I was debating with myself whether or not to post this on here, and as I realised that I personally would appreciate it if another beauty blogger had posted it for me to read, I decided to post it. Tonight I discovered that a lot of products I have been using were made by companies that either test on animals, or are owned by a parent company that partakes in animal testing on their products. As an animal lover I felt sick to realise this, and also stupid for not bothering to do my research earlier. There are many arguments that could be made against me being upset about animal testing on my beauty products. Yes I eat meat, but I am doing everything I can to convert to a pescetarian diet. No, I am not a vegan and I am ashamed to admit that do not see myself ever having the strength of character to become one. So do I have a right to be upset about this? I don’t really know. What I do know is that I do believe in making changes where you can for the better of yourself and the better of your environment and I do not believe that in this day and age animal testing is necessary within the beauty industry. If you see any reviews posted on this site of products made by any of the brands listed here – please know that they were items that I had either already purchased, or were sent to me for review before I discovered that they were on the list. I hope that you understand that I am not trying to force my beliefs on my readers: no judgement, no right or wrong as to what other people choose for themselves, I just wanted to put this out there for those who were interested in reading that list and making an informed decision as to what products they were using/buying.
I had a different post prepared for tonight, but I can’t get the Queensland floods off of my mind and it didn’t seem right posting a frivolous little review of a beauty product when my country is experiencing a large scale natural disaster. Within Queensland, an area the size of France & Germany combined has flooded. Today the banks of the Brisbane river broke and the CBD flooded. Lives have been lost, mostly children. At the last count that I heard 72 people were still missing. The situation does not appear to be getting any better, and even once the waters recede the clean up will take a long time. Donations are needed so if you have the funds and the inclination, please donate to either the QLD flood relief appeal or the RSPCA QLD to assist with animal rescue & shelter. If donating money is not an option, please spare a thought for my fellow Aussies who are struggling in Queensland tonight.
Pictured above are the books I managed to finish between June and December of 2010. Out of all of the books I read this year, the top three that I would recommend you read are: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Room by Emma Donoghue and Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil by John Berendt. I am kind of struggling through the book I’m reading at the moment, so hopefully I can finish that off early in the New Year and start on something else.