Thursday, 22 January 2015

The Page 3 Debate

'No More Page 3' is a cause I have supported for a long time. Before talking about why, I'd like to clear up a few things. The campaign has been accused of trying to 'censor' the news in a similar vain to the Charlie Hebdo attacks (which is quite frankly, ridiculous) so I would like to remind people of the definition of censorship:

             "Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication or other information which may        be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or inconvenient as determined        by governments, media outlets, authorities or other institutions"

In other words, the 'man' trying to control the media. A petition and group of people trying to change an outdated feature by discussion and campaigning, in my eyes, is very different. 

A further criticism of the campaign (seemingly championed by Jodie Marsh no less, I'm not sure when she became Twitter's moral compass) is that it is anti-feminist by removing women's choice about how they display their bodies. Should these people do a little light research however, they would find that the campaign is in complete support of women getting their kit off however they like in the appropriate setting, like 'lads mags' - the campaign is about context.

The main thing you need to consider when deciding if you support the campaign is - do you think a topless model has a place next to the news? What is that really saying to the readers - the casual sexualisation of women is okay? This newspaper is for men? The news is for men?

I remember being at a friends house when I was quite young, we were sitting in her living room and I picked up the newspaper. Why not? I read it at home. I remember being very shocked and confused as to why there was a topless women in the front of the paper. Newspapers are something many households buy daily and have around the house, what are we teaching our young people when they take a look - that men have a right to see women's bodies? That women are expected to show them?

The sexualisation of women is a topic I have discussed on my blog before. In one of my teaching placement classes of 12 year olds you would be surprised how many of the girls hitched their skirts up to shocking lengths and applied heavy make up. Or perhaps you wouldn't be surprised.

When you think about the fact that there are pornographic images in the front of the newspaper - doesn't that strike you as insanely weird in the 21st century? Can you imagine Huw Edwards beginning the 6 o clock news "Before the shocking images in Syria, here's one for the boys". It's just insane.

Perhaps the boys at The Sun just have way too much fun photographing topless models or more to the point are afraid without them, their poor quality journalism just won't sell papers.

The stunt The Sun pulled this week, letting everyone think they had pulled page 3 only to bring it back the next day with a big two fingers up to the campaign really shows how little regard they have for women and the contribution page 3 has to many wider women's issues. In a way, if they didn't want to pull it, fair enough - that's their call, but 'trolling' the campaign really illustrates a much bigger concern.

What are your thoughts on the campaign and page 3?

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Winter Skin Saviours

Winter is not the kindest time of year to our skin and yet the season brings several social occasions, like Christmas and New Year, where we want our skin looking its best. Alongside harsh weather and central heating, lack of sunshine inevitably means we're all sporting that dry 'pale and interesting look' (or in my case, just pale and grey). Finally, I feel like I've cracked it and for once my skin is actually looking pretty healthy at the moment.

If I'm wearing make up I usually begin taking it off with a face wipe (I know, I know). If it was particularly stubborn I'll cleanse twice, firstly with Clinique Take The Day Off Balm and then with my Clarisonic and Clinique Mild Face Wash but if it was just a tinted moisturiser I'll go straight for the face wash. Then these skin saviours have really helped me out:

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair - I know, how embarrassing, I've only got samples. Luckily for me they last a really long time. I wasn't expecting much from this serum at my age, it was more of a "I hope my skin will thank me later" situation but whadya know - it's really made a difference. My skin feels bright and energised and I feel like it makes my other products work more efficiently. It's quite pricey, so as soon as Lauder have a gift with purchase I'll be investing.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion - I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this product. In my early teens, I loved it but as I started learning more and more about skin care it became a bit 'meh'. It also has oil in it, so at the time I thought it was best to avoid. Until a few weeks ago I was using the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly at this point in my routine and it was working okay but when it ran out I just grabbed this, and I'm glad I did. It's not heavy on the skin but the added oil makes a huge difference. I quite like that it doesn't absorb too much, it keeps my skin feeling supple and comfortable.

Clarins Facial Oil in Blue Orchid - Clarins do a range of oils for combo skin, dehydrated skin and dry skin and this is the dehydrated formulation. As an oil I was worried about it making my skin break out but my skin absolutely loves this stuff. After my moisturiser I use a few drops, rub it between my fingers and pat it into my skin. I think it smells like chocolate orange, it's amazing. You could use this day and night but I usually just use it at night time, you'd need an hour or so for it to absorb in the day. This is one of those products where I can really tell if I haven't used it - and a few drops a day means it lasts for-ev-er.

I'd love to know what products you change up in the winter time and if anything in particular has been saving your winter skin!


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

2 Saves and 2 Splurges

Is that bit hanging out of my jumper annoying you as much as it's annoying me?

Today I wanted to talk about one of the loves of my life - beauty products, particularly as I've made some recent discoveries. Two products that are great value and two premium products that I, personally, think are worth the pennies. I'm wearing all of the products mentioned below, above. 


Kiko Long Lasting Stick Shadow 05 £6.90 - Did anyone watch Tanya Burr this summer? If you did you'll know almost every single day she wore the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Shadow Stick in "Misty Rock" with Mac "Haux" and completely rocked it; it really brought out her brown eyes. More discerning beauty lovers will also know that the By Terry stick retails at a whopping £28.00 that even I can't convince myself to justify. 

I already own Mac "Haux" and whispers of a Kiko dupe had me intrigued, so when I went to London I picked one up. I obviously can't swatch for comparison but I have seen on other blogs it's basically an exact dupe for Misty Rock. 

The formula of this is creamy enough to blend very easily, even with fingers, but doesn't crease and is particularly long lasting. In the above picture I'm wearing it with Haux in the crease. 

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation £6.99 - When perusing the 3 for 2 make up in Boots I had the inevitable 'first world' dilemma of choosing a third item. For a long time I've been a lover of premium foundations but sadly now my budget doesn't allow for it. I've heard great things about this foundation so I thought I'd try it. It was 'free' after all. 

I have to say I've been really impressed. The coverage is good enough to cover my tired skin but not too cakey that it makes it blatantly obvious that I've piled it on. Similar to Nars Sheer Glow it just needs a little powdering in the T-Zone and it lasts all day!


Mac Strobe Cream £24.50 - I've had this product in my collection for ages and I've never really used it as I didn't know what to do with it. I didn't really like it as a cheekbone highlighter over my foundation so I just didn't use it. Recently, however, I noticed my skin was looking so tired and dull so I used it as a primer and I really liked the result. It made my skin have a subtle glow and it actually made my foundation apply better and last longer, as well as not looking quite so tired. I love it!

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder £35.00 - This has cult status but at it's hefty price I could never justify spending the money. I've used the budget 'Sleek' contour powder and it's pretty good and does the job - but when I got a little spending money for my birthday I just had to try the Kevyn Aucoin.

The first thing I was struck by was the size, it's so tiny, like an eyeshadow but I found pretty quickly that a little goes a long way with this product. So how does it compare with the Sleek palette? For me - it's worth it. The Sleek palette runs a little bit orange which is fine for a deeper skin tone but doesn't look very natural on my pale skin. The Kevyn Aucoin, however, has a more natural grey tone which makes it look like a real shadow - so it's a winner for me.