Katie Vibes
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Life Update & Making Exceptions

Happy weekend! Today we're having a bit of an interlude from beauty because I thought it was about time to give you a little life update and address something that has been on the tip of my tongue for some time now. 

Late September saw the start of my third (and final!!!) year of my undergraduate degree in English Literature with German. It's already throwing the punches and so that's why my posts have once again, been a little thin on the ground. Despite this, I'm really enjoying my modules this year and am rather excited to jump back into essay writing - because yes, I am one of those weirdos. This year won't be my final year of overall education however as I am planning to apply to do my MA in 2017. Applications have only just opened so things haven't gone to far yet but it's all so exciting! Not much else to report apart from the fact that yesterday I purchased my ticket for Clean Cult Christmas! I'm so happy to be attending as the original event fell during my Croatia trip. I'll be there between 12-3pm so definitely come say hi if you're also going on Sunday 4th December! You can get your tickets here.

Now on to my vague topic to address... making exceptions within a 'clean' and 'green' beauty regime. I feel that the green beauty community can sometimes seem to push a very pure and almost unattainable standard of 'natural' living, specially when considering green beauty products. I will be the first to admit that I have often felt guilty when lusting after a particular product that I knew others in the community would not approve of. But then, isn't it all about balance? 

This first came about when I was trying to heal a particularly bad bout of acne towards the beginning of the year. I had (unsuccessfully) tested a whole army of green beauty products and nothing was making a dent. I was at my wit's end and the acne really started to take a toll on my mental health. I would often cry and really get down about it. It was then that I decided to give the Bravura Salicylic Acid Treatment a go. Not natural by any means, but something with simple ingredients and good reviews. And you know what? It worked - and I didn't feel guilty. Because why should I feel guilty about healing my skin, and healing my mind in the process? I'm not saying that green beauty doesn't offer effective acid products for cystic acne (just look at moss), but they can be expensive and hard to source when living within a student budget. Sometimes a decision has to made: what do I care about more, my green beauty standards or my happiness? 

This is something that I have also considered when thinking about indie beauty products. The indie world is an absolute passion of mine. There is nothing I enjoy more than supporting independent lady-businesses and trying truly unique products. However, indie doesn't always equate to natural. 99% of the indie brands I purchase from ARE also natural (e.g. Brija Cosmetics), but sometimes I do treat myself to a liquid lipstick with dyes and silicones, or a perfume oil with synthetic ingredients. Natural also doesn't equal vegan and occasionally I like to break the rules a bit to try new things. 

Of course there are still some standards that I won't break. I will NEVER buy from a company that uses carmine (horrifyingly popular within the indie world). I only buy vegan and cruelty-free products, and I still avoid certain things like petrochemicals and phenoxyethanol. Perfume-wise, a lot of the companies I enjoy use a mix of natural and synthetic ingredients (ethically sourced and often phthalate-free), and many also carry 100% natural lines (which are likely to be pillaged by myself in the near future if not already). The indie world is fun and care-free, and to be honest, as much as a hate to admit it and submit to consumerism, it makes me really happy. 

This is not a post to warn you about a change of content; most definitely not. KV will continue to be heavily focused on natural and green beauty. I will still happily purchase from natural brands, and there are some natural products that I will never stay from. But, it's also important to remember: balance is important, and so occasionally I may feature something that is not up to your standards, and that's okay. 


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