Tuesday, May 15, 2012
My Vegan Beauty Routine - Evening
In my last post I talked about my morning vegan beauty routine, but I wanted to devote a separate post to my nighttime vegan beauty routine since it involves a whole different set of vegan products. In the evenings, my routine is all about winding down rather than my "get-up-and-go-go-go" morning routine. My evening beauty routine means relaxation and indulgence! And we all know how much I love relaxation!
Like my previous post mentioned, to the best of my knowledge the products discussed below are vegan. However, I do make mistakes! Also, companies sometimes change their ingredients or ingredients may differ from country to country, so just be safe and double-check an item is 100% vegan before purchasing.
And now, onto my vegan beauty routine for evenings! Links will lead you to where you can get more information on or purchase each specific product.
After work or at the end of each night I remove my makeup with Yes to Carrots Makeup Remover and wash my face with Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Deep Pore Scrub. If it is especially late or I'm just feeling lazy I'll use Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Towelettes. If I'm hopping in the shower, I'll just use some Trader Joe's Tea Tree Oil Soap on my face in the shower.
I shower at night (I just never have enough time in the morning) and I love using any of Lush's yummy-smelling shower gels. Personal favorites include Grass, Tramp and Olive Branch. I loved their Ghost shower gel, but it looks like they discontinued it. Boo. I also use Jason Satin Body Wash in Tea Tree that smells so refreshing and relaxing! Mister Spooky uses that body wash, too, along with the Trader Joe's Tea Tree Oil Soap mentioned above.
For shaving, I use a Preserve razor that is made from recycled yogurt cups and uses vegan razors (unfortunately, the lubricating strips on regular razors contain animal products and aren't vegan...I've been vegan for years and only recently learned of this!) and Alba Shave Foam in Mango Vanilla.
My go-to shampoo and conditioner combo is Pureology's Hydrate (SEE NOTE ON PUREOLOGY BELOW), but I also like using Giovanni Smooth as Silk shampoo and conditioner or Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose shampoo and conditioner. I did try going the natural route and using no shampoo (check out my no-shampoo challenge post), but unfortunately my hair didn't agree with the whole process so I went back to using vegan shampoos. (UPDATE: I have since learned that L'Oreal owns Pureology. Since L'Oreal does animal testing, I will no longer buy Pureology products.)
I don't shower every day, so sometimes I'll sprinkle a bit of Lush's No-Drought dry shampoo into my hair at night if it is looking a bit greasy. It soaks up any stray grease spots and leaves my hair smelling clean again!
I moisturize my body with Booda Butter or Kiss My Face Peaches and Creme Ultra Moisturizer. If I need a little extra pampering, I use Lush's massage bars. I love their Friends with Benefits bar since it smells like chocolate with a hint of marigolds (reminds me of Dia de Los Muertos)!
For my hair, I hardly ever use any styling products, but sometimes when it is feeling extra frizzy or dry I will comb Lush's R&B product through it while it is still damp from showering. The R&B smells amazing (think buckets of jasmine) and really helps with moisturizing my coarse and frizzy hair.
Since my hair is so unruly, I have to straighten it after showering. I spritz it with Pureology Colour Stylist Fortifying Heat Spray Protective Primer (per note above, I will no longer use Pureology products) for heat protection prior to blow-drying and straightening. Whenever possible, I let my hair air-dry, but usually I am short on time so I have to blow-dry. Once my hair is dry, I then run a straightening iron through it. My go-to iron that I've been using for years is the Hai Classic Convertible Ceramic Flat Iron.
Before bed I brush my teeth with Trader Joe's Peppermint Toothpaste and floss with Eco-Dent's vegan floss. My final step before bed is applying moisturizer. Around my eyes I use Derma-E's eye cream and on my face I use Derma-E's age-defying moisturizing complex.
Ahhhhhh...then all pampered and relaxed I hop into bed and start the cycle over the next morning!
What is your nightly routine like? What are your favorite vegan beauty products?