Re: Body Image

Last night I posted a photo on a girls Facebook group with over 120,000 members screaming loudly about body positivity and the concept of ‘my body, my choice’.

As someone who adores lingerie and makeup I face the daily struggle of judgement from other women for my choices. I swear too much makeup, not enough, I’m too thin, too fat, my clothes are suggestive, my clothes are too modest, I sleep with two many boys and Im a whore but I’m a prude for not naming names.

It slightly horrifies me that women are so judgemental of other women. We face so much crap from men about our bodies, how are boobs are saggy and we carry to much weight, or how we aren’t “real” enough. Yet I constantly see women judging celebrities and each other for their body decisions.

We fight men for their rules on us yet we happily allow other women to knock us down for our choices. Mothers are the biggest victims of this. If you breastfeed your wrong, if you go to work your wrong but if you don’t than you’re not contributing to the household.

Regardless of age, women (and girls) face constant new standards of femininity that they must meet or fear being left behind in the trends of space buns, contouring and lip injections.

It horrifies me that women are forced to meet expectations that put them last by making them change who they are. Whilst I love makeup it frustrates me that techniques such as contouring and over lining the lips change who we are. As expression there is nothing wrong with them – but as trends they are damaging to the female psyche. They encourage us to change the fundamental structure of our face, the image of who we are since birth.

Women are expected to wear expensive lingerie for the pleasure of males but God forbid they wear it if they are mothers or underage. God forbid they wear it in public or advertise their lacy bras. If they do they are whores but if they don’t curve to the expectation to be sexy in lacy red thongs then they are prudes. But if we love our bodies in lingerie and share an image of such we are whores again, self obsessed and shallow and deserving unwarranted, unwanted, unneeded attention from creeps and perverts.

Yet, we judge the Muslim woman in her burka for covering up too much, for bowing to a male dominated religion which brutally enforces modesty. There is no in between.

I think for this reason the beauty and fashion industries both need to be changed. No longer should sex and the body be used to sell for it is not an item that is purchasable. It is priceless. No longer should these industries encourage trends that demand the radical change of the human body.The female body is a wonderful thing and each woman should be able to express her body as it is without needing or feeling the want to change it.

We can say “I prefer myself with bigger lips” but if lip injections weren’t the trend and small, thin, tight lips were would we say the same? Perhaps, perhaps not.

At the end of the day women should be proud of their bodies. They should not have to face judgement whether they wear lingerie or modesty garments. So, once again, please repeat after me:

 

MY BODY, MY CHOICE. MY BODY, MY CHOICE.

 

 

 

The Best of 2016 Skincare, Makeup, Body and Hair Products

The Best of 2016 Skincare, Makeup, Body and Hair Products

2016 flew past me in a blaze of disappointing moments.  Personally, the year sucked. However, in terms of beauty I discovered some AMAZING products I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. Not to mention some incredible tech and lifestyle items.

Skincare

I have had the worst year of skin in my life. I’ve suffered from painful, red, inflamed acne. In spite of that, I’ve really discovered some incredible products and treatments.

To battle my skin concerns I’ve been seeking treatment at Brazilian Beauty in Clayfield (Brisbane). For all my acne suffering girls, their acid peels and LED light treatments have helped my skin so much. In the few weeks after each treatment (I’ve had five this year) my skin has been clear, smooth and radiant. These treatments have also helped to clear up my acne scarring a little bit.

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In terms of product I changed my Clarisonic Mia 2 brush head from sensitive to the luxe head. Its incredible soft and less damaging on my skin. I’ve started using it almost every day without damage to my skin and have noticed it certainly being clearer in smoother.

The final product I’d like to talk about its the Origins Skin Rose Clay Mask. This mask was a new product release in 2016 and quickly become well known in the beauty community. I like to leave it on for roughly 15 minutes. After removing it any acne, black heads and white little pimple bumps are absolutely destroyed. It leaves my skin so soft and I always use it after and before a big night.

 

Makeup

There are only four products in terms of makeup I’d like to talk about today. Firstly, the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation. It has quickly become my holy grail foundation and I’m looking forward to a lifelong relationship with this product and  I am soon to buy a second bottle for when I fake tan (more on that later though). In combination with the All Nighter Foundation, I’ve also fallen in love with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. The two make the perfect flawless base for all future products.

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The only  other products I have truly fallen in love with are the Chi Chi Fibre Brow Gel and Pomade. These are exact dupes (albeit cheaper at $20 and $15 respectively) for the Benefit Gimme Brow and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. I have used both of these products this year and can honestly say that Chi Chi’s offerings exceed expectations and perform better than the alternate high end options.

Unfortunately this year I am yet to find anything else I can say I love. I have found good products (the Nyx Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks, Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector and Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer) but none that will be joining me again once I have finished the product.

Hair

 

Since bleaching my hair to go blonde again I have enjoyed the wonders of the ‘ranga’ (Australian slang for ginger hair) stage of hair. I’m yet to go for another lightening session but I will soon and look forward to it. In the mean time however I have been solely relying on the Fudge Clean Blonde Shampoo to keep my hair from turning to an orange mess. Using it every second day has actually taken my hair to a cool, yet dark blonde. I won’t be putting this down anytime soon even once I get to platinum tresses.

Body

My final love of 2016 joined me in the years last days. The Bondi Sands Dark Tanning Foam  was something I fell in love with the second it touched my skin. Previously, I religiously used the Bondi Sands Light Tanning Foam by applying two coats and washing it off after sleeping in it overnight. However, it can turn out patchy and orange. With the Dark Tanning Foam I have no such issue. However, I do recommend not applying with the Bondi Sands Tanning Mitt as it leaves the tan patchy.

So these are the products I have loved in 2016. Whilst they aren’t much, they are the best of the best.

 

Wishing you all a happy new year,

Clary

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

At midnight 2016 I stood in a McDonalds. My New Years kiss was my best friend and we celebrated with large double cheeseburgers and six dollar ‘champagne’. Whilst my New Years Eve celebrations were not the most glamorous, I was relived to be ending the year.

I think everyone can say that 2016 was not the best year. We lost Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Prince and in the years last days Carrie Fisher. Donald Trump was elected president  (even as an Australian I’m horrified for what that might entail). For me, personally, I graduated high school  barely. I said goodbye to a lot of people I thought I cared about (and thought cared about me) and in the space of twelve quick months my life changed.

For me, 2016 has been a shit year. It has for a lot of people. But, as I sit writing my first blog post (and starting my first new years resolution – to start blogging) I know 2017 will be nothing like this. I’m starting my dream degree at university, am determined to surround myself with positive people,  promising myself to look after my body and mind and starting this blog which will focus on the beauty industry. If I can pull through on all of these goals I know my year will be stellar.

So this finishes my first blog post. I promise you now the majority of my posts will be focused on beauty, fashion and lifestyle. However, you can expect the casual musing of my mind in posts like this.

Wishing you all a happy new year,

Clary x