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Make Your Own Beauty with the Cosmetixer

Make your own beauty products with the Cosmetixer! The Cosmetixer is a machine designed to make beauty products in a quick & easy way.

Before going vegan, I didn’t give much thought to my skin care routine or the makeup that I purchased. I moved on from Noxzema to Neutrogena and Oil of Olay (a.k.a. Olay these days), I wore mostly Cover Girl makeup, and I thought I kept it all pretty basic. I now know that my idea of basic meant lots of chemicals, some animal testing, and general ignorance on my part. I know I’m not alone in this, I just wish I’d wised up sooner.

But I have to be honest. I’m still confused about ingredients, and once in a while I find out that I bought a natural beauty product that isn’t vegan. When I stopped eating animal products, I had to learn how to “veganize” a lot of meals that I enjoyed in my pre-vegan days. It took a bit of time, but it was worth it. And there is no reason why I can’t or shouldn’t do the same with my beauty products. Just think of the pros:

10 Reason Why You Should Make Your Own Beauty Products

10 Reason Why You Should Make Your Own Beauty Products

  1. You can make organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and healthy beauty products.
  2. People who have sensitive skin or skin allergies can make their own products.
  3. You know exactly what ingredients are in your beauty products.
  4. You can customize the scent, color, and texture of your products.
  5. You save money.
  6. You can handmade gifts for family and friends.
  7. It’s fun, especially when you are making the products with your loved ones.
  8. You can start your own cosmetic line.
  9. You can make even more money if you sell the products.
  10. No experience is required.

Makes sense, right? But there’s still that jumping off point. How do I begin?


That’s where
Cosmetixer comes in.
Linh Le is the brains (and beauty) behind this fun invention that allows you to make your own beauty products quickly and easily. It looks like a little hot pot, and that’s sort of of what it is. You add in your ingredients (pre-mixed
kits are available for purchase, with all of the ingredients measured out for convenience) and – in just a few minutes – you have a nice little supply of lip balm or facial products.
I tried out the
Cosmetixer one Saturday with my 13-year-old son. We decided on the
DIY Chocolate Lip Balm. My son had no interest in the end product itself, but he’s a guy and he likes to see how things work. We quickly made our little batch of lip balm and set it in the refrigerator to harden. He waited impatiently until it was time to check out the end result. Success! He then lost interest, but I can certainly see how much fun this could be at a slumber part of girls the same age. (Side note: Parental supervision is required, as the
Cosmetixer can get hot when it’s running.)

Cleanup – by the way – is quick and easy.

If you are interested in delving more into DIY beauty products, you’ll also find a couple of
links to classes on the website.

If you are looking for a unique gift, or if one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to make more and buy less, this might be worth considering. You know what you are putting on your skin and you can take pride in the fact that you made something pretty cool.

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Loaded Baked Potato Wedges with Creamy Cheese Sauce and Tofu Bacony Bits

Loaded Vegan Baked Potato Wedges – These crispy baked potato wedges are perfection! Baked until crispy and topped with vegan cashew cheese sauce, tofu bacon, and scallions. These just might be potato perfection!

loaded potato wedges drizzled with vegan cheese sauce

This easy recipe for Baked Loaded Potato Wedges will blow you away with the delicious combo of crispy baked potatoes,  tofu bacon bits, and a creamy vegan cashew cheese sauce.

While you could eat these loaded potato wedges as a meal or side dish, I love serving these as a shared appetizer or a Game Day snack. Having a few is delicious, but having a whole sheet pan on your own is quite gluttonous so you might want to share. If you’re hosting a party, a movie night or a game day get-together, make sure to put these delicious loaded potato wedges on the menu and you will be everyone’s favorite!

These Vegan Cheesy Potato Wedges are perfect for when you’re craving something cheesy and comforting. The potatoes are baked not fried.  They are baked on the same sheet pan as the tofu bacon which makes for easy clean-up. While the potato wedges are baking, we whip up my favorite vegan cashew cheese sauce. It only takes minutes and you’ll love the creamy rich texture. I like to make some extra and serve pasta with vegan cheese sauce and bacon the next day. You can also slice the potatoes into halves to make loaded baked potatoes!

loaded baked potato wedges on a a platter topped with vegan cheese sauce and tofu bacon

More Vegan Game Day Foods & Snacks

  • Firecracker crispy tofu wings
  • Spinach artichoke dip 
  • Thai Layered Dip -because Peanut sauce.
  • Spicy Pepper Crisp Cauliflower bites with celery ranch
  • Zucchini chickpea Fritters
  • Cajun Chickpea Fries

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