Category: ethics, politics, & living a good life

Being beautiful, anti-feminist capitalism, and resistance persisterhood

Spam of the fortnight

Sunscreen update: May 2017

Previously:

  • Badger Sport SPF 35
  • using up old supplies of CoTZ Sensitive SPF 40 for hands and other incidental exposure of body parts
  • The Man is using up has now used up old Replenix Sheer Spray SPF 50.

Shiny happy discovery: Badger Unscented SPF 30  Continue reading

Update: more time passes, still nothing interesting to report (plus summer updates to this update)

So I’ll just copy-paste my last update, from fall 2015, and amend as needed…
UPDATED 2017-07: summer updates are mostly replacing La Roche-Posay with more ethical alternatives (cruelty-free, vegan) and returning to some items used off and on years ago, or their descendants and new improved versions. Plus a new mascara.

NO CHANGE IN THIS BIT HERE:

Nothing “interesting-interesting” anyway.  Continue reading

Product overload and avoiding / fighting being a product junkie

i shop therefore i am
There’s a great post, over on Science-y Hair Blog: about half of it follows here below. Screenshots, click on them, they’ll link you straight to the original blog. Everything that the wise “WS” says can be applied to any consumerist excess / addictive behaviour, of anything… yes, even chocolate…

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skin update 

Skin in a better state. Still constitutionally sensitive because that’s just how it is, but the extra horrors of most of the year seem to have abated. 

A CHANGE

Moisturiser: back to ShiKai borage dry skin remedy hand cream. Yes, on face and neck and around the eyes. Morning and evening. It is marvellous. It has a smell, and many people hate it. That’s borage seed oil. It’s OK if you hate it, that’s perfectly normal and human. I don’t mind it–and it goes away fast–and the stuff works well on my skin. It doesn’t hurt it and it moisturises it. That’s all I want from a moisturiser, so I’m happy.

I woild rather use something in a larger tube (less use of plastic) and that’s cheaper and at least as ethical as whatever I was using before. This stuff ticks all the boxes compared to Avène Cicalfate

NO CHANGE, COOL WITH IT

  • CoTZ sensitive / pediatric SPF 40. Good on all fronts: no irritation, does what it’s supposed to, OK ingredients, no animal testing, decent price.
  • Oil, mix of random quantities of meadowfoam and sunflower, mostly the latter: eye makeup remover, sunscreen remover and body moisturiser in shower, etc.
  • Balm, DIY, mix of shea butter + Badger unscented balm (olive oil + beeswax).
  • Primal Pit Paste deodorant, unscented regular strength.
  • Aloe vera gel, version with xanthan gum from Mountain Rose Herbs, as hair styling stuff

???

One thing could change.

La Roche-Posay Tolériane dermo-cleanser: very simple lotion cleanser. I have found nothing that is comparable (same or similar ingredients, similar formulation) in either the mainstream or “greener” brands, nor as easily obtainable (local drugstore) or cheap. 

If you have suggestions, please do drop me a line. I am open to alternatives but they must be serious alternatives. Not effing coconut oil or some trustafarian’s essential-oil-loaded concoction at several times the price. I would like to move away from LRP for reasons of ethical discomfort, but I do not want to test out lots of stuff (reasons: expense and waste) and I do need stuff that cleans my face without damaging it (reason: risk to skin a.k.a. to health). I’ve spent quite enough time in hospital this year. 

“cheeseburger ethics”

Looking after yourself (in a non-selfish way) 

Think you need a supplement? 

  
Maybe you just need a quick pick-me-up. 

(Maybe it’s more serious, so do see a doctor for anything that started on Monday or Tuesday and is still there on Friday, or that started on Wednesday-Friday and is still there on Monday. Or five days running if you work at the weekend. Do not count weekends and days off, we’re looking at stuff that affects the smooth humdrum daily routine.)
(Also: chocolate.)

Beauty supplements

  
I love the idea of a magic pill that makes you beautiful: perfect glowing skin, flowing shiny hair, slim and elegant of form, with sparking eyes and teeth, talons of steel, and immediately captivating to everyone. It would be a compromise to have to take such a pill every day for life; but many of us (women) do this anyway with contraceptive pills, and many people have to do more invasive things to themselves every day to stay alive, with scary-looking syringes. Having it all in one convenient pill would be great.  Continue reading

A post in celebration of true beauty