NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2014 + I’M BACK!

nyc vegetarian food festival 2014Late post but better late than never! Sorry for the long and sudden hiatus but I am happy to be back! The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2014 was a blast! As always, a ton of fun to check out new foods and try yummy samples! The second I heard Sweet Maresa’s was going to be there was so excited. I am a HUGE  French Macaron fan and to see that there were going to be vegan ones there, it was my first stop and I bought far, far too many!_MG_2570 _MG_2907They are delectable and amazing and everything you can possibly imagine and more! I tried all the flavors that were available and Cherry Vanilla  was my favorite! Although there were some textural issues, I didn’t mind because hello vegan + french macarons!

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4th of July Nail Love with Priti NYC!

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VeganCruelty and Carcinogen Free nail polish from Priti NYC is my new favorite way to have my nails looking gorgeous without all of those gross chemicals!

Priti NYC is quickly becoming a leader for eco friendly and SAFE nail polishes which are child and mom-to-be friendly! How awesome is it to find nail polish that is non-toxic?! Since I’m currently transitioning to a chemical free lifestyle, I find it hard to find nail polishes that are both non-toxic and have good color pigment and texture but Priti NYC is a perfect addition to your nail polish collection! I am loving all of the different color combos they have especially the summer colors! They have this awesome soy based nail polish remover which is also non carcinogenic and free of any harsh chemicals for your nails and skin.

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They were recently featured backstage at the Acne and Stella McCartney 2014 shows where they created a signature color for Stella called Lady of the Dawn

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The Red, White and Beautiful collection is a classic color combo that is perfect when you’re feeling a little patriotic especially with the upcoming 4th of July holiday!  The colors are very pigmented and for the red and blue, there is no need for a second coat unless you want a deeper and richer color. I will have to admit that the white is not my favorite — only because the color tends to be inconsistent and doesn’t go on as cleanly as the rest of the kit. I wouldn’t judge it completely though because I am no nail guru. I’m sure there are some tips and tricks that I don’t know about putting nail polish on especially because my motto is lather it on and all the messed up bits will come off in the shower haha.

Want high quality, vegan and non-toxic nail polish? Priti NYC is PERFECT for you! I recommend you check them out now, now , now!!

Looking for some summer colors? These collections are sure to deliver! Use the coupon code PRITISPECIAL now to get 10% off! Valid until August 1st! :)

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May Petit Vour Review and June Vegan Presence Review!

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I am loving the trend of vegan subscription boxes lately and I was so happy to get to review the Petit Vour and Vegan Presence boxes! They are both FABULOUS and you should definitely be checking them out right about ….NOW!!

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I am BEYOND late on posting my May Petit Vour review but better late than never! I love, love, loved this box! It has so many cool elements and I WORSHIP the Odacite skin care that I got to try because of it! Just to give you a little overview of what Petit Vour is – they are a monthly subscription box that sends you vegan and cruelty free beauty product minis each month for only $15 and free shipping! How awesome is that price?!

Here is what came in the May Box:

  • A gift certificate for a 10 day skin care treatment with a consultation from Odacite (this is almost a $30 value on its own!!)
  • Tsi-La Organic Perfume Oil
  • Go Raw Spirulina Energy Bar
  • Sample sizes of Acure’s Morrocan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Misa Nail Polish in the color Looking for Trouble

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I seriously adored the Odacite skin care treatment! The consultation was very descriptive and you answered several questions related to your skin and lifestyle and they sent you this kit with everything from day cream and eye cream to jojoba exfoliate! This treatment changed the texture of my skin COMPLETELY and every product was amazing! I miss it!

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I didn’t get to use the perfume oil as much but I was thankful to be introduced to a vegan perfume company! One of the greatest things about the subscription boxes is their ability to introduce you to all of these amazing companies you had no idea existed!

The Acure shampoo and conditioner —- just OH MY GOD! The smell is just AH-MAZING!!! If you love marzipan, you are going to LOVE how this smells! I love how this makes my hair feel as well and if it smells like marzipan all day – I will use it forever and ever! I have curly hair that tends to be on the frizzy side so whatever product there is that is formulated to help calm it, I love to try and I have to say my hair came out pretty damn awesome after using this stuff! Try it out now!!

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I have to say, I HATE THE TASTE OF SPIRULINA so I didn’t love the Go Raw bar but I respect the benefits of it and it was a nice little treat within the box!

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I am always looking for nail polish brands that are vegan and formulated without “the big three” so I was ecstatic to try this out and I loved the fact that it was a full size bottle! I do have to say that you’re going to be putting on at least a couple of coats to get a nice finish. This is a pretty see through color but when it goes on right, the color is so pretttty!

All in all, I loved the Petit Vour box and if you haven’t tried it or you are looking for a vegan beauty box to try – check it out now!

Now, onto the Vegan Presence box!

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All Hail Vegan Cookies!!

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“If someone doesn’t like cookies – be suspicious of them because come on now, who doesn’t love cookies (VEGAN COOKIES IN PARTICULAR!)?!”

I was so stoked to get to review AMAZING cookies/treats from OM NOM NOM Cookies, Sweet by JanaDauphin Bakery and Black+Blanco! These people are cookie magicians or something crazy cool like that. I swear you have tasted little bits of heaven each time you take a bite of these luxurious (yes, I am using luxurious) cookies! The best part is that they make GLUTEN FREE varieties too so really how amazing is that?! Woah, amazing is going to be so overused in this post but again these cookies are AMAZING! I am so in love with them and if you haven’t tried them yet – I plead with you to place your orders now to pick up these tasty treats!

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My absolute favorite from OM NOM NOM Cookies is the orange zested chocolate chip cookie of scrumdiddlyumptious, crazy fantastic, totally delicious, awesomness! Each bite is like an explosion of yummy orange and chocolate and I love the fact that these cookies are so crunchy on the outside yet have that moist cookie interior we’re always searching for. I have to say a really good cookie, beyond the flavor, HAS TO HAVE that crunch when you bite into it or it can’t be deemed most amazing cookie ever. Unless of course, it’s soft on purpose and soft cookies hold a special place in my heart too. Remember, back in the day (in your pre-vegan days) when Chips Ahoy! Chewy Cookies were the best thing ever well these cookies trump those by leaps and bounds and intergalactic space time warps.

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