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DEFY & INSPIRE

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5-Free, Vegan Nail Polish

Black nail polish, once solely reserved for the goths and punks, can be just as versatile and sophisticated as an all black wardrobe. Sometimes I keep my nails natural and simple, but my favorite look, of course, is black and polished. In search for a vegan, toxin-free nail polish, I stumbled across Target’s in-house nail polish beauty line Defy & Inspire (Source Link). I reached for the blackest color in the mix, Mom the Manager (The shades are playfully named after reality-shows). Reading the label, I was happy to find out it was a 5-Free formula—No DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor. I gave it a try and I was happy that I could get away with only 1 coat for a deep, high-gloss finish. Surprisingly, It lasts for about 3 days before any noticeable chips. I’m sure it would last even longer if I used the base and topcoat, but that’s still great for a non-gel polish. I hope Target continues to expand their beauty line with more vegan, toxin-free products!

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women who defy & inspire

The tagline on the bottle, ‘Defy the Ordinary, Inspire the Extraordinary’, really resonated with me and sparked the idea for this blog post. I wanted to nominate a few women that defy and inspire. There are so many incredible women that can make that list! But to narrow it down, I wanted to feature vegan/vegetarian women that have a defyingly rebellious sense of style and that are inspirational in their own unique way.


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STELLA MCCARTNEY

Probably one of the most well-known luxury fashion brands that brought sustainable fashion to the forefront is Stella McCartney. A Central St. Martins graduate, her designs are known for her signature sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. Her style is inspirational and she defies an industry that still needs a lot of change by helping set a standard that luxury fashion shouldn’t come at the cost of people, animals, or the environment. Although her line is not completely vegan (use of silk and wool materials), it’s still leaps and bounds from most well-known luxury fashion brands that have a long way to go. Recently, McCartney’s is collaborating with Bolt Threads to create a product called Microsilk, which is bioengineered to mimic the chemistry and strength of real silk created by spiders in nature. No insects are killed or harmed, the use of petroleum is limited, and manufacturing it does not require resources like land or water (Source Link). This is hopeful for vegan fashion companies that are emerging and searching for cruelty-free alternatives.


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maggie q

Ever since Maggie Q’s performance in the TV drama series Nikita, she’s been on my list of favorite actresses. Besides her killer style and moves (trained by no other than Jackie Chan’s martial arts company), it was inspirational to see her play a leading heroine that was flawed but tough and ultimately lead with her heart. Defyingly she was the first to play the part as an Asian American. This kickass model-turned-actress is also known as an animal rights activist. A long time vegetarian, she participated in 2 PETA campaigns and turned vegan sometime post 2008 . She was also declared as one of PETA’s three ‘Sexiest Vegan’s of 2017.’

Original Image | © Mert and Marcus via Vogue

Original Image | © Mert and Marcus via Vogue

rooney mara

Another actress favorite, but admittedly wasn’t even on my radar until her portrayal of one of my favorite characters, Lisbeth Salander, in David Fincher’s Oscar winning film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. Nobody can replace Noomi Rapace’s gripping performance in the Swedish version, but Rooney’s interpretation was still very memorable. Her breakout role defied typical female casting and defined a new type of sexy.  A more modern take of the intense dark drama, Rooney completely transformed into a troubled, misunderstood, and mysterious hacker that nobody would want to mess with. Mara is known for charity work and lives a vegan lifestyle since 2013 along side her sister, Kate Mara. She's currently working on her own sustainable, cruelty-free, 100% Vegan clothing brand 'Hiraeth'. (Source Link)

Original Image | © Todd Barry via GQ Magazine

Original Image | © Todd Barry via GQ Magazine

RUBY ROSE

Nobody embodies that rebellious attitude quite like Ruby Rose. I enjoyed her role as the villain Ares in ‘John Wick 3: Parabellum’ and she made me laugh in ‘Orange is the New Black’. Not shy to nonconformity and the epitome of defying the ordinary, her androgynous style is both badass and inspiring. She’s a longtime vegetarian, and despite her struggles, she’s on the path to a full vegan lifestyle and urged her twitter followers to do the same. I’m on that same journey, so I can relate and appreciate her honesty and perseverance. Everybody’s experience is different and as long as we all have the same goal in mind and try, thats all that matters.


I hope you enjoyed this post! What’s your favorite vegan, non-toxic nail polish? Who would you nominate as a woman that defies the ordinary and inspires you? Let me know in the comments below.


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