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Giveaway: The Underground Chic Vegan Kelly Bag

Let’s just cut to the chase and get to the buzz words you really came here for: Vegan. Kelly. Bag. You heard right, bitches. There are a lot of remarkable, fantastic, gorgeous vegan handbag companies out there – and I love them all. So, I’m always excited to learn of more intentionally vegan companies who design with eco-awareness.

The Underground Chic sent me one of their supple, super practical Ginny Bags in Nautical Blue (an electrifying, mood-lifting cobalt), and not only has it been glued to my hip (or on my arm) since, but it’s garnered lots of compliments. Here’s what you need to know about The Underground Chic: Classic styling, juicy colors, and eco-minded construction. At first glance, the bags look like real leather with metal hardware; however upon closer examination, you will see that the 100% RPET (polyester made from recycled plastic bottles) handbags have a crisp photo printed image that fools from afar for a fun twist on a classic Hermes style. The benefit of this? Cool design that’s lightweight. Can I get an “amen” from our weary shoulders? Lots of compartments and room enough for your laptop, tablet, and gym accessories mean that this bright and functional bag can take you from work to pilates to drinks effortlessly.

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In addition to being made from recycled PET, The Underground Chic also partners with Trees for the Future, so that every bag sold results in a tree planet. Woot!

I’m excited to partner with The Underground Chic to do offer a coupon code especially for TLF readers. Use code “THELITTLEFOXES” to get 20% off your purchase.

Win this bag before it hits their store!

Win this bag before it hits their store!

Moreover, one lucky sucker will win a cross body Kelly-style bag (note: this is a different, smaller style than the one I have) so new it has yet to hit their site (retail value $40) in your choice of rocking color. I do some pretty rad giveaways, but this one may be one of the best yet. I mean, who doesn’t want a bold bag for spring and summer? Exactly.

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Giveaway: The Good Home Co.

For many, being vegan isn’s just a diet, it’s a lifestyle. And part of everyone’s (at least, I hope) lifestyle is maintaining a healthy home. Whether you’re aspiring to bring greener products in to your home (for yourself, your little ones, or your critters),  you’re looking to lessen your environmental footprint, or you want to ensure that your home is cleaned with kind (aka: not tested on animals and no cruddy animal byproducts) and natural ingredients, this giveaway has you covered.

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The Good Home Co. has been making highly effective, super conscientious home care products since 1995. All free from sulfates, parabens, phosphates, phthalates, animal ingredients, and animal testing, the entire line of products is also biodegradable and comes in a tremendous range of  custom-blended scents, all of which are insanely yummy.

The Good Home Co. sent me a sampling of their products, and I gotta tell ya, I was majorly impressed. The very laundry detergent and softener you can enter to win today is part of what they sent me, in a custom scent of my choosing. I selected Marrakech, because I am a lover of all things spicy and exotic (cue Waris Ahluwalia reference…). Upon first use, my laundry smelled amazing and was super-soft and fluffy. While I loathe doing dishes, I adore doing laundry (if I’m staying somewhere with a laundry room, that is), and these goodies made a common chore like an aromatherapeutic experience.

I also had the pleasure of trying the Glass and Surface Cleaner in Beach Days. Gorgeous scent and awesome performance. After a busy day of cooking up recipes, this cut through grease, flour, and general grime to reveal a gleaming and softly scented countertop (perhaps the only time you will ever hear that sentence). I also have been using the Reed Diffuser in Lavender to scent my closet, and the results are great. Unlike many reed diffusers, the scent lingers, but is not cloying, nor artificial smelling.

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Fun fact:  When I was younger, I had horrible migraines. Like, so debilitating you miss days of your life migraines. Once I switched over to natural products and especially natural scents, my migraines seriously subsided. If you’re huffing Glade Plug Ins and Tide, you’re basically surrounding yourself, your kiddos, and your pets with harmful, sick-inducing chemicals. And who wants that?

Come over to the bright side and enter this giveaway to get your own custom The Good Home Co. experience. With scents like Warm Sandalwood, Anjou, and Spiced Apple Cider, even your laundry can be unique to you. Open to US entrants only.

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Giveaway: Aromi Liquid Lipsticks

If you’re anything like me, you love a solid, red lip. But, if your beauty standards are both vegan and cruelty-free (as they should be, loves), the road to a vampy crimson lip can be riddled with despair and carmine. Enter Aromi Beauty. I met the darling Hannah, Aromi’s founder, at a Chicago craft fair last year and immediately knew we were soul mates. Perhaps it’s because we’re both blonde and bespectacled (as some of the best women are).

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Perhaps it’s because she was manning the cutest booth in the place. Perhaps it’s because when I said I’m a cruelty-free, vegan blogger, she and I practically wept, embraced, and became non-sexual life partners. Sometimes people just get you.

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Get to Know Aromi

So, why is Aromi so special? For one – performance. Aromi’s liquid lipsticks are by far the best indelible lip colors I’ve ever used IN MY LIFE. And when I like a product, oh dear Jeebus, I hold on to it, I pimp it out, I tell the world about it. I’ve raved about these lip colors on Refinery29, I shamelessly promoted them to sweet, sweet Mayim Bialik when I interviewed her this week, and much like a manic street preacher (isn’t that a band?), I talk these up to pretty much anyone else who will listen. And the listening happens easily because every single time I wear Aromi liquid lipstick, people ask me what I’m wearing and OMG how can they get some?

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These are not for the meek. These colors are big and bright and bold. Heavily pigmented in the best way possible, these lip colors are a pinup’s dream. My favorites? Preppy Red is my go-to for a wildly sexy red lip, while Rich Rosewood is the perfectly mysterious color that makes your lips look like two velvety berry rose petals. Oh, and the Electric Orchid? Totally wearable color of the season.

Here’s a pic of me (the pale apparition in the middle, kids) wearing Preppy Red on a rare night at a club (when Miley Cyrus showed up). Just gaze at it and behold the hypnotic, vampifying powers of the Aromi:

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Unlike a lot of long-wearing lip creams, these are actually comfortable and reliable. Comfy meaning that your lips won’t feel like a desert. Reliable meaning that it won’t ball up on you (you just have to apply on very dry lips) and leave creepy stuff on your teeth during that hot date.

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Aromi makes other incredible products, too. The lipsticks are creamy, heavenly goodness. The perfumes smell awesome. The eyeshadows are mineral-based and bold. The packaging is really pretty and worth gazing at for hours.

The Little Foxes’ Aromi Giveaway

I know you’re going to love Aromi’s stuff and basically become obsessed. To help form your healthy relationship (totally codependent) with some of the best lippies out there, I present to you, a giveaway that will rock your socks. One lucky sucker will win FOUR liquid lipsticks. In any choice of colors. Um, that’s $68 worth of lip looks, people. Why does this matter? Because a bitch has gotta mix it up. Enter now, tell your friends, and make it happen.

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Spring Beauty with Leaping Bunny

Ever since I was 11 years old and found a PETA flyer on animal testing on the floor of my local Texas grocery store, I have cared deeply about finding non-animal tested products. Back then, the landscape was kind of grim, but now, we have a big, beautiful, cruelty-free playground to rejoice in. I think that, all things being equal, anyone with a soul and a brain would opt for a cruelty-free product over an animal tested one, right? But so often we put blinders on and saunter in to the CVS to buy L’Oreal, Maybelline, Pantene, etc or to the local mall to purchase the latest Chanel or Lancome color du jour. I used to be meek about my thoughts on people willfully buying animal tested products because I thought that people simply didn’t know, but with so much education and so many resources out there (see below), there’s really no excuse. There’s no color or formulation beautiful enough, no brand chic enough to merit buying cosmetics or personal care products that are tested on animals.

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I am so excited to collaborate with Leaping Bunny to share some of my favorite spring beauty finds that are both vegan and Leaping Bunny-certified. What does that mean? Well, the Leaping Bunny fights the good fight of working with companies to ensure that animal testing is nowhere in their formulations, ingredients, or production processes. To bear the Leaping Bunny symbol means that companies care and are part of the solution. While the Leaping Bunny symbol doesn’t mean that a product is vegan, many are, and all of the ones that I’m loving on today are, because well, I’m me and we’re here.

Cruelty-Free, Vegan Spring Favorites with Leaping Bunny

If you’re anything like me, you’re craving spring with a not-so-silent desperation. It’s when the weather thaws, breezes get warm, shoes become open-toed, and your skincare and beauty routines beg for a little change. And, as a lover of beauty goodies and animals, my first stop is usually The Leaping Bunny site to get the 411 on companies that eschew animal tests (because those are the farthest thing from beautiful). I’m so excited to share some of my favorite vegan, Leaping Bunny-certified products for spring – all the warmer-weather gorgeousness you crave minus the animal cruelty means it’s going to be one gorgeous season!

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Skin: As the weather changes, you may find your skin detoxes a bit (that’s a nice word for “breaks out” or “acts crazy”). Products that used to work well in the winter, may be too heavy for your daily routine in the spring. It’s important to give your skin some TLC and I love getting a fresh start with suki’s Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser (which smells amazing and smoothes out winter-weary skin). It whisks away dryness and blemish-causing dirt whilst leaving skin hydrated and plump. For extra hydration, I top off my routine with Desert Essence Jojoba Oil for day or Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Anti-Aging Serum for evening. I also love 100% Pure’s Coffee Bean Eye Cream for wide-awake, depuffed peepers day or night. Sunscreen is a must year-round, but in the spring it becomes imperative, and I am bananas about Kiss My Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 (because you can never have too much protection). For my body, I hydrate with Indie Lee’s exotic Patchouli and Sandalwood Moisturizing Oil (smells like a Moroccan bazaar and the packaging is crazy chic) and fake a glow with Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion.

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Makeup: Warmer weather and longer days call for makeup that goes the distance without making you look like a cast member of the Real Housewife of the New Jersey Malls. After cleansing, moisturizing, and sunblocking, I even out and protect my skin with DeVita’s incredible Moisture Tints BB Cream and add faux glow and contour (I’m pretty Downton Abbey pale, so a little goes a long way and doubles as a nice neutral eye shadow!) with 100% Pure’s Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer. Spring is all about just-pinched cheeks, and one of my favorites is Modern Mineral’s Love in the Afternoon mineral blush (a perfect peony pink, and great name, to boot!). I top the look off with a few coats of Beauty Without Cruelty’s Full Volume Black Mascara and Aubrey’s Natural Lips Sheer Tint in Strawberry Frost (a shimmery, sheer berry), and I’m good to go! If I want a more dramatic look, I use Aromi’s amazing Liquid Lipstick in Preppy Red or Rich Rosewood (you can also apply a little to your fingers and tap on cheeks for a more pronounced cream blush that lasts all day).

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Hair: I’m a fine haired gal and a lover of dry shampoo. Skinnyskinny’s Rose and Black Pepper Dry Shampoo is a revelation on days when you’re in a rush or want to make your style last a day longer. When I hit the showers, I have an aromatherapy experience with Acure’s gorgeous Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and deep condition with Giovanni’s 2chic Ultra-Sleek Conditioner, which banishes tangles and frizz like a boss.

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Scent: Nothing sends me in to a new season like the perfect scent and I am crazy about Tata Harper’s Love Potion, a hypnotic, yet light blend of the world’s most precious and unfettered aphrodisiac oils. It mellows beautifully on skin and sticks around all day. And the old school atomizer bottle is too chic not to store on your vanity. Spritz your hair, skin, and clothes to leave admirers wherever you go.

My Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty Resources

We’re so lucky to have so many lovingly curated sites and informative blogs for finding cruelty-free, vegan beauty products. Here are some of my friends and favorites. Check them out and be sure to show them love.

  • Leaping Bunny
  • Vegan Beauty Review
  • Logical Harmony
  • My Beauty Bunny (not everything is vegan, but there’s a robust vegan section and all appropriate products are denoted as such)
  • Vegan Cuts (everything in the marketplace is both vegan and cruelty-free, and their beauty boxes are a bomb way to discover hot vegan beauty goodies)
  • Petit Vour (vegan luxury beauty box. I know you guys be swooning :))
  • My weekly columns on Refinery29. And if you like these, it’d be extra special if you shared and commented on ‘em. Why? Because R29 is a mega force in the beauty world and hearing that their readers appreciate and want cruelty-free and vegan content is a good thing.

Giveaway: nyl Skincare

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Some of you may already know that I have a weekly column dedicated to only cruelty-free, vegan beauty on the super rad site, Refinery29. In this capacity, I have the pleasure of testing and getting to know loads of ethical and kickass brands, and I’d like to share the love with you! I’ve known of nyl Skincare for awhile, but when I tried their products first-hand, I was hooked on their beautiful simplicity, commitment to kind formulations (a blessing for my sensitive and windburned complexion), and 100% chemical-free, cruelty-free, and vegan stance. I mean, check this out, yo:

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My favorites so far: The makeup remover (it really works and leaves yo skin so soft), whipped hand and body lotion (so creamy!), and velvet transformative serum (I liked it to much it rose to the top of over 45 facial oils I tried to make this list). And, lo and behold, you can win some of those and become familiarized with this miraculous, hand-crafted, simple luxury brand.

The Little Foxes’ nyl Skincare Giveaway

I love this line and I know you (and anyone else who loves clean, green, kind skincare that makes you glow!) will, too. One lucky TLF reader will win a $45 nyl Skincare Starter Kit, chock full of everything you need to get glowing! The kit includes my favorite whipped hand and body lotion and velvet transformative serum, and also includes a face wash of your choice and the heavenly scrub (that smells of orange and kittens and sunshine)!

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