My Full Face of Vegan & Cruelty Free Makeup

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Check out my latest video showing you all of my favorite vegan and cruelty free makeup, here. Here are the links to every product, and of course, the link to the Vegan Cuts Makeup Box. The best value there is for must-have vegan and cruelty free makeup!

The Vegan Cuts Makeup Box, $39.95/quarter: http://caurl.co/r/r0mlw/7o37

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, $39: https://www.toofaced.com/p/foundations/born-this-way-foundation/

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, $24: http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-shape-tape-contour-concealer

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, $30, https://www.toofaced.com/p/bronzers/milk-chocolate-soleil-bronzer/

Thrive Causemetics Triple Threat Color Stick, $30: https://thrivecausemetics.com/products/triple-threat-color-stick

MannaKadar Radiance Split Pan Bronzer/Highlighter, $21: http://www.mannakadarcosmetics.com/collections/bronzer/products/radiance-bronzer-and-highlighter-duo

OFRA Cosmetics Highlighters: https://www.ofracosmetics.com/collections/highlighters

Juice Beauty Natural Eye Shadow Stick, $22: https://www.juicebeauty.com/makeup/shop-by-category/eyes/phyto-pigments-cream-shadow-stick

Han Eyeshadow in Romance, $13: https://hanscc.com/product/romance/

Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara, $25: https://www.beautywithoutcruelty.com/mascaras/mascaras-full-volume-mascara-black.html

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara, $23: https://www.toofaced.com/p/mascaras/better-than-sex-mascara/

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara, $16: https://www.pacificabeauty.com/products/dream-big-lash-extending-7-in-1-mascara

Too Faced Melted Matte Lipsticks, $21: https://www.toofaced.com/p/lipsticks/melted-matte/

Juice Beauty Liquid Lip, $19: https://www.juicebeauty.com/makeup/shop-by-category/lips/phyto-pigments-liquid-lip

Elate Moisturizing Lip Gloss, $19: https://www.elatecosmetics.ca/collections/elate-moisturising-lip-glosses

Italian Wedding Soup, Veganized

It's that time of year again. That time of year when you just can't get warm - or at least if you live in Buffalo you can't. It seems like every year, by this time, I forget what warmth even felt like. And as I type this it is 20 degrees outside, making me long even more for some sunshine, maybe a beach, maybe, for a moment, the feeling that I need to cool off a bit. But that feeling won't come for at least another 5 months, so for now, I guess soup will just have to do.

I must admit, I'm not much of a soup girl. Not that I don't like soup, I do. But I guess I am just a little picky about which soup will satisfy me as a meal. And for that reason, I really never found the motivation to learn to make it. But this past week my husband has been suffering from the worst cold, and it was pretty clear: the man needed some soup. Being that I was, as I always am this time of year, on an active search for something to actually warm me up, it was the perfect storm. I was going to figure out the perfect, most satisfying, throat soothing, belly warming, vegan soup. And Italian Wedding Soup was all that kept coming to mind.

This recipe is pretty traditional with the exception of 2 substitutions: veggie broth instead of chicken, and homemade seitan meatballs. I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

Seitan "Meatballs"

1 Cup Vital Wheat Gluten

1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast

1/8 Cup Chopped Parsley

1 Tbsp soy sauce

2 tsp garlic powder

2 1/2 Cups vegetable broth

For the Soup

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 White Onion, chopped

3 Carrots, chopped

2 Stalks Celery, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

10 Cups vegetable broth

2 Cups Pasta, I used rings but any small pasta will do

3 Tbsp fresh dill

12 ounces fresh spinach

Directions

1. Start by making your seitan. Combine the dry ingredients thoroughly in a medium bowl. Add 1 Cup of the broth and the soy sauce and knead for a minute or 2. Break into small pieces into a sauce pot, add the remaining broth, and simmer for about 20 minutes.

2. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed stock pot. Add the celery, carrots, onions and garlic and saute for about 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft and aromatic.

3. Add the broth, seitan, and remaining broth from the seitan pot and let simmer for 10 minutes or so.

4. Once the seitan is the desired texture, bring to a boil and add the pasta. Cooking time will vary depending on the pasta that you use, but let it go until it is just underdone.

5. Finally, add the spinach and dill, cover and let the spinach wilt for a couple of minutes.

6. When spinach is just wilted, spoon into bowls and enjoy!

Current Beauty Favorites: Vegan and Cruelty Free

The transition to veganism can be rocky at times, especially when it comes to makeup and beauty products. This was the last place that I transitioned, and to be honest, I'm still trying to figure it out. For one, a lot of the animal ingredients in makeup and beauty products are things that, before searching the labels for them, you probably have never even heard of before. And if you don't know what they are, then you definitely don't know if they are animal derived or not. For me, I don't feel confident seeking out animal ingredients by reading the labels myself. I just can't yet navigate those long labels, full of ingredients that are totally unfamiliar to me. But luckily, there are several great beauty brands in today's market that are explicit about their commitment to vegan and creulty free. Your best bet: stick with these items.

My current beauty routine consists entirely of products that are not tested on animals. I only purchase from companies that are registered with Leaping Bunny or PETA, and that is easy enough to do. When in doubt, pull out your phone and search either site. Or just look for their logos on the packaging. But seeking out vegan products can definitely be tricky. Especially since most vegan items are not explicitly labeled as such. This is where the internet becomes very handy. I have found nearly all of my favorite vegan items by searching the websites of Leaping Bunny and PETA certified brands for "vegan", or by shopping brands that are committed to being entirely vegan, like Pacifica Cosmetics (which I LOVE!).

I am currently in the process of finding some new favorites, because sadly the formulations of both my favorite blush and my favorite eye shadows have changed and are no longer vegan. This is where the new Vegan Cuts Makeup Box is sure to become my new best friend, and maybe yours too! Vegan Cuts recently launched the box which ships 4 times per year and contains 4 or more full sized makeup items that are entirely vegan and cruelty free. The box costs $39.95 and is guaranteed to be valued at at least $70. If you are a makeup lover and are looking to find some new favorites, you can purchase your box here. The fall box ships by September 20, so sign up quickly! I'm hoping to find a couple of replacements for my no-longer-vegan beauty products in some future boxes, but until then, here are my current favorites. Enjoy!