Choosing your cosmetics well

Summer is coming! And that is good news: at last, we can get lightly dressed and show our feet. However, after several months confined in their shoes, suffering the throes of winter, they look a bit sulky. So, before showing off with your sandals, CosmeticOBS has set up a list of 5 habits to be adopted for perfect feet. [Read more ]
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February 13, 2017 Choosing your cosmetics well
The 6 Valentine’s Day commandments… for men!

It is the same old story every year. For Valentine’s Day, there is a flood of all sorts of underwear and cosmetic products for women to look as desirable as possible. Of course, it is up to men to cover their lady-love with presents, but that is not a reason for them not to take care... [Read more ]

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November 15, 2016 Choosing your cosmetics well
Does e-commerce tell you all about cosmetics?

Shopping from home in a few clicks is increasingly more common, including to buy cosmetics. However, e-commerce does not always give you the information you can get in store. And due to these significant shortcomings, you cannot make well-informed choices and buy safely. [Read more ]

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October 24, 2016 Choosing your cosmetics well
pH and skin types

Any physical environment, whatever its nature (except if it does not contain water), may be characterized by its degree of acidity or alkalinity, measured by its pH (potential of Hydrogen). And the skin is no exception, so cosmetics must take this into account not to risk damaging it. Everyone... [Read more ]

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September 13, 2016 Choosing your cosmetics well
In the intimacy of women’s intimate hygiene

Women’s intimate hygiene still often sounds like a taboo topic. And yet, the offering of cosmetics intended for it is actually well-developed and comprises the best… and much worse. Which products should you choose? How should you use them? Here is a short guide and a few tips to... [Read more ]

July 8, 2016 Choosing your cosmetics well
4 must have... for your eyes only!

Beautiful eyes attract everybody’s attention! Not only do they arouse sympathy and trust, they are also one of - if not the - most important weapon that is utilized when flirting… who can resist sparkling eyes and seductive lashes? The secrets to get a stunningly beautiful look go... [Read more ]

July 1, 2016 Choosing your cosmetics well
Summer beauty: 4 advice to resist to hottest times!

Summer has arrived! High temperatures and bright sunshine admittedly raise the spirits. Unfortunately, this combination does not get along well with make-up. While the foundation starts to run and stain, our face is unfavourably shiny which makes our complexion appear uneven. After a while eye... [Read more ]

June 15, 2016 Choosing your cosmetics well
Summer care: the six Commandments

Brilliant sunshine paired with ice cream, tiramisu, or iced coffee: there are many reasons to rejoice the summer. Lightness is the rule for diet? For skin too, 'less is more'! A few tips to give hair and skin what they are longing for during summer season. [Read more ]
September 21, 2015 Choosing your cosmetics well
How to fight hair imbalance?

When the hair is weakened and the scalp imbalanced… will any hair treatment do? Of course not. Now, if this is always true, it is even more so when the need appears stronger. Have a glance at the composition of your cosmetic products to avoid any unwelcome ingredient, and head for the... [Read more ]

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July 29, 2015 Choosing your cosmetics well
Anti-UV filters and sunscreens

The protection against sunrays comes from synthetic filters and/or mineral screens. It must be efficient against both the UVB (given as the SPF: Sun Protection Factor) and the UVA, in a ratio UVB/UVA lower than, or equal to 3, as per the sanitary authorities. [Read more ]
January 19, 2015 Choosing your cosmetics well
Oily skins: the ingredients to be avoided

One could logically think that all the ingredients that should particularly be avoided by people with oily skins (occlusive, comedogenic, too irritant or drying, and likely to cause ‘rebound effects’…) are excluded from the composition of cosmetics specifically formulated for... [Read more ]

June 13, 2014 Choosing your cosmetics well
Dark circles empty their bags thanks to cosmetics!

The eye contour is a delicate area: this is where the skin is the thinnest, and it is in constant demand (eye blinks, on-screen work, makeup). It can easily adorn itself with unattractive dark circles and bags which make us look tired. Here are some cosmetic actives and advice to prevent and... [Read more ]

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May 29, 2014 Choosing your cosmetics well
How to choose your sun cream?

This has been true for a few years now: a whole series of questions arises when choosing our sunscreen products. Are synthetic anti-UV filters harmful to health? Do organic sunscreens contain nanoparticles? Is the cream SPF really as high as what is claimed on the label? How can we recognize the... [Read more ]

April 29, 2014 Choosing your cosmetics well
Dry and mature skin: active ingredients to look for

Which cosmetic ingredients can benefit dry and mature skin? Which actives provide comfort, softness, and hydration? Which ones are we pleased to see in nourishing and anti-ageing products for their value, their quality, their safety, or the benefit they have for particularly dry skin or skin... [Read more ]

April 14, 2014 Choosing your cosmetics well
Thinness: what’s new under orange-peel skin?

In journalism, thinness is what we call a “chestnut tree”, which means, a topic that periodically reappears each season (spring), just like chestnuts fall from trees each autumn. And here we are again! So, what’s new under orange-peel skin? A few new cosmetic products –... [Read more ]

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April 1, 2014 Choosing your cosmetics well
Foundation, BB, CC, tinted creams: how not to get lost?

Things were simple until very recently: foundation or tinted cream, and the choice was made. But now dozens of BB and CC creams are invading the cosmetics market, and we are getting lost. What makes them groundbreaking? Can I use these products on my dry, oily, normal skin? What makes them... [Read more ]

March 19, 2014 Choosing your cosmetics well
Body exfoliation: formula and how-to

Exfoliation gives us a ‘new skin’. It eliminates dead skin cells, refines the texture of the skin, increases the effectiveness of skincare products (moisturisers, slimming products, etc.), and improves the results of self-tanners. How should you choose a body scrub? Which active... [Read more ]

March 17, 2014 Choosing your cosmetics well
Reactive and sensitive skins: the ingredients to be avoided

What is it in our cosmetic products that can increase the sensitivity of sensitive and reactive skins, or the intolerance phenomena experienced when they are in contact? How are we supposed to keep washing, taking care of and treating these epidermises, when some cannot stand anything any... [Read more ]

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November 4, 2013 Choosing your cosmetics well
Are anti-ageing creams worth the investment?

That’s the million-pound question! It’s the question that experts are asked the most often, the question that comes up the most often in interviews and articles by cosmetics journalists. It’s the question that every woman (and more and more men as well) will wonder about at... [Read more ]

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August 29, 2013 Choosing your cosmetics well
25 ingredients to ... watch

Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Triclosan, BHT … and, obviously, Parabens! There is no lack of "questionable" ingredients in the cosmetic industry. They sometimes (but not always) come with arguments to take into account. Which ingredients shall we be watchful about? For instance,... [Read more ]

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August 21, 2013 Choosing your cosmetics well
The price of a cosmetic

Does a price guarantee quality? One often gets the impression that “the more expensive it is, the better”. Otherwise, why would it be more expensive? But beware, in this case, good sense is not necessarily helpful. Indeed, the price of a cosmetic product depends on numerous factors,... [Read more ]