Hey, Grace again! Today I’ve brought another one of my friends - Polina. She’s a vegan mother of two who has lived in various places around the world, including Indonesia !
She currently lives in NYC and her beauty routine is very minimalistic (& easy to follow) as she does her face in the mere minutes she has before her two young boys are up!
She’s been completely vegan for 4 years now and has gone through both her pregnancies vegan - with no issues! In fact, being vegan has helped her to avoid some allergic reactions (More on this below!).
As a vegan, all her beauty products are cruelty free. She tends to prefer all-natural products, but she does have a few cult favorites thrown into her daily mix – because balance is key, right?
Here she started off with her daily routine and I added a touch of Rosé to complete the look!
One of her favorite brands to use is Pacifica which is a brand that is 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free. To cleanse her face she uses their sulfate-free ‘Sea Foam Complete Face Wash’ and follows up with some coconut oil to moisturize (for both her hair and skin!).
Next she adds the Pacifica CC Cream (SPF 17) as a base & adds some Physician’s Formula ‘Butter Bronzer’ to give that sun-kissed glow that cloudy NYC winters take away!
On to the eyes!
For eyes she uses products from the brand 100% Pure, which, as its name suggests, is made from natural ingredients & is free of artificial colors & fragrances.
She uses their ‘Pretty Naked’ palette for eye shadow (it’s fruit pigmented!) & then adds their ‘Creamy Long Last Liner’ in Dark Cacao.
Next come the cult favorites: She uses Urban Decay’s ‘Perversion’ for her lashes – and for her brows, she uses Anastasia Beverly Hills’ DipBrow in Ebony.
And now to my favorite part – the Rosé! I added a touch of Pop to the apples of her cheeks and blended it upwards with some Clink for that youthful rosy glow!
For her lips I added a mixture of Fizz and Pop to create a natural, peach toned lip, perfect for the summer!
Then I added some glow with the Make Up Store Gleam Dream in Rose for some dewy radiance!
More on veganism:
What is the difference between vegetarian and vegan?
- A vegetarian may still consume animal based products, like dairy or eggs, whereas a vegan consumes no animal based products at all
Why become vegan?
- 3 common reasons include: animal rights, environment (livestock farming can be bad for the environment) & health
- Polina adds, “I became vegan because when I was breastfeeding my first son, my friends suggested that I drink a lot of dairy so his bones would be strong, but he got allergic reactions instead. I went to a doctor and he mentioned that I shouldn’t be consuming cow’s milk while breastfeeding, and I thought… why don’t we take this much care when it comes to our own bodies and what we consume?”
What are some health benefits related to being vegan?
- Some sources indicate a decreased risk of developing diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension & heart disease
- “Compared with meat eaters, vegetarians tend to consume less saturated fat & cholesterol & more vitamins C & E, dietary fiber, folic acid, potassium, magnesium and phytochemicals (plant chemicals), such as carotenoids (good for skin & eyes) and flavonoids (antioxidants that may have a role in protecting the brain).” – Harvard Health
- According to Polina, “I was anemic (lacked iron) before I turned vegan, but after I became vegan, my iron levels shot up!”
How does one start being vegan?
- Many people state that the easiest way to be a long-term vegan is to gradually transition from vegetarian to vegan
- Polina states “I was raised vegetarian because my father had asthma and a doctor suggested that he go vegetarian to improve the condition (and it did help), so I grew up vegetarian and it wasn’t hard for me to start being vegan,”
+ Polina Rosjo (Plant Based Nutritionist with a degree from eCornell)