Review – 100% Pure’s Ganache Lip Caramel and Black Tea Eyeliner

Note: I was given samples of a few scents of 100% Pure’s products in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own.

Meet 100% Pure — my new favorite makeup brand. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and made mostly from plants. I have so many of their products I’ve been using for a while but have yet to review, and for that, I am sorry! I’ve been busy in my last month of my last semester before I graduate, finishing up classes, applying to teach English in South Korea, and chasing my cat around to cut the smooshed-in poop from her butt fur (yes, real story.)

But enough about cat poo.

Expect more reviews for 100% Pure products to come, but for now, here are two products that I heart and use on the daily: Lip Caramel in Ganache, and Black Tea Long Last Eye Liner.

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The Veg Verdict — 100% Pure

Lip Caramel in Ganache

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Product: 4/5

I love the color, feel, and natural ingredients in this Lip Caramel. It’s a splice between a gloss and a lipstick, leaving my lips velvety soft. The only reason it doesn’t have a 5/5 is because it’s prone to smearing. Then again, it is more of a high-shine gloss than a lipstick, so this should be expected. I use this product nearly every day because it’s a sure way to brighten up my face and draw attention away from my under-eye bags — that is the purpose of lip gloss, right? Plus, the ingredients really are all-natural, the first being pomegranate seed oil. The rich color comes from fruit pigments like cherries, raspberries, and grapes.

Price: 4/5

I’m the girl who never pays more than $10 for makeup. However, this gloss is $25, and I’m perfectly okay with that. The price is worth the natural ingredients and peace of mind I get from knowing no animals were harmed to achieve my favorite shade.

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Black Tea Long Last Liquid Eyeliner

Product: 4/5

This liquid eyeliner’s black color comes straight from micronized black tea leaves. Yes, black tea leaves. Upon purchasing, I was sure I was just throwing my money away. There is no way this eyeliner could work well and stand up to the thick cat eyes I love to apply. To my surprise, it’s my favorite new liquid eyeliner. It goes on smoothly with a paintbrush-type applicator that makes it easy to achieve my winged look, and it stays on all day until I wash my face at night. My only complaint is that if I don’t shake it every time before I use it, it seems to separate a little bit, leaving me with patchy strokes instead of a clean, black line. However, as long as I remember to shake it, it works wonderfully.

Price: 3/5

$29.00

Again, I’m a cheapie. I’ve never paid this much for a liquid eyeliner before, however, I loved the product so much that I would happily do it again. I do wish it was a little bit cheaper. I think $18 would be a fairer price.

P.S. Anyone know of a good vegan nail polish? Did you see my chipped nails in this cover photo? Oh, dear.

“Are veggie burgers healthy?”

I get this question a lot from friends wanting to incorporate veg-friendly foods into their diets.

“Are veggie burgers good for you?”

Yes. No. Yes and no. But mostly yes.
Some veggie burgers are made with highly processed ingredients like isolated soy  and wheat proteins; but, there are other veggie burgers made with natural ingredients you could find in your grandma’s kitchen.

The Best Healthy Veggie Burgers

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My favorite healthy veggie-burger brand is Dr. Praeger’s. Dr. Praeger is my man. My love. My one and only. The veggie to my burger. The non- to my GMO. Not only are they non-GMO, but most of their flavors are vegan, and they contain only natural ingredients (and by natural, I mean natural. Not the “eh, I mean, this molecule of ultra-isolated glob started as a real food, so technically it is natural” natural.)

California, Super Greens, Asian, Tex Mex, Italian, Bombay, and more are just a smattering of their vegan options. However, be careful because some of their “veggie cakes” have egg in them. You can find a full list of their vegan foods on their site. They even have Sunwiches, the not-so-processed and peanut-free version of products like Uncrustables. Totally not a veggie burger but totally still worth mentioning. A Sunwhich sent me back to third grade, peeking at my lunch of green grapes, a pudding cup, an Uncrustable, and a sweet note from my mom.

Although Dr. Praeger’s is my favorite, there are plenty of other natural brands to choose from, like Original Sunshine Burgers and Aldi’s own Season’s Choice Veggie Burgers.

If prepackaged veggie burgers still make you uneasy, try making your own veggie burgers and freeze what you don’t eat. Plus, this route is super economical.

What About the “Unhealthy” Veggie Burgers?

Boca Original Vegan Veggie Burgers

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Some veggie burgers, like Boca Burgers, are more processed than Pop Tarts and contain GMO soy. I love soy. I eat tofu 2-3 per week, and occasionally I indulge in soy milks and soy yogurts. I think that soy, eaten moderately like any other food, is a wonderful addition to anyone’s diet. And, I think that any myth about soy being unhealthy for you has been generated, largely, by the meat industry that is scared they’re losing customers to a healthier lifestyle. Still, I stay far away from GMO soy because it’s in so many of our foods, hidden in oils and preservatives, and I’m not ready to be a guinea pig yet.

However, in some specialty stores like Whole Foods, they do have versions of Boca burgers that are certified non-GMO. Many of the veggie burger options on restaurant menus serve Boca Burgers, and I have to say that they’re yummy. While Dr. Praeger burgers have a taste closer to a vegetable medley, Boca burgers have a smokier umami flavor. I’d say that it’s okay to indulge in one of these burgers every once in a while; I promise you won’t grow a third eyeball or turn into a pumpkin. Still, I wouldn’t say that Boca Burgers, however popular, are a “healthy choice” because they are highly processed when compared to other veggie burger brands.

Why any Veggie Burger is Better Than a Meat Burger

Note that I said, “… when compared to other veggie burger brands.” Because if you’re comparing a real burger made from cow flesh and a Boca veggie burger, dear god, please just eat the veggie burger.

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First of all, one cow burger contains meat from over 1,000 different cows. Yum. Not only does this give me the heebie-jeebies, but the more cows you put into a burger, the greater chance you have for getting sick from the meat melting pot.

In addition, you’re likely to be consuming a wealth of antibiotics and hormones, unless you’re paying for organic. If you are paying for organic, you’re still getting approx. 77 mg of cholesterol in a single serving.Do you know how much cholesterol is in a veggie burger, even Boca burgers? 0 mg.

This is all before even considering the environmental or ethical factors. If you’re interested in the environmental disadvantages to consuming regular burgers, you should watch Cowspiracy. If you’re interested in the ethical factors, I recommend watching Earthlings; but warning: this documentary is extremely graphic and you should bring some Kleenex. Both documentaries have been on Netflix in the past and should still be there now.

What’s your favorite brand of veggie burger?