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Wash, rinse, repeat

You might expect that if you rubbed a makeup that is 5% lead onto your skin that it would make you ill immediately. Having stood in my...

The unbearable lightness of makeup

I have spent parts of this week reading a textbook on ‘Measuring Colour’. At one point, my husband looked at me and said ‘You look like...

My 'Dead Pig' Complexion

We have been measuring the colour and light reflecting properties of white lead makeup using pigskin. This is not ideal. I would have...

Exhausted but Relieved

This week has been exhausting. The pandemic is a constant stress. I am worried about my family in Europe. They are back in full lockdown....

Embracing the Small Joys

This week, I let myself be happy. I literally allowed myself to jump for joy. I did it outside. It seemed unprofessional to bounce around...

Why You Should Listen to Annoying Experts

Several years ago, I needed a small and complicated piece of shielding made for a radioactive source. I was hoping to have it cast out of...

'Thankful for All Things'

This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada. I have a lot to be thankful for. I have a good life: my family are safe and well. This year, I...

Better Living through Chemistry

A factoid that has surprised many colleagues is that I managed to successfully graduate with a degree in physics without ever taking an...

Playing Dress-up

I have always loved dressing up. As a tiny tot, I would ‘borrow’ my mum’s shoes and rifle through my gran’s handbag to find her compact...

Remembrance of Things Past

This week Shaelyn made two 18th century make-up recipes. Both smelt heavenly but were very different. The ingredient scents brought back...

Death by Footnote

There are very few things that I dislike about academic life but keeping reference lists when I write articles is one of them. Having to...

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