Logical Harmony featured by Vegansaurus

Logical Harmony featured by Vegansaurus

Recently Jenny Bradley of Vegansaurus had some great things to say about Logical Harmony in her review of Own Lifting Eye Cream.

Enter the mastermind behind Logical Harmony (and my personal vegan beauty and lifestyle guru), Tashina Combs. I tweeted at her in a panic, and she was like “GIRL, I got you! Try Own Lifting Eye Cream!” So I did.

In addition to the super sweet words, Jenny also linked my review of Own Lifting Eye Cream as well as the October empties video! Thank you so much for all the love, Jenny & Vegansaurus!

My Fitness Essentials

My Fitness Essentials

As I stated in My 2014 Resolutions post, I’ve been doing Tone It Up workouts for nearly a year. Part of what I want to do in 2014 is become even more dedicated to fitness! My plans are to consistently workout 6 days a week and also buy their Vegan Nutrition Plan. Their nutrition plan comes with over 100 pages of recipes and gets updated several times a year. Plus, being a member gives you access to other perks.

Over the past few months, there are several items that I have come to love. I wanted to share these with you here as they really are my fitness essentials.

  1. Compression shorts. I have a pair of capris that I wear when working out around others but, honestly, when I get a sweat going they are just too warm! I love these little shorts because they don’t bunch up, don’t get in the way, and are easy to take care of. Shown here: Victoria’s Secret Knockout Ruched Hotshort.
  2. Yoga & foam workout mat(s). My workouts are done at home on a hardwood floor. My guess is that a gym floor is about as comfortable. I love the combination of a yoga mat and foam workout mat because it gives you double duty. The foam workout mat gives some padding while the yoga mat keeps it from slipping around the floor. Shown here: Fitness Republic Thickest Yoga Mat / Exercise Floor Mat.
  3. A fun sports bra. For the longest time, I didn’t see the point in spending money on a sports bra. Then I got a good one. Now, I can’t live without a nice one! This style from Victoria’s Secret is one of my favorites because it gives support, is a cute style, and is bright and fun. Shown here: VS Sport Showtime by Victoria’s Secret Sport Bra.
  4. Vegan protein powder. This stuff is great in smoothies, but I also enjoy it in my morning oatmeal. It’s flavorless and blends in well. It doesn’t leave a powdery taste or texture like other protein powders I have tried. Adding some protein powder helps me feel fuller for longer after meals. This is especially nice in the mornings. Shown here: PlantFusion Unflavored.
  5. More than one sports bra. When you’re busy and trying to workout 6 days a week, laundry can add up fast. When you find a great sports bra that works for you, buy multiples. I wanted to try another Victoria’s Secret style and picked this one up. Now I can’t wait to buy more! They are so comfortable! Shown here: VS Sport Incredible by Victoria’s Secret Sport Bra.
  6. Tone It Up Beach Babe 2 DVD. My favorite thing about the Tone It Up program is that (for free!) you get a weekly workout schedule. They often incorporate workouts from their DVD’s and while you can often find a comparable workout for free from their YouTube channel, having this DVD has been great. Each section is a full workout – perfect for when you don’t have access to the online schedule or just want a solid workout in one go. Shown here: Tone It Up Beach Babe 2 DVD.
  7. Dumbells. If you want to go minimal with your workout equipment, definitely get a set of dumbbells. I have two in different weights and use each for different things. Sometimes a heavier or lighter weight feels better with certain moves. The Tone It Up workouts use dumbbells in nearly every routine, so they are a definite must-have! Shown here: ZoN 5 Pound Pink Dumbbell.

There are some additional items that I would like to get – a Polar Heart Rate Monitor and a High Density Foam Roller are high on the list – but this covers my essentials.

What are your workout essentials? I’d love to hear what you use in your fitness routine!

Updates on Revlon and China

Updates on Revlon and China

Yesterday it was announced that Revlon may be exiting the Chinese market to cut costs. It was assumed by many, and left very unclear by the press, about if this meant that they would no longer be selling in China or not. Revlon, and all of their sub-companies, currently test on animals “as required by law”.

Currently, China has a law in place that requires cosmetics sold there to be tested on animals. There are also other circumstances in which a brand may test on animals “as required by law”. So it’s also unclear if Revlon would no longer test on animals if they were leaving the Chinese market.

The original press release included a statement that was not included in all reports, including the one sourced earlier. Apparently in China, Revlon is not commonly found in drugstores. Instead, it’s typically bought at in-store counters with 3rd party staff. These “beauty advisors” will be the majority of lost jobs. Around 940 of the 1,100 jobs lost will be counter staff. To many, this sounded like promising news that the brand may no longer be available in China.

Revlon has previously pulled out of other countries where it had the same beauty counter set up. In one of them, South Korea, I was able to find out through travel forums that the items were now available at drugstores like they are in the United States. Removing the cosmetics counters and their staff did not mean that Revlon would not continue to sell there.

Most of the press is saying that Revlon is exiting their operations from China. This would also imply that it’s a shift in how they do business there and not necessarily the availability of Revlon products there. But, without an official statement from the brand, it’s hard to tell.

Revlon has lost money in 2013. Declining markets aside, they also bought Colomer Group in 2013. Colomer Group includes brands such as Creative Nail and American Crew. Part of the loss in 2013 is attributed to this business expansion. This expansion also opens up Revlon to taking on more salon based sales – a completely different market than their other lines.

However, at this time, Revlon sales in China currently come in 2nd worldwide. The US is their largest market, China the 2nd largest, Latin America & Canada the 3rd largest, and Europe coming in as the 4th largest market. This is based on 2013 sales provided to the associated press by Revlon.

More updates and news will be posted as it becomes clear. Hopefully the company will issue a press release soon than could help clear up the confusion about what’s really going on.

Sources: Wall Street Journal and Economic Times.

Revlon May be Exiting China

Revlon May be Exiting China

Logical Harmony reader Katie clued me in to some potentially exciting news today! Revlon is reportedly leaving the Chinese market in order to cut business costs. Currently, their market in China only makes up about 2% of their business. For many years business growth for cosmetics brands in China was higher than anywhere worldwide. That has been on the decline and it looks like selling in China may no longer be profitable.

This change will likely include Revlon owned brands, Almay and Sinful Colors. Currently all three brands test on animals “as required by law”.

Revlon said it is leaving China and cutting 1,100 jobs as part of a cost-cutting measure.

Most of the jobs cuts will be in China. Revlon’s operations there make up only 2 percent of the company’s sales, which have been declining.

Global sales fell 1.3 percent to $1.02 billion in the nine months through September, compared with the same period in 2012. Revenue in Asia dropped 3.5 percent to $166.8 during that time.

The departure will save the makeup company $11 million a year, Revlon said Tuesday in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Revlon expects to take a $22 million restructuring charge, mostly this year. About $10 million of that charge is for employee severance and other benefits, and about $12 million consists of product discounts and inventory write-offs.

Besides its namesake brand of makeup and hair dye, Revlon also makes cosmetics under its Almay and SinfulColors brands.

The New York-based company has had major executive changes this year, naming a new CEO in October after Alan Ennis left. It also announced a new CFO in July after its former financial executive left to join another company.

The new chief executive, Lorenzo Delpani, came from Colomer Group, which Revlon acquired for about $660 million in October. Colomer sells hair color and other products to beauty salons.

Shares of Revlon Inc. rose 36 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $24.92 in afternoon trading Tuesday.

Source – Revlon to exit China business to cut costs on Yahoo News

What does this mean for Revlon’s cruelty free stance? It’s hard to tell at this point. Leaving China, where animal testing is required by law, does not necessarily mean that the brand will stop testing on animals.

What’s unclear is if this means the brand will just be closing manufacturing facilities in China or if this will in any way effect their sale of cosmetics in China. This press article indicates that this may be the case and Revlon may still plan to sell in China. Even if they were to import products into China, they would likely still be tested on animals.

What is important, however, is that this shows entering this market may no longer be as financially lucrative to brands. Many formerly cruelty free brands have changed their stance on animal testing just to enter markets where testing is required by law. In most cases, this has been to sell in China.

I have been unable to find an official press release about this change, but will continue to look. Logical Harmony will keep an eye on this issue and post updates as they come up! Thanks again to Katie for notifying me of this article!

Logical Harmony’s Most Popular Posts of 2013

Logical Harmony's Most Popular Posts of 2013

While a full recap of 2013 has already been posted on Logical Harmony, I wanted to take the time to point out the top ten reader favorites. These are the posts with the most page views, the most shares, and the most pins.

MAC Cosmetics Is No Longer Cruelty Free

For a long time, one of the most well-known cruelty free brands has been MAC Cosmetics. It was also a common rumor in the vegan community that all their products are also vegan.  Sadly, MAC Cosmetics is no longer cruelty free. Read more here.

Tone It Up Bombshell Spell - The Vegan Version

A Tone It Up recipe that I kept hearing a lot about was the Bombshell Spell. However, I couldn’t find the recipe in the free version. After some digging on Google I finally found it! And… It had honey. It’s a simple recipe to modify so I decided to do just that and create a vegan Bombshell Spell for everyone to enjoy! Read more here.

How To Find Out If Products Are Cruelty Free and Vegan

Lately there’s been a lot of buzz about people realizing that products labeled “cruelty free” aren’t actually so. With the rise of popularity of these products, a lot of brands are throwing on the label just to make a quick buck. “Cruelty free” is now a marketing term for a lot of brands instead of the ethical stance that it should be. Read more here.

Which Drugstore Brands are Cruelty Free with Vegan Options?

For many that use cruelty free and vegan cosmetics, it can be hard to find drugstore options. You may want them because you are traveling and need something that’s easily accessible or because you’re on a budget. Walking into the drugstore looking for cruelty free and vegan items can be an incredibly frustrating task. It seems like more drugstore brands test on animals than are cruelty free. Don’t get discouraged! There are still several brands out there that provide you with cruelty free and vegan options! Read more here.

What Makes Nail Polish Vegan?

When it comes to picking out vegan makeup products, finding out what’s vegan and what’s not can be a task. One of my main goals with my lifestyle is to use animal friendly items without having to sacrifice anything about my lifestyle. Using Logical Harmony, I want to show that you can do the same too. I want my pastels, burgundy, a shade of cappuccino, polish for the perfect French manicure and pink glitter nail polish too. Read more here.

How to make Buffalo Cauliflower

When I first heard about Buffalo Cauliflower, I was a little skeptical. It sounded like a dish that could go one way or another and be either amazing or a waste of good cauliflower. I loved everything about the recipe on it’s own. Roasted cauliflower? Awesome. Buffalo sauce? Super tasty. Vegan ranch? Always good. Plus I’ve always wanted to find a good plant based option for buffalo wings. Read more here.

Tone It Up Bikini Series

One decision I made this year was to finally get serious about fitness. This seems to be something that everyone struggles with. You promise yourself you’re going to work out, buy the gear, maybe last a week or two and then go back to nights on the couch. After years of accumulating fitness DVD’s and various bits of equipment, I decided that this was the year to put it all to use. Then I found out about Tone It Up. The timing couldn’t have been better! Read more here.

What's the Difference Between Cruelty Free Cosmetics and Vegan Cosmetics?

Logical Harmony focuses on living a vegan lifestyle. Specifically with beauty and household items. I think that it’s really important to let people know that there is a difference between cruelty free and vegan. For some people, buying vegan products is going to be an easy transition. For others, going cruelty free is all that they can do. Even just swapping handful of your products for cruelty free or vegan versions is great! What each person is able to do is going to be different, and it’s important to take whatever steps you are comfortable with taking. Read more here.

Lime Crime Babette Lipstick Review

Lime Crime is a cruelty free brand whose vegan lipstick shades I have often admired, but did not try until recently. When I received the release statement about Babette I knew that had to change. Lime Crime Babette is cruelty free, vegan, and a creamy pastel coral shade. Coral is one of my favorite lip shades because it’s so versatile.  I also love a good nude lip shade. Babette is the perfect mix of the two. Read more here.

What Does the EU Ban on Animal Testing Mean for Brands Selling Where Testing is Required by Law?

The EU Ban on Animal Testing went into effect on March 11, 2013. The ban promised to end animal testing on products sold in the EU – a huge step for animal lovers, animal activists and cruelty free consumers alike. While this ban is a great and huge step in the right direction there is still a lot of confusion about what the ban actually does to stop cosmetic companies from testing on animals. Especially when it comes to brands that state they only test on animals, “when required by law”. Read more here.

Thank you to everyone who has visited and shared posts from Logical Harmony in the past year! Your support means so much to me!