Real Issues That Affect Us

Nivea, Pepsi, Co-OpThere must be something in the advertising industry’s water because Nivea has become the second (out of three) brand to pull an advert from the airwaves, this week…

We all know which was the first, don’t we? Pepsi, of course! Yeah, their 2017 advert featuring Kendall Jenner was removed after hundreds of thousands of viewers complained that it was “trivialising recent street protests across the US” which took place in support of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

Although a few took offence (with many voicing their opinions via social-media) there’s no denying that a large number of others were able to react by making jokes or being sassy, Martin Luther King’s daughter being one of them…

Pepsi has since apologised and taken down the advert (as expected), also publishing an apologetic statement to the disgruntled fans, customers and Kendall Jenner in particular.

As I said, Nivea has also had to have its advert taken down… The German skincare company has become the second brand to publicly apologise to viewers and fans for its “white is purity” campaign; which was deemed discriminatory and racially insensitive…

How the advertisers signed this one off as okay I don’t and won’t ever know! I mean, just LOOK at it (picture above).

Oh and – just when we thought that was it for failed adverts, the UK’s Co-operative supermarket has too come under fire over “outrageous sexism” after it released an advert regarding chocolate Easter eggs…

Their latest commercial encourages parents to treat their daughters “for doing the washing up”. I mean, I don’t even know whether to laugh or cry… WHAT?! It seems as though the advertising world has well and truly lost it.

Alas, this month’s shaping up to be the month advertising fails. Remember, we’re 7 Days in, and already three adverts have been pulled (like a piece of meat). Who knows what else is in store over the next 22-or-so days…

Oh, how could I forget… Cadbury very nearly makes the fourth after it was criticised for opting not to use the word “Easter” in its egg hunts. SWINES!

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Laughter. There are many different forms, but most of them suggest the same thing – you’re having fun.

Laughter is the best medicine

The most important thing in life is the ability to look back and know you had a good time. The only way to tell? You laughed. Seriously, our brains are known to remember the happiest of memories over the saddest. Why do you think “memory blocks” happen n traumatic times and not when we’re reminiscing about something funny?

I’m no scientist, but I know that laughter triggers endorphins (three guesses as to who’s fins are my favourite *indoor* ones?! 😆😉) aka happy mind, body and soul cells.

Seriously though, all jokes aside, read the above list of things that laughter (alone) can bring. They don’t use the phrase: “laughter is the best medicine for nothing”, you know!

Of course, life isn’t just about laughing… There are times when we need to be serious and laughter would be the last thing on our minds, but it’s all about being able to overcome the struggles and being able to laugh again, a little louder and more deeper/sincerely than we were able to prior to the rough patch.

There are people who attend “laughter yoga” sessions, you know this – right? No, seriously. People actually go to a class where they just laugh. The trick is, although you start laughing out of force and having to, you actually end up naturally laughing because the whole concept is strange, and chances are you’re sitting/standing next to someone with a hilarious laugh.

Laughter is good for the mind, body and the soul. It’s like music to others’ ears, hence why sayings like:

your laugh is funnier than the joke

exist. The act of laughing is infectious.

I just want to thank the one/s who make me laugh every day. Truly, you are something special. I’ll never, ever, forget you.

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This is my poem:

You are a sort.

An absolute sort.

Yes, a sort.

Sort it out.

‘Cause I don’t know if you know this – but you’re…

A sort.

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Your mum… deserves to be celebrated! She is the superhuman and beautiful lady who brought you into the World. With that in mind, be sure to thank her on the 26th…

Yes, that’s right, Mother’s Day is coming up THIS weekend! I’ve already done a few posts based on LUSH’s Mother’s Day specific bath bombs… However, if your mum isn’t a fan of bath products – what do you get her? Have no fear because this is exactly why my blog’s here!

Does she have a sweet-tooth? If so, why not buy her a box of chocolates? It’s really that simple. If you want to be more creative, you can turn a very sentimental photograph of you and/or the whole family into a giant marshmallow using boomf. 😍

What’s more, I’m sure there are places that do chocolate carving or sculpting. You can make a chocolate statue of her face or your whole self – do I know if it can all be done in 6 days? No, no I don’t. There’s no harm in asking though. Call up somewhere nearby (or check out TripAdvisor for good ratings) and order.

Again, if she isn’t interested in that kind of thing, a simple cake from Hummingbird Bakery or the like wouldn’t go amiss. Look, there are so many options! Sweets, pies, make cupcakes and stick your photos on icing? Anything is possible…

Flowers are another great option for the momstar! No mother can resist a bouquet – unless they suffer from hayfever or pollen-related allergies, in which case, steer clear and abort mission! Conversely, if she does have pollen allergies, a fake bouquet might work? You can pick those up at Fenwick or John Lewis, they do scented ones also.

Flowers and chocolates not her thing? A chill-out CD from HMV, or an Apple, Amazon or Android voucher might do the trick if she’s into technology.

Scarves, jewlerry, perfume, pedicure/manicure sets, clothes, brooches… There are so many options to choose from. If all else fails, popping some money in a card or via bank transfer is the safest bet.

Remember though, she wants you to be happy. Presents/gifts are just a bonus. You are her best and most prized possession. ❤

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Santa ain’t the only one who loves a list… 

Do you girls/guys have a cosmetics/skincare shopping list longer than any shopping list you ever had as a child?

I remember writing lists for ideal Christmas presents but it was NEVER as long as the list of makeup products I need to buy!

The difference between Christmas presents and your OWN presents is – wait for it – one’s bought for you by your loving parents and the other one is … Well, you’re on your own. Not that I’m complaining, I can’t stand not being able to earn my own things… The point of this post is simply for awareness into adult life and the stresses that come with it!

When we’re young lists are SO MUCH shorter than they are when we adult, aren’t they? But, at that point in time we think they’re HUGE! It makes sense though ’cause all we really had to think about was our fave ice cream flavours!

Bills, food, luxuries, holidays, car/transport… All lists for adults. I love a good list, me! I couldn’t survive without them.

Anyway, yeah, what’s on your beauty/handsome shopping list? Did I mention that I’m sure you looked nice today? TOO PIFF to light up a SPLIFF, I hope.

Say NO to cigarettes or try to quit if you can’t,  they’re bad for you.

Still, you’re PIFF!

If there was ever a story to this post, it’s ended, happily. Yeah, TTYL. Lovage.

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