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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Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask Review

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

I was sent the Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask and I tried it four times, once a week for four weeks, as I believe in giving skincare products a thorough testing. I’m ready with a review so you can decide if it’s right for you.

The reason that I decided to test the mask was due to three top reasons. The Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask is cruelty free, vegan, and Kaeng Raeng donates a portion of every sale to support animal rescue organizations! (That’s a cause that is near and dear to me as I am a volunteer at my local animal shelter). I’m also really pleased to note that the mask is gluten free, phthalate free, and paraben free. Sounds great, right?! So, if you want to learn more about the Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask, keep reading!

 

 Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

 

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

I know Kaeng Raeng from trying their vegan detox cleanse program. Using the same principal, they developed three skincare products; the other two products will soon be reviewed on my blog. By the way, do you know what Kaeng Raeng (pronounced kang-rang) means? It’s, “be healthy, be strong,” in the Thai language.

 

The jar of the Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask contains 2 oz. of a detoxifying charcoal face mask, which  means that you’ll be able to enjoy approximately fifteen masks. It’s a very dark black shade, as one would expect with activated charcoal in the ingredients. It’s also very thick (it’s sticking to the spoon I dipped in), so make sure that you wipe and rinse off your face with a dark colored washcloth.

 

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

 

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

You are directed to apply liberally (which I took to mean that I should have fun generously slathering it over my clean, dry skin). Keep out of your eyes, of course! Now, set a timer for ten minutes and let the mask dry completely. The first time I used it, I felt a bit of tingling while the mask was drying. I was concerned, as I have sensitive skin. However, after I gently, and thorougly, removed it with warm water and a dark wash cloth, all I saw was a bit of redness (from wiping off, and the mask), but my skin otherwise looked fine, and felt very exfoliated. As recommended, I stored it in the refrigerator, to extend it’s shelf life.

 

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

I tried the Mask in the evening, and when I awoke the next morning, my skin was incredibly smooth, with no sign at all that I had any adverse reaction. I also found that the Mask really seemed to able to zero in on any breakouts I had, and make my skin look better. I definitely felt as though I had visited a spa (while in reality I had not left the confines of my bathroom!). Kaeng Raeng recommends that you follow the mask with their After Glow moisturizing serum, which I will review soon.

So, after using the Kaeng Raeng for once a week, for four weeks, I can highly recommend it, and will continue to use it since I love how it makes my skin feel, and look.

Cons? Other than not wanting to take a photo with my face covered in a black mask, I could think of absolutely nothing that others would not love about the product!

 

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

For current pricing, and other products sold by Kaeng Raeng, check out their website: http://kaengraeng.com/

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Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Review and Photos

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Cat Eye Collection Kit is a five piece set to help you achieve the cat eye look! Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Cat Eye Collection Kit was a gift from a friend that wanted to make sure to get me a cruelty free beauty gift. She succeeded in that.

Here’s a photo of what the Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Cat Eye Collection Kit looks like:

 Physicians Formula Sexy Booster

Keep reading to check out my review.
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St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art

St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art

St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art– after St. Patrick’s Day! What?  There’s a logical reason, if somewhat ridiculous story. Loondontown, the cruelty free, vegan, and gluten free nail polish, very generously sent three bottles of their Lakur for a possible review/nail art post. It was sent to me via a global carrier serice on March 4. We kept tracking the package, and to make a long story short, the Londontown Lakur was finally located, and delivered to me, by one of the managers (in his own pickup truck) shortly before 8pm on…you guessed it, St. Patrick’s Day!

Here is a photo of the gorgeous Londowntown Lakur that I used for my St. Patrick’s Day nail art:

St. Patrick's Day Nail Art

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