Thursday, 22 September 2011

Appearance.


Every female I know is unhappy with some part of her body. I’ve heard them complain about big noses, small boobs, flat bums, ‘pot’ bellies the lot. Some girls use flattering make-up, or clothes to hide their undesired features. Others take a more drastic approach and opt for life changing surgery.  I am certainly not innocent of these types of thoughts but rather than spending hours dwelling on my flaws I’ve learnt to get over them. 
 
Why is it that people would willingly spend so much money on something they don’t need?

The Average British:
 
Breast Enlargement - £4240 - £5045
Breast Uplift- £3,250 - £5,500
Face lift- £5650- £7235
Liposuction- £1,550 - £5,000
Rhinoplasty (Nose job)- £3,000 - £4,000
Tummy tuck- £4960 - £5350

These are small fortunes and totally unnecessary. And I completely blame magazines and the media. Young girls, and men, are bombarded with images of stunning, flawless models on a daily basis. Its no wonder our perception of beauty is so distorted.


We can’t seem to help but judge people within seconds of meeting them. Everything from their hair, teeth to the way they talk is scrutinized. If someone’s looks unwashed we presume them to be unhygienic, if they have tattoos, piercings, too much make-up, too little then they are immediately placed into a ‘category’.  A stereotype of what we perceive them to be. But the world is not so black and white. That greasy haired person might have spent the last three days watching over a friend in hospital and not had time to wash…. That person with tattoos may have suffered a great loss or over-come a particularly difficult phase in their life and want to be reminded of it. We are too quick to judge others.  And of course this affects the way we present ourselves.

Some people are obsessed with perfecting their ‘image’. Wanting to show the world that they fit into the ‘right category’. I have to question why. I expect the answers will range from ‘It makes me happy’ to ‘Trying to attract the opposite sex’. 
The fact that we are willing to spend so much money on own appearance when some people can’t even afford to feed themselves shocks me.

According the Daily Mail (not the most respected newspaper in the world but it does have a huge female following so in this case is worthy) the average woman spends £9000 on makeup in their life, roughly £130 a year. That’s insane.  The same article said 70% of the women questioned would never leave the house without applying some form of makeup and stated  'Women use make-up as a tool to boost their confidence and as a way to make themselves feel fashionable and youthful’.

I think our priorities are wrong.

Not forgetting the impact most make-up has on animals.

I imagine everyone’s heard of-

  • Maybelline
  •  Clairol
  • Cover girl
  • Dove
  • Garnier
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Lancome
  • L’OREAL USA
  • Maxfactor
  • Neutrogena,
  • Even Vaseline…

They all test on animals.

But there are good brands out there! Lush my personal favourite. Most of their products are vegan as well. Others include MAC, Barry M, Hard Candy, Body Shop and Original source (another Vegan brand).

Of course animal testing in incredibly controversial. Some will argue its necessary when being done for curing an illness.. I disagree (but thats a matter for another day) Animal’s biological make-up is very different to ours. Testing on a dog is not the same as testing on a human. Therefore shouldn’t be done at all.  Especially for things as trivial as makeup.

We need to stop abusing animals for trivial matters. Make up is not important.
Learn to love yourselves for who you are.

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