Victoria’s Secret is No Longer Cruelty Free

Victoria's Secret is No Longer Cruelty Free

Recently, I discovered that retail giant Victoria’s Secret is no longer a cruelty free brand. They have an expanding beauty line that includes perfume, lotion, hair care, skin care, and cosmetics. For many years the brand has been cruelty free.

As readers of Logical Harmony know, I check back frequently with brands on a regular basis. On a recent check with Victoria’s Secret they answered my usual questions with no issue and checked out as being cruelty free. Logical Harmony reader Eliana however, received a different response than I had and brought this to my attention. Inconsistent responses from brands always put me on edge, and this prompted me to follow up with the brand quickly.

How to Make Skinny Raspberry Lemonade

How to Make Skinny Raspberry Lemonade

I’ve been drinking a lot of fruit flavored water lately. Then one of my Instagram friends posted a picture of her flavored water which was made with sparkling water. Somehow, it looked so much more refreshing and delicious than mine. While you can easily make skinny raspberry lemonade with regular flat water, I recommend using sparkling water if you can.

What you will need to make Skinny Raspberry Lemonade:

  • 24 ounces sparkling or still water
  • 1 lemon, washed – you will juice 1/2 of the lemon and slice the other 1/2
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons stevia (optional)

 

How to Make Skinny Raspberry Lemonade

How to make Skinny Raspberry Lemonade:

  1. In a pitcher or large jar, add in the frozen raspberries. You can use fresh if you like, but I like to use frozen raspberries for two reasons. First, it keeps the drink cold. Second, you can then make it year round!
  2. Add in the from 1/2 lemon 24 ounces of water.
  3. Add stevia to taste, if desired. I rarely add this as I find the raspberries are often sweet enough on their own. However, for those who want a sweeter drink, stevia is the way to go.
  4. Garnish by adding in the lemon slices.

I love that this skinny raspberry lemonade gives you a health way to hydrate. It’s so refreshing on hot days and helps gives a spring and summer feel to cool evenings.

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

NCLA Candy Coat Polish in Butter Me Up Review & Swatches

NCLA Candy Coat Polish in Butter Me Up Review & Swatches

One of my favorite cruelty free and vegan nail polish lines is NCLA. They are constantly coming out with amazing new collections. Recently, they released the Candy Coat collection. These textured polishes dry matte for a unique finish. When I received the collection for review, I had to try them immediately.

Claims: “You deserve to feel like you’re wearing pure gold dust with this textured matte glitter.”

NCLA Candy Coat Polish in Butter Me Up Review & Swatches

Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Nitrocellulose, Triphenyl Phosphate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Diacetone Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-1, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, May Contain (+/-):, Bismuth Oxychloride, Oxides, Blue 1, Aluminum Powder, Red 34, Red 6, Red 7, Yellow 5 Lake, Iron Oxides, Violet 2, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Isobutylphenoxy Epoxy Resin

Pros: DBP free. Toluene free. Camphor free. Formaldehyde free. Cruelty free and vegan. Wears well without a topcoat. You can make it shiny with a top coat if you don’t want to wear it matte. Matte finish with subtle sparkle.

Cons: You may need three coats of Butter Me Up for the same shade as seen in the bottle.

NCLA Candy Coat Polish in Butter Me Up Review & Swatches

The Verdict: I really liked Butter Me Up! It was such a fun take on a gold manicure. I liked that it was matte but still had a subtle sparkle to it. I’m a fan of manicures using traditional gold glitter shades as an accent color and can’t wait to try that with this matte version. I used three coats for the photos in this post.

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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.

Vegan Cuts Be Cruelty-Free Beauty Box Review

Vegan Cuts Be Cruelty-Free Beauty Box Review

When the Be Cruelty-Free Box from Vegan Cuts first came out, I was so amazed at the selection of products that it contained! Vegan Cuts put this box together with the Humane Society of the United States to help celebrate their Be Cruelty-Free campaign. I was lucky enough to actually take part in a Be Cruelty-Free video campaign that was put together by Humane Society International. I was really happy to see that campaign and one of my favorite online vegan shops collaborating! When Vegan Cuts offered to send me a box for review, I could not wait to try it!

Included in the Be Cruelty-Free Box are several full size products and several large sample sizes. The items included are:

  • Crazy Rumors - Leaping Bunny Lip Balm
  • Dr. Bronner’s - Liquid Castile Soap
  • Schmidt’s - Cedarwood & Juniper Deodorant
  • Beauty Without Cruelty - Moisture Plus Shampoo
  • Aubrey Organics - Natural Sun SPF 45
  • Blissoma - Awake Morning Firming Facial Moisture
  • Biao Beauty - Rejuvenating Mask
  • The HSUS – Cosmetics Bag with Leaping Bunny Shopping Guide and Pledge Card

I was seriously amazed by all the goodies in this box. Vegan Cuts and HSUS really outdid themselves! There are cruelty free and vegan items for every aspect of your beauty routine.

My favorites from the box are the lip balm, soap, and deodorant. Crazy Rumors makes some of the best vegan lip balms I have tried. Their formula is really moisturizing without being heavy, and it’s not too shiny. This fruity flavor is delicious! You can use Dr. Bronner’s for everything. From hand soap to washing make-up brushes, for your laundry, and even as dish soap. I just bought a bottle of the rose liquid soap, but love the original peppermint scent  too. This deodorant from Schmidt’s has previously been reviewed on Logical Harmony, and I mentioned Schmidt’s as a great product in my article for Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine. This is such a great scent and I love that I now have a back-up tub.

I can’t wait to start incorporating all of the products into my hair and skin care routines so that I can review each product individually.

The Be Cruelty-Free Box is a great combination of products and perfect for anyone who is new to cruelty-free living or just wants some new items to try. The retail value of all the items inside comes to over $100. At $39 (plus shipping) this box is an amazing deal!

Did you pick up the Be Cruelty-Free Box from Vegan Cuts? What were your favorite items?

Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar Review by NYCGeorgette

Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar Review by NYCGeorgette

I am pretty much obsessed with bubble baths, so I love going on a quest to track down the best bath goodies on the market. Lush’s Comforter Bubble Bar was on my radar after seeing rave reviews from several beauty YouTubers. I was eager to test out the chunky pink and white swirled bar for myself to see if it lived up to its reputation.

Claims:When life is getting you down, crumble The Comforter under hot, running water for passionately purple water and creamy, comforting bubbles. This massive slice of vibrant fruitiness gives you the feeling of being enveloped in a warm hug and gently consoled by the friendly fruity aroma of a blackcurrant candy.

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Sodium Laureth Sulfate,   Lauryl Betaine, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil (Citrus bergamia), Cassis Absolute (Ribes nigrum), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Limonene , Linalool, D&C Red No. 27, D&C Red No. 33.

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. Turns bath water a pinky-purple color. Creates tons of long lasting bubbles. Moisturizing. Great scent. Enough for multiple baths. Permanent Line.

Cons: Pricey. Slightly difficult to cut.

Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar Review by NYCGeorgette

The Verdict: The Comforter creates a healthy amount of long lasting bubbles and leaves my skin feeling moisturized. I enjoy its calming, yet playful scent and love bathing in the pretty pink water it creates.  Although the price is pretty steep at $10.95 per bar, there is easily enough product for four baths. With a little work, you can cut the bar into quarters with a sharp knife. For those lucky enough to have a tub with jets, you may be able to squeeze six baths out of one bar.

The Comforter Bubble Bar has become one of my favorite Lush treats. I pick one or two of them up every time I pay a visit to my local Lush store. I have tried many bubble bars, and have enjoyed them all, but The Comforter is my hands down favorite. I am so glad that it is not a limited edition product!

Extra tip- Crumble or slice a portion of The Comforter and place it in a mesh pouch. Place the pouch in your dresser draws or closet to give your clothes a subtle, feminine scent.

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One of my favorite YouTube channels belongs to Georgette. Her channel, NYCGeorgette, is full of reviews, beauty DIYs, haul videos and more. Best of all – everything featured on her channel is cruelty-free! It only seemed natural to have one of my favorite vloggers do a guest post here on Logical Harmony! You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram.