There’s one site that I absolutely love and its turning out to be a real research resource – www.thebeautybrains.com. A group of cosmetic scientists who understand the intricacies and components of beauty products give the low down on individual products or answer general questions. The tone is light, girlfriendy and funny, but the essence is very serious. For example, they point out that eyelash dye is not approved in the states for use by the FDA, because of possible side effects, including blindness…and yet, here in Europe, the powers that be don’t consider it a risk. Anyway, it’s something to ponder and you may, like me, want to take your home dye kits straight to the bin. If you want it straight from the hip – i.e. does it really work, the scientists are happy to set you right. Love them for their straight-talking, myth busting, beauty booting brains!

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