My obsession with Osea continues! Check out their Labor Day offer for a free mask~

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Osea is one of my favorite non-toxic vegan skincare companies, and they were kind enough to send me some more products to sample on account of their Labor Day promotion kicking off!

I just finished a bath session with their white algae mask (my fav! I have reviewed it before) and my skin is very happy with the results. I followed the mask with their sea vitamin boost and the hyaluronic sea serum for moisturizing.Then I took a nap and happily drifted away into dreamland while my skin repaired itself.

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Osea is having an amazing Labor Day offer this weekend, hence this post. Receive a free mask of your choice ($48 value) with any purchase of $125 or more. It’s an awesome deal for such high quality products, and you won’t regret using them.

Check out the offer here!

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Disclaimer: I was sent products to review and post! This post also contains affiliate links. If you click on them and buy OSEA products, I get a small commission. I only promote products I personally use and believe in. 🙂

A hidden gem in Las Vegas – Eatt Gourmet Bistro

Sooo the title pretty much says it all. Eatt is an unassuming little location on Sahara Ave in Las Vegas, and I hadn’t heard a thing about it until my boyfriend brought me there for a surprise dinner (I usually select where we eat but hey, sometimes it’s nice to be surprised!).

We had to wait a little bit for a party who had grown roots into their booth, but when we finally sat and asked for the vegan tasting course we had seen on their menu, we were not prepared for such flavors.

My boyfriend remarked that Eatt had a Michelin star, so I assumed it would be good. IT WAS PHENOMENAL.

The head chef was away that night, but sous chef Aymeric Delouis hit this one out of the park.

Behold, our Michelin star vegan feast. Go eat everything there at your earliest convenience; I couldn’t get enough of the flavors.

 

Chica impresses!! 

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So the Venetian and the Palazzo hotels in Las Vegas aren’t really known for their vegan options or attention to dietary restrictions (though they can be found!), but I was pleasantly surprised by the service and the vegan options at Chica, a Latin-fusion restaurant that recently replaced DB Brasserie in the Venetian.

Platanos, guacamole, tortilla chips, and arepas!

The servers were incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and knew exactly what to omit or substitute. What they didn’t know for sure (due to changing menu items), they double checked.

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Go check out this beautiful restaurant! The food, music, and decor are all a total hit. 

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Five stars from this Plantbased Jetsetter!

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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.


Check out this great brand! 

Vegan joy at SW Steakhouse

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So I had dinner at SW Steakhouse at the Wynn a few nights ago and was quite impressed with their vegan selections.

This was one of the few restaurants at the Wynn and Encore I hadn’t had the chance to try yet (both hotels have killer vegan options at all restaurants).

OBSERVE THE MAJESTY.

FoodFlo – a vegan delivery service that slays!

 

Sooo I had the wonderful opportunity to try a subscription to FoodFlo – a vegan food delivery service that delivers to CA, NV, and AZ!

FoodFlo boasts delicious, whole food plant based recipes via French gourmet chef Florence Bertheau.

For more than 20 years, chef Flo cooked for her many students and celebrity clients the way she had learned in her native France, rich in butter and creamy sauces, heavy on meats, eggs and dairy. Then a paradigm shift happened. She began to see how certain foods had a profoundly positive effect on the health of her autistic daughter and on Flo herself. She created her own food pyramid based on three principles: Vegan, gluten-free and alkaline pH-balanced. Menus began evolving. Flo started using dense plant-based hypo-allergenic foods such as sprouted grains, nuts, vegetarian proteins, fresh greens and produce from local farms.

Flo’s journey of ‘health through food’ balances her company values of fresh and raw food nutrition with social and environmental consciousness; being aware of how what we eat affects the earth and all animals that live on it. Purchasing seasonal and local, she is able to provide the best quality products that are cost efficient, reduce the carbon footprint, all cooked with the intention for your good health.

I tried a week’s worth of menu items, and felt absolutely amazing afterwards. The meals were hearty but not heavy, and all of the ingredients were incredibly fresh. I especially enjoyed their handmade snack bars, pictured above!

They packed everything to perfection, as well – the meals came cold and fresh and ready to go. I was very impressed.

I highly recommend this service, especially if you don’t have time to meal prep during the week! You’ll have all the benefits of an organic, gluten-free vegan chef for a great price and a minimum of fuss.

Thanks for the trial, FoodFlo! You have a fan in me. 🙂

fujiKale – a delightful way to get more greens!

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If you’re on the go like me, you appreciate a quick, easy, and healthy meal or supplement. There isn’t always time to grab a salad if you are traveling! Where to get those precious greens?

Enter fujiKale: 100% kale organically grown in Japan on Q’SAI’s Shimane Farms. It is USDA Certified Organic, contains vitamins A, B, C, K and calcium, and is conveniently powdered for fast and easy consumption.

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I shake mine up with my plant based protein or sometimes just mix it with almond milk when I need a quick pick me up! I have been taking it for a few months now and I love it. It saves my life on long trips. You can also add fujiKale to smoothies or even bake it to muffins or bread.

Check out their website here – they are currently having a sale! And be sure to let me know which recipes you end up using fujiKale in

Review – Purple Frog ‘aromatheraputic patches’

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Who doesn’t love a good whiff of essential oil? I sure do. It can be inconvenient, however, to lug around a diffuser on the go.

Enter Purple Frog aromatheraputic patches! They are the world’s only non-toxic, personal air fresheners, utilizing only the highest quality organic essential oil scents.

You can literally stick these little patches anywhere; (they are activated when you pop the little sac inside of them), and I set out to do just that!

I was particularly obsessed with the ‘air awakening‘ patches and, being the corporate flight attendant that I am, stuck them around my plane in strategic locations to make my passengers’ ride a more pleasant experience.

(I also put a few on my pilot’s arm rests; they were confused at first but warmed up to them. I am forever introducing them to new products like these. They are good sports!)


I also put a few next to the kitchen sink in my home so I could enjoy the fresh peppermint and eucalyptus aromas there as well!

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As for the ‘snooze button‘ patches, I keep one on the corner of my bedside table and it has actually improved my sleep! I drift off with the smell of lavender and chamomile and it is very helpful to have these on the road, especially when we are hopping through different time zones and our sleep schedule is wonky.

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Lastly, the lemongrass and citronella oil ‘insect shielder‘ patches are doing a good job of guarding my little herb garden here at home. (I also put one of these on the plane when we landed and had a bunch of mosquitos I had to shoo away. They’re super effective!)

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I would recommend all three of these patches, at home or on the go! They smell amazing and they do what they claim to do. That can be a rare find.

Thanks, Purple Frog!

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Review: OSEA – ocean inspired, non-toxic skincare

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Today’s review covers a skincare line that I have been testing out for about two weeks, and have subsequently fallen in love with: OSEA.

OSEA is a family affair, inspired by four generations of women’s long love and respect of the ocean and its healing properties.

The ingredients in this skincare line are as clean as I’ve ever seen, and interestingly enough, OSEA was the first company to sign The Compact for Global Production of Safe Health and Beauty Products which launched the Skin Deep Report.

“I want to leave this planet a cleaner place than when I arrived. (Like being a good house guest) I also want women to be able to use the safest cosmetics possible. Remember 70% of what you put on your body can be absorbed into your bloodstream. I want to raise the consciousness of women so they use safe cosmetics, it’s not just about beauty – it’s about their health.”
– OSEA Founder Jenefer Palmer

What you will always receive from OSEA are the highest quality, naturally-sourced skincare that is vegan, gluten-free and biodegradable. What you will NOT receive are products laden with synthetic fragrances, genetically modified ingredients, petrochemicals, parabens, or sulfates.

Sounds good to me!

Again, I spent two weeks faithfully using OSEA’s skincare morning and night. The following are the products I used:

1. Ocean Cleanser

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An OSEA classic, Ocean Cleanser is rich in minerals, algae, dermal proteins, vitamins, and mineral salts with a delightful natural fragrance. This multi-tasking hydrating formula effectively removes dirt and impurities, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and energized. Ocean Cleanser is free of chemical surfactants and great for easy makeup removal. pH balanced.

I love that OSEA doesn’t use fragrance; this cleanser was soothing and milky against my skin, which is combination oily/dry skin of confusion. Seriously, my skin is SO sensitive and finicky. It is very difficult to find products that won’t irritate it and cause it to break out.

I use makeup remover wipes first, as most of the jobs that I perform require makeup, and the ocean cleanser did a good job of removing the excess that inevitably is left behind even after a thorough makeup remover wiping.

 

2. Sea Vitamin Boost

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This refreshing spray delivers immediate hydration to dry, sun-damaged skin. A potent blend of Pomegranate and Red Wine Extracts gives this moisturizing mist its beautiful rosy color and accounts for its powerful anti-aging effects on skin. Organic Patagonian Gigartina algae stimulates cell renewal while hydrating, soothing, and protecting your skin.

I used this spray as a toner, obviously, and I already need more. I tend to go spray-happy on toner when it is in spray form, but I like it to settle on my skin and don’t like wiping it away.

Some toner dries me out (and I get ugly flashbacks to the time I thought it was a good idea to just use witchhazel as toner), but not this one! Because of the anti-aging ingredients and vitamins, I feel like it just rejuvenated my skin that much more.

I also used this to set my makeup and it worked quite well in that respect, too!

3. Atmosphere Protection Cream

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A lightweight moisturizer that protects skin from dehydration and damage from environmental aggressors. The super emollient algae base ensures instantaneous absorption while the advanced blend of dermal proteins increases elasticity and leaves a matte, silky finish. An amazing, invisible base for makeup application.

My kingdom for a moisturizer that doesn’t leave me as shiny as a diamond. Oh wait. This moisturizer actually hydrates my skin and does not leave a sheen of failure in its wake! Hurrah!

Seriously though, I love this moisturizer. Algae really agrees with my skin and my tummy, though, so I am certain that has something to do with how well my face has taken to this vial of joy. A+++ moisturizer.

4. White Algae Mask

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This multi-tasking anti-aging mask corrects uneven skin tone and soothes redness while visibly firming and lifting. Formulated for an immediate, brighter, more luminous complexion.

Last but not least, the white algae mask! I used this once each week, and each time I rinsed off the mask, I saw a huge improvement in my overall complexion.

Again, I really do agree with OSEA’s decision in using ingredients from the sea; algae is such a healing component and works wonders for my skin, at least. (Everyone’s chemistry is different!)

I used the mask again just before writing this review: here are the during and after pics!

 

And no, there are no filters on either photo.

So what are you waiting for? Try out this amazing, family owned, non-toxic, ocean obsessed skincare line.

Let me know what you think! Does it work for you?

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PS: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on them and buy OSEA products, I get a small commission. I only promote products I personally use and believe in. 🙂

Review: Vegan Cuts tea box!

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Tea! Tea for all.

I love tea. I drink at least a cup a day, and I carry little tea bags with me in my purse just in case.

Lucky for me, then, that Vegan Cuts had a limited edition Tea Box that featured five different flavors of organic, vegan, fair trade tea that I had never tried before! (Plus a delicious Nii bar and a rad recycled mug).

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Some of the brands were familiar to me, but I had never tried the flavors that arrived. I enlisted help from my lovely friend Rita, a woman with opinions, and we taste tested these flavors with vigor!

1. Numi Turmeric Tea – Three Roots

Blending three organic roots (earthy turmeric, spicy ginger, and sweet licorice), Three Roots Turmeric Tea transports your senses to an exotic spice market. As the complexity of the roots unfolds, the flavors of organic rose bring mental clarity, grounding and centering the spirit.

Bring fresh water to a boil and pour over a bag of Three Roots. Steep 8-10 minutes while breathing deeply and pondering positive thoughts. Healthful turmeric revitalizes the mind and balances the body.

We decided to start out with some anti-inflammatory goodness. I have had Numi tea before; they are one of my favorite brands, so I expected good things.

I wasn’t disappointed. We let the tea steep for 8 minutes and found it to be much more mild than we were expecting.

It was smooth; we tasted hints of sweetness and found it to be a rather earthy experience. I didn’t taste any ginger at all. A win for me – a ‘meh’ for Rita.

2. Miracle Tree – Moringa Organic Tea (Strawberry)

This subtly aromatic strawberry infusion blends an energetic fruity flavor with Moringa dried leaves for a tasty and refreshing drink. Our tea is unique – it’s made of organic Moringa! We source our artisan tea from our own Moringa plantations in Sri Lanka. Moringa leaves contain over 90 nutrients – including 47 Antioxidants, 25 Vitamins & Minerals, and All 8 essential Amino Acids. Our Moringa is 100% vegan, gluten-free, Non-GMO, ethically sourced, and completely caffeine-free!

“Holy shit that’s strawberry” was my comment when we gave this tea a sniff.

We expected the flavor to be overwhelming on account of the smell, but it wasn’t. The flavor wasn’t artificial tasting at all, but much more subtle than the smell.

Overall an earthy strawberry flavor that both Rita and I enjoyed. I would say out of all of them, however, this was my least favorite if I had to pick one, simply because I’m not the hugest fan of fruity tea.

3. Choice Organic Teas – Mango Black

 Set your course for paradise with this tempting black tea paired with a touch of tropical fruit. Smooth Ceylon and bold Indian black teas mingle with notes of mango evoking the aroma and flavor of fresh cut fruit. A hint of Sumatran vanilla imparts a subtle sweetness to this luscious tea that also satisfies when served over ice.

Rita loved this one; she’s a black tea drinker. I didn’t mind it either, as the mango flavor wasn’t too pronounced or sweet. The black tea tempers the fruity flavor, I find.

The smell was fragrant and pleasant, and the tea itself was strong but not overpowering like some black teas can be.

4. Pukka – Licorice & Cinnamon

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Mmm. This lovely tea smelled nostalgic, like a gingerbread dessert.

It didn’t taste like it smelled however. The licorice flavor thankfully wasn’t strong, and the cinnamon was prominent and went down very smooth.

This is a savory, cold weather sort of tea. Curl up when it’s raining and cold with a cup of this and you will be very happy. Steep for 8-10 minutes.

5. Yogi tea – Chai Rooibos 

Evoke the beauty of South Africa with our delicious all organic Chai Rooibos—a creative twist on traditional chai. Bask in the spicy warmth of Indian chai with caffeine-free Organic Rooibos, the red tea of South Africa. Enjoyed for centuries by the people of the Western Cape of South Africa, Rooibos supplies antioxidants which can help neutralize free radicals. A traditional Ayurvedic combination of Cardamom, Cinnamon and Clove combine to add warmth and intriguing flavor. Enjoy Chai Rooibos any time of day for an enchanting and delicious cup of tea.

To get the most out of every cup, bring water to boiling and steep 5 to 10 minutes. For a stronger tea, use 2 tea bags. Add your favorite sweetener and milk or milk substitute.

I love a chai tea. This one was no exception.

The chai spice smell was prominent (in a good way), the tea was savory, and not sweet.

Both Rita and I loved this one, too. We steeped it for about 6 minutes.

 

Honorable mentions to the lovely Nii bar and Aladdin recycled mug that came in the tea box as well! I have taken my tea to work in the Aladdin mug several times and it has worked quite well.

The Nii bar was scarfed when it arrived here. 🙂

Yum! Snag a Vegan Cuts tea box today – they are going quick!