I did use Beautypedia for 1 year, and it was ok. nothing life changing but fun to have.
I got the "BP 50" code when I orded the "don't go to the....nr.7" so why not try it.
For the first 6 months I did only use it as fun, The reviews were all the same as in the book. In the end things started to change there, new stuff did come in and it got better.
I havn't had it now for 4 months and do I miss it... Sometimes. I am looking for new stuff and for that it is helpful to some degree.
Not all of her review and Paula's picks have been HG material for me. I did spend around 250€ on new stuff after reading her books and almost non of it worked for me!
Also only a small amount of the products that she talks about you can buy here where I live.
What I do when I buy products is to look at the Inci list and see if it contains good/bad stuff for me. Then go on line to MUA to se what people with my skintype + acne prone say about it. Last I google it and if it is makeup thing I go to Youtube.
What is funny is that sometimes Paula's picks and what people think of it the opposite.
I think the research behind the reviews a great, but in the end people have to like it.
For the price that Beautypedia is today, I'm not going to buy it. If I get a new -50%, then I going to try it once again.
I have been using both Beautypedia and MUA to compliment each other to help me make wiser and more knowledgeable choices in my m/u and skincare choices. I find Paula has good advice and recommendations, but I always cross reference with MUA as real people have tried the items that I'm interested in and give real life experience and reviews. Beautypedia can be really frustrating at time as I have found a lot of the product information is out dated, either discontinued or reformulated. Also slow to review new products on the scene that I might want to try. I'm sitting on the fence as to whether I want to renew my subscription as I was disappointed there is no forum and the site can be frustrating to navigate through at times. On the positive side she has provided me knowledge and products that have greatly enhanced my skin and choices in products.
UPDATE: I renewed my subscription after I let it lapsed because it was cheaper then with the 50% off coupon available at www.retailmenot.com then the offer her site kept providing me as my subscription was coming to an end. I have found that the last few months she (and her company) are providing more reviews on relevant products that I'm interested in which was a contributing factor in my decision to renew.
UPDATE: I'm still enjoying and using Beautypedia, but love it even more now that it's FREE!!! I have noticed that the product review are more frequent now, plus there is an APP available, and I have been enjoying listening to her radio show on Itunes Podcast.
I love Beautypedia. I initially found the hardcopy verion of this at a used bookstore, and I was hooked...tons of useful information. The online version is all that, plus ingredient lists.
I admit, some of the reviews are outdated, and after cross-checking some of the ingredient lists, there were differences from some of the products I owned, but this could either have been due to the company reformulating, or the products being different here in Canada.
Either way, well worth the investment...coupon codes can often be found online for 50% off, etc.
People are always hatin' on poor Paula...I often find it's when their long-time favourite product got a bad review. She meerly offers information, no one is forcing anyone to switch their products.
Update - now that this is free, I love it even more! I refer to it almost daily.
I think Beautypedia is really rubbish. I hate the way she slags almost all the other brands off and makes them out them to be awful. She doesn't even try them out, she just goes on by the ingredients lists which I think is very bad indeed.
It seems she makes everything out to bad so she can make her brand to be the best so you buy it. It seems like its just a marketing ploy to get people to buy her products.
I much prefer Makeupalley as people can review the products and write about their experiences of actually using the product and whether they work or not.
Used the 50% code for this, regualr price is $25 per year.
Anyway, I am sad to see that she is slow to review new products, many products from the lines she reviews are missing and becuase she has her own line, she is recommending prodcuts that 7 years ago she detested or said they wre not necessary.
I understand that everyone has the right to change thier mind but now that's she seeling her own products I don't trust her opinions as much.
On the plus side, I love her lists of ingredients and what they mean, also the master lists and product line reviews are pretty cool too. IF there is a review of foundation, she will tell you which shades to avoid.
Honestly, I won't renew, I used to read her books and upon joining MUA found about her site and wanted to check it out. I will take what scientific info I can get and test out her Paula's Pick to nail down my skin care routine.
I recently purchased Beautypedia in order to search for some products that would work WITH my very oily, very sensitive skin. I enjoyed her hardback-book version, and was looking forward to learning new pieces of information and learn about some good new products. I was dissappointed to find that MANY of the products I was interested in learning more about were only reviewed with a paragraph stating that they are poor products because 'they have no sunscreen', or, 'the sunscreen content should have been higher.' Speaking for the MANY of us who have SEVERE SKIN ALLERGIES TO ALL THE TYPES OF SUNSCREEN INCORPORATED INTO THE PAULA'S CHOICE PRODUCTS, we'd be interesting in OTHER aspects of the products--NOT just a discarded paragraph which contains no valuable information. This happened with so many products that I requested a refund. It also find it hypocritical for Paula to review her own products as being even for the most sensitive of skin, when she has continually reformulated great products into products that now contain the very irritants I was avoiding with the original versions. I am saddened and disheartened by the number of PC Products that I can now no longer use due to the reformulations and the insensitivity of the PC Line to the many people who must NOT wear the sunscreens that cause serious skin reactions!! Even her information and review sections were shortened and modified into less informational 'pieces'. I used to have the highest regard for all the research she performed and then shared with the public. Just goes to show that the almighty dollar reigns supreme.
Given the lack of reviewed products on Beautypedia (compared to MUA), at the full price of $25 a year, I wouldn't bother. However, I subscribed at ~$12 for this year using a 50% off subscription coupon (BP50), and I think it's worth the money I paid. Basically, Beautypedia is the expanded, up-dated version of the product review section in Paula's book *Don't Go to The Cosmetics Counter Without Me*. I own the 7th edition, and I noticed a lot of the items featured in the book have gotten a different rating to reflect ingredient changes. I gave the website 4 stars because I think Paula needs more product reviews, and also because design and layout needs improvement. It's definitely not as user-friendly and customizable as MUA. It's also more difficult to read--and you can forget about using the back button. Personally, I think MUA and Beautypedia go hand-in-hand. MUA has the benefit of numerous reviews and customer experiences, while Beautypedia focuses more on the science/ lack of science behind each item. Recommended--but not for the full price. Try it yourself: use the code cityline for a free trial.
UPDATE (4/28/09) : Wow. Paula must be reading MUA because now you can use the back button, and they've changed Beautypedia into a more readable format.
I love Paula..her skincare products cleared up my acne ridden skin that I'd had for decades. I subscribed to the Cosmetics Counter Update and liked the magazine format that I could read in bed before falling asleep (not that it made me sleepy!). When CCU stopped being published, my subscription was rolled over to Beautypedia. Was it a good website? Sure! Could I curl up with it in bed? No. Was it worth $25.00? Sadly, no, mainly because I didn't access it all that often. Is it worth $12.48? Yes. Thank you Rosamarina for the BP50 discount code!
Well, I found this website actually informative. I liked how she reviews the products based on the ingridient list, you do learn things from this website and you find out that some really expensive products have the same ingridients as some really cheap drugstore products. Some may dont like this, like my mom who swears by La Praire and when I told her about the reviews on this line by Paula she actually was mad!!! hahaha. I am not so sure it is worth 24.99 a year, but you might like it.
There is a 2 day free trial with the promo code cityline and a 50% discount with the promo code BP50. Check out the 2 day free trial, and then you know what it is all about. I think if you want to suscribe it is better to pay 12.50 than the full 25 dls.
I was disappointed in this website about 5 minutes after I subscribed. First, many of the brands I was interested in are not included on the website. Second, I think the reviews are inadequate; it appears she scans the list of ingredients, makes a judgement based on them, and then writes a scant review. For example, the review for La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation (which I use and love) is negative based solely on what she believes to be an ineffective sunscreen. I don't think you can effectively review a product without actually using it; I find the MUA reviews to be much more valuable than those on Beautypedia as they are much more informative and based on RESULTS. Don't waste your money on this website.