So I’ll just copy-paste my last update, from fall 2015, and amend as needed…
NO CHANGE IN THIS BIT HERE:
Nothing “interesting-interesting” anyway.
Success stories: managing to go shopping in Whole Foods for those few basic necessities I actually need from there and can get nowhere else, and then getting out without spending a three-figure sum and/or killing anyone.
Beautification stuff: skin more settled. It loves Vancouver cool rain.
- Yes, I still love Vancouver and its weather
- I’ve still managed to lead a happy crime-free existence without hurting anyone, as part of trying to live an ethical, sustainable, low-impact life
- still aiming towards having absolutely nothing to report; only buying one thing to replace another, sustainable and stably; and repairing, recycling, reusing, and repurposing wherever possible
- still aiming to buy as little as humanly possible and do my little bit to end the cosumerist-colonialist-capitalist machine before it destroys our world, and us all; still trying to live up to the fiery polemic of the best thing I wrote on here (and one of the best things I’ve written in the last ten years), “hauls” (July 2013). Here’s some key excerpts:
THE NEXT SECTION HAS BECOME, AND CONTINUES TO BE, EVER MORE URGENT…
I’ve moved back to *shriek* less granola stuff because it’s cheaper and more readily immediately available, reducing time and transport costs. This also means I can give more money (and, now, occasionally, time) to organisations helping migrants / refugees. Two words, one same thing—people in movement—for humanitarian and human purposes; and anyone thinking otherwise is
- linguistically ignorant
- historically and culturally ignorant
- inhuman, and
- probably a hypocrite who doesn’t know or doesn’t want to know about their own history.
Anyway. Here’s what I’m currently using, head to toe. Attempting to use stuff up, and to buy sensibly and economically. That is, buying things that The Man and I use regularly and will use up before they go off; we share skincare. (He has a couple of other items not listed below, ex. shaving stuff.) Trying to minimise waste, which includes buying stuff in recyclable containers. For rinse-off products—as with dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, and household cleaning products—choosing formulations that are quite concentrated and reduce water use. That’s an area where a lot of pseudo-greener stuff fails badly.
It’s pretty functional and there’s little here that’s new or that I haven’t used at some point in the last several years; actual new stuff is in bold. Aiming for sustainable stability, which is also a kind of “no-buy” policy. With sensitive fragile freaky skin, that’s an ambitious goal. Boring can be good. And minimalism an aesthetic, and stylish, so it counts as a beautiful lifestyle in its own right.
- Toothpaste: anything without SLS, with fluride, and with a minty taste based on actual mint. Jason or Sensodyne, no preference except price.
- La Roche-Posay Tolériane cleansing lotion: face.
- jojoba oil (any brand): eye make-up remover, sunscreen remover stage 2, face & body moisturiser, scalp massage
- meadowfoam oil (any brand) for general use, hand and foot soaks, sometimes mixed with jojoba, etc. I bought a gallon about a year or so ago and am still using it up…
- La Roche-Posay Lipikar Syndet gel-cream body wash stuff: body-wash, shampoo, bubble bath
- Curelle Energé shampoo: as shampoo, sometimes mixed in with Lipikar Syndet; also for cleaning menstrual cup; and for hand-washing laundry.
- Curelle Trèslite conditioner: also for shaving armpits (and, one day, legs… when the weather means a move out of long socks and tights)
- La Roche-Posay Lipikar AP Baume: as moisturiser all over. I’ve also used it on hair if a bit dry. And eye cream. Skin currently cool with what niacinamide there is in this stuff. Large bottles from drugstores here.
- La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5: face moisturiser in allergy season and general first aid for any itchy, flaky, eczematic, or dry patches. I’ve only had to use it on my face intensively for about a fortnight this year, plus Loratedine, and skin has been fine and stable: touch wood!
- DIY balm, made from shea butter + olive oil + beeswax: lip balm, and around outer corners of eyes if dry.
- Badger Sport SPF 35 unscented sunscreen: face.
Still also using up old supplies of CoTZ Sensitive SPF 40 for hands and other incidental exposure of body parts. The Man is using up old Replenix Sheer Spray SPF 50.
- Badger Sport SPF 35 unscented sunscreen stick: lips and around eyes.
- Primal Pit Paste unscented deodorant in the jar: I buy this about six months’ supply at a time, whenever it’s bargainaceous.
- Clinique Black Honey eyeliner pencil: for tightlining, using the Bobbi Brown mini eyeliner brush (available in a kit with a mini pot of gel eyeliner, which yes I bought just for the brush, and it was money well spent)
- Tubing mascara: Bobbi Brown intensifying, DHC, or either of the Blinc ones
- Eye concealer: Laura Mercier eye basics in Linen.
I also used and liked the Nars doe-foot eye concealer in Vanilla (FYI Chantilly is lighter but yellow-toned; neither shade is as good as the LM on cool very fair skin).
- Lipstick: Lipstick Queen Medieval or Butterfly Ball in Trance.
- Regular chocolate continues.
Yes I am using LRP stuff: for reasons of
- not testing on animals and actively putting money and manpower into alternative testing in countries where barbarous practices continue
- putting serious money into proper research and sensitive-skin-compatibility (care, maintenance, and management is cheaper than drugs, guys)
- not using unethical palm-oil and being a major influence in its avoidance
- ditto on using other sustainable ingredients. Ex. alternatives to petrochemicals–though there’s also good sense in using such derivative by-products–and alternatives to unsustainable and/or unethical phytochemicals, like oils from plants whose demand leads to monoculture, lack of biodiversity, animal habitat loss, soil erosion, and environmental damage (including negative effects on humans)
- not being hypocritical false tree-huggers who commit cultural theft and neoliberal asset-stripping, New Age Colonialists
- not being abusive fearmongers who celebrate ignorance, are against science and knowledge and decent sceptical questioning, and translate these pseudo-values into anti-feminism
- and not being cynical greenwashers, who prey on people, purely there for their profit, charging them as much as The Great Holy Market will bear for as long as it will bear it: these are not environmental saviours but wolves in sheep’s clothing
But, as ever, I digress.
Good things in life, let’s focus on the positive.
Other updates–seriously, nothing interesting for the intents and purposes of this blog and its readers. Been writing elsewhere and happy doing so. No offence intended to beauty blog folks: I just happen to write in more than one place, and (as you know already from this present blog) about more than one thing. I hope everyone keeps up the good happy writing and reading, commenting and sharing, discussion on and off line; on all sorts of things. Being lively interactive humans is good.
Peace out, be happy, spread both to others.