Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Gleam | Review

Friday, June 24, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Gleam | Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Gleam | Review
I like to believe that I am a very restrained individual when it comes to "must need" products. I am not easily swayed by things that are overly hyped and often have the mindset "I don't need that." Well, that may be true in most instances, but sometimes I simply cannot fight the inner voice in my heart that says, "Come on, Caitlin. This is made for you." Such is the case with the Anastasia Glow Kit.

If there is one thing I like to do, it's glow. I absolutely love highlighter, and even though I do not have a large collection by any standards, it is very loved. So, when both Tashina and Rhian started raving about Anastasia's new highlighter palette, I was instantly interested. Once I saw it in person during my mission to Sephora, it was pretty obvious that, yes, this palette was made for me. Tashina and Rhian both picked up the "That Glow" option, but I chose "Gleam", since I am a pale Irish girl who does not self tan. I was obsessed with it the moment I began using it and my love has only grown over time. 

One critique I often hear about highlighter and contour palettes is that it can be difficult to utilize all of the shades. However, I use all four of the pans every single day in the glow kit. Mimosa is the perfect bronze topper. I layer Hard Candy and Starburst as blush toppers. Crushed Pearl is always applied to my cheekbones, brow bone, inner corner of my eyes, bridge of nose, and cupid's bow. Afterwards, I'm glowing. I also use these shades alone, and rather than top other products, act as my sole bronzer and blushes. The result is a subtle, yet super invigorated complexion. A glow from within.

Have you gotten the Anastasia Glow Kit? If so, what are your impressions? If you haven't, what is your favorite highlighter(s)?

Three ethical swimwear brands

Friday, June 17, 2016

Three ethical swimwear brands

I must admit, I'm not much of a swimwear fanatic. I've been rotating the only two swimsuits I own for the last 10+ years, and they are actually hand-me-downs from my best friend. Since I refuse to go in chlorinated pools (I know I'm a weirdo) and hardly ever go down the shore, I simply do not have the need to buy a new swimsuit every year (or decade). However, I know most individuals are not like me and enjoy spending a good amount of their summer days in swimwear. 

Although my only bathing suits are from H&M and hand-me-downs, making the choice to invest in ethically-made swimwear is an important decision for many consumers. By design, swimsuits are constructed to absorb water a certain way. The fabric is often made with petrochemicals and synthetic materials, making the finished product quite unfriendly to the environment. Swimwear is often manufactured in countries where workers are not paid or treated fairly. Additionally, most people toss their swimsuits when they done with them rather than gifting them to a friend who is comfortable sharing used bottoms (I've also never seen bathing suits in thrift stores...), leaving them to sit in a landfill forever. So what's a girl to do?

Luckily, some great brands have taken the time, research, and development to create swimwear that you can feel good about wearing. Check out three great options below. These companies offer pieces that are reasonably priced, with the understanding that they are an investment to be worn for multiple years (maybe even 10+?).

La Isla | La Isla is a homegrown business that utilizes eco-friendly, sustainable fabrics, such as 50% recycled PET fabric. Their swimsuits come in a variety of vibrant colors and prints, perfect for a tropical getaway. My favorite style is Malibu, which is basically the cutest suit ever.

Summer Love Swimwear | Summer Love Swimwear is designed and manufactured in California. Their swimwear utilizes VITA, a sustainable techno-fabric of 100% recycled fiber made from pre- and post-consumer materials, such as discarded fishing nets. The company works with Healthy Seas Initiative to repurpose the over 640,000 tons of fishing gear left or lost in the ocean, which traps, injures, and kills hundreds of thousands of sea animals. The pieces are also reasonably priced for individuals on a budget. Summer Love Swimwear offers suits that are a bit on the sultry side. My favorite is the Pink Passion bikini (I really love the bottoms).

Vaute Couture | Vaute recently released a stunning summer collection complete with swimsuits to compliment a wide variety of body types and personal styles. No matter if you prefer minimal, flirty, sweet, you will find an option. The construction utilizes recycled carpet fibers made into recycled nylon, and elastane. Additionally, the pieces are cut and sewn in New York City's garment district. Hashtag #ethicalfashion #organic #sweatshopfree #madeinusa #womanowned. My favorite suit is the Dagmara Diamond One-Piece. Vaute often has sales throughout the year, so keep a peek if you want to take advantage of a discount.

What's your view on swimwear? Do you buy new pieces each year or, are you like me, and have been sporting the same one for over a decade?

My favorite things | May edition

Friday, June 10, 2016

My favorite things | May edition

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit | If there is one thing I like to do, it's glow. After Tashina and Rhian both posted rave reviews about this palette, I knew it needed to be in my life. I plan on doing a full review in the near future, but I'll say right now that I. Am. Obsessed.

Lauren B. Beauty dual base/top coat | I hate when my nail polish starts chipping. Hate. I always paint my nails on Sunday night and by Wednesday evening/Thursday morning, I feel so unkempt (in reality it's a few chips). I used to take off my nail polish and leave my nails naked until the following Sunday, but they would break so easily. In May, I began removing my chipped nail polish and immediately repaint them with this polish. It leaves a glossy, thin coat that keeps my nails looking healthy and protected. My nails also look much more polished and I even get compliments on the minimal manicure.

Lippygirl Cosmetics lipstick in rosie posie | I received this lipstick in my May LaRitzy box and it has been one of my go-to lip products in the past month. I find it to be one of those "your lips but better" colors. Lippygirl's formula is made with all-natural, organic ingredients and very easy to wear. The product is a sheer wash of color, rather than matte, and is very moisturizing.

OSEA skincare | This skin care line receives raves reviews from the vegan, cruelty-free community, and for good reason. The products are super gentle and very effective. I use the ocean cleanser as my daily face wash. It is creamy, smells fruity, and is perfect at cleansing the skin while keeping moisture balanced. I love the atmosphere protection cream as a primer for my makeup, as it is very light and quickly absorbs into the skin. Lastly, the essential hydrating oil is wonderful at spot moisturizing those extra dry areas, such as the under eyes, forehead and sides of mouth.


Homeland | I have been a huge fan of Claire Danes ever since the My So Called Life days and it's not just because we cry the same way. I often refer to her as my childhood hero/idol or simply, "mah girl". Homeland has been on my list of television shows to watch for years, but Dayv was never interested in it until recently. We have been binge watching it this past month and are currently on the final season. All I can say is that I forever love you, Claire Danes/Angela Chase/Carrie Mathison.


Miakoda New York relaunched website and SS2016 collection | If you have followed my blog or social media for any length of time, you know I am a huge fan of Miakoda. They recently launched a new website and spring/summer collection, which is fresh, clean, and minimal, with beautiful pops of pastel colors. Basically, everything I love all bundled up into one fashion brand. Basically, my current wish list is the entire collection. However, if I had to narrow it down, I'm most obsessed with the pink crop top, white joggers, hoodie, the racerback tank in gray and black, and also maybe the racerback bralette. 


GAIA Collective | The powers that be recently lead me to this collective. Their Full Moon subscription boxes and shop provide you with the tools to become more in tune with yourself and harmonize with the universe. They also curate gorgeous Solstice Boxes, with an abundance of high quality, creative, and beautiful products. I am currently mildly obsessed with their Summer Solstice Box, which has the most stunning variety of items. Whenever I need a pick me up, I visit their website because it is so soothing and beautiful. 

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz | You know those books that change your life? This book is definitely one for me. Although I borrowed it from the library, I think it is a wonderful book to own and reread every few months. Its premise is that when we are small children, we are free and have no rules, or "agreements" about the way we should be. However, as we grow up, we make "agreements" with ourselves as to how we should act, behave, live our lives, etc. that hold us back and are false. This book helps to reset your mind to help you understand that you can do anything. Anything is possible. You should probably just read it.

The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz | This book piggybacks off the first book and delves into deeper issues regarding how we interpret information around us and communicate with others. You should probably just read it after you read The Four Agreements.

Some products in this post were sent to me for review consideration. All views and opinions are my own.

May Favorites on Friday

Friday, June 3, 2016


Happy June! You may have noticed that I took a little break in May. I needed to step away for a bit to do a little soul searching and reevaluating of the future of this blog. I am happy to say I am back with tons of inspiration and excitement for the evolution of The Vegan Chickpea. Let me know if there is anything in particular you'd like to see in this space. In the meantime, I begin this new journey with my favorite links from the past month. Enjoy!

This necklace is so unexpectedly classy.

If you make this for me, I will be your best friend. (Remember when kids offered this gesture in grade school?)

I wish I could be as amazing as this dude.

It's all about finding happiness in the everyday.

My motto: three apples a day keeps the doctor away.

I will forever love David Brent and will forever despise Donald Trump. Also, 9/12!

How do you choose to interpret your life?

My mom's dream come true.

I consciously make the effort to not say these words and it's very empowering.

This goofy list is crazy accurate, at least for me and my entire family. (FYI- I'm a Leo and Dayv is a Pisces.)

Have a great weekend!

April Favorites on Friday

Friday, April 29, 2016

April Favorites on Friday
Say what? Yes, it's true. I have brought back Favorites on Friday- monthly style! Ever since I phased out my popular feature, I have received tons of feedback that it is missed. To explain, I stopped Favorites on Friday due to the fact that life got pretty damn busy and it was becoming difficult to find the time to search for great links every week. However, I have decided to mix things up a bit on the blog, add some new types of posts, and this feature is one of them. Although I may not have time to compile a list of awesome links each week, I think a monthly list is totally doable. Plus, it's exciting to once again have a place to share my online discoveries rather than just emailing my mom random links throughout the month. 

Thank you to everyone who requested Favorites on Friday to come back! If there are any other types of posts you want me to start incorporating- specific reviews, routines, advice, beauty/fashion questions, etc. please leave a comment, email (, comment on Instagram, tweet, or Facebook message me. I often get very random, but relevant, questions from individuals that I answer on a case by case basis, but would love to incorporate them into the blog.

Love this Instagram post from Cheryl Strayed. Do you use your "future self" as motivation for the present?

This was me on Sunday night... and will continue to be me until I get what I want.

My lady friend started making weekly YouTube videos again and I couldn't be happier.

Another beautiful vegan baby is on the way!


My dream cookie right here.

I went to this restaurant last month when I was in LA and feel very conflicted about the situation.

If you are wondering who my favorite vegan beauty blogger is, it's this girl.

Recently heard this song for the first time at a friends' wedding and I wept.

Who else is excited?

But I don't hate Hannah... I just don't understand her.

I wish Cadry would invite me over for breakfast.

Dayv and I binged watched this show in two days and it was damn good.

Um yes please.

This burger may have originally been an April Fools joke, but I, for one, would totally order it.

I always appreciate Sayward's authenticity.

In case you are wondering, Richa is still killing it.

Have a great weekend!

My Favorite Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My Favorite Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands
I am really picky. So, when I find something that I like, I pretty much obsess over it. Such is the case with these four brands. If you follow my blog and/or social media regularly, you know these companies are my absolute faves when it comes to eco-friendly apparel. Check out some details below and let me know your top fashion brand picks.

Amour Vert | I recently wrote about this brand in my Creating a Minimalist Wardrobe post. I currently own their Zoe Top and Dallas Tank, and have a wish list that includes their Yuma Skirt, Miley Skirt, and newly launched Iconic Jeans. I love that they concentrate on simple, timeless pieces that mix and match perfectly with each another. FYI not all of their pieces are vegan, so double check the fabric before making any purchases.

Groceries Apparel | I have been stalking this brand ever since getting their Seam Leggings and Joan Baez Dress. They make great everyday staples including a variety of tops, leggings, and bras. Their website is very low on stock and styles, so I am hoping that means they will be launching a new collection soon.

Indigo Apparel | This brand is perfect for when you want something fun and different for the warmer months. Their use of color and tie-dye blows me away along with the garment design. Currently, I own the crochet top and long skirt from their Statement Collection, and the Infinity Wrap. I recently wrote about Indigo's new Garden Daze Collection, of which I want it all.

Miakoda New York | I have been a fan of Miakoda for a long time and have a variety of their pieces. Current favorite pieces in my wardrobe include the leggings, oversized tee, and sweatpants. They are in the process of liquidating their inventory in preparation for their new collection launch. I, for one, cannot wait.

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Indigo Apparel | Garden Daze Collection

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Indigo Apparel| Garden Daze Collection
Indigo Apparel, one of my favorite indie vegan fashion brands, recently launched their spring/summer collection and I am absolutely blown away. Known for their playful and colorful tie-dye garments that scream warm weather and the beach, this collection takes originality and eco-friendly fashion to the next level. I love the mixture of fun, colorful and classic with an edge pieces, which can be worn year round when properly styled. Although I genuinely love every piece in this collection, pictured above are four "favorites". Check out the Garden Daze collection and let me know which styles you love the most!

Garden Daze halter dress | This dress is made with 100% hemp challis and hand dyed with non-toxic dyes. It is the perfect piece to wear when you are running out the door and want to be comfortable but also super cute. I imagine wearing it on a trip to the beach or on vacation in a tropical location.

Calla Lilly poncho | Lately, I am all about ponchos and bat-wing tops. Although the picture provided does not give exact detail, I imagine this top draping beautifully on the body with an option for some off the shoulder action. The description does not have details on whether there is tie-dye, but I believe I see a hint of red interspersed on the side and sleeve. It's made with a mixture of organic hemp and organic cotton, so it's super comfy. There is also an equally adorable white poncho with pink tie-tye (I only picked the black over white since the majority of my wardrobe is black).

Daisy pom pom help shorts | How insanely adorable are these shorts with the pom pom detailing? Since the 100% hemp jersey used is natural in color, it pairs perfectly with both the black and white ponchos, as well as any other summer tops. I can also imagine it looking adorable with a crop top. These shorts along with the poncho would definitely be my summer weekend attire.

Golden Blossom hemp dress | Talk about a chic staple piece for a summer wardrobe. I love the 3/4 sleeves, low back, and ability to dress it both up and down. It's made with 100% hemp jersey (aka super comfy); There is nothing better than looking stylish and comfortable at the same time.

Check out my previous posts on Indigo Apparel here and here.
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