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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How To Finish Up Your Lipstick and Lipbalm completely (Zero Wastage Series #1)

I have been recently intrigued by the concept of zero wastage and entrepreneurship for social change.This does not involve any social organisation and can be accommodated into your lifestyle individually in not so individualist a manner.To sum it up,this helps in managing resources better and also helps you individually and is not meant only for philanthropists,socialists,thinkers,sceptics,philosophers,social workers.You could do better to this planet by conserving a little,be that in your life.And that,we can do in the littlest parts of our lives that we often do not even care to notice.
The first post is going to be on how to use up your lipstick and lip balm completely,avoiding wastage of both.Not that these two commodities are oh so necessary for life but from the lower middle class to the richest,every girl/woman uses them and so,I believe the post might help;though I am not sure if poor people who have nothing else but money and a lot of it would even care to do this,sort of econo-logically.
Psychologically,people these days are so shy to say that they are using up something old and so eager to show off even their new toothbrush.It just doesn't penetrate through the cerebrum! This is a technique that those who will be benefitted from the same are injecting into us.So that we buy,so that they get wealthier,so that the capital keeps draining.I know I was like,dy/dx (6x2 - 345x + 6762x) = 12x - 345 + 456776x(loge456976) without mentioning anything else.
But I can explain very well what consumerism is,how it is working and how our systems are ill behaving against our own selves.Getting back to the post,here are the steps.

Step 1 : I had got this lipstick sometime in early 2014 and I found this magical.This was from a brand which I hadn't heard the name of ever before but the texture was creamy matte,the colour was a plum toned nude brown,which is the sort of colour that works wonder for us nerds,also mentioning the fact that I have strong yellow undertones in my Indian skin.
For the first step,you have to check which tub has more product and transfer the product from the other tub into the tub that has more product.This will do away with chances of more wastage.

Remnants of a coffee lipstick + Lip balm

Step 2 : Again,my mother bought me a lip balm from a herbal brand in India that I used the entire winter season in 2014-2015 and when it got almost over and I was using the littlest bits of the remaining lipstick in the tub with a lip brush (which is nothing like a MAC,Sephora or Sigma or Real Techniques brush but an ordinary,unbranded lip brush that has been working well for about 2 years now and I have not seen it getting torn or anything like that) and I decided to punch the two together because digging from both the containers was turning out a hectic every time.
So,what I did was just digging out the remaining lip balm with the lip brush and punching it into the container of the lipstick.Sadly,I threw away the lip balm container right after that,so I couldn't photograph it.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Women,Makeup And The 21st Century

I had been reading an article at Drishti yesterday,which was all about the history and acceptance of Lipstick.This was just the spark I had been searching for over so many days.It is not that this inspired me to make this post but definitely got me moving over doing this post which I had in mind for a very,very long time.I was just not getting how to start over because when I start thinking about anything connected to gender equality or feminism,it feels like so enormous a topic,I never seem to find the land under the flowing stream!


To start over,what is makeup,actually?This might seem quite silly because we girls (and women) are much too interested in it to re-throw ourselves into finding definitions.
But it is important to know before we get to think more serious things about this.Makeup are care substances used to enhance the appearance or odor of the human body. They are generally mixtures of chemical compounds, some being derived from natural sources ( such as coconut oil) and many being synthetics. 

Nefertiti bust showing the use of eye liner made of kohl.

Ancient Sumerian men and women were possibly the first to invent and wear lipstick, about 5,000 years ago.They crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their faces, mainly on the lips and around the eyes.Also around 3000 BC to 1500 BC, women in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization applied red tinted lipstick to their lips for face decoration.Ancient Egyptians extracted red dye from fucus-algin, 0.01% iodine, and some bromine mannite, but this dye resulted in serious illness. Lipsticks with shimmering effects were initially made using a pearlescent substance found in fish scales.6 thousand year old relics the hollowed out tombs of the Ancient Egyptian pharaohs are discovered.According to one source, early major developments include:

  • Kohl used by ancient Egypt as a protective of the eye kohl
  • Castor oil used by ancient Egypt as a protective balm.
  • Skin creams made of beeswax, olive oil, and rosewater, described by Romans.
  • Vaseline and lanolin in the nineteenth century.
  • Nivea in 1911.

The Ancient Greeks also used cosmetics as the Ancient Romans did. Cosmetics are mentioned in the Old Testament, such as in 2 Kings 9:30, where Jezebel painted her eyelids—approximately 840 BC—and in the book of Esther, where beauty treatments are described.

One of the most popular traditional Chinese medicines is the fungus Tremella fuciformis, used as a beauty product by women in China and Japan. The fungus reportedly increases moisture retention in the skin and prevents senile degradation of micro-blood vessels in the skin, reducing wrinkles and smoothing fine lines. Other anti-ageing effects come from increasing the presence of superoxide dismutase in the brain and liver; it is an enzyme that acts as a potent antioxidant throughout the body, particularly in the skin.

Historically, rouge was used as early as in ancient Egypt. It was also applied on the lips, the way lipstick would be used today. In some times and places, both men and women wore rouge, such as during the Regency period in England. In Britain's Victorian Age, when wearing makeup was associated with low morals, ladies resorted to pinching their cheeks (and biting their lips) to make them appear red instead.

Various substances have been used as rouge. In ancient Greece for example, crushed mulberries were favoured, while red beet juice, crushed strawberries and red amaranth have also variously been used.

Hair preparations,which evolved much later than the other variants of cosmetics, include soapless shampoos (soap leaves a film on the hair) that are actually scented detergents; products that are intended to give gloss and body to the hair, such as resin-based sprays, brilliantines, and pomades, as well as alcohol-based lotions; and hair conditioners that are designed to treat damaged hair. Permanent-wave and hair-straightening preparations use a chemical, ammonium thioglycolate, to release hair from its natural set. Hair colorants use permanent or semipermanent dyes to add colour to dull or mousy-coloured hair, and hydrogen peroxide is used to bleach hair to a blond colour.

Perfumes are present in almost all cosmetics and toiletries. Other products associated with grooming and hygiene include antiperspirants, mouthwashes, depilatories, nail polish, astringents, and bath crystals.


Makeup,first of all,is choice and not necessity.But the commercialisation of the products these days are making all women go crazy about beauty. Back in December 2014,there was a debate between Latina Feminista blogger Julianna Britto and Labour Economist and author Daniel S. Hamermesh.The debate was extensively on if beauty helps in terms of jobs,payment,loans and promotion and all other practically elevating factors in life. In 2011,Hamermesh had written a book called 'Beauty Pays : Why Attractive People Are More Successful'.The synopsis of the content in the book goes here - 
"Most of us know there is a payoff to looking good, and in the quest for beauty we spend countless hours and billions of dollars on personal grooming, cosmetics, and plastic surgery. But how much better off are the better looking? Based on the evidence, quite a lot. The first book to seriously measure the advantages of beauty, Beauty Pays demonstrates how society favors the beautiful and how better-looking people experience startling but undeniable benefits in all aspects of life. Noted economist Daniel Hamermesh shows that the attractive are more likely to be employed, work more productively and profitably, receive more substantial pay, obtain loan approvals, negotiate loans with better terms, and have more handsome and highly educated spouses. Hamermesh explains why this happens and what it means for the beautiful--and the not-so-beautiful--among us."
Now,that has a lot to substantially argue the most basic planks of feminism.I am not saying if this is true or not (and this is getting truer in the globalised world) but this cannot be accepted in Feminist Economics or Marxist Feminism or basically any branch or subbranch of logical feminism at all.Even if this fares true,it is not that all of us have to rush for plastic surgery to get a better smile,to get those desired,structured jawbones and tightened skin.
I read an article yesterday on Freedom Socialist Party's website and there was these lines that are mentionworthy - 
"Hansen intones that the beauty of proletarian women "lies in their character ... not in the cosmetics they indulge in." This latter-day Victorian moralist chastises painted ladies and calls it Marxism. Poor Karl."
The article was very well written and I must say that makeup,to some extent is based on how men think women are supposed to look.This is an accepted dogma that is burdened upon women and hence,does not have to accepted just because it is said.Vital statistics of women,bigger eyes,perfect nose,fuller lips,perfect jawbones,perfect teeth,skinny legs,slim figure,glowing skin does not have to define us at all.This is not a market commodity we are talking about,we are talking about one half of humanity,who are supposed to have equal rights as the other half and who do not have to tagged with pre-decided qualities simply because women are neither property,nor products.

A good way would be to directly head over this link to the famous Historiann blog and read this article.

If a woman herself wants to look good,for psychological upliftment within her day's (many) job(s),then it is acceptable,at least,to some extent.In India,most of the labour used in mica industries (mica is the non-metallic element that adds that shimmer to your makeup) are children.This naked truth does not impact many but it still is a shame that we try to click pretty photographs while they suffocate inside doomed factories in a time within 21st century,yet so far from it.Moreover,many makeup products are animal tested and animals are living creatures,too.There is only Lotus Herbals among Indian brands who do not do animal testing and sell purely vegan products.Products manufactured by all other brands are animal tested.
Isn't that cruel enough?


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Lakshmi : A Movie,A True Story,A Million Applauds

You may stop reading the blog after finding a post that protests against child prostitution and talks about a 'controversial' movie that had to deal with censorship issues before getting released.But I am past caring of what people with narrow mentalities think.If children can be raped in a society for some stupid inhumanic creature's sexual pleasure,then it is ironical to think a teenager cannot speak in favour of these helpless girls.
I find it necessary for women to boldly speak against such evils and no religion,no national boundaries,no political party,no external dominance is supposed to determine the thought of how we should speak against what is the worst insult to us.
I watched the movie on 25th - 26th June (at midnight) and found it to have enough potential to be convincing.I would like to thank Monali Thakur for taking such a brave project,which was also her Bollywood debut and not everybody would do this,on a small budget - only for the cause of what the movie has been made for.

Lakshmi Theatrical Release Poster

Human trafficking in the form of slaves has long been stopped for humanity's own sake but trafficking women for prostitution still continues to be one of the biggest problems of this civilization,be that in the developed world,or that in the third world.
The movie is able to draw out your innermost emotions and at places,I felt they make you feel more instinctively reactive than emotionally.Every hit with the deadly piece of wood fixed with iron nails seemed to penetrate through,causing a resonance of anger,bitterness and a feeling that is inexpressible in words.
I would say hats off to Nagesh Kukunoor for directing this movie (and for himself doing the worst villain's role!).Nobody dares to do such projects in a country like ours.It is a million times better than some idiotic movie starring brainless,worthless and dishonest actors like Salman Khan.A lot many Thanks to the cast and crew team,(Elahe Hiptoola and Satish Kaushik for production) to synthesise such a historical,worthy work.Personally,I liked the performance of Ram Kapoor,Satish Kaushik,Nagesh Kukunoor (awesome,awesome performance) and Monali Thakur.
I would like to have a good laugh at the hypocrisy of men that allows them to commit such crimes but bar people from speaking against this by creating a fake realm of conservative-ness.

Feminism : Science,History and Philosophy

These days,there is a lot of talk almost everywhere on this topic - Feminism.But before I get into the main content of the post,let me talk about a misconception that seems to sustain itself at the utter disgust of people who know even a bit of Social Sciences.The irony lies here - I have seen 'beauty bloggers' speak about Feminism! Most of the times what they are speaking about is actually feminine attributes.Most of the times I see them slow poisoning the minds of young girls and women about how to devastate the economy with all sorts of foreign products possible,click photographs of weird looks and then try to call it 'a form of art'.It annoys the hell out of me.I mean how can people speak about something about which they know nothing and have never tried to know the concepts properly?I just have one message to convey to them,though.Please go through the eleventh chapter of Simone de Beauvoir's 'The Second Sex'.The chapter is titled 'The Narcissist' and describes "narcissistic women who might find themselves in a mirror and in the theater".