Pinkwashing

This is a legacy post that has been given a facelift. Some content has been edited for flow and clarity, but the essence of the post is the same.

It is October, which means a lot of things – dark lips, darker eyes, fun crazy eye looks inspired by candy corn, Halloween-look YouTube tutorials…you know. Things that matter.

It also means that it is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Which means everything is coated in a pink so similar to Pepto Bismol that you’re half-surprised there isn’t a lawsuit afoot. This phenomenon has come to be known as Pinkwashing and the goal (supposedly) is to raise awareness. We find people clad in pink all month feeling awfully good about the difference they’re making…but spoilers, your pink tee isn’t funding mammograms for early detection. Treatment. Etc.

We need less, “awareness,” bullshit and more research for treatment and prevention.

If you wish to support research efforts, actually try to support the cause by researching who you are planning to donate to. Unfortunately, not all charities are as noble as they’d have you believe.

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Invisalign Week 10 Update

Aiming to correct my teeth - Invisalign

Last night, I switched to my tenth Invisalign tray! Since my last update, there hasn’t been much new or different to report.

It’s amazing that I’m already at Invisalign Week 10 – it doesn’t feel like two and a half months have passed. The first 2 days

Attachments at Invisalign Week 10

As the orthodontist suggested, the roughness of my attachments has subsided. That said, they aren’t what I’d call smooth; when I eat, food is attracted to them. All the more incentive to quickly address oral hygiene after eating!

Changing Teeth

My teeth have changed a lot! Each week when I change, I compare my newest tray against my first tray and marvel at the changes. My husband notices a difference in my smile already – so do I.

I’m smiling openly, more often. I’ll never have perfect teeth (it just wasn’t in the cards for me) but I am so excited to have significantly better ones.

Adjusting to the Process

I feel like I’ve had an easy time adjusting. I personally don’t feel that it is a huge imposition to my life to carry around a small tube of toothpaste, floss, and a brush. I suspect my perception differs because the magnitude of my corrections is far more significant than most bloggers talking about their Invisalign experiences. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers with minor adjustments – not that they don’t feel like a big deal to those individuals, but realistically closing a gap the width of a pin or moving a single tooth 1mm isn’t as drastic as what I’m undergoing.

I’m not having any difficulty keeping my trays in for 20-22 hours per day.

The Bottom Line

Even with my complicated case that includes drastic changes I feel that my experience has been smooth sailing so far. I also have an extremely experienced provider – so that is definitely a factor that contributes to my success. If you’re considering Invisalign, do your homework on the process and on providers in your area so you aren’t surprised by anything. At no point was any discomfort I experienced significant or unable to be addressed by ibuprofen, if it was needed at all.

Why is MAC Basic Bitch Acceptable?

“Basic,” as an insult has been a thing for several years now. Paired with, “bitch,” for most millennial sorts it conjures certain imagery (UGGs, PSLs?) that some find funny or #relatable.

I’m not a fan of using the word, “bitch,” as a deprecating term of endearment amongst girlfriends. To me, it isn’t cute or clever; it is catty and perhaps trying too hard to be edgy. It’s clear that when we do use such words in those context, others do not understand when and why they should not use those words, too. Bottom line, the term is pejorative. You aren’t taking, “bitch,” back.

MAC Basic Bitch – Wait, What?

So when an e-mail from MAC Cosmetics with the subject line, “Get the Basic Bitch Look! Available In-Store and Online,” landed in my inbox last month, I was surprised. I hardly feel it is appropriate coming from a company!

Here’s a screenshot of the message. The graphic is a gif and would change between what is shown below and another shimmery, light-smoky eye look.

Why is MAC Basic Bitch Acceptable?

Why?!

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Labor Day 2017

All,

For us scrubs in the US, today is Labor Day – a holiday. I’m giving myself the day off.

Maybe I’ll get around to washing my brushes. (I washed my beautyblenders, though!)

See you Wednesday.

Beauty Chatter

I’m taking today to recharge as much as one can recharge while still going to their day job.

Here’s a quick round-up!

Nix it, NYX!

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Why does this exist, NYX? I have plenty of black eyeshadows (too damn many) – any and all of them can be used for this same purpose.

A Sense of Community

Sephora launched their new Beauty Community recently. It has a ton of groups and sections, but I haven’t really explored it yet. I’m not sure how I feel about a retailer hosting a community. My knee-jerk reaction is the risk for censorship of critical discussion (of product which Sephora would be in their right to execute, don’t get me wrong); but if that’s a risk, why not go to a less-fettered platform?

Off-Topic

I got the portable washer that I mentioned in a recent post! It’s completely off topic but it is super neat. Like most sane humans, I loathe the laundromat – so its a welcome appliance even if it does take up a wee bit of my tiny apartment’s precious space.

Lighter Hair, Do Care

My balayage appointment was Saturday before last. Overall, I’m happy with my lighter hair but my old colorist left and the new one didn’t really approach balayage as it is intended to be approached; I have one spot on the left that is a bit abrupt (and high up) so it is fairly obvious and odd. It isn’t a crisis, but it does have me reconsidering my approach. Do I keep the same salon but just ask for a different (more experienced) colorist? I didn’t realize I’d have a different person until I was there.

Just… Damn, so Pretty!

Hourglass’ third Ambient Lighting Edit has been released. I’m not sure if this is worth it, but god is it pretty! I probably wouldn’t buy for myself, but I think it would make a great gift.

The Bottom Line

What beauty-related (or, you know, not – like my washer!) stuff have you seen or done lately?