Category Archives: Beauty Pages

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Blog Statistics

Is obsessing over blog statistics a good thing?

Is obsessing over blog statistics a good thing?

Did you know that there is a button on WordPress blogs that will go through all your blog posts and insert the publication date into the URL? Neither did I until I pressed it by mistake. It wouldn’t normally be that big a deal because you can reset it fairly easily. Except that I didn’t realise I had done it for about a week. By that time Google had noticed the change and altered all the references in Google searches. So when I put it back to how it was originally suddenly most Google searches were sending traffic to non-existent pages. Continue reading

Dropping The Sidebar

declutter my blogI have been doing this blog for a while now and while I have been keeping the content updated, it is a long time since I looked at the appearance of the blog itself.  I was fairly happy with it when I settled on the layout about 5 years ago. But nothing stays the same forever, and the web in particular shoots along at a rate that leaves most of us straining to keep up.  So what looked okay in 2011 doesn’t really stand up in 2016. Continue reading

What Are The Risks From Counterfeit Cosmetics?

risks of counterfeit cosmeticsThe Daily Mail has a big story today warning of the risks of counterfeit cosmetics.  This is the paper that disgracefully talked up the MMR story until a substantial proportion of the population were failing to get their vaccinated against a very nasty and sometimes fatal disease.  Their journalistic standards are so low that I would advise not so much taking what they say with a pinch of salt as ignoring it altogether.  But unfortunately on this issue they almost have a point.   Continue reading

The Story of Cosmetics Part 1 -Neanderthals (Sponsored by Artful Teasing)

mineral pigments and pestle neanderthal cosmetics

Let’s start at the beginning since as the song says, it is a very good place to start. And when I say the beginning I really do mean the beginning.  Archeological finds  have indicated that we have been using makeup for a very long time.  In fact we may well have been using makeup for longer than we have been human.   Our story starts with the Neanderthals. Continue reading

Colin Solves Your Problems 26 – Where Can I find out about Cosmetic Ingredients?

cosmetic-ingredientsA deeply probing question from Kareen of

Hi Colin, I’ve been following your blog regularly and reading some of your articles on as well. I am a beauty blogger and I am looking for advice on the best way to read cosmetics ingredients lists and make sense of them. When I do my product reviews, I try my best to give accurate information about the ingredients. When I first got into this world of beauty, the claims by EWG and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics about toxicity in cosmetic products were very compelling. But after reading opinions on the other side of the story (namely by cosmetic chemists and formulators like you), I now have some reservations about the information given at the EWG site and their affiliations. So now my question, what sites or database would you recommend for consumers to turn to in order to find the most accurate, unbiased information on cosmetic ingredients? Sometimes I fantasize about starting a Beauty Wikipedia that could be open to everyone and free of unbiased information.

Quite a big one there! Continue reading

Beauty by the Geeks


Beauty by the Geeks is a new blog about beauty written by a couple of scientists, Brigitte and Rosie who are at Newcastle University studying medical science.  There aren’t enough scientists blogging about this area.  There is room for a lot more.  The Beauty by the Geek approach is quite different from others.  They look at products from a scientific viewpoint, but still as consumers.

They do product reviews, are tracking down experts to interview and also have a sideline in promoting women in science.

All in all it is a welcome addition to the world of science blogging and beauty blogging.  I hope they keep it up and that it does well.


Apologies for the loss of service

Well the blog has been out of action for 9 days, so my apologies to everyone who tried to get onto it over that time.  It still isn’t entirely back to normal.  I get intermittent periods of extreme resource usage that might still bring the site down.  I am diligently working through the setup to get to grips with what is wrong.  Hopefully I can identify what is causing the issue and put it right.

It has been the most frustrating experience imaginable, because while the blog was down there was absolutely nothing I could do other than wait for my host to sort it out.  In the meantime my standing with Google has been steadily declining.  It looks like my traffic is down to about a third of what it was.  I don’t know how long it will take to recover.   I suspect Google’s algorithm takes a dim view of complete absence so I am not optimistic.

But if you are still reading, thanks for sticking with me.

Colin’s Beauty Pages Update

If you have been following this blog for some time you may remember the days when it used to vanish towards the end of the month.  I was only paying for a small amount of bandwidth and if I posted something popular it would all get used up.

I solved this by upgrading to what seemed like a huge amount of bandwidth, and took a few ads to cover the cost.  Well history has repeated itself and my traffic has now grown to the point where pretty soon I am going to have to put my hand in my pocket again.

I am trying to fund this by putting more Google ads up about the place.  I hope this doesn’t detract too much from the Colin’s Beauty Pages experience.  Thanks for your patience.

News Feed

I have devoted a big chunk of space on the right hand side of the blog to a news feed. This was proposed to me by a PR company who provide the content. I thought it sounded like a good idea and would be of interest to people who find my stuff interesting.

It has been up and running since Monday, but it seems to have attracted very little in the way of clickage. As far as I can tell only about 3 people besides me have troubled its htmly goodness.

I’ll give it a few more days, but if it remains as forlorn and unloved as it has been so far I think I am going to have to chop it.

What does a skin toner do for you?

skin toner

In yesterday’s post about whether you need a skin care regime I said that I wasn’t sure what exactly a toner was supposed to do.  Some people have taken this to mean I don’t think they do anything.  This isn’t the case.  I am sure they must do something given how long they have been selling for. I just haven’t worked out what it is yet.

So it is a genuine question.   What does your skin toner do for you?

It is easy enough to come up with something that cools the skin down a bit, or dries it out quickly so the skin feels like it is tightening up a bit.  But these aren’t really benefits that improve your skin tone.  Or are they?

I’d love to hear what you think.

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