A New Bill Has Been Proposed To Make Our Beauty Products Safer

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And update 80-year-old regulations

It’s no news to us that many of our beauty and personal care products may not necessarily be the safest. Unless we’re using specifically natural and organic skin care and cosmetics (which can be pricey), it’s possible that looming in that 99 percent unpronounceable ingredient list are irritants, toxins, and even carcinogens.

Two senators, Dianne Feinstein and Susan Collins, are hoping to change this, and have proposed a new bill that will call for new regulations in the industry. The Personal Care Products Safety Act serves to “amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety of cosmetics.”

The new bill would basically give the FDA much more control over how safe our beauty products are; this is important to note, being that now, the FDA doesn’t even approve cosmetics before they go to market, except for color additives. The only regulation they have, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, prohibits “adulterated or misbranded” cosmetics from being sold. Even product recalls on hazardous chemicals are simply “voluntary,” which is pretty scary.

The lengthy proposal covers topics such as the review of ingredients and non-functional constituents, animal testing alternatives, and good manufacturing practices. According to The Cut, if it’s passed, it would require the FDA to evaluate at least five ingredients per year for safety, allow them to order recalls of questionable products, and would require complete ingredient list information to be available on packaging and online for all products (which we hope would solve the mystery of what “fragrance” really means).

Feinstein told The Cut, “From shampoo to lotion everyone—women, men, children—uses personal-care products every day. Despite the universal use of these products, none of their ingredients have been independently evaluated for safety. This puts consumers’ health at risk and we urgently need to update the nearly 80-year-old safety rules.” They also reported that though the bill was just introduced yesterday, they already have support from some of the biggest cosmetic and personal care corporations, from Estée Lauder and L’Oréal to Johnson & Johnson and Unilever.

Even with major players in the industry on board, the bill still needs to pass in order for changes to take place. We're crossing our fingers.

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.