The Illamasqua Anti-Fascism Pledge

Just before Christmas I caught up with a representative from Illamasqua to discuss their upcoming make up collections. I woke up on the morning of the meeting ridiculously hungover; seriously regretting that last Red Stripe (and everything else I’d consumed the night before). I shoved an Eat 4 Less baguette down my gob, downed so much Fanta I’ve probably given myself diabetes and prayed that I would be home within half an hour; back in bed with a burrito. Within 10 minutes of sitting down and getting a sneak preview of all the latest pigments, palettes and powders my hangover woes disappeared – I was in heaven. I’m not the most particularly make up obsessed girl (Read: I still have a tide line when I apply foundation and I’ve only recently discovered highlighter) but I am all about socially conscious brands. I learned how Illamasqua pride themselves on having a stance against animal testing and how they strive to be inclusive of all ethnicities and skin colours. Yesterday they released a statement which didn’t sugar coat how they felt about Trump supporters buying their products and I felt it was the perfect time to finally get round to writing about them………

After the shit storm that was 2016, it’s pretty hard to avoid being political these days. Even your ex boyfriend, who once thought Hugh Grant was Prime Minister, is over on Facebook; letting everyone know that he thinks Donald Trump is a bit of a dickhead. Celebrities haven’t been shy to speak out and share their beliefs either; Gary Lineker is more or less the leader of the opposition in the U.K, Michael Sheen has swapped acting for activism and Lily Allen is doing God’s work on Twitter; dealing with sexist, racist misogynist trolls daily for merely daring to call out fascism.

But brands and businesses? They’ve been a little quieter. Sure, a few have made a stand or a statement but the majority are adopting the ‘never discuss politics at a dinner party’ strategy in order to protect their profits. After all, Trump supporters are ridiculously extra when you offend their Fash Daddy.

So yesterday when Illamasqua released a statement detailing their Anti-Fascism Pledge it made for a refreshing break from reading about the latest atrocities the Alt-Right* are up to.

*A polite term for Nazis

Illamasqua believe in the freedom of expression, equality and diversity. That’s why we are horrified by President Trump’s actions to date. We refuse to remain silent while extreme right-wing populism gains momentum… wherever it is happening.

As such, we will never knowingly sell our products to people who support President Trump’s values. To be part of our community, and to buy our products, you must first pledge to Human Fundamentalism values:

  • Never discriminate against race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion
  • Accept responsibility on challenging social and climate issues
  • Speak for those who cannot speak up for themselves
  • Uphold the principles of the S.O.P.H.I.E. charity to stamp out prejudice, intolerance and hatred.

We’re realistic. We know we can’t stop anyone buying our products. But we also know that no matter how hard some people work to make themselves beautiful on the outside, make-up can never hide the ugliness inside. So please, if you don’t agree with the above DON’T BUY US.

Prejudice, sexism and racism should never be tolerated. Whether you’re a brand or an individual join us and, together, we can be the change we want to see.

PEACE,

JULIAN KYNASTON, ILLAMASQUA FOUNDER.

The fashion and beauty industry gets a bad rep at times because of course they do, it’s mainly women who enjoy make up so naturally anything a female enjoys will be passed off as trivial and unimportant. Yet here we are in 2017, and along with Teen Vogue being the main major publication to pull Trump up on his bullshit, it’s a beauty brand that’s risking their profits and putting their influence to good use to fight fascism.

Some may be cynical and claim Illamasqua’s pledge is all for publicity and to generate more sales and, while I don’t believe that to be true, who actually cares if that’s what it is? If brands and businesses want to start marketing their goods by highlighting dangerous politics and directing us towards good causes while they’re at it, I’m all for it. I’d rather be flogged a lipstick by a company not standing by while a repulsive bigot tries to implement disgusting policies like a Muslim Ban rather than a business that chucks a few hundred grand at a Kardashian so they can feature on their Instagram page.

For those cynics who still aren’t convinced, Illamasqua are donating 100% of ALL sales proceeds of Lip Lure in Nebulus to The Sophie Lancaster Foundation to help the charity continue it’s work in challenging prejudice and intolerance.

If you needed an excuse to add to your make up collection, this is the sign you’ve been waiting for. Head down to Illamasqua and be safe in the knowledge that when you’re applying your eyeliner your wings won’t be Alt-Right.

Join Illamasqua’s Anti-Fascism Pledge HERE

See also: How to Not Fund a Tory Business

 

Follow at FACT Liverpool Feat. Shia LaBeouf

“LeBeouf, Ronkko and Turner. Can you touch my soul?’

As dinner hours go, standing a mere two feet away from Hollywood superstar Shia LeBeouf, with him taking calls in a make shift call centre, certainly beats the normal routine of agonising over which Tesco meal deal to purchase.

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The lads

The Transformers actor hasn’t opted for a career change into the world of customer services; he’s set up camp at source FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), with his collective as part of the arts centre’s latest exhibition, Follow. Open to the general public for three days from tomorrow, LeBeouf, Ronkko and Turner will be manning the lines and accepting calls from across the world; asking those ringing in “Can you touch my soul?” So, if you watched Nymphomaniac and always fancied making Shia’s hotline bling, now’s your chance.

To be in with a shot to chat with Shia about his soul (as if it’s 6am and you’re sat in someone’s kitchen after a night out; talking about the universe and that time you thought you saw a UFO), all you have to do is ring 0151 8080771 between the hours of 11am and 6pm GMT. Gutted if you finally get through and Shia isn’t the one who picks up (No offence, Ronkko and Turner).

Channel 4 have spotted the semantic issues regarding the hotline’s script.

In a world where we use Instagram and Twitter ‘likes’ to assess who and what is important, FACT’s latest commission asks what impact the internet is really having on our concept of ‘reality’, and how we think about ourselves, our idols and those around us.

No irony was lost on us as we creepily stalked pottered around LaBeouf with our smart phones barely leaving our hands; making our Snapchat stories obnoxiously long, filtering his socks-tucked-into-trackies look for Instagram and basically live streaming the whole experience.

“Send him that picture, add it to the stream” one of the curators suggested to me as I showed her my Snapchat homage to Shia’s ‘I Am Not Famous Anymore’ outfit. Within seconds, LaBeouf was howling* with laughter at my ‘art’, and I was all ‘RIP me – this is the greatest thing to ever happen to me.’

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*Okay, okay – maybe I’m exaggerating his hearty chuckle a little bit. Let me have this. 

Although the main attraction for visiting FACT’s latest exhibition will undoubtably be that you’re able to stand in the same room as an A list celebrity, for free, it’s worth remembering that other great commissions are running alongside #TouchMySoul.  With work from Cecile B. Evans, Joe Orr, Ant Hamlyn and Aram Bartholl, a whole host of installations, videos and concepts fill the gallery; exploring the idea of self-branding, identity sharing and micro-celebrity within online lives. My personal favourite is Debora Delmar’s Branded for Life. Inspired by Cara Delevingne and Jordan Dunn’s matching ‘Double D’ tattoos, Delmar’s corner of the gallery is filled with Instagram profiles, videos and branded body suits; all looking at how in which commodity culture structures our everyday life and the idea of self-branding and marketing the ‘aspirational lifestyle’. The best bit though? The free temporary tattoos available! I will never have Cara’s figure, or Jordan’s stunning looks, but damn it, I can now have their iconic twin tatts on me for a short while.

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Even when trying to channel my inner art hoe, i can’t resist a good freebie.

The world’s media has been focused on our own little arts centre on Wood St today and it’s the perfect time to reflect on how lucky Liverpool is to have such a fantastic organisation like FACT that we can can call our own. If you want to put some money where you mouth is and give FACT a helping hand, take a look at their kickstarter here and help them continue to bring more world famous artists to the city.

online pharmacy Misoprostol Follow exhibition runs at FACT Liverpool, 11 December 2015 – 21 February 2016

See also: If Britney Can Make It Through 2007

Professor Green Guest of Honour at Mental Health & Me Awards Night

Chart-topper Professor Green was guest of honour at Writing on the Wall’s prize giving ceremony last night.

The event, held at Liverpool Central Library, celebrated the second year of the Mental Health & Me contest; a competition centred around the subject of mental distress.

The MOBO award winning artist, real name Stephen Manderson, was on hand to present the prize to the overall winner of the competition; Pat Fearon, for her Spoken Word entry, The Edge.

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Professor Green on stage with the winners and runners up

“For those of us who do find writing as a form of expression that we enjoy, we’re extremely lucky,’ he explained before announcing the winner. “It helps you get what you have inside, out. For some it’s not writing; it’s performing, it’s dance, drawing, painting – it’s any form of art. But finding a form of expression is great way to start a healing process. For me, I got a lot less angry when I found a voice.”

This isn’t the first time the rapper, currently on tour supporting Fall Out Boy, has spoken about mental health issues. Having lost his dad to suicide, he has spoken openly about his own battles with depression and anxiety and is a patron for CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably.

“It was quite a while after the first album (that I started speaking about mental health issues),” he revealed to over 100 guests. “I did an interview and I was asked a really simple question: ‘How did your father’s death affect you?’ I hadn’t really thought about it, but I guess looking back I know I began making better decisions after what happened and I started to become a lot more self aware – I didn’t want to end up in the same poisition as my dad who took his own life. It’s a lot easier in the beginning to ignore it and pretend it’s not there, but it is, and at that point I had to accept that and start doing some work on myself and turn my life around.”

Prior to Professor Green’s star appearance, runners up and winners from all seven catergoires were honoured on stage; with former Lord Mayor Gary Millar and MP Luciana Berger amongst those presenting the awards.

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Luciana Berger & Professor Green

Having recently been appointed the Shadow Minister for Health, Luciana used her time on stage to outline just how she’ll be working towards reducing the stigma attached to mental health in her new position.

“I can promise you that I am committed to doing two things over the next five years up to the General Election in 2020. First, holding the government accountable for all the promises it has made. Secondly, to develop a world-class mental health programme to be implemented by the next Labour government” the MP for Wavertree pledged to the audience.

Luciana’s post, which is Cabinet-level, is a new creation of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow administration and currently has no identical counterpart in the Conservative government.

see Mental Health & Me is a yearly competition ran by both Writing on the Wall and Liverpool Mental Health Consortium

Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day and it will be marked by a day-long festival in Williamson Square, Liverpool from 10am. For more information click here.

See also: Group Therapy: FACT’s New Mental Health Exhibition 

The Independent: London, None of Us Care About the Tube Strike

Originally published for The Independent

Londoners, none of us outside your city care about the tube strike – so stop featuring it in national news
Endless coverage about how Dan from Shoreditch couldn’t get the bus to work seems to have eclipsed news like the mass water poisoning in Lancashire.

Keep Calm and Carry On: apparently no other city across the UK embodies this phrase better than London. A city that doesn’t sweat the small stuff; it just gets on with things – stiff upper lip and all that. So why, just why, when tube drivers (rightly) go on strike, does the place crumble and all the whiney cry-babies come sneaking out the woodwork, horrified that they’ve had to walk to work for 24 hours? Headlines capturing commuters’ ‘ordeals’, trending topics on Twitter, live blogs (yes, really) chronicling how people are coping – the rest of the country ends up knowing exactly what is happening in London, whether we want to or not.
Meanwhile, over in Lancashire, including my hometown, residents are now entering their fourth week of undrinkable water. Those living in Blackpool, Flyde, Chorley and Preston have been warned not to drink tap water due to traces of microscopic bug which can lead to stomach cramps and diarrhoea. You may have missed this news because, well, it didn’t really make the national news.

Perhaps the London-centric media are shocked that Lancashire had running water in the first place and this has all been too much to process and stopped them reporting on it. One can but assume that’s what it is. Whereas we endured 24 hour rolling coverage about how hard it was for Dan from Shoreditch to get a bus to his work (most likely a digital media agency; it’s always a digital media agency), the North West hasn’t been inundated with hordes of national reporters. Neither have our timelines been filled with ‘shocking’ pictures of various people brushing their teeth with a bottle of Evian.

Before unions rightfully stuck up for their working rights and went on strike, you couldn’t move for thought pieces from journalists about London was ‘over’ and they were leaving post-haste. Flicking through these pieces when you’re actually in the north makes for a very confusing time.

“Have these guys only just realised there’s a country outside London? They can’t have only just clocked that you can have a decent career without having to spend £700 a month to rent a cat litter box in a dodgy area?” we ask each other, scratching our heads in bemusement. “Moreover, how have they got themselves a national platform to chat about their discovery? Why would anyone outside of London be interested in this?” When I left Preston for Liverpool I updated my Facebook status with news of my relocation and even deemed that a bit self-indulgent. I would never expect a national publication to be interested in 500 words from me on why I had outgrown a town.

Look, I know when London ‘gave’ us the BBC back in 2012 we should have stopped our moaning about inequality up here. And yes, Tories have uttered the phrase ‘Northern Powerhouse’ enough times to ensure that the North / South divide is almost certainly to become a thing of the past within minutes. Granted, no one is quite sure what a Northern Powerhouse is, let alone whether we actually have one. To me, it sounds like the name of a wrestler performing at the back of a working men’s club in Bolton – but I’m assured it’s actually related to business and improving prosperity in the North. And I’m sure the politicians in their Westminster bubble really, really care about it, as if it were their mother in geographical form.

London is one of the world’s biggest cities, I’ll concede, what happens there is more likely be more newsworthy than a village fete in Burnley. But sometimes, just sometimes, can you keep some stories just for the Evening Standard? We don’t need to hear your precious moans about Transport for London when the rest of us are condemned to the vagaries of Northern Rail. How I wish those guys would go on strike and give me an excuse not to use them.

See also: In Defence of Living Up North

#CallMeCaitlyn

1 million followers in less than 4 hours? Now that’s how you break the internet, Kim Kardashian.

Caitlyn Jenner has arrived in style; Annie Leibovitz photographed, Vanity Fair front cover style, no less. Anyone who was gleefully awaiting the awkward stage of badly applied makeup and dodgy outfits, had their hopes dashed the second Caitlyn (with a C – soz, Kris) was pictured killing it in a Zac Posen dress.

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While pretty much everyone seems to be in agreement that she looks freaking fabulous , there are of course a few bad eggs amongst us in this world. Mainly the straight CIS white males who feel the need to let their 567 followers know whether they would ‘bang’ or Caitlyn or not:

I dunno Kainen, maybe the same ‘weridos’* that sometimes feel sorry for you at 4am in the club and give you a pity shag?

I’m no expert on trans issues – not even close to it. Sure, I’ve read a few articles by Paris Lees, and I think Germaine Greer is a bit of a dick (who doesn’t?), but that’s about it – nowhere near as up to speed with things as I should be. However, it doesn’t take an expert to form the following opinions and observations regarding the reaction to the introduction of Caitlyn Jenner:

  • Whatever joke you have regarding Caitlyn’s journey, it’s rubbish. Honestly, trust me on this one – even The Lad Bible won’t want to steal it for their page. That Father’s Day gag you’ve got saved for the 21st? Especially shit. Let this one go, eh? I’m sure the world will be fine without a few of your ‘jokes’.
  • The pictures are not ‘Bruce Jenner dressed as a woman’ – they are of Caitlyn Jenner, a woman.
  • Correct pronouns are She and Her. If in doubt, or want to refer to past events in Caitlyn’s life, maybe They or Their. (Taken from Cosmo.)
  • “Caitlyn Jenner is fitter than me :(“ – I know this one isn’t said with malice, and nine times out of ten is from someone completely and utterly supportive, but come on guys, is it so surprising that a trans woman can be more attractive than you? To be honest, it’s not much of a shock to me that a woman with millions in the bank and access to some pretty good stylists and MUA’s, can scrub up better than me. Maybe focus on the fact she’s 65 and slaying better than you ever will?
  • “First Kim does a sex tape and now Bruce is becoming a woman – what else will this family do for publicity?” If you honestly think Caitlyn Jenner has gone through an emotionally, and physically, painful journey all for a few magazine covers then you are as thick as you believe the Kardashians to be.
  • Lets remember to call Caitlyn by her choosen name – not what she used to go by. Sure, it can be hard to remember and get used to but guess what’s harder? Going through painful surgery and emotional turmoil to have people not even bother to call you the correct name.
  • Seriously, you really don’t want to have anything in common  with Eamonn Holmes, who made a dick of himself on This Morning today – do a bit of reading, get some empathy and don’t be a douche bag!

Some great articles I’ve read since the Vanity Fair cover was released:

Caitlyn Jenner: a life affirming, provocative and downright fabulous Vanity Fair cover

How do you choose a name as a transgender woman?

So what if kids change their gender? It’s not a big deal

*But anyone sleeping with Caitlyn Jenner wouldn’t be a weirdo – they just wouldn’t be transphobic knobheads.

See also: Many, Many Suggestions for Room 101

Daily Mirror: Shopkeeper Attacked Online for ‘Tory Tax’

Originally published for The Daily Mirror online

A furious plant shop owner has vowed to take lighthearted revenge on locals who voted for the Conservatives – by adding a 10% ‘Tory tax’ to their purchases.

But the chalkboard sign outside Matt Woodruff’s shop in Lewes has sparked a backlash – leading to his business receiving online abuse from right-wingers.

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Matt Woodruff made a sign advertising a 10% “Tory tax” at his plant shop after learning his town had voted for a Conservative MP

The neatly written message asks Conservative voting customers at Woodruff’s Yard to make themselves known, so they can be subjected to an additional 10% tax on any purchases.

“I’m sure as someone who has opted to support a party of elitist, self-serving types, that you understand this is one of the many ‘tough’ decisions that I need to make to ‘balance the books’ under your preferred government,” the sign reads.

“The backlash has seen a complete lack of sense of humour from Tories,” Woodruff told Mirror online. “I’ve had online abuse and people hoping that my business goes under.”

“It’s very surprising as it’s only a blackboard and it’s no different to what the right-wing press do.

“It seems it’s fair game to vilify the left, but when some little chap makes a sign, using Tory language and policies, it seems to cause quite an upset.”

Woodruff is surprised his jokey sign has attracted such a backlash

Woodruff is surprised his jokey sign has attracted such a backlash

The East Sussex town of Lewes had previously been represented by a Lib Dem MP since 1997, but Thursday saw Conservative candidate Maria Caulifield gain the seat.

The sign urges shoppers not to be a “shy Tory”, but it seems it is largely being ignored. So far, only one Conservative voting customer has made themselves known to Woodruff.

“I’ve had endless online abuse via my website and local forums, with people using pseudonyms,” the shopkeeper told us. “Yet only one customer has admitted she voted Tory – albeit after she had bought her plants so the tax couldn’t be applied.”

Woodruff is surprised his jokey sign has attracted such a backlash
“Of course I have no intention of actually charging them extra – it’s simply a joke to cheer up the liberals across the town.

“We woke up on Friday disgusted and embarrassed at the news that Lewes had elected a Tory MP – there seemed to be an air of mourning.

“So on Saturday, off the cuff, I thought I’d make a little sign to poke some fun at the ‘Shy Tories’ and cheer people up.”

And what about the 5,427 Lewes residents who voted Ukip? Well, Woodruff’s message is simple: “Please shop elsewhere.”

See also: How Not to Fund a Tory Business

TOWIE’s Dan Osborne Sacked

UPDATE: After this piece was published elsewhere, Dan has voiced his opinion that this piece is unfair and claims he is not guilty of abuse. I would have discussed the matter with him but he blocked me on Twitter. His dad has spoke on his behalf in the comments.

TOWIE heart throb Dan Osbourne will not be returning to the show, following the revelations he threatened his ex-girlfriend Megan Tomlin.

Verbal abuse can be as damaging as physical abuse

Verbal abuse can be as damaging as physical abuse

The Only Way is Essex bosses have taken the decision to permanently axe the suspended star, who was recorded verbally abusing his ex; promising to stab her if she slept with another man.

Last month, tapes emerged where the dad of two could be heard screaming multiple vile threats at his ex-partner.

‘I swear on this boy’s life I will end your f****** life if you shag another man. Never in your f****** life are you going to be with another man. I can swear on my son’s life. Shut your f****** mouth you f****** c***. If you go near another man I promise you I will stab you in the f****** throat.’

While Dan may have apologised for his behaviour, Lime Productions & ITV have made the correct decision in not renewing his contract, and therefore not condoning domestic violence.

Each week two women die at the hands of their partners, past or present, yet we’re still quick to forgive those in the public eye who commit domestic abuse. Offenders* regularly top the music charts, clean up at The Oscars and some are even praised social activists – a conviction for assault doesn’t tend to ruin many careers. With Dan Osbourne’s sacking, it’s refreshing to see that for once simply saying sorry doesn’t excuse you for attacking a spouse.

With ex-girlfriend Megan Tomlin.

With ex-girlfriend Megan Tomlin.

You could argue that Dan Osborne has not been charged, or even followed through on his actions, but you would be ignoring the fact that abuse comes in all different forms; physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual.

Dan Osbourne may be a handsome young man but his actions were ugly – we should remember this before we miss him too much from our TV screen.

*Abusers in the public eye:  Chris Brown, Sean Penn, Woody Allen, R Kelly, Mel Gibson, Carmen Electra, Roman Polanski, Tommy Lee, Ozzy Osbourne, Emma Roberts, OJ Simpson, Dennis Rodman, Steven Seagal, Mickey Rourke, James Brown, Nicholas Cage, Christen Slater, Ike Turner, Sean Connery, Eminem, Mike Tyson, Cee Lo Green, Floyd Mayweather Jr

This is in no way even close to a conclusive list – It got far too depressing researching just how much of the entertainment industry is made up of convicted abusers.

Facts about domestic violence:

Anyone can be abused, regardless of their social background, age, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity.

Although men can be abused too, the statistics show that in most cases it is women who are abused.

  • One in four women is abused during her lifetime.
  • One in nine is severely physically abused each year.
  • Two are killed each week.

For more information, or where to find help, visit www.refuge.org.uk

24 Hour Helpline 0808 2000 247 The helpline is run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for women experiencing domestic violence. All calls are confidential.

See also: Cheryl Cole’s Tax Factor

Cheryl Cole’s Tax Factor: Poor Little Rich Girl

Cheryl Fernandez Versini (aka Cheryl Cole) is the latest celebrity to air her concerns regarding the proposed Mansion Tax that could come into force should Labour be elected this May. The X Factor judge, who is estimated to be worth £20 million, has some reservations about the levy that would see her pay an additional £3000 in annual charges (£250 a month) as she already pays a “f**king lot of tax” and a mansion tax would “f**k her over”.

Cheryl, who grew up on a council estate in Newcastle (not that she ever likes to mention that fact), has spoken about her decision to “listen” to other parties and that she wants to hear what they’ve got to say for herself; now that she’s a grown woman.

“I feel like a greater responsibility now to vote for who runs our country. And I pay a f**cking lot of tax. So I think that I need to have a really well-informed, well-educated opinion.”

While it’s great that Cheryl is taking an interest in politics, at the age of 31, I can’t be the only one judging what’s prompted her to speak out – the threat of an increased tax bill. The self-styled “Newcastle’s People’s Princess” hasn’t chosen to air her concerns about the future of the NHS, or the fact that the numbers of families relying on food banks is rapidly increasing. She didn’t raise her voice when the country’s poorest where hit with the unfair bedroom tax, but instead, decided it was time to chat politics when it looks like her accountant may have a little bit more work to do in the future when doing her books.

Back in 2009 Cheryl was rumoured to spend over £250,000 a year on her appearance alone. That’s a quarter of a million pounds, almost 10 times the amount of the average UK salary, on things like hair and makeup. As she claims that a tax that is estimated to cost her £250 a month (or £125 if she splits the bills with her fellow millionaire husband) will “fuck (her) over” she neglected to mention that by taxing the richest a bit of, to them, loose change, nearly £2.5b will be raised to go towards the NHS etc.

Let’s get a few things into perspective. Here are a few Chezza’s past expenditures:

In 2009, it was reported that Cheryl spent Nearly 10 grand a year on her Hollywood smile. The very same year, the media reported over 40% of the population had no NHS dentist and on more than one occasion, surgeries had seen queues of people hoping to secure the services of one.

For The X Factor, Cheryl worked with two stylists; both said to cost about £45,000 a year. While the former Girls Aloud star is in the position to splash out that much on someone to pick out a dress for her to wear, it’s estimated 1 in 4 parents borrow cash to finance the cost of their child’s new school uniform.

Cheryl once famously bought herself a £36,000 Hypoxi therapy bike (nope, I’ve no idea what one is either), alongside a £14,000-a-year personal trainer. While the former Mrs Cole can splash out on fancy bikes, NHS patients can be waiting up to 27 weeks for physical therapy services.

Of course, she’s free to spend her hard-earned cash however she pleases; if I earned even a tenth of what she takes home I’d have some questionable purchases. These comparisons weren’t to make me look bitter towards a woman spending her wealth – it was to point out whether we really can believe she’d even notice £250 a month leaving her account?

What I do resent is that throughout her career as a pop star, reality show judge and hairspray fan, she has marketed herself as a ‘working class girl done good’; someone who can relate to her fans. Never one shy to speak about her roots, she’s now just as keen to tell us about her ‘Poor little rich girl problems.’

“I know there are people out there who think, ‘Oh yeah, someone with money telling us that money doesn’t matter,’ but the truth is I’ve experienced both. There are big downsides that come with having money.”

Hey, she may be rich now but she too has been on the bones of her rose tattooed arse. But has she really? Aged 19 when she appeared on Popstars: The Rivals, Cheryl was barely of voting age when she propelled into stardom and a world of wealth. I very much doubt she’s had to rent a shitty flat,while on a zero hour contract minimum wage job; trying to make ends meet. She may wear her working class upbringing as a badge of honour but, speaking from experience, it is very different growing up a member of a poor family and actually living below the bread line as a working class adult; out there on your own.

Ms Fernandez Versini is angered by taxes that aim to create a fairer society for all , yet is happy to associate herself with Comic Relief, a charity that thinks investing in the arms trade is a wise move. But in her defence, paying your taxes just isn’t as PR friendly (or tax-deductible) than climbing a mountain or sticking on a red nose and asking a country, where more than one fifth of us don’t earn the Living Wage, to donate what little cash we have.

If Cheryl does want to defect from Labour due to their take on taxing the rich, then she should do. But she also bear in mind she probably won’t be able to continue her ‘Working class hero’ image, and just how much would a re-brand cost her?

UPDATE: I tell a lie, Cheryl has spoken out regarding politics and taxes before –  with the odd claim that she would have been penniless as a teenager had the Pasty Tax been in place then.

See also: Jeremy Clarkson: Political Correctness Gone Mad?

It Was Acceptable In The 80’s……

Full article published HERE

Recently, pictures of Jennifer Lopez looking all ‘fire emoji’ haven’t been able to be shared without someone adding a caption along the lines of ‘Can you believe this hot woman is 45?’ Well yeah, I can actually – it’s not a shock to me that a woman can be attractive after the age of 30. While it’s incredibly tedious that JLo can’t slay on the red carpet (I haven’t used the slay term correctly, have I?) without banging on about her having the cheek to be a fitty in her forties, it does always remind me that my mum is the same age as her.

Like my mum, JLo was a teenager in the 80’s – aka the worst decade for fashion since the 19th century when wearing a corset every single day was a thing (seriously, fuck that). Frizzy perms, stone wash denim, leg warmers, shoulder pads and, the most famous 80’s fashion & beauty connotation of them all – blue eye-shadow.

While my mum may have traded her baby blues for a smokey eye kit these days, her ‘Class of 1987’ pal Ms Lopez is leading the way for blue eye-shadow to be spring’s hottest trend.

Photographed at the American Idol finalist party last night, Jennifer Lopez swapped her usual bronzed look for frosty baby blue eye-shadow, and you know what? Totally pulled off this season’s hottest new beauty trend.

FUN FACT* ALERT: Did you know? Blue eye shadow in the Victorian period was considered a way of showing you had a weak and innocent heart.

*NOT IN ANY WAY GUARANTEED TO BE FUN

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While Jen (yeah, we’re close – I call her Jen) may have looked a solid ten with her ice queen theme, she could probably pull off dressing exclusively in Jane Norman 2002 sale items, so I’m not entirely convinced just yet. I asked my makeup artist mate (every girl should have a MUA as a BBF – they’re so handy) whether ‘Sarah from Scotty Road’ will be able to pull this trend off as well as Jenny from the Block?

“I’m not going to lie, it’s not for everyone,” she told me while showing me a blue mascara from YSL which reminded me of the days of hair mascara from Claire’s Accessories. “It’s certainly one of the new beauty looks for the spring but it will be tricky for some to work. Baby blue will almost certainly only really suit those with fair skin and dark hair but you can always use different shades if you want to participate in the trend. Fashion and beauty is about having fun so don’t be afraid to give something a go.”

“I recently had a client going to a wedding who wanted her eyes to match her blue dress. I was a bit dubious at first but the result was fab. I suggest using 2 shadows; a light and a dark blue. Use the lighter shade to go up until your browbone and the darker colour for the eye creases. As with most eye looks, blending is key. Have a play around with different shades and see what works best for you.”

I’m off to call my mum to see if see has any more tips from the 80’s.

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Nivea for Men & LFC Team Up

How did you spend Thursday afternoon last week? Don’t bother answering – I’m only asking so I can tell you what I got up to and show off. *Painting nails emoji*

Since you asked….. I was invited to Anfield for the official announcement of Liverpool FC’s partnership with Nivea for Men; the club’s new official grooming partner.

NM And LFC Logos

With Nivea Men being the world’s number one male skincare range, the Reds really have got the best in for Gerrard, Balotelli and all the other players whose names I don’t know.

The purpose of the day was to officially unveil the Nivea Men television advert, which features Oscar winning performances from Jordan Henderson, Simon Mignolet & Raheem Sterling, and give journalists the chance to grill the players on their latest addition to the CV.

 

Given the nature of the event, a mix of football and beauty, there was a mix of sports journalists and lifestyle writers & bloggers. When it came to the Q&A with the players, a few sniggers could be heard from those who seem to think that writing about football is more Pulitzer Prize worthy than reporting on an industry worth £16 billion. Even though sniggering is snide, it was actually unintentionally hilarious to hear Henderson, Sterling and Mignolet trying to describe their grooming routine as anything more than ‘a shower and some hair product.’ Personal highlight:

Reporter: “Now we’ve discussed your grooming routine, what are you wardrobe essentials?”

Sterling: “Clothes.”

Fair play to the lad though, the only other logical answer is ‘hangers’.

When it comes to the product range in question, Nivea for Men, I must give it two big thumbs up. Mainly because I received a huge bag of freebies which means I’ve boxed off my fella’s birthday and Christmas presents for the next year. I’ve already nicked the shaving foam which is fabulous. If Nivea could arrange a similar event for a women’s range that would be fantastic as I’m coming to the end of my Christmas smellies.

Here’s a behind the scenes shot of Jordan Henderson topless. You’re welcome.

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See also: Interview: Jamie Carragher