I think I can claim to be something of an expert about skincare, but the trouble with getting really immersed in a subject is that you begin to forget that not everybody knows what you know. I spend a lot of time talking to people in the beauty industry who know a great deal about cosmetic products. And when I am not talking to them I am often talking to beauty bloggers who know even more. So when I gave a talk the other day to some people with no particular connection to the business I was struck that the questions they asked were ones that I would have thought everybody already knew the answer to. Here’s one interesting one. Continue reading →
We all join the party at different times, and I happened to start shaving just when dual blade razors came out. The adverts showed a convincing graphic whereby the first blade removed the bulk of the hair, and then the second came along and nipped the last protruding bit before it had a chance to retract into safety. We had already conquered the Moon and and broken the sound barrier. And now this! Oh brave new world to have search personal care technology in it. Continue reading →
Sarah on my Facebook asked me if I had come across Skinetica. As it happened I had because I had been sent a sample of it when it came out, though I hadn’t taken a lot of notice of it. I get sent a fair bit of stuff and unless it grabs my attention I tend to ignore it. But as someone was asking, I had a quick look at it. Continue reading →
Cut throats are big tough guys with big impressive beards, and so they need some serious beard care products. The folks at grooming firm Cut Throat Stanley were kind enough to send me some samples of theirs to review. I am finding it fun to get the camera rolling and just record my initial reactions to products, so that is how I did my Cut Throat Stanley Beard Balm Review.
I don’t suppose many people stop to think about how much shampoo or body lotion they are using. I know I don’t. But it is something that some people need to worry about. When cosmetic products are assessed for their safety the amount that is used is a relevant parameter. Obviously you use a lot more body lotion than face cream for example. So you need to take this into account. Continue reading →
I was interested to see that Body Shop have a new optical primer out. This is a fairly new category of product that was really pioneered by Nanoblur. I have explained in a previous post how products like this one and Nanoblur work – basically by manipulating the refractive index of the upper layers of the skin to modify the way they reflect light making the wrinkles much harder to see. Continue reading →
Being a weak and not very disciplined person I tend to start my day not with a vigorous work out or reading something weighty and worthy, but scanning my Twitter feed for something entertaining. So this morning I woke up to a meme accusing fashion house Dolce and Gabbana of making homophobic comments. This isn’t a political blog so readers can make up their own minds what they think of whether the D&G guys had a point or not when they suggested that gay couples shouldn’t raise children. But it did make me ponder just how careful the owner of a brand has to be. Continue reading →
Posts have been a bit less frequent lately because I have been devoting some of the time I would otherwise use for blogging to writing a mini-book on cosmetic ingredients. I have finally finished sorting out all the typos and such like, and it is now on Amazon. At the moment I am just doing it as a Kindle book, but if it proves popular I hope to do a full cellulose and ink version at some point. I’ll see how it goes. Continue reading →
I have always been rather mystified by the appeal of REN. I haven’t sampled the whole range, but the ones I have tried have been distinctly not particularly good examples of their class. I have also never quite worked out the philosophy behind what they approve of in the way of ingredients and what they don’t. But a lot of people like them and they have got good distribution and sales. Indeed, they have done well enough to be an enticing enough morsel for the giant conglomerate Unilever to add them to their wide portfolio. Continue reading →
I noticed that my TV box had a channel called Cosmetics Reviews on it. So I thought I would have a look. I had to give them my e-mail address so I guess I will be shortly in line to receive fantastic offers in my inbox, but it was easy to sign up and didn’t cost anything. When I got there I discovered it was basically what it said on the label. It was a compendium of beauty reviews. The reviews are much like the kind of reviews you can get simply by searching Youtube. Continue reading →
I accept paid adverts but not paid for editorial. I rarely accept free review samples - trust me the last thing I need in my life is more personal care products - but will consider them if the product is sufficiently interesting to justify writing about. I retain the right to say exactly what I think about them.
Some product reviews are illustrated with photos from my Amazon affiliate account. If these lead to a sale I receive a truly pathetic, indeed almost insulting, percentage of the sale price.
I'd have to be pretty desperate for this derisory source of income to have any impact on the opinions expressed about the product. Indeed you only have to read what I say in my reviews to see that they are not remotely motivated by a desire to earn a commission. Certainly not by the the miserly crumbs that Amazon dishes out. I wouldn't bother but it is a quick and easy way to get hold of a product image that has no intellectual property issues.