Product Review: Marquis Organic Energy

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I’ve been a fan of Marquis Organic Energy drinks for a while; I remember seeing and tasting them at last year’s Natural Products Expo West, and liking what I drank.

Since then, they’ve gone through a rebranding of their packaging, which I like. And the flavors remain quite good, for energy drinks! The quality of ingredients and the vitamin blend they add to the beverage is what I’m most impressed with, however. (Also, the fact that Marquis drinks are zero calories is a nice bonus.)

They are vegan certified, as well as organic, nonGMO verified, gluten free, and sweetened with organic stevia extract.

Flavor profile:

Super Berry: The is the sweetest flavor of the three; it was also my least favorite. I think it would be better as a cocktail mixer than a stand alone drink. Although I’d certainly down it in a pinch if I needed some energy!

Mango Ginger: Hands down my favorite flavor. Anything ginger I’m on board with; I could drink a case of these happily (and then probably run around in circles for an hour.)

Citrus Lime: I enjoyed this flavor too; the stevia is more pronounced in this flavor, however, so for those stevia haters (of which I know there are many), I would stick with the Mango Ginger! Ginger flavor tends to mellow out stevia, I have found. I personally don’t mind stevia. 🙂

I would definitely recommend snagging some of these drinks, especially if you need some organic energy to get you through your day! The caffeine content isn’t staggering, and they use organic yerba maté and green tea as the energy source. The B vitamin blend will help your mood as well.

Thumbs up from me!

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*Marquis Organic Energy drinks sent to me for review purposes. 

 

 

Vegan style snapshot!

Wednesdays are vegan style days! Expect a style post every week.

I try to wear clothing and cosmetics that are cruelty free and vegan exclusively, save for a few pieces from my former life that aren’t worn out yet.

Today’s style post features a few brands that are close to my heart. Check them out and support them if you can!

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ShoesCri de coeur

JeansCrossroads (secondhand)

JacketZara

BagGunas

Cosmetics – E.L.F. foundation and primer, Fior Minerals eyeliner, Marie Natie lip gloss, Jing Ai blush, E.L.F. bronzer, and Giovanni hairspray (Fior Minerals, Jing Ai, and Marie Natie I get discounted on Vegan Cuts marketplace! They also have a cool monthly beauty box that I’ll post about later.)

Location: – Wynn hotel and casino, Las Vegas

 

 

Ps: *Some of the links provided in this post are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase through these links I get a (very) small commission at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products I use myself and firmly believe in.

Avocado toast is life

 

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Avocado toast is life and I am guilty of eating it way more than I probably should. Don’t judge me.

Today’s avocado toast starts with one of my favorite breads: OneDegree Organic Foods flax and spelt bread:

An original whole grain wheat prized by ancient civilizations, our spelt is wonderfully free of such modern inventions as hybridization. Blended with pure flax seeds and sweetened with California raisins. Sprouted, veganic, delicious. Non-GMO Project Verified.

Heck yes.

I then buttered the bread with Earth Balance buttery original spread, following up with the star of the show, avocado! I topped the toast off with a little salt and cayenne pepper, then stuffed it in my face.

A+++ avocado toast. Make some yourself and let me know how you liked it!

Love Goodly – Subscribe to a cruelty-free delight

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I’ve tried most of the vegan/cruelty-free subscription boxes on the market thus far. I’ve liked them for the most part, even though I now have an ungodly amount of body oil that I will be using until the end of time.

Love Goodly’s subscription box, however, stands out to me. The box alone is 3x larger than any of its competitors; the samples therein are more often that not, full sized products or at the very least, premium samples.

Thus, I am happy to report that Love Goodly‘s December/January box did not disappoint me.

  1. Deux Lux Sequin Cosmetic Bag in Silver sequins“This fun custom-made cosmetic bag from Deux Lux, a fashionable vegan purse line featured in Oprah and InStyle, has plenty of room for your makeup, lip balm, compact, and more.”

    Indeed. I LOVE Deux Lux bags; I have a few of them myself, plus a rather awesome wallet from their line that I’ve carried for over a year. This sequined cosmetic bag is super cute, with a lining that is luxurious to the touch. I’m a fan. Though I note that the sequins might look a bit ratty if they snag anything. Will have to see.

  2. Lippy Girl Vegocentric Lipstick in ‘Schmoopy’“Lippy Girl Makeup’s Vegocentric lipstick line is certified vegan. Made with organic and wildcrafted natural oils and waxes and only natural mineral pigments, they are 100% vegan, bee-free, gluten free, and chemical free. Schmoopy is their bestselling dusty rose color.”

    I have a few lipsticks and a wonderful lip gloss from Lippy Girl, and I like them. I didn’t have this color though, so that was lucky! My only warning with this brand is to keep in a cool space, or even refrigerate your lipsticks if you are in a very hot climate. They tend to melt and I’ve had an entirely new lipstick just snap in half when the tiniest bit of pressure was applied. (Use a lip brush on the remnants if this unfortunate occurrence does happen! I didn’t throw it away, of course.)

  3. hellomellow Balance Body Butter“Luxuriate in all natural, hand-crafted body butter that is densely packed with pure avocado and mango butter scented with essential oils. Moisturizing with this body butter leaves you with incredibly soft, silky skin.”

    I would like the world to know that I didn’t even try this first; my mom snatched it and began rubbing it on immediately. Then my grandmother asked to try some, and of course I let her. My mom gushed over it right away, and that’s high praise. My mom is the queen of lotions and potions. If she endorses it, I’m on board.

    After I did try it, I saw what she meant. The body butter rubs in very easily and the essential oils produce a heaven-scent aroma (see what I did there.)

  4. Auromere Ayurvedic Toothpaste – Travel Size 

    “Clean your teeth and freshen your breath with all-natural botanical extracts and essential oils. Auromere Toothpaste contains no flouride, gluten, artificial sweeteners…dyes, or harsh chemicals commonly found in many toothpastes.” The toothpaste is vegan as well! Hooray!I’m always on the lookout for little travel toothpastes I can pop into my travel bag. They don’t make many cruelty free, effective toothpastes that can be brought onto a plane with little effort. Can’t wait to try this one on my next jaunt!

  5. Hello Gorgeous Toothbrush“PLUS ULTRA’s bamboo toothbrush is an eco-friendly alternative to plastic toothbrushes. The bristle heads feature a wave shaped design that cleans difficult to reach areas with soft, nylon bristles that gently massage the gums.”

    I love a bamboo toothbrush! Any effort to stave off the waste that plastic products create is ok by me. I’ve tried a few other bamboo toothbrushes in my day, but I am eager to see how this one feels. I will report back after exhausting my current toothbrush.

 

And there you have it! Until the next box!

I’m going to go fill up my Deux Lux cosmetic bag now.

*Some of the links provided in this post are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase through these links I get a (very) small commission at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products I use myself and firmly believe in.

Hello there!

I’m Hannah, The Plantbased Jetsetter!

Pleased to meet you all.

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It’s me!

A little about me:

Born and raised in Los Angeles, I have always been a fan of fashion, good food, music, movies, fitness, and fun times.

Having dreamed of being a singer in Japan since I was a little girl, I went to UCLA to get my BA in English Literature, then trolled around in Downtown LA for a bit before selling my car to run away to Tokyo.

I got a rock band of Japanese/Chinese men together and collaborated with them to create the band ‘19 Mirrors’. Some of our performances are still on youtube, albeit accompanied by terrible sound quality. Whoops.

I was the lead singer of 19 Mirrors for almost 3 years; we played a ton of venues in Tokyo, and even booked a 10-day tour of Beijing, China. Then came the March 2011 tsunami/earthquake disaster. I stayed in Tokyo until November 2011, when I ultimately decided to make the move back to LA.

While still living in Tokyo, I was going through the process of becoming plant based. I kept happening across books and articles that described the inherent cruelty that comes with eating animal products, the complete lack of balance my body felt while consuming them, and found that I couldn’t reconcile my love of animals with eating them and wearing their skin.

Therefore, when I moved back to LA, I promptly became a whirlwind of plant based, cruelty free fervor, wanting to discover fashion, food, and cosmetics alike that aligned themselves with my newfound beliefs.

To my delight, anything I ever craved or wanted to wear was available in a plant based, cruelty free form! Joy! I was super happy to discover that I didn’t have to sacrifice style, appetite, or health to be plant based, balanced, healthy, and cruelty free. I now live in Las Vegas, and intend to blog full time about a compassionate, luxury, cruelty free lifestyle!

~Come fly with me~