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Is an ASMR Rant possible? Whispering Witch Hardcore Vegan Warfare Inspired | Inspired by Durianrider & Freelee Drama

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First of all – my post has nothing to do with my channel. My channel isn’t about veganism but there is a crossover I suppose because I tend to make vids on what interests me (Energy Healing, psychology and I guess what would come under the the heading “the occult) in the hope of inspiring others. And a bit of music. And a bit about my aspergers and new agey thoughts.

However, while I did my work tonight I had to take a break. I had a critique channel on about the DurianRider long term steroid “use” and +lFreeleethebananagirl advocating it issue. And I wondered what this vegan movement was turning into? So…I ranted…as quiet as a Whispering Witch can…I ranted a whole ASMR style video!

The vid that provoked me (won’t mention who by) was a commentary about a crazy interview. It came up in my recommend list because I do subscribe to some vegan channels.

I watch Dom Bower vids – they’re fun – really good insight on the same interview in fact!  Also Best Transformation – fun and inspirational.

For the science bit I recommend NutritionFacts.Org – brilliant annual lectures too.

Now, I am not a vegan…my diet is predominantly plant based vegan but when it’s not, it’s vegetarian. And has been most of my life.

However, even with a primarily vegan diet, I am not a vegan. My conditioner contains lanolin (from sheep’s wool). I also eat honey from time to time. So any semblance to veganism in my life is happenstance!

However,  I do agree with people getting educated and making informed choices. I do agree with the healthy lifestyle and ethical issues when it comes to what we eat. Also exercise and self improvement…spiritual and emotional development. These things I consider very important and I think it’s fantastic that we have access to that information now. And can make lifestyle choices based on facts so we can achieve our potential…on all levels.

Anyway, this ever escalating war of the hardcore vegan movement turns people off. It turns me off! It’s people promoting themselves in the best cases – actively putting people off taking the steps for optimal health, happiness or ethical living. The worst of these “youtube celebs” make non vegans think, “No, I wouldn’t want to be one of “them.””

That’s a shame. A wasted opportunity.

So to the good channels…keep up the good work! Your perspective, information and guidance is so essential to counter the nonsense and keep some balance.

I know I said I would never make a video about other peoples’ videos…but this has been a crazy few weeks for YouTube veganism! Unprecedented.

My recommendations are…

+My channel – varied & kookie – relaxing
+Dombower – keeps perspective. +BestTransformation keeps it fun. +NutritionFacts.Org keeps the science bit.

As I said…my channel isn’t a vegan diet or vegan lifestyle one so I am not entering the ring here! Just recommending the channels I think are worth a look!

Anyone who wants to know about the Freelee/DurianRider drama I recommend Dom Bower’s site for an overview because DR has been churning out videos at a crazy pace. You wouldn’t be able to keep up even if you tried!

xxx

Personal Upd8 | Bedtime | Wunderbrow | Moisturiser | Teddy Boys | & Hair Brushes

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Work done. Tucked up in bed with my fluffy #pink heart cushion & obligatory tinted lipbalm. Plenty of #CremedelaMer  & #oznaturals #hyalauronicacid serum so I wake up looking as good as I did when I went to bed! LOL

Tomorrow’s itinerary…my mum is visiting & I got her some #wunderbrow – it’s like a lip stain but for eyebrows and it’s great. I do tint my eyebrows & eyelashes as I am too lazy & too #boho to wear make up (keep your skin well tended & #meditate often & your skin will thank you!)

Then a night in with my #TeddyBoy & some jamming. #Vegan stew dinner.

Attunements to prepare for students (www.mayastar.net) for #Shamballa #MultiDimensional #Healing, #Reiki & #Kundalini Activation # Reiki (v v popular because it’s safe, simple & versatile).

Oooh…and a PS. I loved my #tangletamer #hairbrush – avoids breakage very effectively. But I love my #tangleangle more. AND finally my hair is just about long enough for a one stick up do ♡

Be nice to each other!

Love love love ♡ ALM (Maya)

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Personal Upd8 | Henna | Beauty Tips | Natural Skincare | Veganism | Make Up Free Selfies | Lush | Creme de la Mer

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Bf away yesterday so had a loooong bath. So current personal beauty tips…

Henna & coconut oil perfect redhead with tidy roots. Tinted & tidied eyebrows. Tinted eyelashes. If you keep the basics covered & use quality moisturiser (Creme de la Mer & Oz Naturals Hyalauronic Acid serum), get lots of exercise…don’t drink or smoke, you can get away with #nomakeupselfie pix!

I think my plant based vegan diet makes a big difference. Using lush cosmetics yellow fun for washing & sympathy for the skin twice a day and I’m really soft all over. Happy days!

It is laziness & boho style that means I don’t have time for makeup except tinted lipbalm (hint of fuschia) – but it’s working pretty well!

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Happy Days | Lalaloopsy | Teddy Boys | Magick | Resolutions | Veganism | Lush | Lana Del Rey | Big Eyes

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I love…waking up in a mess of Lalaloopsy BuildaBear dolls! My TeddyBoy has given me loopsy fever and I have ten of them! Candyfloss scented…four in their official costumes…four in PJs (I still hug teddies to sleep and the official costumes were not so cuddly!). And two additional dolls as Princess Anna and Princess Elsa – special additional Christmas memento. My first Christmas without dad…my first Christmas with my TeddyBoy…and my first Christmas dinner as a vegan!

Have had tons of temple work from Solstice onwards. New Year is a special time for people making resolutions and magick can help with clearing the decks and creating suitable energies to support change. It’s great to be able to help and inspiring to work with people who are inspired!

Happy happy days!

Current fave music still Lana Del Rey – fave album Honeymoon and fave track undecided but I actually favour those for the Big Eyes soundtrack at the moment.

Time for a Lush bubble bath (adoring Love and Light hand cream which I am using as a body lotion at the moment).

Then prep my special plant based vegan stew to put on for 2mrw (soooo convenient and filled with superfood veggies!)…do a little admin…then my man will be over to chill before I do attunements and spell work followed by my personal meditation work before I pick up on my Yogananda book about the Hindu understanding of AscendedMaster Jeshua (Jesus) and his message of devotional practice which is so akin to Bhakti Yoga as to be extremely congruent with my own personal religious observations.

So I’ll get on…BubbleBath is calling!

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I love… | Decorating | Being a Hippie | All Things Pink | Vegan Nutcutlets | Lana Del Rey | Laughing | Celebrating with Elvis

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I love…being the only PreRaphaelite Fairy Princess going steady with the only Teddy Boy in the neighbourhood. Happy birthday to Elvis for midnight! Planning to celebrate with some well earned rest…if I can make him take a little break from painting. The office is coming on with a serious case of being pink as the decorating continues – see pix…going seriously vibrant with the transformation!  Hall and the living room will be darker (purple and a deeper pink). The hallway will be done at the same time because it will be either dark pink or purple. Very dramatic!

Loves of the day are: Lush Cosmetics, bubbleBath, Lana Del Rey, lemon water, Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs & vegan nut cutlets, foot massages, being a girlie hippie (bobo princess) & hanging out with my bf.

Also love the silly banter we break into when we’re doing DIY together. Usually starting with someone making a MightyBoosh quote: “Do I look like a reasonable man? Or a peppermint nightmare?” – starts a stream of messing about that ended up with me rolling on the floor in hysterics while he tried to pull my pants down and paint by bum blue!

He’s funny…silly…but damn kind and really thoughtful. So I’m dying to celebrate his birthday. I got him some great presents…and I can’t wait to see his face light up.

Better have a bath…he’ll be home soon ♡♡♡ Yay!

Happy days hipsters! Stay free; keep smiling;  be nice to each other; & ShareTheLove

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Mini Blog | Cruelty Free | Natural Beauty | Skincare | Lush | Argan Oil | Creme de la Mer

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Mini Blog | Cruelty Free Stoptober Experiment | www.tumblr.annalouisemay.net | www.wordpress.annalouisemay.net

I will review products individually in small blogs over the coming weeks. But before I do, I thought a little update.

As anyone who follows my blog is aware…I am v lazy. I rarely wear make up. I don’t wear foundation. I tend to keep a neat look by making sure my hair is hennaed and my roots are done and well conditioned. My eyelashes and eyebrows are tinted. My eyebrows are shaped and tidy. My lips are hydrated. My skin is hydrated. And I wear lipstains like Benetint or Posie Tint from Benefit usually, with a Burts Bees tinted lipbalm to top up. Or I used a revlon lipgloss/stain, applied it and wiped it off to leave a fuschia tint that didn’t look over done.

I’m 42. I don’t have much sun damage. I don’t really have lines. My skin is normal. Sometimes a bit dry in winter. I went through some hassle when I came off the pill five years ago and my skin got dry. Nothing seemed to work. I knew it would be hormonal and would balance out. I tried all kinds of creams and ended up with a rash from one and thought, that’s it. I will bite the bullet and try Creme de la Mer. Everyone raves about it. It can’t make this worse and I am wasting a fortune. (Note – I tried Lush’s Skin’s Shangri La at this time. Not cheap. It sorted the moisture but gave me clogged pores).

3 weeks later my skin was transformed to the point people thought I had, had something done. It appeared poreless. Spotless. Smooth. Moisturised. And I was amazed. Truly hadn’t expected a miracle despite the reviewers claims. But it was one!

Since then I have favoured La Mer moisturisers. The body cream, eye balm, moisturiser and lip balm. I also use the regenerating serum in the summer as a light alternative.

According to the PETA, La Mer, owned by Estee Lauder lost its cruelty free status a few years ago. This wasn’t due to anything La Mer or Lauder changed but rather a change in PETA categorisation. La Mer don’t test on animals. Their products are not made by people who do. La Mer is essentially cruelty free. But…they sell to China. And the Chinese test every skincare product they sell on animals.

So now a moral dilemma. Is La Mer cruelty free as it was until a few years back before being reclassified? Is is cruelty free when I buy it in the UK but not if I bought it in China. Or is it immoral for La Mer/Lauder to sell to China and we should boycott them by virtue of a lack of integrity? Or should we all lean heavily on China to stop their methods?

For me, my Stoptober experiment was interesting. I am recently full vegan (diet not lifestyle) after being mostly vegetarian since my teens. And I had used Lush products during my Stoptober experiment as I have enjoyed them since their Cosmetics to Go days.

Well. The second my experiment ended, I am back on La Mer. In a month it really wrecked my face. The Fun I used as body wash was great. And I liked the body lotions I used. Liked. They did give me soft skin. But in honesty…they weren’t user friendly. Not fast to absorb. Some better than others and my dry skin on my legs cleared up…but I was using argan oil all over before bed too (in place of bio oil).

Having to look into each product was interesting. Lush use some harsh foaming agents. They use laureth-4 which is not good for allergy prone skin. They do use some petroleum based additives…but the ingredients list on the labels is user friendly and the natural ingredients…all good. But the bad side? Being honest, the smells which seem such a treat when used occasionally, when used together create such a strong smell I couldn’t wear perfume all month because my hair smelled of vanilla, my body smelled of orange and patchouli after washing with something smelling citrusy and bathing in a sakura scented bath.

It got a bit much really. Especially because the body lotions (while effective) seemed to need a half hour sinking in period before dressing. Something I don’t have. So they may be good for before bed but daily use did become more time consuming than I am used to.

So for this month…a simple test…I will use the Lush bath stuff and washes as before. Herbalism and Ocean Salt for my face. But only La Mer body cream, argan oil, La Mer moisturiser and serum. And see how I go.

I can’t make a conclusion at all…these are hardly clinical trials. But I am starting to wonder if maybe the moisturising bath and shower stuff I was using left a detergent residue on my skin causing the dry patches…watch this space anyway!

Also, those who think Creme de la Mer is crazy expensive…£70 wasted on Lush face moisturisers that ruined my skin is worse. If you bought a bath bomb for each day of a month – about £3 a day that would cost you twice as much as using Creme de la Mer face moisturiser (a little goes a long way).

One thing I will quickly big up though! Lush’s lipsticks and eyeliners – versatile and work v much in the way I use Benetint/Posie Tint. I will definitely continue using their make up and hair care…by the end of November I will decide whether I will continue with their cleansers too!

So my subject to review conclusion at this point is…I think Lush and La Mer will work well together for me.  I think my dry skin problems may have come from using Dove products that are too full of chemicals and slightly irritated my skin.

Also…my eyes have been opened to the fact that sometimes choices are based on what works best and others may choose based on company ethics. And right now, I am not sure where I stand on that.

Xxx ALM (Maya)

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I LOVE… | Waking up to The Libertines | Britpop, Lush, Veganism, Cruelty Free

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I love…waking up to The Libertines & Babyshambles! Guaranteed to have me dancing from the bed to the kitchen for my Applecl Cider Vinegar & Honey ♡

Setting me up for a day catching up with my Mayastar admin…well…after a Lush bath! Thinking today’s a good day for the Frozen Bath Bomb – it’s sooo yummy and refreshing.

Also am behind on my blogs got updates for my vegan, stoptober & crueltyfree skincare experiments.

Results so far…so mixed. But nothing suits my face like CremedelaMer…and I have something to say about that too!!! 😀

♡ ALM (Maya) ♡

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