Lush products to try if you're not into bath products

Lush is known for their colorful and fragrant bath bombs, bubble bars and bath melts, but finding something to try that isn't a bath product can be incredibly overwhelming. Well, let's be honest, entering a Lush shop can be overwhelming all on its own. However, that doesn't mean that Lush doesn't sell nice products. Lush sells some real skincare gems that definitely are worth a try if you're not into bath products, but do want to try something from Lush.
Malou Tichelaar

Another Story For Tomorrow is a place where I celebrate ethical fashion and it truly excites me when like-minded people reach out to me to collaborate. Malou emailed me a few weeks ago with the question if I would be willing to do something together, and after a quick Google search and going through her website, I figured that an interview with Malou would be incredibly interesting. I have a lot of respect for people who choose to find ways to help others in a sustainable and ethical way, and Malou is definitely one of those people. So, before I keep on rambling, let me introduce you to Malou Tichelaar and her brand FairBeads!

Why you should experience different perspectives

Once you've curated a feed, or multiple feeds, of content providers you enjoy consuming, you create a bubble. It's nice in that bubble. You only read, watch, or listen to content that is either in line with your ideals, or at least close to it. This gives you a one-sided perspective on the world, and it's completely fine if you're after that, but I think it's healthy to read from an opposing perspective as well. I'm not saying that you should agree with whatever you're reading, but reading from an opposing perspective can provide you either with information to distance you even further from that perspective, or you might be able to question your own convictions.

Angling, and is there only one truth?

Each news outlet angles their information differently. With angling I mean that news outlets mold information into a story that fits them, or in some cases, fits their motives. I know this isn't news for many, but from the way people in my Facebook timeline respond to (fake) news articles, I think it's only healthy to mention it. I use the word healthy, because I see so many shared news articles in my timelines/feeds with a thread of passionate comments that are written with the belief that the shared news article is the truth, and the only truth. As I mentioned, I think that that gives you a one-sided perspective on a topic, and as that might be comfortable, it isn't balanced. 

Why you should make the effort to read multiple newspapers.

One of the easiest ways to get a diverse perspective on what is going on in the world is by reading newspapers from different parts of the world. You can also read newspapers from which you know that they have contrary beliefs to your own beliefs. I know it isn't the easiest thing to do, and it does take time. However, if you're a Facebook commenter (come on, we all know who I mean here), then you put in energy to pour a part of your passion into a comment on a post that you most likely also put energy in to find that post, then why shouldn't you take the time to read opposing pieces? I'm not only trying to get the social media neighborhood troll to become a well-informed troll, if you feel a little bit too safe in your curated media bubble, I also urge you to read or watch news from outlets that are out of your comfort zone.
5 cruelty-free statement lipsticks

When I made the switch to cruelty-free beauty products in 2014 I had to replace many of my favorite lipsticks. By now I think I have a nice collection of lipsticks that serve all of my 'needs', so if you're into statement lipsticks, but don't want to support companies that conduct animal testing, then this post is for you.

5 of my favorite statement lipsticks

1. Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in So Marilyn
So Marilyn is a true, classic red color and has a satin finish. The satin finish of Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G is a bit of a change for me because I tend to go for matte lipsticks, but I think that the satin finish gives the classic red lip look a more modern feel.

2. Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Hel's Bells
Hel's Bells has Charlotte Tilbury's signature matte revolution finish. The matte revolution finish is matte, yet it doesn't make your lips feel like they're about to fall off. It's probably the most flattering matte formulation I have ever tried.Charlotte Tilbury created Hel's Bells for her Hot Lips collection and this shade was created for Helena Bonham-Carter. 

Kiss print

- Read here why I stopped supporting companies that conduct animal testing  - 

3. GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Matt Raspberry

Gosh's Raspberry is, as the name suggests, a fruity bright pink color. GOSH's matte finish is forgiving just as long as you keep your lips moisturized. I love to wear this lipstick when I want to brighten up my face, but don't want to go for a full on red.

4. The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine Lipstick in Fuchsia Flirt

This is my go to lipstick for when I want to wear something colorful, yet something easy to wear. The Colour Crush Shine lipsticks from The Body Shop are so comfortable to wear thanks to the moisturizing formula. Fuchsia Flirt has a buildable opacity due to the moisturizing formula, which makes it a great lipstick to wear in a casual setting.

5. Dr. Hauschka Lipstick in Amaryllis*

Amaryllis is a deeper red shade in comparison to So Marilyn. It's also a bit warmer toned than So Marilyn which makes Amaryllis a great red shade for the warmer months. The Dr. Hauscka Lipsticks have a satin finish and a slightly moisturizing formula. I say slightly because the Dr. Hauscka Lipstick formula is comfortable to wear, but the lipstick doesn't just slide off my face due to the moisturizing formula.

*This product was gifted by a company. This doesn't influence my opinion on whether or not I like a product.

Today is world fair trade day and I only thought it would be fitting that I share my opinions on the argument that fast fashion factory workers don't really have any other choice than working for fast fashion brands because their other options are far worse. My reaction to when that statement was shown in The True Cost was ''that's bullshit, that doesn't justify the working conditions of fast fashion factories at all''.

How can we still think that working at a fast fashion factory is in any shape or form a better option after what happened at Rana Plaza in 2013? 1,138 people were killed when Rana Plaza collapsed. 1,138 people. People who worked extreme amounts of hours, people who were paid so-called 'living wages', and worked in working conditions so dangerous that it ended their lives. People who should have had a healthy amount of working hours, people who should have been paid fair wages and should have worked in working conditions that didn't put their health at risk.
fair trade working conditions

You might think that it isn't your responsibility to think about these things, but fast fashion chains and other modern day slavery industries don't take their responsibility either. They hire a factory to manufacture their products and as soon as it comes out that the working conditions are unethical they point their finger at the factory. Because they have rules and regulations themselves and it's in the hands of the factory to follow those. While the factory owners and workers say that there is so much pressure to deliver ridiculous amounts of products in a short time that this is the only way it's possible to fulfill the demands of the company that hired them. Companies want their products fast and a lot of them because the products sell fast. The products sell fast because of the fact that we, the consumer, want our products fast and in large quantities. So, we need to take a hard look at our consumer behavior before we point our fingers at the companies as well.

For every cheap piece of clothing you buy, someone else is paying the price. That price being not receiving fair wages, having to work in working conditions that are extremely dangerous, or if they worked at Rana Plaza on the 24th of April 2013, their lives. If this is all news to you, please watch The True Cost, it was a huge eye-opener for me.

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Vintage per kilo sale

Buying vintage or secondhand is always more sustainable and more ethical than buying something new. So, I'd always recommend buying vintage/secondhand over buying something new. Vintage per kilo sales are a popular thing in the Netherlands. The idea is, is that you pay around 15-20 EUR for a kilo of vintage clothing, which is a pretty good deal especially if you're able to find the pieces you're missing in your wardrobe.

When I went to my first vintage per kilo sale I didn't have a plan, and I bought way too much which wouldn't be a problem if I actually bought good stuff. I don't want you to make the same mistake like I did, so I've made a list of a few tips for when you go to a vintage per kilo sale.

My tips for a vintage per kilo sale

1. Wear something that you can try clothes on top of

There usually aren't any fitting rooms at vintage per kilo sales which is fine, but there are some pieces you need to try on. I usually go for yoga leggings, a tank top and a t-shirt on top. I know, not the most stylish outfit, but it is practical.

2. Know what you're looking for

Don't be like me at my first vintage per kilo sale and have an idea of what pieces you're looking for. Otherwise, you'll end up with things that you're just not going to wear. If you can't find anything you like, just don't buy anything.

3. Minor alterations are easy to do

With some vintage pieces, you have to look past the shoulder padding, or awkward dress length because those are easy things to fix. I wouldn't suggest buying something that needs a ton of work but dresses, trousers, and sleeves can always be made shorter.

4. Take your time

At events like these, the stock is always added, so walk past the same racks a few times so you don't miss anything. When you can't find something at first hand, go for lunch or have a coffee somewhere, and then go back. Chances are that the stock is completely different and you might be able to find the things you're still missing in your wardrobe.

Upcoming vintage per kilo sales

Facebook is usually the place where I find vintage per kilo sales in my area, so I did a quick search and made a list of all of the upcoming vintage per kilo sales that I could find.

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