Saturday, 23 September 2017

August 2017 Empties

Once again, my empties post is long overdue! But, better late than never, right? August's empties are mostly skincare products, with a few beauty bits thrown in!

August 2017 Empties

Live Clean Refreshing Facial Wipes - I normally don't use makeup remover wipes, but on lazy nights I have to admit that these do come in handy!

Caudalie Beauty Elixir - Once upon a time, this was one of my favourite skincare products. Sadly, Caudalie is not cruelty free, despite their claims to be against animal testing. 

Korres Fig Body Butter - If you're looking for a thick, creamy body butter, then look no further than Korres body butters! The fig scent was really nice, and I'd love to have this product back on my nightstand. 

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara - I think that this was my first time trying out a Stila mascara! I really enjoyed the volume that I got from this formula, and even though it wasn't waterproof it was still extremely budge-proof. 

Lancôme Liner Plume in Noir - At first I enjoyed this liquid liner, but then I started to notice how quickly it would smudge, especially in the warmer weather.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - For a drugstore concealer, this formula was pretty good. However, Maybelline is not cruelty free, so I will not repurchase.

August 2017 Empties

Atelier Cologne Sud Magnolia - This mini purse spray was really handy to take with me on the go, and the floral fragrance was perfect for Summer. 

Lush Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask - This face mask is a newer one from Lush, and it absolutely won me over! I loved that it offers a light exfoliation yet it's still fairly gentle. 

Saaboon Utility Deodorant - This is probably the best natural deodorant that I've ever tried! Dylan also loves this formula, so it's a fantastic unisex product. 

OPI RapiDry Spray - Oh man, I didn't realize how long I've had this product for! Years!! But, it truly does help speed along nail polish drying time. Sadly, OPI isn't cruelty free, so I won't repurchase. 

Live Clean Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo - I liked using this clarifying shampoo about once every two weeks, just to help remove product buildup. I loved that this product is fairly natural, sulfate free, paraben free, and vegan. I already have a backup bottle!

August 2017 Empties

What products have you been using up lately?

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

OOTD: Holding onto Summer

Summer has made a resurgence here in Ottawa, and I couldn't be happier about it! Any day that I can spend in jean shorts and sandals makes my soul happy, and I'm going to milk this extended Summer for all that it's worth. Summer is my favourite season to dress for - dresses, skirts, tank tops, shorts, sandals! I love to feel the sun on my skin and just soak up that Vitamin D.

OOTD Holding onto Summer

OOTD Holding onto Summer

My favourite fashion trend lately has been the resurgence of the body suit. This mauve body suit from Tobi is flirty, feminine, and it would be the perfect option for a night out with the girls. The body suit feature makes this top fit perfectly, and you don't have to worry about whether or not your top is perfectly tucked in. 


OOTD Holding onto Summer

Jean shorts are such a Summer essential, and these dark wash high rise ones from American Eagle have been a wardrobe staple of mine lately. I'm just not ready to trade in my shorts for pants! This cute vegan bag from Poppy & Peonies pulls the outfit together, and adds a little pop of colour. 


OOTD Holding onto Summer

OOTD Holding onto Summer

Top: c/o Tobi 
Sandals: Call It Spring
Purse: c/o Poppy & Peonies
Bangle: c/o Pandora 
Sunglasses: Express

What has the weather been like where you live? Are you ready to transition into Fall, or are you also holding onto Summer styles?

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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Granny Panties

I've been really into unique lipsticks lately, remember that navy blue beauty from last month? Well, when I heard of Too Faced matte lipstick in the shade Granny Panties*, I knew it was something that I had to try out! I've come to really appreciate a good liquid lipstick, and now my standards are pretty high. Let's see if Too Faced can win me over with their matte formula...

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Granny Panties

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Granny Panties

This was my first time trying out any of Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipsticks. The packaging is really pretty yet simple, with the clear slightly twisted tube with gold detailing. The doe foot applicator is really practical and easy to use. 

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Granny Panties

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Granny Panties

The shade Granny Panties is a grey toned mauve that's unlike anything I've worn before. However, it's still surprisingly wearable! This lippie has just the right amount of purple tones to it so you can be unique without looking bringing too much attention to yourself.  Granny Panties is fully opaque with just one swipe. Like a true matte liquid lipstick, this formula from Too Faced dries quickly, and once it sets it is completely smudge and transfer-proof. 

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Granny Panties

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Granny Panties

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Granny Panties

Have you ventured into the world of unique lipsticks? I've tried out navy blue, grey tones, what should should I try out next?

Have you tried any of Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipsticks? I would highly recommend giving them a shot because the formula is incredible - matte yet still comfortable, long wearing, and available in a wide range of shades! These are even comparable to my all time favourite Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, and that's saying a lot!

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Tarte Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant

If you've been a long time reader of Beyond Blush, then you might already know how passionate I am about aluminum-free deodorants. I stopped using anything with aluminum back in 2011, and I haven't regretted that decision once. You can do your own research into aluminum and the health risks it poses, but I'll try to not be too preachy here! The world of natural deodorants is growing quickly, and as with all natural products, some work and some don't. Lately I've been putting Tarte's Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant* ($17 CAD/2 oz) to the test, keep reading to see how it compares to some of my other favourites!

Tarte Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant

Tarte Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant

As with everything Tarte touches, this deodorant is packaged adorably. The stick is really cute, and you won't be embarrassed to pull this out of your gym bag. Not only is this deodorant aluminum free, it's also free of alcohol, parabens, gluten, soy and sodium lauryl sulfates, along with being proudly vegan. Some more natural deodorants can be a bit chalky, but this bar glides on super smooth. One of the main ingredients is aloe leaf juice, which helps to naturally deodorize. On a normal day, I find that I can go a full 8-10 hours without reapplying, which is pretty impressive for a natural deodorant! If you're doing an intense workout or if it's a hot day, you might need to reapply more frequently. 

Tarte Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant

I'm really, really impressed with this deodorant! I really never would have expected a beauty brand to release such an impressive natural product, but Tarte really hit this one out of the park. I hope that Tarte keeps Clean Queen as part of the permanent line, because I think that a lot of people will be getting hooked on this formula!

What are your favourite natural deodorant formulas? My other favourites are Lavanila Pure Vanilla,
 and Saaboon Utility Deodorant. I'm always wanting to review more natural products for you, so if you are curious about any specific product, let me know and I'll do my best to review it! 

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

The Best Vegan Food in Lisbon, Portugal

You might think that travelling as a vegan would be difficult, but in reality I've never had any trouble finding delicious vegan food on any of my adventures! The vegan movement seems to be alive and well in Lisbon, which allowed Dylan and I to eat at a new restaurant for lunch and dinner for almost every day for the full 8 days that we were in Lisbon. Today I'll be running through the best vegan or veg-friendly restaurants that you absolutely need to check out while you're in Portugal's capital city.

I would highly recommend downloading the Happy Cow app before you travel, as it has been such a lifesaver time and time again. The app shows you where the nearest vegan or veg-friendly restaurants are located, so you'll never be stuck just ordering fries at a random restaurant again!

Organi Chiado

Address: Calçada Nova de São Francisco, n.º 2, Chiado, Lisbon
Phone: 216 065 121

I would have recommended this restaurant based on the incredibly friendly service alone, but luckily the food was also outstanding! I'm fairly certain that the menu changes daily, but if you happen to be there when the braised tofu is available, get it! The food was super fresh, flavourful, and satisfying. The owner himself came over to our table to make sure everything was okay, and he also gave us recommendations for other vegan restaurants we should check out while in Lisbon.

Organi Chiado Lisbon

Organi Chiado Lisbon Portugal

Vegana Burgers

Address: C.C Saldanha Residence Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo 42E Lisbon, Portugal 1050-105
Phone: +351 21 353 0018

First of all, this place was really, really hard to find. We had wifi, and we still walked around the block for about 10 minutes before finally found the entrance. So, don't stress out if you don't find it right away! This restaurant offers a few unique variations of the standard veggie burger. I ordered a peanut butter inspired burger with sweet potato curls, and I was left feeling very satisfied! However, I was a bit disappointed to see advertisements for real meat burgers inside a 100% vegan restaurant. I believe that Vegana Burgers is a sister restaurant to a non-vegan burger shop, but it was still really annoying to have signs for real meat right on the table. 

Vegana Burgers Lisbon

Ciao Ciao Italia 

Address: Doca do Bom Sucesso, Belém, Lisboa

After exploring Belém for the better part of the day, we were walking back along the waterfront, and were passing by an ice cream shop. It was a super hot day, and ice cream sounded incredible. I was shocked to see a sign on the front door announcing that vegan options were available! This vegan gelato was incredibly creamy, and I'd say it's a definite must-try if you're in the Belém area on a hot day.

Ciao Ciao Italia Lisbon Portugal

Burger Factory 

Address: Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103, LX Factory, Edifício G - Piso 0 - Espaço 0.5, 1300-501 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 912 988 747

If you find yourself hungry and at the LX Factory, then you might want to consider eating at Burger Factory. This isn't a vegan restaurant by any stretch of the imagination, but the staff was really knowledgeable on veganism. There was another vegetarian restaurant at the LX Factory, but when I inquired about vegan options they said they were sold out. Even their veggie burger had egg in it. So, we walked by Burger Factory, and while we thought it would be a long shot, we asked about vegan options. They have veggie burgers & hot dogs on the menu. I ordered the veggie dog, but they were out of hot dog buns. The waitress suggested they could serve it on a burger bun, and that ended up to be delicious! 

Burger Factory Lisbon Portugal

Princesa do Castelo

Address: Rua do Salvador 64A, 1100-466 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 887 1263

This is another restaurant that seems to have a menu that changes daily. This restaurant is located near Castelo de São Jorge, which is a must see while in Lisbon. I really loved how fresh this food tasted, it wasn't oily or processed at all. The meals all seemed to be fairly simple, but the flavours were delicious. 

Princesa do Castelo Lisbon Portugal

Primo Basílico

Address: R. dos Remédios 37, 1100-441 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 888 5287

This is where we actually had our first meal in Lisbon, and it did not disappoint! Primo Basílico is a small pizza shop, but they actually had four vegan pizza options available when we popped in! I got a calzone, onion pizza, and pizza with a creamy white sauce. Everything was delicious, and very reasonably priced. 

Primo Basílico Lisbon Portugal

Primo Basílico Lisbon Portugal

Tweny Pancake 

Address: Av. João XXI 22C, 1000-302 Lisboa, Portugal

I found this place online when I was planning our trip, and it did not disappoint! Tweny Pancake is a 100% vegan pancake shop that offers many different flavours and toppings. I was super excited because they serve vegan hot chocolate, which can be quite hard to find. The pancakes were fluffy and the toppings were delicious. 

Tweny Pancake Lisbon Portugal

Tweny Pancake Lisbon Portugal

39 Degraus

Address: Rua Barata Salgueiro, 39, Lisbon, Portugal, 1269-059
Phone: 0213140429

This restaurant is situated inside of cinema, so there's lots of movie themed memorabilia around. We each ordered a veggie burger and fries, which was the only vegan option available at the time. Apparently they have a fully vegan brunch once a week, which I wish we could have checked out! While I thought the veggie burger was just okay, Dylan thoroughly enjoyed it. 

39 Degraus Veggie Burger

Jardim Das Cerejas

Address: Calçada Sacramento 36, 1200 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 346 9308

If you're really hungry, you need to check out the fully vegan buffet at Jardim Das Cerejas! The food here was absolutely delicious, which led us to return three times! The buffet changes for the most part everyday, but there were some staple dishes each time we dined. 

Jardim Das Cerejas Vegan Buffet

Jardim Das Cerejas Vegan Buffet

Ao 26 - Vegan Food Project

Address: Rua Vitor Cordon, 26 Lisbon, Portugal 1200-484
Phone: +351 967 989 184

This was another restaurant that we ate at multiple times, because it was that good. I would highly recommend order the vegan steak and the crème brûlée, they were both incredible. Not only was the food delicious, but the presentation was also top notch!

Ao 26 - Vegan Food Project

Ao 26 - Vegan Food Project

Gelados Fragoleto

Address: Rua da Prata 61, 1100-413 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 347 9472

I was really impressed with the availability of vegan gelato and ice cream in Lisbon! Gelados Fragoleto had some really delicious flavours available, like caramel, hazelnut, and mint. So, if you're wanting something different than the typical fruity sorbets that you can get almost anywhere, go to Fragoleto for really creamy and unique flavours. 

Gelados Fragoleto Vegan Ice Cream

If you're also vegan or just veg-curious and planning a vacation to Lisbon, then as you see you'll have plenty of options! The only area that Lisbon is lacking in would be vegan bakeries. Unfortunately we didn't find any vegan pastel de nata's until we arrived in Porto.

Have you been to Lisbon before? What has been the most vegan city that you've been to?

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