Pacifica Mascara, Vegan Mofo Day 19

I like to wear makeup. I feel naked without it. I know I should be comfortable in my own skin without makeup as a feminist, but I’m not. We all have our faults. Since having a child, I do go out more frequently without makeup though. Yay me!  One of the things that I feel that I cannot live without is mascara. My lashes are not very long, so I need to don mascara to make my eyes pop. Now that I have short hair, this is especially true for my face. I have yet to find the holy grail of vegan mascara. Most of the ones that I have found are nice, but none of them seem to perform like some of the top name brands that test on animals. There are a few brands of vegan mascara that are a bit better than the rest and Pacifica is one of those brands.

Mascara, box, and seal

Product: Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara, Supernova by Pacifica

Overall Grade: A


  • This mascara is made by a company that is vegan and cruelty free. I know that I can have peace of mind when I buy their products.
  • The mascara lengthens my lashes to give my eyes some pop.
  • This mascara is readily available in many stores such as: Target, Whole Foods, Ulta, Earth Fare, other specialty stores.
  • They have several types of mascara on the market to give us picky consumers options.
  • The product does not contain  FD & C color, parabens, talc and mineral oil.


  • The mascara is a bit pricey compared to other brands. The tube I bought is about $14.99. One of the varieties is $16.99. I’d really love to see a quality vegan mascara for $5 or under.
  • This does a good job lengthening, but I’d like it to volumize (is this a word?) a bit more. I want those lashes you see on models in the mascara ads. They very well could be false lashes.







Square Bars

I love a good vegan snack bar. Bonus points for it being organic AND gluten free! Square Bars have definitely made it to my favorite list.



Product: Squarebar
Overall Grade: A
  • Delicious! They taste like a less sweet version of a candy bar
  • Organic
  • Gluten-free
  • They have great flavors – the peanut butter and mint are the best
  • On the pricey side ($3 each at the store, however if you order a case on their website and use a coupon code, it can be less than $2 each depending on the sale or coupon code)
  • Not easy to find locally. The only store that I have seen them at is Whole Foods

Like I Need Another Reason to Go to Ikea

I have a problem. I’m slightly addicted to Ikea.  I’ve often said we should have one close by, but I fear if we did my slight addiction would become extreme.

Whenever I’m on the road and am going to be near an Ikea, I try to schedule a stop.  After all, there is so much you can’t through their website (I’m looking at you, cute dishes and throw pillows).

But earlier this year, as if I needed another reason to stop by, Ikea introduced GRÖNSAKSBULLAR, a vegan option in place of their traditional meatballs.  I expected, as in most places that carry faux meat products, to be disappointed by the presence of gluten and soy.  But, no, not here.  In fact, the strength of these veggie balls as that they are just that…a veggie ball.  They aren’t trying to pretend they’re meat.  Their simplicity is their strength.




GRÖNSAKSBULLAR has a firm texture without being chewy, and the little chunks of vegetables allow you to taste some of the individual veggie flavors.  The seasoning is Goldilocks savory…not too bland, not too strong…just right.

And get this, they’re less expensive than the traditional meatballs.  In Woodbridge, VA* a plate of 10 with a sauce and a side is $4.49.

The sauce is like a thin sweet potato chili.  It’s good, but not my favorite.  The side is seasonal vegetables.  On this day, that was a mixture of green peas, (slightly dried out) kidney beans, yellow beats, and green beans.  Again, not my favorite, but I ate most of it.  In fact, I’m a beet hater, and these were edible to me.  I guess I should give Ikea a little credit for that. But, let’s face it, I was only there for the GRÖNSAKSBULLAR.



If you go to try them out, make sure to take a thermal bag if you don’t live close by because they’re available in the food market.  A 2 lb+ bag was $7.99 (again, less expensive than the meat option).  The sauce isn’t available for sale.  I’m ok with that.  I’ve tried them at home with barbecue sauce and with yellow mustard.  So far, I like them best all by themselves. The yellow mustard is currently in 2nd place.

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Even if you’re not a huge fan of assembling your own furniture or of those adorable little guest towels, you should swing on into Ikea for a little lunch.

Thanks, Ikea for thinking of us!


*The Woodbridge, VA cafe will be closed for the next 3 weeks for remodeling.