An Open Letter to Kat Von D…

“If you don’t know what it’s like to have people around you think you’re ridiculous, try being openly vegan.” – Kat Von D 

One of my earliest memories is being in hospital with a preventable disease. Whooping cough. I can remember quite clearly being in the children’s hospital at just 18 months of age, the bars on the hospital cot seemed so high. I remember my great uncle coming to pick us up and take me home at the end of my stay.

But it is as someone who contracted the mumps aged 21 as a result of an outbreak among the student population  – who were among the main customers at my place of work – that vaccination became an issue close to my heart. This outbreak was one of several at the time directly caused by a decrease in vaccination rates due to Andrew Wakefield’s unethical and outright faked research into the MMR which caused all sorts of scaremongering in the British press. Then prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie refused to say whether they had their child vaccinated which I think had a huge influence on parents at the time, Cherie having connections to known anti-vaccinationists as well as other pseudoscience peddlers. Vaccine uptake among 2 year-olds declined to around 80% in 2003 and 2004. This compares to around 92% in 1995 before the adverse publicity. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends immunity levels of around 95% to prevent outbreaks of disease.

I was born before there was a routine vaccination for mumps in the UK. The MMR was introduced too late for me and no catch up campaign ran at the time because we had been covered for measles and rubella and there should have been herd immunity for mumps thanks to the new vaccine for the younger ones and the older people being made immune by having been infected. It worked perfectly until Wakefield came along with his vested interests in separate vaccines. (There is now a catch up campaign however, if you were not vaccinated for either measles or mumps due to being born before 1990 see here)

My case of the mumps was severe. I ended up in hospital. I was so swollen I physically could not swallow. I physically could not move my jaw to even open my mouth to intake fluids and became severely dehydrated and was at risk of death. I had a temperature that was off the scale. It took many months to fully recover. Mumps, as you may know, can also cause swelling of the gonads (testicles or ovaries) leading to infertility in adult cases, it can cause permanent deafness, it can lead to pancreatitis, meningitis and rarely even death.

A few years later I watched a 12 month old, too young to be vaccinated, suffer needlessly through a case of rubella. I had never seen rubella, or ‘German measles’ as it’s often known, before. I bet you have never seen it either. It’s quite minor by comparison to regular measles- well unless a pregnant lady catches it at which point it can wreak havoc on her unborn baby.

So Kat, if you really think you have problems being “openly vegan”, whatever that means, perhaps you should try being disabled, openly trans, openly Muslim, Jewish or black. Perhaps you should try being at risk of death from an entirely preventable disease because of the stupidity of your own parent.

No Longer Supporting KVD Cosmetics

This was going to be a post about the 10th Anniversary palette, a palette which will be the last thing I will ever purchase from Kat Von D cosmetics and frankly if I lived in the USA I would return it.

There are so many more things I could say, I could go into why anti-vaccinationists are just plain wrong, I could go into the ableism of their ‘movement’ but all of these posts have already been written by other people so I shall just leave a few links at the bottom for anyone interested.

Kath x

Links:

  • https://www.voicesforvaccines.org
  • https://www.immunisationfoundation.org.au/light-for-riley/
  • https://patient.info/doctor/immunisation-schedule-uk
  • https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pregnancy/index.html
  • http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/109/1/124
  • https://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/vaccine-court-myths-nvicp-facts/

Jouer ‘Springtime In Paris’ Palette Review + Swatches

Jouer 'Springtime in Paris'I bought the Jouer ‘Springtime in Paris’ a while back and have been umming and ahh-ing about posting a review.
This was something of an impulse purchase based on hype around the brand, the images and the good reviews it was getting elsewhere.
When it came, as soon as I opened the box I noticed that the shades seemed very different to those shown in the Jouer pictures. The blue in particular is much less saturated than shown in many of the promotional images (although I have to admit it does photograph well it’s actually quite muted). This was not a good sign. Continue reading

OPV Yemoja Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

OPV Yemoja Palette

I stumbled across news of this Yemoja palette while watching the ‘Beauty News’ YouTube channel. The same channel that has become famous for destroying make-up but which also does a great round up of new products being announced or released. I had never heard of OPV before but I knew I absolutely had to have a palette dedicated to Yemoja so I paused the video and immediately looked them up. Continue reading

Benefit Box Powders: Dandelion Twinkle, Galifornia, & Hoola Lite

Benefit Box Powders

I’m a big fan of the Benefit box powders and have every one so of course I had to complete my collection with the recent releases of ‘Dandelion Twinkle’ and ‘Hoola Light’.
I’ve been meaning to show you ‘Galifornia’ for a little while but I’ve been a bit busy finishing up my course so I rolled that into this review too. The box powders are thankfully one of the things Benefit haven’t messed with the packaging on and I hope they continue leaving it alone. I love the way they all match and I can easily locate whichever one I want in my drawer whereas other brands blush products leave me hunting in among a sea of black compacts of various sizes.
The box powders cost £24.50 in the UK and contain 3g, 5g and 8g respectively.

Cheek Parade

Benefit Cheek ParadeThere is also a palette set called ‘Cheek Parade’ available for £49.50 which contains full size versions of both ‘Hoola Lite’ and ‘Galifornia’ as well as three other powders.These palettes are a great option for those buying multiple different Benefit powders, to buy these separately would be over £100! It’s very similar to one I’ve looked at on the blog previously, Cheekathon.

Dandelion Twinkle

Benefit’s first powder highlight since the discontinued ’10’; this is a subtle warm peach-pink toned powder with a sparkle. It’s a very fine powder that imparts a natural looking glow, you’re not going to end up looking like the Tin-Man with this little beauty! It blends well and can also be layered up for more effect. This highlight is perfect for fair skins but may also work very well for other skin tones too as I haven’t noticed any chalkiness at all.
I’ve always been a big fan of the original Dandelion face powder/blush (which I’m hitting pan on again!) so I’m glad to see it getting a little sister to wear with it.

Galifornia

A bright coral pink blush with a gold over-spray sun design. The gold glitter doesn’t seem to carry on past the first usage so whatever you do, don’t buy it just for that! The colour is not orangey and not too rosy, it’s quite a unique coral pink. I found it to be very blendable and easy to work with, I also didn’t notice too much kick up with this one. The scent is of pink grapefruit and vanilla but it’s very subtle and you can only really smell it in the box – it’s not an overload like with the Too Faced perfumed products.
While this looks fine on my pale skin tone I think it will come into it’s own on tanned and medium toned skins.

Hoola Lite

This is a lighter version of the popular Hoola bronzer and is aimed at the paler skinned among us, however, it is quite yellow toned so it might not suit all paler ladies many of whom tend to have a cooler, pinkier complexion. Lucky for me it’s right up my alley! I’ve used it practically every day since I bought it! It does kick up quite a bit of product from the pan but the box packaging means that none of that powder is lost.
Just like it’s big sister it is a matte powder – perfect for those of us who like a more natural look – and blends very well.  My main pet hate about the Benefit bronzers is their insistence that you can contour with them. No. Bronzers are not for contouring! Cut it out Benefit and release an actual cool contour powder for heavens sake.

What’s your favourite Benefit powder? If you’re a pale lady, what’s your favourite bronzer or contour product?
Kath x