Sunday, 18 July 2010

Miners Flamingo + Borghese Dolce Vita Fuchsia + PETA

Look at this hideous picture and
a) rejoice that YOUR nails don't look this bad and YOU had the sense not to buy this polish
b) pity me

Miners Flamingo

It's not bad in the bottle and that's where it's staying from now on.
What possessed me to think peach shimmer was a good idea?
Honest to God I've made some stupid decisions in my time. I thought a self-catering chalet in Dorset would make for a great holiday, I admit that. I wore red vinyl pixie boots in the 80s. I'm not ashamed. Actually I am a little ashamed about the boots.
But this!

That's it before my desperate effort to conceal it under a layer of Canmake.
I am so mortified. Spend your life trying not to succumb to your inner oldie and this is where you end. Even by my standards this is bad.

The polish dries slowly and also reacted badly to my usual top coat. Probably nothing inherently wrong with it but I hate it on me. Trouble is I haven't the time to remove it and recommence so I'm stuck with it for  day. Where are my gloves?

Moreover I now detest the Borghese by association. So that's two duff polishes at the swipe of a brush.


Now I'm sure he looks miserable enough already without having chemicals dropped into his eyes. So read on for more animal-testing info. (He was probably sulking because I was on my way out. You wouldn't think he has a personal dog-walker to keep him company when I go out to work which is only 3 days anyway!)

This (above) lists companies that DO still animal-test. It's a long list.
For our purposes the big names are L'Oreal and Maybelline.
I suggest you take a look at it yourself.
The ethical issues surrounding spending are legion. Personally I won't buy stuff made in China (human rights). Then there are environmental issues. Am I buying the right detergent? Should I be buying Turkish cherries (air miles)? It's easier just not to bother. It's also difficult to trace the origins of many products. But I do try to be as well-informed as I can and forgive myself if I make a mistake and buy something which is theoretically on my banned list.

On that jolly note
Good weekend to one and all (except the Ginger + Liz legal department)



  1. Hooray, the dogs are back!!!
    Miners? Good god, are they still in business? Them and Barry M were my cosmetics of choice as a hideously badly dressed 1980's goth chick, black lippy and orange eyeshadow, nice.
    Not very Flamingo-y is it? Much prefer the vibrancy of the Borghese.
    Off to study the list, thanks for this, Jen.xx

  2. Aw, doggie doesn't like his pack being split up even for a little while.

    I had my mind blown the other week when I heard an analysis (I think on BBC The World radio show that we get on public radio here) that indicated it might be better for someone in Europe to buy vegetables imported from Africa than ones grown in country even with the air transport because the farmers in Africa used far fewer chemicals and gasoline powered tractors to grow their crops. My brain hurts when I hear stuff like that.

  3. Yeah, the dogs are more popular than me! I got the Miners online. The promo pix looked great and it's not a bad polish. I just don't like it.

    KarenD: I know, I know. Over here you choose veg you think is local and then find it had to go to the other side of the country for packing and then got sent back. The world is mad.

  4. That is crazy stuff. I don't think I have anything L'oreal or Maybelline and am not that fussed about their products either. I certainly won't be buying from them now.

    Cute doggy :)

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