The thing about elections is that there are so many different facets and topics and reports and opinions (#faketradie being my current favourite) that get us thinking about not just the main issues, but everything from whether a tradie would really be wearing a TAG to how much he’d be paid to how much more that pay would be compared to a woman. I read here that according to the latest ATO figures, Australian women executives are being out-earned by their male counterparts by an average of $65,000 per year with female barristers seeing a pay gap of 184% of their male colleagues; ironically a problem they are yet to argue their way out of (joke! joke! joke!).
Thankfully for the reader coming to a beauty site and not wanting to read anything political whatsoever, the point I’m getting to isn’t anywhere near as serious as the above may suggest; quite the opposite, actually. Of course it makes me angry that the gender pay gap issue still exists in 2016, but I realised it exists in the world of beauty as well. OMG! Men get cheaper and better products! If this doesn’t change I’m heading to the US and voting for the guy that needs help with his fake tan! (joke! joke! joke!) Amazingly, I’m yet to find a journalist covering this hot election topic. So, I took matters into my own hands…
MEN GET AWESOME SKINCARE!
Huh?! They don’t even need it!! How infuriating! A girl in the US who I think must be a political correspondent Kylie Jenner, revealed that Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm (for $11.49 from Priceline) is in fact a “cool new trick” to use as a moisturiser if you have oily skin”. WHAT?! And the outrage doesn’t stop there: Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm also contains glycerine which is an ingredient that makeup will stick to, which basically means it works as a primer as well. And according to numerous other political insiders (or ‘beauty bloggers’ as they are also called) it’s one of the best primers going around. In my sheer outrage and disgust, I had to go and purchase said product and as Ms Jenner suggested, it was very “cool”. And on sale at Woolworths for $9.20, which was better than my usual favourite Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer for $54.
MEN HAVE BETTER RAZORS
We get it! Men have facial hair and need to shave their faces! But why are their razors SO much better than the women’s equivalent?! Our legs won’t close shave themselves, ladies! And don’t just put a big moisturising bar around the razor and tell me it’s as good! I know those pro guide/contour/excel/fusion blades the boys get do a better job on my legs than the prettiest of pink ‘she’s got it’ options. Sure, I am naturally attracted to the colour like a bird and genetically I can’t overly help that. But I can open my eyes and feel the difference. And now, so can you. Men’s Schick Hydro 5 will cost you $11 where as a women’s Schick Intuition with coconut milk and almond oil will set you back around $13.09, so you’re basically prickly and broke. #equalpayequalrazors
MEN HAVE CHEAPER, BETTER DEODORANT
How unfair!! Just because men get all sweaty means they get stronger deodorant and get to pay less for it?! Girls get sweaty too! Especially barristers who a sweating over earning so much less! Those wigs are no joke! Taking to the streets myself to expose the scam of #sweatygate I went undercover as a shallow beauty blogger at my local Woolworths. As I strutted in holding my Chanel bag, avoiding carbs and turning my nose up at people, I was astounded to discover that I was proving myself right at every turn, which in usual circumstances I love, but not when I feel ripped off on beauty products. A women’s Dove Original Deodorant Stick was $6.40 where a men’s BRUT Deodorant Stick came in at $5.75. I know what you’re thinking – you don’t want to smell like one of those guys on a Lynx ad, but let me rebut that with two points: 1. Deodorant sticks don’t have such an overpowering scent and 2. Unisex fragrances are becoming more and more popular now with some women being drawn to a more masculine scent (possibly because they like saving money and are smart).
MEN HAVE CHEAPER AND BETTER SHAVING CREAM AND GEL
What do we want? EQUALITY! When do we want it? NOW! This one infuriated me. Even though I must admit I don’t always use shaving cream as I can be lazy and opt for a body wash which isn’t smart as it can cause the razor to slip and cut me, but it’s the principle that if I decided to use shaving cream on a Tuesday, I would be paying more because I am a girl. WTF. Nivea Men shaving gel came in at $2.99 with sensitive men being charged $3.24 for being slightly more high maintenance. Over in the women’s section, a bottle of Gillette Satin Care Sensitive was a staggering $7.45. If I was a hairy female barrister, I’d be absolutely losing it.
Watch below how the story unfolds. Now that you have the facts, you can save money by using products intended for men…which as a women is good to know, because we don’t earn enough to afford our own price range. One day, ladies, one day.