Glossary of Beauty Story

What is Paraben and why go paraben free?

Paraben-Free Cosmetics. Parabens are chemical preservatives that have been identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function. Estrogenic chemicals mimic the function of the naturally occurring hormone estrogen, and exposure to external estrogens has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer. (source:

What is Phthalates?

Phthalates or phthalate esters, are esters of phthalic acid and are mainly used as plasticizers (substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity). They are used primarily to soften polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Lower-molecular-weight phthalates (3-6 carbon atoms in their backbone) are being gradually replaced in many products in the United States, Canada, and European Union over health concerns. They are replaced by high-molecular-weight phthalates (those with more than 6 carbons in their backbone, which gives them increased permanency and durability). In 2010, the market was still dominated by high-phthalate plasticizers; however, due to legal provisions and growing environmental awareness and perceptions, producers are increasingly forced to use non-phthalate plasticizers. (source: wikipedia)

Why no testing on animals?

They are so cute! Say no to animal cruelty! Beauty Story items are lab tested several months to make sure they are safe and stable. We strive our best to work with manufacturers and suppliers with the similar mind set.

What is this “5-free” in nail polish?

  • Did you know…the formula for nail polish was originally a converted version of paint enamel used on cars?! Luckily, nail polish formulas have evolved to be more safe for consumer use.
  • Nail polish has evolved to a new standard! Recently, we’ve seen formulas claiming 3-free, 4-free, and more recently 5-free. What are these?
  • Formula is free of Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.
  • Some of these ingredients are pretty common in consumer products. For instance, Formaldehyde resin is normally used as a nail strengthener. Even though this ingredient is not considered extremely harmful or toxic, it is a skin allergen that can cause irritation for up to 3 days after your nail polish has already dried.
  • Another example is the use of Camphor, a natural ingredient commonly found in aromatherapy products. Although it is considered natural, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe to use. Studies have shown that inhaling Camphor can be toxic! It causes irritation and is linked to chronic headaches, dizziness, and nausea.
  • Beauty Story nail polishes are 5-free

What is BB, CC, DD. Im confused which alphabet to use?

BB –Blemish Balm

BB is one of the most popular make-up now in the market. It helps to cover skin imperfections and the formula is like skincare, helping the skin to heal and keep skin hydrated. Usually BB has thicker feel as it has better coverage compared to CC and DD. Suitable for those who has acne and blemish skin problems.

CC – Color Correcting

CC is new in the market and gaining much popularity for customers who like a sheer coverage compared to BB and still have the skincare formula. Suitable for those who has skin discolorations such as redness and shallow skin.

DD – Daily Defense

DD is also new and DD formulas usually contains sun protection for daily use. Texture is also lighter compared to BB.