Vegan, Organic, Cruelty-Free, 7-Free Nail Polish: Handmade Beauty

Hi friends!  I recently have featured a new favorite product on my Instagram, and I got so much feedback that I wanted to give it a home here on the blog, as well.  Vegan, organic, cruelty-free, 7-free Handmade Beauty polishes have become a must-have beauty staple of mine, and so far it seems like you guys are loving it, too.  Aside from the health benefits of switching to a clean polish (which I will address later on), I also love the packaging (smooth wooden tops and minimalistic design on the glass) and the names of the polishes (inspired by nature– such as jicama, mushroom, and pomegranate).  I also love that the polish doesn’t chip quickly like some other brands, as long as you apply a topcoat.  I recently went almost two full weeks without having to touch mine up, which is awesome when you have a full time job and a newborn baby to tend to!  Nobody got time for that.

handmade beauty nail polish

Now, onto the health benefits of making the switch to a clean polish!  These are the harmful chemicals you are avoiding by doing so:

  • Toulene: Used as a solvent, most usually as a paint thinner.  Inhaling high levels can be harmful to your central nervous system, cause birth defects, and lead to developmental issues.
  • Dibutyl Phtalate: Commonly used as a plasticizer. It is linked to cancer and birth defects such as malformation of the embryo.
  • Formaldehyde: Commonly used to preserve dead bodies. It is irritating, triggers asthma, and is linked to cancer.
  • Formaldehyde Resin: Used in production of adhesives; is an allergen.
  • Camphor: Used as cover in nails. Poison that can cause seizures and disorientation in large doses, also leads to yellow nails.
  • Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP): Chemical used in plastics to improve flexibility. It can be an endocrine disrupter, affecting hormones and reproductive health.

By picking healthy (and pretty!) options like Handmade Beauty, you keep you and your loved ones safe. If you have any questions, let me know!




Natural, Organic Skincare Spotlight: Rosemira

If you’ve been looking for luxury skincare without synthetic preservatives, additives, paragons, phthalates, artificial fragrances or dyes… I urge you to check out Rosemira!  (Heads up: 90%, but not all, of their products are vegan! So be sure and look at the bottom of each product’s page while shopping, they clearly disclose when beeswax is used and when a product is vegan.)  NEVER animal tested, obviously!

Aside from transparency on each product page, I find the website super shopper-friendly; there are skin type recommendations, directions, and notes on each product such as “great for mature and dry skin, and also for rosacea” and “use this product sparingly, and always directly after cleansing.”  I feel like this makes you feel less overwhelmed and more empowered to achieve best results.

When working with Rosemira, I told them that I had skin on the dry side, and that my main focus was anti-aging/reversing damage– so they sent me products with that in mind. After several weeks (I began using the products in late August) the products I can personally vouch for:

See Me C Repair Serum

Super lightweight and fast-absorbing.  This serum works well on areas with broken capillaries (plenty of those after pregnancy!) You simply use a small amount after cleansing, gently rubbing it into your skin and paying close attention to stressed-out areas of your skin and areas where the sun naturally tends to hit your face. These Rosemira serums are somewhat of an investment compared to what you might find at your local drugstore, but it will last you forever as you only use a tiny amount at a time, and I LOVE the way my skin looks and feels after putting it on. You can just TELL how clean the formulation is. It leaves you with a slight citrus scent, as well, which I like.

The Tinted Sunscreen Serum (Bright Gold)

I LOVE a good tinted facial sunscreen. Super lightweight and only mildly protective, I wouldn’t necessarily use this as my primary facial sunscreen on days where I plan on spending tons of time outside. It is more something I would use in an additive way, kind of as a highlighter replacement, or when I have a mostly-indoors event but still want some sort of daily coverage… It truly does give your face such a glow! Important to shake before use. Love the natural, woodsy scent.

Divine Honey Rose Replenishing Cream

This is cool, because even though this is one of their few “vegetarian-friendly” formulations, they have a vegan version upon request!  I did that, and loved mine. This cream is perfect for daytime; in my opinion it almost goes on more like a lotion, going on silky smooth and absorbing into the skin quickly. Makes my skin feel smooth and clear… I will definitely re-order this once I run out!

Blue Bliss Beauty Balm

Super, super rich and moisturizing.  I actually really enjoy the way it smells– very natural. Cacao butter and essential oils make this product SUCH a decadent treat for your skin.  I will say, it is so thick– I found it best to put a pea-sized amount in my hands and warm it up a bit before application in order to help its spreadability. I concentrated around my eyes and on dry areas of my face and applied it right before bed (this might not be a product I would use during the daytime, as it is a heavy moisturizer… I LOVE it at nighttime, though.).

I am such a fan of Rosemira— the unique and luxury products, the clean ingredients list, and what they stand for as a company.  I would love to hear your thoughts on any of the Rosemira products YOU swear by, so I can give them a try next

In a nutshell: If you are in a place to invest in premium, organic skincare right now, I would highly recommend these products!



5 CLEAN Beauty Products I’m Loving Right Now

It’s been a non-negotiable for years that any product I use is cruelty-free (not tested on animals) and vegan (not containing any ingredients that comes from animals).  While pregnant, though, I got in the habit of also using only the most clean products on my skin… definitely no toxins or potentially harmful chemicals… And now, I’m hooked.

A few products in particular stood out to me as keepers and game changers.  I swear… You’re going to wonder how you ever lived without them in your rotation!

  1. Coola’s Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face SerumOk… I will use this stuff for the rest of my life!!! It’s amazing. Eco certified and made with organic antioxidants, it is great for giving your skin a streak-free glow while also making it look smooth, even, and more youthful.  It is a fragrance-free formula, but I love the way it smells.  I’ve been applying it at night before bed– sometimes alone and sometimes mixed into a moisturizer, depending on how intense I want my tan.
  2. DefineMe Fragrance in Sofia Isabel. I’m actually not typically a huge “perfume person,” but I am hooked on this one.  It is not only my favorite scent I’ve ever worn; my husband loves it when I put it on!  It is made of sugarcane and coconut oil, and it’s main notes are mandarin, black currant, jasmine and sugar.  Major bonus: part of proceeds goes to support educational scholarships for girls living in low income countries. True story: A few months ago,  I wore Sofia Isabel while traveling, and the man next to me on the plane asked what it was and where I got it. He pulled out his laptop and bought it on the spot for his wife! Talk about a major compliment 🙂
  3. Osea Malibu’s Hyaluronic Sea Serum. If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know I’m OBSESSED with Osea’s entire product line. It’s somewhat of an investment, but is truly so worth it if you are prioritizing your skin.  This particular, all natural serum is award winning, and I can see why– it visibly smooths fine lines and makes your skin look so dewy and moisturized.  A little bit goes a long way, so one bottle lasts forever. I put this on every morning before my moisturizer, and it evens my skin tone (especially the red bits around my nose) and gives my face a smooth, velvety finish- not greasy at all. LOVEEEE.
  4. Odacite’s Beautiful Day Moisturizer with MSM & DMAE. I’m always on the lookout for a good daytime moisturizer that won’t be too heavy on my skin.  This one– containing organic ingredients like virgin coconut oil, aloe, jojoba oil, and tea extracts–is PERFECT. It makes my skin look perked up, firm, and moisturized. This line is new to me, having been introduced to it midway through my pregnancy by Petit Vour clean, vegan beauty box (I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about Petit Vour in the past… They only associate with the best products and ethical brands, so I always trust their recommendations). I love the Odacite story… Essentially, the founder became obsessed with removing toxins from her life and beauty routine after a breast cancer diagnosis. Word spread fast about the products she was making for herself and private clients, and voila, Odacite was born. (Check out the story here.) But I digress… Invest in this daily moisturizer if you’re in the market for one. It’s incredible.
  5. Odacite’s Ultra Effective Eye Cream. This won a performance award in Vogue mag! This product is pricey, but worth it. In the Odacite way, organic ingredients include blue green algae, vitamin e, and pomegranate extract. The Hyaluronic acid (approved safe to use topically while pregnant by my doc) draws in major moisture. Your under eye area immediately looks plumped and smooth. I put this on every morning and night, using less than half a pump, so one container will last forevaaa.

There you have it!  I’m obsessed with these clean beauty faves, and know you will be, too.  XOXOXO



Self-Care Sunday Ritual (Featuring: Rêve En Vert)

What do you do to show yourself TLC? Some people work out to release tension, some people travel solo, some people unplug from technology and the world for a day… I personally am a fan of all of these methods of self-care. One easy, weekly ritual I’ve had for as long as I can remember is my Sunday bathtime pampering hour (or two… who’s counting?).  I did need to tweak a few of my products of choice, however, when I became pregnant; there are SO many ingredients to steer clear of, plus your skin is just so much more sensitive than before.  I partnered with ethical and eco-minded online retailer Rêve En Vert (you might be familiar; they’ve been called “the Net-A-Porter of sustainable fashion” by Harpers Bazaar, and I wrote about their sustainable fashion options in an article a few months back, here) to spruce up my self-care Sunday with earth and animal-friendly products that are also super clean and safe to use.  I’ll walk you through my faves!

Grown Alchemist, Body Cleanser

First step for me is pumping this cleanser 3x into flowing bathwater to generate some fluffy bubbles!  I LOVE the de-stressing effect that the organic, antioxidant ingredients’ aroma has on me, and it also feels super moisturizing to my skin.  Bonus: the packaging is beautiful, so I love keeping it by the tub. Another bonus: my husband loves the way it smells and feels, too.  But the major selling point is that it is of course cruelty-free, vegan, and entirely free of harmful chemicals and preservatives!

eym., Natural Candle

While the bath is running, you know I gotta light a candle.  I’m officially addicted to eym.’s selection of natural candles, replete with neroli essential oils.  Sustainably sourced and comprised of cotton wicks and soy wax, these gorgeous, minimalistic candles are incredibly calming.

Guy Morgan Apothecary, Himalayan Bathing Salts

As I get into the tub, I sprinkle a handful of this essential oil and sea salt blend into the bath.  NOTHING soothes sore preggo muscles like this natural, magical product. I really love the Guy Morgan company, also… They make everything by hand in-house in London, and they have a partnership with the charity One Tree Planted to help offset their carbon footprint.  It’s another gorgeously packaged product– are you catching a trend here?– and the glass jar is intended for alternative use after the salts are finished.

Guy Morgan Apothecary, Midnight Black Clay Mask

Once I am all relaxed in the bath, I cleanse my face.  Then, I apply this deep cleansing, hydrating, brightening mask to my face. If you have acne prone skin, this will work wonders for you– it is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

By Sarah, Organic Facial Oil

I am a little tentative with facial oils… I definitely recognize that they add moisture and dewiness to your complexion, but the heavier ones do tend to break me out.  But this one is perfect!  Great for sensitive skin, it absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy at all.  I like to end my bath by rinsing off the facemask with a washcloth, patting it dry, and then putting this By Sarah oil on my freshly cleansed face, neck, and décolleté.

I hope this post inspires you to practice an act of self-care tonight or this coming week!  And to use responsible, sustainable, ethical products while doing so.  I would encourage you to check out Rêve En Vert for sustainable beauty, fashion, and accessories.  Do be sure and check the ingredients and materials of each product to learn more about their specific sustainability journey, and to ensure that the product is in fact vegan 🙂


NATURIGIN : All Natural, Cruelty-Free, Vegan Hair Dye

If I had a dime for every person who has reached out to me since I started FashionVeggie, asking for advice on cruelty-free, vegan hair dye — well, I’m not sure that I’d be technically wealthy, but I would definitely have a big chunk of extra spending cash!  I am really excited to bring the news of animal-friendly, all-natural, Danish-based hair color brand Naturigin to you guys!!

You might have seen Naturgin around– I know I have.  Retailing all over the world and widely available at places like VitacostThe Vitaminshoppe and Walmart… Naturigin is definitely very unique in the space for several reasons.

  • Family-owned! I love the story behind Naturigin.  Founded by a husband and wife team after facing and surviving a battle with breast cancer, the couple (Mette and Stig) were determined to reevaluate their lifestyle, and they set out on a toxin-free, health-oriented path.
  • They not only refuse to test on animals, but they are very active in the Humane Society International “Be Cruelty Free” campaign. They have spread the word, helped fundraise, and donated to the cause.  (The Be Cruelty Free campaign is one of the largest campaigns in the world to end animal testing.  Find out how to become involved on Naturigin’s website, here.)
  • Naturigin offers certified-organic-based hair color!  They currently have 19 beautiful, organic hair colors for you to choose from.  Some of their organic ingredients: mandarin, lemon, sunflower seed oil, shea butter, jojoba, wheat, and aloe.
  • They are shockingly and refreshingly eco-friendly!  All Naturigin products are made using wind power.  Their entire office uses wind power, as well.  What does this mean for the earth?  Renewable energy which requires no water, very little land, and produces no greenhouse gas emissions! All containers are reusable and recyclable, as well.
  • They just say no!  Some irritating, potentially carcinogenic ingredients you will NEVER find in Naturigin products: propylene glycol, SLS, SLES, DEA, and parabens.

My recent, personal experience with using Naturigin (my color: Very Light Natural Blonde) was great!  After a full review of this ingredients, I felt confident to use this hair color while pregnant.  It matched to my preferred/current hair color very accurately (I wanted to refresh my color and fix my roots, not change my color). The color is vibrant and just exactly as advertised.  The smell was never overwhelming like you have with chemical-laden brands. Full disclosure: I did have someone else apply it to my hair, but only because I don’t trust myself to do much of anything at all when it comes to my own hair.  My hair felt well conditioned and soft after application, and my grays (yes I have a few of those near the back of my head… boohoo) were completely covered.

I hope that you are as excited as I am about this incredible company.  If you feel moved to do so, please feel free to share this post; I want people to know that they can achieve incredible hair color without harming animals, their health, or the environment… AND without spending a crazy amount of money.





LXMI Sale + founder Leila Janah

Code ENDOFYEAR for 30% off on LXMI products!

I know, I knowww!  I talk about LXMI a lot.  I tell you that you need their famous balm-to-oil Nilotica Melt as a moisturizer while you sleep, while you’re on a hydration-sucking airplane, on your lips to prevent the infamous wintertime dryness; and now that I’m pregnant, I’m gonna tell you that you need LXMI to nourish your ever-stretching skin to prevent tiger marks.  It’s truly the closest thing I have in my skincare regimen to a miracle product (just ask my photographer/blogger bestie Mary of SoThenTheySay; I gave her a sample while on a photoshoot, and she texted me the next day that her skin looked incredible!).  Also!  They have another product I’m addicted to now: the Goddess Glow! It’s a highlighter and illuminator that also moisturizes the skin, and has a really cool rose gold tint to it.  And good news… They are having a Year End Sale!!!!!!!  Just enter code ENDOFYEAR and shop their HERE.

I also wanted to let you now a little bit about the founder of LXMI, Leila Janah.  Leila is  just very special– simply put, she is one of those humans who sees something that needs fixing and does something about it!  I’m about halfway through her book Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time, and it is soooo inspiring and interesting; I highly recommend it to anyone who cares about others, has an entrepreneurial spirit, and wants to learn how to make change.  Here is a blurb from her Wiki page:

Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, two companies that share a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in need. She is also the author of Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time and co-author of America’s Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age, a book by Rework America: A Markle Initiative.

In 2015, Janah co-founded LXMI, a for profit luxury skin care brand. Built on the idea of beauty in action™, LXMI employs marginalized women in the rural Nile Valley communities to harvest LXMI ingredients and reports that their producers earn 3x the average local wages. LXMI is named after the Hindu goddess of beauty and prosperity.


Petit Vour Beauty Box — Cruelty Free Luxury

Who doesn’t love a good subscription box??  Even better, though, Petit Vour— voted Best Subscription Box in the 2017 VeggieAwards– is a GREAT one, filled with natural, vegan, cruelty-free, luxury beauty products out of your dreams.  You may have heard of them, as Petit Vour has been featured in Glamour, Huffington Post, The Wallstreet Journal, NYLON, and more.  I love getting introduced to new ethical brands through my monthly PV box, and I also love gifting a box to people in my life who are just beginning to expand their definition of or dabble in animal-friendly living– for instance, my vegetarian mother who has always been a TOTAL beauty junkie, or my veg-curious bestie who has mentioned that she wants to start weeding out beauty products which have been tested on animals. It’s only $18/month, but the value of the products inside ranges from $45-60!

In this month’s beauty box, I found a mascara by Juice Beauty, a skin-perfecting beauty mask by Odacite, a full brow serum by Province Apothecary, a recovery cream by Ursa Major, and a beautiful sheer pink, moisturizing lip balm by True Moringa (all of which are available on their site in full sizes). I am having a blast trying them all out, and plan on getting full sizes of most of these products to add to my weekly arsenal!

In addition to their beauty boxes, Petit Vour is a one-stop shop for all things cruelty-free: Apparel, accessories, wellness, beauty products, and skin and hair care.  Definitely check them out, I highly recommend!

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