1. My favorite vegan salad (recipe)

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    I decided to put more food posts here, so today I’m going to show you a simple but very delicious recipe for a vegan salad. 

    The base is lambs lettuce (Valerianlella locusta). You will also need a few smaller radishes, some sprouts (I used fenugreek sprouts here, but my favorite ones are wheat germs, which are packed with vitamin E), hemp shelled seeds, olive oil and vinegar.

    You’ll have to wash all the ingredients except the olive oil and vinegar. Use any seasoning you like, such as salt, pepper, origano, garlic powder, parsley, rosemary, etc. (I used onyl salt and pepper here). You can eat this alone as a green snack in a bowl or eat it during dinner or lunch. If you try this recipe, let me know what you think. Cheers. ;)

    Extra tip: to make your salad feel more exotic or oriental, use wooden chopsticks if you know how to use them - they are so fun and can be used more than once!

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  2. Everyday Minerals IT Base & Blush swatches

    I guess a lot of you are familiar with Everyday Minerals Inc. makeup? If not, you are about to be. I love their lightweight and high quality products. Their are a mineral makeup brand, so all of their products are not only cruelty-free but also vegan.

    IT Base (my shade it Light Neutral athough my skin’s undertone is yellow or warm) is 100% all natural, doesn’t clog pores, make my skin too dry or to oily (I have combination skin) and the coverage is light to medium. I preffer that kind of coverage for every day although my hiperpigmentation and spots are getting more and more visible.

    I DO hate the packaging beacuse there is too much product jammed under the sifter, so you have to shake the jar violently or even hit it a bit to get some product out. So I simply removed the sifter because it was a pain in the.. I use a flat or a round top kabuki, vegan/synthetic hair of course and tap it on my skin (never rub it in!).

    The coverage of IT Base - light to medium as I said, but evens the skin tone quite well and gives a matte overall look. Sometime I do feel a bit flat with it, so I have to use highlighter (my favorite one is Illamasqua’s Pure Pigment in Furore).

    And here are the Everyday Minerals blush swatches: 1 - All Smiles Blush, 2 - Snuggle Blush, 3 - New Car Smell, 4 - Wild Flower Heaven i 5 - Amazing Face Bronzer. My favorites is Snuggle which I aslo own in full size (but still hate the packaging). Ignore the old watermark, I’ve changed the blog visiual indentity (logo, watermark, layout.. some time ago).

    I was also comparing Snuggle to some other NARS Orgams type blushes I own (pink or peach base with gold or neutral shimmer and glitter): Sleek Rose Gold and Artdeco #38 (from last year’s Buterrly Dreams collection).

    Snuggle is more peach-orange than Rose Gold and Artdeco #38, which have a pink base and would go well with most skintones. My favorite one is Rose Gold from Sleek because the shimmer is more visible so I don’t have to use highlighter over it like I do with matte blushes.

    Note: I don’t know if Sleek or Artdeco blusher are vegan, but Sleek is CF, while Artdeco remains on the gray testing list (they claim they don’t finish their products on animals, but don’t say anything about the ingredients).

    You can find Everyday Minerals products on their official website or on iHerb.com (use my code KPL205 and receive 5$ off your first order).

     

  3. Manic Panic High Voltage Vampire’s Kiss semi-permanent vegan hair dye. I’m soooo addicted to this, It’s amazing! Full review soon.

     

  4. Lime Crime Velvetines Red Velvet liquid lipstick. I adore it - it super pigmented, longlasting but not drying, completely matte, with an awesome packaging design, vegan and lasts quite long. I’m totally getting more shades.

     


  5. veganmakeup:

    In the past they have claimed their products are vegan, when they contained beeswax and carmine.
    Now more recently with their Velvetines, it has come to light that petrolatum is not a vegan ingredient (it is filtered through bone char) and when called out about it, doe deere Claimed that “it is…

     

  6. veganmakeup:

    People often ask me which brands at Sephora are vegan-friendly. There are actually quite a few (e.g. Obsessive Compulsive CosmeticsTarte Cosmetics, and Lavanila), but today I wanted to focus on Too Faced. Not only is Too Faced a 100% cruelty-free beauty line, but they also have a pretty extensive selection of vegan cosmetics (WOOT!). Even their makeup brushes are made with soft and gentle “teddy-bear hair.” How cute is that? ;)

    Here is a complete list of Too Faced’s vegan-friendly products:

    • Amazing Face SPF 15 Powder Foundation (all)
    • Absolutely Flawless Concealer (all)
    • Beauty Balm (all)
    • Borderline Anti-Feathering Lip Pencil
    • Brightening Blush (Mochi Mi Amore)
    • Brow-ney Pencils (all)
    • Sun Bunny, Chocolate Soleil (all)
    • Galaxy Glam (all)
    • Duo Eye Shadows (Ooh & Aah, Fantasy Island, Skinny Dip, Lucky Charms, Shamrock Chic, Rich Bitch)
    • Exotic Colors (Nice Stems!, Cop a Teal, Firefly, Frilly Lily, Petals to the Metal, Midnight Mist, Poison Orchid, Enchanted Garden, Night Nymph, Violet Femme)
    • Foiled Liners (Bronze Bombshell, Black Beauty)
    • Full Bloom Creme (Prim & Poppy, Tea Rose)
    • Full Bloom Powder (Sweet Pink, Coca Rose)
    • Glamour Dust (Blue Angel)
    • Leopard Love (Candy Leopard, Peach Leopard)
    • Lip Injection, Lip Injection Super Size, Lip Injection Extreme
    • Lip Insurance
    • Liquif-Eye
    • Liquid Lava Eyeliner – Lava Matte
    • Long-Stemmed Lashes
    • Matte Eye Collection
    • Metal Eyed Eyeliners (Blackout, Hand Cuffs, Twilight, Get Lucky, Plum Crazy, Brown Sugar, Dirt Bag, Shotgun)
    • Mirror Mirror (all)
    • Peach Leopard
    • Perfect Eyes Eyeliner (all)
    • Perfect Lips
    • Primed & Poreless (all)
    • Royal Oil
    • Eye Shadow Single (Label Whore, Blonde Ambition, Neptune)
    • Starry Eyed Eyeliner (all)
    • Tanning Bed in a Tube
    • Wrinkle Injection
    • Shadow Brushes
    • Kabuki Brush
    • Flatbuki
    • Powder Pouf
    • Bronze-Buki
    • Teddy Bear Hair Brush Set
    • Petite Pouf

    Post shared from Vegan Beauty Review 

    I LOVE Too Faced, too bad Sephora closed here in Croatia, Europe a few years ago. I literally cried when that happened :(

     

  7. My fav pigments! 

    From left to right: Illamasqua Pure pigment Furore, Meow Cosmetics You Had Me At Meow, Lumikki Cosmetics Forbidden Love, Essence Cop & copper pigment, Illamasqua Pure pigment Ore, Lumikki Cosmetics Death Star i Just Pure Minerals Bohemian Chic

     

  8. Double eyliner look. Products used: Essence I Love Stage eyeshadow base (not the best one I’ve tried, but works OK on my lids), Inglot Gel Eyeliner #77 (black), Kryolan Aquacolor 070 (white), Kiss My Sass (All That Sass) mineral eyeshadow Spellbound + Aurora and Catrice Glamour Doll Volume Mascara.

     


  9. My Naturisimo.com shopping picks

    Naturisimo.com has become one of my top online shopping destinations for organic, cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics. It’s a UK site, so there are fewer custom restrictions for the EU and all the packages arrive in less than a week. The shipping is free and they have a really good and fast  customer service (I always communicate with them via Facebook). Also, the accept Paypal so you don’t have to worry about money loss. Here are some of my fav items from the site:

    Green People Baby Wash & Shampoo No Scent - a non-drying mild cleanser, more effective as a body wash than a shampoo. Love the ingredients and the scent-free formula. Price: £5.99 Vegan? Yes. 

    Deep Steep Tangerine & Melon Foaming Handwash - an another non-drying mild products which I love since I’m allergic to SLS (sulfates) in beauty products. This one has a lovely scent, cleanses my hands quite nice and has a great foaming pump (say goodbye to boring gel-type hand washes). Price:  £6.95 Vegan? Yes.

    Lavera Natural Liquid Foundation - one of the best liquid/cream foundations I have ever tried. Lightweight, moisturizing and doesn’t clog pores at all. I’ve been using it for more than a year when my skintone changed from cold/pink to warm/yellow, so my usuall shade 02 Ivory wasn’t a good match anymore. But I’d buy it anytime again if they could make a shade that would match my skin. Price: £12.90 Vegan? Yes.

    Melvita Fresh Micellar Water - one of the top 2 best micellar waters I have ever tried. Cleanses and tones the skin without drying it (although I did notice my skin being sticky after using it for the first week, but the stickiness disappeared later on) and lasts for quite long. Not the most affordable product out there, but Melvita has shown their quality through almost all of their products, so I understand the pricing. Price: £15.50 Vegan? The description says “vegetarian” but I have analized all of the ingredients and they are all plant-derived, so I’d say “yes”.

    Pukka Organic Herbal Teas - next to Yogi Tea, my favorite tea brand! They have an amazing range of aromas and box designs, which are to die for and all the boxes are quite affordable. You could also order some samples from their offical website but I recommend the black teas. Price: £2.99. Vegan? Yes.

    Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Shower Gel - non-drying, great smell and also cheap! What’s not to love? I’ve tried a couple of OS shower gels, but this one remains as my favorite. Price:  £4.07 Vegan? Yes.

    Zoya Nailpolish - next to Illamasqua, my favorite nail polish brand. They are high quality, amazing color choices and durability. A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. Favorite shades from the site: Raven (left one), Rihana (middle one) and Trixies (right one). Price: £11.00 Vegan? Yes.

    Pai Skincare products - another great UK skincare brand available on the site. I’ve tried their products last summer when I was on the south. The climate was terribly humid so my pores were clogged ALL THE TIME and I was searching for a light facial mouisturizer and a gentle exfoliator. The Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream (price £32.00) and Kukui and Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator (price: £20.00) were a hit! I haven’t tried their Muslim face cloth (price: £3.00) but I totally dig muslim cloths, so I’d love to try it in a combiation with the other two. Vegan? Yes.

    Tisserand Aromatherapy Essential Survival Kit - to be honest, I haven’t tried this set, but I’d totally love to. Aromatheraphy seems to be a healthier and better way of dealing with everyday problems like insomnia, menstrual cramps and stres. I usually don’t take any pain killers or simillar stuff - I just meditate or simply sleep my problems of. 100% naturaly blended oils are a good investment if you’re trying to live a healthier everyday life. Price: £11.50. Vegan? Yes.

    Trilogy Everything Balm - the best product for cuticles and nails ever. I’ve tried almost everything from the famous Lush Lemony Flutter to natural oil mixtures of my own, but this stuff is amazing! It’s also a great lip balm - nourishing, portable and has a cute packaging design. Price: £12.50. Vegan? No, contains beeswax.

    Thank you for reading, feel free to comment anytime. ;)

     


  10. Anonymous asked: how can you know if a company is fully cruelty free? when they have the boney does that mean completely? what about the peta list i thought that was also accurate but i saw a post saying you just apply and pay to be certified

    veganmakeup:

    This is a very good question, and as such deserves a thorough answer.
    The truth is that labeling of cosmetics as “cruelty free” or “not tested on animals” is not regulated, or rather companies find ways to phrase things to make themselves look good.
    We can see this by the fact that L’Oreal can slap a 100% vegan mark and “not tested on animals” on some of their shampoos/conditioners, when we all know L’Oreal is one of the horrendous companies most guilty of animal testing.
    Companies also may create their own “bunny” image, to trick consumers into thinking that the company is cruelty free. 

    Ingredient or finished product testing 
    Almost no final products are tested on animals, it’s the individual ingredients which are. Companies can get their ingredients from a third party that tests on animals and claim “we do no animal testing” or “not tested on animals”. This is why wording is SO important.

    "We don’t test on animals, except where required by law"
    This means they still test on animals, it is required by law that all cosmetics sold in china are tested on animals, this is why we do not consider any brands that sell cosmetics there to be Vegan (or cruelty free)


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    The leaping bunny (above)
    This Leaping Bunny makes companies submit their entire product process chain for independentaudit in terms of the ingredients and finished product not being testing on animals. This bunny asks for more than the Cruelty-Free bunny below. What if a company wants to sign up but they’ve done animal testing in the past? Leaping Bunny asks for a “fixed date” – which means this company won’t test any finished products or ingredients on animals or contract anyone else to do so after a specific date in time. After this date, all new ingredients or products must NOT be tested on animals both by the company and its ingredients suppliers.

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    This is the Peta Cruelty free Bunny.

    The companies who carry this logo have signed documents with PETA stating basically the same things that Leaping Bunny up there asks for – no ingredients or finished product tested on animals. No labs contracted by their ingredients supplier or their own company to do animal testing. But there is no opening their supply chain to independent audit. This agreement is a matter of trust and PETA notes that they hope the bad press a company would get if they signed up for this bunny and still did testing would deter any company thinking of doing that from even trying. 
    So basically yes, they pay and Peta trusts that they are telling the truth, clearly leaping bunny is superior in this area. 
    And it actually does say all this under Peta Cruelty free FAQ that i linked to above.
    I really appreciate Peta’s list as it has which companies are vegan! Yet We do take this with a grain of salt, and do our own research to back it up, although in my experience, they remove companies if they can’t confirm their cruelty free status.

    Companies can be on the Leaping Bunny or Cruelty-Free shopping lists and chose not to license the logo to put on their bottles. So if you have favorite brands you use and it doesn’t have a Leaping Bunny logo, you might want to try checking their list online.

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    Peta’s vegan and cruelty free logo:
    Similar to the cruelty free contract, but they also sign and agree to be vegan.

    THE DOWNSIDES TO LEAPING BUNNY & PETA CRUELTY FREE LISTS:
    They will not revoke a companies status if they sell to a company that tests on animals. (for example: urban decay being sold to L’Oreal)
    They also are not really “cruelty free” as to be 100% cruelty free they should be vegan. There is cruelty in milk, honey, beeswax, carmine, lanolin etc and that’s why our list is VEGAN. 

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    Choose Cruelty Free is another bunny logo from Australia 
    This is very similar to The leaping bunny, but they go further and will not accredit any companies that contain ingredients:

    • Derived from an animal killed specifically for the extraction of that ingredient;
    • Forcibly extracted from a live animal in a manner that occasioned pain or discomfort;
    • Derived from any wildlife;
    • That are by-products of the fur industry; or
    • That are slaughterhouse by-products of a commercially significant value (meaning the animal was not killed specifically for the ingredient, but that the ingredient was available due to the animal being killed for other purposes)

    They also have a vegan list of companies (which is what i linked to above, why bother trying to find the right way to do the WRONG thing)

    They also go a step beyond Peta and Leaping bunny because they refuse to have anyone with a parent company that tests on animals (example: the body shop whom is owned by L’Oreal) 
    They only have Australian companies as far as I know.

    The logo you can always trust?
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    This means it will definitely NOT be tested on animals and be 100% vegan and thus Cruelty free!

    Most of these logos will ask to be paid to have it displayed on the product, or to apply to be accredited, because obviously it takes time and money to actively keep up to date with it. 

    I hope this helps a little, and if anyone knows of any other “cruelty free” logos that i missed, let me know and I’ll add them and breakdown how “cruelty free” they actually are.

     


  11. Superfast vegan beauty reviews

    I’ve haven’t updated this page in MONTHS and I feel so bad about it. I’m trying hard to update my Croatian page as much as I can so looks like the Tumblr page had to suffer. Anyway, enough about my tight schedule, let’s talk about some vegan beauty products. I’ve been trying a lot of stuff lately but I simply didn’t find a good category for them on both blogs (since I love putting stuff into categories) so I’ll just slam them in this single post. Thank you for reading in advance. :)

    Organic Surge Shower Gels - Tropical Bergamot and Fresh Ocean

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    Love them! They don’t dry out my skin since I’m sensitive to SLS and they have nice, non agressive scents. I do preffer the Fresh Ocean one (which smells more like lemons and less like the ocean) since the scent is more unisex and lets girly & fruity like the Tropical Bergamot one. I will try out all the versions of their shower gels since I love the formula so much. (Naturisimo£4.07)

    Deep Steep Foaming Hand Wash - Tangerine Melon

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    I’ve been using this beauty for more than a week now and I simply love it, especially for the foaming formula which is such a breath of fresh air among the gel hand washes. The scent is not to dominating, sweet but not too sweet and smells more like tangerine than melon. It does not dry out my hands since it doesn’t contain any sulfates which I’m allergic to, so I will be buying this again, maybe in a different scent. (iHerb,  $5.34)

    Everyday Minerals Mineral Blush in Snuggle

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    It’s Snuggle time! I like EM blushes for their longlasting effect on my skin, esp with the more vibrant color like All Smiles. Snuggle is a soft pink shade with a pearlish golden shimmer, much like NARS Orgasm, Milani Luminuos, Benefit Coralista and e.l.f. Twinkle Pink (but EM is vegan!). The color is very subtle so you can easily apply more if you want to and you will not look like a clown that got beat up on a Christmas party. The packaging is a bit of a pain, but more manageable than the IT Base one. Snuggle is a timeless blush, longlasting and has no expiration date since it all pure mineral formula. Worth the money (I got mine on Black Friday sale for only 6 US$)! (Everydayminerals.com, 9.99 $) 

    Dr. Scheller Argain Oil Hand Care (Hand Cream)

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    My new favorite vegan hand cream. It nourishes the skin quite well and doesn’t leave that gross slippery feeling. Smells like Christmas cookies with a tiny bit of cinammon, so it’s ideal for winter time. The packaging is nice and the print is high quality so it won’t fade at all. I also use it on my dry feet and works wonders for them. I got mine in a Muller drugstore here in Croatia, I think it’s a European brand so I’m not sure if it’s available in the USA. Around 5 US$. My other hand cream favorites are: Organic Surge Tropical Bergamot Hand and Nail Cream and Lavera Basis Sensitiv Hand Cream, but they are not vegan fyi.

    Merry Hempsters Vegan Hemp Vanilla

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    Finding a good vegan lip balm is a pain it the trunk since most lip balms contain beeswax. I must admit I was not impressed with this lip balm since the texture had some particles inside (which reminded me of body scrubs, which is nasty for a lip balm) and the vanilla taste was overwhelming. Also, the label wore down quite shortly after I started using it, so I would not purchase it again. (iHerb.com, 1.92$)

    Wet ‘n Wild Coverall Cream Foundation

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    Wet ‘n Wild makes really inexpensive and good vegan drugstore products (most of their stuff is vegan but not ALL of it, check their website for more info). I have their Coverall foundation in cream and powder versions and I like this one more. The shade “E817 Light” is not a 100% perfect shade for my since it kinda neutral while my skin has a warm undertone. The coverage is medium to full esp if you combine it with a concealer but the scent reminds me of plastic althought it’s not overwhelming. I payed mine about 8 US$ in a local drugstore and I know for a fact Wet n Wild products are available in the USA.

    Earth Science Chamomile & Green Tea Eye Makeup Remover

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    Not the best makeup remover out there but not a bad product nevertheless. It can sting the eyes a bit if you put too much product on a cotton pad, but it does remove most of my eye makeup. The downfall is the fact that you have to rinse it off with water after, which is too much work for me so I use mostly oils for this purpose. It has no smell and it has a gel formula. The packaging is OK and it’s great for traveling due to it’s small 118 ml size. (iHerb, 5.25 $)

    Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Lipstick in Red Velvet

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    OMG, looooove this product! It’s so painfully pigmented, rich and goes on smooth on my lips. It has no scent or taste which is nice and you can combine it with a clear lipgloss that has an aroma so it will not make you gag. I also adore the packaging, I mean - come on, look at it! Not to mention the one with the roses on it. It’s not superdrying on my lips but they do get a bit dry at the end of the day if Red Velvet stays on them for more than 5 or 6 hours. The only downfall is that it tends to bleed around the lips during meals, but it’s not big of a deal. I’ll be definitely ordering Suedeberry and Pink Velvet this spring! (Beautyjoint, 20$)

    NutriBiotic Skin Cleanser Gel for Sensitive Skin

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    I read some really good online reviews for this cleanser but I turned out to be really bad for my skin. It dried it out completely and I couldn’t use it at all (I’ve tried everywhere - face, body or hands). The only good thing about it that it has no scent and the price is great for the amount you get. (iHerb.com, 5,39$)

    Zoya Nailpolish Adina

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    I feel in love with Zoya as a brand because of Adina. It has a lavender base with a mint green shimmer, very 80’s and awesome. It’s longlasting, the formula is amazing and the brush works well on my nails. Highly recommended! I can’t wait to grow out my nails again so I can purchase more Zoya nail polishes. They are quite expensive here in Croatian (almost 18 US$ in Muller drugstores) so I’ll be ordering mine over eBay.

    Hope you liked these fast product reviews, let me know what you think. Thank you for reading, feel free to comment. ;)

     

  12. Time for another Beauty lust list! Let’s see what I have on my cosmetics wish list at the moment:

    John Masters Organics Anti-Aging Vitamin C serum (dry/mature skin) - I recently got a sample of this amazing product which lasted me for 5 days and I used in my morning and night routine. It’s packed with amazing ingredients, like oils and fruit extracts, vitamin C and antioxidans, with no parabens, alcohols or other nasties. Yep, it’s quite expensive - 32 £ for 30 ml, but JMO’s quality and ingredients are responsible for that, so I’ll have to get my hands on it somehow.

    Organic Surge First Class Face Mask and Tropical Bergamot Shower Gel - I’ve been loving Organic Surge for some time now. They have really nice organic products for a small price. This summer I was using the Fresh Ocen Shower Gel and came across some great reviews for the First Class mask, so I’ll be ordering these two soon.

    Trilogy Everything Balm - I had a sample of this amazing product few months ago and I REALLY loved it for my cuticles and lips. Works better than the famous Lush Lemony Flutter and is also a multiuse product. The packaging is quite lovely and 45 ml of product will last me a long time.

    Tangle Teezer Compact Gold version - I’ve been loving my Macadamia No Tangle hair brush for almost half a year now so I want to get a compact version of these no-tangle brushes to carry aroung in my purse. Since I’ve been using these types of brushes I get a lot of compliments on my hair. Bingo!

    Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner (Black) - I have tried a couple of drugstore cream eyeliners and was really pleased with some of them (like the Essence one, which is discontinued now) . I’ve been reading tons of great reviews for Inglot’s gel liners so I’m planning to get the black one for my birthday.

    Sleek Blush By 3 in Pumpkin - Sleek is famous for it’s pigmented and high quality products for a small price and this blush palette has all the blush shades I’ll be needing during the whole week - a shimmery pink-peach one, a medium cool toned pink one and a neon orange one which is my favorite of them all.

    Color Club Halo Hues Blue Heaven and Zoya Tinsley nailpolish - The CC  one has been on my lust list for almost half an year now and I simply CAN’T wait to order it since it’s a georgeus holographic blue shade. Recently I had discovered how awesome Zoya nailpolishes are - vegan, 3free, highly pigmented, they come with a great brush and are also quite longlasting. They are not the cheapest nail brand out there, but their quality goes along with their price.

    Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Apple Scented Liquid Hand Soap - iHerb.com has a lot of great cruelty free house cleaning brands and Mrs. Meyers is one of the most interesting ones. Their hand soaps don’t contain the harmful SLS which I am totally sensitive to since it dries out my skin like crazy so I hope this jummy apple scented one will be a win for me.

    eBay acrylic lipstick organizer - And finally, a small but very useful thing for making my lipstick visible and organized, esp for those which are terribly underused in my collection. A few dollars on eBay.

    What’s on your current Beauty lust list? Have you tried any of these products?

     


  13. Vegan lips - searching for vegan lipstick brands

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    Yep, no cat in the tube.

    Being a vegan and looking for cruelty-free AND vegan lip products can be really hard, since most brands today put carmine (red dye made from crushed female beatles), beeswax or even lanolin (grease extracted from sheep wool) in their lip products - even those who claim to be cruelty-free. Since I am aiming to buy mostly vegan stuff lately, I have done some research and found some vegan lipstick/lipstain/lipgloss brands on the market!

    • Manic Panic Lipstick

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    Ingredients: Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Ozokerite, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microsristallina), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Methylparaben, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Lecithin, Isopropyl Myristate, Propylparaben, BHT, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate [+/-(MAY CONTAIN): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 28 (CI 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)]

    Where to buy? Manicpanic.com and eBay (selected sellers).

    • OCC Lip Tars

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    Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Oil, Mentha X Peprita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate | May Contain: Silica Dimethyl Silylate, D&C Red #6, D&C Red #7, D&C Red #27, D&C Red #30, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Mica

    Where to buy? OCCmakeup.com, Sephora and Cocktail Cosmetics.

    • Kiss My Sass Cosmetics Lipstick

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    Ingredients: ricinus communis seed oil (castor oil), titanium dioxide, euphorbia cerifera wax (candelilla wax), mangifera indica seed butter (mango butter), simmondsia chinensis seed oil (jojoba oil), iron oxide, orbignya oleifera seed oil (babassu oil), flavor, tocopheryl acetate

    Where to buy? Kmscosmetics.com

    • Lush Emotional Brilliance Lipsticks

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    Ingredients: Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) , Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera) , Rose Wax (Rosa damascena) , Synthetic Fluorphlogopite , Iron Oxides , D&C Red No. 27 Aluminium Lake ,Titanium Dioxide

    Where to buy? Lush.com and local Lush stores.

    • Lime Crime Velvetines

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    Ingredients: Isododecane, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polybutene, Petrolatum, Mica, Synthetic (Cera Alba) Wax, Kaolin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Silica Silylate, Silica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol Denat, Hexylene Glycol, Flavor. [+/-] Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), FD&C Red 7 Calcium Lake (CI 15850:1), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492), FD&C Yellow No 5 Lake (CI 19140), FD&C Blue No 1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090:2), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)

    Where to buy? Limecrimemakeup.com, Cocktail Cosmetics, Love Makeup, Cutecosmetics.co.uk, Crush Cosmetics and Beauty Joint.

    • Smash Cosmetics Lipstick

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    Ingredients: Jojoba oil, Castor oil, Cocoa Butter, Candelilla Wax, Carnuba Wax, Vitamin E, Grapeseed oil, Mica, Titanium Dioxide May Contain: Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, FD&C Blue #1 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow #5 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow #6 Aluminum Lake, D&C Red #6 Barium Lake, D&C Red #6 Aluminum Lake, D&C Red #7 Aluminum Lake, D&C Red #21 Aluminum Lake, D&C Red #27 Aluminum Lake, D&C Red #30 LakeFD&C Blue #1 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow #5 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow #6 Aluminum Lake, D&C Red #6 Barium Lake, D&C Red #6 Aluminum Lake, D&C Red #7 Aluminum Lake, D&C Red #21 Aluminum Lake, D&C Red #27 Aluminum Lake, D&C Red #30 Lake

    Where to buy? Smash Cosmetics Etsy store.

    • Alicia Silverstone for Juice Beauty - Purely Kissable Lip Color

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    Ingredients: Organic oils of helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil)*, ricinus communis (organic castor seed oil)*, sesamum indicum (organic sesame seed oil)*, theobroma cacao (organic cocoa seed butter)*, hydrogenated glyceryl abietate, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla wax), copernicia cerifera (carnauba wax), butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter)*, manihot esculenta (organic tapioca)*, zea mays (organic corn)*, rosa canina (organic rosehip fruit oil)*, passiflora incarnata (organic passion flower oil)*, vitis vinifera (organic champagne grape seed oil)*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary oil), euterpe oleracea (organic acai berry)*, lycium chinense (organic goji berry)*, tocopherol (Vitamin E). May contain titanium dioxide, mica, iron oxides.

    Where to buy? Naturisimo.com, Juicebeauty.com, Skinstore.com.

    • Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Liquid Lipticks

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    Ingredients: Isododecane, Dimethicone, Vegetable Glycerin, Castor Seed Oil, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax, Mica, Titanium Dioxide. (May Contain: FD&C Blue #1, Iron Oxides, Magnesium Myristate, Manganese Violet, D&C Red #7, D&C Red #27, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #5)

    Where to buy? Prettyzombiecosmetics.com

    I hope this helps your shopping issues if you’re vegan or simply want to buy 100% ethical makeup like me. Let me know if you can think of more vegan lipstick brands in the comments below. Cheers!

     


  14. veganinha-deactivated20140321 asked: Hi! Love your tips. About the hair removal I don't understand the honey part, is there a substitute for honey? As a preservative? Thank you anyways.

    Hey, thank you for the question. :) I am SO SORRY about the honey part, I have no idea how it got into my article about sugaring hair removal (which is only made with sugar and lemon), I must have been reading and writing different articles at once. I have fixed the mistake in the article now. Sugaring hair removal is 100% vegan, since you only need sugar and lemon (and maybe some chamomille). Hope this helps. :)

     


  15. Sugaring hair removal - what’s all the fuss about?

    Lately there’s been a big boom with the sugaring hair removal (also know as Egyptian depilation) in the beauty industry, across the globe. I found it interesting because it promised smooth hairless skin for at least 2 weeks, and with all 100% natural vegan ingredients. All you need is sugar, water and lemon juice! Too good to be true, right?

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    Photo source: http://sugaringkit.com

    I knew I didn’t want to spend too much money on this treatment, so I decided to do two things: buy a pre-made sugaring paste and do the treatment at home, avoiding those expensive salons. Also, I wanted to be sure I’m using 100% percent natural & vegan ingredients since someone could put almost anything into those salon mixtures. I could end up with someone that doesn’t really know their job + be charged with that kind of service. Yep, I don’t have much faith in beauty salons.

    What are the advantages of sugaring hair removal?

    - 100% pure mixture with no additives, preservatives or colorants

    - rinses off with pure water (although I realised the best way is to remove with water and soap)

    - nearly painless, doesn’t adhere to the skin but to the hair and is suitable for the sensitive skin too (with no redness)

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    Picture source: http://www.beautysugaring.co.uk/salons-ezp-14.html#.UgIULdK-2So

    - 100% hygienic (bacteria is not able to spread on sugar since it’s a natural preservative with no expiration date.)

    - removes hair in the direction of growth, not the other way around, like wax does. Also, it doesn’t break the hair and there are no (or at least less) ingrown hairs.

    - makes hair thinner and more gentle with each treatment. I notice my armpit hair was almost 3 to 4 times lighter and thinner after the first treatment!

    Of course, there are some disadvantages, like: 1) making you own paste can be really sticky and tricky, so I always suggest buying one from a neigbour of a friend that does that for a living, like I do; 2) sugaring hair removal DOES require the hair to be approximately 5 mm long and not only 2-3 mm like some like to say, 3) if you’re doing it in a salon, someone who isn’t an expert can do it in a wrong way, partially or could even hurt you; 4) like all hair plucking metods, it can seriously hurt you if you are not used to that kind of pain or have really low pain tolerance level.

    Info source (in Croatian): 

    http://www.krenizdravo.com/njega-tijela/egipatska-depilacijadepilacija-secernom-pastom-prednosti-nedostaci-i-iskustva

    http://style.hr/hr_HR/pocetna/infocentar/koje-su-prednosti-egipatske-depilacije-u-odno

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    This is the sugaring paste with chamomille I’m currently using and it’s from Miyu prirodna kozmetika (Miyu natural cosmetics), a local brand here in Croatia. I’m currently using my second jar and I love it! I admit, I had some issues with it in the beginging, but I found out that the “lid method” was the best for me. I found about it in this video, after 03:17:

    And here are the best two videos for sugaring hair removal I found on Youtube, hope they will be useful for most of you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZfhfu5qhVg

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxjUXAMvFFQ

    If you are going to purchase the sugaring paste instead of making your own or if you go to a salon, definitely make sure it’s 100% natural and vegan. You wouldn’t want to pay for something else, like synthetic wax or other similar stuff, right? :)