Scientist Reacts to Bad Beauty Hacks: 5 Minute Magic | Lab Muffin Beauty Science
Scientist Reacts to Bad Beauty Hacks: 5 Minute Magic | Lab Muffin Beauty Science

it’s michelle from lab muffin beauty
science chemistry PhD and cosmetic science nerd the other day I came across
this video from five minute magic called 25 things about cosmetics you never know
never knew it talks about things you’d never know about cosmetics and when I
was watching it the explanations were kind of off so I thought I’d give an
explanation based on actual science of why these things are happening if
you like nerding out about beauty make sure you click the like subscribe to my
channel and click the notification bell so you don’t miss any videos ok so let’s
get started alright so first of all fruit is not human skin they do a lot of
stuff on fruit and while it looks cool it just isn’t really the same so firstly the stuff you’re cleaning out
of pores with pore strips is not dirt it is mostly dead skin cells and oil
which has slowly started oxidizing which is why it starts looking dark sometimes
these are called sebaceous filaments but they don’t really have a proper
technical name these can turn into black heads if they solidify and clog up your
pores but using pore cleansing strips isn’t a very effective way of getting
rid of them because they’ll just fill up again really quickly pore strips
probably aren’t as bad as a lot of people make them out to be but they’re
not a very effective way of dealing with these it’s much more effective to use a
leave on product to keep your pores clear rather than going in and evicting
them forcibly after they’re there some good ingredients for this are salicylic
acid and benzoyl peroxide I want to know what makeup remover oil
they’re using because that is awful I have never had a makeup remover oil
not at least smudge my makeup there’s a lot of variation in what’s in a makeup
remover oil but in general oils dissolve oils because they’re both non-polar so
I’m actually quite surprised that this happened
so either the makeup remover oil is absolutely terrible which I think is
probably the case or it’s simply the fact that fruit is not human skin I’m
not really sure what they’re trying to show here foundations are emulsions and
the outer phase is often called the base so if you have something watery on the
outside then it’s going to dissolve well in water because water mixes with water
with the oil-based one it’s going to repel the water and so it doesn’t mix as
well so that’s what we’re seeing here okay I have no idea how that is the
logical conclusion of that experiment I’m not sure how that shows that it’s
clogging pores so things that are oily aren’t always comedogenic so for example
mineral oil and petrolatum they are not very comedogenic and I feel like I
probably don’t need to tell you if you’ve been watching my channel but skin
doesn’t need to breathe and makeup doesn’t stop skin from breathing I
actually spent a good six months practicing how to split apples so I can
tell that that was faked and I’m sort of disappointed all right so the dermis is actually the
lower layer of the skin on my skin model it is this section it doesn’t lose its
moisture very easily it is part of your flesh it is about 70 percent water the
bit that does lose moisture is usually the stratum corneum which is the top
layers of the epidermis which is all the way up the top up here when an apple
goes brown it is not losing its moisture what’s happening is that it’s a reaction
between enzymes and the fruit and oxygen in the air I think that they’re using a
really thickest layer of Vaseline here it is much thicker than you would ever
apply to your skin they are correct in saying that Vaseline is good at sealing
in moisture it is the best occlusive amongst all our common skin care
ingredients what what what okay so vitamins A D E and
K they are good for your skin they are oil soluble vitamins vitamin A
especially is where we get our retinoids from but vitamins have nothing to
do with cleansing your skin and it has nothing to do with why these apricots
are plumping up out of the different oils olive oil is somewhat polar which
means it prefers water compared to baby oil which I think is why it’s going into
the water based apricot a lot of the time when you’re seeing these rehydration
demonstrations what’s happening is water is going back into the fruit and so I
think that’s why the olive oil is doing this after four hours but not the other
oils I have no idea what the cosmetic oil is I assume it’s going to be
something that’s quite non-polar possibly mineral oil which is what baby
oil is I guarantee you if you mix a tiny amount of these four vitamins into the
baby oil it will not plump up your apricot I don’t know why you’re trying
to plump up apricots in the first place but if you do I will eat a plumped up
apricot if that happens all right so shampoos contains
surfactants which help dirt dissolve unfortunately they can also help dye
dissolve which is why in both of the versions with shampoo there is some dye
coming out eggs do contain a tiny amount of surfactant but compared to the
shampoo it is not cleaning dirt off so really what this is showing is that eggs
are not good shampoo this is just a collection of demonstrations with
statements after them that has nothing to do with the demonstration so hair
products don’t all just work by absorbing oil dry shampoo absorbs oil
and I think that’s about it conditioners coat your hair hair spray solidifies on
your hair so that it stays in place and I think that’s what this is showing the
scissors are scraping off some accumulated product on the hair probably
also snapping off a whole bunch of cuticle which is not great fun fact your
cuticle is actually transparent so if you scrape off cuticle it’s going to
look transparent like it does there it won’t be the color of your hair just
don’t scrape your hair like that that’s not good for your hair they need better waterproof eyeliner
I’ve sweated through some of my waterproof eyeliners I have done intense
exercise for hours and it has not budged so makeup fixing sprays do work by
putting on a waterproof film over your face that holds your makeup in place
which is similar to what the hairspray is doing here the difference between a
hairspray and a makeup fixing spray is that usually makeup fixing sprays are
designed to be a bit more flexible so that it’s less uncomfortable it doesn’t
feel like you have a film on your face that is a pretty unrealistic amount of
spray maybe you’d use this if you’re going under some hot lights if you’re
doing some theater performances but I think for everyday life it’s probably
not going to be that nice if you want to learn more about how makeup setting
sprays work I have a video on this I’ll link it in the description this is actually a really nice
demonstration the brown paper test is a legitimate test for lipids which
includes oils there is a lot of variation in different foundation
formulas but in general for dry skin they do tend to put more oil in to
replace the oil that’s missing from your skin okay this is not a great idea
pigments that are safe for your eyes are not the same pigments that are safe for
your lips and the reason is we do tend to eat some of the pigments that we
place on our lips your eyes are not good at absorbing products that you put on
them most of the time things are flowing out of your eyes rather than into your
eyes but your mouth is made for eating things so there are some pigments that
are okay for your eyes that are banned for products on your lips an interesting
fact is that the Egyptians used to use lots of heavy metal pigments on their
eyes and that wasn’t actually why they got heavy metal poisoning from eye
makeup it was actually because they would lick the brush that they used and
then apply the pigment to their eyes so any remaining pigment on the brush would
end up eaten so this is sort of a legitimate DIY
version of what’s actually in your eye makeup products carbon black is a
pigment that you find a lot when you have a black product and you can make it
from burning organic matter like the tip of a banana I don’t know why they picked
a banana they could have burnt anything carbon black can be an inhalation risk
though but I think in terms of safety this is probably not as significant a
risk as things that you would encounter in everyday life anyway like being
around a campfire or burning your food or burning a candle I do think it is a
bit of a pain though it does seem a lot easier to just buy a two dollar
eyeliner oh no oh no don’t do it okay that’s not as bad as I
expected I have seen recommendations for the worst things to put into mascaras
spit do not put spit in contact lens solution don’t put it in a lot of people
assume that because contact lens solution has a preservative then it’s
fine to add it to something like mascara the problem is when you’re mixing stuff
into it it changes what your system is and so your preservative might not stand
up to that anymore probably doesn’t stand up to that anymore
contact lens solution is designed to be dropped out of the container it’s not
designed to have a dirty brush go in and out covered in mascara and so the
preservatives might not work as well probably won’t work as well water also
not that great it doesn’t have preservatives oil would probably be a
much better choice than any of those other ones still pretty risky though I
wouldn’t recommend this maybe if you used it and then immediately use the
mascara and then chucked the mascara out it might be reasonably safe I wouldn’t
keep it there one of the scariest things about eye makeup is that if it’s not
preserved properly you can get these really really awful infections which
were quite common before preservatives were a big thing and makeup if you have
a strong stomach you can look up pseudomonas corneal ulcers they are
gross that was an experience I feel like they
have to know how awful their videos are it’s impossible to make the sort of
video all day and not just have some sort of awareness about this I think it’s
clickbait or comment bait because it’s just so obviously bad did you enjoy this
video let me know in the comments if you want me to do more videos like this if
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100 thoughts on “Scientist Reacts to Bad Beauty Hacks: 5 Minute Magic | Lab Muffin Beauty Science”

  1. Lab Muffin Beauty Science says:

    So… reaction videos: yes or no?

  2. Banjo Peppers says:

    I keep forgetting which channel this is reviewing so when they kept mixing stuff with water I was like "oh is this a prank to convince your friends this is milk, or some life hack to make your own juice at home?" before I remembered this is supposed to be beauty hacks and not pranks or food hacks.

  3. Amy Louwho says:

    Absolutely looked up psuedomonas corneal ulcers. Worked as a tech for MD's and OD's for 13 years but by the picture with the entire iris missing I was done. Thankfully I never saw one of these while working for eye doctors.

  4. April Pendley says:

    So you are supposed to spray hairspray over your eyeliner….on your eyes. Does anyone else see the problem here?

  5. Mesinokka says:

    I really thought you said "click the nerdification bell.."

  6. Robyn Burman says:

    Could you please do a video regarding rosacea. Best make up removers, foundation and moisturiser. It's really hard to find things especially in Australia

  7. Isabel Bimberg says:

    im scared that someone young and impressionable watched that video and sprayed hairspray on their eyes after applying eyeliner

  8. Jen C says:

    Would you have a suggestion on how to get eyeshadow to stick I have weirdly oily eyelids and I don’t even try to wear eyeshadow

  9. Lindi Lotter says:

    I really thought some things were common sense but that video she is reacting to clearly shows otherwise. Some of this stuff I learnt in primary school.

  10. Jai says:

    All I keep thinking about is that poor fruit that was wasted 😂

  11. Jai says:

    After 3:56 the audio kept messing up for me. When you're talking it's silent sometimes, then out of nowhere the audio will turn back on. Idk why, is this happening for anyone else?

  12. No named girl says:

    did anyone have the sound cut out?

  13. nancy says:

    could you maybe cc this? a lot of your speech has been muted

  14. Robin Clarke says:

    I think some of the video might've gotten claimed, it keeps muting over the bits with the 5 mins craft music

  15. Black Hayate says:

    Similar video recommendations: Ann Reardon does a food hack series debunking baking hacks like this and she's a food scientist!

  16. Ana Clara Galli says:


  17. naturegeek33 says:

    no one touch the dislike button. Its on 69

  18. Victoria Ivicek says:

    Who the hell is gonna spray hairspray onto their face/eyes??!?!!?

  19. DemstarAus says:

    Why did the audio cut out?

  20. Dries VdG says:

    U look a bit asian.

  21. mntrmntr says:

    0:30 "nerdification bell"

  22. Morning Sunshine says:

    So imma die cause i used to lick the brush

  23. Corinna Cougar says:

    How do you feel about crayon lipstick?

  24. Persistent Gamer says:

    The 5-minute craft brand really has the most ridiculous channels on YouTube, one of their videos shows you how to turn strawberries white by soaking them in bleach… mmm. No disclaimer about not eating them, no context just, here kids try this. I'm not really interested in makeup, but at least channels like this are producing quality content that's accurate and well-meaning.

  25. NiaJustNia says:

    "Want long lasting eyeliner? Spray your eyes with fucking hairspray."

  26. Lavinia leybovich says:

    Looking at this video after using water and spit on my mascara..

  27. Mettatonyx says:

    I love videos like this that Expose the Stupid of 5 minute crafts

  28. Everyyoueverymiau says:

    I have never seen people use fruit to demonstrate skin products. Who would even think of that? I know who. People without knowledge about skin, fruit and skincare products. So people who are unqualified to make these stupid videos. smh

  29. pomfii vii says:

    Great video ! But I'd just like to suggest to add some audio when you're watching the videos in between commentary because the awkward silence is well… awkward haha

  30. sharkrunaway says:

    The regular shampoo is obviously head and shoulders which is a shampoo that is notorious for ruining dyed hair.

  31. sharkrunaway says:

    Who is going to spray hairspray at their eyeball to set their eyeliner. That's like spraying peppers pray in your face.

  32. Luisa H says:

    If makeup is water resistant then how do you remove it without rubbing your face and smudging your face? Please excuse my ignorance, I don't use makeup because my skin is too sensitive and makeup is generally too expensive

  33. Isaac Smith says:

    God's work 🙌

  34. cynthiawaiting says:

    Hey chica!! What eyeliner you use that doesn’t come off from sweat or oil???? I’m a oily mess after an hour so any tips are greatly appreciated!! Thank you!

  35. Erlyn Henriquez says:

    I’m late to this video but I keep having audio cut outs, is it just me? Or is anyone else having or had this trouble? I really liked this video besides that bit. I wish I could’ve heard everything because wow. I love finding videos and content creators that are like you!

    Keep up the great work tho! Definitely hit that sub button after watching this 😊

  36. zenfrodo says:

    Your audio track keeps dropping completely out. Dead silence when your mouth is moving is rather unnerving.

  37. lilcoffeebean says:

    I just met you and I love you but please please pleaseee get that fringe situation fixed ;;

  38. Farming Furret says:

    I think the "Make-Up Remover Oil" in the second clip was just water and the"Waterproof Mascara" clip just had a second, slightly better non-waterproof mascara…

  39. maimee says:

    I think maybe 5 minutes purposes these days are to be the source for other youtubers to react. I've seen debunking videos from beauty, food & craft community.

  40. Amira .H says:

    Please make more videos like this one
    It’s great that you are explaining why these tips are wrong
    It was really an informative video
    Please do more ❤️

  41. Hatsune Miku says:

    The thing most people see on nose strips is keratotic plugs, black heads are deeper and harder to get out, so what you removing is the harmless stuff.

  42. Amara Jordan says:

    I used to go to aqua therapy wearing waterproof eyeliner, actually also long lasting lipstick too, and even after I was done, my makeup was fine. And this was ten years ago! I don’t know what “waterproof” eyeliner they’re using, but they need to switch to Maybelline, lol!

  43. Joshua Austin says:

    What eyeliner do you use! Mine does run and it sucks lol

  44. ★☆★ SHINOMIYA's ★☆★ says:

    They are so terrible…. they know that and YouTube too. Many people did report their videos because they were extremely dangerous. Like how to make red strawberries turn white and then eat. By BLEACHING them! YouTube doesn't even care, and those videos are still online. Not to mentions that they reuploads their videos constantly, which goes against YouTube policies…

  45. Laura Streeter says:

    Yeah, I'm 60 years old and I've been using vaseline for the last 30 years. I use Retin A and then wait 30-40 minutes and apply a thin layer of vaseline over the top. My skin, if I may be so bold to say, is pretty fuckin amazing. I've used sunscreen since my twenties which also accounts for a lot. But when I tell people I use vaseline they think I'm putting poison on my face or something. It's so funny.

  46. I need a coffee says:

    I don't know how I found this but I'm really glad I did. It's pretty interesting and informative! Can't wait to see what other videos you have

  47. LanaGoesArt says:

    I'm not all about beauty in general, but I enjoyed the scientific approach a lot! Wonderful video 🙂

  48. Laura Fitzpatrick says:

    Lol hairspray is an old drag queen technique before setting sprays were a big thing

  49. Kelly Lambert says:

    For the "regular shampoo", they so obviously used Head and Shoulders dandruff shampoo, which is KNOWN to strip hair colour! In fact, a lot of people will tell you to use it if you want to strip colour out faster. No surprise they're being shady, though

  50. Anna Adkins says:

    Am I the only one who had the audio randomly stop at the Apple one or am I going crazy

  51. Elaina says:

    Does the audio cut in and out in certain places for anyone else?

  52. Travis Retriever says:

    I find most of these life hacks are either lame, ineffective or even just downright fraudulent.

  53. Gavin James says:

    the moments of missing audio, particularly when we can actually see you talking (but not hear you) make this video pretty unwatchable.

  54. Alisa Maksymchuk says:

    Omg, a channel about makeup that’s actually interesting, smart and has substance, and isn’t narcissism-based! Wuuuuut!

  55. Michael Wyderka says:

    4:46… thick ass layer. Never thought that would come from a chemist. Made my day, first time viewer.

  56. fiercenunbothered says:

    The state of YouTube when we need a scientist to tell us that fruit is not human skin. Good grief

  57. The Potato cat says:

    They know they arent telling the truth cause so many videos have fake footage (Ann Readon from the channel how to cook that has covered them alot)

  58. Ganna Globina says:

    I guess that is because you are young and from west you don't know many traditional ways to use things. 1. My granny and godmother of my child washed their hair with egg. 2. Skin breaths.

  59. Sakura Kinomoto says:

    i ended up here from the debunking cooking hacks videos and i am not disappointed. and i love your voice, it's very calm.

  60. Mamandu 0 says:

    Of course, it's 5 minute crafts.

  61. Lynda Stiefvater says:

    The volume keeps cutting out.

  62. Unknown Passerby says:

    Why did the sound suddenly disappeared in some parts?

  63. Pankaike says:

    just found your channel, so glad i did! i love nerding out when it comes to cosmetics and fillers. i can't wait to get back into the industry!

  64. Des Lump says:

    No idea about makeup, but I like your voice

  65. Amisha Das says:

    The audio keeps stopping

  66. Sarah-Anne Leblanc says:

    Audio is broken 🙁

  67. brodie campbell says:

    This was actually a very helpful and informative video, thank you so much. Maybe next time do some test uploads of the video in shorter clips to see if anything gets flagged , so then you won’t need to cut your audio again after exporting ♥️ new subscriber who is very grateful for captions during the audio cut over the apple

  68. brodie campbell says:


  69. NessaOfDorthonion says:

    The 5 minute videos are definitely clickbait and comment bait. I've been outraged by how dangerous some of their "hacks" are for some react videos like this, and its tempting to go comment on how bad these are. But I don't. Because all it does is feed the algorithm that people are watching and talking about their garbage hacks.

  70. yyflower says:

    I imagine a lot of these clips are faked and not that they have "bad" waterproof eyeliner or "bad" makeup oil.

    Ann Reardon on How to Cook That has debunked a lot of the cooking and baking videos from these channels.

    I honestly do not think these are simply "unfair tests". They are videos of fake claims with click bait titles. You're giving them too much credit

  71. StormsAndSongs says:

    I bet these guys are the same ones that make 5 minute crafts videos (the cooking equivalent), once again filled with complete garbage. Thanks for debunking these fake 'hacks' 🙂

  72. Gale Christensen says:

    I only wanna know one thing. Who sprays hairspray into their eyes on purpose? That just seems like an awful idea, even with your eyes closed.

  73. Bookshelf LPS says:

    Her: calls potatoes a fruit
    Me: 😂

  74. Michayla Lawrence says:

    If your mascara is dry you should throw it out. It means it’s not usable anymore. It sucks I have a hard time throwing out unfinished makeup that’s gone bad but there’s a expiration date for a reason.

  75. sabertooth1980 says:

    Pretty sure it's already been pointed out but you accidentally muted yourself a few times.

  76. Michael A. A. M. says:

    Your section with the apples and Vaseline has no audio

  77. Wyld Flourz says:

    Down with the dead silence!

  78. 5Ship_Cat_Lady 2368 says:

    Putting Vaseline on your skin as a moisturiser is a TERRIBLE idea. It seals in heat! Making the skin EVEN DRIER! (I think; don't quote me)

    Edit: K never mind I kept watching lol

  79. Patty Quiz says:

    Hi! I just found you from my suggested videos and i love how scientific this content are! Its also a plus that i studied chemistry and i do appreciate the debunking of the crappy hacks and appreciating the legit ones! Please do more amazing contents! 😁

  80. Sven S says:

    "Nerdification bell"? Awesome XD

  81. Deepika S says:

    I love your videos!! I really think you should start reacting to beauty gurus! I just watch a video by a some what popular “guru” who said the he doesn’t like using low pH acids because it burns his face. He was using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% concentration. And also he called rose water an essential oil. 🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️

  82. MoonS1337 says:

    Yo what is up with this janky audio. Every other hack is muted. I can’t hear her or the video

  83. Leah Puk says:

    You picked the best video to react to! More videos like this, please!

  84. Shianne Recchia says:

    Did anybody else notice that the "regular shampoo" bottle was a head and shoulders shaped bottle. That brand is notorious for removing hair dye (especially if it's cheap one like punky colors)

  85. Adriella01 says:

    5 minute crafts is full of bullshit

  86. Zela Night says:

    3:51 anyone else have the sound disappear at this point? The sound comes back at 4:16. It that the video or just my device/wifi?

  87. Leth Fuil says:

    Eggs are not a good shampoo.

  88. ourobouros says:

    'Never knew', because subjunctive. 🙂

  89. Terry Fulds says:

    Dont use oil cuz your skin needs to breathe!
    Next clip.
    Use Vaseline cuz it doesnt allow your skin to breathe!

  90. Pinking Lily says:

    Like people debunking clickbait, non-working tutorial/video in scientific term/explanation. If you could roast them that would be even better.

  91. Meggan Mills says:

    Are they telling me to spray my eyes with hair spray after I put on eyeliner

  92. AsKatherina says:

    thank you for this video. It has actually been demonstrated that olive oil overtime weakens our skin's stratum corneum so it isn't the best oil to use on the skin anyway

  93. anka2468 says:

    The Channel 5 minute crafts is always making fake videos, so don't assume any truth to what they are doing.

  94. Tanya Harrison says:

    Thank you for making videos like this! It makes me so angry how much pseudoscience crap is specifically marketed to women when it comes to health, beauty, and makeup. It ranges from ripoffs to downright unsafe things.

  95. fallenemo29 says:

    You need to do way more videos like this to debunk these fake “hacks”

  96. Kuro Kitsune says:

    Skin doesn't breath air but it does release heat from the body.

  97. Kuro Kitsune says:

    Eyeliners aren't $2 over here in Australia unless you get a really cheap brand. But the more notable brands are more expensive

  98. Alysia Mer David-Wasser says:

    The stuff that horrifed me was the stuff that she was ok-ish with. That's probably why I always got a "C" in science. BTW, my eyeshadow pallet is 17 years old. No ulcers. No problems. Just a favorite with colors I can't find anywhere..although I do* replace my brushes & mascara every 6 months.

  99. Nathan says:

    Your audio is messed up

  100. Martha Arnold says:


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