An Experience With Review : Warning to Customers : An Experience With Arnold Schwarzenegger Review

I wanted to post this review again as it appears the Olexy Group are now running mainly under the name 'An Experience With'.  It makes me wonder, why the constant name changes?  Olexy Group, Olexy Production and now An Experience With....?

Last year I spent a lot of money meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger and while Arnie was amazing, the company themselves fell short.  Really short.  Repeatedly.  It seems like I'm not the only unsatisfied customer.  I won't rewrite my entire post but I will link to the original.  Since posting this, I've received many comments and emails from other unhappy customers.  Olexy / An Experience With don't seem to be learning from their mistakes and I want other people to know what they are like as a company before they spend a lot of money on their events.


What Is Happening With Our World?

The world is a shower of shit sometimes, isn’t it?

The racism, intolerance, cruelty and hatred in this world is genuinely starting to dishearten me.  Within the space of a few weeks there has been a threat of nuclear war, Nazi marches, a 15 year old girl in Scotland committing suicide due to xenophobic bullying and the 10 year anniversary of Sophie Lancaster’s murder.  And this is just the stuff that I know about.  No doubt there will have been bombs dropping on the other end of the world, something so common that its very rarely reported any more.

I see people around me that want an equal, peaceful world and that gives me hope but lately it feels like we are outnumbered.  It feels like we are losing this battle.  For a while I genuinely thought we were winning.  Dickheads still existed but in small numbers…. The tide has turned somewhere along the way because now these disgusting, subhuman cunts are out in force.  Our leaders threaten us with more wars, haven’t we had enough lately?  Nazis terrorise the streets, didn’t we learn our lesson the first time?  Racists have found their public voices, no longer whispers amongst their friends, and they are determined to divide us all but why haven’t we realised that racism is a cancer to society?  Intolerance towards other religions is rife, acid attacks are on the rise and nobody in power seems to be doing anything to help.  Animal abuse is on the rise and our government aren’t doing a damn thing to help them; 6 months is the maximum prison sentence handed out to abusers.  You’d get more time for fly tipping.  Disabled members of our communities are struggling to be seen and heard, sometimes even struggling to survive but change is slow in coming.

I’m only just touching on issues here, I can guarantee there are a million other things I could rant about.  But honestly, I feel like I’m close to giving up on society.  Our world has the ability to be beautiful and provide a safe, happy space for everyone but humans are pieces of shit and are hell bent on destroying it.

How do we change this?  Can we change this or are too late?

Why I Choose Cruelty Free

I've recently went mad over choosing cruelty free items.  I got too complacent and realised that a few brands I own  have slipped off the cruelty free list and it made me realise I need to keep an eye on this more carefully.

Where possible, I have always picked a cruelty free item over something that is animal tested. For example, I use Collection or Illamasqua lipsticks instead of MAC.  I use Illamasqua foundation rather than L'OrĂ©al.   Little changes in my beauty routine, yes, but I hope it makes a difference.   If everyone made these changes, I think all beauty companies would be forced to stop animal testing for good.

Why do I use cruelty free?

Put simply?  I don't think that any animal should be tortured for humans to look pretty.   Scientific research, ok, there is an argument for it  (and against it but that's a whole different post).   But torturing animals for our mascaras and cleansers?  No. I'll never believe that it's a good option.  If we want to use it, then we should test it.   I don't use the word 'torture' lightly.  Those poor animals are kept in tiny cages from the start of their lives to the day they die.  They get strapped into position and chemicals rubbed into their eyes, corrosives rubbed onto their skin... I could go on but you get my point.  It's horrendous.  All in the name of beauty.  Is it worth it?   Not to me.  Just because a rabbit or a mouse is a little animal, it doesn't make it ok.  They still feel pain, terror and confusion.

What's changed recently?
Well, I don't really know.  As I said, I always tried to make better choices for myself when it came to basics such as primer, lipstick, mascara etc, but now it's much more than that.  I read that my favourite shampoo, Organix, had recently started selling in China (where animal testing is required by law) and it threw me.  No big announcement was made, no warning.  So I had been buying bottles of shampoo thinking they were safe.  They weren't.  I realised I had to be more stringent with my products.   That day I literally started looking at my whole routine, right down to body spray and hair oil.  Up until then, I hadn't made the same effort with the other products the same way I had with my makeup.   Why was this?  I'm not sure to be honest. I just assumed that if a brand was cruelty free then they'd refuse to sell out and decide to stock in China, or suddenly decide to animal test.   Now I feel like I'm doing a complete overhaul of my whole life, right down to the cleaning products I use.   I want to make the right choices.

What are my favourite cruelty free brands?

Lush (bath products, moisturiser, cleanser)
Barry M (mascara, nail polish)
Illamasqua (primer, foundation, eyeshadows, everything really)
Collection (my fave lipstick ever, concealer)
Urban Decay (setting spray, eye shadows)
Balm (eyeshadows)
Superdrug Own Brand (skincare, bath products, hygiene products, hair products)
Palmers (shampoo and conditioner)
Kat Von D (all of her range)
Carmex (best lip stuff ever)
Olaplex (hair tratment)
Artistic (gel nail polish)

Do I own any products that aren't cruelty free?
Yes I do.  I get perfume, makeup palettes etc as gifts that aren't always cruelty free.  I wouldn't bin these because I would feel too rude.   In the years to come I hope my birthday and Christmas have more CF items.  The problem is, a lot of people don't have enough information on products so it is easy to buy things that are animal tested - I've done it myself and you'll be hard pushed to find someone who loves animals more than me.

Is going cruelty free affordable?

Hell yes!   A lot of people seem to think that it costs more but it genuinely doesn't.  There are high budget and low budget brands that cater for us.  I use a mix of both and I find them (mostly) easy to track down.  If all else fails, I check Superdrug own brand!

I think that's me summed up just about everything I can think of.  If you are an animal lover then please have a wee think about going cruelty free!  And as always, if you have any questions then please feel free to contact me.  I am not perfect on this issue but I am trying to be.

Have I missed any amazing companies? What cruelty free brands do I need to try?

Vegan Birkenstock Eva Arizona Sandals Review

Today I wanted to talk to you about the Birkenstock EVA Arizona sandals I recently purchased.

These Birkenstocks are slightly different to the regular style; these are made with EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) which means they are durable, waterproof and hard wearing.  In real life they have a glossy shine to them, a quality that Birkenstock claim wont fade but I guess only time will tell.  They are much cheaper than the original cork version and much lighter in weight.  Perfect to use at home and durable enough to last through a fast paced holiday!

How to get long healthy hair!

I get asked my hair care routine quite often so I wanted to put it into a post.  I'm not a hairdresser but I have saved my hair from the brink of darkness.  Years of dying my hair bright red or pink, and bleaching it to a white / silver blonde had caused my hair to be fucked.  I wont sugar coat it, my hair was fucked.  I made a decision to look after my hair more and fast forward a few years, my hair is now long and healthy once more.  Here are the rules I try and stick by:

Jamie Genevieve Makeup Masterclass

A few months ago a friend and I got the chance to go to a makeup class by the gorgeous Jamie Genevieve.  I know it was a few months ago but I just realised I hadn't actually written about it!   My bad, life has been hectic lately.  Sorry for the crappy quality photos, my phone is on its last legs!