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Mineral make-up better than liquid foundation – claims

Mined minerals used in cosmetics are vastly superior to liquid formulations – more healthy, more natural and recommended by dermatologists – according to a puff piece for bareMinerals in the February issue of British Airways’ “Shop” magazine.   In a risibly pseudo scientific piece which should be used in journalism school for critique purposes, the […]

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Perfect nails for the perfect flight

A departure gate manicure is just the thing to fill the dead airport time between the so-called fast bag drop and take-off. One drawback is that it’s about double the price of the high street version, but worse than that, is being left in the airport with half-dry nails.   No matter how many chemicals […]

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Shanghai Waxing

This great billboard advert for waxing was up on a street in Shanghai last weekend, and the Blog had to have it.   The weekly ICIS Paraffin Wax report is a big seller and the leading benchmark for global wax pricing.  We know from recent discussions with our European readers that the market is getting […]

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Miss Plastic 2010

The beauty pageant for the title Miss Plastic 2010 sounds like something that is open to employees of polymer manufacturers, rather like Miss Atom in the Russian nuclear industry, but is in fact for surgically enhanced ladies.   The contest is held where else but in Budapest, Hungary, which will come as no surprise to […]

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“Pearl of the Danube” – Beauty Contest in Budapest

The ICIS team in Budapest for EPCA were astonished to walk into the middle of the “Pearl of the Danube” beauty pageant in the lobby of their conference hotel on Sunday night.   Will Beacham, deputy editor of ICB, took some amazing photos at the President Hotel of the pageant, which had originally been mistaken […]

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MISS NPRA pageant 2010

The Blog was thrilled to see that applications for the 2010 MISS NPRA Pageant will be closing imminently on 1 August 2009.   It is also a pleasure to see what good work this year’s MISS NPRA has been doing.   Eagle-eyed readers who click through to the website will see that all is not as it first […]

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Libya and Male Spas – In-flight Education

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–Things I learnt from the in-flight magazine en route to San Antonio for NPRA …   1 Libya is “North Africa’s hottest destination.” It had to happen. A Libyan petrochemical company visitor to London once gave me a glossy coffee-table book of the architectural sites on the coast. With the golden colours […]

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Russian nuclear power beauty contest

Is there anything which sex can’t sell? Apparently not, if this article in today’s Sunday Times is to be believed.   In an eye-catching effort to brighten its image, Russia‘s nuclear power industry has encouraged hundreds of female employees to compete for the title of Miss Atom. Third-placed Alyona Kirsanova, 22, posted photos of herself […]

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