I originally wrote this for ieatgrass.com. Angelina Jolie, humanitarian, actress and one of America’s biggest sex symbols, recently took the public eye away from her lips when she stepped out in an op-ed piece written for the New York Times with an unexpected admission: She had a double mastectomy after learning she is genetically susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer.
This proactive procedure cut her cancer risk from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I am so beyond impressed with her bravery in not only making that hard decision, but in talking about it publicly, encouraging other women to evaluate all of their choices when it comes to cancer prevention.
In her op-ed, she writes that she is stepping forward to talk about her procedure because she hopes that other women can benefit from her experience.
“I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer,” Jolie writes.
It is miraculous that Jolie was able to hide this from the public since her procedure in April. The media attacks celebrities for stepping outside wearing the wrong footwear, let alone the removal of both breasts. So kudos to her on keeping it private, and triple kudos to her on then coming forward and talking about the experience for the benefit of others. Well done, Angelina. Continue reading
Do you like my super hip filter? I believe it was called “Emo.”
If you pay any attention to the beauty business, then you may have noticed that the cosmetic industry has been blowing up with BB creams. “BB” stands for beauty balm, (sometimes also refereed to as blemish balms). BB cream’s cousin, CC cream, stands for color control. Both of these cosmetics are meant to be smeared on your face to wear on their own, or to prime for additional makeup . If you’re confused as to which lettered beauty cream would work the best for you, allow me to help:
BB creams are basically roided out tinted moisturizers. They conceal, brighten, even color, hydrate, and most contain sunscreen.
CC cream takes things a step further and works as a foundation. It has all the benefits of a BB cream but offers a bit more coverage, so if you’re suffering from dark spots or acne and you want a little more than a tinted cream a la BB, then CC may be for you.
However, many of the popular BB and CC creams that are available aren’t cruelty-free. I have been making my own tinted moisturizer by mixing a traditional moisturizer with a bit of concealer in the palm of my hand, as I kept on the lookout for a good vegan BB cream. Continue reading
Nothing beats a good homestyle massage. On the receiving end, they feel amazing. But even if you’re the giver, massages are a great excuse to touch one another. I don’t need to write anymore about massages feeling great—even a terrible massage is usually pretty good.
Up until recently, I had only been into dry massages, as massage oils are messy and also remind me of the opening scenes of really cheesy porn. Many of the massage oils I tried in the past wre heavy, and made me want to shower immediately after. Not so sexy.
However, I have recently discovered that I do like massage bars. Containing your oils into an ingeniously convenient bar form makes it difficult to overdo it on the slippery front.
My first encounter with a massage bar came from Lush Handmade Cosmetics, who makes a great vegan line of massage bars. Continue reading
Check out the long name on this clay mask: Aubrey Organics Natural Herbal Seaclay with Goa Herb Oil Balancing Mask. SEA clay! Fancy. I stumbled on this mask while trolling about Whole Foods with no real purpose, an activity that in itself is extremely dangerous. One moment you’re lingering in the produce section, and the next you have a cart full of daikon and an over-priced chia seed pudding mix—neither of which you have any idea what to do with.
I did, however, want a new face mask. My skin has been all sorts of wonky lately, do to stress and the fact that I ran out of my healthy skin supplements and waited three stupid weeks before I ordered any more, because I am sort of lazy sometimes. Also, clay face masks are a fun way to feel like I am pampering myself when I am actually just sipping tea with dirt smeared on my body. I literally bought 12 dollars worth of herbal infused dirt. Continue reading
Buy this for your weird cat-lady friend. (Read: I want this.)
Let me start by saying the holidays should not merely be a time to drain your bank accounts in the name of generosity. It should be a time for gratitude, for taking care of ourselves by relaxing and indulging, and for spending time with the people we love. But this is ‘Merica, and here, we like to buy things.Well Hanukkah is already well underway, and Christmas is coming up fast and loose. But if you have yet to snag all of your gifts, don’t sweat it! Below are some of my favorite things—and I do love things—that you can buy for your friends/family/that person you’re doing it with. And if you’re feeling self-indulgent, then just buy them for yourself! No judgements!
Full disclosure: Nearly all of the items I list below—unless otherwise noted—I purchased myself. No one has paid me to endorse any of the below products, and if I did receive one for review, I am endorsing it only because I think it’s amazing. No one paid me for any of this, and I don’t receive buckets of free swag, unfortunately. If you want to send me your swag to review, feel free! But I will only rave about it if it’s truly swoonable. Continue reading
This one failed my apple test…Also apparently I am terrible at applying color evenly. Dammit.
Note: I originally wrote this post for Vegan Mainstream, and it is littered with awkward selflies. Enjoy!
With all of those holiday parties around the corner, lady vegans all over will have ample opportunity to play dress up. One of my favorite accessories that immediately dresses up any outfit is one that goes on my face—lipstick. And with the holiday season in mind, I am reviewing my favorite vegan red lipsticks for you—because nothing says “kiss me at midnight” like a bold lip. You’re welcome. Continue reading