A Cruelty-Free Brand People Should Know About

The Organic Skin Co. Products Opened
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One of my big beauty and skin care goals for 2019 is to use more cruelty-free brands. My long-term goals are to go organic and vegan. I recently had the opportunity to kick my 2019 goal into gear by testing out some beauty products from The Organic Skin Co.

About The Organic Skin Co.

“Ethics are important to us. We want you to be clear about what ingredients we put in our products, and we want you to know that we’re doing the right thing by you and by our planet. Here’s a look at all the little things we do to give you peace of mind.”

The Organic Skin Co. is certified organic, cruelty-free, and vegan.

Face Products

Set to Impress Pressed Powder in Moonlit ($56) – This is a great setting powder that has a slight tint to it. When swatching I thought it was going to go on the skin darker, but it doesn’t. For me, that’s a great thing. While translucent powders are great, I do like a little color to them. I don’t typically have a ton of shine during the winter months, but this works great at controlling the shine, even when I’m not wearing any foundation.

Set to Impress Pressed Powder Top of Packaging

Set to Impress Pressed Powder Opened

Set to Impress Pressed Powder

Set to Impress Pressed Powder Swatched

Lip Products

All About the Gloss in Mist ($30) – This by far one of my favorite lip glosses that I’ve worn in a long time. It’s perfect for every day, it’s comfortable to wear, doesn’t have a strong odor, and it’s just an all-around great product. I still recommend wearing a lip balm under if you have dry lips, but it’s still an excellent gloss.

All About the Gloss opened

All About the Gloss applicator up close

Lip Service in Ruby Red ($34.50) – This is a neutral red lipstick that works as an everyday color. Even if you’re like me and don’t typically wear red lipsticks, this is a natural red to wear! It’s moisturizing, goes on smoothly, and does last a good couple of hours before having to re-apply.

Lip Service lipstick side view

Lip Service lipstick front view

About the Gloss and Lip Service Packaging

About the Gloss and Lip Service Swatched

Eyes

Black Lash in Black ($40) – This isn’t going to give you the look of false lashes. It’s necessary to point this out right away. However, this is still an excellent mascara for work or school.

Black Lash Mascara opened

Black Lash Mascara wand up close

The Eyes Have It in Day Dreamer and Misty ($36) – I’ve been on a natural eye makeup look, and even started using cream eye shadows. So of course, I had to test out two of the brands cream shadows: Day Dreamer and Misty. Misty is a muted taupe and Day Dreamer is a medium brown. Both are great to throw on, apply some eyeliner, mascara, and you’re good to go!

The Eyes Have It Packaging

The Eyes Have It Opened Aerial View

Overall Thoughts

If you want a cruelty-free and vegan brand, I can’t say enough about The Organic Skin Co. Everything I’ve tried is great! I already have a cart full of products that I can’t wait to order and try out!

Plant Powered Cookies + More

,Plant Powered Cookies + More

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I have a pretty big sweet tooth, which I work hard to control. Of course, every now again I feel the need to indulge. These days it’s easier to enjoy a delicious treat that’s also full of a few nutritious ingredients. I recently experimented with some new protein powders to create a batch of plant powered chocolate chip cookies. Spoiler alert: The cookies are delish.

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Superfood Cookies You Can Feel Good About

Superfood Cookies You Can Feel Good About

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As we close in on the third month of 2019, those healthy eat resolutions might be dwindling. Let’s face it, keeping up those healthy eating habits can be hard when that sweet tooth comes calling. Luckily, you can indulge anytime you want with Emmy’s Organics Superfood Cookies.

Superfood Cookies with Coconut

This isn’t the first time I’ve had Emmy’s Organics. I remember first stumbling across them with my mom at a Starbucks. She was undergoing cancer treatment and had given up processed sugars. Instead, opting for more natural options, such as dates, agave, honey, coconut sugar, and maple syrup. We were always looking for new recipes or treats to try that would allow her to enjoy something sweet.

You can imagine our excitement when we read the ingredient list on the back of Emmy’s Organics; organic coconut, organic agave syrup, organic almond flour, organic coconut oil, etc. Finally, a quick sweet treat she could eat without feeling guilty. My mom chose the Vanilla Bean and I chose the Dark Cacao. Both were sweet, chewy and delicious. At the time, we didn’t realize there were many other flavors to be had.

Superfood Cookie_Emmy's Organics

In fact, these yummy superfood cookies come in eight different flavors, including Pumpkin Spice, Matcha, Golden Milk, Peanut Butter, Lemon Ginger, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Chip, and Dark Cacao. Every cookie is made with 100% organic ingredients. They are also NON-GMO, vegan, kosher, dairy-free and gluten-free.

The main ingredient is coconut, so if you like coconut, you will definitely love these little bits. The coconut brings a nice richness to each cookie. It also pairs nicely with flavors like peanut butter and matcha.

Superfood Recipes

One of the coolest things about Emmy’s Organics is all the recipes they’ve developed to use with their cookies. You can check out the entire list on their blog, but for now, I’m going to share the one I tried out. It’s a delicious Cookie Dough Shake. (Note: Since I didn’t have the Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies, I used the Dark Cacao.)

Superfood Cookies_ Cookie Dough Shake

 

This shake is very easy to make and super delicious. It’s rich and creamy, and you’d never know it contained frozen riced cauliflower. Honestly, it tastes like a regular milkshake with the added bonus of cookies and chocolate chips. And the serving size is pretty generous so you could drink it alone or share it.

Superfood Cookies_Cookie Dough Shake Finished Product

 

 

Emmy's Organics Cookie Dough Shake

A rich, healthy shake you can enjoy anytime. 
Servings: 1
Author: @LaurensLovelyKitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana, frozen
  • 1/2 cup frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1 tsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)
  • 3 Emmy's Organics Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies
  • Dark chocolate chips for garnish

Instructions

  • In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients except cookies and chocolate chips until smooth.
  • Pour shake into a glass, freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Break up two cookies, stir in frozen shake.
  • Top with one more crumbled cookie and a few chocolate chips.

What’s your favorite superfood cookie flavor? Would you try this delicious, healthy shake?

Connect with Emmy Organics: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

How To Start Weight Watchers As A Vegetarian

How To Start Weight Watchers As A Vegetarian

I have been a vegetarian since the summer of 1997. That summer, I was working at a camp in the kitchen where I saw everything. I guess being around food all day affected my appetite for meat. Most of the kitchen staff became vegetarian as well. I guess it was the idea that we had to prepare the food in the morning and evening attributed my change in diet.

Are you curious about Weight Watchers? Could a vegetarian or vegan lose weight with Weight Watchers?

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Add Some Glam to Your Holiday Makeup

Add Some Glam to Your Holiday Makeup

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Party season has arrived, and celebrations abound. With so many different events to attend, I want to look fresh, festive, and fabulous. Helping to add some glam to my holiday makeup looks is the Happy Together Collection from Jane Iredale.

Jane Iredale Happy Together Collection

As a huge supporter of this cruelty-free, clean beauty brand, I’m always excited to try new Jane Iredale products. I absolutely adore the festive fairies, fluttering butterflies and sparkling snow themed packaging of this holiday collection.

The Happy Together Limited Edition Collection includes the Let’s Party Eye Shadow Kit, Dance with Me Refillable Compact, Kiss and Tell Lip Stain/Gloss Kit, and Butterfly Bag. All of the products are vegan and gluten-free. The brand was kind enough to send the compact, palette and lip kit to review.

Holiday Makeup_ Jane Iredale

Although I don’t have the Butterfly Bag, I did want to mention that a portion of the sales from this bag benefits SaveOurMonarchs. This non-profit is dedicated to saving the endangered monarch butterflies.

Holiday Makeup – Let’s Party Eye Shadow Kit

Holiday Makeup_Jane Iredale Let's Party Palette

When I’m creating my holiday eye looks, I like to play with a little bit of shimmer and color. The Let’s Party Eye Shadow Kit lets me do both. The palette features five shimmery Jane Iredale PurePressed shadows, including:

  • Spree – pale pink with subtle shimmer
  • Wing-ding – plum with subtle shimmer
  • Soiree – royal blue with subtle shimmer
  • Shindig – shimmery jade green
  • Hootenanny – shimmer chocolate brown

Holiday Makeup - Jane Iredale Let's Party Palette Swatches

With names like Hootenanny and Wing-ding, it’s hard not to love this beautifully packaged palette. It’s also hard not to like the variety of colors in the palette. The pop of green and blue are pure fun and pair very well with the pink, brown and purple shadows. In addition to the shade options, the shadows are pigmented, long-lasting and crease resistant.  They also contain botanical extracts that soothe and nurture skin. This is ideal for mature lids that can often look crepey.

Holiday Makeup_Jane Iredale Let's Party Palette Looks

I had so much fun testing out this palette. I really love the holiday makeup looks I created, from the icy pink with a blue accent to the smoky green and chocolate.

Jane Iredale Refillable Compact

Holiday Makeup_Jane Iredale Dance with Me Compact

One of the most unique aspects of this holiday makeup collection is the Dance with Me refillable compact. I love the fluttery butterflies on the cover. It makes for such a nice gift. Since I already have one of these compacts, I’m going to pass this one on to my niece who’s a butterfly fan.

Holiday Makeup_Jane Iredale Refillable palette demonstration

This compact is designed to hold refills of Jane Iredale bronzers, powders or foundations. I use mine to hold my Warm Peachy Pink Bronzer refill. It’s the perfect on-the-go blush, bronzer, highlighter compact that I can use on my face or eyes.

 

Kiss and Tell Lip Stain/Gloss Kit

Holiday Makeup_Jane Iredale Kiss and Tell Lip Kit

This adorable little set features two lip stains and a shimmer gloss for all your holiday makeup needs.

  • Craving – light salmon stain
  • Fascination – rosy pink stain
  • Crystal – clear shimmer

Holiday Makeup_Jane Iredale Kiss and Tell Swatches

Though I’ve tried lipsticks from Jane Iredale, I had yet to try her stains or glosses. As with everything from the brand, I’m impressed. The stains not only condition and protect my lips but also don’t feather or move.Once you apply Craving or Fascination your good to mingle from event to event.

Holiday Makeup_Jane Iredale Kiss and Tell Lip Swatches

As I mentioned above, there is also a lovely clear, shimmery gloss. You can wear Crystal alone or pair it with the stains. I really like the way the gloss looks with the stains. It adds a little something-something to any lip look. The formula is conditioning, non-tacky, and doesn’t feature any petroleum. Essentially, it’s a gloss that’s also good for your lips so it won’t interfere with all that holiday eating and drinking.

With the Jane Iredale Happy Together Collection, you’ll party hop your way to fabulous holiday makeup looks all season long.

What’s your favorite piece from this collection? Are you holiday party ready?

Connect with Jane Iredale: Website |Facebook | Twitter | Instagram |

 

 

Slim Down On Your Time

Ready to Slim Down On Your Time? Check out our favorite tips!

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I am working to slim down. I know I’ve slacked the last few weeks and haven’t been able to go for my morning walk! There are also times when I don’t have the energy or time to work out. With that, I am still trying to be healthy and eat well! I aim to drink plenty of water too!

Are you looking to slim down on your time? We have four easy tips to get started!

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Have a Sweet Day with Assorted Swedish Gummies

Have a Sweet Day with Assorted Swedish Gummies

swedish candy

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Snacks disappear quickly in my house. For some reason, it always seems that the gummies are the first to go and more often than not, it’s my big kid (the 30 year old spouse) that snatches them all up. I try to peak my toddler’s interest with name brand gummy snacks but she seems to want fruit roll ups instead. Obviously I want them to eat healthier but that’s not going to happen. Instead, I try to swap their favorites for natural alternatives that have no hard to pronounce chemicals.

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Join the Clean Beauty Revolution

Join the Clean Beauty Revolution

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Do you really know what’s in your beauty products? Have you ever wondered what those ingredients actually are? If like me, you are concerned about what you’re putting on your skin, it might be time to join the clean beauty revolution.

Clean beauty is more than simply switching to all-natural products. It’s about using ingredients that are safer for your skin and body, whether they’re man-made or natural. In most cases, this translates to cruelty-free products which don’t contain parabens, phthalates, sulfates, silicones, and synthetic fragrances.

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Gardening for the Brown Thumb

gardening kit

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Recently, I have been trying to teach my daughter how to grow food and flowers as she is learning so much while in her preschool class. They have been going over how flowers grow, why leaves change, and where food comes from. However, I will be the first to admit that I have NO gardening experience whatsoever. I was raised by my Southern grandmother and while she grew up on a farm and had a garden of her own, the green thumb did not pass down.

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Beauty Finds for Fall

Beauty Finds For Fall

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Fall Beauty Finds to add to your Must Have List

In the fall, one of my favorite pieces of clothing is a great pair of leggings. From the gym to a quick trip to the grocery store, they are definitely a perfect cool weather Beauty Find must have…. [read more]