Saturday, 2 January 2016

Beauty things that need to be put to bed in 2016.


This post was originally called '10 beauty things...' but I very quickly ran over 10, especially when I consulted my girlfriends (Thanks Ruth and Lily). Feel free to keep them going in the comments. 

Here's to a Happy New Beauty BS-free Year! 

The word ‘miracle’
There is no ‘miraculous’ skincare. There’s good skincare, even GREAT skincare, but it’s not a miracle. 
Please stop it. 

Holy Grail
Did Jesus drink from your tube of mascara at The Last Supper? No? 
Then please don't call it 'The Holy Grail'.

Strobing
I blame you Instagram. 
Recent conversation with Mother:
Mum: Ooh I'm interested in this strobing I read about in InStyle. What is it?
Me: Highlighting.
Mum: Highlighting!? What?? If it's just highlighting why would they call it 'strobing'? 
Me: Because they needed a new word for highlighting.
Mum: Why?
Me: Exactly.

Contouring
By all means, contour away, but be subtle, some of you look like you've got dirt under your blusher.

Clown contouring
COME ON NOW.

Baking
Using a ton of powder and then removing it all. Utter genius. 
Well, genius way to get people to use up their powder quickly.

Collagen drinks/tablets/supplements/facial sprays
I know some of you love them and swear by them and if so, crack on – whatever rocks your boat, it's your money - but they won’t fix what nature has lost through age. 
Eat well. Sleep well. Avoid sugar if at all possible. Don’t smoke.
And if you’re that desperate, invest in something injected.
And don't get me started on the sprays.

'Beauty drinks' in general
The best beauty drink for you is water. But you knew that. (I'm not talking about liquid supplements such as iron/vitamin C here)

Cellulite anything
Anything.
They don’t work, they never have. Imagine how happy we’d all be – and how pissed off the media would be - if we all embraced our dimply arses. 
Embrace your cellulite. Mother Nature gave it to you. You’re meant to have it. On the scale of things to be concerned about, it’s really not that bad.

Green detox
Absolutely eat your greens. They’re good for you. But don’t worry about eating greens for your liver and kidneys to be able to detox. They take care of all that ‘detoxing’ for you just fine.

Tea detox
Tea is one of my favourite things in the world. This we know. But come on now. 

The word ‘detox’
When used outside of medical clinics treating addictions or ridding your body of a substance. It’s just a word now isn’t it? Detox mask. Detox cellulite cream. Miracle detox cellulite cream. *stabs self in temple*

Argan oil
It’s been done. To death. Seriously. It’s a good oil. It’s not miraculous. See No.1.
Ditto: rosehip oil.

Ground-breaking
Is it? Is it really? How so? What ground have you broken? I assume you have long-term clinical trials done 'in vivo'? You do?! Excellent. Can't wait to see. If you don't, pipe down.

The word 'nasties'
When used to describe something that you are putting on your face, 'nasties' is pretty pointless. Everything is tested and tested and tested. It won't kill you. It won't 'destroy your cells'. Do calm down.


*After I finished this post yesterday, I sat down to relax and opened an industry magazine, industry, not normal media, beauty industry trade magazine - and found stem cells, argan stem cells (I wish I was joking) and this, all in the first few pages*:


No. No they don't.

Stem cells
Not my first time mentioning these doozies. And I’m sorry to be so repetitive but they’re still being pushed as ‘regenerating dermal stem cells’.
PLANT stem cells may have some good effect on HUMAN skin, but they do not ‘regenerate’ our stem cells. 
Please make it stop. 

The beauty-buying general public are not fools. Tell them what your product does, what's in it and what results they can expect if they use it correctly. 
But please: try not to compare the experience to the second coming of Jesus when you do it. 



*Yes, I cancelled my subscription.

118 comments:

  1. F*ck me Caroline! I bloody love you! No nonsense, no cr8p and no trying to sell us sh1te we dont need! My skin is amazing (41) thanks to you and Ruth. Ive purchased stuff I dont need and a lot of stuff thast has really helped. Happy New Year to each and everyone of yuo xXx

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  2. Oh my god!! Did i just read right??i did coz you have just put it there..black and white..can't stop loving you..! Looking forward to many more years of readings...live long caroline!!!

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  3. Oh my god!! Did i just read right??i did coz you have just put it there..black and white..can't stop loving you..! Looking forward to many more years of readings...live long caroline!!!

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  4. What I love is when my novice know nothing eyes see miracle and reach for the plastic ...my she bitch brain goes whoa there kiddy winks lets just see what CH (the She-ra of skincare) makes of all this ..and you remind me that fabulous skin care is there to be had but that skin care unicorns are still as rare as rocking horse s**t..πŸ’–πŸ˜œπŸ’–

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  5. Do you know what I'd LOVE to see gone in 2016? Those intense adverts for delicious(and mostly bad for you) foods in the last few months before Christmas then the non-stop diet ads after the New Year which target women 99% of the time. Like seriously, I understand health is important but ffs give us a break!
    http://kirstiemaccc.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. clown contouring man, fecking hell, I just can't :-) I would look exactly like a clown if I tried that !

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  7. YAAAAAY!!! Brilliant Caroline, thank you for this post... especially about cellulite creams!! (Damn, the 'beauty' companies really think we are fools... um.. well those who buy the products and believe the blurbs are, but really.......!!!) A shout out also to advertisers using teenagers instead of representing us,er,gracefully aging & very interesting ladies :-)

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  8. I love this post. A few more I'm getting sick of hearing: "If that makes sense." If it did make sense, you didn't need to say that; if it didn't make sense, saying that didn't clarify anything. "Can we just take a moment to appreciate...?" No. I don't want to. And I'm getting a little tired of the ghetto makeup talk, which feels really forced. Makeup that cuts a b*tch? That slays? That beats a face? Hey, maybe it's just me.
    I'm seriously enjoying your blog and all of your videos, Caroline! Watched Duran Duran last night, by the way. They were performing at Times Square, I think, for the New Year. Do they ever age?

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  9. Whoooo hoooooooooooo! (You're the best.)

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  10. This is why I avoid all advertising and read blog reviews instead. Love your no bullshit approach. Xxx

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  11. Breath of fresh air. What a wonderful example you set for people to be honest, attentive to being sold, and polite in their reasonable consumer expectations. You deserve every accolade that you earn Caroline. Love you.

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  12. Amen!
    Caroline you are my hero!
    Ive learned so much from you and helped so many of my friends thanks to you!

    Lots of love
    kat x

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  13. Great post to start the new year! Happy 2016 Caroline!

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  14. My pet hate is all this 'I only wash my hair once every three days/once a week/once every season, if I must' nonsense. no-one reading your blog would dream of going to bed in their makeup, so why do some people think it's acceptable to sleep in a build up of sweat, product, dirt and grime for days on end. And all this 'but my hairdresser said it's better for my hair' nonsense needs to stop too. Has a tricologist every said wash your hair once a week? No. Wash it daily. Skip a day occasionally. If they are wrecking their hair washing it every day, time to step away from the bleach/hairdryer/straighteners and get the right products (and haircut) for their hair!

    I have actual retched at the smell of someone's hair on the train and then heard her boasting at only washing it once a week. Filth. And when did looking like you have a bad case of dandruff ever become a fashion statement?!?!

    And how can sleeping with enough product in your hair that you wake up with a 'natural' beehive be good for your skin?!?! It must get onto the pillow and then get ground into their faces, necks and everywhere else their pillow end up. Ew....

    I just don't get it!!

    So sorry Caroline. Rant over...

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    1. Wow someone is angry about dirty hair! lol. I'm afraid mine gets washed every other day and I think that's plenty personally.

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    2. Yeah. That did come across a bit angry. I meant it to be sarcastic.

      I had a hairdresser (ex hairdresser) that I used to go to regularly, that preached the 'once a week' mantra. And I mean preached. I followed it for about six months (I only managed to get to the 4th day). I ended up with seborric dermatitis and going to a tricologist. I was told in no uncertain terms that I needed to wash everyday; dry shampoo is fine as a styling aid or for an occasional extra day. And t/gel shampoo literally saved my hair and scalp.

      So, yeah I get annoyed at the preachy videos saying you are wrecking your hair washing it everyday.

      Oh, I did tell my ex hairdresser about the tricologist. She said he didn't know what he was talking about. That's when she lost my patronage...

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    3. It doesn't work for everyone to not wash their hair. But for those that can, it's awesome. Alot of Afro haired girls hardly wash their hair as it's so dry and sensitive naturally. It works for me, I wash once a week, rinse with conditioner a few times throughout the week like after gym workouts or just to refresh. But if you stop and think about it, humans aren't designed to wash their hair, we invented shampoo! But as I said, it doesn't work for everybody so please only speak for yourself.I am a hairdresser but would never tell every client to do this.

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    4. I could not wash my hair every day, I'd have none left, I have really dry curly hair and if I wash it more then 3 times a week it gets very limp and dry and really starts to fall out!

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    5. I'm sure it's OK not to wash your face every day if you don't layer products on daily. It's also OK not to shower every day if you can. Some folks stink after 10 minutes at the gym and some take days to get stinky. Some folks' hair gets greasy after a day and others' takes a week. Bodies aren't that filthy. Sure, you probably want to give certain parts a cleaning much more often than once a week but think about your forearms - do they ever get disgusting? If it smells or looks dirty, wash it, absolutely. But it it looks and smells clean? There is really no need. As a personal anecdote, when I was on Roaccutane, my scalp took WEEKS to produce enough sebum to make my roots look greasy. Yes, I tested it. I brushed twice a day with a boar bristle brush, also mechanically cleaning the scalp that way and the hair and scalp never smelled but I rarely washed them. Yes, I asked my mum and my partner to smell. It did a number on my hair - apparently fine hair doesn't do well with that much manipulation and I should have used leave-in products to condition but my hair never looked or smelled gross. I think this would be very similar to those who have very dry skin. No oil, no nasty.

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    6. I think it's all dependent on the person. I wash my face twice daily, if I don't I get so greasy and spotty. My husband on the other hand, never uses anything on his face, just water from the shower. No soap, no moisturiser, nothing. And his skin is perfect! No big pores, no redness, no oiliness/dryness, B*ASTARD!
      I think it's the same for hair, I wash mine twice a week and it doesn't smell or get greasy. I also make an effort not to touch my scalp with my fingers all the time which my friend does, because that makes it greasy so quickly.

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    7. @mishido13 I think everyone's hair is different and I can only speak from an oily haired girl's point of view. Personally my hair would be disgusting if I left it a full week but I have heard people with dry hair that takes a long time to get oily say they can get away with it. That's awful about your scalp though, I would hope a hairdresser would realise that not everyone's hair and scalp are the same just as everyone's skin is not the same, so it definitely seems questionable to make a blanket statement like that.















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    8. Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by yeast and it would happen whether you washed your hair every day or not. My son has had it, we treated it with the appropriate shampoo and tah-dah, no more scaly head. We still don't wash his hair every day and neither do I, twice a week, three max? Depending on what I've been doing that week, when I'm at the gym it's more often but then my hair starts getting sad haha. I don't let it get stinky, and I change my bedding frequently.

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  15. I would much rather see 'toxic' left in 2015; now there is a word that people use inappropriately when talking about skincare.

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  16. Yes! Let's also say goodbye to women wearing as much makeup as a finalist on RuPaul's Drag Race. Because unless you're covering five o'clock shadow, you don't need to put on that much foundation.

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    1. The sad thing is a lot of the time it's young girls doing this and their skin is perfect. Enhance what you have, hide what you may need to but don't mask your entire face!

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    2. Actually no. Let's let young and older women use as much foundation as they feel comfortable using and accept the fact that some folks enjoy using more than you necessarily would. M'kay?

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  17. Thank you! Let the bullsh#t stop! 😊

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  18. YES.
    If I could add one too: ride or die. No reason for it except that it just sounds really annoying. I don't care if you're talking about a person or an object.

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    1. Equally annoying are products that "give me life". My life was given to me by my parents. Maybe I should check with Mum what products she was wearing at the time?

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    2. Hahah yes. That one too.

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  19. I agree with almost everything. But I'm still going to use HG to describe certain products that work for ME. But then again I'm not christian, so the whole Jesus drinking thing is lost on me. For folks like me, because as hard to imagine as it is, HG is simply something special that we've been looking for for a looking time.

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  20. Oh my goodness I laughed so hard! Say it how it is Caroline & never change please! I am a tad worried after reading about collagen sprays very briefly as I just invested a £100 on a collagen spray all I can say is I wish I spoke to you first but it does feel soooo nice on my skin but maybe just not £100 worth of niceness!

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  21. Preach! Detox beauty-bollocks makes me want to scrape "DETOX ISNT A THING. THATS WHAT KIDNEYS ARE FOR" in to my forehead with a compass. Oh and any pore-removing/closing related chat too. NONONO.

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    1. Was saying exactly this to someone about to embark on 'detox' torture! If your body didn't naturally detox you'd be in hospital! Just cut out shit food, excess drink and fags. Job done .

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    2. Was saying exactly this to someone about to embark on 'detox' torture! If your body didn't naturally detox you'd be in hospital! Just cut out shit food, excess drink and fags. Job done .

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    3. You can also still eat shit food and indulge in booze and fags. But please lay off drinking mercury, ODing on hard drugs and downing a bottle of vodka in one big gulp. That's what will get you a medical detox.

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  22. The second label says it all. The beauty industry would not be a billion dollar business if any one brand's who make these claims performed as marketed. Using models who are too young or photoshopped to the gods to look even younger who don't need to use the miracle/holy grail product . Using older models whose complexions have been photoshopped to look like an arid desert but after applying the miracle/holy grail have 90% fewer deep wrinkles, no fine lines or sagging (facelift in a jar or bottle). And the celebrities who lie and say peace, love and happiness is why they don't age.

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    1. "The beauty industry would not be a billion dollar business if"
      ...if people were not thick enough to read ridiculous claims and yet go ahead and purchase the products anyway. Some people, not necessarily experts or trained in the field, can smell the BS but most don't: they stubbornly choose to believe that something will turn their lives - or faces - around, despite evidence to the contrary, and with no effort on their part other than handing over their credit card. I used to work for a beauty company that made average products in a nice packaging with not much else to their credit and I can only thank these "stubborn believers" for keeping me in a highly paid job.
      My grandma used to say: "A lot of people would be lost if there suddenly were no more fools around".

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  23. What a wonderful post. I'm sorry, got to do it...You ARE the holy grail of bloggers. Now I'll go get my 50 lashes with a wet noodle. HAPPY NEW YEAR CAROLINE!!!

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  24. This is what makes you The Hirons X

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  25. Good read. Without "holy grail" some youtubers wouldn't have a reason to do videos. I think I hate those words. Happy New Year!

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  26. Yes! Yes Yes. You are so right. I have sussed out this propaganda myself and refuse to buy it (literally) I also hate the term ‘anti-ageing’ NOTHING will take you back in time. Nothing is anti bloody ageing. If someone had found the way to eternal youth they would not be making face creams now would they?
    I always pick the sales assistants up on this when they try and sell it to me. They do not know what to say, they are so brainwashed by their companies. Bah. get real beauty industry and treat us like the intelligent people we are.

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  27. Love.Your.Work.
    Thank you for keeping it real Caroline. Xx

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  28. Love this post! But can i just check that what you say face sprays you don't mean the likes of caudalie grape water/elixir or Serozinc right?

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  29. thanks Caroline, totally agree about nasties (toxic and so on).
    same trend in France (where I live) .
    I've learned so much from you ...many thanks

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  30. I think I love you.

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. I also hate the term 'invest' when it comes to cosmetics and skin care. Splurging on skincare/cosmetics couldn't be anything further from investing. Education, a home, shares = investing. Spending exorbitant amounts of money on luxury items = splurging or treating.

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  32. And this is why we love you and trust our faces to you !!!
    The only tea I'm imbibing is from Tetley !
    We're organic ..we age nothing is going to stop that get over it ..cellulite creams are the biggest con ever I've got thighs like turkey drummers its genetic it won't kill me I'm not wasting money on the unfixable !
    Thanks to your advice I look better at 45 than I did at 25 but at the end of the day I'm still 45 and I really don't care , I spend less money on better products and my face is very very happy and happy is the best beautifier ever :-)

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  33. Very much agreed! But not that these things are going away... marketing with exaggerated and often false claims have and always will be part of the beauty industry. So it's articles like yours that remind us of reality. Thank you.

    Another pet peeve of mine is when they generally use foods that are good for you in skin products as if "if eating it is good, my skin will digest it too". For example, when they advertise creams rich in omega fatty acids. Like please, then our grannies would have been doing fish masks instead of cucumber masks ages ago...

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  34. Yaaas to all the above! Well actually except for baking (hides) I've recently been doing this to set under my eyes to stop creasing and it really works even with the crappest creasy concealer. Pleasantly surprised!
    The Beauty Bloss

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    1. I second 'baking' And when I say baking I mean: "pressing more powder than would be otherwise be necessary into targeted areas of your make up to ensure it doesn't budge and then sweeping away the excess." As someone who hides a major (I hate to use the word but..) 'flaw' every day with heavy duty made-for-purpose concealer I can testify to 'baking' being the only way to get said concealer to a) not crease and b) not melt. Absolutely, for the rest of your face, baking is not needed and will probably result in cake-face. But lets not make sweeping generalisations, after all isn't as bad as making unfounded claims?

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  35. Honestly, discovering your blog this year (how late and how rude !!!) was the second coming of Jesus for me. Thank you for being you. I hope you and your family have an excellent year

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  36. Omg I was just this morning getting annoyed at people who claim that smoothies "detox" their body... No they don't, that's what your kidneys and liver are for. And anyway, all you're doing is shoving a massive amount of sugar into yourself and calling it "healthy". Unless you're on the transplant list waiting for a new kidney or liver, your body is doing a perfectly good job at detoxing itself. Also people who claim that adding a slice of lemon to your morning glass of water "rebalances the electrolytes" JUST STOP

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    1. I don't know about electrolytes, but it IS really good for your urinary tract. That's reason enough for me, someone who's had kidney infections and stones and it's highly recommended by my urologist :)

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    2. I hear that bloodletting is very good for balancing the humours.

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  37. Strobing. My arse. My cellulite ridden arse that I sit on whilst drinking tea. Not teatox. Yorkshire tea. Thank you Mrs H for being my HG of bloggers...
    *runs away to apply mask fashioned from ground horn of first born unicorn....

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  38. I can see you writing a similar post for the years to come. As long as people want to believe in skincare miracles so they can go on smoking and drinking, these things will never die.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  39. Absolutely agree. Since I came across you Caroline (via Ruth''s You Tube channel) my skin has never been so good and I'm 51! If I see a product I think I might want to try I first go and see what you have to say about it or the ingredients. If you say it's good I'll give it a go, if not I won't. Simple as that because you say it how it is.

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  40. Love, Love, Love this post :-) Happy new Year. x

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  41. I hear you and mostly agree. All I want from my skincare and makeup is to look like the best version of myself or that I value myself enough to take care of myself.
    My search for some products, such as the perfect mascara, seems as likely as finding the holy grail and so that expression may stay in my personal lexicon.
    Just some where to find for your Aussie and Kiwi readers, Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm is on offer at TVSN at the moment.
    Happy New Year. Looking forward to much tea, common sense and great skin care. Maybe with a Duran Duran soundtrack ;-)

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  42. I absolutely love this post. It describes the beauty industry's BS to a T. Hooray. Thank you Caroline and best wishes for 2016.

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  43. Haha love it! So refreshing. And I totally agree on all - especially the detox stuff - greens, teatox etc!

    www.thepharmersjournal.com

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  44. Amazing piece, the strict Caroline-verdicts we love, delivered in such an entertaining manner. Great kickoff for 2016, keep writing in this vein pls. And have a great year!

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  45. Ah Caroline, you are too funny! My fave was the one about the contouring. Don't people realise how awful they look in real life?
    Have to admit, I am curious to know what "clown contouring " is though... (Can anyone explain please?!)
    Thanks for this post. As much as I was obsessed by the amazing giveaways, I missed your everyday posts!
    Happy New Year!
    Xxx

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    1. Clown contouring is more than just 'highlights and shadows'. It's also about enhancing the face colour in certain areas. Search 'clown contouring' on YouTube for videos. I've only every seen this for stage makeup (thank goodness!)

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  46. It's the kind of BS you call out in this post that made me not get into beauty for years. It sounds like BS, I assumed it was ALL BS. Actually, there are some decent products out there, but anyone with a brain would be forgiven for dismissing it *all* as the nonsense that only some of it is...

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  47. Fantastic post!! Way to kick off 2016! 😁😁😁

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  48. Love you. That is all. you are the 'Miracle' that we girls needed to clear up all the nonsense jargon, I shall 'detox' my beauty shelves accordingly & get rid of the shit. Then I shall continue to read the 'holy Grail' that is your blog πŸ’«
    Bloody Happy New Year Ladykins you are feckin great. πŸ‘ŠπŸ»

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  49. Do you like Welleda products? Cleanser, toner, moisturiser, eye cream? I like the fact they are natural and affordable, but I'm not sure I'm missing out by using them.

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  50. Oh Caroline wish you lived next to me. We would laugh so hard and often it would not be funny. Like I told my husband when skin stops doing what I want it to do I'm either getting injections or a mini face lift. But until then I will do the best I can naturally. Thank you for being the no bullshit person you are. Lots of love, health and happiness for the New Year to you and your family!

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  51. Caroline, a few months ago I become a follower and a fan of your blogs and vlogs. I so appreciate your humor and honesty. Thank you for this most recent post; it is always nice to get a good shot of reality and a smile to start the day. :)

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  52. Spot on Caroline! Love it! Happy New Year!

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  53. Happy New Year. It's as if you're here with me having a rant over a cuppa (non-detox) tea.

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  54. Happy New Year. It's as if you're here with me having a rant over a cuppa (non-detox) tea.

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  55. I hate the phrases this product gives me life (no your parents did that), and I die as bloggers/ YouTube gurus (mostly Americans) try to explain why they love a product but lack the adjectives to do so.

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  56. That's why we need you Caroline, I've learned so much since I started watching your channel and the bits and pieces I try that you recommend make me feel a lot more confident. Didn't have a clue what all of it meant before. Onwards and upwards πŸ‘

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  57. I became a follower a few weeks ago after seeing your words which made public many of own thoughts...All of this blog is an example of the reason why I will continue to follow= You say all the things which need to be said, should be said & with no messing. Appreciated; Thank you Mrs. Hirons.....

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  58. Bravo! Totally agree. You're amazing. Have a great 2016 and keep up the good work.

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  59. Hahaha this post really doesn't sugar coat and bares all the bullshit! For this, I love you Caroline!! xxx

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  60. Age shaming. We're all going to get older and shouldn't be made to feel bad about it.

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    1. totally agree. I think Caroline said it best in her Pixiwoo video 'Aging is a privilege as not everyone gets to do it'. X

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  61. Amen sister!!! Couldn't agree more with all of the above. Keep it honest for us. My skin has improved greatly since I've started reading your blog, but I still look like I'm in my mid 50's. Wish the beauty industry would quit the age shaming. We all get older. No way to stop time.
    Wishing you a happy, healthy, prosperous and peaceful new year.

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  62. The term 'holy grail' always reminds me of Monty Python.

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  63. People who want "chemical free" skin care (and the companies/marketing departments who pander to it). Because there are chemicals in AIR so you'd have to go live in a vacuum.

    For every ridiculous claim there is an unthinking human who is prepared to believe.

    Happy new year!

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  64. The funniest the smartest the juciest. What else can I say about you Caroline?

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  65. Well said. As someone who uses statistics for work, my pet peeve is when they make big claims such as "85% of women found product X works miracles", then in the fine print you discover that a) they gave the product to a tiny number of women therefore the results are not meaningful and b) there is no evidence that those women were at all representative of womankind in general, i.e. the whole claim is statistically invalid.

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    1. Also - SELF REPORTED results..., no controls...*headdesk*

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  66. This is the best blog post I've EVER read - your sense of humour is just amazing too!

    and the label ''give me a fucking break'' and the bit about ''holy grail'' OMG I'm dying laughing!

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  67. The things companies will say to try and sell things never ceases to amaze me. All I can say is that some people must be blinded by their use of 'scientific' language (even if it doesn't make any sense!) and rush out to buy, or surely they'd quit it and think of a different marketing strategy.

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  68. My personal favourite that I've come across many times while working in the beauty industry is when people literally loose their shit over parabens. Okay lets all calm down for a second, if you don't want to use parabens then by all means don't but please don't chew my ear off about how hey cause cancer, there's no actual proof!

    http://justonebeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  69. This is brilliant! Your straight talking beauty industry wisdom is very much appreciated.

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  70. Haha.....this post is so spot on and reading everyone else's comments I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets vexed by the stupidity of the beauty industry, beauty fads etc. What gets on my tits is the Kardashian make up trend, drag queen contouring, massive eyelashes, drawn on/tattooed eyebrows ( I'm from Liverpool, we don't all have scouse brows). Skinny bitches on Instagram pedalling waist trainers, detox tea, detox weight loss tablets,posting pics of kale, protein shakes and frigging avacado every day...when we all know their diet probably consists of Red Bull, cigarettes and a whiff of class A to supress the ol' appetite. Have a coffee and a mars bar love, whip off your waist trainer and live a little ffs!!!!

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  71. The term 'flawless' listen to skincare brand representatives on TV and this word is used a lot! We can waken up with flawless skin if we use their skincare and we need the specific product they are showing if we don't have flawless skin.

    I have invested more in my skincare (due to reading CH blogs!) but I was never under the impression my skin would be flawless. Thankfully I can turn off the TV but low self esteem isn't helped by this claim. I would rather read Caroline's completely clear advice and know what products will help my skin and wouldn't be continually disappointed when I don't see a beauty queen looking back in the mirror every morning!

    Thank you for this post I will save this for reading when I need to be reminded of the sensible side of the beauty industry

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  72. This gave me a laugh. So agree with the over contouring bit. Would also like to see overly long extensions be put to rest.

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  73. could we eliminate "must have" from the vocabulary

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  74. Brilliant. Absolutely love you Caroline xx

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  75. This is probably an age thing but "on fleek". I don't even know what it means. What does it mean? It makes me shudder.

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    1. Exactly this, the word makes me swear like a dockers wife, I hate it, what's it point in life!

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  76. Hahaha clown contouring!! Eww tea detox, the thought makes me cringe. I love this post!!!

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  77. Happy New Year, Caroline!
    So glad that I follow your blog last year.
    I really need more water and less sugar, and no foam (promise!), but still search a good acid for me because I have sensitive cheeks, they tend to be red easily (hot weather/whiskey?).
    Thank you for educating us and at the same time entertaining us all year! You know, you are such a famous here in Indonesia.

    Xoxo,

    Yunie

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  78. omg, Im in love with you:) soooooo funny

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  79. Hello Caroline,

    What do you find of the brands Nimue and Alpha- h? I find it difficult so many brands. I have used Neoderma, dermalogica, and nimue. Now my causin say, try the korean skincare��. I don't no anymore.what to use in the morning of evening (steps).Greetings from the Netherlands

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  80. Hold up, baking is a beauty trend now? I know of it as an old drag queen trick...
    Clearly we've all watched too much RuPaul.

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  81. Ugh, anyting that claims to be "100 natural". Like Caroline said once, "everything is a chemical." if you want natural, smear avocado on your face. When it comes to anti-aging, I'll take Dr Dennis Gross over a "natural" product any day!

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  82. I just read this Allure article on-line: http://www.allure.com/skin-care/2015/skin-detoxing The (not surprising) conclusion -- wash your face at night, use wipes only as a last resort and using an oil first and then a cream cleanser is best. Also, you don't sweat out toxins and "The kidneys are good at excreting toxins regardless," she says. "Detox diets and water won't flush out your system any faster." Lets hope more "beauty experts" start giving the same advice you've given us for years and stop the other nonsense.

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  83. Dear Caroline, I wanted to scream yes! yes! yes! when I read it. I'm a pharmacist and I'm skin obsessed as well. I agree with every single point in here. When I see a word detox on soooooo many products I want to scream. Yes we should just drink more water and eat less sugar and that's a recipe for a good skin as well as cure for many diseases. Thank you for putting it out there. I had a real pleasure reading it :)

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  84. I would love to see a post regarding your thoughts on collagen drinks and other ingestible collagen based products. I have no product affiliations but I am a scientist and work in this area and interested to hear your perspective as someone in the beauty industry.

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  85. I can't help thinking that most of this http://www.redonline.co.uk/beauty/10-best/the-most-googled-beauty-questions is a lot of bollocks.

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  86. I suggest we leave "flawless skin" in 2015.... Flawless? Really?? Don't flatter yourself. ;)

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