You’ve Got Mail :: Vegan Cuts Beauty Box for January 2014

Products in the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box– January 2014

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November Favorites:: Vegan Product Reviews

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Vegan Cuts Snack Box + Beauty Box :: October Review

I gifted myself both the Vegan Cuts Snack Box and the Beauty Box last month. When I’m not traveling, the boxes are a fun way to discover new products that aren’t always available in stores near me. I’ve tried other subscription services and find Vegan Cuts to be the best for an interesting selection of 100% vegan products, free shipping to all U.S. states and hassle free customer service.

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Guest Post::Jen Mathews-Top 5 Vegan Beauty Brands

I get a lot of questions about my favorite vegan/cruelty-free beauty brands. My go-to site for all the latest and greatest beauty products is Jen Mathew’s MyBeautyBunny, so I thought I’d invite her over to share her top five vegan beauty brands.

Great vegan beauty brands used to be hard to find. We’re lucky today that there are so many new vegan brands out there to explore. Today I’m going to talk to you about my top 5 vegan beauty brands.

Beautisol
Beautisol was created by celebrity spray tan artist and aesthetician, Sinead Norenius. She is passionate about helping people achieve a healthy glow with instant tanner and anti-aging products. She saw a missing link between the availability of product education and the end consumer, so she has worked to help educate people. Her sunless tanning products are cruelty-free and vegan. They’re also streak-free, smell good (no gross DHA smell), and help you to achieve the perfect golden tan. Beautisol has specialized face self-tanners, body self-tanners, exfoliant, and anti-aging skincare products. You should definitely check out Beautisol’s new Tea Tan Glow – a rinse-off product that gives you an instant sun-kissed glow without the commitment.

DermOrganic
Professional cosmetologists are exposed to ingredients in hair products dozens of times a day. DermOrganic was created to provide both consumers and cosmetologists with healthy hair care products. They’re all vegan, contain no animal by-products, are not tested on animals, have no sulfates, salt, sodium chloride, glycols, DEA, MEA, dyes or food coloring. They are gluten-free, paraben-free, and contain no artificial preservatives. The products are made with EFA lipids and amino acids, vegetable proteins, and contain the miracle worker, argan oil. They nourish the hair without weighing it down. The must try product is the Leave in Spray Therapy treatment.

Relogy 
Rebecca Brayton spent 6 years researching and developing Relogy for her daughter, who suffered from persistent acne. Relogy combines clinical acne treatments with the healing power of natural ingredients to bring you a healthier way to fight and prevent acne. These acne skin care products don’t strip your skin with harsh cleansers; instead they use natural anti-inflammatory antiseptics and balance the skin’s pH. Relogy products are vegan and cruelty-free. They contain no animal by-products of any kind. They use natural materials whenever possible and are passionate about being socially responsible. Their three-product system is meant to streamline the skincare process and cut down on the multiple products that you’re told you need. They save you time and are gentle on your skin.

Cult Nails
Maria Morrison, a nail blogger, had a dream to start a nail polish company. She would often mix colors to get exactly what she was looking for. Finally she took matters into her own hands and developed her own line with her unique interpretation of fashion trends. She wanted to have a green company, so she made sure her polish does not contain toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, or camphor. She also loves animals and made sure that her products are cruelty-free, not tested on animals, and do not use animal byproducts or ingredients that are tested on animals. She uses recycled boxes that can be reused by the consumer and utilizes cotton balls to protect her nail polish during shipping. Her polish line is constantly being updated with new, on-trend colors. There’s a shade to suit everyone’s taste.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
OCC, as it is fondly known, was founded by David Klasfeld. It’s a clever nod towards how obsessed people can get over makeup. For David, he was obsessed with creating makeup with the finest ingredients possible. Rather than just cruelty-free, he upped the ante to create products that are vegan and never use lanolin, beeswax or carmine. He has created gorgeous Lip Tars, eyeshadows, nail polish, and airbrush foundation to suit anyone’s complexion. His products are a makeup artist’s dream because they allow for the utmost in customization. They can be mixed to produce an endless array of colors. If you’re new to makeup and not comfortable mixing your own shade, the variety offered will surely have the perfect color to suit your mood. If there’s only one product you try from OCC, it must be the Lip Tars!

From your lips to your tips and skin, we’ve got you covered with the best in vegan beauty brands. You can be beautiful and conscientious too!

Jen Mathews is the Editor-in-Chief of  My Beauty Bunny, a beauty blog for stylish ladies and gents who love beauty and hate animal testing! Jen is also a social media guru and President of Top Tier Social Media, a social media and online media agency for beauty, fashion, health and lifestyle brands.

Relogy Skin Care::Giveaway!

So I forgot my own rule about not treating the holiday season as one giant Eat Fest stretching from Nov.15th-ish to Jan 1st. And I ate sugar. Lots of it. The massive sugary gluten binge coupled with wearing a baseball cap on my sweaty hikes caused a very unattractive acne breakout on my huge fivehead, right before all the family paparazzi events*flash* I needed a quick fix.

Before using Relogy

Sure, I could have tried a myriad of natural acne remedies but I am impatient with my vanity. Relogy (rel-oh-jee: vegan/cruelty-free) had sent me the Dual Action Treatment Foam, Natural Skin Balancing Lotion with Coconut Milk, Targeted Spot Treatment and I was willing to give it a try.

 

Relogy did exactly what I hoped, cleared my complexion and visibly reduced bumps and redness without irritating my skin. My acne was not cystic, so your results may vary.

I applied 1 pump of the cleanser to moist skin and massaged it into problem areas, targeting my forehead (avoiding the eye area) left it on my skin on for 10 minutes, then rinsed with warm water. The cleanser did a fine job of removing the mineral powder make-up I wear but I used a separate eye make-up remover. Then, I gave my face a quick pat dry and applied the balancing lotion, which moisturized without being greasy or heavy. Last, I used the spot treatment on the most problematic bumps.

Day 5 (overcast day so my skin looks darker in this pic)

Day 7 of Relogy treatments

Pros:

  • Vegan
  • Cruelty Free
  • Cleared acne in 5-7 days
  • Reduced redness
  • Improved skin texture
  • Convenient pump and rollerball packaging
  • Mild fragrance (no added fragrance)

Cons:

  • Parabens/SLS

I asked the company if the parabens and Sodium Laurel Sulfate were necessary for the product to perform and this is the response I received:

 Dear Cobi,

 We are so happy to hear that you are reviewing the Relogy® Acne Treatment, and that it has been working for you!

 Thank you, too, for your inquiry about the Relogy ingredients, and it is a great question that you ask! As thoughtful product developers, these are the kinds of questions that we ask all of the time.

 Relogy has a 100% vegan commitment, first and foremost, but also strives to incorporate as many natural ingredients as possible into our products, at least 95%. The challenge really comes with the over-the-counter drug products (our foam acne treatment and the spot treatment), which have to be held to strict FDA regulations and anti-microbial standards, so the microbes do not form in the products through-out the expiration date, and Parabens can be used as an optimal way of preserving the product for safe use.  Microbial content is a huge challenge for natural and organic products, and especially with acne bacteria at play–we want to be very careful. And, we want to provide truly effective products for our customers. You may notice that many 100% natural products are not also OTC drugs. As far as SLS, we believe this to be safe to reduce oil on skin. All of our research has led us to conclude that the negative information about SLS to be unverified. As always, however, we encourage consumers to look at each ingredient to evaluate what they think is best for themselves and their family!

 As a company, we’ve made it our mission to challenge ourselves to go further than any other acne product to bridge the gap towards a healthier, gentler way to combat acne, while maintaining results; we want our customers to succeed!

 We love naturals because we believe strongly in their effectiveness, when chosen wisely, and for the proper effect. After all, it is truly the naturals in Relogy that provide the anti-inflammatory and soothing effects, and are the big secret to why it’s great for acne-prone skin. (Shhhh, the other acne companies haven’t realized this yet!)

 Meanwhile, at Relogy, we are continually tracking advancements in natural preservatives and other ingredients for the highest degree of effectiveness and safety. There are some interesting things coming in the future, and we can’t wait until they are truly proven and available for us to incorporate into Relogy.

 Please let us know your thoughts! We truly value your comments, ideas and suggestions–as a young company, we are all about your feedback.

 Kindest Regards,

 The Customer Service Team at Relogy

 

There is no substitute for being mindful of what we eat, how we treat our bodies and not causing breakouts in the first place. When I am doing my best, powering down green smoothies for breakfast and drinking plenty of water, my skin is clear and bright. But, if I need to clear up a breakout quickly, I would use Relogy again.

Relogy is providing one set of the products for one of my readers to try. This giveaway will run for two weeks and the details to enter are:

1) Please follow Relogy on Facebook or Twitter and Subscribe to my YouTube channel

2) Leave a comment on this blog post with your favorite acne fighting tips, remedies or products

3) I will choose a winner on Jan. 28, 2013 and contact them via email. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

Good Luck!