These are a couple sample mists I received with an order, but you can snag some full-size mists via Cantiq’s site as well!
The mists keep your lingerie fresh for a few more wears, so you don’t have to constantly wash them and put miles on a delicate piece. As I said before, each piece is a work of art and dearly beloved by me, so anything that allows me to get longer life out of them and make them smell heavenly in the process is a win/win!!
So EVXO was good enough to send me some vegan, cruelty free makeup to try, and I am OBSESSED.
This makeup is now a staple in my makeup bag and travels with me everywhere. I was given brow pomade, two creamy lipsticks, and the best foundation ever (which subsequently smells like some sort of delicious cookie) to try.
Here are a few looks I tried with these products; I found that they all applied quite even and smooth; the brow pomade took a few applications to get right because my brows are light, but that was mostly user error from me not using the right brush.
Check out my looks and go pick up these products – I couldn’t give a more glowing (see what I did there) recommendation!!
I had the pleasure of being gifted a t-shirt from the brand Groceries Apparel, and I’m delighted with it!
Their clothing is made in the USA, it is Monsanto free with no pesticides involved, and sooo soft, made of 100% cotton!
The shirt is great to lounge around in (as you see me doing here), paired with a handmade lingerie set from Cantiq Los Angeles, or one could dress it up with some accessories and have a great night out.
I used to get their monthly boxes, and to be honest, I had tapered off a while back after amassing a small army of teeny-tiny beauty oil samples and single serving wipes.
It looks like they rethought their strategy, however, because this loot was choice, and I’m delighted with the contents.
Terre mère blush brush – The crown jewel in this loot for me – I am always delighted to receive new cruelty free, vegan brushes, and this one is soft, gentle on the face, and lovely to look at!
everclēn facial toner – A full sized toner!? Someone pinch me. Toner is the beauty product that I go through the most, and I am picky about the toners I put on my face. This fragrance free beauty was just the ticket. I am still using it and I love the results!
Medusa’s Makeup bronzer – This bronzer is a little dark for me, so I have to blend vigorously and use it in a more strategic way. It is perfect for light contouring, though! I used the blush brush in tandem with this bronzer and I wasn’t mad at the results.
The Granola Goat face serum – I was bummed that there was so little of this serum (I get it, serum is expensive!) simply because I loved it so much! There are a lot of premium oils in here, including red raspberry seed oil, sea buckthorn berry oil,
Frankincense, helichrysum, lavender, myrrh, rose, and sandalwood essential oils as well. I am considering grabbing a full size because my face wants more!
Molly Rose Balms Exfoliating body scrub in grapefruit basil– This is much more reminiscent of my past Vegan Cuts boxes, size-wise. The scrub is lovely, but I hate these sample sizes! I would much rather cut out two sample sizes for one full size item I can enjoy and really try out. That said, the scrub is incredibly fragrant and delightful, and it made my arms (the one time I was able to use it) happy.
That’s it for now! Here’s hoping their future boxes will keep being amazing. I really enjoyed this one.
Here’s some cruelty free, locally made, and stunning style choices for you plant based travelers and fashionistas.
I can’t get enough of these luscious red tones from both cantiq LA and Wrenn.
You all may remember cantiq LA being mentioned in my Valentine’s Day post – cantiq LA is a local Los Angeles lingerie brand; the brainchild of designer Chelsea Hughes. Her lingerie is unique, handmade, and comes in a variety of gorgeous colors. I’m obsessed with it!
Chelsea is also releasing a new line of swimwear just in time for those summer pool parties and overseas jaunts that are likely in some of your summer plans. Stay tuned for wet by cantiqLA, coming soon!
The other half of this little collab, Wrenn, is a lovely vegan, cruelty free nail polish brand by Alissa Wrenn Smith. Her “5-free” nail polishes are inspired by the colorful stones featured in the druzy jewelry she makes.
I’m wearing the “Uncorked” color in the photos above.
What is 5-free nail polish?
5-free means that our polishes are NOT made with 5 of the most common and dangerous ingredients found in nail polishes that have been linked to cause cancer: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.
While this does not make 5-free nail polishes “Toxic-Free”, they are a much better alternative to any 3-free or regular nail polishes out there.
I’m always looking to feature beautiful, unique, vegan/cruelty free brands, and I’m delighted that I can point you all towards small business owners like Chelsea and Alissa who are killing the style game.
Do you have such a brand you’d like to share? Comment below and let me know what I should feature next!
Soooo I was experimenting with leftovers and stuff I had lying around in my kitchen today, and came up with this yummy, savory lasagna recipe!
This is not like a regular lasagna, but at least it isn’t raw lasagna, which can confuse and annoy. (Raw lasagna is delicious but you have to know what you’re getting into.)
Anyway, without further ado, here is my yummy nooch-tastic lasagna recipe!
Hannah’s cheesy nooch lasagna
(Feeds 4-5 if you each eat a giant piece. Figure it out.)
Lentil nooch filling
2 cups red lentils
3 cups water
1 tsp Vega Omega Oil Blend
1 tablespoon pink himalayan salt
1 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup quinoa flour
1 cup Trader Joe’s veggie stock
1 block tempeh (any plain kind/brand will do)
1/2 diced yellow onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tsp pink himalayan salt
1 tsp garlic salt
9 pasta strips (I used whole wheat strips from Trader Joes)
4 cups water
1 pinch pink himalayan salt
1 tsp olive oil
Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil 3 cups of water in a pot, add a little Vega omega oil blend and a pinch of salt, and cook up 2 cups red lentils (takes about 20 minutes or less on high; make sure they are good and soft!) Drain in a colander and let set for one minute, then transfer to a mixing bowl and mash them up.
Step 2 – Add 1 cup nutritional yeast (nootch) to the mashed lentils, mix well.
Step 3 – Add 1 tablespoon pink himalayan salt, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 cup quinoa flour, and 1 cup Trader Joes veggie stock to lentil mixture. Mix well.
Step 4 – Set mixture aside.
Step 5 – crumble up a package of tempeh into pieces (I use the one from trader joes) in your hands and set aside
Step 6 – dice 1/2 a yellow onion, mince 2 cloves of garlic, and set aside
Step 7 – heat up 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet, add 1 tsp pink himalayan salt, 1 tsp garlic salt, the onion, and garlic, and cook on medium heat just enough so that the onion starts to brown
Step 8 – add the tempeh to the skillet and cook on medium until the tempeh starts to brown; careful not to burn it!
Step 9 – turn on tempeh to low heat to keep warm and boil a large pot of water (about 4 cups)
Step 10 – once the water is boiling, add 1 tsp olive oil, a pinch of salt, and your pasta strips (I used 9 whole grain strips) and cook on medium boil for 10 minutes
Step 11 – drain pasta in colander and let sit for 1 minute (or until you can handle it safely without burning your hands)
Step 12 – assemble your lasagna in a pan! I used a little metal pan and layered it with a bottom layer of 3 pasta strips, then the lentil mixture, and the tempeh mixture on top of that. I put in two layers and then covered the top with more pasta strips.
Step 13 – Cover the pan with tinfoil and bake for 45 minutes.
It was my 30th birthday this Monday and I decided to go all out, drive to Los Angeles, and have an actual birthday weekend!
Many plantbased shenanigans ensued.
Friday night I joined my LA girl cult at Pour Vous, a lovely little French-themed speakeasy that features delicious champagne, vegan crepes (if you ask for them), and aerial performers.
Here I am sipping champagne at Pour Vous in a floral jumpsuit I snagged on a whim. Jumpsuits don’t usually fit me because I am so tall, but this one miraculously did! It’s a birthday miracle!
My lovely friend Annaliese is the driving force behind a lot of the LA-based events I attend, and arranged for the yummy bday champagne. Hooray!
Saturday I gathered a group of lovely ladies (and one guy) and headed over to the ever-delicious Sun Cafe in Studio City. I had been craving their vegan mac n’ cheese for weeks, and as usual, it did not disappoint. I even added the tempeh bacon option because it’s my birthday, damn it, and I wanted to be in a food coma.
They serve it in a cast iron pan. Look at it. I want another one right now. It was so good.
As usual, my friends knew me well and brought me champagne, SouthWest gift cards, and general bday cheer. I waddled home sated and happy.
Sunday was family bday and the Superbowl; I spent the morning preparing food with my mom, wherein I made my famous vegan deviled tomatoes (recipe here)!
I don’t really care about the actual Superbowl, but it was nice to hang out with my family and some of my best friends; my lovely bff Victoria brought me a bouquet filled with money folded into origami shapes, which was the best thing ever.
And my Dad got me some junmai daiginjo sake, which is my favorite type of sake (the rice is very finely polished and it tastes like rainbows.)
On my actual birthday (Monday), I drove home to Vegas and went out to dinner at Lakeside, one of the many restaurants at the Wynn that offer delicious gourmet vegan options.
Eggplant dish of the gods – this melted in my mouth and I couldn’t get enough of it.
Truffle arancini – Also melted in the mouth and I almost ordered another plate of them, but I knew that would fill me up too much.
Vegan crab cakes – Mmmmm. I crushed this plate. The flavors used here are phenomenal and would satisfy even the most grumpy food critic.
All in all, it was an amazing birthday!! Below are some more of the cruelty free, vegan presents I received from my thoughtful friends.