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Ever wonder what all those different types of tweezer tips are for? Here’s a quick breakdown of when and why you’d want to use each one:

Slant Tip: Preferred tip for eyebrow shaping and general tweezing. The flat edge of the slant quickly tweezes large surfaces; flip the tweezers to use the pointed edge for precision tweezing (see our 4860).

Rounded Tip: Great for sensitive skin and people new to tweezing. The rounded tip eliminates sharp edges that can pinch or cut the skin while still allowing for close contact and a clean tweeze (see our 4861).

Pointed Tip: Ideal for ingrown hair and splinters. The pointed tip allows the user to isolate single hair more easily for maximum precision. It can also slide gently under the skin’s surface to grasp and remove ingrowns or splinters (see our 4862).

Square Tip: Is most useful for tweezing large, flat surfaces like the chin. Can also be used after body waxing to remove any hair that was left behind (see our 4816).

Claw Tip: Like the square tip, it is used for large flat surfaces and after body waxing. The tip angle can help to improve visibility and make grasping hair easier. The tips also tend to “lock” together more tightly to help grasp the hair and minimize slipping (see our 4887).

Hi Everybody!  Ryan has agreed to let me post (a short post!) today because I’m in a shout-it-from-the-rooftops kind of mood about an exciting new product launch here at Belcam.  You guys might remember me as the Beauty Tools Brand Manager (or the gal who pesters Ryan until he lets me post).  🙂  ANYWAY…..

Here’s my exciting news!  We all know how hot tattoo art is and we can find it on just about any product these days.  But our 4 NEW Slant Tip Tweezers are the first metal grooming tools to feature this kind of art.

We are so, so lucky to have a very talented artist on our staff and when I told her our idea for putting some original tattoo art on tweezers, she came through with the most amazing designs.  Of course, we decided that we’d use high quality stainless steel tweezers from Italy as a base for the art.  They feature extra fine tips – the kind that grab the hair every time, not cut it off at the base.  They’re great for shaping eyebrows and for general tweezing, but best of all, they’re just SO COOL to look at.  I pulled one out in front of my friends the other day and they totally freaked out – and these girls aren’t hard core tattoo fans or anything.  Well, one might be.  😉

I promised this would be short ,so I’ll stop myself and just say that we’re all REALLY excited here and hope you all like the tweezers too.  Check them out below and if you want to buy some, you can get them at our online shop

PS  My boss is letting me give a dollar off these tweezers when you use promo code “KIMROCKS” at checkout.  No, just kidding, you don’t need a promo code – we’re automatically giving everyone $1.00 Off.  But if you really want to type Kim Rocks! you can leave a comment to that effect below!  🙂


NEW Denco Tattoo Tweezers!

NEW Denco Tattoo Tweezers!

There’s been a lot of press this year on new concerns about what is in baby shampoo. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has taken an aggressive role in patrolling product manufacturers and pressuring them to eliminate potentially harmful chemicals from their products. Naturally, baby products are something we want to be very cautious about. You would think that the FDA would assess and regulate baby products for safety. However, the FDA does not have authority to require assessment of safety for pre-market products like it with drugs. As a result, cosmetics products are some of the least-regulated on the market.

In March 2009, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 48 products and 61% contained both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. One of these was Johnson’s Baby Shampoo! The report says:

“Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane are known carcinogens; formaldehyde can also trigger skin rashes in some children. Unlike many other countries, the U.S. government does not limit formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane, or most other hazardous substances in personal care products.”

There are labeling laws that require ingredients to be listed, but these chemicals are not ingredients, they are byproducts of preservatives in the products & of processes in making the products. The preservatives (eg. quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea) are added to eliminate bacteria from forming in the product while it sits in storage or on shelves. However, over time these preservatives can release formaldehyde in the container. 1,4 dioxane is a little different though. The report says that “1,4-dioxane is a byproduct of a chemical processing technique called ethoxylation, in which cosmetic ingredients are processed with ethylene oxide” to make them more soluble in water and foamy. Unless this is done under a low pressure environment, small amounts of potentially carcinogenic 1,4-Dioxane can be produced.

Things don’t have to be this way, there are alternatives that are available to everyone. I previously wrote about Skin Deep, a cosmetic safety database that consumers can use to find safe products. There are products out there that don’t use these preservatives and processes, eliminating the need for concern. And they’re not necessarily expensive products either. The company I work for makes a great line of affordable products for children. The Bath Therapy Baby & Kids line was created to provide parents with a healthy choice for washing their little ones. The line is gentle, tear free, hypoallergenic, and has a light fragrance. Most importantly though, it is regularly lab tested and DOES NOT contain: sulfates, parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates, or artificial colors. I have actually tried Baby & Kids myself, and they are a great body wash for adults too. The Lullabye Lavender is my favorite. The texture of the wash is soft, not too thick, and the scent is very mild, not overpowering. You can read more about Bath Therapy Kids & Baby by clicking here. The line is available on our new website,


Update 12/21: Don’t just take my word for it! Check out this review of Bath Therapy Kids & Baby at

Skin Deep

Posted on: July 7, 2009

Ever wonder about all the ingredients in your products that you can’t pronounce? Or are you just concerned about what you put on your skin? Only 11 percent of the 10,500 ingredients in personal care products have been publicly assessed. Skin Deep is a service that aids in filling the safety gaps remaining from those unregulated cosmetics industries. It’s an online cosmetics safety database created by the Environmental Working Group. It can be used to research the products you already own or find safer at the store. Skin Deep is a searchable database that matches ingredients in more than 25,000 personal care products (such as shampoos, makeup, deodorants, and sunscreens) with 50 toxicity and regulatory databases. It gives you the power to find the most safety information anywhere about the products you put on your body. The advanced search also allows consumers to find products free of carcinogens, fragrance or contaminants.

Click here to check out Skin Deep

Seems like every big designer is making cosmetics now: Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel. Giorgio Armani Beauty offers a complete line of cosmetics for the face, nail, eyes, and lips. They even have accessories like sable brushes, and collections. Featured for this spring is the “Pink Light Collection.” The collection consists of a pink light eye palette, light master primer, blending blush duo, lip wax, and armanisilk lipstick. You can learn more about the Pink Light Collection, other Armani Beauty products, and even learn how to apply the pink light look by clicking here.

I found an interesting beauty site that I thought I’d share. Based on the international best-selling book Beauty Bible, is hosted by the authors of the book, Sarah Stacey and Jo Fairley., like the book, offers a referrence for information on make-up, eyes, skin, hair, helping nature, and fragrance. also offers competitions, reviews, regular columns, and forums. They make it easy to keep informed too, by allowing you to subscribe for free to receive updates. Click here to check it out for yourself.

In an article in the New York Times today, Natasha Singer reports that the FDA has ordered the strictest of all warning labels for Botox and similar anti-wrinkle drugs.

“The F.D.A. said such drugs must carry warning labels explaining that the material has the potential to spread from the injection site to distant parts of the body — with the risk of serious difficulties, like problems with swallowing or breathing.

Requiring a drug to carry a box with bold-face risk information — a so-called black-box warning — is one of the strongest safety actions the F.D.A. can take. Black boxes are typically reserved for medications known to have serious or life-threatening risks.”

This comes the day after the FDA approved another anti-wrinkle drug, Dysport.

“The agency’s approval of Dysport, manufactured by Ipsen, based in Paris, portends a fierce competition in the United States toxin market of a sort that has been raging in Europe for years.”

Botox is not only used for treating frown lines, but also used in treating “crossed eyes, eyelid spasms, severe underarm sweating, and cervical dystonia, a neck problem that can cause severe pain and abnormal head position,” as well as cervical dystonia.

To read the full article from the New York Times click here.

I was browsing on the Organic Consumers website and came across an interesting document on organic standards for body care products. The Organic Consumers Association has launched a campaign called “Coming Clean.”  The objective is to promote “labeling and production standards that are now in place for organic foods.”

Here is a segment from the document:

“Scientists and medical practitioners warn of the impact of substances absorbed through the skin—whether it’s soap, shampoo, cosmetics, suntan oil, or lotions for babies and children. 

This process of direct absorption through the skin and capillaries into the body is particularly important, because it completely bypasses the kidneys and liver, which normally filter out toxins. The ability of skin to serve as a direct and unfiltered ‘gateway’ into the bloodstream is exactly why nicotine patches and other medicinal surfactants are so effective. 

Consumers who are already seeking out organic food also want organic body care products. Body care companies, capitalizing on this consumer concern, have started labelling some of their products ‘organic,’ too, but it is not always clear what that means.”

To read the full document click here.

I came across some interesting new cosmetics from Sally Hansen, a variety of nail color products. 

nail-artNail Art Pens apply a fast drying color over your existing nail color for stylized looks. They are water-based, so if you make a mistake you can remove it with a moist cotton swab, without effecting the underlying nail color. They come in 8 shades and retail for $7.95.

The Nail Art Pens might be more interesting to a 14 year old girl, but there are more sophisticated uses for the pens. The French Manicure Pen Kit for example, features a fine tip pen that makes it easy to do a French manicure or pedicure, with more control so you can make a fine line. It retails for $14.95. There’s also the Quick Care Nail Treatment Pens, that are great for a little clean-up or cuticle treatment.

Finally there’s Insta-Dri, an all new fast drying nail color. They claim it can be applied in seconds, dry in less than a minute, and still lasts long. 

So many exciting new items for you nails. Has anyone tried these yet? What do you think?

originsBeauty brand Origins is taking initiative and creating a recycling program for cosmetic packaging, Return to Origins. The EPA claims that consumer goods packaging represent approximately one third of landfill waste. Since “being green” is a vital part of Origins’ objective, they’ve decided to receive used cosmetic packaging from consumers and make sure it gets recycled. This is not exclusive to Origins products though, they will take any brand’s packaging and recycle it. Of course there are some materials that are not recyclable. These materials will be transformed in to energy at “waste-to-energy” power plants. These power plants claim to use the most modern technology to combust solid waste instead of coal, oil or natural gas. Pollution control ensures clean emissions, and the energy produces steam which is then converted into electricity. 

I had to write a post on this because it’s such a noble, and selfless effort to enable everyone to help clean up our environment. It really enables people to green up, and keeps them involved in the process. Return to Origins is a permanent program with receptacles in all of the brand’s 450 doors, meaning freestanding stores and department stores. Origins is an Estée Lauder brand, and other Estée Lauder brands will be showing signs of green as well. Aveda has plans to use wind power, and MAC cosmetics will also have a recycling program called Back to MAC. 

To learn more about the Return to Origins program click here.


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