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Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season

Quote by Dalai Lama

Presents are great, especially when you get something you really love. As I have said many times here on the blog gift giving is my primary love language, so I understand the importance of a good gift. But there are also times where maybe you aren’t really doing presents, and what you really want to concentrate on is giving back.

Whether you are giving back to loved ones or in a broader sense, like to your community, you may not be completely aware of what your options are. That is why I wanted to share some ideas here on how you can give back.

 

Your presence is my present

One of the most meaningful and impactful ways to give back is being present and giving of your time. Ironically this often the hardest thing to do for many of us. When it comes to how you do this for the people you love, only you and they know what will really be a meaningful way to show up for them. But let’s talk about ways you can give time to help your community.

A great way to serve your community would to be volunteering some time in soup kitchen. Of course if you are living in a smaller town you may not have a soup kitchen, but perhaps a local church or food bank may offer some sort of community meal for those who are less fortunate. Organizations doing this type of work will vary from town to town. But one organization that has soup kitchens is nationwide, the Salvation Army. Not all Salvation Army locations have soup kitchens, but most in middle to large sized cities will.

Perhaps you are more of an animal person, or maybe you are just an introvert. Did you know you can become a volunteer at an animal shelter? There are lots of ways to donate your service to animal shelter, all depending on your time, ability, and experience. But there is something for everyone to do. Like food banks, the organizations in your area may vary by name. But in most of the US you will have either a Humane Society or an ASPCA close to you. Don’t be afraid to reach out to any of your local shelters to see what kind of help they need.

Maybe you really love children, and you feel like your time would be best served by working with them. There are so many kids out there that need good role models in their life. Sometimes it means nothing more than just spending time with them and listening to what they have to say. You can give this much needed support to a child in need by signing up to be a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program.

If none of these are quite right for you, and you don’t really know where to volunteer in your community there is help. Check out the website Volunteer Match to find the opportunities that are right for you.

One man's trash is another man's treasure

Many of us may want to volunteer our time, but because of various reasons we can’t. But I am willing to bet that almost all of us have things lying around our house that we no longer want or need. Things that are just taking up space. Rather than tossing that out or getting ten cents for it at a yard sale, why not donate your clutter?

There are lots of places like thrift stores, community outreach centers, abused women’s shelters, missions, churches and homeless shelters nationwide where you can donate new and used clothing as well as household goods. There will always be local places that are specific to your town, but there are absolutely national services that are accessible to most people in the US, and in some cases across the world.

Here is a brief list of some of the most accessible organizations to donate to:

To find out where you can donate locally a simple google search should help. Please keep in mind each place will take different items and have different requirements for what they accept. If you have not donated to a place before always call ahead or check their website before just dropping items off.

There are of course other things you can donate, outside of clothing and home goods. Lots of places take food donations for those in need. One of the biggest and wide spread food banks in my state is God’s Pantry. To find out where the closest food bank is to you, you can check with Feed America. In addition to food banks most soup kitchens and some churches will take food donations.

And if you are feeling really generous, you can also donate your car with some organizations. Catholic Services as well as NPR and Goodwill will accept donations of car.

Quote by Dalai Lama

I often hear people talk about how they want to make a difference in the world, but they don’t know how or don’t feel capable of doing anything big enough to make a difference. I just wanted to give everyone a reminder that while it may not feel like a big thing to you, sometimes even the smallest things feels huge to someone who has nothing. And small things can have big impacts.

In fact if you want to see more of the impact you are making, try helping one family or one person rather than going through a big organization. Many small organizations will let you adopt a family to help. Or you most likely know someone in need and don’t even realize it, maybe even someone you care about. Many people are too embarrassed or too proud to ask for help. In this country we are taught from a young age that we should be independent and its shameful to ask for help. But many people do need help.

So you might ask how do you help someone who won’t say they need help. I know it seems unproductive, but you can do it. Some options might be just asking if they would like some help. If you are going to donate things, perhaps make a post on social media asking if anyone wants to take a look at the items before you donate them. Where there is a will, there is a way. But I think the easiest way to make an impact for the people you care about is to just let them know you care and that you are available if they need you.

And this is me letting you all know I care about you. How can I help?

 

 

 

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Subscription Box Review – Ladiee T Jewelry Monthly Earring Box October and November 2018

All the earrings I received in October and November

It is subscription box review again. I have quite a few of these I want to try to get  through before Christmas time gets here.  If you missed my last one, you can go back and check out the Black Unicorn Subscription Box review at your leisure. You can also find all of the subscription box reviews I have done by going to any page here on the blog, find the green bar under my logo and click on the down facing arrow. You should see a search box and you can search for subscription box reviews.

A few months ago when I first started looking for subscription boxes to review for this year I had a few goals in mind. I wanted to find a variety of types of boxes, boxes in various budget levels, and boxes that in addition to being of interest to all of you would maybe make good gifts.

I have definitely shared some affordable boxes in the beauty category before, but not everyone is into makeup I do think this will by far be the most affordable subscription box I have shared as of yet, and I believe it is very giftable.

Because of the nature of this box and the variety that can come in it, I thought I would share what I got for both the months of October and November.

 

Service Name: Ladiee T Jewelry Monthly Earring Box

 

Price: $8.99 to $56.99 (This box has a large price range because of several box options and payment terms options. Prices may vary when you go to sign up if they are running a sale.)

 

Where Is It Available: This subscription is only available to US residents.

 

Who To Get It For: Anyone who loves jewelry, especially earrings. who has pierced ears. Age doesn’t matter as they have a box option for younger subscribers. This would also be great for someone who is just beginning to build their jewelry collection.

 

What You Get: There are three different earring boxes available from Ladiee T Jewelry that somewhat customizable to your own tastes and preferences. Here are your options:

Princess Collection for Girls – Each month’s box contains two randomly selected pairs of earrings that is age appropriate for girls between 5 and 10 years of age. Earrings in this box are deliberately kept small in size and are mostly studs.

Women’s Monthly Earring Packet – Each month you will receive one medium to large sized pair of earrings. Earrings sent will be based on your taste and style preferences chosen.

Women’s Monthly Earring Box – Each month you will receive two stylishly hand-picked medium to large pairs of earrings. Earrings sent will be based on your taste and style preferences chosen. (This is the one I will be sharing with you here.)

 

Drawbacks: If you like jewelry that is matching sets, this box won’t offer that. I don’t really see an option to find that on their main website either. So if that is a big deal to you, then this might not be the subscription for you.

 

The Details:

When you sign up you fill out a brief preference profile.

First you choose if you are subscribing for yourself or giving a gift. If you choose a gift subscription, then once you fill out the profile you will have the option to add a message that get emailed to the recipient once the subscription mails out.

First you are asked which subscription you want. Then you are asked about your metal color preference. No preference is totally an option here. Next you are asked about earring style preference, and again you can absolutely choose no preference. Finally you choose the length of the subscription you are paying for at once.

Every month the subscription arrives in a small cardboard box. (And again I would like to remind everyone to not worry about my safety, the mailing address shown is not my home address just the mail box I get my blog mail at. But I appreciate the concern people have shown)

The box the Ladiee T Jewelry subscription arrives in.

On the inside you will find your earrings individually wrapped as well as a small card, all lying on a bed of filler paper. The card just let’s you know about an opportunity to get an extra pair of earrings in the next month’s box by sharing it on social media.

Inside of the October Ladiee T Jewelry Box

This is the inside of the October Box

Inside of the Novermber Ladie T Jewelry Box

And this is the inside of the November box.

As you can see they pretty much arrive looking exactly the same each month.

For the month of October, here is what I received:

The earrings in the October Ladiee T Jewelry box.

One of the pairs of earrings for October

The second pair of earrings for October.

I actually really loved both pairs of earrings. Unfortunately they were both stud closures, and I can’t wear those. But at the end of the day that is fine. I got this subscription to review, and I have so many earrings. I gifted the red pair to one of the besties who I do steampunk with. Its kind of perfect for that kind of look. And the other pair I will also gift to someone or sell on my poshmark.

And now lets look at what was inside the November Box:

The earings inside the November Ladiee T Jewelry Box

One pair of earrings in the November box

The second pair of earring in the November box

These earrings are on French hooks, so I can actually wear them. So off to a great start for November. I did like the designs, and I will definitely wear them out. But I think I liked the designs in the October box more.

 

 

Where To Sign Up:

You can sign up on the Cratejoy website on the Ladiee T subscription page.

 

Final Thoughts:

I think this is a decent box for the jewelry lover. It’s certainly a good value. And I really think it would make a nice gift. I don’t really have any complaints. I felt like the whole process went smoothly and everything was shipped on time. Sometimes that is a big issue, especially for subscription boxes.

 

If you like the idea of this subscription box, but it’s not quite what you are looking for, here is a brief list of other boxes that may interest you.

Mint Mongoose – Must-have jewelry — your choice of silver, rose gold, or gold — delivered to you, every month!

Emma & Chloe – A surprise piece of French designer jewelry at your doorstep every month!

J Grace & Co – Little Black Box – Jewelry Subscription

Running With Scissors Jewelry & Accessories – Where GOTH, GLAM, and GORGEOUS unite! Jewelry & more you won’t find elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Reminder To Give Some Love And Forgiveness To Yourself

practice self love

Today’s post won’t be anything terribly long. I just wanted to remind everyone that during this Holiday season that is all about giving, its important to also give something to yourself. Be kind to yourself and give yourself some love and forgiveness.

practice self love

There is often lots of pressure on us, especially us ladies to be perfect. There is always lots to do during the Holidays. But no one is perfect, and that is okay. Allow yourself forgiveness for not being the utter ideal of feminine or masculine perfection.

There are all kinds of stresses for people this time of year. Maybe your like me and love the Holidays but the weather puts a lot of stress on you. Maybe you are like some of my friends and have social anxiety and just find the parties too stressful. Maybe you are like the majority of people and you have family that are assholes. No matter what your stress may be, be kind to yourself and know you are not alone. You are enough as you are.

I put together a short list of resources that may offer you some help in dealing with the stress you are feeling.

Better Help – online therapy

Grokker – A website and app with yoga, meditation, and relaxation videos.

Breathing Techniques – An article on WebMD about breathing techniques that can help you relax.

Get Help Immediately – A list of various emergency and crisis contact numbers and emails for agencies around the world. Organized by country.

Massage Envy – Get a massage, facial, or muscle stretch session at one of the many locations of this chain.

Stress Management Self Help Books – A list of what is available in the stress management category on Amazon.

Relaxation Music – A list of music videos for relaxation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Month Of Giving – Win A Daily Ritual Women’s Plus Size Jersey T-Shirt Dress And More

Giveaway Time

Even as a little kid giving to others has always given me great joy. As an adult I still have the joy of giving in my heart, and I think our society would be so much better off if we taught people how to foster that. I know so many people, including some who I am very close to, who get grumpy around the holidays and express that they feel it’s a burden to have to buy others gifts.

Now I am of the mind that if you feel obligated it is no longer a gift, it’s an obligation. Also, there are so many ways to give, and many of them have nothing to do with spending money or even giving physical items.

So in the spirit of fostering the joy of giving, I want to spend the month of December concentrating on giving. I will sharing all sorts of things pertaining to giving both here on the blog and on my social media. And I wanted to get this started off by giving back to all of you. I have a few different giveaways planned. But I wanted to start here on the blog. I thought for a while about what I wanted to do a giveaway with, and I decided I really wanted to give you all the chance to try the dress I recently shared.

Giveaway Time

Obviously from the title you know I am talking about the Daily Ritual Plus Size Jersey T-Shirt Dress. I decided on this dress in particular because of the size options and the accessibility. It is available in sizes 1X to 7X. And if you would like info on sizing and fit you can check out my recent review of this t-shirt dress.

Daily Ritual T-shirt Dress

The winner will be able to choose the size and color option out of the current available offerings.

I will also be giving away to a second place winner a sheet mask set.

Sheet masks for giveaway

The second place winner will receive all of the sheet masks pictured above. They are a combination of various masks I have been sent boxes of to try this year, as well as a few I couldn’t use because of my allergy (no point in letting them go to waste when one of you lovelies could use them).

Both of these giveaways are open to residents of the US, Canada, and the UK. (Unfortunately I can not guarantee delivery before Christmas for the Canada and UK entries)

I am doing my giveaways a little different this year, trying to make it simple for all of you. I am not using the app this year, you don’t have to sign into anything this year. So how do you enter?

Simply leave a comment on this post telling me something that is on your Christmas wish list this year. For an extra entry share this post on Facebook or Twitter (your post must be a public post so I can verify the entry) and tag My Plus Size Life in your post. Make sure to leave a way for me to contact you in your comment if you are the winner. This can be an email address, a social media handle, etc.)

You will have until the 14th of December to enter, and a winner will be announced on the 15th. If there is no way to contact the name drawn or if I don’t have a response within 48 hours a new winner will be drawn.

I will also be doing some giveaways on my various social media accounts over the next week. So make sure you are following me on all of those.

 

 

 

 

 

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Subscription Box Review – Black Unicorn Subscription Box November 2018 “The Wolf Box”

November 2018 Black Unicorn Subscription Box

Today I bring you another subscription box review. If you missed my last one, you can go back and check out the Macy’s Beauty Box review at any time. You can also find all of the subscription box reviews I have done by going to any page here on the blog, find the green bar under my logo and click on the down facing arrow. You should see a search box and you can search for subscription box reviews.

My last few reviews have been aimed at beauty boxes, but there is a lot of different types of subscription boxes out there. So, I wanted to make sure to get a few non makeup boxes reviewed this year too. I went on the hunt for some unique boxes, new boxes, boxes I hadn’t really heard a lot about, but boxes that still included things that interested me. It didn’t take me long till I came across the Black Unicorn Subscription Box.

I mean they kind of had me with the name. After all I do dress up as a black unicorn for Steampunk Symposium every year. It was meant to be, right?

 

Service Name: Black Unicorn Subscription Box

 

Price: $25.00 a month or $75.00 for three months, plus shipping.

 

Where Is It Available: This box is available internationally. Be aware you pay shipping and any customs fees due.

 

Who To Get It For: This box is meant to be targeted at people in alternative lifestyles. If you consider yourself Goth, Punk, Steampunk, Lolita, or even Wiccan this box may be of interest to you or alternatively the person you are gifting it to.

 

What You Get: Each month will have a theme. All items included will pertain to that theme in some way or another. Each box will include a crystal or other magical item, some sort of DIY item, and one or more items from a featured Etsy seller or small business. Types of items that will be included can range from home décor to accessories and everything in between.

 

Drawbacks: Since this box does not have once consistent theme, and items can come from a broad range of categories, there is a much higher chance you may receive items you don’t like. Also, if you don’t typically like the types of items you find on Etsy, this may not be the box for you.

 

The Details:

I often start this part off by showing you the boxes these arrive in. However, this particular subscription arrives in a plain brown box. No identifying logo or anything, and I really didn’t think you guys would be interested in seeing that.

So lets take a look at what came inside the box.

November 2018 Black Unicorn Subscription Box

In addition to what is pictured above, each box also includes a card insert that tells a little something about each item you receive. It also includes any pertinent information about the box.

As I said previously, each month the box has a different theme. This month’s box, November that is, is “The Wolf Box”. So most things in the box will relate to wolves in some way or another. I personally was quite happy with this month’s theme. I have really loved wolves since I was a teenager.

An added benefit with this box is that some of the proceeds go to a different charity each month, and this month’s proceeds was going to be donated to a charity that works towards Wolf Conservation. Once you are a subscriber you can join the subscription box Facebook page and you can make suggestions on charities you would like to see supported.

The DIY item in the Black Unicorn Subscription

 

DIY Stark Wolf String Art – Obviously this is the DIY craft project for this months box. It was created to be similar to the wolf that represents House Stark in Game of Thrones. For me this is an item I wasn’t personally crazy about. I don’t have a lot of extra time for crafting, so when I do it I am very particular about what crafts I want to do. This will most likely get passed on to my niece who loves to craft.

 

Custom unicorn beanie made for the Black Unicorn Subscription Box

 

Black Unicorn Beanie – This was the one item that was not related to the theme, but of course is related to the box. This item I was really excited about. I don’t wear a lot of hats, but beanies are one of the few that I can and do wear occasionally. And well it has a unicorn on it, and you guys know me and unicorns, so there is that.

 

 

Hand painted cork coasters in the Black Unicorn Subscription Box

 

Howling Coasters – This is a set of four coasters. They are made of cork and then hand painted with the wolf picture on each one.

This is an item that I felt torn about. On the one hand I really like what they are, or would have if they had arrived looking as they were intended to. Mine, and from my understanding, several other people’s warped. You can see this in the second picture that is from the side. Now of course I let the owner of the subscription box company know. She actually offered me and
Side view of the warped coastersothers several options, including the option for a partial refund. I actually chose to not take the refund because I wanted money to be able to go to the charity.

I decided to just chalk this up to something that  just wasn’t for me. That happens sometimes, and its a chance you take with subscription boxes. But I was just relieved to know the owner handled the situation well.

 

 

Crystal of the Month in the Black Unicorn Subscription Box

 

Magic Crystal – Every month’s box includes a crystal or similar item. I’m not sure if the card always refers to it as the Magic Crystal, or if that is just what it is calling it this month.

This month’s crystal is an orange calcite. According to the card this particular stone was chosen because, “Wolves are known to be extremely loyal to their packs, and this crystal enhances relationship connections, between you and your family. This crystal is also great for camaraderie and achieving goals, portraying
orange calcite compared to a mac lipstick bullethow the pack works together to survive in the wild.”.

I have also included a second picture of the orange calcite to help show the size od stone I received. I have it placed next to a MAC lipstick bullet. Of course due to the nature of the item, there will be variety in shape and size that people receive in their boxes.

This is another item I loved receiving. I have always loved crystals since I was a little kid. I find them fascinating and have a bit of a collection.

Vinyl VHS sticker in the Black Unicorn Subscription Box

 

Wolfen Vinyl Sticker – This was the item from the featured small business of the month. The business is Vinyl Hell Stickers Co. This was a custom designed sticker for the Black Unicorn box and it was based on the thriller film Wolfen. This is another item I wasn’t a fan of. I’m just not a fan of stickers in general. But again one of my nieces might really like this, and I think it could be put in her Christmas stocking as something fun.

Bad Wolf earrings in the Black Unicorn Subscription Box

 

Bad Wolf Earrings – The final item in the box was this pair of Bad Wolf earrings. If you are a Doctor Who fan, then no doubt you recognize the term. And of course I am a doctor who fan, and I was stoked to get these earrings. One of my steampunk costumes is doctor who themed, and I will definitely be wearing these with it.

 

 

 

 

Where To Sign Up:

You can sign up for the Black Unicorn Subscription Box on Crate Joy. You can find their page at https://www.cratejoy.com/subscription-box/black-unicorn-subscription/. They do offer multiple subscriptions, so be careful to make sure you are signing up for the correct one.

 

Final Thoughts:

In this particular box I was happy with half of the items, and with the other half, most of those items can be used as gifts. Personally I feel okay with that at the end of the day, especially knowing that part of what I spent goes to a good cause.

With this particular type of box, I think it is just par for the course that you have some months where you really love everything, and other months there are going to be some stinkers. Hopefully there won’t ever be any months where you don’t like anything.

Tell me in the comments what you think about this box. Would you/have you tried this box?

 

Now if you like the idea of this box but it’s not quite what you wanted, you might want to take a look at these other boxes:

Accio! – the first and only artisanal subscription box 100% inspired by the Potterverse.

Running With Scissors Jewelry & Accessories – Where GOTH, GLAM, and GORGEOUS unite! Jewelry & more you won’t find elsewhere.

Goddess Provisions – Monthly box with crystals, aromatherapy, natural beauty products & spiritual tools

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Friday And Cyber Monday Sales 2018

Black firday and cyber monday deals

Its that time of year again, turkey and family followed by days of deals. This is always the time to get the best deals on Christmas gifts or just something special for yourself that you wouldn’t normally splurge on.

Black firday and cyber monday deals

 

That’s right it is time for those Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Just like last year I will continue to add to the list over the next few days as I find things, but this is going to be the majority of it.

Yes some of the links are affiliate links, but not all of them. Each year I try to give you only a list of the stores I believe to be giving a great deal that you can not get the rest of the year from that store, or at least not most of the year. And just like previous years, this will consist of mainly plus size clothing sales, but it will also have some beauty and other types of products. And this year I have added a section for subscription boxes as well. I will make it easy and list in categories and then in alphabetical order. So, if you are looking for Torrid, look in the plus size fashion section and then look for the T’s. Store names will be clickable and all their sales will be listed below their names.

 

Plus Size Fashion

 

Adrianna Papell

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/24
Discount: 25% Off Sitewide

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 30% Off Sitewide

 

Ashley Stewart

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/26
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 50% Off & Free Shipping Sitewide, Free Gift with $75+ purchase while supplies last

 

ASOS

Coupon code: EPIC25
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 25% Off everything including sale

 

Avenue

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/20
Expiration date: 11/23
Discount: 50% Off Sitewide, Doorbuster Specials ($12.99 Knit Tops, $19.99 Sweaters, $19.99 Denim)

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/23
Expiration date: 11/25
Discount: 40% Off Sitewide

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/29
Discount: 50% Off Sitewide

Charlotte Russe

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/25
Discount: Everything $20 or less

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 40% Off regular price 20% Off sale

 

Cherry Velvet

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 25% off all party dress

 

City Chic

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/20
Expiration date: 12/02
Discount: 50% Off Sitewide

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: 60% Off Dresses (50% off discount does not apply on top of this)

 

Curve Girl

Coupon code: 10OFF
Activation date: 11/19
Expiration date: 12/19
Discount: $10 Off $50 or more

Coupon code: 40OFF
Activation date: 11/19
Expiration date: 12/19
Discount: $40 Off $150 or more

Coupon code: CURVEBOGO
Activation date: 11/19
Expiration date: 11/23
Discount: 50% Off sitewide

 

Fashion Nova

Coupon code: CYBER90
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: Extra 40% to 90% off entire site & free shipping on orders over $75

 

Fashion To Figure

Coupon code: 114728
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: 40% everything including sale, and free economy shipping on all orders

 

Forever 21

Coupon code: SAVE20
Activation date: 11/21
Expiration date: 11/22
Discount: Receive 10% off your purchase of $50.00 or more with code SAVE10, 15% off your purchase of $75.00 or more with code SAVE15, or 20% off your purchase of $100.00 or more with code SAVE20

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/21
Expiration date: 11/22
Discount: 50% Off Web Exclusives, 30% Off all sweaters, $20 and under Holiday dresses

 

Her Room

Coupon code: ?
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: 25% Off select sleepwear, Up to 50% Off new deals daily

 

Hot Topic

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: Up to 50% off sitewide, and free shipping on any purchase.

 

IGIGI

Coupon code: BFCM70
Activation date: 11/20
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 70% Off Sitewide

 

James Jeans

Coupon code: D0J0TX18
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: ?
Discount: 50% extra off sale, 40% off regular price (excludes wonder jeans)

 

Kiyonna

Coupon code: THANKFUL
Activation date: 11/20
Expiration date: 11/28
Discount: 40% Off $150 or more

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/25 3:00 P.M. PT
Discount: $40 dresses & $25 separates

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25 3:00 P.M. PT
Expiration date: 11/27 12:00 P.M. PT
Discount: $50 dresses & $35 separates

 

Lane Bryant

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/20
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: 40% Off everything except panties, BOGO Free Clearance, Daily Doorbusters

 

Lindy Bop

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/21
Expiration date: ?
Discount: Up to 70% Off Select items, new items will be added. (I have linked to the UK website as that is the one I shop. US customers can shop both the UK and US sites. I like the sizing better on the UK site. But if you prefer there will be a link on their main page to take you to the US site.)

 

Loft

Coupon code: FRIYAY
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/24
Discount: 50% off your purchase & daily deals

 

Madewell

Coupon code: DEALWITHIT
Activation date: 11/23
Expiration date: 11/25
Discount: 25% Off your purchase

 

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The Sephora Black Friday Sale 2018

The Sephora Black Friday preview

If you don’t have the Sephora App, then you may not have seen the list for Sephora’s Black Friday sale. A few days ago an app exclusive preview popped up showing all the things going on the sale. But if you missed it, don’t worry, I got you. I managed to get screen shots of everything.

The Sephora Black Friday preview

Just like previous years everything is going to be under $15. And I suspect also like previous years there will be some items that sell out very quickly while others will not sell at all. I will be making some comments here and there about which items I feel are the best value, or what I think should be skipped and why. Please keep in mind that all opinions expressed here are just that, opinions.

There were no links to these items in the app, so I will not be linking to them here in my post. Sephora usually does a pretty good job of making it easy to find their sale items though, so it shouldn’t be a big deal.

So let’s take a look at what’s actually on sale this year.

IT Cosmetics, First Aide Beauty, Benefit Cosmetics, and Tarte all on sale at Sephora for Black Friday

Obviously in this group the best deal is the Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty, but I think all of these sets are decent deals too. There isn’t anything more to really say about any of these.

 

Tarte, Too Faced, Philosophy, and Sephora Collection on the Black Friday sale

It’s not a brand I use but I know Philosphy has a pretty strong fan base, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that Purity Cleanser ends up being an item that sells out quickly. The Tarte and Too Faced sets would make great stocking stuffers for the beauty lovers in your life, and I expect they will sell well, even if they don’t sell out fast. I may be wrong about this but I don’t see the Sephora Collection sponge set selling out. No doubt they will get some sales, but I just don’t think its most people’s choice sponge.

Kat Von Dee, Pat MaGrath Labs, Clinique, and Milk Makeup on the Black Friday sale at Sephora

Now we come to the items where I have a little more to say about them. Lets talk about them one at a time.

The Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick at first glance looks like a great deal. I think most of all this is because everything from this brand is super expensive. But the two important things to notice are that this is a mini size and they don’t have a value listed for this product. The full size of these lipsticks sell for $38.00, but minis can mean a lot size wise. I just don’t know if you are really getting a good value here. It does say this is exclusive to Sephora. And it is limited edition. I don’t know if the color is limited edition or if it’s the color in this size. I personally will be passing on this one. But if you just want to be able to say you tried something from Pat McGrath, then maybe its worth it for you.

When it comes to both the Milk Makeup and Kat Von Dee set, I feel like these are both sets that we have already seen or something really similar. Your not really getting much of a savings, probably nothing more than any other value set. So I’m not really sure how this is Black Friday sale worthy either. I just don’t see these selling well honestly, and I won’t be surprised if they are on the weekly wow in a few weeks.

The Clinique Clarifying Lotion is definitely a sweet deal, and if it is something you use on the regular it would be great to stock up on. But I don’t think most people are going to look at this and think its the most exciting product. I guess what I am saying is, I just don’t think it will sell out. Not because it’s not a good product or value. But when people shop black Friday they are usually looking for deals on those things they are either dying to try, but can’t justify paying full price on, or shopping for Christmas presents, or occasionally stocking up on their old faithful products. This might be an old faithful product for some people, but it’s not going to be for the majority.

PLAY! Smarts, BECCA, Versace, Peter Thomas Roth all on the Black Friday Sale

The BECCA set is a fantastic deal, and it is a little different from the usual set that comes out around this time of year. It looks like this set also includes one of the Glow Glosses. This set will definitely be something I am personally considering getting.

I also think the Peter Thomas Roth set is a great deal. This is another set that I won’t be surprised if it sells out rather quickly. The brand and a lot of its products have a rather cult following, but there are still a lot people who haven’t tried this and want to, so I think it will have big appeal.

Now lets talk about the other two sets. The Versace set again isn’t a great value, so unless it’s just someone who collects minis I just don’t see this selling big. And I am little stunned that the PLAY Smarts set is on here. I don’t know what Sephora is pulling, but this was just on their sale rack for the same price? Who are you trying to fool Sephora?

Smashbox, Caudalie, Sephora Play! Smarts, and Stila on this years Black Friday Sale at SephoraI personally can not use Caudalie because of my allergy, but they are another brand that has a bit of a cult following. I think their set is definitely a great deal, and I expect it to sell well.  l

As for the Stila set, I’m just not sure. I am a huge fan of Stila products, even before their liquid eyeshadows came out. But is this what will actually interest people from them? I’m doubtful. The price isn’t bad, but it’s not fantastic either.

And what do I think won’t sell? The Smashbox palette and the Sephora Play box. Here again we have an item that is not given a value, so it most likely isn’t a deal. And the other item has already been on Sephora’s sale page for weeks for this same price. You are killing me Sephora.

Cover FX, Sephora Collectin, Philosphy, and Alterna Haircare will be on the Sephora Black FridaySale.

The Philosphy set and the Alterna Haircare set are both excellent values. I think that what I said previously about Philosphy will hold true here as well. This set may even sell faster since it is a limited edition set. I don’t know about the Alterna Haircare as much. It is a good value, but will people be excited about hair care?

Both the Cover FX and Sephora Collection items are decent deals if they are things you are interested in. I personally am interested in the Cover FX set. And while there are better deals in this Black Friday sale, this is an item that I want to try. I have other colors of the drops and I love them, but a full size takes forever to use. Getting a mini is a superior option for me. And it looks like the other item included is one of the shimmer veils, which I haven’t had the opportunity to try. No for the Sephora palette, I’m not personally excited for this, but it might make a great stocking stuffer for my young niece who is asking for makeup for Christmas.

Sephora Collection, Clinique, Clarisonic, and Jack Black on the Black Friday sale at Sephora

If you are a Clarisonic user, the stocking stuffer set is a phenomenal deal. I know it will be on my list of things I will be trying to get. Since it says it is for radiant skin and by the look of the picture, it will most likely be their radian brush head and radiant gel cleanser in this set.

All of the other products are reasonably decent deals. But the only one I really think will zoom off the shelf will be the Jack Black set. There has been a lot of buzz recently about the brand, and with the hit of extremely cold temperatures in a lot of places, this may be a welcomed item. Its pretty obvious this is a set of their balms, but what varieties? After examining the picture, my best guess would be that this will contain Shea Butter & Vitamin E, the Original Natural Mint, and Lemon & Shea Butter.

Bare Minerals, Bumble & Bumble, Tocca, and Sephora Play! will be on the Sephora Black Friday sale

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room first. If at this point you aren’t wondering if Sephora is playing some massive joke on all of us with these Sephora Play boxes being on the list I don’t know who you are. But seriously, it is yet again another one, and it was on the sale rack just last week.

The Bare Minerals and Bumble & Bumble set are both pretty decent deals. I don’t know how excited people will be about these, but maybe the value will be enough to sell them out. The Tocca set while not as good of a deal as a lot of the others, it is still better than the previous perfume we looked at.

Nest, Sephora Play!, Sephora Collection, and Olehenriksen on the Sephora Black Friday sale

The only thing at this point I have to say about Sephora Play at this point is, Sephora I am giving you serious side eye.

The rest of the sets all look like good values. I am at least considering buying the Olehenrikson set and the one from Sephora Collection. The Nest set looks beautiful if you are into scented products for your home. If anyone knows what the scent is based on the box, let us know down in the comments.

Sephora Collection, Lancer,Buxom, and Origins will all be on the Black Friday sale at Sephora.

I have to be honest, I have never heard of this brand Lancer. I don’t know if this is a brand I have overlooked or if this is one of the many brand Sephora has recently added. But either way the set from Lancer along with the one from Buxom are pretty great deals. I would think the Buxom set will be pretty popular, but I don’t know anything about the other brand so I can’t even speculate.

The products from Sephora Collection and Origins are okay. Origins is another one of those brands that I think of as having a cult following, so maybe that set will potentially sell out. But some of the love for the brand has seemed to die down over the last year, so maybe not.

Clean. Sephora Play, Tarte, and Lancome

Now here we have a perfume set from Clean that is both a good deal and I think has potential to be a popular item. It gives people options, and if you know a perfume lover on your list this would make a great gift.

For the rest of the items, there isn’t much left to say. You know what I think about the Sephora Play. The Tarte set we have seen before and it not that great of deal anyway. And Lancôme, it’s an okay deal but does anyone really want mascara for Christmas?

,Sephora Play on black friday sale

Maybe Sephora is Punking us.

 

Well after looking everything over I know what is going in my cart for the Black Friday sale. What will you be picking up? Tell me in the comments below what you think about all the Sephora Play items showing up on the sale. Is it a good move or bad move?

 

Make sure to check back on Thursday for my regular Black Friday post.

 

 

 

 

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Hidden Gems Of Amazon – Daily Ritual Plus Size Jersey Short-Sleeve Scoop Neck T-Shirt Dress

Amazon Hidden Gems

Amazon Hidden Gems

Today we are looking at a Hidden Gem of Amazon. It’s been way too long since I have posted one of these, the last one I did was last fall looking at the Stripes and Floral Print 3/4 Length Sleeve Tee. But I found this dress recently and I thought it would make a great staple piece to anyone’s wardrobe. It can easily be worn during any season with the right pieces to add to it. We are looking at the Daily Ritual Plus Size Jersey Short-Sleeve Scoop Neck T-Shirt Dress.

I ordered this dress a little over a month ago, and it was still plenty warm here at the time. But then a week after I got it we had a massive drop in temperature. I kept holding off on doing this post thinking I would do it in the spring, but then I thought this is actually something that I would wear in every season. I just would wear it very different in each of the seasons. So I thought I would do something different this time. In addition to talking about the fit and quality of the dress I will also be sharing how I would wear it and link to some items that I would pair it with.

For sizing reference, I typically wear a size 20W or 2X at most plus size stores like Lane Bryant and Torrid. My measurements are Bust: 49″ Waist: 43″ Hips: 54″ And I wear a 40DDD bra.Daily Rituals Jersey Dress available on Amazon

Back of the Daily Rituals jersey dress

This dress sells for $18.00, and I am wearing it in a size 3X. It is available in sizes 1X to 7X. There are five color options, the color I have is called Cypress Green. I personally consider it to be olive-green or army green, whichever you want to call it. The other color options are black, navy, deep red and light heather grey.

The fabric is a jersey t-shirt fabric, but not the super thing kind. It is thick enough you are not going to see through it. The weight is wearable on its own anytime from late spring to early fall. And between the fabric thickness and the seeming, it does feel like a nice quality. The fit is perfect, and I thought the size chart was accurate.

This is an Amazon owned brand, so if anything is wrong it should be easily returnable. And of course it is available with free prime shipping. This particular Amazon clothing brand focuses on simple and chic basics. Things that are staples in most wardrobes in classic colors.

So I wanted to give you some ideas on how I would style this dress for each season. I am going to go one season at a time. And I tried to stay as much as possible to items you can buy on Amazon, but that wasn’t possible for everything.

Let’s start with summer because I feel that is this is the time of year most people would be interested in this dress, and I would go mostly simple with the accessories for it.

Fergalicious Women's Zaille Gladiator Sandal available on Amazon

 

This would look fantastic paired with some tan gladiator sandals like these Fergalicious Women’s Zaille Gladiator Sandal.

 

 

Kate Spade New York Women's Gold Standard Pendant Necklace

 

For accessories I think this dress is calling for some gold tone jewelry. I would go with a long chain pendant necklace like this Kate Spade New York Women’s Gold Standard Pendant Necklace.

 

 

 

 

Kate Spade New York Women's Gold Standard Statement Studs

And I would add some matching earrings for good measure. In the case of what I have shared it would be these Kate Spade New York Women’s Gold Standard Statement Studs.

 

Moving into the fall I can see introducing some richer tones to warm your look up. The temperature can vary a lot in the fall depending on how early or late it is in the season, and of course where you live. So while I am not linking them here, I would also suggest you could easily add some tights to this look to add some more warmth.

J. Adams Jones Combat Bootie

My fall shoe of choice to pair with dress is this J. Adams Jones Combat Bootie. I actually own these boots, you may recently seen them in my Instagram feed. They are perfect for fall.

 

 

Simply Be Suedette Biker Jacket

 

Don’t forget your jacket in the fall. This Suedette Biker Jacket from Simply Be will no doubt look stunning with this dress, and quite a few other outfits for that matter.

 

 

 

Ted and Jack - Fall Foliage Pattern Silk Feel Scarf

 

If you are always chilly or just the type that never feels an outfit is complete without accessories, then you may want to add a scarf to your fall look. I really like this Ted and Jack Fall Foliage Pattern Silk Feel Scarf for this particular look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now if you are like me, in the winter I am always freezing. There is nothing I can do to get warm enough, and I like to get cozy warm clothing as much as possible. So I wanted to share a way to really make this the most warm and toasty as possible.

Torrid Faux Leather Leggings

 

To make this dress wearable in the winter I would start by adding some leggings. I really like the idea of these Torrid Faux Leather Leggings for a winter look with this dress.

 

 

 

 

G by GUESS Womens Allio Boot

 

My shoe of choice for this winter look would be these G by GUESS Allio Boots. The look so cozy.

 

 

Simply Be Fur Gilet

 

To keep you extra warm and toasty I would try this Fur Gilet from Simply Be. I’m pretty sure this is just an open front vest.

 

 

 

 

La Carrie Faux Fur Headband with Stretch Women’s Winter Earwarmer

 

And finally I would top off my winter look with this La Carrie Faux Fur Headband with Stretch. I don’t do well with a lot of hats, but I love this sort of headband for the winter and it really does keep you warm.

 

 

And finally when it warms back up for spring, I think a fun monotone look would be a lot of fun.

SeaVees Women's Monterey Sneaker Varsity

For spring, the shoes I think would be perfect are these SeaVees Women’s Monterey Varsity Sneaker in Burnt Olive. The color is almost a perfect match.

 

Indo Batik headband

 

For my hair, this Indo Batik headband from Silly Yogi seems perfect.

 

 

 

Plus Size Oversized Sweaters Duster

 

And finally, to finish this look off, and to keep the spring chill away, I would add this Oversized Sweaters Duster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So tell me in the comments what you think. Do you like my outfit suggestions? How would you wear this dress?

 

 

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Ten Gift Ideas For Scorpios

Happy Brthday Scorpios

If you are seeing this on the day that it is published then today is my birthday. And I wanted to honor my fellow Scorpios. I thought why not do that by sharing a list of great gift ideas for the Scorpio in your life, or something you as a Scorpio might like to treat yourself to.

Happy Brthday Scorpios

I personally am not into horoscopes, but have always loved my astrological sign and found the description accurate for me. So don’t be surprised if there are quite a few items that actually feature the Scorpio astrological symbol.

 

Morphing Mugs Birthday Zodiac Sign (Scorpio)

 

Morphing Mugs Birthday Scorpio Zodiac Sign

 

I have a pretty impressive mug collection and I think this would make the perfect birthday mug for any Scorpio. And of course these are available in other signs, there are links on the product page to each individual sign.

 

 

 

Scorpio Astrology Tea- Sencha Green

 

 

Scorpio Astrology Tea- Sencha Green

 

If your going to have a mug, you need something to put in it right? I personally love tea, and I am sure a fair amount of you do as well. Now the Scorpio one that I am linking to is showing as temporarily out of stock, but you can sign up for notifications when it comes back in stock. And of course you can get teas for all of the other signs.

 

 

My Zodiac Box Subscription

 

My Zodiac Box Subscription

 

Maybe you want to get a gift for someone who loves their zodiac, but you don’t know what to get them. Why not try out a subscription box. Yep, there is a subscription box for even that. You just fill out a small form with which zodiac sign you want the box for and a couple of other questions and you are good to go. If you are not sure about this one, I will have a review of this product coming in the relatively close future.

 

Swarovski Crystal Necklace Topaz Pendant Necklace November Jewelry

 

Swarovski Crystal Topaz Pendant Necklace

 

So Scorpios don’t have a birthstone, that is a birth month thing. However, the majority of Scorpios are November babies. And back in the day Golden Topaz was the birthstone of November. But I thought this antique looking pendant necklace would be a big hit, even if it’s not your birthstone, with most Scorpios. And because its handmade you can customize the length of the chain to what is a comfortable fit for you.

 

 

Silver Scorpio Necklace from Torrid

 

Silver Scorpio Necklace

 

If you like the idea of a necklace but you are more into delicate small sizes jewelry, this dainty piece from Torrid might be more your style. You can wear it alone or layer it up with another piece of jewelry to really personalize your style.

 

 

 

 

Custom Water Bottle at WalGreens

 

Custom Water Bottle

 

This one might seem an odd choice for this list to some of you, but I personally think it works on many levels. Scorpios are a water sign, and with the customization feature you could put a picture of your astrological sign, a picture of someone you love, or just something your passionate about. And this is really a gift that could work for anyone.

 

 

Scorpio Soap, Zodiac Signs, Zodiac Soap

 

Scorpio Soap, Zodiac Signs, Zodiac Soap

 

Personally, I always think soap makes a good gift. And these soaps have a lot of personality, plus they can be customized. You pick the color and the scent. Since they are customizable, I am sure that you could also ask for fragrance free. This seller also has the other zodiac signs.

 

 

 

 

Xtremegems Scorpio - Labradorite 925 Sterling Silver Ring Jewelry Size 8

 

Xtremegems Scorpio – Labradorite 925 Sterling Silver Ring Jewelry Size 8

 

There are tons of Scorpio themed rings on the market in all sorts of styles. From simple to bold, but this might be one of the most unique. If your buying for someone who really likes to make a statement with their jewelry this might be a winner.

 

 

Scorpio Zodiac Journal

 

Scorpio Zodiac Journal

 

If the Scorpio in your life is more of the creative type, then perhaps a journal might be more to their tastes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scorpio Gift T-Shirt: I Am A Scorpio I Was Born With My Heart On My Sleeve A Fire In My Soul And A Mouth I Can't Control Tees

 

Scorpio Tee

 

If you looking for a gift for that person that wants to proclaim to the whole world they are a Scorpio and why, then this is the way to go It reads, ‘I Am A Scorpio I Was Born With My Heart On My Sleeve A Fire In My Soul And A Mouth I Can’t Control Tees’. This is available in multiple cuts and sizes.

 

 

 

Tell me in the comments if you are shopping for a Scorpio or if you already have. Or are you a Scorpio yourself? Don’t forget to leave a happy birthday wish or just a shout out to your favorite Scorpio.

 

 

 


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Product Review – Burt’s Bees More Moisture Baobab Shampoo And Conditioner

Burts Bees Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

This is the fourth in a series of Shampoo and Conditioner reviews. I will be reviewing a Burt’s Bees shampoo and conditioner. Don’t forget to check out my last review on the Free & Clear Shampoo And Conditioner.

My Hair And Scalp Type

(notice this section will be in every shampoo and conditioner review for reference. This is for convenience so you do not have to look back at earlier posts)

My hair is very thick and coarse. It tends to be very dry, and can turn brittle if I wash it too often or don’t condition it enough. But my hair is reasonably healthy outside of that, as I do not use heat on it very often and I try to take care of it to the best of my ability.

My scalp goes back and forth between dry and oily depending on the time of the year and the products I have used. My biggest struggle with my scalp is from the allergic contact dermatitis caused by my allergy to Balsam of Peru. This causes a dry, scaly, itchy coverage on the scalp that looks a lot like dandruff. I have never been able to get it fully cleared up on my scalp. At its worst, when I have a reaction to something, it also burns and can blister.

 

The Product

Burts Bees More Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

This is the Burt’s Bees More Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner with Baobab. I purchased mine at Meijer’s, but they don’t seem to currently have a website to link to. So I have linked to Amazon. Of course it is also available on Burt’s Bees website and some of the places Burt’s Bees products are sold. Each bottle is 10 fluid ounces, and it sells for anywhere from $7 to $8 depending on where you buy it at.

There were a lot of reason I wanted to give this a try. Most of all I had not seen this products before and I really wanted to give some product out of the more natural category a try. There are some things on the label that really intrigued me, which will be a big part of the discussion in several ways.

 

How It Performed

Burt's Bees More Moisture Shampoo

Moisturizing shampoos for me, at best, usually means not drying. I rarely find one that I actually find moisturizing. In fact there is only a few that I can think of that is actually moisturizing, and most of those are more oil based. This really performed well on my hair. It was moisturizing, it wasn’t oily, it left it soft and manageable. I really like what it did for my hair.

Burt's Bees More Moisture Conditioner

The conditioner performed well also. I would say it verged on almost being too moisturizing for me, but not quite. I definitely don’t need to use a hair mask with this one. And just a little bit goes a long way. That is probably the first hair product I have felt that way about, but its true.

Overall I would say that I am very happy with the way this shampoo and conditioner performed for my hair. And I think most people who have very thick, course, and dry hair will like it. I would not recommend this for anyone who has fine, thin hair or anyone who struggles with their hair being limp or oily.

 

The Allergy Affect

Before I say anything else here, let me say that I have not had a reaction to this product. It hasn’t improved my scalp from previous reactions, but it has not caused a reaction either. This is a very distinct difference that perhaps only other with contact dermatitis will understand. For the rest of what I want to say, there is a bit of a story involved.

When I am trying to decide whether to give a product a try there are always a few things I do to make that decision whether I think it will cause a reaction or not. Two of the top things are reading the ingredient list and smelling the product. I have probably mentioned this many times over the years.

I smelled the product and no alarms went off. So I read through the ingredient list, and again no alarms went off. But I did notice something interesting I had not seen on any of the other products I have tried. In the ingredient list it has fragrance, and right by it is a little asterisks mark. When you look at the bottom to see what the asterisks is about, it says natural fragrance. When I smelled the product it had that very natural kind of smell like many Korean products do. This had me intrigued, so I visited their website for more information.

Looking at their product page didn’t really give me any more information than the bottle did, so I decided to look around the rest of their website. After much searching I found no information that directly answered my question, but I did find on their contact page a link that says it is to email them about product and ingredient inquiries. So of course I sent them and email.

I messaged them and let them know that I am a blogger and that I was working on a review of their product and why fragrance information was important. I of course let them know what product I was reviewing, and I asked for information about their fragrance mix used. The initial reply I received was an automated response saying they needed more time to research my question. But when I got the actual response from a person, this is where my problem started.

The first response I got back from Burt’s Bees was odd, to say the least. All it said was, ‘Thank you for your patience. So we can help, would you mind providing the UPC for the product in question? We look forward to hearing from you.”. Now remember my question was a general question about fragrance for the anyone, not one specific fragrance, and definitely not about me having a reaction to the product I purchased. The response I got was more what you expect when you have told the company you had a reaction to the product.

So I responded  back to them, not with an answer to their question, but I just sent back a message saying I was a little confused why they needed that to answer my question. Did they perhaps misunderstand what I was asking. I mean, this should be a simple answer from them. They are not creating a different fragrance for each bottle of moisture shampoo they make.

I did get another response back from them, and I felt just as frustrated by this one as the last. Their response read, “Thank you for getting back to us. The majority of fragrances in Burt’s Bees products are natural, composed of proprietary blends of essential oils and natural extracts. We ask that you please consult with your doctor before using our products. If you happen to have an allergy to a specific ingredient, please provide the name so that we can let you know if it is in the product.”. Again, I didn’t have a reaction and wasn’t asking for that reason. And even if I had, with a allergy to something like Balsam of Peru, it’s not as simple as just saying I am allergic to Balsam of Peru.

First of all most doctors and health professionals don’t even know what that is, I don’t expect someone at a beauty company to know. You can literally react to hundreds of things that are chemical twins to Balsam of Peru. And people with my allergy don’t all react to the same things. So admittedly I was very frustrated when I sent my last response back to them. I sent back a simple question. “Did you even read my initial email?” I never received another response from them.

 

Final Thoughts

I have really mixed feelings about this, and a lot of it has to do with the email exchange. On the one had I think the product was excellent, but I have said many times how important customer service is to me. And the email issue isn’t just that they didn’t want to tell me what their fragrance is, but that they indicate that you can ask and then rather than directly saying in the beginning that they can’t share that sort of information. (I am guessing that is what all the dancing around the subject is about. I would hate to think they are really so incompetent that they can’t read an email and comprehend it.)

So I am at that point where does the product outweigh the behavior of the company and my frustration with them. But I suppose only time will tell with that. I am still testing out shampoos and conditioners. Maybe I will find something I like better.

Tell me in the comments if you have tried this shampoo and conditioner. I would especially love to hear from any of you with contact and fragrance allergies. And don’t forget to let me know if there is a specific shampoo and conditioner you want me to put on the list to try out.

 

 

 

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