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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LVX Prussian Review and Photos

LVX Prussian Review and Photos

LVX Prussian, a deep blue green hue was chosen for my Monday manicure. LVX is cruelty free, vegan, and a Leaping Bunny approved brand. In addition, it’s seven free and in their words, “socially responsible.” That means it’s made without Formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Xylene & Parabens. LVX is also TPHP free and Gluten Free. It is made here, in the USA.

It’s August, and where I live the hot summer will soon be gone, and the crisp fall weather will arrive. The LVX website describes it as the, “hottest color for the Fall and Winter seasons…and the perfect transition as we enter the dark nights of the autumn season.”

The photo below is taken in my family room, as the sun shines in the windows.

LVX Prussian

I think that the LVX Prussian is a gorgeous teal!  I have applied two coats of the LVX Prussian, and one coat of a top coat. This is my first attempt at nail art stamping.

 

The photo below was taken outside in very bright sun, and it was very hot and humid when I took this.

LVX Prussian

Trying to take a photo out of the direct sunlight.

LVX Prussian

LVX Prussian

LVX Prussian is one of the LVX shades that I have in my polish collection, and I have always found that it has lived up to it’s advertised claims. LVX Prussian is rich and creamy, and it’s easy to apply, with a smooth finish and a beautiful shine. I’ve been able to get 5 days out of my manicure–so far.  I believe that I purchased the 15ML – 0.5OZ glass bottle for $18.00, but always consult their website for the current prices, and further information. I highly recommend LVX Prussian!

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As a bonus to those who have read my whole post, here’s an interesting tidbit. LVX is a noun, and it means lux in Latin; Light. The essence of all color. I took Spanish in school, but apparently, had I taken Latin, I would have immediately known that a U in Latin is written as a V.

 

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Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Soap Review

Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Soap is a cruelty free product that is almost empty. A previous post reviewed Dr. Bronner’s Lemongrass Lime pump soap that was completely finished. I purchased this in a 24 fluid ounce bottle. There is a 12 oz. version.

I bought the Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Soap because I knew that it was truly organic, and could be used on my body, face, hair and hands. Hence it being called a 4-in-1 product. Dr. Bronner’s formulated it with pure Castile soap base with organic shikakai, and other natural oils. I bought it in a pump form, because of the convenience: I wanted to be able to quickly pump out the soap.

Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree Organic Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Pump Soap combines pure Castile soap base with organic shikakai and other natural humectants. That made it feel very moisturizing, but definitely not oily! There is also organic lemongrass oil and organic lime oil. In case you haven’t used this product before, you may not know that organic shikakai comes from the seed pods of the South Asian Acadia Concinna tree, and has a long history of being used in India to very gently clean the skin and hair.

Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree Organic Soap

As you can see from the clearly labeled bottle (above), Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Soap is certified from, among many organizations, including Leaping Bunny.

I have to admit that I did not try this on my hair, although it does smell amazing!  Dr. Bronner recommends that after washing your hair with the Tea Tree Organic Soap, you should then use a lightly acidic conditioning rinse–not surprisingly, they recommend their own: Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Organic Hair Rinse.

Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Soap is in a 100% recycled plastic bottle. So, far, I love the scents in the 4-in-1 line!

 

Yes, I most definitely would purchase this again, but I would try other scents firstsince I’m very curious.

 

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Color Club Cloud Nine Review and Photos

Color Club Cloud Nine

I almost didn’t buy Color Club Cloud Nine, a cruelty free and vegan nail polish. That’s because a while back I read some posts about how the bloggers were waiting until the sun came out to take the photos. I thought, well, good grief, how am I going to get better photos than a nail blogger?! Then, I decided, I had to try Color Club, and if I couldn’t get good photos, I would just enjoy the polish, and not post to my blog.

Color Club Cloud Nine

The Color Club Cloud Nine is a totally gorgeous linear holographic hue. Now, while Color Club writes that it is a pink shade, I think it also appears purple in many of my photos (and in real life). I don’t think you need to be a nail blogger to appreciate this one, and while holographic polishes may look their best photographed under sunlight, I found myself starting at my nails all week, under all different lighting conditions.

Color Club Cloud Nine

For the photos, I easily applied two coats of polish. If I only applied one coat, it would have been almost opaque. I was going to add nail art, and then I decided I really didn’t want to this time. I purchased other colors from Color Club, and maybe I’ll do nail art with the other shades.

This is Color Club Cloud Nine with the sun directly overhead.

Color Club Cloud Nine

Let me show you what Color Club Cloud Nine looks like in indirect light, as I work at my computer.

Color Club Cloud Nine

 

This is a photo of Color Club Cloud Nine–I’m outside posing in front of my basil.

Color Club Cloud Nine

This is Color Club Cloud Nine in the afternoon sun.

Color Club Cloud Nine

It’s just gorgeous, and I would highly recommend Color Club Cloud Nine!

Color Club Cloud Nine

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Aromafloria Body Polish Review and Photos

Aromafloria Body Polish

 

Aromafloria Body Polish is a gentle, cruelty free and vegan body scrub that I received, and you need to read about. The exact product name is Aromafloria Stress Less Foaming Salt Glow Body Polish
 
For almost thirty years, Aromafloria has formulated body care and aromatherapy products. Each of the items is formulated with a custom blend to deliver health benefits.
 
Aromafloria Body Polish
For example, the product I tried was the Aromafloria Body Polish, which contains these active aromatherapy essentials:
Lavender—which will help to reduce and ease your worries
Chamomile—which helps to calm the mind and will make your skin soft and smooth
Sage—helps to rid you of irritability so you have a better feeling of well being
Aromafloria Body Polish
Aromafloria aromatherapy products are manufactured in a USDA Certified Organic facility that is 100% wind powered. The ingredients are all from fair trade markets, and Aromafloria ensures that their suppliers adhere to the highest ethical standards. It is cruelty free and vegan, and is free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates.

Aromafloria Body Polish

I love that the 12 oz tube is sealed, so you don’t have to worry about anyone messing with the product before you use it!  The formula of the Aromafloria Body Polish smells wonderful, and it gently exfoliated my skin.

Although it has not been feeling dry (it’s summer as I review this), it was still really helpful since it most definitely made my skin feel smoother.

Aromafloria Body Polish
It’s of course, easy to use. I used this in the shower, and (gently) rubbed my skin in circular motions with the Aromafloria Body Polish. After, I rinsed off.
 
Why do you want to exfoliate? If your skin looks dull, or if it looks flaky and dry, you definitely need to try exfoliating with the Body Polish. Then, make sure you apply a moisturizer because it will penetrate more easily after exfoliation. It’s also great to use before any self-tanning product.  The company also points out that the Aromafloria Body Polish will scrub away daily stress.
 

The only con that I could come up with is that if you’re looking for a really “scratchy” exfoliating  experience, you will not like the gentle feeling from the Aromafloria Body Polish.

Aromafloria Body Polish

Website and Instagram for Aromafloria. Giveaway coming soon.

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