Review: Haut Minerals Brightener

Brightener in Pink
I was delighted to discover Haut Minerals, an all-vegan cosmetic company based in Canada. They offer a variety of products using fun ingredients like Canadian Glacial Marine Clay. One of these products is their brightener, which can be used similar to a concealer or a highlighter.

Pros:
  • Great coverage
  • Vegan and gluten-free
  • Available in multiple colors
  • Samples offered
  • Gentle formula
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Review: Zuzu Luxe Lipstick

Temptress
I'm pretty particular when it comes to lipsticks. Any products that requires reapplication multiple times a day (due to my many meals and snacks) has got to be worth the effort. I've tried many sticky, waxy, and foul tasting sticks and they don't make the cut. One that rises above the rest is Gabriel's Zuzu Luxe Lipstick.

Pros:
  • Smooth, creamy colors
  • Retail availability
  • Includes one of my favorite reds
  • Vegan and gluten-free
  • Attractive tubes
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Review: Coola Face SPF 20 Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Moisturizer

Mineral sunscreens tend to include either titanium dioxide and zinc, or zinc only. What if you're zinc sensitive? Coola makes a Face SPF 20 Unscented Mineral Sunscreen with titanium dioxide only.

Pros:
  • No "sunscreen smell"
  • Water resistant (40 minutes)
  • Contains organic ingredients
  • Lovely packaging
  • Moisturizing formula
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Review: Every Man Jack Age Defying Eye Cream

It seems every woman over 30 has an eye cream, but what about men? Men also show signs of aging, and the delicate eye area is not immune. Yet most eye creams I've seen tend to be filled with flowery scents or have girly packaging. Enter Every Man Jack, who saw this need and made an Age Defying Eye Cream for men.

Pros:
  • Affordable
  • Fairly gentle formula
  • No girly scents
  • Packaging suitable for men or women
  • Can help improve skin texture
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Review: Brooklyn Grooming Serum

It's not uncommon to see a woman with a medicine cabinet full of lotions, potions, and oils, but what about a man? Men have long been ignored when it comes to skin care, and only recently have companies began expanding beyond the usual "shaving" products. Lines such as Brooklyn Grooming offer stylish, organic products that men will be proud to display on their counter tops. Read below for my review of their Commando Facial Serum.

Pros:
  • Organic ingredients
  • Vegan and gluten-free formula
  • Very gentle
  • No added scents or fragrances
  • Absorbs quickly
  • A little goes a long way
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Restaurant Review: Dallas' Spiral Diner

In / 3/10/2014
I have been in the Dallas area a couple of times, and I visited Spiral Diner (Dallas location) on the recommendation of my sister (not a vegan). I was delighted to discover that it was an all-vegan restaurant with a fun, retro atmosphere and included a small vegan-themed shop as well. It definitely makes the drive from Austin more enjoyable if you know there's tasty vegan food waiting for you!

Pros:
  • Reasonable prices
  • Two locations
  • Fun, retro atmosphere
  • Large menu includes comfort foods and more healthy options
  • Includes a shop as well
  • Desserts and baked goods available
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Review: EcoDent Oral Care TerraDent Replaceable Head Toothbrush

My guy goes through a lot of toothbrushes. I don't know how he does it, but it seems like it only takes him a couple of weeks before the bristles on his toothbrush get bent out of shape. I, on the other hand, have to set reminders so I remember to change my toothbrush out at all; you can hardly tell when I've used it one day versus six months. Whether your toothbrushes end up like my guy's or my own, it can be frustrating to throw all those plastic brushes in the garbage. Eco-Dent offers a handy alternative: the TerraDent toothbrush, with a replaceable head.

Pros:
  • Adult and childrens' versions available
  • Foolproof head swapping
  • Greatly reduces plastic use from toothbrushes
  • Soft and medium bristles available
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Recyclable packaging
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