Let’s talk about dem brows

I have never really loved my eyebrows that much. I have been tweezing them myself since I was in middle school, and unlike most of us, never got them done by a professional. I went through a month-long phase during my sophomore year of college where I filled them in, and BOY was that a mistake. I look back on pictures from that phase and cringe. Ever since, I have decided to leave my eyebrows alone.

Until this past month…

This March, I got a majorrrr eyebrow awakening. I was at work (I’m a chocolatier at the artisanal vegan chocolate shop Lagusta’s Luscious!) and while helping a really sweet customer, realized that we coincidentally followed each other on Instagram because we both posted a lot about being vegan. How crazy! She took a picture of us together, and that was that. Until she posted the picture on her Instagram.

When I got the notification that a picture was posted of me, I clicked on it, and to my unfortunate surprise, saw that my eyebrows looked HORRENDOUS. I’m talking tiny tadpoles with sad, limp tails. It’s not like I’ve never seen a photo of myself before, it’s just that I’ve never seen my eyebrows look this bad. From that moment on, I knew a brow makeover was necessary.

I did some researching, and realized that I desperately needed to give my eyebrows a break and let them grow in. It’s only been a couple of weeks but they already look WAAAY better than they ever have before. So this brings me to my (not so) dirty secret that comes along with my newfound eyebrow success…

I have been using a miracle eyebrow gel that has pretty much changed the way I look at my face. (Hey, they say a good brow can change your whole appearance!)

Introducing, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel.

Brow Gel 1

So, clearly this product is cruelty free. I won’t even take a sample from Sephora if the product was tested on animals. Why do we test human products on animals? It makes no sense. It is so scientifically inaccurate it’s crazy, and not to mention extremely inhumane. Can’t we just leave animals alone already?

(Side note: did you know that there is a good chance cosmetic animal testing in the US will be banned sooner than later? The Humane Cosmetics Act was recently re-introduced in the US House of Representatives and has been tearing it up in DC. Okay, maybe not tearing it up, but you know what I mean!)

Brow gel 2

Anyway, back to the gel! This stuff is liquid gold. I prefer clear, because like I said before, I don’t like how my eyebrows look filled in with any color. This gel holds your eyebrows in place alllllll day, and keeps a perfect arch. It’s not too overpowering though, your brows don’t look super stiff or crunchy with gel.

Brow gel 3

It makes my eyebrows look super natural, perfectly shaped, and pretty much just better than they’ve ever looked in my entire life. Needless to say, this is my new favorite product.

Here’s a pic of what my brows are currently looking like (handsome BF also pictured).

Jon and I

I’m so proud of how they look, they look like actual eyebrows! I have never been happier to say goodbye to lil tadpoles more than I am with my brows. They still have a long ways to go, but woohoo to progress!

Do you have any cruelty free eyebrow products that you can’t live without? Help a sister out and fill me in, cause I’m new to the whole caring about your eyebrows thing and need all the help I can get!

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Vegan? No problem!

I’m sure we all have thought at one point in our lives that being vegan sounds undesirable, unnecessary, and just plain hard. If there’s one thing that really irks me to my core, it is that veganism is stereotypically viewed in this negative light. How can a lifestyle that drastically benefits your health, the lives of animals, and the environment be viewed in such a bad way?

I’m going to make a generalization and say that 99% of us say that we love animals. Have you ever met anyone who truly hated all animals? If we all, for the most part, have positive feelings towards animals, then why are we still exploiting them by using them for food, test subjects, fashion accessories, and entertainment? I believe one of the reasons that holds people back from going vegan is that it seems too hard of a lifestyle choice.

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Photo Credit: Mercy For Animals

When I first went vegan, I felt the classic “Woah, everything I’ve ever done now needs to be veganized,” and that scared me big time. It’s intimidating to choose a new lifestyle that appears to be completely different than every part of your old usual routine. When I first decided to make the switch, I turned to the internet for some help. I searched around for vegan lifestyle blogs, and every blog that I came across made me more and more nervous to be vegan because they all made veganism look SO HARD. (Side note: if you run a vegan lifestyle blog that does not fall under the conditions described above, PLEASE tell me so I can become a devout reader of your blog ♥)

Now let me tell you exactly what I mean by making veganism look “hard.” Most of the blogs that I found used hard to find and expensive ingredients, required extensive knowledge on cooking, were strictly raw, required piles of money to be able to afford the cruelty free makeup discussed, etc. I, being a broke college student at the time, did not have the money to afford such a lifestyle, or the will to be a strictly organic and extremely healthy vegan. I just wanted to be vegan for the animals; I didn’t really care that much about my heath.

Needless to say, I worked it out without the aid of a blog (oh, the horror!) and have been vegan for a couple of years now. And I have to say, the past few years as a vegan have been amazing. I feel like I was just waiting my whole life to discover veganism, and now that I have, I am living the life I was meant to live.

I now feel that I’m at the point in my (very young!) life where I am knowledgeable enough about being vegan that I want to talk to others about it. I don’t mean this in a preachy sort of way, I just mean that it’s such an amazing lifestyle to follow, and I love talking about it to those who ask. I decided I wanted to start a vegan lifestyle blog to show others that a life spent vegan is one filled with ease, happiness, delicious food, and comfort in knowing that no sentient being was harmed in the making of your lunch.

Another reason I felt compelled to start this blog is because of a little piece of advice I received some months back. This past summer, I interned at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in DC as a Toxicology and Regulatory Testing Intern. Since I was a little kid, I was always extremely against animal testing, so it was a dream come true to work at an animal advocacy organization fighting animal testing. While I was in DC, I attended the Animal Rights National Conference. While attending a talk at the conference, I heard someone say that as animal rights activists in this time and age, we should all be taking advantage of social media and posting about our activism. After hearing this, I felt inspired and decided to get more vocal about veganism.

I started posting almost primarily about being vegan on my Instagram and made a lot of vegan friends in the process. That is also partly why I felt it necessary to start a vegan lifestyle blog, so I could connect with more amazing internet vegheads out there! I never realized how much I loved posting about vegan food, recipes, cruelty free products, and just inspirational little tid-bits until I started getting positive feedback from the friends I made through Instagram.

It is not hard to be vegan. Especially nowadays in 2016, I find it to be easier than ever before. I have no trouble finding delicious food when I go out to eat. It is no sweat to cook scrumptious meals that satisfy both me and my friends. Shopping for cruelty free cosmetics is an absolute breeze. I do not feel that being vegan drags me down in any way, and wouldn’t want to live any other type of life.

To sum it up, I want to discuss why it is fun and easy to be vegan. Sounds good? Let’s get talkin’!