FAQ

Frequently asked questions:


Who are you?
Lab Muffin is solely run by me, Michelle, a twenty-something PhD student in Sydney, Australia. I spend all my time in the lab or playing with beauty products! I am Chinese-Australian, which means my English spelling is excellent, my Chinese writing is appalling, and I have a rabid love of potatoes and chicken feet.
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Why did you start Lab Muffin?
I started this blog because, being a geek, I ask “why” and “how” a lot, and the answers I usually got when it came to beauty were along the lines of “_____ technology”, or “it works on a cellular level”, or “it performs well in clinical tests”. These answers are probably jargon-y enough to put off a lot of people, but I kept Googling. It got to the peer-reviewed scientific journal article stage.

And as I was wading through endless search results, I realised that I couldn’t be the only one asking these questions. So I started this blog as a way of sharing the information I found, and presenting the science in an easy-to-understand way, so hopefully even the non-geeks (or as they’re commonly known, “normal, well-adjusted people”) can get something out of it.
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What is your PhD on?
Synthetic organic chemistry. Think Walt from Breaking Bad, but making tiny quantities of drugs that may or may not have any effect on the body. It's a lot like cooking, really! Specifically, I work with small peptides that will hopefully have anti-cancer or anti-microbial applications.
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What are your qualifications?
A PhD in chemistry, with a minor in physiology and pharmacology as well during my undergraduate studies. I have no medical qualifications, so take my advice with a grain of salt and consult a doctor before making radical changes to your skincare/make-up regimen. I list the most relevant resources I used for each scientific post, which you can refer to for further information. I try to use peer-reviewed, open access sources where possible, but unfortunately, due to the nature of scientific publishing, scholarly open access sources are hard to come by.
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Why the skincare and nail polish obsession?
I've thought long and hard about this myself, and the only explanation I can come up with is: I am not a morning person. Skincare cuts down my morning make-up routine, and a nice mani makes me feel pretty and polished for days.
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Can you do a post on how XYZ works?
Probably! Drop me a line.
PR/media enquiries - contact me by email here.
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7 comments:

  1. I'm so curious - what are you studying?

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  2. @Do - That is a very, very F A'd Q! It's on the list :)

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  3. you must be a smart one michelle! I envy you!! I'm going to be a measly old environmental scientist with no honours or PhD lol

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  4. @Mel - An environmental science degree is great! There's heaps of demand for environmental advisors in Australia at the moment, and the pay can be great, plus you get to make a real difference :) Quite a few people in my cohort are considering Masters or Diplomas in environmental science after their PhDs so they can get in on it!

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  5. Pls can I request a post on why different topcoats have different effects on holos and why none can look as good as the effect when you use no topcoat. I love all these science posts.

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  6. @Glowstars - Haha! I know too well what you mean :( I kind of touched on it briefly in the "how does holo work" post - basically the more stroking you do the less smooth the layer of holo particles become, wrecking the linear effect.

    How does holo work?


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  7. Hey Michelle, came across your site while searching for powder coating. What do you plan to do with your pHd? Would you consider cosmetic industry?

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