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05/05/2014

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm! Perfect for the the cruelty-free, no-makeup makeup look!   »

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I love makeup! I love eyeliner, blush, lipstick, lipgloss, and mascara! It will be a glorious day once I learn how to use false eyelashes. (Dear Cally, can you help me?) The thing I don’t like however, are concealers, powders, foundations, the act of contouring; they’re all beyond me and I dislike how they feel like a mask on my face. Never mind the fact I walk everywhere, and these things usually just melt right off. Fine, it’s also that I just like to roll out of bed and go. Bedhead is still chic, right?

I do like the look of a finished face, though, and that is why I am a fan of tinted moisturizers; I used to use Laura Mercier, but in recent times, that company has gone the route of animal testing as “required by law.” What’s a would-be low-maintenance vegan to do? Consult my secret weapon, Logical Harmony, of course! Tashina has been forever telling me to try Too Faced Beauty Balm. I love their mascara, so I don’t know why I was so hesitant. Just kidding, I know exactly why: It’s kind of pricey. It’s difficult for me to buy expensive makeup, for fear I won’t like it or I’ll choose the wrong color.

imageMy favorite vegan mascaras! It took a while to find them, but now we’re inseparable.

Long story short, I finally made the big purchase and I love it! I like the soft tint of it, and it’s super lightweight on my skin. My vegan moisturizers don’t have SPF in them, and so I’m digging the SPF 20. Sometimes I just mix a little in with my day moisturizer. Then I add a little pressed powder, some blush, lipliner, lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, and I’m set! Low maintenance, see? 

I was worried about choosing the right color, because even though I’m told I’m pale, I like to believe I have sun-kissed skin all year round. I got the tint one shade darker than the absolute lightest shade, and the tint is perfect! I probably could have even gone a shade darker and been OK, because the color and coverage is not as heavy as a foundation. On the other hand, I may have been in trouble if I’d gone with, say, Beach Glow. That would have been just ridiculous on my end (and something I’ve done rather recently).

If you are in the market for a new day moisturizer, or a tinted moisturizer with light coverage and an SPF — protecting your skin from sun damage is extremely important! — I recommend the Too Faced Beauty Balm. When I ordered mine directly through the Too Face website, it came with two free samples, which was not too shabby. I don’t know if Too Faced does that all the time, but it was a great gesture (i.e., way to get me to buy more products from them).

For more information on exactly what a Beauty Balm is, plus a second opinion, check out Logical Harmony’s review of the same product! 

04/22/2014

Product review: Vegan Cuts Beauty Essentials Kit!   »

imageI love vegan cosmetics! In a past more recent than I’d like to admit, I got tripped up by the term cruelty-free on cosmetics, thinking it was an all-inclusive term meaning vegan. That, my friends, couldn’t be farther from the truth, as cruelty free cosmetics often have animal ingredients in them. If I, a long-time vegan, am having trouble with this in the store, how must new vegans feel? It’s overwhelming! With lists and lists of animal ingredients to memorize, these waters are not often easy to navigate—not only in food but in products for our faces, bods and hair as well! 

Thankfully, the Vegan Beauty Essentials Kit exists, curated by Vegan Cuts! This box is filled with such fun and luxurious products, I believe vegans of all experience levels, from rookies to lifers, the curious to the die-hards, will enjoy receiving it! I excitedly tried most of the products immediately, but am saving a few for weekends on the go! Most of the products, if not all of them, are the perfect size to get through TSA, and wouldn’t take up much room in an overnight bag. I enjoy having fancy products to travel with, it adds a bit of excitement and glamour to an on-the-go routine. I can’t just waltz into the drugstore for all my trial-size, traveling needs anymore.

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Let’s be real: vegan products do not come cheap, definitely not as affordable as their cruelty-full counterparts. In this respect, I enjoy having an assortment of sample sizes to try, in order to make informed decisions about which full sizes to purchase in the future. After all, what works for you may not work for me and vice versa. The Beauty Essentials kit comes with 10 -15 surprise items, and while most are sample size, a couple of them are full size! 


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I couldn’t recommend this kit more! And what a deal: it’s a $50 value for $27.95. Everything smells so fresh, and is catered to most skin and hair types! (Please, can someone come teach me how to use the eyeshadow, because I have never gotten the hang of that one?) [Ed. note: Megan Rascal’s adorable sister can!]

Full Disclosure: Vegan Cuts sent me the Beauty Essentials Kit to review, free of charge, but all of the opinions stated are my own. I will be purchasing many of these products after sampling them in the kit. I wouldn’t waste your time, nor mine, writing posts that do not reflect my personal experience! BECAUSE I AM THE WORST AND DROPPED THE BALL ON GETTING THIS REVIEW UP, VERSION 2.0 IS WHAT IS AVAILABLE NOW. Looks just as awesome!  

03/10/2014

Product Review: North Coast Organics deodorant!  »

Trying to find a vegan deodorant that works is the worst, isn’t it? It is! But, I have good news, because North Coast Organics makes vegan deodorant that not only works, it smells fantastic too! 

I bought my Death By Lavender, hand-made, organic, all-natural deodorant on Vegan Cuts, after reading Bianca Phillips’ review on Vegan Crunk! I am so pleased with it, I want to shout from the rooftops, and so this is me trying to do an internet equivalent of that. 

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At first I had to get used to the wetness I felt on my skin right upon contact, as it takes a short period of time to dry, but now I don’t even notice it. I really love the scent of the lavender; it’s like aromatherapy for my pits! (TMI? Too bad!) The weather in SoCal hasn’t been particularly hot though, so I don’t know how this deodorant would hold up on a scalding summer day. I consulted an Instagram friend in Texas, (@veganhouston) who said he uses this brand too, and he replied “Works great in the heat! Probably better than other brands I’ve tried.” So there you have it! Keep in mind there are two other varieties I have not used: Revolver and Naked.

I know the search for a cruelty-free deodorant that actually keeps body odor at bay can be a tedious and disappointing one, so I am stoked to share this find with you! The only time I noticed things starting to get a little stinky was when I tried to go a second day without reapplying it. (I am doing my part to conserve water by not showering every day! I am a very elegant and glamorous hippie, in case you did not know.) 

You can order North Coast Organics deodorant on Vegan Cuts, as well as directly through their website! There are also trial sizes and sets available! Shout-out to Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, where North Coast Organics products are hand-made AND I used to live! It’s a happening place! 

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