I’m with her

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Today, I am heartbroken. It’s tough for me to believe that our cousins down south are filled with so much hate that they would elect a president like Trump. It breaks my heart that so many of them are cheering on all of his abusive, predatory, misogynistic, and racist behaviour.

But today, I also feel something unexpected: pride. I am proud of the 59+ million people who loudly decry his beliefs; of the millions of millennials who got out there and voted (and would have voted in a democrat landslide). I am proud of Hillary Clinton, who faced down the very embodiment of misogyny and came so incredibly close to triumphing over him.

I may not agree with every single thing Hillary has ever done, but you cannot tell me now that she isn’t relatable. We were all Hillary on those debate podiums, being called nasty women and being blamed for our partner’s indiscretions; we were all Hillary being called cold, robotic, and untrustworthy, even though all personal accounts show that we’re thoughtful, compassionate, and goofy.

We were all Hillary, being passed over for an unqualified white male despite years of experience that no one will acknowledge, and being asked to smile as it happened.


You know that feeling of “I don’t like her but I don’t know why” that overtook this election? That’s no more than your standard misogyny, folks. I felt it too. We didn’t trust her because we’ve been taught our entire lives that women cannot be trustworthy, responsible, or powerful, and we didn’t know why because we live within our own cultural rhetoric. It’s hard to see a culture when it is your only point of comparison, just like how it’s hard to see blue through a blue-tinted glass.

Sexism is alive and well in this world, and there is no amount of privilege that can cushion you from its effects. But millions of other people believe in compassion, and one day, our daughters will win this fight.

Today and all days, if you’re with her, I am with you. Know that you are our future, and you are loved.

I was expecting a Reichenbach, but yeah, that works.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

(Just in case we have readers who aren’t caught up with Sherlock – no detailed spoilers in the comments, please!)

Alright, so this video isn’t makeup-related in the least, but it has absolutely made my week. Give it a watch if you have a moment – it’s not only hilarious, but it’s a wonderful example of viral marketing done absolutely right. Duval Guillaume and TNT, my hat is off to you and your “push to add drama” campaign!

Make Up (Not War) with Ellis Faas

Friday, January 28, 2011

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t usually publish press releases, but I wanted to give the most recent Ellis Faas release a moment of our time – after all, they’re a terrific company, and it’s a terrific cause!

Ellis has paired with War Child for their new “Make Up Not War” campaign. The basic gist of things? When you’re done with your gorgeous silver pen of product, you can bring them back to a shop (or mail them in) for a 5% discount on your next order. It’s sort of like B2M, but… um, (very) different.

These pens will then go to an array of visual artists to be incorporated into a(nother) stunning piece of artwork, and the proceeds from the sale of these pieces will go directly to War Child, an organization whose goal is to – and this is a direct quote from their site – advance the cause of peace through investing hope in the lives of children caught up in the horrors of war.

Read more about Make Up Not War here, or feel free to read about War Child directly here.

YOU: animal testing

Monday, October 25, 2010

I read an article on BellaSugar a while back about how the numbers of animals involved in testing has dramatically increased in recent years due to things like Botox — each batch must be tested on our furry friends. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, so I wanted to open a thread to ask you how you feel about animal testing. Please do share your thoughts!

Personally, my take on this is very lax. (I used to only use products not tested on animals, but not anymore… we’ll get into that in a moment). When it comes to pharmaceuticals, I am definitely in favour of animal testing — it’s selfish of me, but quite frankly, I’d rather have a family of mice suffer consequences than myself or my own family. When it comes to cosmetics and skincare, I’m a little more pro-animal…
…but not much. From where I’m standing, there are three options: 
   (a) The company tests on animals,
   (b) The company doesn’t test on animals, but the ingredients they use have been tested on animals, or
   (c) The company doesn’t test on animals, but their formulas (or the formulas of their ingredients) have been based off of formulas previously tested on animals.
adorable little guys via Getty Images.
Perhaps I’m a pessimist, but it does seem like one of those things that is very hard to avoid in its entirety. If a company takes a stance against animal testing, it definitely does work in their favour for me (I’d buy a product not tested on animals if it was just as good as the one tested on animals, even with a little price increase), but I wouldn’t stop using one of my favourite products just because it was tested on animals. The way I see it — really, what hasn’t, at some point in time?
Would I be able to test on animals, though? Doubtful. Which may pose some problems later in my schooling, but we’ll deal with that when we must!
For more information, I encourage you to check out the PETA site, but remember to take everything with a grain of salt. Most of these articles have been written with a very strong bias, and if you really are interested in going animal-testing-free, I’d also recommend reading pro-testing articles (try googling terms like “animal testing pros” or “animal testing beneficial.”)

Again, I do encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments! However, we do not tolerate name-calling, cheap shots, etc. Arguments for and against testing are definitely allowed, but please remember to keep them polite and academic — not rowdy and un-based ;) Remember, too, that you can include links to studies and articles in the comments with a href tags, or simply by pasting in the url!

MAC + Rodarte: clarification

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Warning: bare face, low quality. I’d recommend listening to it while doing something else instead of watching it, so you don’t have to watch the terrible visual! Feel free to read the original post here — I encourage you not just to read the post, but also to review each and every one of the comments!

-A link to Elvira’s post on Pink Sith: here
-More general reading on the crisis: Wiki articles on Ciudad Juárez, femicide in Juárez.
-A brief article by Amnesty International on the situation: here.

Note: one of the points I’ve tried to get across in the video is that I’ve been unhappy with bloggers who are trying to get more attention for their own blogs by ranting about Juárez. So, I’ll be removing this video once the issue calms down a bit, and will be removing the Google Followers box until the video is off the main page. I do not want people subscribing just because they want “in” on the drama or because my views happen to echo theirs — this isn’t necessarily an accurate portrayal of theNotice, it’s just ten minutes of a girl rambling in front of a camera!

This won’t affect your subscriptions, and I promise the box will come back in due time :)

Crazy Canadian shipping rates

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Canadians, as you may have noticed by now, pay a shitload for shipping.

A lot of people don’t use the postal system anymore because, well, why would you, with email? But for myself and a lot of other swappers, even people like my parents who run a small buisness, postage rates have a pretty big effect on our lives. If someone wants a couple books shipped to Singapore, for instance, it’s easily going to ring up an $80 bill. Ka-thump. One more customer lost.

Anyhow, Maclean’s (yes, I read Maclean’s, because I’m an old person like that) has a great (short!) article on shipping prices. Click to enlarge! I made them small enough that they won’t crash your computer opening them (about 800 pixels across instead of the 2500-ish that they originally scan to) but large enough that you can still read them. Canada Post raised shipping prices Jan 12th, and will raise them even more Feb 23.

Maclean’s, I’m sorry for “borrowing” your article, but a lot of Americans (and for that matter, a lot of Canadians!) don’t get Macleans… but I still think they should read this article! It’s because I love you. Now, Cathy Gulli, please don’t eat me alive for borrowing this!!
For reference’s sake (according to Canada Post Online) –

  • It now costs $0.54 to mail a letter within Canada.
  • To mail a letter to the US, it’s $0.98
  • A parcel that’s 18 x 14cm (a lot of envelopes are about that size), 0.5kg (which falls in the cheapest weight class), and 0.5cm thick, it will be $9.71 within Canada, according to their rate calculator.
  • To the States, that’ll be $7.00

Little fuckers.

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