I received my Naked II palette yesterday in the mail and couldn't wait to try it! As soon as I saw the colors online, I was in love. I'm very into natural colors. You don't often find me wearing bright pinks and blues on my eyes. With my dark brown eyes, neutral colors and purples really make them pop.
I was hesitant to purchase it because of my Allergic Contact Dermatitis, but since the mascara has done my eyes well thus far, I felt confident to try it. If all of these products work out without causing my eyes to flare up, I'm buying their eyeliner next. I digress, back to the palette at hand!
The 3 colors are amazing. There's a taupe shade, a dark brown, and a deep purple. All 3 are shimmery. Plus, they all compliment each other. I love that you can use these 3 shadows from morning to night. Say you're done your work day and it's happy hour, add some more purple to your putter eye and blend it out, BOOM, evening look done! I really can't stress enough how much I love the purple shade, it's definitely my favorite. The shadows are very soft, so you can literally just pat your brush on the color and that's plenty. There's a little fall out but that's to be expected and it doesn't take anything away from how great the palette is. They apply very smoothly as well. At the end of my day, even after this 93 degree humid day, my eyeshadow still looked pretty good. Which, while I'm in the topic, I used my 100% Maracuja Mascara today as well in that heat and it didn't smudge or give me raccoon eyes, so I wanted to mention that as well.
In addition to the eyeshadows are a blush and a highlighter. Both are universally flattering on any skin tone. Also, you could use these for your eyes too! The highlighter is perfect for making the corners of your eyes pop. It gives you that bright eyed and bushy tailed look, which we all need to fake from time to time (to time again if you're like me!) Highlighter is such a great enhancement to your face, and blush can honestly make or break your face. A pretty flush looks good on everyone! The blush is only lightly shimmery so you can add the highlighter on top without having too much shimmer.
As you can tell from the photo above, the purple eyeshadow is broken. I wasn't surprised nor was I mad because the shadows are so soft. I called their Customer Service and spoke to a woman named Georgia who was super helpful. I sent her some photos of the eyeshadow and she sent me a replacement within the hour. I've said it before that Customer Service can make or break a company, and truthfully theirs just enhances an already wonderful company.
I feel like the price is fair considering what you're getting. You're getting essentially a full face palette with top quality ingredients for $45. I used the 10% off code they had on Instagram so I only paid $40.50, and of course free shipping as always! I was also really impressed by how fast I received it. I ordered it Monday and it got here Thursday!
I personally think 100% Pure offers amazing products for fair prices. If you have sensitive skin like I do, you're gonna want to check them out! Follow them on Instagram for special and new releases! They have the new 2nd Skin Foundation coming out July 28th that I can't wait to check out!
If you guys have been reading my posts, you'll know that I have been struggling with Allergic Contact Dermatitis on my eyelids since I was a teenager. Now that I've determined that at least part of the cause is something in mascara, I've been trying to get as natural and gentle as I can. All this has led me to 100% Pure's Maracuja Oil Mascara. They offer two mascaras; the Maracuja is vegan and the Fruit Pigmented is not since it contains beeswax.
This mascara is colored with black tea leaves, and things like cocoa, coffee, and berries. I chose this one to try for that reason because one of the ingredients I think I may be sensitive to is Iron Oxides. This mascara may contain it because of shared manufacturing, but it's not technically an ingredient. In addition to that, the ingredients are all, as to be expected, 100% pure. I copied this directly from their website:
Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Coconut Stearic Acid, Pantothenic Acid (Pro-vitamin B5), Fucus Vesiculosus (Seaweed) Powder Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Passiflora Alata (Maracuja) Seed Oil, Extracts of Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Juice) Leaf*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Powder, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Powder, Coffea Arabica (Coffee Beans) Seed, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal), Passiflora Alata (Maracuja) Seed, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, May Contain Iron Oxides * Certified Organic"
As with pretty much all 100% Pure makeup, the packaging is so pretty! Here's some photos:
I just absolutely love the pretty colorful tins they use. They have it for their blush too. Not that you need pretty packaging but we're girls and we like pretty things!
The first thing that caught me off guard but I was pleasantly surprised on was the fact that this mascara actually smells good. How many times in your life have you been able to say that about your mascara? But it's not like an artificial scent, it smells like fruit and berries.
I've seen a lot of mixed reviews on the mascara itself. Some people say it's too wet and that it clumps. Truthfully I disagree with that. However, I can't say that I'm in love with it.
I'm not a fan of the brush, for starters. It's too thick and plush for me. I prefer small and thin brushes. With the brush if you're not careful you can get mascara on your eyelids and that's not a cute look. The brush is tolerable though. I've used worse.
Here's a before and after photo with 1.5 coats:
It does a decent job lengthening, which is claims to do so. It does an okay job at thickening. My real complaint is the lack of curl. To be fair, it doesn't advertise to curl or hold a curl. But I used my eye lash curler prior to and they looked more curled than after I used the mascara. It does stay wet for a little bit, but I don't think it stays wet too long. I felt like it washed away pretty easily with water, so I don't know if I can say it's really waterproof. I didn't notice any flaking either. I prefer my Pure Anada mascara to this, and considering this is double the price, Pure Anada I feel is a better value.
However, if this mascara doesn't make my eyelids act up, I couldn't care less I'll use it and love it. I only used it once so far, but I didn't have really any issues after the fact. But, it can take a few days, so we'll see. They offer this mascara in black, brown, and blackberry. Pending my eyelids, I want to try the blackberry next. I'm a huge fan of 100% Pure. I have several of their products and I love them. So even if this mascara doesn't sound like your cup of tea, check out their other products. Shipping is always free! And they always send you some sample packs of lotion and whatnot with your purchase.
I'm always on the lookout for new vegan foods at my grocery store. I'm super picky honestly, but I'm trying to be more willing to try things. When I was food shopping a week ago or so ago, I came across these:
I'm a fan of Mexican food. I could eat beans, rice, salsa, and guac all day every day. So these looked pretty good!
The ingredients are so simple. Here they are, taken from the website:
Organic corn masa (organic corn masa, trace of lime), Water, Black Beans, Corn, Olive Oil, Salt.
No allergens. Manufactured in a facility that produces tree nuts."
You have the option to cook these in the oven or on the stove. I tried both ways, but I preferred the stove. When I cooked them in oil on the stove, I felt like they were a little too crisp. I don't like all that oil anyway. In the stove you just brush each side with a little oil and it gave them a slight crisp but without all the added oil. After I cooked them on the stove, I actually placed them on a paper towel to absorb some of the excess oil.
This was pan cooked on the stove:
What I really loved most about these is that they're a great start to a meal. I was boring and had mine with green beans. I would've loved to have tried them with salsa verde and some plantains, or even cut up and topped on a salad. Despite their tiny size they're surprisingly filling. One of the many wonderful things about beans; they fill you up with all that fiber!
My only real complaint is the value. I can't be sure, but I want to say I paid about $5 for 4 of these in a pack. I wish the price was a bit lower, or they included 2 more in the package. They offer another vegan option which is Kale and Pinto Bean which I would love to try if my store ever carries it. But the rest are vegetarian options. Hopefully they'll have more vegan options in the future if these ones sell good!
I recommend grabbing a box to try. They're a quick start to a nutritious meal, so they're good to have on hand. Take a look next time you're food shopping to see if they carry them!
My 2 Year Veganniversay was June 30th! Woo hoo! So many beautiful changes have occurred in my life over these past 2 years and every day, I discover something new and beautiful about this lifestyle and it makes me that much happier I chose this path. In the two years I've been on this journey, veganism has become so much more prevalent in today's society, and it makes my heart swell with joy. These changes are the positive steps forward that will someday bring about a new era. One where animals can roam free and not have to fear for their lives. I don't think I'll see it in my lifetime, but steps are clearly being taken and it's a beautiful thing to see! Always choose compassion!
I wanted to share with you some recent purchases I've made over the past few months, since you guys know I love supporting small businesses!
First up, my new stuff from The Tree Kisser!
PS: I am wearing shorts lol, but the shirts are so long you can't tell!
You guys know all about Jessica and her business by now from my other posts, so I won't go into detail about it. All you have to know is: her designs are amazing!
She was having a moving sale since she was relocating, and trying to take less with her. So I scooped up these two new products! I have a fitted tshirt with the "Animals in my Heart. Plants in my tummy." design on it, but I love flowy tees so I knew I had to add this one to my collection! It was only $20!
I'm also a sweatshirt junkie since I'm always cold, and I loved the "I'll sleep when the animals are free." design, and since I never wear white, I figured this was a good opportunity to add some color to my wardrobe and represent how I feel. This was also only $20!
She just released some new designs, so head on over to her website to check them out for yourself!
I also got this new tank top from Arm the Animals.
I've loved this "Beauty Not Cruelty" tank top since I first saw it. You may have heard before the saying that every time you choose cruelty free, a bunny gets its flower crown. I love that saying and I love that they portrayed that with this design! They have other clothing types but I chose the tank top for this, figuring the flowers and colors would go perfect for the summer. I'm proud to support cruelty free brands, and I always hope by wearing shirts like this, people will ask questions. And the more people I can spread the knowledge too, the more animals I can help! Win win!
This tank top retails for $27.99 but often times if you're on their IG they have sales, so give them a follow.
Next up, my new bags from 88 Handbags!
I'm always looking for a new handbag. But I'm picky! It needs to be the right size, right color, and right material. I found 88 Handbags on IG and have been obsessed ever since. They offer a variety of on trend styles and colors sure to please any handbag lover. I loved them so much I got two! The gray one is currently my every day bag. It's got a zip closure, pretty gold accents, and handles to carry or or a strap for my shoulders. I reached out to them inquiring about the sizes, because I had to make sure my planner would fit since I carry that every day. They were very helpful! I ordered the gray one first, and they sent me a 15% off coupon with my order details, so I ordered the black and white one too!
The black and white one is my absolute favorite because it reminds me of Beetlejuice! I've gotten so many compliments on that bag. So many!
The materials are durable. They feel like a high quality leather but they're not. No animals were harmed in the making of these bags! You should've have to sacrifice fashion for compassion, and with these bags you don't have to! The prices are super reasonable too. Follow them on IG and check out the selection of gorgeous bags!
This last one is a twofer: my new shirt from Herbivore Clothing and new necklace from Compassionate Paws!
I know neither of these company names are new to you if you read my blog regularly. I bought both of these as Veganniversary presents for myself! The shirt is so amazing! I love the design, and I love the fit. It's slouchy, and so super soft. It kinda hangs off one shoulder, so it's got that casual vibe to it. They offer it in white as well, but I preferred the gray! If you haven't checked them out yet, please do so!
The necklace is probably one of my favorites, and I've received so many compliments on it already. It's Black Rutilated Quartz and I feel like pictures don't do it justice!
It was a little expensive but absolutely worth it for such a unique piece that was made with vegan hands! Make sure you follow Jen on IG and check out her Etsy shop for a ton of unique and beautiful jewelry options!
Have you guys made any purchases from these shops lately? I'd love to see them! Feel free to tag me in them on IG under @thevegancrazycatlady !!
I first received a sample of Main Couture blush and highlighter in one of my Petit about boxes. I really loved how simple it was to apply, so when I saw there 4th of July sale for 25% off and free shipping I was sold.
The colors we got in the Petit Vour box were Sunset Blvd. for the Blush paper and St. Bart's for the Highlighter paper. I went with Crystal Cove this time for the highlighter to try something different. They also sent me a free Blush sample again in Sunset Blvd.
The full size highlighter paper is about double the size of the samples, and the sample are still a decent size. They come in this cute little book, ready to go!
Crystal Cove, as you can see above, is like a pure highlighter, whereas the St. Bart's I felt had more pigment to it, so it was like 1/4 blush and 3/4 highlighter. Because of this, Crystal Cove would be flattering on any skin tone. I'm a big highlighter fan. I think it makes your skin look healthier, it reflects the light so your skin looks clearer, and it just adds a pop for where you need it.
One of the reasons I enjoy this brand so much is that I love how easy it is to apply. Like, you can't mess it up. Basically, you tear out a sheet, which if you're OCD like me, you'll appreciate how neatly the papers tear out from the book! Then, you rip the sheet in half. Then apply using light pressure at first to avoid going overboard wherever you want some shimmer. Face, neck, body, you name it. If you want more color, simply apply more pressure. That's it. No brush necessary. If you do go heavy handed, simply use a brush (I use my fan brush) to dust some away. Like, it's that easy. Here's my before and after:
The before photo my face is kind of shimmery because I use Modern Mineral's Tea Glow finishing powder, but you can tell the obvious difference after and that's with literally only a few pats.
I don't use a lot, so each half sheet last me several uses. With 50 full sheets per pack, this is gonna last me for awhile! They're $18 regularly, but I got mine for $13.50 with the sale. Even at regular price, if you use them just on your face, it's so worth the money.
The only thing to be mindful of is that when you tear the papers out and handle them, you can get some shimmer on and around you. Personally, I don't mind, I just pat my fingers where I want to add more shimmer. But, I wanted to let you guys know regardless.
If you're an on the go person, who doesn't have time or patience to be fiddling with all these makeup brushes, do yourself a favor and check out Mai Couture. In addition to blush and highlighter they also have bronzer, foundation, and a cute little wallet to carry them in. Follow them on IG too so you never miss a sale!
To say I'm late on this one is an understatement, but better late than never right?! I'm sorry for my lack of posting, I've been a busy bee! In addition to my usual craziness, I've started making my own soy candles and my husband and I adopted a new kitten! Her name is Luna, she's 4 months old, she's a black cat with a wonky eye, and she's adorable! She'll get her own post for sure, for now let's talk Petit Vour.
I'm sad to say that this is my last box. My husband and I are finally taking our honeymoon in October, and I need all the money I can get for our Boston and Salem trip. Plus, with how overly sensitive my skin has been lately, I'm too afraid to use anything new. So I thought it was time to cancel my box instead of wasting money on products I can't use. The beauty of Petit Vour is you can sign back up at any time so hopefully down the road I'll be able to do so.
Here's what this box had to offer:
EvolvH SmartStart Leave-In Conditioner ($11), Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening SPF15 Moisturizer ($18, full size $38), Suntegrity Lip C.P.R. SPF30 in shades Sunny Blush and Sunrise Peach ($5, full size $30), and lastly Precious Skin Elixirs Sea Pearl Exfoliating Clay ($4.50 full size $70.)
The theme of this box was very beachy and mermaidy and I love that. The illustration for the card was my favorite so far, with the mermaid design. I also thought the flowers were a nice touch! I would totally frame it. It's so pretty!
Let's talk about the leave in conditioner first.
I actually love this stuff. I use it every time I wash my hair. Not that I need my hair to be any thicker than it already is, but I appreciate the detangling part of it. Since my hair is so thick it gets so knotty it's ridiculous. I'm game to try anything that can help, even a little. It also helps to strengthen hair with raw lecithin, and uses cumin seed oil and rice bran to help protect it against UV. The bergamot oil also helps to tame flyaways.
The ingredients are all natural. In case you can't read the bottle in my pictures above, here's the ingredients list, copied directly from their site:
Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Rice Bran Extract, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Lecithin, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Red Grape Seed Oil ,Cranberry Seed Oil, Citrus Orange Peel Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Lavender Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Patchouli Oil, Cinnamomum Oil, Geranium Flower Oil, Thyme Leaf Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol Vitamin E, Grape Seed extract."
The scent is very natural, for obvious reasons, but it smells surprisingly pleasant. I use about 8 sprays for my hair. It does truly thicken your hair, I can say that with honesty because even my thick hair gets thicker after using this. It's a great product all around. The 8.5 oz bottle that they have available on their site is $26, and I think it's worth it!
Next up, the SPF moisturizer.
Honestly I haven't used this stuff. If you read my post about their a Blemish Clearing system and the nightmares it did to my skin, you'll understand why I'm hesitant. The only things I'll use from Juice are their bamboo washcloths, their Green Apple peel, and their face wash. So I can't tell you how this works. But I can tell you that, like the rest of their Green Apple line, it contains fruit acids to help smooth and even out skin's appearance. Plus, this is a daily moisturizer with SPF in it so your face is protected from the sun when you apply it. The full size is $38 and is available on the Juice Beauty website.
Next up, the lip C.P.R.
First, I wanted to say that I feel like the way these samples were packaged is weird. They just cut a slice off and stuck it in some little tube and added a small brush (that I felt like should've been wrapped in plastic but wasn't) to apply it. I wouldn't use the brush, way too many opportunists for germs to have gotten on there. I don't own a lip brush because I don't use lip stick, so I probably won't use these. But the colors are pretty. The one is a peach shade and the other is a light pink so I feel like they would flatter several different skin tones. They have a few different colors available on their website as well. Also, considering they have an SPF of 30 you can look good while protecting your lips from the sun. Win win. Lastly, it's worth mentioning that these balms received the #1 rating for Best Lip Balms with SPF from EWG's 2016 Sunscreen Guide, so that's pretty cool. Each tube is $28.
Lastly, the clay mask.
The full size 6.7 oz bottle of this retails for $70, so I assume this has a lot to offer. I haven't used it yet myself, but I want to. I'm still trying to let my skin calm down after the Juice incident, and was hoping by now it would be, but it's not fully there yet. Once I'm back to normal, I'm gonna try it. Here's the ingredients, taken from their website:
French green clay, Sea clay, *Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) *Matricaria recutita (chamomile), *Calendula officinalis (calendula), *Rosa canina (rosehip seed), Bambusa vulgaris (bamboo), Ascorbic acid (vitamin c), *Althaea officinalis (marshmallow root), Sodium bicarbonate, *Lavandula angustifolia (lavender). *certified organic / **wildcrafted"
As you can see the ingredients are real and natural. There's so many ingredients that are good for your skin, so I have faith this will really be a great product to use. It detoxifies, tightens pores, balances out oil, and exfoliates for fresher and healthier skin. And with a price tag of $70, I'm sure it does all of those things and more!
That's everything for the June box. It definitely isn't my favorite box, but it isn't bad. The retail value is $38.50 which is about average for a Petit Vour box. I'm sad this will be my last one, but hopefully it won't be forever!
It's been 12 days since I started using the Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing System. I know I said I would give it a month, which is the amount of time the kit I bought it supposed to last, but I think I'm ready to review it now.
At first, I was surprised by how good my face was looking. It was so soft, looking clearer, more evenly toned, and everything. I was so happy. But the more and more, my face got worse and worse. I understand skin purging. I'm no stranger to it. I know all about it, but my face isn't purging. I'm breaking out in places I literally never break out. I got a pimple on the middle of my cheek, plus a few other small ones on my cheek. One right underneath my eye socket. I got two along my jawline. And the worst one is the one I got on my upper lip. It's literally this giant red pimple with no head so I can't pop it. It hurts beyond belief, and the entire one side of my upper left lip is swollen. It looks like I got into a fist fight. As if acne isn't embarrassing enough, this is beyond embarrassing for me. I even took pictures of some of these pimples, as hard as it is for me to post them, I decided to post them to show you this is the face I'm living with right now. Basically, I'm brought to tears.
My skin is nowhere near perfect on a regular basis, but this is bad for me. I know it may not seem like a lot, but when you already have low self esteem and body issues, even small things to some are huge to others. I'm so grateful for makeup right now, because that's the only thing helping with the redness of the pimples, but nothing helps with the swelling. I've been using this every morning and every night as directed, using the peel 2x a week, and using the powder on bare skin under makeup every day. I wanted to do this the right way so I can say I did it right like I was supposed to. I really whole heartedly wanted to love this stuff. So much so. Here's my thoughts on each individual product:
The Bamboo Washcloth: This is easily my favorite part of the entire system. It's so soft, provided a gentle exfoliation, and dries faster than regular washcloths. They offer a 3 pack on the Juice Beauty website that I'll be purchasing when I get the money because I want to have several of these on hand. I love them!
The Cleanser: I felt like the cleanser was gentle on my skin. I didn't feel like it stripped me of any oils. Using it with the bamboo washcloth provided a clean feeling with a nice yet gentle exfoliation. I'm still not a huge fan of the smell, but it's tolerable.
The Serum: This is my least favorite of the whole kit. In my first post I said it left a weird sticky residue. If you use too much, it does. But a thin coat doesn't, and if you give it a few minutes to absorb then wash your hands of the serum before putting on the moisturizer, it isn't terrible. I would suggest using this as a spot treatment. But even still, I don't think it does much for the pimples. I've been suffering with these pimples, applying this stuff twice a day every day and it hasn't done a thing. Also, the smell is worse than the face wash. The packaging for this is awful too. This serum is straight water basically, and it just oozes out of the tube. So you get a puddle in the lid, and if you actually squeeze it on your finger you get entirely too much and it goops all over your hand. I don't know if the full size is packaged better, and I don't want to find out because I absolutely wouldn't repurchase.
The Moisturizer: The one pro to this is the smell. I absolutely love it. It's the only product I can say I actually enjoy the scent of. As far as the cream itself, it is entirely too heavy for someone with acne prone skin. I use half of a pea size amount, and it still leaves my face feeling oily. When I wake up in the morning after applying it at night, it looks like I dipped my face in a pot of grease. As a result, my pores are getting clogged and I think that was one of the reasons I'm breaking out so bad. I'm sad because this is one of the ones I thought I was gonna love, and wanted to love because of the smell, but I couldn't.
The Peel: I honestly do love the peel. Do I think it's doing anything for me as far as helping with my dark spots? No, I don't. I've used it enough at this point to say that. But I truly feel it makes my skin smoother and softer. It does burn when applying it, but the burning subsides when I remove it.
The Powder: I'll be honest, I'm not whole heartedly sure what this is supposed to do. I use it every day under my makeup. It's not highly pigmented, but I can see it on my face. Primarily because it's lighter than my skin. It does mattify my face, and it helps with some unevenness and redness But it doesn't conceal blemishes at all. Apparently it's supposed to help shrink pimples, but it doesn't. It's also extremely messy. I'll continue to use it until it's gone. I don't think I'll repurchase it. It's a small amount for the price, especially considering so much of it goes to waste trying to apply it.
Here's my positive thoughts about it: I'll say that the blackheads on my nose look less noticeable. My pores in general even look less noticeable.
At this point, I'm going to finish the cleanser, use my washcloth, go back to my Yes To Tomatoes Serum and Lotion because I know that won't make my face break out worse, and still use the powder under my foundation.
Once my face clears up, I'm going to look for a new system to try. Until then, wish me luck on my face!
Today I'll be reviewing my new Pure Anada Mascara. Really, I wanted to do this blog Friday in honor of Canada Day (Happy Belated Canada Day to all of my friends up north!), but I guess it's better late than never! If you've read my blog post about Pacifica's Dream Big Mascara and know how obsessed I am with it, you may be wondering, why did I buy a new mascara? Three words: allergic contact dermatitis.
Here's today health lesson: Allergic contact dermatitis is what happens when you develop a sensitivity or an allergy to an ingredient(s) in something you're using. As a result, a rash forms. It's itchy, red, patchy, scaly, oozy, sometimes just a few of these symptoms or all of them. Ever since I was a teenager, about 15, I've been suffering from this. It's always only been on my eyelids. It's been to the point where it's my entire eyelid, sometimes it's just the lash line, other times it's the corners, and other times it's just a patch here and a patch there. One eyelid is always worse than the other though. It comes and goes, but it comes way more than it goes.
When I was a teenager to now, literally my entire life has changed. I don't use one single thing that I used as a teenager on my skin than I use now. Different makeup, hair care, body care, foods, detergent.. everything. Everything I use is for sensitive skin, dye free, fragrance free.. all that. My skin is EXTREMELY sensitive. I've used so many different creams and ointments but nothing fully heals it, and it always comes back. I thought maybe it was the nickel in my eyelash curler. That was the only logical explanation considering I had changed all of my makeup, but was still using a metal eyelash curler. So, I threw it out and got a plastic one. Makes sense right? Wrong. That didn't work. I was itchy, frustrated, and in pain.. something had to give. After 12 years of this, I couldn't do it anymore.
So, when I went to my dermatologist most recently, she told me to stop using everything on my eyes for a few weeks. I did, and low and behold, it went away. Granted, I looked tired all the time without my mascara, but my eyelids were clear. Now, it was time to test out my products one by one to see what was causing it. I didn't have to test much, because within a few days of wearing my Pacifica mascara, my eyelids started to react. I was so sad. NOT MY FAVORITE MASCARA?! So I was back at it again, wearing no makeup until they cleared, which they did. In the meantime, I searched and searched the Internet for a natural vegan mascara made for really sensitive eyes. I landed on Pure Anada.
Here's a bit about the company:
-This small Canadian makeup company was started by a woman named Candace in her kitchen.
-They only use organically grown and ethically sourced ingredients. They don't use any gluten, tree nuts or oils, or bismuth oxychloride.
-They're a Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free company. The majority of their products are also vegan.
Here's my thoughts on the mascara:
-I bought mine through Etsy and it was only $15, shipping included. The mascara was $12, and shipping was $3. So the price is really reasonable. My Dream Big Mascara was the same price regularly.
-The tube is a really study aluminum tube.
-It's a large tube, so I feel like you get your money's worth.
-I really appreciate the brush. It's relatively thin, and it curls. I am not a fan of big plush brushes. I think they get messy. I wouldn't mind if this one was a bit smaller, but with the curve it makes it really easy to apply.
-The formula isn't too wet. It's not too dry either, but I imagine it won't take too long to dry out.
-It doesn't add too much in the way of volume, but it adds curl and length. My lashes stay that way until I take it off, so it also holds really well.
-It has minimal flaking, but that's only if you are playing with it and rubbing your eyes. But, even after all day and all night wearing it, and maybe even have sleeping in it one night (after having 2 beers and not being able to hang), I woke up the next morning and it still looked good.
-It removes relatively easy with my eye makeup remover.
Overall, I like this mascara more than I thought I would honestly. I was pleasantly surprised. I would purchase it again, for sure, if I could. BUT I'm sad to say, however, it caused my eyelids to react! However, it didn't react as bad as it did with the Pacifica. And, the more I've used it, the less my eyes have reacted to it. Granted, that's with using my creams on my eyelids, but I haven't used them in a few days and my eyelids at this point don't look too bad. Point being: this is a great mascara, and if you have regular sensitive eyes not crazy absurdly sensitive eyes like I have, I think you'll like this mascara.
The real issue at hand is I have no clue what ingredient(s) is causing the reaction. If I knew, I would know what to avoid. I tried looking up all the mascaras I can remember using throughout my life to compare the ingredients, but there's so many! My biggest suspects at this point are: iron oxides (which if so, I might as well just give up on eye products all together) and stearic acid. There's other options, but those are the ones I'm leaning towards. That's neither here nor there, but if you could kindly wish me good luck on figuring it out, I would appreciate it.
Summer is the season for beer! Warm nights, BBQs, fire pits, vegan smores.. and there's nothing like a cold beer to tie it all together. I'm not really a drinker. I have one beer and I'm tipsy, two and I'm on my fave sleeping. But, I wanted options for all the BBQs and parties I may be attending during the summer. Like wine, not all beers are vegan. I know you're thinking, how? Beers main ingredients are water, barley, hops, and yeast. Beers can be filtered just like wine can. Filtering makes the beer clear. Filtering can be done using isinglass (fish bladders), egg albumen, gelatin, and other nasty non-vegetarian and non-vegan ingredients. But, vegetarians and vegans still like beer! So, I reached out to a few companies to get some updated info before I cracked a cold one.
Just a reminder in case you're reading this to have some brews on hand for a vegetarian or vegan friend. Vegans can't have honey, in addition to any animal ingredients or by-products. Vegetarians can eat honey, and animal by-products like cheese, milk, and eggs. Both gelatin and isinglass are NOT vegetarian or vegan friendly. So, if you see any beers with honey that aren't filtered, your vegetarian friends can have it, but your vegan friends can't.
I don't know much about beers in general. But, I reached out to some major companies to get some current info on some popular beers. I know that you can find a lot of this info online, but it's not exactly current. I like to be up to date on everything. Just because something was vegan doesn't mean that it can't change for one reason or another ya know?
The first company I reached out to was Blie Moon. They were one of the brands I saw to be vegan before, so I had hoped they still would be. Here's the email I sent on the bottom and their response on the top:
Verdict: Blue Moon is vegan! Please be mindful, which they didn't put in the email for some reason, that they have a few beers that contain honey. The Summer Honey Wheat is one of them. If you go to the Miller Coors website, you can actually check the ingredients in each of their beers. Always check the ingredients first!
Next, I reached out to Sam Addams. I know they're one of the most popular beers with a wide variety, so I figured they would be a good company to contact.
Verdict: Sam Addams is vegan! Like with Blue Moon, they do have two beers that contain honey. These are Cherry Wheat and Honey Queen. I'm not sure why Honey Queen wasn't mentioned in the email when Cherry Wheat was. I thought perhaps it was because the name Honey Queen was so apparent that honey was an ingredient given the name, but Cherry Wheat wouldn't give it away that honey was an ingredient.
I was impressed that they responded to me on Instagram, since they were the only ones to do so. I commented on everyone's Instagram asking, and they got back to me, which I thought was pretty cool.
Lastly, I reached out to the Traveler Beer Company. This one actually came as a recommendation from a coworker who said that their Lemon Shandy and Grapefruit Shandy were really good.
Verdict: Traveler Beeris vegan! With the obvious exception noted above. I was actually really surprised by this because I know often times Shandy's contain honey to make them sweeter. Good to know that not all of them do!
That's all for now! I plan on reaching out to more companies and finding out some more vegan beer for you to enjoy! I know there are a lot of small craft beer companies that are vegan, but there's none by me. So, I'm only contacting the major companies considering they're the ones that are the easiest to access.