Celebrate Earth Day with Nature Inspired Art and Accessories from Rainbowgrove Dreams!

Happy Earth Day! Today is the PERFECT day to share the beautiful, nature-inspired and animal-friendly art and accessories from Rainbowgrove Dreams!

If you’re anything like me, you truly love nature! From the ocean to the forests, to the mountains. I’ve lived in and have loved them all! My admiration of nature and animals are reflected in my personal style and home. These items from Rainbowgrove Dreams fit my aesthetics and ethics perfectly and you will LOVE them too!

I’ve wanted to work with this company for quite some time! Laura, the founder of Rainbowgrove Dreams, aims to educate and ultimately change the world, just like me!

Rainbowgrove Dreams is a beautifully curated collection of unique accessories, art, and home decor items that are vegan, cruelty-free, and showcases the exquisite world around us! This wonderful company gives back to exemplary organizations like Mercy For Animals and Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary.

I truly appreciate a company that offers special items and supports worthy causes. It shows that their heart is in the right place! Alright, let’s get into the review!

Company: Rainbowgrove Dreams

Products

Dreamy Sky and Earth Wall Art

Casual Messenger Bag (Blue)

Retro Floral Design Wallet (Green)

Reviews:

 

To kick off this review, I’m starting with the item that just so happens to be one of my favorite art pieces of all time! The Dreamy Sky and Earth Wall Art is a stunning print on canvas that I could stare at for hours! The vibrant magenta and purple hues of the flowering fields pop against the dreamy, cloudy sky! I love art that gives you the ability to add your own personal flair to it. This item comes with 5 individual canvases that you can arrange as you see in the picture or any way you like! This is definitely a conversation piece that brings the beauty of nature into your home!

Next up, is the Casual Messenger Bag (Blue) by Amelie Galanti. This bag is perfect for just about every outfit and is very high quality. The faux leather has a glossy finish and the texture of actual leather. It has dark chrome hardware and multiple pockets and compartments to fit all of your belongings! It comes with a shoulder strap and a long cross-body strap so it can be styled to meet your needs. This bag is built to last, made with animal-friendly materials, and is the perfect everyday accessory!

Last up, is the Retro Floral Design Wallet (Green) that may just be the cutest wallet on the planet! This tri-fold wallet features an adorable, vintage-inspired floral pattern and high quality faux leather-esque material. It is large enough to fit all of your cards, bills, coins, and even your cell phone. This could even double as a clutch to add some springtime flair to your outfit! The inside is a pretty pink faux leather material with a sateen floral material inside the pockets. If you love vintage style, vegan accessories, or are just looking for a new item for the warmer weather, this wallet is it!

The Bottom Line

Rainbowgrove Dreams is a fabulous shop that offers special items that are anything but ordinary! The materials used are vegan and made to mirror the beauty of nature and the world around us. These items are gorgeous and of excellent quality, but most of all, they do not use leather and they are used to support fantastic organizations that make the world a better place for everyone.

This Earth Day, head on over to Rainbowgrove Dreams and check out all of the fabulous items that they have to offer!

 

*Special thanks to my sister for modeling!*

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2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I am thrilled to share with you my spectacular gift guide full of products for anyone and everyone on your list! Whether you’re looking for amazing skincare, delicious snacks or even something for the dog, check out this guide to create the ultimate vegan and cruelty-free holiday season for you and your family!!!

Food & Snacks

Instead of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, try out these snacks (no fire needed)! They’re healthy, delicious, and sure to please everyone’s taste buds!

Organic Living SuperFoods offers unique and flavorful snacks that you would never guess were healthy! Their Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks, Cinnamon Pecans and Coconut Fig Superfood Squares incorporate traditional holiday flavors that everyone loves but in guilt-free, good-for-you snacks! Their Supergreen Smoothie Mix amps up your smoothies and their Pomegranate Acai Matcha Antioxi-T Blend will be a hit with tea lovers! Read my full review of the products above!

You also must try their different flavors of sprouted nuts… I’m talkin’ Pizzalmonds, Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews, and Salt & Vinegar Almonds (read my review here)!  They also just launched their brand new rewards program that will let you earn points that can be redeemed for coupons and discounts!

The holidays aren’t really the holiday without cookies! Thankfully, Maxine’s Heavenly makes these vegan Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies that everyone will love! They’re gluten-free, soy free, and absolutely delicious! Check out my review of these cookies and their other fantastic flavors! They’re better than homemade and perfect for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!

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Oganikk Artisanal Spinach Chips are healthy, handmade spinach chips that are everything you want in a snack, without all of the bad stuff! They’re bursting with flavor and packed with nutrients! The Cheezy Paprika flavor is my personal favorite… check out my review of these incredible snacks here. Who wouldn’t love some tasty snacks for the holidays?

Bath & Body Products

“Baby, its cold outside…’ so enjoy these fabulous soaps, bath bombs, bath soaks and shower gels in a steamy hot shower or bubble bath!

Not Soap, Radio specializes in creating products that are fun colors, have funky names, and fabulous, oh-my-goodness-I-smell-amazing scents! The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower is sweet, fruity, and refreshing! You, or whichever lucky person gets this on your shopping list, will definitely exit the shower or bath feeling re-energized and renewed!

This Peace, Joy & Sanity gift set comes with 3-bubbles for bath/shower and 3- hand/body lotions so it is the perfect way to try out the products! They come packaged in small travel-friendly bottles and truly smell amazing! Read my full review of this gift set and The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower, here. I also am a huge fan of their fragrance for hair/body… read more here! They have TONS of gift sets available now so head on over to their website!

If you’ve been on social media sometime between 2015 and now, you are probably aware that bath bombs have taken over! I’ve had the opportunity to try out quite a few and I highly recommend the fabulous bath bombs from Soul Shine Cosmetics! The Warm Vanilla Sugar and Green Tea Bath Bombs are the perfect way to relax and forget about all of the stress that can come along with the season!

I must also recommend the Cinnamon Apple Pie Lip Scrub that really smells and tastes like apple pie! This moisturizing sugar scrub gently exfoliates to reveal a perfect pout that is ready to get kissed under the mistletoe! Read my full review of these products, including the adorable Owl Soy Candle pictured above, here!

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Keep with the spirit of giving this holiday season with Soapbox Soaps! This fantastic company donates bar soaps to people in need with every purchase! How amazing is that?! These hand soaps leave your hands feeling clean, soft, and smelling absolutely divine! They make a perfect hostess gift and the bar soaps are perfect stocking stuffers! Read more about the products above, here! Click here to read my previous review of their wonderful hair care and soap products.

Not sure what to get the person that has everything? How about Moon Luv Vegan Skin Care’s unique and luxurious Hibiscus Coconut Monoi Bath Soak? This bath soak is infused with Rose Quartz, the stone of love and beauty. Tahitian gardenias and hibiscus blossom-infused dead sea salts exfoliate your skin and make you feel like you’re at tropical spa! Read my full review!

Hair Care

If you know someone that likes to go “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, make sure their hair looks good while you do it!

Do you know someone with curly locks and want to give the gift of good hair? Look no further than Evolvh Luxury Hair Care!  The SmartCurl Hydrating Wash and Conditioner, paired with their SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner will absolutely make this the best holiday ever for that curly-headed person on your shopping list! Click here for my full review! Know someone that needs a little volume in their life? Check out my review of Evolvh’s fabulous Volume Collection! Use code “Holiday20” to get 20% off on Black Friday (and Saturday)! Also, check out “The Love Your Hair Collection”, thier exclusive Cyber Monday gift set!

If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly haircare, Plaine Products has a new, innovative way to help the environment while making you feel like you’re at a spa! Their high-quality shampoo and conditioner come packaged in recycled aluminum bottles that you return to the company when they’re empty! The bottles are then reused to cut down on plastic waste that ends up polluting our environment! Read my full review here.

Clothing & Accessories

It’s the holidays but who says you can only “Deck the Halls“? Now is the perfect time to get all decked out in vegan-themed apparel!

You can’t go wrong with the cute designs from Vegan Police Shop! Their “Ferocious Vegan” t-shirt was the first vegan t-shirt I ever bought, and is still a favorite to this day! Check out my review of these adorable buttons, tote, and lunch bag! Why not pick up some cute accessories that show off your love of animals and the planet?

Jewels by SJB creates unique, hand-made jewelry that spreads the vegan message! Go ahead and pick up something sparkly for yourself, your girlfriend or just about anybody on your list! There are tons of items to chose from, so head on over to their shop to check ’em out!  Best of all, a portion of each purchase is donated to help animals in need! Read more about this fanatic company and their products in my full review!

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Calling all eco-conscious fashionistas! Corkor creates sustainable and fashionable bags from cork! This Cork Clutch easily transitions from an over-the-shoulder or crossbody bag during the day, to a cute and classy clutch for a night out! Check out my full review of this fabulous bag, here!

Skin Care

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snowbut don’t forget to take care of your skin! Without a doubt, there is someone on your list that would love some natural and cruelty-free skincare!

Jivana’s Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil is perfect for sensitive and reactive skin! This really hydrates and reduces redness and is as natural as can be! There’s a formulation to make everyone’s skin merry and bright! Check out my full review!

Give them a bottle of Leven RoseRosehip Night Serum and you’re sure to make them smile! It smells like lavender and contains rosehip seed oil to help keep your skin looking smooth, young, and healthy! Read my full review!

Looking for something that will fight breakouts and clarify the skin? Zglow Skincare’s Clearing Mud Mask is a powerful skin treatment that draws out bacteria and impurities to clear the skin naturally. It also is an amazing spot treatment! Click here for my full review of this face mask and more!

Men’s Skin and Beard Oil

Pick up some high quality skin care products for your man’s beard! “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”… and little elf told me this is how he keeps his beard looking so nice!

Makes Scents Natural Spa Line’s Burly Men’s Line is the perfect gift for the manliest-manly man on your list! The Burly Scrub is a rough and tough body scrub that’s perfect for exfoliating away all of those dead skin cells. The Burly Balm is a moisturizer specifically made for guys that need some help in the dry skin department, and the Burly Hair And Beard Oil will get even the scraggliest beards into shape! Check out my full review of the Burly Men’s Line here, and read my previous review of their body butter and body scrub!

Candles

“All is calm, all is bright” when you light up these fragrant and long-lasting candles! Best of all, they’re named after movies and books!

Firefly Candle Company creates soy candles with fantastic, seasonal scents that truly enhance the holiday spirit! Their vegan “You Know Nothing, Jon Snow” candle smells of men’s cologne what we all would imagine the beautiful Jon Snow of Game of Thrones to smell like! You may not be able to give Jon Snow to your family or friends, but at least their house can smell like him!

Wizards Ball is another vegan candle that really epitomizes the scents of the season. It has notes of  christmas trees, snow, mistletoe, spiced cider and roasting chestnuts… not even the biggest Scrooge couldn’t resist this scent! Read my full review of these oh-so-nice candles!

Subscription Boxes

We look forward to the holidays all year long and sing “Joy to the World” when they’re finally here! With a subscription box, you can give a gift that keeps on giving year round!

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The All Around Vegan Box subscription box includes snacks, lifestyle and activism products. This is the perfect gift for snack lovers, animal rights activists, and vegans new and old! Use code “TREASURE10” for 10% off! Read my full review for the details!

Don’t Forget about the Dog!

These treats are sure to have Scruffy Barkin’ Around the Christmas Tree!

Your furbaby will absolutely love these plant-based treats from V-Dog! My dogs can’t get enough of the Wiggle Biscuits and absolutely adore the Breathbones which actually helped with their doggy breath! Want to switch your dog to an all vegan diet? Read my thoughts about V-Dog’s Kinder Kibble and Breathbones here and my thoughts on their incredibly cute Wiggle Biscuits! Make sure you pick something up for Scruffy!

Thank you to all of my readers and to all of the fantastic companies that participated in my 2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide ! 

Happy Holidays!

All Around Vegan Box – Every Vegan Needs This in Their Life!!! (Discount code included!)

Company: All Around Vegan

“All Around Vegan is a monthly subscription service that aims to support, promote, and enhance the Vegan Lifestyle. This is done through the monthly shipment of Lifestyle products, Bath & Body products, Nutritional products, and Activism products worldwide.”

Ok, so who loves getting fun stuff in the mail every month?! I know I do! I am SO EXCITED to show you the brand new All Around Vegan Box! These guys took the monthly subscription box game to a new level! You don’t only get food in this box. You don’t only get bath and body products or lifestyle items… you get it all!

As always, if you don’t want to read through all of this, skip to The Bottom Line at the end of this post for quick info and a discount code!

My favorite part of this box is that it comes with activism products, which makes my vegan, fight-your-face-off-for-animal-rights heart so happy! I am always looking for new ways to speak up for animals, so what could be better than getting products sent to you every month that will help you make a difference?! Ahh! This is awesome!

Ok, Ok, so let’s jump into it and talk about what you get!

I was so excited to see that this box included food items from YumEarth! I have been wanting to try their products for a long time but haven’t seen them around. This box includes YumEarth’s Sour Beans “The Jelly Beans with Attitude” (I think that slogan needs to be my new nickname) and Organic Fruit Snacks. These snacks are GOOD! The Sour Beans have the same texture of jelly beans and have just enough tartness to make them fun and delicious! The Organic Fruit Snacks are fruit shaped and actually taste like fruit! They’re made with fruit and veggie juices and are gluten and nut free. I love these!

AVOCADO SOCKS! Yes, I am now the proud owner of some super cute vegan-chic socks that let me share my love of avo with the world! These socks are adorable!

Next, is yet another item I have been wanting to pick up. It’s a Nut Milk Bag from Ecobags. This reusable, organic bag enables you to make your own almond, cashew, macadamia, etc. milk at home! (Almond Breeze, Who?!) This will save you money and will cut out all of the unnecessary additives and waste… and it will last for years! This. is. awesome! Check out this video from All Around Vegan that shows you how to use it!

Next up… is a clean and healthy smile thanks to Jason’s Power Smile Antiplaque & Whitening Toothpaste, Eco-Dent Mint GentleFloss, and an all natural bamboo toothbrush! Seriously, I don’t know how they knew I needed all of this stuff, but I’m glad they did! This toothpaste is flouride and SLS free (please google this if you don’t know why it’s important). It is SO minty fresh! The floss is made with vegan wax (I honestly never thought about that before) and is made with essential oils… how cool!! I don’t exactly love to floss, but this brand is gentle, as the name implies, and easy to use. The bamboo toothbrush is awesome and way more environmentally-friendly than a plastic toothbrush that will sit in a landfill for eternity. LOVE IT!!

Last, and closest to my little animal loving heart, are the activism products. You know you’ve seen them on Instagram @activismstickers… those awesome “Eating Animals” stickers that are meant to be stuck on Stop signs. Get it? “Stop Eating Animals.” You get 2 of them in this box! Be sure to stick this to a sign in a high traffic area, like in front of a McDonalds, and post a pic to your socials!

Also included are Halloween-themed stickers that read “Think You Can Handle Scary Movies? Watch EARTHLINGS at NationEarth.com”. I freakin’ love this! Whenever I want to raise awareness, I ALWAYS, Always, always mention Earthlings. Now… I can stick these everywhere! This box came with 90 of these bad boys!!

Last, an All Around Vegan Button that I will add to my growing collection of plant-based and animal rights accessories! I really like this logo!

The Bottom Line

Get this box.

Haha, that’s all I really need to say. This box comes with fantastic products that everyone can enjoy and use. I think its absolutely wonderful that activism products are included because it is so important to spread awareness, not to mention putting stickers all around town is fun!

Another wonderful thing about this is that it is sent to your door every month. Whether you live in the middle of nowhere or in a big city, you will get to try out new products that you may not have had the chance to otherwise. This is definitely something to look forward to every month!

This would also be a great gift for any vegan or for anyone that is thinking about going vegan. This may or may not be included in my upcoming Vegan Holiday Gift Guide! (it totally is)

Want a 10% off discount code!? Use “TREASURE10” when making your purchase! Check out their website for subscription info and pricing!

Thank you, All Around Vegan, for sending me this box to review!

Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies Review: As Good As Homemade Vegan Cookies??!

Company: Maxine’s Heavenly

“At Maxine’s Heavenly, we created cookies with simple, pure ingredients, because we believe that food should provide nourishment to your mind and body.
We believe food (including dessert) should be nutrient-rich fuel for your body.
We believe that food could be cooked and baked, not manufactured.
And we believe that we all need to rethink how we treat…our bodies, our food, our lives. We wrote this manifesto to share our beliefs, be transparent about our thoughts, and to underscore the values that we live and bake by.”

Reviews:

When you hear about vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and soy free cookies, the words “delicious” or “flavorful” may not come to mind. That’s why I am so happy to have gotten to review Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies! These cookies surely break the mold of what “healthy” snacks taste like. Each flavor is sweetened with coconut sugar and made with gluten-free oats, so they’re as satisfying as they are mouthwatering! As always, if you want to get a quick run down of the products, skip to The Bottom Line at the end of this post.

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If you’re a chocoholic, the Chocolate Chocolate Chip variety is for you! When you bite into these cookies, you experience chewy oats and a mouthful of chocolatey flavor. The rich and smooth semi-sweet chocolate chips amp up the flavor, making this a truly tasty yet guilt-free treat when you need a chocolate fix!

The Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite! This variety tastes like a cross between a classic almond and chocolate chip cookie. The sweet almond flavor paired with rich chocolate chips, can’t get any better in my opinion. I mean, these bad boys are as close to perfect as you can get!

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The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is a close second for me! Crunchy roasted peanuts, chewy oats, and rich chocolate chips make these the perfect dessert when you want something “bad” but don’t want to undo the 80-minute hot yoga session you sweat through earlier.

My boyfriend’s favorite of the bunch is the Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin. For some reason, oatmeal cookies are always my last choice. I always gravitate towards chocolate, but I’m proven wrong almost every time! These cookies taste like a freshly made bowl of cinnamon raisin oatmeal and they’re absolutely outstanding! The sweetness of the raisins cut through the pleasant bitterness of the cinnamon. I even warmed it up a little bit, and I’m telling you, these are amazing!

The Bottom Line

Maxine’s Heavenly creates desserts that are full of flavor with natural, good for you ingredients. They’re so good that you will forget that they’re actually healthy! They call them a dessert, but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t eat 1 or 2 of these cookies for breakfast!

The hearty oats make them filling and great for any time that you need a sweet pick me up! Each cookie is between 120-140 calories with 2 grams of protein, so they really do give you some energy to power through that mid-week board meeting, parent-teacher conference, or powerlifting competition you scheduled (what were you thinking?!).

Thank you, Maxine’s Heavenly, for sending me these cookies to review! These are fantastic cookies that taste like they were baked at home by Grandma! Visit their site to learn more about this awesome company and their products! When you make an order you will get the brand-new packaging pictured below!!!

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ZGLOW Skin Care – Face Mask Reviews

Company: ZGLOW Skin Care

 

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Blueberry Antioxidant Mask $27.00 USD

Clearing Mud Mask $27.00 USD

Moisture Infused Mask $27.00 USD

Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask $27.00 USD

Reviews:

ZGLOW makes organic, vegan and cruelty-free face masks that beautify your skin naturally. With ingredients like blueberry, pumpkin, aloe, white tea and shea butter, these masks are a natural beauty lovers dream!

The Blueberry Antioxidant Mask smells like a fresh blueberry smoothie! Its consistency is that of a thick lotion, which means it doesn’t drip all over the place as you use it. Yay! Aloe vera, shea butter, mango butter, olive and almond oil make this mask super hydrating and nourishing.  I used this on my face for 15 minutes and after my skin was moisturized and looking dewy and refreshed! I really can’t get over the smell of this one. It is so so nice!

The Clearing Mud Mask is thick skin treatment aimed at reducing oil production and killing bacteria to clear and prevent breakouts. The star ingredients of this mask include:

“Pure Arctic mineral mud blended with botanicals, extracts, marine minerals and protein will promote firmness while clearing breakouts. Includes Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Japanese Green Tea which assist in rejuvenating the skin, while Cucumber Extract will help tighten pores. Enjoy our exclusive essential oils blend of Cedarwood, Geranium, Lemon, Lime, Juniper Berry, Lemongrass assist in balancing the skin and preventing overproduction of oil”

I used this mask on my T zone (does anyone even say that anymore? I mean my forehead, nose, and chin). I added a little bit of water to it before hand, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. I have clogged pores on my forehead that never turn into pimples, they just hang around forever and make my skin look bumpy. After using this mask, I noticed that the bumps had been dried out a bit and easier to extract. The bacteria and oil seemed to have been drawn out of my pores and had begun to start clearing my skin! With just two uses, that is pretty impressive!

The Moisture Infused Mask has a thick consistency like the others, and a fresh, natural scent. This mask is a “creamy luxurious mask that eases wrinkles, fine lines and smoothes the surface with a slight plumping action.”It also contains hyaluronic acid (organic plant source) a super moisturizing property for skin. The hydration doesn’t stop there we’ve added sweet almond oil, olive oil, grape seed oil and sunflower seed oil.”

This mask is intended for dry, mature and/or sensitive skin. It definitely gives you a boost of hydration after using it! If you’ve read my reviews before, you know I like a good multifunctional product, so I used this on my excessively dry and peeling lips. I’m happy to report that it did an awesome job bringing my lips (and skin) back to life! I think this mask would be great for just about anyone looking to moisturize their skin.

Last up, is the Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask which smells and looks like pumpkin purèe! This mask contains “organic pumpkin puree with pineapple and carrot root to clear away old surface cells and pore congestion.” It also claims to “diminish fine lines, hydrate and reveal dewy skin with renewing apple, bilberry, lemon peel, orange peel and papaya extracts.”

With an ingredient list like that, who could refuse? 

I couldn’t help but look forward to the Fall while using this mask. It smells like pumpkin pie, and like almost every girl, I love pumpkin spice everything! This mask hydrates, exfoliates, and purifies and brightens skin… what more could you ask for? I like this product because it gets the job done, but it also is fun and different to use. This would make an awesome holiday gift! *Stay tuned for my upcoming Vegan and Cruelty-Free Holiday Gift Guide!

The Bottom Line

If you’re into natural skin care and beauty, you must check out ZGLOW Skin Care’s face masks. No matter your skin type, there’s a mask for you! I liked using the Clearing Mud Mask on my forehead, nose, and chin, the Blueberry Antioxidant Mask on my cheeks, and the Moisture Infused Mask on my lips! Who says you have to use only one mask? Mix and match to address your specific skin concerns!

Above all else, I love that these masks are vegan, cruelty-free and organic. I highly recommend these products! My skin is looking healthy, clearer, and cared for. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for ZGLOW!

Thank you, ZGLOW Skin Care, for sending me these samples to review!