As of lately, my skin and I are constantly at odds. If it's not my allergic contact dermatitis acting up, it's my eczema. If it's not either of those, it's my acne. When I'm really lucky, like the current situation I'm in now, I get to deal with all 3 at once! Yay! It's even better when my IBS starts acting up, and when my insomnia is relentless, and as a result of all of these issues, my anxiety goes through the roof. Like, if they even make full body transplants a thing, I'm gonna be the first one in line for it.
I've been back and forth at the dermatologist for a few months now, between my allergic contact dermatitis, my eczema, and my lovely acne. She prescribed me some fancy creams I have to buy from some fancy pharmacy that will probably cost me $200 and cause more harm than good. Instead, I decided to try a different approach. I've been using Yes To Tomatoes for years, which isn't cutting it anymore. Pacifica sadly is making my face entirely too dry. And, Juice Beauty made my face a train wreck. I needed something different.
I did a lot a lot of research, and landed on OSEA Malibu. How I landed on them was actually because my dermatologist said I might have some rosacea (I don't, for the record) and one of the blogs I read about rosacea led me to OSEA since they have a line that's geared towards rosacea affected skin. I checked out all of their products, and contacted them for some help choosing products.
Their customer service is super helpful. I explained my skin issues and she helped me pick products to try and how to use them. I felt confident in my purchase thanks to them!
My skin in a nutshell is this: combo, but with dry spots, and acne. For some reason, I'm having acne right around the corners of my nose which is new for me, and my chin, which I've had since I was a teenager. I even have had a few breakouts on my cheeks, which is new for me, and my forehead. I mean, I certainly feel 28, but my face is looking like that of a hormonal 15 year old!
I purchased the starter kit for oily and acne prone skin for $48. It included: Ocean Cleansing Mudd, Sea Minerals Mist, Essential Corrective Complex roll on oil, and Blemish Balm. Also, the travel size of the Ocean Cleansing Milk for $16. I've only used them since Sunday, so I wanted to give you my initial review.
-I've been mixing one pump of the Cleansing Milk with the Mudd morning and night, per Mary's suggestion. The milk is creamy. The mudd is also slightly creamy. I'm kind of obsessed with the scent of the mudd. It's got peppermint oil and tea tree oil. It smells just like toothpaste but not at the same time, if that makes any sense. The mudd makes your face a little tingly, but it's a clean tingle, not a painful tingle. Obviously, I keep that away from my eyes and my mouth. Neither are foaming, yet my face feels soft and clean afterwards.
-After that, I use two spritz of the Sea Minerals Mist, both morning and night. I've been spraying it on a cotton pad, and then wipe it all over my face and neck. I had tried just spraying it on my face, like as a mist, but I felt like I was wasting more than I was using. Plus, I felt like using the cotton pad, I was able to get it concentrated in more spots. I don't notice much of a smell personally. It doesn't tingle on my face or anything, but it does feel refreshing. I might use it as an after makeup spray too, once I'm out of my other other.
-While the mist is still wet on my face, I apply the Blemish Balm, both morning and night. This is one is my favorite as far as scent goes. It's contains Cyprus, Juniper, and Eosemary essential oils. A little also goes a long way. I've found a few dabs can moisturize my entire face. As with the mudd, it does make my face tingle but not in a bad way. The scent and tingle lasts a little bit after I apply it.
-Lastly, I use my finger and roll some of the Essential Corrective Complex where I need it most. I read reviews that suggested using your finger instead of the roller, so you don't get too much product on your skin. I know it seems that using oil would make acne worse but it doesn't. It actually helps your oil glands to balance out, and less oily skin equals less breakouts. Also, it contains essential oils that have anti-bacterial properties, and they help to reduce the bacteria on your face, which also helps reduce acne. I felt the oil absorbed really fast and it left no residue anytime I've used it.
Here's what I can tell you after one week of using these products:
1) My skin feels so much softer already.
2) I'm amazed at how none of these products leave any unwanted residue on my skin.
3) The redness in my face has calmed down.
4) I have small clusters of pimples on both sides around my nose, as I mentioned above. They're really tiny, some are just red and some have small white heads. They're still there, but I feel like they're less red and they're starting to heal a bit. I'll be keeping a close eye on these as I use the products more. Because literally nothing has made them go away. They popped up one day a few months ago and haven't gone away since. Fun right?
5) My face is definitely less greasy, even at the end of my workday.
6) My makeup looks better and holds up longer using the Blemish Balm as a base.
7) At this present moment, my face is still dry in certain spots, and I need to use a beauty balm to add extra moisture. I've also been using my bamboo washcloth from Juice Beauty while washing my face and I feel that's exfoliating my face better than with just using the wash.
8) You know how when you sleep at night, you often wake up with oily skin in the morning. That doesn't happen with this.
9 Since each persons face reacts different, I feel like my face might be purging slightly. I'm getting small random white heads on my cheek, not clusters just one in various spots. I'm hoping this is only temporary as my skin gets used to the products. I know that on average it takes 4-6 weeks for your skin to get used to new products, so I'm being patient.
10) I'm borderline obsessed with the scent of these products, as I mentioned above. I know it's probably not for everyone, but it makes the process of using these products an enjoyable experience.
I'm a girl who loves her handbags. Even before I went vegan, I was grossed out by leather or suede. I'm not Buffalo Bill, I'm not trying to wear skin; animals or humans. So, I always opted for canvas bags. Back in the day, it was hard to find vegan leather that was good quality. It was paper thin and looked tacky. Now, vegan leather is more luxurious than real leather, without the cruel and disgusting practice of wearing animal skin!
I posted before about two bags I got from 88 Handbags. I got the: Pearl Gray Avis Mini Tote Crossbody and the Black/White Stripe Sophie Top Handle Crossbody.
I'm a pretty picky girl with bags. Color is super important. My life revolves around black and gray. I would say 90% of everything I wear contain these two colors. And, I personally find black and white to be the classiest color combo ever. Plus, the stripes are so Beetlejuice, and I'm a Tim Burton fanatic!
Also, size is important to me. I carry a planner with me every single day. My planner is my life. I know people my age are super techy and put everything in their phone, but for me, my planner is my go to for everything. I need to be able to fit my planner, plus all my other essentials.
Lastly, of course, the bag has to be durable while being affordable. Because I carry my pocketbook everywhere, I need it to last. A good pocketbook is a good investment. I think your bag can say a lot about you, so you want a sturdy bag without breaking the bank.
Because I've had my bags for a good few months now, I wanted to do an updated review on them.
I use my Pearl Gray one every day for work. It's my go-to bag. I use my black and white one typically on the weekends and what not.
Both are holding up wonderfully! Even in a houseful of 4 destructive cats lol. They both still look new! Granted I use the gray one more but still, you can clearly tell that both still look brand new!
As you can see, Tabby aka the face of The Vegan Crazy Cat Lady, loves the bag too! She's such a little princess. She's such a girly girl. She loves hanging out when I'm washing my face, and when I'm doing my makeup and my hair, when I'm getting dressed.. and basically anything I do since she's attached to my hip. She's my girl!
There's no tears or stains. The goldware is holding up really well. It's still shiny! No scratches! The stitching is still strong and it's not fraying anywhere.
These bags have been wonderful for me! I absolutely recommend them. Not only do you get great quality, but they're affordable. And there is so many different styles that are on trend, you're bound to find one (or 10) that you like!
Make sure you're following them on Instagram! They post lots of photos of their bags, so you can see them IRL. And, they're doing a giveaway on their Instagram where you can win a bag of your choice! The giveaway ends September 15th!
My 28th birthday was just Saturday, September 3rd. If you ask me though, I'm 23 again! 😹 Even as an adult, I still love my birthday as much as a little kid does. I started my day by heading to my Nana's for cake, which I couldn't eat, but still greatly appreciated! It's nice having people sing happy birthday to you, even when you're old! I think it's so sweet that my family gets me a cake, and does all of that! Here's a photo of the cake they got me, and one of my dad, my baby sister, and myself at my Nana's:
After that, if we're being honest, I came home and napped before dinner! Living life like a true old lady! 👵🏼
My husband and I went to Vedge, now for our second time, for my birthday dinner. As much as I love this place, I'm not super impressed by the entree options at Vedge. Please don't get me wrong, they are super fancy, and not something you'll get at other places. But, I have a boring and plain palette, so I like it simple. Their pretzel loaf and "fondue" is delicious. My husband, who hates faux cheese in any capacity, actually enjoyed the fondue. And the pretzel loaf, like if they could give me about 50 loaves to take home, I would. It's just so delicious! We also got the fingerling potatoes, which were a big hit for us last time. Seriously though, can you ever go wrong with potatoes?! I decided to skip on the entire, and just have a carboload for food. I mean, it's my birthday and I'll eat what I want to!
I also enjoyed a glass of wine that I wish I would've bought a bottle of, even though the bottle would've probably been $593724 dollars. I took this fun photo of the light reflecting onto my nail from my wine and it looks like my nail is glowing! I just thought it looked super cool.
Lastly, I got cheesecake! I love their cheesecake so much! I loved regular cheesecake when I could eat it, I couldn't get enough of it. So, any substitute I will take. They even put a candle in it for me! Fun story: the guy at the table next to us was celebrating his birthday as well, and another guy a few tables across was as well! September 3rd FTW!
After this, I went to Lush and treated myself to two of my favorites!
I've literally never bought the full size of Lush's Sympathy for the Skin, despite my obsession with it. The price is crazy expensive. Truthfully, it's a large container and a little goes a long way, plus the ingredients are pure, so the price is fair. But at almost $28 a container, it is definitely a special occasion splurge. Also, I got my favorite Vanillary perfume, since I literally ran out before we went to dinner.
After that, we were on our way home. Originally, I had planned a PJ Birthday Party for myself. Two of my favorite people had told me last minute they couldn't come and I was so bummed out. So I was kinda cranky pants.
As I was walking up to our door, I was really confused by the amount of smoke I saw by our front door. But, I had to pee so bad I could barely hold it and I just wanted Kevin to unlock the door so I could pee. When I walk in, to my surprise, my friends were already there, including the ones who said they couldn't make it! They had a fog machine, and my candles lit, my sister made a pumpkin and bat banner that said "HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASH" and she even made me homemade vegan pumpkin spiced cupcakes! They got me beer and wine, which I didn't drink because I'm a lightweight lol. After I was able to pee and take it all in, I was really excited! It was all a rouse from the gate to surprise me! I was so grateful they did that for me. It really made my 28th birthday special!
While I may not have been in the best mood on my birthday, it ended up being a good time thanks to some wonderful people. Happy birthday to me!
If you've been reading my blog, you know by now that I'm obsessed with The Tree Kisser's designs. I think she does great work for animals, and she makes cute "on trend" designs that show your love for animals without being too "in your face" about it. When she has her Imperfect Sale, literally all hell breaks loose. It starts at 6pm PST/9pm EST stat, and within the first 10 minutes, almost everything is sold out. She's got shirts as low at $8. And when you hear imperfect you probably think like holes or stains or crazy stuff, but it's not. Yes, some things have minor stains, but everything I've ever bought is perfect. It's more like boxes are crooked, the print is light or not aligned, seriously minor inconveniences. She actually puts some regular items in there too that she's got bulk of to help them sell. This is my second Imperfect Sale of hers that I've made purchases from and both times I haven't had one issue.
What I really love about these sales is that say you make several purchases, because you don't wanna miss out. Which is a likely case for these sales. Say you put 3 things in your cart and go to pay, there's a chance in only a few minutes you can lose all 3 items before you can even check out. So, if you make several purchases, like the 4 I made, and email her your order numbers, she'll refund every other shipping fee. How sweet is that?!
Anyway, here's my stack of goodies:
I figured with prices so low, and my birthday coming up, let's do it big! I got 2 presents for other people, and 4 things for myself. If you follow my Instagram, you've probably seen these photos already but, I'm gonna post them again since I'm still so excited!
My "Animals are not fabric" tank top is adorable! It was $8! I love this design so much, that I also bought the pull over sweatshirt with the same design!
Honestly this is my favorite purchase from The Tree Kisser ever! This was $18. It's unisex, but I prefer oversized sweatshirts, so I got a medium. It is SO SOFT and so comfy cozy. I was fortunate we had a break in the heat that the very next morning, temperatures were in the low 60s and I wore it on my walk!
This $10 poncho tshirt I was concerned wouldn't fit, because it was an XS, which was the only size they had left. I love the design, because it's so true. You can always find me playing with animals, anywhere there are any! And fortunately, because of the naturally oversized fit of the poncho tee, it fits fine!
I have this design on a pink tshirt, and a long sleeve gray shirt. I love it, because it's so me, and probably true in my case. I wear my pink one as PJs because it's so soft and loose fitting. I got the pink one in a small, this is a medium, so I will also be wearing this as PJs. I love it in black, which is my preferred color choice for clothes anyway. And I love that it was $10!
I got my sister the same shirt, but it says dog hair, as an early birthday gift and she loved it! I haven't given my other friend their gift yet, so I can't post the last thing I bought lol.
If you're not following The Tree Kisser on Instagram yet, after all my posts about her, get on it! And make sure the next time she has an Imperfect Sale, you're ready! Set an alarm, have your laptop and your phone ready, and make at least several purchases to make sure you get what you want! I did all of those things and I felt I was successful in making my purchases!
I've been on the hunt for new concealer for awhile now. But, considering my face has a propensity to break out and have a negative reaction to basically everything, I'm cautious about what I use, to say the least. But, since I've had such success with 100% Pure I figured I would give it a shot. I also checked with customer service and they confirmed my color. So, I was ready to go.
I ordered the color Sand. Here's some photos:
Sand is a light medium neutral shade. That's the shade I am in everything. They do offer a wide variety of shades though!
One thing that caught me off guard right off the gate was this:
It was the only spot inside the bottle. It was like this green spot. Once I opened it and I mixed the wand up, it went away. It dissolved into the bottle. But it concerned me. I understand colors settle, but I found it very strange.
As soon as I opened the tube, the very first thing I noticed was the smell. It is awful. It smells like nail polish or like rubber cement. I mean, it's bad. And that really surprised me because I haven't ever had an issue with their products smelling bad. They're so natural so to smell a chemical type smell from them I was really surprised. The smell fortunately doesn't last once it's applied but it sucks in the meantime. I can deal with certain scents as long as the product works, but this fell flat in that department too. Plus, like I said, I can deal with certain scents, like something that's a little too earthy or herbally for me, but chemical smells just give me a headache.
I did reach out to them via email, asking about the strange spot and the smell, and in short, she said that the spot looked like an air bubble, and they offered to send me a replacement if I would like. I can honestly say that their customs service is out of this world. I've never had a complaint about that. Also, as for the smell, they made it clear that they don't use any artificial fragrances, chemicals, or dyes in their products, which I knew, but they said that the smell is probably due to the olive squalane.
I've gotta say, the color is off, as you can see in the swatch above on my arm. It's very orange. Layered with foundation helps, but I couldn't just use a little of this on some spots and go. Even with foundation, I can still see the orange underneath. You can layer it without it getting cakey which is good, but since the color is so off for me, layering it would only make it look worse.
Also, as far as covering dark spots, it doesn't. Even with the layers. I will say that it goes on super smooth, it dries super fast, and it doesn't leave any residue. All of that is positive, but having the wrong color and not enough coverage pretty much defeats the purpose of a concealer ya know? Personally, my power foundation does a better job covering up than the concealer itself.
So, sad to say, this one is being returned. I requested the label for it today and dropped it at the post office. I ordered the foundation too, which hasn't arrived yet, that I foresee that being returned too.
My biggest complaint is that they don't offer samples of these products! I understand whole heartedly not offering samples of bronzes, blush, mascara, eyeliner.. but liquid foundation and concealers I think samples would be super helpful! I'll happily pay for samples to allow me to find my shade without having to buy a full size, it not match, return it, buy another with no guarantees that one will match, possibly return that one too, and so on and so forth. It's just a headache, and I imagine that it's not cost effective for them either. Each person that returns $29 concealer and/or $40+ foundation that's gotta go in the trash, so why not offer samples? Even a sample card. I'm not looking for a handout, I don't need this big sample. But a sample card to help determine the shade would be helpful. I purchased the color I was recommend, the color that I am in everything else, and it doesn't match. It's just such a bummer!
Have you guys tried any of the 2nd Skin products yet? How did they work for you? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
A few weeks ago, my mom tagged me in a link about how to spend $15 on making vegan lunches for the whole week. And I don't mean PB&J, I mean healthy satisfying meals. Being a vegan on a budget, I was definitely excited to check it out. Here's the link:
I think the math is off personally, for me, I would say it's like $25+ but that's because I love avocados and I buy more of those, and I buy organic beans. I hate onions, so I kept those out. Basically, I bought my black beans and my garbonza beans were $.99 each. I had to buy a different brand of white kidney beans, which ran me $1.49 since they didn't have them in my preferred brand. I got a huge hot house cucumber for $.99 and 2 green peppers were 2/$3, and my orange pepper was $1.49, which was on sale last week but sadly not this week. I also bought avocados which were 4/$5. I got cherry tomatoes for $3.99 which I also split with my mom so well say $1.98 and spinach was 2/$6 so I gave my mom one, so say $3 for me. Plus, the bread which is $3.99 and my rice/quinoa mix that I buy is $2 a box I believe. However, I get 4 preportioned bags per box, and we'll see I use 1 pack per week, which well divide by 4 and we'll say $.50 per pack. I also got white bean hummus, which was 2/$6 and I gave one to my mom so $3. Total is $26.42 - however, I'm already out of cucumber so I should've bought 2 more at $.99 which would give me $28.40 had I purchased the extra cucumbers which I should have.
The other reason I believe it's higher than they say is that I don't keep cut vegetables long. I eat my cut cucumber and cut pepper within a day, two at the very most and that's pushing it. As soon as you cut a vegetable, no matter how you store it, it loses and freshness and bacteria can grow. I don't play those games. I started this Sunday, and already I'm done my cucumber and one of my peppers, and it's only Tuesday. Also, they weren't using whole avocados in their meals, and I don't understand how someone saves avocado for later. Not only are avocados the most amazing food and I can't help myself but to eat an entire avocado, but saving some for later gets nasty. They get brown and they turn fast. Just eat the whole thing, it's good fat anyway.
In addition, I don't keep beans open long either because of bacteria. They're open two days, maybe three, and to me that's pushing it. I know that I'm a freak with food, my husband tells me that all the time. But, I just don't take risks with food born illnesses.
Also, this list doesn't include snacks! Who eats a sandwich without chips?! I gotta have something with a crunch! And you always need a little something sweet afterwards! And, I drink water all day, but I like something with a little flavor for my lunch and dinner. I got juice boxes for lunch. Not that all of this is adding up to a high cost, but I would say that you can do this for about $30-$35 a week. I was even eating these meals for dinner too. Still, the cost of doing it this way versus buying food out every day is still much cheaper. And, you're getting quality meals, not garbage. Depending on your dietary wants and needs, you may be able to keep the cost around the $15 that they say. Me personally, I can't. But, you should absolutely experiment with what works for you.
So far, I've made some great and easy meals using these recipes. And, I'm tweaking them just a bit so that they fit what I prefer.
I've made the chickpea bowl and a hummus sandwich, and left out the black beans so I could save them for other meals.
I've been having chickpeas with cucumbers, orange peppers, avocados, cherry tomatoes, and a little salt and pepper. I also made a sandwich on lightly toasted bread, with hummus spread, spinach, cucumbers, and orange bell peppers. That sandwich was so good!
I also have been having spinach salads, since you always need your greens, and hummus with veggies as snacks. So, I'm not only getting lunch out of these but snacks too.
I plan on cutting up my green pepper today, sautéing some of it for my rice bowl with black beans and avocado. That will probably be my dinner, and I'll have some leftover for dinner tomorrow. And I'll have some raw green pepper and black beans, with some tomatoes, and spinach for a salad for lunch.
The best thing about these options are not just that they're affordable but they're healthy staples that can be used for several different meals and they're interchangeable. Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive and it doesn't have to be difficult. Do you have time to stay home and cook 5 star homemade meals every day? I don't. I work for a living, and I take care of a husband, 4 cats, and my apartment. Fast, healthy, cheap, and easy is my goal!
Recently, in an attempt to figure out what's been causing my allergic contact dermatitis for the passed 12 years, I got a Patch Test done at my dermatologist. Here's what it looks like:
Cute right?! What they do is adhere 26 of the most common allergens to your back for 2 days, then check to see what you react to. You then go back 2 days after that to do a final reading. I asked for the Patch Test, trying to take control of my allergies once and for all, but I had some concerns. For starters, I couldn't take a real shower for 2 days. Not cool, not cool at all. But, the main concern was that they were gonna be putting things on my skin, absorbing into my body, that I don't use. Things like epoxy resin, rubber components, formaldehyde residue.. all things I want nothing to do with. However, I knew that you couldn't pick and choose what they use, but I knew that if I was gonna get some answers, I had to go big or go home. So, on Monday the 29th, I went and got them put in.
Honestly, the worst part was that my entire back was covered. It felt like I had a giant bandaid on my back and every time I move, my skin pulled. Even worse was that it was hotter than Hades outside, 90+ hot and humid August days, and they told me try not to sweat. What?! Some women like to be prim and proper and be all like "oh I don't sweat, I sparkle!" Not this girl. I sweat. And, my back is where I sweat the worst. So, I felt extremely uncomfortable and dirty for days. But, I pushed on!
When I went back on Wednesday the 31st, I could've danced when she took the stuff off. Granted, now my back was covered in sticky tape residue I couldn't wash off until I got home from work 4 hours later, but, I could move my back freely again! Upon my initial reading, they thought I had a possible allergy to: gold, epoxy resin, and carba mix (a rubber component). My initial response, which I kept to myself, was: isn't everyone allergic to stuff like that? I mean, if you leave epoxy resin on your skin for 2 days, I'm inclined to think your skin is gonna react and not be too happy. It's full of chemicals and it's not meant for your skin. But, nothing was set in stone, and I wouldn't have any official answers until Friday the 2nd.
Overall, this entire time, my back wasn't really itchy, and it felt fine. I was so confused thinking that I would be itchy, I'm allergic to everything. It felt fine all Wednesday, Thursday, and even Friday on my way to the doctors.
When I arrived and my dermatologist was checking my back, she gave me the results. I was officially allergic to: nothing! 26 of the most common allergic substances, and I'm not allergic to one of them! I knew it was gonna be too easy. Had this Patch Test used 26 of the most uncommon allergies, I would've tested positive to all of them. My body is too complex for something so simple.
Something strange happened that morning that I brought up to her as well. On this particular day, the weather was perfect. The night before, a cool front came in. Me and my dad were at the EAGLES game, and it was awesome! Perfect weather, watching football.. it was a great night! It finally felt like fall! Fall is my most favorite time of year! I just wish that fall loved me as much as I love it. I have seasonal allergies that are brutal in the spring and fall. And I got to thinking, my allergic contact dermatitis tends to get worse in the spring and fall. When I woke up Friday morning, my eyelids were red, almost swollen shut, and I had a patch of dermatitis on the outer corner of my right eye. It was bright red and itchy. And when I brought this up to my doctor and showed her my eyelids, she asked me if I'm allergic to ragweed. And that's when it struck me, I have no idea what my seasonal allergies really are, just that I have them. In addition to my eyes, I sneeze a lot, and my throat hurts and it sounds like I was out all night partying hard. So, my dermatologist suggested to me that I go see an allergist to get myself tested and discover what I'm allergic to.
So, this is where I stand now. I've got these really lovely looking eyelids I'm currently dealing with, again. And, I'm gonna call an allergist on Monday or Tuesday, and hopefully set up an appointment to get myself tested. It's frustrating, to say the least, that after everything I've done I'm not anywhere closer to answers. Even more so, that I have to go see a new specialist now, with no real promise of answers there either.
But something has got to give. I take allergy medicine and it doesn't do a thing. I think I'm gonna end up needing allergy shots to get this under control. Do I want them? No. Do I want relief? Yes. It's been a long 12 years suffering. And I truly think I scratched the surface with my iron oxide allergy, which I still believe I have, and will stick with my iron oxide free makeup regardless. While my dermatologist never checked for that, I feel confident that through my own research I've concluded that it's definitely an ingredient I need to keep away from my eyes. I think it's too easy for my allergies to be one and done, they're definitely multi dimensional.
I hope that sharing my story, the long and frustrating journey it's been, that I've been able to help others. It's so important to me that anyone who is suffering isn't alone. I feel alone. So alone. No one I know deals with this kind of stuff, other than myself. Because my body is constantly against me, and a lot of times it's hard to stay positive. But I try. So, we're onto the next phase of this journey. Wish me luck!
I've been writing this blog for over a year now, and it's been wonderful. I've tried so many products, made so much food, ate so much food, and have learned so much since starting it. I feel like I've become sort of like a detective; researching products, asking questions, finding out the truth of different compared and products. I've dedicated over a year blogging about this wonderful beautiful vegan life, and I have no plans of stopping! However, The Vegan Crazy Cat Lady is going to be taking a slightly different course.
I can't be defined by one thing. I'm a vegan, this is true. I love being a vegan and that lifestyle is such a huge part of who I am, but that's not all that encompasses me. I'm a vegan, a candle maker, a TV junkie, who's also a crazy cat lady, a Disney fanatic, that's obsessed with all things Halloween and autumn, and collects Hello Kitty, a diehard Philadelphia EAGLES fan, who loves horror movies, loves all things cute and creepy, is fascinated with the Moon and its many phases, a true nature lover at heart, and suffers with some personal issues; both emotionally and physically. I'm a multifaceted girl with a big personality! I think it's time to let that shine.
I don't want my blog to be just one thing, I want my blog to be many things. I've started incorporating a few posts here and there about personal struggles I've been having, with my contact dermatitis and what not. And due to the fact that I have so many skin issues and I have the world's most sensitive skin, I haven't been buying as much makeup as before, and I've cancelled all my beauty boxes. So, my material for blog postings have been slim. As a result of that, I've been writing less, and I'm not happy about that. By incorporating more about myself and my life, I'll have more material and I'll be able to write more!
If you're afraid that the veganism will be lost on my blog, fear not. Being a vegan is involved in my every day life, and there will still be plenty of vegan posts! In fact, I have a new concealer coming in the mail within the next week I can't wait to review! And, I have a new body wash I'm in the process of reviewing! But by writing about different topics, I'm hoping to reach a wider audience. Blogging is my therapy; I love to write. And I especially love to write about things that I'm passionate about, and this allows me to do all of that and then some.
I hope you will embrace the changes you'll be reading in this blog. If a certain post doesn't interest you, that's okay! I know you'll find one that will interest you soon enough! So please keep reading! Because I'm so diverse, this blog will be too!
Thank you all for your continued support. It means the world to me. 💜