About a month and a half ago, I treated myself to a Pacifica mini haul. One of the things I bought was this new polish, one of their five new shades for fall. I went outside of my box a bit because this shade is not a typical Ashley shade. You can guarantee that 9/10 I will buy dark colors; primarily black, gray, and purple. But I said what the hay, let's give this a shot, and boy am I glad I did.
Pink Crush is a beautiful neutral frosty shade of pink. It's one of those colors I think would be flattering on any skin tone. It's a different take on your average nude nail. Despite the fact that it's pink, it's a shade of pink that will easily match everything. Even though it's a light color, it's really trendy for fall because of the muted color. It pops a little in the natural light too, because of the opalescence. It's also a really feminine color without your average Barbie pink.
I also wanted to point out that this polish includes their new custom wide nail polish brush which makes apply your nail polish so much easier. Their old one was really long and thin, and this new wider brush really makes a difference. It applies the polish more evenly, and it cuts the time in half because essentially one stroke does an entire finger!
I know this was a quick post, but I really love this color and wanted to recommend it to you guys because I think you'll really love it too. You can find it on Pacifica's website for $9! Be sure to check out all of their other colors as well, because they have a ton of beautiful shades!
This month's Petit Vour Beauty Box contained a sample of Stress Less Body Oil by Organic Bath Co. I used it initially when I got it just on my forearms to try it out and it seemed pretty decent. I decided to use it last night when I got out of the shower, so I wanted to review it for you guys!
Just a quick recap of what this oil is about:
-This oil is scented with Bulgarian Lavender and a few other essential oils.
-In addition to a soothing scent, this body oil is a moisturizer as well.
-Ingredients: (taken from the back of the bottle) Jojoba Oil with Green Tea, Camellia Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Macadamia Oil, and Essential Oil Blend.
The bottle says to massage into damp skin. So, I towel dried my skin some and applied this. I love that it has a spray applicator. Just be careful if you hold the bottle too close to your skin when you spray it, the oil can splash up and get you in the face. I know this, because I did it lol.
I used it in place of my usual moisturizer to see how well it sealed in my body's moisture. This oil absorbed really well, even on my hands. I didn't feel like I was leaving an oil slick anywhere. And I didn't have to wait a long time to get dressed. My skin felt smooth after using it. It also looked really healthy, kind of dewy and shiny. Even still today, my skin feels soft and healthy. I used it all over my body (excluding my face) and I noticed that I still have like a little less than half left. This sample size is only .5 ml, so that's pretty good! If you got the full size bottle, I imagine it would last awhile.
My favorite thing honestly is the scent. It's so delicate. You can tell right away that it's lavender, but it's not in your face lavender scented. In addition to that it just smells really natural with all of the oils in it. I only wish the scent lasted longer on my skin. I don't know if I would say that the scent calmed me, but either way I really love it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this body oil. If you are interested in purchasing this for yourself, you can do so right here: http://www.organicbath.co/collections/body-oils/products/stress-less-organic-body-oil?variant=1034636588
The cheapest that they offer is 30 ml spray top for $18. And, in honor of Black Friday, they're offering 25% off all orders with code: THANKFUL15 all weekend long. Don't forget to shop small this weekend!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, when you exclude the insane amount of turkeys unnecessarily slaughtered. You don't need a turkey to enjoy a delicious meal on Thanksgiving. Point in case: Sweet Potato Casserole. I love sweet potatoes so much, and I love vegan marshmallows so much; put them together you got a party! There are so many recipes for Sweet Potato Casserole online, both vegan and non-vegan, online it'll make your head spin. My recipe is a combination of recipes I found online, so I just adapted it to my taste. This is so super easy, and pretty quick. Here's what you'll need:
Sweet potatoes (I like the ones you steam in a bag the best, and it's way faster)
Earth Balance Butter
Light Brown Sugar
Vegan marshmallows (I used regular and pumpkin flavored Dandies)
First, steam your potatoes in the bag. Rinse them, then peel them. Cut them up, and place them in a medium sized bowl.
Next, mash your potatoes using a masher if you have one, I just used a fork. Next, add your cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, butter, and brown sugar to the mashed potatoes and fold all the ingredients in. I don't have any exact measurements because I just eyeball the ingredients. I use a dash of nutmeg, a decent amount of cinnamon because I love cinnamon, about 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, and maybe a teaspoon of vanilla extract. As far as the butter, I'm a butterholic, so I probably put too much in.
Once you have all of your ingredients mixed, you want to transfer the mixture to a cooking dish, like you see below. Remember to grease your dish a little beforehand because once those marshmallows melt they really stick to that dish and you'll be scrubbing to get them off!
Once you have your mixture in your dish, you want to add your marshmallows on top. Dandies are the best vegan marshmallows ever. I bought the pumpkin ones on a whim because I saw them last minute at the super market and I was so stoked! So, I used both regular and pumpkin. Remember, they're sweet, so the more you use the sweeter your dish will be.
Set your oven to 375 and let them cook anywhere from 10-20 minutes, depending on how much you made. I set my timer for 15 minutes.
I like my marshmallows a little crispy. Here's the end result:
NOMS! Of course, I had to have some after I made it, you know, to test it out and make sure it's good and it absolutely is! This recipe is more on the sweeter side, like a dessert, but I'm a big fan of a savory too. Instead of marshmallows on top, sprinkle on some toasted pumpkin seeds to add a good crunch. Or chopped pecans. Sprinkle a little brown sugar on top with those, and you got sweet and savory. Experiment with different ideas and see what you like best! This dish is sure to be a big hit with everyone, vegans and non-vegans alike!
What are you thankful for this year? I'm thankful for my husband, my cats, and my family. I'm thankful for all the blessings I have in my life, even the most basic ones that I take for granted so often. I'm fortunate to have been so blessed, and I hope you all are too! From my family to yours, I want to wish you all a very Happy ToFurkey Day!
Today I received my Petit Vour November Beauty Box. Here's what I
Tabby was really excited too, as you can tell! Before we get to the products, can we talk for a second about how cute the design is this month? I love the cornucopia, the fruits and veggies, and the fall foliage. The colors are really so pretty too!
This box includes: One Love Organic Dry Shampoo ($12), Pelle Beauty Luxe Beauty Balm ($9), Organic Bath Co. Stress Less Organic Beauty Oil ($2.25), and Modern Minerals Lotus Wei Infused Emotive Lip Gloss ($24, full size.) This box is worth $47.25!
I love that Petit Vour always puts a good mix of stuff in their boxes. Variety is the spice of life!
First up is the One Love Organics Dry Shampoo Powder. If this looks familiar, that's because I got this exact same product in one of my VeganCuts Beauty Boxes. But, you can never have too much dry shampoo. Thanks to dry shampoo, during the winter time, I can go 2x a week without washing my hair.
Next up, the Pelle Beauty Luxe Beauty Balm. This balm is meant for your face. It's meant for sensitive, dry, and dehydrated skin. My face is none of those. So, I won't be using this on my face. But, I'll be trying this as a lip balm instead. I hate letting things go to waste! This balm is comprised of some really awesome, and surprising ingredients. The first thing that caught me off guard was the scent; it was familiar and herbally, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. The very first ingredient on the label? Broccoli seed oil! That's the first time I have ever seen that as an ingredient in anything! Here's the full ingredients list, from the Pelle Beauty Website:
"INGREDIENTS: Brassica oleracea italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry) seed oil, Oryza sativa (Rice) bran oil, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate (from olives), Persea gratissima (Avocado) oil, Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Polianthes tuberosa (Tuberose) flower wax, Jasminum grandiflorum (Jasmine) flower wax, Rosa damascena (Rose) flower wax , Citrus aurantium amara (Neroli/Bitter orange) flower oil, Rosa damascena (Rose)flower oil."
As you can see, these ingredients are skin loving and moisture central. Pelle Beauty doesn't mess around with fillers or synthetic ingredients! I love that, and I can't wait to try it!
Next up, Organic Bath Co. Stress Relief Organic Beauty Oil. I tried this on my forearms as soon as I opened the box because I love lavender so much. The scent of this stuff is so soothing. You know how sometimes things that are lavender scented are like, too scented? This isn't like that. The lavender scent is so subtle, but still noticeable. A blend of nut and plant oils make this super moisturizing. I liked that this sample came with a spray nozzle so you don't accidentally go cray cray and apply too much. It absorbed nicely into my skin, left it smelling nice, and my arms still feel soft. They say to apply it on damp skin and the oil will keep moisture locked into your skin. But, it did well on dry skin too, so I imagine it'll really do wonders on damp skin! I plan on trying it when I get out of the shower!
Last but not least, Modern Mineral Lip Gloss. I am such a lip gloss junkie even though I barely wear it. This shade is called Violet Rose and it is so pretty. It's a violet, pink, mauve shimmer. It's really pretty, and I think flattering on pretty much any skin tone because it's not super pigmented. This lip gloss collection is pretty awesome because it's supposed to increase and promote positivity using the emotive essence of gemstone and flowers. I'm all about positive vibes! This gloss is supposed to give super shine, and leave lips feeling soft while not being tacky. Below is the ingredients, taken directly from the Modern Minerals website:
"Ingredients: Triiosostearyl Citrate (natural vegetable fatty acids derv.), Organic Persea Armeniaca (Avocado) Oil, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate Seed) Oil, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Seed Oil, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer (Vegetable Oils deriv.), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Esters, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Water (and) Marine Collagen, Hylocereus Undatus (Dragon) Fruit Extract Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) leaf Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle Extract), Stevia Rebaudiana (Stevia) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). Blend of Essential Oils: Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Oil, Matricaria Chamomilla (Chamomile) Oil, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Rosa spp (Rose) Oil, Camellia Japonica (Camellia) Flower Essence and Pink Tourmaline gem essence. May contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850) and Manganese Violet (CI 77742).Net Wt. : 3.0 g"
I'm really excited to check this out!
Overall, another win for Petit Vour. They always deliver variety and luxury all at a great price! Enjoy!
My mom is, and has always been, one of my biggest supporters of my vegetarian and now vegan lifestyle. Basically, she's awesome. While she was out shopping yesterday, she was at TJ Maxx and she found a fancy vegan handbag by Urban Expressions.
Naturally, she was so excited when she found it she texted me right away to see if I wanted it, which of course, I did. Not that I need anymore handbags, but I'm a woman, so naturally I can't ever have enough. She stopped by on her way home to drop it off to me, and I just love it.
Here's what I really love about this bag:
1) I absolutely love that this brand is vegan certified not once, but twice. by Peta and Vegan.org. This is my first bag that's like officially certified to be vegan. Of course I don't own any real animal skin bags, but I really love that this one is certified. It makes it that much more special to me.
2) The material is so soft and would fool ANYONE into thinking it's real animal skin. I'm not sure why anyone would want real animal skin, however, if that's your sort of thing you'll be thrilled.
3) The craftsmanship is really fantastic. The stitching is neat and well done.
4) The design of the bag is simple, but still very trendy and fashion forward. Like I feel fancy owning it lol.
5) It's a really pretty shade of gray. Gray, like black, is one of those colors that goes with everything. So I'll definitely get a lot of use out of it.
6) It comes with a removable shoulder strap in case you want to use that instead of the handles.
7) I love that it's a zip closure bag because that's way more secure than button closure bags.
8) There's a zipper compartment inside, as well as a pouch.
9) There's a really pretty, elegant, and feminine floral design on the inside of the bag that really adds a lot of flair.
10) While the retail price is high ($110), my mom got me this bag for only $34.99 at TJ Maxx and you can't get a better deal than that!
Since I'm totally in love with this bag, I went on the Urban Expressions website to check out their other products, and to get some more details on the brand. They have a variety of different types of bags, backpacks, clutches, wallets, and even some faux leather bracelets! They offer most of their products in a few different colors. Their products are named after women's names, so I was excited to see they offer an Ashley bag in purple! They offer such a wide variety that you'll absolutely be able to find something you like!
This brand was started in 2005 by two high school friends named Farbod Shakouri and Kyle Vojdani. They used Poly Urethane (PU) to create their bags instead of Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC). According to the website, which I did not know, PU has a natural leather-like material and PVC requires harsh chemicals to soften it. While PU is biodegradable (PVC is not), PU is a better quality and more durable material than PVC. So it sounds like using PU vs. PVC is better for Mother Nature and for ourselves, which was super interesting to learn. These bags prove that you can still be fancy without harming animals and harming the environment.
I absolutely love what this company is all about and adore their products. Their bags are expensive yes, but not nearly as expensive as a gross leather Prada bag! Check out your local TJ Maxx and hopefully you'll be able to find some Urban Expressions products. If you do, I would love to see what you find!
After my last post regarding starter tips for vegetarian/vegan lifestyles got so many views, I wanted to do a more in depth post about common ingredients vegetarians/vegans have to avoid. I know for a lot of meat eaters, and those curious to start these lifestyles, you have no idea really where to begin. Can I eat this? If not, why can't I eat this? Is this (insert: hair care, makeup, body wash, etc..) vegan? Is this okay for my (insert vegetarian friend/relative/etc) to eat? I'm here to help you answer these questions.
I'm listing what I believe are the top ten most commonly found ingredients that aren't vegetarian friendly. Please note: there is A LOT of animal derived ingredients out there and to list them all would take forever. So, your best bet is to read the label and if there's an ingredient you don't know, Google it. That's pretty much how I learned what I know. When in doubt, if you Google something and the answer isn't so black and white, don't purchase the item at that time, email the company and find out exactly if it's an animal derived ingredient. That's what I have been doing for years.
I'm going to split this post into two. Today, I will focus on the vegetarian diet and lifestyle. My next post I'll do the vegan diet and lifestyle. Because being a vegan is so much more in depth, it's going to be easier to do separate posts.
First up, let's discuss the vegetarian diet. There are lacto vegetarians that only eat dairy. There are ovo vegetarians that only eat eggs. Then, there are lacto-ovo vegetarians that eat both dairy and eggs. Vegetarians DO NOT eat poultry or seafood. Pescatarians eat fish. Fake vegetarians eat poultry, they don't even count. That's not a real thing. If you meet a vegetarian eating a chicken sandwich, they're just fibbing. This diet is not just limited to only not consuming flesh. Here's what to look out for:
1) Stock- a lot of soups and sauces contain animal based stock. For example, I know that the Alfredo sauce and red sauce at Olive Garden contains an animal stock, the marinara does not. They may have changed their ingredients as it's been a long time since I've been there, but that was true as of last time I was there. I know this because I ask. ALWAYS ask questions when you're out at a restaurant because you can never be too sure. You can't have chicken noodle soup, and just scoop out the chicken pieces and call it vegetarian. Chicken noodle soup is made from chicken stock. A lot of Asian dishes use fish sauce in their sauces and dishes. There are delicious vegetable stocks that make excellent bases for home made soup and sauces.
2) Grease and fat- this was always an issue for me when going out to eat because if you cook a meat ingredient on anything, it leaves grease and fat behind. When you cook something in the grease and fat, that gets cooked into the food you're cooking, thus making it not vegetarian. I wouldn't touch anything that was cooked in the fat of an animal product. This also applies to pizza. If someone orders a pepperoni pizza, and you pick the pepperoni off, you can't call it vegetarian. If you get a breakfast sandwich at WaWa and pull off the sausage and just eat the cheese and egg (if you even want to call what they serve as eggs), then that's not vegetarian. Lard is an ingredient that you find in a lot of baked goods. Lard is fat taken from the belly of pigs. (YUM!) Tallow is rendered beef fat. I was once making cupcakes for my guests to enjoy at my annual Halloween party, and I bought Walmart brand chocolate icing. To my surprise, it contained beef fat. So you always have to read labels because you never know what ingredients are lurking in your food.
3) Gelatin- you will find some vegetarians that eat this, but once I discovered what it was, I stopped eating it immediately. Gelatin is made form boiling tendons, bones, hair, ligaments, etc.. in water. It's the main ingredient in Jell-o. Also, you find it in marshmallows, candies, yogurt, coatings for vitamins and medicine, and a variety of beauty care products. In my opinion, if you're consuming gelatin, which is made from animal ingredients, it is not vegetarian. A common vegetarian substitute is agar agar, which is seaweed derived and does the same thing gelatin does. If you love Jell-o and marshmallows so much you can't bear the thought of living without them, rest assured, they have vegetarian/vegan versions that are just as delicious!
4) Rennet- this is derived from the lining of baby cow's bellies, but it can be taken from other young animal's bellies too. This is a difficult problem vegetarians face because rennet is found in a lot a lot of cheeses. Most vegetarians will tell you they can't live without their cheese, I know this because I was that vegetarian for so long. That's actually what prevented me from being vegan for so many years. There are rennet alternatives which are sometimes used in the cheese making process, but you want to research first which brands are rennet free. I know that I used to eat Cabot Cheese, which was rennet free. If you Google "rennet free cheese" you should find a website with a list of vegetarian approved cheese brands. When in doubt, send your favorite brand an email to see if they're rennet free.
5) Glycerin(e)- this one is a tricky one. There is animal based glycerin made from animal fats, and vegetable based glycerin. Some ingredient labels will list "vegetable glycerin." If it doesn't mention what kind of glycerin, you should contact the company before making a purchase.
6) Carmine- this is another one that not all vegetarians follow, but personally I find it repulsive and once I learned what it was I wanted nothing to do with it. Carmine is made from crushed female cochineal beetles, and is used in mainly cosmetics, but also artificially red dyed foods and beverages. It's been said that 70,000 beetles must be killed in order to produce ONE POUND of this dye. Insects are living breathing creatures too, so to use products where literally millions of beetles get crushed so you can have your pretty red lips? That's 100% not following the vegetarian lifestyle. Alternatives are beet juice, and other fruit and vegetable dyes. I have two beautiful red shades of lipstick by Pacifica and Emani (that I have reviewed on here!) that are beetle free that I highly suggest!
7) Fish oil and cod liver oil- I wanted to do this one seperate because they have vitamins stictly made from fish oils. They are not vegetarian friendly from the gate, and to boot, are usually encapsulated in gelatin-based capsules.
8) Isinglass- derived from fish bladders. This is most often used as a fining agent during the wine making process. Do some research on your favorite brand, or send them an email! I know that Frey Vineyard and Natura Wines are both vegetarian/vegan, and delicious!
9) Natural flavors- this is always a tricky area because a lot of companies purposely put this on their label so their "secret ingredients" are kept secret from competitors. But, there's no way of knowing when you read the label if those natural flavors are derived from animal sources, which often times they are. Sometimes, you'll see on an ingredient label "natural sources (vegetable derived)" which is awesome since it takes the guess work out of it. If not, send an email the company mentioning that you're a vegetarian and you just want to clarify if the natural flavors are animal sourced. They certainly won't tell you what those natural flavors are, but they will usually tell you whether their plant or animal derived.
10) Confectioner's glaze, resinous glaze, and shellac- made from the excretions of the lac insect. You see this most commonly in candies, like Candy Corn and other shelled or waxy type candies like Reese's Pieces, Mike and Ikes, Nerds, Sugar Babies, etc.. It's what gives candy that shiny appearance. Most confectioner's glaze that I know uses shellac, but I read somewhere there is confectioner's glaze made without shellac, but personally I don't know any.
That's all she wrote! Remember, this is just a sliver of the list of ingredients vegetarians can't have so you have to do your research! I was a vegetarian for 15+ years before going vegan, and I hadn't the slightest clue what it really meant to be a vegetarian in the beginning. But, I did my research and I learned. Once I learned, I became a very strict vegetarian. You may know vegetarians that eat gelatin, or eat candy corns. Those ingredients are wishy washy for some people, but for me they're a definitely non-vegetarian friendly ingredient. Plus, like do you want to eat bugs? Or bug sourced ingredients? Insects count too. This list is based off of the main ingredients I always avoided. So please don't send me an email or leave a comment that you or your friend is vegetarian and eats this or uses that. I am not the vegetarian police. How you or your friend chooses to live their vegetarian life is on them. Once you do your research, and you discover how these ingredients are made, make your own decision on which you believe is right.
I also hope that to any meat eaters out there reading this that this has helped you to open your eyes about what your food and products are really made of. If you're reading this to try and figure out what to avoid when buying for a friend/significant other/family member that's a vegetarian, I hope this makes your search easier. There are SO many easy vegetarian recipes for every day or for the holidays, so between those and this list, you should be getting off on the right foot.
After all is said and done, I hope this has been an informative read for all parties, whether you eat meat or don't. I'll be working on my vegan post as soon as I get a chance, so keep an eye out for that. As I've said before, please never hesitate with any questions you may have. I'm not perfect and I don't know everything, but I will always do my best to find out the answer to something if I don't have it. I'm happy to spread the knowledge!
With all the news abuzz lately with it being scientifically proven that processed meat causes cancer, and red meat probably causes cancer too, more people are looking to a healthier lifestyle. If you haven't heard this news yet, definitely get to Googling because it's a real thing, proven by the World Health Organization. That's ham, sausage, bacon, hot dogs, etc. The IARC stated that each 50 grams of processed meat that you eat daily increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. That's horrifying. So, if you're like the millions of people who saw this and was terrified, or have always thought about trying a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, I wanted to share with you a few tips on how to get the ball rolling.
1) Before you do anything, have a reason for wanting to try it. Whether it's because of the latest cancer news, or it's because of health reasons, or diet reasons, or like me, for animal reasons, find your reason. It could be one thing or a combination of things.
2) Educate yourself. Learn the different types of vegetarianism. Are you going to eat dairy? Eggs? One or both? And don't tell me you're going to eat fish, because vegetarians don't eat fish. You want to be a pescatarian? Then you can eat fish. Are you leaning more towards veganism? Veganism is much more difficult than vegetarianism and takes a lot more work. Learn the differences between the different diets so you can decide which one is best for you.
3) Figure out what your new meals will look like. You can absolutely have a healthy (even healthier really) life without eating meat, poultry, and/or fish. But learn from my mistakes, and make sure you're eating well rounded meals. When I was a wee one and I went vegetarian, I didn't know what the heck I was doing. I was like, I'm going to eat grilled cheese, pizza, carbs, and potato chips. It should come as no surprise that I ended up being anemic. I researched what a healthy diet should look like, and never turned back.
4) Start small and work your way up. You don't want to shock your body by eating hamburgers and then eating salads. It's much much easier to go from eating meat to going vegetarian, mastering that, then going vegan. Allow yourself to transition slowly. It's a marathon, not a race. Start by having one vegetarian/vegan meal a day. Breakfast is the easiest meal of the day. Then, transition to something like Meatless Monday where you eat vegetarian/vegan food all day.
5) Allow yourself to make mistakes. Every vegetarian/vegan in the history of vegetarian/vegans has slipped up. They will happen; whether it was unintentional or you lost your will power. Forgive yourself, and start fresh your next meal.
6) Research ingredients to be aware of. Vegetarians can't eat lard, rennet, or gelatin for example. That means not all cheese is vegan.In fact, a lot of it isn't. Vegetarians can't eat sprinkle cheese or Velveeta, which isn't even cheese. It's not even food, as far as I'm considered. Gelatin is in Jello, marshmallows, Peeps, and a lot of candies. Lard is animal fat. Gelatin is boiled hooves, tendons, and hairs. Yummy right? Vegans can't eat honey or any bi-products from animals. Do you know how many things are derived from animals? I do. It's insane. I have an app called "Animal Free" which helps me when I find an ingredient in something I'm unsure of.
7) Learn to be a compulsive label reader. Labels are your best friend. You can't buy or eat anything until you know what's in it. As a vegan, unless it's label "vegan" I usually won't touch it. If there's no ingredient label, I won't touch it either.
8) If you're looking to go vegan, remember that veganism is more than just your diet. Veganism is an entire lifestyle, which means your lifestyle that you've lived for so many years is done. You know those leather shoes you love? You can't wear them anymore. Vegans can't wear or use any animal skin. You know that favorite restaurant you and your significant other love to go to? There's a good chance you won't be able to eat there anymore, unless you want a basic salad, because most places aren't vegan friendly. There's so much cross contamination it'll make your head spin. How about your favorite wine? You're going to have to get a new one, because that one probably isn't vegan, or even vegetarian. Wine can get filtered through things like egg albumen, gelatin, fish oil, casein, isinglass, blood and bone marrow. NOMS! Your favorite red lipstick? Chances are, that contains carmine, which is derived from crushed beetles. Your mascara? Beeswax. Vegans use only cruelty free products. That's everything from hair products to deodorant to makeup and every little thing in between. Being a vegan is the most rewarding thing I have ever done with my life, but that doesn't mean that it was an easy transition. It's second nature to me now, but it wasn't as first.
9) If you're transitioning from vegetarianism to veganism, do a trial period first to make sure it's a good fit for you. It takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Giving up cheese I legit went through withdrawal, after 3 weeks, I didn't want cheese ever again. I know because I tried it and was so over it by the first bite.
10) Be prepared for the 9 million questions you're going to get. I got a lot of slack for being a vegetarian, but I hear even more being a vegan. Not everyone is going to be negative, some people are just ignorant because they don't know or understand it. Don't be confrontational. Remember that this is different for a lot of people. Sometimes they ask a lot of questions because they want to know more about it. Answer them with a smile. If they come at you negatively, you don't have to explain yourself. Do what you want to do because it makes you happy, not everyone else.
11) Remember if you're traveling or going to someone's house, pack snacks in your bag. Most people have no idea what to feed you, and 9/10 times it will be a salad. Be grateful for the salad and that they tried, but munch on your noms later. You don't want to be rude, but you don't want to be hungry either.
12) My last tip, go big or go home. If these lifestyles aren't for you, then they're not for you. I want everyone to be a vegan, of course, but I understand that isn't feasible. If your heart isn't in it, or you just don't think it's a good fit for you, then don't do it. Small changes make a big impact. If you stick with only Meatless Mondays, that's fantastic. If you decide that you only want to use cruelty free products but not vegan products, my hats off to you.
I am always here to answer any questions that you may have. No question is too small or silly. There are no such things as stupid questions. Please either comment below, or if you would prefer it to be more private, email me, or comment on my Facebook page. You can find me under: The Vegan Crazy Cat Lady!
Now that we've essentially settled into our apartment, and we're married, it's time to carve out some time for me. It's not like I don't have 894086 other things to do, but today is my day off and I decided to try out some recipes I've been looking up online. This post is my take on Vegan Chickpea Salad. I've seen so many different recipes online, so I took my inspiration from a few sources and added my own twist on it. Here's what you're going to need:
1 can of chickpeas (I used Nature's Promise Organic)
1 can of peas (I used Nature's Promise Organic No Salt Added)
1 cup of matchstick carrots
1/4 cup of Vegan Nayonaise
2 teaspoons of olive oil
8 teaspoons of sunflower seeds (I use non-salted and non-roasted)
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
And some jams to get down to!
The first thing I did was put on some jams. You gotta have fun doing what you're doing. Today I chose to jam out to the Iowa album by Slipknot. A lot of people are surprised to see that I listen to Slipknot, but I've loved them since I was an angry teenage girl, and they'll always have a special place in my heart. I also love boybands, there's not an *NSYNC song I don't know the words to. I also love 80's music, The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack, The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack, various hardcore and metal bands, and whatever else I'm feeling. I'm all over the place. But at the end of the day, be yourself and love what you love and have no shame about it! That's how I live my life!
After you got your jams going, you want to drain and rinse your chickpeas. After that, you want to get out a medium sized bowl and mash them. You want to make sure the bowl is a good size because this bowl is where you're going to mix all your ingredients in for your chickpea salad. I used a fork to mash my chickpeas, but if you have a masher or really any other item than a fork to mash them, you're gonna want to use it. Mashing chickpeas is so tedious, and using a fork takes SO much work. I got a work out lol. I left mine a little chunky to add some texture to the salad. Let me apologize in advance for the horrible lighting of my pictures. My kitchen has crappy lighting, and it's raining and dark out today, so lighting wasn't my friend. I did my best with what I could!
After I got my chickpeas all mashed, I added my Nayonaise first, and combined that in. Then, I added in my carrots. I used a lot of carrots because I love carrots. Then, I added my sunflower seeds. You can add more or less than I used. I thought 8 teaspoons was a good balance to give me enough crunch but not have an entire mouthful of sunflower seeds each bite. You can add pumpkin seeds instead or in unison with the sunflower seeds. I was going to use pumpkin seeds because I love them, but I thought they might be a little bit too big for this salad considering how big the carrots were. I might try them next time anyway. Combine all the ingredients together.
I decided last minute to add some olive oil as well to the mix. Olive oil is so good for you in so many ways, plus I didn't want to add any more Nayonaise but I thought it was a little dry with the amount that I used. The olive oil added just enough moisture, so I'm glad I went with that. I used about 2 teaspoons, maybe a little more. Next, I added my salt and pepper. I have the grinders. I would say I used about 8 grinds of salt, and about 20 grinds of pepper. I love salt and pepper. I'm a simple girl with simple tastes. You can feel free to add any other seasonings you like. I think dill would be a good one to try.
Once you're happy with your seasonings and everything is mixed together, the last thing you want to add is your peas. Because peas are so soft and mushy, I wanted to add them last so I could just fold them in without smashing them. I drained and rinsed my peas. I added about 10 teaspoons of peas. I didn't want too much but I wanted enough to add some color. Peas are a good source of fiber, and they have so many vitamins.
And that's all she wrote! Seriously, this chickpea salad is so insanely easy to make and is so delicious! Honestly, the hardest and most time consuming part is mashing the chickpeas. You could have this on a sandwich, you can wrap it in romaine hearts, over a bead of leafy greens, as a dip, or just chow down with a spoon. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy! I stored my leftover peas in the fridge, ironically in my Give Peas A Chance container, and will have those for dinner tonight.
Seriously, chickpea salad is one of those things you can make your own. And you can add the kitchen sink in there and it'll still taste good. I was going to add green pepper in mine, but my pepper was a little worse for wear, so I didn't. If you guys make this, please let me know what you added or changed! I would really love to see your take on this! Enjoy!
I always have such a hard time finding a blush that A) looks natural on my face and B) lasts throughout the day. Plus, I prefer pressed blush, as I prefer all my makeup in pressed form. And, I've been having a hard time trying to find a vegan pressed blush in general, let alone one that I think would suit me best. Along comes Too Faced with a new blush called Love Flush. This blush is supposed to be long wearing, fade proof, and smudge proof for up to 16 hours, which now a days is about how long the average women's day is. I got the shade: How Deep Is Your Love?
First, let's start with how much I love the packaging. I know that shouldn't matter, and really it doesn't, but I am a sucker for cute things. Here's what it looks like:
I love the heart shaped compact. I love that the compact color matches the color of the blush. And what I love the most is the super cute design on the blush! Look how adorable it is! It's so pretty and I just adore the cute little bunnies! I hate to actually use it and lose the design lol. Here's two more pictures in case you also can't get enough of how cute the design is:
Love Flush comes in six universally flattering shades. They range from a coral shade (I Will Always Love You), to a bubblegum pink (Justify My Love.) In between is a pink coral called Love Hangover, and a pink mauve called Baby Love. How Deep Is Your Love and Your Love is King are the two vegan shades. Your Love is King is the darkest shade of the six, and it's like a mauvy shade, which I think is a really pretty shade. I had a hard time choosing, but How Deep is Your Love is the shade I chose. It's like a bright watermellony pink, and it's definitely the brightest shade of the bunch. It doesn't look as artificial as I think a lot of blushes do. This shade makes me think of when you get just a smidge burnt on your cheeks and the top of your nose in the summer time. Or when you come inside from being out on a cold winter's day. It's a really beautiful shade.
It's very pigmented so that a little goes a long way. So much so that I went a little heavy handed this morning because I'm used to my old blush, and I looked a little like Mimi from The Drew Carey Show. The plus side to this is that, while the price is a little on the high end ($26), it really will last you a long time, unless looking like Mimi is your thing, in which case I'm not judging. It went on smooth and looked natural. I had little fall off my makeup brush, which is great, because that shows me that the product clings to your skin really well.
Overall, I'm a fan of this blush. I love that it'll last me awhile because at $26 a pop, I couldn't afford to buy it often. I think the color is flattering for my skin tone. Like I mentioned above, I wish that all the shades were vegan so I could have an array of colors to choose from. Just like with bronzer, your blush color can change depending on the season too. What looks good on your pale winter skin may not be as flatterning on your sun kissed summer skin. I just don't understand if they can do two shades vegan, why not the rest? You don't need carmine to create a rich color payoff. They managed to incorporate vegan Squalene, which is a common animal ingredient (derived from sharks) in a lot of cosmetics. That's my one real downfall with these blushes, and Too Faced in general. I love that they're cruelty free, and I love that they offer vegan options. But go big or go home. If you can do some vegan, you can do all vegan. But, that's just my opinion.
I definitely think it's worth checking out if you're in the market for a new blush!
I've got some new perfumes from Harvey Prince that I'm excited to review for you guys! Here's what I got:
Madagascar Vanilla in an 8.8 ml spray bottle, and Fling in an 8.8 ml spray bottle.
First up, let's talk about the Madagascar Vanilla. I knew when I first saw the Vanilla scent I had to have it, because vanilla is my thing, it's what I do. When I smelled it, I was surprised by how much is smelled like Body Fantasies Vanilla Spray that you can buy for $7.49 at CVS, which I used my entire middle school life and then some. This bottle was $31, so that's a big price difference. Honestly, it does smell really good. It has a less alcoholic scent than the CVS body spray does, and you can tell it's of a higher quality. I've received many compliments wearing it. Actually, the man working at the post office complimented it and said he loves how real the vanilla smell is, and that it doesn't smell fake like a lot of vanilla scented things out there. And, he's absolutely right about that. This is supposed to be a stress relieving calming scent. I don't know about all of that, but it does smell awesome. The scent does last a decent amount of time, and it's a great scent to layer with. Because it's only vanilla, it adds to literally any perfume you layer it with. I think you'll love it.
Now, for Fling. When I bought this, it was on sale for $18.90. The reason I bought it is because the description sounded almost identical to Temptress, which I absolutely love. Since this one was on sale and Temptress was not, I was like let's do it. Upon receiving it and smelling it, it smells like 90% the same as Temptress. There's a few different ingredients than Temptress. Both include lavender, jasmine, nutmeg, and cinnamon; so both have a floral spice to them. Fling has blackcurrant (which I love), plum, raspberry, and apple which add really really well to the spiciness. Temptress has pumpkin pie and a few other scents which Fling does not. The pumpkin pie is the main difference. Overall, Fling smells awesome. Like Temptress, it's a great scent for fall. It's a slightly tamer scent than Temptress, but layered together they make for a really saucy scent. Layered or alone, Fling smells great! I'm definitely a fan!
I think you'll be happy with both of these scents. Both bring different scents to the table. Both smell good alone or layered. They're a good size to take with you in your purse or when traveling. I will absolutely repurchase both of these perfumes again.
I want to mention one thing: last time, I bought Temptress in a roll on, and I said that I was going to buy spray bottles instead this time, which I did. I realized I use way more spray than I do when I roll it. My Madagascar Vanilla is already empty and I feel like I hardly used it! So, as a tip, I would suggest the roll on's if you want them to last longer. I still have decent amount of Temptress left, and I've had that for a good bit of time now. You get your moneys worth more with the roll on verses the spray. The prices seem high but seriously, sign up for emails and you will get an email every other day about a sale they're having. You'll easily get 30%-40% off and free shipping. Don't buy anything without a coupon code! The prices are so worth it when you use the coupon! Definitely check out these scents, and their many other scents, to find which one you like best!