Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The Beautypedia bait that needs to STOP

We certainly agree on the importance of eyebrows.

This is one of those strange, unexpected posts that just pop up from the heart, not my blog schedule.
It's been happening a while, but has become more noticeable recently. It seems that whenever I write a review, I get comments either pointing out that Beautypedia 'hate it' or that I couldn't possibly seriously think this is a good product because it 'contains essential oils that Beautypedia says kill cells' or some such other comment comparing my opinion to Beautypedia's. And most importantly, repeating Beautypedia's opinions as solid fact.

I met Paula Begoun back in May. She was utterly charming, funny and intelligent and someone you would absolutely hang out with.
I have the utmost respect for her and what she has achieved in the industry. Anyone who writes a book called 'Blue Eyeshadow should be Illegal' is alright by me.
During our meeting, Paula told me point blank that she has absolutely nothing to do with the online reviews and hasn't done for years. She is only interested in product development these days. The reviews on Beautypedia are written by her large team of researchers headed up by her business partner Bryan Barron. Bryan was a Sales Associate working the shop floor when he met and started working with Paula.
Beautypedia write their reviews by reading an INCI list and reporting back on it, not by trying the products on the skin.

When Paula asked me what I was enjoying using recently, I laughed and said 'Oh you hate it. I'm loving Tata Harper at the moment.' Paula had never heard of Tata Harper. She had to defer to Bryan. She then said 'Oh don't get me started on french skincare brands. They're the worst.' To which I obviously replied 'Oh I bloody love me some french skincare!' And we laughed. Because it's ok for two grown women to disagree without being threatened or competitive.

Here's the thing: the entire beauty industry (like most) is built on opinion. Beautypedia, like this blog, is an opinion-led website.
It is not the word of God. Having said that, we actually agree on more than we differ on. We agree on parabens, animal testing, cellulite products, skin needling, acne, blackheads, the pointless word 'hypoallergenic' and so much more.

I personally - along with a whole host of other people/brands - disagree with a couple of key things, namely mineral oil and fragrance.
Paula told me point blank that the skin can breathe when mineral oil sits on it. I politely disagreed.
Beautypedia as a team stand by a research paper that Paula read over 20 years ago (again, her words to me) stating that fragrance - especially essential oils, cause cell 'death'. I, along with a lot of other people, other brands, other doctors and other papers published since, disagree.

That's pretty much it to be honest. There might be other smaller things, but those two are the ones that come up the most when Beautypedia is mentioned as having a differing opinion to myself/other brands. And that's totally fine by me.
For every paper saying parabens are the devil, there are others stating that they have been used effectively for decades.
For every paper stating that essential oils cause 'cell death' there are other papers 'proving' the opposite (not to mention an entire worldwide aromatherapy industry).

What is not ok is the underlying element of some commenters that are clearly trying to get me to speak negatively about Paula and her brand, whilst actively defending myself. I don't publish a lot of them. You're goading the wrong blogger people. She's a lovely, intelligent, charming, funny woman with a great brand. What's not to like?

Use Beautypedia as the great resource that it is - I often do, and use this blog the same way, but then take that information, apply it to what you know about your own skin, and make your own mind up.

I do not see me changing my mind about mineral oil and fragrance in a hurry. Nor will Paula. We're ok with that. I do wish you could be too.

Sell crazy someplace else. We're all stocked up here.




79 comments:

  1. Why do people feel the need to do that? We all have our mind our own opinion, if someone can question what you both agree on doesn't that point to the fact that they can think for themselves too? So therefore make up your own mind, do your research, take what works for you and learn to leave the rest without feeling the need to compare, criticise and comment negatively! I love this blog Caroline, it gives me the information I require delivered in a way that works for me. Keep up the fantastic work!

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    1. Thanks Linda. And I don't know why - I guess some people can't help themselves.

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    2. Well there are products out there with outrageous claims but fail to do anything. I have been using her as a cosmetic cop for a LONG time. If it wasn't for her Nerium AD would have gotten my money for a product that's poisonous. I love Paula and her brand. What brand are you using? ?

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    3. Trolls and their sticks.

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  2. Well said Caroline.

    I don't know why we cannot all get along. For every blog, website or YouTube channel there is, there is a different opinion behind it. No-one blog or channel should be taken as gospel, nothing should replace your own opinion and experience.

    I personally am glad I came across your blog and channel (via Ruth). I found Ruth's fairly early on. I'm equally glad I found hers.

    You have given me some really valuable advice and help without ever meeting me.
    Thank you.
    I'll never be able to express how much you have done for me (a lot!) and I know you don't know me from Adam, but that's okay too. There are a lot of us who really appreciate what you do; keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you - I'm glad you enjoy. :) x

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  3. Exactly, Lady Hirons! Respect.

    Both Paula and you have been tremendous teachers, following your advice and experimenting with what works for my skin, in my climate/environment. My skin's finally stabilised, and lately it's occasionally glowy even lol. Turning 40 in a week, and it's the best it's ever been. Thank you so much!

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  4. Thank you for this! I wrote a post years ago on my blog outlining both what I liked and didn't like about Paula Begoun's work. That post has received some of the nastiest comments I've ever received on my blog. I wish people could just respect everyone's opinions. If you disagree at least be polite about it.

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    1. I just found your post. Completely agree. The commenters are proof that you can't argue with crazy ;) x

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  5. Hope that shuts them up! X

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    1. I don't mind them not shutting up - it's the ones that slag people off, not offer a constructive opinion that bother me. x

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  6. I think what is being referred to is an article about rosemary oil and carvacrol causing cell death in human hepatoma cell lines? Even if its not this one, science articles are usually very specific and seeing the white range of usage of essential oils (beauty but also anti fungals and cancer therapy), i am sure that "essential oils cause cell death" is a point blank statement which does not hold true.
    I am a molecular cell biologist and i love when people dabble in science literature and try to get to the bottom of things but they should also understand the actual nature of science articles and be careful with their conclusions and most importantly, read more then one paper (that counts not only for beauty by the way, anti vaxxers i am looking at you).
    At the end for essential oils as for every other compound, dosage is important. I love salicylic acid and put it on my face every morning but if you want to see cell death then try to apply that pure ;).
    I love that there is Beauty Bloggers like Mrs Hirons which try out products for us and tell us what works for them and might work for us.
    Please do not pay attention to people which do not understand what they are reading.
    XXXX
    Science Koekje

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    1. Yay, a comment from a scientist! I'm a big proponent of science-based everything but I'm not a scientist myself. From a layman's perspective, then, I did, nevertheless, gain an appreciation for scientific literature when I was writing a degree dissertation as an adult. By appreciation I mean learning to really focus on methods and limitations and the size of the body of knowledge on a subject available. Non-science websites usually have very bad science reporting because writers make wholly inappropriate generalisations; they also may not have the full text available...most people don't. I can't believe any credible opinion on a skincare ingredient that is based on one study. But I also won't believe that having a big industry in something makes it effective and safe, e.g. 'alternative' medicine, which is usually ineffective and can be dangerous.

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    2. Hi Science Koekje and Sara Sara,

      thanks for your comments - and I agree - don't get me started on the anti-vaxxers! x

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  7. Well said Caroline !!

    I came to this blog via the lovely ladies over at beauty.ie and I stayed because I completely respect your opinions and advice as a fantastically experienced professional in your field. Through here I found other places I love to frequent like Ruth Crilly's blog, Sali Hughes , Pixiwoo , Laura Eldridge and Co but why would any adult in their right mind feel the need to try and stir bad feeling ?
    I'm a daily stalker ( in a good way !) because I love the advice , I love the reviews even if I can't afford a lot of what is reviewed here ( Santa has a growing list this year !) and love that it is delivered with no BS and by someone I can relate to as a 40 something 80's music loving just ever so slightly opinionated woman myself :-)

    So thank you for all the advice you give here for free , I for one am really grateful ...since I started following it my skin is the best it has ever been .... I mean who ever thought that at age 44 and at 5:30 in the morning I would ever glow !!

    x

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    1. Hi Caz,

      I'm so pleased it's working for you. :) x

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  8. Hi Caroline,
    Brilliant post! Especially the point about grown women being able to disagree while remaining friendly and without competition. Yes!
    As an aside, I'd love to know your opinion on skin needling if at all possible? I was offered it recently at a london clinic by a racialist which I politely declined as I do not know anything about it and to be honest they were not great at explaining it (in addition to telling me, after my explaining to her about a painful joint condition I have, that it's possible for us to change our own DNA so that we never have to be unwell again *polite smile, massive internal eye roll*).
    So sorry to bother you with it but should you have the time I'd really love to know whether your opinion is good or bad.
    THANK YOU so much, for all the advice and for being the absolutely brilliant woman you are.
    Jo xx

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    1. Change your DNA so that you never have to be unwell again? Like with a product or treatment? You have more self control then me. I would have died laughing in her/his face. Not even out of being rude. Simply because that claim is incredibly funny.
      Then again to say that to somebody with a chronical illness is actually not even funny, that is cruel. And if they make money out of this, then it is fraud. It is not possible that there is any real science behind that.
      Good that you did not went for it.

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    2. Ha if only eh!?!! If she could really do that she'd be a billionaire!! I've lost count of the people that have told me they have the 'cure' for my RA, I just have to think positive, eat turmeric, cut out gluten and exercise, and so on and on and on. She'd have gotten more than an eye roll and polite smile from me I'm afraid!!

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    3. OMG I can't believe a person would ACTUALLY SAY THAT?

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    4. I KNOW! And it was at a leading London clinic, too (one that I'm sure you've worked with in the past, Caroline). I won't publish their name here because that wouldn't be kind or fair but needless to say it's put me off going back. I don't think she was saying that the treatments they offered could alter your DNA, more that it is possible for us to do so (although she couldn't tell me how). WHAT. THE. WHAT ?!

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  9. Oh for the sake of all that is iPad holy, not 'racialist' - that should have said FACIALIST! Bloody bloody bloody autocorrect. (*Huge EXTERNAL eye roll*)

    ps sorry! :)

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    1. LOL we got the drift Joanne don't worry x

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  10. I completely and utterly agree with you Caroline. First off everyone of us should do our own research, whether this be skincare, medications, whatever, we each have the responsibility to educate ourselves, & as someone above said, don't just read one article, read several and then make up your own mind based on your research. I read a lot of medical articles as I have a chronic disease and I run a support group for it and other auto-immune diseases. I always gather a plethora of information before taking anything as fact or passing it along to my group members.
    I can say in all honesty that at the age of 46 I have learnt so much from you about skincare, ingredients and how they work, what I should & shouldn't be doing/spending my money on, routine order and on and on. Did I go read up for myself on mineral oil when you said you avoid it, you bet I did and I came to the same conclusion, it's not for me, not on my face anyway.
    There is no need for spite and nastiness, especially on a blog that is daily helping so many people, that you do out of the goodness of your heart and is here for the sole intention of educating and informing people.

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    1. Hi Gilly,

      Thank you. I'm constantly baffled by the aggression it brings out of people!

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  11. Caroline, thanks for all of the work that you do. I appreciate differing opinions, especially when there is helpful information accompanying the opinion. Adults are supposed to be able to disagree politely. So sorry not everyone has learned that.

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    1. I wish more people felt like you ;) x

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  12. Dear Caroline,
    I just read your article with interest. The topic is controversial, and I agree on the importance of independent opinions. Diverse opinions are essential to science- a position that could not be disproved is not scientific (see K. Popper).
    That is why, in my opinion, you should publish provocative comments. It nurtures discourse and forming of opinion, and I was puzzled when I read "I don't publish a lot of them."
    There is no need to conceal those comments, your readers can form their own opinions. Offensive comments shame the writer more than you, and you should not fear objection.
    I think it harms your reputation more if you don't publish them.

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    1. I respectfully disagree. There are people who troll just for the purpose of upsetting people. If the comment doesn't propel the conversation along, I believe it is appropriate to not publish. If more people stopped publishing the trolls, they'd go away.

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    2. I disagree. It doesn't harm my reputation and I do not want a timeline full of people attacking other people.

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    3. this is her blog. she can do whatever she wants.

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  13. You are one class act!

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  14. You are such a relatable and down-to-earth person.

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  15. This is the worsst thing I have read in a while. Yes, everybody can have their own opinion. And everybody can do what is best for them. But alcohol and parfum is really bad for the skin. I was kinda like you, smelled on everything and just cared about the texture. But that is so wrong and so much nonsense. My skin got worse and worse. I used all the fancy products. After a while I started to read more about dermatology and talked to doctors. They all said, alcohol and parfum is so so so bad for your skin and just kills all the cells. I stopped using it and cared more about the inci. Well, guess what happend, My skin is so so so soft, not dry, no wrinkles and all the other stuff you don't want to have.
    I don't read everything on beautypedia. I do my own research. Like you should!

    Oh and something else, you probably wont accept this comment, since there are only positive comments on your feed and I cant believe that nobody said something bad, but you will read it! And I totally agree with Dorothea.

    And I am not a native speaker, so excuse the mistakes and errors.

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    1. Hi Joana,

      With respect, I don't just care about the smell and texture. if I did, I wouldn't write in-depth reviews, it would be the standard 'This feels lovely and smells amazing!'.

      You're perfectly entitled to your opinion, and I publish 95% of the comments sent through. I don't publish aggressive, abusive or rude comments. That's the criteria. Opinions are fine, even if I disagree with them, as I do with you and Dorothea.

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    2. Kills cells??! GOD give me strength. Cell death is by two means - internal through apoptosis or external leading to direct necrosis. Almost all living organisms have survived to withstand only very minute variations in homeostasis, and have careful mechanisms to correct where possible. Therefore ALL chemicals, in differing doses and exposures can cause cell death.
      An example? Potassium. No one seems to care very much about it right? Everyone goes on about sodium as a leading cause of death through hypertension etc. Well, 10 mmol of potassium injected into a vein within minutes will cause certain cardiac arrest within seconds by destabilising the myocardium. What's potassium in? Every uncooked raw green vegetable you can find. Ergo, by your logic it can 'kill cells' therefore we should never eat vegetables right?

      If you have little to NO understanding of science, research or even basic human physiology then please don't make such utterly crass statements. How do I know? I'm an intensive care physician, student at Cambridge and Oxford University and my tutor for two years was the great man who won in the Nobel Prize for discovering the mechanism of cell death (apoptosis) in the 1970's.

      Your welcome.

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    3. Kills cells??! GOD give me strength. Cell death is by two means - internal through apoptosis or external leading to direct necrosis. Almost all living organisms have survived to withstand only very minute variations in homeostasis, and have careful mechanisms to correct where possible. Therefore ALL chemicals, in differing doses and exposures can cause cell death.
      An example? Potassium. No one seems to care very much about it right? Everyone goes on about sodium as a leading cause of death through hypertension etc. Well, 10 mmol of potassium injected into a vein within minutes will cause certain cardiac arrest within seconds by destabilising the myocardium. What's potassium in? Every uncooked raw green vegetable you can find. Ergo, by your logic it can 'kill cells' therefore we should never eat vegetables right?

      If you have little to NO understanding of science, research or even basic human physiology then please don't make such utterly crass statements. How do I know? I'm an intensive care physician, student at Cambridge and Oxford University and my tutor for two years was the great man who won in the Nobel Prize for discovering the mechanism of cell death (apoptosis) in the 1970's.

      Your welcome.

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    4. Hahahaha sorry but Joana's post made me laugh!!!! Obviously an avid reader!

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    5. I have had excellent dermatologists in three different countries(London, Houston, Rio de Janeiro) - they all prescribed me at least one cream/retinols/acid toner/yadayadayada with some alcohol in the formula...
      I get so annoyed at the 'CAUSES CELL DEATH DEATH' cult - sweet baby Jesus! If it caused cell death there would be a lot of zombie faced ppl with rotten faces.

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    6. LOL at zombie-face people with rotten faces! I am more worried about zombie brains these days though...

      I can't believe someone said Caroline is only interested in texture and fragrance! I think so much fear-mongering goes on from the industry to freak people out that they're going to look 80 at 22 if they use , if this were true, anyone who didn't follow those instructions would be zombie-faced. This is clearly not the case. The differences are -relatively- minimal, and most people survive even with imperfect skin (those poor souls with no Caroline to guide them).
      If you're worried about cancer as well, there are SO MANY other things that have a more direct effect on that than skincare, considering the dosage.
      I would also add that not all dermatologists are knowledgable enough about facial skincare. I was prescribed a strong anti-acne cream as a teenager when I didn't actually have acne, just annoying pimples. Needless to say I didn't use it very long.
      At the end of the day, science can only do so much and we're still learning about what is good and what isn't. In the meantime, the best you can do is test and see what works for YOU.

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  16. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Sell crazy someplace else, indeed!

    PS, I'm a fairly new reader, but I'm really happy I found this site. And my skin-- which has discovered the glories of acid toning thanks to you-- looks better than it has in probably a decade. Considering I just turned 40 (ba-dum), that's been a great boost.

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  17. Well said!! Why do people always want to see women fighting each other?!? There's plenty of room for us all to have our say. Makes me so upset/angry!!

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  18. I totally agree, we are adults and ws should be able to disagree and discuss without being rude or nasty. Although when my good friend told me she was washing her face with Shampoo!!!!!!!! I found it hard not to use a few explicits!! lol she has since our little chat gone shopping for some new skincare :-) love your blog and you do a wonderful job at keeping it a great place to enjoy and read. Thanks for all your hard work x

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  19. Yes! Yes! Yes! I appreciate the fact that you and Paula's team sometimes disagree on product reviews. I love reading the Beautypedia reviews. But the Beautypedia priorities are not always my priorities. I love reading your reviews! Your priorities are not always mine. Still love both. Why is it that people are so attached to finding "the Answer" that they forget that the answer for them may not be the answer for me? I wish people would stop seeing differing opinions as conflict.

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  20. Very well put Ms. H! Why are people so foolish?

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  21. You go ladies! Be your own person, take a review as it is and don't treat it as "The Word of God" like you said! 100% agree, love it. And love both of you! X

    -Madeline from Classically Contemporary

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  22. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong, but I don't seem to know how to post to this blog, so my apologies if this posts twice -- This was very well-put. It’s a shame that you have to waste your time reading such drivel. We’re full grown adults here for the most part & you’d think people would have a bit more respect. I don’t understand those who “stir-the-pot” for absolutely no reason but to sit back & watch the drama unfold. For heaven’s sake; what a mindless waste of time. Thank you for your blog Caroline & I’m sorry you have to be bothered with this. The majority here have utmost respect for you & Paula. We appreciate the time you put into sharing this blog with us. But most of all for the beautiful reflections in our mirrors – all the credit goes to you for all we’ve learned about the care of our skin. <3

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  23. Great post, Caroline!
    I like Paula and respect her, and I think that her skincare brand is great!

    But Beautypedia is also her brand, and I strongly dislike it! First of all, it rates the products based on price which is wrong for both ethical and practical reasons: it is nobodys business how much a woman is willing to spend on skincare.

    Besides, what is even worse, many people use Beautypedia as a source of information about ingredients. Wel, don't do that, people! I've been recently burned doing that! I bought myself the Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner which has a great ingredients list based on Beautypedia. Wanna guess what I discovered after buying it and accidentally reading the ingredients list? MINERAL OIL! Yes. In a product designed for people with clogged enlarged pores!


    http://againstandforward.blogspot.com

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  24. One thing that I don't get though is this:
    "Beautypedia as a team stand by a research paper that Paula read over 20 years ago (again, her words to me) stating that fragrance - especially essential oils, cause cell 'death'. I, along with a lot of other people, and other papers published since, disagree."

    Why? If they are so intent on being scientifically correct (as much as possible), why are they not able to update certain points of view based on more recent research. This baffles me.

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  25. Hi Caroline,
    Thanks for your post and for your great advise. I am hoping you could help me please. What is your opinion on skin needling, Dr. Sam thinks it is a good idea, I seen a post on her web site. I only reference her as I don't know and I know you think she is a good doc..
    Also what is your opinion on Kinvera cleansing oil, an Irish skin care range.
    Thanks for your help
    Kind Regards
    Mary

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  26. WELL SAID, WELL SAID! I love you more each day.

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  27. I think the reason people get so stuck on "But Paula Begoun says" and "But Caroline Hirons says" is because most humans have zero tolerance for uncertainty or ambiguity of any kind. They want to know FOR SURE if something works. And then a product is either "amazing" or "a total waste of dosh." Completely absolutist positions, no room for black and white.

    Is it because much of this stuff is expensive, and people don't want to think they might be making an erroneously judged purchase? No clue. But I'm really not surprised people dig in like this. It's uncool, to put it mildly, but I can see why they do it.

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  28. Your incredible knowledge combined with your humor is what keeps me coming back to your blog over and over. I have lots of respect for you and have learned an insane amount of great information. My 48 year old skin is still coming up with new ways to torture and please me. Thus I read, absorb and then like the adult I wanna be I make up my mind about what works. Seriously ya'll what's all the fuss! :)

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  29. Paula's skincare changed my skin for the better in my 20s when nothing else worked. The woman got me started on acid toning and retinol, and I've never looked back since. You, Mrs. Hirons, taught me about the importance of cleansing and tossing out SLS products and a whole host of other things. I have respect for you both, and love both your blogs. I read the information, then do some of my own research, then make up my mind. I don't understand why people feel that in order to support you, they have to tear down Paula's site and vice versa. You're both fantastic and have helped thousands of women to improve their skin.

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  30. - It's good! - It's bad! - It's good! - It's bad!

    Can we all sit back for a second and just appreciate how INTERESTING beauty world can be? :)

    (and maybe stop burning energy spreading discord)

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  31. Hi Mrs Caroline. I need your help please. I have this yellowish color in my face around my nose and my mouth. It"s noticeable that it's different from the rest of my face. Sometimes it slightly fades away. But it's still there. Do you recommend visiting a dermatologist. maybe this is not the right place to write this but I really need your advice.

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  32. You need to post the research that supports your opinions, not just talk about it.

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  33. You've just contradicted yourself. This blog is exactly that. My opinions. I don't 'need' to publish anything.
    Sorry, but people telling me what I 'need' to do on MY space pushes my buttons.
    You publish research on your blog, send me the links and I'll gladly direct my readers in your direction.

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  34. Don't worry Caroline. Most of the 'adults' who read your blog are perfectly capable of understanding that you are trying to help people have the best skin they can, but as you constantly say, all skin is different and everyone has to make up their own mind about what works for them. I think you are right to not give all the horrible negative trolls the platform to spread their spite. Keep up the good work and get well soon! Hugs *extremely gently*

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  35. You are one classy lady, Ms. Caroline Hirons. I really appreciated this post and it also reminded me of your 2/23/15 post, "Patricia Arquette Nailed It". It's so encouraging to see women supporting women in business. You walk the talk. The nitpicking and ruthless competitiveness that sometimes characterize the realms of successful women is so ugly. And this is, after all, a beauty blog. Thank you for demonstrating what it means to be beautiful inside and out. As you noted, both you and Paula are passionate about what you do and committed to excellence in your field. Go Caroline! Go Paula!

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  36. And in that post you embody classy & professional.
    The Internet would be pretty dull if everyone had the same opinion!!
    Like you, I think is possible to have a different opinion to someone else but remain nice about it!

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  37. Thank you so much for this post. Well done!

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  38. I love the fact that you made this post!! I have a question..hyaluronic acid seems to be popping up all over the place these days. What are your thoughts on Paula's choice hyaluronic acid booster? I've just read your post on the the Hylamide serum and can't decide between the two xxx

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  39. I don't think that you should be bother by readers that disagree with you and want to believe beautypedia is right. They are free to believe whatever they want, don't you think? Do you get angry because they don't believe you sometimes? Why should anyone believe blindly in everything they see on TV or read on internet, magazines, etc? If you don't want comments that disagree with you well, that's life. Maybe their comments are rude and I agree that they shouldn't just because they are behind a computer. I know that a lot of people don't want to think, do research, read the pros and the cons on something and try it out. I know they buy to the best seller blindly and is just a matter of opinion. But to be honest, if all this post was born on the fact that they preffer to believe in an opinion different than yours, well, that is just pure ego. On the subject that alcohol is bad and perfums are bad, well we all have different skin types. I personally have super sensitive atopic skin and products like that just hurt me terribly :( but I know people that have perfect skin and use all that I cannot. Anyway, I'm not trying to be negative or anything, but you said that adults can agree to disagree, right?

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      Not angry at all. Just giving facts :)

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  40. I think Beautypedia is great but I still trust product recommendations from my dermatologist. Paula also has her own line so she is biased. While I like Caroline's whole routine of acid toning - something I do, her recommendations of using cleansing oil/balms left me with cystic acne that scarred. So its important to find works on your own skin.

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  41. Hm, I don't understand this post. Problem with Beautypedia is NOT about different opinion, the problem is that that site puts down every other products other than Paula's. I've read quite a few reviews on that site for products that I use/used with great results, some of them with fantastic results, but Beautypedia says, based on ingredients list, those products are useless and do absolutely nothing for your skin. Cos they rate every product solely by how many super druper ingredients is put into a one product. If, for example, there's "only" Retinol as an active ingredient, they will bash a product only cos there are no other ingredients like Vitamin C etc. But they haven't tried the product and they have no idea weather the product works or not. The other problem is that they are convinced, I don't know based on what, that products only work if you put every ingredient that exist into every single product - but that is a great way to irritation. For example, their Retinol 1% serum has added vitamin C (and they don't even market that, they just put it into ingredient list) and Vitamin C is a great irritant for many, even worse combined with Retinol. And than people use this serum, burn their faces completely (I did, I needed a doctor, it was "I wanna die please") and I was convinced I can't stand Retinol. How wrong I was, I just couldn't stand vitamin C in combination with Retinol. I've been using Retin A for over 6 months now with no problems at all. So, the problem with Beautypedia is really NOT about mineral oil and essential oils, it's about everything else. I find that site to be a real fraud about everything and I'm not sure if they do it on purpose or they really don't know anything about the subject they are writing about - whatever it is they shouldn't be writing about skin care at all. I have never came across a site that is so wrong about everything yet so many people take their advice religiously. I do agree with you that you don't have to say anything bad about Paula, but then you shouldn't write about her at all. And if you do choose to write about her then you should say what you really think about her and not just being falsely polite (for whatever undisclosed reason). Cos if I am aware of this facts, I'm sure you're aware of it much more. And I feel it would be only fair if you choose to write about Beautypedia you should point that out as you point out every false marketing or advertising of other brands.
    I do hope I made my point cos English really is not my language.

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  42. I agree. Although I do use Beautypedia along with other sites like Skin Deep as a resource, I don't treat them as bibles. I do use some products that are not highly rated on Beautypedia because they work well for me with no adverse reactions. I have also tried some of the recommended bests on their site and they didn't work for me at all. People who waste their time online baiting other people would do well to use their time more constructively.

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