I know you don't want to hear it again but gurl please, put on your sunscreen!!☀️ And to make sure you don't have any excuses for not wearing sunscreen every damn day, here's a list of cruelty-free and vegan sunscreens for UNDER $16! 🍉 Find the full list with product descriptions and links on my blog, link in bio! 🌞 
List of Cruelty-Free & Vegan Sunscreens:
⛱ @albabotanica Facial Sunscreen SPF 30 ($6.35)
⛱ @kissmyfaceusa Vegan Face Sunscreen ($10.78)
⛱ @goddessgarden Mineral Sunscreen Stick ($7.84)
⛱ @barerepublic Mineral Face Lotion SPF 30 ($14.99)
⛱ @jasonnaturalcare Vegan Sunscreen ($9.23)
⛱ @thinksport Safe Sunscreen ($12.11)
⛱ @livecleanusa Mineral Sunscreen ($12.79)
⛱ @babobotanicals Sheer Zinc Sunscreen ($13.29)
⛱ @allgoodbrand Sport Vegan Sunscreen ($12.89)
⛱ @mychellebeauty Sun Shield Sunscreen ($13.60)
⛱ @pacificabeauty Sun + Skincare Mineral Sunscreen ($16)
⛱ @dermae Sun Defense Mineral Oil-Free Sunscreen($15.80)
⛱ @attitude_living Natural Care Mineral Sunscreen ($14.99)
📸 via @theeverygirl

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Keeping it cool as a cucumber 🥒
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Look at how pretty @lovemissfrankie’s nail polishes are! 🌸✨ loving this pale grey lilac nude color called I Prefer Champagne! 🍾  all of Miss Frankie nail polishes are cruelty-free, vegan, 10-free, breathable, and made in Australia! 🇦🇺🥂✨ #veganmanimonday #missfrankie

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@callitspring is committed to going fully vegan! ✌🏻🌱 Starting from their spring 2019 collection, all new shoes, handbags, and accessories will be entirely animal-free! ✨🌸
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Tag someone who knows u this well 🥰❤️✨ // 📷 via @sirkornflakes

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Unilever Acquires Cruelty-Free Beauty Brand Tatcha for a Reported $500 Million 
Tatcha is still considered to be cruelty-free (as of right now and we'll be closely monitoring any updates to their animal testing policies) however, Unilever is definitely NOT cruelty-free as their products/ingredients are tested on animals when required by law in 2019. 
For those of you who choose to boycott CF brands that are owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free, then sadly Tatcha should be avoided. However, if you choose to support these CF brands and want to know which of Tatcha skincare products are also vegan, you can find a vegan product list below! 
Tatcha isn't a 100% vegan beauty brand however they do offer some vegan options 💜

Tatcha Vegan Products (2019):
❁ Camellia Gold Spun Lip Balm
❁ Cherry Blossom Lip Balm
❁ Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder
❁ Gold Camellia Beauty Oil
❁ One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
❁ Red Camellia Lip Balm
❁ The Essence
❁ The Water Cream
❁ Violet-C Brightening Serum
📸 via @tatcha

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We’re just awful, aren’t we? 😁💕✨
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"Passion is energy, feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you” ~ Oprah Winfrey ❣️ This is 𝓹𝓪𝓼𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷 by @siennabyronbay , an intense vermilion red creme nail polish color ❤️ #veganmanimonday
All of Sienna Byron Bay nail polishes are Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Water Permeable & Breathable, Non-Toxic: No Formaldehyde, No Toluene, No DBP, No Synthetic Camphor, No Formaldehyde Resin, No Xylene, No Tosylamide and No Benzophenone-1. 💅🏻

"Passion is energy, feel the...

💯 accurate. 👌🏻
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Another cruelty-free makeup brand is now available at Sephora!! 🐰 @meltcosmetics' popular cruelty-free eyeshadow palettes + stacks, lipsticks, blush, highlighters, eye and lip liners are now sold in-stores and online at @sephora! 💄 Most of Melt Cosmetics' products are vegan but some shades do contain carmine. If you're curious, I've got a vegan product list up on my blog (link in bio)💋 So proud to see more and more cruelty-free and vegan options available at Sephora! ✌✨ // 📸 via @meltcosmetics

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Heroine NYC Cruelty-Free + Vegan Nail Polish Review

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Happy October! Bring on the pumpkin spice everything, it’s officially sweater weather!

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I’m really excited that this week’s Vegan Mani Monday is kindly sponsored by a cruelty-free, vegan nail polish brand, Heroine NYC. They will be donating 100% of net profits for every pink nail polish they sell this month to the National Breast Cancer Foundation!

But before I get into that, here’s what you need to know about this amazing nail polish brand.

About Heroine NYC Nail Polish

Heroine NYC nail polish is cruelty-free and 100% vegan, meaning they don’t test on animals and they don’t use any animal-derived ingredients in any of their nail polish or nail care products. Heroine NYC is also certified cruelty-free by PETA, Leaping Bunny, and also recognized as being cruelty-free by ethical elephant.

In addition, Heroine NYC also cares about what goes into their vegan nail polish too! So they made sure to avoid using toxic ingredients, all of their nail polish are 7-free (do not contain formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, triphenyl phosphate, or parabens).

Heroine NYC nail polish is all made in the USA.

Get Involved To Create a Polish You Love!

But what makes Heroine NYC different from other vegan nail polish brands?

They love getting their users and followers’ involved with helping to name and choose the next colors to add to their collection!

Before they launch, Heroine NYC will ask their Instagram community to help name their polishes, and they’ll even include their Instagram @ handle of the selected user and name directly on the label of the nail polish bottle! By doing this, Heroine NYC lets us know that our voices do matter and count in creating a product we’ll love!!

We at Heroine NYC have decided to not only make great products for you, but with you! – Heroine NYC

Heroine NYC Giving & Doing Good for Animals

Heroine NYC is also doing some fab work for animals! Not only does Heroine NYC walk the walk, and talk the talk, as all of their polishes are cruelty-free and vegan but also with every purchase, Heroine NYC donates a part of the net profits to an animal rescue charity.

Heroine NYC has regularly donated to The Beagle Freedom Project (BFP), a non-profit animal rescue organization that I’m well-familiar with. Heroine NYC’s contribution and donation help BFP rescue lab animals across the country and to give them a second chance in life.

Together, we can do anything and make this world a better place, polish by polish! – Heroine NYC

During the month of October 2018, with every purchase of Heroine NYC’s pink polishes (Mean Girl & Sugar Spun), they will be donating 100% of the net profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation! You can see swatches of these two pink polishes down below.

I absolutely love the charitable giving aspect of Heroine NYC. I think they’ve done a fab job of teaming up and collaborating with some great charities that are doing some amazing work!

Review: Heroine NYC Vegan Nail Polish

I got to try out 5 of Heroine NYC’s vegan nail polishes, below you will find color descriptions of each polish and how they applied on my nails.

What I specifically enjoyed about Heroine NYC polish is how their brushes are big and thick which makes application easier. You only need a light hand and the brush picks up just the right amount of polish. They also dried relatively quickly and I wore the polish for 5 days without any chipping.

Sugar Spun – heroine.nyc ($10)

Described as a baby pastel pink. This was surprisingly very opaque for such a light pastel color. I was very impressed with the coverage of this polish. Non-streaky. I have on 2 coats.

*During the month of October, 100% of net profits of every Sugar Spun nail polish sold will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Peek-A-Blue – heroine.nyc ($10)

Described as a pastel blue. This was also just as opaque as the pastel pink. Non-streaky. I have on 2 coats.

Mean Girl – heroine.nyc ($10)

Described as a neon pink. This is a much thicker and stickier formula compared to the other polishes. It is a very bright highlighter neon pink. I don’t typically like neon nail polish but once I saw this color on my nails.. I was totally feeling it! High-gloss finish. I have on 2 coats.

*During the month of October, 100% of net profits of every Mean Girl nail polish sold will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Wine at Midnight – heroine.nyc ($10)

Described as a classic dark red. This is such a stunning shade of red, it’s got a blue undertone. It’s like a vampy red. Opaque and high-gloss finish. I have on 2 coats.

Gold Digger – heroine.nyc ($10)

Holy smokes!! This is the best gold glitter nail polish I’ve ever tried!! Contains tiny gold glitter. Adheres very well on the nails without a sponge. Incredibly pigmented, covers the entire nail with just 2 coats. No sponge application needed. This is a staple gold glitter you need in your life!

In addition to Heroine NYC’s vegan nail polishes, I also got to try their Soy Vegan Nail Polish Remover and Vegan Cuticle Oil.

Soy Nail Polish Remover – Heroine NYC ($11)

This is an acetone-free, soy-based, vegan, non-toxic nail polish remover. It’s also enriched with Vitamins A, C, and E and infused with Coconut Essential Oil to nourish and help keep nails and cuticles healthy.

It doesn’t dry out my nails or skin. Does an effective job of removing polish but when comparing it to traditional nail polish remover, it does take a little more rubbing to remove polish completely off. Despite the added seconds it takes to remove my nail polish, it is so much more gentle on my nails, so I think it’s definitely worth it to make the switch to a non-toxic and soy-based nail polish remover.

It also doesn’t have a chemically smell to it, which is what I couldn’t stand with conventional nail polish removers. It’s got a light vegetable oil smell to it.

You also only need a little bit of the soy-based nail polish remover in order to saturate a cotton pad and to remove polish off of all 10 fingernails, so I know I’ll be getting a lot of uses out of this one bottle. The Heroine NYC soy nail polish remover comes in a dark glass bottle, which I intend to reuse and repurpose once I’m done with it.

Cuticle Oil – Heroine NYC ($8)

This is a great cruelty-free and vegan cuticle oil to help keep my cuticles nice and moisturized! There’s no smell to it. The doe foot applicator makes application a breeze. Best of all, it doesn’t leave an oily residue behind!

Want to try any of these products from Heroine NYC? You can purchase directly on their website and remember that during the month of October, every pink Heroine NYC nail polish sold, 100% of net profits will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Disclaimer: This post was part of a sponsored opportunity. I received free product and/or payment in return for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are always 100% my own.


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