• Emily Holland

A Rant About Beauty Products

I’m sick of it.

Absolutely sick of it.

I don’t want to pay more to get my haircut. I don’t want to spend 3-4x the time in the chair.

Makes me sick to my stomach.

I don’t want to buy the pink products and pay more.

I don’t want to get my nails done (okay maybe sometimes, because it’s basically a massage as well).

I don’t want to purchase expensive makeup. Or hair products. Or deodorants.

I don’t want to have to buy supplements, to buy tampons.

I’m sick of it.

Sometimes I just get sick of being a woman. Of feeling like these things are expected of me.

I know what you’re thinking. You don’t HAVE to do any of that. And yes, that’s true (well besides the tampons/any period products).

But it sure feels like that sometimes. Like you DO have to do those things. To be a functioning female.

And it weighs heavy on me. I resent it constantly. I whine to myself, ‘it’s not fair,’ (see: angsty teen voice).

So I started to think about how I could avoid it. Could it be done?

I stopped buying female specific shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. I use unisex environmentally friendly products now.

I stopped going to get my haircut every few months, and just decided to go when it gets truly unruly.

I purchase one new mascara and eyeliner a year. And when my eye shadow is gone, I’ll look to buy something sustainable and cheap (does that even exist?).

This so called ‘pink tax’ is wild. Look up some comparison articles of side-by-side products for men and women. All of the women’s products are more expensive. And we have to buy more of them in general.

So maybe it isn’t really whining. Maybe it really is unfair. And maybe, I don’t have to buy in. And maybe, you don’t have to either.

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