The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

I received a complimentary review copy of The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty, and I can’t wait to tell you about it.   I have already started to read the copy that was sent to me. I first showed it off on Instagram.

 The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

Sunny Subramanian was the very first vegan beauty blogger to make a name for herself. Now, this super mom and super blogger is an author! Great bragging rights, Sunny! This beautiful book has the complete title: The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty: 125 Recipes for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skin and Hair Care Products.

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

Before I charge ahead about the book, let me tell you some more about this compassionate chick, Sunny. Back in 2007, Sunny became the very first vegan beauty blogger, and now she’s the leading authority on cruelty free and vegan beauty and lifestyle. I’m sure you already know this, but I’ll repeat it for those living under a rock. Sunny’s blog is veganbeautyreview, and her goal with both her blog and her book is to, “show the world that veganism can be fun, beautiful, and delicious.”

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

Part One of The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty is the “Ins and Outs of Vegan Beauty.” That includes: Vegan Basics, Why DIY Beauty Products are Better, and Essential Vegan Ingredients and Equipment. This is chock-full of all the information you need in one handy guide.

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

You’re reading my blog, so obviously, you already know that sadly, in 2016, there are still so many cosmetics that are tested on and/or contain animal products. One of the many reasons that I love Sunny’s book is because in Part Two not only are there are only cruelty free, vegan and non-toxic recipes–but also, if gluten in cosmetics is a concern to you, you need not worry. All of them are gluten free! Sunny has made sure not to leave anyone out, since although it’s a “chick’s guide,” there are also recipes for unisex beauty essentials.  There are 125 recipes in total, and I bet that anything that you have considered making will be in this book.

In wanting to give a thorough review, I’ve not only been reading Sunny’s beautiful book, but I’ve also been taking the time to make the recipes. My photos and thoughts on trying to make the recipes (letting you know how easy, or very easy) they were to make, will be in future posts.

 

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

Here are some more things you need to know about the The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty:

All of the recipes are written with very clear, step-by-step directions. Most of them have photos for each step, too. All of the recipes have a note as to whom the product is best for, and tips and possible cautions (in case you may be allergic to an ingredient, etc.). There are over 100 color photos, and helpful charts and diagrams. There is also a gift section, an ingredient list and their beneficial properties, and a very large vegan resources section.

I love that in the title of the book the word Compassionate is used. While I’m sure that those who want to end animal cruelty will want to purchase the book, I hope that other people, whether they are a vegetarian, or a fully committed vegan, will also get this go-to resource!

 

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty: 125 Recipes for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skin and Hair Care Products is available in bookstores and online at Amazon.com!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy.
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Mink Eyelashes Are Not Cruelty Free

Mink Eyelashes Are Not Cruelty Free

Mink eyelashes are not cruelty free. In fact, they are just the opposite! I believe that one of the first local articles I read about this was back in 2012 from Boston Magazine. The article was entitled, “Mink Eyelashes: Buyer, Beware.”

Mink Eyelashes

The writer, Anne Vickman, was contacted by a salon in Boston and was touting their supposed, “PETA friendly” mink eyelash extensions. Fortunately, like all good reporters, Ms. Vickman first contacted PETA about mink lashes. She wrote that she was, “skeptical — and having a hard time imagining anyone “gently brushing” these relatively aggressive animals (related to weasels and badgers) and returning them to a natural habitat.”

 

Mink Eyelashes Are Not Cruelty Free

I know no one is going to be surprised that PETA responded by writing, “These lashes are not PETA-approved. Even if the companies that sell mink eyelashes claim to obtain the fur by brushing live minks, those minks still suffer on farms and ultimately will be killed for their fur. We encourage consumers to choose alternatives to any materials that are derived from animals, ensuring that they are not contributing to an industry that causes suffering.”

As a blogger, I’ve been contacted to review mink eyelashes. The disturbing thing is that for bloggers, and the general public alike, many companies are usually not the ones that are being blatantly dishonest. Like, I’m sure most of us would not ever buy mink eyelashes in huge lots from China. However, if a United States company was advertising cruelty free mink eyelashes, and was showcasing how they were “featured” in well-know, popular magazines, you might start to believe their claims. First, they’ll let you know that you can reuse your mink false eyelashes many, many more times than you can your synthetic ones. Also, they’ll let you believe that if you really want natural, soft looking lashes, you should be wearing mink.

Mink Eyelashes

From Gettyimages

I’m not going to show you any horrific photos, or share horrific YouTube videos. However, I am hoping you will think about some things. No one is going to be gently brushing a mink so they can provide you with mink lashes. Also, minks are not like chickens where you could even try to claim that they’re peacefully roaming around before they’re killed. The claim that there is no harm done to the minks doesn’t even make sense. They’re captured, and from all that I’ve read, they put the minks in a very, very small cages that do not even have a floor. It’s just metal wires.

Mink is semi-aquatic, so being in a cage means that it’s not spending part of its life in the water
 Mink Eyelashes

The truly horrific footage of how minks are treated, to their eventual (equally horrible) death—by poison, or suffocation, etc. is appalling!

Please, there are enough cruelty free mascaras on the market that can actually make your lashes look amazing. If you want to go for false eyelashes, there are plenty of beautiful, truly cruelty free companies that you can buy your faux lashes from. Georgie Beauty and Ardell are two such companies. I’ll have another post about cruelty free false lashes soon. 

 

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Beauty Bloggers Fall Giveaway!

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Clear Conscience Cruelty Free Drops & Contact Solution

Clear Conscience

If you are not familiar with Clear Conscience, then you probably do not wear, or know someone who wears, soft contact lenses. Since 1998, this family owned business is the only one to have formulated a cruelty free contact lens solution.

Stephen Bartell is the founder, and he started it because he couldn’t find a cruelty free contact lens solution. He’s a natural resounrces lawyer and he has not only been worried about enronmental issues, but also about animal cruelty issues. Like so many of us, Stephen is especially concerned about needless animal testing! Clear Conscience (love the name!) was created to give a much needed quality alternative that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. I would also like to note that Stephen Bartell demonstrated his graciousness as he took the time to personally respond to me to provide information on his company.

 

Clear Conscience

 

 

Clear Conscience received requests from people who did not wear contact lenses, for a remedy for redness and dry eyes. Well, now there are two new products: Redness Reliever Eye Drops, and the Lubricant Eye Drops. All three of the products are available to purchase at lots of online sites, national and independent health food stores, at eye care professionals, and at the Clear Conscience website.

Clear Conscience

 

There is absolutely no excuse now, people. As Mr. Bartell writes, “People will no longer have to choose between having clean, clear eyes or contact lenses and a clear conscience.”

I love that 10% of all the proceeds are donated to non-profit animal welfare organizations.

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Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush Nail Polish

Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush

Today’s manicure is Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush, a cruelty free and vegan nail polish. It’s a very pretty soft, pale pink, and it has a bit of cool silver shimmer in it. I have applied two coats of polish on all my nails, and a top coat to all, except my ring finger. I applied holographic glitter to that one.

All of the photos in the post were taken outside, at various times during the day.

 Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush

Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush

I have written several previous reviews, but here is a quick summary about Lauren B. Beauty, a cruelty free, and vegan company. The owner is Lauren B., who has always loved nail polish. When she was little, she would frequently set up her own nail salon in the garage and paint her grandmother’s (and other family members’) nails. By the age of fifteen, she was obsessing over the newest nail trends so much that she would put nail polish shades in color groups and, during the hot summers, stalk out Cape Cod Massachusetts convenience stores while everyone else was at the beautiful beaches!

Some “well meaning” adults advised her to go into a career (other than the nail industry), and she graduated college and started her medical career journey. However, like most people that don’t pursue things that excite them, she found that “something was missing.” Fortunately, the hair care guru Philip B. is her uncle, and they worked together. Eventually, Lauren B. started her own brand of nail polish that was  just the right combination to produce a line of cruelty free, vegan nail polishes, without the horrible chemicals of formaldehyde, DBP, and toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor. Hence, Lauren B. Beauty is a five-free nail polish. In addition, Lauren B. Beauty polish is non-toxic, eco-friendly, and made in the USA.

 

 Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush

 

Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush

The nail polish brush contains twice the amount of bristles that are common on typical polishes. The Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hill Blush glided on smoothly, and because each of the bristles are pre-lacquered, the brush is just the right width to easily paint my fingernails.  I also like the fact that the .50 fl oz/ 14.8 ml glass bottle has a special over-cap, which means I was able to use either a square handle or a cylindrical handle, for more control.

 

Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush

Here’s what I found, as a busy mom, wife, and being being owned by two big dogs. The Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush looked so pretty, even before I applied a top coat. My nails dried very quickly, after one and two coats of polish. I really don’t pamper my nails at all, although I always wear gloves when I garden, and when I do dishes. So, when I write that I have been wearing the polish for almost 6 days, and  my nails still look great, it’s pretty impressive. Between the amazing quality, and the soft pink shade, it has really held up well!

Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush

Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush is a cruelty free and vegan nail polish hue that will work well with every outfit, and in every setting, including the workplace.

 

You can check out one of my previous reveiws:

http://moxiereviews.com/2016/05/09/lauren-b-beauty-house-of-blues/

Disclosure: I received the polish, but all links are for your convenience only.

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