A few days ago, on social media, I asked if you would be interested in some posts featuring my favorite Cruelty-Free + Vegan Makeup, Skincare, or Haircare.
I was beyond thrilled to get such a positive response!
So, here is the first post of 3 on my favorite Cruelty-Free + Vegan Products!
When I first transitioned to Veganism, I was working as a hairstylist for Ulta Beauty, and I am so happy I had the opportunity to discover and play with tons of Vegan and Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skincare, and Haircare.
(Feel free to message me with any questions you may have on the subject.)
Also, shoutout to my Ulta Fam for supporting me while I transitioned into a healthier lifestyle!
So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite makeup brands and products...
My Favorite Makeup Brands:
Anastasia Beverly Hills
First Aid Beauty
Tarte Cosmetics Lights, Camera, Lashes, 4-in-1 Mascara
Pacifica Dream Big Lash Extending 7-in-1 Mascara
Tarte Cosmetics Maneater Liquid Eyeliner
Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Anti-Aging
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - Taupe
Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Foundation
Tarte Cosmetics Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder
Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer
Urban Decay Beached Bronzer - Sun Kissed
Tarte Cosmetics Amazonien Clay 12-Hour Blush - Exposed
Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-hour Highlighter - Exposed
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Concealer
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy
Pacifica Bali Coconut Lip Balm
Tarte Cosmetics Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint - Festival
Pacifica Lemon Sugar Natural Lip Scrub
Makeup Brushes & Tools:
It Cosmetics Brush Set
Tarte Mermaid Brush Set
Eco Tools Brush Set
Tarte Cosmetics Quickie Blending Sponge
Tarte Cosmetics Eyelash Curler
Note: All links are directed to the product on Amazon.com, however, some product prices are lower on each Brand's Website.
Leave a Comment below, or on Social Media(Facebook or Instagram), if you would like to see more info on these products in a Youtube Video!
I’m keeping it simple for you today.
This two ingredient juice can help boost your immune system, and it just tastes like orange juice!
Everyone already knows that Oranges contain a lot of Vitamin C.
What you may not know is that Carrots also contain Vitamin C, as well as antioxidants that help your body fight off free radicals, cell damage, and inflammation.
Carrots are a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, Calcium, Folate, and Magnesium.
So, why not add some carrots into your morning Orange Juice?
3/4 Pound of Carrots
8-10 Large Oranges
Put both ingredients through a juicer, or blend very well and strain with a fine sieve or nut milk bag.
Pour over ice and enjoy!
Happy Sunday, Sunshine!
We just had a huge snowstorm here in the Midwest, which makes me want to stay inside all day, sit by the fire, and cuddle my pups!
I am definitely not a snow lover. However, it gave me the perfect excuse to make a big batch of Chili!
Note: This recipe requires only one large pot, or stock pot, and to store my leftover chili seasoning, I typically use a small mason jar.
1 Medium Onion, Chopped
1 Green Bell Pepper, Chopped
1 Cup of Corn
2 16 oz Cans of Chili Beans, or Pinto Beans
1 16 oz Can Kidney Beans, Drained
1 & 1/2 28 oz Cans of Diced Tomatoes
3 Tablespoons Hot Chili Seasoning(See Recipe Below)
2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
1 Cup Boca Crumbles
3/4 Cup Macaroni Noodles
1 Tablespoon Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
(makes approximately 2 servings worth)
3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
1.5 Tablespoons Crushed Red Pepper
1.5 Tablespoons Dried Minced Onion
1.5 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
2.5 Teaspoons Cumin Powder
3 Teaspoons Dried Parsley
2 Teaspoons Dried Basil
1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1 Teaspoon Coconut Sugar
Place the chopped onion, chopped green bell pepper, and the corn into a large nonstick pot.
Note: If you don’t have a nonstick pot, I suggest using a Tablespoon of oil as well.
Cook over medium heat, until the onions are slightly translucent, about 8 minutes.
Add in the Chili beans, Kidney beans, diced tomatoes, and stir together.
Stir in 3 Tablespoons of the homemade Chili Seasoning and 2 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast.
Stir well, cover, and Reduce the heat to low. Simmer for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Let the chili rest about 5-10 minutes before serving.
Nondairy Cheddar Cheese
Nondairy Sour Cream
I want to share with you 5 books that ultimately helped change my life in 2018.
In one way or another, each of the following books have helped me gain:
& the methods,
that I needed to make big changes to my life in 2018.
These books helped me learn to:
grow, create, organize, be mindful, and surrender to the energy of the universe.
Below you will find the title, author, a small synopsis, a few of my personal takeaways -- and favorite quotes -- from each book!
Note: Each of the following book titles have a clickable link to the books on amazon, for your convenience.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
By: Marie Kondo
The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up guides you through the process of simplifying, organizing, & storing your possessions with the KonMari Method, to help you make your home a place of joy, peace, and clarity.
Learn to let go of anything that doesn't spark joy in your life.
Clutter can create chaos in your home and your mind, so make your surroundings as clear and peaceful as you wish your mind to be.
“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”
“No matter how wonderful things used to be, we cannot live in the past. The joy and excitement we feel here and now are more important.”
Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet.
By: Ashlee Piper
Give a Sh*t gives you the knowledge you need to transform your life to live more sustainably when it comes to your home, closet, eating habits, grooming, and the rest of your life outside of your home. Ashlee Piper has done the research for you, and lays it out in an easy to read (or listen to, if you prefer audiobooks) informative book.
We need to be informed on all of the subjects Ashlee Piper covers in this book. We make choices constantly in our daily lives that have direct consequences to the environment, so why not do as much as we can to live better and protect the planet?
"We are the ones we have been waiting for!"
"Pick up trash you see on the street or at the beach, buy a homeless person a plant based meal, foster a senior cat, give someone struggling a job or a compliment, and, above all, lead by kind, cool, open-minded example."
You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
By: Jen Sincero
You Are a Badass is a book for anyone who is ready to make huge changes in their lives. Jen Sincero teaches you to face your fears, take risks, realize your own potential, create your own reality, and even touches on the subject of making money. If you need a nice push to help you grow, and someone to lift you up, this is the book for you.
We are all badasses, and each of us has the power to control our own reality. We have everything we need, within ourselves, to create the life we want to live.
“What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.”
“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”
“Our thoughts become our words, our words become our beliefs, our beliefs become our actions, our actions become our habits, and our habits become our realities.”
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
By: Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic will give you the courage, and confidence, that you need in order to pursue your creative interests. Elizabeth Gilbert shows you how to confront with your fears, inspire new ideas, & act on them. Most importantly, she helps teach you how to take the stress out of creation.
Why do we fear judgement of our creations and ideas, when we are our own biggest critics? Don't be afraid; just be yourself. Create anything that comes to your mind. Express yourself to the fullest extent.
We are all amazing creatures creating amazing things, so share your magical creations with the world.
“Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”
“You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.”
“Own your disappointment, acknowledge it for what it is, and move on.”
The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
By: Gabby Bernstein
The Universe Has Your Back is full of personal stories from Gabby Bernstein that teach you to release the reins a bit and go after what you most long for. Gabby Bernstein helps guide you to learn to stop chasing life and truly live.
When you have the courage to surrender to the universe, you open yourself up to receive all that the universe has to offer.
The universe is constantly sending us signs to help guide us along our own paths, as long as we are willing to see and believe in them.
“It's the journey that matters, not the destination”
“In the midst of the darkness, grab a flashlight.”
“Your presence is your power. Be mindful of how your thoughts, words, and energy disconnect you from the Universe. And know the difference between what it feels like to be connected to the presence of your power versus what it feels like when you’re not.”
I hope you enjoy reading and learning from these books as much as I did. And remember, you are a badass, who can do anything they set their mind to. You have the power to change your life, and the world around you!
Much Love, Katie
Spread the Sunshine.
Happy New Year, Sunshine!
To start 2019 off right, I wanted to share a super simple juice recipe, that is so yummy it almost tastes like candy.
The secret ingredient?
Now, stick with me, I know beets aren’t typically everyone’s favorite vegetable, but when combined with the apple and lemon juice, you really can’t taste the beet. It just gives the juice this beautiful bright red color, and also adds a ton of nutrients to it!
Beets have so many wonderful health benefits. They help reduce inflammation in our bodies, and they’re loaded with minerals like magnesium, potassium, copper, iron, and phosphorus. They’re basically nature’s vitamin supplement!
12 Red Apples
Note: This recipe makes around 55-60 oz. of juice, so feel free to cut the recipe in half.
I love preparing juices in bulk ahead of time. That way I can pour some into a mason jar and run out the door!
Put all of the apples, the lemon, and the beet through a juicer, or blender.
If using a blender, or if you prefer a smoother juice, strain the juice through a fine sieve, or nut milk bag.
Pour over ice, and enjoy!
As we say goodbye to 2018, I am beyond excited to finally share our personal transformation story of how we have lost over 160 pounds, together!
My husband, Thomas, and I hit our rock bottom, and our highest weights around the end of 2015. Throughout 2016, we experimented with what seemed like hundreds of diets, diet foods, supplements, plans, and workouts, to try and lose all of the weight that we had gained since High School. We would have small successes here, and there, and would lose around 20 pounds each. We'd feel better temporarily, and then spiral back into eating junk food, being lazy, and eventually gain even more weight.
January 1st of 2017, Thomas and I had decided it was time to change our lives. We felt awful, our appearances were unseemly, and that's when we realized we needed an enormous change. We were set to get married the following May, and the last thing we wanted was to forever look back at our wedding photos, and hate our appearance. It wasn't all about vanity, however, we also physically felt absolutely horrible on a daily basis. Neither of us had any energy, or motivation, and we felt as if we were just digging our own graves.
Our big change for 2017?
We transitioned to a vegan lifestyle,
and started exercising, at least 3 to 4 times a week.
We watched a bunch of amazing documentaries, read books, and did as much research as we could before we decided on a vegan lifestyle.
(See below for our personal recommendations)
Neither Thomas, nor I, had any idea that this transition would change our entire lives. We no longer consumed any animal products, which not only made us feel amazing physically, but it completely aligned with our beliefs as vivid animal lovers.
We started incorporating all kinds of foods into our diets that we had never even known about, and it opened us up to more positive food experiences. (Can you believe I used to HATe avocado??? Its probably my favorite food now!)
Our tastes changed, our bodies began shedding weight like crazy, and we started to feel, and look, amazing!
Thomas and I got married May 20th, 2017, and had lost a total of around 145 pounds. We felt better than we ever had on our honeymoon, and our whole wedding experience was magical. I cannot begin to explain how it felt to be happy and healthy again.
Fast forward to November of 2017.
Thomas and I started to notice a little weight gain, energy loss, and mental fog. We knew it was time to reevaluate our lives again. Throughout the 6 months since our wedding, we had started eating what is referred to as Vegan Junk Food. All of the heavily processed, sugar ridden, oil packed, nutrition-void vegan junk food. I'm talking Doritos, Oreos, Non Dairy Ben & Jerry's, Etc... We were no longer eating the foods that made us feel energized and healthy. We had also simultaneously stopped exercising as much, and picked up some of our old habits. We needed another big change!
Annnnnd that's when we decided to switch to a more Whole Foods Plant Based Vegan Lifestyle.
Thomas and I began eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, raw nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, and whole grains, meanwhile, avoiding heavily processed foods. We began exercising regularly again, and really transformed our relationship to food, and our lives.
Back in January 2017,
I started to develop an affinity for running with our Labrador, and came to really enjoy trail running. Before I ever began this new lifestyle, I HATED working out. I absolutely dreaded it. I was the type of person that if I was running, it was because someone or something had to be chasing me. Now, running, walking, any cardio in general, makes me feel incredible, clear minded, and happy. I have now completed 2 5K's, a Trail 5K, and a Trail 15K, and being able to say that, honestly, makes me happier than you can imagine. Running has definitely become a passion for me. One that has developed into a daily habit that benefits my body, and my soul, as well as my dogs.
I've also always felt my best when consuming whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains. Supplementing a healthy diet with cardio exercise makes me feel on top of the world!
Around July 2018,
I started incorporating more raw foods into my diet, and had weeks where I would eat completely raw. My body started shedding the last few pounds I wanted to let go of, and I really felt myself and my body transform. I had always had trouble with my midsection, as a lot of women do, and even though I had lost nearly 70 pounds with just a WFPB diet, I still didn't feel like I had reached my goal weight. That all changed when I ate Raw Vegan WFPB. I managed to lose those pesky last 10 pounds, and I finally felt fit and completely happy in my body.
Another huge change for me, however, was the introduction to self love and self care. As I saw my body changing, I started to develop a sense of confidence again, and I nourished it with daily affirmations and tons of "me time". I practiced yoga and meditation. I started journaling and drawing again, something I had loved when I was younger.
I ultimately began creating the life I had always wanted to live, and I never looked back.
As of now, Thomas and I have collectively lost over 160 pounds, and feel the healthiest, happiest, most clear-minded that we have ever felt in our lives. We could not have done it without each other, the inspiration from so many figures of the Vegan Community, and the support from our friends and family.
It was never an easy journey, but it was more than worth it.
If we can do it, trust me, you can, too.
In 2019, I hope we can continue to inspire you, and help you take on your own journey into a healthier lifestyle.
Much Love, Katie.
Spread the Sunshine.
What the Health, Forks Over Knives, Food Matters, Vegucated, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, and Cowspiracy.
How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger, The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, Food Rules by Michael Pollan, Approaching the Natural by Sid Garza-Hillman, Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman, MD, and No Meat Athlete by Matt Frazier.
The Rich Roll Podcast, Nutrition Facts with Dr. Greger, No Meat Athlete, and Forked Up: A Thug Kitchen Podcast.
Rawsome Superfoods, The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook, and Rawsome Vegan Baking by Emily von Euw,
Thug Kitchen, Thug Kitchen 101, and Thug Kitchen Party Grub by Matt Holloway and Michelle Davis,
Power Vegan Meals and Easy Vegan Breakfasts & Lunches by Maya Sozer,
How Not to Die Cookbook by Dr. Michael Greger, The Engine 2 Cookbook, Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics,
and Hippie Lane: The Cookbook.
NutritionFacts.org, The Happy Pear, High Carb Hannah, Kate Flowers, Forks Over Knives, Rawvana, Hot For Food, Mae Flowers, Fully Raw Kristina, Yoga with Adriene, and Calm.
Please feel free to reach out and contact us for any further questions or curiosities!
Good Morning Sunshine!
How hectic has your life gotten lately this holiday season? Personally, my life has been CRAZY, so I have needed quick, easy, and fillings breakfasts to start my day off right!
Avocado toast has been one of my favorite meals for years now, and I’m going to share with you my go to recipe.
It is ridiculously easy, and only 4 ingredients!
2 Slices of Dave’s Killer Bread
1 Whole Avocado
Sprinkle of Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning
Drizzle of Sriracha
Toast your bread slices and slice your avocado in half. Mash each half of the avocado and Spread each half evenly on a slice of toasted bread.
Drizzle with sriracha and top with a few dashes of Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning.
I have been so obsessed with the yogurt + berries + granola combination lately, I swear I eat it almost every day. I have been on such a kick with Purely Elizabeth’s Ancient Grain Granola that this bowl is has become of my go to’s for breakfast.
Feel free to customize it with whichever yogurt, granola, & types of berries you prefer. Just don’t skimp out on the chia seeds and berries, as they contain so many nutrients our bodies crave.
Chia Seeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and calcium. Both Chia Seeds and Berries are packed with antioxidants, & are great sources of fiber.
-Your Favorite Granola
-Strawberry Nondairy Yogurt
Fill your bowl with desired amount of Yogurt. You can really use any flavor and brand of nondairy yogurt you prefer, but strawberry tastes delicious with the other flavors in this bowl.
Next, top with a handful of each kind of berries. Sprinkle with chia seeds and granola and you’re ready to dig in!
Happy Holidays, Sunshine!
There is nothing better than hot chocolate to warm you up during the Holiday season.
The following recipes are my favorite to sip on while watching Christmas movies & baking cookies.
Not only does Cacao make this Peppermint Hot Chocolate delicious and rich in flavor, but Cacao Powder is a superfood for the brain and the heart. Cacao is high in antioxidants and nutrients like Iron, Magnesium, & Zinc.
-1&1/2 Tablespoons Cacao Powder
-1 Cup(8 oz.) Cashewmilk, or Homemade Oatmilk)
-1/2 Cup(4 oz.) Peppermint Tea
(1 Peppermint Tea Bag steeped in 4oz. Water for 5 Minutes)
-Drops of Stevia or preferred sweetener
-Coconut or Almondmilk Whipped Cream
Heat Cashewmilk over stove until piping hot. Add in the Cacao, Stevia, and Peppermint Tea.
Stir well until completely smooth and there are no Cacao clumps.
Pour into a glass or mug and top with desired toppings!
For an even Easier Peppermint Hot Cacao:
-10 oz. Hot Water
-1 Packet of Four Sigmatic Mushroom Hot Cacao Mix
-1 Packet of Yogi Peppermint Tea
Heat 10 oz. Of Water and let the Peppermint tea bag steep for 5 Minutes, then add in the packet of Four Sigmatic Hot Cacao mix and stir well.
Top with Coconut Whipped cream and crushed Peppermint if desired.
Note: this version is a lot less creamy, but still delicious, and has a hint of cinnamon from the Four Sigmatic Cacao Mix.
Happy Thanksgiving Day, Sunshine! ☼
May your day, with friends or family, be filled with love, positive vibes, & full bellies.
The Raw Sunshine Family! ❁