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Hello Pretty

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics has a new line of Hello Kitty-branded products. When I walked by a MAC store and saw the display, my head literally swung around for a double take and my legs refused to carry on. Pink and black and Kitty-fied goodness!!

I received the below as belated birthday gifts. (My friends are awesome and know me well!)

By the way, the lipstick itself is embossed with Hello Kitty, but I couldn’t get a good photo of that.

A video promoting the line is totally weird and cool and possibly crossing some sort of line I haven’t decided on yet!

Plus… What?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Mm, Diet Coke! I often drink it for caffeine and the fact it is calorie-free. I realize it is probably rotting my teeth, the lining of my stomach, or gods know what else.

It might make sense if calcium were added to caffeinated beverages. Caffeine increase calcium loss, or so I hear. It’s a good reason to take your coffee with milk (cow or fortified soy). Our healthy friend spinach has calcium issues, too - it decreases its absorption - but luckily it has built in calcium, so maybe it evens out. Ok, so why not add vitamins and minerals to things like soda?

Enter Diet Coke Plus… It became available in the U.S. in April, and I first encountered it last week in a drugstore. I was tired and dehydrated and had forgotten to take my daily vitamin. I thought, “Why not?” and bought a bottle. It tasted like normal Diet Coke - empty sweetness - with an extra chemical punch that almost reminded me of vodka for a second.

Diet Coke Plus

So what’s in this stuff? According to, Diet Coke Plus is “everything you love about Diet Coke, plus several essential nutrients.” It includes B6, B12, niacin, zinc, and magnesium. No calcium, sorry. Take your supplements. (It’s only about 15% RDI of the above anyway.)

I’m not going to go so far as to say it’s good for me - in fact I’m pretty sure it is not - but if I’m drinking this stuff anyway, why not get the one with some vitamins?

Pepsi has one called Diet Pepsi Max, but it’s got ginseng and EXTRA caffeine instead. Wow. (I’ve not tried it.)

Maybe I’ll stick to, um, water.

I’m actually drinking less soda than I used to, generally opting for something juice-based with lunch. I go for some flavor of Vitamin Water (by Glaceau) almost daily. It’s probably a big scam, but it feels better than drinking the brown bubbly stuff.

Brush, Brush, Brush

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

I bought a new toothbrush. I know, exciting, isn’t it? Oh, but you don’t understand.

Once, long ago, I just used a normal toothbrush. I was puttering along, flossing every day (how I became a true daily flosser is another story…involves a popcorn kernel), thought I was a star of dental hygiene.

Then my mom gave me an Oral-B Plaque Remover as a gift. I was confused - and a little disappointed - at first. She swore it would change my life. I scoffed. I put it in a cabinet.

I charged it up and tried it for kicks one day. And my mother was right. It did change my life.

Know that slightly fuzzy feel to the back of your front teeth? It only goes away after a professional cleaning? Gone. Seriously, you get a fresh-from-the-dentist feeling every day. (In that you have nice, shiny teeth, not that you’re in pain and drooling. You do have to go to the dentist for that.)

My old one died recently, so I went to replace it and realized there are many more options now! It was a hard decision, but I settled on the Oral-B Sonic Complete Deluxe.

It’s got three speeds, a timer, an ergonomic handle, and almost brushes your teeth for you.

It scared me a little at first. It is different from my previous one, and I was a little concerned. The noise it makes led me to wonder if it might be painful. Luckily, it’s not. And after several days of use I’m thinking it pretty much rocks. My teeth feel great, and the timer really is encouraging me to brush all areas of my mouth evenly.

Plus, look how pretty it is!


Tea Time

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

This may seem silly, but I have to tell you that I am obsessed with this lip balm. It is called Brew Tea Balm and is made by Crazy Rumors, a Brooklyn company. This is the Orange Bergamot flavor.

Lip Brew

It tastes great, is silky smooth, and actually works. I was very sad when I ran out of my randomly acquired sample. Luckily, they have a website and I’ll have more soon! They have both tea and coffee flavors, and the balms are made from completely natural ingredients. I recommend it.

Didn’t think I could get so gushy over lip balm, did you?