Ditching the tan: why pale is interesting 

As summer rolls around again, every pale person’s obsession intensifies – tanning.

Although whiteness sadly still comes with a whole lot of privilege, being pale is not a good thing in the beauty industry. The ideal is a very narrow one, and the ideal is golden.

All skin tones are beautiful in their own way. Everyone has colours they look amazing in and their own unique look, which should be celebrated. But while I see people with darker skin celebrating it, it seems all fair skinned people want to do is change their skin tone.

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5 reasons I don’t follow you on Twitter


I know what you’ve been thinking. “How can I get Nina from off of Words by Nina to follow me?”

Of course you haven’t (but if you have – call me). It’s just that I’ve been thinking. My decision to follow someone on Twitter usually takes a split second. What do I base that decision on? There are a few things which are definite Twitter-turn-offs. Here are mine…

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Wearing lipstick to the Co-Op

Although lipstick has become less of an everyday thing for me in the last year or so, I’m still a big believer in its power. It can make you feel ready for anything, finish a look and best of all, experimenting with it is great fun.

It goes without saying that no one should ever feel like they have to wear any type of make-up. But what I find sad is how often I hear people say that they’d like to wear lipstick, but that it’s ‘too much’, or they don’t go anywhere to warrant wearing it. Which is why I want to talk about wearing lipstick to the Co-Op.

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