Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Why I'll Never Buy Into Jeffree Star

While the rest of the world's eyes were firmly on the Kim vs Taylor fallout following Kim's release of that recording, the beauty world's eyes were fixed on the Kat Von D / Jeffree Star fall out.

Jeffree Star is no stranger to internet controversy. The seeds of this fall out were sown years ago, back in his Myspace days where he saw fit to leave hideous comments on teenager's pages. Since then he has enjoyed internet celebrity and the lifestyle associated with that kind of fame. Scores of adoring Twitter and Instagram fans who will go to bat for him should he put the call out and let's make one thing clear... he's not afraid to put that call out, often causing the one person at the centre of his ire to become the subject of an intense bout of internet trolling and bullying. It's brutal to watch and yet hard to look away at the same time.

Throughout the years we've seen Jeffree Star personally use derrogatory language in regards to women, going so far as to threaten to beat down a well known female makeup artist, throw about racist slurs and drag paying customers from one end of the internet to the other for daring to be a little too honest in their reviews of his products. It's been car crash viewing.

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Source: Kat Von D Instagram

In the latest twist to this never-ending ugly story, Kat Von D posted this post on her Instagram last night, stating very clearly so as there is no misinterpretation, that she is disassociating herself from Jeffree Star. So much so that she will be removing the shade Jeffree from her current collection. The shade has been thrown, the gauntlet laid down...

The internet went into meltdown.

Before too long Jeffree retaliated in true Star form going in on a hugely personal level and though some tweets have now been deleted let me be clear... it was nasty.

I'm sure you're probably wondering the reason behind this post as I'm not one for writing about celebrity gossip (I say celebrity but I'm referring to the very bottom rung of that hierarchy) but it reminded me of the brands I have personally chosen to avoid due to the carry on of their creators / ambassadors and unfortunately, Jeffree Star isn't the only brand I have avoided for this very reason.

Limecrime, for instance. A liquid lipstick formulation like no other. I still hanker after Cashmere like no other lipstick out there but will I buy it? No. Won't even consider giving the brand money for their products. Is that harsh? Maybe but once you spend some time reading up on the origins of Limecrime and their creator...  you'd be hard pushed to justify it to yourself. We're not just talking a hard to like creator behind the brand, we're talking illegal additives (to the point the FDA had to get involved), threats against bloggers who weren't blown away by the products themselves, fraud, nazi costume scandal, racism... the list goes on... and on... and on...

Then there's Gerard Cosmetics. Again, their nudes are just beyond gorgeous and I'd love to get my hands on their products but will I? No. I simply cannot justify supporting the people behind the brand. The kind of people who will take to snapchat to brand women as 'ugly' if they dare to not like their products.

Those are just three instances of how not to advocate your brand. Right now there is a huge split over these brands, there are those who support the people behind them (I can't comprehend that to be completely honest), there are some who try to maintain a level of blindness in regards to the carry on behind the products so as to enjoy their favourite nude lipstick without guilt (I'd be interested to know if this works...) and then there are those, like myself, who simply cannot justify lining the pockets of people who believe this is an appropriate way to conduct business.

In this bizarre rise of the makeup celebrity and the Myspace / Youtube celebrity, those in the now public eye maybe hadn't anticipated where they would end up but to continue that type of behaviour when you've reached that level of celebrity seems irresponsible and dangerous. So I'm asking you, would you support brands like these knowing what has gone on behind the glossy lipsticks? Are you a Jeffree Star / Limecrime / Gerard customer? Did you know of the drama behind the scenes? Let me know!

If you want to read up on the scandal surrounding these brands in particular please avail of the following links or hit up Google for some truth time:

Jeffree Star scandal as told by Youtube's Stephanie Nicole

Limecrime scandal

Gerard Cosmetics scandal

Morality seems too high a price for the perfect matte nude... don't you think?


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

50 years of Boots in NI

Recently Boots celebrated it's 50th year here in Northern Ireland. Five decades of pharmacy care, innovative products and passionate staff, and they're showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon!

With the arrival of Boots in Northern Ireland also came big brand names that (at the time) were new to a lot of customers. It gave customers a chance to delve into the beauty world and in a lot of ways, helped boost women's morale at a time when it was needed. They have continued to hold firm to that ethos throughout the decades, with their in-house beauty brand No7 putting women at the forefront of their focus and development.

During the celebration to mark their 50th year in Northern Ireland, we were given the opportunity to learn more about the brands you can find in Boots stores and I'll be honest, though I'm a regular at my local Boots, I tend to either click and collect or pop in for a prescription (and come out with at least a couple of nail polishes each time) but I rarely took the time to really SEE the brands in Boots. Imagine my surprise when I started learning about the big brands you can find there and the services they provide... 

For instance, Benefit, with their latest eyebrow range release lined up like an eyebrow army ready to take your brows to the next level. We were colour matched and advised on our best shade in the range. This service costs nothing instore and would save a lot of hassle!

The Clarins counter is usually one I glide quickly past as that's moreso one for the lust list but I thoroughly enjoyed being able to hear more about each product and the Clarins staff in Boots are so passionate about the range that it's impossible to walk away empty handed. One of my favourite products here was the Fix Makeup, smells delicious and it ensured my makeup stayed in place through a sweltering hot day. A far cry from my usual budget fix it spray that ok, feels nice but doesn't smell anywhere near as luxurious or work half as well as the one I tried at Clarins.

The Yves Saint Laurent staff were eager to shade match to their newest foundation release, which I can confirm DOES cater to casper-like complexions such as my own.

Coming away from the Liz Earle stand you felt as though you'd just been at a spa. Not that I've been to a spa BUT I imagine you'd get as much of a skincare and luxury skincare education as you would through the seriously passionate Liz Earle staff. They really believe in the products and were extremely brand knowledgeable!

Liz Earle is a brand I had been wanting to try for years now and had just never gotten around to it. It was one of the great unknowns for me. Now? I've come away wanting every single thing I was shown. From the cleansers right through to the botanical scents on offer, this was a brand I fell hard for. In part due to the amazing women who talked us through the brand, their energy was contagious.

We were also treated to beauty looks throughout the years, created by the fantastic No7 Advisors, we caught a glimpse of the new Lancome Grandiose Liner, had chats about the amazing new releases from Estee Lauder, learned fantastic Summer hair tips from Bumble and Bumble, fell in love with all the new scent releases from each brand (particularly YSL in my case), had rosy cheeks painted on beautifully by the wonderful Advisors at the Clinique stand and were shimmered to within an inch of our lives at the No7 stand (seriously, watch out for a post on that soon!)

That's the one main thing I took away from this showcase celebrating 50 years of Boots in NI, the staff and brand representatives are all so hugely passionate about their brands. They know the beginnings of their brand's journey, the latest release chatter and the inner workings of each product.

One thing is for sure, the next time I have to pop into Boots for a prescription I'll definitely be taking my time just a little more and sure a wee stop off at brand counters wouldn't hurt, would it?

Here's to another 50 years in Northern Ireland Boots!


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Where to buy Catrice Cosmetics online in Northern Ireland

It's a pain isn't it? How some brands never make it in-store where you live? To make matters even more frustrating, sometimes you'd be lucky to find them online. Unless you want to pay extortionate custom charges that can mean, a lot of the time, that you miss out. Such was the story with myself and Catrice Cosmetics. I had searched high and low in and around where I live and there was not one store offering anything from the seriously budget friendly Catrice (apparently there is a chemist somewhere near Coleraine stocking the brand though I've yet to locate this amazing treasure trove) and so I did what anyone would do, I went online. It was slim pickings there too if I'm being honest.

However, after a little in depth Google search and Twitter investigating, I happened across an Irish pharmacy who not only offer Catrice on their site, they also ship to U.K. and N.I. AND their customer service is second to none. They impressed me so much with their service that I felt compelled to type up this post. That's really saying something considering we can be so quick to post about bad customer service and sometimes we tend to forget to praise retail heroes who make shopping an absolute delight!

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