I tried my first thing from the Vegan Cuts Summer Beauty Box, and it was surprisingly the lipstick. One of my best friends and I went out to get brunch this morning and I figured.. why not?
This is the Au Naturale lipstick in Primrose, which is a warm soft pink. It was very subtle on my lips, because it's really close to my natural lip color. My Granny, rest her soul, always said I had "rosebud lips" and my lips were so pretty I would never need lipstick. I guess that's one of the reasons I never really wear it. She instilled it in my head at such a young age that I would never need it. Even now, I still use lip balm and go. If I'm feeling adventurous, I might throw a little lip balm on top. But lipstick just has never really been my thing. I've been dabbling more now, here and there, with colors I get in Beauty Boxes or the Pacifica Beach Goth one which I actually really love.
This one is a great shade for me because of its subtly. Like I said, it almost matches my lips. But it's got a little bit of shimmer in it, so it actually just enhances the color of them overall and gives them just a little subtle glow that I really liked. Also, since it's so close to my natural shade, I can wear it with everything. It doesn't matter what color outfit I'm wearing, it'll match, which is an added bonus for me with this color.
It didn't last very well through brunch, the irony of the lipstick being called Eternity and not lasting long is not lost on me. But with all of the eating and what not, I'm not surprised. However, I felt like my lips stayed pretty hydrated overall, even as it was coming off. I didn't apply lip balm until I got home, which was a few hours after I originally applied it, and that is a HUGE thing for me because I apply lip balm several times an hour. The idea of dry lips literally makes my skin crawl. I can't do it.
Here's the ingredients, as taken from their website:
"Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed Oil), Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Seed Oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Wax), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter Fruit), Camelina Sativa (Camelina Seed Oil), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil), Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran Oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam Seed Oil), Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry Seed Oil), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba Wax), Hydrogenated Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Wax), Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Micas."
They have several different shades on their website, and retail for $25. But they're having a sale for the 4th of July so if there's a color you want, or any of their products you've been eyeing up, you can take 20% off all orders and get free shipping over $50. Really not that hard to do considering one lipstick is $25 lol. Would I purchase another one? No. Would I have purchased it on its own if it didn't come in my Vegan Cuts box? No. Simply put, lipstick isn't worth it to me, especially $25 lipstick. But if it is your thing, check it out. I will wear it again, sporadically here and there when the mood strikes me, so it wasn't a total waste. Overall, I'm still not thrilled it was on my box, I'm hoping the Fall box will bring a blush instead, but I'm not mad it was in there.
Saturday was Yoga with Dogs at the Providence Animal Center in Media. One of my goals this year was to get more involved in my local animal shelters and fundraisers. So far, I've been doing a lot and I'm proud of myself for going out of my comfort zone and for helping the animals!
Yoga with Dogs was a really awesome event that they offered. I went, my friend Kristina went, and my ex-coworker with her sister and friend, plus several other people I didn't know. There was a total of 32 people I believe, and that's a great turn out!
You had the option to Rent a Dog (which I did) or bring your own dog. All the funds paid went to back to the animal shelter, and I also donated a giant bag full of cans of dog food and some bones. You didn't have to donate, but I wanted to.
My dog originally was Martin.
Out of all the dogs, he was the one that didn't want to do yoga lol. He just wanted to play. I totally get it! I didn't anticipate there would be a lot of actual yoga doing, but truthfully, the yoga teacher was really good at incorporating your dog in the yoga moves, while still actually doing yoga. I was very impressed.
Martin was a lot of fun, he was a wild child. He was eating my keys, and my flip flops, and didn't wanna sit down. He just wanted to play! One of the volunteers decided to take Martin instead, and give me another dog. I was sad, I didn't mind Martin being crazy! But I was happy he was still able to be outside hanging out, and didn't have to go back in his cage.
The next dog I got was a puppy. And boy was he cute! He was some type of hound mix. He and his brothers just arrived there yesterday, so he didn't even have a name. I decided to name him Atticus.
At first he was really timid and scared. He was shaking so bad when he came out. But me and him formed a bond, as I do with almost all animals I meet, and he was able to calm down and in fact he ended up having a blast! He loved Kristina's dog Pierogi, and he had so much fun with her! He was so excited to meet and play with all the other dogs. We didn't do yoga at all, but we did take a walk and make some new friends!
Yoga lasted an hour and it was a really great hour to spend with the dogs. I did some yoga, but my real goal was to just hang out with shelter dogs and give them some love.
We went in to look at the rest of the dogs and cats, which is always hard for me. I get emotional every time, even though I try my best to hide it. I know that they're better off there than on the streets. But I hate seeing animals in cages. I hate that they have no real homes. And I hate that I can't just adopt them all and take them home with me. That's why I can't encourage people enough to always, always, always..
ADOPT DON'T SHOP!
If you're in the local area, check out some of the sweethearts they have for adoption, and if you can, take one (or five) home. All of these animals are deserving of a good and loving home. They deserve a second, sometimes third or fourth chance. One of the older cats, Blade, I fell in love with. He was around 7-8 years old, came from a hoarding situation, was adopted out, and was found left wandering the streets of Philadelphia, and he's back at the shelter. And people wonder why I hate most people and prefer animals. Fortunately, this shelter and many others exist which allow these animals the chances they deserve. Please help if you can, whether you adopt, donate money, donate food or supplies, or even donate your time. It's so important to do that! Everything you can do helps, and together we can really make a big difference!
Thursday was Luv-N-Bunns fundraiser at California Pizza Kitchen. I'm really excited to blog about this. I had a really great experience and was truly impressed by pretty much every aspect of the event. They had a pretty decent vegan menu for this event, which was really awesome. Appetizers, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, bowls.. all sorts of stuff.
I was really happy that Amber wanted to go and was willing to drive because I don't drive the highway, and I really wanted to go. Plus she was an excellent date and we had a great time! She even had herself a vegetarian meal! No meat, just some honey in her dressing! And she loved hers too. She said it was really good and super filling. She got some yummy bowl with grains, beans, corn, spinach, roasted tomatoes.. all sorts of goodies. It looked really good!
As per usual, despite it being a vegan menu, I had several questions I needed to ask. How do you cook your food? Is the vegan options separate from the regulation options? Our waiter, who was FANTASTIC, said that as soon as he says vegan on the order, they get fresh gloves and fresh utensils, so there's no contamination. He even went and washed his hands before bringing out my plate. I could've hugged him for being so thorough. He informed me that for my Grilled Vegetable Sandwich, the peppers are cooked in tinfoil on a separate spot of the grill, so it's not near the non-vegan options. It was grilled bell peppers, mixed greens, tomatoes, avocados, all on some delicious fluffy bread.
We started our meal with their Guacamole, which was AMAZING. It was probably the best guac I've ever had, which is a big and bold statement for this guac lover. It had: avocado, black beans, jimca, tomatos, and bell peppers. And you got white and purple corn chips to eat with it. It was so good! The jimca added like a little level of sweetness to it, and the beans were savory. It's was just really good.
I learned after talking to the Manager, who was also vegan, she said this vegan menu is what she usually eats. She also mentioned that their pizza dough is already vegan, which is a major bonus I didn't know. She said that really you can stop by whenever and ask them to make something vegan for you. As long as they practice the same diligence they did at this event, I may even check out them out more often. Also, she said she wants to do more fundraising events like this, and if that's the case, and they'll be offering vegan options, I'll definitely be going to CPK more often!
I'm also happy to report that I saw on their Instagram that they raised over $850 for Luv N Bunns, and I was happy to be a part of that and happy so many other people were too!