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Behind the Brands: Kat Von D Beauty


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She is known as a famed tattoo artist, but Kat Von D changed the game with her vegan and cruelty-free makeup line, Kat Von D Beauty. Her most popular Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is a favorite with makeup artists, celebrities, bloggers and influencers, and makeup lovers everywhere. We are so excited to feature the shade Lovecraft in our June/July box – in addition to being vegan and cruelty-free, we were thrilled to discover the new formulation of the lipstick is also toxin-free!

We had the chance to chat with Kat about what inspired her to go vegan and what she loves about her BFF (and our guest curator!) Skully Smith

What inspired you to go vegan?
After watching the documentary, Forks Over Knives, the connection between what we put in our bodies and our health really hit home with me.  I had been a vegetarian for years prior to watching that film, but after that, I dropped eggs and dairy right away and have never looked back. But it wasn’t until I learned about the thousands of ways we exploit animals on a daily basis, that I really became vegan for reasons outside myself.  I encourage everyone to watch the documentary, Earthlings, to really get a grasp on what we as human beings are doing to the animals and to the environment.

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What made you decide to re-formulate your Kat Von D Beauty line to be vegan and cruelty-free?

When I first created KvD Beauty ten years ago, I was not vegan at that time. Hell, I wasn’t even sober yet! So it was only natural that the more I learned about veganism, the more I needed the ingredients in my beauty products to align with my morals. And yes, it took a lot of work, a bit of money and patience, but it was well worth it!


Image / LAIKA Magazine – melissjs

We love that you support Farm Sanctuary like we do! What is it like volunteering at their sanctuaries?

Volunteering at Farm Sanctuary is truly a selfish act for me, considering how much joy it brings me. Being able to spend time with these lucky animals who have survived the tortures of factory farming and animal abuse gives me a certain amount of hope. As an animal activist, I find it vital to be able to see the other side of the harsh truth out there – and it’s a perfect place for people like me, who somehow became so disconnected with the human and non-human animal connection.

What is your favorite vegan restaurant?

Crossroads in Los Angeles.  Hands down.  I could eat there forever and die happy.

Three words to describe yourself?

Trying my best.

How do you stay balanced in your life?

Hm. I wish I truly knew balance, but in all honesty I think its my instability that makes it possible for me to do so much.  I think being as hyper sensitive and obsessively passionate about creativity makes it extremely difficult to balance relationships and socializing in general. I tend to be the happiest in my solitude.

What is your daily morning routine?

My daily routine varies depending on what projects I’m working on or my travel schedule.  But for the most part I wake up quite early, cuddle cats in bed before working out and breakfast, and then dive straight into whatever the day may offer.


Image / Skully Smith

You are friends with our guest curator Skully Smith, what’s your favorite thing about her?

I love Skully for many reasons – but one of the things I admire the most is her ability to be a modern day representation of a vegan.  No offense to the stereotypical vegan out there who likes to eat granola and wear hemp Birkenstocks, but I myself, am a modern vegan. And I think its important to show the world that standing up for animals doesn’t mean sacrificing ones personal style, and Skully makes being vegan sexy as fuck.

Emily Deschanel Guest Curates for December/January Box Benefitting Farm Sanctuary!


We’ve partnered with actress, producer and animal rights supporter, Emily Deschanel, to curate an exclusive December/January subscription box just in time for the holidays.

“I am thrilled to co-curate this box with LOVE GOODLY to benefit Farm Sanctuary. These are some of my favorite vegan brands and products. Enjoy!” shares Emily Deschanel.

Long time vegan Emily Deschanel and LOVE GOODLY are helping women discover the best high-end products that are both good for your health and the environment with ingredients that are 100% organic, toxin-free and cruelty-free. Shipping on December 12th, the Dec/Jan Box features Emily’s top picks of deluxe, full-size beauty and lifestyle essentials, perfect for any woman on your gift list.

With each purchase benefitting Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, the LOVE GOODLY Box is the ultimate holiday gift for those looking to pay it forward during this season of charitable giving.

Meet Jimmy the Snout

Jimmy is just one of the many animals given a second chance at Farm Sanctuary.

At LOVE GOODLY we like to practice what we preach. That’s why it seemed like a no-brainer to adopt an animal living at Farm Sanctuary – one of our charity partners! 

According to Farm Sanctuary, “Jimmy the Snout … belonged to a homeless man who surrendered him to Ventura Animal Control. While [they] don’t how the man got Jimmy, they did know that he had atrophic rhinitis – a bacterial disease which causes inflammation and atrophy of the nasal tissue and like in Jimmy’s case often deforms the snout of the pig. Pigs with this disease require special care and they are often killed by farmers, who see them as an economic loss.” 

At LOVE GOODLY we don’t see him as a loss at all – we love the character his crooked nose gives him!

While we all decided that Jimmy is probably not destined for life in our office in Downtown Los Angeles, he’s only an hour’s drive outside of the city and we’re able to visit him as  much as we want! (Be prepared for the assured onslaught of pictures!)

Jimmy’s favorite food is bagels and we’re told when he’s not eating, he loves cuddling with his favorite blanket and making new friends that come to visit him at Farm Sanctuary. 

You can learn more about Jimmy and his friends here and check out Farm Sanctuary’s website here

Choosing Compassion – Get To Know Our Partners at Farm Sanctuary


Follow the adventures of rescued piglets on The Daily Squeal

Get to know Farm Sanctuary’s Wendy Matthews who – through her roles as our Event Coordinator, Education and Outreach Manager, and now as Manager of Engagement Strategy – connects people with the resources they need to make more compassionate choices for themselves, animals, and the planet.

What inspired you to work for Farm Sanctuary? What is your role?

I first applied here after reading Gene Baur’s book, Farm Sanctuary. I am currently Manager of Engagement Strategy.

Why did you choose to work for a nonprofit?

I wanted go to bed each night leaving the world a little better than I found it in the morning.

What is most fulfilling about your job?

Empowering people to see past misleading information and live true to their values. And through this shift, helping animals.

What career advice do you have for girls or young women?

Remove the word “just” from your vocabulary. Stop saying “I just want to suggest” or “just a thought.” Stop apologizing for having a voice.

Rescued lamb Romy. Follow his adventures on The Daily Squeal.

Who is one of your favorites at Animal Acres?

Acton: Jimmy the Snout! He has a crooked nose and a giant heart. I’m in love.

Other: Our two rescued chickens, April and Beetle, who were adopted from Farm Sanctuary.

Can you share any future plans in the works at Farm Sanctuary?

Keep a close eye on V-lish.com, our plant-based living site, for exciting new recipes and videos.

What do you like doing on your time off?

I like to write, hike, read, grow things, and cook vegan feasts for those I love. Always studying something- right now, web development and banjo!

What are you most proud of regarding Farm Sanctuary’s accomplishments?

Whenever we can inspire someone to eat a plant instead of an animal through tours, stories, or education, that is a major victory.

Follow the adventures of Jimmy the Pig at Animals of Farm Sanctuary.

Alicia Silverstone (our April/May box guest curator) has been a long-time supporter and advocate of Farm Sanctuary, how has her involvement help bring awareness?

Alicia has been in our corner for so long and has helped us become what we are today. Whether it’s filming a PSA, signing a petition, or submitting a favorite recipe to V-lish.com, Alicia is always willing to step up and be the voice for animals. We love her!

What is your favorite city? Restaurant? 

City: New Orleans

Restaurant: Right now I’m in love with Ramen Hood at Grand Central market in LA, for the soup and the people watching. For a special occasion, I like Gracias Madre.

 If you could have dinner with 4 people (living or past) who would they be?

Oh, I could overthink this. So, just in this moment, off of the top of my head:

Jorge Luis Borges

Edward Abbey

Gram Parsons

Walt Whitman

It would be a weird dinner party.

For more about Wendy’s role at Farm Sanctuary visit their blog.


And while you’re at it, keep a close eye on V-lish.com, Farm Sanctuary’s plant-based living site, for exciting new recipes and videos!



PRESS RELEASE: Alicia Silverstone Guest Curates For Earth Day



LOVE GOODLYthe expertly researched and curated subscription box service and e-commerce shop for discovering the best luxury, 100% nontoxic, cruelty free and vegan products for your lifestyle, has partnered with Alicia Silverstone, actress, NY Times best-selling author, health advocate, to guest curate their April/May box, with a retail value of over $110, to celebrate Earth Day,April 22nd! A portion of all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Farm Sanctuary’s work to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.

“I’m delighted to collaborate with the leading vegan, 100% nontoxic subscription box LOVE GOODLY!  I am guest curating this special Earth Month (April/May) box supporting Farm Sanctuary whom I love and have worked with for 20 years. The products I selected are truly great!  These are some of my faves, and all uphold my standards of being vegan, cruelty free and earth conscious,” said Alicia Silverstone.

By switching to a plant-based, vegan lifestyle, did you know that we can reduce our food-related carbon footprint by 60%, saving 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year? Raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all cars and trucks in the world combined!  

With the help of LOVE GOODLY and favorites from Alicia, discover the best products for a more eco lifestyle -from beauty and skincare, to snacks and style accessories- that are both good for you and the environment.

Here’s a sneak peek into the April/May LOVE GOODLY box, curated with love by Alicia Silverstone: 

  • mykind B12 Vitamin Spray, Value $16.95 – created by Alicia Silverstone in collaboration with Garden of Life. This all vegan, 100% certified USDA organic, Non-GMO project verified raspberry mouth spray promotes concentration, energy and the formation of healthy blood cells. It is also gluten free and there are no synthetic binders or fillers. It is made from real food.
  • ZAO Organic Makeup, Organic Volume Mascara, Value $35
  • OSEA, Atmosphere Protection Cream, Value $48
  • And more surprises!

“Katie and I developed LOVE GOODLY, with a simple idea — vote with your wallet for conscious brands, so it was a natural fit to align with Alicia who is a leader in the kind movement,” said cofounder Justine Lassoff.

The April/May Box costs $39.95, with a retail value of over $110. You may also opt for a 6 month subscription ($99, 3 boxes) or annual subscription ($198, 6 boxes) to receive a surprise at your doorstep every other month. 


Launched August 2015LOVE GOODLY is the expertly researched and curated subscription box service and e-commerce shop for discovering the best luxury, 100% non-toxic, cruelty free, non-gmo, and vegan products for your lifestyle – beauty, wellness, skincare and snacks – including exclusive products.  Products are full-size with organic boxes, and every product gives back to a Cause Partner.  


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