Vegan Cuts Vegan Beauty Essentials Kit Review

Vegan Cuts Vegan Beauty Essentials Kit Review

Vegan Cuts just released their Vegan Beauty Essentials Kit! For those just getting started with cruelty free and vegan beauty, this is a great place to start. Or if you’re just looking for some new products to try. As described on their website, each Vegan Beauty Essentials Kit contains 10-15  surprise items and a limited edition makeup bag. When Vegan Cuts offered to send me a box and I was very interested in receiving it. The idea that each box can be different seemed like so much fun!

Included in the Vegan Beauty Essentials Kit that I received was:

  • Polka dot Vegan Cuts makeup bag
  • Lotus Moon Vitamin B Hydrating Gel facial moisturizer
  • Soapbox Black Soap Body & Soul wash
  • Concrete Minerals eyeshadow in Troublemaker (medium brown with gold sparkle)
  • Molly Rose Pickles & Ice Cream lip balm
  • Pacifica Coconut Kiss Creamy Lip Butter in Lava
  • Rainbow Honey nail lacquer in Persephone
  • North Coast Organics Death by Lavender all natural deodorant
  • Meow Meow Tweet Body Tonic in palmarosa cedar
  • Aubrey Organics NuStyle Organic Detangler & Shine Booster
  • Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion
  • Earth’s Enrichments Fresh Ground Java bar soap
  • Sunology Natural Sunscreen SPF 50

I do subscribe to the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box, which is a monthly subscription to deliver a box of cruelty free and vegan beauty goodies directly to your door. I’ve received every Beauty Box that has been released so far. Because of this, not all of the items included in the kit were new to me. That being said, I did receive new colors and scents in a few of the items, which I loved!

The Vegan Beauty Essentials Kit from Vegan Cuts is a great box to order to introduce new brands, new products, or just to see what is out there that’s cruelty free and vegan. It includes a good mix of products. Mine contained skin care, hair care, nail polish, and makeup products and I’m sure that this assortment is common for all of the boxes. Plus, the limited edition makeup bag is SO cute! It’s the perfect size for all of your essentials (or everything in this kit), too.

Overall, I loved the Vegan Beauty Essentials Kit. I think it’s something anyone into cruelty free and vegan beauty should pick up. Not only will you get to try new items, but it’s fun to know that each box is a little different.

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.

Logical Harmony in the Humane Society International #BeCrueltyFree Video Campaign!

Logical Harmony in the Humane Society International #BeCrueltyFree Video Campaign!

I have some exciting news to share with you! I was featured in the Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree week campaign! This video is specifically about the importance of supporting brands who do not test on animals and bringing awareness to the issue of animal testing. I’m so excited to have been a part of this campaign and to be featured with such great company!

Beauty Bloggers Unite for Be Cruelty-Free Video Appeal to End Cosmetics Animal Testing   

LONDON (12 March 2014) – Some of the most popular and influential cruelty-free beauty bloggers on the web have come together to create a unique and fun video in support of the global Be Cruelty-Free campaign, the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing.

Globally Be Cruelty-Free is run by Humane Society International, with Be Cruelty-Free USA co-ordinated by the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

Launched during Be Cruelty-Free Week, the video addresses a serious subject in a fun way and stars bloggers Jen Mathews (My Beauty Bunny), Lex Croucher (LexCanRoar), Tashina Combs (Logical Harmony), Courtney Nawara  (Phyrra), Sunny Subramanian (Vegan Beauty Review) and Nika Jabiyeva and Nina Nadazdin   (Pirouette Professional). These beauty experts love make-up but hate animal suffering, and have thousands of dedicated online followers who share their passion.

Jen Mathews from U.S.-based My Beauty Bunny said: “I am so excited to be a part of the Be Cruelty-Free video. It was an honour to work alongside such talented fellow beauty vloggers and I really hope that it goes viral and helps gets the word out that animal testing of cosmetics needs to stop!”

Claire Mansfield, HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free campaigns director, said: “Social media plays a huge role in communicating ideas around the world, and in the blogosphere our video stars are some of the most influential voices on the subject of beauty without cruelty. We are thrilled to launch our new video and harness the power of the blog to help us end the suffering of animals in the global cosmetics industry.”

Last week, The HSUS was delighted to welcome the introduction of a landmark bill by U.S. Representative Jim Moran to end cosmetics animal testing in the United States. The aptly named Humane Cosmetics Act follows extensive campaigning by The HSUS and HSLF. The legislation seeks to end both cosmetics animal testing and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics, replicating the end to testing and sales that HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign helped to achieve in the European Union.

Be Cruelty-Free drives change worldwide, having already achieved a national cosmetics animal testing ban in India, welcomed a state-wide testing ban in Sao Paulo as part of its Be Cruelty-Free Brazil campaign, and played an instrumental role in seeing China revise its cosmetics regulations for the first time in more than 20 years. Globally HSI runs Be Cruelty-Free campaigns across Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia and Taiwan.

Watch and share the Be Cruelty-Free video here.

Feel Good Desserts Vegan Macarons

Feel Good Desserts Vegan Macarons

Over the weekend, I discovered vegan macarons! I really cannot contain my excitement about this. You see, I never had a macaron before going vegan. So it’s not that seeing them everywhere for the past couple of years has been making me miss them. But it has been making me curious about them. What the texture is like, what they taste like, why are there so many flavors? I wanted to know. But… Not being able to find vegan macarons meant that my questions would go unanswered. This weekend I stopped into Republic of V, a newly opened all vegan grocery store in Berkeley, and they had vegan macarons from Feel Good Desserts!

Feel Good Desserts Vegan Macarons

Of course, I immediately added a package to my basket. They had two samplers, each with four macarons. One was fruity flavors and another chocolate flavors. I’m honestly not sure which would be more traditional, but I went with the chocolate set. It contained one chocolate, one hazelnut, one vanilla, and one coffee macaron.

The outside was firm, but the inside was so soft! Each flavor stood out but none were overpowering. These were a really delicious and delicate treat! It was fun to have such a novelty item and I am glad that they are available online as well (though in larger quantities).

Proposed Humane Cosmetics Act Would End Animal Testing in the US

Proposed Humane Cosmetics Act Would End Animal Testing in the US

Congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat representing Northern Virginia, has introduced the bill H.R. 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act. If passed, this bill would prohibit animal testing in the U.S. cosmetics industry and phase out the sale of cosmetics tested on animals in other countries.

“The U.S. can and should phase out the use of animals in cosmetic safety testing.  Not only are animal-based tests fundamentally inhumane, they also rely on outmoded science that can fail to accurately predict safety for humans. This legislation would encourage the use of testing alternatives that are more effective and cheaper to conduct, helping the American cosmetic industry remain the dominant, and humane, leader in the global cosmetics market.” – Representative Jim Moran

According to the Humane Society of the United States, if passed, the Humane Cosmetics Act, H.R. 4148, would:

  • Make it unlawful for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetic animal testing in the U.S.
  • Prohibit selling, offering for sale or transporting any cosmetics in interstate commerce if the final product or any component was developed or manufactured using animal testing.

The full text of the bill is not yet available, so an official summary about what this bill would do is not yet available. Once it becomes available online, I will be sharing the link in this post, on social media, and creating a news update. I think it’s very important that everyone be an educated consumer and have a full understanding of what these bills include.

Moran currently has the support of the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, and Cruelty-Free International. Logical Harmony is also happy to support any bill that would mean a reduction or elimination in animal testing practices. I will be eagerly awaiting the full text of the Humane Cosmetics Act so that I can gain a better understanding of what it would mean for the future of animal testing.

This bill was introduced to committee on March 5, 2014. It’s currently at the same stage as another bill that would require animal testing for cosmetics in the United States, the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act. The SCPCPA act has the ultimate goal of making cosmetics safer and introducing better animal testing alternatives. However, it would require animal testing and increase animal testing for several years before this would go into effect.

With two conflicting bills currently at the same stage of review, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for both. Logical Harmony will be keeping up to date on both proposals and updating readers on any changes.

My Tools for a Cruelty Free Foundation Application

Logical Harmony - My Tools for Foundation Application (all cruelty free and vegan!)

One of the most commonly asked questions is what products I use myself and how do I apply them. I plan to film a video all about my current favorites, but wanted to post an introduction to share my favorite tools.

One of my favorite makeup products is foundation. Foundation helps even out your complexion and can help mask imperfections and uneven skin tone. I also love that it’s so versatile! You can by light, medium, and full coverage foundations. Matte finish or natural. You can even customize them further by mixing with moisturizer, a liquid highlighter, or a liquid luminizer.

These are my favorite cruelty free and vegan foundations that I have tried. These products are all cruelty free and vegan formulas. That means no animal testing or animal ingredients.

  1. Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation: This full coverage foundation also contains UVA/UVB SPF 15. This product is very full coverage, so you need less product than you would think. A full tube lasts me for several months. Shop online.
  2. Wet’n’Wild CoverAll Foundation: For those on a budget, this is a great option! The color range is a bit limited, so I often buy two colors to mix together. Thankfully, it’s affordable enough that this still makes it budget friendly. It also contains SPF 15. Shop online.
  3. DeVita Naturals Moisture Tints BB Cream – BB Creams are a hybrid product. They mix moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation into one tube. This BB Cream is super moisturizing and is also paraben free. It’s sheer and offers buildable . Shop online.

When it comes to applying foundation, I’ve found two methods that really work well for me.

  1. Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki – I first found out about this brush from my pal Marissa, and it has seriously improved my foundation application. Sigma makes brushes that are both real animal fur and synthetic. This one is, obviously, synthetic. It does an amazing job at blending out foundation! Shop online for this brush or view their full vegan brush collection.
  2. Beauty Blender Sponge – When I first saw the price of this blender, I had immediate sticker shock. I purchased several dupes before caving in and buying the original Beauty Blender. This one is amazing! No dupe can compare! The Beauty Blender makes your foundation (or concealer) look absolutely flawless. Shop online.

What are you favorite foundations and your favorite tools to apply them?