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07/14/2014

It’s that time of the month again! No, not that time, it’s Vegan Cuts Beauty Box time! Here’s you peek into this past month’s box. 
The Superchic Lacquer caused a feeding frenzy at work. It ended up getting passed around. Like a 40 at an 8th grade party. Everybody was really into the color. It was a light blue, I think this one. 
And of course the Pacifica eyeliner was popular! Did you know they made eyeliner? I did not. 
What else…oh! My new favorite thing was in the box! NYL nourishing facial serum! I recently tried a bunch of NYL stuff that I’ve been meaning to review—oops! It’s coming, I swear!—and this was actually my favorite product of theirs. So it was pretty dope to find it in the beauty box. 
I was also into the LA Fresh nail polish remover because it’s a nice little travel polish remover and travel shiz is the best! You know me, always travelin. 
That’s your peek into the Beauty Box this month!
I got this for free but if you want to try it, the box subscription is $19.99 a month, shipping included (for US addresses. International is more). 

It’s that time of the month again! No, not that time, it’s Vegan Cuts Beauty Box time! Here’s you peek into this past month’s box. 

The Superchic Lacquer caused a feeding frenzy at work. It ended up getting passed around. Like a 40 at an 8th grade party. Everybody was really into the color. It was a light blue, I think this one

And of course the Pacifica eyeliner was popular! Did you know they made eyeliner? I did not. 

What else…oh! My new favorite thing was in the box! NYL nourishing facial serum! I recently tried a bunch of NYL stuff that I’ve been meaning to review—oops! It’s coming, I swear!—and this was actually my favorite product of theirs. So it was pretty dope to find it in the beauty box. 

I was also into the LA Fresh nail polish remover because it’s a nice little travel polish remover and travel shiz is the best! You know me, always travelin. 

That’s your peek into the Beauty Box this month!

I got this for free but if you want to try it, the box subscription is $19.99 a month, shipping included (for US addresses. International is more). 

05/22/2014

The May Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is BONKERS  »

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Vegan Cuts kept saying their May Beauty Box was going to be special, but dang, that shiz was BANANAS! It was mostly full-size stuff instead of samples AND totally things I’m so excited about! Because I really just like samples in general so I’m happy for whatever samples I ever get, but this has stuff that I’m ALWAYS looking for vegan versions of—like a eyelash strengthening mascara! YES PLEASE! I have bitty lashes but I thought eyelash serum things wouldn’t be vegan. 

So I’m very excited about the Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques lash-strengthening mascara. I also firmly believe in finishing powder so I love the big ol’ jar of Gourmet Body Treats Raw Finishing Powder. And I’m super excited for the Sevi texturize spray because I like a good wave. There was also a giant tube of SkinAgain Youth lotion, which is great because my mom says I’m destined to have spotty British skin like her and my grandma and I’m like, KILL THAT NOISE, OLD LADY!

Yeah, in conclusion: BONKERS!

ALSO, did you see they came out with a vegan dog lovers box?! I WANT!!!

I got this for free but if you want to try it, the box subscription is $19.99 a month, shipping included (for US addresses. International is more). 

05/08/2014

Behold! The bounty of my April Vegan Cuts Beauty Box! A wondrous harvest indeed. 
The GlamNatural lip gloss is very nice. I think it would be a nice shade for most, if not all, skin tones. I like that in general about the Beauty Box, so far I’ve yet to get anything that would only complement white people skin tones or what have you. And nothing that says it’s “nude” colored when what they really mean is white people colored! I LOATHE that to the max. I’m white but I’m completely fine with buying “Light Beige” or “CLZY87801” or “Pink Desert Sand at Dusk in the Shadow of a Fig Tree,” or just really ANYTHING that’s not effing racist NUDE.
I digress. But yeah, point is, seems like Vegan Cuts makes an effort to give samples that everyone can enjoy. And it’s not a ton of makeup, there’s always different stuff. So if you don’t wear makeup, there are still plenty of things you will enjoy. 
I also really liked the Montagne Jeunesse face masks! Jeez. Let’s be real, I just love trying new beauty products! And I like getting samples that I know are vegan. So I got this for free but if you want to try it, the box subscription is $19.99 a month, shipping included (for US addresses. International is more). 

Behold! The bounty of my April Vegan Cuts Beauty Box! A wondrous harvest indeed. 

The GlamNatural lip gloss is very nice. I think it would be a nice shade for most, if not all, skin tones. I like that in general about the Beauty Box, so far I’ve yet to get anything that would only complement white people skin tones or what have you. And nothing that says it’s “nude” colored when what they really mean is white people colored! I LOATHE that to the max. I’m white but I’m completely fine with buying “Light Beige” or “CLZY87801” or “Pink Desert Sand at Dusk in the Shadow of a Fig Tree,” or just really ANYTHING that’s not effing racist NUDE.

I digress. But yeah, point is, seems like Vegan Cuts makes an effort to give samples that everyone can enjoy. And it’s not a ton of makeup, there’s always different stuff. So if you don’t wear makeup, there are still plenty of things you will enjoy. 

I also really liked the Montagne Jeunesse face masksJeez. Let’s be real, I just love trying new beauty products! And I like getting samples that I know are vegan. So I got this for free but if you want to try it, the box subscription is $19.99 a month, shipping included (for US addresses. International is more). 

05/01/2014

Meow Meow Tweet! vegan skincare to make you look and smell delicious  »

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Meow Meow Tweet is a Brooklyn-based vegan apothecary, and they sent me a pile of samples of their skincare products to try. Much like The Gnarly Whale, everything MMT makes smells absolutely amazing.

I especially loved:

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The cocoa cream, which softens your skin and makes it smell like really expensive chocolate, and I do love to smell edible.

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The rosemary eucalyptus lip balm, which goes with me everywhere because it is perfect protection against this stupid post-winter weather that is wreaking absolute havoc on my poor sensitive lips.

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The walnut oat face exfoliant. It comes as a powder that you make into a paste by adding water, and at first I had a hard time getting the proportions right, but once I got it, I loved it. It thoroughly exfoliates without abrading your delicate face, and after this winter I have about a million layers of dry, dead skin to slough off. Soon, I will have a radiant summer(-adjacent) glow, I’m sure of it.

imageI like to put the relief balm on my temples when I have a headache, and if I were into massages, I imagine I’d like it rubbed into my sore muscles, too. It’s also been pretty nice on the burns I am, as a very careless cook, constantly causing myself.

imageThe repair balm has got myrrh, which I didn’t realize I was super into until I opened this little canister and fell in love. I put this stuff on my cuticles, on (closed!) cuts, and sometimes on my lips when they are especially chapped (seriously, I was not made for this weather), and it smells fancy and feels really great.

You can buy these and all of Meow Meow Tweet’s line (they have a deodorant cream that I wasn’t too crazy about, but a friend of mine and her mom adore it) at these fine brick-and-mortars and online. They also make appearances at the Vegan Shop-Up in Bushwick, and have an adorable blog. Meow Meow Tweet is all natural vegan body care, made with love by vegans. I love their stuff and I bet you will, too.

04/29/2014

The Gnarly Whale: Skincare and haircare to keep you sweet-smelling and vegan!  »

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The biggest thing you’ll notice with The Gnarly Whale is that everything smells amazing. From lemon to papaya, all the products have a strong, usually fruit-inspired scent. But there is so much more to Gnarly Whale than meets the nose! 

The all-vegan line sent me many free products to try so I can give you the lowdown. I was VERY impressed with the haircare. The shampoo was the consistency of water so it was a little hard to actually get to my head (like some would leak through my hands) and I was worried it wouldn’t clean my hair—totally wrong! It cleaned my hair very well. And I NEVER wash my hair, so I really put it to the test! I was also really impressed by the hair detangler. I asked my friend Jess, vegan fashion genius, if she uses the detangler with conditioner or not, she says she uses conditioner and the spray. But I went ahead and tried it sans conditioner and it softened my coarse hair! And it smells SUPER.

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The Beach Waves is also a great product. It’s not as beachy as other similar products I’ve tried but it also didn’t make my hair so stiff as those other products have. The only thing I didn’t like was the body spray. It was was not subtly scented like promised and it didn’t really moisturize like it suggested. But the lip balm gets an A+. And I love the oatmeal & honey soap! I double checked, no honey in it! It smells more like oatmeal and almond and you know I love anything almond scented. But my most favorite thing was the face and body scrub! It uses sugar to scrub off dead skin cells and then immediately adds moister with olive oil. Kind of genius. I was worried it would be too oily but it’s actually perfect. And I didn’t break out or anything. Just smooth, moisturized skin. And as with everything, what lovely scents it comes in!

The company also donates 10% of their profits to charity every month. Half of the monthly donation goes to Earth Justice, which seems super cool, but the other half goes to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. I’m a bit torn on this, I thought it was a regular aquarium (i.e. awful!) but they say they just do rescue, rehab and release, only keeping animals at the aquarium if the animal would likely not survive on its own. But I can’t find much info on them other than self-reported. But lord knows there are all kinds of sea animals getting injured due to human bullish! Anyway, this portion of this post was updated after I read on CMA’s website more. I’m still not totally sure though. 

Final pro-tip if you plan on purchasing, they have dope sales! So check that out for a bargain. And try the sugar scrub! It looks like you can pick whatever scent you want for the sugar scrub. I liked the coconut and I never even like coconut!

04/01/2014

Here’s the inside of March’s Beauty Box from Vegan Cuts! I’m very excited for the LVX nail polish—a full size bottle! And a pretty color. I’m also stoked about the Pangea Organics face mask. It’s got a super-long name with all these super-important sounding ingredients. Wait, let me look it up, hold please…
Found it! It’s the Japanese Matcha Tea Acai Goji Berry Facial Mask. RIGHT?! Sounds very important. My face is intrigued. 
I got this for free but the box subscription is $19.99 a month, shipping included (for US addresses. International is more). 

Here’s the inside of March’s Beauty Box from Vegan Cuts! I’m very excited for the LVX nail polish—a full size bottle! And a pretty color. I’m also stoked about the Pangea Organics face mask. It’s got a super-long name with all these super-important sounding ingredients. Wait, let me look it up, hold please…

Found it! It’s the Japanese Matcha Tea Acai Goji Berry Facial Mask. RIGHT?! Sounds very important. My face is intrigued. 

I got this for free but the box subscription is $19.99 a month, shipping included (for US addresses. International is more). 

12/02/2013

Holiday sale on vegan skincare line Blissoma!  »

Last year I tried several Blissoma skincare products and liked them very much! You can read my review here. Now, from today through 12/8, Blissoma is having a special holiday sale! Details:

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So check it out if you are looking for some nice, natural products and want to support a vegan business!

10/19/2012

Product Review: Belmondo Vegan Pore Cleansing Clay Mask!  »

Here I am, back with more vegan skincare news! I recently became aware of this skincare company Belmondo:

This natural skin care line uses organic ingredients, sourced fair trade whenever possible, that are brimming with the earth-grown goodness your body recognizes and uses to heal and beautify itself.

The line is based all around organic olive oil. They never test on animals and most products are vegan (some contain beeswax). They’re also super environmentally friendly. Belmondo sent me a gratis jar of their Earth pore cleansing clay mask to try out and now I will tell you all about it!

The first thing I noticed is that unlike so many masks, this doesn’t feel all tight and awful while it’s drying! I like that. After I washed the mask off, my skin looked fresh and I’m pretty sure my pores were smaller (big pores are the worst!). I was concerned about the olive oil element seeing as I have oily skin but there wasn’t a trace of oil or residue after I used the mask. Huzzah! Another note: I think the design is very cute. Plus, all the bottles and jars are glass so you can easily recycle them! Bonus!

I can’t speak to the long term effects of the mask but if you want a nice vegan clay mask that doesn’t irritate your skin, this one is definitely worth a try.

10/01/2012

Giveaway and Product Review: Zen Society Natural Skincare!  »

Zen Society is a line of vegan, natural skincare. It’s made with USDA Certified Organic ingredients, plant botanicals, and fruit extracts. Zen Society is super environmentally friendly; the shipping boxes are made from recycled materials and all the packaging is 100% recyclable. The products are also gluten-free!*

I like this part from their site:

Zen Society takes pride in offering fresh, handcrafted products. We use the highest quality of 100% Natural and USDA Certified Organic ingredients which are cold pressed and unrefined. If our oils are heated, they are never heated above 120° so they retain all vitamins, minerals and nutrients to provide ultimate nourishment to the skin. Each ingredient contains at least 10 vitamins and minerals. We include Fair Trade and locally harvested ingredients whenever possible. No parabens, pesticide sprays, petroleum, silicone, synthetics, artificial fragrances, dyes, GMO, or harmful processed additives.

They are also recognized as a cruelty-free company by PETA and donate a portion of all sales to Friends of the Earth. Kind of sounds perfect, right? Well guess what! Zen Society sent me the rosewater mist and the macadamia body oil on the house and I can say they ARE perfect! The rosewater mist is a nice little astringent or pick-me-up and, well, it smells like roses! Roses smell good.

The macadamia body oil is just about my new favorite thing in the whole world. It absorbs quickly and easily but the best part was when I put it on my elbows! I have rough, ashy elbows and after using this stuff like twice, they were totally better! No body lotion I’ve tried has made any difference and this stuff fixed it overnight. Pretty awesome. I had never even heard of macadamia body oil—now I’m in love! What a difference a day makes. 

OK, now, because I love the macadamia body oil so much, Zen Society has agreed to do a giveaway! To win your own macadamia body oil, leave a comment on this post answering this question: We already care about animals, why should we care about earth-friendly products too?! I’ll pick a winner next Monday.

I also encourage you to follow Zen Society on Twitter and like their FB page because they announce sales, specials, new products, and nice stuff like that. Don’t miss out!

*Is gluten bad for your skin?!

09/18/2012

CLOSED—Product Review and Giveaway: Think Pretty pure beauty elixir!  »

Yay! It’s the next giveaway for Vegansaurus Giveaway Week! Check every day this week for more prizes!

Think Pretty is a lovely vegan line of “beauty elixirs,” which are antioxidant, nutrient-rich facial serums. They make seven different elixirs; I tried You Make Me Feel So Young. The ingredients are definitely exciting!: Olive Squalane, Olive Leaf Extract, Red and White Tea Extract, Açai Berry Extract, Blackerry Seed Oil, Coenzyme Q-10, Immortelle Oil, Orchid Extract. Oh my! That sounds hella healthy!

After trying this, my official word is that I very much like the stuff! The results weren’t super-drastic, but the elixir went on nicely, absorbed well, and my skin was soft and dewy. I love dewy skin!

So, my little friends, just for you guys we are holding a giveaway, AND I’ve got a discount code for you!

Giveaway: To enter to win your own bottle of Think Pretty beauty elixir, leave a comment on this post telling me why natural skincare products are the bomb. I will pick a winner next Tuesday!

Discount: To get 25 percent off all Think Pretty products, enter “AutumnPretty25” (not case specific) when purchasing. This code is active now until Oct. 31!

OK, get your vegan, organic skincare on!

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