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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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Designated driver on the road to San Antonio

How can it have happened that I am the designated driver for the road trip from Houston to San Antonio for NPRA?   I’ve always managed to cadge a lift (ride) before, but this time I have been out-manoeuvred.   This is bad news for all concerned because: I don’t like driving on the other […]

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Ethylene Nelson is 93 years old

Ethylene Nelson, 93, a former US Navy nurse and White House employee, has been celebrated for her fortitude and long and varied life in this article in the Jamestown Post Journal of 7 March 2011, and spotted by our data team who have “ethylene” on google alert.   Long-time readers of the Blog were already […]

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International Year of Chemistry launched at House of Commons

John Baker and Nigel Davis of ICIS London were invited to the House of Commons yesterday evening for the UK industry launch of the UNESCO/IUPAC sponsored International Year of Chemistry (IYC). John tells the Blog: “We heard a sparky address on the importance of women in science and technology from Esther McVey, MP for Wirral […]

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Six-packs and Victoria’s Secret – festive plastics for the holidays

The admirable “Plastics Make It Possible” campaign has been busy at work in the festive spirit this week. I see that yesterday they were advocating making a decorative snowflake out of 12 plastic six-pack holders.Charming.   And today they report from the Victoria‘s Secret Fashion Show that “models sparkled down the runway in Plastic sequins […]

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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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Tupperware plastics demand boost from drag act

Tupperware’s top North American saleswoman is a fabulous blonde drag queen, performing as Miss Dee W Ieye, who sells so many plastic storage products in her raunchy parties that she has beaten all competition for the fourth consecutive year.   Actor Kevin Farrell does a 50-minute routine, for a minimum of 30 people at each […]

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London Marathon Showcases Chemical Fashion

Julia Meehan of ICIS London took part in the London Marathon, and survived to write a chemical-related article for ICB. Here the Blog brings you an abridged version… To wear and what not to wear is a fashion dilemma faced by most modern working women, but in my wildest dreams I did not imagine that […]

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Sandra Bullock’s Plastic Gown at Golden Globes

Sandra Bullock looked divine in a purple plastic Bottega Veneta gown at Monday night’s Golden Globes in Los Angeles, according to a PlasticPossible retweet from my fellow blogger Doris of Green Chemicals fame.   In this red carpet video, Sandra Bullock tells the world that her dress is made of plastic – she’s about two […]

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