Wantable December 2017 Review Do you have a friend who just takes everything you say super literally? I feel like Wantable is the beauty subscription box version of that friend. They're very sensitive to your stated preferences, but I feel like they don't have a person sitting down and saying, "Okay, this is what they like, how can we create value?"...
Julep December 2017 Review I upgraded my Julep box again this month. Again, I would not have chosen to do so if I didn't have the Jules (points) to do it for free. I'm super happy that I did, though, since there is not a single thing in this box that I didn't like at all. (Typically, Julep would cost...
Review: Urban Decay Naked Basics (Revisited) Unless you are best hipster ever and have been reading my blog since literally day 1, you probably started reading in 2016. I started blogging on December 11, 2012 with the express purpose of keeping track of what I got from subscription boxes like Birchbox and Ipsy. I kind of assumed that no one...
Review: Alchimia Apothecary "Choose Your Own Adventure" Perfume Oils I have millions of weaknesses. Sometimes I take too long to do water changes on my fish tank. Right now, my bed is filled with bags of Milano cookies. My boyfriend has to be responsible for the bills because I would never get them out on time on my own. I'm...
The FDA Rolls Its Eyes with Exasperation at Triclosan in Anti-Bacterial Products In August, we talked about triclosan, an anti-bacterial agent, and its potential not-so-pleasant environmental effects. The FDA has now proposed a new rule requiring manufacturers to prove that products containing triclosan are more effective than simple soap and water. As a quick reminder, triclosan works by binding to the...
Review: Sleek Blush by 3 Palette in Pumpkin For me, blush palettes are absolutely wiggle-inducing. An array of colors with depth and options always offers more excitement than a single streak of pink shimmer. The Sleek Blush by 3 Palettes are packaged in a basic black compact with a fatty mirror inside. It feels sturdy and the lid isn't floppy, meaning...
My New Favorite People Make Cheese Out of Human Body Odor-Producing Bacteria If there are three things I love in this world, it is cheese, science, and unprofitable-but-fascinating projects. Microbiologist Christina Agapakis and artist Sissel Tolaas decided to mush my interests together in a project called Selfmade. The pair created individual "portraits" of participants (the likes of whom included food...
Review: Sephora Cream Lip Stains in Endless Purple, Strawberry Kissed, and Classic Beige Sometimes, you just want to eat a Dagwood-style sandwich. Bread piled high with layers and layers of salami and ham in the middle. Other times, you want to eat home-fried tacos filled with there-is-no-such-thing-as-too-much-avocado, Cotija, and grilled chicken. Sometimes you want to eat a rack of lamb...
How Does Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy Affect Your Loose Eyeshadows Add this to the list of products that I feel like a dick for not recommending sooner, since I've been using it since August-or-so and it's one of the biggest helpers in my collection. According to the Fyrinnae website, "This is not an eye shadow primer, or really a base. It is to...
Ipsy December 2016 Review I wanted to start this post with a brief apology about my incredibly sporadic posting over the last couple of weeks. I've been drowning in work a bit and have been too tired to come home and do a lot of writing. I am never particularly good at meeting my goal of one post per day...