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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What’s even more scary on the lash front is the lawsuit filed by Allergan, Inc. against certain skincare companies selling lash conditioners as well as the recent news released by the FDA regarding Jan Marini Skin Research’s Age Intervention Eyelash product withdrawn for its potentially harmful side efects but not before it was happily dumped on the European market. There’s no dobt these products work but try something safe, DermaQuest Skin Therapy’s DermaLash, lash conditioning product, does not contain prostaglandins and is completely drug-free and it works a treat…
I actually have a tube of the Jan Marnini – prostaglandins….omg!!! thanks for your comments. BBB XXX
So thinning eyelashes are yet another sign of ageing? I thought it was just me. Might try the Dermaquest. In the mean time if I give up tinting is there a mascara for sensitive skin that won’t end up under my eyes by lunchtime?
Hi Ambergambler!! Ok Estee Lauder have a new one coming out called Double Wear Zero Smudge Lengthening Mascara that is really good – stayed on all day when I tried it. Its on counter in March. It’s also useful to put a little bit of (mineral) powder under your lashline to help stop smudging. If your eyes are very sensitive, you might want to try Blinc Mascara that ‘tubes’ the lashes rather than traditionally coating them. It’s a bugger to get off though! Or Dr haushka is reputable. Bottom line – you probably can’t have it all….sigh.
Try Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Mascara vitamin enriched and its long wearing. The range was developed by Pauline Youngblood, a paramedical aesthetician who developed the range in response to clients with sensitive skins and problems such as acne, rosacea etc…
Good thinking FlipIt. Where can AmberGambler get it from?
if she goes to http://www.dermapure.eu she can find UK stockists, not easy to get hold of but worth it!
Will hit Estee Lauder counters in March. Meanwhile something completely different. Saw in the papers yesterday that a moisturiser from Aldi, which costs less than £2, came top of a survey of 2,000 women. BritishBeautyBlogger, have you heard of it? Didn’t get the name as I was reading the paper over someone’s shoulder on the tube. Which just shows I am cheap enough for Aldi.
Aldi Siana Moisturising Cream – £1.98 – is selling at a rate of 20,000 pots a week thanks to a Woman’s Own feature that gave favorable reviews. It contain’s Co-enzyme Q10 which is said to be a valuable weapon in anti-ageing. There’s a huge hype since Boots Protect & Perfect about cheaper alternatives to really expensive creams. Its got be worth a £2 punt – if you can find it, as it is selling out like hot cakes. The only thing I would say is that I’m not clear about the quantity of Q10and whether there is a reasonable amount in it – and also bear in mind that ‘reader’ panels are often fictitous or altered to fit the feature brief. I know that some people find Protect and Perfect fantastic , and others find it no good at all. Once again, its down to what works for you and your skin type. Having said all that, remember that when you buy a pricy cream, you are paying for so much more than the ingredients….the packaging, counter staff costs, shipping, pr, advertising etc. Creme de La Mer, for example, is rumoured to make no money at all, and as a general rule, department store beauty counters don’t make much either. Fragrance sales, on the other hand, account for huge profits.