Petit Vour January box | Review

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Petit Vour always knows exactly what I need to get me through the month. Along with January arrived the cold and my skin has been needing extra tlc. January's box was filled with nourishing, hydrating products as well as a fun new item I've never used before. Let's dig in.

Petit Vour January box | Review
My Petit Vour box was filled with...

Evelyn Iona gel eyeliner and brush | I have never used a gel eyeliner before so this product was super exciting to me. Inside the little pot is a thick, black gel that is applied with the brush provided. It goes on super smooth, dries very quickly (in a good way), and allows for amazing precision. I am hooked. The one issue I have with this set is that the brush is very stiff, so use a light hand when applying so you don't poke your eye out.

S.W. Basics cream | I am a big fan of S.W. Basics and their simple, all-natural products. This cream is perfect for my extra dry skin and filled with the super nourishing ingredients shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil (and that's it!). Although most S.W. Basics products have very distinctive smells (coconut, cocoa, witch hazel), this one is very difficult to place. 

French Girl Organics rose lip polish | I've been a big fan of French Girl Organics for a while. This scrub has the most refreshing scent of mint and rose. The exfoliation is very gentle and leaves the lips super smooth and hydrated.

Kaia Naturals bamboo tapioca beads daily powdered facial cleaner | I've tried my fair share of powdered facial cleansers and this one is by far my favorite. It is very fine and lathers up perfectly. I was shocked that it actually produced bubbles. My skin felt so fresh afterwards and made me want to use it everyday for the rest of my life.

Petit Vour is the ultimate subscription box for luxe, chic, vegan and cruelty-free beauty. Each month is $15 and filled with 4-5 high end products. Every Petit Vour day is like Christmas morning.

You can subscribe to your Petit Vour box here.

Disclaimer: I was given this product to review, but all of the thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

Vegan + cruelty-free Valentine's Day sales

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Vegan + cruelty-free Valentine's Day sales
I am always skeptical of companies touting holiday sales, especially Valentine's Day. They are usually not very intriguing or are attempting to reel the consumer in based on love of spending money. However, there are always a few sales that stop me in my tracks and make me think, "Now that is a great deal!" Below are the ones I have found this V-Day. Not only are they perfect to send along to your sweetie as a little hint, but you can treat yo' self with a super high-quality vegan and cruelty-free gift that you actually want (and feel good about buying).  

Fairy Girl Valentine's Day bundle sale | Buy two, get one free with code LOVETOLOVE. Buy three, get two free with code BELOVE. Buy four, get three free with code FAIRYLOVE. Fairy Girl offers a wide variety of highly pigmented lipsticks with nourishing ingredients including organic coconut butter, organic argan oil, avocado, and jojoba oil.  I am currently lusting after camden, melrose, and sabrina.

Furless Cosmetics Valentine's Day sale | 25% off with the code LOVE. Furless Cosmetics makes super high-quality, vegan makeup brushes. I would absolutely love the must have professional makeup brush set.

Hipsters for Sisters V-Day sale | 25% off with the code HFSLOVE. I am officially over the oversized tote (well, maybe until next week). Lately, I have been taking only essential items along with me and stuffing them in my coat pockets. These belt purses are exactly what I need in my desire for simplicity and laziness in lugging around an overstuffed purse. My personal favorite is the leopard flat belt bag, which is, of course, the most expensive (because that's how I roll).

Kester Black lovers gift set | Any three nail polishes for $54. I am the hugest fan of Kester Black. Their polishes are some of the creamiest, longest lasting, and chip resistant I have ever used. The flat, wide brush is also incredible. Since Kester Black is an Aussie brand, their price ($20 AU) and shipping can be a little out of price range. This deal is the best I have seen from them and I definitely encourage you to take advantage of it if you've been holding off. I would choose stone, terrazzo, and snapdragon.

Let me know if there are any additional Valentine's Day sales I am missing!

LaRitzy January box | Review

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LaRitzy January box | #review #vegan #beauty
LaRitzy is a monthly beauty box that I have come to know and love in the last few months. The brands featured are almost always new to me, which I love, because it is always exciting to experiment with new formulations and products. I feel like LaRitzy always shows up at my door on days when I need a pick me up, and it certainly delivers.

LaRitzy January box | #review #vegan #beauty

My LaRitzy box was filled with...

Zoe Organics cream | My legs get so so dry in the winter. This cream is super thick, creamy, and hydrating without being greasy; It moisturizes my legs so well. Although this cream is unscented, its slight nutty scent is lovely and reminiscent of the nourishing ingredients of shea, coconut, and avocado.

Mai Couture highlighter paper | I was introduced to this brand in last month's Petit Vour box. I love the idea of these little sheets; Rather than travel with your beloved highlighter for fear of it shattering, simply bring along these sheets. So innovative! The color is buildable and can also be used as a blush. 

Otavea lemon sugar scrub | I admit, I am not a big fan of sugar scrubs. However, this one has a refreshing lemon scent and is less oily than others I have used. Less oil=less likely it will make the tub slippery.

Glam Natural lip cream in love affair | I've come to know and love Glam Natural these last few months as they have been consistently featured in every LaRitzy box. Although I wasn't sure if this purple/lilac hue with golden flecks would compliment my complexion, I was pleasantly surprised. The color is opaque, but not matte, and perfectly glossy. It looks great alone as well as over lipstick. I also appreciate that it is not super sticky, like most other lip glosses.

LaRitzy is a magical beauty subscription box that features vegan, cruelty-free cosmetic and personal care products. I am consistently impressed by the items featured, and get excited for things to come. LaRitzy is available for $24.00/month and gets incrementally less expensive the more months you sign up for at a time. They also recently launched a monthly La-mini box with two to three full sized products for $14.99 a month, with the same type of payment structure as the full sized.

You can subscribe to LaRitzy here.

Disclaimer: I was given this product to review, but all of the thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own. 

Ellovi lip butter collection | Review

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ellovi lip butter collection | Review
I believe myself to be a bit of a lip butter connoisseur. I have lip butters strategically placed in every room of my house and frequently apply them throughout the day. I'm picky and very opinionated on which are the best. And Ellovi is one of the best.

Ellovi makes the most amazing six-ingredient body butters that have translated seamlessly into lip butters. The formula is firm but creamy, super hydrating, and rich. Having an Ellovi lip butter is your best defense against the harsh dry winter climate since it is so nourishing. And what could be better than one Ellovi lip butter? Four Ellovi lip butters!

Ellovi recently released their lip butter collection, which contains four of their most popular varieties held in a super sleek black tin.

Tinted | Light pink in color and lightly smells of cocoa.

Blossom | Ideal for individuals that love the scents of chamomile and citrus.

Vanilla | Classic, warm, comforting, and universal.

Original | Unscented and perfect for a lip base before applying lipstick.

I absolutely love the packaging and look of this collection. The selection appeals to a wide variety of individuals and is also perfect for gifting. My only wish is that it contained the mint chocolate scent, as I have been dying to try it (I received a sample size of the mint chocolate body butter in a Petit Vour box many months ago and have been wanting full size versions of both ever since). For $18, you will never find a classier lip butter set.

Are you obsessed with lip butter? What brands are your favorite?

Vegan winter coat wishlist

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Vegan winter coat wishlist

I recently read this meme and audibly answered, "Ugh...yes...". Why did you trick us, Winter? December was incredible with its 60 degree weather! I wore flats and dresses and left the house without a scarf and sometimes even a coat. I remember reconsidering winter and thinking that maybe it wasn't so bad. Oh Caitlin, so soon you forget. Then, over the weekend, we got 20+ inches of snow. Dayv and I spent over three hours shoveling our tiny little piece of property with the mantra, "There's nowhere to put it all!" So, yeah, winter officially arrived. 

I am more than happy fluttering around in my Vaute Audrey coat everyday. But, I really wish I  also had a super warm and comfy coat to wear. Below are my top picks for the coats you can go out in the snow, get wet, and not be afraid of it brushing against the salt stained side of your car. Because those are all issues we have to face when Winter rears its ugly head. 

Vaute Lincoln | Classy parkas can be hard to come by. This one is chic with its full A-line shape and slimming internal belt. I love that the Primasoft ECO, which is the down alternative used, is flattering and not puffy like traditional down winter coats. In my dream world, the Lincoln would be offered in white (dying for a white winter coat!).

Miakoda faux fur bomber jacket | How soft and snuggly does this bomber jacket look? It's made of recycled PET faux fur with organic cotton and soy lining, and organic cotton knit cuffs. How could you not feel amazing draped in all that organic, natural fabric?

Mammoth Outwear doe parka | This coat is my dream come true for combatting this winter cold. It looks super comfortable and warm. I love the toggle buttons, thumbholes (I'm obsessed with thumbholes), and plush plaid lining. It's perfect for a snow day or just about any day. Even though it has more of a rustic look, which isn't typically my style, I really love the design.

Ecoalf St. Anton oversized coat | This coat is so cool because it's made with polyester recycled from plastic bottles, 160 recycled plastic bottles to be exact. It's also water resistant, which is perfect since our winters are often rainy/snowy. I love this coat so much because not only does it look super warm, but it helps solve a huge environmental problem with the use and disposal of plastic. (Side note: if you drink from a plastic bottle, please please please recycle it. Please.)

What is your favorite vegan winter coat?

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Tulip Perfume amber vanilla bean | Review

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tulip Perfume amber vanilla bean | Review
I am super picky when it comes to perfume. I love a good scent on other people and will often compliment them on it. But for me, my brain cannot handle smelling like something it cannot recognize. I am also very self conscious and afraid others may find a scent offensive. Everyone's senses and tastes are different. It can be a fine line to walk between the most delicious of scents as well as the most stomach turning. I don't want to make anyone throw up, you know?

However, there has always been a big part of me that wanted a signature scent. I have smelled many smells and wanted to love so many perfumes. But, they are almost always abandoned due to my inability to feel a deep connection with them. The thought of, "Yes! This smell is my smell!" Kind of like meeting someone for the first time but feeling like you've known them your whole life. That is kind of relationship I want with my perfume. 

After years of searching wide and low, I finally discovered my favorite perfume: Tulip Perfume amber vanilla bean. First of all, it checks off all of the obvious qualifications of being vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and paraben-free. Next, the smell is like nothing I have ever experienced before in a perfume, but also recognizable at the same time. It is warm, comforting, with hints of amber and vanilla. When it begins to fade, the smell reminds me of a luscious cream soda, but in a super classy way. Its soft, musky scent is perfect for the colder months but can definitely transition into summer. I am so in love with this scent that next on my list is the amber vanilla bean spa lotion.

I was able to purchase this perfume over the holidays when Tulip was having a very generous discount. However, I have noticed that they have sales periodically, so definitely keep a look out. Besides the amber vanilla bean spa lotion, I would also like to get my hands on the lemon sugar and mandarin peony once the warmer weather begins to roll in.

If you have a favorite perfume, please share below!

Raw beet ravioli + This Rawsome Vegan Life Cookbook | Review and recipe

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Raw beet ravioli with almond thyme basil pate + This Rawsome Vegan Life Cookbook
Emily von Euw is a blogger, photographer, cookbook writer, and beautiful individual that amazes me on a daily basis. She makes the most beautiful food, takes the loveliest photos, and educates her followers (including me) on cultural issues such as gender neutrality and healthy eating privilege. Also, she writes and photographs crazy gorgeous cookbooks. 

This Rawsome Vegan Cookbook is the culmination of Emily's passion and knowledge for creating healthful, delicious, uncomplicated food. Although raw food can often be time consuming and labor intensive, she breaks it down and makes it manageable enough for the common layperson/casual home cook to prepare and enjoy. With an abundance of raw and lightly cooked recipes including pizza, portobello yam burgers, zucchini noodle lasagna, falafel, mac and cheese, and fully loaded yams, the possibilities in this cookbook are endless for nutritious eating. It's simple food that's also fancy. The best kind, I think.

Below I am sharing one of Emily's most beloved recipes from the cookbook, Raw beet ravioli with almond thyme pate and basil. Sounds complicated, but it is totally easy to prepare. I do not own a mandolin, so I used good old elbow grease and cut the beets as thin as my skill allowed. Instead of ravioli, I made something more along the lines of a finger food/appetizer. The results were still the same, except for a bit of a crunch. These raviolis received rave reviews from the crowd and therefore is one definitely worth sharing with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Raw beet ravioli with almond thyme basil pate + This Rawsome Vegan Life Cookbook

Raw beet ravioli with almond thyme basil pate + This Rawsome Vegan Life Cookbook

Raw beet ravioli with almond thyme basil pate + This Rawsome Vegan Life Cookbook

One of my favorite recipes for REAL. These Raw Beet Ravioli are decadent and beautiful, but secretly so easy to make. They're more of an appetizer than a main course, so I'd suggest serving them with a large salad (or whatever you want- I'm not your boss).

Raw beet ravioli with almond thyme pate and basil
1 cup almonds, soaked for 8 hours
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
2 peeled garlic cloves
2 to 3 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1 peeled beet
3 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
1 teaspoon thyme leaves

To make the pate: Blend everything together until smooth and thick. Adjust according to taste, adding more salt or thyme or whatever you desire. Scoop onto a cheesecloth (or parchment paper) and roll up into a cylinder shape. I love to add thyme leaves here to coat the outside of the pate; it just looks pretty. Put in the fridge overnight, or if you REALLY want ravioli, for at least a couple of hours.

Slice the beet as thin as possible on a mandolin slicer. Scoop one teaspoon or so of the pate onto helf of ta beet slice and fold the other half over the pate. It will hold itself in place. Taste this one and see if you want more or less pate and assemble the rest of the raviolis accordingly. You should have leftover pate, unless you want to make a ton of raviolis (by all means, go for it). Sprinkle with basil and thyme and enjoy!

I was given this book to review, but all of the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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