Cosmetic manufacturing in China. I've noted that certain regions of China specialize in different types of consumer goods manufacturing. Which city or region is ground zero for cosmetics manufacturing in China? [more inside]
Why is it that I seem to instinctively prefer houses from the late-19th or early 20th century to post-war architecture? [more inside]
How can I tap into that sweet, sweet argan oil goodness without breaking the bank? [more inside]
Aural Joy Filter: which songs, performed live and on YouTube, combine simplicity, beauty and quietness into a haunting, moving whole that will make you cry when the mood is right? There are such lists
on Ask MeFi, but often without links.I'm thinking of things like this
by Kate Rusby, which is just the most gorgeously sad thing.
I’m considering getting my ears pierced. Just regular old lobe piercings. Help me decide if I should, then help answer all the probably simple questions about the process, because I seriously know nothing. Before you bring it up – I’m planning on going to a real piercing place, not Claire’s. [more inside]
BeautyNerdFilter: Luck with homemade Vitamin C facial serums? (Chemists welcome!) [more inside]
Plastic-free beauty filter: I'm researching how to diminish the amount of plastic I am using from day to day, and I'm about to attack my personal-care items. Does anyone have suggestions for shampoos, deodorants, face washes, lotions, toothpastes, etc., that don't come packed in plastic containers? I'm interested in commercially available stuff and also recipes I can make at home if the components aren't too plastic-y.
What is your favorite professional skin care line? [more inside]
Help me calibrate my sense of female beauty. [more inside]
I wear my hair close-cropped, sort of like Erykah's in the picture
on the right (I don't actually like to cut close enough to see skin but I like it low.) [more inside]
Help me identify/find this mysterious liquid eyeshadow! [more inside]
My thigh is covered with inflamed hair follicles. It's basically little red dots that look like razor burn. It doesn't hurt, itch, or anything, it just looks bad. Is there any way to reduce them?
How to self-market with Diversity (not necessarily ethnocentric) as my key point-of-difference, twisting a liability into an asset, within an industry that almost exclusively values Specialization? [more inside]
Help me find websites that trade or sell gently used cosmetics. [more inside]
Please recommend some sites to me that are focused on art and design and are technology-friendly to boot. [more inside]
Normally healthy and strong, my fingernails are now peeling, flaking, and crumbling a bit near the tips. Is this a sign I'm missing something in my diet? [more inside]
How do I keep my make-up and hair looking fresh all day long? [more inside]
Recommendations for not-too-expensive foundation that won't turn orange on my very pale ivory skin? [more inside]
[WhatISThatFilter] What is the make and model of the eyeglasses Danny Gokey wore on the March 17th episode of American Idol? [more inside]
Totally girly but unique bath and body products. Who makes 'em? I mean besides Bath & Body Works, Sephora, The Body Shop, and Lush. [more inside]
Seeking info on the effectiveness of Cupron textiles
, which are supposed to have wrinkle- and microbe- fighting properties due to being plated or impregnated with copper. Anybody have personal experiences with the pillowcases, bed sheets, towels, socks, etc, or can offer informed critiques of the company's studies? [more inside]
How can I look 32 when I am actually 37? I am MALE and about to go on a bunch of interviews for a job where the ideal entry age is 32 in an industry that is *very* age conscious and age discriminatory (it's TV staff writing, fyi). I am 37 and want to register more like 32/33 when I walk into the room... can anyone suggest a comprehensive "look 5 years younger" makeover? [more inside]
Large pores on my face are getting me down. [more inside]
(shallow-question-filter) French manicures - yea or nay? [more inside]
People who are rich (or comfortable) usually have nice skin texture, look polished and generally look smooth. People who live poor tend to have rougher skin, and look a bit less smooth.
What are the richer people doing to their skin/face to get this look? What high end brands are they buying? [more inside]
What is the actual quote and who said it? Practicality is its own beauty. [more inside]
Where can I find free photos online that I can use to practice my Photoshop retouching? [more inside]
How can I learn to love my looks? [more inside]
Where might I commission a reasonably priced vector illustration? [more inside]
I'm sick of having horrible skin. I'm plagued with everything: acne, oil, dryness, blotchy redness, lines, large pores. Please help me improve my skin. [more inside]
Where to get hair straightened in Chicago? [more inside]
How do you get away without going away? [more inside]
I'm trying to cultivate a certain kind of beauty in life - something exemplified by the likes of Dumbo feather, pass it on
and Keri Smith
's blog. Where else can I find such beauty? [more inside]
Where can I buy book(s) that list best hospitals/clinics for cosmetic surgeries in Bangkok, Thailand? [more inside]
Are there a lot of people who are recognizably as beautiful as supermodels who are not
supermodels? Or do the present mechanisms of celebrity reliably account for a majority of people who meet the criteria to be supermodels?
I am learning how to 'be' a girl, after years of hiding (literally) in badly-fitting guy clothing. Could you please help suggest web resources for the beauty/fashion aspect? Something like The Sartorialist would be nice, but with a critical eye and maybe a list of which stores have those pieces/products. (similarly/previously
, but without the focus on online resources) [more inside]
How does a real, UV created tan work when it is acquired after skin has been fake tanned with a cream/spray type product? [more inside]
What sort of things do you do, besides a vigorous romp in the hay, that leave you feeling so utterly relaxed and happy that your glow is obvious to random passers-by? What makes your inner light shine so bright that it's utterly contagious? [more inside]
Regarding "What Not To Wear": What do you think are the tricks to the particularly glowing hair and make-up styling on the hosts Trinny and Susannah? [more inside]
What is the most beautiful place on Earth? I'd like to make plans to go there. [more inside]
How do Ladies get their hands looking good? [more inside]
Resources for recreating the look and feel of 17th century books (their title pages specifically?) [more inside]
I recently saw an article by some docs on Oprah that give recommendations about taking care of your skin at certain ages.
It says that in your forties and fifties most people need Renova or retinol.
I have mild rosacea and dry fair skin and am 48.
Do you think I should see a dermatologist to get a prescription or just use an over the counter product with retinol.
I do not want to waste my money on an over the counter product if my 48 year old skin would benefit by the prescription.
I have lines and dullish dry skin with a few age spots.
Image Management: 21 year old female wants to be able to ease into the girly arts without killing her bank account, with near zero starting knowledge. (May be long, this is several questions around one theme) [more inside]
I received a $75 gift certificate to a fancy-schmancy LA beauty shop for Christmas, and could use some help to get the most bang for my gifted buck. [more inside]
Manchester, NH: Where can I find beauty salons that cater to African hair (braids, weaves, extensions, texture)? [more inside]
What good fashion/style/beauty resources are out there for South Asian (Indian/Bangladeshi/Pakistani) women that aren't all about saris and lenghas? [more inside]
What is the difference between a $75 pedicure at a fancy spa and a sub-$25 pedicure at some hole-in-the-wall storefront? Is it just about the ambience and the expensiveness of the products, or are the services qualitatively different?
Satisfying my inner fashion maven: Is it possible to experiment with style & fashion without getting caught up with its superficiality? [more inside]
I am looking for a hair stylist in Minneapolis/St. Paul who is good with curly hair, including color, and will tell me what will look good on me. [more inside]