Life Update! Spring 2015

So I've never done one of these "life update" sort of things, but I decided I better start now! I don't usually discuss personal life deets on the blog, but I want to get into a habit of documenting every 3 months (every season) where I am in my life - not just to update you guys, but also to be able to look back & reflect. I'll make 5 different categories (personal, health, beauty, professional, & social media updates) & give little "niblets" or bite-size updates for each. Let's start with what's going on this Spring!

Review: Mamma Chia Vitality Drink


You know what I love? Chia Seeds. Why? Because they're fun! Seriously, I love hydrated chia seeds. Their squishy, jelly-like texture makes me want to dance! Chia seeds are also a phenomenal super food consisting of Omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, protein, fiber, magnesium, & antioxidant - all from a tiny seed that can grow a ch-ch-ch-chia pet!

Beauty Review: Wet N Wild Color Icon Palette (Petal Pusher)


Wet N Wild products have truly transformed in their quality over the past few years. One testament to this are their 8-eyeshadow Color Icon palettes. Not only are they affordable, but also cruelty-free. This particular color range is not vegan, but one I am using up. They retail for only $4.99 & provide rich, soft, pigmented color.

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary


Ever since I went vegan, one of my biggest dreams was to go to an animal sanctuary & actually connect with the animals I was no longer eating. Nearly 6 years went by, but last month, I finally got a chance to visit one. Harvest Home Sanctuary is located in Stockton, CA (about an hour without traffic from the Bay Area), pretty much in the middle of nowhere. They've been around for about 10 years & I was surprised that I had never heard of it. In case you haven't either, here's a brief PSA about it.

Review: Silk Cashew Milk


When it comes to non-dairy milk, my favorite has always been soymilk, though lately I'm also loving unsweetened almond milk. Coconut milk I find rather cloying & rice milk too thin & watery. Well, now there's a new bad boy on the block & it's turning out to be the new almond milk - cashew milk!

Beauty Review: Tints Of Nature Permanent Color Hair Dye

Recently I needed to touch up my grays (yes, you read that right) for my engagement ceremony (pics on my Instagram). I wanted a natural hair dye - in the past I have used Revlon & Herbal Essences; not only are these filled with toxic chemicals, but also conduct cruel, unnecessary tests on animals.

I saw this Tints Of Nature hair dye on sale at Whole Foods for $14.99 so I decided to give it a try!

Unboxing: Vegan Cuts Snack Box - March 2015


It's that time of the month & no, I don't mean that time of the month (though it's that time too)! It's Vegan Cuts Snack Box unboxing time! Woop Woop!

In case you haven't heard of Vegan Cuts, it's an online marketplace with discounted one-of-a-kind vegan items! Think of it like a cruelty-free Groupon! They have an awesome subscription service with a snack box & beauty box option (beauty box will be featured soon!) for only $19.95! This is an absolute steal considering the box is filled with goodies that are worth way more!

John & I agree to split each box depending on what we liked & I included a short review of my picks. I believe everyone's boxes were slightly different based on what was in stock, but you can check out what we got below!

* denotes favorites from our picks

Is Healthy Eating A Disease? My Thoughts On The New Eating Disorder: Orthorexia


Imagine what kind of a society we live in where mindful, healthy eating is now labeled as an eating disorder. Orthorexia is the new eating disorder on the block, which according to multiple Google searches, is defined as "an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating". It has not been clinically diagnosed, but the word is being thrown around to label anyone who eats cleanly & even vegans are becoming a target.

Makeup Looks: 3 Eye Looks Featuring ELF Geo Palette


Here are the 3 looks I created using the ELF Geo Palette! I used the different groups to create a look & yes, I used all the shades!

Beauty Review: ELF Geo Palette


Today's review is on the ELF Geo Palette, part of a limited-edition collection available during the 2013 Holiday collection. There were some palettes that were larger & some that were smaller, but this one caught my eye & it was only $5.

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