Veganuary: Beauty bits…

Oh hey there,

So I had all of the intentions to bombard your wonderful peepers with all kinds of vegan posts this month but somehow I got distracted along the way and it didn’t really go to plan. Seeing as today is the last day of veganuary I thought I may as well post this one, which has been waiting patiently in my drafts for its debut. I’m sort of bummed about not making more of an effort but I hope those of you who took part in veganuary discovered something beautiful and that you’ve been convinced to make some permanent changes even if it isn’t going wholly vegan.

This wee veganuary post is going to attempt to cover Beauty type stuffs. I say attempt, because even four years later there are debates within this that still baffle me. Mostly that’s the whole parent company debate, which I’ll cover later in the post. Having lived in  England, Australia and New Zealand, I’ve found myself some pretty nifty vegan products and having used the internet as a guide constantly, I’ve also unearthed some pretty decent guides and blogs. So here goes, do enjoy!

Pinterest: Again with another little self plug. But for reals, I keep track of everything over on Pinterest, so head over to my page and check out the Beauty section of my Vegan AF board.

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The Body Shop : A familiar brand name, known pretty much all over the globe, The Body Shop is a good foundation for newly vegan beauty guru’s. They also now have a page on their site dedicated solely to their vegan products, so there’s less confusion. It’s a difficult one though because the company do so much campaigning against animal testing. So if you want to ease into this bit, if you’re feeling a little preoccupied with the eating side, then take your time. Cruelty free is pretty easy to spot so maybe devote yourself to that first.

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Some of my favourite productsCamomile Cleansing Balm (serious holy grail level with this one, love of my skins life), Fijian Water Lotus Mist (scent was my biggest miss, I was a perfume enthusiast and it’s heartbreaking to find all your faves are probably not vegan but this has been my signature scent for years now, fresh and mystical), Fresh Nude Foundation (a light to medium coverage, nice and glowy finish, it’s a goodie).

There are probably so many more stellar products and I’ve tried others that impressed me, but the above are three of my absolute favourites, that I’ve been repurchasing for years.

This is one of those grey area ones because of the whole ‘parent company’ debacle I mentioned in the introduction. That being, that the Body Shop are owned by L’oreal, who are pretty notorious for selling in China and thus testing on animals. They also own Urban Decay, a brand so wonderfully cruelty free, repping a whole load of vegan cosmetics. Seeing that L’oreal own these brands a lot of vegans dub them none cruelty free, which I guess is fair. But just like going into Pizza Hut and ordering a vegan pizza, even though the company still serve meat and dairy, I feel it’s more of an intent type deal. You’re mindfully purchasing the vegan products over the none vegan. It’s a statement to say that vegans can exist in this world easily alongside everyone else. It’s completely your call though, do what feels right to you.

 

Ethical Elephant : A very informative, and aesthetically pleasing, vegan beauty and lifestyle blog. It’s a go to for me for sure and if you have a look HERE you’ll find a ‘Vegan 101’ post, much more in depth than this one. The Resources menu is one of the best I’ve seen. It’s easy to follow and digs into all of the issues and controversial topics surrounding vegan beauty.

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Sukin : Okay, I have to include these guys here. They’re genuine life savers. A beautifully crafted company, that not only host 100% vegan skincare products but who actually care about the ingredients that go in them. I have very sensitive skin, that likes a lot of hydration and fuss free care. These guys say no to sulphates and parabens and offer various ranges for various skin types. And whats better? They’re fully affordable. Seriously, if you need to stock up on some good quality, vegan skincare these are your best bet. I discovered them in Australia where they’re easy to get your hands on and then came home to England to find they’re stocked by Boots and Holland and Barrett.

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I’ve tried to stick to the brands that I know are a little bigger and more accessible around the globe but there are always Indie brands doing good stuff and more nationally known places (like super drug in the UK), carrying their own brand vegan lines. It could go on forever this page but again, as with my first veganuary post, I don’t want to get too overwhelming. If you have any companies, sites or information you’d like to add then please pop them down in the comments!

Adios amigos,

Stay woke, N xx

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Veganuary: Food Inspiration…

Hey there plant power friend,

This month I’m going to pop a few vegan guides up in honour of veganuary. The struggle is in the adjustment rather than the act. You already have a nugget of moral obligation in you, wether for the animals, the environment or your own health but now it’s just knuckling down and finding your flow. In this little post I wanna share some of my favourite recipe inspiration and recipe blogs with you to help you find your feet in the kitchen.

You’ll probably find you need bigger meals and sometimes you’ll feel a bit offish, like you’re missing something. It’s about packing your meals full of the nutrients you need. But don’t let anyone scare you off with horror stories about protein and calcium deficiency, it’s a load of bullsh*t. My health actually improved drastically when I made the switch, so congratulations on your wise lifestyle choice.

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Pinterest: I use Pinterest for everything, I have boards covering all spectrums of life and find it so helpful in keeping all my vegan finds in one place. You can filter the site to only allow vegan recipe’s onto your feed too so it’s a good one. Check out my Vegan AF  board for some of my favourite recipes, I’ve recently sectioned all of them off so it’s easy to follow and I have a general section with inspirational quotes and pictures of pretty dishes. Oh, and because I’m a quick and easy type of culinary noob, they’re all basic, idiot proof recipes.

 

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Deliciously Ella: If you’ve not heard of this woman yet, I’m highly surprised. When I made my transition back in 2014 it was one of the first blogs I discovered. With tonnes of plant based, clean eats it’s the perfect platform for anyone making the transition for health reasons. It’s also a good start for any of my fellow sweet lovers out there, with recipes for healthier, vegan friendly, desserts and sweet snacks.

 

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Loving it Vegan : My saviour when I was seeking out a straight forward, vegan, raw snickers bar recipe (they’re my favourite raw treat, which I find in so many cafe’s but all of the home recipes were so intense!). I made it successfully and was so happy with the end result. I’ve since frequented this site for main meal inspiration, most of the recipes are simple and filling and I think, for a new vegan, it shows you some good alternatives for some of your old favourites. It’s less on the health conscious side and more on the satisfying, comfort foodie, one.

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Macaroonzi : This is the site where I gathered all of my vegan cheats for Christmas, all of which were super low on weird ingredients and straight forward to make. Though I guess it’s a little late (or early, you little optimist you) there are other recipes I’m excited to try out! I’ll also still be frequenting that orange hot cocoa recipe for the rest of winter (so yum!).

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Accidentally Vegan : This Instagram account is a little life saver, a bringer of joy and a hub of community. Bringing forth all of the surprisingly vegan options that you’d probably shrugged off without even checking the ingredients first. It’s very UK based, though I guess a lot of the products are internationally available anyhow. The page is run by a company called The Vegan Kind who are a UK based online vegan supermarket and creators of a vegan beauty and lifestyle monthly subscription box. So if you fancy ordering some bits online or treating yourself to a monthly pressie then check ’em out.

 

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There are heaps more ace sites I could of featured here but I don’t wanna overwhelm ya! I hope this helped as a little start anyhow and if any of my other vegan babes out there have more recommendations pop them in the comments. Let us help one another out on this, yeah? Veganism is spreading like wild fire these days and I’m over the moon to see more and more people adopting bits, if not all, of this lifestyle. It’s not so hard, I swear it and I’m happy to welcome you to the family. If you have any questions at all about veganism then just comment them and I’d be more than happy to help in any way I can.

All the best on your new adventure,

stay groovy, N xx