stayed because her other friends at school go all out Instagram style false lashes winged liner and she says it takes way too much time and she would much rather sleep. What’s interesting is I have a co-worker who has a 13 year old and when I told her I was purging some of my make up mostly drug store and offered to give it to her for her daughter she asked me is it Kaylie cosmetics, Jeffrey Star, or MAC because if it isn’t she won’t wear it she only uses name brand stuff and I thought WTF does your daughter even know how to use make up at 13 and if she does seriously should she? Anyway I thought how rude hoity, toity and high and mighty I will just give it to someone who is more grateful so I did. With that said, I don’t typically like make up from places like Claires or Forever 21 because truth be told I try to steer clear from products made in China. I do own some ELF which is yes made in China but for the most part I go with brands that have been around. Seriously if you ask me. Teens should stick to Colour Pop made in the USA and safe and affordable and maybe Maybelline and Cover Girl . What bugs me is how so many young girls feel like they have to wear what a Kardashian wears and yes,. . . I must live under a rock because till that co-worker mentioned Kylie cosmetics I never even knew what a Kardashian was. I don’t have cable TV thank God because when I found out what a Kardashian was I wanted to go back in time and NOT know what a Kardashain was. I guess I am fairly conservative when it comes to make up because I didn’t start wearing it till I was 16 and when I landed my first retail job. Meh what do I know I guess being 42 I’m an old washed up mom with conservative views on make up for young girls. I have always just felt that the French do it so right. They keep it simple and let it enhance their beauty.

    • Isabella Muse

      I think growing up is already really hard but adding in social media outlets like youTube and Insta and it becomes even more complicated for younger girls or boys. Wow. Very very interesting that a 13 year old knows that much about makeup! Wow! I find it sad she rejected your generous gift. Sigh! 13 is a little young for some of those brands. I always feel at that age a little mascara, some lip balm, and blush is plenty. I completely agree more is less!

  • Dee

    Wow, that’s unbelievable that abestos would be in those products!

    Regarding the little girl and makeup…as long as she is playing and not wearing it (if that makes sense) I think it’s ok. If Her mom is letting her wear it at age 7 then that is too young.

    I know I am older than you, Muse, and my younger sister and I would love when our grandma would take us downtown to the big Woolworths to get makeup so we could come home and play. I think we each had maybe $5, and it’s amazing how much REALLY bad makeup that would buy! We spent hours putting green and blue eyeshadow on and who knows what else. I’m sure we thought we looked fabulous . But my love affair with makeup has never stopped.

    • Isabella Muse

      I agree with playing but after she mentioned youTube I think it might be she was interested in wearing legit makeup outside the house ;D That I’m not sure a seven year old is ready for ya know? I love your memory of your grandmother and makeup 😀 That’s so sweet! I def had “play” time with makeup growing up but my mom wouldn’t like me wear it out until I was 15 and even than it was blush and a little mascara.

      • Dee

        Same! No makeup outside of the house until first year of high school and only blush and mascara. And my mom checked me every morning before I left the house to make sure I didn’t have it piled on.

    • kjh

      Yeah, grammie. Biked to the next town’s Woolworth and bought some gawdawful pinky coral l/s. Age 9. Prob 1958. At least it didn’t look as bad as it would now! We only wore m/u at night, as in formal dances, etc in HS, not jhs. Occ to church, never to school. Now I had a garter belt and olive green stockings in fourth grade, too. So I don’t think it was parental, but rather societal restrictions. Hey, women, remember, some of your fellow makeup freaks PREDATE PANTYHOSE!

  • Deb

    WTF?? Asbestos? I can’t even imagine why that would need to be in makeup. Where is this junk manufactured, I wonder? Good on you Muse for pointing this out.

  • Kristin

    I agree- I’m 35, but looking back on my childhood and comparing it to where kids are now, they absolutely have grown up faster. I went to a very strict private school , so makeup would have been forbidden at that age, *even* if we wanted to wear it, which we certainly didn’t! I attended parochial high school and can remember being shocked the girls there had purses! and Cover Girl powder! If I carried a purse at Snobby Sheltered Day School I would have been mercilessly made fun of! (I don’t even think little girls play with Barbies much anymore, which is a shame, because I LOOOVED Barbie/Jem/Jazzy/Maxie dolls! Heck, I’d still play with them if I wasn’t afraid my parents would think I was regressing!)

    • Isabella Muse

      it’s weird right!? I mean 30’s isn’t old but somehow it feels like the kids are wayyyyyyy more advanced than I ever was. I went to private school too and they didn’t completely forbid makeup but they didn’t want you showing up to class with red lipstick and a winged eye. Blush and a little lip balm were fine but they’d have totally made you wash it off if you had heavy eyeshadow or lipstick on. I don’t think they do either! Kids are literally into console gaming by six years old. It’s weird ro me somehow. I loved my barbies and jem dolls!

      • amy

        My 11-year-old is sooo into Barbie! Unfortunately, the new stuff on the market is nowhere near as good as what we had as kids… There aren’t any real “play sets”, and even the fashion options are extremely limited, so I can sort of see why Barbie isn’t that popular these days.

        My daughter is constantly scouring eBay Amazon, and etsy for things that strike her interest, and she puts them in the “cart” for Christmas/Birthday (which is in Summer). We spent well over $500 this year on 3 vintage play sets, but it was worth it, as me and my mom figure we can play, too, LOL!

        • Isabella Muse

          Awwww man that’s lovely! You don’t see kids at that age into Barbie anymore! They are onto boys and makeup already! I agree! barbie isn’t quite as great as she was. Remember the department store play set?! I loved it! It had little shoe boxes and everything! can I come over and play?! 😀

          • amy

            I don’t remember that one, but I’m a bit older than you.
            Don’t get me wrong, she loves makeup, but she also knows when it’s appropriate to wear it. She has several of my old Sephora blockbuster sets that I got suckered into, and only swatched, and lippies that came in sets I didn’t want, but she doesn’t wear them out. I told her she can wear a “natural* lipstick or gloss to school, but she declined. She *like” boys, too, but she doesn’t feel a need to “impress” them.

  • CL

    Ugh. I hope the parents out there learn a lesson – don’t buy “no name” cosmetics made in China. I think it’s even a little risky to buy *name-brand* cosmetics made in China. Look what happened to the pet food industry several years ago (they accidentally poisoned many US dogs and cats through melamine poisoning) due to major brands buying ingredients from China. There were also some poisoning of babies in China due to contaminated baby formula. Some people will do anything to get rich.

    • lizzie

      I totally agree although I would have to disagree that it was in any way an “accident”. I am definitely not a fan of things made in China. I was shocked when I found out Marc Jacobs brushes were made in China especially since its a luxury brand.

      • amy

        I don’t believe it was intentional, though. I think the equipment in several of these lower-end plants are old, or have been patched with cheap parts/materials, or the equipment/parts were made before we knew the dangers of certain chemicals/elements. When products are passed through the equipment, there is transfer contamination. This has happened in Mexico & India, as well. There is also the chance for surface contamination transfer on clothing, which is why it’s imperative one washes new garments prior to wear, even if packaged.

  • Christina D.

    BTW love your comment that at 12, “boys and makeup were just a speck on my radar.” Me too. In fact, I was more concerned with what I wanted to be when I grew up. I cannot remember the last time I heard a little girl or a young woman talk about having aspirations other than a flawless selfie.

    • Isabella Muse

      OMG see we are twins! I was obsessed with what I wanted to be when I grew up! It was something that followed me through junior high and into my freshman year of high school (it changed sophomore year). I think kids have way different morals nowadays!!!!!!!!!

      • kjh

        Omg, I totally failed the reading comprehension on that one. I was thinking about the boy makeup mavens who are emerging. Not boys, separate category….makeup. And I do believe all this SM (not THAT SM) is creating decreased attention spans and self-important streaks in our young’uns. But, I suppose the elite students are researching science and tech journals on their Is, as often as posting carefully styled and posed selfies. Google the story about the woman from Shahs of Sunset and her driver’s ID, if you really want to explore the out of control and ridiculous.

      • amy

        This all goes back to Parenting 101. Like I said, I am the parent of a tween girl. She has absolutely no interest in SM, and it’s primarily due to her knowledge of the dangers. She loves having her picture taken, but when I offered to set up a private IG account for her, she declined, because she’s aware people can still find a way in. She does have a YT channel, but she doesn’t show herself, or use her name.

  • Lori Flippin

    Oh my word. I was not allowed make up until I was 16. And even then it better not be over the top! I am 47, and I can sure attest to the fact the kids today are ridiculously more mature than my generation. At 7, my main interest was my dog and my barbies. I don’t know how I feel about letting a 7 year old watch beauty gurus. I raised boys, so didn’t have that particular worry, thank goodness.

    • Isabella Muse

      lol sometimes boys are just easier 😀 but sometimes they do like makeup and in that case it’s the same issue you’d have with girls. When is a proper age to let a girl or a boy wear makeup is the question!

  • Tippy6

    Muse, I am so with you on every single one of your points. There is nothing more disconcerting than seeing a teen or pre-teen with overtly done makeup. Honestly, it’s downright disturbing to see some of these young people walking around today and as far as their being so much more “sophisticated” than we were, well, I beg to differ because some of the young people that I encounter are downright scary not only because of their appearance but because they have no sense of direction and they lack any semblance of common sense. Their entire lives are guided by the influence of celebrities, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram and most of it is truly frightening stuff.

    • Isabella Muse

      I feel horrible saying this because sometimes it is hard to remember myself at that age but yes, it’s a little bit unsettling seeing a young girl fully contoured, falsies, and bright lipstick. I try to put myself in their shoes when I was their age but I honestly can’t relate for some reason. I was a different girl I guess because I was more concerned about what my latest book purchase would be at 14 (I was and still am a book worm). I also should say this because I’m not a parent but I sometimes blame the parents. You really have to buckle down on your kid. Let them have freedoms, let them live, allow them room to grow but don’t let them grow up too too fast. I see 12 year old girls in the Summer wearing short shorts and I mentally cringe. If I was a mom I’d never let my daughter leave the house with what are essentially bootie shorts. The internet is very much to blame too but please parents don’t let your kid roam free on the Internet. Have some guidelines in place!

      • amy

        You are absolutely right! I remember years ago making such statements, and being told that since I wasn’t a parent, I wasn’t qualified to have an opinion, because I didn’t “understand”. Well, guess what; I am a parent now, to a tween girl, and you know, what I felt all those years ago still holds true! The problem actually lies, I feel, with the fact that people don’t give parenting any thought until they become one, and then wing it. It’s also a generational thing; younger parents tend to be more into SM, therefore the children are, as well. Even before SM, I remember seeing younger moms with their toddler daughters wearing matching crop-tops and bootie shorts! Kids are not accessories, and are definitely not peers. I completely overhauled my wardrobe once I became a parent, not because I ” had to”, but because I felt it was the appropriate thing to do. I seriously cringe at what some moms wear at dropoff/pickup… It’s an elementary school, FFS!

  • amy

    So, an article just popped up on my feed from Quartz that basically stated the asbestos, which was found in trace amounts if the analyst was looking really hard for it, most likely came from talc. This means there’s just as great a chance asbestos can be found in *any* of our products, including Tom Ford, Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury, or any of the big, expensive brands, regardless of country of origin.

    The mother who had the products tested is also an attorney, who just so happens to be working on a separate case pertaining to asbestos, and just coincidentally used the same lab her firm is using for the other case. With the big payouts from baby powder being so prevalent, I wonder if this mother used this as a way to strengthen the aforementioned case she’s working on…

    By the way, the asbestos found in the products was in a different form than what was formerly used in insulation materials.

  • genevieve

    That’s appalling – finding asbestos in makeup! I don’t buy makeup or toys make in China because I am never sure of the ingredients.
    As far as a 7 year old having makeup to wear – I am with you Muse. Let a child be a child and she should still be into Lego, drawing and games.

  • Cil

    If you slap a “made in China” or “made in PRC” in any makeup, it is a no to me. I’m allergic to talc so there are few itens/brands that I can buy makeup from, mainly eyeshadow (thebalm and modern renaissance). In addition, that “made in” a country that has legislation and standards on makeup is obligatory as well as the lack of parabens.

    Selective much! I know.

    Regard children, I’m conservative. I don’t believe that is just bc kids are growing too fast. I believe the parents are being brainshawed or are voluntarily growing up their kids. No way on Earth a seven year should be worrying about makeup. Nobody is going to convince me that is not her mother behind this behaviour.

    When I was a kid, child parties were held with songs right for their ages. Nowadays, at least here in Brazil, parents put less than savory songs in child parties, some with explicit language.

    These are the same people that go around later moaning that their 14-15 year old daughter got pregnant.

  • Christina

    I guess I’m old fashioned too, because I do not want my future children wearing makeup until they’re at least in high school. My mom allowed me to wear lipstick in high school, that was it. It had to be a nude shade too. It makes me sad to see so many young girls wearing a face full of makeup because it really isn’t good for your skin, even if it’s non comedogenic–at least not at such a young age when you’re still developing and growing, and what you put into and onto your body affects things. Plus, it makes them look older–and why would you want to lose that glow from youth?

  • John C.

    can’t tell you for sure if these products are made in China, but I would bet on it. Folks out there, let’s all stop buying products that are made in China. There have been dozens of these tainted products just in the last couple of years That can lead to cancer and other terrible diseases. Why do we keep on buying them? I don’t, and you don’t have to either.