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18 September 2006 @ 01:37 am
Sorry I haven't been updating here at all. School started and I don't have much time for buying things, and for thinking and writing about the things I have bought! I'm going to try to get it going again though! Bear with me please.
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05 August 2006 @ 05:01 pm
Resolve Dual-Action Carpet Cleaner

This stuff is, in a word, amazing. It's a little on the pricey side, for a carpet cleaner, but it's cheaper than a steam cleaning. The best part is, you don't even have to follow the directions. The directions say to spray, let set, and blot. All you have to do is spray and walk away. I found this out by accident the first time I used it, which was on some dog puke. I sprayed it, and then forgot about it. When I came back later there was just a carpet-colored wet spot where there was once bright yellow bile. Where did the yellow go? No one knows, and frankly I think no one cares. Next I brought it to tikifreak's house. I'm not in the business of cleaning other people's houses, I'm not even in the business of cleaning my own, but I thought this was a product that needed sharing. We found a spot where a cat had coughed up a hairball when I was cat-sitting a month previously. I sprayed it, the spot was gone. No blotting, just spray and walk away. At home again, on th eway up to bed, I sprayed several spots on my carpet which had been there since we moved in. In the morning they were totally gone. Probably this stuff is radioactive and I will be glowing green soon, but I'll have the cleanest carpet of any glowing person ever.

I didn't link to this because you can get it at Target or your grocery store or wherever.
12 July 2006 @ 01:03 am
A banner day for me, I showered twice. When I woke up, I sort of forgot that I'd be having a horseback riding lesson, so I showered then and had to again later. For both showers I used the Shampoo and Conditioner, but I only used the Creme after the first shower.

Also of note is that while drugstore.com is usually cheap, I got these products for $10 less (each-so $30 total!) from the spa at Ballantyne.

Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Creme

pictured is the medium to thick hair version, I used fine to medium

This has some very tedious directions, involving separating hair into tiny sections and sinding each section around a finger up to the scalp, and then pressing the would section against the head. I'd say it took 20 minutes or so, a lot longer then I care to spend on my hair. It made my hair less curly than usual, and quite weighed down. I used the suggested amount, and in most cases I have to use more because my hair is getting faily long. I'll try this one more time, scrunching it and then leaving it be, and see how that goes. When I got home, James said he liked my hair, and that it looked straighter than usual. I'll take the compliment, but I won't use a "curly hair" product that makes my hair straighter.

Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Shampoo and Conditioner

My second hairdo of the day has been much more successful. My hair feels very soft and has just the right amount of curl to it. It's never shiny, and there's been no change on that front, but I do have a lot more volume than usual, which is very unusual. Almost always, my roots are completely flat, and my hair doesn't start to have body until it's a couple inches from the scalp. Even products designed to imbue volume have never done so before, so I'm happy about that. Still, it's hard to tell how good a shampoo and conditioner are from the first few uses, so if things go downhill, I'll reupdate. Otherwise, I might buy this again.
11 July 2006 @ 03:22 pm
Black Pearl Bath Bomb by Lush

I used to be a pretty big fan of Lush, until I discovered fantasybath.com, run by cloverbee. Still, I had an opportunity to visit a Lush store this weekend, and I picked up a few things, mostly things which I had read descriptions of online, but wasn't sure I'd like the scent. This one smelled really good, especially once it was in my bath. One of my favorite things about bath bombs is that the next time you use your towel, it smells really good, and this bomb delivered on that. Unfortunately, by virtue of being black, it makes your bathwater look like very murky laundry water, which is gross. Although this didn't happen this time, one time when I used another murky bath bomb, my husband walked into the bathroom, saw me soaking in some grey water, and said 'ew.' Not an ideal reaction, and now I'm sensitive about what my bathwater looks like. This bomb also has way too much glitter. I'm not a fan of glitter in my bath bombs. I probably won't buy it again, but if you don't mind yucky-looking water and glitter, go for it, cuz the smell is nice.
11 July 2006 @ 03:57 am
Alright, I decided to do one more.

Lilac Body Lotion by elizabethW

I love the smell of lilacs, probably more than is healthy. When I was young, my favorite chore in the late spring was watering the garden, because I could stand IN the lilac bushes and just breathe. For the past 10 years I've been living places--South Florida, New York City, North Carolina--where lilacs don't really grow and until now, I'd never found a product which actually smelled like them. This lotion is fantastic. It's very light, but not too watery. The smell stays on your skin forever, and is strong without being stinky. And what a scent! It smells ridiculously like lilacs, as if everything else I've ever smelled that was labelled 'lilac' was just some stupid joke. No contest, this is the best and most realistic lilac I have ever smelled, and I have smelled everything I have ever seen that said lilac on the package. I got this at The Spa at Ballantyne, and it was actually a few dollars cheaper than it's listed for on the brand's website. If you find yourself at Ballantyne, get a hot stone massage by Bucky, trust me.

Now, to find that perfect lily of the valley...
11 July 2006 @ 03:06 am
This is my first entry, and I have a headache, so it'll be a quickie. I'm only talking about food in this one.

Starbucks Iced Grande Nonfat Hazelnut Latte

Ordinarily, I get this drink with vanilla syrup instead of hazelnut. The other day I had something similar at a new branch of a local place with amaretto syrup, so I was still feeling adventurous. In the past, I've tried decreasing the amount of vanilla syrup or adding more expresso to my iced latte because I found the vanilla too sweet. I never found the right balance, but I think this hazelnut version might be perfect. It's sweet, but not nearly as sweet as the standard 5 (or modified 2 or 3) shots of vanilla. And replacing the overall sugary taste of the vanilla is the more complex taste of hazelnut, which I really think is a better complement to the coffee flavor.

Seeds of Change Frozen Vegetarian Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

This is the second meal I've had from this line (the first was this). For some reason, Harris Teeter doesn't keep this where you'd expect them to. They have a Boca/Morningstar/Quorn section. Not too far from this is an Amy's section. A bit down from that is a section with some organic things, including Moosewood Entrées. And then around the corner near the 'really weird foods' section, I found these frozen meals. All the brands I just mention make only vegetarian foods, but the store doesn't group them together. Odd. At any rate, this meal was good. Very garlicky, which I love. However, I wouldn't recommend it to someone who is new to/wary of fake meats. The 'chicken' is not very much like real chicken, though it's good. For a long-standing vegetarian, or an open-minded/not picky meat-eater, it's perfect. I will be buying this again. The portion size is good, perfect for lunch or a small dinner.
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