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Wet-To-Dry Eye Shadow: A Guide
How to go Vegan | A Beginners Guide

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Practical tips for going vegan | Easy Transition

Recently I've been getting a ton of questions about veganism, following a plant-based diet, how to stick with it, how to be vegan on a budget, how to loose weight when going plant-based etc. The questions have been pretty consistent ever since I shared my weight loss progress photos on Facebook and Instagram. While I personally did not begin this lifestyle journey for weight loss, it was an inevitable by-product. I will admit that I was, however, definitely hoping that I would lose some weight as I was severely overweight at the time of making the plant-based switch. The transition was made overnight, I went from being a heavy meat and dairy consumer to a full-fledged vegan. This post will be focused on the food aspect of going vegan or going "plant-based" (which would be the correct term.) The typical questions I get are from people who are interested in losing a few pounds following a plant-based diet are circulated around the diet portion of veganism so the tips will be focused on food and how to transition for someone who struggles with food and weight. Vegan and cruelty-free products will be left for another post. :)  

Vegan Transition tips.

I'm not going to tell you to eat unlimited carbs and unlimited calories because I don't believe that to be true. If that's something you've never heard, that advice is something repeated in the vegan community, for a reason, but I don't believe that advice to be good for someone struggling with their weight. I'm also not going to tell you to cut fat or to cut carbs and not to worry about calories because "as long as you are restricting a macro and cutting either carbs or fat you'll be fine...because again I don't believe that to be true either. I'm not going to tell you what your macros should be at all, or what vegan diet would be best for you, or how many calories you should be eating. There are countless statements repeated within the weight loss and fitness community that I personally believe to be myths, however, calorie in vs calorie out isn't one that I believe to be one of them. With that being said, I am not an expert, I am not a nutritionist or health professional. I'm simply someone who gets numerous questions about the vegan/plant-based lifestyle due to the fact that I lost about 75 pounds in about 7 months without exercise on a plant-based diet, so...I decided to gather together gather all of my beginner vegan tips into a clear, quick and concise article that you can refer to or share with your friends if you are a vegan and are trying to do some converting. This post will be a focus on the food aspect of going vegan, vegan and cruelty-free products will be for another post. This post will be focused on the food aspect of going vegan. Vegan and cruelty-free products will be for another post. :) This post is also made for the average person, no an already established hippy or health foodist.

1. Establish your "why."

At this point, I'm assuming you already established why you want to go vegan, and if you need a little extra push on all the great benefits I will be sure to dedicate a post to that topic alone. There are countless great reasons to go vegan, from Animal cruelty, lessening your carbon footprint, becoming more eco-friendly, saving money, (yes! I said saving) overall health and well-being, to weight loss and looking your best. Find your "why?" and keep that mind going forward. For me personally, I went vegan for all of the above. I couldn't find a reason NOT make the switch.

2. Find vegan alternatives. There are vegan alternatives to everything you're currently eating.

There are vegan alternatives for everything these days. There has ever been an easier time to transition, this is especially true if you're from a large city or in the US where you have a huge variety vegan alternatives. Vegan bologna exists, of all lunch meats... You van find vegan cheese, burgers, bacon etc. in the standard grocery stores here in Canada. You no longer have to make special trips to health food stores so excuses are hard to come up with.  I made a vegan poutine recently, and when I first went vegan I would eat chicken burgers, hamburgers, and pizza every day. If that's what you're eating now you would benefit greatly by substituting. Taking this approach will allow for the easiest transition. If you feel it's unnecessary you can skip it but taking this approach will show you that being vegan can be easier than you thought. Everything you're eating now is available through vegan alternatives. Start with the basics. Find a vegan milk you love, find a vegan butter, a cheese, and a few vegan meat products. For milk don't be afraid to try multiple, just because you don't like almond milk doesn't mean you won't like cashew or soy. I personally prefer soy, it doesn't have an odd after taste, it's creamier and often has more protein than your average nut milk.

3. Experiment with new meals that you actually love.

So many new vegans begin their journey by eating nothing but fruits, vegetables, and salad, then end up feeling unsatisfied with their meals, therefore decide being vegan is just too "hard" or too much, and inevitably give up. Eating this way for someone who already eats a pretty healthy diet or who was already vegan may be able to do this effortlessly, just look at all the raw foodists on social media, but if you're a new vegan who previously ate a standard American diet you are more than likely going to struggle with this method of eating right off the bat. Find a few whole food staples like sweet potatoes, rice, oatmeal etc. filling hardy foods to start with and experiment with preparing these meals in new ways until you find a combination of delicious meals that you actually really enjoy, would choose to eat over anything, and   This is a new blog so there isn't much content live, but feel free to subscribe to the newsletter to be notified when I put up new content. I'm currently establishing a schedule, but I'm hoping to publish a few times per week. Have a beautiful day!    
Wet-To-Dry Eye Shadow: A Guide
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Wet-to-dry eye shadows need not be complicated. While it might sound like yet another technique one must master in order to navigate a makeup counter, perhaps it’s better to think of it as a two-for-one deal.

Wear it dry, and you’ve got your standard dusting of color—classic and predictable (in a good way). But wet! Wearing it wet opens a whole new world of opportunity. “What you’re doing is bringing out the pigmented nature of the shadow,” makeup artist Vincent Oquendo says. “Whenever I wet an eye shadow, it’s when I really want it to pop—but it really has to be a special kind of product to be able to blend after it sets. Because a lot of the times when it sets, you get streaking.” Nobody wants that. In order to avoid any wet shadow mishaps, follow these guidelines:

Product

It's like insurance, Vincent says. "You're doubling your wearability."
It’s like insurance, Vincent says. “You’re doubling your wearability.”

First, go with the obvious: any eye shadow labeled wet-to-dry. The Nars Dual-Intensity line is the standout—the singles come in 12 different shimmery shades, and there’s a corresponding brush (then there’s the newly released Dual Intensity Blush line, which was all over Fashion Week—but that’s a product for another post). Burberry also makes a few very versatile shades specifically for this in their Wet & Dry Silk Shadows. And the technique-specific eye shadow category isn’t just a ploy to get you to buy more product. “You can’t just use any eye shadow for this,” Vincent says. “Certain ones will harden up on top and become unusable because they’re not made for this.”

Baked shadows are also fair game—we’re fans of Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour Wet/Dry and Lorac’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in particular.

For more advanced players, Vincent suggests moving on to straight pigment (MAC or even OCC’s Pure Cosmetic Pigments). With the added moisture, they’ll become easier to layer with other products. For a look with more depth, try using a cream shadow as a based before swiping with a wet powder shadow. “It’s like insurance,” Vincent says. “You’re doubling your wearability.

Brush
This all depends on exactly what you want to do. “Mind the resistance,” Vincent says, particularly if you’re looking for uniform color across the lid. “I tend to recommend a blender brush, which is the brush that looks like a feather duster. If you do it with a stiff brush, you’re defeating yourself before you even start. The joy of a wet-to-dry is you have to get it right amount of product loaded up, and then it blends itself. If the brush is too stiff, it will leave the shadow streaky and then much harder to control.”

However, if tightlining or waterlining is in the cards, a much thinner brush is required accordingly.

Liquid
Do not, repeat, do not put eye drops, water, or any other sort of liquid directly on your eye shadow. This’ll screw up your product for later use. “Lately, I’ve been wetting the brush with the Glossier Soothing Face Mist, but Evian Mineral Water Spray is good for sensitive eyes,” Vincent says. If the top of your powder does get a little hardened by wet application, there’s a trick to remove it: Get a clean mascara spoolie and “exfoliate” your compact, Vincent recommends. This won’t crack the compact and will make it ready to go once more.

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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