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At home:

Try this insanely rich dessert: chocolate chip cookie dough filled chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Talk about an overload. Use a chocolate cake recipe or a box mix like Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Butter Recipe Fudge. I use Earth Balance margarine for butter (which can be found at any grocery store) and Ener-G Egg Replacer for the eggs (found in special shops like Ward's or Mother Earth) for box mixes. Also, you can make cookie dough from scratch, but my favorite is Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. First, make the cookie dough, rolling it into tiny balls and putting it in the freezer. Next, prepare the chocolate cake in cupcake form, and when it is almost done take them out and shove the frozen cookie dough balls into the not-fully-cooked cupcakes. Continue baking until cupcakes are completely cooked. Let cool and frost with homemade frosting or Duncan Hines Creamy Home-Style Frosting in Vanilla (French if you can find it, but Classic is good too). Sprinkle with any remaining cookie dough pieces and enjoy!


At the store:

My grocery cart usually has a couple bags of Gardein, the best mock meat on the market right now, which comes in a variety of styles like "beef" tips, "chicken" tenders and "chicken" breasts. Gardein can be found at Publix and Whole Foods for about $4 a bag.

I often also toss in a pint of Toffuti vegan ice cream (about $3). They recently changed their recipe and it is the creamiest and best tasting vegan ice cream.

If I am out of face wash or soap, I buy Alba Pinapple-enzyme Facial Scrub and Clearly Natural Aloe Vera bar soap ($0.99). Both can be found in Publix, but Alba is cheaper at Wal-mart (only $10 as opposed to about $12 at other stores). Just make sure what you get is vegan because while Clearly Natural is a vegan company, Alba sometimes uses beeswax or honey so read the label if you want to try other Alba products.

The cheapest vegan shampoo is White Rain. The company is vegan and their hair styling products can be found in any store almost including Publix, Wal-mart and Target. I get the shampoo at Dollar General for less than a dollar a bottle.

Giovanni is another hair and body products line that is mostly vegan with the exception of honey/beeswax in some of their products. They can be found at Publix, Wal-mart and Target as well. While White Rain is the equivalent to any other cheap drugstore shampoo, Giovanni is higher-end and runs about $6-8 a bottle.

If you really want nicer hair products, Pureology brand is salon-standard hair care, typically for colored hair, and is 100% vegan. It is probably pricey though, I just got some free samples and it is pretty nice.

Personally, I prefer a better foundation with more range of color for my fair skin so I called Revlon (a crue lty-free company) to see if anything they made happened to be vegan. I ended up using their Beyond Natural liquid foundat ion which blends to fit match your skin tone exactly.



On the internet:

Eyes Lips Face, better known as e.l.f., is the cheapest makeup ever and is vegan except some of their items contain honey. You can find them in limited quantities in Target stores, but they have a lot of deals online. The most expensive item they sell is $5. I get mascara, eyeliner and lip colors from e.l.f.

Vegetarian Wellness has all kinds of vitamins and supplements for every dietary need. It can be difficult to get all the vitamins humans need as an omnivore, let alone cutting it to herbavore. I take their vegan multivitamin and a calcium supplement.