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October Vegan Cuts Box!

23 Oct

DSC_0780Hi Everyone! OK… I haven’t been on in a couple months…. I keep doing this! I have been so busy volunteering lately I haven’t found the time to blog! Now that kitten season is ending I don’t have as many fosters to take care of. SO, with that said here is my review of the October Vegan Cuts!

Not everyone knows about Vegan Cuts. Vegan Cuts is a monthly subscription box filled with vegan products either beauty or snack depending on what you choose. I cancelled my Ipsy subscription a few months back because I started feeling guilty receiving all those cruel products and I was getting terrible service! I am MUCH happier with this box and I am receiving much better service. ANYWAY, lets begin looking through 🙂

DSC_0783LOTUS WEI

The first product is this serum by LOTUS WEI in the scent Inner Peace. This is a really great brand who uses flower essences in serums, mists, and perfumes with a scent based off of what energy you want. I have been using this serum on my face every night for the past three nights. I honestly haven’t felt any more “inner peace” since using it, but it smells good and moisturizes my face!

DSC_0787FLOSS GLOSS

Next product in my October box is Floss Gloss nail lacquer in Blood Suede and Tears. OK, I have only tried a few vegan nail polish brands and I honestly love all of them. But for some reason this one has a really great pigment! I wasn’t in love with the color at the beginning (reddish brown) but its growing on me! I didn’t swatch this color on my nails because i’m already wearing polish at the moment but I promise its very nice.

DSC_0788LOVINAH

Third in the box is this AMAZING smelling coffee scrub. I’m a coffee scrub ADDICT. I use Frank coffee scrub twice a week and I’m very excited to try this one! Most coffee scrubs, in my opinion, all smell the same…. not this one. This one has vanilla in it and wow, it makes it that much better!

DSC_0793HYLUNIA

This is a Paraben and Phosphate-free vegan skincare sample set with four products. It comes with a mini Facial Cleansing Gel, Healing and Restoring Cream, Night Treatment, and Facial Day lotion. I have only been using these for a few nights since I got my box a few days ago! So far they haven’t dried me out or cause acne so I will continue to use up the products.

Overall I really liked my box. I pay $19.95 per month to receive 4-7 beauty products in each box. If you are making the switch to a vegan/ cruelty free lifestyle or you just want to try new products with less harsh chemicals this is a really good place to try them. If you have any vegan brand suggestions let me know! I always love to explore new brands 🙂

PACIFICA Indian Coconut Nectar- Take Me There Set

29 Apr

Hey everyone! So the snow here in Maryland is gone (YAY)… but the rain seems to keep coming! So to keep our minds off the weather, here’s a quick review! I have been wanting to try some pacifica things for a while and saw these kits were on sale at ULTA for $13.00 (originally $18.00). They only had a few scents so I picked up the Coconut nectar trio. The kit includes a body butter, a roller ball perfume, and their Color Quench Nautral Moisture Slim lip tint. Overall I think its a really nice kit if your not use to the brand.

pacificaStarting with the body butter. It has a nice texture but it seems to dry out my hands after an hour or two, then again I kind of expect that from a basic scented lotion. It smells pretty nice… to other people! When I put it on I noticed a weird smell behind it but my mom didn’t seem to notice it. I guess it depends on the person. The roller ball perfume is my favorite! It doesn’t have that same smell as the lotion and it seems to last a decent amount of time for a roller ball. Then the lip tint is nice. The colors of the tints depend on which scent you buy, this one has a darker nude color to it and looks really nice. It moisturizes just as well as any other balm, but this ones cruelty free 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this review! It’s always nice to introduce yourself to cruelty free brands. Some people run away from them when their products are just as good as anyone else! I hope everyone has a fantastic week!

Hempz Moisturizer (My Favorite!)

18 Dec

I wanted to make this post because I felt like this product deserved a shout out! This winter my skin has been cracking from how dry i am and it seems like every lotion I’ve tried has failed me. Until now. While walking through Ulta one day I came across a brand called Hempz. They are cruelty free and 100% vegan. First thing I did was put some on my hands. It smells delightful and doesn’t feel too greasy. after walking through the store for an hour my hands still felt like i just applied it! I have never had a moisturizer be so moisturizing! Since they were sold out of their yummy triple moisture formula I got a mini bottle of their pomegranate scent for $7.00. All their products have 100% natural hemp seed oil in them which i believe has been doing wonders for my skin!

HempzI Strongly recommend you try some of this awesome stuff next time you visit ulta. If you have tried any cruelty free brands I would love to hear about them if you know of any. Just comment your favorite cruelty free brand below 🙂

Lifestyle Change!

11 Dec

Hey guys! WOW I haven’t been on here for QUITE some time! I have been very busy lately and will start posting more frequently again! Anyway I have been vegetarian for a few months now, Since August, and have been loving how I feel inside and out from a slightly cleaner diet. A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to make an even bigger change and go vegan and I have been loving it!

Veganism is where you don’t eat or buy anything that has to do with animals. That means no meat, dairy, eggs, or other animal byproducts in your diet. That also means no leather, suede, fur, or animal byproduct in clothing or cosmetics. Hence the term “Cruelty free”. Going vegan is different for everyone. Some people do it for their health, the animal, the environment, or all. I am going vegan for all there reasons. I’m not here to “shame” you for eating meat or dairy, just letting you know what I have been up to and let you know what it is is you haven’t heard of it. If you are interested in going vegan, or maybe just doing “Meatless Mondays” you are still making a difference.

If you want to be more informed on veganism I suggest you watch a documentary called Vegucated. It is a short film you can get on amazon where three non vegans decide to go vegan for 6 weeks. The reason I like this film is because its not one of the more serious ones and it really does “Vegucate” you. I will still be posting a bit of non vegan items because i’m not just going to throw away everything I have that does test on animals. I will be officially vegan for new years (my new years goal) and will start posting cruelty free stuff then. Thank you SO MUCH for reading this! (I was not told by anyone to talk about this film! just my personal opinion!)

P.S. Oreos are Vegan!! 🙂

My Top 3 LUSH products for Fall/Winter!

4 Oct

I wanted to show you guys my favorite cold month products because sometimes its so hard to find things that look good on dry skin! I have been starting to get flaking skin on my forehead so bad that i cant even wear foundation right now! Instead of foundation i have been using the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer on my trouble spots (Love this stuff!). This post is to show you what I feel is best for when your skin gets dry for if anyone else needs some opinions!

First thing on my list is the Imperialis face moisturizer. I was recommended this by the lady who worked there because she said it cured her dry skin (she had baby skin!). I got a sample and tried it for a week. I was blown away by how well it helped, I’m actually buying the full size tomorrow! my skin is so soft and the dry patch is almost gone! You can purchase is at LUSH for $24.95

Lush2Second on my list Is the Lip Service Lip Balm. This stuff is fantastic!! I also get really dry lips when it gets cold out, go figure! Lip Service is a beeswax based lip repairing balm with all natural ingredients. I bought this at LUSH for $7.25 and use it three times a day. my lips are SO SOFT! I use this alone, or under lipsticks. They also say that you can use this lip balm on other dry parts such as your Elbows or Cuticles. I HIGHLY recommend this product!

LUSH3The last LUSH product on my list is their OATIFIX Face Mask for DRY skin. Their main ingredient is Organic Bananas. Oats are VERY soothing for dry, flaky skin. I got this for $6.95. Its not necessarily my favorite thing for moisturizing, but at the same time it doesnt dry you out. But it is a great, gentle way to calm and exfoliate that dead skin!

Lush4 You can get all these products in store or at http://www.lush.com. I hope I gave you guys some new options to try for dry skin! these products really are great, I have been loving lush for so long! All their products are cruelty free too which is an added Bonus 🙂 I am not sponsored/ being paid to make this post, I just love their products so much! Let me know what your favorite LUSH product is! Have a wonderful day 🙂

Exuviance Skincare Review!

9 Sep

Hey everyone! So yesterday I went to ULTA and had no idea they were having a makeup event! They had a counter for PURMinerals, Benefit Cosmetics, and Exuviance Skincare. The only counter I had time to go to was the Exuviance counter where I got a wonderful facial consisting of a Facial cleansing, Performance Peel, and a moisturizing. They even did a foundation application.Exuviance

The first thing they did was take off all my foundation with their Moisturizing Anti-bacterial Facial Cleanser. It is a nice, gentle, unscented, anti-bacterial cleanser. I have no bad comments about it but I need more time to see results.

The second product they used was their popular Performance Peel. It is a Glycolic Facial Peel that gets rid of the top layer of dead skin and stimulates new skin growth. I loved it! I loved the results when I got home because I noticed the top layer of skin was gone! The only problem is that it is a little too pricey for my liking ($72.00) so I didn’t end up buying it.

Then they used their Glycolic Expert Moisturizer. It moisturized my face very well, but I did not see it being any better than ones I use at home. Therefor I didn’t buy it.

Lastly, I got to try their Coverblend Concealing Treatment Foundation. She showed me some pictures of people who have used it to cover severe acne or tattoos. I do not have any severe acne, so I did not understand the point of using this foundation. I would never ever try their foundation again! It was some of the worst foundation I have EVER tried. She applied a ton of product which made me believe it isn’t full coverage. After I looked in the little mirror I saw it did not match my skin tone and you could see all the buildup of product in my deep lines around my nose area and under eyes. After we left ULTA I tried to blend out the foundation and it started to roll off! I do NOT recommend their foundation even if you have severe acne because it feels cakey. So If you ever get to try their products I recommend their facial treatments and under eye treatments, or their moisturizers. Most their products are not worth their price! So choose wisely! let me know if you have tried any of their products!

St. Tropez tan review!

20 Aug

               I’m SO pale! I’m like as white as paper year round. I have tried about five or six different drugstore brands of self tanning stuff. I have tried lotions, sprays, and foams… all made me orange or patchy. ANYWAY, I saw many many reviews of St. Tropes on YouTube saying how fantastic it is! So with some extra money I bought the mini bottle of their foam ($18) and the self tanning mitt ($6.50) and gave it a go. LOVE IT! It dries fast, smells GOOD, doesn’t make me patchy AND it doesn’t make me ORANGE! When you pump it onto the mitt, after preparing your skin of course, it looks VERY dark and has a green/olive undertone. This is great because it gives you a natural tan with out that “orange glow”. So even if you do mess up a little bit in application its usually OK because once you get your shower it comes out pretty even! So if you have skin as white as mine I highly suggest trying this out! tanner

Healthy Quinoa and Zucchini vegetarian burgers!

20 Aug

For dinner tonight I found a delicious veggie burger recipe on the Trader Joe’s website with a high nutritional value and low calorie count! It is a veggie burger made up of mainly quinoa, zucchini, cheese, and egg. I thought I would share this with you guys because some people get the impression that ALL veggie burgers are tofu, or just fake meat tasting. So not true. Since I became a vegetarian I have been more open to trying new foods and this made it to the top of the list! So if you are willing to try something new here is the recipe on the Trader Joe’s website http://www.traderjoes.com/recipes/recipe.asp?rid=156

Here are some picture steps on how to make it, along with the recipe in the link.

BGR1So after you mix, chill, and form the patties you start to fry them in the olive oil for 4 minutes on each side.

BGR2This is what the one side looks like after you flip it. Once you remove them from the pan you can place them on some paper towels to soak up the extra fat from the olive oil.

BGR3After that you can add your favorite side and there you have it! some delicious, easy, handmade veggie burgers! tell me what you think! And the recipe serves 8-10, so I made the recipe in half. I thought I would blog this to lat you see something different! hope you like it!

Easy Green Smoothie for Beginners!

19 Aug

I have been eating healthier lately as you may notice on my Health and Body section of my blogs, and I wanted to share with you a green smoothie I made today that is easy, fruity, and healthy!

Greensmoothie#1The ingredients you need are:

1 cup Kale

1 and a half cups strawberries

1 container lowfat yogurt (I used yoplait)

1 peach

1 banana

half cup water

I first crushed up the kale, banana, and yogurt to start with a creamy base, then I added the peach, strawberries, and water. Mix until consistency is smooth and lump free.

Greensmoothie#2Yummy! It may not look the most appetizing, but it is a great way to start being a healthy smoothie person because all you taste is the fruit! It is PACKED with protein, so it is a great way to start your day! Tell me what you think if you try it! what recipe do you like?

Quinoa: A Superfood

21 Jul

QuinoaQuinoa Is one of the newest additions to my diet. It is full of so many things that benefit you! I love making mine in a soup, a salad, or as a side dish. It is so easy to add your favorite vegetables and spices for there are countless combinations! (I like mine with Kale, Olive Oil, and finely grated cheese!) It is very filling and easy to digest. Here are some of their benefits:

  • High In protein and Calcium.
  • Rich in Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Fiber
  • Contains all essential amino acids
  • Contains Lysine
  • Great for Vegetarians, Vegans, and people who are lactose intolerant
This is one of my favorite Quinoa recipes! you can find this one and many more at http://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/cooking-with-quinoa-00412000073996/

This is one of my favorite Quinoa recipes! you can find this one and many more at http://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/cooking-with-quinoa-00412000073996/

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