Pucker up with a PHB Pout

Hello friends and welcome to another blog post. Today i’m going to be telling you about the PHB 100% pure organic lip tint- in Raspberry.

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PHB recently sent me an email asking for a review of their product and I was really excited about this because I’ve been interested in PHB for a while and if you saw my last video you’d know about the many things that I admire this brand for including being:

  • Cruelty free
  • Natural
  • Certified Halal
  • Supporting Charities
  • and I didn’t even mention that they’re palm oil free and handmade!

I have been using their brow powder and eye liner for a few months. I use these products everyday without fail because I look like a foetus without them and they’ve been the best ethical makeup brand I’ve used to date. 

The only thing I would say about the eyeliner is that I use the brush of an old eyeliner to apply it for a smoother look and sometimes do two coats to get it to look as dark as my soul. 

Back to the lip tint which boasts the following benefits:

  • 78% Organic Ingredients
  • Super-hydrating Tinted Lip Balm
  • Softens and moisturises lips
  • Long lasting, natural looking colour
  • With Shea Butter to nourish and protest lips against dryness
  • Gentle sheen which gives a natural glow
  • Free from carmine & petrochemicals
  • 100% natural- great for sensitive skin
  • Vegan, Cruelty Free and Halal Certified
  • Free from nano particles, parabens, bismuth oxychloride, talc, formaldehyde, mineral oils, fillers, gluten, fragrance, preservatives & GM ingredients.  

So I’m interested to see if their absolutely ethical lipgloss could impress me and do the job a brand that isn’t ethically conscious does. Judging from the products I’ve tried before I had high hopes.

I don’t usually wear anything on my lips to colour them because I don’t feel like many colours suit me and I’m also quite shy about standing out with bold lip colours. The only lipsticks I have were bought when I was around 20, when I used to buy the biggest brands. Yes they have lasted me 6 years and I think they still have another 6 years in them. Hopefully they don’t make my lips fall off…

Coincidentally the weekend I received the request from PHB, I had already stated out loud to my friend that I need an ethical lip colour for my growing collection of ethical makeup.

I wasn’t able to choose the colour I wanted but I figured that I’d give it a try anyway! The colours include Blossom, Cranberry, Mulberry, Peach and Petal. When I received the lip tint I loved the casing as it was clean white and a nice size. I was a little bit wary of the colour which at first looks like a metallic pinky purple. It looks very bold and to a wallflower looks a little scary at first glance.

But when I put it on I remembered (literally had an Oh yea! moment) that it was a lip tint and the boldness of the colour transfers lightly on the mouth. It is described as a colour that suits all tones and I was pleasantly surprised to see that this was true for me, and when my sister tried it, it suited her too. It has a shimmer and the pink matches my bottom lip so it basically evens out my mouth colour with a pink sparkly tint.

The lip tint is very moisturising and feels really good on the lips for a long period of time. I put it on at 12.30pm and then only reapplied at 4pm because it left my lips feeling really soft and cushiony for few hours. Then again I’m not the sort of person who constantly reapplies lip balm anyway, but I reckon it works as well as any good lip balm. For some reason I’ve recently had dryer lips, maybe due to not drinking my 8 cups a day, and this balm has tackled that.

I think this lip tint is perfect for me because of the hint of colour and moisturising effect. It basically what I create whenever I use my lip liner and mix it with vaseline to create the colour and moisturising effect- except is easier and ethical.

So far PHB ethical have impressed me so I think my next and final mission is to get an ethical concealer. PHB ethical gives two free samples of different products with every order over £5 so I chose a bb cream and foundation. Unfortunately they were too light for me but perfect for my sister, so with my next order I’ll be getting a sample of foundation to figure out my colour, with hopes of buying some from them.

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A Can’t of Coca Cola

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I used to be addicted to coca cola as a child and teen. I had to drink it almost everyday probably. I’m pretty sure my milk bottle as a baby was filled with coke instead of milk (lol jk). I weened myself off coke and if I ever have it now it’s so disappointing. To be honest that happens with everything that I’ve reduced eating. You have very high expectations of how unethical food should taste if you haven’t had it in while.

But anyway!!!!!! This isn’t about how Coca Cola tastes (rubbish). 

This about how Coca Cola acts (Rubbish).

So let’s get straight into it, shall we?

WATER RESOURCES

In India, farmers have protested against Coca Cola and more than a million traders are boycotting Coke and Pepsi. It takes 400litres of water to make a bottle of coke which is about 1690 cups of water in layman terms. Although who can comprehend that.

Well lets see.

If we should drink 8 cups of water a day, its about 211 days of water people!!! Please consider this the next time you order one with your meal.

Considering that India is having one of the worst droughts in 140 years this is not something to be brushed under the carpet. The low levels of water have caused a thermal power station to shut down in February, wilted harvests have led to higher food prices, water has had to be delivered to homes and tens of thousands of people queue daily for water.

It’s not just coca cola that have to clean up their act. Hotels in India are being judged on the type of shower heads they use to conserve water. But Coke and Pepsi are fiercely opposed with hundreds of farmers demonstrated against them when they planned to build a $75 million bottling plant. The authorities approved cokes request to withdraw 4 million litres of groundwater a day. After 4 months of opposition the plan was cancelled. But when Pepsi proposed a plant and were authorised to draw 1.5 million litres a day, not only was it approved but protesters were beaten by the police.

In the past Coca cola bottlers have been closed for extracting groundwater above legal limits and because of water pollution and for violating mandatory environmental requirements.

Protesters have rightly accused the authorities for “acting as agents to foreign capitalists” and that “the common good was being sacrificed to foreign corporations” while “farmers were flying from water shortages and crop failures”.

“Coke and Pepsi are the best-known agents of water privatization and commodification of water,” said Nityanand Jayaraman, a journalist and activist in Chennai. “It is unethical and immoral for a resource that is so vital to life to be commodified. The two companies also stand accused of questionable practices. They make excellent poster boys, framing the issue of water scarcity as an actionable one of private greed causing the decline of a valuable public resource.”

SLAVE LABOUR YOU CAN KEEP

Brazilian government officials have recently accused two coca cola production and distribution centers for treating workers like slaves according to a Reporter Brazil. The following discoveries were made after a 7 months inspections:

  • 179 truck drivers were forced to work 80-140 EXTRA hours per month
  • They were often denied sleep between shifts 
  • This led to “a variety of physical and mental health related issues, such as “body aches, stress, lack of interaction with family members and almost no leisure time.”

in 2013 and 2014 truck drivers successfully sued Spal (a licenced manufacturer of Coca Cola).

Boycott Divestment Sanctions

The BDS movement has placed a priority on boycotting coca cola because of the factories that are in illegal settlements in occupied Palestine lands, breaking international law. “Coca cola has at large ignored calls to abide by international law.”

“In 2009 the company had also hosted a special reception at the Coca-Cola world headquarters to honour Brigadier-General Ben-Eliezer. Under the presidency of Ariel Sharon, Ben-Eliezer served as Israeli Defence Minister presiding over 2002 storming of Jenin, a refugee camp, leaving hundreds of Palestinians dead.’

Coca Cola’s water and electricity demands are likely to be given preference over the needs of Palestinian people based on reports from around the world which show that their bottling plants usually adversely affect the communities living around them. People in Gaza only have access to 30% supply from the only power plant in Gaza, hospitals run on emergency generators and Palestinians in Gaza face a chronic shortage of fresh water. “Access to water is limited on average to 6-8 hours for 1-4 days a week for the population of Gaza.”

“The settlements help to sustain Israel’s illegal occupation making it impossible to create peace and an independent Palestinian state. The settlements are also considered illegal under international law. Israel’s yearly expansion of settlements has created an extremely difficult situation on the ground for Palestinians. Settlers get away with land theft while attacking and harassing Palestinians on a daily basis for simply being Palestinians.”

Be careful of buying coke disguised as another brand

Here’s a list of coca cola drinks:

  • sprite
  • lilt
  • schweppes
  • glaceau smartwater
  • oasis
  • fanta
  • minute made
  • roses 
  • 5 alive
  • dr pepper
  • powerade
  • appletiser
  • honest
  • kia ora

Further reading and sources
http://www.circleofblue.org/2017/world/right-life-water-drought-turmoil-coke-pepsi-tamil-nadu/
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Brazilian-Coca-Cola-Manufacturer-Accused-of-Slave-Labor-20160826-0007.html
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/society/2017/5/7/coca-cola-donated-thousands-of-dollars-to-extremist-zionist-group
http://www.foa.org.uk/campaign/notinmyfridge/
http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/drinks

When looking beautiful becomes ugly

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Let’s explore animal testing in the cosmetic industry! Note that the above photo is not an accurate representation of animal testing.

While the following arguments are made for animal testing:

  • animals are a close match to humans 
  • it can help to improve human health and has contributed to saving lives 
  • animals benefit from this so that we can produce vaccines for them 
  • ETC

We have to ask if it is vital and reasonable to test on animals for the cosmetics industry.

Typically rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice are used for the cosmetics industry.

Tests consist of:

  • rubbing chemicals onto shaved skin
  • chemicals dripped into eyes
  • repeated force feeding to induce 
  • inducing cancer and birth defects
  • determining the dose of chemicals that cause death

The results on animals can cause

  • blindness
  • swollen eyes
  • sore bleeding skin
  • internal bleeding
  • organ damage
  • convulsions
  • and obviously death

Is it really necessary? Do we need to have new innovative make up that could possibly harm us, so it has to be tested on animals first.

Basically, should animals suffer so that we can look our best.

Well, that’s a personal choice! Some argue that animals don’t have moral judgement so we can do what we like *major eye roll*. I’m sure many of us believe that we should:

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There are alternatives to using animals such as using human reconstructed skin. Or using methods that have already been tried and tested and do not require further treatment.

So why do companies continue to test on animals? Well recently NARS admitted they test on animals and their reason?
“We must comply with the local laws of the markets in which we operate, including in China.”

To which many make up lovers responded “animal lives are more important than reaching another market” and eco beauty blogger Ana Goes Green responded “the China market is a bit of a poisoned chalice for beauty brands at the moment”.

Animal testing has been banned in all 28 EU member states, Norway, India and Australia, so it is possible!

So what can we do? Here is a list of actions that Humane Society International suggest:

  • Sign the global Be Cruelty-Free pledge to show your support for banning animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients.
  • Support us by becoming a Lab Animal Defender with our monthly donor program, or make a one-time donation to help us expand our Be Cruelty-Free campaign and save more animals.
  • Shop—buy only from companies that say no to animal testing and to newly developed and animal-tested ingredients. Download your own Leaping Bunny Global Shopping Guide.
  • Contact your favorite brands and urge them to make the leap to cruelty-free. Ask whether the company 1) animal-tests its products or ingredients, 2) purchases newly developed ingredients that have been animal-tested by the supplier, or 3) sells its products to countries like China that may require new animal testing. If the answer to any of these questions is yes, put the product back on the shelf.
  • Make some noise—follow us on Twitter @HSIGlobal and tweet about the campaign using hashtag #BeCrueltyFree. Like us on Facebook, too, and share our news and actions with your friends.

If you are interested to switching to cruelty free brands check out these guys:

  • Lush 
  • PHBethical (certified halal too!)
  • Kat Von D
  • Two Faced
  • Bare Minerals
  • Pixi

Find more below in the further reading section!

Brands who aren’t cruelty free:

  • MAC
  • Clinique
  • Loreal
  • Maybelline

Please note that you should look further into the brand to ensure they do not support other unethical practices such as supporting wars, racism, unfair treatment of factory workers.

Further reading:
https://www.buzzfeed.com/sarahhan/cruelty-free-makeup-brands?utm_term=.wtZEjMj75#.jj4mG2G1g

http://www.hsi.org/issues/becrueltyfree/facts/about_cosmetics_animal_testing.html
https://axiologybeauty.com/blogs/our-blog/53155205-why-is-makeup-tested-on-animals
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40440306/nars-make-up-boycotted-after-cosmetics-tested-on-animals-in-china

https://greengarageblog.org/12-pros-and-cons-of-animal-testing-on-cosmetics
http://animal-testing.procon.org

July Exposé: Nike Inc

Another month, another exposé.

This month I’m highlighting the reality behind one of the most iconic brands in the world. The majority of us possess something with that glorious tick on it, including myself.

Because of this, it is crucial that we understand the cost that comes with these branded products, and the suffering that comes with it.

This is exactly why we need to be aware, why we need to call out Nike, and why we need to keep the voices of workers loud and clear. As Nike continues to  shroud their voices with a glamorous mask consisting of million dollar ads, embarrassing attempts to pander to certain demographics to show they care (yes I’m @’ing their Nike hijab #cringe), and using A list stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Bella Hadid to promote their goods, they are attempting to make us forget our humanity, our basic morals, our belief in basic human rights, and to ‘Just Do It.’

Continue reading “July Exposé: Nike Inc”

Mo Honey, Mo Problems?

Honey is great right. It soothes coughs, it treats wounds, relieves allergies and it almost never expires. But is honey production hurting bees and why can it be considered unethical? We need bees to pollinate plants but as their numbers fall how can we help to ensure their survival.

This blog will be focussing on the question- is eating honey ethical? You can decide for yourself!

Honey is bee vomit. Yes. Bee vomit. Why is bee vomit so precious to bees as well as humans? 

Bees store honey for nutrition during cold weather. “22,700 bees are required to fill a single jar of honey.” So it’s clear why it can be considered as common thievery when we consume honey. After all if you spent all summer making enough food to get by in winter, you’d be pissed if someone else decided they’re entitled to it.

Our relationship with bees, as it is with almost everything else on the planet on a mass scale, is unjust and not tayyib. Just as other animals are factory farmed, so are bees.

  • Factory farms pump bees with antibiotics whether the bees are sick or not. This is to prevent toxins from entering. Antibiotics contribute to immune system deficiencies and make bees resistant to pests and diseases. 
  • Queen Bees are artificially inseminated to breed better. This causes the death of drones who naturally impregnate the Queen.
  • Bees have been manipulated to be bigger than they used to be 100 years ago
  • A study done by food safety news found that ¾ of the 60 jars of honey were counterfeit and contained no bee pollen
  • Swarming (which is when the hive divides after the birth of a new queen) is avoided because it can cause honey production to decline. So beekeepers clip the wings of the queen, kill and replace older queen after just one or two years or confine a queen who is trying to begin a swarm.

But there is something to be said about a give and take relationship with bees. There are less than 200,000 hives in the UK and if this reduces any further sustainable food production would be affected. It is argued that the only reasons we have any bees at all is because of beekeepers.

Organic honey production can create a balanced human bee relationship. For example beekeepers move bees to areas that they can thrive at key times of the year. Without beekeepers there would be no bees because of parasitic mite infestation. Some people actually only take up bee keeping to beneficially impact the environment, and only take any surplus amount of honey. It’s also argued that beekeepers feed bees where they would have otherwise starved.

So what can you do to ensure you are making the most compassionate decision when it comes to honey?

Buy locally where you know exactly what is going down

Want to avoid Honey all together? What are the alternatives:

  • Agave nectar
  • Rice syrup
  • Molasses
  • Barley malt
  • Maple syrup
  • Dried fruit
  • Fruit concentrates

Further Reading

https://www.omlet.co.uk/guide/bees/honey_and_wax/a_jar_of_honey/
http://www.yourdailyvegan.com/vegan-guides/is-honey-vegan/ 
https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/animals-used-food-factsheets/honey-factory-farmed-bees/
https://www.lovefood.com/news/57559/whats-in-it-for-the-bees–is-it-ethical-to-eat-honey
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/jun/17/ethical-living-eating-honey-lucy-siegle