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The Linkables

I attended the Glasgow book launch of Scottish Independence: a Feminist response on Tuesday. The Edinburgh launch has already passed but you can still attend the Dundee one on the 8th of September

An #indyref event in Edinburgh: why the English and Welsh Greens support independence for Scotland.

How to tell the difference between BDSM and abuse.

New on the RSS Feed: i am a food blog.

Congregational candidate sends condoms to anti-choice group.

A look at the difference languages in the British Isles.

I have a phobia and get really offended/riled when the word is miss-used however I've never taken issue with words such as homophobia. But it could be food for thought.

30+ privileges of being cis-gendered.

I think America is a fascinating country and I think Native American culture is one of the most fascinating aspects, and loved this piece of native women fighting to preserve the culture.

Related: why do so many people pretend to be Native American?

Potato Days Festival is a thing in Minnesota.

Also in case any of my readers are in the American mid-west soon, female lift-sharing in Minnesota.

So I'm not a general fan of Wings Over Scotland, but this post is worth sharing.

I read this post a while ago and it is still food for thought: Scotland isn't this strange progressive country, it's no more progressive than most European countries (it's Britain that's strange).

The Conversation has a big section on the referendum but I've only read one or two articles so can't comment on the quality.

Some tips on when vibrators go out of date.

Colour coded photography.

A feminist film I'm thinking of seeing in Glasgow is anyone else fancies it?

Cute cups to buy on Etsy.

From my experience in past relationships I agree that objectification within relationships is a very real thing.

11 life skills netball teaches you. Hah!

Some words on the intersection of the vegan and LGBT community.

Some of the links I've shared recently show that I've been doing a lot of research on intersectionality between different forms of oppressions - this article is a great starting point as to why it's important.

If I was to have a chat with my 12-year-old self I'd say that you shouldn't be worried about being sexy because it's creepy for 12 year olds to be sexy. But still, thong ownerships was a big worry going through high school. (as much as it baffles me now)

Related: five things I'd tell my teenage self.

I got so many feels on Buzzfeed this week: reasons we should weep for the children of today.

Some reasons why some of us won't do the ice bucket challenge.

6 things positive happy people believe.

Dogs hugging their owners.

Annndd, totally useless product designs.

Morag x
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Skincare products that are a bit 'meh'

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For someone who runs a blog primarily recognised for cruelty-free beauty, I only tend to write a beauty post once a week. This seems to be a lot less than other bloggers in the same niche with my reasons being 1) I'm on a graduate income and 2) there's a lot of products I try that I just don't have much to say about because they were just a bit 'meh'. The products that are covered by the second point are what I am concentrating on today.

The products pictures above and mentioned below are those that I haven't got anything particularly riveting to say about. They didn't make me break out in a rash but they certainly didn't do any wonders either - they fall into the 'meh' or 'okay' or 'I'll finish it but probably wouldn't re-purchase' category. Maybe even 'make up your own mind'.

Superdrug Simply Pure Spot Clearing Range

Only two products are used in the picture above but I actually bought every product from the range and the only one I've been impressed by and might re-purchase is the moisturiser. I did find the various face washes worked quite well on my back - where the skin is different - but other than that I don't have much interesting to say about the range. 

Nude Purifying Face Wash

I wrote a blog post on this product along with the Purifying toner earlier this year and my opinion is very much the same. And for the record, the tube I used in this photo is still the same tube I used back then - clearly not in a rush to finish it. 

Superdrug Facial Wipes for oily/combination skin

The Body Shop Seaweed night time clarifying treatment

I did mention the seaweed range by The Body Shop last year and I stand by that the range on the whole is one my favourite skincare ranges. However, I didn't ever see much of a difference in my skin after prolonged use of the night treatment despite my initial excitement of finding one which is meant for my skin type. I'm also confused as to when I'm meant to use it - after my moisturiser or just after cleansing? 

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser

This is actually what I've been using at night since I bought it maybe two months ago - and I like it enough as a product to remove my make-up and ensure my face is clean before nodding off. However, I doubt I'll repurchase this as I haven't seen a general difference to my skin. 

Arbonne FC5 Deep Cleansing Mask

It was good for soaking oil and my face felt very 'clean' after using it - but that was about it. I didn't see any major differences to skin after prolonged use. 

Have you tried any of these products yourself? Were they okay for you too or do you have something more interesting to say about each of them?

Morag x
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The Linkables

One of the best things I've read all week: Entitlement and Apathy, the case of Women Against Feminism.

One of my pet peeves when it comes to social/people skills is not making the effort to use the person's correct name: this grammar expert agrees with me.

I've been doing a lot of research into 'choice feminism' this week and this post looks into the possible misuse of the word.

This post is also quite good.

I've been staying pretty quiet as I really don't have the energy to get involved in what has been a very tense debate but with one month to go I may share some of what I've been reading (because I have been keeping up to date, just very quietly) - and I am getting more convinced that a yes vote would be good but it was Green Yes and Radical Independence that have almost brought me round as they paint an image of a country I'd like to live in, which the mainstream Yes campaign just hasn't done for me.

If you're also not really feeling the Better Together or Yes Scotland campaigns some other groups I know of include Business for Scotland, National Collective, Women for Independence, Scottish Socialist Party and here's one list I quickly Googled and here's another.

I also went to a panel debate this week on the Scottish referendum and the monarchy which you can watch yourself here.

Vegan Life magazine has now been released and you can get it in digital format.

If you need more vegan reading in your life, here's a great vegan blogs round-up.

Arielle Scarcella is a great YouTuber I found this week, and I've been making my through her 'lesbians explain' videos.

She also runs a channel called Girlfriends TV which looks at a whole load of issues regarding all the sexualities.

My friend Charlotte of Colours and Carousels has started a Facebook group for Scottish Bloggers.

Some more guidance on animal-testing laws in China.

For everything progressive about Orange is the New Black they aren't exactly helping raise the profile of bisexuality (even though they have a great opportunity to).

10 of the best herbs to grow in containers.

Some of the ingredients in perfume (kinda gross, tbh).

A study on why women dominate the PR profession.

There is such a thing as a Barbie Collectors Convention.

11 things white people should stop saying to black people.

5 traits of great online community managers.

If you've ever wondered what Mean Girls would be like if it was set on Downing Street, then this Tumblr is all kinds of wet dream material.

Some psychology on couples that put everything on bloody Facebook.

30 feminist lessons in 30 years.

The Nostalgia Machine could possibly get addictive.

Broughty Ferry in Dundee was named the nicest neighbourhood in Scotland.

Also in Dundee, a documentary about one of its independent record stores.

What it feels like to by childfree by choice.

This woman speaks my language: peach wine slushies.

Some hilarious photos of Leonardo DiCaprio from the 1990s.

Chocolate lego is a thing.

If you're an Edinburgh reader here's some other places in Scotland you can get to in under two hours.

One of my favourite digital media agencies re-designed the website of one of my favourite hair care brands.

If you're vegan and planning a visit to Bangkok here's a vegan bakery you can stop by.

If you're vegan in London please make sure you're not supporting this vegan coffeeshop with neo-nazi links.

I'm not much of a marriage person, but if I was and I was ready to take the plunge I wouldn't sit around and wait for my other half to obey gender norms, and here's some videos of women who also had that thought.

I am LOLING: Giant pandas revealed as new owners of Rangers.

 Morag x
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The Dakhin, Merchant City

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Whilst my mum was down for the Commonwealth Games (still getting all those backlogged posts up) we headed into Merchant City to switch sport for some art farty fun and an Irn Bru shop. Despite frequenting the Merchant City area of Glasgow more often - and it being a smaller distance away - than the West End and the areas of the Southside populated by restaurants, I've never actually paid a visit to a restaurant in the area just east of the city centre.

We popped in by The Dakhin, which specialises in South Indian cuisine. I'll be honest, despite almost always eating at an Indian restaurant when my mum is in town I'm not sure what constitutes as South Indian cuisine. We also weren't super hungry so on the table you only see two curries (one of them proved to be me that my avoidance of aubergines which started as a child is still relevant today), some dosas and some stuffed mushrooms. If you're a regular reader than you may have spotted that every time I stop by an Indian I always give their nann breads a rating - however this place didn't have any! I'm assuming this had something to do with them maybe not being South Indian (their sister place, The Dhabba for North Indian cuisine, has some nanns on the menu). I won't moan as all and all the food did appear to be authentically Indian, and the restaurant had a nice but professional vibe (with waiters that remember your order by heart rather than scribbling it haha). Nice little place to go with your mum, friend or if you're a couple (though maybe a couple that's been together a while, not sure for a first date).

Morag x
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The Linkables

Important: tell Fox news to fire the presenter who called Robin Williams a coward.

Darren Hayes pays tribute to Robin Williams.

And a reminder that suicide and depression are not selfish.

I loved Zoe's frank blog post on whether university is correct for you.

How to deal with trolls.

My new favourite 'positive lifestyle' blog.

I'm not sure I agree with everything in it, but this is a good read about being a 'bad' feminist.

Also on feminism: a great feminist YouTuber I tweeted about this week Melissa A. Fabello who concentrates on body image and media literacy.

Related: 50 feminist films.

Less than a month until the British Beard and Moustache Championships.

Important quiz: are you an introvert, extrovert or sea monster? 

I'm currently experimenting with Trello to organise ideas.

Fancy brewing your own alcohol?

10 reasons why BMI is bullshit.

I don't think I want to try it but here's how to find your saddest tweets.

Something I've wondered for a while: why aren't tampons free?

50 irresistible vegan sandwiches.

Despite having a love for my balcony garden I suck at keeping house plants alive, maybe I need one of these?

An experiment with the Facebook algorithm: I liked everything for a week and this is what it did.

Tiny but tasteful tattoos.

New Instagram trend: taking a photo of statues but making it look like as though the statue is taking a selfie.

DIY heart marshmallows. (How glamorous do these women look whilst camping?)

You might argue some people have too much time on their hands, but I'm glad someone made a chart of the hip-hop artists with the largest vocabulary.

If you run a business you'll know you should be blogging but what if you really don't want to? Here are some other ideas.

Some new music I've been loving this week: NONONO.

Some more music I've been loving: Tiger Please.

Such memories: 29 things you'll only remember if you're a MySpace kid.

For fans of Shaun of the Dead (which should be everyone).

25 things people in healthy relationships do.

On the topic of healthy relationships Love is Respect is a site everyone should be reading.

Finally, realistic Pokemon.

Morag x

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Favourite vegan products from Gosh Cosmetics

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Gosh have a been a favourite brand of mine for a long time. Even before my cruelty-free days I loved a lot of what they offered and was tickeled pink when I realised I could still buy from them when I made my decision two years ago. Recently when I made the switch to veganism I was further glad to realise that they have a vegan products list which you can get from their customer support team. It's not publicly available on their website but if you pop them across an e-mail they should send it right across (I'm yet to hear someone in the vegan niche complain about not receiving a reply).

I printed off my list and headed out to Superdrug to do a bit of a pay day haul. There's still quite a few vegan products I don't own but I have so far only picked up the ones I knew I could get use out of and could become part of my daily routine. For example, the bronzer was marked as vegan but I prefer pale and interesting and there were various lip colours I knew wouldn't suit me. But nevertheless here are my favourites from the range that I have tried thus far.

Intense Eyeliner Pen
I have tried a lot of the eyeliner pens out there - I think my face doesn't quite look right in photos where I'm missing even a thin cat flick. So take it from me that this is one of my favourite eyeliner pens. I was already quite confident I would like this because I was once a fan of their liquid eyeliner before I discovered the joy of eyeliner pens.

I currently own their black and grey shades - the black is what I wear generally but the grey is what I wear when I want something slightly more striking but not quite feeling like whipping out some pink.

BB Cream
I'll straight up admit that I'm not much of a BB Cream (or CC Cream, or DD Cream) gal and I find them to be glorified tinted moisturisers. However what I do like this for is some extra coverage for my face prior to applying foundation - and this BB Cream has had some positive reviews from the vegan blogging community so it's getting included. ;)

X-Ceptional Wear Foundation
I'm currently in the market for a thick, full-coverage foundation and the name suggested that this might be what I am looking for, alas it was medium coverage. However it's a medium coverage foundation with a really nice natural finish that isn't matte or dewy, and could pass as really good skin. However, it is a cheap foundation so the staying power isn't brilliant and I would recommend using a very good primer (my favourite is Arbonne) and a very good setting product (my favourite is Urban Decay).

Lip Liner
I still need to fire off an e-mail back to Gosh (it's on my to-do list, I'm a busy woman!) but I wasn't sure if Gosh's lipsticks - one of my all time favourites - are vegan as the name of the lipstick was different on my list to the name on the labelling in the shop. So we may not know for a while. However their lip liners were on my list and they really impressed me - because the staying power is amazeballs. So until I know about the lipsticks I shall be using their lip liners all over my lips.

Nail Polish
I am currently the owner of only one Gosh nail polish (I'm still currently trying to collect all Barry M shades) but I feel like I will be back for more. They're the same price as your usual high street nail polishes but I really like the consistency and after one week of wear only two of my nails had any obvious chipping. The colour I picked up - Kind of Pink - is a red-pink shade which still leans more to the pink side and has cool undertones. For me personally, I love nail polishes that are an interesting shade of certain colours (rather than the standard colour you'd find on a colour wheel) which is something that higher end brands do better than high street so top marks to Gosh for this (did that sentence make sense? maybe you have to be really into colour?).

What are your favourite Gosh products? Any guesses what might be in my 'not liked' post?

Morag x
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The Vegan Fete @ The Flying Duck

In keeping with yesterday's very obvious vegan theme, I have a few photos from the Vegan Fete last Saturday held at The Flying Duck in Glasgow. I went to another Vegan Fete back in April and did find this one quite same-y as the last one with a lot of the same stalls. I seen on Twitter that Karris and The Vegan Kind were at a business event but a new stall in the form of Glasgow Mega Death who sell hot sauces were there, and I did last month buy one of their sauces for Alan, and I really need to chase him up on what that was like (he also did almost get some sort of spicy nuts, but they had 'cry like a girl' on the back so I put that back...). Missy's Vegan Cupcakes were there as normal and the pink cupcake you see in the finally picture was Strawberry Daiquiri which was glorious and gobbled down before I left. I also had a £5 'express massage' which was kind of shit though my mum liked hers (am I the only person who dislikes 'pressure' massages and would rather someone just drew on my back?).

As for The Flying Duck itself I don't think I've ever given it a review despite having stepped inside of it more times than most other venues in Glasgow. It's a vegan cafe during the day and a nightclub once 11pm comes around. It's definitely of the student and hipster persuasion (my mum called it an 'eclectic mix of people')and I could understand why some people wouldn't take to it. I personally find the food to be of a similar quality I can cook up myself but the nightclub is one of my favourites and is my go-to choice when I want a night at a bar/club hybrid and something a bit chilled rather than a raucous night (that's what The Catty is for...).

Morag x

P.S. Like The Flying Duck on Facebook to keep an eye on up-coming dates.
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The Vegan Kind beauty box

the vegan kind beauty box

It seems like forever ago that I received the one-off beauty box from The Vegan Kind (I have been up to a lot and have a massive backlog of posts to write-up). I'm sure everyone in the cruelty-free/vegan blogging niché (and even those in the general lifestyle blogging niche) have heard of the Vegan Kind but if not: it is a monthly subscription box set up by cruelty-free and vegan blogger Karris which contains vegan lifestyle products such as food, beauty and household items. I haven't subscribed to the main box as I have a soya intolerance so there is no guaranteeing I would be about to use everything each month however when they announced a one-off beauty box I began frantically searching for my bank card.

So since we've all definitely got ours by now, let's see what was inside.

vegan kind beauty box products

I was very happy with what was in this box, with two brands I had been wanting to try and two other products made my July favourites videos (which is still to be uploaded, but should be soon!).

Inika Black Cavier Eyeliner
This is a brand that I had discovered via Sarah's blog just a few days before receiving my box. At the time I was still waiting for them to reply to my cruelty-free e-mail and I am happy to say that they have now replied. This eyeliner is very black and has become my go to for lining my tight line as the nub is the perfect balance between firm and soft.

Furless stippling brush
Furless is a brand I had also heard of but I am admittedly not much of a brush person and even do my eyeshadow with my ring finger (I know). This brush is extremely soft but I'm possibly not the best person to review it as I used it for my foundation one morning and found it just slowed me down like all make-up brushes.

White Rabbit Cleansing Water
This is another product within the box that I have found myself reaching for quite a bit. It is marked as cleansing water however the instructions say to use it to remove make-up, and I have found it to be a gentle way to remove my regular day make-up. It doesn't work if I have a full-face of evening/glamour make-up but I have found it fantastic to use at the end of a weekday to remove my more natural office make-up.  It is also extremely gentle and it didn't sting my eyes (even when applying it to my lower lash line with my eyes open). This is a Scottish brand based out of Kilmarnock (where quite a bit of my family come from) and the owner (who is lovely, she takes part in #cfbloggers) is currently experimenting with various plant-based alternatives for some ingredients ingredients to make it a fully vegan brand. This is one brand I'd love to support further.

Beautiful Movements Cosmetics Eyeshadow
This is one product I haven't got around to using as truthfully loose eye-shadows are really not my thing and I don't want to faff with them at 8am in the morning - maybe I'll use them in a night time look at some point.

Simply Soaps Orange Cocoa Bath Melt
I know it says Hedgerow Herbals on the packaging but on the flyer we have Simply Soaps, so we're going with that. This is another product I haven't had the chance to use yet as my parents were staying at mine for the last two weekends and the bath is in what is technically my flatmates bathroom so we'll need to see when I get to use this. I can confirm that the melt smells lovely though!

You can also watch me opening The Vegan Kind beauty box here:

Morag x
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The Linkables

Offensive poster by PETA, edited by Tilly.

The #cfbloggers chat I help moderate has set up a petition to get Miss Sporty to re-name their animal testing statemement. They call the page 'Animal Friendly' but then further down the page admit they sell in countries where testing is required. This isn't just an animal rights issue, it's also a consumers' rights issue.

I've still not seen Maleficnet (I know, right?) but this was a nice read.

One of the best things I read this week: a story of how 'saving herself' damaged one women's relationship with sex.

As an introvert I give myself a weekend where I do nothing, because I'd fall apart otherwise.

I've never hated Mondays (yeah, I'm one of those people) but I like the idea of non-negotiables on a Monday.

If you're an Irish blogger, here is a new Facebook group for you

Celebrities and their historical lookalikes.

Another gardening blog for the RSS Reader: Woolly Green

I've been invited to a Holi Festival/Colour Run and know people have been on them so I'll try and not be too blunt. But my first thought? Cultural appropriation. And a quick Google told me quite a few Hindu people find them disrespectful. (Obviously not all Hindu people, but it's food for thought)

10 things Glasgow 2014 taught me

Think you'd be a bad-ass during the zombie apocalypse? If you live in Glasgow you can prove it during a fake one.

The coolest record stores in Britain.

Buzzfeed was brilliant this week: 18 times Severus Snape had all the answers to life, a dog salesperson in Japan, the internet's funniest responses to the Scottish Independence debate, 22 things only people who hate noise will understand and 14 reasons Dumbledore is a massive jerk.

6 signs you're a truly genuine person.

This is a long piece - and I haven't even finished it myself - which looks at the dispute between trans and radical feminism.

46 photo you might not have seen before.

Annnnd, a hip hop tune about the hamster of a London gang dying. Emotional stuff.

Morag x
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Masala Twist, Byers Road

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After a wee spot of rhythmic gymnastics on the first Friday of the Commonwealth me and my mum headed out into the West End for some grub - and as always when my parents are in G-town we had our eyes open for a new Indian place. I had spotted Masala Twist on some of my Byres Road jaunts a couple of times and decided to give it a try.

The place is small (and truthfully a bit cramped - though I did discover upstairs was huge) but sells authentic feeling Indian food and has extremely friendly staff and excellent service. Me and my mum were nested near the bar (obviously) where we had some Bacardi and coke and some wine after walking from the SECC to Byres Road in the heat that Glasgow experience that weekend.

Personally, for starters I went for the Spicy Garlic Mushroom which for some reason I had imagined would be stuffed mushrooms but came as a curry and despite the waiter's warning that spicy was a very suitable name, I still seem surprised when they started a fire in my mouth and prompted my mum to get the waiter to bring me water. Then for mains I went for a Bombay Aloo which was a bit more subtle.

The curries were on the average side; definitely tasty but not something I'm going to sing praises about however Masala Twist provided my tastebuds with the best nanns ever. Me and my mum are both nann fans so we ordered two for the table - one peshwari and one vegetable. For my measurement of how good I consider these nanns to be I'll use this anecdote: even though I was stuffed I kept tearing off little bits of the nanns just cause I wanted to taste them again despite my stomach telling me to stop (use your thoughts to imagine this).

After stuffing ourself, we transported ourselves and our food babies back to the Southside of Glasgow and went straight to bed haha.

Morag x
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The Linkables

Want to see a bunch of rich boys from Oxford sing Hips Don't Lie in acapella? Probably not, but here it is anyway.

Joy Cho shares her thoughts on the changing world of blogging.

If you're wondering what the answer is to the "but why not humanism? Feminism is so sexist!" question, here is a guide as to why they aren't the same thing.

If you're a keen gardener and live in the Manchester area, Dig the City starts tomorrow.

More stuff for gardeners in Manchester.

I've always made an effort to reject heteronormativity with my (heterosexual) relationships (much to some of my ex-boyfriends' confusion, hah!) and here's a good post on why it's a positive thing.

I realise that veganism is still a middle-class privilege and could be difficult for someone on a low income however, shockingly enough, PETA didn't get that memo.

Clearly, a blog called Slutever is always up my street.

Flow Box is another vegan subscription box on the market.

You know I've been moaning about not being able to find a gardening blog which is urban, UK-based and female? Well, Vertical Veg ticks off two of those points.

You Grow Girl is a female urban gardening blog (but American). However her blog is amazing, and she does podcasts too.

I've also turned into an old woman this week and began watching Gardener's World (and almost bought the magazine, but I like to be eco-friendly and stuff).

Bulimia comes out of the closet.

Inside the world's most dangerous amusement park.

Domestic violence comes in many forms, controlling the finances so they can't get out is one of them.

Ria Michelle is a super stylish American blogger I found this week.

Most women have been grabbed inappropriately in nightclubs - but have you been inappropriately grabbed by a gay man? This piece - written by a gay man - explains why this is still an entitlement to women's bodies even if you're not sexually attracted to women.

If you're visiting the Edinburgh Festival here's a guide to being a good tourist.

So #healthgoth is a thing (but kids, never stop eating carbs)

Why do we end up marrying the wrong people?

20 signs you're doing well in life (even if you don't feel you are)

Abolishing the monarchy doesn't mean we couldn't take park in the Commonwealth Games (just like the Republic of South Africa still takes part)

Primal Pit Paste is new to the Leaping Bunny directory.

Finally, a hilarious Pinterest board of things that don't need to exist.

Morag x
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