So I haven’t really cooked much splendid food lately. I have eaten some absolutely top notch slices of toast. I also had a splendid Chinese takeout dinner, and a honking burger at V Revolution.
I have done a bit of buying of stuff and lusting after stuff lately, though. And I’ve come across a couple of totally super articles that I wanted to share with you all. Firstly, I want to show you my product crush of 2016 (so far):
Isn’t she beautiful? <3 I’d better start saving because she is also £85. BUT SO LOVELY. I just want to slip my Macbook inside and take all three of us on a little day out somewhere, to grab a coffee and some cake. ONE DAY.
I also treated myself to some further goodies from the totally lovely Dirty Vegans recently (formerly Vegan Harmony). I absolutely MUST rave about this satsuma sugar scrub which has kind of changed my life.
First of all, this smells like happiness. Citrus happiness. The scrub is 100% an amazingly wonderful exfoliator. My favourite part is that the cocoa butter proper melts and you can see/feel it moisturising your skin as you go along. I literally did NOT need to moisturise once I got out of the bath! I have already had a good three scrubs with this bar and it’s still going. For £2.99 I really don’t think you can ask for much more! The totally lovely folks at Dirty Vegans have recently sent me a banana bath cupcake to try too, so I am super looking forward to that.
I also had a pretty exciting weekend as far as my new year’s resolution is concerned. (MORE MAKE-UP, BASICALLY.) My friend Andrea has recently joined Tropic Skincare as an ambassador for their 100% vegan make-up and skincare range (think: vegan avon lady). I ordered my goodies in advance so I could collect at Andrea’s launch do because I CANNOT WAIT I NEED NICE THINGS NOW.
This is a BB cream that comes in Light | Medium | Dark shades. A beauty drop was also included which was a bit of a score, since I am still using little triangular sponges at the moment. They do a great job but it’ll be good to see what everyone’s raving about where these are concerned! The cream itself gives very natural coverage; it blends in pretty well and is super lightweight. I’m told it can be ‘built up’ for a heavier coverage, but at £22 for 30ml I probably will save this for summer days instead, when I want a nice light coverage and I get a bonus SPF of 35!
This lovely cleansing bar looks like it’s going to last me a nice looooong time. It smooths on really nicely and exfoliates very gently so pretty good for everyday use. As I’ve explained previously, I’m more of a fan of bar soaps than shower gels (aka an adult who doesn’t get shower gel) so this is a great item to have on hand!
This balm can (apparently) be used for elbows, cuticles and heels as well as lips. I’m not sure it’d last too long if I started slathering it on all my body’s dry-prone parts but it’s serving me very nicely as a lip balm right now. I think it would be hard for any lip product to overtake Superdrug’s Pink Tin for me; nearly every other balm I’ve tried leaves me with dry lips after an hour or two. This balm definitely gave me more than an hour or two of lip moisturisation and smells fresh and lovely (like all the Tropic gear!).
Andrea’s based in Greater Manchester and can organise 100% vegan pamper parties for you. You can order via her own Tropic store online here.
As well as all this lusting over and acquiring of material THINGS, I have also come across a couple of really excellent links on the Internetosphere this past week or so, and I wanted to share with you.
Is Veganism a Moral Baseline? (Christopher Sebastian McJetters)
This piece very succinctly summarises what are, to me, huge problems with the ‘abolitionist’ movement/approach and the sore lack of awareness of intersectionality in some parts of the vegan world.
“Frank and open admission of your who you are space doesn’t negate your veganism. It reveals a courage of conviction to put yourself on public display with all the imperfections that make you a complete person. And misrepresenting such honesty in order to use it as a weapon in an unprovoked attack against allies is disingenuous, malicious, and abusive. Furthermore, encouraging others to treat moral baselines as dogma is the casus belli that results in precisely the bigotry and bullying that veganism is supposed to be against.”
Why Animal Rights Fails at Intersectionality (Earthling Liberation Kollective)
Moving nicely on (or sideways!) from the above article that comments on the lack of intersectionality in many vegan movements, this piece talks about the inappropriate use of ‘intersectionality’ within vegan and animal rights movements. This article gives a great potted history of intersectionality, talks about how AR movements get it ‘wrong’, and highlights how we can move towards a more sincere intersectional AR/vegan advocacy.
“remember that intersectional animal liberation means that all layers of our identities are valued and respected, that all earthlings are honored and included.”
Of course these links will go into my little library along with all the other mighty resources I have found.
Well, there’s my little round of the week. Or a week. Last week! I hope y’all are planning a totally super pancake day tomorrow? We’re having savoury and sweet, and I see a lot of Violife in my near future…..
Peace out, everyone. Be excellent to each other!
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