Most Popular Beauty Brains Posts
Since most of our topics come from the Beauty Brains community, we never know which ones will rise to the top in terms of popularity. Here are the top 5 most visited posts of 2007.
It seems our community is most interested in hair, Meladerm skin lightening, bigger breasts and celebrity smearing. Or maybe that’s just reflective of the Internet in general.
Eyelashes, Hair Growth and other Brains Controversies
While the topics above may have been the most read posts, they certainly didn’t generate the most discussion. That distinction goes to the following most commented on posts of 2007.
Eyelash Growth Products. Does Jan Marini Really Make Your Eyelashes Grow? This one inspired 54 comments and touched off a year-long controversy on the Beauty Brains with a second look at eyelash growth update 1 (72 comments), an admission by Jan Marini that their product doesn’t grow eyelashes (42 comments), and a seizure of the eyelash product by US Marshals (19 comments).
Is that a breadstick on your head? Can Yeast Infection Creams Boost Hair Growth? (36 comments) This one seemed like an innocent enough post but it created a controversy with claims of ignorance, insensitivity and Racism! Right Brain still doesn’t understand and is having a tough time recovering.
Arbonne boner? All brands have fans but if you suggest that Arbonne aren’t the greatest products around, prepare to be deluged by rabid supporters. The 36 comments in this post followed the initial 19 comments on the first Arbonne product review. A follow-up post looking at Arbonne technology generated 37 more comments. Wild claims of ignorance, bias, and corporate shilling abounded. We eventually created a forum post so fans and foes could duke it out on their own page. We had other topics to cover.
Mineral Oil Madness. Some people get incensed about certain chemicals. Sure certain folks hate sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, and parabens, but nothing generates vitriol like mineral oil. When we wrote about the 5 myths about mineral oil and the follow-up mineral oil myths part 2, we set off a comment storm that put the Beauty Brains in league with the petroleum industry. People don’t like it when their beliefs are examined.
Animal Antics. Of course, no beauty product controversial discussion would be complete without mentioning animal testing. When we did a post about The Body Shop being sold to an admitted animal-testing company, some were outraged. But even more were when we wrote about people that don’t think animal testing is wrong. People find it hard to accept that animal testing is still going on in the cosmetic industry.
Indoor Tanning Tiff. We weren’t prepare for the reaction we received when we posed the question “should indoor tanning be illegal?” 42 comments later, we learned that some people not only think it shouldn’t be illegal, they think that it should be part of every healthy adult’s routine to ensure they get enough Vitamin D. Some even suggest that sunscreen should be avoided. Wow! For the record, the American Cancer Society doesn’t agree and recommends no tanning bed exposure and liberal use of sunscreen.
Building the Beauty Brains
Site Redesign. In addition to all the content we’ve created, 2007 was a year of big changes for the Beauty Brains. In March we kicked off a project with The Blog Studio to revamp our site. It was successfully launched in June and we’ve been pleased with the results. The Beauty Brainiac community seems happy too as we’ve gotten numerous positive emails. Thanks for all your great work Lucia!
The Beauty Brains forum. With the site redesign came the Beauty Brains forum. This has been a great addition to the main site and discussions there have prompted many new posts. If you have a question and the Beauty Brains haven’t got to it, be sure to post it at the Beauty Brains forum. There you’ll have the wisdom of over 500 fellow beauty enthusiasts to tell you what’s good, and what’s not. Check out these 10 reasons to join the Beauty Brains forum.
Brains Product Reviews. While we don’t like to endorse specific products, we do get numerous requests to do reviews. Sarah Bellum has often done these but even she can’t use all the products we get. This year we recruited some of the best writers on the Beauty Brains forum, sent them product, and gotten some excellent reviews. Thanks so much girls. You’re great!
Mid Brain Mania. When the Beauty Brains took time off to work on the upcoming Beauty Brains book, we let our science intern Mid Brain do some writing. Mid Brain did a great job and has become a permanent member of the Brains Network. Thanks Mid Brain and we look forward to seeing more from you in 2008.
Beauty Brains Growth
Traffic. In our first year of blogging (2006) we managed to attract over 80,000 visits. We thought this was great and hoped to best that in 2007. Well, this year we went way beyond that getting over 500,000 visits and growing. Thank you to everyone who helped get the word out this year about the Beauty Brains!
Subscribers. Last year the number of Beauty Brains subscribers hovered around 100 – 150. Today, we’ve seen that number reach over 900! It’s really the best way to get your daily dose of the Beauty Brains so if you haven’t become a subscriber, click here to do it now.
Beauty Brains Sponsors
And how could we go without thanking all of the great Beauty Brains sponsors and advertisers that have helped us bring you free content every day this year? If you want to become a sponsor click on the Brains Sponsor page now. Special thanks to
Lastly and Most Important
We here at the Beauty Brains just wanted to say a special thanks to YOU the Beauty Brains community. Your comments, questions, and other feedback have truly touched us. We love writing new and useful information for you everyday and look forward to even bigger things in 2008. Who knows, maybe one of the Beauty Brains will have to make this their only job.
Happy New Year!