Sunday, 30 November 2014

Wild About Beauty AW Lips and Nails

Hello everyone! Long time no speak/ write. Don't really know what my excuse is this time, I've just been a combination of extremely busy and feeling a little uninspired and didn't want to blog for the sake of blogging. However, I'm back with a vengeance and here to review some gorgeous beauty products...

A few weeks back I received a wonderful treat through my letterbox in the form of some products from the Autumn/Winter Wild About Beauty collection. I've blogged about the brand before (see this post) and really like the simplicity, quality and value of the range (not to mention that it is the brainchild of Louise Redknapp)! Today I thought I'd give a quick overview of some of my favourite lip and nail cosmetics in the collection, which make perfect stocking fillers for any beauty junkies who like trying out lesser-known brands...

Wild About Beauty Nutrilips Colour SPF 15

Wild About Beauty Nutrilips Colour SPF 15 in Bobbie (R.R.P £15)

This is a lightweight lipstick that will "leave your lips with a wash of sheer colour and soft shine finish." I absolutely adore the nude shade 'Bobbie', which is perfect for everyday both inside and outside the workplace. It reminds me of a MAC lipstick in that it smells great and it also contains ingredients to nourish your lips as well as give them a pop of colour. I wouldn't say it's a replacement for a more intensive lip balm, but it certainly does relieve dry lips, making it the perfect lipstick for cold winter days. 

Nail Colours 

Wild About Beauty Nail Colours in Michael and Jake (R.R.P £9 each)

I am a massive fan of Wild About Beauty nail polishes - they are easily and smoothly applied, don't chip easily, and come in some beautiful seasonal colours. Two of which are Michael and Jake. Michael is a jet black while Jake is a very dark, shimmering purple. I had actually never worn black nail polish before receiving this one from WAB so was hesitant to commit to a full set of nails. Therefore, harking back to my early teenage years, I used a mixture of both colours, creating inverse looks on each hand.

Left hand - Michael with one Jake accent nail (spot the annoying air bubble...)

Right hand - Jake with one Michael accent nail

The difference is barely noticeable but I definitely prefer the left hand and have to admit that I am a massive convert to black nail polish! It takes patience to apply as any mistakes are glaringly obvious, but can look super sleek and sophisticated. I also like the dark purple accent nail as it subtly breaks up the block, bold colour. This is definitely a look I shall be wearing a lot more over the winter months.

Have you tried any Wild About Beauty products? Or are there any other lesser-known beauty brands that you think have a great seasonal collection this year? Do let me know!

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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Why the phrase "man up!" makes my blood boil

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Recently I got reminded of something that irritates me so much that I couldn't help but take to the Internet to have a good old rant. The subject of my disdain? The phrase, "man up!"

This all started when I was watching X Factor the other week. One of the contestants had been poorly the week before and took to the stage to sing. When he was done and Dermot turned to the judges for their feedback, one of them kindly reminded the contestant that we all get ill but he just has to get through it and "be a man".

I've deliberately not named names because I don't want the focus of this blog post to be an attack on the individual that uttered the phrase. Instead, I want to highlight how, in this day and age, people still find it acceptable to invalidate another person's experience based on their gender and this happens both ways.

Men cry, men get scared, men sometimes lack in confidence. As does everyone. However, phrases like "man up!" belittle these normal human experiences as being almost shameful because they do not adhere to "manly" gender stereotypes. Just as men wolf whistling at women on the street reinforces stereotypes of women as objects, using the phrase "man up" reinforces stereotypes of men as tough and bolshy, which they cannot be all the time.

I would call myself a feminist because I strongly believe that, as a woman, I should be offered exactly the same opportunities in work, in the home, indeed in life as my male counterparts.  I think most women and men I know would agree with this principle, even if they do not actively define themselves as "feminists" or have their own take on what the word "feminism" means. However, there is still a lot of work to be done, no matter what anyone says, in the name of feminism. As this shocking article reports, according to a UK study, women earn 15% less on average than men, which is totally unacceptable. However, as I hope I have shown, women are not the only ones suffering from restrictive gender stereotypes. While women often feel like they have to choose between their career and their family, men often feel like the don't have the choice, as their paternity leave is limited and they are expected to play the role of a strong, tough-skinned "manly" man, who provides for his wife and family.

To stamp out sexism once and for all and to offer everyone equal opportunities, we need to eliminate traditional gender stereotypes which hold back women in the workplace and put unfair pressure on men to be relentlessly bolshy, self-confident and tough-skinned. And a good place to start would be by abandoning ridiculous phrases such as "man up". 

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