Paint It Black now has a Pinterest account!
I have never been one of those girls with an extensive fragrance wardrobe. I generally have one or two scents that I alternate at any time. Of course, over the years, what these scents are have changed massively. Tommy Hilfiger Girl anyone? Currently, at the time of deciding to go vegan, my top 3 fragrances are Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne and Maison Martin Margiela. All owned by L’Oreal.
The hardest part about choosing to live cruelty free, and vegan, is navigating around the legalities related to animal testing. In Australia, there are no laws regarding labelling your product in relation to animal testing, it basically comes down to how clever your marketing strategy is.
Going vegan is something I have toyed with for a long time. As a vegetarian for over 10 years with very little diary consumption, it seemed a natural step. After all, I love animals to much to eat them- it made no sense to me to continue to wear them.
Veganism just makes sense to me. I do not want to be involved with any corporation who puts profit ahead of animal suffering especially when there are alternatives out there- be that in clothing, cosmetics, food, household and other products that I choose to purchase.
My hardest struggle with the shift to veganism is in the realm of beauty products and cosmetics.
Being a lady used to hold certain mystique and there were plenty of codes to follow if you were to maintain a dignified aura in polite society. However, with the ‘I forgot to wear underwear’ flashing celebrities of today, the war paint on the faces of 4 year old pageant princesses and the horrific social acceptability of walking home drunk at 4am on a weeknight in bare feet with your heels in your hands, the art of being a lady is a little lost.
Which brings me to the question: is it ok to apply makeup in public?
Before Chanel made black nail polish trendy, I used to apply thick permanent marker on my nails to paint them black.
And that was the start of my love affair with beauty products. Some people think beauty is trivial. But it is not. It is a multi-billion dollar industry that is continually growing.
You don’t have to be a socially accepted size to wear lipstick. If all it takes to lift a womans’ self esteem is something as simple as a new fragrance or a slick of coloured gloss, can it really be seen as trivial?