If you know me, I have raved about these products for a long time, just to my friends. But I thought it was high time Paulas Choice got its own shillery post.
Over the past couple of years, people in the skeptic community have mentioned wanting skepticism to branch out into ‘lady topics’, like encouraging skepticism with cosmetics/beauty products/etc. The thing is, that view is a day late and a dollar short. Because people into cosmetics/beauty products have already branched out into skepticism. Like, for a really long time now. Beauty bloggers are known for buying, testing, and reviewing products for their readers. They might not have the scientific background many of us have, but they can figure out “Does this product do what it says it will, or doesnt it?”
And then there are people who have turned skepticism, research, and cosmetics/beauty into a profession, like Paula Begoun. You can read about her story here, but what you all will be more interested in is her database of ingredients, and database of product reviews.
Want to know about that Lancome mask the lady at the cosmetics counter was trying to pimp out to you? Theyve got a break-down of it. (I picked this one at random, and it is kinda funny)
Want to know what felruic acid is and what its supposed to do? It is in the database.
Really nice resources for Average Joes and Janes investigating cosmetic claims.
October 2012*– Ive always had acne. Certainly not as bad as some people have it, but it was always there. Always. Go on and hunt down a pic of me from a presentation, or the vids Seth did for me– I could cover them up with ‘stage makeup’, but you could always see ‘topology’.
Heres one from FreeOK 2012:
Here is one of me just hangin with friends:
I was a cliche ‘IVE TRIED EVERYTHING AND NOTHINGS WORKED’ person. Everything over-the-counter, prescriptions from physicians, but too scared to try Accutane. Nothing worked. I heard about Paulas Choice after one of my favorite vloggers gave her products a positive review. I started with PCs databases and reading into the science behind the products I was using, and realized why what I was using, wasnt working. Face washes with salicylic acid (wrong pH, gets washed away), toners with alcohol (alcohol is an irritant), benzol peroxide creams (loaded with other irritating ingredients), face scrubs (abrasive, more irritants), even my prescription topical antibiotics (oh, look, more alcohol!).
So I ordered some PC products. Like I said, Id tried everything else, and these were on sale, so why not?
Well, I have been using PC products exclusively for one year now.
Here is a pic from October 2013, right before my defense (the most stressful time of my entire life):
I got these results without using the official PC Acne line 😐
My Holy Grail products are the Skin Balancing cleanser and toner, and the 2% salicylic acid liquid. I also love and use lots of other stuff (if you want to know about some product, ask, Ive probably tried it), but those are the core of my routine. I didnt need 10% benzol peroxide or prescription stuff– I needed a salicyclic acid that was at a functional pH.
I really wish I could go back in time and give these products to 15 year old me.
But I cant, so, maybe a Saturday Shillery post will help someone else.
Cosmetics/Beauty is A Lady Thing. Except, its not. Guys get acne too, and they dont have the luxury of layering on make-up to cover it up. Guys worry about aging. Guys need to worry about sunscreen. Older people worry about acne. And younger people worry about preventing wrinkles.
Another reason I love PC is that the packaging is age, sex, and condition neutral. By that, I mean a 45 year old woman and a 16 year old boy could have the *exact* same products on their shelves, and neither one of them would be embarrassed by a friend snooping in their medicine cabinet. It might seem like a ‘little thing’, but when we are worried about products pandering to women and taking advantage of insecurities about our looks, it is important to mention.
I have been wanting to write a post for Paulas Choice products for a while (like I said, I talk about them with my friends all the time), but Im just now getting around to it. Im actually glad I waited because PC literally just started a referral program, so, disclaimer: If you want to try the products Im shillin, and you follow THIS LINK:
You will get $10 off a $15 purchase, and I will get $10 credit for a future purchase. I will use it cause I love this stuff, but you can buy or not buy anything you want, from wherever you want (PC is also available from beauty.com and skinstore.com). If you add the code EDDLIPS this weekend only, you will also get a free set of new liquid lipsticks with a $50 purchase (for you or a Christmas gift for someone else!). Another great thing about PC is that they are always running sales (monthly cycle– this month 25% off cleansers and toner) and bonuses (free exfoliants, free trial sized acne kit, free serums, etc, normally on the weekends). I dont think I have ever bought anything full price.
Buy, dont buy, I dont care. All Im saying is, this stuff worked for me. Is my skin perfect? Nope. But Im pretty damn happy 🙂