Lola Review : cotton tampons 2

I got a free month of Lola tampons through last month’s Pop Sugar box. I figured I would give it a try because, hey, tampons ain’t cheap. (You can get your first two-box order for $9 on their site.) The concept is they send you 100% cotton tampons in your chosen variety of light, regular and super. I assumed that, because they’re focused on the EVILS of what may be lurking in your tampons, that they wouldn’t choose plastic applicators. I was mistaken. They promise that the plastic is BPA-free, but they don’t mention much more about it. Their box labeling […]



Lately, I’ve tried… 2

With my Thrive Market trial subscription and Amazon Prime, I’ve gotten a bit adventurous with snacks and health products. (Affiliate links): Kettle Brand Potato Pepperoncini Flavour – I love Kettle chips. They’re thick and crunchy and the flavours are always pretty bold. I chose these because I LOVE their jalapeño. These don’t really deliver on the pepper taste, but they’re still really interesting. Imagine a really bold, spicy sour cream and onion. It’s neat, but definitely not for everyone. Epic Bar : Bison, Bacon and Cranberry – These were game-changers for me. These have no nitrates, but they taste like pickled sausages (which I love.) […]

Online therapy is rocking my life 2

I’ve always avoided in-person therapy. When I speak to anyone who I genuinely accept as an expert or someone “important”, my eyes water. If I start talking about anything I’ve got any emotion tied up in whatsoever, you bet your ass I’m gonna cry. And not adorable little sniffles of sadness. No no. It’s full-on ugly bawling, with snot and sobs and stuff. I become incapable of speech, incapable of thought. I am just cry. What I’m saying is, I’m not so good at talking about my feelings. I’ve always wished there was another way, a way more suited to […]

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Walmart Beauty Box : Spring 2016 2

Here’s another Walmart Beauty Box! They’re “free” ($5 shipping per quarter) and they now let you choose from one of two beauty profiles. They automatically chose “trendsetter” for me, since I was at the time under 30. The millennials, they love trends! I’ve gone on and on about why I love this box, but it really is just the right price point, shipped just often enough for me to never be disappointed. I always seem to get one item that makes the subscription feel like a good value for me. This month was no exception! Colgate Optic White Toothpaste – I’m […]

PopSugar Must Have : March 2016 3

Ahhhh, the PSMH. My fave. The Must Have box is $39.95 monthly is about five lifestyle, fashion and home items with a combined value over $100. Often, there are items that are PopSugar-exclusives. They’ve just added the Must Have Mini, which includes two full-size products for just $18.95. A promo email promised that the value would always be over $30, so that’s nice. The Must Have box is one I pick up and drop randomly based on my budget and teaser items. This month, I snatched the box because the teaser item was an exclusive Nanette Lepore watch. I figured […]


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Thrive Market Review

Thrive Market is a “socially-conscious” online store for natural and organic snacks and products, which it claims to offer at 25-50% below retail price. When you sign up, you get a 30-day free trial plus 15% off your first order. After 30 days, your membership begins: it costs $59.95 per year. This fee offers a free membership to a low-income family AND they promise that if you don’t save your membership value in the year, they’ll add a credit for the next year. I find the model really interesting. I got a special offer to try the service out. I placed […]

Talking about shopping addiction 9

Confession time? I’ve got a shopping problem. And I happen to think they’re not that uncommon. While I wouldn’t say my shopping is an all-out addiction, it’s definitely an activity I have to monitor. I’ve never gone buck wild and wracked up a ton of debt, mostly because I wasn’t able to get a credit card until I was well-aware of my problem. But for someone with access to real cashflow, I can see how easy it would be to have a serious shopping problem. I think shopping addiction (or “reinforced shopping”, so-called because the purchase is reinforced by a […]



ipsy January & February 2016 : The kiss-off

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice and I’ll talk shit about you on the internet. The preview item for the January ipsy bag had me intrigued. So I subscribed. The bag was entirely lackluster. I thought I cancelled before February. I apparently missed the stupid second step, so I got saddled with a second bag. I don’t want to total up how much of my money I’ve given this company. I don’t want to think about all the ways they’ve ignored my pleas–PLEASE, NO MORE FRAGRANCES–and bored me with bland-ass beauty products. I’m done, ipsy. I’m breaking up with […]

Rock a lot of polka dots :: style post 2

There’s something about spring that makes me want to rock a lot of polka dots. I think they’re fun and kind of innately cheerful. Maybe it’s years of Easter dresses and conditioning, but to me, nothing says BYE, SNOW quite like a mess of dots. So yes I think you should get on board with the polka dot! Adidas Originals Men’s Pharrell Williams Stan Smith Sneakers ($48-$120 on Amazon) :: These come in yellow/red, blue/red and red/white dots and I just love ’em. Chooka Women’s Skimmer Rain Shoe ($55) :: All that spring rain means your shoes might not be […]



Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet :: February 2016

The NMVC is a monthly subscription to an indie cosmetics brand with a morbid lean to their style and products. You can see my review of the January Vanishing Cabinet here. This month’s theme was “Stronger Than Death” with references to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a sumptuous-looking (if occasionally cringey) movie adaptation of the book. Kiss Me Diablo Lip Rouge Lipstick (vegan) – This is a bloody red that seems very appropriate to the theme. I find that it smells and feels a bit waxy, like a crayon. If I’m careful, it blends out pretty nicely. Red lips never look good on me, […]