Vegan Cheese Lovers Gift Guide

Vegan Cheese Lovers Gift Guide

This guide is made for those who are shopping for a cheese lover. A lot of non-vegans are surprised at how great vegan cheese is these days. There are some really delicious options available! This gift guide will help you pick the best options for your fellow vegan cheese lovers, or as an idea of what to bring to a holiday party to introduce more people to great vegan cheeses.

  1. Punk Rawk Labs Nut Milk Cheese – Choose from classic, herb, and smoked varieties.
  2. Vegan Vine Wine – The Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon can be shipped directly to your door.
  3. Iona Cheese Board – Made from marble and mango woods, it’s equal parts beautiful and functional.
  4. Langholm Cheese Knives – This set of 3 cheese knives goes perfectly with the cheese board.
  5. Miyoko’s Creamery Cheese – If there was ever a vegan cheese to try, this is it. Choose from a wide variety of flavors. All are amazing!
  6. Daiya Jalapeno Havarti Cheese – This cheese is a favorite among non-vegan friends of mine and is a great transition cheese.

Add in your favorite vegan crackers, some sliced vegan meats, and fruits and you have a beautiful set up.


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Get 40% Off Holiday Favorites from ELF!

Right now, E.L.F. is offering 40% off ALL products! This deal is only good on December 15th and 16th, so act fast. Featured above are some products that I want to pick up during this sale.

  1. Studio Blush Palette – This quad comes with four blushes that are perfect year round. It comes in two color shades, light and dark, so you get the colors that work best for you.
  2. Beauty Book Eye Shadow Sets – There is a smokey set or a natural set. These sets come with several shadows, a sponge applicator, mini shadow primer, and mini eye liner.
  3. Smudge Pots – Choose from 9 shades. There are neutrals and jewel tones. These are pretty alone but also great as a base for other shadows.
  4. Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow – Use these gorgeous loose shadows as a shadow or as a liner. Pick from 7 shades.
  5. Contouring Blush & Bronzer Duo – St. Lucia is the perfect dupe for the most popular shades of blush and bronzer from NARS.
  6. Moisturizing Lipstick – This gorgeous lipstick comes in 10 on-trend shades. There are gorgeous nudes, browns, and reds. Many are dupes for MAC shades.
  7. Matte Lip Color – Perfect for days you need to swipe on some color and go. All 6 shades go on smoothly and are long-wearing.
  8. Essential Lipstick – At only $1 per tube, you may as well stock up and try all 11 shades!
  9. Studio Blush – Many of these blush shades are dupes for popular blushes from NARS and MAC, but at a fraction of the cost (and totally animal friendly).
  10. BB Cream – This BB cream contains SPF 20 and comes in a 6 shades.
  11. 11 Piece Brush Set – This brush set covers all the basic and necessary brushes in any makeup collection. There are dupes for brushes from Sigma and MAC in this set.
  12. Baked Eyeshadow Palette – Pick from 4 different shade ranges. These shadow palettes are dupes for baked shadow collections by Sephora and Laura Mercier.
  13. Dramatic Lash Kit – Perfect for holiday parties. These lashes are cheap enough that you don’t need to feel bad about disposing them after 1-2 uses.
  14. Plumping Lip Gloss Set – This limited edition set contains 3 gorgeous shades. They are great for winter, but also year round.
  15. 3-in-1 Mascara – This is the best budget mascara out there. The want is perfect for easily coating all your lashes.
  16. 10 Piece Nail Polish Set – So many of these colors are gorgeous! At only $10, this set is well worth the investment.

E.L.F. is a cruelty free brand. All of their makeup items are vegan, as are the E.L.F. Studio brushes. The E.L.F. Essentials brushes are made from animal fur and are the only items from E.L.F. that are animal derived.


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Earthbody Dream Body Oil Review

Earthbody Dream Body Oil Review

Earthbody is a brand based out of San Francisco, CA. In addition to their products, they also have a day spa. Their philosophy is that every product they make should be safe to put on your body. This means that every product contains ingredients that are safe to put inside of your body. All products are made with fresh ingredients. And all products are made with the intent to nurture you both physically and mentally.

I was introduced to this body oil from Earthbody in the November Petit Vour beauty box. I had tried other Earthbody products before, but this was the first time that I was able to try their body oil. I have a love/hate relationship with body oils. They tend to either be amazing and work very well with my skin, or end up being a greasy and overly perfumed mess. Since I have liked the other Earthbody products that I have tried, I was interested to see how their body oil would work with my skin.

Claims: “Dream is a gentle body oil designed to enhance mental clarity while restoring moisture. Jojoba and rosehip seed deeply nurture skin. The spiritual guides of artemisia and chamomile support rest. Noble aromatics of frankincense, lavender, and sandalwood encourage possibility.

Ingredients:  Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Artemesia Vulgaris (Mugwort) Flower, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, -Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil *Certified organic by OTCO

Pros: Very moisturizing. Absorbs quickly into skin. Fresh, herbal scent. Cruelty free and vegan formula. Gluten-free. No GMO ingredients. Recyclable packaging.

Cons: None.

The Verdict: Saying that I liked Dream Body Oil would be an understatement. I love this stuff! Not only is it hydrating and non-greasy, but the scent is amazing. It’s very natural, not at all fake, and not overpowering. The blend of frankincense, lavender, and sandalwood is the perfect combination. I find myself reaching for it when I am feeling stressed out or overwhelmed and I instantly feel more grounded and focused. It left my skin very soft and smooth.

I would definitely suggest this body oil to others. I would also re-purchase the Earthbody Dream Body Oil and am interested in trying out the other scents.

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Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Photos by Justin M.G. Mendez

Beet & Citrus Green Smoothie

Beet & Citrus Green Smoothie

Today I’m working with Williams-Sonoma as a part of their Not Your Typical Smoothie week. When it comes to smoothies many people automatically think of the same handful of ingredients. Bananas, berries, and spinach are some of the most common. When I make smoothies, I love to think outside of the box. Sometimes this leads to tasty results. Other times… Well… Let’s just say that I have to just focus on the health benefits I get by drinking the smoothie over the taste. Of course, it is always best when the smoothie is not just packed full of health benefits, but also tastes great.

Smoothies are a great part of my morning routine. I get up, work out, drink some coffee, and try to get in a healthy green smoothie as often as I can. Sometimes I add protein powder. Sometimes I stick to just raw fruits and veggies. No matter how I make them, I know that I am doing myself a huge favor by getting in extra vitamins and fiber into my diet.

I really wanted to try making a smoothie using beets. I love beets on salads and roasted. I have seen them used in nice cream recipes. I wanted to try something new and figured that tossing them into the blender could be a fun adventure. Beets are said to fight inflammation and help reduce blood pressure. They are high in Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and Vitamin B Folate.

Beet & Citrus Green Smoothie

For my smoothies, I use a Vitamix. I have found that when using citrus or greens in a smoothie, a high powered option really is the best. Williams-Sonoma has lots of great blender options if you are in need of an upgrade. Trust me. It’s worth it!

What you will need to make a Beet & Citrus Green Smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup baby kale
  • 1-3 small beets (depending on size)
  • 6 tangerines
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup water. This may vary as less powerful blenders get less juice out of the tangerines, so you may need to add more water.

How to make a Beet & Citrus Green Smoothie:

  1. Prepare your beets. Using raw beets is best for this smoothie so that you can get the most vitamins out of them. If using raw, be sure to peel them first. In a pinch, you can also used cooked and peeled beets, as I did here. This is the easier and less messy option.
  2. Prepare the citrus fruits. Peel the tangerines and juice the lemon.
  3. In your blender, add in the water, lemon juice, and baby kale. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add in the tangerines and beets. Blend until smooth.
  5. To really make sure that it’s well blended, I often turn my Vitamix up to high speed for a minute or so. This helps a lot to make the texture smoother and is an especially important step with both greens and citrus fruit involved.
  6. Enjoy!

This beet smoothie is high in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. With the weather outside getting colder, it is a great way to get some extra cold-fighting vitamins into your system. Most of the ingredients used in this smoothie are also seasonal produce and should be easy to find at your local farmers market or natural food store.

The end texture of this smoothie is a bit like orange juice with pulp. It is not super smooth and creamy. At first I was skeptical of this mixture because it smells very earthy. But it actually tastes really good! The tangerines and lemon give it most of it’s flavor, while the beets sweeten it up a little bit. It is a great way to help boost your immune system while trying something new.

If you try this recipe, please let me know. I love getting comments on the recipe posts and please tag Logical Harmony on Instagram or Twitter if you share a picture.

Photos edited by Justin M.G. Mendez

Petit Vour Holiday Vegan Gift Guide

Petit Vour Holiday Gift Guide

It is the season of gift giving and what could be more perfect to give (or receive) than cruelty free and vegan beauty goodies?! Petit Vour is one of my favorite online shops for beauty products, skin care, and hair care. All the items they carry are both cruelty free and vegan. Plus, they carry a lot of natural beauty options as well. This vegan holiday gift guide contains some of my favorites from Petit Vour. I am even giving a few of these as presents myself!

1. Lily Lolo Eye Palette – This gorgeous palette comes in two shades. Laid Bare is a great collection of natural and nude shades. Enchanted has some amazing jewel tones that are perfect for winter. I first tried Lily Lolo this summer and loved what I tried. The loose shadows were included in the September Beauty Box I co-curated with Petit Vour. Petit Vour just got these in stock and, of course, I had to order Laid Bare immediately.These palettes are so pretty and versatile. They are the perfect addition to any makeup collection. Buy now from the Petit Vour online shop.

2. Root Science RS Youth Serum – I love Root Science products. They are so luxurious! Plus, they are made in small batches to ensure that each product is high quality and effective. This serum is super concentrated and the perfect gift for the skin care junkie in your life. This serum also appeared in some of the September Beauty Boxes that I co-curated with Petit Vour. Buy now from the Petit Vour online shop.

3. NCLA Nail Lacquer – Would any gift guide created by me be complete without NCLA? Not at all! NCLA is one seriously amazing nail company. Petit Vour stocks lots of shades of their nail lacquer. These polishes are very high quality, chip-resistant, and 5-free. They are great for the friend who has a new manicure every day, but also for the busy friend who never has time to get her nails done. These polishes really do last for days and days without chipping. Buy now from the Petit Vour online shop.

4. Earthbody Body Oil – I recently tried this body oil in the November Beauty Box and immediately fell in love. Not only is it very moisturizing, but it is absolutely perfect for aromatherapy sessions. This would be a great gift for your friend who loves their daily meditation sessions, or maybe needs to start adding them into their packed schedule. This body oil will give them a little TLC that everyone needs this time of year. Buy now from the Petit Vour online shop.

5. French Girl Organics Lip Tint – This is another product that I discovered in the November Beauty Box. These lip tints are so pretty! Petit Vour carries a large variety of shades. This makes it easy to find the perfect color for everyone. What I love about these lip tints is that they are portable and easy to apply. They are definitely a chic step up from your average lip balm. These are great for your friend who sticks to a minimal beauty routine, but also for gym addicts as it pairs perfectly with that post-workout glow. Buy now from the Petit Vour online shop.

6. Gressa Lip Boost – I first tried this amazing tinted balm last spring and was immediately hooked. Recently I tried and reviewed several other shades. They are all absolutely gorgeous on. The sleek black tubs look so fancy on my vanity, and the Lip Boost itself has all the perks of a gloss but is as hydrating as a lip balm. Petit Vour carries a variety of shades, so there is one for each person on your gift list. Buy now from the Petit Vour online shop.

Still not sure what to get your friends and family for the holidays? A subscription to the Petit Vour beauty box is another great option! Starting at only $15, including shipping, these cute pink boxes filled with cruelty free and vegan beauty items can magically start appearing at their door. You can buy a single month or several at a time.

What are your favorite gift ideas from Petit Vour? Which have you purchased for others (or yourself)?

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