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HURRAW! Raw Vegan Lip Balm Review

Published March 3, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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Have you tried HURRAW! lip balms yet? These little lip conditioners are not only vegan, but raw, organic, and gluten-free. They also come in an ever expanding variety of flavors. I first picked these up months ago at vegan brunch at Sweat Records in Miami. I originally bought the almond and root beer flavors. Coming up to Seattle presented a whole new level of need for lip gloss due to the cold weather, so I put in an order to add the above 4 flavors to my collection. I’ll just give you little descriptions of each starting with their most miraculous product.

Moonbalm (far right): If you only get 1 of their products, this is the one. It smells like a vanilla candle, and is extra thick and long lasting since it’s meant for sleeping. You can literally repair even the worst lip damage overnight with this stuff. Even with super dry peeling lips, this stuff fixes me up in just a few hours. (See results below.) I wear it in the day time too.

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Chocolate: Made with raw cacao, this one is just heavenly to smell. I’m not even the biggest chocolate person in the world, but this one gets me every time with its delicious scent. It’s dark brown color in the tube just results in a clear sheen on your lips.

Coconut: If you like coconut, you will love this one. My order contained a little note from the company that included a scribble that this had come out of a fresh batch the day before. I love notes from small companies.

Black Cherry: I really bought this one because it has a slight tint to it, and I thought it’d be a good choice for work, since I don’t wear lipstick unless I’m going out. It smells just like a cherry tootsie pop!! I noticed that this one will sting your lips a little if you have any cracks going on, so that made me park it back in the drawer for now. While they do say that the individual batches vary as far as the depth of the red tint, I found it extremely subtle, and a little disappointing. Pic below!

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Root Beer: Love this flavor! A must have for root beer lovers!

Almond: (NOPE!) The almond has a nice subtle scent, but as another reader below confirmed, it actually chaps your lips!!

According to HURRAW!’s website their criteria for making their balms was:

Super smooth, not draggy, not sticky, not sweet, not too glossy, not too smelly, never grainy, long lasting;
plus, it had to hold up to being in a back jeans pocket all day without melting!

Which I have to say, I think they did a pretty good job at nailing! The moon balm is definitely the thickest and most long lasting of the bunch, with the others feeling a little lighter and greasier. Originally when I first used the balms I bought, my lips were super chapped and I didn’t get a good result, but once I used the moon balm to get them in shape, I’ve found the chocolate, root beer and coconut ones do a good job maintaining them.

Check them out at www.hurrawbalm.com!

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Sweat Records – Vegan Brunch & Empanadas!

Published October 18, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Hey guys! After a strong start out of the gate, I’ve been trying to catch up from my serious slacking last week at VeganMofo. We’re getting closer to crunch time for our move to Seattle, so I won’t even attempt to pull off any more full week mini themes. Friday is my last day of work, and next week is going to be pure craziness of trying to pack and store and donate all of our earthly possessions.

However, I did want to tell you about our lovely little brunch at Sweat Records in Miami two weekends ago! They do these vegan brunch events every few months, and I was really hoping to meet up with LJ again this time, but our timing was off, and we missed each other. Since we’re both moving out of state fairly soon, the next time we meetup will probably not be in Florida!

Here is the menu that was being offered and all the details…

Since we got there around 1, it was in full swing and absolutely packed. Consequently, we were too late for some of the selections. We we missed out on the muffins, and I was only able to scrape up a few of the Rosemary Potatoes that had been passed over for being stuck to the foil, which were incredible! She did have LOTS of Pumpkin French Toast left though, as well as the Apple, Fennel & Sage Seitan Sausage (Yum!), Fresh Fruit & Herb Salad, and Kale Salad with Cranberry Poppy Seed dressing. Needless to say I completely pigged out on kale. 🙂 It was the first and last thing I hit. I even took some plain while she was making more salad, much to Francesca’s surprise. What can I say, I really dig kale!

On our way in I had noticed the vegan empanadas that Sweat Records is always tweeting about, and made sure to grab a few on our way out.

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After reheating a couple of days later, I found out they had a wonderfully flaky cornmeal crust and tasty fillings that ended much too soon.

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I also picked up some HURRAW! lip balm in two flavors to try out. I had been meaning to test drive these for awhile and to be honest, I’m not really sold on them so far. I still prefer my Urban Decay at this moment in time, but I may keep trying because they smell so good! Especially the root beer!!

Also for good measure, I give you a picture of Ganon. 🙂

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(PS – This is my 11th Vegan Mofo post this month! Still doing fairly well, right?)

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