In Conversation: Margaux MP; Blogger of Mango.Margaux

This Friday we are super excited to share our latest {in conversation} interview with the lovely Margaux from Margaux. Mango. Margaux talks to us about her passion for travel, and what made her want to share more about her vegan lifestyle with others. We are big fans of her Instagram and Youtube that continues to grow as Margaux shares her message on how quick and easy it can be to be vegan! 


Hi Margaux! Tell us a bit about your childhood and background and how you feel that has influenced you today?

I was born to a French mother and Australian father and grew up as an expatriate child, which saw me living in four different continents from Europe to Africa. Living and traveling around the world at such a young age really opened my eyes to some of the world’s biggest issues. Later as a young adult, thanks to family, friends and the Internet I started to learn about issues related to Veganism. It first began with me hearing about about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, and soon I was a passionate vegan for countless reasons such as ethics, including poverty, species conservation, climate change and the environment. I really believe that being exposed to so many different people, cultures and ways of living as a child has made me far more open minded to different ideas and also much more able to question things.


When did you decide to start up your Tumblr and Youtube and why?

I started promoting veganism and plant-based eating back in January 2015! It was actually my good friend Bonny who originally inspired me. We had been travelling together in Queensland and we were staying at my grandmother’s house, and she was answering Tumblr questions. Although she had only started up a few months before she was already helping so many people and I remember reading the questions with her and helping her answer some and wanting to help people myself. So a couple days later I started an Instagram and a few months later a Youtube and Tumblr. Instagram has always been my main social media platform, but I started up Tumblr purely to answer people’s questions as I found it was much easier for people to ask questions and remain anonymous. I started Youtube to show people how to eat vegan, as I was always getting specific “what do you eat in a day” “how do you eat vegan” “how do you eat healthy” etc, and I found making what I eat videos was the easiest and most effective way to show people!



When did you start to get great feedback from your Youtube channel and it really started to grow?

When I started to be myself and to stop trying to emulate others. I find people are the most interested in what I eat and I find filming what I eat in a day videos my favourite too. I’m a very private person and so I don’t like sharing a lot about my life, but I love sharing what I eat as my main message is to eat a plant based diet! So when I started concentrating on what I eat in a day videos I found that that’s when I got good feedback, and people messaging me asking me for more, as they found them great for ideas and inspirations. I also love getting messages when people tell me that my videos really helped them understand how to actually eat a vegan and whole food plant based diet.


What were your biggest challenges starting up your Youtube channel?

YouTube is still something I’m working on, I’ve changed a lot since I started making videos. One of my biggest challenges would be to have confidence in myself, I often cringe at myself when I watch myself (I think a lot of us do!) and so one of my biggest challenges is to push past that and upload anyway! Anther challenge is that I am not talented at making high quality productions nor do I make fancy food, that’s not me, and for a while that really held me back.

 

But I’ve started to learn that I’ll never get anywhere unless I am just myself. So I’ve turned that weakness into a strength and the way I see it my videos are simple and no fuss and make me much more relatable. I think someone can watch one of my what I eat videos and be like that’s simple! I can do that! I can eat vegan too, it’s easy. That’s my aim.


What first made you go vegan?

My uncle had cancer and my aunt told me about how they were treating it through diet; she told me about plant-based diets and the China Study, and I was mind-blown. I went home, bought the book and within 10 pages I had completely changed my diet. As time went on I also obviously learnt all about the ethics and environmental reasons behind veganism too.



Was anything a challenge for you when first going vegan?

I’ve never had trouble being or staying vegan. I guess the main thing in terms of actually being vegan was to find out what to eat, there was a lot of trial and error before I found what works best for me! I did also get a lot of people I used to know make fun of me etc but I’ve always stood by my beliefs so it never made me reconsider veganism or anything.


What has been the best thing about being a vegan youtuber?

Helping people. Helping people go vegan, helping people stay vegan, healthy people get healthy, just helping people. Which in turn helps the animals and the planet.


What’s it like being vegan in the city you live in?

I live in Melbourne, although quite far out from the city, so I rarely venture there! But it is so easy being vegan as Melbourne has a huge vegan population. There is a suburb called Fitzroy and although it is over an hour from me I sometimes go there as it is pretty much vegan capital with a street filled with vegetarian and vegan restaurants; from Thai to ice-cream to nachos to burgers to Vietnamese to anything you can think of! There is even a cruelty-free store. I am pretty much a whole foods kinda girl though so I don’t eat out very often, but I do love a donut here and there! In standard supermarkets it is also really easy to find speciality vegan foods like tofu, veggie sausages, yoghurts, ice creams etc!


Why do you think there has been such a rise in Veganism over the last few years?

Yes! I’ve only been vegan about 4 years but since then there have been so many more cafes and restaurants all over Melbourne that have opened that have either a completely vegetarian menu or have lots of options for vegans which is awesome! I have also noticed it all over the world not just in Melbourne either. When I go back to places that I haven’t visited in a couple years I am so shocked at how many more options there are! Just last week I was up in Queensland and just in one town I go to there was 2 new vegan restaurants! The same goes for France, every time I visit there seems to be an explosion of new vegan/vegetarian friendly places! It’s gaining momentum!


What inspires you?

I find inspiration in many different things and people but one thing that inspires me is kindness and generosity. I know it may seem cliché but when I see people be kind, whether it be with their words or their time or anything else I feel inspired. I also find hope really inspiring, when I see people making a difference or things getting better in any aspect of life that really inspires me as I start to think change is possible!


What’s your average day like?

On a work day I will get up around 7am , I try to get at least 9-10 hours of sleep a night, drink lots of water, and maybe go for a run or a bike ride if I’m up early enough. Then I trend to come home and make breakfast and lunch for work. I then eat breakfast in the car on the way to work, as it is a long drive. After work I’ll come home and have dinner and spend time with my boyfriend; we’ll either just hang out, watch a movie, play a board game, or if it’s a nice night we might go down to the beach or even for a walk or a run together!

 

On my days off I love to exercise and go for longer rides, and spend my afternoons with my boyfriend and down at the beach when it’s warm! These are the days I post on Tumblr, Instagram and sometimes film What I eat videos!



Do you think you have a work/life balance?

These last couple years 100%. Since I graduated from Uni a bit over two years ago I’ve spent almost more time travelling than working. I have been so lucky to be able to work and save and travel. I am awesome at budget travelling, probably because I’ve travelled so much in my life that I know how to do it cheap! It used to be a big problem for me, I’d always be giving something up, either my exercise or my social life – sleep was the one thing I would never compromise. I am definitely getting better though!


What’s the best part of your job?

At the moment I’m working in the cycling industry for a couple of specific brand dealers. The best part about it is getting people on the bike and getting fit. Cycling has been a big part of my life these last couple years so It has been fun to work in the industry. I am always surrounded by really fit people and that’s definitely a big motivation for me! Working here has also allowed me to travel quite a bit as they’ve been really flexible with me, which I’m so grateful for. I am definitely ready for something new though!


What words do you live by?

My all time favourite word is “Ahimsa”, it’s Sanskrit and means peace to all living beings. That’s a really important word for me because it’s so easy for me to show compassion for animals but I find it a lot harder towards some humans. This word reminds me that we are all living beings and helps me be a better person.



What’s next for you?

I have been so lucky to be able to find jobs that I can take time off from to be able to travel. Travelling is one of my biggest passions and I am definitely addicted. There are so many things I want to do so at the moment I’m debating whether I’ll go travelling again this year, whether I’ll move overseas or whether I might even go back to Uni! I would love to work in climate change and at the moment my friend and I are actually just starting to work on launching an environmental vegan climate change challenge! It’s all very new, but I am pretty excited about it!


If you loved hearing from Margaux just as much as we did, follow here on her Instagram and Youtube! All images via Margaux.

The Cause of Skin Redness…and How to Solve it


Redness on the skin is something most of us experience at one point or another but in this modern-day world it is just one of the many reactions that is happening more and more frequently. One of the most frequent causes of skin redness in recent years is the sheer increase in pollution and toxins and the way in which they affect our skin. The skin essentially rejects these foreign substances when they make contact or are absorbed by the skin resulting in skin redness and sensitivity. The increased use of chemicals as preservatives (for increased shelf life) in our everyday products from laundry detergent to skincare means that our skin is constantly having to fight harsh chemical substances all day, which means we are often left with red, and rashy skin as a result of all of the exposure.


As a result of all of the elements causing skin redness it is important to really focus on your skincare routine to treat it in the best way possible to ensure it remains healthy and allow the redness to go. Below are some of the things you ca implement into your beauty regime today to help your skin:


1. Chuck the Toxins:

There is much action that can be done at home to reduce the toxic load you put your body and your skin through. Opt for more natural and preferably organic brands and products that you feel confident use largely natural ingredients. Not only is this kinder on your skin and the environment but it also means that your skin will have less foreign substances to fight and will look clearer and retain a natural glow, reducing any previous redness.


2. Protect Your Skin:

Ensure you use a moisturiser with SPF every day. This may seem like a extreme request for those of you living in colder climates but the truth is sunshine can cause permanent skin damage no matter what the temperature is. The use of any moisturiser will provide the skin with some support against toxins by providing a barrier between your skin’s pores and any polluting substances but by adding in an SPF it means your skin is covered no matter what the conditions.


3. A Good Diet:

The benefits of a healthy diet cannot be overlooked when it comes to the health of your skin. A healthy, balanced diet provides your skin and body with healthy proteins, fats, carbohydrates as well as all of the vitamin and minerals you need to create glowing skin. A healthy diet will mean any redness caused by internal factors will be vastly improved and also give the skin the necessary nutrients to be able to ward off external pollutants, thereby reducing redness.


Skin redness is often hard to pinpoint on one single cause, however by leading the healthiest lifestyle you can both in what you eat as well as what you apply to your skin you are sure to reap the benefits. Redness is generally a sign of skin irritation so treat your skin with care with few, great quality products to protect your skin against this modern-day life and you should find your redness become a thing of the past.


Image by Abigail Keenan via Unsplash.

Competition: Win a Cowshed Travel Candle Set!


Our latest giveaway is here! This time we are giving away the Cowshed Grumpy Cow uplifting travel candle set; the perfect gift for you or a friend!


All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to sign up to our email on the right and follow us on instagram @the.vegan.edition and you’ll automatically be entered to win!

Entries worldwide will be accepted. The competition closes at midnight on the 26/03/17 and the winner will be selected from all entries received before the closing date. The winner will be announced on 27/03/16! Good Luck! Standard T&Cs here.




All images via The Vegan Edition.

In Conversation: Kim Magee; Founder of Kibi Raw Minerals


There is nothing more exciting that getting to hear from truly passionate, and inspiring individuals and today we get to share with you just that! We caught up with the lovely Kim Magee on her natural, vegan makeup brand and what inspires her to keep going…


Hi Kim! Tell us a bit about your childhood and how you feel that has influenced you today?

My childhood was what has given me the tenacity and drive to succeed in what ever I do. I was one of the first group of Koreans adopted in Australia. I was an orphan in South Korea with TB and malnutrition, and had I not been supported by the adoption program I would have died. I am therefore incredibly grateful to them.

 

Unfortunately I was in an extremely abusive environment both physically and emotionally for most of my childhood, living with different parents along the way through marriage break ups and re-marriage. I kept to myself a lot as I had moved to 8 different schools before I entered high school. I was very shy and introverted to the point of only having a few friends. I left school at the age of 16 and worked 2 jobs and sometime 3 so I could save to travel. I lived in London for 3 years as my base and travelled as most Australians do through Europe, USA and parts of Asia.

 

Traveling was an educational journey to see the world, and it opened my eyes to what this world offers us with so many opportunities. As much as I desired to have a great education it was too difficult for me to focus on school work, when my main focus was to leave my negative and abusive home environment as soon as possible. In all that has happened over my life it definitely had given me a fighting spirit to make the most of what ever situation I come across with an attitude of gratitude.


When did you create KIBI Raw Minerals and why?

The KIBI Group was founded in 2010 but was not off the ground till the end of 2015. Due to some major life changes I had to put the project on hold untill after I had recovered from a devastating divorce following a 20 year marriage. It all sound quiet grim at present but there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

 

My passion for natural organic products began when I worked for Jurlique International. This is where I learnt from the owners and developers of the brand about the holistic approach to health and wellbeing in around 2001. I originally worked as a therapist in their Chatswood Day Spa in Sydney, Australia whilst I was studying beauty therapy. Within less than a year I became the area manager for NSW and had a fantastic opportunity opened their first day spa in South Korea.

 

Following the experience of being on the farm in Adelaide and seeing the bio-dynamic farming, and the process from the farm to the bottle fascinated me. I was totally sold and knew what we use on our skin is vitally important to our health and wellbeing.

 

It was much later in life just before my separation that I decided to create the KIBI brand. It was trial and error testing out different formulas and packaging, and after a few years of refining the brand I developed KIBI raw minerals. I created the mineral makeup purely due to not being able to buy mineral makeup that suited my skin colour and I felt the mineral was not refined enough.

 

I thought the best way to educate women was to offer them something that they could use and wear every day that could make a difference to the their current beauty regime. There was far more competition in skincare and many wonderful brands that had already made a difference but not so many in the makeup arena, so I decided to focus the KIBI brand on makeup.


 


What sets KIBI apart?

Our point of difference is our triple milled mineral. Our colour range covers all ethinic and anglo skin tones. I am originally from Sydney and travel extensively within Australia for business and New Zealand. Our larger cities such as Sydney and Melbourne are very multi cultural so I wanted to appeal to all cultures.

 

Also we are of course Vegan and certified Toxic Free. Our price point is within the middle market; generally making it achievable for young and mature women and men to use. It is also water resistant and has a high SPF, so it is great to wear to the beach. I also encourage the gym junkies to wear our makeup as it doesn’t clogg pores like traditional makeup. We do share as much information on the benefits as you will see on the Q&A via our website to educate our consumers on healthier choices.


Why was important to ensure KIBI products were vegan?

Having worked in the beauty industry for more than 25 years it really educated me on how products were made and tested. I don’t believe in animal testing let alone using animal ingredients in any of my products and will ensure all new releases will continue to be vegan and not tested on animals. It is not necessary to have animal ingredients in products in todays world and totally not appropriate for vanity.


What have been KIBI’s bestsellers?

All our foundations have had great reviews as our pigments cover all skin tones from Ivory to the tanned olive tones which we promote to clients who are avid tanners. The second most popular with our young bloggers and audience is our champagne illuminating bronzer that can be worn on your cheeks, lips and eyes.


What’s it like being vegan in the city you live in?

Having been bought up in a major city and later moving to the Gold Coast, it really allowed me to fully embrace a natural and holistic lifestyle. I live in a small city where organic and vegan choices are easy to find with lots of organic farmers markets and cafes that cater to this lifestyle. Health food stores are also everywhere on the Gold Coast. It really has been the best place to create and expand on my brand and lifestyle.



Why do you think there has been such a rise in veganism over the last few years?

Consumers are a lot more educated today and conscious of what they eat and the product they are using on their skin. More information is available at our fingertips and this alongside health reasons has meant it has even become a trend with the younger generation. Its been great seeing the younger generation be more conscious and educated in their food and health choices!


What inspires you?

My inspiration is seeing people be the best they can be! I manage a team of great staff who have been with me for many years and it inspires me seeing them develop.  I also get inspired when to know I can grow a brand that will educate and offer consumers a healthier choice and make a difference in their lives.


What’s your average day like? 

I start my day with 30minutes of yoga at 6am. From 7.30 onwards I am answering emails, going to meeting and creating; whether its working on expanding our brand with new product lines, or working on opening a new business, its super busy.


Do you think you have a work/life balance?

Living on the Gold Coast you can’t help but have a great work life balance because of the gorgeous weather. I love where I live as everything is within walking distance for what I need and I get to work from home. I love the idea of work/life balance for my staff and I think it isn’t necessary for us to have to come to an office in todays world. We can Skype and usually once every two months I gather them together for a group catch up dinner.

 

Product development and packaging is all outsourced and organised externally. Its just a matter of being organised and planned.



What is the best part of your job?

I love creating new concepts and new products! I am in the process of releasing a crème compact foundation and also lips sticks in a pot. I love the idea of working differently from the typical corporate environment. For me to create a healthy working environment for my staff that goes against the grain of traditional business is something that has been an important part of my job.


What words do you live by?

“To see change you must be changed”

I created this statement based on my personal experiences in life. Personal awareness to be the best you can be will inspire others to be the best that they can be in life.


What’s next for KIBI raw minerals?

We are currently working on expanding our makeup range as mentioned earlier! We have just introduced organic tea and will continue to expand over the next two years into more of a lifestyle brand creating vegan and natural products in many other areas.


We hope you loved hearing from Kim and learning all about KIBI Raw Minerals. If you want to take a look at KIBI products find them here. If you are a vegan brand, blogger or individual and are interested in being interviewed as part of  {in conversation} please get in touch at contact@theveganedition.com.


All images via KIBI Raw Minerals.

10 Tips to Prevent Sun Damage for Life


Many women and men take great care in their day to day skincare routine, in an effort to keep skin looking youthful and clear. However, when it comes to protecting skin from the sun many of us choose to dangerously expose our skin. Although 10 minutes of unprotected sun a day is all you need for topping up vitamin D levels, any longer than this can cause severe skin damage; from wrinkles, and sun spots to increased chances of skin cancer. As sun damage and UV protection is such a detialed and complex subject we thought we would make it as simple as possible with the below tips to prevent sun damage for life.


1. Protect Your Eyes

The skin around the eye area needs special attention. This area is very prone to signs of aging compared to other areas. Proper hydration is necessary and sunglasses should be worn to reduce the effects of UV rays. Ensure that sunglasses have a wider lens to cover the entire area around the eyes and that they are labelled as UVA and UVB protected.


2. Wear Sunscreen Daily

Whether you are on holiday or lucky enough to live in a warm climate it is important to ensure your skin is protected against the sun by using an SPF of 15+ daily. For those with paler skin than burns you may wish to go up to a SPF of 30 or 50 for adequate protection against the sun.


3. Watch The Clock

UltraViolet rays are most harmful between 10 a.m and 4 p.m. If your outdoor daily activities happen around this time it may be worthwhile to wear a hat or stay in the shade when you can.


4. Moisturise Your Lips

Most of us are not aware that lips age too. Therefore it is important that when thinking about skin protection that the lip area is not forgotten. Lips need a high SPF to ensure they are not exposed, reducing the risk of excess lip lines and wrinkles forming. Ensure that lipbalm with SPF is applied frequently throughout the day if exposed to sun.


 

5. Try UPF Clothing Size

UPF clothing is designed with a special coat that aids in absorbing harmful UVA and UVB rays. The greater the UPF i.e. 15 to 50 and above, the greater the protection. Regular clothes with tightly woven material or dark colours can also work in a similar way to protect from UVA rays. If you can’t help being exposed to the sun for long periods of time it may be worth thinking about the clothing you wear and how it can protect you.


6.Don’t Allow The Weather to Fool You

Even on very cloudy and cool days, UV light can still penetrate the cloud cover. Take the necessary precaution against such weather even when the sun isn’t shining brightly. The snow should not fool you either. Various winter activities may expose your skin to harmful UV rays. Always use the right clothes, and the right sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 and above.


 Adonia Dennis (@adoniadennis), is a professional Health, Beauty and Skin Care adviser focusing on solutions to health and beauty problems. She is a passionate blogger and writer also contributing to the Huffington Post and She knows publications. She was recently selected to work as a content coordinator for Glozine latest lifestyle news.

Image by Sokoloff Lingerie via Unsplash.