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10 years of lip plumping

… and no we don’t mean the surgical kind. 

Some of Hollywood’s hottest, Halle Berry, Megan Fox and Scarlett Johansson, just to name a few have had their lips plumped to perfection by cult favourite DuWop. 

10 years ago makeup artist Cristina Bartolucci and her team set about creating a perfect bee-stung look (the kind of look you get after a huge make-out session). Eureka! The end result, a cinnamon-spiked blend of essential oils that went on to become DuWop’s breakthrough product: Lip Venom was born.

DuWop Lip Venom

DuWop Lip Venom

The hot little lip gloss has since went on to make makeup history, earning DuWop bragging rights for the first-ever lip plumper.

I was excited about trying this famed product after hearing heaps about it. DuWop advertises a ‘bee stung’ pout and boy do they deliver. I could instantly feel the circulation in my lips going into overdrive. (The feeling you get after a huge make-out session). Though I can imagine the intense tingling sensation is not everyones cup of tea. Lip Venom gives shine without stickiness, a five star product in my book. With a mix of reviews, this is definitely a love or hate product. I’m sure you can tell where i stand with this one.

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Tabloid tales: no men allowed!

Direct your browser to the likes of Perez Hilton, Go fug yourself and the majority of the content will pertain to female wardrobe malfunctions, drunken diva behaviour, glamazon scientology converts, and a whole host of other scandals which offer diligent coverage highlighting the lifestyles of Hollywood’s most vibrant women.

Devoting only a small section to the some male egotistical mockery and perhaps some fancy-pants actor denying claims of yet another affair.

Why the apparent discrepancy of coverage of the Y chromosome?

Well, I don’t entirely agree that tabloids deal exclusively with female cases, but after doing a bit of digging myself, I have concluded that one would be hard-pressed to find a plethora of male celebrity scandals. Unless it’s Kiefer wreaking havoc in one of his famous drunken stupers, or Tom Cruise talking about his love for aliens (scientology), the bulk of what you read in tabloids always have, and continue to deal with the woes and fiascos of female celebrities and ‘celebuspawn’. 

Is that because only women cause, dare I say it, immense drama? Or perhaps we just prefer reading about women?

Why is this?

Tabloid readership is mostly female, and although females might get a kick out of a male scandal, or a glimpse of Harry Potter’s bum, this is not the material that they best identify with. 

So why do we, women, get so worked up over seeing other women fall out of taxis, have a bad hair day or a picture of a shoddy make-up application? Maybe we ought to remember that they are human too. I think that is all too easily forgotten with all the airbrushing and tangoed celebs out there. 

Until more men take an interest in the tabloids, they will remain more female-oriented.

So where did I put my fake tan again?

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Stick thin to fit in!

Looking through the fashion glossies I feel bombarded by glamorous yet perpetually skinny young women. Now i know all too well the size zero debate has been buzzing in our ears for way to long and I am sure the majority of us have become rather nauseas.

Having worked for numerous fashion publications and been a student of journalism for the past few years I couldn’t help feel that the media is getting blamed for giving the public simply what they want. Do we need to cut them some slack?

The countless models that are sashaying down the catwalk are to blame for the so-called ‘size-zero’ epidemic or so it has been claimed.

 As we are being constantly bombarded with stick thin A-listers, has are ability to actively respond and participate in the media come to an all-round halt. 

These young hopeful models aiming to break into the power hungry fashion business are being fed (no pun intended) ridiculous assumptions that they will only ‘make it’ if they are practically knocking on deaths door.

What is the reality of being a size zero? What does the media actually make of stick thin models?

Well, not much in fact. It is not simply the media to blame for this epidemic, if you can even call it that, it is the fashion industry who place these models on glass pedestals and show them to the world as the be-all and end-all of ‘beauty.’

The notoriety gained from media speculation has helped in bringing size zero to a halt on Madrid catwalks. But Madrid is one city in a world of billions of people.

In fact it is not purely the media to blame, they are simply perpetuating what the audience want to see and that is a slim, beautiful woman.

If a fat woman was the lead in a TV show would your attitudes still feel the same, chances are not.

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