Beauty

7
Apr
2017

subscription box : vegan cuts

Subscription boxes are all the rage these days, obviously.   People order these in order to have a new monthly stash of bows for their kid, toys for their dog, makeup for their face, plants for their garden– you name it.   I’ve never gotten very involved in all of that, as I’m trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to live a bit more minimalistic, material-wise.  However,  I am discovering that I cannot say no to the monthly Vegan Cuts boxes.

They have the snack box, which is what I tried this month.  It contained drinks, cookies, snacks… You name it.  ALL vegan, mostly fair-trade and organic.  I especially love this because my fiancé is slowly going more and more vegan, and I really love to have as much variety around the house as possible for him to snack on, which shows him how totally unrestrictive the lifestyle can be.  Additionally, the box has introduced me to some of my very favorite pantry staples!   So, whether you are new-ish to being vegan or vegetarian, whether you are an omnivore who simply likes snacks, or whether you’ve been vegan for years and just want to add new and fun snack items to your rotation, I highly recommend this monthly box.

(Pssst!  They also offer a beauty/cosmetics/skincare box!

Go check them out, let me know what you think!

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17
Mar
2017

my cruelty-free products picks! plus, what you can do to help.

You gotta be careful out there.  I remember when I first went animal-friendly/cruelty-free…  I was at the mall and approached the Estée Lauder makeup counter.  “Hi!  Y’all have a foundation I’m obsessed with and I just ran out, but I need to please speak with someone who knows if you test on animals.”

The saleswoman’s eye’s widened and she gasped “Oh, my God! Do people even still do that, test on animals?! So barbaric.  We haven’t done that since the ’80s, and we never would.”

“Ok!” Happy with her emphatic answer, I paid an exorbitant amount of money for my favorite foundation, and went on my way.

Fast forward a few months where I had become more savvy navigating the vegan/cruelty-free world, and I was SHOCKED to learn how sneaky (and sometimes just flat out uninformed) cosmetics companies and their workers can be.  Straight up: I was duped.  Estée Lauder’s official statement regarding their animal testing policy reads as follows: The Estée Lauder Companies does not test on animals and we never ask others to do so on our behalf. If a regulatory body demands it for its safety or regulatory assessment, an exception can be made.”  The red flag lies in the second sentence.  The most profitable market to sell makeup is China, and guess what? In order to retail in China, by Chinese law you HAVE to test on animals.  So most big-name cosmetics/hygiene brands do, in fact, choose to test on animals.  And just so everyone is on the same page– and this will matter to some people more or less than others– contrary to popular belief, animal testing does not involve a mouse in a cage.  Beagles… Yes, the dogs… And cats, and bunnies, and monkeys are typically the victims.  They will pour laundry detergent in a dog’s mouth, for instance, so see how much he/she can ingest without dying.  Or they’ll blind a cat so see how much mascara you can shove into your eye.  It’s INSANE and heartbreaking and so, so archaic.

The bright side?? You can be a part of the SOLUTION! 

How?

  1. Download the Cruelty Cutter app!  It is a handy tool you can use while shopping to determine which products/ brands are animal-friendly.  Simply scan the barcode and the info pops up!  Here’s the deal… Every time you shop you cast a vote, via every dollar you spend, for what kind of world you want to live in.  This app helps you vote kindly and wisely.
  2. Do your research! I choose to follow cruelty-free makeup bloggers to get my facts straight.  The most thorough blogger is Logical Harmony (@logicalharmony on IG)– she checks up on the brands every single week and updates her cruelty-free list!  You’d be surprised how often these companies change their verbiage on their testing policies.
  3. Check out and give your support to organizations who set out to rescue and rehabilitate these victimized animals, as well as those organizations who work to expose the cruelty involved in animal testing.  One of my very favorites is the Beagle Freedom Project.

Hopefully you feel at least slightly empowered now… You really can make a difference.  The world is changing right now more than every before, as it pertains to animal rights and welfare… I feel it and see it every day and it gives me goosebumps. Won’t it be cool, when animal testing is abolished for good, to look back say “I helped. I was on the right side of history.”

 

In the meantime, I’m going to list some of my favorite cruelty-free products here.  Enjoy!

Makeup:

Budget: e.l.f

Splurge: Kat Von D (LOVE all her products! And I love to support her, because KVD is a celebrity who has really used her platform to make change for animals.  She has heroically decided not to retail in China, and has reformulated her lipsticks to be completely vegan.)

Nail polish:

Zoya

Deodorant: 

This was a hard one for me to figure out, not going to lie.  But I finally found a product I’m in love with an that works for me: Crystal Roll-on. 

Facial/skincare: 

Budget: Kiss My Face (especially for face wash, moisturizer, and sunscreen)

Splurge: Osea Malibu (OBSESSEDDDDDD WITH THEM!!!!!!!!!! Fav products are the gel cleanser and their advanced protection creme… I wear it every night.)

Body wash:

Shea Moisure African Black (good scent for both men and women)

Shampoo/Conditioner:

Budget: On major sale right now is Eve NYC… Very clean smell, makes my hair feel soft.

Splurge: Living Proof products (I like to buy the “Perfect Hair Day trio… Your hairstyle will be in place for days, it is CRAZY! But the other formulations, like their anti-frizz, are great, too.)

Detergent (dish and laundry) and cleaning supplies:

Seventh Generation! I live and die by this brand and their eco-friendly mission.

 

As always, friends, never hesitate to contact me with any questions!! I love to help. XO have a fun weekend!  Thank you for caring about animals.

 

-Molly

9
Dec
2016

osea malibu- the only skincare i trust!

Did you know that our skin is our body’s largest (and most absorbent) organ??  Whatever we apply to it only takes 26 seconds to go directly into our bloodstream… So you better be aware of what is in your products!  It is extremely important to invest in skincare that not only works, but is actually good for you.  I work in dermatology offices every day, and I could have my pick of any fancy face wash/moisturizer/you name it… For free.  But I choose OSEA MALIBU every. single. time.  Yes, Osea products are vegan, organic, and cruelty-free, but just as important: they are free of harsh chemicals and toxins.

I often get asked about my skincare regimen, so I am going to walk you through it.  Let me know if you have any questions at all!  

PS: I HAVE A GIFT FOR YOU! If you want to try any of the products that I use below, enter in code FASHIONVEGGIE at checkout for free shipping!! Yayyyy, I love when things are free 🙂

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MORNING

  1. Ocean Cleanser.  I love the consistency of this product (it feels like a gel) and the energizing, fresh scent!  It has a lime/orange/cyprus smell that makes you want to taste it, and leaves your skin looking glowy.  When I first got the Ocean Cleanser last year, I used to alternate it with the cleanser of a high end brand I had gotten at work… A year later, after seeing the difference in the way my skin looks after using each one, I totally cut out the other product.  I’m addicted!
  2. Atmosphere Protection Cream. This is one of my favorite products offered by Osea Malibu. I prefer to use a lightweight moisturizer for morning– that way, there is no risk of feeling greasy as the day goes on.  This one is truly PERFECT.  It not only moisturizes, but acts as a barrier protecting your skin from dry climate, wind, and pollution. After applying, my skin feels smoother and more supple– makeup goes on really well over this, too.
  3. Eye Gel Serum. Eye products especially need to be gentle and healthy for you, without harsh chemicals– the skin around your eyes is super thin and fragile, so it needs to be pampered and babied.  This gel is wonderful… it has a slight cooling effect when you apply it, which feels very soothing.  Your eyes immediately look better, with fine lines reduced and puffiness erased.

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osea malibu atmosphere protection cream

 

Nighttime:

  1. (REPEAT) Osea Malibu Ocean Cleanser
  2. Advanced Protection Cream. I cannot live without this product. Recently, I went out of town and didn’t bring my night cream with me, and I could tell a noticeable difference in my skin (not in a good way) without it.  This cream contains plant-based DPHP, which is found in many anti-cellulite creams, and it REALLY works to take away your fine lines/wrinkles.  I am just over 30 years old, and am majorly into preventative care for my skin. I’ve also noticed that when I apply this cream, I wake up the next morning with a more even-looking skin tone… dark and blotchy spots don’t seem nearly as noticeable.
  3. Eyes and Lips.  This is another anti-aging must-have… And I love that its a “two-fer!” This product hydrates both the lip area AND the eye area: the first two places to show signs of aging.  This is a great product to pack when you go on vacation or to take with you in your handbag– Any sign of chapped lips or dry skin, just whip it out!

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Occasional Add-Ins

  1. White Algae Mask.  While I’m sitting on the sofa blogging or doing an expense report for work, I like to pamper my skin with a high quality mask.  This one hydrates and evens out your skin, making it look luminous and glowy.  I’ve even slept in this one a couple of times… My skin looks amazing in the morning when I take it off!  Note: Osea Malibu makes some other great masks, too!  But this one is my fave, after trying all of them.
  2. Brightening Serum.  I’m going to keep it real with you.. THIS IS A MUST-HAVE FOR THE MORNING AFTER YOU’VE HAD A FEW DRINKS.  It will completely brighten you up and make you look like you went to bed at 8:30 the night before!  This serum is super lightweight, and has natural botanicals that bring radiance to your complexion.  Also:  I drive a lot for work, so I have some hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) on my left cheek from the sun shining on it through the window… This makes those spots all but disappear.

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There you have it!  Osea Malibu is literally the only skincare line I will ever need… And this is coming from someone who has tried pretty much everything under the sun.  Remember, you only have one chance to nourish your skin and to prevent aging… Invest in a cruelty-free, vegan, organic, HEALTHY, NATURAL skincare line like Osea.  You won’t regret it, and your future self will thank you. Remember to use code FASHIONVEGGIE at checkout for free shipping!

xx

Molly

 

14
Aug
2016

90’s flashback

If you were anything like me, you spent the majority of the 90’s on your inflatable furniture watching the ups and downs of Kelly Kapowski and Zack Morris, taking the occasional break to go eat some Gushers or tend to your Tamagotchi.   Oregon Trail, My So Called Life, and see-through land line phones also come to mind.   And what about the beauty products we used?  (Who can forget the simpler days of “Sun In,” long before we became resigned to our $100 trips to the salon?)  Are any of these magical products still around?  If so… Are ANY of them cruelty-free or vegan?   Let’s see, shall we:

Lip Smackers!  Did anyone else wear these on a string as a necklace?!  Fortunately, these guys are made by longtime cruelty-free (meaning no animal testing!) company Bonne Bell.  If you avoid beeswax, though, these are not for you.

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Mane ‘N Tail!   I remember reading in my YM magazine about how I could use this stuff on my horse AND me.   I didn’t have a horse, but that didn’t deter me a bit.   As an adult, and before I went vegan/cruelty-free, I used and loved the deep moisturizing shampoos and conditioners and loved how shiny they made my hair look, AND how they were super super affordable at the grocery store.   I recently called Mane ‘N Tail’s customer service number to inquire about their policy on animal testing, and to find out which of their products were free of any animal-derived ingredients.   FYI,  they put it in writing for me that they do NOT test on animals under any circumstances, and these are their vegan offerings: Deep Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner; Gentle Clarifying Shampoo; Daily Control Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and 2-in-1.   I’ll take it!

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Victoria’s Secret “Lovespell”!   To be honest, I reeked of this well into my sophomore year of college.   Boys seemed to LOVE its overly-sweet smell, and it came with me to every kegger.   While this product is still available, Victoria does indeed have a very dirty secret:   despite her claims otherwise, her products are tested on animals.   Bye!

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Stila Lip Glaze!   Welp, I had these in just about every color (along with Juicy Tubes… remember those?)   I can still hear the “click click click” as I dispensed the color onto my lips, and I can still feel the annoyance of having my hair get stuck to my face should there be a gust of wind… Those were the best of times.   I am so sad to say, though, that Stila has only recently changed their animal-testing policy– and not for the better– in order to retail in China.   (It is mandated by Chinese government that companies conduct cruel animal testing before they allow their products on the shelves.)

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Urban Decay Sparkling Lickable Body Powder!   Ok, so… Can we just take a moment to really soak in the NAME of this product?   Hi-larious.  I guess this was supposed to be sexy.   Not sure how hygienic the whole concept is– especially if you’re like me and decided to directly lick the puff– but, hey, I’m not here to judge:  if you still crave this product, you can find it on ebay, and it is in fact cruelty-free and vegan.   Go nuts!

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Herbal Essences Shampoo!   What can we even say?   Anyone who was anyone used Herbal Essences.   What was the point of even having hair if it didn’t smell like a rose garden on steroids?   And those sexual commercials, though!   Here is the skinny on HE:  although it is advertised as NOT being tested on animals, it is a product owned by Clairol, who DOES make other products which are animal tested.  Looks like I won’t be ooh’ing and ahhh’ing in the shower again any time soon.

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Sun In!   Pros:  This product is cruelty-free and vegan.   Cons: there is a 97-100% chance that you will end up with insanely patchy, bright orange hair.   I will never forget the time my mother picked me up from summer camp after I had borrowed half a bottle of my friend’s Sun In– her expression was a strange mixture of confusion and horror as I hung my blotchy neon head in shame.

21
Mar
2016

the “bests” of the birthday week

So, I do not normally talk about this stuff on the blog…  But you guys, it has been a HECK of a year, and not in a good way (think: unexpected job transition, massively difficult breakup, and the devastating death of my little dog all at the same time).  It’s okkkk, we all hear that when it rains it pours, and I really do think that it’s normal to have an “off year” every now and again. Plus, I think that while it is important to let yourself feel sad, it is just as important to–at the same time–remember how good you have it compared to so many others out there.  Anyway, my point is– I just had a birthday, and my friends and family took it upon themselves to really “do it up” for me this time.  We ate, we drank, we were merry.  We had spa treatments, we fed our faces on rich desserts, and way too many gifts were given.  The past week has me feeling re-energized and hopeful for a fresh start.  As I sat here reflecting on the week of celebration, it occurred to me that I should share the highlights with you so that you can try them as well!  (Note: a few of these will be specific to Dallas, so for those of you who don’t live here… maybe its time to come make a trip out of it!)  Thanks for letting me open up a tiny bit … I hope that you feel encouraged if you, too, have had a less than stellar time lately. There are lots of “bests” in life to concentrate on, plus you have nowhere to go but UP! 🙂

 

BEST DRINK

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You guys… TRUE FOOD KITCHEN has a VEGAN PINA COLADA!  Super sweet, but verrryyyy good if you’re celebrating something!  And if you’re there, be sure and get the lettuce cups and Andy’s TLT sandwich… You’ll be hooked on the whole experience.  

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

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UNLEAVENED FRESH KITCHEN is brand new and soooo good, y’all!  Menu highlights:  Their hummus, the spicy avocado dip, the Farmstand wrap (specify that you want it vegan, not just vegetarian… It was seriously amazing) with a side of rice pilaf, and NO JOKE their coconut lime popsicle is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.  They have beer and wine, too. 

BEST SKINCARE LINE

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I got a little gift in the mail from OSEA MALIBU, and I can honestly say that I am a new member of their considerable cult following.  Pictured here are my four very favorite products of theirs (listed in the order in which I apply them):  1)  Ocean Cleanser (I’m in love with the smell, and it leaves my skin feeling so refreshed); 2) White Algae Mask (anti-aging and skin brightening… I LOVE that you can leave it on for just 10 minutes, or overnight if you want to! You wake up, wash it off, and your skin looks incredible); 3) Brightening Serum (use to lighten age spots, sun spots, acne scars, freckles, uneven tone/blotchy skin); 4) Atmosphere Protection Cream (anti-aging, moisturizing, and protects your skin from environmental stressors). Osea’s products are cruelty-free (no animal testing) and vegan, all-natural, and organic. I was inspired and happy when I read this on their website: 

“I want to leave this planet a cleaner place than when I arrived. (Like being a good house guest.) I also want women to be able to use the safest cosmetics possible. Remember 70% of what you put on your body can be absorbed into your bloodstream. I want to raise the consciousness of women so they use safe cosmetics, it’s not just about beauty – it’s about their health.”
– OSEA Founder Jenefer Palmer

BEST MANI/PEDI

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My favorite thing about MINILUXE is the availability of 5-free (meaning, without all 5 dangerous chemicals commonly found in nail polish) vegan polishes!  Impeccable service, too, and located around some of Dallas’ best shopping.  Word to the wise: make an appointment; not very walk-in friendly because they are always so booked up! I went to the uptown dallas location, but these salons are found in Texas, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. 

BEST BEAUTY EXPERIMENT & EXPERIENCE

I was invited by FIT N’ FANCY to try out their non-invasive Strawberry Laser treatment (typically $100 per treatment).  I must admit… I was skeptical.  But I looked it up online and saw that it is FDA approved and has been featured on Rachel Ray, Extra, and The Doctors… Plus I figured hey, why not.  Temps are rapidly rising (hello global warming) so clothes are getting sparser, and I wouldn’t be mad if I lost a couple of inches.  So I went to and visited Leah at her spot in Grapevine, and what I can tell you is this: She cares about what you want, about your lifestyle, about being truthful in regards to what your expectations should be, and she takes great pride in her work.  It went down like this: Leah took my measurements, then placed little paddles, bound by a strap, around my waist.  It was warm and I fell asleep 🙂 30 minutes later, I woke up and groggily removed my “belt.”  Keep in mind that I am pretty small to begin with, so any change in my size is very noticeable to me… But I swear, I could tell a difference immediately!  I know, it sounds hokey, but I would never lie to y’all.  We measured, and I lost a total (meaning, cumulatively from measurements around 3 different parts of my abdomen) of 3 inches.  I felt fine– no soreness or downtime or anything like that.  Things to remember: The FDA says that the inches lost are temporary, but with diet and exercise can be maintained; also, multiple sessions are recommended for optimal results. Leah (who is vegan-curious, so I had a ball chatting with her) also offers teeth whitening, hair removal, and more.  

BEST NEW AFTER-DARK LOUNGE

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(photo cred: my super talented friend Mary Summers Hafner of So Then They Say)

QUILL is finally open, and it did NOT disappoint!  I felt like I was in New York, not Dallas, as I danced with my friends to old school hip hop among the older-world black and white + emerald decor, accented by brass. Go, go, go! 

 

I hope you enjoyed my “Bests” list… Admittedly, it is a departure from my regular content (fashion, of course!), but let me know if you want me to keep these types of articles coming! 

xx

M

28
Aug
2015

rosé all day

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I was going to be drinking rosé and looking all pretty and cheerful in the shot… But then I broke the dang wine glass.  Also, a note to all my fellow blondies… If you use purple shampoo every time, your hair will in fact turn purple.  I can dig it.

tank top- mate the label  // denim shorts (similar)- chicnova

blue shampoo (cruelty-free & vegan)- lush daddy-o


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15
Aug
2015

the brand you’ve never heard of that will save your skin

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Let’s talk about skin, baby… I will start out by saying that I am in no way getting compensated for this post, I just want to share beauty secrets that I so believe in.  My day job is in dermatology, so I’ve tried using virtually everything as far as skincare is concerned, and right now I can say that– because of a daytime/nightime regimen I’ve implemented– my skin is the most clear that it has ever been.  The makeup-free photo that I just took after the shower (above) is not retouched in any way… and I really wish I had a “before” shot from a few months ago!  I’ve never been what you call “acne-prone,” but my face was certainly susceptible to a couple of stray spots and had a more dull overall tone to it.  Here is how I took control (using a little-known brand 100% free of animal testing or animal products, which was also formulated by a doctor whom I know personally and trust): Sugoi.  It’s the BEST, y’all.  You can’t order online since it’s a small brand,  but call my dermatologist’s office to place an order (972-649-6644) and they will gladly ship. I especially recommend: the exfoliate cleanser, the “brighten” face cream, the “brighten” eye cream, the advanced regeneration complex, and the medi c plus.  If you have questions about any of the products, just call and tell them that Molly sent you…  Babs Curtis (aesthetician) or Tanya Rodgers (the doctor) will be happy to answer your questions and will even give you a consult over the phone.  It is hard to find an ethical and effective skincare line… hopefully this helps you out!  XOXO- Molly

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SUGOI SKINCARE

Order/inquire at the Skin Specialists’ office: 972-649-6644