Hey everyone! In today’s post I thought I would do something a little different. Instead of a normal Anti-haul where I share the latest beauty releases that I’m not going to buy I wanted to focus on brands I will not be purchasing from. I have a lot of different reasons for not wanting to purchase some of these brands, some are simply cost related and others go into ethical reasons. Please keep in mind that I am not telling you to boycott any of these brands or even that their products are bad, so if you love them please don’t take offence that I’m not interested. Life would get boring if we all like & disliked the same things. Let’s get into my 2019 Beauty Brand Anti-Haul.
Brands I won’t Buy in 2019
#1: Tom. Fucking. Ford.
I feel justified dropping an f-bomb since they came out with a fragrance called “Fucking Fabulous” last year. And get this, it’s three hundred and ninety five fucking Canadian dollars. NO. Just NO! Okay I promise, no more f-bombs in this post.
I have a lot of makeup that I absolutely adore and didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. If you’re a minimum wage earner in Alberta you would have to work in excess of 26 hours to afford this. After taxes it’s likely over 30 which for a lot of us is a full week of pay. Their lipsticks cost $70 which would be around 5 hours minimum wage. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY should need a lipstick that costs 5 hours of your time. sure if you don’t make minimum wage it’s less, but I still feel like this brand is ridiculously expensive.
I was shopping at Costco for new glasses and the sales person kept trying to steer me towards the luxury frames brands and there was a pair of Tom Ford Frames that cost over $300. That doesn’t include lenses. It should go without saying that I bought a pair for $95 and I’m completely happy with that.
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#2 Charlotte Tilbury
This is another brand with Luxury written all over it. Charlotte Tilbury isn’t nearly as expensive as Tom Ford but it’s still up there in terms of price point. I have a large problem with spending $66CAD of my hard earned dollars on a luxury eyeshadow palette that consists of four shades. Why would I ever spend $66 on an eyeshadow Quad!? Why!? I know that lots of my favourite instagramers love CT products and I do agree that they’re beautiful, instagramable and the quality must be good if people will pay for them but… I can’t even.
#3: Kat Von D
I’ve never worn Kat Von D Makeup but her brand was on my wish list up until she announced that she wasn’t going to vaccinate her child. This has caused a lot of strife in the makeup community. Many people are saying “who cares, it’s just makeup” while others including myself are now boycotting her brand.
She did wrote a follow up post on instagram to her original post which honestly made me roll my eyes. She states that she is not an anti-vaxer but said she needs to follow her “motherly instincts” about some vaccines. Also in her words: “There are plenty of studies that show some vaccinations can work wonders. And there are also studies that show some people [including mothers, and babies] may be more susceptible to vaccine injuries more than others.”
She continued with the statement: “Our personal medical records are no one’s business, and why we would feel it important for us to explore all our options when it comes to vaccinating our child, is also no one’s business – regardless of what I post on Instagram.”
So my question is why did she put it on instagram in the first place? I feel very strongly that vaccines are necessary and that by not vaccinating herself or her children she’s endangering everyone around her family. It’s absolutely Kat’s right as a parent to decide to vaccinate or not, but as a prominent figure when she put it out on instagram I feel that she became a public advocate for anti-vaxing. Or “selective vaxing” I should put it, because she totally has a pharmaceutical or medical degree and should be an authority on the subject (sarcasm). If I buy her products I would be supporting that decision. She will never see a cent of my money.
#4 Il Makiage
I’m sure many of you have heard your favourite social media infuencers talk about Il Makiage. But have you guys seen their brand website? I was absolutely aghast at the marketing of their products. Product names like “High Maintenance” and Christmas slogans that say “I’m your Holiday Miracle”. I know Tati has gotten a lot of negativity lately but I applauded her when she reacted to this and said “No, Jesus is!” That’s what this time of year is about for many people and I personally found that slogan to be in bad taste.
The High Maintenance marketing annoys me because I do often wear a full face of makeup but why the hell should that label me as “High Maintenance?” That’s a saying that is rarely said in a good way, and the amount of makeup I wear doesn’t define my personality. I’m a voting, contributing member of society who works out 5 days a week and does cool things like paintball, snowboarding, playing video games and going to metal shows. Let THAT speak for if I’m high maintenance or not, not the makeup on my face.
I also find their PR packaging to be ostentatious, I’m someone who recycles everything, I’, someone who will fish my family’s recycling out of the trash and recycle it properly so it makes me angry when they send influencers GIANT PR boxes containing a single lipstick.
#5 Jeffrey Star
I don’t like Jeffrey Star. He’s not a human being I would want to be friends with, or even be in the same room with for that matter. He products do look beautiful and I can’t deny that he know’s what he’s doing with makeup but I’m so tired of all the drama surrounding him and all the awful racist things he has tweeted in the past. Jeffrey will never have a place on my makeup shelf. I know a lot of you love Jeffrey star products, and I’m not telling you that you can’t love them or shouldn’t. But for me I just can’t support him or his business, I’m sorry.
What brands do you avoid purchasing from?
Thank you for reading! Once again, if you love these brands I’m not telling you that you can’t keep on loving them. These are all my personal reasons for not supporting these brands or featuring them on my blog, and once again that is a personal preference. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Talk soon! xx