Q&A on what it’s like to start a small business..

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Photo of the new counter top: Credit: SailorSarah
  1. How long has Indulge Me been up and running?

K: Indulge Me happened as we initially fell in love with the idea of handcrafting bath products about 5/6 years ago, but it’s something we didn’t really pursue until March 2016- when I got the ingredients and equipment for my birthday. But with my partners ill health, it was again put on the back burner, we were lucky enough to find our little unit in the Victoria Arcade and open before Christmas.

2.  What’s your aim?

K: Our aim is basically to create affordable and natural products that are suitable for everyone. John has really bad psoriasis, due to his medical conditions and we find it really hard to buy products that don’t set off his skin. We describe ourselves as family of canaries, and so far we haven’t developed a product that we cannot use. We want to be 100% officially Vegan certified by the end of the year, all of our ingredients are high quality, natural and cruelty free and its something we want to promote.

3. What’s your favourite product so far and why?

K: Rainbow Magic for definite, it’s about 6 different colours and fragrances, and it was named via a Facebook competition- we had the most adorable 9 year old come up with the name and it’s such a customer favourite, it’s a major pain to make but it’s worth it.

4.  What’s your next step?

K: Now that would be telling, business is very dog-eat-dog, but I’m looking into exploring more of the ‘cosmetics’ side of things.

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Photo of our door window- Cosmetics by name

5.  Has it really been an easy ride, like you’ve portrayed on your social media pages?

K: Well nothing in life is easy, you’ve always got to work as hard as you can. It’s definitely been hard at times, John’s MS has been a big limiter to him, he’s been a professional builder and decorator for almost 30 years and to not be able to do the things he used to is really hard for him. It’s also been fun managing a hormonal teenage boy through his GCSE exams, along with a highly inquisitive 7 year old. Along with supporting our eldest through her first year at uni. Playing family and establishing yourself as a brand is complicated. We were all at the new shop until 1am on Friday preparing it for the opening the following day, it’s those kind of things people don’t see. The countless hours we devote to making things picture perfect and ready, we felt obliged to open for when we promised we would. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

 

 

 

Social Media Spat- Feminist viewpoints

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Credit: The Tab, featuring Kennedy’s article

Two weeks ago it all went down on The Tab’s social media site. An article published by a local Portsmouth Uni student attracted backlash for supposedly ‘encouraging society to view women as purely sex objects’. #Itoldmummy went from a harmless life/opinion piece on working as a ‘Dirty Disco Girl’ into a full blown argument concerning feminism and morals in this day and age.

It started with a derogatory comment from an unrelated male, purely for the ‘likes’, but it got steadily worse as another decided to lend her opinion to the mix. Others were quick to leap to the original posters defence.

With comments pouring in defending her morals, and opposing the critical comments made by Potter. One that stood out was Kieran Nall’s, its sarcastic and facetious tone, jousting about dinosaur costumes and insinuating Miss Potter’s statement was rather prehistoric.

When asked about how the comments had affected her decision to share her views, Tab writer Kennedy said  “It’s ridiculous that we get slammed for being body confident yet beauty companies today are trying to promote body confidence”

The article itself, was supposedly a light hearted option piece, praising how society has changed, and how in the 21st contrary women should be allowed to do what they want with their bodies, as Kennedy herself stated, it’s pretty shocking that on a daily basis advertising companies bombard us with comments promoting ‘body confidence’, yet publicly its fellow women that decide to slam and attack our appearance and opinions for their own self gratification. The only silver lining came as a handful of knights in shining armour, who decided rather than to ‘feed the trolls’, they would make banter out of the situation, which seemed to stem the flow of hatred and narcism.

5 Reasons why glitter is better for you than drugs..

1- Its legal to talk about how many grams you’ve ordered in public- shady as hell guys, but totally legal. It is also far cheaper! The average street price of a gram of ket is roughly between £20/30 depending on which side of the north, south divide you fall on. Glitter? This shit is like £1 a gram?!

 

2- It’s a common and scientifically tested FACT: Glitter makes you fitter. Only a solid 5 on a good day? Slap it on and get your sparkle on- you’re guaranteed to become at least a solid 7 ½. Did I mention Glitter Beards? Most men go through the ‘beard phase’, at some point in their lives, some may not actually come out of it and give theirs up. But a simple solution to cure your facial hair woes could be to funk it up. Vaseline or gel, twirl it in their locks, smother the glitter in. Boom. One incredibly jazzy beard, and if your partner/friend hates cosmetics- they’ll soon rethink that beard.

Credit: Patsie Gorman

3- There’s no come down, with glitter you’re always on a high- it’s the upper that never stops upping… apart from when you get It in your eyes… word of warning: DON’T! But if you’re feeling a bit rough-  Glitter concealer is a thing, and it’s the stuff of gods. When your under eyes look like they’ve been dragged down by Satan himself, into the depths of the darkest hell- a bit of glitter could be your answer. Slay girl!

 

Credit: The Daily Mail

4 – Glittery appendages! Especially Glitter Tits. Need I say more? A classy way of showing off what yo’ mama gave you, and possibly campaigning that its your body, your rules! Glitter roots though, for that time of the month when your bank account is saying no- but your hair is saying ‘eww roots and grossness’, dab on a bit of gel, slather on the glitter- an arty way of covering up a multitude of sins.

5- Unlike hard core drugs, the prolonged use of glitter will not lead to your face mangling, rotting and half falling off. Jaundice and gaunt cheeks are not the one. But glittery ones, definitely are. It’s not the worst addiction in the world to have, sure when you rock up anywhere and open your bag, glitter will fall out. When you get laundry out of the wash, glitter will still be clinging to it. Your bed is now a sparkly paradise, you will never be able to remove it. And even after a shower, you’ll find it in your hair, or somewhere obscure on your body. But it’s a fun habit, and it’s one you’ll never regret.

Credit: Patsie Gorman

 

10 Reasons why Glitter is better for you than drugs..

1- Its legal to talk about how many grams you’ve ordered in public- shady as hell guys, but totally legal.

2- Its far cheaper! The average street price of a gram of ket is roughly between £20/30 depending on which side of the north, south divide you fall on. Glitter? This shit is like £1 a gram?!

3- It’s a common and scientifically tested FACT: Glitter makes you fitter. Only a solid 5 on a good day? Slap it on and get your sparkle on- you’re guaranteed to become at least a solid 7 ½.

 

4- Did I mention Glitter Beards? Most men go through the ‘beard phase’, at some point in their lives, some may not actually come out of it and give theirs up. But a simple solution to cure your facial hair woes could be to funk it up. Vaseline or gel, twirl it in their locks, smother the glitter in. Boom. One incredibly jazzy beard, and if your partner/friend hates cosmetics- they’ll soon rethink that beard.

Credit: Patsie Gorman

 

5- There’s no come down, with glitter you’re always on a high- it’s the upper that never stops upping… apart from when you get It in your eyes… word of warning: DON’T!

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Credit: Patsie Gorman

6- Glitter concealer is a thing, and it’s the stuff of gods. When your under eyes look like they’ve been dragged down by Satan himself, into the depths of the darkest hell- a bit of glitter could be your answer. Slay girl! Conceal it with the stuff of gods.

Credit: The Daily Mail

 

7- Glitter Tits. Need I say more? A classy way of showing off what yo’ mama gave you, and possibly campaigning that its your body, your rules!

 

Credit: The Gyspy Shrine

 

8- Glitter roots, for that time of the month when your bank account is saying no- but your hair is saying ‘eww roots and grossness’, dab on a bit of gel, slather on the glitter- an arty way of covering up a multitude of sins.

 

Credit: Dust and Dance

 

9- Unlike hard core drugs, the prolonged use of glitter will not lead to your face mangling, rotting and half falling off. Jaundice and gaunt cheeks are not the one. But glittery ones, definitely are.

 

Credit: Patsie Gorman

 

10- It’s not the worst addiction in the world to have, sure when you rock up anywhere and open your bag, glitter will fall out. When you get laundry out of the wash, glitter will still be clinging to it. Your bed is now a sparkly paradise, you will never be able to remove it. And even after a shower, you’ll find it in your hair, or somewhere obscure on your body. But it’s a fun habit, and it’s one you’ll never regret.

 

Credit: Gif central