Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Price Of Sex

I have never been comfortable with the idea of making flesh into a commodity. I feel like the choices women make in first world countries to be 'empowered' by selling themselves hurts people who we don't see, because it contributes to the demand for this industry. 

This shouldn't be confused with my position on sex, in fact I have been called a prude. The definition of prude is "a person who is or claims to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity." Anybody who knows me, knows this is the exact opposite of me. 

I celebrate sex, love and everything in between. What makes me uncomfortable is circumstances for these women who need to sell their bodies (the ones by choice and the ones who are forced) and the stories behind the men.

Of particular interest to me and off topic slightly, is the idea that western culture promotes where unless you're married, you are single and it is ok to engage with prostitutes or strippers (to varying degrees depending on the people) because it is your 'last night of freedom'. 

And then the notion of being married meaning it is 'game over' and the idea breeds a society where it is considered normal and ok to want to get 'away' from the 'ball and chain' and seek solace in the arms of a naked 20 something. 

Don't get me wrong, I don't go around judging people who do things I don't personally agree with - I just really question the whole institution and the ideas around what a relationship, sex and love is.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Beyonce's Vegan Diet - Get Over it Vegans!

Hi all, 

After seeing the uproar on my social media feed tonight after Beyonce declared she will be following a vegan diet, I felt I needed to say something. 

I don't normally become involved in these types of conversations anymore, mainly because I find vegans can become so obsessed with labels that they lose the understanding of a bigger picture thus rendering a conversation pointless.

I think that Beyonce following a vegan diet is great for the following reasons:

1) Anything that reduces suffering is a GOOD thing

Anything that raises awareness in this cruel heartless world is a good thing. A GOOD thing. Everyone does not need to go abolitionist vegan or nothing. We should always support ANY positive step anyone makes in their life which directly reduces the suffering to a living being. Not being supportive is counter productive to the movement. 

2) Beyonce's influence is HUGE

Her millions of followers will see that she is trying to be vegan (whether it be for health is irrelevant) it will raise awareness about the topic and get people thinking on some level - which is more than any of these keyboard warriors can do. 

3) But I have seen her wearing fur!!!!

Fur is disgusting. So is leather, meat and dairy. Any product from an industry that tortures and hurts animals is disgusting. However, it seems there is a focus on the fur. Anyway, lets roll with that assumption that fur is the worst. How is it relevant to the conversation? She has worn fur and is now choosing to publicly announce a vegan diet. Keyword here is DIET, she has not said 'I have become a vegan!!' - she is choosing it for health reasons as a diet only. Perhaps this decision may create an onflow effect as she learns more about it and becomes an ethical vegan. Her choice should be supported (or atleast not burnt down), because the positive effects outweigh anything else.

She is now partnering with the 22 Day Diet author to develop a Vegan meal delivery service, certainly a positive outcome.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Best Vegan Lipgloss

Hey everyone,

As a long term user/lover of mineral makeup, I have tried pretty much every brand on the market. There are so many vegan friendly mineral makeup brands - but which ones perform? When you're looking for the perfect pout and especially if you're shopping online, how do you know whether the lipgloss is too sticky/too grainy/comes off easily etc.

There are a few things to keep in mind when selecting your perfect lipgloss:

  1. Budget: Mineral products can differ drastically in price, depending on the ingredients and brand. So, this will certainly impact which brands you will consider.
  2. Preferred Application: Do you prefer a pot, a stick or a brush? If you don't love the applicator and it ends up being at the bottom of your bag, its not worth buying.
  3. Know What Colours Suit Your Complexion: When you're choosing a lipgloss, think about your complexion. For example, if you have olive skin, avoid yellow based hues. 
  4. Is It For Everyday Wear: If this is a lipgloss for everyday wear, you are more likely to not want super glittery or crazy shimmer.
  5. Are You Happy to Re-Apply: Remember that a true mineral product does not last for ages, you do need to reapply every so often. So, if you want a lipgloss that stays on all day - you will need to look at chemical based options rather than mineral.

Here is my top three list of the best vegan and mineral lipgloss

1. Sugar Venom Mineral Lipgloss - AIKO $27.95

Why it is the best lipgloss:
  • Made in Australia
  • Recycled packaging
  • Every sale donates $1 to charity
  • Contains Organic Orange Peel Oil and Organic Jojoba Seed Oil
  • Mineral with Organic Ingredients
  • Moisturising and nourishing without being too sticky

2. Jane Iredale Lipgloss - SPICE

Why it is great:
  • Luxurious formula
  • Moringa butter
  • Avocado Oil
  • Moisturising

Click to buy this natural lipgloss online.

3. LAGLAM Lipgloss - FLIRTINI $35

Why it is great:
  • Australian made
  • Mineral

What are the cons
  • On the expensive side
  • Slightly grainy feel (but some people prefer this to creamy)

Click to buy this natural lipgloss online.