BAFT: The Kylie Jenner Challenge – More than Just Sore Lips

Ah, yes. A day late due to life’s surprises, but the least I can do is give you folks something instead of just leaving you hanging until Deal Steal Sundays.

And yes, I’m going to address the infamous #KylieJennerChallenge. I’m sure the topic itself has been beaten today by the numerous criticisms over people (mainly prepubescent or teenage and yes, occasionally the grown woman) trying to imitate Kylie’s famous puckers using a glass jar or plastic bottle or anything that can serve as a vacuum of sorts, resulting in severely swollen lips (and in one case that I’ve heart, a pair of exploded puckers and another case involving the vagina. Yes, someone decided to use their vagina instead of their lips).

The criticisms all focus on how stupid people are for doing the #KylieJennerChallenge, but people fail to address the fact that it just shows the lengths that people are willing to go through to imitate a celebrity to “feel beautiful.” Now, no one’s ever said that but I used quotations to give it a name to work with.

Rather than criticize people for doing the #KylieJennerChallenge, why don’t we criticize the fact that we’ve created a beauty culture that has encouraged women to take on dangerous methods just to “feel beautiful?”

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The Raised Eyebrow – Beauty Sample Subscriptions (Part 1)

Hi everyone! Glad to be finally back here after a pretty rough week! And yes, I suffered a case of vertigo while networking, which is why this blog went silent for two straight days. Wednesday was a whole day of networking for my blog and online store and when Thursday morning came, I got up and all of a sudden the whole world was spinning sideways – I couldn’t even stand on my own two feet. And this went on until Saturday night.

When vertigo hits me, it hits HARD, but I managed to recover well enough to write at least one entry since I went off the radar on Wednesday. And today, I’d like to discuss the beauty sample subscription service – basically, for a monthly or yearly fee, you get a box or bag of beauty samples – two prominent names in this sector are Ipsy and Birchbox. Glossybox and Boxycharm are also pretty popular.

Until now, I didn’t even know such a service actually existed until I saw an advertisement for Ipsy on Yahoo!’s homepage. So I decided to check and see what it’s about.

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