Posted on Friday, August 1, 2008
in Philosophy, Rantings
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher
I think blogging is a type of art form. It’s not a skill or an ability, it doesn’t require practice, it’s simply words typed into a text-field that represents the thoughts of the writer. Good grammar is a boon, but not that important to the overall message, especially when that message is interesting and real.
Blogging is about information, the search for answers and the discovery of the unusual. An exceptionally good blogger wins praise (and awards!) for constantly producing insightful content in a way that the rest of the world can relate to and enjoy.
Now… I’ve only been blogging for a year and I know that my content has gotten neither better nor worse, but at least I understand blogology a little bit better. There are un-written rules that state that you shouldn’t slag another blog without good reason because that would be like betraying one of your own, but I’m going to do it anyway.
I wasn’t going to do this. I’ve wanted to do it for such a long time but was afraid that I would turn into someone’s enemy and now I see that life is not about being afraid, it’s about standing up for what’s real. So, I’m about to do a drive-by-shooting of my own.
Beaut.ie annoys the hell out of me.
It’s far too pink for a start, and the content is similar to a batch of expired Gruyère. It’s worth a try because it is – by it’s nature – supposed to improve with age, but shortly afterwards you realise it hasn’t, and now you just feel very very sick. Why does expired cheese win awards?
OMG!!! Yeah that’s right, I’m a bitch. But!!! I have a defence.
Exhibit A: 90210: Fondly Remembered – I’m sorry, but wasn’t that show fairly shite?
Exhibit B: (From Win! Cocoon Limerick Signature Treatment Facial)
Cocoon use superb cutting edge ranges like Ole Henriksen, Phyts and NVEY ECO. They subscribe to a natural, pure and totally gorgeous philosophy and “believe that the essence of a glowing and radiant complexion lies in the combination of fantastic facials using the best products and beautiful makeup”.
That sounds exactly like our philosophy at Beaut.ie!
-but wait! I thought that the essence of a glowing and radiant complexion lies in plenty of water, a varied healthy diet and copious orgasms? Why does everything on this site have to be chemically based with a kiss-ass review?
I told yiz all about my encounter with the dark side of facials recently, and how it’d left my skin so sore and sensitive that I’d been slapping on the Aveeno, because anything else had caused immediate heat, irritation and redness … So then I read the press release. It appears that this stuff works because of an ingredient it shares in common with Aveeno – Feverfew. This is a little powerhouse of a plant, and it works to soothe irritations and calm inflammation. So it’s brilliant for use in skincare aimed at anyone who reacts badly to yer run-of-the-mill beauty products.
Price and availability – these babies are €13.95, and you’ll pick the brand up in chemists nationwide.
– Ok, so this lady is learning that the usual bunny torture juice she’s been subjecting to her skin is rotting her skin and robs her of her hard-earned cash, but does she stop? Does she look for alternatives? Nope, she’s sold out and seems committed to endless skin abuse.
From Dianne Brill Still and Fill All Night Temptation;
Ingredients include Swiss hydro apple fruit (not many of them down in Tesco), essence of snake venom, oasis cactus, vitamins and shea butter – all making this night repair cream smell absolutely yummy (think granny smiths).
-Snake venom?!?! Cactus?!? By jove, I think this girl’s been had!
Exhibit C: The Blather Category
365 comments? I wander in to see what the fuss is about and find myself in a field of sheep. They seem lost for information and dying for advice about real issues… diet, contraception, men, health… the sort of shit all us girls want to know about. So what’s the post that triggered these questions off?
Beaut.ie Blather: Thursday
Published by Aphrodite July 24th, 2008 in Beaut.ie blather
Oh glorious Thursday you’re here already!
Baaa. Where’s the content? Where’s the reality, the hard-core face-it-or-die reality that is behind real beauty? What the fuck is the point of looking like a tango’ed chemical junkie when real beaut.ie lies beneath?
I’m a girl, and I want to learn ways to make the job easier… ways to make my own shampoo, ways to understand hormones just a smidge better, ways to deal with the task of looking half-decent and feeling contented with just three hours sleep and a barrel-load of emotional baggage. I want to see oldskool advice – advice that my mum taught me about pinching my cheeks, or relaxing my face for ten minutes to ward off headaches and wrinkles. I want to know what stuff I should be drinking to help me understand blokes. I want to know what’s truly good for me without the bullshit and the price-tag. Is it so much to ask?
I do have to say Kudos to its designers (apart from all the pinkness) though, for it is an excellently navigable site, should you be arsed.
Beaut.ie is letting the side down.
This isn’t beauty, it’s not good advice, it’s just another advertising site.
There I said it.