Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Why you shouldn't buy fur, wool, leather and down

Recently I found a small brand who is selling mink fur coats and advertising them on facebook. There are a lot of people supporting this brand and buying from them and this actually scares me. I was faced, once again, with the question: do they know and realize what they are contributing to or is this just pure ignorance? I commented on a publication, and after a few minutes the comment was deleted and I was blocked on the page. I shared the same post, still angry at this situation and a lot of my friends did the same thing as me and their comments were also deleted and they were blocked. These people know perfectly well what they are doing yet they still choose to endorse animal cruelty for the sake of fashion and getting money. 
I remember the first animal cruelty video I ever saw was from Peta's campaign BloodyBurberry so this was always a very sensitive topic for me. When I was a child I saw chickens and rabbits getting their throats slit and getting skinned very frequently, and I was always taught to think this was 'the natural way of things' but this only made me more aware. I'll share with you some pretty graphic videos on the topic, make sure to make your own research so you can make a conscious decision next time you consider buying any of these materials. Shopping for vegan clothing is easy since most brands offer a large variety of cotton and polyester clothes, just check the labels before you buy them. For more information on what to wear and what materials to avoid click here.

♥ Whose skin are you in?

♥ One minute of reality: the fur industry
♥ Here's the rest of your Mink Coat
♥ Under the coats: Rabbits' screams of death
♥ Cruelty in rabbit farms
♥ Investigation into raccoon dog fur in China
♥ Chinese fur farm exposé
♥ The price of fur
♥ Angora rabbit fur cruelty

♥ The wool industry exposed
♥ One minute of reality: wool

♥ The leather industry in 60 seconds
♥ Reptiles killed for their skin
♥ Stella McCartney exposes the leather industry
♥ Canada's seal slaughter

♥ Alicia Silverstone helps uncover the cruelty of down

More information:
♥ Information on animals used for clothing
♥ Information on how animal based textiles are made

 Choose compassion, end the cruelty 

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Kiko: Long Lasting Colour Lip Marker Review

I love matte lipsticks but they tend to be very drying, so when I was searching for other options I found this lip marker and got it during Christmas sales to try it out. The cool thing about lip markers is as long as you exfoliate and moisturize your lips you can still get that matte effect without feeling completely dry after a few hours - but don't expect any miracles, it just stains your lips, it doesn't moisturize them whatsoever, your creases will still be very defined.
When I used it the first couple of times, the color was very dark and uneven (like a felt tip pen looks on paper if you paint a few layers on top of each other), so I just used it as a base color and covered it with a lighter lipstick so it didn't look messy and still had the dark color I wanted. But after a few weeks of use it dried-out quite a bit and now it looks more faded when you put it on, which personally I don't dislike because now the color looks a bit more even (but of course you have to keep this in mind if you're looking for a really dark shade). I've read some reviews that said that if you store it upside down it helps prevent the fading problem, but personally it didn't work for me.
The marker shape is very helpful when it comes to defining your lips, you just have to follow your natural lines, like you would with a lip liner. It is, in fact, long lasting and it doesn't transfer, so I don't stain my boyfriend every time I kiss him.
Overall, it's nice to use under other lipsticks to make them look darker and it was pretty cheap but I'm still not sure if I'd repurchase it, depends on how fast it'll completely dry-out.

Shade: 101 Beige

Paul Clipson

I randomly found his work while browsing on Vimeo and ended up seeing a few of his short films in a row. I was hypnotized by the stunning photography, beautiful layers and overall harmony between video and sound. For anyone who would like to see what I'm talking about, I'll leave you with Lighthouse, uploaded to his Vimeo in mid-2015, filmed in New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong in 16mm film.

LIGHTHOUSE (2015) from Paul Clipson on Vimeo.

He's done collaborations with artists like Grouper and he also does amazing drawings, live performances and video/sound installations which I'd love to experience in person if I had the chance to do so, but for now I guess Vimeo will have to be enough for me.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Lush: Avobath Bath Bomb Review

First of all, I got this bath bomb on sale with 50% off and I knew it wouldn't create any breathtaking visual effects, the reason why I got it was because I loved the citrusy scent, it reminded me of the Stepping Stone Foot Scrub, which unfortunately was discontinued. 
Compared to other videos and pictures I saw, the one I bought looked a lot less bright green (more aqua green/cyan), it had no gold shimmer and it didn't create any bubbles whatsoever, so I assume it was already a few months old when I got it. Since the color was so light, it didn't leave any residue or stains on the bathtub after it drained. 
Overall, it did make my skin feel softer, the scent was still very uplifting and relaxing and it stayed on me for hours after I got out of the bath but, since it is kinda pricey, I don't think I'd repurchase it again unless it was on sale.

♥ Get a face mask and a deep conditioner to pamper your hair (or just diy), 
put some music on and enjoy your bath 

Buy: Avobath Bath Bomb
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5 Pieces of Advice From Uncle Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

Uncle Iroh is one of my favorite characters on Avatar: The Last Airbender. He is a wise, easy-going man who, unlike most of the Fire Nation's royal family, understands the importance of the balance between the four elements. He retired from his position as General of the Fire Nation Army after his son died in the war, and since then learned from his mistakes and tried his best to help his nephew Zuko, who was banished from the Fire Nation by his own father.
I usually don't like inspirational quotes, but when you get overly attached to characters in a show and you start to relate to them, it gets pretty heavy. Here are five quotes from the second season of Avatar, they apply to whatever you want, whatever makes you feel at ease, it's a matter of personal context after all. 

"You must never give into despair. Allow yourself to slip down that road and you surrender to your lowest instincts. In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength." 
(S02 E05)

Iroh: "Zuko, you must let go of your feelings of shame if you want your anger to go away."
Zuko: "But I don't feel any shame at all, I'm as proud as ever."
Iroh: "Prince Zuko, pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. True humility is the only antidote for shame." 
(S02 E09)

"It is important to draw wisdom from many different places. If we take it from only one place, it becomes rigid and stale. Understanding others, the other elements, and the other nations will help you become whole." 
(S02 E09)

"While it is always best to believe in one self, a little help from others can be a real blessing." 
(S02 E15)

Aang: "Well, I met with this guru who was supposed to help me master the Avatar State and control this great power, but to do it, I had to let go of someone I love. And I just couldn't."
Iroh: "Perfection and power are overrated. I think you were very wise to choose happiness and love."
Aang: "What happens if we can't save anyone and beat Azula? Without the Avatar State, what if I'm not powerful enough?"
Iroh: "I don't know the answer. Life is like this tunnel sometimes. You can't always see the light at the end. But if you keep moving, you may come to a better place." 
(S02 E20)

Monday, 4 January 2016

Movies of the Month: December

Pom Poko (1994)

I'm usually not a huge fan of Studio Ghibli movies, but this hit me right in the heart. By Isao Takahata, the same director as Grave of the Fireflies (1988) and The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013), this film is about a group of raccoon dogs (tanuki) who try to save their home in the Tama Hills from being destroyed by humans. This was based on the ancient myth that tanuki were shapeshifting animals; some other Japanese folklore references like the gashadokuro and tsukumogami (chōchin-obake and kasa-obake, for example) will also pop-up during this movie.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

A low-budget cult-film directed by Shinya Tsukamoto, about a strange man with a metal fetish. Technically I watched this back in November, it was on my 'Want to Watch' list on Mubi for quite a while, and after talking to a friend who compared it to Lynch's Eraserhead (1977) I decided to finally watch it. Even though it's a surrealist movie, the plot is fairly simple to understand when compared to other movies in that genre, but I still wouldn't recommend this for anyone who doesn't really appreciate this type of approach on film. I mostly liked it for its incredible photography.