Sorry for the hiatus, life has been crazy and things are finally looking up for me again! Check out the video for more details:(
It may seem as though I’ve dropped off the face of the earth as far as my online presence is concerned. For that, I do apologize, but so much has changed for me in the last few months that it is hard for me to keep up with everything. I do keep an active presence on my Veggie Beauty facebook page, so if you want to keep up with my day to day activities and my life that is the best way to keep in contact.
For many of you long time subscribers, you are aware that my husband lost his job last July. We thought it was only a temporary setback, but it took him over eight months before he was able to find a reliable job. He had several interviews, but that only added to the frustration somedays. It would build up my hope for our future, only to dash it back down after a few weeks went by and no job offer. He has, thankfully, found a job he loves in his field as of April, so that is a huge relief in our household. I am now able to breathe and allow myself to feel something other than panic and desperation.
I already had anxiety issues, depression, and self-doubt before all of this happened, but it definitely intensified the effects by 10x. It all I could do to motivate myself to make new collections for Pumpkin and Poppy Cosmetics and be the sole income in our family, let alone work on my own personal and non-financial pursuits. My studio became a dreaded place for me because I felt guilty when I wasn’t working on a new project so that we could pay our rent. It became a very toxic environment for me, and that made me sad because I had always loved my job before all of this happened.
In the last several months, I have diagnosed myself with being a highly sensitive person. The book, The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron, Phd. was a great help to me. It made me realize that my physiology is quite different from many around me; I sense and feel everything with a great intensity so I easily feel overwhelmed by too many noises, people, sensations, and distractions. It physically and mentally affects the way I function.
So of course the stress of being in a situation that already completely vexes those in a similar circumstance really did a number on me. We are in the process of relocating to a new city for his job, which is a difficult process in itself, but a hopeful one. I have taken what I call a “limbo” period to refocus my energy and to heal. A lot of my apartment is packed up in boxes, so I decided that I would focus on other creative pursuits than cosmetic formulating.
This does not mean that I don’t have great plans for Pumpkin and Poppy Cosmetics, because I definitely do, it just means that I need to recharge my batteries. As an artist, I found that if one medium was frustrating me, I could switch to another way of approaching my idea and find my enthusiasm restored. I also think its important, for my own process, that I find joy and fun in whatever I’m working on. When I’m in a good place mentally, physically, and creatively, I create my best ideas and material.
I have actually been motivated to start a project that has long been on the backburner, my book! I don’t have a title yet, but the focus is going to be a vegan starter kit type of book. I’m going to have essays on my own vegan philosophy, “cheapskater” tips on how to save money, nutritional information, DIY beauty recipes, and of course tons of recipes that I’m testing out and creating in my own kitchen. The main theme of the book is that Veganism is attainable, fun, and well worth the effort. I already have quite a bit of it written, and I’m very excited about how it is evolving. I’m going to be doing everything for it: editing, photography, writing, recipe creation/testing, and doing original artwork for the book, so it is taking up a decent portion of my time. It will take at least a year to finish and I don’t want to burn myself out, but I really hope you all enjoy it.
I really appreciate all of your support and patience over the years. I know many of you relate to and understand my issues with anxiety and how it affects my ability to achieve everything I set out to do. I’m realizing that I’m not in a race and that if I don’t take care of myself, I will have nothing to give anyone else. Its hard for me to accept because my whole life was focused on academia and being the best at everything. I’d rather just be the best at things that are important to me and the rest will fall into place. As always, helping animals is always at the core of whatever I’m doing. As long as that focus is always in place, it doesn’t matter if I decide to draw, paint, sing, write, or create cosmetics. I’m still helping, even if I touch just one person and they decide to explore Veganism in their own life.
FTC: Pumpkin and Poppy Cosmetics is owned, run, and operated by me and my husband. Our cosmetics are all vegan and cruelty-free.
“Boob Tubes” are a fun and campy lip butter collection, inspired by the dynamic leading ladies of classic television. The colors range from classic mod nudes, hot pinks, to lavender purples…its like a trip back in time to the glory days of television and all of the fabulous mini skirts, bouffant hair, and go-go go boots! This collection features the much loved Pumpkin and Poppy Lip Butter formula featuring organic butters and oils; a moisturizing formula…long lasting, and works with the color of your own lips.
Boob Tube Lip Butters: http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/pumpkinandpoppy/0/0/308524
I have a love and hate relationship with eye makeup because I have the curse of oily eyelids. The one benefit to oily lids is that it will take longer for me to develop deep crowsfeet around the eyes; I look at that as a good enough reason to put a little more effort into my makeup routine. I have found many tips and tricks that I would like to share that help keep my products in place longer and keep them from creasing. I’m not going to lie, natural products are not 24-7 kind of makeup items…they use natural waxes and oils that will breakdown throughout the day, but it is my belief that makeup shouldn’t be bulletproof. Who knows what chemicals commercial products have to keep them on the skin all day long? The skin naturally cleanses itself with oils throughout the day, which is healthy. Here are my own personal do’s and don’ts to help lessen the dreaded racoon eyes and keep your makeup in place.
Tip #1 Don’t Put Liquid Foundation or Concealer on the Eyes
Liquid foundations are not developed as primers for the eyelid…most are oil based and quite thin, so they tend to be the #1 culprit when it comes to eyeshadow creasing.
Tip #2 Powder as a Primer
I used to use liquid eye primers, but I never found a natural primer that was vegan that I really loved using. I stopped using liquid eye primers, and switched to simply powdering my lids prior to doing my eye-makeup. You want to create a barrier between the oils of your lids and the oils in whatever cream products you are using. If you are using cream eyeshadow, lightly blend a powder foundation or neutral eyeshadow onto the lid. You can also use Pumpkin and Poppy Oil Absorbing Mineral Veil…you will need to pack a bit more of it on the lid than with a titanium dioxide based foundation or eyeshadow, as titanium dioxide drinks up oils and moisture.
Tip #3 Never Use Cream Eyeliners with Cream Eyeshadows!
I’m an oil painter and in college, the first thing my professor told us when it was time to clean up our brushes was to use cooking oil! Oils break down oils, it is also the concept behind the oil cleansing method. I only use cream eyeliners on top of powdered eyeshadow; on the rare occasion that I’m feeling like tempting the makeup gods by wearing this combo, I will set my cream eyeliner with an eyeshadow and then lightly dust my finished creation with a translucent powder, like Pumpkin and Poppy’s Oil Absorbing Mineral Veil. For cream eyeshadows, I use a powdered eyeshadow with a stiff precision brush as my eyeliner.
Tip #4 Translucent Powder is Your Friend
You know how mid-day you go to the bathroom and powder your nose? Why not apply this concept to your eyeshadows? Take a translucent powder (opaque powder will dull and obscure your eye-makeup) and using a fluffy brush, lightly dust some over your eyelids. I swear, this really helps!
Tip #5 Use Powder Eyeshadow in Your Crease
My eye-makeup tends to crease right wear my eyelids meet my socket bone. To help prevent this, if I’m wearing cream eyeshadow on the lid I will wear a powdered eyeshadow right in the crease prone area.
Tip #6 Less is More
Always apply cream eyeshadows in a thin layer. Some recommend applying cream eyeshadows with a brush, I only use my fingers. I feel like I’m able to work the product into the lid with the heat of my fingers more effectively than with a brush. Do not over apply, it will definitely crease.
Tip #7 Wear Creams as Bases for Powder Eyeshadows
I find that this is my favorite way to wear cream eyeshadows; I use them to enhance my powdered eyeshadows. I will use a darker cream base if I want to do a smokey eye or want to darken up my eyeshadow color; I use white or skin-toned bases when I want bright and vibrant colors to stand out. I also find that my eyeshadow lasts longer when I wear a good cream eyeshadow base, especially one with oil absorbing ingredients built in. I developed the Pumpkin and Poppy cream eyeshadow pencils with kaolin clay, titanium dioxide, and arrowroot powder to help absorb oil from the lid. You can purchase Wipeout and Baby Eyeshadow Pencils with my Summer Love Collection.
In honor of my new summer collection, Summer Love, (based on the 1987 romantic film Dirty Dancing), I decided to do a photo tutorial using products from the collection. Everything in this look is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, as always! I posted this look a few days back on my facebook fan page and got positive feedback on it. If you are not subscribed to my Facebook page, go check it out! I always post my lastest collections, sales, ideas, recipes, and any other random interest that I want to share. I’m quite an eclectic individual:)
I also decided to focus more on blogging rather than vlogging via youtube. I am very busy with Pumpkin and Poppy related business, which is a wonderful thing…but it also leaves me less time to film and edit videos. Also, I feel that my camera quality is better than my video quality when it comes to detail oriented makeup tutorials. I will still film the occasional video, especially if I feel I have something important I want to share, but I think I will be able to stick to blogging than youtube a bit more consistently.
Summer Love Full Collections and individual items from the collection can be purchased here!
You can purchase Pumpkin and Poppy Cosmetics through my artfire shop!
I adore creamy sweet potato soups on a cold, winter night. What better way to beat the cold weather blues than to take the already tasty sweet potato soup and add a Jamaican twist. The coconut cream and cashew cream make this soup decadent and hearty, while adding protein.
3 TB creamed coconut (reconstitited with 1/2 cup hot water)
1 TB extra Virgin coconut oil
1 cup cashews soaked, drained, and blended until smooth with 1/4 cup water
2 TB Jamaican curry powder (I used a homemade blend from Vegan Eats World by Terry Hope Romero)
1 TB all purpose seasoning
1, 4oz can diced green chiles
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cups peeled and chopped sweet potatoes
4 cups vegetable broth
3/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 1/2 TB fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
1. The creamed coconut I use in this recipe comes from this brand (Edward and Son’s Let’s Do Organic)
Take 3 TB and mix together until disolved with half a cup of hot water and set aside.
2. Prep onions and sweet potatoes. Heat a TB of extra Virgin coconut oil and sauté onions on medium heat for 5 minutes.
3. Add sweet potatoes and mix into onions. Cook covered for 8 minutes and add salt and pepper to taste, along with the rest of the seasonings.
4. Add vegetable broth, cover, and increase heat to medium high. Cook covered until sweet potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes.
5. While cooking, blend soaked cashews with 1/4 cup water until smooth in a blender or food processor.
6. When sweet potatoes are soft, blend half of the soup in your blender and add back to pot.
7. Add diced chiles, creamed coconut and cashew cream into the soup pot and turn heat to low to heat through and develop flavor.
8. Before serving, mix in lemon juice and add cilantro.
9. Serves 6
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