January Vegan Favorites and Fails
I saw, I bought, I tried, I liked and never mind, this somehow summarizes today’s post, aptly titled vegan favorites and fails for the month of January. But before we get into that, let me thank you wholeheartedly for all the wonderful feedback and sweet comments I have received in connection to my blog’s new design and layout. As most of you know, I migrated to WordPress first day of January and while I still need to update my old posts, I am really enjoying the overall functionality vis-a-vis integrated SEO of this new platform. I used pipdig for the migration and Siteground for hosting. It was a seamless transfer and the people at pipdig were really helpful! Are you ready for my favorites? scroll down for the juice.
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Kat Von D recently launched her reformulated Studded Kiss Kiss Lipstick Collection, this time it’s creamier and non-drying. Of course, I have to get few shades (I will be sharing them in another post) but my mainstay will always be Lolita which is rosy mauve. The collection itself is extensive, all 40 colors to boot, ranging from satin matte to metallic and shimmer. I am controlling myself to go easy with purchasing but really, seeing the entire range is so tempting! Someone stop the impulse button, but who knows I may cave in. When that happens, we are going to have a serious swatch party ladies!
Next favorite is this mascara from Beauty Without Cruelty which was part of my Vegan Cuts Beauty Box haul. If you recall in my get-ready-with-me + real-time test wear video, I mentioned that I wasn’t sure whether this mascara or the eyeliner (from another brand) was the culprit to my watery eyes. I can now confirm that this isn’t the irritant because I have not experienced the same issue with this mascara alone. The formula is quite wet and while it is not waterproof, it does not smudge which is a common issue I encounter with most of the mascaras I have tried in the past.
If you recall in my Best of 2017 Vegan Beauty Favorites, Lily Lolo illuminator made it to my list so I decided to try this pressed bronzer, after all I haven’t bought any bronzers in a great while. There are three shades, I got Honolulu, first because of the name, and second, based on the description. I thought it will be a good match for my light-medium skin tone. Thankfully, I was right! This bronzer is talc-free and unscented. It’s part sheen-part matte and lists argan oil as one of the key ingredients.
Another Vegan Cuts Beauty Box discovery, Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream is a wonderful addition to my natural skincare stash. It has a short list of ingredients that seem to agree with my sensitive and combination skin. I don’t expect this to perform a miracle or reverse aging per se but I do enjoy the firming sensation I experience immediately after application.
Ingredients: Aqua, *Algae Extract, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, *Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Glucoside, *Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), *Simmondsia Chinensis Oil (Jojoba Seed Oil), *Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), *Calendula Officinalis Extract, L-lysine Lauroyl Methionate, Xanthan Gum, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, *Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, *Pelargonium (Geranium) Graveolens, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Glycine *organic ingredient
Another favorite is this nail polish from 100% Pure named Souffle. It’s part of a 3 piece-collection that I got on discount (I got all 3 for only $25, I will be featuring the other colors possibly in the next posts but this bronze-mauve is undeniably my favorite). Given my constant handwashing and sanitizing in between patient encounters, this nail polish lasted three days before I noticed chipping.
Derma-E Hydrating Facial Wipes can be used to remove makeup but I reserve it for post workout. I sweat heavily so this is a nice treat for my face! The hyaluronic acid in this is technically sodium hyaluronate, a salt derivative and vegan-friendly (check out my watch list: ingredients that contain animals/byproducts).
I am also trying to organize little things in my life that seem trivial to most. Case in point, coins! They’re scattered all over- inside my bags, desk, every nook you bet there are coins quietly tuck in. This Matt and Nat vegan coin purse does this minor task hence it made it to my favorites this month.
Remember my post on Fitness Tips Over 40? while some of you complimented this animal print active wear which by the way is really cute, my close friends inboxed me something really funny: how in the world my armpits look so smooth and even? I was literally laughing because even my sister said so. Well my answer to that is laser hair removal! Depending on the laser machine used, series of treatment is required. The laser targets the hair follicle in its active growth phase that’s why you would need to complete your series to achieve optimal outcome. I am an Aesthetic Registered Nurse Laser Specialist by trade, I post the procedures I perform on my Youtube channel and our clinic’s Instagram account if you want more information.
Finally, we go to these products that unfortunately fell short. I had high hopes for Lily Lolo Coralista Cheek Duo given my pleasant experience with the illuminator and bronzer but the shades in this palette hardly show up. You need to swish and apply few times before you can actually see pigment showing up. It also arrived like someone “touched” the end corners of both shades. I know I should’ve asked for replacement right? Emani Eye Trio is another disappointment. Even with eye primer, the shades didn’t even last for two hours at the very least. It was part of the Vegan Cuts past beauty box. The only consolation is that I didn’t pay for it for full price!
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