Product Review: EcoTools Cosmetic Brushes

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I haven’t been cooking or baking anything exciting lately, so sorry for my lack of recipes since Thanksgiving. So I thought I’d throw in a product review. I found these earth-friendly and sustainable cosmetic brushes at Walgreens (of all places) and thought I give them a try. They’re by EcoTools and they have a pretty large line of cosmetic accessories. Unfortunately, I couldn’t peruse their site because they seem to be having problems with pages loading. As soon as they’re back up and running, I’ll update the link. Not only was I drawn to the fact that are made from the ever so sustainable bamboo plant, natural and recycled materials and 100% cruelty-free, but because they were very reasonably priced. The 6-piece brush set was $11.99 and the single brush was $7.99. The five brushes also come with a cotton and hemp bag that has a zippered pocket and folds over.

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The brushes are incredibly soft (which of course, is true for any new cosmetic brush) and I thought they all worked beautifully. In case you’re not sure how certain brushes work, the back of the package will enlighten you . . . which never hurts.

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Like with all cosmetics brushes, I recommend washing them at least once a week with a mild liquid soap and lay them flat to dry, never standing up, as the water will rot the handle. Walgreens also carries a few of the products from EcoTools’ Alicia Silverstone line. (Again, the link is down, so I’ll update when it’s up and running). In the meantime, you can at least check out their homepage. :-)

Restaurant Review: Larkburger

Yes, you read that right: Larkburger. When my friend suggested we go there, I said, “Excuse, me? Did you forget who you were with?!” She assured me that they offer a mushroom burger and that basically I need to shut up and eat. I will like it. Hmpf. Ok, fine.

Larkburger is a Colorado-based burger joint with stores in Boulder, Edwards, Denver, and Fort Collins. So sure enough, on the menu is Amy’s Burger, a portabello mushroom burger with lettuce, tomato and grilled onions. Larkburger is also famous for their truffle oil fries, so as you can imagine, I didn’t need much convincing to get those (just sans Parmesan). As we waited for our food, I got a good look around . . .

So get this: the very woodsy interior is made of all reclaimed timber. Not only that, but 100% of the restaurant is run by wind power. How cool is that? It doesn’t end there. All of the cups and containers are made from a biodegradable corn-based product and the “Spudware” is made from potato and/or cornstarch. Everything is compost-able. They use energy-efficient commercial equipment, and even their leftover canola oil is used for automobile fuel. Pretty impressive. (So impressive, I can overlook the fact that the beef industry is one of the BIGGEST contributors to global destruction). You don’t see many businesses and restaurants doing their part like this, so I have to commend Larkburger. So on to the food!  (which they say is made with 100% natural ingredients and no additives or preservatives). Oh, and they also offer gluten-free buns. So . . .was this mushroom burger really any good?

Yes. I was hungry, but I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything so fast. Plus, it was hard to put down since they come in a little pocket—you have to pretty much scarf it down with one hand, while stuffing the delicious fries in your mouth with the other hand. Best $9.89 I’ve spent on food at restaurant of this type. The service was great, too. My friend had only gotten half a cup of iced tea before the machine went on the fritz (must have been a low-wind day). ;) So they gave her a free milkshake. Nice . . . if you’re into that kind of thing.

Thanks Larkburger for your environmental work and for a fabulous mushroom burger!